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Independent on Sunday 1063 by Quixote – 27 June 2010

Posted by Handel on July 1st, 2010

Handel.

Our first blog as husband and wife, completed in true Handel style, with a pint of ale in Stockwell’s uncharacteristically sophisticated pub The Canton Arms.

ACROSS

4. HE(LP)ED

7. splenDID ACT I Contrived

9. B(A.T.M.)AN

10. LINDA N E

11. O.K. A PI(g)

12. CLEMEN(t) S The real name of Mark Twain

13. BROUGHT TO BOOK dd

17. BELUGAS (bulge as)*

20. TI(D)ES

21. DISROBE (so bride)* How apt.

22. POND ER

23. T(AMEN)ESS

24. SOL(V)E R

DOWN

1. HE C A TOMB not a word we knew, but easy enough to parse

2. OCTAVE dd

3. EIDERS (desire)*

5. PO MP A NO

6. DANCING sounds like ‘Dan sing’, though I have to say it doesn’t sound like that for two southerners like us!

7. DELICATESSENS (neediest class)* Not a difficult clue, as long as your spelling brain is functioning…

8. DUN C.E.

14. O.C. TOP U.S.

15. OR(DIN)AL

16. KESTEVEN (see Kent)*

17. BED LAM

18. LESSEE We liked this one – as NMS points out it’s ‘less ee’ (‘thus week becomes wk’). Quixote is excellent at spotting unusual structural wordplays like this, which always raise a smile

19. G LOB E

3 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1063 by Quixote – 27 June 2010”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Congrats, Handel. Being aware of the reason for yr absence, I did wonder if 21A was intentional, but it may have been pure coincidence as I think these puzzles are set some time ahead. Two minor points, there’s a typo in the spelling of the answer in 7D and the excellent 18D is not actually explained, it’s LESS EE. I found this a very enjoyable crossword, quite a bit harder than Quixote usually is with my last answer being OCTAVE.

  2. Quixote says:

    Heartiest congratulations Handel — may your life together be as Handel’s famous blacksmith!

  3. Stella Heath says:

    Congratulations, and thanks for the blog.

    Curiously, the first answer I got was “hecatomb”, probably because my husband, who studied Greek, has often explained the word to me as the sacrifice of a hundred head of cattle – presumably to placate some very angry gods! :-D

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