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Independent 7633 by Quixote

Posted by NealH on April 4th, 2011


*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism

A warm welcome to Quixote, who is switching from the IOS to a regular Monday slot in the weekday paper. This was very much of an IOS standard of difficulty, with lots of elegantly written clues. 11 and 17 stood out for excellent surface readings and 24 was a neat idea.

1 Renown: Re + n(ame) + own(=have).
4 Doorstep: Do + OR + pets<.
9 Ground: DD.
10 Activate: AC + i (symbol used in physics to represent current) in TV + at + e[vening].
12 Shine: She around in.
13 Oversight: Hom of “over site”.
14 Ramifications: (If a romantic is)*.
17 Belisha Beacon: B(ritish) + Elisha + “be a con”.
20 Blind date: CD.
22 Horde: Hidden in “hellish ordeal”.
23 Asteroid: A steroid (=chemical denied to athletes).
24 Turnip: Turn pi.
25 Everyone: Very one after [gam]e.
26 Sentry: S[leep] + entry.
1 Registry: RE + GIs + try.
2 Niobium: I OB (old boy) + I in NUM (National Union of Miners).
3 Wonderful: (Flew around)*.
5 Orchestrated: (The decor)* around star*.
6 Ruins: RU (Rugby Union) + in + s[pectators].
7 Tear gas: (gets ar[e]a)*.
8 Plenty: P + lent + y(en).
11 Coach Station: (Not as chaotic)*.
15 Open House: (One hope)* around US.
16 Underpay: ([l]ad penury)*.
17 Bristle: How some West Country people pronounce Bristol.
18 Coronet: R + one in cot.
19 Abrade: Hom of “a braid”. Wear hears means “wear away”, so a good piece of misdirection.
21 Derby: DD.

6 Responses to “Independent 7633 by Quixote”

  1. Quixote says:

    Thanks Mr Blogger! It’s good to be back with my 128th daily Indy puzzle after a gap of over 21 years!

  2. flashling says:

    Is there an unwritten rule saying don’t comment on quixote blogs? Welcome back to the Indy after your exile at the IOS. A fine return as well. Thanks Neal for the blog.

  3. Ali says:

    A very nice puzzle from The Don. Lots of lovely clues, COACH STATION being my favourite.

    So who’s taking over the IoS puzzle now then?

  4. flashling says:

    Crosophile did yesterday but don’t know if there’s a rotation – the paper didn’t say.

  5. Hallow Brink says:

    For me, found the first of it tantalisingly simple, soon tough enough; very enjoyable.

  6. ele says:

    A bit late in the day but couldn’t start on it until late last night. A very enjoyable puzzle. Liked Belisha beacon and turnip especially.

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