Friday, 23 March 2018

No 12272, Friday 23 Mar 2018, Gridman

Today being Friday only the blank clues will be posted. All those who are silent followers of the blog are requested to post answers with annotations in the comments section. There is no limit on how many answers you want to give. In your own interest please avoid looking up the answers from the interactive version. Don't hesitate to post your annotations, in case you make a mistake someone will correct it with the right annotation.

The regular blog will replace the clues at 4 PM after which anyone is free to comment. 

1   Award to model employee of embassy (8)
5   Bird that is inexperienced (6)
9   Jack, with false alibi on road, is a habitual prisoner (8)
10 Onset marred by principally riotous pelter (6)
12 Play group's fling (4)
13 Write old record first obtained from one studying science of prison management (10)
15 Fine, more competent story-teller (6)
17 Ship officer's extra payment Poles switched (5)
20 Dishonest person's castles — two of them (5)
21 Young Scotsman has capital doubled — he is one who manages clubs (6)
24 Film shooting workers arrived: with artist and reluctant mate (6,4)
27 Tiny bit recalled from chat oilman put out (4)
29 Key animal's get-away (6)
30 Southern holidaymaker is one who takes off (8)
31 Illness of great many in Asian peninsula (6)
32 Worried banker admits short man — a railway worker (8)

1   Discourage half-dead, disheartened juvenile at court (6)
2   Is inquisitive about principally tantric temple official (6)
3   Spheres of old royal billing section (4)
4   A couple of leading stars drop out of sequence in lofty home (5)
6   Excel in away party (5)
7   Relative's violent strike, without right, is most perverted (8)
8   Resonant hit by a cricket batsman might ___ ___ for a cricket batsman (4,4)
11 Passionate eminence free (6)
14 Daughter's boat unlit (4)
16 Put in place upstart army officer at end of fence (6)
17 Spilling point? (4)
18 Say I yell for a treat (3,5)
19 Zany wrap around head of society is measureless (8)
22 Twice take care of the final details of cheerleader's prop (3-3)
23 Tram shudders and takes on the dowager (6)
25 Ruler paid out fast (5)
26 Contributor omits female performer (5)
28 Go under kitchen fixture (4)


Thursday, 22 March 2018

No 12271, Thursday 22 Mar 2018, Gridman

Answer and annotation for 23A left for a first-time commenter till 10 AM.

1   Passed on that I am section editor (8) IMPARTED {I'M}{PART}{ED}
5   Female and boy despondent and uncultivated (6) FALLOW {F}{AL}{LOW}
10 The best possible plot unveiled about doctors' organisation (7) OPTIMAL {OPT{IMA}L*}
11 Every ogre driven off at brisk speed (7) ALLEGRO {ALL}{OGRE*}
12 Makes improvements with half of them taking bits (6) EMENDS {thEM}{ENDS}
13 Son’s getting comfy — learner leaving and moving very fast (8) SCUDDING {S}{CUDDlING}
15 We're told: "Lift beams" (4) RAYS (~raise)
16 Grecian den releasing member of family (10) GRANDNIECE*
18 Thug with history to make a public statement (2,2,6) GO ON RECORD {GOON} {RECORD}
20 Court's dead carpentry material (4) WOOD {WOO}{D}
23 Cover with a piece of cloth on extremely large arm (8) T?N?A?L? (Addendum - TENTACLE {TENT}{A}{Cloth}{LargE} - See comments)
24 Cunning hag and daughter (6) SHREWD {SHREW}{D}
26 Unfriendly quality here in FranceSen's in confusion (7) ICINESS {ICI}{SENS}*
27 Cultivation is up to date (7) TILLAGE {TILL AGE}
28 Carefully read and absorb a magazine (6) DIGEST [DD]
29 He led, we cooked up endless sweet-talks (8) WHEEDLES {HE+LED+WE}*{lesS}*

1   How even a Leftist might be balanced (2,4,5,4) IN ONES RIGHT MIND [CD]
2   Product of a man of clay? (7) POTTERY [CD]
3   Cure: mere exercise — daily at start and end (6) REMEDY {MERE*}{DailY}
4   Thinks female abandoned slippery customers (4) EELS fEELS
6   Referring to mythical king imprisoned in a plant (8) ALLUDING {A}{L{LUD}ING}
7   On support, desi goes wild (3,4) LEG SIDE {LEG} {DESI}*
8   Deranged, she's now displaying perversity (15) WRONGHEADEDNESS*
 Joint ownership of cane stock in block (9) PARCENARY {PAR{CANE*}RY}
14 No way — such an area cannot progress (9) TRACKLESS {TRACK}{LESS}
17 Lubricators are great, helpful persons (8) GREASERS {GR}{EASERS}
19 Joker out to fall in with ruler making beastly noises (7) OINKING {jOIN}{KING}
21 Considering everything, old girl accepts fifty-fifty (7) OVERALL {O}{VERA}{LL}
22 Put away quietly for themselves in part (6) SHELVE {SH}{t...sELVEs}
25 At last, you have reversed role in US State (4) UTAH {yoU}{HAT<=}