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Independent on Sunday 1053 by Quixote 18th April 2010

Posted by Handel on April 22nd, 2010

Handel.

A pleasant and fairly quick solve over a pint in our local. We were pleased to get both 8ac and 23ac, which were words and phrases we did know, but had to root around in the back of our minds for.

ACROSS

1. TUNIC ‘Cnut’ reversed with ‘i’ for island inside

4. B(RICK)RED

8. PACHYDERMATOUS (supremacy had to)* means ‘thick-skinned’

9. CAR VERY

10. TRI(VI)A(l)

12. LOG(O)S

14. PRIS(TIN)E

16. TRADE GAP cryptic definition

18. MAN I C

20. B(EH)OLD

21. CARDIAC ‘card’, the AI (tiptop) reversed, then ‘c’

23. DOG IN THE MANGER (hardening got me)*

24. WET NURSE ‘unrest’ anagramised inside ‘we’

25. D(u)RESS

DOWN

1. TOPICALITY ‘top’ (chief), ‘IC’ for ‘in charge’ and then ‘Italy’ anagramised

2. veNICE Really

3. CO Y NESS don’t quite understand why ‘ness’ is ‘to get involved’

4. BYE-BYE sounds like ‘by by’

5. I’M MATURE reference to Victor Mature

6. KITTIES dd

7. E(R.U.)DITION

11. PEACE CORPS (ace coppers)*

13. GRACE NOTE ‘girl’ is Grace, ‘see’ is note

15. MANDATER ‘man’ then ‘re tad’ reversed

17. E MOTION

18. MERMAID (dream I’m)*

19. AC C(ED)E

22. IN GLE(n)

6 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1053 by Quixote 18th April 2010”

  1. nmsindy says:

    I think that the ‘get involved’ in 3 down relates to the Y = yen getting involved ie cryptically being contained in company head ie CO NESS.

  2. Handel says:

    Ah, that’ll be it. It was the head=ness that stumped us, despite having looked the word up recently.

  3. NeilW says:

    15ac is MANDATOR – the OR coming from Other Ranks – “other soldiers”.

  4. NeilW says:

    Sorry meant 15dn!

  5. uncle yap says:

    can you explain 20across more fully

  6. NeilW says:

    Uncle Yap, re 20ac: “Observe what’s striking on the outside” I parsed as: BEHOLD: “what”(?) EH(?) inserted in “striking” BOLD.

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