Wednesday, 6 April 2016

No 11669, Wednesday 06 Apr 2016, xChequer


Stumped by 6D

ACROSS
7   Vest husband wears at home before retiring (6) INHERE {IN}{H}{ERE}
8   Calmed down when position described at depth (8) PLACATED {PLAC{AT}E}{D}
9   Opener, yards away, stranded — falling and getting up (8) WAKENING {WA{KEy}NING}
10 Heavy loss of wickets leaving score below hundred (6) EIGHTY wEIGHTY
11 Changes to copy trend around school (5) EDITS {EDIT<=}{S}
12 Make beloved finish kissing each fingertip (6) ENDEAR {END}{EA}{f...eR}
14 Treating public as foe at head office perhaps (5,2,8) PLACE OF BUSINESS {PUBLIC+AS+FOE}*{NESS}
17 Just when reasonable margins in venture should be returned (4,2) EVEN AS {Er...eV}{EN-AS} <=
18 Award cash for Australian swimmer (5) OSCAR ? [MD] See comments
22 Stuck-up, left lying next to one in desi hang-out (2-2-2) LA-DI-DA {L} with {1} in {ADDA}
23 Constant absence of barriers, say, for wise guys (4-4) KNOW-ALLS {K}{NO}{W-ALLS}
24 Aimless rover, having crossed fifty, pleased — more or less (8) LAYABOUT {L}AY{ABOUT} Anno pending (Addendum - GADABOUT {GlAD}{ABOUT} - See comments)
25 Female swans taking on grooms (6) PREENS {P{RE}ENS}

DOWN
1   People, without exception, fancy land alone (3,3,3) ONE AND ALL*
2   Fraud bound to go up round these days (6) DECEIT {DE{CE}IT<=}
3   Bespoke, centrally vented, tailor-made suit (5) BEFIT {Be...kE}{FIT}
4   Bottom line: census periodically skipped without justification (8) BASELESS {BASE}{L}{cEnSuS}
5   Parasite in spleen infecting pet (6-2) HANGER-ON {H{ANGER}-ON}
6   Mole, black, an eyesore perhaps popping out of skin (5) ?E?T? (Addendum - JETTY {JET}{sTYe} - See comments)
8   Hot dog, panting like crazy over sea dog? (3,2,1,7) PIG IN  A BLANKET {PANTING+LIKE}* over {AB}
13 One mugging silly Latin, stupidly cramming answer (9) ASSAILANT {ASS}{AIL{A}NT*}
15 Religious circle represented by a Liberal (8) CLERICAL {CIRCLE}*{A}{L}
16 Symbol in mathematics, one possibly connecting a number (8) OPERATOR [DD]
19 Satisfied with money collected in welfare drive (6) SLAKED {S{L}AKE}{D}
20 Heart-rending devotional song for one from Barbados (5) BAJAN BhAJAN
21 Manage without posh car (5) COUPE {CO{U}PE}

GRID

22 comments:

  1. 6 Mole, black, an eyesore perhaps popping out of skin (5) {JET}{(-s)TY}

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  2. 18 Award cash for Australian swimmer (5) OSCAR

    MD: Award/ Cash(Australian slang)/ Fish

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  3. Tough one .. as usual from Xchequer.. took me ages.. esp the SW corner - nearly had it all but lost out on wakening..had it as wavering :( 24a should be Gadabout.. G(-l)ad + about; tanks for the Aussie slang for Oscar .. no idea :) Thanks.. Xchequer.. rather gruelling but rewarding :)

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  4. No comment from Mahesh V about this CW?

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  5. Missed out on jetty & bajan & got oscar wrong...a long struggle but a satisfying one...loved the entire puzzle & learnt a lot..superb elission of baseless..knowalls(beautiful clue); frankly had to take tech help for pig in a blanket..got gadabout with a huge struggle...la di da was amusing...befit was devious....inhere(nice one)...great work xchequer once again

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  6. Real toughie. Took more than two hours to complete 80 per cent, that too with the help of dictionary.

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  7. So tough it was...I could get only half a samosa. :(

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  8. ...and hope to get the other half tomorrow!

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    1. At this rate you will soon have to shift to cocktail samosas and fraction thereof.

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    2. .....something is better than nothing!

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  9. Today's puzzle was very difficult.
    To me a good puzzle has these characteristics:
    Good puzzle must be approachable, fair and fun to do. This is why I like Rufus.

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    1. How your inability to solve a certain setter's puzzle or inability to find fun in a puzzle makes that puzzle poor or average? And why today's puzzle is not fair?

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    2. The comment approachable is subjective and it depends on solvers ability

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  10. Sorry to bother. Could any of you please explain the clue 7D? Thanks in advance.

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    1. Vest = Definition = INHERE
      husband = H
      wears = Encapsulation ndicator
      at home = IN
      before = ERE
      retiring = Reversal indicator

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  11. Not to be nit-picky but the picture given (Tesla S) for 21D is not that of a coupe. A coupe is a two door model (or variant as is known in India) where as a sedan (USA) or saloon (UK) is a four dour car. FYI.

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    1. Technically you are right, but also see the 'Current usage' at the link provided in the main post

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