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Independent 7,096 by Virgilius

Posted by Simon Harris on July 14th, 2009

Simon Harris.

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

Quite tough in places, with one or two that I’m not sure about. It’s often worth checking for a theme or Nina with Virgilius, but I’ve drawn a blank there.

Across
7 GREATS – GR + EATS.
8 SWEET PEA – (WE in STEEP*) + A.
9 EN CROUTE – EN ROUTE “consuming” C[ake].
10 THEISM – THE + IS + M.
11 REST – dd.
12 COLORATURA – (CAROL AT OUR)*. “Embellished vocal passages including runs, trills, etc”, apparently.
14, 15 BORDER STATES – I must be missing something in the wordplay, unless this is a dd?
18 ORIGINALLY – ORALLY “swallowing” 1 GIN.
20 KNOB – K + NOB.
22 HAWSER – (SAW HER)*.
24 CAMBODIA – (AM BOD) “caught by” CIA.
26 IDOLECT – (DO + ELICIT)*.
27 ENTAIL – [ailm]ENT AIL[ment]
Down
1 ORANGE – dd.
2 NARRATOR – ARRAN< + TO R.
3 ESAU – [th]E SAU[sages].
4 VENT – N in VET. It seems that N is used for “knight” in chess.
5 ATTEST – T in A TEST.
6 DESSERTS – STRESSED<.
8 SHEILA – cd. “Maid of Perth” is quite cleverly misleading here.
12 CLEAN – E “imprisoned by” CLAN.
13 RETRY – RE TRY.
14 BARNARDO – (RAN BOARD)*.
16 TAKE-OUTS – cd, I think.
17 ELICIT – [f]ELICIT[y].
19 GO SLOW – GO’S LOW.
21 OLIVIA – [b]OLIVIA.
23 RHEA – dd. Rhea is a moon of Saturn, and also a flightless South American bird.
25 MEEK – M + EEK.

7 Responses to “Independent 7,096 by Virgilius”

  1. Colin Blackburn says:

    Look around the border of the grid. There are various US states overlapping in different directions.

  2. Colin Blackburn says:

    …sorry, hence 14/15.

  3. IanN14 says:

    Just brilliant, yet again, from Virgilius.

  4. nmsindy says:

    Look around the perimeter for BORDER STATES

  5. Al Streatfield says:

    Nice puzzle.

    I didn’t get Rhea. Seems to me more a word suitable for a weekend barred puzzle, particularly with the limited checking here. (Hopefully this is not regarded as sour grapes).

  6. Colin Blackburn says:

    Hmm, I thought rhea was fairly common knowledge as a South American flightless bird, certainly for me it stands alongside ostrich and emu as three flightless land birds. Its meaning as a satellite is perhaps less commonly known outside of astronomy.

  7. NealH says:

    I got the border states idea, but didn’t realize the letters could overlap. So I was convinced EV/AD on the top row and WA/KS on the bottom row must be pairs of state abbreviations (works in the second case with Washington/Kansas but not the first).

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