Sunday, 19 October 2014

No 2813, Sunday 19 Oct 2014


ACROSS
1   One regarded with contempt in back of Swiss taxi (4) SCAB {swisS}{CAB}
4   Clergyman, one in important church (8) MINISTER {MIN{1}STER}
10 Slow turtle can, surprisingly (9) RELUCTANT*
11 Article on daily crime (5) THEFT {THE}{FT}
12 Lose one's grip and experience a setback? (4,7) COME UNSTUCK [DD]
14 I had contracted to appear in competition easy to see (7) EVIDENT {EV{I'D}ENT}
16 Makes certain criticisms once leader's gone (7) ENSURES cENSURES
18 Very small weapon brought outside in temper (7) SWEETEN {S{WEE}TEN}
19 King in card game brother cut (7) SOLOMON {SOLO}{MONk}
20 Novel associated with Rip Van Winkle? (3,3,5) THE BIG SLEEP [CD]
24 Concede a European king needs to be ousted (5) AGREE {A}{GREEk}
25 I approach home resolutely (2,7) IN EARNEST {I}{N EAR}{NEST}
26 Star of Oh, Mr Porter! attending passion play (3,5) HAY FEVER {HAY} {FEVER}
27 Band from the south has re-formed (4) SASH {S}{HAS*}

DOWN
2   Harlequin's sweetheart's flowers (10) COLUMBINES [DD]
3   Reason given for climbing Everest as I test her out (7,3,5) BECAUSE IT'S THERE {BECAUSE} {I+TEST+HER}*
5   'elpful tips about more discourteous gatecrashers (9) INTRUDERS {hINT{RUDER}S}
6   Talks to realists for a change, as people have different opinions (2,5,3,5) IT TAKES ALL SORTS*
7   Row right after cup game (4) TIER {TIE}{R}
8   Merit a percentage (4) RATE {DD}
9   Male donkey's load (4) MASS {M}{ASS}
10 Disease caused by insects? Not originally (7) RICKETS cRICKETS
13 Musicians strum, first to last enthralling boy (10) TRUMPETERS {(-s)TRUM{PETER}(+s)S}
15 Taste before gathering in fruit (9) TANGERINE {TANG}{ER{IN}E}
17 Sit around then by piano, in a place where youngsters can play (7) SANDPIT {S{AND}{P}IT}
21 Piece of news I came across after revolution (4) ITEM {I}{MET<=}
22 Birch in centre of willowy wood (4) LASH {wilLowy}{ASH}
23 Ancient city, partly destroyed (4) TROY [T]

22 comments:

  1. Looks like a lot of people tripped in round 5 of IXL. The top 6 marks that is 100 to 95 have gone to those who were not in the top 10 in fact the person who top scored is entering the leaderboard for the first time.

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    1. The setter seems to have foxed many !

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    2. Announcement proves it's not the setter but the calculator :-)

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  2. Round 5 crossword was comparatively easy. So a difference of a minute or two even might have made quite a difference. I completed earlier than the other four rounds, but find a lot many much ahead!! We get it, but how quickly we get it has come into play....

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    1. CGB,
      You got all correct ? Please check the solutions and confirm.

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    2. Yes, all correct in round 5.

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    3. I have a typo and got more score than you. Any mistake in scores ? Or they changed way of scoring ?

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    4. At last all correct in 5th Round! :-)

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  3. OT
    Nice article on page 13 (Open page) of TH today, 'These unwritten but REAL RULES FOR THE ROAD' by Anita NS

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    1. Good one! :P It is on page 11 in the Hyd edition.

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    2. Thanks for the link... Lol, she couldn't have gotten it more right. We experience these moments almost like every day.

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  4. Update on IXL overall leaderboard page

    "The Leaderboard for Round 5, which was declared on Saturday, has been withheld due to technical discrepancies."

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    1. This message is not on the Round5 leaderbard, though I suspect that too might change ...

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    2. That remark now appears on the Round5 leaderboard too

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    3. 5 now up, overall still pending

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  5. I too was wondering something is amiss or the standards had suddenly sky rocketed..I submitted all correct entries in under 20 minutes and my score was 77..which threw me right out of Top 10..I was amazed that 22 contestants had sub 18 mins scores...

    New leaderboard for round 5 has again been posted ...Wonder if that is the correct one! am now at 86..better than before..but not as good as I expected :(

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    1. Brains and fingers working at lightning speed, maybe!?

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  6. Whether The crossies of IXL are available for non-registered general public? If not the latest, whether older one related to 13 are available freely now or are they copyrighted?

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    1. You have to register to see the CW. IXL-13 CW's cannot be seen now

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