Monday, 21 August 2017

No 12091, Monday 21 Aug 2017, Spinner


ACROSS
1   THOSE WHO PUT UP GROUP OF HOUSES FOR RENT? (5,7) BLOCK LETTERS {BLOCK} {LETTERS} & Definition by example or REBUS - See comments
10 Pan graduate’s mistake (5) BASIN {BA}{SIN}
11 Utter curse ceaselessly to change shape (9) STRUCTURE {UTTER+CURSe}*
12 University’s top lady kidnapped by two knights? That’s rough! (6) UNEVEN {Un...y}{N}{EVE}{N}
13 Quotes by nearly forgotten wise men (8) PASSAGES {PASt}{SAGES}
15 Obliterated legal document to hide problematic story (9) DESTROYED {DE{STORY*}ED}
16 Leave out classroom items/bottles (4) OMIT [T]
20 Keep quiet about you and me in hotels! (4) HUSH {H}{US}{H}
21 Emerging software destroyed in rage (9) APPEARING {APP}{IN+RAGE}*
24 Aroused by gyration done kinkily (6,2) TURNED ON {TURN}{DONE*}
26 Unending onslaught with hard strap (6) ATTACH {ATTACk}{H}
28 Renovate crumbling dome’s surface with resin, at last (9) MODERNISE {DOMEs*}{RESIN*} (Addendum - {DOME*}{R{resiN}ISE} - See comments)
29 Almost overwhelmed by course (5) ROUTE ROUTEd
30 She caters to arrangement with the heart of a soprano, scores music! (12) ORCHESTRATES {SHE+CATERS+TO}* over {sopRano}

DOWN
2   Frolicking, less inert audience (9) LISTENERS*
3   Shows firms taking over Indian Educational organisation (8) CONCERTS {NCERT} in {COS}
4   Final bomb fails to take off (4) LAST bLAST
5   Pressurised, making a dent there! (10) THREATENED*
6   Changed sexes to overcome primarily chauvinistic overindulgence (6) EXCESS {SEXES}* over {Ch...c}
7   Hurt, upset, crazy girl! (5) STUNG {NUTS<=}{G}
8   One upside down container having ring around (5) ABOUT {A}{TU{O}B<=}
9   God protects disheartened nuns, giving solidity (7) DENSITY {DE{NunS}ITY}
14 Cops memoir altered to get deal (10) COMPROMISE*
17 Adult drinks a bit of Indian native intoxicant, becomes baby (9) MINIATURE {M{In...n}{Na...e}{In...t}ATURE}
18 Extremely rubbish myths busted by recurring patterns (7) RHYTHMS {Ru...sH}{MYTHS*}
19 Note practice bringing up voice standards (8) CRITERIA {C}{RITE}{AIR<=}
22 Spinner’s endless deception — The standard to compare against! (6) METRIC {ME}{TRICk}
23 Perhaps, there’s a crowd? (5) THREE*
25 Commercial appearing in city’s broadcast medium (5) RADIO {R{AD}IO}
27 Make a crossword about cool community (4) SECT {SE{C}T}

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Special, Sunday 20 Aug 2017, Dr Satyen Nabar


Three answers per commenter (Annotations compulsory) till 6 PM.
Please provide all your answers in one comment.


ACROSS
6   Stand and obstruct (5)
7   Cancel decision to spend too much time on horseback (8)
10 Cheat, lie endlessly? Become scrupulous (7)
11 Versatile Creole, originally Greek artist (2, 5)
12 Complete mutation of lice with similarly placed gene variants (7)
13 Fickle drug courier conceals pill (7)
14 What my agent having power of attorney can do is remarkable (11) (Note: Clue edited here but not in Across Lite version)
19 Warning of danger, fled desperately wearing tattered cloth (3, 4)
21 Pus collection? To operate, pay me thousand extra at first (7)
23 Place offering best view to notice fleeing beauty (7)
25 Hot in Vegas? Usually it’s butter (2, 1, 4)
26 Abstain from food, become lean? Hectic life (4, 4)
27 Accessory of a Mafia member kidnaps daughter (3-2)

DOWN
1   Characters taking shower to get rid of bedbug at squalid places (8)
2   Bottle of astonishingly colourless liquid used as antifreeze (6)
3   Lively reprimand (10)
4   Bare in pond (4)
5   Boy raved about modifying word (6)
6   It goes up and down! Understand? Understood (6)
8   Breeze great at yacht races (7)
9/17 Many work too hard, get stroke (5, 5)
13 One can’t score with young lady above (6, 4)
15 Fearless monster disregarding bit of injury captures everybody (7)
16 They help climbers repair tool shed (8)
17 See 9
18 Killed for having lost honour (6)
20 Disturbed dealing endlessly with rejection (6)
22 Blueprint with detailed design of flat (6)
24 Supermodel angelically shows poise (4)

Across Lite version can be accessed at Dr SN 15

Enjoy.

