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Independent on Sunday 987 by Quixote (11 Jan 2009)

Posted by nmsindy on January 15th, 2009

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Solving time, 22 mins

* = anagram

ACROSS

1 SA (DIS) T

4 S (TACK) S

8 KISMET (mistake)* less a (top grade)

9 WEAK SPOT cf ‘speak wot’ , I think

10 SPA NIARD (drain)* good seamless join at European/resort

11 TR (ASH)Y

12 LANCASHIRE (Charles Ian)*

13 KOHL Double definition (Helmut and make-up)

15 PERM Another double definition

17 IN GOOD PART and another

20 A M (END) S MS = manuscript

22 AFTER ALL

23 A LIEN AGE

24 A W (N) ING

25 HEARTS Football team from Edinburgh

26 ST UP OR

DOWN

1 SAILP LANE (Pal is)*

2 DEMO NIC(e)

3 SA (sex appeal) = the allure of women TRAPS

5 TOASTIE (is to eat)* Doctor (vb) indicates the anagram

6 CO’S SACK

7 S LOTH

9 WEDDING CAKE Cryptic definition

14 HA (R) D LINER r = sailor finally (last letter)

16 MAN DELA (lead)* &lit

17 INSTA NT (stain)* New Testament

18 OUT LAST

19 PAR SNIP

21 MU (L) CH

3 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 987 by Quixote (11 Jan 2009)”

  1. SimonHarris says:

    I wonder if I’m the only one to find 9ac – “Weak Spot” – unsatisfying?

    “Say what” is a halfway house between an actual Spoonerism and two words which, when changed, yield a Spoonerism. You have to change “say” but not “what”.

    That’s coupled with what seems to me a very weak definition: I wouldn’t expect to derive “weak spot” from “could be the cause of a breakdown” in a hurry.

  2. Allan_C says:

    I suppose you could say that 9a was the weak spot in the clues.
    I thought 20a a bit weak, too. ‘End’ is a bit tenuous as a synonym for ‘margin’. Although Chambers gives ‘fragment, an odd piece’ among the meanings of ‘end’ I wouldn’t say that really corresponds to ‘margin’.

  3. Geoff Moss says:

    Allan
    “‘End’ is a bit tenuous as a synonym for ‘margin’.”

    One of the definitions in Collins for both ‘margin and ‘end’ is ‘limit’. COED also defines ‘margin’ as ‘the furthest reach or limit’ which similarly equates with ‘end’.

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