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Independent on Sunday 1083 by Quixote

Posted by flashling on 21st November 2010

flashling.

My first blog against any of Don’s crosswords I believe. He’s said his Quixote persona tries not to be too hard. I do remember a Duck(?) in the saturday magazine involving Pi which no-one got. Still here we go.

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Azed 2007

Posted by ilancaron on 21st November 2010

ilancaron.

I note that I totally skipped Azed 2000 — I should probably take a look at it (I’ve been slightly busy).  This one was done over a few days while waiting for long builds.
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Everyman 3346

Posted by Stella on 21st November 2010

Stella.

I enjoyed this, a fairly typical Everyman, despite initial technical difficulties, which I find have now been ironed out

Across

1. Long for high praise

Aspire                     *PRAISE, + &lit?

4. In state, vicious hook having caught the Parisienne mother

Oklahoma             *HOOK round LA (‘the’ in French)

+ MA

9. Is to go ashore in Tasmania, perhaps

Island IS + LAND (=’go ashore’)

10. Hit man when given cheek at home

Assassin                AS (=’when’) =SASS (=’cheek’ )

+ IN (=’home’)

11. First to test new footwear in musical

Tea for two           T(est) + *FOOTWEAR

13. Live with wife in small wooden hollow

Dwell                     W(ife) in DELL

14. Fascinating period knitting together

Spellbinding        SPELL (= ‘period’) + BINDING

18. City in Maine has poster showing lighthouse location

Portland Bill       PORTLAND + BILL

The Dorset location of this lighthouse


21.Titled lady losing first two in game of skill

Chess                    (du)CHESS

22. Bananas in a hot pie for African national

Ethiopian             *IN A HOT PIE

24. Culinary herb used in Spanish province, mostly

Tarragon                TARRAGON(a), in Catalonia,

Delicious with fish, and in Béarnaise sauce


25. Figure of speech making one inside grin

Simile                      I in SMILE

I find the word order of the clue a bit odd, though perhaps necessary for the wordplay

26. Tentative, male model visiting social worker

Hesitant                 HE + SIT + ANT

27. At which one may have served before returning

Tennis                     cd.


Down

1. A rigorous appraisal dictates changes

Acid test                  *DICTATES

2. Greatly shocked, European given the sack

Poleaxed                   POLE + AXED

3. Call round for drummer

Ringo                         RING + O

5. Sign of betrayal with fatal consequences?

Kiss of death             cd.

6. Left group, one used in commercial

Abandoned                BAND + ONE in AD

7. Involved story about eastern native

Oyster                        *STORY round E

For “oyster” = “native”, see the discussion here: http://fifteensquared.net/2010/11/15/guardian-25168-rufus/

8. A service provided by elderly poet

Arnold                        A + R(oyal) N(avy) + OLD

Presumably, this poet, cultural critic and sage writer:


12. A mass of feathery seeds, lots the wind scattered

Thistledown              *LOTS THE WIND


15. Be quick to appear intelligent

Look smart                 dd.

16. Discord in military unit

Division                       dd.

17. Battlefield – force touches down without hesitation

Flanders                       F(orce) + LANDS around ER

19. A short stop

Scotch                           tichy dd.

20. Bride’s lost in wreck

Débris                          *BRIDE’S

23.Express an opinion in a shop in Ely

Opine                            hidden in ‘shOP IN Ely’

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