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Independent 7,158/Nestor

Posted by Ali on September 24th, 2009

Ali.

A nice, tough puzzle from Nestor with some lovely clues. I have to admit I struggled with the NW and SW corners though and there are a few I don’t understand even after resorting to help!

Across
7 FOCUSSED – FO[-e],CUSSED
9 APACHE – APACE straddling H
10 SCHEME – Hidden in ubermenSCH EMErges
11 SPECIMEN – MICE rev. in S,PEN
12 INNER SPACE – (PRE[-g]NANCIES)*
14 ALSO – Not sure how this one works – “Are people in capital playing strings and other things too?”
15 CATE BLANCHETT – CA[-r]TE BLANCHE + T[-ex]T – Fantastic clue
18 BRAN – BRAN being letters common to BRAIN (mental strength) and BRAWN (physical strength)
20 ELEVEN PLUS – ELEVEN (prime) + PLUS (advantage)
22 DATABASE – A and B (both sides of single) + AS in DATE
24 CLOTHE – LOTH in C (of)E
25 HETERO – HERETO with T and R swapping
26 TAKE THAT – THAT (which) after TAKE (individual perspective)
Down
1 VOLCANIC – GIRL rev. in THA[-t] rev.
2 EUGENE – [-r]ENEGUE rev.- A Very difficult clue, which requires you to have a knowledge of the Pink Floyd song and not to be fooled by the capital W on Welsh. Or, if you’re like me, requires you to cheat and press the ‘Reveal’ button!
3 OSTENSIBLE – T (rabbit’s foot) in O SENSIBLE
4 GAZE – “Gays”
5 SALIVATE – (I’VE A LAST)*
6 CHEERS – CHE[-at]ERS
8 DISPARAGEMENT – I SPAR A GEM in DENT
13 ECCLES CAKE – CC in (LAKE EEC’S)*
16 TINTAGEL – LEG AT NIT rev.
17 TOUCH PAD – UCH + P in TOAD (as in ‘of Toad Hall’, I think!)
19 REAPER – RE-APER
21 PRONTO – RON in PRO
23 AGOG – Cheated with this one too and not sure how it works: “Curious earlier acceleration in fall?”

6 Responses to “Independent 7,158/Nestor”

  1. Craig Jones says:

    Think 23D is AGO (earlier) + G (unit of gravitational pull). Not sure about 14A though…

  2. The trafites says:

    I think 14ac is A + L(ondon) S((ymphony O(rchestra) – ‘people in capital playing strings and other things’.

    Nick

  3. nmsindy says:

    Another wonderful puzzle from Nestor, who seems always to find new ways to approach things. And all rigorously and precisely clued.
    I got EUGENE from the wordplay without understanding exactly what it referred to so thanks for explaining that.

  4. Craig Jones says:

    Nick

    Think you are probably right for 14ac, where does the “A” come from though?

    Cheers

    Craig

  5. nmsindy says:

    Craig, a is abbrev for ‘are’ (metric measure), I think.

  6. Barbara says:

    1dn. volcanic
    This is just a reversed hidden word.

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