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Independent 7,147 by Phi

Posted by Simon Harris on September 11th, 2009

Simon Harris.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.

I knew that GCSE in Music would come in handy some day. A nicely-themed Friday puzzle that had me sorely tempted to litter this intro with puns about sharp clueing and (vowels and) consonance and whatnot, but in the end I chose not to make a complete bassoon of myself…

Across
7 MINIM – M + MINI<.
8 EIRENICON – (ON ICE RE NI)*. A really excellent clue, but I had to cheat to solve it!
10 NATURAL – (TURN* “about” A) + AL[l]. A note that’s neither ♯ nor ♭.
11 TOURIST – TOUT “holding” SIR<.
12 MISAPPREHENDED – MENDED “without” (1 + PERHAPS*).
15 TIBER – TI[m]BER.
16 DOT – [i]D[i]OT. A dotted note is one that’s held longer by a half than its usual duration.
17 CUTIE – CUT + IE.
18 MESDEMOISELLES – (DEMO I SELL + [strif]E) in MESS.
22 LYING-IN – LYING + I + N.
23 CHARADECE “holding” (A in HARD).
25 TUNNEL NET – TUNNEL + NET.
26 SHARP – R “getting into” SHAP[e].
Down
1 UNIT – [s]UIT around 1.
2 IMPROPER – IMP + ROPE + R.
3 CELLAR – hom. of “seller”.
4 CROTCHET – CROCHET “securing” [i]T.
5 IN TURN – INN “accepting” TUR[n].
6 ACCIDENTAL – A[ct] + [o]CCIDENTAL. A note that is not in the current key signature of a piece.
7 MANUMITS – AN “to enter” SUMMIT*.
9 NOTE – NOT + E[dward].
13 SUBMEDIANT – (S[o]U[n]D + AMBIENT)*. The sixth degree of the diatonic scale, apparently.
14 REM SLEEP – PEELER< "clutching" MS.
16 DOMINANT – (DO IN + ANT) “pocketing” M. The fifth note of a major scale, I think.
17 CREVASSE – C[hurches] + REV + ASSE[t].
19 DAGGER – G in DA[n]GER.
20 INCITE – hom. of “in sight”.
21 FLAT – dd.
24 ALAS – AL[i]AS.

4 Responses to “Independent 7,147 by Phi”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Excellent puzzle from Phi, as ever. A bit harder than usual ‘cos of the unfamiliar musical terms but NOTE came straightaway. Thanks for explaining DOT – I did see that. IN TURN is a little unusual is that n is taken from turn but then appears below it, nothing wrong with it, of course. One v minor correction to the blog, in 12 ac it’s MENDED.

  2. nmsindy says:

    DOT should be – I did NOT see that – another minor correction…

  3. NealH says:

    Talking of things that come in useful, I don’t think I’d have got manumits without having heard of the Manumission club in Ibiza.

  4. linnets says:

    1 dn should be [s]UIT around N[oon]

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