Sunday, 25 October 2015

The Sunday Crossword (2864), Sunday 25 Oct 2015


ACROSS
1  Rock music CD not causing bad behaviour (10) MISCONDUCT*
6  Saint in middle of appraising wine (4) ASTI {apprA{ST}Ising}
9  Daring entertainer versatile in part (5) NERVE [T]
10 Rude article popular editor concealed (9) CURTAINED {CURT}{A}{IN}{ED}
12 Film star arranged a lover's debut (6,9) SUNSET BOULEVARD {SUN}{A+LOVER'S+DEBUT}*
13 Twitch returning in actual performance (7) RECITAL {RE{CIT<=}AL}
15 Very sad soldier in vehicle in retreat (6) TRAGIC {TRA{GI}C<=}
17 Hesitation after proper introduction (6) PRIMER {PRIM}{ER}
19 Endlessly horrible time in den (7) HIDEOUT {HIDEOUs}{T}
21 Polar explorer adjusted his level, catching stray dog (8,7) SCOTTISH TERRIER {SCOTT}{HIS*} {T{ERR}IER}
23 Carry on with abandon, desperate (4-5) LAST-DITCH {LAST}-{DITCH}
24 Request kind direction (5) ORDER [MD]
25 Protein from very variable area (4) SOYA {SO}{Y}{A}
26 Courage, pet – it's a hold-up (10) BOTTLENECK {BOTTLE}{NECK}

DOWN
1  Small report missing nothing in government department (8) MINISTRY {MINI{SToRY}
2  Father with new alarm (5) SIREN {SIRE}{N}
3  Rendition of remote diva set to be exaggerated (13) OVERESTIMATED*
4  Credible reforms yielding right measure of intensity (7) DECIBEL CrEDIBLE*
5  Criminal with contented sound turned over in bed (7) CORRUPT {CO{RRUP<=}T}
7  Romanians working for republic (3,6) SAN MARINO*
8  Compound belonging to period identified (6) IODIDE [T]
11 Poet in east after a nap explored afresh (9,4) ALEXANDER POPE {A+NAP+EXPLORED}*{E}
14 Scoundrel with acknowledgement of debt scheming strangely (9) CURIOUSLY {CUR}{IOU}{SLY}
16 Science fiction series beginning with reference to edge of knowledge (4,4) STAR TREK {STAR T}{RE}{Kn...e} Semi&lit My all time favourite serial
18 Italian dish ending in disaster? It's too complicated (7) RISOTTO {d...eR}{IT'S+TOO}*
19 Devise alien axe (7) HATCHET {HATCH}{ET}
20 Sacred songs in front of shrine sheltered by trees (6) PSALMS {P{Sh...e}ALMS}
22 Awful din that is not linked to major label (5) INDIE {DIN*}{IE}

GRID

34 comments:

  1. Sunday samosas are always tasty! Somewhat easier?

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  2. Yes. An enjoyable puzzle at that.
    21 Polar explorer adjusted his level, catching stray dog (8,7) SCOTTISH TERRIER {SCOTT}{HIS*} {T{ERR}IER}
    Not getting the last part of anno please...i.e. {T{ERR}IER}

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    1. err (ĕr, ûr)
      intr.v. erred, err·ing, errs
      1. To make an error or misjudgment: I erred in turning onto the dead-end street.
      2. To commit an act that is wrong; do wrong.
      3. Archaic To stray.

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  3. Fire at IXL server. They are trying to rectify by 11

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    1. Thank you for the update, Col.

      Their main site is up (http://www.crypticsingh.com), it is the crossword application that is down (http://serorg.cloudapp.net/ixl15/Login.aspx). I know they would be busy firefighting (quite literally in this case!), but it would be good of them to post updates on the main site - it would be of great help to those participants who may not be visiting this blog.

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  4. Oh, big sad news...I was trying to open the site but it was showing runtime error. I only wish the incident was minor and the website will be back in business by today.

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    1. You mean you only hope......

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  5. Nice, easy crossword. Could not understand 26A. (Bottleneck)

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    1. Courage = BOTTLE + (to) pet = (to) NECK
      Defn.: hold-up

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  6. ICL server on fire? That's why I keep getting server error after repeated logging in ! What next? How does it affect the entries ?

    The least that they could do is to inform the participants !

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  7. Now they have announcednd accepted usage in todays that it will begin at 12 pm, whatever that means. Tell me. Is 12 om 12 am valid usage today. It has become so common in India and even on BBC. I find it absolutely incorrect.

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  8. I believe that in US the notation 12M and 12N are aceptable for denoting midnight and noon. This sounds good to me

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  9. So is it 12pm India time ? That's now right?

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    1. Your guess is as god as mine. I thought 12pm is midnight.

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    2. Nah re 12pm is afternoon :)

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    3. 12 am and 12pm not being accepted notation any interpretation is possible

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    4. And my argument has stood the test of legal scrutiny, I understand.

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    1. Hamara Barah baj gaya !! This is so frustrating !! It is still showing the error message !!

      Where do you get your information from?

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    2. It is on the home page of the site

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  11. It is 1315 hrs now and yet no sign of revival ! Looks like we have to forego our pleasure?

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    1. it is up. try http://election.cloudapp.net/ixl15/

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  12. Thanks a lot, Rameshji. Now I can complete the goddamn thing and get on with my Sunday !!

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  13. Thanks to Rameshji; could log in and finish the tricky 4 letter words ( don't you get any ideas ! ye-all !! Submitted successfully . Feel good for myself !

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    1. Yeah. Many started at different times in this round. Not that fair

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    2. Let's see what happens when the results come out next saturday

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    3. It should be like current process only. Even if they can capture start time it's impossible to find whether someone started late because of login issues right?

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    4. What I meant is lets see if it affects the trend in the leader board for the round

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