The Sunday Crossword No 2957, Sunday 20 Aug 2017

3688
ACROSS
1   Game reserve captured by writer, opening out (8) CRIBBAGE {sCRIB{BAG}E}
5   Dispute bringing strikes about (4) SPAR<=
10 Child led by mother to become builder (5) MASON {MA}{SON}
11 Inherited bric-a-brac finally in a home artist left (9) ANCESTRAL {A}{N{b...aC}EST}{RA}{L}
12 Warning about bone I name wrongly in humorous story (5,3,2,1,4) THREE MEN IN A BOAT {BONE+I+NAME}* in {THREAT}
13 Took off from Maine, going west, having wandered around (7) REMOVED {R{ME<=}OVED}
15 Petty details in dogma I virtually reversed (6) TRIVIA [T<=]
17 One fishing in lake consumed by exasperation (6) ANGLER {ANG{L}ER}
19 Element of false humility not unknown (7) LITHIUM HUMILITy*
21 Actually in bad form, fat cat at sea (2,1,6,2,4) AS A MATTER OF FACT*
23 Arise and make speech about island spirit (9) ORIGINATE {OR{I}{GIN}ATE}
24 Flower ending in display behind platform (5) DAISY {DAIS}{d...aY}
25 Speaker's way of walking, making entrance (4) GATE (~gait)
26 Can old favourites, coming back, hurry up? (4,2,2) STEP ON IT {TI N}{O} {PETS}<=

DOWN
1   Burial ground encountered between church and eastern railway (8) CEMETERY {CE}{MET}{E}{RY}
2   Play recruit, receiving thanks led by popular player (15) INSTRUMENTALIST {IN}{STRUM}{EN{TA}LIST}
3   Begin disorderly spree (5) BINGE*
4   State of India with leader in authority (2-5) GO-AHEAD {GOA}{HEAD}
6   Embodiment of spirit once in a broadcast (15) PERSONIFICATION*
7   Connect with engineers behind schedule (6) RELATE {RE}{LATE}
8   Text about split accepted by saint (6) SCRIPT {S{C}{RIP}T}
9   Writer with influence in fight, not right (8) ESSAYIST {rES{SAY}IST}
14 Explosive in large container carried by express, mostly (8) VOLCANIC {L}{CAN} in {VOICe}
16 Satisfied with hotel in fantastic stay? It's a gem (8) AMETHYST {MET}{H} in {STAY*}
18 Trade union in retreat overturned custom (6) RITUAL {RI{TU}AL<=}
19 Greatest finish from scorer, for example, coming up in final (7) LARGEST {LA{s...eR}{EG<=}ST}
20 Excerpt from Caesar on Gallic garment (6) SARONG [T]
22 Agent, out of bed, tired (3,2) FED UP {FED} {UP}

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

No 12090, Saturday 19 Aug 2017, Aspartame


ACROSS
9   Performance money Mets guys, union squandered on repairing windows, maybe (9,6) OPERATING SYSTEM  {OPERA}{TIN}{METS+GuYS}*
10 Briefly release gas to control riot that has been created by Mexicans (7) BURRITO {BURp}*{RIOT}*
12 Passport and note Chinese people took out for United States citizen (7) IDAHOAN {ID}{A}{H{O}AN} Anno pending See comments 
13 Guys are not able to accept princess becoming a beggar woman (9) MENDICANT {MEN}{DI}{CANT}
14 Nine-voiced musical composition about a piece of wood (5) TENON <= Definition is a bit of a stretch
15 Prankster gets seduced by volunteers having note, becomes plaything (7) TIMPANI {T{IMP}A}{NI}
18 Change the appearance of steel railway trains (7) RESTYLE {STEEL+RY}
21 Racecourse has cottages inside (5) ASCOT [T]
23 Measure of canine velocity — a true function (9) CURVATURE {CUR}{V}{A+TRUE}*
25 It is required for us to listen to somewhat fathom all EU sanctions (7) MALLEUS [T]
26 Fancy piece of music (7) CAPRICE [DD]
29 Lineman? (9,6) TIGHTROPE WALKER [CD]

