Tuesday, 25 August 2015

No 11482, Tuesday 25 Aug 2015, Spinner


ACROSS
1   Grouse with layout designed horribly (12) OUTRAGEOUSLY*
10 Yellowish-brown insect eats peeled figs (5) BEIGE {BE{fIGs}E}
11 Make his parcel round (9) SPHERICAL*
12 Pole leaving from a Nordic country's end point (6) FINISH FINnISH
13 England's Root disrupting form of its star players (8) ARTISTES {ITS+STAR}* around {En...d}
15 Moving flight to a clear ground having a bit of shrubbery (9) ESCALATOR {TO+A+CLEAR}* around {Sh...y}*
16 Setter started going back to eatery (4) DELI {DEL}{I}<=
20 Trendy fashion relating to subcontinent nation (4) INDO {IN}{DO}
21 Left out, Cinderella danced with one from island country (9) ICELANDER {CINDERElLA}*
24 Husband I dreamt about is a great difficulty (4,4) HARD TIME {H}{ARD TIME}*
26 One who takes a bow before performing (6) ARCHER [CD]
28 Champions show some notes to specialists (9) EXPONENTS {EXPO}{No..s}{ENTS}
29 Relatives are basically crazy nuts (5) AUNTS {Are}{NUTS}*
30 How one would describe a massage therapist's job in a media statement (5,7) PRESS RELEASE {PRESS-RELEASE}

DOWN
2   Not charged, being part of worker's group (9) UNIONISED {UN}{IONISED}
3   Variable resistance turned hotter as... (8) RHEOSTAT*
4   ... leads of galvanometer unexpectedly shorted, heightening flow (4) GUSH Acrostic
5   Throw older bananas into place reserved for expired stuff (5,5) OTHER WORLD*
6   Twist as Russian chief invades European country (6) SPRAIN {SP{Ru...n}AIN}
7   Vessel from small island capsized next to empty houseboat (5) YACHT {YAC<=}{Ho...aT}
8   Sailor's a foot behind the stern (5) ABAFT {AB}{A}{FT}
9   Typical Spinner cryptic ultimately appears under 'Variety' (7) CLASSIC {CLASS}{I}{c...iC}
14 Service areas hold 'Spinner' next to Sudoku, at first (10) CATCHMENTS {CATCH}{ME}{Next}{To}{Su...o}
17 Engineer to help ants' evolution into giant beasts (9) ELEPHANTS {E}{HELP+ANTS}*
18 Solved by folding the grid! (7) RIGHTED*
19 Batting line-up.... (8) INCREASE {IN}{CREASE}
22 ... Sehwag & Tendulkar openers, followed by genius with top-notch posture while playing (6)  STANCE {Se...g}{Te...r}{A{No..h}CE}
23 Hit or flop? (5) CRASH [DD]
25 Call off punishment, getting pressure at the top (3,2) RIP UP {RI}{P} {UP}
27 Geographical feature coming up in Helsinki (4) ISLE [T<=]

GRID

38 comments:

  1. Where is everyone? Juicy half volley from Spinner. 30A was my CoD

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  2. Lovely top spin..googlies ..doosras ..in crease was my COD..last in was classic...lovely wordplay

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  3. Only a couple of comments for such a beautiful crossword?

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  4. Delicious crossword from spinner....an amuse bouche as the french may say. Liked 26a 30a 19d and 5d... wd say they exhibit a sense of humour :)

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  5. The better the crossword, fewer the comments. Remember the days of NJ, when the comments used to be near the century mark routinely.

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  6. 9A. I guessed it but want to figure out if my reasoning is correct. Class = Variety, I = Spinner, and C = cryptiC ultimately? Is that okay?

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  7. Nice CW SS :) My COD 30A & 9 D & many more :)

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  8. 8D Sailor's a foot behind the stern (5)

    Abaft is a preposition that can be substituted by 'behind the stern'. That was the intended definition.

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  9. Beautiful puzzle! Enjoyed thoroughly ..samosas..! Thank you Spinner for not so tight bowling!!

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  10. The discussion about the position of the CW in the paper has been highlighted by Spinner in his clues - 1Across & 18 D :)

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    1. Well spotted, LV. :) It is a case of " A dog's tail can never be straightened?" So we will have to follow the saying "What cannot be cured, must be endured"

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    2. Checked with SS, he says there are 2 more clues related to this :) Can you spot it MB sir ? :)

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    3. Well, I feel friend Paddy got it right. See his comments below. :)

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  11. Getting in late. Solved most of it and enjoyed everything. A delicious mix- samosas or not!

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  12. ...& of course 14D- next to Sudoku!

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  13. We must have faith (which is squeezed between the two) that some day TH will hear us and change to a better design & placement.

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  14. BTW, the placement of the crossword today is perfect!!

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    1. Is it the effect of Spinner's clues ? :)

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    2. Hope it will have a telling 'effect' on them! Let's see how it turns out tomorrow and days to follow...

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  15. The EXPONENTS, the cruciverbalists solving the THC had a HARD TIME with the OUTRAGEOUSLY placed crossword on most of the days.

    Some sort of PRESS RELEASE was required to FINISH this and get is RIGHTED.

    Our setter took a STANCE with this CLASSIC RIP-UP.

    Now the ARTISTES and AUNTS and about everyone else may go to the DELI and have their samosas.

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    1. Nice one CGB :) Hope it (the message) doesn't fall on deaf ears!!

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  16. Nice comments...CGBs take off takes the cake..

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  17. ... and we eat it!!
    Great one CGB. You have built nicely on Spinner's basement.

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  18. Nice puzzle.Feel like having had a stroll in thepark thanks to handy clues.16A- sumptuous.21A- fantastic&fabulous involving fantasy&fable character.14&19d- a real googly & ton by spinner.Thanks Spinner.

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  19. Thanks for all the comments :) Thumbs up to all who understood the references.

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  20. Didn't get to the crossword till now! Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  21. My COD IS 19dn. Nice crossie!

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  22. Lovely clues Spinner! :)

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  23. Lovely clues. The meta-references were very well handled.

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