Thursday, 17 March 2016

No 11652, Thursday 17 Mar 2016, Gridman


ACROSS
1   Key team heads fasten securely (4,4) CAPS LOCK {CAPS} {LOCK}
5   Steering devices are with bounders (6) WHEELS {W}{HEELS}
9   Map store leaves honour for place where there are drawers (3,4) ART ROOM {chARTROOM}
10 Giant sets out one goal with West Indian departing (7) GOLIATH {1+GOAL}*{wiTH}
11 What vehicles do in sluggish traffic — what they do at traffic lights (4,3,2) STOP AND GO [DD]
12 Something invigorating from Australian individual (5) OZONE {OZ}{ONE}
13 Enemy cut and squeezed herb (4) NEEM ENEMy*
14 They do some bare running (9) STREAKERS [CD]
17 Tip: party to entertain King. Hes sozzled after consuming Ecstasy (9) BAKSHEESH {BA{K}SH}{E}{HE'S*}
19 Thinker has no millions for manipulative sort (4) USER mUSER
23 Coach affords some banter (5) CHAFF [T]
24 Also held two smalls haphazardly in handyman's storerooms (9) TOOLSHEDS {TOO}{HELD+S+S}*
25 Rest upon lover — that is exciting! (7) OVERLIE {LOVER*}{IE}
26 Chief bowler's aim (7) KINGPIN [DD]
27 Tamil leader approves Hungarian wines (6) TOKAYS {Tamil}{OKAYS}
28 Truth-teller's protestation as to what he does not do (1,4,3) I DON'T LIE [CD]

DOWN
1   Makes crude scams holding a right, limited group (8) COARSENS {CO{A}{R}{SEt}NS}
2   One tries to avoid this on a road — it’s right outside window (7) POTHOLE POrTHOLE
3   Look, oafs toss bathroom sponges (6) LOOFAS {LO}{OAFS*}
4   It plays out nothing but humour (6,7) COMEDY THEATRE [CD]
6   Small elevations where I'll have birds of prey, say, all around (8) HILLOCKS (~hawks){HOCKS} around {I'LL}
7   Attract by altering our name flamboyantly (7) ENAMOUR*
8   Carry school record about learner (6) SCHLEP {SCH}{L}{EP}
10 Finished cookies? So, Ed, go out! (5,2,6) GOOSE IS COOKED*
15 Exploit completely in a beneficial manner (8) USEFULLY {USE}{FULLY}
16 Just being there might be an imposing appearance (8) PRESENCE [DD]
18 In top form — on Doddabetta? (2,1,4) AT A PEAK {AT} {A} {PEAK}
20 Prepare oneself to bear politician's surname (7) STEMPEL {STE{MP}EL}
21 Meet squarely price of a cooling machine? (6) ACCOST {AC}{COST}
22 Knows of central visit? No, no! (2,2,2) IS IN ON {vIS It}{N O}{N}

10 comments:

  1. Good one there, as usual, from GM. Missed a few, but glad to have got a few tough (what I consider) ones- Bakshhesh,Loofas,Accost (neatly worded) to name a few.
    With a lot of cricket going on I was after a different bowler!

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  2. I Agree...I was bowled by Kingpin and stumped by Stempel.

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  3. took me ages today CV ji ! but managed to get all.. stempel - i knew the mp was inside but the name is new to me so hard to guess..had to use help to get it :) BTW - saw a guardian clue today with a sort of unusual use of "half heartedly" as a device - Poorness of English team half heartedly shameful. Ans was Exiguity E and XI from English team is ok.. half hearted guilty (shameful) becoming Guity.. is the use of this okay?

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    1. The crossword is by Spiderwoman, held dear by many solvers. As for your query, I really don't know how 'half-heartedly shamefaced' works for GUI[l]TY. As I write, it occurs to me. The full heart is IL - half heart is L. Yes, it works. It is neat and goes well with the surface.

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    2. Full heart fir IL- I am not able to get it. Would you pl. explain?

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    3. Heart of guILty is IL...central letters of guilty

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    4. That's lovely. I missed it. Thank you Vasat.

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    5. yes .. i got the logic but it seemed a wee bit like cheating ... but if CV sir thinks its fine...then its good enough for me too :)

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  4. Long drawn out battle in this belter of a puzzle...my Goose was cooked but missed out on stempel & kingpin

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  5. Missed some very simple ones like 19A and 1A. New words learned. Thanks for a good series.

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