562 Virgilius

November 27, 2012

Another very impressive theme, quite easy if you have a smattering of French. As it turned out, I only needed help with 1ac. As ever, a link to the old Fifteensquared blog, plus the clues not covered there.

Across

8 BEAU GESTE, which is apparently “A gesture noble in form but meaningless in substance.”, as well as being a famous book.
15 AVANT-GARDE (advantage + R)*
26 SAL ON

Down

5 O WE
6 GRO(W) UP
7 UNDER C OVER
10 TREASURY – TRY around (a ruse)*
12 AIDED – (idea)* + D
13 BASELESS – Cryptic def.
16 The rivers AIRE and R
27 VAN – Double def.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/09/25/independent-6534-by-virgilius/

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