Sunday, 27 September 2015

The Sunday Crossword (2860), Sunday 27 Sep 15


ACROSS
1   Broadcast omits a cub, extremely small (9) SUBATOMIC*
6   Story reversed within eighty minutes (4) MYTH [T<=]
8   Commercial cars and farm vehicles, carbon-free? They'll manage (14) ADMINISTRATORS {AD}{MINIS}{TRAcTORS}
10 Annoying one in front of king and son in capital city (7) IRKSOME {1}{R{K}{S}OME}
11 Crumbly crisp coating that is more strongly flavoured (7) SPICIER {SPIC{IE}R*}
12 Voice necessary to debate normally (5) TENOR [T]
14 Post-Victorian dawn I read about (9) EDWARDIAN*
16 Problem with fraud United Nations beat (9) CONUNDRUM {CON}{UN}{DRUM}
18 Dreams ending in rubble in skips (5) HOPES {HOP{r...lE}S}
20 Deeds in parties lacking force (7) ACTIONS fACTIONS
22 Large alien with soft feathers? It's a disappointment (3-4) LET-DOWN {L}{ET}-{DOWN}
24 Play new role in judo team (5,3,6) ROMEO AND JULIET*
25 Slip in small joke (4) SKID {S}{KID}
26 State perfect answer, suppressing wrong ones (9) MINNESOTA {MIN{ONES*}T}{A}

DOWN
1   Analyst of data that's roughly intact as it is (12) STATISTICIAN*
2   Yokel having impact on family (7) BUMPKIN {BUMP}{KIN}
3   Colour and energy in dance (5) TANGO {TAN}{GO}
4   Soldier, using aromatic substance with hesitation, receiving support (9) MUSKETEER {MUSK}{E{TEE}R}
5   Run into police group (5) CORPS {CO{R}PS}
6   Parade involving endless trouble for powerful woman (9) MATRIARCH {MA{TRIAl}RCH}
7   Interim changes for stations (7) TERMINI*
9   Substantial artist holding positions popular as singer and actor (5,7) FRANK SINATRA {F{RANKS}{IN}AT}{RA}
13 Recording's first tune does sadly deteriorate (3,2,4) RUN TO SEED {Re...g}{TUNE+DOES}*
15 I'm drained, enthralled by upset today in tennis tournament (9) WIMBLEDON {W{IM}{BLED}ON<=}
17 Overall employment system (7) NETWORK {NET}{WORK}
19 Volume is in poor, distressed condition (7) PROVISO {PRO{V}{IS}O*}
21 Star initially followed by ardent crowd (5) SWARM {Star}{WARM}
23 Clubs in genuine agreement to end hostilities (5) TRUCE {TRU{C}E}

39 comments:

  1. Quite an enjoyable CW today. Somewhat on easier scale. :-)))
    Typo in 23Dn print edition... " to SEND hostilities" !

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    1. Dont understand your point about truce being send vs end hostilities.

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    2. @ Srividya: MB has stated that in the Print Edition, in the 23 D clue, it has been printed as SEND in the place of END.

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    3. That typo was in Hyderbad edition. No idea about other places.

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  2. It is 11 am. Still waiting for the blast-off for ICL 2015 !!

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  3. Good luck to all IXL participants :)

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  4. Plus One ! However, let it commence ! Oh , the curious wait !!

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  5. Me too still waiting...for grid to load

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  6. I think they said the launch is at 1 O'Clock

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  7. Wasn't it supposed to be on by 11 am? How many solvers must have chewed off their nails in the hands and perhaps toe- nails too ?

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  8. Hi all,
    Reporting from the IXL launch at Kolkatta. The Governor is to come at 1 PM for the launch event. I am told today's first round will go omline at 2 PM. Will keep you'll informed

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    1. Thanks sir for the update... cd u please reqthe team to reintro the count down clock... ;) also is the kolkata open

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  9. Thanks, Col the peripatetic !! Now here in the North, then in CBE and now in Cal !! Good that you saved a few of my toe nails !! I don't bite nails though but man-i-cure them with a nail file !!

    Shouldn't the Organizers announce what you did for them? Or are they organ-raisers ?

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  10. All the best to IXL participants

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  11. Can we know who, if not all, are participating in the contest?

    All the best to every one who participates

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  12. Waiting for the IXL to come up, but am feeling bad that I'm going to be travelling and/or working for the next three Sundays, which means I can't be a serious competitor this time around! :(

    I'm looking forward to enjoying the online competition in any case. All the best to all participants!

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  13. Yeah wishing all the best to all participants... me too may miss out on some but hope to still have fun and do well ;)

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  14. Same Problem as Abhay..Im out & travelling...just accessed & found IXL Round 1 hadnt come up...

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  15. A quicky. I thought they wanted to make it harder

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    1. Didnt find it a quickie at all; had to work hard to complete the puzzle...

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  16. I wish they would have announced the launch time clearly on the site itself. To expect people to keep checking back - and to keep looking at other sources like this blog - seems unfair, and is easily addressed.

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    1. The 1 pm inauguration was on the site, but the cw could have been there any time after that

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    2. That's my point - in a contest where time of submission is a key criterion, the start time of the contest itself needs to be specified clearly.

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    3. Right Abhay. The same thing happened last year too on the opening day

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    4. First time I'm participating. Though simple, a couple of clues aren't good

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    5. It is best to keep the inaugural on a Saturday to suit the VVIP's convenience and after the launch ceremony is seen through with all the fanfare and fun fair, start the online promptly at the appointed and well-publicised time the next day - that is Sunday.

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    6. The VVIP launched the first CW today at 2 PM as announced

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    7. As announced...where? The website said the launch was at 1pm. If the time was officially changed to 2pm, it wasn't announced on the website as far as I can make out. Given that it's an online competition, announcing any change locally at the venue of the inauguration is hardly any use.

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    8. My Comment at 6:33 was not related to this year's event.

      I was gently pointing out that the live event and the launch of online must be kept separate.

      The live event's time, though announced earlier. may be subject to delays or sudden changes. That should be confined to the venue and local announcements that may benefit the participants or attendees.

      The world-wide online launch must be right on dot of the time announced widely prior to the event and for which hundreds of people would be waiting eagerly and with anticipation.

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  17. I could log in only at 1440 hrs since I had guests for lunch. Then BSNL played hookey with the broadband. Used a dongle with Reliance ( the old reliable?) and completed the grid in between conversation( unsocial?) . Got stuck with one five letter decoy clue but then , the penny dropped !! Sent it in. I'm no serious contender but have lots of fanxiety (fun and anxiety) to participate.

    Would love to know of others and how they found the crossie. They have stepped up the ante slightly and if this is any indicator, we can look forward to much more intriguing and interesting grids.

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  18. Thanks to colonel was able to log in and access at two... while seemingly easy i did get stuck with three clues where the crossings were vowels and cd hv been any no ofanswers :) took me longer hence than it should have but it was still a fun start

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