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Independent 7765 by Quixote

Posted by nmsindy on September 5th, 2011

nmsindy.

Fairly typical puzzle from Quixote.      Not too difficult – solving time, 20 mins.     Enjoyed it.

* = anagram

ACROSS

1 PEDALO       ED (editor = journalist) in PAL (friend) O (round).       A boat operated using foot pedals

4 CRACKLED    L (litres)  in CRACKED (crazy)

9 LENINGRAD    (learning)* D (first letter of democracy).       &lit type clue which refers, I guess, to the city changing its name back to St Petersburg after the fall of Communism in Russia in 1991.

11 NAVVY    V  (very briefly) in NAVY

12 HATTERS     fall apart = shatter with 1st letter moved to the end

13 STEPSON    steps on

14 RAVEN-HAIRED     (harridan Eve)*

18 MARLBOROUGH    marl (rock) OB (Old Boy) – reversed    rough (unwell)

21 OVEREAT      get too ‘ot     = over ‘eat ie heat with the h dropped

22 TENSE UP   Very good surface reading here.     ? in the clue, I guess, as ‘future’ is just one example of a tense (from English grammar).    up = at University

24 KYOTO   City in Japan     model = toy (reversed)    KO = knockout = ‘stunning act in arena’ (boxing)

25 UNDERLINE      in a fraction (maths) the denominator goes under the line

26 HASHEESH       Has he e (ecstasy)?   sh (say nothing)

27 REGRET     re (about)   Gret(a) Garbo     inadequate = take last letter off

DOWN

1 PILCHARD      clip (catch) upwards   hard (not easy)

2 DONATIVE      do (cheat)  native (local inhabitant)    ‘providing’ here is a not a link but part of the definition of the adjective

3 LANCE    C  (first letter of cut) in lane (passage)

5 REDISTRIBUTED    red (left-winger) is tribute (accolade)  d (dough’s beginning)

6 CONTENDER     con (look in the sense of con = study, I think)  tender (offer)

7 LAVISH    lav (little room = toilet) is  h (hotel – code word for the letter h)

8 DOYENS     ye (you once) in Dons (academics)

10 RESTAURATEURS     (rue a starter us)*

15  NUMBER ONE    Amusing double definition  with clue dividing at wee/fellow

16 SUPERIOR    refers to Lake Superior on US/Canada border    Rio (port – in Brazil) in sup (drink) and er (hesitation)

17 SHIPMENT    hip (trendy) men (guys) in st (street)

19 HOOKAH     posh sounding “hooker”

20 VENOUS     “Venus”    homophone of the goddess

23 NERVE      answer hidden in ‘inner vestibule’.    nerve  in the sense of bottle, courage.

6 Responses to “Independent 7765 by Quixote”

  1. anax says:

    One thing I love about Quixote’s puzzles is that you never have doubts about what his clues are asking you to do – everything is perfectly straightforward, but he manages to do it without ever giving the game away.
    Many new solvers cut their teeth on Rufus and eventually are ready to move on to greater challenges; I think Quixote’s puzzles are an excellent next step for those growing in confidence. Each clue sets a different, moderately advanced challenge, but you always know how to approach it, and you always know he’s being absolutely fair.
    Really good, solid puzzle.

  2. ele says:

    I agree entirely. As a medium-level solver and not likely to improve after so many years, I enjoy Quixote, Dac and Phi. I’m still waiting to completely solve an Anax without recourse to cheating, though. :)

  3. Paul B says:

    Not exactly hoist by your own petard there Anax, but close!

  4. flashling says:

    Nice gentle intro to the week, lovely puzzle as ever from Don. Thanks NMS btw minor typo in 17d

  5. Pierre says:

    Absolutely agree about Quixote’s Monday offerings. Because of the way the Monday 225 roster works, I come across him two times out of three, but I don’t mind that at all. Everything’s there if you look hard enough, but it’s never just a slog: there’s always plenty of stuff there to entertain you.

    Okay, that’s probably enough bigging up of the Don.

  6. nmsindy says:

    Thanks, flashling at #4, typo corrected. Re Pierre’s comment at #5, is it not one time out of three for each of the three Monday bloggers (NealH is the third)?

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