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Independent 7011 by Hypnos

Posted by NealH on April 6th, 2009

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*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def

This was a puzzle of two halves for me. I flew through the left side of the grid but struggled for a while to get going with the right side. There were a couple of football-related clues, but nothing too excessive and overall it was very enjoyable with a couple of excellent &lits.

Across
1 Celesta: Ce + least*.
5 Assists: [B]assists.
9 Mixer: IX in REM<.
10 Rotten Row: [Johnny] Rotten (of Sex Pistols fame) + row (=barney). Rotten Row is in Hyde Park.
11 Facebook: &lit. Initial letters of “facility..online” + OK.
12 Stella: St + Ella (Fitzgerald). Stella McCartney is Paul’s fashion-designer daughter.
14 Rigoletto: Trio* around go + let.
16 Next: Net around X (Roman numeral).
18 Wake: Wake[field].
19 Superhero: US< + per (= a) + her 0.
21 On hand: double def.
22 Man of God: No F in dogma*.
25 Lucrative: C in (a rule ITV)*.
26 Ousel: Ouse + l.
27 Politic: Politic[o].
28 Tyranny: Ran in t[id]y n[urser]y.
Down
1 Campfire: Cam + fir in PE.
2 Lexicographical: Cryptic def. Webster and (Dr) Johnson were both writers of dictionaries.
3 Scrub: Sub (short for sub-editor) around Cr.
4 Air hostess: Excellent &lit. (She’s a sort at)* around [jetl]i[ners].
5 Anti: Anti[CS].
6 Sweetener: hom. of suite + Rene<.
7 Sir Alex Ferguson: &lit. (axing ref re loss)* around U. My knowledge of football doesn’t extend to whether this is a reference to a specific event, although I know Sir Alex does frequently criticize referees.
8 So What: Sow + hat.
13 Complacent: Co + MP + l + a cent.
15 Lie in wait: Lie in + W + Ait.
17 Coldplay: Old PL in Cay. Chirs Martin is the front man of the group Coldplay. This was the last clue I got and was quite tricky because of the number of things Martin could refer to. I thought for a while it might be the martin bird.
20 Dollop: Do + poll<.
23 Odour: O + Dour[o] (a river in Portugal).
24 Zinc: Hidden in pizzazz in celebrations.

4 Responses to “Independent 7011 by Hypnos”

  1. Testy says:

    I found this straightforward enough. My only quibbles were:

    2D didn’t seem a very strong CD. I can’t see anything about it that is misleading at all. Are there some other Johnson and Webster known in another field that we were supposed to think of first?

    23D “repute”=ODOUR which, for me, wasn’t the clearest of definitions and was paired with a foreign river that I didn’t know either, but I see repute is given for ODOUR in Chambers.

  2. nmsindy says:

    Pleasing puzzle that I found was not too difficult. My favourite clues were NEXT, TYRANNY, ZINC.

  3. Simon Harris says:

    Great puzzle, made all the more enjoyable by the opportunity to tackle it in the local, on a day off, rather than on the tube to work.

    I would never have got COLDPLAY, though. “Martin’s lot” was such a loose def, plus I spend my every waking moment trying to forget that that infernal band even exists.

  4. Richard says:

    Fine puzzle for me except for Coldplay – not sure how (given my limited knowledge of pop music)I could have deduced the answer from the clue.

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