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Independent 6,935/Dac

Posted by Ali on January 7th, 2009

Ali.

Quick one from me today as I’m hella busy. Enjoyed this, though one or two may need explaining.

Across
1 HAMLET – HAM,LET
4 HISPANIC – (CHAP IS IN)*
8 AMULET – A,MULE,T[-ethered]
10 DEPUTISE – PUT in (E,SIDE)*
12 SLEET – Hidden in baSLE ETc
13 EXPRESSES – PRESS in EXES (I think!)
14 AIRS AND GRACES – (A DARING CARESS)*
17 PAST ONE’S PRIME – PA,STONES,PRIME – Lovely clue
21 SUBARTCTIC – BUS rev + C in ARTIC
23 CARGO – CAR,GO
24 RHODESIA – “Road easier”
25 PIQUED – “Peaked”
26 ROMANIST – MAN IS in ROT
27 AGADIR – AGA,DIR[-e]
Down
1 HEADSMAN – (HAS NAMED)*
2 MOUSETRAP – I get that moustraps can be cheesy, but not sure how this connects with Hamlet?
3 ELECTRA – ELECT,R,A
5 INEXPERIENCE – IN + IRE rev. in EX PENCE
6 POULENC – (COUPLE)* + N[-ew] C[-omposer] – A nice &lit, though I had to cheat on this one as I’ve never heard of him!
7 NAILS – AIL in N and S (i.e. North and South poles)
8 CHEESY – Double definition. Or maybe cryptic, I never can distinguish them properly
11 HEADS OR TAILS – Or maybe I can, this one’s definitely a cryptic defnition
15 SPIN ROUND – (SIP)*,N,ROUND
16 RECORDER – RE,C,ORDER
18 SURGEON – G (middle of niGht) in SURE ON
19 PICKING – PIC,KING
20 USURER – USER in UR
22 BLOOM – L in BOOM

4 Responses to “Independent 6,935/Dac”

  1. conradcork says:

    In Hamlet, the play he puts on to show he knows the truth about his father’s murder (that is ‘the thing’ wherein Hamlet traps the conscience of the king) is called The Mousetrap.

  2. nmsindy says:

    13 ac – that’s how I saw EXPRESSES too.

  3. NealH says:

    I wasn’t convinced by “money expert” for usurer. Just because you charge a lot of interest doesn’t make you an expert on money. Also, “newspaper staff” for press didn’t seem quite right, since press normally refers to the newspapers themselves, although I suppose you could think of it as all the people who work for newspapers.

  4. nmsindy says:

    Can’t say I agree with you on those points, NealH, esp the second one re the press (looked in Concise OED which says ‘journalists collectively’). And maybe anyone who works in any particular line of work could be just about described as ‘expert’ in that.

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