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Independent 7106 (Sat 25 July) – Dac

Posted by petebiddlecombe on August 3rd, 2009

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I found this quite a tough puzzle for Dac, needing two solving sessions, though the first was late at night. Apologies for posting a few days late.
I liked the range of cultural references here, and make no apology for linking to the film versions of two books, which I’m sure I’m not alone in knowing better than the original.

Across
1 QUE=”that in French”,BECKER= famously diving tennis player
6 P,AT,H – P=”patient’s started”
8 BAND=group,ANNA(l) – Bruce S used to wear one
9 CUR,ATE=worried
10 MICROS=”my crows”
11 S(LAND)ER(b)
12 F.O.,UNTA=aunt*,IN
15 IN SITU = (unit is)*
17 COL(d),MAR.
18 (f)RIES,LING=fish
19 NES(BIT)T – I didn’t know who the armchair philosopher was, but it seems to be the string vest Nesbitt
20 ASH=remains,LEY=field – Ashley is a character in Gone With the Wind. – here’s a sample.
22 WOBURN = an “abbey” which is actually a stately home.
RUB=problem in NOW=present time, all reversed
23 (churc)H,ALLOWED
24 FELL – 2 defs
25 RESISTANT = (rattiness)*
 
Down
1 QUASIMODO – bell-ringer in the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Quasimodo Sunday is another name for Low Sunday
2 ELDER = ‘eld ‘er
3 ENNIS, country town of Clare – reverse hidden word
4 K(HAMS)IN – a wind of the Sahara and Arabian deserts
5 R.E.,C.(HABIT)E. – see the wikipedia description
for the teetotal connection
6 PAR(AD)IS,AL(l)
7 TUT,OR(a,l)
13 NUM(B)SKULL=”scull”
14 ARRAIGNER = a,”reigner” (or “a reigner”) – to arraign is to charge in the legal sense
16 TENDEREST = (detergent’s – G)*
18 RE=on=concerning,TCHES=chest*
19 NO(O)SE
20 ATLAS – 2 defs
21 HOOK=blow (boxing),A

3 Responses to “Independent 7106 (Sat 25 July) – Dac”

  1. nmsindy says:

    I too found this harder than usual for Dac and, as always, enjoyable. When I saw he was appearing on a Saturday, I thought there might be a theme/Nina but apparently not. Favourite, NOOSE.

  2. John H says:

    There is one, I think, but it seems fairly personal. Look at pairs of across answers, e.g. 10/11 contain Dac’s surname, 17/18 contain MARRIES….

  3. Peter Biddlecombe says:

    Well spotted! Maybe she (Ashley Nesbitt?) was initially resistant to his charms but fell for him in the end.

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