Tuesday, 8 August 2017

No 12080, Tuesday 08 Aug 2017, xChequer


Devious definitions and I'm stumped as usual!

ACROSS
7   Chap wants engineer to be a lumberjack (6) FALLER {FALL}{ER} (Addendum - F(-e+a)ALLER - See comments)
8   Substitute ultra-thin chip (5-3) PINCH-HIT*
9   Fight when one is born, at least as deprived alien (2,6) DO BATTLE {DOB}{AT+LEasT}*
10 Censor taking days to respond (6) REDACT {RE{D}ACT}
11 Fellow's after article, one appropriated by him? (5) THIEF {TH{1}E}{F} &lit
12 Victory over victory secured fan (6) WINNOW {WIN}{WON<=}
14 Run on a trek, but ask all about conserving energy (4,1,4,6) TALK A BLUE STREAK {A+TREK+BUT+ASK+ALL}* over {E}
17 Long break in setter's contrary career (2,4) EM DASH {ME<=} {DASH}
18 Hold fast in corner, showing resolve (5) SPINE {S{PIN}E}
22 Time and matter forming an intricate web (6) TISSUE {T}{ISSUE}
23 Away on vacation, having a ball (3,5) OFF BREAK {OFF} {BREAK} Having?
24 Bit senior to count mere cash flows (8) MARCHESE*
25 Linking Aadhaar with PAN, otherwise returns not honoured (6) UNPAID {UID+PAN}*

DOWN
1   Narrow chair, old fashioned, familiar seating (9) PAROCHIAL {O+CHAIR}* in {PAL}
2   Remain attached or split (6) CLEAVE [DD]
3   Banger and mash a cert (5) CRATE*
4   Competitors train, one bystander sent off (8) ENTRANTS {TRAiN+SENT}*
5   Quiet affair saving a woman on turning tail (8) SHADOWER {SH}{ADO}{W}{RE<=} What's the role of 'saving' (Correction - {SH}{A}{DO}{W}{RE<=} - See comments)
6   Drop gully (5) DITCH [DD]
8   Spooner's cutie pie, a gem (8,5) PRECIOUS STONE*
13 Steamer-like vessel, basically boat, that's entering busy marina (4-5) BAIN-MARIE {Boat}{MARINA}*{IE} Not sure of Anno, as per wordplay {IE} is inside {MARINA}*
15 Extended hose from the Reverend's church tap (4,4) KNEE SOCK Anno pending (Addendum -  (-s+kn)KNEE (-kn+s)SOCK - See comments)
16 Secured means none within earshot moved around (8) BUDGETED {BUDG{Ea...oT}ED}
19 Standard phone pulling in a wave of subscriptions (6) PARAPH {PAR}{A}{PH}
20 Key to enter flat, ivory-tipped (5) VITAL [T<=]
21 Reportedly chicken, possibly after area's in conflict (5) AFOUL {A}{FOUL}(~fowl)

GRID

15 comments:

  1. 7 Chap wants engineer to be a lumberjack (6) FALLER {FALL}{ER} F(A)eLLER
    15 Extended hose from the Reverend's church tap (4,4) KNEE SOCK Anno pending

    SEE (Church), KNOCK
    5 Quiet affair saving a woman on turning tail (8) SHADOWER {SH}{A}{DO}{W}{RE<=}

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  2. 13 Steamer-like vessel, basically boat, that's entering busy marina (4-5) BAIN-MARIE {Boat}{MARINA}*{IE} Not sure of Anno, as per wordplay {IE} is inside {MARINA}*

    'entering' could be taken as 'joining'

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    1. +1, B and IE admitting busy marina, is how I read it

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  3. Very tough and some unfamiliar words made it all the more difficult

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  4. 8D was wonderfully disguised

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    1. Yes it did..very topical and creatively used

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  5. Exchequer made us look like dud cheques with many unusual words !

    8 down _ a colourful precious stone thrown as a red herring , sending us on a hunt for some Spoonerism. Pie on our faces !!

    BAIN_MARIE : Will an Idli pan cooker qualify as one?

    All in all, a wonderful experience of exhilaration solving this today, though it took a while.

    Thanks , Exchequer !

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  6. Looking at this level of difficulty, someone said very correctly, the Hindu is untouchable !😄😄

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    1. No one said anything about level of difficulty last 7 days or so😁

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    2. 👌🏻👌🏻

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