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Independent on Sunday 1085 by Quixote

Posted by Uncle Yap on December 5th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

I have been doing these Sunday Indies one week late on the Independent site and it took some nice co-operation from friends to get hold of a current puzzle without having to be physically in the UK and buying a dead-tree copy. I am therefore quite accustomed to the Don’s scrupulously fair clueing style; although he sometimes has too high an expectation of his clients. We can’t all be of the same calibre as Times Crossword Champions or setters for the quality dailies.  Lesser mortals abound and abound abundantly.

This week’s offering has a wide variety of devices to entertain and challenge. Rocinante, away we go !


8 BACTERIOLOGIST Ins of *(REACT) in BIOLOGIST (another scientist)

9 DANGLING D (Day) ANGLING (fishing)

10 REHAB REH (Rev of HER, the woman) AB (able-bodied, seaman)

11 PRIMATE PR (public relations or publicity) I (one) MATE (friend)

13 LUNETTE Ins of NET (difficulty) in LUTE (musical instrument) Believe you me, on the 11th line of my Chambers CD-ROM entry for NET is a difficulty

14 STENT ST (street) ENT (ear, nose and throat, hospital department)

15 PEA Ins of E (energy) in PA (old man)

16 ALPHA Ins of LP (long-playing record) in AHA ! (expression of surprise)

18 IMMORAL IMMORTAL (always) minus T (time)

20 TADPOLE Ins of D (daughter) PO (River) in TALE (story) My COD for its simply audacious definition – a potential potential prince indeed!

21 LIMIT Ins of MI (motorway) in LIT (illuminated)

22 MOMENTUM Ins of MEN (chaps) in MO (Maureen) & TUM (little Mary?)

24 TERROR-STRICKEN Ins of ERRORS (mistakes) & TRICK (stratagem) in TEN (number)


1 PALATINE Ins of IN (home) in PALATE (roof, look in your mouth)

2 STAG STAGE (step) minus E

3 BRAISE Sounds like BRAYS

4 MONGOLIA *(oilman go)

5 FOUR-IN-HAND FOUR (square of 2) IN HAND (being dealt with) for a coach drawn by four horses, two by two, driven by one person

6 WITH IT Cha of WIT (comedian) HIT (big success)

7 STABLEMATE Stable (company) *(team)

11 PISTILLATE Ins of ILL (not good) in PI (pious or very good) STATE (condition) for picking?

12 ALTERATION *(neat tailor) I rate this an &lit

15 POLEMIST Cha of POLE (European) MIST (something that clouds vision)

17 PRODUCER *(up record) A likely &lit for someone like Simon Cowell

19 MEMORY Ins of EMOR (rev of ROME) in MY (expression of surprise)

20 TIMBRE Ins of BR (Britain) in TIME (enemy)

23 NICK dd

Key to abbreviations

dd = double definition

dud = duplicate definition

tichy = tongue-in-cheek type

cd = cryptic definition

rev = reversed or reversal

ins = insertion

cha = charade

4 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1085 by Quixote”

  1. Quixote says:

    Welcome Uncle Yap to my IOS Quixote puzzles. These are generally aimed to be a bit more straightforward than my Times or Pasquale or Bradman puzzles, so I’d fully expect bloggers here to find them quite easy.

  2. Stella says:

    Thanks Uncle Yap and Quixote.

    I’m afraid I can’t help with your two queries, as I gave the same doubts. Still, an entertaining and doable puzzle

  3. Simon Harris says:

    I’ve just got around to trying to finish this one, believe it or not. Far too hard for me, I’m afraid, so it’s a good job this wasn’t my week! I too cannot answer those two queries.

  4. nmsindy says:

    The clue for PISTILLATE was “Word to describe flowers in very good condition, not good for picking”. I think the definition is ‘Word to describe flowers’ ‘describe’ suggests an adj and Collins defines it “(of plants) having pistils but no anthers”. As the blog says, I think the wordplay puts ILL (not good) in PI (very good) STATE (condition).

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