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Independent on Sunday 1007 by Quixote

Posted by nmsindy on June 4th, 2009

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A little tougher than usual from Quixote, I thought.   Solving time, 28 mins

* = anagram

ACROSS

1 W EST B ENGAL   (wangle)*   est = established   B = British

8 L EARNER  L = pounds

9 L OVERS   Cricket knowledge and maths  needed here.  6 balls in a over of bowling.   So 300 balls = 50 overs   L = 50 in Roman numerals.

10 MONTPELIER   (me Interpol)*   Capital of Vermont,  US State

11 O VA L    A London Underground station near the cricket ground of that name.

13 RENO W N  first letters

14 T (1 MB) ALES

17 S IBERIAN

19 DR AC HM (Her Majesty)

22 D (E) AD

23 REL (AX) ATION

25 SH RILL

26 B (R) OUGHT    last letter of dishonour

27 PRE-TENDERS

DOWN

1 WIND POWER

2 SO RELY

3 BULLET IN

4 NAVY   Hidden reversal

5 A R RIVAL

6 GLAMORISED   (dismal ogre)*

7 T (ANN) IN    Ann in tin (can)

12 LAST-MINUTE    keep going = last   baby = minute i.e. small

15 BAR BAR (O U) S

16 M (AGE L L) AN     Isle of Man

18 B LATHER

20 C (RING) E

21 MA (RB) LE

24 DIET   Double definition

3 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1007 by Quixote”

  1. NealH says:

    Even with the explanation, I’m still a bit lost on 9 across. What is the definition ? How can “an item” = lovers ?

  2. NealH says:

    Just realized. Of course, a couple is said to be an item.

  3. nmsindy says:

    Yes, that’s it, NealH. Slang of fairly recent times.

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