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Independent 6926/Phi (Prize puzzle 27-12-08)

Posted by neildubya on January 2nd, 2009

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There’s a partial “12 Days of Christmas” theme, here with 7, 26,27, 3, and 6 appearing in the grid. It seems a bit odd to have an incomplete theme like this, which makes me think I’m missing something obvious.

Across
7 S(WAN)S – got this from the wordplay as I don’t understand the definition: “Death-haunted singers”.
8 AUN(A)T,(RULE)* – AU NATUREL
10 AB<,CARDI – I was initially a bit confused by this as I took the definition to be “accompaniment to rum”, then I realised that “accompaniment” is part of the wordplay.
11 OR(DIN)AL
12 PATH in (MANY STAYED)* – TEA AND SYMPATHY.
15 R,E,PRESS
17 (THE COWL)* – LOW TECH
19 BRAHMS AND LISZT – Cockney rhyming slang for “pissed”.
23 MIN[-t],ORCA
24 DONE,GAL
26 G(OLD,R,[-s]ING)S
27 hidden reversed in “peoplE SEE Germans”
 
Down
1 L in CAT (going up) – TALC
2 (SET)*,RANGE – ESTRANGE
3 L(AD)IES
4 INFO,R,M,A,L
5 STA[-y],AID (going up) – STADIA
6 F(R{E}N,CH,H)ENS – not entirely sure that I’ve nailed the wordplay here as I’ve taken “Navy boss” to be RN CH. Can CH be an abbreviation for “chief”?
7 (BOSS)*,TORY – SOB STORY
9 L,I[-d]LY
13 APP([-p]ARENT)LY
14 WHIT,[-r]ELIE[-s] – WHITE LIES
16 S(US)TAINS
18 WELL NIGH[-t]
20 HARE(A,R)E
21 NU(D,IS)T – “someone barely observed” is a great definition.
22 GUMS (going up)
25 E in (LEG)* – GLEE

3 Responses to “Independent 6926/Phi (Prize puzzle 27-12-08)”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    7a The Chambers definition for ‘swan-song’ is ‘the fabled song of a swan just before its death’.

    6d ch = chief is confirmed in Chambers and Collins.

  2. Richard Heald says:

    The “12 Days of Christmas” theme wasn’t incomplete at all, Neil – the first letters of the clues, read in order, spelled out all the missing items!

  3. Phi says:

    Actually, I think I should leap in and say I didn’t manage to get the partridge in. I got the five in the grid but just couldn’t get enough letters from the clues to do the other seven. I felt the partridge was the one to go because at the end of the song I’m heartily sick of it…

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