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Independent 6989 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on March 11th, 2009


Excellent puzzle from Dac, as usual, solving time 14 mins

* = anagram  < = reversed


1 HALV(e) AH   Pleased to work out a new word from the clear wordplay.  Turkish sweetmeat apparently.

4 CONTRACT   Double definition

9 V (A CAT) E(t)

10 SP IN(S)TER   s.p. = sine prole  (Latin – without issue)

11 NOEL COWARD  (Adore clown)*

13 EGAD   England without the letters in even positions

15 PAST U RES (N) EW     Weser (river) <

18 FOOT(ball) THE BILL    My first answer, the enumeration helped

21 EXAM   (m axe)<   marks = former German currency replaced by the euro

22 UNAT TACHED   (aunt)*  (the cad)*

24 A BING (D)O  N    bingo = house (game)

25 AGOUTI    Hidden


27 OLD HAT   (Loathed)* less e (last letter of elegance)


1 HAVANA   a for t in Havant

2 LAC KEY  lac = 100,000 rupees (I know this from solving puzzles)

3 ANTICIPATE  (titanic ape)*

5 OP (work) POR (TUNIS)T   left = port

6 TANG Double definition

7 ANTI GONE    Greek mythology

8 TURN DOWN    Double definition

12 WESTERN ROLL   “Role”   such as John Wayne was well known for in films


16 AFTER ALL  Double definition

17 BOTANIST  (into bats)*

19 THOUGH(t)


23 AGRA    Part of vAGRAncy

5 Responses to “Independent 6989 by Dac”

  1. Barbara says:

    For those of you who have never tasted halvah, let me rave about it a little. It’s one of my favorite treats. It’s formed into a firm cake or loaf from ground and pressed sesame seeds plus some sort of oil and a little vanilla flavoring. Then I cut off a small slice, take one bite and experience a moment of ecstasy. A little goes a long way.
    It’s one of those things that one either loves passionately, or not at all.

  2. Paul B says:

    A gentleman in Canada feeds orphaned baby bears on it to great effect, I am told. And though not remotely in such dire need of calorific bolstering, I am not exactly loth to feed me on it. But I digress.

    Agree with you NMS – more consistency and excellence in the cluing dept from Dac. Here’s a writer with a genuine understanding of, and concomitant aptitude within, the sub-surface mirk.

  3. Wil Ransome says:

    Excellent as usual of course, but I felt it was a bit demeaning to call Noel Coward an entertainer. He was, I suppose, but was a bit more.

  4. Colin Blackburn says:

    I agree with everyone else on the quality of the puzzle and with Barbara on halva (the spelling I would tend to use). TANG was the last one to go in for me since I didn’t have the T until the very end, despite how easy CONTRACT was with hindsight, and so thought there too many potential dynasties given my inability to think of a synonym for trace.

  5. Allan_C says:

    Great clue for 17d. ‘Wrong’ as both anagram indicator and saying a botanist is not into bats – would have to be a zoologist to be that.

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