Tuesday 27 February 2024

No 14108, Tuesday 27 Feb 2024, Gussalufz

Solution to 2D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation. Those who have answered earlier in the week, please give others a chance.

Open for anyone to answer, if not solved by 1 PM.

ACROSS
9   Vegetable and mushroom pie cooked in ceremonial burner (5,4) PEACE PIPE {PEA}{CEP}{PIE*}
10 Smell of a tomato (5) AROMA {A}{ROMA}
11 Agents of strong players (7) FACTORS {F}{ACTORS}
12 Work for channel (7) PRODUCT {PRO}{DUCT}
13 Evenly trimmed your cocoa plant? (5) YUCCA {YoUr+CoCoA}
14 Vegetable gift? I gag (9) ARTICHOKE {ART}{I}{CHOKE}
16 Male, ultimately corrupt politicians, 24x7 and 7x52? (15) MULTIPLICATIONS {M}{ULT}{POLITICIANS*}
19 Embarrassing enema after exclusive party with Snoop Dogg, perhaps (5,4) STAGE NAME {STAG}{ENEMA*}
22 Story, say, about subject (5) LIEGE {LIE}{EG<=}
24 Commercial flight of Indian aviation company on duty in Rhode Island (3,4) AIR TAXI {AI}{R{TAX}I}
26 SPECTRE's leaders, in Bond's overreaching grasp, grumble about ridiculous totalitarianism (7) BOGGART Acrostic
27 I'm not sure, right or wrong (5) ERROR {ER}{R}{OR}
28 Thought of settling matter, replacing iPad finally with books (9) SENTIMENT SE(-d+NT)NTIMENT

DOWN
1   Stylish cop with suspect (6) SPIFFY {SP}{IFFY}
2   Spooner's sullen, mercurial, absurd (8) ?A?C?C?L ()
3   Ornamental case shielding volatile core (10) DECORATIVE {D{CORE*}ATIVE}
4   Unhealthy atmosphere dictated setter's breathlessness (6) MIASMA (~ my asthma)
5   Country primarily following ludicrously dopiest authoritarian (8) DESPOTIC {Co...y}<=>{DOPIEST}*
6   Pet's upset over snack (4) TACO {CAT<=}{O}
7   Adjusting for outliers in metro districts, urban left's outperforming initially (6) MODULO {MetrO}{D}{Ur..n}{Left}{Ou...g}
8   Wandering wastrel bored by opening of zoo rides (8) WALTZERS {WASTREL}* over {Zoo}
15 Latticed formation fencing grazer's limits? (6,4) CATTLE GRID {LATTICED}* over {Gr..eR}&lit
16 Maiden! Tight maiden over — spinner's first; handled badly? (8) MISNAMED {M}{I{Sp...r}NAMED*}
17 Mate, soil after remixing is most fertile (8) LOAMIEST*
18 Ran and spoke pompously about exercise (8) OPERATED {O{PE}RATED}
20 Dawn of some pterosaur or archosaur (6) AURORA [T]
21 European bad boy and popular girl going out (6) EBBING {E}{B}{B}{IN}{G}
23 What's left in test at Edgbaston? (6) ESTATE [T]
25 Vibe of Jaguar car oddly ignored (4) AURA {jAgUaR+cAr}

Reference List
Strong = F, Male = M, I'm not sure = ER, Right = R, Books = NT, Over = O, Maiden = M, Exercise = PE, Bad = B, Boy = B, Girl = G


Monday 26 February 2024

No 14107, Monday 26 Feb 2024, Avtaar

Solution to 12D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation. Those who have answered earlier in the week, please give others a chance.

Open for anyone to answer, if not solved by 1 PM.

ACROSS
1   Private, through road across Monaco's outskirts (6) INMOST {IN}{ST} over {Mo..cO}
4   Most helpless bees left struggling (8) FEEBLEST*
9   One running errands in US auto company hired by bank (3-3) LEG-MAN {LE{GM}AN}
10 Move by doctor to increase recall (6,2) DREDGE UP {EDGE}<=>{DR and {UP}
11 Scrap gold transported on empty hearse is put on a pedestal (4-10) HERO-WORSHIPPED {ROW}{OR}{SHIPPED}<=>{He..sE}
13 Attributes shown by expert training Republican on alliances (10) PROPERTIES {PRO}{PE}{R}{TIES}
14 Island's backing international test venue (4) BALI {I}{LAB}<=
16 Catch the butt of friendly ape (4) COPY {COP}{f...lY}
18 Free charitable activity's starting off outside President's hometown (10) BIRTHPLACE {CHaRITABLE}* over {P}
21 Driver software? (9,5) AUTOMATIC PILOT [CD]
23 Native's present in bar ahead of time (8) INHERENT {IN{HERE}N}{T }
24 Avtaar is invited by nurse for drill in dentistry (6) REAMER {REA{ME}R}
25 Settle software assurance process before portals of every department get installed (8) SITUATED {SIT}{UAT}{Ev..y}{De...t}
26 Tag carrying details embedded in hybrid car digitally (2,4) ID CARD [T]

DOWN
1   Having nothing to do, I start to doodle on walls of lobby (4) IDLY {I}{Do...e}{LobbY}
2   Electric generator's silver mesh secured by tip of metal ring (7) MAGNETO {AG}{NET} in {Me..l}{O}
3   Saw Europe's nervous after US dropped naval strength (3,5) SEA POWER {SAW+EuROPEs}*
5   Brexit supporter set occupier on fire (11) EUROSCEPTIC*
6   Criminal wished to entertain cop (6) BADDIE {BAD{DI}E}
7   Anecdotes from retired legislator about ending in trouble near US city (7) EXEMPLA {EX}{t...lE}{MP}{LA}
8   Following report's closure, doctor saves copy on, say, Amazon's unlimited file storage (4,5) TAPE DRIVE {r...eT}{APE}{DR}{rIVEr}
12 Revealed steps to obtain first and surpass others (11) O?T?I?T?N?E (Addendum - OUTDISTANCE {OUT}{D{1ST}ANCE} - See comments)
13 Pig-like animals - species mostly moving around peaks of Chile, Argentina and south end of Ecuador (9) PECCARIES {SPECIEs}* over {Chile}{Ar...e}{e...oR}
15 Broken lock? (5,3) SPLIT END [CD]
17 Bar's taken up most recent random criticism (7) POTSHOT {STOP<=}{HOT}
19 Condition affecting sense of smell wreaked havoc in Samoa (7) ANOSMIA*
20 Small bird crossing river in European city (6) SMYRNA {S}{MY{R}NA}
22 Cross-bar is pressed down (4) TROD {T}{ROD}

Reference List
Road = ST, Training = PE, Republican = R, President = P, Time = T, Cop = DI, River = R