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Independent 7029 by Punk

Posted by NealH on April 27th, 2009

NealH.

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

A couple of rather loose definitions (laptop computer = means of communication ?) meant I found sections of this tricky. There was only one (15 down) I didn’t enitrely follow.

Across
1 Amulet: U in ‘amlet.
5 Hedgehog: Again slightly obscure definitions (hedge = asset and hog=keep all the time) meant I hesitated over this one.
9,19 Thank ones lucky stars: CD.
10 Golden rule: Double/cryptic def (golden=50 year anniversary).
11 Dong: I actually put Ding for this one on the grounds that might be sound of a till and is also Chinese name (possibly Vietnamese as well). However, it turns out to be Dong because the Dong is the currency of Vietnam.
12/17/11D Lowest Common Denominator: (West London Commemoration)*.
14 Ostinato: (It + a not so)*. This is not a word I’ve seen much, but it means a repeated fragment of music.
16 Denounce: Den + ounce. The ounce is another term for the snow leopard.
18 Used: Another double def I was slightly dubious about.
20 In business: Double def.
22 Laptop computer: Lapp around to + “put” in “come” + r.
24 Usurious: Us (i.e. the British) after US U Rio.
25 Deride: DE (two of the lower grades in for example A levels) + ride.
Down
2 Metronome: (Moment or)* + E.
3 Lo and behold: Loan + DBE (Dame of the British Empire) + hold.
4 Token: Toke + [quee]n.
5 Hang up ones boots: Hang-up + one’s Boots (Boots the high-street chemist).
6 Dyspeptic: (spicy pet [foo]d)*.
7 Emu: Hidden in the mud.
8 Oaken: O + a Ken.
13 Tennis pro: (person in [cour]t)*.
15 Trousered: Clue was “Runner runs into Welsh town half exposed, wearing Uncle Sam’s pants”. Although I thought of trousered fairly quickly, the answer didn’t seem to make sense on the grounds that Americans don’t normally use the word trousers. I can only assume the definition means “wearing what the Americans call pants”. As for the rest, it seems to be Ouse + R in Tred, which must be half a Welsh town, although I don’t know which one.
21 Sapid: (Dip as)<.
23 Tar: CD.

4 Responses to “Independent 7029 by Punk”

  1. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Neal
    You could try Tredegar for 15d.

  2. Richard says:

    11 Across – I had “ding” for this as well, Neal, for the same reason.

  3. Mick h says:

    I too havered between DING and DONG, but reasoned that Punk, faced with the same choice when compiling the puzzle, would surely have gone for the latter!

  4. Andrew says:

    A couple of marginally-relevant points:

    Tredegar was the birthplace of Aneurin Bevan, leading to a famous &lit clue by (I think) Ximenes: something like “Origin of the great red (8)”.

    Ostinato is Italian for (or at least cognate with) “obstinate”, giving the figurative musical meaning.

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