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Independent 6938/Morph (Prize puzzle 10-01-09)

Posted by neildubya on January 16th, 2009

neildubya.

Great puzzle. I can’t believe how long it took me to spot what was going on at 1a and 29a.

Across
1 (NOTA BENE I MOVED)* – ABOVE-MENTIONED. A self-referential clue as it is literally above “mentioned” (16a).
10 ST,RUM
11 REM(A)INDER
12 (I[T for D],CARDS)* – DRASTIC. Took a while to unrave but got there in the end.
13 A,RE in (DENY)* – YEAR END
14 SLUM,P
16 (END TO MINE)* – MENTIONED.
19 STATE,MEN,T
20 NU(M)BS
22 A PR OP,OS
25 RELI(E)VE
27 DAMP-PROOF – I liked this one. If something’s damp-proof then it’s probably watertight, but proof of damp suggests that it isn’t! If you see what I mean…
28 CUT UP – if this is right can “cut” mean “drive”?
29 UN,D (NEAT M SETTER)* – UNDERSTATEMENT. Another self-referential clue as it is under “statement” (19a).
 
Down
2 BAR(RAC)UDA – “paramilitaries” (in crosswords at least) are usually IRA or ETA.
3 V,OMIT
4 O in (CAMEMBER[-t])* – MORECAMBE
5 N,I,M,BY – very clever &lit. NIMBY is an acronym for Not In My Back Yard.
6 [-l]IMITATION – the sincerest form of flattery.
7 NUD(G)E – German (G) in NUDE would be naked.
8 DER,I’D,ED
9 A(SIDE)S
15 PIPE in (PRIDE)* – PIED PIPER. Excellent clue, which even rhymes!
17 NET PROFIT – another good one. “Phishing” is the practice of sending emails designed to look like they’re from legitimate organisations, usually banks but also companies such as Paypal and eBay, which ask you to log in to your account in order to “verify” it – what actually happens is your username and password are stolen, along with any information you use to authenticate yourself.
18 N,UMBER NET (going up) – NUMBER TEN
19 S,PANDA,U – a reference to Rudolf Hess of course, rather than the red-nosed variety, and the German prison where he died. “On show to all” for U is a reference to the cinema certification.
21 STEP,PE
23 RIMED – rime is a thick white frost. And RIMED sounds like “rhymed”.
24 S?O?T – couldn’t get this one. Full clue: “Stand around, having gap after a call”.
26 MU,COL (going up) – LOCUM

4 Responses to “Independent 6938/Morph (Prize puzzle 10-01-09)”

  1. Ken MacKenzie says:

    24d) I liked this one. If you write “Stand around” with a gap after “a” you get “Stand a round” – as in, “it’s your shout” at the bar.

    Answer: SHOUT

  2. nmsindy says:

    Did not understand SHOUT till I came here, though it seemed the likely answer. A bit unsure about DRIVE = CUT also, thought it might refer to a cricket shot.

  3. Geoff Moss says:

    Both ‘drive’ and ‘cut’ have the meaning ‘to excavate’ according to Collins.

  4. Ken MacKenzie says:

    Nah!

    CUT UP as in drive into the path of someone. “The b*st*rd cut me up on the M1.”

    Also, to CUT something UP is to butcher it.

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