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Independent 7013/Dac

Posted by John on April 8th, 2009

John.

In ‘Logical Chess’, by Irving Chernev, the author takes it upon himself to make a comment on every single move. As you might expect, the commentary on the opening moves of games become rather repetitive. It’s rather the same when I blog a Dac crossword: he is always so tidy and efficient that it is tempting to repeat myself.

Across
1 PAL A TABLE
6 CO(W)E’S — very useful to crossword setters Sebastian Coe is turning out to be: I expect his fame will long outlast the Olympics, although perhaps one could say that he deserves it for his athletic exploits
9 CO(M)P ACT — I suppose a cop act is what a policeman does, but it looks to me that there should at least have been a question mark
10 DE(ME)TER — who was so far as I can see amongst other things a protector of women, although it has been quite hard to find out how
11 SHARED OWNERSHIP — (hears)* downer’s hip — gorgeous clue
12 BRAZIL — OK a Brazil is a nut and so can be called nutty, but it doesn’t actually mean nutty, so I’m uncomfortable with this clue — ref Angela Brazil
13 V(END)ET TA
15 TAPESTRY — (pretty as)* — nice semi &lit.
17 BEN GAL{e}
20 CO N(FRONT)ATIONAL
22 ASHANTI — (Hait{i}ans)*
23 LECTER {campaig}N — ref Hannibal Lecter
24 fearlesS ARGEntines
25 HA(MP)STE AD
 
Down
1 PICKS — “pics”
2 LAM(BAD)A
3 TRAVEL INSURANCE — (Venice trans-Ural)*
4 BOTTOM — 2 defs
5 END ANGER
6 CAMBRIDGE CIRCUS — I think it’s simply ‘some students’ = ‘Cambridge’, ‘rowdy behaviour’ = ‘circus’, but this seems a bit thin and perhaps I’m missing something elegant
7 WAT CHIT
8 S(TRIP)MALL — something of which I’d never heard (although the wordplay was easy enough), but it seems to be an American thing
12 BATH CHAPS — food that may be well known to those of a certain age
14 F(RANK)ISH
16 PANT HER
18 GE((ON)rev)ESE
19 CALL UM
21 LI(N)ED

5 Responses to “Independent 7013/Dac”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Excellent, as always, from Dac, tho I found it much harder than usual maybe as some of the answers were a little unfamiliar.

  2. Tyro says:

    I didn’t know the author at 12 but it was easy enough. I had no problem with nutty. These are supposed to be fun, aren’t they?

  3. Paul B says:

    An excellent observation, Mr Tyro!

  4. nmsindy says:

    I’d no real problems with ‘nutty’ as a BRAZIL is just that.

  5. Richard says:

    I thought this was an excellent crossword. I’m comfortable with “nutty”, and, although I’d never heard of “bath chaps”, I was delighted to find it in the dictionary after having worked it out from the clue. So, as usual, many thanks to Dac both for diversion and for education.

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