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Independent on Sunday 1044 by Quixote – 14th February 2010

Posted by Handel on February 18th, 2010

Handel.

We were glad of a slightly trickier puzzle this weekend, as we tackled this one on a lengthy rail replacement bus service.

Once again, we’re embarrassed that our name erroneously indicates some kind of musical knowledge, as we were stumped by 17 down. We also had to call on our friend Anne B for help with 3 down.

ACROSS

7. IMPROV(is)E

9. P LEADER

11. EAR N S Our interpretation of this is that ‘makes’ is the definition, with partners at table being a bridge reference (north and south) and ‘come to attention’ being ‘ear’.

12. EGOTISTIC (cities got)*

13. CHIPPING BARNET dd, one cryptic. Produced a highly amusing debate, in which H was convinced that he had heard of a ‘Clipping Barnet’.

14. REGULUS Luger< U.S.

16. CHEQUES sounds like ‘Czechs’.

18. SENTIMENTALISM (it’s manliest men)* possible reference to the date.

21. SWEETENER (enters)* around wee – ‘not large’

22. TRE(W)S

23. BE(SID)ES

24. CRIM(e) SON

DOWN

1. SILENCER (reclines)*

2. GOSSIP ‘os’ – bone, with ‘is’ twisted i.e. reversed, inside GP – doctor

3. DEMESNES ‘me’ – this person, inside ‘sensed’ undergoing revolution i.e. reversed. An unfamiliar word to us, meaning ‘estates’

4. A PL O MB

5. P.E. DI GREE(d)

6. CROC(k)

8. PARKING METERS (pestering mark)*

10. DO THE BUSINESS (I enthused boss)*

15. (p)LATITUDE

16. CON TRACT

17. SAMISENS ‘is’ inside ‘men’, inside ‘SAS’

19. M(ON)IST

20. A LT AIR

21. SUBS dd

3 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1044 by Quixote – 14th February 2010”

  1. nmsindy says:

    I agree with your take on EARNS. Re SAMISENS, I was glad Quixote had given fairly clear wordplay because I scarcely believed there was such a word, but verified it after. Had heard of DEMESNE(S) all right, somehow sounds more important than a domain, doesn’t it?

  2. Quixote says:

    Ah two bloggers — good! (Though Quixote doesn’t do ‘wordplay’ …!)

  3. Handel says:

    Yes indeed, hence the ‘and’ in our name; two for the price of one! Though seeing as we knew we were going to be blogging Quixote, we missed a trick not calling ourselves Sancho Panza.

    We hadn’t made the link between domain and desmesnes, but it does sounds a lot more poetic.

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