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Independent on Sunday 1,208 – Nitsy

Posted by Ali on April 21st, 2013

Ali.

A nice challenge from Nitsy, which took me a couple of sittings to finish. No queries with any of the answers though which is always a good sign. And special plaudits for the brilliant political anagram at 8D.

Across
1 SHED – S(pades) HE’D
3 SLIP ROAD – [-el]S-[-ie] + (OLD PAIR)*
10 UNPRONOUNCEABLE – OUNCE in (EU PORN BAN)* around [-apri]L
11 ALLOTMENT – (MAN TO TELL)*
12 IBIS – BI[-g] in IS
13 ERRANDS -ERRS outside AND
15 CAESAR – CA[-p]ES + A + R[-oman]
17 APLOMB – A + LO(ok) in PM + B[-ut]
19 POTHOLE – P(ositive) + (THE LOO)*
20 SOHO SO HO[-t]
21 HIGHLIGHT – HIGH (difficult) + LIGHT (clue)
24 REARGUARD ACTION – Cryptic def.
25 PRESSING – PR + [-l(eft])ESSING
26 EDGE – [-h(usband)]EDGE
Down
1 SQUEAKED – QUE? in (ASKED)*
2 EXPEL – X (cross) in (PELE)*
4 LUNATIC – (L(eft) + A TIN + jUiCy)*
5 PRESIDENT ELECT – Cryptic def.
6 OBBLIGATO – (GOAL BOB IT)*
7 DEED – Palindrome
8 ROTTEN BOROUGHS – (GOT HURT OSBORNE)*
9 MODELS – MODE + L(atin) + [-test]S
14 REPROBATE – PRO in REBATE
16 SENTENCE – (SEEN+ [-g(ood)]ENT)*
18 BAHRAIN – A H(to) in BRAIN
19 PAGODA – A GOD in AP[-t] rev.
22 GRIND – G[-irl's] + RIND
23 TRAP – PART rev.

4 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1,208 – Nitsy”

  1. Andy B says:

    During the solve I had a quibble about SLIP ROAD being defined as a bypass, but when I checked my Chambers post-solve it had two definitions; one was “a local bypass”, and the other was the more common, to me at least, “a road by which vehicles move off or onto a motorway”. You live and learn ……..

  2. pennes says:

    I liked the long anagrams at 10 ac and 8dn, also Expel at 2 dn and lunatic at 4dn.
    I had crossing letters to put in Caesar but can’t see why “sleeveless” means taking out the middle letter and I’m a bit puzzled about light= clue at 21 ac.
    I also discounted pressing at 25 ac until I had the crossing letters as we had the word press in the clue.
    So some fun clues but for me some that needed a bit of tidying up

  3. nmsindy says:

    Re pennes’ comment at #2, I think ‘sleeveless cloaks quietly ignored’ is CAPES less P (quietly).

  4. michelle says:

    Thanks for the blog, Ali.

    This was an enjoyable puzzle by Nitsy, made slightly easier by the long clues at 8d, 5d, 24a and 10a.

    My favourites were 6d, 15a, 17a, 13a & 1d (last in).

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