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Independent 6968/Phi (Prize puzzle 14-02-09)

Posted by neildubya on February 20th, 2009

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An excellent themed puzzle for Valentine’s Day where the keyword – HEART – was unclued and appeared, appropriately, in the middle of the grid.

Across
8 SA(CRE)D
9 STUN,TM,[-?]AN – not sure what word “act not initially observed” indicates. [Edit: thanks to beermagnet for explaining where the AN comes from]
10 AC(H)E
11 OP,(PERSON IN)* – OPEN PRISON
12 BUS,ON,I
14 B(L)EE,DIN,G – Phi gives the definition a question mark, just to be extra fair I guess, as the COED defines a “bleeding heart” as someone perceived as excessively “soft-hearted or liberal”. I think it’s certainly the case that when certain newspapers use the phrase, they use it to mean liberal. I did wonder what “collective effort” had to with BEE, but I suppose that’s where spelling bee comes from.
15 STUD[-y]
18 [-c]ABLE (reversed)
20 F(LOR)ENCE
23 ANG(L)ER – I wondered how the definition could be “one could show” before realising that the clue is an &lit.
24 (DINNER IS UP)* – UNINSPIRED
26 B[-l]AKE
27 GLASS EYE – don’t understand how this works. “No vision in this” could be the def, in which case I can see the wordplay, or maybe it’s a cryptic def?
28 C(R)ANNY
 
Down
1 LAW COURT – sounds like “lore caught”.
2 F(R)EE – this is another “with 16″ clue but I don’t think I’ve heard of “heart free” or “free heart”.
3 A,D(M)ON,IS,H
4 I,SLE[-?] – again, not sure what word is indicated by “put away endless”.
5 PURPLE – can’t work out the wordplay for this either: “Pal without one blocking fine medal with 16″.
6 STRIN(BED)*,R,G – STRINDBERG
7 LA,GO ON
13 (ASKS FOR END)* – [Heart] OF DARKNESS, Joseph Conrad’s excellent short novel, on which the film Apocalypse Now was (loosely) based.
14 B,RAVE – Braveheart, directed by and starring Mel Gibson, was described by one historian as a film which “almost totally sacrifices historical accuracy for epic adventure”.
17 T(A CRUDE)*T – TEAR DUCT
19 B(RE)AKING
21 [-a]L(ONE]LY
22 NAP,IE,R – why is he the “King’s mathematician”? [Edit: d'oh, he's not. King = R, as nmsindy pointed out]
25 REEF – “free” with the “f” moved.
26 BE(A)T

7 Responses to “Independent 6968/Phi (Prize puzzle 14-02-09)”

  1. nmsindy says:

    5 PURPLE P(a)L in PURE, I think. 21 NAP IE R (king) GLASS EYE is cryptic definition, I think, as you suggest.

  2. beermagnet says:

    9 The AN at the end are from the initial letters of Act Not

  3. Allan_C says:

    I too hadn’t heard of “free heart”, but googling comes up with a link to http://www.thefreeheart.com leading to (among other things) a poem by one Annette Knoop. Never heard of her, either. So still none the wiser.

  4. eimi says:

    2 Down was intended to be heart-free, which is in Chambers.

  5. beermagnet says:

    As you’re looking in Eimi have you a comment on 4D I,SLE[?]
    I too can’t think of a “SLE?” that means “put away”.
    Originally I thought it was SLEEP but that doesn’t seem right.

  6. Geoff Moss says:

    4d ‘put away’ = kill or killed = slew

  7. beermagnet says:

    Thanks Geoff. Would you believe I actually looked up “sley” earlier to see if it is an acceptable spelling of “slay” (it isn’t, it is another word entirely) but never thought of “slew” !

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