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Independent 7252 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on January 13th, 2010

nmsindy.

Excellent puzzle, solving time 26 mins, lots of puns in the classic crossword style.

Not sure if it is just coincidence but each symmetrical pair of 13-letter entries seemed somewhat similar to each other.    Not sure if that was intended.

* = anagram  < = reversed

ACROSS

1 HIGH CAMP      Def:  greatly affected

5 A LA SKA

9 AD (V) EN  TURE   (true)*

11 S (L)OTH    (shot)*

12 SO LO (IS) T

13 SMACKER    Double definition    peck = kiss

14 S (MALL) POTATOES     (OAPs set to)*     Great surface.     Not much money

16  EMBARRASSMENT    Double definition.    In similar country to 14.

20 CRO ATIA   “Crow Asia”

21 AIR BASE    Pun on ‘service’  ie garage or fighting services

23 DJ INN

24 THIRD RAIL    Double definition

25 SON NET

26 U NAM USED   (Man U)<

DOWN

1 H OARS (rows) wifE       I thought this was very good indeed

2 GAVE L

3 CANT IN A      Bar in eg Spain

4 MOUNT PLEAS ANT     Sorting office in London

6 L (A SCAL) A     Opera house in Milan    pascal = unit of pressure  (p)ascal

7 STOCK PORT

8 APHORISM    Very cleverly hidden, with clue suggesting a possible anagram

10 E(US) TON ‘S  TATI (film director) ON (working)    Like 4, a London building.   Pun on ‘training’

14 SUBTOPIAN   (a pub is not)*    urban development spreading into the countryside

15 ME Ruin CEDES

17 R (ETINU) E    unite<   = join “up”     Very good

18 E (A RLDO) M     (lord)*

19 HE (ALE) D

22 Afghanistan’s leader = first letter   DAMS.      Two early Presidents of the US, father and son, were called Adams

3 Responses to “Independent 7252 by Dac”

  1. NealH says:

    I was stumped by third rail, I’m afraid. I’ve never heard the expression – didn’t think Americans even knew what trains were. A bit of disappointment since I got most of the rest fairly easily.

  2. nmsindy says:

    The second meaning is a US usage ie an issue politicians would be wise to keep away from.

  3. NealH says:

    Yes, that’s what I gathered from reading the dictionary entry. I assume it’s derived from the railways though, which seems a bit odd when the US doesn’t seem to have much in the way of electric rail infrastructure.

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