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Independent 6933 by Hypnos

Posted by NealH on January 5th, 2009

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone

I found this surprisingly easy, given it was littered with the sort of clues that I normally struggle with (e.g. double definitions involving the names of celebrities). Most of the clues were well written and the surface meanings were good.

Across
1 Cataclysm: (a city’s calm – i)*. The events of September 11th, 2001, are probably too well known for many people to be fooled into thinking this was a reference to clues 9 and 11, but a neat idea nonetheless.
6 Paris: Par + is. Paris was a figure in the Trojan War against the Greeks.
9 Anita: A n I + t[ennis] + a. The definition was Anita Roddick, the founder of the Body Shop, rather than Andy Roddick, the tennis player.
10 Partridge: Double definition – reference to Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan’s fictional TV presenter.
11 Rhubarb: double/cryptic definition. Rhubarb is pretend dialogue spoken by actors on stage, hence the reference to the house.
13 In short: In + Short. Nigel Short is a chess player.
14 Small minded: (demands ill)* around m.
15 Boa: boa[t].
16 Fry: Double def, although “fry up” would be more common. Reference to Stephen Fry, the TV presenter.
17 Regent’s Park: EG in Rent + spark.
19 Falls to: All in F + sto[w].
21 Examine: Hidden in Rex a minefield.
23 Up and down: (pawn old’un)*.
25 Sugar: Double definition. I’m not familiar with sugar as meaning money, so I got this fairly late. The other part is a reference to Alan Sugar, who seems to be better known these days for the TV series the Apprentice than for any business achievements.
26 Theme: Hidden in anthem explained.
27 Kidnapped: hom. of Kidd (Jodie Kidd) + napped.
Down
1 Chair: Ch + air.
2 Tributary: Cryptic definition. I’ve never been sure whether the justification for river as banker is just that a river has banks or if a banker genuinely is a word for a river.
3 Chagall: Call around ha[n]g. Art not being a strong point of mine, this was the last one I got.
4 Yap: Hidden in rockery a pet.
5 Morris Dance: M + (carried on)* around S. Might have been more topical later in the year, but a great &lit nevertheless.
6 Phrased: sharp* + ed.
7 Rodeo: Cryptic def. Neat is an alternative word for a cow.
8 Sweet tallk: Stalk around wee t[erritory].
12 Bring to book: cryptic/double definition.
14 Soft fruit: Suit around o FT + fr.
15 Bearing up: bearing + up (up = at university).
17 Residue: (S[u]re idea)*.
18 Swansea: [new sa[g]a)*.
20 Lease: L + ease.
22 Erred: Hom of ‘urd – a reference to the former cabinet minister, Douglas Hurd, I think.
24 Nod: Don<. One of those reversals where you’re not quite sure which bit is being reversed. Fortunately 23 across was very easy, which resolved the issue quickly.

4 Responses to “Independent 6933 by Hypnos”

  1. nmsindy says:

    I found this quite easy too and enjoyable with my favourite clues 6 down and 15 down. Quite a few references to people, most of which I understood, but the clues were fairly easy so this was not a problem.

  2. TwoPies says:

    Just done this one while waiting in A+E and, yes, reasonably enjoyable. A lot of debate about tenses for today’s Rufus but one in here I wasn’t sure about. To be exhibited, hung, to exhibit, hang?

  3. Allan_C says:

    Was 5 dn just a co-incidence on the day Morris Dancing was said to be in danger of dying out?

  4. Tony Edwards says:

    I was puzzled by 5d because Maypole Dancing is not a form of Morris Dancing, which has different origins.

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