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Independent No 6981 by Hypnos

Posted by NealH on March 2nd, 2009


*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def

Relatively straightforward with well written clues. There was just one clue I didn’t follow fully (24 down).

1 Automatic: Double definition (refers to an automatic car).
6 Ambit: [G]ambit.
9 Crawl: [S]crawl
10 Trattoria: (Air OTT art)<.
11 Trafalgar Square: Trafalgar + square, def = “column overlooks it”.
13 Precept: hom of “pre Sept”.
15 Ominous: [D]omino + US.
16 Live out: I’ve in lout.
18 Abysmal: hidden in suburbia by smalholding.
20 Confidentiality: (in noted facility)*.
23 Delineate: E line in date.
25 Earth: Earth[y] – I think the def refers to the earth in electric wiring.
26 Gnarl: (l[oads] + rang)<.
27 Llandudno: (n dud) in Llano – I think the plain is llano.
1 Ascot: [M]ascot.
2 Tea cake: AC in teak + [caf]e.
3 Malta: Hidden in formal takeover.
4 Tut: Odd characters of trust.
5 Clairvoyant: (Only vicar at)*.
6 Antiquity: A NT I quit y.
7 Bergamo[t]
8 Traversal: Travers + a l. Bill Travers was the founder of the Born Free foundation.
12 Go to the wall: w in (g hotel a lot)*.
13 Police dog: Rather easy CD.
14 Emotional: E + Motion + a + l. The poet is Andrew Motion.
17 Vanilla: Villa around a n[eighbourhood].
19 Maitre-D: MD around [w]aiter*.
21 Amend: AM end.
22 Yahoo: Hidden in penitentiary a hoodlum.
24 Ena: Clue was “Woman a tablet upset”. The letters meant it had to be either Ena or Eva and the online version gives Ena as the answer. I assume it’s (a NE)< but don’t know in what context NE is a tablet. Should be An E<

5 Responses to “Independent No 6981 by Hypnos”

  1. conradcork says:

    24 down ‘a tablet’ is ‘an e’

  2. NealH says:

    Maybe it it had said “a tab” I’d have got it more easily. Tablet sounds a bit too above-board for something like an illegal drug.

  3. nmsindy says:

    Pleasing puzzle, and, as you say, fairly straightforward esp the down clues, and I was helped by getting 11 across straightaway.

  4. Al Streatfield says:

    Nice puzzle. The only clue I didn’t understand was the one to OMINOUS (which I did, nevertheless, get right…)

  5. Wil Ransome says:

    Easy but nice puzzle. The only thing that bothered me was 5ac, where we have to accept that a gambit is an opening comment. OK the dictionaries say it’s an opening (as in chess) and it’s a comment, but do they say that it’s a mixture of the two?

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