Posted by Uncle Yap on August 14th, 2011
Wow! Hypnos three weeks in a row. Let’s hope the IOS does not follow a four-setters cycle since the four bloggers do … then we will end up blogging the same setter. Nothing negative, Hypnos, but one on a regular diet of the choicest caviar and pate de foie gras would welcome an occasional change to steak and kidney pie As usual, Hypnos’s puzzle is quite entertaining and none too difficult
Last time I was here, I alluded to a possibility of not being able to continue blogging this delightful series of IOS puzzles. This was due to inability to access the puzzle on-line until one week later when the blog is due. Thanks to Gaufrid and another kind soul who have provided alternative early access, I am now able to continue. I also take the opportunity to thank Mike Hutchinson aka eimi, the Indy crossword editor for providing me the IOS puzzles during the early days of my involvement with IOS blogs.
1 COST Cha of COS (a crisp long-leaved lettuce introduced from the Aegean island of Cos) T (first letter of tomato)
3 EGOCENTRIC Ins of OC (must be for ocean although Chambers, my crossword bible does not support this abbreviation) in E (European) GENT (chap) + RICH minus H (largely well-heeled)
9 APEX ha
10 QUANTIFIED Cha of Mary QUANT (fashion designer) IF (provided) I (Independent) & ED (editor, journalist)
11 STANDOFFISH Like a stand-off (a rugby halfback who stands away from the scrum as a link between scrum-half and the three-quarters )
15 ODDLY O (old) DD (Doctor of Divinity, theologian) LY (extreme letters from LaitY)
16 MARCO POLO Ins of A RC (Roman Catholic) + OP (opus, work) in MO (moment, second) LO (look) for a merchant-traveller from Venice (1254-1324) who made pioneering excursions to Central Asia and China.
17 TASK FORCE Ins of ASK FOR (request) in T (time) & CE (Church of England or Anglicans)
18 RHINO dd money and animal
19 COUNTRY CLUB Cha of COUNTRY (land) CLUB (driver, say)
23 AVARICIOUS Ins of AR (Arab) in A VICIOUS (Sid Vicious, born John Simon Ritchie 1957-1979) was an English musician best known as the bassist of the influential punk rock group Sex Pistols
24 HALO HALON (compound) minus N (new)
25 AT LONG LAST Ins of L (lecturer) in A TONG (Chinese secret society) + Ins of AS (when) in LT (IVR code for Lithuania)
26 SIZE Sounds like SIGHS (yearns) a weak glue or gluey material used for stiffening paper or rendering it sufficiently water-resistant to accept printing ink
1 CHATSWORTH CHATS (informal conversations) WORTH (merit) Chatsworth House is a stately home in North Derbyshire, England. It is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire.
2 STEWARDESS Ins of WARD (charge) in STEEL minus L (a lot of strength) + SS (ship)
4 GRUFF Ins of R (Republican) in GUFF (ridiculous talk)
5 CONCIERGE Ins of I (island) in CONCERN (business) minus N + GE (rev of EG, exempli gratia, for example)
6 NEIGHBOURLY *(rough line by)
7 RAID R (last letter of larder) AID (help)
8 CEDE Alternate letters from CrEw DiEt
12 DAY OF ACTION Ins of A Y (year) in DO (party) FACTION (dissenting group)
13 MODIGLIANI Ins of G (good) in *(maid in oil) Amedeo Clemente Modigliani (1884–1920) was an Italian artist who worked mainly in France. Primarily a figurative artist, he became known for paintings and sculptures in a modern style characterized by mask-like faces and elongation of form.
14 GO FOR BROKE GO FOR (sounds like gofer, junior employee) BR (brother) OKE (a clipped form of okay, certainly)
16 MARSUPIAL *(A FAIR SLUMP minus F, last letter of grief) A euro is also a wallaroo, any of several types of large kangaroo (marsupial).
20 TRUSS ha
21 RAJA Rev of A JAR (drink) for an Indian or Malay king/prince/lord (in days gone by, part of the landed gentry or old landlord)
22 BAIL B (bachelor) AIL (trouble) security given to procure the release of an accused person by assuring his or her subsequent appearance in court
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