Thursday, 21 May 2015

No 11400, Thursday 21 May 2015, Gridman


ACROSS
1   A person with burning desires (8) ARSONIST [E]
5   Excitement from a short hour going through cash register (6) THRILL {T{HR}ILL}
9   Old dynasty's father’s rather lavish without second (7) PAHLAVI {PA}{LAVIsH*}
10 Indistinct car enters, having the colour of the sky (7) BLURRED {BLU{RR}ED}
11 Oman pacer goes around to catch a bird (9) CAMPANERO*
12 Topic of an egoist? (5) THEME {THE}{ME}
13 Brings no black teacup handles (4) EARS bEARS
14 Murder mystery makes Hindu now tense and tremulous (9) WHODUNNIT {HINDU+NOW+T}*
17 Usual memo to refurbish the Taj Mahal, say (9) MAUSOLEUM*
19 Objects to retrieving counterfoil (4) STUB <=
23 B___ heat's awful! Wash is required (5) BATHE {B}{HEAT}*
24 In the last month, a measure by Cyprus exposes grossness (9) INDECENCY {IN}{DEC}{EN}{CY}
25 Time for squaring up? (7) EVENING [DD]
26 National, in short, makes appeal (7) ITALIAN in short is IT
27 Detective gets nothing right! That's weird (6) SPOOKY {SP{O}{OK}Y}
28 Hurt a couple of girls, ever one is troubled (8) AGGRIEVE {A}{GG}{EVER+1}*

DOWN
1   Faced Ted's pace tremblingly (8) ASPECTED*
2   He plots to have son, married, in good spirits (7) SCHEMER {S}{CHE{M}ER}
3   African animals from U.S. city. “Oh woe.” (6) NYALAS {NY}{ALAS}
4   Terrifying media bias on Egyptian leader's lessening (13) SPINECHILLING {SPIN}{Eg...n}{CHILLING} Lessening as in temperature reduction.
6   In a ghostly sort of way, relative is covered by astringent (8) HAUNTING {H{AUNT}ING}
7   National is lifting king at one (7) ISRAELI {IS}{RAEL<=}{1}
8   It helps one to maintain one's balance (6) LEDGER [CD]
10 Horrifying old OB emerges (13) BLOODCURDLING {OLD+OB}*
15 Star's bloomer is killed, to begin with (8) ASTERISK {ASTER}{IS}{Ki...d}
16 It's up in the airadult Turkish ruler's weapon broken at the top (8) ABEYANCE {A}{BEY}{lANCE}
18 A right code set out for a building design style (3,4) ART DECO {A}{RT} {CODE}*
20 XXX French island for a stretch (7) TENSILE {TENS}{ILE}
21 Dwell on old boy's meeting dismissing retrograde leader (6) OBSESS {OB}{SESS1on<=}
22 Bakery product I clear off (6) ECLAIR*

GRID

12 comments:

  1. Mysterious theme. THRILL THEME WHODUNNIT BLURRED BLOODCURDLING HAUNTING SPINECHILLING SPOOKY

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  2. Nice one from Gridman. Enjoyed solving it.
    Ihad 1A as CD

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  3. 21dn : Dwell on old boy's meeting dismissing retrograde leader (6) OBSESS {OB}{SESS1on}

    Does the 'retrograde leader' need a reversal ind in the anno pl?

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  4. Nice enjoyable 'spooky'one, though not bloodcurdling or spinechilling.
    XXX was intoxicating- did not get 'tens' (got tense?)

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  5. MB back after a few days and back with his corrections?

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  6. Gridman is always known for his enigmatic composition.

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  7. Good time with Gridman, as usual! Loved the clues for THEME, MAUSOLEUM, and OBSESS.

    Two niggles:
    - In 10d, "old OB" appears tautologous
    - The US city in 3d would be NYC; it's the state that is NY!

    Thanks to Gridman and DG!

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    1. NY in Collins has been given to mean either city or state

      Re old ob. I saw recently an list of the alumni association of my school and realised that I was not just any OB. I was an old OB:)

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  8. I too am nearing that status in our college OB. I too thought NY could mean both city & staet, but did not have a ref. Probably one would think of the city first, by default.

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