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Independent 7,153/Phi

Posted by Ali on September 18th, 2009

Ali.

Apologies for the lateness and brevity. Busy day.

A fairly stiff challenge today I thought, with the NW corner proving a tough nut to crack. Excellent clueing as always from Phi.

Across
1 AIRSHIP – AIRS,HIP
5 PABULUM – B in PAUL + UM
9 RADON – RAD,ON
10 OCKHAMIST – C in (MATHS OK I)*
11 GEOGRAPHY – GO rev. in (HER GAP)* + Y
12 KUDOS – (SUDOK[-u])*
13 TUTTI – TUT + IT rev.
15 OFF-LIMITS – Not quite sure on the wordplay here – “Not allowed regarding house move? I’m blocking it”
18 MORALISER – ORAL in MISER
19 DELFT – L in DEFT
21 COVET – CO.,VET
23 ALPENHORN – AL[-l] + (HEN)* on PORN
25 BARRACUDA – (CURAR[-e]) in BAD + A
26 TAMAR – T.A.,MAR
27 EMINENT – MINE in [-g]ENT
28 ETHANOL – Hidden in morE THAN OLefin
Down
1 ALRIGHT – GIRL rev. in THA[-t] rev.
2 RADIO STAR – (I ADOR[-e] ARTS)*
3 HONOR – H ON OR
4 POOH-POOHS – O in HOOP + SHOP, all rev.
5 POKEY – P(rison) O(fficers) + KEY
6 BLACKBIRD – LACK BIRD added to B
7 LAIRD – D(ead) on LAIR
8 MITOSIS – M(utate) + (SO IT IS)*
14 ILL-AT-EASE – TEASE on [-v]ILLA
16 FIREPLACE – F(uel) I REPLACE
17 ISLE OF MAN – (NO SEA FILM)*
18 MACABRE – CAB in MARE
20 TENDRIL – TEN,DRIL[-l]
22 VERDI – Hidden in coVER DIsc
23 ADULT – A + DUL[-l] + T(hing)
24 NOTCH – NOT,CH

5 Responses to “Independent 7,153/Phi”

  1. IanN14 says:

    Couldn’t spot Nina, but, just for a change, her Dad‘s there…

  2. IanN14 says:

    …Re:15ac, Ali.
    I think it’s OF + FLITS including I’M (Def:Not Allowed)

  3. nmsindy says:

    I’M in OF FLITS, I think. Excellent puzzle, really liked POOH-POOHS.

  4. NealH says:

    Excellent puzzle, which was doable in a reasonable amount of time without being a complete pushover. Having read the Wikipedia entry on Ockham, I was none the wiser as to why an Ockhamist should be an opponent of multiplication. But it seems to ba reference to Occam’s Razor, which is the principle that “entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily”.

  5. Mick H says:

    Good spot with the Nina, Ian – it took me a while to see that even after reading your post.
    I wondered whether WILLY might be a kind of pottery (19ac, when it was _ _L_ _). It was a relief to see DELFT really.

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