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Independent on Sunday 1,155 by Raich

Posted by Simon Harris on April 15th, 2012

Simon Harris.

The third Sunday Raich I’ve drawn on the trot, I think, so it seems the 152 calendar is somewhat in sync with that of the IoS. No complaints at all from me, as I always enjoy the puzzles set by our friend and colleague. There’s a reference to Easter at 2dn, but I couldn’t see any further seasonal material.

I’m a bit wobbly on a couple here, particularly 1ac.

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

Across
1 CASH DISPENSER – unfortunately I’m not quite sure about this one, perhaps a cd? Where all the money is originally?.
8 FLAG – dd. A “jack” being a type of flag, and of course “droop”.
9 CHARTREUSE – (HATE RECURS)*. Something I vaguely remember from my student days. This was a sickly green concoction that needed very little encouragement to burst into flames.
10 WIDE-EYED – W[e]I[r]D[i]E[s] + hom. of “I’d”.
11 EARWIG – (A WIRE + [gettin]G)*.
12 STALE – S[ob] + TALE.
14 PROFOUND – PRO + FOUND.
16 SCHEMINGS + E + MING.
19 SWEET – from TWEET, with the leading T supplanted by S.
21 UMPIRE – cd.
23 RESONANT – I think this is NOSE< in RANT.
25 CREDIT CARD – DIRECT* + CARD, in that a Queen may be a playing card.
26 GRUBGR + U + B.
27 CREME DE MENTHE – (MED in CREE) + MEN + THE.
Down
1 CELSIUS – ([useles]S + CLUE IS)*.
2 SEGREGATE – (EASTER EGG)*.
3 DICEY – CE in DIY.
4 STAND-UPS + TA + N + D.U.P.
5 ENTRE NOUS – EN + T + RENO + U.S.
6 SNEERN in SEER.
7 RUSSIAN – a loose hom. of “rushin'”.
13 EPICENTRE – (PERT NIECE)* and a rather nice cryptic definition in “quaking heart”.
15 OVERNIGHT – OVER + NIGHT*.
17 CAMBRIC – CAMBRI[dge] + C.
18 GARBAGE in GARAGE.
20 TONSURE – NOT< + SURE.
22 INDIE – from INDIA, with E[ager] in place of A.
24 SEDGE – [sun-kis]SED GE[orgia].

4 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1,155 by Raich”

  1. anax says:

    Hi Simon
    For 1a, ‘all the money’ initially is ATM = cash dispenser.

  2. Wanderer says:

    Throughly enjoyed this. Favourites: the surface of 13, EPICENTRE; the definition of 1d, CELSIUS; and the definition of Creme de Menthe as ‘alternative to Chartreuse’… what a horrible idea!

    Many thanks to Simon and Raich.

  3. Jimmy says:

    Did you manage to do the concise crossword, would be great if you could help out!

  4. Raich says:

    Many thanks for the excellent blog, Simon and, yes, Anax has confirmed what was intended in 1A. Thanks too to Wanderer for his comment.

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