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Independent on Sunday 969 by Quixote (7 Sep 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on September 11th, 2008

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Solving time, 12 mins.

* = anagram < = reversed

ACROSS

1 S WITCH

4 D (RAG ST) ER

9 D (ISM) AY

10 UP STREAM (master)*

12 ARETHA FRANKLIN (Enthral/irk a fan)*

13 EN TREE Ref bridge players and cherry tree

14 ANGE(r) VIN vin = wine in French

17 O PEN (Robin) DAY

18 COARSE “course” = way ‘of speaking’ indicates the homophone

19 A CROSS THE BOARD Definition: without exception

23 TAKE NOTE Double definition

24 PI LOSE

25 CAREWORN (Racer now)*

26 REEFER Reefer = midshipman, refers to Marryat’s book re Midshipman Easy

DOWN

1 SODA (a do’s)<

2 INSURANCE BROKER (Our bank, sincerer)*

3 CHARTERED Definition = hired (teacher r d) * starts = first letters

5 (g)RIPER

6 GO T ON

7 THE GLOVES ARE OFF Cryptic definition

8 RUM (IN) ANT

11 BAR ELY The ecclesiastical see best known to solvers

14 A R (CH) ED

15 GLAMORISED (a girl some)* &lit

16 MONASTIC Cryptic definition

20 SINE (without from Latin) W (first letter)

21 TUT O R

22 D EAR

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