DOWN
1   Search for makeup aid (4) COMB [DD]
2   Abuse comedian lacking main content (4) JEER JEstER
3   Church built using barium and quartz (8) BASILICA {BA}{SILICA}
4   I'm about to consume starters of snack & drink (6) MIMOSA {IM<=}{saMOSA}
5   Often got retail dresses that are sparkling (8) AGLITTER {GoT+RETAIL}*
6   He reportedly is on par with resistance worker? On the contrary (6) TYRANT (~tie){TY}{R}{ANT} Par/Tie? Definition?
7   Lawyer at medieval competition audition (8) ATTORNEY {AT}{TORNEY}(~tourney)
8   Notable presenter almost admitted playing with entertainment leaders (8) EMINENCE {EM{IN}{ENtertainment}CEe}
11 Starts to use the experimental results in creating organs (5) UTERI Acrostic
15 Cooked meats for colleague (8) TEAMMATE {MEAT+MEAT}*
16 Setter's self-effacing diary entry — 'Study' (8) MYCOLOGY {MY}{CO{LOGY} {MY}{CO{LOG}Y} See comments
17 Cut thief gets is one-thirds of income upfront (8) INCISION {INcome}{C{IS}{1}ON}
19 Press to impeach government duty (5,3) STAMP TAX {STAMP} {TAX} Impeach /Tax? See comments
20 Mellow poem (5) LYRIC [DD]
22 Bush t-told convention... (6) TREATY (~ tree t)
24 ..."Right wings' coke usage to go up quickly" (6) ROCKET {COKE}* in {RighT}
27 Troublesome to clean street that's unclean (4) ICKY stICKY
28 It lets you buy our oriental designs (4) EURO {OUR+E}*

Friday, 18 August 2017

No 12089, Friday 18 Aug 2017, KrisKross


ACROSS
1   Pop off to participate in race — it's not hard (6) FLOPPY {FL{POP*}Y}
4   Inexperienced girl ran into criminal (8) IGNORANT {G+RAN+INTO}*
10 Control the others outside school (9) RESTRAINT {RES{TRAIN}T}
11 Bird, first from England to go around the world (5) DRAKE [DD] First was Magellan See comments
12 Incentives limit us, unfortunately (7) STIMULI*
13 They are involved in rows every day (7) OARSMEN [CD]
14 Understand it could be anything from 0 to 9 (5) DIGIT {DIG}{IT}
15 How to make taco for a traitor? (8) TURNCOAT {TACO}* [RA]
18 Practice on vehicle, for the ultimate ride (8) REHEARSE {RE}{HEARSE}
20 Like to arrange one's home, say (5) ASSET {AS}{SET}
23 Unprofessional friend in a city of ancient Mesopotamia (7) AMATEUR {A}{MATE}{UR}
25 Shake three times, adding a drop of milk inside (7) TREMBLE {TRE{Milk}BLE}
26 Intensify beginning of rapid change in India, after leader is removed (5) RAISE {Ra..d}{pAISE}
27 Pant, tired, worn and scared (9) TREPIDANT*
28 Drinking cups in brown, dark, blue, and a shade of silver (8) TANKARDS {TAN}{DARK*}{Si...r}
29 Setter and the lady had become engaged (6) MESHED {ME}{SHE'D}

DOWN
1   Evergreen tree finally dies…perhaps it could provide warmth (8) FIRESIDE {FIRE}{DIES*} (Correction - {FIR}{treE}{DIES*} - See comments)
2   Coup — essentially, a covert operation for removing leader (7) OUSTING {cOUp}{STING}
3   Leg spin? (9) PIROUETTE [CD]
5   What you do while playing in the beach to get experience (3,4,4,3) GET YOUR FEET WET [DD]
6   Stranger from revolutionary Communist party (5) ODDER {RED}{DO}<=
7   Following a treatment for amnesia, son dies — it could be a life-threatening condition (7) ANAEMIA {A}{AMNEsIA}*
8   Maid from bar near small US city (6) TWEENY {T}{WEE}{NY}
9   Reprinted items could be understood wrongly (14) MISINTERPRETED*
16 Auditor's notices to cashier for an amicable settlement (5-4) CEASE-FIRE (~sees){CEASE}-{FIRE} Nice one. My COD
17 Gave evidence — "Had to win cricket match by fraud eventually" (8) ATTESTED {AT{TEST}E}{f..uD}
19 Daughter perhaps runs away to get happiness (7) ELATION rELATION
21 Back in Calais, sailor gets a shower and time to rest (7) SABBATH {c...iS}{AB}{BATH}
22 Struggling actor wins Oscar ultimately — it's an incentive for performance (6) CARROT {ACTOR}* over {o..aR}
24 Swelling a bit, excitedly made out (5) EDEMA {Ex...y}{MADE*}

