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Independent 7,111 by Phi

Posted by Simon Harris on July 31st, 2009

Simon Harris.

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

All fairly straightforward, I think, with everything fitting together nicely.

Across
7 BOOR – BOO + R.
8 OBSEQUIOUS – 0 + BISQUE* + OUS[ted].
10 TOFFEE – TOF[f] + FEE.
11 MAITRE DS – MISRATED*.
12 MEATBALL – B[ad] “consumed by” ME AT ALL.
14 MATURE – MARE “carrying” TU.
15 ACCIDENT PRONE – (I’D “put in” ACCENT) + PR + ONE.
18 MUSSEL – MUSSE[d] + L.
20 ESCAPADE – E + (SADE “accepting” CAP).
22 STRAINER – S + TRAINER.
23 ORWELLOR + WELL.
25 MONTE CARLO – (ROMANCE + LOT)*.
26 OPUS – [idea]S UP O[nce]<.
Down
1 LOGO – LOO “framing” G.
2 PROFIT – PRO + FIT.
3 HOMELAND – (HOLD ME)* “about” A N.
4 SQUIRM – SQUIR[e] + M[ini].
5 LIBRETTO – (LIT + O) “about” (BR + ET).
6 DUNDERHEAD – (UNDER + HE) “collared by” DAD.
9 SAMPLING ERROR – (NORMAL GRIPES + R[andom])*.
13 EVALUATION – (A VIOLA TUNE)*.
16 CASUALTY – (CAST + Y) around [ann]UAL.
17 PICCOLOS – PIC + (COOS “involving” L).
19 LUNACY – LACY “about” UN.
21 POWWOW – POW + WOW.
24 LOUT – L + OUT.

6 Responses to “Independent 7,111 by Phi”

  1. NealH says:

    I’m sure the online version had 11 across as 8 letters rather than 6,2 this morning, which made it somewhat more difficult. It seems to have been corrrected now.

  2. Colin Blackburn says:

    It was (6,2) when I did the puzzle mid-morning. Although I knew the answer I found the plural interesting thinking it was something more like MAITRS DE but realising that didn’t look right either.

  3. nmsindy says:

    I pencilled in MAITRESD first but as I hoped it would DUNDERHEAD resolved it. Good puzzle, which I too found straightforward.

  4. beermagnet says:

    I learnt something new: BOOR. I always thought the homonym in the “lout” sense was also spelt BOAR.

    11A (6,2) on the screenprint I took at about 08:00 this morning.

  5. mhl says:

    Thanks for the post – I enjoyed this one a lot. The only thing I wasn’t sure about was “PRO FIT” for “In favour of motion” – is it meant to be “motion” = “a fit”?

  6. nmsindy says:

    I’d doubts about this too but looked in dicts which confirmed fit = motion.

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