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Independent on Sunday 1048 by Quixote 14 March 2010

Posted by Handel on March 18th, 2010

Handel.

Another enjoyable, well clued puzzle from Quixote. The south-west corner took longest, for no good reason – just couldn’t think of the right words for a while. H was pleased to see ‘demotic’ make an appearance, having only recently learnt the word from another puzzle.

ACROSS

1. ST RIFE Wasted quite a while thinking that this would be a word meaning everywhere: ‘Conflict in street everywhere’. Pesky old ‘in’

4. LANCER Hidden

10. A RR IV (IST) E Did know the word, but it didn’t spring to mind immediately

11. S(L)ANG

12. REP LACE

13. DEMO TIC cit(y)<

14. CONCENTRATED dd

18. INEXTRICABLE (inebriate)* with clx (160) in

20. R(EVER)ED

22. TAVERNA ‘Aver’ inside ‘ant’ backwards

24. SH R.U. G

25. EC CENT RIC(h)

26. STEADY (sad yet)*

DOWN

1. STRIPE ref 1 across, substituting ‘p’ for ‘f’

2. RAVE ABOUT inferred anagram of ‘Vera’

3. FOSTER CHILDREN (friends chortle)*

4. AS SAM ref Sam Fox, legendary page three ‘stunna’ and Brit Awards presenter

6. C(HAST)ITY

7. REGICIDE (e.g. CRI die)*

8. LAIR ‘Liar’ with the middle two letters swapped

9. LEADING ARTICLE cryptic definition, not our favourite clue

15. RELEVANCE (NE a clever)*

16. D I ARISES This one took us longest to get

17. PER VERSE

19. DRY ROT We’ve come across very similar clues for this a number of times in our relatively short puzzling lives

21. RI(G.I.)D(e)

23. (l)ARCH

3 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1048 by Quixote 14 March 2010”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Found this a mixture of very easy and quite tricky with my last three words ARCH, TAVERNA and RELEVANCE taking nearly as long to get as the rest of the puzzle.

  2. Quixote says:

    Would love to know whether Handel has ever won a Quixote prize, since I keep seeing the same names!

  3. Handel says:

    Nope, never won anything. Would like to though, as the prize for this puzzle is better than many. Also want the glory, obviously!

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