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Independent on Sunday 1089 by Quixote

Posted by Uncle Yap on January 2nd, 2011

Uncle Yap.

Don Quixote de la Mancha deftly subdued another giant aka windmill with last week’s offering of a variety of cryptic devices, each crafted immaculately and with very few wasted words.

ACROSS
9 LASSITUDE Cha of LASS (girl) I (one) *(DUET) In a recent crossword from Paul in the Guardian, this exact same word was clued as a homophone of Lassie chewed
10 CREPE Ins of REP (representative or salesman or seller) in CE (Church of England)
11 OILED O (halo) I (one) LED (showed the way)
12 CALENDARS Ins of A LEND (loan) in CARS (vehicles) Well, in late December, when this puzzle first appeared, calendars are soon about to be replaced. Nice def
13 ABSORBENT AB (able-bodied seaman or sailor or salt) + ins of N (number) in SORBET (water ice)
14 STEER Ins of T (last letter of desert) in SEER (wise man)
15 ECHELON Ins of CHE (Guevara, rebel) L (first letter of legion) in *(ONE)
17 LINCTUS Sounds like linked us (what we had in common)
19 LEMMA L (line) EMMA (famous book by Jane Austen)
20 DEBATABLE DEB (short for debutante) A TABLE (bit of furniture)
22 GENTLEMEN Ins of *(ELEMENT) in GN (first and last letters of GIN)
24,25,26 ON THE FEAST OF STEPHEN *(past one he then set off) aka Boxing Day, the day after Christmas when gifts of money and kind are distributed to the needy … is it a co-incidence that this puzzle should appear on Boxing Day?

DOWN
1 ALLOCATE Cha of ALL (everything) O (nothing) C (cold) ATE (consumed)
2 PSALMS PS (postscript or extra note) ALMS (gifts) Do you know that the shortest chapter in the Holy Bible is Psalms 117 and the longest Psalms 119 and Psalms 118, in between, is the middle chapter, with 594 chapters before and 594 chapters after? Aren’t we crossword solvers all great depositories for trivia? http://www.snopes.com/religion/center.asp
3 CINDERELLA *(dancer I’ll)
4 PUNCHEON Cha of PUNCH (party drink) EON (a very very long time) for a liquid measure of from 70 to 120 gallons
5 PELLET Ins of ELLE (lady from France) in PT (Physical Training or gym)
6 ICON I CON (study)
7 DECADENT Ins of Jack CADE (rebel) in DENT (depression)
8 TEASER TEAS (drinks) ER (momentary hesitation)
14 SANCTIONED *(no distance)
16 HYMENEAL HY (Henry) MEN (blokes) + *(ALE)
17 LEBANESE Ins of *(BEANS) in LEE (shelter)
18 SHEBEENS Ins of HE (male) BEEN in SS (saints) for Irish illicit liquor shop
19 LOG OFF cd
20 DAMSON DAM (mother) SON (boy)
21 BITCHY B (bishop) ITCHY (feeling irritation)
23 LUTE L (litre) UTE (short for utility vehicle or truck)

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
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

4 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1089 by Quixote”

  1. Tokyo Colin says:

    Thanks Uncle Yap for another excellent blog to an enjoyable puzzle from a setter I have mixed responses to. This was immaculately crafted as you said and the answers and references were all within my ken. So Quixote is in my good books today.

    I always learn something from your blogs. Today it was that “shebeen” is originally an Irish word. I know it from South African literature and didn’t realise it was an import.

    You are missing an E (from “inner energy”) in your anagram fodder for 3dn.
    And for someone who grew up in an Australian country town, “Ute” isn’t short for anything. A ute is a ute, pure and simple.

  2. Stella says:

    Thanks for the blog, Uncle Yap. I enjoyed this, though it took me a while to get going. As you say, nothing superfluous and some great surface readings.

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention Good King Wenceslas for the long answer – he led me straight in, so that I didn’t even bother checking the anagram.

  3. Simon Harris says:

    Thanks UY. I must admit to finding this one really quite hard. In fact, I think I gave up with about four or five unsolved clues, and came here for enlightenment. Of course, I can’t grumble about the clues, just my mental faculties!

  4. Uncle Yap says:

    Stella, thank you for the lead-in to Good King Wenceslas which I found at http://www.carols.org.uk/good_king_wences1as.htm. This allusion by Quixote totally escaped me. One lives and learns.

    Tokyo Colin, per Chambers, ute is “a small truck, pick-up or van (in full utility truck or utility vehicle; short form ute; Australia and New Zealand).” Have we ever met at an international hash run? I have been hashing in Perth, Changmai, Kuilin and recently in Sri Lanka for the Solstice Run and I have booked for the China Nash Hash in September 2011. On! On!

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