Thursday, 8 September 2016

No 11797, Thursday 08 Sep 2016, Lightning


It's cricket again!

ACROSS
1   Scheme by English institute – new and essentially met with hesitation (8) ENGINEER {ENG}{I}{N}{mEt}{ER}
5   Spell recipe to cut meat (6) STREAK {ST{R}EAK}
9   A group of witches go into a state of exile (8) COVENTRY {COVEN}{TRY}
10 Cries outside emergency room, calms down (6) SOBERS {SOB{ER}S}
12 Swamp damages harbour (5) MARSH {MARS}{H}
13 One approximately powerless optical device showing different arrangement of atoms (9) ISOMERISM {1}{SOME}{pRISM}
14 Had to carry daughter right to the edge (6) BORDER {BOR{D}E}{R}
16 Sillier period preceding row (7) DOTTIER {DOT}{TIER}
19 As arcsine may be represented? (7) ARSENIC*
21 Caretaker of plants chopped trunk to collect and store (6) GARNER GARdeNER
23 US State nominates eccentric (9) MINNESOTA*
25 Scientist part of safer mission (5) FERMI [T]
26 Fellow to scowl at the cream (6) FLOWER {F}{LOWER}
27 A mantra broadcast by head of Hindu pilgrimage destination (8) AMARNATH {A}{MANTRA*}{Hi..u}
28 Scattered boxes with energy (6) SPARSE {SPARS}{E}
29 Open last letter and essentially glean Indian state is in a period of cold weather (6-2) FREEZE-UP {FREE}{Z}{glEan}-{UP}

DOWN
1   Enclose a politician in tent (6) ENCAMP {ENC}{A}{MP}
2   Administrators lead society with zero resistance (9) GOVERNORS {GOVERN}{O}{R}{S}
3   Note with suggestion to move hour to one past eighth (5) NINTH {N}{(-h)INT(+h)H}
4   Former nobleman ironically eschewing royalty for starters (7) EARLIER {EARL}{Ir...y}{Es...g}{Ro...y}
6   Car for couples? (3-6) TWO-SEATER [CD]
7   Regularly sell neem oil yielding resin (5) ELEMI {sElL}{nEeM}{oIl}
8   North Indian male shikari in disguise (8) KASHMIRI {M+SHIKARI}*
11 Contract agent in fiction (4) BOND [DD]
15 Doctor senses end to stupidity (9) DENSENESS*
17 Drunkard swirled a beer in it (9) INEBRIATE*
18 Fail to pierce organs – they keep you warm (8) EARMUFFS {EAR{MUFF}S}
20 Prepare Kelvin to succeed head of operations (4) COOK {COO}{K}
21 Rules normally accepted by Indian village thrust back (7) GRAMMAR {GRAM}{RAM<=}
22 Chess piece at first bought by international store (6) BISHOP {Bo...t}{I}{SHOP}
24 Tango mainly featuring African drum (5) NGOMA [T]
25 Charge framing hundred is a joke (5) FARCE {FAR{C}E}

GRID

11 comments:

  1. Here Lightning strikes not just once...but again and again :)

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  2. Down memory lane..Farooq Engineer..Amarnath(Lala..Mohinder..Surinder)..Joel Big Bird Garner..Flower brothers..Geoff Marsh & his two sons Shaun & Mitch..Ian Bishop..et al..lovely puzzle too..thanks Lightning

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  3. Not just cricket, but nostalgic about cricketers, as vasant aptly pointed out.
    This Lightning strike is a welcome one and enjoyable too! Thank you.

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  4. My first fill in NW corner 2dn was DIRECTORS (DIRECT)(O)(R)(S)...Lead = Direct. This caused much delay in getting other answers! All said and done I liked this Cricket themed puzzle. Thank you Lightning.

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  5. Since I got Engineers first as I ac., I settled on Governors easily. Yes for the cricket lovers' puzzle.

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  6. Enjoyed the puzzle studded with cricket legends. Dot used for period something coming out of the box & I got it just on dot. Thank you sir(lightning)

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  7. Yes, I too enjoyed the dot. Period.

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  8. Thanks for the blog and comments.
    Coventry was not part of my original list (fitted with the crossings). The remaining XI were designed to fit in a batting/bowling card. Could not fit a spinner though !

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    1. Allan Border used to bowl left arm orthodox spin..especially in ODIs

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  9. Charles Coventry...Zimbabwean Cricketer.

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  10. Let Coventry be the 12th man. You have part time spinners in Border & one of the flowers!

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