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Independent 6937 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on January 9th, 2009

nmsindy.

Excellent puzzle from Phi, thought it was going to be relatively easy when I got both 14-letter entries on first run through, but I found it was tricky in both SW and particularly NE corners. Solving time, 24 mins. Nina: see end

* = anagram < = reversed

ACROSS

1 MO DISH

4 S(t)IMULATE Two ts in ‘stimulate’ so only the first t = time is ‘missing’

10 DEFRAUDER (Fared rude)*

11 (c)LOSER My last entry

12 SYNERGY (Angry yes)* less a

13 CUT BACK TUC< Amusing surface

14 L AT CH

15 TUN(G)S TEN ten = quite a few

18 S (HANG) HA I (has)*

20 PIT TA

23 BURG(H)ER Excellent surface

25 A GRIP PA

26 OCEAN (Nae Co)< Tricky

27 CELE(B)RITY Brabham was a racing driver

28 DISPERS E (spread is )* less a 3 spreads in the clue

29 REJE CT (jeer)*

DOWN

1 MO (D E) STLY last letters (finishes)

2 D E (FUN) CT (etc)*

3 SEA URCHIN U in SEARCHIN(g)

5 IRRECONCILABLE (One circle Blair)*

6 UN(L)IT &lit

7 A SSUAG E (Gauss)< e = base for logarithms

8 EUREKA Very good – refers to the story of Archimedes running naked around Syracuse just (seconds) after discovering his most famous law. Means ‘I found it’ in Greek.

9 A DAY AT THE RACES Crossword antennae when they see ‘Marx’ tend to ask which – this is a Marx Brothers film from 1937 that I’d heard of (can’t remember if I’ve seen) so this went in straight away.

16 S(am)E PARABLE Brilliant surface

17 CA (TAL(l)Y)ST

19 HAR (N) ES S n = van’s third (letter) Not sure if you’d get to seventy in third gear…

21 TOP SIDE

22 A B-ROAD Excellent, definition ‘in Germany, say’

24 HINGE Hidden

HUGGER MUGGER

3 Responses to “Independent 6937 by Phi”

  1. TwoPies says:

    Great blog nmsindy, thank you. I enjoyed this one too. I just got stuck in the NE, I didn’t pick up Gauss I’m afraid to say.

  2. NealH says:

    I guessed that a Day at the Races must be a Marx Brothers film, but hadn’t bothered to check, so thanks for confirming that. Loser was my last entry as well.

  3. mhl says:

    Thanks for the post, nmsindy – this puzzle was very enjoyable, I thought. The misdirection in 22 down is very nice – having got the crossing ‘B’ I was trying to think of homophones of “bahn” for some time :)

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