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Independent 8101 by Quixote

Posted by NealH on October 1st, 2012


*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism

A fairly standard outing from Quixote, mostly on the easy side, although the parsing of one of the clues (2 down) completely defeats me.

1 Palisade: Pal i.e. around sad.
5 Berber: Ber[i]ber[i].
9 Enthrone: (Nero then)*.
10 Swains: (A w(ife)< in sins.
11 Thorn: Thor + N. I was a bit puzzled by the definition, thinking it somehow referred to old people being a bit thorny. But after looking up thorn, I see that there is a Runic character called thorn.
12 Imran Khan: I man around rank + h(ard). Referring to the fast bowler-turned-politician.
14 Development: (Devon temple)*.
18 Prepandial: Prep(=homework) + ran + laid<.
21 Retailing: Railing around ET, the crossword compiler’s favourite film, although I think the proper title is “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial”.
23 Bling: B(lack) + ling.
24 Region: Niger< around o(=duck).
25 Untangle: (Gent ulna)*.
26 Banish: Bash around NI (Northern Ireland = Province).
27 Etchings: E(astern) things around c[upboard].
1 Presto: Presto[n].
2 Lotion: “Liquid in place about to evaporate”. Apart from liquid=lotion, I don’t see this one at all.
3 Serenader: Near* in Seder. Seder seems to be part of the Jewish Passover festival.
4 Don Giovanni: Doing* + ova + inn<.
6 Edwin: Labour would like to see Ed (Miliband) win. Edwin was a King of Northumbria in the 7th Century.
7 Blighter: B(ishop) + ligher.
8 Resonate: (Notes are)*.
13 Rolling in it: Roll + in(=home) + gin + it.
15 Palm Beach: (Blame chap)*.
16 Spare Rib: ([Femal]e rip bras)*.
17 Pentagon: Pen + tag + on.
19 Virgin: Vi + grin*.
20 Egrets: [R]egrets.
22 Irons: Ron with is around. Def=clubs.

4 Responses to “Independent 8101 by Quixote”

  1. MaleficOpus says:

    Thanks NealH and Quixote.

    Quite easy, but good as always.

    2 down is LOCATION minus C(irc)A.

  2. nmsindy says:

    Thanks, NealH, for the blog and Quixote for the puzzle. The usual, accessible, fair and entertaining Quixote puzzle, which I too found on the easy side.

  3. allan_c says:

    Good sound puzzle, as one expects from Quixote.

    Thanks, NealH and MaleficOpus, for blog and comment; there were a few that I got without being able to parse and 2d defeated me completely.

    THORN (or þorn) is more than a runic character; it was widely used in old English and the Scandinavian languages and survives in Icelandic today. See

  4. Bryan says:

    Many thanks Neil H & Quixote. This was very enjoyable.

    However, I do have to report a typo on 18a:

    PREPRANDIAL is the correct 11-letter solution.

    Do I get a reward?

    Looking forward!

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