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

No 12088, Thursday 17 Aug 2017, The Phantom


ACROSS
1   Group engaged in blatant ribaldry (6) TRIBAL [T]
5   Rough old lady’s old man not popular (8) GRANULAR {GRAN}{popULAR}
9   Circumspect about motorists receiving high-octane fuel (7) CAREFUL {CAR}{FUEL*}
10 Release a French crook? (6) UNHOOK {UN}{HOOK}
11 Ate bread, sandwiches very quickly, for example (6) ADVERB {V} in {BREAD}*
12 Long time for tiny tree to mature (8) ETERNITY*
13 Trimmed essentially to get rid of long facial hair (9) MOUSTACHE {triMmed}{OUST}{ACHE}
15 Record breaking act by left winger for Arsenal (5) DEPOT {D{EP}O}{lefT}
17 Leads provided to get contracts (5) DEALS*
19 Air powered pressure unit, came as ordered (9) PNEUMATIC {P+UNIT+CAME}*
22 A leading position in vehicles for travellers’ groups (8) CARAVANS {CAR{A}{VAN}S}
23 Expel gangster disguised as old man (6) EXHALE {EX}{H{AL}E} 'as'?
25 Female's brief version is that man had groped (6) FISHED {F}{IS}{HE'D}
26 Stone, when it breaks is called rock! (7) AGITATE {AG{IT}ATE}
27 School canteen having right of admission? (8) ENTRANCE {R} in {CANTEEN}*
28 Beating both sides best team picked up prize (6) ESTEEM {bESt}{TEEM}(~team)

DOWN
2   Bolted door at back of house after old men depart (5) RACED {dooR}ACED Anno pending (Addendum - {RACE}{Door} - See comments)
3   Locals needing hands to carry last of wine casks (7) BARRELS {BAR{R}{winE}{L}S}
4   Rescue vessel if able to, when shipwrecked (8) LIFEBOAT*
5   Fair to offer jerk costly parting gift? (6,9) GOLDEN HANDSHAKE {GOLDEN} {HAND}{SHAKE}
6   People supporting a copper's judgement (6) ACUMEN {A}{CU}{MEN}
7   Upset when huge inn is dismantled (7) UNHINGE*
8   If orator's incoherent next individual makes stronger argument (1,8) A FORTIORI {IF+ORATOR}*{I}
14 Magic potion requires time to show performance (9) OPERATION {ERA} in {POTION}*
16 See rising trend to go outside university in Christmas season (8) YULETIDE {EL{U}Y<=}{TIDE}
18 Restriction placed round a woman exhibiting skin (7) LEATHER {LE{A}T}{HER}
20 Hat worn with skill transversely (7) ATHWART  {HAT}*{W}{ART}
21 Crime boss slightly unwell gets reprieve (6) PARDON {PAR}{DON} Anno pending See comments
24 Fail in educational institution having little interest in subject (5) LIEGE {I} in {colLEGE} Fail= No pass = No col

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

No 12087, Wednesday 16 Aug 2017, Sunnet


007 is back

ACROSS
1   Straightened the thing over and departed (6) TIDIED {IT<=}{DIED}
4   Prick blisters with needles (8) BRISTLES*
10 Edit a resume to fully meet the bar (7,2) MEASURE UP {A+RESUME}* [RA]
11 Some nice cut missing point? Not at all (5) NEVER {Nice}{sEVER}
12 Cheats birds (5) ROOKS [DD]
13 John perhaps sensed some unfinished business (5,4) LOOSE ENDS {LOO}{SENSED*}
14 Jack's former bank (3,4) OLD SALT {OLD} {SALT}
16 Reportedly colours and breaks down (4) DIES (~dyes)
19 Attach a security (4) BOND [DD]
21 Always in favour of woman's right (7) FOREVER {FOR}{EVE}{R}
24 Age matches sanity (9) DAYLIGHTS {DAY}{LIGHTS}
25 Wears green stones (5) JADES [DD]
26 Eliminating a crossing (5) AXING {A}{X'ING}
27 One blast near a poor city (9) ISLAMABAD {1}{SLAM}{A}{BAD}
28 Bacon's points indicate one little way (8) ESSAYIST {E}{S}{SAY}{1}{ST}
29 Advance a court's conclusion (6) ASCEND {A}{SC}{END}

DOWN
1   Little boy to argue about alternative future (8) TOMORROW {TOM}{OR}{ROW}
2   Ice suit (8) DIAMONDS [DD]
3   Perhaps horse matches you for a length (5) EQUUS EQU(-al+u)US
5   Last word and line if this does not open the parachute (7) RIPCORD {RIP}{CORD} Semi&lit
6   Poet's boy to trap topless noble (9) SONNETEER {SON}{NET}{pEER}
7   Four cut fish for bread (6) LIVING {L{IV}ING}
8   Draw attention to second lock (6) STRESS {S}{TRESS}
9   Fanatic's final letter to each group (6) ZEALOT {Z}{EA}{LOT}
15 Lovingly, two rings are slipped into ravishing lady (9) ADORINGLY {O}{RING} in {LADY}*
17 Possible to duck in Nevada bleeds (8) EVADABLE [T]
18 Agitated by America blocking natural delta (8) CRUSADED {CR{USA}DE}{D}
20 Raised canvas held flowers (7) DAHLIAS {SAIL}{HAD}<=
21 Binder covering you and me is easily melted (6) FUSILE {F{US}ILE}
22 I would have energy to imagine (6) IDEATE {I'D}{EAT}{E}
23 Scarily edit out a criminal's words (6) LYRICS SCaRILY*
25 King muddles about Spain (5) JAMES {JAM{E}S}

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Special, 15 Aug 2017, Twin-set


FOUR answers per commenter (Annotations compulsory) till 6 PM. 8 AM on 16 Aug 17.
Please provide all your answers in one comment.

