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Independent 6941 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on January 14th, 2009

nmsindy.

A very tough puzzle from Dac, with some excellent misdirection and great variation all through.   Very satisfying to finish, solving time, 36 mins

* = anagram

ACROSS

1 (B)RIGHTO(n)

4 TASHKENT   (The tanks)*    Capital of Uzbekistan

9 P(RAW)N

10 SHIEL (D) ING      Scottish word for a hut

11 Thomas CARLYLE  (19th century writer)   “Karl” (as in Marx) “aisle” (passage)

12 A CONITE  (once it)* &lit as it’s a poisonous plant

13 TAGLIATELLE   (galette All I)*

17 CHIPPENDALE   Double definition – great surface

20 UNI DEAL

21 RE (FRA) IN

22 MER (CENA) RY   (cane)*

24 A (M1) GO   go = journey

25 LIGHTEST  “lie test”

26 BREEZE   My last entry – from ‘breeze blocks’ and two definitions (‘quarrel’ and ‘refuse’)

DOWN

1 RAP A CITY    A = highly-rated

2 G (LAD R) AGS

3 TAN SilverY

5 A BIG (AILS) PART Y   1970s play by Mike Leigh

6 HALL O (WE) EN    (one)* indicated by decorated, I think

7 E (first letter) L (long) XI (Roman numeral for nine) IR

8 TAGGED   Double definition (ref: children’s game of tag)

10 S (WEE) T WILLIAMS   Tennessee Williams, dramatist   st = street = road.   Only got this near the end.

14 IN CRE (MEN) T(e)

15 C (college) AL (AMIN)E   Idi Amin = dictator   calamine lotion = application

16 BEANPOLE    Refers to runner beans, I think

18 HUM MEL    Two of the Spice Girls were called Mel

19 OI L RIG    My favourite clue with a great misleading surface    Ten, northbound = 10 (going up) (girl)*

22 FLAIR   Hidden reversal

4 Responses to “Independent 6941 by Dac”

  1. Testy says:

    Thanks for explaining HALLOWEEN (I’m sure you’re right but I’m not keen on “decorated” as an anagrind) and BREEZE (the quarrel meaning is new to me).

  2. NealH says:

    Misspelling tagliatelle as tagliatelli was my downfall on this (should have checked the anagram more carefully). It meant I was completely stumped on 6 down until I went online to check all the crossing answers. I finished it pretty quickly after that, although I thought shieling was a bit obscure (but, then again, I’m not from Scotland). I’d never heard of either quarrel or refuse as alternative meanings for breeze, so only got it from the building blocks bit.

  3. Wil Ransome says:

    26ac was difficult, I thought. I read it as ‘Quarrel’, and ‘refuse to make building blocks’, with ‘refuse’ a cleverly disguised noun. Perhaps this is not the case, although I suspect that breeze blocks are an amalgam of recycled material; certainly to equate ‘building blocks’ and ‘breeze’ seems wrong.

  4. Paul B says:

    The refuse used to make breeze blocks is ashes of coal, coke or charcoal, so I think the clue is as Wil suspects in his first analysis.

    In the building trade ‘breeze’ is synonymous with ‘breeze blocks’, but IMO ‘refuse’ isn’t specific enough to equal ‘ashes of coal’ etc.

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