Sunday, 7 June 2015

Special, Sunday 07 Jun 2015, Spritzer


Welcome to our new setter Spritzer. Brickbats and bouquets welcome.
Three answers per commenter (Annotations compulsory) till 6PM.
As far as possible please provide your three answers in one comment.


ACROSS
6   Tongue held back by engineer for ambience (7)
7   Gather a crowd (5)
9   Stop Oriental's ruin (4)
10 Routine course of study (10)
11 Compassionate? Not me (8)
13 Many spectacles led son astray (6)
15 Mistake going topless at church recess (4)
17 Building Gates' dais (5)
18 Old selection of mag editions (4)
19 Physical binder, switching sides, at the end. (6)
20 Every year, men ran up in confusion (3,5)
23 A favourite you consumed to sustain (10)
26 Alone on 17 nearly (4)
27 Presenter mixed up at the start and forgot to finish food? (5)
28 Empires conquered by argument? (7)

DOWN
1   Peripheral result? (4,6)
2   Touch heart of Friend (6)
3   Dirty place to eat? (4)
4   Top shooter and I alone (8)
5   Post, he heard (4)
6   Hamper traitor in church (5)
8   Screen I turned in earnest (7)
12 Small group for rascal (5)
14 Almost perish, faithless and distinctive (10)
16 Necessity for youngster, I hear? (7)
17 Mixture's formula (8)
21 Check with Englishman inside for cigar (6)
22 American's lifetime employment (5)
24 Nibble or bite (4)
25 Trash spam for current units (4)

Across Lite version can be accessed at SPRITZER 1

Enjoy

50 comments:

  1. 25 Trash spam for current units (4) AMPS

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  2. 22 American's lifetime employment (5) US AGE

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  3. 8 Screen I turned in earnest (7) SINCERE*

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  4. 6A: C(LIMAT<)E
    17A:STAGE=(GATES)*
    18A:AGED=T

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  5. 7 A Mass
    17 Stage*
    18 Aged (T)

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  6. ACROSS
    20: PER ANNUM*
    23: PER PET U ATE
    30: PREMISE*

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  7. I am not entering any answers though I solved many of these pithy clues straight off the bat.
    In fact, a good exercise for any experienced solver will be how many of these clues can be cold-solved.
    They may be mostly easy clues but they are all well-written, without any doubt.
    I like the pseudonym that the setter has chosen for themselves.
    Is the setter an international, I wonder.

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  8. ACROSS
    11 Compassionate? Not me (8) SELFLESS (CD)
    15 Mistake going topless at church recess (4) [-L]APSE
    DOWN
    1 Peripheral result? (4,6) SIDE-EFFECT (CD)

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  9. 13A Many spectacles led son astray (6) OODLES {OO}{LED + S}*
    19A Physical binder, switching sides, at the end. (6) MORTAL {MORTAR (binder) -R +L}
    4D Top shooter and I alone (8) CAMISOLE {CAM}{I}{SOLE} def = top, shooter = CAM (camera)

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  10. Smashing Debut! Simple & elegant clues. Liked 1 D & 11 A.

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  11. 11 Compassionate? Not me (8) SELFLESS (CD)

    Do the parts of speech match? They do, for both 'compassionate' and 'selfless' are adjectives.
    Yet if I began writing this Comment, it is because of the words 'Not me' - which suggest that we want is a noun. We can only talk of 'selfless persons or actions' - 'selfless' cannot to me, him, her or them.
    I trust I have managed to convey what I have in mind..

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  12. Many spectacles led son astray
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    Any guesses as to what these spectacles could be?
    Fathers or sons may respond with their suggestions.
    A show by Sunny Leone
    ...

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  13. 10a Routine course of study (10) DISCIPLINE [2]
    16d Necessity // for PRO youngster, I hear? TEIN (~teen) PROTEIN
    17d Mixture's formula (8) SOLUTION [2]

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  14. Repl for 17d
    21d Check with Englishman inside for cigar (6) RE(E)FER

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  15. 9A Stop Oriental's ruin (4) {BAN}{E}
    26A Alone on 17 nearly (4) STAG(-e)
    27A Presenter mixed up at the start and forgot to finish food? (5) NACHO [ANCHOR --- A<->N CHO (-r)

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  16. Easy but interesting clues- indicated by the speed of answers.
    Only 2D left- I am not sure of anno.

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  17. 28 Empires conquered by argument? (7) Premise empires*

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  18. Only yesterday I wrote a clue for a word (in a future puzzle of mine) which is a solution here.
    I like S's clue very much
    The one I came up with was
    Joint on free movement (6)
    Does this pass muster?
    ***
    For 27d above attempt writing a clue in not more than five words

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    1. North American politician gets snack (5)

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    2. Chip can return a call (5)

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    3. Snack with Cognac & hot sandwich (5)

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    4. Can a chocolate contain chip?

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    5. Sandwich or chocolate i am going to have beef samosas . Thanks to Spritzer. Col got me the other day too :-)

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    6. No cha was ordered with snack. (5)

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    7. Defrosted cream was initially not available for making Mexican snack. (5) {NA}{CHO(-ice)}

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  19. 2D is a bit tricky and alludes to a pop culture reference. An extremely famous reference, though

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    1. None of them are my friends though :-)

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  20. You can give the solution since it is not yet given. I am now getting curious.

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    1. These guys are talking about a TV serial character. But why is the capital used in the clue as it's not in plural.

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    2. I think it's a better indication with capitalised F. This is particularly referencing one of the characters in a TV show. Without the capital, it would be a tad misleading.

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  21. Just a small point E is English/ European and not "Englishman" as given in 21d REEFER

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  22. Wrapping up

    2D - (-c)HANDLE(-r) from the TV Series Friehds

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    1. I have not watched it but shouldn't it be Friends in the clue ?

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    2. The show is Friends, but the setter intended it as one of the 6 "Friends" = Friend

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    3. Many good clues. Crisp and simple.

      Doesn't 2D feel a little indirect? Heart of friend leads to IE or RIEN. Now we've to replace friend with CHANDLER and then take out the central letters. However, nice that the setter has capitalised the F in friend.

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    4. A sparkler from SPRITZER ! No need for an Alka Seltzer! deserves a Pullitzer prize for a puzzler like this !

      Takes talent to compile such a concise yet cryptic puzzle. Keep 'em coming SPRITZER !

      DIAGNOSTIC & CAMISOLE prescribed as the TOPS !!

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  23. A comment on a clue here is posted in next day's blog.

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