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Independent 7320 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on April 2nd, 2010

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Themed puzzle, based on 6 across, solving time 23 mins.    A few words unfamiliar to me that I was able to work out from the clear and fair wordplay.

* = anagram   < = reversed

ACROSS

1 BACK GARDEN    Definition:  local plot     BLACKGUARD less L and U  END diminished ie lacking final letter

6 B ONE     Easy clue given for the thematic item

10 ALMANAC   MAN in ALACK less K ie ‘sadly incomplete’ – this was nicely misleading as it looked as if it could be an anagram of the first 7 letters of calendar

11 KNUCKLE     (ELK ChUNK)<    h = hope initially

12 TRAPEZIUM    (tamper Uzi)*     Did not know this was a bone (in the wrist)

13 DONUT     lose’s (one’s) head = do (one’s) nut     My favourite clue

14 THUMB    TB around HUM

15 BASTINADO    BAT IN ADO around S (special)

17 OPALESCES      (scope)* around ALES       Definition:  shows cloudy light

20 ANKLE    RANKLE   less R (Queen)

21 HYOID    YOU less U in HID     New to me – bone in the tongue

23 MARKET-LED    (LET)* in MARKED (clear)

25 ICE-FALL       I CALL around  E (energy) F (fine)

25 CRANIUM     CI around RAN UM    This confirmed the theme for me

27 KNEE     KEEN with N brought forward

28 SYNOPSISED     (PONY’S)<   (SIDES)*   pony = £25

DOWN

1 BLAST     B LAST

2 CAMPANULA      (UP ALMANAC)*   10 across is ALMANAC

3 GINGERBREAD MAN    GIN and GERMAN around BREAD (money)

4 RECLIMB      REC (playground) LIMB (impish child)

5 ESKIMOS     E OS (mappers = Ordnance Survey) around SKIM

7 OAKEN     O  TAKEN less T

8 ELECTRODE    ELECT  RODE

9 QUADRILATERALS     (ALL SQUARED ART, I)*    The ? is there, I think, as not all quadrilaterals are squares.    Quadrilateral is any figure with four sides – in a square, all the sides are the same length and all the angles are right angles

14 TOOTHPICK  P in TOO THICK

16 ALKALOIDS    (AD IS ALL OK)*

18 CAMELRY     CAME L RY

19 SIROCCO    SO around I ROC C (caught)     Excellent surface

22 OBESE   OBE’S  lead to (Excellence)     Another very good clue with great surface

24 DOMED    DO MED !

4 Responses to “Independent 7320 by Phi”

  1. Mick Hodgkin says:

    Tongue-bone’s a new one on me too. Surely it’s more of an anchoring support for the tongue!
    I liked DONUT too. But why does ‘clear’ = MARKED? Also, I think of thumbing through a book as being reading it superficially, rather than intensively.

  2. nmsindy says:

    I think it’s in the sense ‘obvious, evident, noticeable’ which is the first definition for MARKED in Collins.

    Don’t know much about bones at all, just took a little from the dict in relation to the ones I’d never heard of!

  3. Jake says:

    NICE!

  4. flashling says:

    Arrgh got caught by local plot and assumed it was beer garden for 1ac and thought the word play was too clever for me, made the flowers i’d never heard of impossible even though I’d reasoned the anagram and dismissed it.

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