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Independent on Sunday 996 by Quixote (15 March 2009)

Posted by nmsindy on March 19th, 2009

nmsindy.

I find Quixote the easiest of the Indy setters – I solved this in 11 mins.    I recommend it, along with Everyman in the Observer, to those thinking of first dipping their toes in the waters of the cryptic puzzle.

* = anagram   < = reversed

ACROSS

5  A (RO) USER    OR<   men = other ranks

7 C(a)RE TAN

8 EC (LA) IR     rice<

9 BO (ROUGH) S(s)

10 KEEP ONES HAND IN

13 STUN TED

15 P (REV I) EW    Rev = Book of Revelations (New Testament)

17 IN  LOCO PARENTIS   (oral inspection)*  From Latin (in the place of a parent)

20 STUB BORN(e)    8O% = four letters out of five

22 ANTHEM   Hidden

23 ARRACK   “A rack”     Yet to come across this in ‘real life’ but know it well from puzzles.

24 ALIMONY    Cryptic definition

DOWN

1 SOLAR PA NEL    (parasol)*    Len<

2 ESTRANGE   (gents are)*

3 BEAU    “Bow”

4 CASH ON DELIVERY    (Vehicles on yard)*

5 ANCIENT HISTORY   (No Christian yet)*    &lit  Very clever anagram as that history would be from the pre-Christian era, I guess.

6 R OBEs

7 CURIA   (A1 RUC)<       “once” as RUC now replaced by PSNI

11 HIP    Double definition

12 DI VI NATION      Excellent surface reading

14 DU(e) O

16 RA RA AVIS    Two indications of reversal (a r a r)<  (Siva)<

18 C ROOK   c = caught (cricket)

19 PANG A

21 BE(A)D

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