Fifteensquared

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Independent on Sunday 965 by Quixote (10 Aug 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on August 14th, 2008

nmsindy.

Solving time, 18 mins

* = anagram

ACROSS

1 Actor Kevin SPACEY – in a dreamy state (adj) – N American usage

5 SECOND    Double definition with split at Extra/time

8 HER(m)ITAGE        Tricky with all checked letters being vowels.   Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg

9 PAVE Hidden

11 OLDEN   Ditto

12 MATE LOT

15 SENTIMENTALISED    (Ten men idealists)*

17 COME TO THE THRONE   (theocrat – to men he)*

20 SPAR ROW

22 C REST

24 TA CO    Another with checked vowels but the wordplay was very straightforward, I thought.

25 TRIM A RAN   Thought at first this was an anagram clue, so good misdirection.

26 SK(y) ETCH

DOWN

2 PSEUDONYM   (Does my pun)*    Another setter has the pseudonym Dumpynose which is another anagram of it.

3 CHI ANT I

4 YEA  R    After a big calculation with reams of paper last week, here’s another one, maybe Quixote is a figures person.    I worked it out this time  365X24X60X60 = 31,536,000

5 STEPMOTHER   (Hot tempers)*

6 C (A PIT) OL    Officer = Colonel = Col.     Main building of US Congress in Washington

7 NO(V)EL    very short = v    Definition: book

10 C OS SACKS   C = 100 in Roman numerals   OS = outsize

13 TED HEATH  (had teeth)*

14/27 DEATHWATCH BEETLE     (that chewed table)* E (last letter of insecticide)

16  ST (ONE W) ALL

18 TURN OUT   (runt)*

19 H (ECT) ARE

21 A LACK   As before indicating it’s archaic

23 LIMB(o)

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