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Independent 7117 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on August 7th, 2009


Excellent puzzle, solving time 27 mins.   A mini-theme perhaps with symmetrically placed 4 down and 13 down similar.

* = anagram  < = reversed


1 COWL  (th)ICK      thick hiding half of that = thick less th

5 BE (L) AR US    Excellent clue

9 POLITESSE     E (last letter in marriage) in (stop lies)*

10 RA (P) ID     Heart of company = middle letter

11 OC CUR   co<

12 AU (men)DACIOUS

14 A BOUT DE SOUFFLE     nmsindy feared this as very weak on films, then found he not only knew it but had seen it.    Directed by Godard (1960)  about = describing   de = odd bits (letters) of diet.

17 NINETEENTH HOLE    golf, pun on shots (drinks and golfing shot).   Traditional name for a pub resorted to after the eighteen holes of a golf match.

21 A QU (AR) ELLE(d)    RA<

23 That  ACHE

24 ON I(r)ON



27 T (IDEa) – RIP


1 CAP TO R     Tricky

2 WOLF CUB   (buc flow)<

3 INTERRUPT   (purer tint)*

4 KISS-AND-TELL  (led sin talks)*

5 B YE(t)   cricket

6 LYRIC    Hidden, with an excellent surface.

7 REPROOF    Double definition (this is not correct: see Gaufrid’s comment below – comment 4 – thanks to him for explaining it)

8 S (IDES) TEP    pets<

13 DISH  THis E DIRT    (tried)*

15 UNHA (CH)TED    unhated!


18 N (OUR IS)H

19 L (U C) IFER    My favourite clue

20 S (ELL) UP    definition:  dispose of all

22 RE(N)AL

25 FUR(y)    PETA = People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

5 Responses to “Independent 7117 by Phi”

  1. shirley says:

    Yes, agreed NMS. I don’t find Phi to be my favourite among the Indy panellists, but today he extends into theme territory very well. Nice puzzle, and mercilessly correct in grammar (which should be taken as a mild criticism!).

  2. Wil Ransome says:

    NINETEENTH HOLE: not so much a pub resorted to after the 18 holes of a golf match as the bar of the golf club.

    Enjoyed this. Got one wrong (FIR{e} not FUR{y} for 25dn, hadn’t heard of PETA) and didn’t understand 12dn until I came here. Still don’t see 7dn: why is ‘reproof’ (or perhaps ‘re-proof’) a definition of ‘copy’?

  3. nmsindy says:

    With no skill whatsoever in golf or any other sport, have never got to the NINETEENTH HOLE so I’m sure you’re right about that, John.

    Collins has REPROOF as to provide a new proof in printing as one goes thro the stages – I think that’s OK as ‘copy’

  4. Gaufrid says:

    Wil & nmsindy
    7d the definition is rebuke. The wordplay is REPRO (copy) OF.

  5. Allan_C says:

    Re 14ac: for those (like me!) not very well up on films, the English title was “Breathless”. Reference

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