Thursday, 1 September 2016

No 11792, Thursday 01 Sep 2016, Arden

1   Section one: all pieces created in a natural phenomenon (7,7) PARTIAL ECLIPSE {PART}{1}{ALL+PIECES}*
10 Tend to manage in reverse direction (5) NURSE {RUN<=}{SE}
11 Choice for girl accompanying grandmother — by church decree (9) ORDINANCE {OR}{DI}{NAN}{CE}
12 Keen to annex a country (7) HUNGARY {HUNG{A}RY}
13 Single chosen, couple called to meet (3,4) RUN INTO {RUN} {IN}{TO}(~ two)
14 King Herod, not an ordinary man (5) RULER Definition by example
16 Weighed down by sack, feeling the heat (5,4) UNDER FIRE {UNDER} {FIRE}
19 Rail against lawyer as republicans go for numbers (9) BANNISTER BA(-rr+nn)NNISTER
20 Dug up rejected material (5) DENIM <=
22 One time payment gets them together — sound doubtful? (4,3) LUMP SUM {LUMP S}{UM}
25 Train me to make a tall structure (7) MINARET*
27 Harry, Peter get wild card entry, as it's laid out for VIPs (3,6) RED CARPET {CARD}* in {PETER}*
28 Show sharp reaction to profits, they say (5) WINCE (~ wins)
29 May be promoters can even fire their peers (14) CONTEMPORARIES {PROMOTERS+CAN+fIrE}*

2   A note on kidneys — in response to stress, it's secreted (9) ADRENALIN A}{D}{RENAL}{IN}
3   Character's ultimate role in that play... (5) THETA {rolE} in {THAT}*
4   ...go into any American unit, not a single one to hear your woes (5,4) AGONY AUNT {A{GO}NY} {A}{UNiT}
5   Tree was there before (5) ELDER [DD]
6   Advance forming a ring inside city (9) LENINGRAD {A+RING}* in {LEND}
7   Nail on tree (5) PINON {PIN}{ON}
8   Unpleasant stuff — climbed up during watch (7) EYESORE {EY{ROSE<=}E}
9   Monarchy disrobed, gets support (6) ANCHOR {mONARCHy}*
15 Bring back to power in country, check before (9) REINSTATE {REIN}{STATE}
17 Meninx true drama played out (4,5) DURA MATER*
18 Restless congregation got out, for some it’s bliss (9) IGNORANCE CoNgREGAtION*
19 It's plain — price is essentially for leather belt (7) BALDRIC {BALD}{pRICe}
21 Hit the top off the glove (6) MITTEN sMITTEN
23 Agree, I'm back as a fielder (3-2) MID-ON {NOD}{I'M} <=
24 Pump out Oxygen and collect it (3,2) MOP UP {PUMP+O}*
26 One by one we rose showing something relatively recent (5) NEWER [T]



  1. Smooth sailing today. Thanks Arden

  2. I have had blood clots removed from both sides of my brain at 'dura' level. Didn't know it was at that level

    1. I could guess up to mater with the available crossings. But I was brain-dead with dura and I checked Chambers out of curiosity.

    2. Got 'Mater' first and I was trying out Alma, but again the crossings led me to 'Dura' before I checked the meaning. Thank Wiki.

  3. 19D- I had it as 'Beleric' which is a tree in the plains. It fits the crossings. But I could not parse it.

    1. Even for me baldric was the last one to fall. Like a student writing the exams within the given time, I skipped it first and reserved it for later to look into.

  4. Nice analogy. Though I do it more often, I did not think of it that way. Deadline is 8.30, thanks to Col.

  5. Smooth sailing today with this one ! thanks Arden :) anyone doing the Guardian prize ?? this week's was hellish .. still at it :)

    1. I do regularly. Pasquale comes once in a month like a storm. Long winding clues are common in the Guardian cryptci crosswords. Sometimes, it is difficult to read what is required!

    2. Yeah but KKR this time it is Maskarade and the clueing everything was different ! managed it with some starting help and finishing help from crossword solver :)

  6. Thank Arden for an easy offering! Enjoyed it thoroughly!!

  7. Good one again from Aden. I marvel at the 14 letter formations.

    However, Bannister for a basket weaver does not mean the same as a banister for a rail? An extra N needs to be nailed into the Rail?

  8. Banister is just given as an alt. for Bannister, both meaning a hand rail. I could not get any basket weaver meaning.

  9. 17 d- what I did is a wild guess.Of course I took the lead from (alma)mater & anagram-permutation.It worked out. With that I could crack the puzzle 100%.Thank you Arden for the nice puzzle.

  10. English: metonymic occupational name for a basket weaver, from Anglo-Norman French banastre 'basket' (the result of a Late Latin cross between Gaulish benna and Greek kanistron). The term denoting a stair rail is unconnected with this name; it was not used before the 17th century.

    I checked the spelling of banister for rail and I wondered why there were two Ns and then I came across the above from Google

  11. Thank you Raju. May come in handy at some future time ( if remembered) Looks to be an old 17th century French based usage.