DA 15/03/19

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zinzan
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DA 15/03/19

Post by zinzan » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:32 pm

I found this hard. My initial reading in a café yielded stuff all. I got a couple and had only 10 or so in by the time I left. Looking at it later, the NE thru SW fell out slowly but those double-words in the corners remained. I like to finish without any assistance but I had to revert to online finders.
Not a satisfactory end.

ACROSS
1) see 1dn
4) STRIPPER : ddef
9) ASLAN : aslan- : ie aslant.
10) COALITION : coal,---ition : ie (pet)ition.
11) BEARNAISE SAUCE : bear,(in,sea)*,hm(source)
13) ANTICIPATE : antic,i,pate : bean=head=pate.
14) BAGS : ddef
16) PACY : p----acy : ie p(harm)acy.
18) ATMOSPHERE : at mos-,hm(fear)
21) COMPREHENSIBLE : (Chinese,problem)* : I think the defn is meant to be the whole clue but it's far-fetched.
23) INEFFABLE : (fine)*,fable
24) PROVE : PR,ove- : ie over. A flak manages PR apparently.
25) OMELETTE : -ome,lette-
26) see 22dn

DOWN
1,1ac) OVAL OFFICE : O,lav<,off,ice
2) FILBERT : (G/f)ilbert : a new initial.
3) CONTRACT : ddef
5) TRANSIT LOUNGE : (senator,glut,in)* : defn okay but 'senator glut' . . . huh ?
6) ICIEST : -i,-c,-i,-e,-s,-t
7) PRIMULA : prim,-u-l-a-
8) RON WEASLEY : (lawyer,ones)*
10) CHAMP AT THE BIT : ddef
12) CAPPUCCINO : cap,Puccin-,o
15) SPLIT PEA : split,-pea- : ie spear.
17) COMPETE : comp-ete : minus the L of lazy.
19) ELLIOTT : crypdef : a decent enough runner.
20) TRIFLE : T--,rifle
22,26ac) DEAN MARTIN : dean,martin

I was tired by the end so I'm not mustering much of an opinion. Maybe somewhere between 4 to 6 /10.

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