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Independent on Sunday 1,175 by Hypnos

Posted by Simon Harris on September 2nd, 2012

Simon Harris.

A fairly swift solve this week, although I’m sure I’ve struggled a little with Hypnos in the past. I liked that Hypnos managed to work some quite involved wordplay into several clues, without making life unduly difficult for the solver.

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

Across
1 PARLOUS – [h]ARLO[t] in PUS.
5 BAGGAGE – GAG in BAGE[l].
9 AUDITORIA – AUDITOR + A1<.
10 ROOSTS in ROOT.
11 SCHTICKC.H. in STICK.
13 HEARTENRTE in (H.E. + AN).
14 FORT LAUDERDALE – (A DOLEFUL TRADER). A city in Florida, apparently known as the “Venice of America”.
17 FANCY DRESS BALL – DRESS in (FANCY (“rather like”) + BALL).
21 PANNIER – ANNIE in P.R.
22 FURLONG – I think this is just a cd., Arab being a type of horse.
23 DRINKD + RINK.
24 AXMINSTER – A + X + MIN[i]STER.
26 RUSHDIE – Ian RUSH (former Liverpool and Wales striker) + DIE (one of several German definite articles).
27 REMATCH – R.E.M. + CHAT*.
Down
1 PLAY SAFEF in (PLEA SAY)*.
2 ROD – [he]RO D[oggedly].
3 ON TRIAL – dd.
4 SHREK – SHR[i]EK.
5 BIATHLETE – (HIT TABLE) + [rang]E. Biathlon is a combination of shooting and skiing.
6 GARLAND – dd., and a reference to Judy Garland, of course.
7 AMONTILLADO – AMON[g] + TILL + A DO.
8 EXTENTN in [s]EXTET.
12 HARD AS NAILS – (IAN + SAD + R) in Frans HALS.
15 UNDERTAKE – dd. Compare “overtake”.
16 OLIGARCH – (GOLD A RICH)*.
18 CLICKED – dd.
19 SURINAM – URINA[l] in [di]SM[al].
20 SPIDER – P in (RED IS)<.
20 FEMUR – EMU in FR.
20 TOT – TOT[ter].

One Response to “Independent on Sunday 1,175 by Hypnos”

  1. allan_c says:

    Not encountered a Hypnos for some time. This was quite a quick solve for me, too. Some nice misdirections, e.g. in 20d where ‘potter’ refers to a snooker (or billiards) player. One or two nice easy clues as well; FORT LAUDERDALE fell into place from the enumeration without having to unscramble the anagram beyond a first glance.

    One very minor point about the blog – for 12d it should be (IAN +SAD + R)< in HALS – though it's pretty obvious anyway.

    Thanks, Hypnos and Simon.

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