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Independent on Sunday 1,168/Poins

Posted by Ali on July 15th, 2012

Ali.

A nice Sunday challenge from Poins. I definitely found this tougher than some of his/her weekday puzzles and needed the rain break during the tennis to finish it off. No problems with any of the clues though, which is always the sign of a good setter.

Across
1 ASSUAGED – ASS + U(nited) + AGED
5 RUMPUS – US on RUMP
9 TOLERATE – Double def.
10 FAR-OUT – FAR[-e] + OUT
11 CONSPIRE – CON (swindle) + SPIRE (Spike)
12 RAPIER – Cryptic def
14 IRRELEVANT – R(ight) in IRE + VAN in LET
18 INTERESTED – RE: in IN TEST + ED (notes)
22 AWNING – [-f(ellow)]AWNING
23 ATTITUDE – TITU[-s] in (DATE)*
24 ITALIC – I[-rving's] + TAL[-e] + pIeCe
25 ACCURATE – AC (Bill) + CURATE
26 ENDURE – END + [-s(ponsorship)]URE
27 REVERENT – EVER in RENT
Down
1 ATTACH – ATTACH[-e]
2 SILENT – LE in SIN + [-judement]T
3 ABRUPT – A(mateur) + (BURP)* + T(enor)
4 ENTERPRISE – ENTER (record) + P(envy) + RISE (increase in price)
6 UNABATED – UN + A(thletic) + BAT + E[-mbarrasse]D
7 PRODIGAL – PROD + (GAIL)*
8 SATURATE – SAT + U(nion) + A RATE
13 RECEPTACLE – [-p]RECEPT in C (about) in ALE
15 VITALISE – (IT’S ALIVE)*
16 STANDARD – STAND + A[-udrey] + RuDe
17 FRONTIER – FRONT + I(ndependence) + RE (soldiers) rev.
19 MINUTE – MINU[-s] + T[-h]E
20 CURATE – RAT (singer) in CUE (reminder)
21 RECENT – (CENTRE)*

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