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Archive for March 25th, 2009

Financial Times 13,034 / Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on 25th March 2009

Gaufrid.

A belligerent puzzle from Cinephile today or, perhaps, not so much a puzzle as a lesson in military history. This post is a little later than usual because I have been trying, unsuccessfully, to resolve 31a and 7d. The puzzle itself was somewhat of a ‘battle’ in places, particularly the more obscure thematic entries, but overall quite enjoyable.

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Independent 7001/Dac

Posted by John on 25th March 2009

John.

Everything typically elegant and natural today.

Across
1 FEAT HERB RAINED — One of the signs of a good charade clue is that the long word is split into components that are not themselves suggested by the word. At first I wasn’t sure about ‘on’ and it looked like one of those rather cumbersome link-words that is there only for the wordplay, but in fact I think it’s just ‘rained’ = ‘poured water on’ — just
8 DR OP I N
9 ARMY ANTS — (many rats)*
10 FA(L LSO)FF
11 IN CANS
12 REP ENT{r}ANCE — this film‘s English title
14 B ASH
16 laST YEar
17 CO(L LATER)AL
19 FA(THE)R
21 CHARTIST — refers to Da Vinci’s Mappamundi
23 WIND DOWN — 2 defs
24 A STRID{e}
25 THE WEAKEST LINK — (he{c}k Kate Winslet)*, ‘being’ a noun
 
Down
1 FIRM A (MEN) T
2 APPAL — “a Paul”
3 HANG-OUT — 2 defs I think — seems a bit loose and perhaps I’m missing something
4 ROAD-FUND LICENCE — (red could finance)*
5 R O MAINE
6 IRASCIBLE — (Blair sic {on}e)*
7 ELTON — L in (note)rev, ref Ben Elton and Elton John
13 EYE SHADOW — “I” S(HAD)OW
15 SLAPSTICK — (pals)rev stick
17 CORDOBA — (cab door)*
18 ADAM ANT
20 chAP IS Handling
22 T{a}U{n}T{s} TI{me}

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Guardian 24656 / Brendan

Posted by mhl on 25th March 2009

mhl.

A fun puzzle from Brendan with a theme of name changes. I’m afraid I’m not likely to be able to update this post with any corrections until much later today.

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