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Independent 7,145/Dac

Posted by Ali on September 9th, 2009

Ali.

Nice stuff as always from the mid-week maestro. There are some great clues here.

Across
1 HOSTA – S[-een] in HOT,A
4 RELOCATED – CO. rev. in RELATED
9 LOOPINESS – PINE’s in LOOS – Cracking clue
10 TASSO – TAS[-k],SO
11 LILIAN – AIL in NIL rev.
12 MODERATE – MODE,RATE
14 GIANT PANDA – ANT in (PIG)* + AND + A
16 TIFF – T(hat) I(s) + FF
19 TOSH – (SHOT)* – A very neat clue
20 FLORENTINE – LORE + NT in FINE
22 MANUALLYMENTALLYThink this is a cryptic def. Nope, it’s MEN,TALLY, as per comments below
23 MORSEL – S in MOREL
26 RECTO – Hidden in corRECT One
27 WRITE DOWN – “Right down”
28 HOLD FORTH – Double def.
29 TENSE – Double def.
Down
1 HALF-LIGHT – Cryptic def.
2 SEOUL – “Sole”
3 ALICANTE – I CAN’T in ALE
4 REEK – Double def.
5 LAST ORDERS – (OLDER STARS)*
6 CUTTER – Double def.
7 TOSCANINI – (SANCTION)*,1
8 DOONE – DO ONE! – Another great clue
13 WALLFLOWER – W + ALL + F + LOWER – A lovely semi &lit
15 ARSENICAL – (AIR’S CLEAN)*
17 FREELANCE – (General Robert) LEE rev. in FRANCE
18 INSOLENT – SOLE in IN[n} + T
21 RAN OFF – No F in R.A.F
22 MARCH – Double def
24 SHOWN – HOW in S(outh) and N(orth)
25 HIGH – “Hi”

15 Responses to “Independent 7,145/Dac”

  1. IanN14 says:

    Yes Ali, yet another nice one from Dac.
    But I couldn’t quite work out the ninas;
    “cafe” in the penultimate row, and “news” in the penultimate column I could get, but I don’t understand where the one in row 4 fits in…..

  2. Conrad Cork says:

    Let me bang the drum for 5 down. Last Orders was indeed full of older stars.

  3. IanN14 says:

    Actually, Ali, 22ac. is “mentally” (men tally)…

  4. beermagnet says:

    Your 2D has gone a bit AWOL – I have S,POOL

  5. welshpete says:

    2d Surely “Seoul” (sole)

  6. welshpete says:

    unfortunate nina in NW corner though

  7. Ali says:

    Ah yes, thanks for the corrections. I copied last week’s template across and forgot to update 2D!

    Re: Nina, I instinctively never look for them in Dac puzzles and can only ever recall one that he did for his wedding anniversary. Today’s look like coincidence I’d say

  8. eimi says:

    I thought Last Orders was outstanding, being familiar with the film, but more than that, I thought the puzzle was exemplary and I intend to use it as a benchmark (unfortunate Nina notwithstanding) for would-be setters who ask what I’m looking for. It has a bit of everything, neither too tricky nor too easy, lovely surfaces, humour and impeccably sound clues. Rather a good week so far in the Indy so far, though I say so myself.

  9. nmsindy says:

    I think 1 down may be HAL(t) FLIGHT.

    Re the Nina it’s just as well the second 4 letters in row 4 did not spell someone’s name…

    Excellent puzzle as always from Dac.

  10. RayFolwell says:

    27A is WRITE DOWN.

  11. Duggie says:

    An inadvertent inclusion?

  12. Ali says:

    Sorry, I’ll sack my subs! 27A corrected

  13. eimi says:

    Indeed, Duggie. There have been cases of intentional inclusions in other esteemed organs, I understand, but nothing I could repeat here.

  14. nmsindy says:

    I recall one in particular in an editorial, I think, in a national newspaper following a change of ownership, but at least the four remaining letters in row 4 today were not E I M I…

  15. Tees says:

    Well, I got the first one, a T, and my heart was in my mouth …

    What a brilliant puzzle, in which the II (inadvertent inclusion) only adds to the pleasure.

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