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Independent on Sunday 1,132 by Crosophile

Posted by Simon Harris on October 30th, 2011

Simon Harris.

Apologies for the slightly tardy post – it has been a long and busy week. And so it may just have been me being preoccupied by starting a new job the following day, but this seemed like a fairly stiff challenge at first. After a second solving session a few days later, I did manage to finish things off.

There are several unfamiliar terms in there, particularly at 13ac and 21dn, and something I didn’t fully grasp at 22dn, so it’s a credit to Crosophile’s rigorous clueing that I was able to finish this without hitting the books. Good stuff.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.

Across
9 RIOJARI + O + JA. The breed of dog is named after the town of Rottweil in Germany, so “Rottweiler’s indication of willingness” is “Ja”, German for “yes”.
10 ROYAL BLUE – BALLY* in ROUÉ.
11 ORDEALS – DE in ORALS. More continental terms, “de” being “of French”, of course.
12 A LA MODE – A LAM + ODE.
13 ARMALITE – ARM + ALIT + [sentenc]E. A brand of firearms, it seems. Not a strong subject for your pacifist blogger!
14 REACT – CATER*.
16 ONCE IN A BLUE MOON – (LUMINANCE + ONE + BOO[k])*.
20 THEME – THE + ME.
22 JUNK BOND – (N in U.K) in J. BOND.
25 VERBALS – (BRAVE + L + S)*.
26 HOLIDAY – I in (OLD + HA[t] + Y)*. A complicated one, with “time to go away” doing double duty as part of the wordplay, and the definition.
27 CONCISIONS in (COIN + COIN)*.
28 SEE TO – from SET TO (“argument”) with E, or more properly e, the base of the natural logarithm, swapped in for T.
Down
1 ARROWR in A ROW.
2 POWDER – D[resser] in POWER.
3 CALAMARI – [mollus]C A LA MARI[niére].
4 CRESSIDA – (IS SAD + CRIES)*.
5 BYLANE – BAL[o]NEY*.
6 ALTAIR – ALT (a key on your computer keyboard) + AIR (one of the four classical elements).
7 ELDORADO – ROAD* in LODE*.
8 CEMENTING – (MINCE GENT)*.
15 SOTTO VOCE – SOT + TO + V[erdi] O[pera] C[atcalls] E[xpostulates].
17 CHEERING – CHEE[k] + RING.
18 LYNCHING – cd. My last one in, if I remember correctly.
19 EMBOLISM – (SOME LIMB)*.
21 ELAEIS – I.E. in SALE<.
22 JESUITJ + E + SUIT. I had no idea, but apparently “Jesuitism” can be defined as “prevarication”. I’m not fully up to speed with the historical reasons for this!
23 NUDGESG in NUDES.
24 NYLON – ONLY* + N.

4 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1,132 by Crosophile”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Amazing to see 16 across appear on the day Manchester C won 6-1 at Manchester United…

    Thanks, Crosophile for the puzzle and Simon for the blog.

  2. Tokyocolin says:

    21dn is ELAEIS. i.e. is also reversed.

  3. Simon Harris says:

    Good spot, thanks Colin.

    I’ve now corrected the post. As I confessed, an unfamiliar word, however it’s spelt!

  4. Crosophile says:

    Thanks for the blog Simon

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