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Independent 6,918/Dac

Posted by Ali on December 17th, 2008

Ali.

Nothing too difficult here, but absolutely nothing to complain about either. Lovely clues as ever from Dac, and a nice way to pass the time on the 73 bus between Angel and Euston (in moderate traffic!)

Across
1 SWEATERS – S,WEAT[-h]ERS
6 ALCOVE – AL (Capone),COVE
9 KNOB – K[nocks],NOB
10/11 CONGESTION CHARGE – CON,(AGGRO IN CHESTE[-r])* – Nice use of the word ‘scam’ here which some Londoners might argue could be part of the definition too!
12 OVERLAID – (LIVE RAD[-i]O)*
13 STATUTE – TU in STATE
14 DEPICT – Hidden in granD EPIC Tableau
15 BEGGAR – EGG in BAR
17 CROYDON – CRO[-n]Y,DON
19 PROMISER – PRO,MISER – ‘Someone close’ for MISER is very nice
21/22 LEADER OF THE HOUSE – (FOOLED E HEATH RUSE)*
23 HATE – Hidden in tHAT Enmity
24 VENETO – VEN,E,TO
25 ESSAYIST – SAY,IS in [-p]EST[-o]
Down
2 WINCHESTER RIFLE – (WRESTLER-IN-CHIEF)*
3 ALBERTA – B in ALERT,A
4 EXCHEQUER – EX,CHEQUER[-s]
5 SAN JOSE – JO’S in SANE
6 ADELE – A,DELE
7 CAT FLAP – A ‘queen’ is an adult female cat
8 VIOLIN CONCERTOS
14 DROLLNESS – ROLL in SEND rev. – I like send-up for DNES
16 GYM SHOE – (MY GOSH)*,[-rac]E
17 CAROUSE – CAROUSE[-l]
18 DEATHLY – (THE LADY)*
20 SCHMO – SCH,MO

5 Responses to “Independent 6,918/Dac”

  1. Mick h says:

    If you were on the 73 bus around 9am, then I was a little way beneath you, just finishing this one off as my Northern Line train pulled into King’s Cross!

  2. NealH says:

    I only really struggled on Veneto which, not being an expert on Italy, I thought might be Reveto. Ven, which is assume is short for venerable, didn’t leap to mind for cleric.

  3. NealH says:

    After the somewhat loose definitions in yesterday’s Guardian, where politicians’ promises were lies and the sounds in the House of Lords were ZZ, I was relieved that Dac didn’t define the congestion charge as a road toll scam.

  4. Wil Ransome says:

    The usual excellent stuff from Dac, but I noticed two differences from the norm:
    a) this was unusually easy (although having said that, I had REVETO for 24ac)
    b) for the first time that I can remember Dac has been ever so slightly un-Ximenean, or at least un-Azedian: two of his clues (7dn, 8dn) are cryptic definitions (unusual for Dac I think but am not sure), and (in 14dn) he has ‘send-up’ as an anagram of ‘send’.

  5. Paul B says:

    Outrageous. I call for Dac’s immediate reclassification.

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