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Independent on Sunday 1,159 by Crosophile

Posted by Simon Harris on May 13th, 2012

Simon Harris.

It’s been a little while since I’ve drawn a Sunday Crosophile, and this one seemed to be in keeping with those I’ve encountered before: generally medium difficulty with a few curveballs thrown in to keep us on our toes. For example, 2dn beat me, and I can’t see the parsing for 19dn, though the answer is clear.

I’m not sure if it’s quite a theme, but there are several fruit and veg references in there, including entries such as RAISINS, SWEDE and PEACH, plus various other things that grow, like ACONITE, and some other edible items in POPCORN and CASSEROLE. This may well all be simple coincidence, of course.

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

Across
1 CHARLATANISM – (SH[o]RT MANIACAL)*.
8 POPCORN – POP + CORN.
9 RICKETS – [c]RICKETS.
11 RAISINS – [p]RAISIN[g] + S.
12 BREAK-IN – B[o]RE + AKIN.
13 SWEDE – WED in (S + E).
14 ANCESTRAL – LANCASTER*.
16 ROWDINESS – DINES in ROWS.
19 PEACH – PEA + C + H.
21 TRACHEA – ACHE in TRA[p].
23 EARTHEN – (T + HE) in EARN.
24 RATTLED – dd., rattlesnakes being pit vipers.
25 OBSERVEOB + SERVE.
26 USER-FRIENDLY – (NERD YES IF URL)*.
Down
1 CAPSIZECAP + SIZE.
2 ACONITE – ACO[r]N + IT + E.
3 LANDSCAPEL AND S + CAPE. I haven’t come across L as an abbreviation for “light” before, and I don’t see it in the Concise Oxford that I have to hand, but it seems quite plausible.
4 THROB – [fif]TH ROB[bery].
5 NUCLEUS – hom. of “new” + CLUES*.
6 SPEAKER – PEAK in SER.
7 SPORTSWRITER – (PORT in SS) + (T in WRIER).
10 SINGLE-HANDED – dd.
15 CASSEROLE – LOSER* in CASE.
17 WRAITHS – (I in WRATH) + S.
18 INHALER – IN + HALER.
19 PHRASED – this one is left as an exercise for the reader: Put into words a bit at a time in writing perhaps? On the contrary.
20 ASHTRAYH in ASTRAY.
22 ADDER – dd.

3 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1,159 by Crosophile”

  1. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Morning Simon

    I need exercise at my age, so I’ll have a crack at PHRASED as being R for ‘writing’ (as in reading, writing and arithmetic, the three Rs) in PHASED for ‘a bit at a time’, with ‘on the contrary’ suggesting the wrong way round for the insertion.

  2. Wanderer says:

    Just the thing for a Sunday morning.

    I also wondered if there was a foodie theme developing; in addition to the ones you mention, I noted the vitamin deficiency in RICKETS, the quacking duck in CHARLATANISM, and the reference to the CAP in the excellent CAPSIZE (simple, but my favourite clue).

    Also found the anagrams/surfaces for CASSEROLE and USER FRIENDLY v amusing.

    Last in: the crossing SPORTSWRITER and RAISINS. This was largely because I was misdirected for ages by ‘peeled sun’ in 11, and was expecting a word beginning with U.

    I parsed PHRASED the same as K’s D.

    This one pressed all the right buttons for me, so many thanks to Simon and Crosophile.

  3. Phi says:

    3d: the ‘and’ has misled you, I think. ‘Light’ here is a verb meaning ‘land’. Not wrong, but tidier to have used ‘light with sun’ in the circs.

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