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Independent on Sunday 1,133 by Eimi

Posted by Uncle Yap on November 6th, 2011

Uncle Yap.

At last, a sensibly-pitched puzzle for the whole family to do while waiting for the Sunday roast. Eimi is to be commended for the care he takes in crafting his clues to produce some exquisite surface readings, using like elements and related fodder. Very entertaining puzzle that was also enjoyable to blog. Thank you, Mr Hutchinson

ACROSS
9 RELEASE To let out a piece of property is to lease it. Thus let out again is re-lease
10 INSHORE *(I, one HERONS)
11 WRESTLING Ins of REST (others) L (left) in WING (part of the building)
12 LOESS Ins of E (Euros) in LOSS (deficit) for a windblown loamy deposit found in river valleys.
13 SPENSER Ins of PENS (writers) in SER (abbreviation for series) Edmund Spenser (c. 1552–1599) was an English poet best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem and fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. He is recognised as one of the premier craftsmen of Modern English verse in its infancy, and one of the greatest poets in the English language.
14 ELECTRO Cha of ELECT (choose) RO (Romania in IVR or International Vehicle Registration)
15 TRAFALGAR SQUARE *(A FAG QATAR’S RULER)
19 RAMBLER R (radical, although Chambers doesn’t support this) Eric Clifford AMBLER, OBE (1909 – 1998) an influential British author of spy novels who introduced a new realism to the genre.
22 DRACHMA Ins of CH (Companion of Honour) in DRAMA (work by Euripides, for example) What a creative and original def, old Greek settler (of debts)
24 ENDOW ha
25 NUREMBERG *(REMEMBER minus ME + GUN)
26 EXCLAIM Ex-Claim is a tichy way of describing a former claim from an insurance company, which, with others, are stored in the archives
27 CARRIER dd

DOWN
1 CROWNS Five shillings make a crown; so crown in the plural must be at least ten shillings. What a time to remember
      Cobbler, cobbler mend my shoes
     Get it done by half past two
     Stitch it up and stitch it down
     Then I’ll give you half a crown
Certain things like riding a bicycle, you never forget :-)
2 ALOE VERA Substitution of EVER (always) for H (hotel)  in ALOHA (Hawaiian farewell)
3 FANTASIA FANTA (trademark of a soft drink) ShIrAz for that Walt Disney classic
4 EERIER Ins of Lake ERIE in ER (Elizabeth Regina, the Queen)
5 KING LEAR Ins of *(EALING) in KR (short for Scandinavian currency, krona or krone)
6 ISOLDE I SOLD (dealt in or pushed) E (Ecstasy drug) probably the heroine in the opera Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner. The inclusion of (sic) is to stress that the drug is NOT the almost similarly-spelt heroin; nice touch
7 COGENT Cha of CO (company) GENT (gentleman)
8 KEYSTONE Ins of Y (yttrium) & S (sulphur) in KETONE (organic compound). Defining the answer as an important element is yet another deft touch
15 TURGENEV Ins of URGE (press) in TNEV (rev of VENT, opening) for Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (1818–1883) a Russian novelist, short story writer, and playwright
16 GERONIMO Ins of I & M (first letters of Iroquois & Mojave, two Amerindian tribes) in *(OREGON) Geronimo (1829–1909) was a prominent Native American leader of the Chiricahua Apache who fought against Mexico and the United States for their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades during the Apache Wars. It is also a war cry used by paratroopers on jumping into action.
17 QUAGMIRE Ins of AGM (annual general meeting) in QUIRE (a lot of paper). Lovely surface; so true, too
18 ATHLETIC *(LITHE ACT) Wigan Athletic Football Club is an English Premier League Association football club based in Wigan, Greater Manchester.
20 MEDICI MEDIC (doctor) I (one) The House of Medici was a political dynasty, banking family and later royal house that first began to gather prominence under Cosimo de’ Medici in the Republic of Florence during the late 14th century.
21 LAWMAN A sheriff is indeed a lawman and Lex is a man named after the Latin word for law, thus lawman
22 DIRECT *(CREDIT)
23 ANGORA ANGOLA (African country) with R (right) substituted for L (left) for a yarn (thread spun from fibres from certain animals)

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 1,133 by Eimi”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Yes, this was a very pleasing puzzle which I found was on the easy side. I did notice that CAFE KICK was in the top row with VINO in the bottom row so was wondering if there was something more to this. Thanks, eimi and UY.

  2. eimi says:

    This was a personal Nina which will mean nothing to most people. This was my first Sunday appearance, timed for the first anniversary of a first date at CAFE KICK and later VINOTECA in London. Unfortunately it’s the way our minds work, that even at the time I noted that both were eight letters and therefore ideal Nina fodder, just as I did a few years earlier when in the euphoria of Spurs finally winning something I couldn’t help noticing that both the goalscorers had eight letters in their name.

    Thanks to UY for the detailed blog.

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