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Independent on Sunday 1,136 by Hypnos

Posted by Simon Harris on November 27th, 2011

Simon Harris.

I find Hypnos tends to be one of the tougher of the IoS setters, but thankfully – from a blogger’s point of view, at least – this one was quite manageable. The North-East corner did hold me up a little though, perhaps be 5dn wasn’t familiar to me.

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

Across
1 BASTE – [gru]B AS TE[a].
4 GO PUBLICG.O.P. + (I in CLUB*). I’d heard the term “GOP” but hadn’t realised it was simply a nickname for the Republican Party.
9 HESSIAN – HESS + IAN. Rudolf Hess served a life sentence at Spandau Prison.
10 REFUSAL – REFUS[e] + A + L.
11 NAIVE – VIEN[n]A*.
12 UNDERDOG – UNDERDO + [e]G[g].
14 TONIC WATER – (WINE + ACTOR + [cabine]T)*.
15 GRIT – [brewe]R in GIT.
17 EDAM – from DAME, with each letter shifted by one position, hence “cycling”.
19 TABLE LINEN – NILE< in (TAB + LEN).
22 IN THE AIR – dd.
23 CORGI – C[ompany] O[f] R[oyal] G[etting] I[nstructions].
25 ERITREA – RITE* in ERA.
26 CORTEGEG in (COR + TEE).
27 BEARSKIN – SABRE* + KIN.
28 MAYORY in ROAM<.
Down
1 BEHIND THE TIMES – BEHIND + (IT< in THEMES).
2 SESSION – SESSION[s]. A reference to John Sessions, I would expect.
3 EVIDENCE – [huhn]E + (ED< in VINCE).
4 GONG – [fla]G ON G[randstand].
5 PIRANDELLO – D[rama] in (PLAIN ROLE)*.
6 BUFFET – BUFFET[t]. Warren Buffett, U.S. investor.
7 INSIDER – IN + hom. of “cider”.
8 FLIGHT ENGINEER – (FEEL HIRING GENT)*.
13 SAFARI PARK – (A FAR + DI[p]) in SARK.
16 PLECTRUM – cd. Digital as in “fingers”, and a reference to John Denver, who played the guitar.
18 ASTAIRE – A + hom. of “stair”.
20 NURSERY – NURSE + R[ocker]Y.
21 TERROR – T[eachers] + ERROR.
24 SCANC in SAN.

2 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1,136 by Hypnos”

  1. Allan_C says:

    I can’t say I find Hypnos particularly difficult, and this one was very straightforward – quickly solved in only two passes.
    But I couldn’t parse 19a, so thanks, Simon, for the blog. Once I saw it I remembered there is a colour known as ‘Nile Green’ – though why it’s called that I have no idea.

  2. Simon Harris says:

    Cheers, Allan. Must admit that one did take a bit of work: TAB for “key” wasn’t immediately obvious to me, nor was NILE/”green”.

    Hypnos is definitely more difficult on a weekday, but I think still puts up a bit of a fight on Sunday, which is welcome.

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