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Independent 6,995/Dac

Posted by Ali on March 18th, 2009

Ali.

Tougher than usual for Dac I thought, but the fact that I had to solve this whilst standing up on a bus and trying not to fall into people probably didn’t help my concentration. Lovely clueing as always from the D-Man though.

Across
1 PITSAW – IT’S in PAW – ‘Hand-held’ as a container indicator won’t please the purists I’m sure, but I’ve got no issues with it
4 FREAK OUT – FREAK,OUT
10 THACKERAY – T,HACK,(YEAR)*
11 PAEON – Odd letters of PlAcEs + ON
12 LEBANON – BAN in LEON
14 LLANERO – ALL rev.,NERO
15 CORRESPONDENCE – Double def. Needed most of the checking letters before this one went in
17 BALMORAL CASTLE – MORAL CAST in BALLE[-t] – Balmoral Castle being a royal enclosure!
21 ECTOPIC – E.C,TOPIC
22 SECEDER – (DECREES)*
23 DOCLE – E,CLOD rev.
24 FORTUNATE – TUNA in FORT,E (‘close to shore’)
26 FIENDISH – 1,END in FISH
27 ATHENS – [-f]AT HENS
Down
1 POT BLACK – L in TOP rev.,BACK – For the uninitiated, Pot Black was a TV snooker show, the junior version of which gave many of today’s stars their, erm, big break
2 TEA – &lit, hidden in remoTE Assam
3 ASKANCE – ASK,[-d]ANCE
5 ROYAL ENCLOSURE – (COURSE,REALLY,NO)*
6 APPEAESE – PEAS in APE
7 OVEREXCITED – OVER,EX,CITED
8 TANNOY – ANN in TOY
13 BARBASTELLE – (BALL ARE BEST)* – A new word for me. It’s a bat with a ‘tache basically
16 PEERLESS – “Pierless”
18 MOPHEAD – MO + HE in PAD
19 ACCOUNT – A,C,COUNT
19 GELDOF – (FLO[-g]GED)*
25 AXE – “‘acks”

4 Responses to “Independent 6,995/Dac”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Yes, excellent puzzle – FIENDISH was, well, fiendish. Typo in 23 across which should be DOLCE – I was thinking of a dessert for quite a while.

  2. Richard says:

    This was excellent. So far, yet another brilliant week from the Indy. Hard puzzles which are a challenge and pleasure to complete. The only problem is that it’s taking me so long to do the Indy that I’ve very little left for the others!

  3. Tees says:

    Very kind, Richard. And nice to see something a little more upbeat from our blogger for today’s puzzle.

  4. Allan_C says:

    Definitely not a good day for me. Couldn’t finish this crossword – the top right and bottom left corners, particularly ‘paeon’ – due in part to Dac’s excellent misdirection. And to add insult to injury the intermediate sudoku defeated me as well.

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