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Azed 1,942

Posted by Gaufrid on 25th August 2009

Gaufrid.

Apologies for the late appearance of this analysis and for the lack of any real comment. I cannot remember too much about this puzzle having completed many more crosswords in the time between solving and writing this post. Had I known I was going to need to stand in at the last moment I would have made some notes whilst solving. All I can say is that, on my copy, I do not have a question mark against any of the clues so there cannot have been anything contentious (not that this is likely with an Azed).

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Financial Times 13,164 / Jason

Posted by Agentzero on 25th August 2009

Agentzero.

I had a number of questions or quibbles here.

Across
1 GOSSIP-WRITER *(I REPORT SWIGS)
10 REELING EEL (fish) in RING (bell)
11 VANILLA AN in VILLA (home in Rome).  Vanilla is an orchid extract.
12 MUSIC MU (Greek character) SIC (thus)
13 KERCHIEF homophone of “cur chief” (head of scoundrels)
15 TRANSCRIBE N (name) and CRIB (cheat) in *(TEARS)
16 UGLY homophone of UGLI
18 CHER dd
20 GOOD FOR YOU *(DUO OR GOOFY)
22 ROCK BASS ROCK (pop) B (beginning to bug) ASS (jenny)
24 BIG UP BIG (huge) UP (increase).  Hmm.  I have heard the slang phrase “Big ups to …” generally meaning “kudos to …”  I never heard of it being used in the singular. 
26 NARRATE *(RARE ANT)
27 SUNBURN SUN (star) BURN (to make CD)
28 TWENTY-TWENTY dd
 
Down
2 OPEN SEA *(EUROPEANS minus UR (hesitation))  First time I’ve seen UR rather than ER for hesitation.
3 SUITCASE SUIT (appropriate) (how are these the same parts of speech?) CASE (cartridge).
4 PAGE P (quiet) AGE (period). 
5 REVIEW BODY REVIEW (assess) BODY (corpus).  IMHO, clues in which a two-word phrase are based on indicators for each of the two words separately generally aren’t that interesting.
6 TUNIC hidden in PashTUN I Caught
7 ROLLING [st]ROLLING (promenading when street’s blocked)
8 DRAMATIC IRONY *(CRY + ADMIRATION)
9 BARFLY JUMPING I think this is BAR (but) FLY (cunning? more slang?) JUMPING (vaulting).  Apparently the practice of jumping up against a wall while wearing a velcro suit.
14 ORION’S BELT ORION’S (hunter’s) BELT (career, as in to move fast and somewhat wildly).  Same comment as re 5 down.
17 SORBONNE SOR (homophone of SAW = “witnessed”) BONNE (“good,” French)
19 EXCERPT R (Romeo) in EXCEPT (bar)
21 YOGHURT *(HOG) in YURT (tent)
23 BLAME B (second-rate) LAME (golden fabric)
25 ISN’T I (one) + N (new) in ST (outer parts of “Somerset”)

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Independent 7132 by Punk

Posted by nmsindy on 25th August 2009

nmsindy.

A themed puzzle on the punk group  SEX PISTOLS (2 down).   The associated answers are titles of some of their best-known hits.   I found it very tough indeed.    Solving time, 70 mins.    Perhaps a favourite of the setter’s in the light of his pseudonym.

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Guardian 24,787 – Brendan

Posted by Uncle Yap on 25th August 2009

Uncle Yap.

dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

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