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Independent 7091 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on July 8th, 2009

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Top quality puzzle from Dac, great variety, subtlety and no loose ends.  Solving time, 28 mins.

* = anagram  < = reversed

1 TO PIC   “pick”   ‘to’ appearing as itself in the wordplay actually made it harder as I was looking for a five-letter homophone until the penny dropped.

4 BILL (GATE) S

9 1′S  (IS)  ADORA   “adorer”    Duncan, famous dancer and personality (originally US) – died in the 1920s

10 SULLIED    (ill-used)*  & lit

11 DOT   hidden reversal

12 The Secret Life of W (ALTER M) ITTY     Character originally created by James Thurber that has passed into general use.

14 AIR (PLAN)E   US given as that’s a mainly US usage – aeroplane in UK.

15 A STRID(e)

18 EUC LID    cue<

20 L (AY)OVERS    I got this from the wordplay,  another US usage meaning  stops on a journey, and not other possibilities that had come to my mind.

23 GREEN SHOOTS   (Gets on horse)*    A cliché of our times.

24 RUE    Je ne regrette rien – her famous song.  rue = regret and rue = street in French (=place) is what is meant here, I think.   (It occurred to me to be later that the reference in the clue “where she began” is that she began as a street singer)

25 D RUMMER   ‘Buddy’ Rich, jazz drummer I think is the reference here.

27 L (bARGES)T

28 TE (RM AGA) NT

29 EATER   last letters (‘finishes’) of the last five words in the clue.

DOWN

1 THIRD-RATE   (ride that r) *   r = traveller ultimately (last letter)   This was very good.

2 PLATTER    Cleverly hidden   29 = EATER

3 CROMWELLIAN    (Cameron will)*    Great misleading surface

4 B RAW LING   war<

5 LA (SHE) D     She is a Charles Aznavour  song

6 GEL   Double definition

7 T (W) ITTER

8 S (AD) LY     Stallone nicknamed ‘Sly’

13 MIS (CON)S TRUE

16 DISSENTER   (residents)*

17 W A GO N L IT  &lit   5 parts for 8 letters

19 CHE (QU) ER

21 EAR NEST    regularly = alternate letters of rEpAiRs

22 SHA RIA   (has)*   air<

23 GOD OT   (to dog)<    Vladimir from Samuel Beckett’s play ‘Waiting for Godot’

26 MO (Missouri) A (area)     Extinct bird i.e.’no longer found’

5 Responses to “Independent 7091 by Dac”

  1. Ali says:

    Nice to finish one at last this week! Good stuff as ever from Dac, though perhaps a little tougher than usual. WAGON LIT was new to me, but perfectly solvable from the clue. Good to see TWITTER starting to make an appearance now too.

  2. Richard Palmer says:

    17D held me up for a while as I expected the first component to be “Dutch” (Cockney for wife) and I was tempted to insert Dutch cap.

  3. Colin Blackburn says:

    I rather stupidly put in RIA at 26dn. I read it as a hidden word and thought RIA might be some obsolete alternative to rhea. It didn’t help that the A fitted.

  4. Wil Ransome says:

    Agreed, excellent puzzle. Not sure how easy it was because I was doing it at the same time as watching the test match.

    If 25ac is indeed a reference to that jazz drummer then it seems a strange lapse from Dac to have a definition by example. I suppose he thought ‘Rich (possibly) stranger …’ was too clumsy.

  5. Anax says:

    25A – definition by example indeed, and yet I have no complaints. In most cases DBE raises my hackles as it does others, but “Rich” is such a good spot that the smile it raised far outweighed any DBE concerns for me. I think there are times when it’s right that the setter is allowed to get away with it.

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