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Independent on Sunday 1040 by Quixote – 17 Jan 2010

Posted by nmsindy on January 21st, 2010

nmsindy.

Solving time, 22 mins.    Lower half harder than top half, I found

* = anagram    < = reversed

ACROSS

1 LAPP    (p pal)<

4 SUBJECT   S

9 SCAR(C)E

10 PEA (CO C)KS

11 PA RENTED

12 DE PLOY   ed<

13 CO-R(R)ESPONDENT

16 MEALS ON WHEELS   Cryptic definition

18 PRO TEA

19 BOUN(d) TIES

21 CAV (AL I)ER        Al Capone

22 EXOTIC     X (sign of love = kiss) for R (right) in ‘erotic’

23 SOR (BONN)E

24 Arvo PART(y)

DOWN

2 ARCH A1 C (first letter of construction)

3 PUR (G) E

4 SAP I’D

5 BOARDING HOUSES  (neighbour so sad)*

6 ECOSP   HERE   (copes)*

7 TAKE OUT    (Kate)*

8 W   EATHER STATION    (Rain to the east)*

14 ROAST LAMB   “lam”

15 PAN    nap<

16 MAR CAT  O     (music)

17 SEE (DIE)R

19 BARRE(l)

20 T ROOP    poor<

One Response to “Independent on Sunday 1040 by Quixote – 17 Jan 2010”

  1. Quixote says:

    Harder bottom half? Good! It gives the lie to John Sykes’s theory that the clues at the bottom are easier because the setter is running out of steam. On the BBC4 programme Azed said that he clue his words in strict order to avoid leaving tricky words and serving up poor clues for them. I am the opposite. I start out in order and then spray around, leaving the two or three hardest words to clue until the end, when I might go away and find how to crack them at slightly more leisure! I also aim to provide some easy and some tricky, so that the solver gets easily drawn in before the hard work starts. Thanks again, NMS

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