Thursday, 14 January 2016

No 11600, Thursday 14 Jan 2016, Buzzer


ACROSS
1   Pitch is good on all sides (6) GROUND {G}{ROUND}
5   Rumble about ruddy monotony (7) BOREDOM {BO{RED}OM}
9   Novel of witless Archer ending abruptly in one line (2,3,4,5) AS THE CROW FLIES*
11 Content to censor a dialogue coming from the centre (6) RADIAL [T]
12 Small sharp source of light caused alarm (8) STARTLED {S}{TART}{L.E.D}
13 American's being old having no yen or hunger (5) GREED GREEDy Anno not clear (Addendum - GREyED - See comments)
14 Rosette I've made out of ordinary paper napkin (9) SERVIETTE {RoSETTE+IVE}*
16 Short report of novel, science fiction hit (9) NEWSFLASH {NEW}{SF}{LASH}
18 Canvas describing English rule (5) TENET {TEN{E}T}
20 Tar to blacken paving? Fair to say (8) SEAFARER (~fair){FARE} in {SEAR}
22 Reflecting on following proper textbook (6) PRIMER {PRIM}{ER<=}
24 Band showing promise (10,4) ENGAGEMENT RING [CD]
25 Done with mostly breaking limit (3,4) TIE DOWN {DONE+WITh}*
26 Needle to come to a rest going from south to north (6) NETTLE (-s+n)NETTLE

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2   Author in a hurry to stop working (7) RUSHDIE {RUSH}{DIE}
3   Outrageous and initially unbelievable forehand shot (7-2) UNHEARD-OF {Un...e}{FOREHAND*}
4   Remove or drop anchor (4) DOCK [DD]
5   Arc circling left to right over 100o hot burner (9) BLOWTORCH {B{L}OW}{TO}{R}{C}{H}
6   Mention about fine monarch (5) REFER {RE}{F}{ER}
7   Bird going over obstacle in a small stream (7) DRIBLET {DRIB<=}{LET}
8   Married ones nowadays risk failure (12) MISADVENTURE {M}{1'S}{AD}{VENTURE}
10 Perhaps free agents do procrastinate (4,4,4) DRAG ONES FEET*
14 Political leader immediately means corrupt? (9) STATESMAN {STAT}{MEANS*}
15 Cold season beginning to let up periodically, perfect to see in a different light (9) INTERPRET {wINTER}{PeRfEcT}
17 Argument with right perspective (7) WRANGLE {W}{R}{ANGLE}
19 Insignificant traces of venom in a lizard (7) NOMINAL [T]
21 Past containing gross violent behaviour (5) AGGRO {GR} in {AGO}
23 Aware of local smuggling ring (2,2) IN ON {IN {O}N}

15 comments:

  1. 13 American's being old having no yen or hunger (5) GREED GREEDy

    GREyED

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    1. Great interpretation!

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    2. Isn't the American spelling GRAYED?

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    3. As per Chambers it is.

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  2. Far easier offering from Buzzer..but in his inimitable style...
    As the crow flies with Archer(Jeffrey) in it almost made me think its an &lit clue but witless retracted that..
    Loved the clues

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  3. 5D:Blowtorch: no role of degree in 100o?

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    1. Could be a reference to Centigrade ?

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    2. We always write so many degrees centigrade/Farenheit/Kelvin...but the question was no role of degree in wp only for surface reading?

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  4. Yes, it should be. Without the 100 being qualified by the centigrade symbol the surfce reading will suffer....Just my two cents.

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  5. Superb xword from Buzzer.. very clever surfaces on many clues..i particularly enjoyed 20a - the use of paving as container indication - lovely surface. is 9a an @lit? i dont remember the book well enough - did it end abruptly in one line? :) btw is there a literary theme on this xword - i read 100degrees as 1000 and that put me off the solution for a while :) but overall enjoyed.. thanks Buzzer..

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  6. Lovely crossword Buzzer, thanks! Have the same doubt for 13A - I thought the American spelling should be grayed and not greyed.

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  7. Are all political leaders statesmen? Can't be. But the reverse is true. It leads us back to the logical fallacy-" All crows are black, but everything that is black is not a crow"

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  8. wonderful x'ie.smooth surfaces.well-set clues &looks like reassembled knocked down blocks eg: 12,24a ; 3,8, 23d But nothing can be singled out as 'buzz'er word. All are equally appealing. Thanks Buzzer.

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