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Independent on Sunday 1037 by Quixote – 27 Dec 2009

Posted by nmsindy on December 31st, 2009

nmsindy.

I found this a mixture of extremely easy clues and some quite tricky ones, solving time, 22 mins.    A seasonal touch when 1 down and 11 down are looked at together.

* = anagram

ACROSS

5 SA TRAP

7 MACH IS (M) O

9 KIPPERS    cf skipper

10 TOLEDO   (looted)*

11 BARGAIN-HUNTER  (hit urban anger)*

13 SAND A L

14 SPRITE   (priest)*

17 STANDING ORDER   (Grandson tried)*

19 CAST R O  (first letters)

21 O C (TOP) OD

23 SKI S  LOPE    (kiss)*

24 D ROVER

DOWN

1 JACK      My favourite clue, with surface reading suggesting politics.     Refers to Jack’s position in pack of cards, I think, with not too much doubt (sign of misspent youth perhaps…)

2 P REP A RED

3 SCOT    Ascot less a

4 VIOLET     Violent less n

6 PREVAILED   (VIP leader)*

7 MUSING     Amusing less a

8 MODE R A TOR(y)    Tricky.     Minister in Presbyterian Church

11 BEANS TALK

12 UNSPOTTED  (nut despot)*

15 REDEPLOY    (Deplore y = country’s latest)*

16 IN CO ME

18 ARTIST    Hidden

20 (h)OBO L

22 DIET    Double definition

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