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Independent on Sunday 1047 by Quixote 7 March 2010

Posted by Handel on March 11th, 2010

Handel.

An in-bed solve, lasting perhaps 25 minutes.

ACROSS

1.  R(AD)OME

4. S POKE N

8. PALL OR

9. SOLSTICE (it’s close)*

10. CO M MAN DAN T

11. HANK dd Hank Marvin of the Shadows fame?

12. AGRIBUSINESS (Russian gibes)*

15. UNDERGARMENT Anagram of German in ‘under t'; we took this to refer to t-shirt, but any other ideas are welcome

19. jazZ IN Concert

20. TOUCHSTONE dd he’s the fool in ‘As You Like It’, which is a fave of ours

22. C(A LAB)ASH It’s a gourd

23. L(O)ITER the American spelling of ‘litre’ is ‘liter’, hence ‘Californian’

24. E U(RE)K A

25. SO(UGH)T

DOWN

1. RE A SON

2. DI L EMMA

3. MORON reversal of ‘no rom’

5. POLITESSE (lose spite)*

6. KIT C HEN

7. NICENESS we’re not sure on this – CE is presumably ‘church’, with SS being ‘saints’. ‘Courtesy appropriate to church council town with saints’

9. S CARBO(n) ROUGH

13. RIGHT BANK dd

14. INDICATE (I dance it)*

16. EN CLAIR censorial minus ‘so’ as an anagram

17. T(IT)HING

18. IN TENT

21. HE(‘)LL O

5 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1047 by Quixote 7 March 2010”

  1. Eileen says:

    Hi Handel

    Re 7dn: NICENE refers to the Council of Nicaea in 325, an attempt to achieve consensus in the Christian church. It produced the Nicene Creed.

  2. Handel says:

    Thanks Eileen.

    You’ve also inadvertently solved something I half-remembered from the nineties – on the Pavement album ‘Brighten the Corners’ there’s a photo of the band with ‘The Nicene Creeders’ written underneath it, must be a reference to said creed.

  3. nmsindy says:

    I found this quite a bit harder than Handel. Re UNDERGARMENT, I got this only near the end as definition was well concealed. I think it’s (German turned)*

  4. Handel says:

    That makes a lot more sense! Thanks

  5. Bill says:

    Did about 3/4 of it.12a,20a,23a and 22a struggled with

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