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Independent on Sunday 1090: Quixote

Posted by jetdoc on January 9th, 2011


I hope I have got the serial number right here, for the puzzle published on 2 January. Because I don’t like writing on newsprint (sorry!), I scanned it in and printed it onto ‘normal’ paper, but omitted the title line. And the recycling bin has bin and gone.

13a is definitely my favourite clue this week. There’s a good anagram at 4d, too.

1 ALMA A; L = learner; MA = degree
3 ANGLES ALES = beers; ‘drinking’ NG = no good
7 SETTLE Double definition. Settle
8/25 ANGSTROM UNIT *(Aunt storming). An internationally recognized unit of length equal to 0.1 nanometre, and named after Anders Jonas Ångström.
11 REFINER REFER = apply (presumably — Chambers doesn’t seem to give it as such; please put me right if necessary); IN = home
12 TIBETAN TIBE = almost Tiber; TAN = brown
13 BACK NUMBERS ‘no’, short for NUMBER, is reversed (so BACK) in the phrase ‘on and on and on’.

Chambers defines back number as ‘a copy or issue of a newspaper or magazine of a previous date; a person or thing out of date, old-fashioned or no longer useful’.

16 RUNNING MATE As well as someone who co-campaigns for election, this could be someone who runs in the same athletics team.
20 RAPHAEL Double definition — Painter and archangel
21 EPITOME EP = record (‘extended play’ in the far-off days of vinyl discs); I = one; TOME = large book
22 CHARTIST CH = church; ARTIST = painter. The Chartists
23 STRIPE S = first letter of ‘song’ (though I’m not sure that ‘beginning with song’ works); TRIPE = rubbish
24 DIRNDL DI = little woman (short for Diana. I don’t like this device, I’m afraid — many two-letter combinations can be rather arbitrary abbreviations of names; and anyway, someone’s name being abbreviated doesn’t make her little); RN = Royal Navy, sailors; DL = alternate letters of ‘doll’.

An Alpine peasant woman’s dress with close-fitting bodice and full skirt

1 ARTEFACT Hidden backwards (‘hung up’) in ‘that cafe traditionally‘
2 MELANIN *(inn meal). Melanin
4 NONE THE WISER *(Heroines went)
5 LAST BUS LAST = a shoemaker’s model of the foot on which boots and shoes are made or repaired; B = black; US = American
6 SPRITE STRIPE (23a) with its inner letters re-ordered
7 SCRIBE CRIB = a key or baldly literal translation, used as an aid by students, etc; SE = the south-east of England, the Home Counties. The definition is ‘writer’.
9 MANX MAN = fellow; X = cross.

This refers to an inhabitant of the Isle of Man, though I am not sure that ‘Manx’ on its own can be used as a noun to mean an individual islander.

10 CRIMINALISED *(in dire claims)
14 CANOEIST *(Ocean its). &Lit definition
15 SERENE Hidden in ‘Fusser energetic’
16 REACTOR RE = Royal Engineers; ACT = take the initiative; OR = other ranks (soldiers, collectively)
17 GLISTEN G = good; LISTEN = pay attention
18 CROC C = caught; ROC = enormous legendary bird of prey. Short for crocodile
19 UPLAND Hidden in ‘You plan day’s’

2 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1090: Quixote”

  1. Dynamic says:

    You’re right about clue 13 – very clever – though I didn’t know that definition. You’re also right about the being number 1090 (I downloaded it into Crossword Solver to check, and it’s also on the Indy website for the rest of today).

    Thanks, by the way, for the links to background info.

  2. REGALIZE says:

    Excellent blog jetdoc. Re 9dn. I have scoured through many old dictionaries to find a singular definition of Manx. The nearest I could find gives the collective ‘The Manx’ for the islander(s).

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