Wednesday, 5 April 2017

No 11973, Wednesday 05 Apr 2017, Lightning


ACROSS
1   First letters of words to flow in this clue (8) ACROSTIC [CD] Definition by example. - See comments
5   Choose leader returning with right to buy asset (6) OPTION {OPT}{NO1<=}
9   Order to join with old ranger (8) COMMANDO {COMMAND}{O}
10 Interfere with democrats breaking fight for the most part (6) MEDDLE {DD} in {MELEe}
12 Elite group of lions (5) PRIDE [DD]
13 Primarily careless, misplace ring leading to difficult decision (5,4) CLOSE CALL {Ca...s}{LOSE} {CALL}
14 Prepared to reverse trend on education (6) EDITED {TIDE<=}{ED}
16 Ugly house I had destroyed (7) HIDEOUS {HOUSE+I'D}*
19 Reclaim building – a wonder (7) MIRACLE*
21 Allowance for every American university (6) PERMIT {PER}{MIT}
23 Doctor, ninety not a small fry (9) NONENTITY*
25 Role going around one international country (5) HAITI {HA{1}T}{I}
26 Subtlety in problem is lost (6) NUANCE NUisANCE
27 Toss trouser in a frivolous manner (8) FLIPPANT {FLIP}{PANT}
28 Facilitate curse to be reversed by the French (6) ENABLE {BANE<=}{LE}
29 Operation with power excluding spent rival (8) OPPONENT {OP}{exPONENT}

DOWN
1   Bear caught on record interrupting part of play (6) ACCEPT {AC{C}{EP}T}
2   Prompt assuming a balance (9) REMAINDER {REM{A}INDER}
3   Free to knock all pins in second attempt (5) SPARE Anno pending [DD] - See comments
4   Motivated Hindu ceding partly (7) INDUCED [T]
6   Contestant who has no chance, sore before taking the lead (9) PRETENDER {PRE}{TENDER}
7   Country not out to return favour (5) INDIA {IN}{AID<=}
8   Pointer on ship is unnecessary (8) NEEDLESS {NEEDLE}{SS}
11 Trendy fashion shop (4) POSH*
15 Clean chit doled out for a type of foul (9) TECHNICAL*
17 Emerge with one soldier, highly decorated all around (9) ORIGINATE {OR{1}{GI}NATE}
18 Importance of oriental treasure, not ordinary in the past (8) EMINENCE {E}{MINE}{oNCE}
20 Leave short passage essentially with appeal (4) EXIT {tEXt}{IT}
21 Apply one’s vague record of income (3,4) PAY SLIP {APPLY+1'S}*
22 Joke about hundred missing from that order (6) DIKTAT {DIcK}{TAT} (Correction - {KID<=}{ThAT} - See comments)
24 Old king sheltering unknown antelope (5) NYALA {N{Y}ALA}
25 Whip possibly restraining animal (5) HIPPO [T]

GRID

17 comments:

  1. 3 Free to knock all pins in second attempt (5) SPARE [DD]

    SPARE: A score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls (WordWeb)

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    1. Nice one. That ten pin score is a revelation. Thank you. That is where I had my doubts too.

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  2. Not as fast as lightning, but fast enough to be happy and without having to take any outside help. that looks like a long time back.

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  3. Scintillator had put in his reply to comments in yesterday's blog- for those of you who had missed it.

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  4. Nice one..as Paddy said had to mull over a few clues..

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  5. 22 Joke about hundred missing from that order (6) DIKTAT {DIcK}{TAT}

    {DIK<-}{T(-h)AT}

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    1. Yes, in an accounts book column headers may be Th, H, T, U where H is hundred. I will leave the others to you.

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    2. Chambers online has "h" for hundred

      http://chambers.co.uk/search/?query=h&title=21st

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  7. Enjoyable one. Missed out on 3Dn SPARE. Thank you, Lightning.

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  8. Meant to clue 1A as def. by example "First letters of words" to "flow"

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  9. Learnt a few new meanings of common words like....

    ROLE = HAT
    EXPONENT = POWER

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  10. Exponential(e) for power is very common in Maths. Even in common English we say it increases exponentially.

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  11. Lightened my mood in this horrid heat of CBE. thanks, Lightning. NALA and Y for Nyala is a good take. Isn't non-entity a hyphenated word? Or are hyphens only for hyena laughs nowadays?

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