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Independent on Sunday 981 by Quixote (30 Nov 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on December 4th, 2008

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Solving time, 21 mins * = anagram < = reversed

ACROSS

1 CUPIDS DARTS Got this when I’d some crossing letters – thanks, Wikipedia for telling me where it comes from – a satirical verse ‘Miss Buss and Miss Beale, Cupid’s darts do not feel” with Miss Beale being Miss Dorothea Beale, founder of St Hilda’s College, Oxford.

9 FOR (MATTEr) D

10 ENVOY Hidden

11 E.G. O 1 ST

12 DI STIN(C)T I’d<

13 SO(MB)RE

15 CHA CONNEd

17 RINGSIDE (Residing)*

18 HE (P-C) AT My last entry, whether it would still be fashionable today, I’m not sure. I was quite a while looking for something including Cu = Copper before light dawned.

20 DE (ADLO) CK (load)*

21 C (AN) ARD

24 LATHI Hidden

25 T RAVER SAL

26 GORMANDISER (More is grand)* Good surface

DOWN

1 C OFFERS Tricky – prime requirement = first letter in the cryptic reading

2 PERFORMING ARTS star = (arts)* and ‘performing’ would work as an anagram indicator

3 D RAW S (war)<

4 DATE Double definition

5 RED LIGHT cf led right

6 SPECTACLE Cricket reference – ‘a pair of spectacles’ is when a player makes no score (a duck) in each innings of a match

7 EVENING C LASSES C = 100 (Roman numerals) iron = even

8 MYRTLE (elm try)*

14 R E (last letters in ‘your settee’) SOLVING

16 EDUCATOR (our cadet)*

17 RU DEL(a)Y RU = Rugby Union a = announcement initially (first letter)

19 TI (DD L) ER

22 A HEAD

23 L A MA

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