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Independent 7155 by Hypnos

Posted by NealH on September 21st, 2009

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def

This was an enjoyable puzzle with a good mixture of clues, which I found a little easier than some Monday offerings (possibly because it was largely devoid of words I’d never heard of). My favourite was the cleverly concealed definition for elopment in 15 down – “recourse for a secret item”. There were also a couple of excellent &lits.
 

Across
1 Rebuff: Re + buff.
4 Assailed: (Delia’s + sa[uces])<.
9 Toulouse Lautrec: (Culture a lot)* around Ouse.
11 Underwear: This was the only one I wasn’t too sure about. “Slip, say” is the definition and the rest might be un + (reared)* around w, although un for one seems a bit of a stretch.
12 Thyme: Hom of Time (Magazine). Def is “seasoning used in cooking”.
13 Save: S[t]ave.
14 Mergansers: Mergers around A NS (Bridge partners) .
17 Career Girl: &lit. (E.g. Carlie + r[ising] r[elentlessly])*.
18 Posh: &lit. Initial letters of “performer overshadowing soccer husband”. Referring of course to the former Victoria Adams.
21 Roast: R + oast.
23 Raise Hell: (healer is)* around L.
24 National Gallery: CD.
25 Hacienda: (Had a nice)*.
26 Breton: Br + Eton – André Breton.
Down
1 Rat runs: [Docto]r + a + turns*.
2 Bound over: Bound + over.
3 Floury: Hom of flowery.
5 Self-regarding: (girl’s fee grand)*.
6 Aquatint: A + t[alent] in quaint.
7 Lorry: O + RR in L[ay-b]y.
8 Duchess: Duc[k] + Hess.
10 Steven Gerrard: (Danger reverts)*.
15 Elopement: Op in element.
16 Rest Home: Rome around Esth (abbr. for biblical Esther).
17 Corinth: Corin + th[e]. Corin is not a very common name, but is probably best known from the actor Corin Redgrave.
19 Halcyon: Halon around Cy.
20 Pedlar: Hom of pedaller.
22 Antic: [Gig]antic. Antic can apparently be used as an adjective to mean “ludicrously odd”.

3 Responses to “Independent 7155 by Hypnos”

  1. Paul B says:

    ‘Un is (considered) a northern variant I think Neal, as in ‘good ‘un’.

  2. nmsindy says:

    Very pleasing puzzle with good variety as you say. I too found it fairly easy.

  3. Eileen says:

    In 20dn, the [not very accurate] homophone is surely ‘pedaller’ – ‘a person who pedals’, ie, ‘one on bike, perhaps’? ‘Peddler’ is a variant of ‘pedlar’, the definition.

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