Tuesday, 18 August 2015

No 11476, Tuesday 18 Aug 2015, xChequer


Couldn't get 11A.

ACROSS
7   Lady without capacity to change with time (6) EVOLVE {E{VOL}VE}
8   Prisons, cops and robbers (8) BRIGANDS {BRIG{AND}S}
9   Income tax during previous year is the main issue (8) PRIORITY {PRIOR}{IT}{Y}
10 Cold days preventing elderly getting sponged (6) CADGED {C{A{D}GED}
11 This pigeon sometimes nods? (5) ?O?E? (Addendum - HOMER [CD] - See comments)
12 Imprison trainee (6) INTERN [DD]
14 Hypothetical big bang theory describing nothing at depth, hence getting ignored (5,2,3,5) GOING BY THE BOARD {BIG+BANG+THEORY}* around {O} plus {D}
17 Instrument in my bag (6) CORNET {COR}{NET}
18 Guide one through scheme (5) PILOT {P{1}LOT}
22 Letters getting torn in post office right away (6) PRONTO {TORN}* in {PO} Anind not clear? See comments
23 Detectives in a spot? That's sweet (4,4) ACID DROP {A}{CID} {DROP}
24 Wild rush characterised by Ecstasy (8) STAMPEDE {STAMPED}{E}
25 Legendary setter's almost stupid (6) MYTHIC {MY}{THICk}

DOWN
1   It's the solver's responsibility now (4,2,3) OVER TO YOU [CD]
2   A delight in securing key niche (6) ALCOVE {A}{L{C}OVE}
3   Scheduled to return and resign (5) DEMIT <=
4   Distinct creed is developed over time (8) DISCRETE {CREED+IS}* over {T}
5   Cool twist and turn in dance (8) FANDANGO {FAN}{AND*}{GO}
6   Artful dodger making grand exit with stranger (5) ODDER DODgER*
8   Outrageous hype, belated hustling carries on (6,3,4) BEYOND THE PALE {HYPE+BELATED}* around {ON}
13 Ore coming out is related to efficiency in operation (9) ERGONOMIC*
15 Prison label or tag (8) NICKNAME {NICK}{NAME}
16 Donkey, hitched, gets bored (8) BURROWED {BURRO}{WED}
19 Say charge to write in olden days (6) INDITE (~ indict)
20 Gas price framework for furnace (5) GRATE {G}{RATE} G for Gas?
21 Transparent coating close to epoxy (5) FILMY {FILM}{e..xY}

24 comments:

  1. 11 This pigeon sometimes nods? (5) HOMER

    Even Homer nods: Not even the most vigilant and expert are immune to error. (WIKI)

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  2. 22 Letters getting torn in post office right away (6) PRONTO {TORN}* in {PO} Anind not clear?

    R O N Tare letters 'used' for getting TORN

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    1. R O N T are letters 'used' for getting TORN

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    2. 8A and this one are the best I feel.

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  3. Could complete just in time :) quite a race though

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  4. 10 Cold days preventing elderly getting sponged (6) CADGED {C{A{D}GED}

    D for day (singular) in Chambers. Is it OK for the plural. In the same way can ERS be used for Queens and RS for kings/ royals and FS for fellows/ females and so on?

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    1. Usually when DAYS is used, DD is implied.

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    2. That's why I was stuck on this clue trying to get the answer.

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    3. d = day(s)

      Source Oxford Dictionary

      Extract:

      d 1

      See definition in Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary
      Line breaks: d
      Pronunciation: /diː/





      abbreviation



      1(In genealogies) daughter:
      ‘Henry m. Georgina 1957, 1s 2d’



      2Day(s):
      ‘orbital period (Mars): 687.0 d’



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    4. Think in future will apply this dic for abbr. Chambers is very restrictive.

      Tks Bhala

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    5. The online versions are never complete or exhaustive Raghu, one needs to look at multiple sources (credible ones) I feel. Chambers online doesn't even give r=run or t=time

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  5. 6 Artful dodger making grand exit with stranger (5) ODDER DODgER*

    Clever use of Dicken's character. :)

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  6. I am only able to solve for 4-5 clues.. Any suggestions on how to be able to solve Complete crosswords ?

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    1. Keep at it! Visit this site daily...join in the discussion...
      Also read crossword unclued..link is given in the side bar...
      A few years ago I could also solve only 4-5 clues now.. I almost solve & on tough days I miss out on 4-5..

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  7. Could someone explain 17A please? I didn't understand how COR came about. Thanks.

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    1. Both are exclamations of surprise.

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    2. But without the ! it's not an exclamation of surprise. So not too convinced.

      That being said, 8A is really nice. Very clever use of cops as an indicator

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  8. Many blanks today...missed..HOMER...FANDANGO...CORNET...BURROWED...INDITE
    Extremely good clues...nice learning experience for me...

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    1. You are not alone, Vasanth! Me too sailing in the same boat!!

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  9. This was the toughest : got just six , you guys are great

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