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Independent on Sunday 966 by Quixote (17 Aug 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on August 21st, 2008

nmsindy.

I found this on the easy side – solving time, 11 mins.

* = anagram  < = reversed

ACROSS

1 WOLF RAM

5 C (HIS) EL(l)   his = the man’s   prison room = cell

10 SETT(L)ER   L = 50 in Roman numerals

11 A P (PO) INT      A two-letter river, well-known to solvers

12 LIS(Z)T   Variable (from algebra) can be x, y, or (as here) z

13 I’M PARTING

14 OBSOLESCENT    (Celeb’s not so)*

18 TRA(i)NS FORMER

21 APPETISER   (Peter’s pie)*

23 NAIRA     Hidden reversal – basic currency unit of Nigeria

24 INRO ADS

25 IRON OUT   Golf club = iron.     In normal golf round of 18 holes, the first 9 are known as ‘out’

26 REA SEA   cf seared

27 DATA SET   A (article) in (stated)*

DOWN

1 WI(SE)LY

2 LU (TI) ST    it<

3 R ELATION S    parson’s heart = RS (middle letters)

4 MARTIN SCORSESE   (minor actresses)*

6 HYPER     Cleverly hidden

7 SPIRITED   (priest I’d)*

8 LIT I GATE    lit = vandalised, I think.     Not sure if they are exactly equivalent

9 HAPPILY MARRIED   Not a dict phrase, I think, but very familiar.   Cryptic definition

15 SP (RING) OUT

16 S (second) TEAM (side) I (one) ER (first letters)

17 H (A MP) E RED

19 MINORS   “Miners”

20 PA’S T IT

22 T (first letter of threaten) RACE

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