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Independent on Sunday 1,084 by Quixote

Posted by Simon Harris on November 28th, 2010

Simon Harris.

This is my first attempt at blogging a Sunday Quixote (well, technically it’s my second due to my mixing up the dates, but that’s another story), so I hope I can do it justice. Despite the extra pressure of knowing I would have to explain things, I found this quite a smooth and relatively quick solve.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.

Across
1 SCAMPS – CAMP in SS.
5 MOPE – MOP + E.
9 TEQUILA SUNRISE – (LIQUERS + TISANE)*.
11 BLAKE – B + LAKE. William Blake is the poet.
12 BENNETT – TEN< in BENT. Bent grass was new to me, but it didn’t hinder solving. Alan Bennett is the playwright.
14 SERIAL PORT – hom. of “cereal” + PORT.
15 AGHA – A + G + H + A.
16 RANK – dd.
17 PLANETARIA – I think this is a cd., with a play on “stars”.
19 FLEMING – ‘EM in FLING. Ian Fleming.
21 MORPH – OR in MPH.
24 EDUCATIONALIST – (ONE AUTISTIC LAD)*.
25 WREN – R in NEW<.
26 CAMDEN – MAC< + DEN.
Down
2 CHIMERA – HIM in C + ERA).
3 MOAN – 0 in MAN.
4 SLUMBERING – LUMBER in SING. “Carol” is used as a verb here.
5 MORONMO + RON.
6 PASSENGER TRAIN – (GRANNIES TRAPES)*.
7 STUB – STUB[born].
8 SQUADRON LEADER – (DOES QUARREL AND)*.
10 OTTAWA – WATT< in [r]OA[d].
13 APOLOGETIC – A + POLO + GET + I + C.
14 SHRIFT – SH + RIFT.
18 TIMBALE – A in LEMBIT*. Perhaps a satirical reference to the former MP and his cheeky ex-fiancée.
20 INCAN – AC< in INN.
22 HUTU – HUT + U.
23 FORM – FOR + M.

3 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1,084 by Quixote”

  1. Stella Heath says:

    Thanks Simon.

    I have one quibble: in 6d I thought the verb was spelt ‘traipse’, though this would spoil the anagram fodder.

    The rest of the puzzle was fine, and a good blog.

  2. Quixote says:

    Quibble (this time) without foundation: TRAPES is a legitimate alternative spelling. Thanks for the blog.

  3. Stella Heath says:

    Thanks for the info., and for looking in.

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