Published in the Freedom supplement of The Hindu today


Across
1 Earmark a national symbol (4)
3 Attempt extremely secret meeting (5)
6 A politician follows court rule to economise (6)
14 Popular face (no novice) returning home (5)
15 Book from right-minded mate of a different disposition (7,2,8)
16 Choose - pick no second! (5)
18 Warrior sheltered by woman in Jaipur (5)
19 Cancelled activist's handout in a rush (9)
24 Pester a tribal (4)
25 Downgrade two of Rajasthan's mounted police (4)
27 Saints preserving opus get concessions (4)
28 Netaji initially boarded ocean-going submarine enthusiastically (4)
29 Beginning of what Pippa does is ignored by fools (5)
31 Figure something happening in the limits of shanty (7)
32 What 47 and 65 were to 15 (7)
34 A Hindu verse 50 doubled for old emperor (6)
36 Head of Department with loads of aimless scribblings (7)
38 Fate of Pondicherry's small baby (7)
40 Tantric zone Karachi ended abruptly in chaos (6)
41 Delhi's landmark reportedly scanned for a little time (3,4)
44 Appointed ruler's bad - old in line (7)
46 Thread stocked in coastal isles (5)
47 Our country's father figure (4)
48 Dress of mother at pre-noon (4)
49 Deputy, with hesitation, is a colour changer (4)
50 Record find cut by half (4)
53 Insect to yield, accepting enrolled nurse’s hint (9)
57 Health drink - a whole lot to international college head (5)
60 Spiritual leader on books: it's an eye-opener (5)
62 Saying 'no' politely - one form of which is 5 (5,12)
63 "Begin working with one on LOC arrangement." "Consider it done." (5)
64 Crushes good parts of fruit (6)
65 Statesman loses spectacles in one hour of riot (5)
66 What the British did - very head of establishment thrown out (4)


Down
1 Rugby team's pipe has model length (7)
2 Alien enters a small area of land in narrow mountain ridge (5)
4 Italian capitalist runs country (5)
5 Dharna - it's terribly popular (3-2)
7 Indian party's against exam on ship (8)
8 Indian obtained bar of precious metal (5)
9 Old British PM has a type of bread (5)
10 Law cited erroneously (5)
11 Capote leaves operation theatre with desperados initially wearing part of Superman's dress (5)
12 Correct article when current is withdrawn (4)
13 Student wears a fantastic tika - a mark made on the forehead (5)
17 Bring down after century? It's madness! (5)
20 Indian ascetic resides in Godavari's hinterland (5)
21 Storage furniture for council of ministers (7)
22 Relaxes as sea recedes around ship after end of cyclone (5)
23 Hot in pen? Squirm! (6)
26 Analyse centre of decay from great distance (6)
30 So slang composition can become rallying phrases? (7)
31 Passover meal created from chopped reeds (5)
33 Silence! Yankees are hugging lady with diffidence (5)
35 One deadly sin, okay? (6)
37 Fed up with Australian lieutenant's failure to make payment (7)
39 Fighter in beret dropping ends becomes a self-exile (6)
42 Avoid Ms Peron's demand to some extent (5)
43 Romping primate has lost it - change boundaries (5)
45 Grant's death at university's first examination (5)
46 Told untruth about inventor and defamed (8)
51 Hundred and fifty Englishmen take tea said to be mild (7)
52 Remove accessories from runway (5)
53 Boast about new coin (5)
54 The sort of metals, perhaps, top lab found in crushed bone (5)
55 Disguised identity of person spilling gin around company (5)
56 Author's last words: "Novel's incomplete...revised ... I ..." (5)
58 Bill includes ring for executioner's equipment (5)
59 Apache eremite camouflages happiness (5)
60 Help after commencement of rebel's attack (4)
61 Almost bad nut is cracked by a native of Africa (5)

Across Lite version can be accessed at FREEDOM CROSSWORD.

Enjoy.

