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Independent on Sunday 997 by Quixote (22 Mar 2009)

Posted by nmsindy on March 26th, 2009

nmsindy.

Some excellent misdirection in the definition parts in this puzzle. Solving time, 22 mins.

* = anagram

ACROSS

1 CHEESY Double definition, Leicester being a type of cheese. Clue wording clearly pointing to a adjective.

4 S (CAFF)OLD

9 ACT(I)ON

10 MUENSTER (Tum’s ne’er)* A French cheese

11 STRATUM cf Stratus

13 TOP(P)ERS

14 CONTROVERSIAL (Into car lovers)* good misdirection with ‘vexed’

17 INCONTESTABLE (stable not nice)* ditto with ‘watertight’

20 ROAD MAP Cryptic definition way = r0ad

21 TAN GENT

23 PO I (TIER)S Battle in 100 Years’ War

24 M ‘IDDEN

25 DI’S PERSE(cuted)

26 BAR RE(a)L

DOWN

1 C (LASS AC)T

2 ENTER ON

3 SCO(U)T

5 COUNTER FE IT Good misdirection forge (vb)

6 FINE PRINT

7 OATMEAL (AA motel)*

8 D(U)RESS u = third letter of clubs

12 MOVING PARTS strap = (parts)*

15 RECOMBINE (one crime b)*

16 SENT INEL (line)*

17 ITALICS Cryptic definition

18 B(L)ENDER

19 TRIP O D

22 NAIRA Hidden reversal.

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