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Independent on Sunday 1057 by Quixote 16th May 2010

Posted by Handel on May 20th, 2010


We completed this crossword in a most pleasant way – in bed with a cup of tea during a rare weekend at home, before a pub lunch.  Its gentle wit was much appreciated, with a number of the answers clued in an innovative fashion.



5. MIMI C a big shout out to El’s dad, who would always say ‘que gelida manina’ when she was small, a memory that made this rather hard clue a bit easier!

8. FEN N.E.C. A new word for us, but easily parsed


10. WEIRDEST ‘rides’ anagramised in ‘wet’

11. (s)HOOT

13. PEACE-KEEPING Very witty – ‘peace’ is kept inside hoPE A CErtainty


18. S CUM ‘cum’ is with in Latin

19. ABROGATE (boat gear)*


23. A M ORAL

24. MA(RR)Y

25. NIELSEN (senile)* n for ‘note’


1. BREWER dd, ref Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

2. MINOR sounds like ‘miner’

3. SECRETAIRE (career its e)* Spent rather too long trying to make ‘escritoire’ from this


5. MICE ‘I’m’ reversed, then C.E.


7. CRETONNE (centre no)*

12. FETTER LANE (fleet t near)* Didn’t know that this street was well known, only got it because H works near there


14. DISC LAIM ‘laim’ sounds like ‘lame’

16. ALA(D.D. I)N


20. G LOSS

21. FRAY dd, ref clue 17

7 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1057 by Quixote 16th May 2010”

  1. Quixote says:

    I am glad you managed FETTER LANE. It was recycled after refusal by another of my (many!) crossword editors. I took the view that there are quite a lot of London solvers and that it wasn’t difficult to work out. Keep up the good work post-Niall!

  2. nmsindy says:

    Yes, good puzzle and blog, took me quite a while to see HOOT and how it worked. FETTER LANE was new to me, eventually emerging as a possibility from crossing letters and the likelihood the second part was LANE.

  3. nmsindy says:

    PS Had not seen comment 1 when writing 2!

  4. anax says:

    It’s very rare that I get chance for Sunday crossword solving (yes, I know that sounds perverse) but thanks to the lovely new lady in my life – who happens to be a crossword lover – this was solved in the relaxed environment of a sunny beer garden, and a very pleasant solve it was too; a perfect mix of accessibility and challenge, so many thanks Don.

    We struggled a bit to get FETTER LANE but the cross-checkers made that the only possible answer and it’s now handily stored in the “Things I didn’t know then but I know now” bit of my brain.

  5. sidey says:

    Fetter Lane? For goodness sake, how is someone without internet access or a London A to Z supposed to check that? A dreadful clue for a dreadful light.

    London thoroughfares that aren’t on a Monopoly board should never appear in national newspaper crosswords. I really wish setters would stop thinking that everyone has intimate knowledge of one of the capital cities of the UK. Stop it, all of you.

  6. anax says:

    Just been looking at Wiki – Fetter Lane has an entry whereas several nearby streets do not. There seems to be a fair bit of interesting stuff about it, and it turns out Fetter Lane is also mentioned as an early residence of the central character in the opening paragraphs of Gulliver’s Travels (which I read as a kid, so this reference was long-forgotten for me).
    Yes, it’s a bit obscure, but I’d suggest it has sufficient history behind it to make it worth knowing.

  7. Moose says:

    If you’ve never heard of FETTER LANE (like most of us haven’t) how could you guess first letter was F.It could have been anything! Made a good fist of this.Never heard of 8a,7d and of course 12d!

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