Sunday, 16 October 2016

The Sunday Crossword, Sunday 16 Oct 2016


ACROSS
1   Break shower control (8) RESTRAIN {REST}{RAIN}
5   Delay brought about by cut in pace (6) GALLOP {LAG<=}{LOP}
9   Quiet revolutionary in scrap (5) SHRED {SH}{RED}
10 Absolutely out of action? Correct (9) DOWNRIGHT {DOWN}{RIGHT}
12 Playing part, is dunce lacking experience? (11) UNPRACTISED*
13 Frighten bovine animal (3) COW [DD]
14 Great stuff about spies, unknown outwardly (13) SUPERFICIALLY {SUPER}{FI{CIA}LL}{Y}
17 Thieving identified after match? (5-8) LIGHT-FINGERED {LIGHT}-{FINGERED}
21 For support, sacrificing pawn (3) PRO PROp
22 Tall plant unfamiliar to me was weed (11) MEADOWSWEET*
23 Do I hear weirdly commercial band? (9) RADIOHEAD {DO+I+HEAR}*{AD}
24 Sphere's true mass (5) REALM {REAL}{M}
25 Place with comfort and delight (6) PLEASE {PL}{EASE}
26 Warm run with one aim in race (8) FRIENDLY {F{R}{1}{END}LY}

DOWN
1   Salvage engineers head for scene, prompt (6) RESCUE {RE}{Sc..e}{CUE}
2   Markings persist in varied form (7) STRIPES*
3   Seaside town favoured for special treatment (3,6) RED CARPET {RED CAR}{PET}
4   Cooked dinner, teatime not exactly known (13) INDETERMINATE*
6   Bitter answer, cold and clear (5) ACRID {A}{C}{RID}
7   Reasonable soldier accepted by resident (7) LOGICAL {LO{GI}CAL}
8   Tips from artist on height and width among rewards in courses (8) PATHWAYS {P{Ar..sT}{H}{W}AYS}
11 How rapid news developed about good detergent (7,6) WASHING POWDER {HOW+RAPID+NEWS}* over {G}
15 Set aside reins, ever prepared (2,7) IN RESERVE*
16 Nonsense in court about stage before strike (8) CLAPTRAP {C{LAP}T}{RAP}
18 One from Tyneside taking part in binge or dieting? (7) GEORDIE [T]
19 Stop challenging traditionalist (7) DIEHARD {DIE}{HARD}
20 Squat saint, rough, ignoring bishop (6) STUMPY {ST}{bUMPY}
22 Spirits low on empty days (5) MOODS {MOO}{DayS}

GRID

16 comments:

  1. Happy I was able to complete, though with a little help from google- esp. the long ones in the bottom half.

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  2. I too did the same to weed out 22 AC

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  3. Yes- that & Radiohead (Not my cup of tea). But I was able to get the kleptomaniac!

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  4. Quite an enjoyable one! Took Google help for MEADOWSWEET & RADIOHEAD.

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  5. I thought Radiohead would be within your reach.

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    1. Although the wordplay led my wavelengths to pick up the radiohead signals, I had to tune in google to confirm the existence of band!

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  6. Easy one today. Even the new words were guessable from crossing letters.
    Colonel- just noticed that there's a typo in the heading of the blog (CROSSWRORD) :(

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  7. An eye for detail! Tells me why you are good at CW's.

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  8. Completed IXL 2016 after an hour of struggle for two peculiar and rarely used words. Rest were fairly ok. How about ye-all? Why no comments from any one ? I'd love to know who the compiler(s) are !

    Is the Col prohibiting or censoring? I had asked whether it is in order to discuss parsing,etc, after the results are known and announced. Quite a few of our bloggers are seen on the Leaderboard ?

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    1. Raju, after the results are announced on Saturday you are free to discuss the CW in whatever way you want. Ajeesh has been posting the annotations in the Facebook group of IXL participants

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    2. Raju, after the results are announced on Saturday you are free to discuss the CW in whatever way you want. Ajeesh has been posting the annotations in the Facebook group of IXL participants

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    3. Thanks, Col. Unfortunately, I'm not on face book. I'll give my comments
      , of course, only after the Sunday latest appears, on the previous ones.
      Is there a panel of setters or only one? Looks like there are many, as each Sunday brings up more unusual an challenging clues.

      Again, since the competition is internationally open, is it fair to use first or middle names of Indian personalities ? Like RATAN ?

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