Saturday, 9 July 2016

No 11747, Saturday 09 Jul 2016, xChequer


Lots of holes 

ACROSS
7 Choose place to relax (6) PLEASE {PL}{EASE}
8 Criminal act involved in bad venture (8) BANDITRY {IN+BAD}*{TRY}
9 Second name, pseudonym, promoting school's artwork with mystery (4,4) Addenda MONA LISA {MO}{N}{A LI{+S}A{-s}}
10 Top law officer invited to lick stew (6) Addenda RAGOUT {R{AG}OUT}
11 Can withdraw, say, in reckless bout (5)  BINGE {BIN}{GE<=}
12 Penitent attitude shown in image of god (6) ATONER {A{TONE}R<=}
14 Health woes begin, hard for one to heal everything (3,5,7) THE WHOLE SHEBANG {HEALTH WOES BEGIN +H-i}*
17 Native soldiers forming posse close to mutiny (6) SEPOYS {POSSE+mutinY}*
18 Hurts when pinching primarily common man (5) ACHES {A{Common}{HE}S}
22 Men in service mess (6) MORASS {M{OR}ASS}
23 Guess there is love in the air (8) THEORISE {THERE IS O}*
24 Explosive manufacturing cleared at urea plant (8) Addenda AGERATUM ?  {ManufacturinG+AT+UREA}* See comments
25 Track routine (6) GROOVE (DD)

DOWN
1 Complex math cracked by ordinary girl, applied in process to crack problem (9) ALGORITHM {MATH*} around {O+GIRL*}
2 Trap a ranger carrying weapon (6) PARANG {T)
3 Host coming up to room — private patronage (5) Addenda AEGIS {AE{GI}S<=}
4 Rotting tree, thinning at the centre — check root (8) ENTRENCH {TREE+thiNNing}*{CH}
5 Chief grouse: seafood (4,4) Addenda KING CRAB {KING}{CRAB}
6 Collection in grand auction (5) Addenda GROUP ? {G}{ROUP} See comments
8 Best procedures developed by these teams over time (4,3,6) BEAT THE SYSTEM {BY+THESE+TEAMS}* over {T}
13 Thorough at work, organising international events (9) INTENSIVE {IN}{{I+EVENTS}*
15 Clever Dick's work, setting easier crossword for starters (8) Addenda WISEACRE {W+EASIER+C}*
16 Facing work pressure, essentially avoid setting (8) OPPOSING {OP}{P}{avOid}{SING} ? From SITTING?  OPPOSITE {OP}{P}{avOid}{SITE} See comments
19 Case of ban first lifted in two centuries (6) CARTON {C}{bAR}{TON}
20 Jump up and down welcoming new soldier (5) Addenda PONGO {PO{N}GO}
21 Condescend to read Hamlet, for example (5) DEIGN {~DANE}

17 comments:

  1. 16 Facing work pressure, essentially avoid setting (8) OPPOSING {OP}{P}{avOid}{SING} ? From SITTING?
    OP P O SITE
    SITE = Setting

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  2. 24 Explosive manufacturing cleared at urea plant (8) Addenda AGERATUM ? [M...G + AT + UREA]*
    3 Host coming up to room — private patronage (5) AEGIS [host = SEA + private = GI ..soldier]
    6 Collection in grand auction (5) Addenda GROUP ? G + ROUP

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  3. Tough one expected from Xchequer

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    1. As is his wont! One more awaits you on Monday!!

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  4. Although tough as usual..could complete & enjoyed the same..

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  5. Some outstanding clues & wp like reversal indicator for RA(God)= image in 12A; 9A:Monalisa defined as artwork with mystery & the two long ones

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    1. +1 for reversal ind in 12A. Image for Reflection!

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  6. As Ramesh said a very holy crossword

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    1. Agreed. Managed to finish all except the NW corner before I pushed off early with my bike for the 14th International Jawa-Yezdi day
      Shall post some snaps in the THCC families blog today

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  7. Nice one Suresh. Took a while to decipher what you meant by 'Holy"!

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  8. 3D- Host= sea, as a very large no.?

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    1. Sea (Noun) : 2. mass, lot, lots (informal), army, HOST, crowd, collection, sheet, assembly,

      http://www.thefreedictionary.com/sea

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  9. Thank you MB.Thought so, but felt a little oblique to connect immediately. Well...one reason why we find it difficult!

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  10. THHC online not uploaded today?

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  11. Hii All been Travelling in chennai for a visit. Any chance for a get together? Xchequer scared me.. For a good first ten clues I couldn't solve any.. Then beat the system happened and then on things slowly but surely fell into place.. Some amazing clue one.. Thanks :)

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