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Independent 7130 (Sat 22 Aug) by Nestor

Posted by petebiddlecombe on September 1st, 2009

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Apologies for not writing this up before disappearing for the Bank Holiday weekend. This was a challenging but not too difficult puzzle, taking me 13:50. A fine set of varied answers and plenty of the elegant clue-writing you expect from this setter.

Across
1 APPLES AND PEARS – double def exploiting the ‘stairs’ Cockney rhyming slang meaning
10 LE(W)IS – “part of island” as Lewis and Harris are two parts of the same one
11 RAST=tsar rev.,AFAR,I
12 PE(STILE)NCE
13 NEVA = ‘aven rev. The Neva flows from Lake Ladoga to the Gulf of Finland, through St Petersburg
15 ALAR,MS.
17 UNWEANED = (a new dune)*
19 OLD FRUIT – double def cross-referencing 1A
20 GUINEA = (EU gain)*
22 NOOB = boon rev. – geeky slang for a beginner, from “newbie”
23 W(E(L)LVERS)ED
26 BRICK WALL – two defs, one punning on “pointing” = mortar
27 EBLIS = fEw BuLlIeS – a Muslim name for the Devil which I vaguely recognised
28 SOCRATIC METHOD – M in (doctors I teach)*
 
Down
2 POWYS = Y in rev. of SWOP
3 L(ESSISM=misses*)ORE
4 SOR=”sore”,BET=horse
5 NO(SEC)ONE
6 P(L)AY
7 AGAMEMNON – if you write MAN/EGO/MAN, as the rows of a three by three square, this is columns 2,1,3.
8 SPIT AND SAWDUST = (wants stupid ads)*
9 CLAP HAM,OMNIBUS
14 B(E,MUSE(u)M)ENT
16 AU,DIOD(e),IS,C
18 DIG,ERA,TI=I.T. rev.
21 SLA(LoOm)M
24 SAL(V)O(n)
25 SKU(ll),A(ll) – ll. = lines

3 Responses to “Independent 7130 (Sat 22 Aug) by Nestor”

  1. nmsindy says:

    As an Indy cryptic solver since the start in the 1980s, I thought this was one of the best puzzles ever to appear there.

  2. Colin Blackburn says:

    I missed this one. How did the APPLES AND PEARS clue compare to today’s from Dac?

  3. Gaufrid says:

    Colin
    The clue was: “Take these for a healthy diet and exercise (6,3,5)”

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