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Independent on Sunday 1059 by Quixote 30th May 2010

Posted by Handel on June 3rd, 2010

Handel.

Blimmin’ ‘eck this were tough. We limped to just short of the finishing line, failing to get 12 across and 11 down – comments welcome as ever. Didn’t enjoy this as much as usual, as there were a number of unfamiliar words that required a dictionary to confirm. Probably just gaps in our knowledge, but we look forward to finding out whether anyone else struggled this week.

ACROSS

1. PROD(ucts)

4. (a)ITCH

10. OPENCAST MINING (no menacing pits)*

12. Not sure on this one: ‘Holy person, male cut out to be cathedral artist’, perhaps ‘piper’? All is now clear. It’s PI PERson

13. CHE LATE< Not a word we knew, but easy enough to parse

15. CR(hEEP)Y

17. A T(H)OLL Didn’t know this word

19. PLEA TED

20. MO T E.T. Didn’t know this word either

21. CON FORM E.R.

23. LIVES IN THE PAST (invites the pals)*

24. DREW dd

25. NOSE (ones)* Correction – see Neil’s comment below: oNE’S Tired

DOWN

2. REPRESENTATIVE dd

3. DEN I’M

5. TOTEM IC anagram of ‘motet’, then I C ‘in charge’

6. HAIRPIECE sounds like ‘hare peace’

7. VA(RE)SE Didn’t know this either…

8. HIPPOPOTAMUSES (hit pompus apes)*

9. AGAR<

11. Not sure on this one either: ‘Twelfth in series then king? Four such series in this’. It looks like ‘Duck’ or ‘Dick’? DEC K – Thanks Gaufrid

14. AMORTISED (mediators)*

16. ODER<

18. LICE N(i)CE

19. PUN(CH)Y

20. MULL dd

22. OR PIN(e)

8 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1059 by Quixote 30th May 2010”

  1. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Handel
    I didn’t do this one but I think I can help.

    12ac is probably [John] PIPER the artist who helped to design the stained glass windows for Coventry Cathedral, see:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Piper_(artist)

    I think 11dn is DECK – DEC[ember] (Twelfth in series) K (king)

  2. Handel says:

    Thanks Gaufrid, that’ll be it. 11dn’s definition is very subtle – clever stuff.

  3. Simon Harris says:

    Definitely struggled with this. In fact I’m trying to avoid reading the answers as I post this, as I’ve yet to complete it, pending a second attempt!

  4. nmsindy says:

    I too found this tougher than usual from Quixote and wondered for quite a while if the unusual pattern of two four letter answers in each of the four sides of the perimeter meant is was thematic is some way, tho apparently not as the answers emerged. Just to elaborate on Gaufrid’s explanation of PIPER, I think it’s PI (holy) and PERSON less SON = ‘male cut out’

    I thought that 23 across was excellent, such a natural reading for what was quite a long anagram – this kept it hidden from me for quite a while.

    Great blog, Handel.

  5. flashling says:

    Glad it wasn’t just me to ztruggle with this then. Much harder than anything Quixote has produced for a while (well to me anyway)

  6. flashling says:

    Err struggle even

  7. NeilW says:

    Late entry from the online community…

    Thanks Handel.

    I had an issue with 13ac – “ET AL” means “and others” not just “others”.

    I’m not sure how you arrived at NOSE for 25ac – the definition is “somewhere comfy” and the answer surely is NEST, hidden in “One’s tired” with the indicator “Look for”.

  8. NeilW says:

    Oops – changed my mind about 13ac – ET AL can of course mean “with others”!

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