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Independent 7,242 by Phi

Posted by Simon Harris on January 1st, 2010

Simon Harris.

Mostly quite manageable I think, my one stumbling block here was 1ac, which defeated me event with all the checking letters in place. Given what day it is, I had a brief look for a theme or Nina but I don’t see one. I’m sure readers will correct me if there is something.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.

Across
1 LUCUBRATE – L + U + CUB RATE.
6 SHOP – dd.
10 ADIEU – [cl]UE I’D A[lready]<.
11 MEDIAEVAL – MEDIA + VALE*.
12 BOTTEGA – B + (GET TO)< + A.
13 SUHARTO – (TOUR HAS)*. Suharto was the President of Indonesia until 1998.
14 DANIEL DERONDA – (ODD ADRENALINE)*.
17 MISCHIEF MAKER – (FISH + MICE)*. Reverse cryptic.
21 CARAMEL – (AM in CARE) + L.
22 INCLINE – INC + LINE.
24 INCENTIVE – I + N + CENT + I’VE.
25 INNER – [s]INNER.
26 YALE – (A in ELY)<.
27 GATHERING – GAT[e] + HER + IN + G.
Down
1 LEAFBUDSFBU in LEADS.
2 CLINT – CLI[e]NT. Eastwood, of course.
3 BOULEVERSEMENT – (TUMBLE OVER SEEN)*.
4 ARMBANDRM in A BAND.
5 END USER – NUDE* + SER.
7 HAVERSACK – AVERS in HACK*.
8 PALLOR – (ROLL + AP)<.
9 BATHING MACHINE – THING in (MAIN BEACH)*. One of these things, or perhaps Sir would prefer the executive model.
15 NUMERICAL – (N + I’M A CLUE + [write]R)*.
16 TREE FROG – (R in TEE) + (R in FOG).
18 HOLDING – HOLD IN + G. I think this is what’s done when they have a queue of aircraft waiting to land.
19 EMINENT – MINE in [k]ENT.
20 ACUITY – (I in A CUT) + Y.
23 I-AND-I – INDIA*.

4 Responses to “Independent 7,242 by Phi”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Very enjoyable, which I found quite a bit harder than Phi usually is, perhaps chosen as such for the holiday. Favourite clue SHOP, I agree with you about HOLDING tho it took me a while to see it. LUCUBRATE was my last answer and is a new word to me tho I got it eventually from the wordplay once I’d all the crossing letters.

  2. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, Simon. Yes, a bit tougher than usual, but hey ho, it’s a holiday. A puzzle of two halves, the bottom coming fairly quickly but the top half proving problematical. Generally very well clued. I failed on a number of answers, including BOTTEGA, which isn’t in my Collins (yes, I know I should buy a Chambers) – BODEGA is what I knew. And I-AND-I is a completely new one to me, as was LUCUBRATE, which I had to do a word check for.

    To ask my first stupid question of the decade, could someone explain what a reverse cryptic is and how it works in 17ac, please?

  3. nmsindy says:

    I think it means usually the anagram is in the clue – here it’s reversed as the answer itself suggests it.

  4. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thank you, nms, that makes a bit more sense now.

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