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Independent 8,243 by Anax (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 16/03/13)

Posted by Simon Harris on March 23rd, 2013

A year or two ago I seemed to draw an Anax every time it was my turn to blog a Saturday Indy. Like female flatmates, it seemed that our cycles had synchronised. Strangely, though, it seems to have been some time since our last tangle, so I was up for the challenge.

And a challenge it was. I was picking at this all week and still didn’t actually finish it. The grid seemed to fill from the bottom up, with the top two rows plus 3dn defying me until the end. I’ve done my best to explain them, though my understanding of the aforementioned 3dn feels quite tenuous.

* = anagram; [] = removed; < = reversed

8 Responses to “Independent 8,243 by Anax (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 16/03/13)”

1. sidey says:

Thanks for that Simon. I think 4d is DIP in MEN’S.

2. Simon Harris says:

Thanks, sidey. Looking at the clue again, I can sort of see it work either way! Yours is probably the right one though.

3. Jim T says:

Thought this was a very good puzzle with some brilliantly original clues, none better than APHRODISIAC. Liked DEDUCE, NIMBY and many others.

Thanks to Anax and Simon.

4. NeilW says:

Thanks, Simon.

TLC stands for “tender loving care” so it’s a sort of double cryptic definition – tender: “feeling pains” and tender loving: “feeling” care: “pains” as in taking pains to do something. Or purl any of the above, I guess! [Or perhaps I’m entirely wrong! :)]

5. NeilW says:

By the way – you’ve left “with this woman”, HER, off the end of your parsing of THE VIRGIN MOTHER.

6. Simon Harris says:

Thanks, NeilW – fixed.

7. Jim T says:

Comment at 3 should refer to ACRONYM, not NIMBY, at 17d. SOMETIME v good too.

8. Flashling says:

Put in tlc but one of those clues I guess. Hate latin phrases with hard nw made this difficult to to finish.

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