Fifteensquared

Never knowingly undersolved.

Independent on Sunday 963 by Quixote (27 Jul 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on July 31st, 2008

nmsindy.

Solving time, just under 20 mins.

* = anagram  < = reversed

1 DISSEMBLANCE   SE in (Lib Dems can)*

9 L EASE L END     Usually known as Lend-Lease but both alternatives are in dicts

10 TROOP   po(o)rt<   port = left

11 NU DE  <ed

12 SHACK LET ON

13 GALACTIC,  Gala for he in hectic

15 IN TACT

17 EXODUS   Book of the Bible – I did wonder tho if the two parts were very similar as that’s what the book is about.       Or maybe it’s Leon Uris’s book (Exodus) on the founding of Israel later made into a film.    In any event, no problems solving it, tho.

18 PO(MA)NDER

20 NIGHTDRESS    (shed resting)* less e (attire finally – last letter)   Elaborate construction & lit

21 GROT Double definition

24 LYRIC   Hidden, and referring to Cliff, perhaps.    Playing on meanings of ‘pen’

25 NECES(SA)RY    (scenery)*

26 MAKE ENDS MEET

DOWN

1 Bob DYLAN    Hidden (and an & lit touch perhaps)

2 SCAN DALMONGERS  (old Germans)*

3 (Sw)EDEN      I think this is why – ‘first couple’ referring to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and the first two letters of Sweden.

4 BLENHEIM ORANGE  (one here blaming)*    A well-concealed anagram – even tho I’d never heard of it, I worked it out from crossing letters.    When checking after, surprised to find it’s in neither Chambers nor Collins but is in the Concise OED.    And it seems oranges can sometimes be apples after all!

5 AB DUCT

6 C (A TALON) IA

7 FORT LAUDERDALE  (Tearful lad rode)*

8 SPINSTER   N in (priests)*     Good surface

13 GREEN FLY   Ditto

14 CRUST ACE A

16 (CORSICA) N   (a croc is)*    last thing man wants = last letter n

22 TRY ST

23 IS IS

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