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Independent 7119 by Hypnos

Posted by NealH on August 10th, 2009


*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def

This was themed around Philip Marlowe and the actors who have played him in films. Marlowe himself appears as a homophone in 10 and 11.


1 Reinforcement: RE + in + (CE men in fort).
8 Bogart: Bog + Art (Garfunkel). Bogart played Marlowe in The Big Sleep.
9 Climbing: C[linton] + limb + in + g. Interestingly, Hillary Clinton did once claim she was named after Edmund Hillary, although it doesn’t seem to be true.
10 Fillip: (Pill + if)<.
11 Marlow: Carlow (county in Ireland) with M replacing C.
15 Gould: L in Goud[a]. Elliott Gould played Marlowe in The Long Goodbye.
18 Spark: P in Sark (writer Muriel Spark).
20 Grasmere: RA’s + m[ove] in Gere.
23 Baryta: (A brat)* around y.
25 Negate: NE gate (gate being a scandal in the sense of Watergate and the like).
27 Disowned: (Odd news I)*.
28 Exhort: Hidden in Sussex horticulturalist.
29 Underclassmen: CD/DD.
1 Rook: DD.
2 Iranian: Rani + a in [w]in[e].
3 Futilely: (Tie fully)*.
4 Recap: Pacer<.
5 Enigma: (A MG in E)<.
6 Embargo: E MB argo.
7 Tonto: T[or]onto.
12 Whip: DD.
14 Rag: DD.
16 Lara: a + R[oman] in LA. “Noted centurion” refers to batsman Brian Lara.
17 Tangiers: T + Angers around I.
19,13 Raymond Chandler: (led dry anchorman)*
21 Mitchum: Mit + chum. Mitchum played Marlowe in two films.
22 Garner: DD. James Garner played Marlowe in a film of the same name.
24 Adieu: (Kate) Adie + second letter of bulletin.
25 Nadal: Nada + l.
26 Bran: Bran[d]. Refers to a bran tub, which is some sort of method of distributing presents at office parties.

3 Responses to “Independent 7119 by Hypnos”

  1. Conrad Cork says:

    Hypnos is the pseudonym of one Philip Marlow, so this was a real tour de force. Some superb clues.

  2. Richard Palmer says:

    Very nice puzzle by Philip Marlow.
    29A is UNDERCLASSMAN not …MEN (’s found).

  3. nmsindy says:

    This was indeed a tour de force, congrats to the setter. Tho not personally familiar with the films etc, managed to work all the actors out in the end, but it took ages – a real challenge. Unfortunately I too slipped with 29A in the same way as Neal H, but the clue is totally fair.

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