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Independent 7344 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on April 30th, 2010

nmsindy.

I found this very much on the easy side, solving time 13 mins.    As always with Phi, well-constructed, clear,  clues with little scope for doubt.

* = anagram

ACROSS

1 IDENTITY THEFT    ‘?’ after cyberspace here, because ‘identity theft’ is not necessarily cybercrime. I DENT  IT (THEY)* FT

9 OCARINA     O CAR IN A

10 MARTINI    ART in MINI    A c19 rifle that I first learned about from puzzles.

11 BLOW OVER    B (book) and OW in LOVER

12 ALKALI     K (potassium)  A (article)  in ALL   I (iodine)

13 IVAN    I  VAN

14 PREBENDARY    BEND in (PRAYER)*     My favourite clue today.

18 Alberto  GIACOMETTI    GI A COMET (IT) reversed.     Was pleased to work this out from the wordplay and then verify he’s a Swiss sculptor (1901-1966).

19 EBRO    Hidden

21 HYMNAL    first and last letters (ie limits) of the last three words in the clue.

23 GENE POOL     GEN  (LOOPEd) reversed.     Seamless join at breeding/information

25 MISSIVE    MISS I’VE

26 SHINING     D (daughter) leaving SHINDIG with what’s left being put around N (start, ie first letter, of night)

27 SUSSEX SPANIEL    (SUSSEd)   (EXPLAINS)*

DOWN

1  INAMORATA    A TAR OMANI  all reversed

2 EDITOR     My last answer     RIDE (trip) reversed over TO

3 TO A DEGREE    Double definition

4 TOMB    Refers to c19 book by Thomas Hughes,   Tom Brown’s Schooldays TOM Brown (ie not half)

5 TERYLENE    “Terry lean”

6 ERICA     B’s EROICA symphony less O

7 TRINITY COLLEGE    (ceiling lottery)*    Long-established university in the centre of Dublin, a major tourist attraction esp for the Book of Kells.

8 DOUBTING THOMAS   (but not his dogma)*     Thomas from New Testament who had to put his fingers in the wounds after the Resurrection before he believed.

15 BATTERSEA    BAT TERSE A

16 AMBROSIAL      M (drop of malt ie first letter) in AB (sailor)  (SAILOR)*

17 BONA FIDE    A FIDo in BONE

20 GEMINI   GEM IN I

22 MOSES    from Old Testament      next answer MESS with O added

24 MESS   Hidden

4 Responses to “Independent 7344 by Phi”

  1. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Sound and enjoyable crossword from Phi as always. Got very few on my first read-through, but the clear clueing meant that with perseverance I filled the grid in the end. Nice to see a couple of science-based clues, and I liked 27ac as well.

    Maybe just to point out for lurkers that VAN in IVAN is short for vanguard, ie leading position. I didn’t know that, but as keeps being pointed out, it’s in Collins …

    Good start to the long weekend, thank you Phi, and nms for the blog.

  2. NealH says:

    This was one of my quickest solves for some time, but it was still very enjoyable. 14 across was an excellent clue.

  3. walruss says:

    Me too. 14 across very commendable, and an enjoyable lunctime solve!

  4. flashling says:

    Would have been easier had I taken my reading glasses… Editor last clue as well, nice misdirect via manuscript, thought for ages I’d made a mistake elsewhere.

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