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Independent on Sunday 1093 by Quixote

Posted by Uncle Yap on January 30th, 2011

Uncle Yap.

Another quality work from the Don with a rich variety of cryptic devices, each crafted well and creatively. I do, however, have one teeny-weeny quibble. Dr Brian Skinner, my crossword moderator, would never allow me to use the same device more than once in a puzzle; he calls it inelegant. Here we see one for I used in 21A and 4D and son for S in 12D and 20D. Otherwise, a very entertaining 30 minutes like Hancock’s Half Hour (anyone still remember those pre-tv days?).

ACROSS
1 OWLS FOWLS (cocks and hens) minus F (Forte, loud)
4 ENTHALPY *(play then)
8 AGRIMONY Ins of ON (leg side in cricket) in A GRIMY (dirty) for a perennial herb of a genus (Agrimonia) of the rose family, with small yellow flowers and bitter taste and a rootstock which provides a yellow dye; extended to other plants, esp hemp agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum), a composite.
10 NATURE N (knight in chess notation) A T (time) URE (Yorkshire river)
11 LIGHT YEAR *(hate girly)
13 EMIR rha
14 HEADMISTRESSES *(reassess the dim)
16 SHOTGUN WEDDING *(ding dong thus we) Lovely surface and what a cheeky def, difficult match indeed!
19 SCAT Ins of C (caught in cricket notation) in SATurday (end of the week)
20 DEATH CELL cd
21 VIRILE Ins of R (Rex, king) I (one) in VILE (horrible)
22 WIND DOWN When the wind is down, there is less chance of storm damage. To wind down is to relax
23 UNCHASTE UN (French for a) CH (church) *(SEAT)
24 SUNG dd dynasty in China between 960 and 1279

DOWN
2 WHINGED W (wife) HINGED (liable to be a swinger like when you hang a door with hinges)
3 SMOOTHING Ins of M (first letter of Music) in SOOTHING (restful)
4 ELY ELI (priest) minus I (one) plus Y (yen)
5 TENOR *(NOTE) + R (right)
6 ARTLESS PART less P (piano) -> ARTLESS, simple. Quite an original device
7 PARKINSON’S LAW *(WALKS SO SPRAIN) any one of the laws propounded by C Northcote Parkinson (1909-1993), esp the law that in officialdom work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
9 GOLDEN SECTION *(IS CLOSE ENDING) aka  GOLDEN RATIO In mathematics and the arts, two quantities are in the golden ratio if the ratio of the sum of the quantities to the larger quantity is equal to the ratio of the larger quantity to the smaller one. The golden ratio is an irrational mathematical constant, approximately 1.6180339887
12 ESTONIA Ins of S (son) in ETON (public school) + IA (rev of A1, excellent)
15 ELEPHANTS ELEP (rev of PELE, famous footballer from Brazil) HANTS (county of Hampshire from Hantsharing, original name)
17 OSTRICH O (old) ST (street) RICH (having lots of things)
18 DRESDEN D (Deutschland or Germany) RESIDENT minus I & T
20 DUELS DUE (owing) L (pounds) S (son)
22 WOE WE (you and I) O (nothing)

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

2 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1093 by Quixote”

  1. Scarpia says:

    Thanks Uncle Yap.
    As you say,another quality puzzle from the Don.
    I thought the 4 long anagrams were super and also liked 8 across.
    Only 1 unfamiliar answer for me,which was 4 across.I would be disappointed if there wasn’t at least one in the Don’s puzzles!
    The cryptic definition at 20 is very clever,I entered the answer from checking letters,but it still took me a while to actually understand it.

  2. Quixote says:

    Thanks for the review.

    I am running a crossword course next month in Oxford and if anyone can give me the email of the moderator, I will send a pdf giving details for posting.

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