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Independent on Sunday 1,137 by Poins

Posted by Uncle Yap on December 4th, 2011

Uncle Yap.

A fair puzzle that a family can enjoy together on a Sunday. Comparing this with the IOS puzzle a month ago when I last blogged, this lacks the sparkle that Eimi manages to bring about through his immaculate crafting and careful choice of fodder. Hopefully, this blog will provide that missing sparkle :-)

ACROSS
1 COPYBOOK Alluding to that fact that before Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press, holy books like the Pentateuch, Islamic Hadiths, etc were religiously copied by hand by clergymen from generation to generation. Thus, a pre-15th Century monk would, in all likelihood, be required to copy the Holy Scriptures. Which reminds me of that chestnut about a Roman Catholic priest-scholar getting permission to study the original copy of the regulations of his order in the Vatican Archives. One day, he ran out shouting “Someone copied it all wrong throughout the centuries. It should be All accepted into priesthood shall celebrate NOT All accepted into priesthood shall be celibate!”
5 ACCRUE Ins of CR (credit) in A CUE (stimulus)
9 STREAMER STREAM (a small body of running water, aka BURN in Scotland) ER (Elizabeth Regina, the Queen)
10 VALUED VAL (girl) qUeEn D (died)
12 OVERSTATE OVER (over) STATE (ceremonial dignity)
13 ARSON PARSON (clergyman) minus P (prince) Crime of one with a burning desire (5)
14 MADE ha
16 SATIATE Ins of I in rev of ITS -> SATI + KATE (girl) minus K
19 ADAMANT Adam Ant (born Stuart Leslie Goddard in 1954 in London) is an English musician who gained popularity as the lead singer of New Wave/post-punk group Adam and the Ants. Among the few def found in Chambers, an imaginary rock with fabulous properties
21 FORM dd
24 EXACT EX (former) A (associate) CT (court)
25 STALEMATE STABLE (firmly established) minus B (book) + MATE (friend)
27 ELATED ELAT (rev of TALE, story) ED (Editor, newspaper boss)
28 TIMECARD cd
29 TREATY Ins of EAT (first letters of Egypt And Turkey) in TRY (attempt)
30 LEFT-WING Cha of LEFT (abandoned) WIN (victory) + G (government) Aneurin “Nye” Bevan (1897–1960) was a British Labour Party politician who was a lifelong champion of social justice and the rights of working people. He became recognised as one of the leaders of the party’s left wing and his most famous accomplishment came when, as Minister of Health in the post-war Attlee government, he spearheaded the establishment of the National Health Service, which provides medical care free at point-of-need to all Britons.

DOWN
1 CUSTOM CU (cuprum, copper) S (succeeded) TOM (slang for prostitute)
2 PARTED PAR (norm) TED (Edward)
3 BRASS BRA’S (supports) S (son)
4 OPERATE COPE (manage) minus C (constant) RATE (speed)
6 CHARACTER Ins of AC (account, bill) in CHARTER (grant)
7 ROUSSEAU RO (rev of ORE, metal-bearing rock minus E) + ins of S (first letter of stone) in USE + AU (aurum, gold) Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778) was a Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of 18th-century Romanticism.
8 ENDANGER *(RANG EDEN)
11 MESS ha
15 APARTMENT Ins of PART (piece) MEN (workers) in A T (first letter of timber)
17 CASEMENT Ins of E (English) MEN (soldiers) in CAST (thrown)
18 CARAPACE Cha of C (Catholic) ARAP (rev of PARA, paratrooper, soldier) A CE (Church of England)
20 TEST Ins of E’S (Ecstasy drug in the plural) in TT (Tourist Trophy, motorcycle racing event held on the Isle of Man)
21 FRAGILE FR (French) + ins of GI (soldier) in ALE (drink)
22 WASABI Ins of AS (like) A B (first letter of begonia) in WI (Wisconsin) for that green Oriental Hot Stuff that has frizzled and sizzled many an unwary virgin diner in a Japanese restaurant. Phew!
23 SEA DOG S (first letter of steel) EA (each) DOG (tail). Not too sure which mythical creatures are meant; probably the Telchines with flippers instead of hands and dogs’ heads and were known as fish children
26 EVENT EVEN (just) T (first letter of the)

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

One Response to “Independent on Sunday 1,137 by Poins”

  1. Allan_C says:

    A fairly easy solve with no real surprises, though I was misled (or tried to be too clever) with 30a, thinking the definition might be ‘Aneurin’ – a former name of thiamine or vitamin B1. But there is no further alternative to fit the (4,4) enumeration so that was soon ruled out.

    Thanks, Poins and Uncle Yap.

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