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Independent 7135/Phi

Posted by John on August 28th, 2009

John.

I wasn’t sure how easy this was since I chose to solve it online after midnight, being busy late on Friday morning and not wanting to get up safely early, but there are as usual several very nice clues.

Across
1 SIMON BOCCANEGRA — (co)rev. in (macabre song in)*
9 O C(TOP)OD
10 PHARAOH — “fair oh”
11 DieT ONly
12 CHIAROSCURO — co{n} around (our chairs)*
13 ROL{l} LOVERS
15 GEESE — (e(see)g)rev.
16 MEAT H
18 SHANTYMAN — shan’t (many)*
20 HARPSICHORD — hard around (Phi scor{e})*
22 G NU
23 H {b}ARRIER
24 I S(0)LATE
26 PEPPERMINT CREAM — pep (merriment cap)* — tricky definition (‘sweet’) to find, since it was obviously going to be ‘something cream’ and Bailey’s Irish Cream etc come to mind
 
Down
1 SHOOT FROM THE HIP — 2 defs, one of them a bit fanciful but fair, since there was the question mark
2 MATINAL — ma (Latin)*
3 NAP — 2 defs, one of which I’d never heard
4 {f}OLD(TIM)ERS
5 C(APE)R
6 NEAR-SIGHTED — (He’s treading)*, although I can’t quite see how this works: near-sighted is an adjective but neither possible definition (with or without ‘having’) seems to lead to one
7 G R(A N)ULE
8 ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM — (has men mausoleum)* — this museum
12 CLOTHESLINE — CD
14 S(LAV)ON IAN
17 AIR(DR)OP
19 M(AG N)ATE — is a magnate necessarily a businessman? Chambers says that a magnate is a person of rank or wealth, or of power. Or a noble. But the COD adds ‘especially in business’, which I suppose justifies it.
21 CAR {s}OM{e}
25 p}ORC{h}

2 Responses to “Independent 7135/Phi”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Enjoyable puzzle, which I found a little harder than usual from Phi maybe because of the opera at 1 across which I was not familiar with. Re NEAR-SIGHTED, while I’m far from an expert on grammar, the definition starting with “having” seemed adjectival to me.

  2. Quixote says:

    Proper checking in the diagram, sound Ximenean clues, mixed vocabulary, no in-joke nina, no theme, no with-it references for ageing rockers! What’s going on?

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