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Independent 7156 by Virgilius

Posted by nmsindy on September 22nd, 2009

nmsindy.

Themed as usual by the master. Familiar with both books, so it was quite a quick solve, 17 mins. Great clues as always.

* = anagram

ACROSS

1 CH (from chess) ARLES ref Charles Dickens with 28

5 GEORGE George = automatic pilot (aircraft) and character in ‘Three Men in a Boat’ by Jerome K Jerome is, I think, what is referred to here ref George Orwell with 27 so top and bottom row give the theme.

9 MARK TWAIN

11 DAMN ALL “Dam awl”!

12 DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON KO’d = down and out 25 = two cities (the same two as in Dickens’ book)

13 STEALTH (the last)* BO (MB) ERS Boers = our enemies once

21 A TALE OF TWO CITIES

24 NUM BEST

26 Sir Francis D RAKE

27 OR WELL It’s also the name of a river

28 DICKENS (Snicked)* dickens = the devil

DOWN

1 CLOUD (could with L moving) bankruptcY

2 AL (TIME) TER ie time in alter not alter (change) in time (tempo)

3 LANTANA Hidden

4 SIMPL (ET) ON Simplon pass in the Alps et = and (too) in French

5 Al GORE D

6 OUT SWAM(p)

7 GHANA Hidden

10 NUDISM (dim sun)*

14 BULL-NOSED (bell sound)*

15 EXONERATE (no tree axe)*

16 UP CAST

18 STERIL (Lister)* theatrE

19 NO (MAD) IC(e)

20 A (THEN) S as = Roman copper coin

22 A M(O)UR Rum “written up” ie reversed in a down clue

23 Fish RILL

4 Responses to “Independent 7156 by Virgilius”

  1. IanN14 says:

    Great stuff, as always.

    I was a bit confused by 12/8/7 until I saw the blog.
    The online version has “2” instead of “25”.
    Very unlike the Indy…

  2. NealH says:

    25 makes a lot more sense, although I did convince myself the 2 was referring to the fact that he was down and out in two places. It was a very neat idea to get the two books to clue each other. I didn’t follow 5 across, but it was obvious once the theme had been established.

  3. Wil Ransome says:

    Excellent stuff as always from Virgilius, but two questions:
    a) Why, in 26ac, is Drake a pirate captain?
    b) Why has Virgilius introduced Mark Twain? The name suggests the twos of both Dickens’s and Orwell’s titles, but is there something more going on?

  4. NealH says:

    a) Drake was a privateer, which is a sort of state-sponsored pirate. He certainly hijacked Spanish ships and the Spanish considered him a notorious pirate (even putting a price on his head).

    b) Not that I noticed.

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