Saturday, 25 October 2014

No 11223, Saturday 25 Oct 2014, Buzzer


Buzzer paying tribute to Mary Kom, to commemorate her Gold Medal at the Asian Games.
The CW today reminds me of the yearly Boxing event in MY school. Our Principal Rev HO Fowler used to be the referee, I vividly remember him saying at the end of  bout 'Well fought Blue, Red the Winner'

ACROSS
1   Fighting fit, menacing like Mary Kom (11) MAGNIFICENT*
9   Double cut so to speak (6) PAIRED (~ pared)
10 Mary Kom for one shows bite in boxing ring (8) CHAMPION {CHAMP}{I{O}N}
11 Sort of robe carried by Mary Kom say (5) BOXER {BO{X}ER*}
12 Characters from scriptwriter anticipated to be repetitive (7) ITERANT [T]
13 Mainstay of knocking heads to clinch up win (8) LINCHPIN {cLINCH}{uP}{wIN}
15 Start to jab, poke after first and second tries (6) JUDGES {Jab}{nUDGE}{S}
16 Article by magazine about island birds (6) AGAMIS {A}{GAM<=}{IS}
18 Member belonging to more than one union (8) BIGAMIST [CD]
20 Kind of boxing atmosphere mostly overwhelming one's partner (7) AMATEUR {A{MATE}URa}
21 Is able to regularly hone a craft (5) CANOE {CAN}{hOnE}
22 In essence Kom's the third one in simply fantastic sporting event (8) OLYMPICS {kOm}{LYMPI{abC}S*}
23 Run through Mary Kom's city out in far end of north-east (6) IMPALE {IMPhAL}{E}
24 Mary Kom's own story is hard to digest, right with couple of setbacks but showing pluck ultimately (11) UNBREAKABLE {UNB(+r)REA{plucK}(-r)ABLE}


DOWN
2   Being unfit, aged patient requiring an x-ray is carried initially (7) APRAXIC Acrostic
3   Often a dirge betrays an emotional low (5) NADIR [T]
4   Fine fight in a ring (7) FACTION {F}{ACTION}
5   Nearly cure jet lag hitting a bottle of wine (6,3) CLARET JUG {CURe+JET+LAG}*
6   Sweep up top honours with five wins (3,4) NAP HAND {NAP<=} {Ho...s}{AND}
7   Place to get better in Reno? (8,5) GAMBLING TABLE [CD]
8   Like Manipur, name her story/tale different (5-8) NORTH-EASTERLY {N}{HER+STORY+TALE}*
14 Tries battling through bad back (9) POSTERIOR {PO{TRIES*}OR}
17 Average gains at the moment for a butcher (4-3) MEAT-MAN {ME{AT}-{M}AN}
18 Pub, first to get a coffee maker (7) BARISTA {BAR}{1'ST}{A}
19 Chap and friend seen around one university town (7) MANIPAL {MAN}{1}{PAL}
21 Dishes punch in aggressive boxing (5) CHINA [T]

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Friday, 24 October 2014

No 11222, Friday 24 Oct 2014, Neyartha


Baseball's the flavour today. Have highlighted the terms that I know. No clue on  17d

ACROSS
1   Probationers upset at the taking back of a secreted substance (12) REABSORPTION*
8   Setback involving groups of African vectors (7) TSETSES {T{SETS}ES<=}
9   Heavy weapons remove pain in a blood vessel (6) ARTERY ARTillERY
11 Abundantly produced in Rev. Oberon's building (9) OVERBORNE*
12 Pitcher's location in the store (5) MOUND [DD]
14 Son follows fiery priest with hesitation to the innkeepers (9) HOTELIERS {HOT}{ELI}{ER}{S}
16 A troll amongst the progressives (4) OGRE [T]
18 Guide for king to get rid of the learner on the fence (4) WALK WAL(-l+k)K
19 Angry manager in dry surroundings with a shrew (9) TERMAGANT {T{MANAGER*}T}
21 Initially, Fatima loved your naughty niece's Irish surname (5) FLYNN Acrostic
22 Liberal gets benefit hosting the Department of Energy ball (9) PLENTEOUS {PL{ENT}{E}{O}US}
23 It may bring things to a standstill (6) STRIKE [CD]
25 Revolutionary support from Missouri and North Dakota for a 3 dn. field (7) DIAMOND {DIA<=}{MO}{ND}
26 Resist with dignity in balance (12) COUNTERPOISE {COUNTER}{POISE}

DOWN
2   Literally simple lines overwhelm the right (11) ELEMENTALLY ELEMENTA(-r+ll)LLY
3   Dropped Tesla after loss of key court game, one made popular by America (8) BASEBALL BASkEtBALL Game on double duty
4   Blocking up with a robust net at sea (9) OBSTRUENT*
5   Panel for helping (5) PEACE [CD] ? (Addendum - PLATE [DD] - See comments)
6   Confidant and volunteers, on return, go missing after a while (2,4) IN TIME INTIMatE
7   Reportedly wear away a gate (3) NOR (~ gnaw)
8   A spouse who may be held aloft or put on display? (6,4) TROPHY WIFE [CD]
10 Notified about Edward's retweet being promoted (10) ADVERTISED Anno pending (Addendum - {ADV{E}{RT}ISED} - See comments)
13 Gun room Saul designed was not challenging (11) UNGLAMOROUS*
15 Divide to tackle the mistake brought up in the submission (9) SURRENDER {SU{RRE<=}NDER}
17 Abandoned annex after allegations fly in the capital (8) ?A?T?A?O (Addendum - SANTIAGO AlleGATIONS* - See comments)
20 Unmoved by letters from the captains I tutored (2,4) IN SITU [T]
22 Ruffle's a result of the Oriental being out of place in the panel (5) PLEAT PL(+e)EAT(-e)
24 Listener's stroke leads to a spasm (3) TIC (~ tick)

GRID