Monday, 26 January 2015

No 11301, Monday 26 Jan 2015, xChequer


REPUBLIC DAY GREETINGS

As usual I am at sixes and sevens with the xChequer CW.

ACROSS
7   King in martial arts suit replayed an African fetish (3-3) (Addendum - GRI-GRI {G{R}I}-{G{R}I} - See comments}
8   Simple tea placed before a clergyman (8) CHAPLAIN {CHA}{PLAIN}
9   Legislator as a rule, lying before God (8) LAWMAKER {LAW}{MAKER}
10 Mother's request for rich fabric (6) DAMASK {DAM}{ASK}
11 Governor's first act of robbery (5) HEIST {HE}{1ST}
12 Madam's shady reason (6) SENORA*
14 Treating it when moist, acne shrinks (3,2,5,5) MEN IN WHITE COATS*
17 Most uncommon finding a radical in balance (6) RAREST {R{A}{R}EST}
18 Strange condition, being retired before retiring (5) FISHY {FI<=}{SHY}
22 Oriental way of working's long disputed (6) MONGOL {MO}{LONG*}
23 Completely exposed at fitting (8) OUTRIGHT {OUT}{RIGHT}
24 Modern attitude for example (8) INSTANCE {IN}{STANCE}
25 Substituting force for pressure in problem, solve for variable (6) FICKLE  {-p+f}FICKLE

DOWN
1 & 20 Dn. Chance to get level place, being neither up nor down here (5-4,5) MATCH-EVEN POINT {MATCH-EVEN} {POINT} (Correction -  BREAK-EVEN POINT [DD] - See comments)
2   A leg, while referring to small lizards (6) (Addendum -  AGAMAS {A}{GAM}{AS} - See comments)
3   Jonah's reported dodges (5) JINKS (~jinx)
4   Good-looking man gets part (8) HANDSOME {HAND}{SOME}
5   Right, earlier term for graphite (8) PLUMBAGO {PLUMB}{AGO} Semi&lit
6   Get up around noon to wash (5) RINSE {RI{N}SE}
8   Cannot revise, ultimately precluded changes (6,2,5) CARVED IN STONE {CANNOT+REVISE+p...eD}* &lit
13 Having played Hamlet over time, he is in a leading role (2,3,4) AT THE HELM {AT {T}{HE} HELM*}
15 Cook in boiling water (8) IRRIGATE {IR{RIG}ATE}
16 Fighter possibly starting to worry over extent of land-grabbing scheme (8) WARPLANE {Worry}{AR{PLAN}E}
19 Folly of kind widow, coy at times (6) IDIOCY {IDI}{CoY} Anno not clear (Correction - {kInD}{wIdOw}{CoY} - See comments)
20 See 1 Dn.
21 Stick to man (5) STAFF [DD]

GRID

26 comments:

  1. 1& 20 could be BREAK-EVEN POINT (BREAK for Chance)

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    1. That looks better than what I have put in

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    2. 2 Across - GRI - GRI - R in GI (Martial arts suit)

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    3. I was stuck on JU-JU & suit and trying JU-JITSU.

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  2. 2 A leg, while referring to small lizards (6) {A}{GAM}{AS}

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  3. 7 King in martial arts suit replayed an African fetish (3-3) {G{R}I}-{G{R}I}

    GI: Karate Gi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karate_gi

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  4. 19D 19 Folly of kind widow, coy at times (6) {I}{D}{I}{O}{C}{Y}

    kInD wIdOw CoY

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  5. 9 Folly of kind widow, coy at times (6) IDIOCY {IDI}{CoY} Anno not clear

    Even letter picking

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  6. 23 Completely exposed at fitting (8) OUTRIGHT {OUT}{RIGHT}

    TYPO: Completely is the definition.

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  7. Col, why a Q mark for 25A: F+ICKLE. It's correct. Just that the def is only 'variable' and not 'solve for variable'

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    1. I forgot to remove the ?. Earlier I had written FIDDLE

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    2. What is the role of 'solve for' in the clue

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    3. = leading to/ Getting/ find/ for etc. Solve LHS for RHS

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  8. Very nice puzzle and simple also. Liked 6d :-)

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  9. Got psyched by Gri gri. More so because I put down DUCKS for 3D as a DD and wondered about the role of 'reported' in the clue. Jonah in Tombola meaning no numbers scored out in the ticket.

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    1. I too had entered DUCKS for 3D... And anyway had no clue about GRI GRI

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  10. In literature I have come across 'gamb', which also means 'leg' but the leg of an animal
    I think the root is Fr. jambe.
    The word is used more in heraldry.

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  11. Enjoyed it a lot.. Many excellent/brilliant clues as usual... Especially 14A and 15D .. Thanks exchequer

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  12. A tip of the hat to Ajeesh for finding this simple - I found it anything but! It was a struggle from the word go - actually, from the word GRI-GRI. :)

    I liked the surfaces and - once I got it - the wordplay in almost all the clues. Especially liked the long anagrams. Thanks to xChequer and DG!

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  13. Republic Day greetings to fellow bloggers and their families!

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