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Independent 7,093 by Phi

Posted by Simon Harris on July 10th, 2009

Simon Harris.

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

Thankfully (from a blogger’s point of view!) a good deal easier than some we’ve seen this week, but good fun all the same.

Across
1 STOP – POTS<.
4 JUNTA – JAUNT with the A “turning up late”. I liked this one.
7 COPY – COY “about” P.
9 RITUAL – TU in LAIR<.
10 DOG-EARED – DO + GEAR + ED.
11 ALSO-RANS – SOLAR* + ANS.
12 LUMBER – [s]LUMBER.
13 CHARIOTS OF FIRE – (A HISTORIC OFFER)*.
16 WET ONE’S WHISTLE – (TOWEL WHITENESS)*.
18 ISOBAR – I SOAR “around” B.
20 GENOTYPE – (YET ONE GP)*.
22 GOLD MINE – GO + (LINE “holding” DM).
23 REALLY – E[ngland] in RALLY.
24 ARTY – [p]ARTY.
25 HATCH – dd.
26 EURO – [amat]EUR O[rganisation].
Down
2 TWILL – T + WILL.
3 PLUTOCRAT – PRAT “receiving” CLOUT*.
4 JULIAN OF NORWICH – (JOHN + IRONIC + AWFUL)*.
5 NUDISTS – NUTS “about” DIS[robing].
6 ANGEL OF THE NORTH – (THEN FLOG ANOTHER)*.
7 CHASM – C + HAS + M.
8 PIECEMEAL – EPIC* + (LAME “gripping” [vi]E[wers]).
14 HAWKSMOOR – HAWKS + ROOM<. Nicholas Hawksmoor, architect of Christ Church Spitalfields among much else.
15 INSATIATE – 1 + ASTATINE*.
17 SEGMENT – ST “encircling” (EG MEN).
19 BUDDY – dd.
21 POLAR – PAR “around” (0 + L).

6 Responses to “Independent 7,093 by Phi”

  1. Eileen says:

    Thanks, Simon.

    I thought it was a real pity to give such a clunky definition for THE ANGEL OF THE NORTH. Is it really so unfamiliar down south? I thought it was a great anagram but 16ac was rather odd!

  2. nmsindy says:

    If anything merits a clunky definition, it’s surely that…
    Enjoyable puzzle, not too difficult.

  3. Eileen says:

    I’ve just remembered that we were told last week that Phi lives in New Zealand.

  4. nmsindy says:

    Though he hails originally from not all that far from where that Angel is to be seen…

  5. pennes says:

    i was just pleased to have a crossword where i could make progress and indeed finish it. mordred, tyrus and nimrod in one week felt tough (and a bit dispiriting)

  6. GWEP says:

    In 8dn ‘LAME” is reversed (“turned” implausible).

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