Sunday, 29 November 2015

The Sunday Crossword (2869), Sunday 29 Nov 2015


ACROSS
1   Not coy, working for magnate (6) TYCOON*
4   Man in supreme command (6) BEHEST {BE{HE}ST}
8   Despite reputation, getting behind idiot in drama (15) NOTWITHSTANDING {NO{TWIT}H}{STANDING}
10 Less than appropriate promise (9) UNDERTAKE {UNDER}{TAKE}
11 Arbiter, since retiring, in less danger (5) SAFER {SA}{FER}<=
12 Find clue with odd parts missing? That's useless (4) IDLE {fInD+cLuE}
13 Pal became excited about hot dessert (5,5)  PEACH MELBA* {H} in {PAL+BECAME}*
16 Songwriter taking firm line with journalist, right away (4,6) COLE PORTER {CO}{L}{rE PORTER}
18 Stagger, being wounded – not good (4) STUN STUNg
21 Praise former partner with revolutionary group (5) EXTOL {EX}{TOL<=}
22 Some junk now in garage in the dark (9) UNKNOWING [T]
23 Avoid attracting attention of warlike people running riot (4,1,3,7) KEEP A LOW PROFILE {OF+WARLIKE+PEOPLE}*
24 Head for alpine trail to make this? (6) ASCENT {Al...e}{SCENT} &lit
25 Recall varied stock of wine (6) CELLAR*

DOWN
1   Facetious language followed by creep with cry of mock horror (6-2-5) TONGUE-IN-CHEEK {TONGUE}-{IN-CH}{EEK}
2   Controlled a nervous movement up in fortress (7) CITADEL {CIT}{A}{DEL}<=
3   Willows and wild roses covering island (6) OSIERS {I} in ROSES*
4   Wash tub's last two articles (5) BATHE {tuB}{A}{THE}
5   Corruption of demon has to be substantial (8) HANDSOME*
6   Learner in boat endlessly going over tips from unconventional expert (7) SKILFUL {SKI{L}Ff}{Un...aL}
7   Bird in display filled with passion (8) WHEATEAR {W{HEAT}EAR}
9   Feminist from different era emerging with hesitation (8,5) GERMAINE GREER {ERA+EMERGING}* {ER}
14 Examinations inhibit us, keeping quiet (5-3) CHECK-UPS {CHECK}-{U{P}S}
15 Wise to restrict pressure before bad overflow (8) SPILLAGE {S{P}{ILL}AGE}
17 Characters in correspondence (7) LETTERS [DD]
19 Test involving iodine, very little (7) TRIVIAL {TR{I}{V}IAL}
20 Sombre doctor stood up (6) MOROSE {MO}{ROSE}
22 Engineer about to reveal submarine (1-4) U-BOAT*

GRID

15 comments:

  1. COLE PORTER has stolen away my samosas!

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  2. Strange it is a +1. Proper names are difficult to find unless you have some inkling. I was somehow able to dig out Greer thanks to google. (probably the crossings helped me in this search)

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  3. May be those of us who are not able to figure out proper names have not paid much attention to participate in Quiz programmes.

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  4. Lovely clues today... COLE PORTER was smashing so also 23a ! wow... 9d, 5d.. stunning clues :) Dont know who the setter/setters is/are... but kudos !

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    1. Allan Scott used to be the setter for the Guardian Everyman puzzles (the source of The Hindu puzzles on Sundays) till May this year - he set them for 21 years!! I don't know who has taken over from him - CV might know.

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  5. Never liked peaches much. And never had a melba of it. Must try it next chance I get.

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  6. I entered BRASSE in place of WRASSE taking B as second and overlooking with.

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    1. Suresh Garu : Did you not notice my comments last Sunday? I had WRAcked my brain ? That was a small hint ! Covert co-operation and collaboration?

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    2. Suresh @

      Me too a victim of BRASSE !

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  7. There appears to be a definition mismatch in one of the across clues in the IXL puzzle today. (Either that, or I have got the answer hopelessly wrong!)

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    1. Took ages to solve that clue. Hope I got that right.

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    2. Which one? Do not answer here. Send me an email dorbala@yahoo.com

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    3. I take back my statement. Collins supports the definition that is used.

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  8. ABHAYji : You beat me to the comment ! Finished and submitted successfully today's round. On firsh flush, it looked very daunting but could clear once I got the two long ones . A few took a couple of moments to figure out and sent me up the gum tree !!

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