Sunday, 27 December 2015

The Sunday Crossword (2873), Sunday 27 Dec 2015


ACROSS
1   Protective covering quickly attached to vehicle (8) CARAPACE {CAR}{APACE}
5   Problem created by show-off (5) POSER [DD]
9   Set out east and cross level area (7) EXPLAIN {E}{X}{PLAIN}
10 Spoke angrily, having become influenced (7) GROWLED {GROW}{LED}
11 Conclusion of prayer almost correct (4) AMEN AMENd
12 Unwarranted disorder of August riot (10) GRATUITOUS*
14 Brilliant and smart, securing century, batting until middle of day (13) SCINTILLATING {S{C}{IN}{TILL}{dAy}TING}
17 Book following mad hero's search involving old sea creature (9,4) HORSESHOE CRAB {B} after {HERO'S+SEARCH+O}*
19 Cartoon clowns stumble (5,5) COMIC STRIP {COMIC S}{TRIP}
21 Gain diamonds in turn (4) WIND {WIN}{D}
23 Note start of tour through north of Baltic state (7) LATVIAN {LA}{Tour}{VIA}{N}
24 Secure, holding nerve about cultivation (7) TILLAGE {TI{LLAG<=}E}
25 Abrupt arbiter settled cases (5) TERSE [T]
26 Evocative colour Oscar supplied (8) REDOLENT {RED}{O}{LENT}

DOWN
1   Concern initially about vessel containing small crack (8) CREVASSE {Co...n}{RE}{VAS{S}E}
2   Supply assistant, admitting offence, completely upset (9) REPLENISH {REPLE{NIS}H}<=
3   Put under pressure in drama (4) PLAY {P}{LAY}
4   Strange change in latter system keeping place warm (7,7) CENTRAL HEATING*
5   Forbidden expert, disguised, grabbing snack (10) PROHIBITED {PRO}{HI{BITE}D}
6   Barrage of colossal volume (5) SALVO [T]
7   Ingredient of salad presented by artist on plate (6) RADISH {RA}{DISH}
8   Crime writer's novel has tragic hate consuming one (6,8) AGATHA CHRISTIE {1} in {HAS+TRAGIC+HATE}*
13 Pretty busy after a dry run (10) ATTRACTIVE {A}{TT}{R}{ACTIVE}
15 Airmen get trained and develop (9) GERMINATE*
16 Base that is held by criminal not yielding (8) OBEDIENT {BED}{IE} in {NOT}*
18 Carve stone inlaid with copper disc (6) SCULPT {S{CU}{LP}T}
20 Drive miles round hill (5) MOTOR {M}{O}{TOR}
22 Fables not without odd features too (4) ALSO {fAbLeS}{nOt}

GRID

7 comments:

  1. Very good one - Relished the Sunday samosas!

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  2. Special at 10:30 will be the second CW used at the IXL Finals preliminary round

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  3. Charming puzzle today :)

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  4. Cute little puzzle! Missed out on 21Ac WIND and failed to annotate OBEDIENT. Overall an enjoyable solve.

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  5. Will try this 'cute little'' and 'chsrming'puzzle later. Waiting for the second round puzzle of ICL 2015.

    But since when did puzzles become cute and charming?

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    1. They all lie in the eyes of the beholder!

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    2. Like in Coimbatore, the weather man calls the day to be delectable? hardly !

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