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Guardian 24,624 – Auster

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 16th February 2009

Ciaran McNulty.

As easy as you’d expect on a Monday except for a few horticultural clues that were completely out of my areas of expertise, which had to wait until I had most of the checking letters and then required a bit of dictionary work to confirm once I’d had a guess from the wordplay.

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Independent N0 6969 by Math

Posted by NealH on 16th February 2009


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

After a lot of quite difficult puzzles recently, it was nice to have something relatively straightforward. I even had time to look for the NINA, which appears across the top and the right hand side, with a mirror image on the other side. The only clue I was slightly dubious about was 15 across.

7 Oracle: [C]oracle.
8 Meat Loaf: Oaf after metal*.
9 Watchers: I think this is a hom. of “watcha”, which some people might use as a greeting, and “‘s”.
10 Sappho: Oh (my as an exclamation) + P + pa’s, reversed.
11 Tyke: double def – tyke is a term for a yorkshireman and also a cheeky boy.
12 Northerner: North + sixth letter of diamonds between two ERs.
14 Dative: It in Dave.
15 Egests: Hom of “he jests”. I wasn’t completely convinced by using ‘eard to indicate dropping the h from he, but the definition was excellent.
18 Re-emerging: (Green grime)*.
20 Lust: Hidden in “tell us to”.
22 Orally: O + rally.
24 Furbelow: Fur + below. A furbelow is a trimming on a garment.
25 Federate: (Free trade – r)*.
26 Angelo: Hidden in Orange lodge.
1 Dreamy: Dre + Amy. This would be a tricky one for people who are completely out of touch with modern celebrity culture. The rapper is Dr Dre and the other entry is of course Amy Winehouse, who started off as a singer but seems to be more of a celebrity trainwreck these days.
2 Ice Chest: Ice + Chest (necklace’s backdrop).
3 Never never: Nerve nerve with the two Rs moved down. HP refers to Hire Purchase, a pre-credit card way of borrowing money, rather than HP sauce.
4 Nabs: Ab in NS.
5 Eloper: (Rep + ELO)<. Quite a lot of musical stuff today – ELO are a band (Electric Light Orchestra). Wearing is usually used to indicate containment but it here it appears to be used to mean “on” i.e on top of.
6 Rashness: (SN Shares)*.
8 Misery: Miser[l]y.
13 High German: Higher man around g.
14 Drearier: DR around rear + ie.
16 Solfeggi: (if legs go)*.
17 Piffle: Pile around f f.
19 Mallee: (Eel + lam)<.
21 Should: Should[er].
23 Yuan: Odd letters of “you earn”.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 384 – Pseudo-names

Posted by beermagnet on 16th February 2009


Answers to clues marked with an asterisk are some of the “pseudo names” used by correspondents to the Eye a few issues ago. It started with a few die-hard footy fans trying to get the name of their team mentioned (e.g. Don Casterovers, R Snell, Ray Throvers etc.), then minority sports, pop music fans and others joined in …
… or that’s how it seemed …
… It is clear now it was a concerted effort by verbal anarchists to inflict homophonic outrage on satirical elements of the stalwart British public. The epidemic spread like, err, a disease with pseudo-commandos leaving the enclave at the end of the letters page and infiltrating other areas such as Pedantry Corner.
They said it would be all over by Christmas, but by then large sections of the letters page were annexed by these pseudo-jackboot-boys. At last Hislop saw the danger and using an editorial WMD banished them. There was a final campaign to mop up resistance on the internet, though some sniping continues to this day. Read the rest of this entry »

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