Posted by nmsindy on January 9th, 2012
Quixote’s first Indy appearance of 2012 and the usual excellent puzzle. A little on the easy side even by Quixote’s accessible standards, I found. Solving time, 15 mins.
* = anagram
1 LUPUS Double definition – name of a CONSTELLATION (20A)
4 STRIPPED S (saint) tripped (danced)
8 SHOW-OFF Defn: self-publicist and ‘paying fans’ would be disappointed if a show was off
9 TOOTING place in London – sounding a car horn so double definition
11 IN THE DOGHOUSE Pun on ‘setter’ = crossword setter and breed of dog
13 ICY Hidden
14 FINANCIERS in in fanciers
16 HEDONISTIC he (male) don (academic) is t (foremost among tutors) i c (in charge) = it would also work as 1st letters of the three words, I think.
18 POE(t) Edgar Allan Poe (C19 writer). Excellent surface.
20 CONSTELLATION (a clot insolent)*
22 PREDAWN red (wine) in pawn = man (chess)
23 IGNEOUS (using eo)* extremes of echo = first and last letters
24 TREE FERN cf FREE TERN
25 STAFF pun on staff = rod and staff (teachers) in a school
1 LAST last = shoemaker’s model
2 PROBITY rob in pity
3 SPORTY p (quiet – music) in sort (type) y (yen – currency)
4 SUFFER IN SILENCE clue splits at can’t/endure
5 RATIONALISATION (a national riot is)*
6 PROPHECY (epoch)* in pry (look to see)
7 EPICURE EP (record) I CURÉ J the B was an ascetic.
10 GREASIER (eager sir)* Another good surface
12 NIGHTCAP nigh (near) pact = agreement (reversed)
15 INITIATE ie “In it I ate” Quite amusing, that
17 DANSEUR Dan = man (sure)* &lit
18 PANDORA pan (criticise) Dora Pandora from Greek myth opened her box when told not to and evil came out of it
19 GI ANTS
21 ASIF as if = you must be joking