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Independent 7,055 by Dac

Posted by Simon Harris on May 27th, 2009

Simon Harris.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.

A very enjoyable arts/literature themed one from Dac, with the usual rock-solid clueing and some chuckles along the way – 1 ac was a gem. There was nothing unduly problematic, although I made life harder for myself by assuming PROFESSORS for 24 ac without really justifying it.

Across
1 IAMBIC – I AM BIC.
5 PASTORAL – PAST + ORAL, and presumably &lit.
5 CRICKET BAT – CRICKET + BAT.
10 TOGA – [s]T[r]O[n]G[m]A[n].
11 PANTOMIME HORSE – (THESPIAN + ROMEO + M[ontague])*.
12 DAPPLE – D + APPLE.
14 ROBIN DAY – (O[l]D + BRAINY)* &lit.
16 CAROUSEL – CAROL “without” USE.
18 CASTLE – (LEAST + C[yclone])*. “Man on board” had me thinking of words for sailors for a while, as I’m sure was intended.
20 A ROOM WITH A VIEW – dd.
23 ADEN – [l]ADEN.
24 PROCESSION – PRO + hom. of “session”.
25 NEREIDES – (I’D SEEN)* “round” RE.
26 TENANT – TENT “receives” (A + N).
Down
2 AGRIPPA – hom. of “a gripper”.
3 BACON – BA + COM.
4 CHEROKEES – C + HERO + SEEK<.
5 PUBLIC RELATIONS – (PLACE IN BRISTOL + U)*.
6 SATIE – SA + TIE. Erik Satie, composer, 1866-1925.
7 OUTGOINGS – dd.
8 AUGUSTA – AU + GUST + A.
13 PRONOUNCE – (R + ON) “during” POUNCE.
15 BUCHAREST – BUCHA[n] + REST. John Buchan, author, 1875-1940.
17 ABRIDGE – A + BRIDGE.
19 LOWDOWN – dd.
21 WIPED – WED “receiving” 1P.
22 IBSEN – (IS “penning” B) + EN. Henrik Ibsen, playwright and poet, 1828-1906.

4 Responses to “Independent 7,055 by Dac”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Yes, another excellent Dac puzzle – I thought IAMBIC was brilliant.

  2. Chunter says:

    18ac: not very keen on this. Although it looks like a castle the piece is called a rook (abbreviated to ‘R). ‘Castle’ is used only as a verb (for the move involving a king and a rook).

  3. eimi says:

    I have always insisted on calling the piece a rook, but Collins, COED and Chambers all have castle as another name for it, while most acknowledge that it is an informal usage.

  4. NealH says:

    Quite enjoyable, if a little on the easy side. I thought 13 down read quite well and was nicely deceptive with the “say” as the definition.

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