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Independent on Sunday 982 by Quixote (7 Dec 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on December 11th, 2008

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Solving time, 30 mins

* = anagram

ACROSS

6 P (O TAT) O The river Po, well-known to solvers

8 REST RAIN definition: hamper

9 TAKING THE LEAD Double definition

10 HE SIT ANT

11 INSIST Hidden

12 RA GOUT RA = Royal Academician (hence painter)

14 BYE-BYE bye = run (cricket)

17 MA CHOS(e)

19 G I’VE A WAY

21 LIGHT-FINGERED Cryptic definition

22 AN (‘TEC) EDE Investigator = detective = ‘tec in (a need)*

23 I N COME

DOWN

1 C(r)ACKLING r = right

2 JOANNA A piano (rhyming slang) Upright, a type of piano

3 AS P (ER) ITY Important woman = The Queen

4 GREENS Links refers to golf courses

5 NIL DESPERANDUM (pals undermined)* ‘Do not despair’ from Latin

7 O N T (HE) BREADLINE Complicated O = nothing He = bound i.e. contained (in the cryptic reading) in (dinner table)* Good surface

8 R O TATE

13 UP SETTER

15 BO A T RACE Oxford v Cambridge

16 (l)IGNITE

18 HIGHER Took me ages to see this. up = on a higher plane

20 V (EGG) IE A good &lit clue.

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