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Independent 7,230/Nimrod

Posted by Ali on December 17th, 2009

Ali.

Apologies for the brevity/lateness here. Work Xmas party last night, so I solved this one with a belting hangover on the bus 2 hours late for work and am still playing catch-up.

Good stuff from Nimrod, I do like his style. Not sure of the relevance of the matching SEPARATEs in the outer columns – or if there’s anything else going on – but spotting the pattern midway through helped quite a lot with finishing this one off. Unsure on a few though, so a few pointers will be appreciated.

Across
1 SUBSIST – NOt sure on this. Think it’s SUBS (reserves) + IST, but not sure on the IST part
5 TIMBERS – IT rev. + BE in MRS
10 EARL – [-n]EARL[-y]
11 NO NONSENSE – Think this is NO-NO + NSENSE (repeated points)
12 PITS – Double def.
13 AGOG – Think this is AGoG[-o]
14 USE UP – Hidden in hilarioUS EUPhemisms
16 AMOEBAE – MOE (from The Simpsons) in ABE + A
17 EPHEDRA – HE’D in (RAPE)*
18 REVISIT – REV + IS IT
20 TREKKER – ThReE + KK + RE: rev.
23 ARETE – Hidden in bARE TEeth
24 HA-HA – HA (hectare) x 2
23 OKRA – OK (approve) + RA (artillery)
25 TRANSFEREE – (SNEER AFTER)*
27 ABET – ABE + ciTy
28 EMPEROR – REP in ROME rev.
29 RIPOSTE – OST in RIPE
Down
2 URANIUM – RANI + U in [-s]
3 SALES RESISTANCE – (ISN’T AS CARELESS)* +E
4 SANTA MARIA – Think this is TAM in (ASIAN + R)*
6 INNS – NN (news) in IS
7 BEEFSTEAK TOMATO – (OK TO BET MEAT SAFE)*
8 RESCUER – RES. + CUER
9 IN BOX – I + N.B + OX
15 SPERMACETI – PER MACE in IT’S rev.
19 EARDRUM – A in (MURDER)*
21 EARNEST – E + ARNE + ST.
22 PAIRS – 1 in PARS
26 AFRO – (FOR A)*

6 Responses to “Independent 7,230/Nimrod”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Two SEPARATES and two TOGETHERS.

  2. IanN14 says:

    Thanks Ali,
    There are also two “togethers” towards the middle.
    1ac. Is it that “all others” (not reserves) are in the first (IST) team?
    11ac. NSE + another NSE.
    4d. Tamar (river) in ASIAN*

  3. IanN14 says:

    Sorry nms,
    Busy typing…

  4. anax says:

    The two central down slots with their -X-X- patterns made me suspect there was more than the two SEPARATE columns and, in particular, Nimrod’s unusual choice of a plural for the -A-R- slot, so I suspect INBOX PAIRS was an attempt to say there were two pairs to look out for.

    An enjoyable outing from Nimrod, difficult at times but the easy 15-letter jobbies helped a lot.

  5. Mick H says:

    Blimey, there was a lot going on here. I struggled with the last half dozen clues. The IST of SUBSIST, though, must be 1st – i.e. in advance of all others.
    I like ‘High Barnet for a change’ – must mean the drinks are on me soon as a Barnetian.

  6. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Much too tough for me today, even without a hangover, but glad others enjoyed it.

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