Friday, 13 January 2017

No 11903, Friday 13 Jan 2017, Afterdark

1   Bill was initially not interested in suggestions; gets warnings (11) ADMONITIONS {AD}{MO{Not}{In...d}TIONS}
9   Small amount/fund as prize (7) JACKPOT {JACK}{POT}
10 You heard smiley is fixed out in condition of ideal happiness (7) ELYSIUM (~you)U in {SMILEY}*
11 Examine bone that’s deficient (5) SCANT {SCAN}{T}
12 Smallest flight seen in shelter (9) NARROWEST {N{ARROW}EST}
13 Images of international fraud found at station primarily (5) ICONS {I}{CON}{St...n}
15 Later princess may have permission to meet one who stands (9) CANDIDATE {DI}in {CAN DATE}
18 Great anxiety, hearts skip facing criminals (9) GANGSTERS {G}{ANGST}{hEaRtS}
21 Judge, Executioner, Saviour, Ultimate-one and Supreme-Being primarily (5) JESUS Acrostic
22 Mob active, violent and aggressive (9) COMBATIVE*
24 Taxi driven to emergency room with Pole (5) CABER {CAB}{ER}
26 Around 1st of January season breaks up in city (3,4) SAN JOSE {Ja...y} in {SEASON}*
27 Head of clan at muddy oasis with new camel, perhaps (7) CAISSON {Clan}{OASIS*}{N}
28 Impediments for courage? Receive kisses (11) BOTTLENECKS {BOTTLE}{NECKS}

1   Getting used to one day at fair in Germany's capital (9) ADJUSTING {A}{D}{JUST}{IN}{G}
2   Method to get tea, coffee (5) MOCHA {MO}{CHA}
3   Persons showing favouritism to stepson punished, appeal reversed internally (9) NEPOTISTS {IT<=} in {STEPSON}*
4   Uncannily anticipate ape released will be very large (7) TITANIC ANTICIpaTe*
5   Cooker kept around centre of terrace brimmed (7) OVERRAN {OVE{teRRAce}N}
6   Directive to regularly scan eye's rot (3-2) SAY-SO {ScAn+eYe'S+rOt}
7   Neighbours surprisingly absent before submitting IT returns (8) TIBETANS {IT<=}{ABSENT*}
8   Neglect mantra, meditate essentially (4) OMIT {OM}{medITate}
14 Appoint mentor to help make lotion (8) OINTMENT [T]
16 Vaccination for illness, Jack administered for discharging female (9) INJECTION IN(-f+j)JECTION
17 Protects English sinners by mistake around the corner of church (9) ENSHRINES {E}{S{c...cH}RINES*}
19 It's clear that if invested wrongly some sum will be lost (7) EVIDENT INVEsTED*
20 Central ministers, agency blocked tailor's design (7) STENCIL Anno pending (Addendum - {minISTers + agENcy + bloCkedtaiLors}*) Tailor part of fodder as well as AInd
22 100 remains of what we don't have these days (4) CASH {C}{ASH}
23 Mob uprising contained by a low-grade explosive (1-4) A-BOMB {A}-{MOB<=}{B}
25 First graduate school, number one college (5) BASIC {BA}{S}{1}{C}


  1. 20D seems a bit off centre. T and C don't fit in the centre

    6D is a not quite regular

    1. 6D- I thought so too. But the way Col. has indicated it seems like alt. in individual words- not continuous.

  2. Anno for 20D demystified and entered in main post

    1. L is missing in the demystified version. I Think my off centre version may be the intention

    2. Well thought of Col, but that needs anind. Let us take design on double duty. Right?

    3. Tailor is the anind and Design the definition

    4. Doesn't work in my view.

    5. My anno giving ST from ministers EN from agency C from blocked and IL from tailor has a problem with T being off-centre. Deepak's anno has a problem of fodder being part of the anind. Either way the clue is faulty.

    6. Yes, there is a design defect for sure.

  3. Barring the above problems a fast one which I could do on line before receipt of print edition.
    Thank you AD for giving our morning coffee with a choice of tea as well!

  4. 20D:fodder still has error..central minISTers..whereas only ST was required
    Otherwise an enjoyable puzzle ftom AD

    1. Tailor is an anagrind only when it precedes the fodder. Moreover with 's (tailor's) it won't work as anagrind at all. I think it is an oversight and Suresh' s anno is right

    2. I think thats right..I had annotated it as such problem is with minISTers

    3. Ajeesh's point about tailor not being the indicator as it follows the fodder. But how many of us follow that?

    4. Same with is not quite regularly

    5. I meant his point is valid

  5. Col.'s anno is pretty clear- centre of all words with design as def.


  6. Subject: fun for English lovers. Good fodder fpor all cryptic crossword compilers ?

    Happy PUNgal to ye all !!

    Sesquipedalian Expressions ! It's fun for English lovers. Try to guess before scrolling!

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    Twinkle, twinkle little star.

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    All that glitters is not gold

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    He who laughs last, laughs best

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