Fifteensquared

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Independent on Sunday 907 by Quixote

Posted by nmsindy on July 5th, 2007

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Solving time: 22 mins. Pleasing fare, as always.

* = anagram

ACROSS

7 HE PA(R)IN Friendly wordplay for a word unfamiliar to me (but it’s in the Concise OED). A compound occurring in the liver and also used in medical treatments.

10 CHE ER I O Che Guevara from the 1960s – if there were royalties payable when your name was used in a crossword, his estate would be flush now. But we do need those staples to get us on our way.

11 GEORGES POMPIDOU MP in (does groupie go)* President of France between De Gaulle and Giscard d’Estaing. Died in office in 1974.

12 EL (E) (V) ATION e =drug v = very (short). Excellent surface.

26 INTEGER Integers are the whole numbers so the positive ones are 1, 2, 3, …

27 TRENT ON Capital of New Jersey

DOWN

1 C HI (GO) E

2 DR (A) G RACE Dr WG Grace

4 RE (PP) ED Acted as a rep.

5 B (R) AD Very intricate wordplay – good. R = beginning to Rust. For “external feature” means put bad around it.

6 DOCUMENT C = entrance to college in (mounted)*

8 PROC(ED)URE

9 NISEI Hidden reversal

14 OVER(SIGH)T

15 HE ADSHIP (a PhD is)*

16 RE D (ST) ART The River Dart

18 FO(O)L LOWER

20 T ROUGH “The” Northern (or Yorkshire as here) is T – a device more frequently seen in advanced puzzles.

22 SHE ET The book and the film best known to solvers?

25 I(O)TA Greek letter. ITA = Initial Teaching Alphabet.

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