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Independent 6983/Dac

Posted by John on March 4th, 2009

John.

The usual excellent crossword from Dac, but when is he ever less than excellent? I found this unusually easy apart from two clues, one of which I got wrong. After doing 4ac and 9ac I thought that there might be a rare Dac Nina connected with Darwin, but this wasn’t supported by anything else.  No doubt someone will point out what I have missed.

Sorry this is so late — I’ve unwittingly set up my anti-virus software to do a check at midday and am trying to find a way of avoiding the concomitant dreadful slowness at this time. Clearly to switch on before midday and then start work at around 12.20 is no use — it’s still just as painfully lethargic.

Across
1 ISA AC
4 GALA PA GO S
9 F IT TEST
10 TANG {m}ELO{n} — as all Countdown-watchers know, a cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit
11 RE(QUIRE ME)NT
13 KOS — SpOoKy rev.
14 SHAFT — (has)* FT
15 C(LAMMED)UP
17 W(A)Y F A RING
19 BAND A — Hastings Banda of Malawi 
21 LAG — 2 defs
23 SINGLE-TRACK — 2 defs
24 OSMANLI — OS “manly” — old-fashioned term for Ottoman
26 SU(MA)TRA
27 FRAILNESS — (infer lass)*
28 SH RED
   
 
Down
1 IN FORMS
2 ANTIQUARY — (quaint)* a(r)y — nice semi &lit.
3 CHEMIS{e} T{ire}
4 GUT REACTION — (to urge in cat)*
5 tabLE Tennis
6 PINETUM — (mute nip)rev. — I had PANSTUM here, which would be splendid if the word existed
7 {creatin}G REEK — my first thought was that it was {creatin}G {stin}K, an abbreviation for Greek, but I think Dac would somehow indicate that the ‘finally’ applies to two words
8 SHOW’S UP
12 E(VAN)G ELI STS
16 DON(CAST)ER — this seems a bit odd: when you think of Doncaster its soccer team is hardly the first thing that comes to mind, regardless of the fact that anyway it’s really Doncaster Rovers
17 WELL OFF — (fellow)* f
18 ARSENAL — 2 defs
19 BETIMES — bet (semi)rev.
20 A WK WAR D
22 G EMMA
25 {s}IRE

4 Responses to “Independent 6983/Dac”

  1. Mick h says:

    More unfamiliar words than usual for me – OSMANLI, PINETUM and TANGELO, which I thought was a bloke who lived high on a mountain in T’Mexico. Maybe I don’t watch enough Countdown. Good clues though, so I got all those and only fell down on SHRED – bah!

  2. Allan_C says:

    3d: OK, ‘chemist’ commonly means ‘pharmacist’ but not in terms of hospital staff, where a pharmacist is a pharmacist is a pharmacist. As a chemist (not a pharmacist) I tend to get a bit uptight about this.

  3. Nick Corney says:

    This puzzle – in the i this week – was originally published the same month (week?) that the line-up for the FA women’s Super League was announced. Prominent among the eight teams were Doncaster Belles (not Rovers!)and Arsenal Ladies. I’m guessing Dac wanted to acknowledge them with 16d and 18d.

  4. DB says:

    There’s also at least three islands in the across clues for some reason.

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