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Independent 8246/Dac

Posted by John on March 20th, 2013

John.

As happens on many Wednesdays, we have a neat and perfectly-formed object. You wouldn’t think that such excellent surfaces were possible from the simple material used.

Across
1 HO AXER
4 ROASTING — (organist)*
9 L{eveson} A TEST
10 K NIGHTLY
12 BAR(RENNES)S
13 ACES — 2 defs
15 CROWD-PLEASER — press [= crowd] P{alladium} (releas{e})*
18 C(RASH BARRIE){a}R
21 mortgAGE Deeds
22 TIGER SNAKE — (Greek saint)*
24 HELL {V}ENIC{e} — def ‘Athens is such’
25 MAOIST — (to Siam)*
26 LA(N)D LAD {length}Y
27 STING Y — set by police? — well Chambers says so, although I’d thought it was set by anyone — the police didn’t set the trap in the film The Sting
 
Down
1 H(ALF B)ACK
2 ANTERIOR — ant (ire)rev. OR — how carefully Dac avoids the definition by example by saying ‘Maybe soldier …’, although in crosswords few setters take such trouble
3 {procedur}E AS TENDERS
5 OMNISHAMBLES — (son blames him)* — relatively recent I suppose because it is a fairly new word — Word of the Year 2012
6 ShAnGhAi
7 INT ACT
8 GO YI(ddi)SH — a Goy is a Jewish word for a non-Jew, so this is an &lit.
11 UN(CLASS)IFIED
14 DE(PRESS)AN T
16 FIXATION — (no i(taxi)f)rev. — not quite sure how ‘that’s the thing’ is a definition of ‘fixation’ beyond the fact that a fixation is a thing one fixates on
17 U R(GENT)LY
19 WAR HOL{e}
20 sumMER LINe-up — here
23 FELL{ow}

4 Responses to “Independent 8246/Dac”

  1. Rowland says:

    That could be a The Police ref there, John, for Gordin Sumner./ Sting. A very nice puzzle, very neat as you say, with tight vlues.

    Cheers
    Rowly.

  2. Ben Smith says:

    Did anyone else consider Hard (Howard – ow) for 23d before getting the across answers contradicting it?

  3. flashling says:

    Re 5d, today is Budget day and last year’s was widely described as an Omnishambles over pasty, granny, caravan and church steeple taxes which were hastily reversed – so relatively recent maybe?

  4. NealH says:

    You could maybe quibble about the “by” in 22 across, but apart from that a well-constructed and quite absorbing crossword.

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