582 Quixote

December 20, 2012

One of Quixote’s sporadic appearances on something other than a Monday eases us towards the end of the week. Nothing too difficult here, only the exact wordplay in 16ac giving me pause for thought. COD 20ac – ‘Performed around six with final bit getting cut (8)’.

Across

1 ICHNEUMON – (i munch one)*
6 ASP I C
9 ARTIFICIAL HEART – (I rate a chairlift)*
10 OVER L(O)AD
11 RED + last letters from thE winE firM
13 TOOL – Reverse of LOOT.
14 TIMEKEEPER – Time as the enemy…
16 BETTED A VIS – ‘Vis’ apparently can mean ‘Force, Power’. The answer was obvious, but not the wordplay.
17 A NON
18 Hidden in wERE NO Women – Another new one on me. ‘Before now; heretofore.’
20 DI(VI)D END
23 ALEC DOUGLAS-HOME (De Gaulle oh so + Mac)* – Prime Minister after Harold Macmillan.
24 TUTu OR – Archbishop Desmond Tutu
25 GUNPOWDER – (Don grew up)*

Down

1 ID A HO
2 HIT BELOW THE BELT – (Belittle Beth How)*
3 ENFOLD – (fondle)*
4 MECHANICAL – (Michael can)*
5 NEAT – Double Def. ‘An old term used mainly in England for a member of the bovine family such as the ox or cow.’
6 A CH IE VER
7 PLACE UPON RECORD, I think, though I’ve never heard it phrased quite like that.
9 CAT A M(A R)AN
12 PEN(I)CILLINg
13 TABLE SALT – (All taste + b)*
15 SECOND ER – Groans…
18 F I(A)S CO
21 DR EAR
22 JU(N)G

 http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/11/08/independent-on-sunday-925-by-quixote/

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