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Independent on Sunday 1075 by Quixote – 19th September 2010

Posted by Handel on September 26th, 2010

Handel.

A much easier outing this week than last, which H did comfortably over his lunch hour. Some very nice touches (16ac and 21ac were our favourites) together with unexotic vocabulary would make this ideal beginners’ fare.

ACROSS

1. BRA  ZEN

4. PHYSIC(s)

8. T(O)V  A  RICH

10. A  RABLE ‘half-hearted mob’ is a ‘rabble’ with only one of its middle letters

11. CUCKOO’S  PIT

12. LU(c)RE ‘filthy lucre’ is the usual phrase

13. FLURRIED ‘flu’ and then ‘rider’ anagramised

15. SHIRTY ‘shy’ around ‘trip’ reversed without the ‘p’

16. GA(M.B.)OL ‘lark lands doctor behind bars, it seems’ hence doctor in gaol. Probably the smartest clue of the puzzle, and also the last to go in

18. RELIEVED dd

20. J  ILL charade and cryptic definition, referencing the nursery rhyme

21. POINTED OUT implied anagram: ‘in depot’ is ‘pointed’ anagramised, hence ‘out’. Nicely done

23. F(A B I)AN

24. S(PILL)WAY

25. E  U  (NU)  CH

26. IGNITE ‘ignore’, with ‘or’ replaced by ‘it’, fire is in verbal form here, which made it a bit harder to get

DOWN

1. BIOFUEL ‘being foul’ anagramised, without ‘ng’ – ‘no good’

2. ALACK hidden backwards inside ‘nick – calamity’

3. EDITORIAL (I tailored)*

5. HE  ART

6. SMALL-TIME dd, one cryptic

7. CUL(PR  I)T

9. HYPODERMICS (Sophy cried m)*

14. REBELLION cryptic definition, albeit not a terribly misleading one

15. SPLIT RING cryptic definition. Fairly clear that ‘key’ was the important word here, but didn’t get this till late on as I wasn’t familiar with this name for a key ring

17. A  NI<  MATE

19. EMULATE ‘emu’ followed by ‘et al’ reversed

21. PANIC dd, panic is a type of grass

22. DEL(H)I

2 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1075 by Quixote – 19th September 2010”

  1. scchua says:

    Thanks for the blog, Handel.

    Confirms again that Quixote is an apt setter for relaxing Sundays. Thanks Quixote.

    Favourite clues are 8A, and 21A, which I (and maybe others too) would call a reverse anagram, the answer providing anagram fodder and indicator for the wordplay in the clue. Seems to be a favourite of Quixote, as we had one last week.

    Also liked 21D, although having got the checked letters, there was little doubt as to the answer: PANIC grass may cause hay fever, and hay fever may cause PANIC attacks, so there is an &lit here as well.

  2. Quixote says:

    Renewed thanks for the blog — and great to meet the two of you again at AZ2000. Don Q

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