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Independent 7064 – Tyrus (Sat 6 June 2009)

Posted by petebiddlecombe on June 11th, 2009

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Solving time: 30 mins

I got on better with this than the previous Tyrus puzzles. Unless I’m being dense there’s no really strong theme. I can’t quite explain 2D.

Across
1 HIGH = “hi” – steep=high probably works best of you think of prices.
3/27 RIGHT SAID FRED – or RIGHT=sound,SAD=unhappy,FIRED=sacked, with I=one changing its place.
9 ROOFERS = (for Rose)* – one of the easiest, with the arbitrary name giving away the anag fodder.
10 AIR=look,HEAD=boss
11 POWERDRESSING – tough wordplay to untangle. It’s ROWED* in PRESSING=”needing immediate attention”, with the order of containment reversed by “on the contrary”.
13 SANDWORMS=(dons swarm)*
15 T(reated),OR SO=roughly
16 (s)ENTRY
18 IMPATIENT – cash = PAT (Wimbledon champ 1987, still seen nattering to Sue Barker at this time of year) inside (in time)*
20 RIP(e),OFF=bad,B(RITA)IN – the “girl discarded” is RITA in the BIN.
24 SPINNER – 2 defs
25 REST=lie down,O=nothing,RE=on=concerning
26 FUEL COSTS – (F,C,USE LOTS)*
Down
1 HARD-PUSHED – short of money = “hard-up”, in which the P=quietly is lifted by one place, SHED=cast.
2 GOODWIN – Fred=(27) Goodwin is the recently retired chief exec. of RBS. I can see WIN=clean up, but not retire=GOOD which I assume is the first part of a charade. Or just maybe I’m looking for somthing that’s not there and the first part of the clue is simply bitter political commentary.
3 R(IS)E(a)R
4 GRASSES UP – (A S.S.) in purges*
5 TARSI – reverse hidden
6 AVENGER – swap W for V in “A Wenger” = manager (of Arsenal F.C.)
7 DID,O – a singer
8 TEARAWAY – cross referenced to the “rip-off” in 20.
12 (Henry) COTTON=golfer,WEED = “got relief”. Cottonweed is a plant also called cudweed
14 RAIL(FA,RE)S
15 T(ATTI(c))EST
17 TUR=rut rev.,B(IN)E
19 ENA,MOUR(inho) – our second football manager. José Mourinho was known as the “Special One”
21 (his)PANIC
22 BORIS – Boris and Ken here are Mayors of London. O in BaRbIeS
23 AS IF – Asif could be this film director or maybe just a common Pakistani name, not sure.

5 Responses to “Independent 7064 – Tyrus (Sat 6 June 2009)”

  1. Richard Heald says:

    WP for 2Dn I think is GO (retire) + DO (clean) rev. + WIN (a satisfying result).

  2. John McDonald says:

    23D Current President of Pakistan is Asif Ali Zardari.

  3. Hypnos says:

    Thought there was an underlying theme – “Rip off Britain” – with a suitable characterisation of Fred the Shred in that context. “Girl discarded” was very nice touch and liked the clever inclusion of the two managers.

  4. nmsindy says:

    I enjoyed this amusing puzzle, which I found quite tough.

  5. Josh says:

    What’s Fred the Shred up to these days?…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gnOVwtXHlg

    That’s what! = )

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