Fifteensquared

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Independent on Sunday 911 by Quixote

Posted by nmsindy on August 2nd, 2007

nmsindy.

Some unusual features in this.

Solving time: 30 mins

* = anagram

ACROSS

1 A W(i)RY Thought of ‘awry’ as a possibility from the start, but took much longer to confirm through the wordplay. “One coming out”

8 THE NUMBERS GAME A little puzzled by the reference to “spurious”, quick look in dicts suggest argument using figures, but not necessarily false.

10 NOB LES

13 HI(EM)AL ‘em = them in (hail)* Easy wordplay for the unfamiliar word.

15 C(HER)UB Excellent surface.

21 AWEIGH “Away”

22 COMMON INTEREST No big problem getting this, but it’s not included as a phrase in any of my dicts.

24 CH (church) (n)IC(e)

DOWN

1 ASHT(OR)ETH OR (men = other ranks) in (she that)* I’d seen the possible wordplay, but it took me quite a while to find the goddess (Old Testament)

2 RING LET Amusing pun.

3 ONE’S HOT

6 EMANATE Hidden

7 STERE Also hidden, and the last I got (I was trying to put a v = volume into something with ‘consumed’ as a possible containing indicator). It means one cubic metre – new to me, but it’s in the Concise OED.

9 MASTER BEDROOM (Members at door)* ‘in line specially’ indicates the anagram.

14 ANALGESIC (angelica’s)*

16 REGIMEN(t)

17 CON SIGN

18 UNEARTH (a hunter)*

20 ASCOT The racecourse – Willie Carson, a Scottish jockey.

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