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Independent on Sunday 1097 by Quixote

Posted by Uncle Yap on February 27th, 2011

Uncle Yap.

As to be expected, The Don served up another scrupulously fair puzzle that can be enjoyed without too much problems on a lazy Sunday.

ACROSS
1 CERISE Ins of ERIS (rev of SIRE, father) in CE (Church of England)
4 ASPIRANT *(PARTISAN)
10 SUPERHERO SUP (drink) + ins of HE in ERROR (mistake) minus R
11 GROVE GROVEL (crawl) minus L
12 ONION Ins of I (one) in ON ON (functioning repeatedly)
13 REPROBATE Ins of PRO (professional) in REBATE (money back)
14 BABY GRAND PIANO *(a bad granny I bop)
17 UNDERSTATEMENT Cha of UNDER (dictated to) STATE (body politic) MEN (chaps) T (time)
21 PARTY LINE dd
23 CRIME C (cold) RIME (frost)
24 EASEL EASE (calm) L (lake)
25 KNOW-IT-ALL Cha of K (king) NO WIT (humorous person) ALL (everyone)
26 ANNOYING ANN (girl) BOY minus B (boy beheaded) I (one) NG (no good)
27 BETTER dd

DOWN
1 CUSTOM CU (copper)+ *(most(
2 REPRIMAND REP (representative or salesman) + ins of I’M (I am) in RAND (money abroad in S.Africa)
3 STRINGY Ins of R (river) in STINGY (mean)
5 STOPPING THE ROT *(nightspot toper)
6 IN-GROUP *(grin) + OUP (Oxford University Press)
7 AROMA A ROMA (Rome as the Italians call it)
8 THEREFOR THE REFORM (change) minus M
9 TERROR-STRICKEN *(RK stern rector I)
15 ANNUITANT Formulaic cha of ANN (girl) U (university) IT ANT (hard worker)
16 SUBPOENA *(bean soup)
18 ROYALTY Income that may come when a certain volume’s sold (7)When I solved this from crossing letters, I looked hard to find the wordplay only to discover that this is a poor cd (no aha! effect). Income for Elizabeth’s family or even Family in Windsor would have made credible dd and cd.
19 MACHINE MACH (speed of sound) I (one) NE (one minus O, nothing)
20 SELLER Ins of LL (two pounds) in SEER (wise man)
22 RESIN Tichy was to say SIN (go wrong) again

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 1097 by Quixote”

  1. caretman says:

    Agree that this was a pleasantly easy puzzle. I interpreted 19D a little differently, with speed of sound = MACHI (mach 1), so that ‘one’ doesn’t do double duty.

  2. flashling says:

    Thanks for the blog UY, glad I didn’t need it and to the Don for the puzzle for nice diversion for a sunday afternoon.

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