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Independent 7,006/Dac

Posted by Ali on March 31st, 2009

Ali.

Was it just me being tired from having stayed up late watching The Wire last night, or was some of this quite hard for a Dac puzzle? The middle of the grid didn’t cause me too much bother, but I spent a fair while trying to fill out the bottom corners. Nevertheless, reliably excellent clueing from Dac.

Across
1 SUPERB – REP in BUS, all rev.
4 GRAINGER – GRAIN,GER
9 OLIVER – Double def.
10 BLACKOUT – Cryptic def.
12 BILL – Double def.
13 DESIGNATOR – (DOG’S TRAINE[-r])*
15 LOSE ONES GRIP – (REGIONS POLES)*
18 BREAKTHROUGH – BREAK,TH[-e],ROUGH
21 LEAF INSECT – LEAF + C in INSET
22 SKIP – Double def.
24 BUNGALOW – Un,GAL in BOW
25 CUP – C[-ity],UP,TIE
26 LAMPETER – LAM,PETER – A tough clue I thought
27 BARDOT – BAR,DOT
Down
1 SHOP BELL – Cryptic def.
2 PAINLESS – (SPANIELS)*
3 REEL – LEER rev.
5 ROLLING STOCK – Double def.
6 INCENDIARY – [-v]INCEN[-t],DIARY – Fantastic. Clue of the day for me.
7 GHOSTS – G,HOSTS
8 RETORT – RE: TORT
11 GENERAL STORE – (LOR! TEENAGERS)*
14 COORDINATE – (DECORATION)*
16 JUNKETED – K in JUNE + TED – A great clue, but hard in Dac terms I’d say, with a crafty definition (‘organised jolly’) which wouldn’t be out of place in a Bannsider puzzle!
17 SHIPMENT – HIP,MEN in ST.
19 GLOBAL – LO[-w] in GB + AL[-l]
20 MAGNUM – GNU in MAM
23 AURA – Former First Lady [-l]AURA

8 Responses to “Independent 7,006/Dac”

  1. conradcork says:

    Dac on a Tuesday? I bet that means Eimi has a big one up his sleeve for tomorrow, it being All Fools’ Day.

  2. nmsindy says:

    A little tougher than usual for Dac for me today too. Excellent as ever and the clue to 1 ac was just as the answer suggested – my favourite today.

    Incidentally, re 25 ac, not sure, if in these of the Prem League and all its riches, those cup ties are important matches any more.

  3. petero says:

    I read 10ac. not just as a cryptic definition, but as LACK in BOUT.

  4. Testy says:

    Yes indeed. In fact I think it’s one of the best &lits I’ve seen.

  5. Richard says:

    I went wrong at 1 down, having filled in door bell, and consequently could not get 1 across. I have some problems with 3 down, as, although, I guessed correctly, I don’t think it’s sufficiently clear from the clue that the answer is “reel” rather than “leer”. Otherwise, I thought it was a very good tough puzzle.

  6. NealH says:

    I found this mostly fairly easy but had to resort to looking up a list of Welsh towns to find Lampeter. The “originally” threw me a bit as it more often seems to mean first letter rather than goes before and Peter for rock is a bit too biblical for me.

  7. rightback says:

    Yes, definitely harder than usual for Dac, but as good as ever, if not better.

  8. Simon Harris says:

    Yes, great puzzle.

    It took me from the moment I bought the paper at West Dulwich station at 8.52am until one minute before I left work to finish it. No reference materials were needed, but plenty of brain-racking was. The perfect crossword for me :)

    More of this sort of thing!

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