SOLUTION GRID



No 12086, Tuesday 15 Aug 2017, Afterdark


INDEPENDENCE
         DAY        
GREETINGS

ACROSS
1   Replacement's a joke, internally team leader's against, to a large extent (13) SUBSTANTIALLY {SUB}{S{Team}{ANTI}ALLY}
10 Harry joins bid to trap middlemen for a crime (6,3) INSIDE JOB {mEn} in {JOINS+BID}*
11 Review, perhaps Dennis Lillee brought about (5) RECAP <=
12 Cool but reserved restraining one's delight primarily (5) SHADY {SH{A}{De...t}Y}
13 Acquired through unfair means? Somehow let it go, earn love, get a new start (3-6) ILL-GOTTEN [{LET+IT+GO}* over {L} and {New} L for love?
14 Wife's right; stranger's child is a devil (6) WRETCH {W}{R}{ET}{CH}
16 Some beta-keratin found in stomach... (4) TAKE [T]
19 ... a bit found in fat, oil on review (4) IOTA [T<=]
20 Course's terms revised to admit adult (6) STREAM {A} in {TERMS}*
25 In India, road and road across a river has a gate that permits one at a time (9) TURNSTILE Anno pending (Addendum - {TU}{R}{N{ST}ILE} - See comments)
26 Dark horse after initially faltering, gets organized basically by end of day (5) FOGGY {Fa...g}{Or...d}{GG}{daY}
27 Electronic news' user interface leads to dissatisfaction (5) ENNUI Acrostic (Correction - {E}{N}{N}{User}{In...e} - See comments)
28 Fruit used to make certain concoction is imported from Northeast (9) NECTARINE {NE}{CERTAIN*}
29 Garment made with calico distributed around Kent ripped out India essentially, leading to stress and stone-throwing (8,5) COCKTAIL DRESS {COC{KenT}AIL*} {inDia}{stRESS}

DOWN
2   Lacking form, Usha received direction to exercise at the start of day (8) UNSHAPED {U{N}SHA}{PE}{Day}
3   Characters in Mossad lynch unfortunately (5) SADLY [T]
4   A performer in club keeps orchestra leader in touch (6) ADJOIN {A}{DJ}{Or...a}{IN}
5   Order to appear in Mount Abu later (8) TABULATE [T]
6   Excellent rocket absorbs pressure in such atmospheric condition (3,6) AIR POCKET {A1}{R {P}OCKET}
7   Found firm's turnover is behind outlook essentially at some point (6) LOCATE {outLook}{CO<=}{AT}{E}
8   Saying used often in epitaphs earlier is also used by fellers (6) RIPSAW {SAW}<=>{RIP}
9   Say, one kidnapping an investigator... (5) OPINE {O{PI}NE}
15 ... is a dangerous sick loner, lacking energy, taking first step to form a bond (5-4) CROSS-LINK {SICK+LONeR}* over {Step}
17 Cut short, that's ruling group's castle (8) HACIENDA {HACk}{IE}{NDA}
18 Birds in cage, one in crosshairs of guns (8) PENGUINS {PEN}{GU{1}NS}
21 Mess returns vegetable to gain margin (6) MAYHEM {YAM<=}{HEM}
22 Tell channel head to quit (5) UTTER gUTTER
23 Second class corn mixture and egg given to untrained horse (6) BRONCO {B}{CORN*}{O}
24 Writing implement and repaired appliances shipped out ASAP (6) PENCIL  apPLIaNCEs*
26 Lady in show has talent (5) FLAIR {F{L}AIR}

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Monday, 14 August 2017

No 12085, Monday 14 Aug 2017, Afterdark


ACROSS
1   Worldwide, company leaders monitor income closely to contain loss at the end (6) COSMIC {CO}{losS}{Mo...r}{In...e}{Cl...y}
4   English book procured from handy website (6) PORTAL PORTAbLe
9   It’s a curse to live without a name (4) BANE {B{A}{N}E}
10 Spirited demonstrations to expose dirt of builder (10) STONEMASON dEMONSTrAtiONS*
11 After dark, went through entrance of cell, perhaps (6) GAMETE {GA{ME}TE}
12 Revolutionary Guards accept servant as a member of the board, say (8) CHESSMAN {CHE}{SS}{MAN}
13 Electrical cable fixed in circuit to receive transcription (9) RECORDING {R{E}{CORD}ING}
15 Demand action to dismiss democrat and accommodate nationalist (4) NEED (-d+n)NEED
16 Feed from channel lacks substance (4) FUEL FUnnEL
17 Assembled CPU hot, yet use the keyboard (5-4) TOUCH-TYPE*
21 Say, communication note received by the French forces (8) TELEGRAM {TE}{LE}{G}{RAM}
22 Ask her to dance with an influential person (6) SHAKER*
24 Buddhist school discloses Vedas as the sources of primary holy text (4,6) ZEND AVESTA {ZEN}{VEDAS+As+The}*
25 Great; a six landing on the edge of the stand (4) AVID {A}{VI}{s..nD}
26 Market, day by day is sunk by tax... (6) SADDLE {SA{D}{D}LE}
27 ...calling accountant about refund of money (6) CAREER {CA}{RE}{RE<=}

