Wednesday, 3 February 2016

No 11615, Wednesday 03 Feb 2016, The Phantom


ACROSS
8   Frank sharpens blunt edge (6) HONEST {HONES}{b..nT}
9   Did old journalist receive hint about retirement finally? (8) EXECUTED {EX}{E{CU{r...nT}E}D}
10 Recommend wine for fellow correspondent (8) REPORTER RE{PORT}ER Anno not clear (Addendum - {RE(-f+port)PORTER}
11 Accent describing girl’s upper class dialect (7) TONGUE {TON{G}{U}E}
12 Reject master's degree? Rubbish (6) DEBRIS {dE.B}{RIS}<=
13 Tied up without work! (8) ANCHORED {AN{CHORE}D} And = Up ? See comments
15 A train stop needs a railway to be fixed (7) STATION STATIONary
17 Chaos as leak's starting to appear in boat (7) CLUTTER {C{Leak}UTTER}
20 Villager taking part in challenge about being muscular (8) THICKSET {T{HICK}SET<=}
22 Tug’s heading off free to sail around harbour (6) REFUGE {tUG} in {REEF}*
23 English papers countered rubbish written about their boss (6) EDITOR {E}{DI<=}{TOR<=}
25 Participating in workout during harsh winter in England (8) ENTERING {wINTER}* in {ENG}
26 Slow individual to act fast to win point (8) INDOLENT {I}{N}{DO}{LENT}
27 Notice obstruction in a small hole? (6) EYELET {EYE}{LET}

DOWN
1   Order mutinous man to leave violent agitation (8) MOVEMENT {MO<=}{VEheMENT}
2   Popular satire about a sailor caught turning up without hat (10) DEMOCRATIC {yDEMO{C}{RAT}{1}C}<=
3   Declares University is meant for engineering degree (6) STATUS STAT(-e+u)US
4   Report here? (7) HEARSAY (~ here)
5   Risky travel across a cliff’s face that's steep (8) VERTICAL {TRAVEL}* over {1}{Cliff}
6   Rub the wrong way and get hurt (4) BURN {BUR<=}{N}
7   Look out, mongrel's fast! (6) SECURE {SE{CUR}E}
14 Jumping the queue? That's unacceptable (3,2,5) OUT OF ORDER [DD]
16 Seer’s robes old priest brought up (8) OBSERVER {ROBES*}{VER<=} Old is the Anind? See comments
18 Plan for drink in small measure, starting off with beer (8) ENGINEER {EN}{GIN}{bEER}
19 Witnesses for trial sat nervously about (7) ATTESTS {TEST} in {SAT}*
21 Concealing a severe beating (6) HIDING [DD]
22 Sick from climbing mountain, adolescent needs drug (6) ROTTEN {ROT<=}{TEeN}
24 Can robot ultimately turn into a puppet? (4) TOON ? (Addendum - TOOL {Tobor}{OOL} <= - See comments)


21 comments:

  1. 24 Can robot ultimately turn into a puppet? (4)({T}{OOL})<-

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  2. 13 Tied up without work! (8) ANCHORED {AN{CHORE}D} And = Up ?
    with = AND; out = outside (CC Indicator); work = CHORE
    Tied up = AN(CHORE)D

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    1. from:http://www.chambers.co.uk/search.php?query=anchor&title=thes

      moor, berth, tie up, make fast, fasten, attach, affix, fix

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  3. 16 Seer’s robes old priest brought up (8) OBSERVER {ROBES*}{VER<=} Old is the Anind?
    old - used (AnagrInd)

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  4. 10 Recommend wine for fellow correspondent (8) REPORTER RE{PORT}ER Anno not clear

    Recommend = REFER with wine=PORT for F=fellow

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    1. Great! Both the clue and solution.

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    2. I don't quite get this. How port inside Refer - f?

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    3. Substitute wine (port) for F(ellow) in Refer.

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  5. This just has got to be Phantom's toughest i have encountered till date .. well got it all after long struggle and lots of help. Could not parse Democratic, reporter, movement and station. Phew..

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  6. Democratic is still not clear to me, particularly for removal of Y.

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    1. Satire is comedy. After turning up, y becomes the head and hat. Without head means removal. This is what I understood.

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  7. Found it tough going all the way... no give aways....missed out on Democratic & Burn

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  8. In 1 D, Order is MO? Money Order?

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    1. From: http://www.chambers.co.uk/search.php?query=OM&title=21st

      OM abbreviation, Brit (Member of the) Order of Merit.

      Commonly used as Order

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  9. Thank you. That is interesting. But while solving we are prone to miss it since it is used less frequently and think of other alt.

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  10. is this crossie by Phantom or is it by Exchequer ? looks like from the same genre' . Very tortuous for my amygdala !!

    Ramdeo Maharaj's noodles competing with Maggi !!

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