Sunday, 25 December 2016

The Sunday Crossword, Sunday 25 Dec 2016


MERRY CHRISTMAS

ACROSS
1   Scan some card involved in method of finding data (6,6) RANDOM ACCESS*
9   Compel prisoners to join procession (9) CONSTRAIN {CONS}{TRAIN}
10 Main artery, part of great road to the west (5) AORTA [T<=]
11 Secretary with variable income (3) PAY {PA}{Y}
12 A eulogy a man arranged for poet (4,7) MAYA ANGELOU*
13 Mediterranean port tests limits of trade (7) TRIESTE {TRIES}{TradE}
15 Before noon I moan, ordered to get cleaning fluid (7) AMMONIA {AM}{I+MOAN}*
17 Worked together in trouble, back with struggling side (7) LIAISED {AIL<=}{SIDE*}
19 Under half of energy used to fill tub (7) BENEATH {B{ENErgy}ATH}
20 Subversive motive in chart (11) TREASONABLE {T{REASON}ABLE}
22 Used to be necessary to know a subject (3) WAS [T]
23 Fine area, quiet one for ruminant (5) OKAPI {OK}{A}{P}{1}
24 Lecture from ruler occupying total broadcast (7-2) TALKING-TO {KING} in {TOTAL}*
25 Failing doctor with desire reflected in notes (7,5) FOLDING MONEY {FOLDING} {MO}{YEN<=}

DOWN
1   Summary concerning surrender (14) RECAPITULATION {RE}{CAPITULATION}
2   City with character portrayed in Oliver Twist (5) NANCY [DD]
3   Chooses to screen one film for hopeful people (9) OPTIMISTS {1}{MIST} in {OPTS}
4   Break down in twisting lane, say (7) ANALYSE*
5   Hypocrisy at heart of grand choral composition (7) CANTATA {CANT}{AT}{grAnd}
6   Good to follow inclination, having no time for jargon (5) SLANG {SLANt}{G}
7   Larks in a changing nation (3,5) SRI LANKA*
8   Understandable background for scientific study (7,7) NATURAL HISTORY {NATURAL} {HISTORY}
14 Year's aid distributed, presumably (1,4,3) I DARE SAY*
16 Chap raised alarm over minute quirk (9) MANNERISM {MAN}{SIREN<=}{M}
18 Old-fashioned hugs about to be given (7) DONATED {D{ON}ATED}
19 Little left, nothing new, in ancient place (7) BABYLON {BABY}{L}{O}{N}
21 County fielder endlessly on move (5) SLIGO {SLIp}{GO}
22 Vehicle secured with load of silver (5) WAGON {W{AG}ON}

GRID

31 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas to all!
    Hope we have fun the whole year with active participation of all commentators here.

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  2. Best Wishes not only for a Merry Christmas, but a winning one to all participants for today's Finals, with particular reference to our bloggers. Of course the best will win.

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  3. Col.
    Keep us updated. I had to back out at the last minute due to some unforeseen development. All the best to all participants!

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  4. Paddy:missed seeing your query about the crossword dictionary.
    It is a book..an American one..but is extremely useful..A-Z Crossword Dictionary compiled by Edy Garcia Schaffer

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    1. Thank you Vasant. I will try to get it with the help of my daughter from U.S.

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    2. You can get it in Chennai itself..it will be available in all leading book stores

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    3. Checked out at Amazon. Costs around Rs.500. I am sure it must be worth it- I mean in addition to all stuff available on the net.

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    4. I got it for Rs.300 a couple of years back.

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  5. Merry Christmas to all !
    All the best to IXL finalists !

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  6. Top 6 on stage from the 15 participants
    Ramki
    Arvind Ramaswamy
    Abhay Phadnis
    Jose Abreu
    Srividya
    Vinoo Sanjay

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  7. Ramki leading by a mile at the moment

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  8. Scores after the two on stage CWs
    Ramki 115
    Arvind 50
    Abhay 45
    Jose 55
    Srividya 40
    Vinoo 60

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  9. Ramki has done it again. Congrats to him, he was a winner all the way today

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  10. Congrats Ramki for the hat-trick! Great achievement.

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  11. Final scores
    RAMKI 135
    Arvind 60
    Abhay 45
    Jose 65
    Srividya 40
    Vinoo 70

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    1. Congrats Ramki!
      Best of luck to others!!!

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  12. Congratulations Ramki on getting a tough hat trick against quality opposition. Col. put it right- he won by miles- more than the combined scores of 2nd & 3rd places! No mean achievement.
    Keep up the good work.

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  13. Photographs of the IXL Finals can be seen at the THCC Families blog at the following link IXL-2016 Finals

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  14. Col.
    Were Star Performer certificates awarded this year also and souvenir released?

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