DOWN
1   Heard AC broke down; it’s a fake (7) CHARADE*
2   Heard dues were returned to Eastern European (5) SWEDE (~dues<=){SWED}{E} This construction needs discussion.
3   Preferably, team leader should be admitted in a top business school (7) INSTEAD {INS{Team}EAD}
5   Say, No. 1 at work with energy, but not good, has no yen (6) OPENER {OP}{ENERgy}
6   Flying train runs over Stokes, taken to hospital ward (9) TRANSIENT {TRAN{S}I*}{ENT}
7   Sign on road featuring public announcement can be spotted (7) LEOPARD {LEO}{PA}{RD}
8   To start with, need to confirm son has turned out to be an iconoclast (13) NONCONFORMIST {Need}{TO+CONFIRM+SON}*
14 Start to finish, journalist is not restrained by limits (4-5) OPEN-ENDED {OPEN}-{END}{ED}
16 Supply beer regularly to Siemens branches (7) FEEDERS {FEED}{bEeR}{S}
18 Fool, drowned in wine is found in a shrub (7) CASSAVA {C{ASS}AVA}
19 Leading empire collapses against resistance (7) PREMIER {EMPIRE*}{R}
20 Tour party behind time to reach capital of Libya (6) TRAVEL {T}{RAVE}{Li..a}
23 Father returned bill by mail without delay (5) APACE {PA<=}{AC}{E} E for E-mail?

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Special, Sunday 13 Aug 2017, El Commandante


Three answers per commenter (Annotations compulsory) till 6 PM
Please provide all your answers in one comment.


Starred clues have no definition but they all belong to the same category.

ACROSS
1   *Found in Pilska, Bulgaria (5)
4   Soldier holding guard, is terrier's helper (9)
9   Radioactive H? Track it with 50% barium (7)
10 *Yes! bounder is stripped (7)
11 Wet film covered nothing! (5)
13 Sodium and salt mostly are part of Rhinology (5)
15 NA half section of grass covered surface (3)
16 Constantly annoy an old horse (3)
17 *Demented pariah after losing his head (5)
19 Old money found in almost all of this country (5)
21 Complaint if cryptic clue is unclear at the end (5)
23 *Leading stormtroopers occasionally flew into Austria (5)
24 That man's greeting me at first (3)
25 Wombat's flying mammal (3)
26 *Small articles (5)
28 *Greeting with article and ring (5)
29 Applauded first contestant to cross the finish line 401 m ahead of the rest of the field (7)
31 *Melting Glaciers are no longer cold here (7)
33 *Primarily not used, kept up alongside a wandering foal (9)
34 *Medic hid an alter ego (5)

DOWN
1   *Hunk mad at breakup (9)
2   * Maybe I jingle internally (7)
3   This is worn oddly in Algeria (3)
4   *American man (5)
5   Demure hungry sloth is sleepy finally (3)
6   *Hear the hindu universal consciousness (5)
7   Forgetfulness of confused men in Asia (7)
8   Model trade patterned surface of tyre (5)
12 Odd-toed ungulate that a pirate captured (5)
14 Necktie joint (5)
18 This crime is a radical issue (5)
19 Sudden loud verbal attack (5)
20 Tight Marco took girl to department head (9)
22 Trim defender ensures reduction in resources (7)
24 Harass a man Dr H.K. Pence (3-4)
25 Author a meat product (5)
26 Separated initially is a reddish-brown (5)
27 * A song in North India (5)
30 Pair on the contray old Dutch (3)
32 Jazz around. By God! (3)

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Enjoy.

The Sunday Crossword No 2956, Sunday 13 Aug 2017


ACROSS
1   Work with learner cutting average tree (6) POPLAR {P{OP}{L}AR}
4   Expression becomes strained in speech (6) PHRASE (~frays)
8   Language bringing new mood into action (9) CANTONESE {CA{N}{TONE}SE}
9   Pungent account followed by purge (5) ACRID {AC}{RID}
11 Completely in love with leader, man possessed by stirring resolve (4,4,5) HEAD OVER HEELS {HEAD} {OVER {HE}ELS*}
13 Broadcast boost for emergency transport operation (7) AIRLIFT {AIIR}{LIFT}
14 Coaxes knave, ignoring king, to retreat and lose ground (7) CAJOLES {JACk<=}{LOSE*}
16 Energy around alien not available in country (7) VIETNAM {VI{ET}{NA}M}
18 Indignation right in middle of power cut? (7) OUTRAGE {OUT{R}AGE}
20 Argument with spirit, good and light after endless bias (8,5) SLANGING MATCH {SLANt}{GIN}{G} {MATCH}
23 Fantastic repast with pressure off (5) SUPER SUPpER
24 Point about bug that's an orange colour (9) TANGERINE {T{ANGER}INE}
25 System joined with trough (6) METHOD {MET}{HOD}
26 Variety of myths I forge (6) SMITHY*

