Wednesday, 19 August 2015

No 11477, Wednesday 19 Aug 2015, xChequer


As usual xChequer has totally foxed me.

ACROSS
7   Second childhood party gate crashed (6) DOTAGE {DO}{GATE*}
8   Leather tack for carpet (8) (Addendum - LAMBASTE {LAM}{BASTE} - See comments)
9   Launch, missing bearing, able to drift on small swell (5-3) BLAST-OFF {ABLe*}{S}{T-OFF}
10 International games played as doubles (6) IMAGES {I}{GAMES*}
11 Bribery can be hard work (5) GRAFT [DD]
12 Choose first class on return to earn miles with best conditions (6) OPTIMA {OPT}{I{M}A<=}
14 Do suppose a lemon's deviously conveyed! (4,7,1,3) SOLD SOMEONE A PUP* &lit
17 Bent to escape daughter planting kiss (6) FLEXED {FLE{X}E}{D}
18 Instrument outlaw presented to sweetheart (5) BANJO {BAN}{JO}

22 Makes harsh noises with angry looks when girl is born (6)  BLARES (-g+b)BLARES
23 Very drained bucking a goddess of fate (8) (Addendum - VERDANDI {V}{DRAINED*} - See comments)
24 Hawker's rum a farce, Colonel's deprived of solace (8) FALCONER {A+FaRce+ColONELs}*
25 Venom from nearly all infesting vermin, say (6) MALICE {M{ALl}ICE}

DOWN
1   Infallible Charlie's evidence (9) FOOLPROOF {FOOL}{PROOF}
2   Service provided in a compact range (6) MASSIF {MASS}{IF}
3   Bird that another one nests (5) HERON [T]
4   Dream of one working beyond reach (8) OPTIMISM {OP}TIMISM (Addendum - AMBITION {AMBIT}{1}{ON} - See comments)
5   Epic of Indian king filled with so-called worldly perception (8) RAMAYANA {RA{MAYA}NA}
6   Sprinkle essence of herbs in jug (5) STREW {ST{heRbs}EW}
8   Fairy tale films following publicity round book club (4,9) (Addendum - LIFE PRESERVER {LI{F}E} {P{RESERVE}R} - See comments}
13 Interim loan, ultimately expended in drink, awaiting legal settlement (3,6) SUB JUDICE {SUB} {JU{e...eD}ICE}
15 Hollow cement supports deviate dispersing energy, a beam can thus split (8) DIFFRACT {DIFFeR}{A}{CemenT}
16 Submissive love is a parting gift (8) OBEISANT {O}{BE{IS}{A}NT}
19 Good to grow fit following a reverse (6) ARABLE {A}{R}{ABLE}
20 Pressure to head petition (5) PLEAD {P}{LEAD}
21 Body resistance comes through stature (5) FRAME {F{R}AME}

GRID

16 comments:

  1. 23 Very drained bucking a goddess of fate (8) {V}{ERDANDI}*

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  2. 8 Leather tack for carpet (8) LAM (leather) + BASTE (tack)
    14 Do suppose a lemon's deviously conveyed! (4,7,1,3) SOLD SOMEONE A PUP (DO SUPPOSE A LEMON)*

    8 Fairy tale films following publicity round book club (4,9) LI(F)E + P(RESERVE)R

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    1. Is 14A an &lit? What's the def if it is not?

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    2. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/life_preserver#Noun

      life preserver (noun) : (dated) A short club with a weighted end

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    3. From ODE:

      SELL SOMEONE A PUP : (Brit. informal) swindle someone by selling them something worthless.

      So yes it looks like an &lit

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    4. Life Preserver /Life-preserver: a short, often weighted club intended for self-defense. (WIKI)

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  3. 4 Dream of one working beyond reach (8) OPTIMISM {OP}TIMISM

    AMBIT I ON

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  4. 4 Dream of one working beyond reach (8) {AMBIT}{I}{ON}

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  5. Col,

    Wasn't the rum Bacardi?

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    1. Bacardi is a brand of Rum mainly known for it's white rum. I'm a Gin/Vodka drinker, not particularly fond of Rum

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    2. A different type of army man who does not like rum.

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  6. Phew!sweated..huffed & puffed but NW corner beat me...could get only Dotage & Heron there....kicked myself for not getting Foolproof....

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  7. Half went in easily, most of the rest took ages to decipher, and had to finally give up on two of them: ARABLE and VERDANDI (the latter I can live with; not getting the former is galling!). Great puzzle as usual, xChequer - thanks for the enjoyable workout!

    Thanks to Col for the blog, to Sandhya for VERDANDI, and to Bhavan for the parsing of LIFE PRESERVER!

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  8. Thoroughly enjoyed the music of "Dueling Banjos" ! Thank you Sir for the link. :)

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