Sunday, 7 September 2014

Special, Sunday 07 Sep 2014, Elmith

NOTE
Sunday specials will remain suspended from 14 Sep 2014 onwards, in view of IXL-2014, and will resume on 23 Nov 2014.

Three answers per commenter as usual (with annotations) till 6 PM.


ACROSS
1   Deride the French after mildly bad situation? (6)
4   Computer course: Excel (6)
9   Post endless analysis (4)
10 Jerry Hall is against cannabis (10)
11 Agree to admit Germany, but not Portugal (6)
12 A bit of research I've directed locked away (8)
13 Blasted wall breach! Retaining lawyer, getting new entrance (9)
15 To fit this top, it takes two (4)
16 Sprite shot over ice? (4)
17 Go down swinging? (6,3)
21 Considered any deals corrupt (8)
22 Pretense in note about Germany and England (6)
24 Milton's blameless and never proud by mistake (10)
25 Kill appeal at hearing (4)
26 Regularly, First Lady almost loses listener (6)
27 Eliminates fiddle recitals without it (6)

DOWN
1   Tom returns parting greetings from company town? (7)
2   Force dog about (5)
3   Like milk? Show true gulping (7)
5   Religious term for musicians with case of carnality (6)
6   Depression - in awful rut - due to immorality (9)
7   German cheers about the heartless demonstration (7)
8   Rambling amid heatwaves created dust on the road (9,4)
14 Revealing about the heart? (9)
16 Remorse shown in final letter from pirate town (7)
18 Popular revolutionary, informally, is skeptic (7)
19 Slip off ship under...under disguise (7)
20 Plane serving spirits (6)
23 No end to hogwash about work - it fuels stock? (5)

Across Lite version can be accessed at ELMITH 2

Enjoy.

55 comments:

  1. 21A : Considered any deals corrupt (8) ANALYSED (ANY DEALS)* Def : Considered

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  2. 26A: EVENLY:(EVE) {N(-EAR)LY}
    27A:CLEARS: RECITALS(-IT)*

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  3. 25A : Kill appeal at hearing (4) PREY (~PRAY) Def : Kill

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  4. 18D:INFIDEL: (IN)(FIDEL)

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  5. 6D {TUR(PIT)UDE}*
    1D HI(TAC<=)HI

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  6. HECK (mildly bad situation?) + LE ; Def: DERIDE

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    1. Yeah, thanks. Missed U all!

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    2. Yes - I was thinking HECK as mild HELL. ;-)

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    1. Needs one more letter pl. :) Enu is 8

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    2. ARCHIVED it is Am sorry for the typo

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  8. 11A : Agree to admit Germany, but not Portugal (6) ACCEDE {ACCE(-PT)(+DE)} (PT=PORTUGAL, DE=GERMANY) Def : Agree

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  9. 8D MAHA SWETADEVI Def Created dust on the road Anag of amid+heatwaves

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  10. 10 CHAMBERPOT Hall (CHAMBER) against Cannabis (POT)

    13 WINDBLOWN - WINDOW with BL and New

    24 UNREPROVED - never and proud. Apparently milton used this word to describe "blameless"

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  11. Sritri @ 1:48 PM: Hall in capital had me completely off track; only after having Hall=Chamber put me on track.Hall in Caps OK?

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    1. An intended distraction, might be! I was on a wild goose chase looking at Mick Jagger and rolling stones. Took some time to separate Jerry and Hall

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    2. I think it's fair. Jerry hall looks like an interesting way to marry the def and wordplay

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    3. Thanks, PH. I thought it was fair, too, obviously.

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  12. Read above comment as Hall with capital H

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  13. A bit on the tough side; but neverthless enjoyable; 4A, 17A, 14 D & 19 D were devious; my COD: 8D

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    1. Thanks, vasant. Yes, this was tougher than my last puzzle. 8D was my COD as well.

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  14. 4A: LAPTOP ; {LAP}{TOP}, Defn : Computer

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  15. 5D: ABBACY, {ABBA}{CY}, case of CarnalitY = CY

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  16. 19D: UNDRESS, {UNDER SS}* Def: Slip off

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    1. I parsed it as {UNDER}* SS

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    2. Excellently clued where under is used twice; one as position indicator for ship and second as anagram fodder

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  17. 9A - STUD(-y)
    17A - STRIKE OUT [CD]
    22A - {FA}{CA}{D}{E}

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  18. 9 ACROSS: POST ENDLESS ANALYSIS: sTUD(Y)=== A POST .

    15ACROSS: tO FIT THIS TOP, IT TAKES TWO :: suit -- A TWO PIECE SUIT

    2 DOWN: force dog about: CADRE-- cad a rogue, a dog with about re.

    I FOUND TODAYS CROSSIE TO BE PAR EXCELLENCE !!

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    1. Thanks, raju - very kind of you.

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  19. A first run through, I thought here's a bheja fry !! MAHASWETA DEVI is off the shelf !!

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    1. bheja fry! Must us that one in next puzzle. ;-)

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  20. LEFTOVERS :

    Across : 15, 16

    Down : 3, 16, 20

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  21. 15A : To fit this top, it takes two (4) DUET (DUE+T) Def : It takes two (Due = Fit + top of 'T'his)
    20D : Plane serving spirits (6) ASTRAL (DD)

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  22. For 3D and 16 Unable to get the annos

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  23. Finding it difficult to annotate 3D & 16D though the answers are clear.

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  24. 3D LACTEAL - ACT (Show) in LEAL (True)

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  25. 16 D - PENANG was a pirate town. Will this lead to the answer?

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  26. Thanks Darren.

    So that's it then for today. Hope all of you have registered for IXL-2014 which is being launched at 11 AM next Sunday

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    1. Thank you, Col. Good luck with IXL-2014, all. Wish I could participate - maybe when the "I" stands for "International". :-)

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