DOWN
1   Set of cards and stuff (4) PACK [DD]
2   Cat at that point almost, after sleep, getting up (7) PANTHER {NAP<=}{THERe}
3   Fuss over allowance for worship (9) ADORATION {ADO}{RATION}
4   Find recompense arranged for calmness in crisis? (8,2,4) PRESENCE OF MIND*
5   Get to lecture with lack of power (5) REACH pREACH
6   Criminal as ruler? It's bizarre (7) SURREAL*
7   Outmoded clothing came in, not freshly cleaned (14) DECONTAMINATED {CAME+IN+NOT}* in {DATED}
10 Calamity caused by inspector's bloomer? (8) DISASTER {DIS}{ASTER}
12 Crops very restricted by rushes, plants with no plan (8) HARVESTS {HAR{V}ES}{planTS}
15 Predicament involving tester in turbulence in air current (3,6) JET STREAM {TESTER}* in {JAM}
17 Test odd bits of pollen for instance (7) EXAMPLE {EXAM}{PoLlEn}
19 Disbeliever raised cheers over hold-up (7) ATHEIST {TA<=}{HEIST}
21 Grand merriment, not medium in size (5) GIRTH {G}{mIRTH}
22 Retreat you initially refuse to admit (4) DENY {DEN}{You}

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

No 12084, Saturday 12 Aug 2017, Vulcan


ACROSS
1   Bond with glue to make stick (8) BLUDGEON*
5   Coin that was once minted from Copper — does appear differently on the outside (6) ESCUDO {DOES}* over {CU}
10 Sell-by-date initially not included, fixed tardily (9) BELATEDLY {sELL+BY+DATE}*
11 This guy's the one leading the robbery (5) HEIST {HE}{IS}The}
12 Island, one I want to travel around (6) TAIWAN {A} in {I+WANT}*
13 Hunter shouts it out, but friend is trapped (5-2) TALLY-HO {T{ALLY}HO} Tho for But? See comments
14 Poet, an unknown person, buried in this cemetery (8) BONEYARD {B{ONE}{Y}ARD}
15 Comparatively dull, very boring pilot (6) DRIVER {DRI{V}ER}
18 Oops, leader of opposition heard rambling (2,4) OH DEAR {Op...n}{HEARD*}
20 Great, gets rid of Chromium that's poisonous (8) INEDIBLE INcrEDIBLE
22 Provided with no amenities essentially needed, adapted (7) SUPPLED SUPPLiED What's the role of 'needed'?
25 Noon's radio broadcast about raid (6) INROAD {RADIO}* over {N}
27 Outlandish article covering deception (5) ALIEN {A{LIE}N}
28 Simple one this, not even, 5's this kind of number, catching it! (9) PRIMITIVE {PRIM{IT}{IV}E} Not sure if the anno is correct (Addendum - {PRIM{1}{ThIs}{V}E} - See comments)
29 Small returns in place giving margin (6) LEEWAY {L{WEE<=}AY}
30 Stage shows encouraging new tight-fitting garments (8) LEGGINGS {LEG}{GI{N}GS}

DOWN
1   Little boy's piercing cry (4) BABY {BA{B}Y}
2   Exciting end, unreal for someone not well-educated (9) UNLEARNED*
3   Find out a route to escape (7) GETAWAY {GET}{A}{WAY}
4   Denoting a certain position mostly associated with railway, nothing special (8) ORDINARY {ORDINAl}{RY}
6   Indian dynasty as described by senior student (7) SCHOLAR {S{CHOLA}R}
7   Shun it, yes, to help bring peace (5) UNITY [T]
8  Delegate is awfully courteous (9) OUTSOURCE*
9   Abnormal growth of a fancy store (4) CYST [T]
14 Newsstand's exorbitant charges basically (9) BOOKSTALL {TALL}<=>{BOOKS}
16 Trembling with emotional feeling (9) VIBRATION [DD]
17 Finally drinking it, it's bottomless (8) INFINITE {INFIN{IT}E}
19 Legendary runner, one missing in this Olympics venue (7) ATLANTA ATaLANTA
21 Rash, after eating large sweet (7) DARLING {DAR{L}ING}
23 Extremely popular diamond gotten as reward (5) PRICE {Po...aR}{ICE}
24 Underground operation to smuggle drugs (4) DOPE [T]
26 Selection of tales somewhat shorter (4) LESS [T]

Reference list  

Copper = CU, One = A, An = ONE, Unknown = Y, Railway = RY, Senior = SR, Large = L, Diamond = ICE, Chromium = CR, Article = AN, Boy = B , Stage = LEG, Shows = GIGS,

Color/Font Scheme

DefinitionSolutionComponent lettersEmbedded links, Anagram IndicatorC/C indicatorReversal IndicatorHidden word IndicatorLetter Pick indicatorDeletion IndicatorHomophone IndicatorMovement IndicatorPositional IndicatorSubstitution, IndicatorLink/Connector, Extraneous

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