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Independent 8149/Quixote

Posted by Pierre on November 26th, 2012


With apologies for its late appearance (see below), here’s my brief blog of Quixote’s puzzle today.  Another good’un from our regular Monday setter, but someone else will have to explain 21dn.




cd  cryptic definition
dd  double definition
(xxxx)* anagram
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x]  letter(s) removed


1  Rower uses river to enter city that lies on one
An insertion of R for ‘river’ in STOKE (-on-Trent).  Large swathes of the Trent Valley are under water at the minute.

4  Put off region, not one for adult to dwell in
DISTR[I]CT with A for ‘adult’ replacing the missing letter.

9  Be sitting beside nameless relation, very attractive lady
A charade of BE and AU[N]TY

13  Place where youngsters learn something – cannot, if hols have been arranged

17  Break during academic period – is boy one to be kept in?
A charade of IN TERM, IS and an insertion of I in SON.

20  Chemical splattered around – absorbed finally for removal
(SPLATTERE[D])  I did not do the timeliness of this blog or my temper much good by stupidly entering SALTPETER to start with.  It is an alternative spelling, in my defence.

22  Term of respect in a greeting received by British Society looking back
An insertion of A HI in BS reversed.  A Indian Raj term, if I remember well.

23  Acts of destruction certain to occur in particular times
Another insertion: of SURE in ERAS.

24  Tie man in knots – you mightn’t want him to escape

25  Small bird caught finally with rodent eating it
An insertion of IT in T for the last letter of caughT and MOUSE.  This little fellow.

26  Holiday location put in order again
A dd.


1  Put in vehicle that’s turned up to go to American University
A reversal of BUS followed by MIT for the university.

2  Supporter in Romania meeting broadcaster Kate
Bands use these to get them from one gig to another.  A charade of RO and Kate ADIE, the BBC radio journalist.

3  Soldier in uniform joining any number in shout of acclamation
Lord KITCHENER is a charade of KIT followed by an insertion of N in CHEER.

5  Doctor to patronise offensively

6  The service he’s walked out of – it’s banal

7  Creative type who brings things alive
A cd.

8  Like some decorations put on sale with small edging round
Only 394 days till Christmas 2013.  An insertion of SELL in TINY.

12  Racehorse – it could have been trained for them?

14  Sort of design used in fancy linos once

15  Young female writer wants the minimum of time to be wasted
A charade of MISS, PEN and T.  An adjective most often applied to youth.

16  Normally reliable type has broken law in sudden movement
An insertion of (LAW)* in START.

18  Fellow with nothing goes across Spain – it’s certainly not expensive
An insertion of S in CHAP followed by O.

19  Sailor off with the fairies and not on his ship?
A charade of AB for ‘sailor’ and SENT.  I would have said that SENT was more ‘enraptured’ than ‘off with the fairies’.

21  Dwarf planet that is submerged under water
I have absolutely no idea …

I’m off to make a cup of tea for the chimney sweep (it’s been a busy day …)  I shall be back later.  Thanks to Quixote for today’s puzzle.

8 Responses to “Independent 8149/Quixote”

  1. Pelham Barton says:

    Hi Pierre. I had the same problem trying to load the crossword in the morning but could access it online at lunchtime. Thanks Quixote for an enjoyable puzzle and Pierre for the blog.

    21dn: I had this the same way as explained by flashling on the placeholder comments. PLUTO is an acronym for Pipe Line Under The Ocean.

  2. NealH says:

    Judging by the number of comments today, the Captcha has managed to kill even the small number of comments we normally get for a Quixote puzzle. Either that, or everyone is under water.

    I found this surprisingly difficult for some reason, although I don’t think it was that much more difficult than usual. Small things like being used to Auntie being spelled with an i e rather than y and not being familiar with stroke as a noun seemed to put me off. Also, I couldn’t think of Kate Adie for the life of me.

  3. Dormouse says:

    Well, my paper arrived as normal this morning, but I’ve only just managed to complete this, which is actually not bad going for me although Monday puzzles are sometimes quicker, so maybe others found this hard. As it happens, although I mostly needed no external help, I did accidentally read the comment about 21dn in the placeholder. I tried to ignore it, but it was enough to give me the answer.

  4. jmac says:

    Like NealH I also thought this was a bit trickier than normal for Quixote, although maybe my brain was just running slow. I suppose the reason Quixote’s puzzles don’t get that many comments is because they are always impeccably clued and being at the easier end of the Don’s spectrum there are not too many queries. Still as ever, a most enjoyable puzzle from Quixote, and thanks to Pierre.

  5. Pierre says:

    Thanks to flashling and to Pelham for explaining PLUTO.

    I always enjoy solving and blogging Quixote’s Monday puzzles, which I’d describe as ‘old-fashioned’ in a positive way: always clearly clued, good variety of devices, no smart-arse stuff (although I do like a bit of smart-arse on other days of the week) and theme-free. And I think jmac is right – the reason we don’t get many comments is that there’s not much to disagree with. Although I do hope lurkers find the blogs helpful, because I usually recommend the Monday puzzles to newer solvers.

  6. John says:

    10ac, 11ac, 12ac seem to be missing. Or is this my browser — at present I can’t see the Captcha. Perhaps it will arrive when I Preview Comment. No. Let’s try and Submit.

  7. John says:

    Well how did that happen? I thought one had to complete the Captcha.

  8. John says:

    And now I look I see that it’s got me logged in as John, even though I never actually did log in. All very odd.

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