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Independent 8232 – Quixote

Posted by Uncle Yap on March 4th, 2013

Uncle Yap.

Very nice to return to the Indy blog in place of Phil who is undergoing a cataract operation today. We wish him a speedy recovery …

… and what a pleasant surprise to meet up again with The Don, whose puzzles used to be a regular feature of the Indy on Sunday . Well, he has certainly not lost any of his amusing and bemusing ways and yes, he stays scrupulously fair in his clueing. Quite a delightful outing for me although I hope more setters will remember that their products are not just for the British audience but to the rest of the English-speaking world through syndication and the Internet.


1 Give added strength to message poor meat-eaters won’t want to hear? (4,2)
Tichy way to say the price of beef has gone up; probably because the cheaper horsemeat is no longer allowed to be mixed in :-)

5 It sounds like visible move (6)
Sounds like IN SIGHT (visible)

8 Great golfer superior to these messing about (5,10)
*(SUPERIOR TO THESE) for Peter A. Oosterhuis, 65, an English professional golfer and golf analyst. Can I take it that the convention of not clueing living people is only applicable to The Times?

10 Men returning with Kate help with the group (6)
RO (rev of OR, other ranks, soldiers, men) + ADIE (Kate Adie, a BBC journalist, hardly a household name in Cape Town, Ottawa, Perth or Kuala Lumpur; although the other Kate who is expecting a royal child, is)

11 Attend to drunken son beset by booze (8)
Ins of *(SON) in CIDER (booze)

12 Worried, being defeated with leader bumped off (5)
BEATEN (defeated) minus B

13 Biological groups sure began to evolve (9)

15 News from agent, nothing terribly great (9)
REP (Representative, agent) O (nothing) + *GREAT)

17 Dog crushed by big rock rolling over (5)

19 Our mistress, no maiden, is looking silly in traditional male garment (8)
*(OUR MISTRESS minus Maiden IS, oops)

21 Solid curator (6)
dd Sir Roy Colin Strong, 78, is an English art historian, museum curator, writer, broadcaster and landscape designer. He has been director of both the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He was knighted in 1983.
Never heard of him until I have to google him for this blog

23 Brighter lady involved with boy in audacious act of exploitation (8,7)

24 Student seen as ‘home bird’ (6)
Cha of IN (home) TERN (bird) for a word that came into international notoriety after Monica Lewinsky

25 Part of body right inside animal (6)
Ins of R (right) in BEAST (animal)


2 Someone coming in to give hospital department verbal attack (7)
ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat, a specialized field of medicine) + RANT (verbal attack)

3 Alien foe erring unexpectedly (9)

4 Bear that smells horrible (4)
dd Winnie-the-Pooh, also called Pooh Bear, is a fictional anthropomorphic bear created by A. A. Milne & an exclamation of disdain, dismissal, or disgust (eg at an offensive smell)

5 International monetary unit facing difficulties (2,7)
INT (International) ROUBLE (monetary unit in Russia)

6 Army unit runs into police (5)
Ins of R (notation for runs in cricket scoring) in COPS (police)

7 Time to move quickly? Not moving having lost one wheel (7)
T (time) RUN (move quickly) IDLE (not moving) minus I (one)

8 Was to blame for each favourite getting reprimanded (11)
Cha of PER (each) PET (favourite) RATED (reprimanded)

9 Individually picking the best — in a way that may be very funny? (11)
Ins of CREAM (the best) in SINGLY (individually)

13 Marine life form hurricanes unsettled — number finally destroyed (3,6)
*(HURRICANES minus R, last letter of number)

14 Highly-strung old lover that can be summoned to court? (9)
EX (old lover) + CITABLE (that can be summoned to court)

16 Star terribly coy about nasty porn? Quite the opposite (7)
Ins of *(COY) in *(PORN) for the brightest star in Canis Minor

18 They have top jobs in the construction industry (7)

20 Father holding power, one over the church? (5)
Ins of P (power) in SIRE (father)

22 Horse is a timid creature, not half (4)
A RABBIT (timid creature, not half)

Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(FODDER) = anagram
TNT Crack = tough nut to crack

horn of the goat that suckled Jupiter, placed among the stars as an emblem of plenty

9 Responses to “Independent 8232 – Quixote”

  1. NeilW says:

    Thanks, UY.

    Concerning ROADIE, yesterday’s Hypnos included “Member of crew having endless argument with reporter”!! Obviously, the Indy doesn’t think she’s at all obscure since they include her two days running, although it’s a bit unfortunate that she’s helping to clue the same word…

    I think you’ve slipped up a little on TROUSERS – the subtracted letters are M(aiden) IS.

  2. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, UY. Nice to see you blogging on the dark side (although don’t expect shedloads of comments here …)

    I commented on Pasquale’s puzzle in Another Place last week that I thought it was easier than I expected; this Quixote was a bit harder than usual, so maybe that’s evened things up.

    Nice to see a bit of biology with SUBGENERA and SEA URCHIN, and I thought DAYLIGHT ROBBERY was a nice spot for an anagram. PROCYON was my last one in and looked a bit like a ‘nothing else fits’ clue, but it was fairly indicated and that’s what crossing letters are for, aren’t they?

    To answer your question at 8ac, I don’t know about other papers, but certainly in the Indy you’ll get living people, trademarks, and all manner of contemporary stuff. Ms ADIE is well known in this household because she’s a Sunderland supporter and therefore a very canny lass.

    Thanks to Quixote for the puzzle, and hope that flashling is not hors de combat for too long.

  3. NealH says:

    Oosterhuis took a bit of working out, as I could remember the name but not how to spell it. Strong lost me completely – I would definitely consider that one too obscure. Kate Adie is probably OK, although she is slipping a bit now that all she seems to do is a thirty second introduction to From Our Own Correspondent.

  4. flashling says:

    Thanks UY for covering for me, wasn’t actually the operation today, just more tests, but I can’t actually read the paper at the moment to do the crossword after the drops they used.

    Was probably a little optimistic to have bought the paper this morning :-)

  5. allan_c says:

    I was slightly surprised by the appearance of ROADIE on successive days, but then realised that’s only in the online world – the dead tree version of the Hypnos puzzle appeared a week ago.

    As one who shares Mark Twain’s opinion of golf I struggled a bit with 8ac till I had enough crossing letters; on the other hand 21ac gave me no problems. CoD for me was 23ac.

    Thanks, Quixote and UY

  6. Dormouse says:

    Surely 4d is also a reference to “pooh” meaning excrement?

  7. Wil Ransome says:

    I was a litle surprised to see Peter Oosterhuis being referred to as a great golfer. All right a very good one, and at his best one of the top players, and he did do something rather good in the Ryder Cup once, but great? Surely that word should only be used for people like Woods and Nicklaus.

  8. Uncle Yap says:

    Dormouse@6, as a non-native, I always check before posting my blog. The correct spelling for excrement (or the more common “shit”) is “poo” or “poop”.

    This place is quite eerie … so little traffic. Guardian is a more lively place, see you there in a short while …

  9. Dormouse says:

    So it is! I’ve been spelling it wrong for years, not that I’ve had to spell it often.

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