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Independent 7,058 by Nimrod (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 30/05/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on June 5th, 2009

Simon Harris.

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

I must admit I’ve slowly become something of a fan of Nimrod’s work despite initially struggling with his style. This one seemed relatively easy overall, perhaps helped by the four long themed entries.

Across
6 SECOND THOUGHTS – I’m not quite sure how “allowing time to get among supporters” works here. I assumed it was something to do with SECONDS, but perhaps not.
9 IN TOUCH – dd.
10 HOSANNA – (A “breaking” (OS + NN)) “in” (H + A).
11 AERATOR – ARE* + ROTA<.
12 TIEBACK – Spoonerism of “buy tack”.
13 TEA – hom. of “tee”.
14 DRESS – dd.
16 LIMIT – LIT “crossing” M1.
18 NOD – NO D. Nicely done.
19 HUSBAND – BUS* in HAND.
21 TRY IT ON – dd.
23 EPISTLE – (IS SPELT)*.
24 IRON OUT – dd.
25 CHOLINESTERASE – (IN THE CASSEROLE)*. I had to cheat to get this one.
Down
1 SCOT-FREE – (SECRET OF)*. I hadn’t ever thought about the origin of this term, and it turns out that a “scot” is indeed a historical tax.
2 UNJUSTUN + JUST.
3 TOP HAT AND TAILS – (STOP AT THAILAND)*.
4 EGGSHELL – EGGS + HELL.
5 STANZA – [paki]STAN ZA[ire].
6 SUIT AND SHOES – (ASTONISHED US)*. A reference of course to Roger Miller, whose King of the Road dressed in “old worn out suit and shoes” and paid a doubly negative amount of union dues.
7 T-SHIRT AND JEANS – THIS* + RT + AND JEANS. cf. Jean Seberg, Jean Harlow.
8 JACKET AND TIE – JACK + (DIE AT TEN)*.
15 SCANTILY – (CLAY ISN’T)*.
17 MOTIONAL – (OILMAN TO)*.
20 SLIGHT – dd.
22 YEOMEN – YE OMEN.

3 Responses to “Independent 7,058 by Nimrod (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 30/05/09)”

  1. IanN14 says:

    Thanks, Simon.

    I think 6ac. is “though” + T in “seconds”.

  2. Simon Harris says:

    Well spotted, Ian. I can see “though” for “allowing” now you mention it. Thanks for that.

  3. Allan_C says:

    Presumably 14 and 21 were meant to tie (!) in with the themed entries?

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