Wednesday, 13 July 2016

No 11750, Wednesday 13 Jul 2016, The Phantom


ACROSS
8   Man goes outside home following wife's complaints (6) WHINES {W}{H{IN}E'S} (Addendum - {W}{H{IN}E}{'S} - See comments)
9   Find yeti's abominable place (8) IDENTIFY*
10 Rehearsing in a studio, soprano failed test … (8) AUDITION {IN+A+sTUDIO}*
11 … and depression surrounds maestro (6) PANDIT {PIT} around {AND}
12 Opener's dismissed when blocking, getting a nick (6) EDGING hEDGING
13 Interpreted ruling as unusual (8) SINGULAR*
15 To win hearts, one wearing best suit leads (7) TRIUMPH {TR{1}UMP}{H}
17 Odour from gas after agent backfired! (7) PERFUME {REP<=}{FUME}
20 Plant experiencing financial trouble has succeeded! (8) REPLACED PLAC? in {REED} (Addendum - {RE{PLACE}D} - See comments)
22 Annoyed as one runs close to wicket to intercept throw … (6) SHIRTY {1}{R}{w...eT} in {SHY}
23 … repent getting caught immediately (2,4) AT ONCE {C} in {ATONE}
25 Air passing through a hole about to be discovered (8) INVENTED IN{VENTED} Anno pending (Addendum - {1}(N{VENT}ED}<- font=""> - See comments)
26 Secret trial of American suspect (2,6) IN CAMERA*
27 Sauce very often found in kitchen (6) GALLEY {GALL}{vErY}

DOWN
1   Burn marks left around husband's elbow (8) SHOULDER {SmOULDER} around {H]
2   Modern duplex homes? Separate out a third as exclusive (10) INDIVIDUAL {DIVIde} in {IN}{DUAL}
3   A girl's got to strip for soliciting? (6) ASKING {SKIN} in {A}{G}
4   See joker standing on head (7) WITNESS {WIT}{NESS}
5   Sally's kid sees porn? (8) RESPONSE*
6   Head's reeling in knock out (4) STUN <=
7   Land that's far off, unlike Asia, inherently cold (6) AFRICA {FAR*}{asI{C}A}
14 Cold dry life nun's suffered (10) UNFRIENDLY {DRY+LIFE+NUN}*
16 Striker quietly stealing credit from non-striker say (8) PICKETER {(-cr+p)PICKETER}
18 Was important in China to have tea say with ginger (8) MATTERED {MAT{(~tea)T}E}{RED}
19 Endless respect a trainee gives naval officer (7) ADMIRAL {ADMIRe}{A}{L}
21 Consuming say sandwiches at one, heartily during lunch (6) EATING {AT}{1}{luNch} in {EG}
22 A fifth part of brush is wild (6) SAVAGE {A}{V} in {SAGE}
24 Clear fenced area for bull (4) NEAT {A} in {NET}


42 comments:

  1. 25 Air passing through a hole about to be discovered (8) {1}(N{VENT}ED}<-

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  2. 8 Man goes outside home following wife's complaints (6) WHINES {W}{H{IN}E'S}

    My take: {W}{{H{IN}E}{'S}

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  3. I still don't get your anno for 25 above.

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    1. Air: VENT
      A: 1
      Hole: DEN
      About: reversal indicator

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    2. Deepak, It has dawned on me now.
      'air' and 'vent' are both verbs. In the sense of express, air/vent one's opinions
      hole - den
      Phantom foxed me momentarily.

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    3. But use of 'a' for '1, I' is disapproved by some solvers.

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  4. Forgetting the anno, isn't there some difference between an invention and a discovery?

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    1. Nothing is an invention. Its all out there waiting to be discovered !! Like your compiltion is a form of Invention from your mind and it is for the solvers to discover how you did it !

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  5. 20 Plant experiencing financial trouble has succeeded! (8) REPLACED PLAC? in {REED}

    PLACE in the RED

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    1. Both 'plant' and 'place' are verbs.

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    2. Ajeesh's is a good question. I too had it but I did not vent it.

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    3. Have taken some liberty in usage RED for THE RED. Used earlier too in the THC by me

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  6. Re surface reading of 8ac, is that a familiar, common domestic situation?

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  7. 12 Opener's dismissed when blocking, getting a nick (6) EDGING hEDGING
    My take was (-w)EDGING

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  8. A 24 D puzzle...Phantom entertains..very good surface stories..enjoyed doing this

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    1. vasant, how do you call this a 24d puzzle? There is not a single cattle in the entire puzzle.

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  9. Re 1dn
    Isn't there a diff bet 'elbow' and 'shoulder'? Or does Phantom use them both in the sense of 'jostle/push out'?

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    1. Yes to the second sentence.
      99% of the times I refer to Chambers for meanings and synonyms, this one too:

      2 push, shove, jostle, thrust, press, force, elbow (http://www.chambers.co.uk/search.php?query=shoulder&title=thes)

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    2. Two different parts of your body. You shoulder a responsibility and elbow some one out !

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    3. Like one who irresponsibly elbow some one out in a queue .

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  10. Thank you Phantam for an enjoyable crossie!

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  11. Good one from Phantom. Had problems in N-W corner...nevertheless an enjoyable solve.

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  12. Quite a puzzle. Had difficulty parsing mAttered .. Thanks.. Rather unusual some clues today.. Delightful :)

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  13. I have a doubt on 'Picketer'. I think the person who pickets is also called a picket. I could not find 'Picketer' in Free Dic. or Chambers.
    I was done in by the capitalisation of 'Sally'- of course it is cleverly put at the start of the clue!

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    1. the free dictionary does give 'picketer', n.
      It is at the very end as a separate entry.
      See
      http://www.thefreedictionary.com/picketer

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  14. Re. surfaces- just great & enjoyable. Many to point out.

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  15. 20A- Financial difficulties may give 'In the red', in which case it solves 'the' problem.

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  16. Srividya, others
    I saw your comment under today's Guardian cryptic in 15 sqd.
    BTW, - no comparisons - but do you remember that a THC recently had numerals in some lights just as that CWD does (as you noted)?

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  17. 18 down: A bit of a convoluted cluing ! Is RED for Ginger ? i have heard of ginger headed (coloured ) hair.

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  18. Who whines when having wine? husband or wife? In my case it is the wife ! Why woves always like husbands to dine(out) and not wine (IN)_ AT HOME?

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  19. Depends on who is having the wine! One who is having wine will not whine, isn't it?

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  20. Rain or shine,
    You should have wine.
    Wife, of course, will whine!

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  21. wifey says : asking you out to dine,
    is like casting pearls before a swine !

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