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Independent on Sunday 952 by Quixote (11 May 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on May 15th, 2008

nmsindy.

I found this much tougher than usual from Quixote. Solving time, 43 mins.

* = anagram < = reversed

ACROSS

1 ME A LIE Very inventive.

5 CRACK UP Double definition

9 STEW A very well-disguised hidden – TaSTE Was

10 ESPIONAGE (Page one is)*

11 CAPE FINISTERRE (I can prefer site)* Though the anagram stood out, did not get this till I’d all the crossing letters. It’s the westernmost part of Spain, apparently.

14 EVA BR AUN(t) (Brave)* Companion of Adolf Hitler.

15 TEA S E S First letters. Clever clue

17 STAR CH (Companion of Honour)

19 YES AND NO A clever, amusing, double definition.

21 ANTIPERSPIRANT (Spare part in tin)*

22 CON (S TRUC) T (curt s)< s = skirt initially

25 VEIL “Vale”

26 TIPP (L) ED

27 H (A R) OLD 1066 and all that.

DOWN

2 EXTRA VAG(r)ANT

3 LOW GEAR Another excellent clue.

5 C APRI(l)

6 ADOPTEE Was held up here by first writing in ‘adopted’ but the clue very clearly points to a noun. An only barely cryptic definition, but the wording suggested it might be a normal definition/wordplay clue.

7 KEA Hidden

8 P (RE T) ENSION

12 RESIDENTIAL (aliens tried)*

13 PERSIAN CAT (Ascertain p)* p = origin of pussy

16 DES PATCH

18 CAPITAL Double defintion

20 A R-RIVER A river flows.

22 ROUND Double definition

24 NIP pin<

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