Wednesday 21 February 2024

No 14103, Wednesday 21 21 Feb 2024, Dr. X

Solution to 8A 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   Difference in attitudes breaking up ageing parent and son essentially (10,3) GENERATION GAP {AGEING+PARENT+sOn}* &lit
8   Forces controlled by Maoist in underground revolution (5) U?I?S ()
9   Men reviewed problem with main knob controlling church pipes (5,4) ORGAN STOP {OR}{SNAG<=}{TOP}
11 & 18 Detailed narrative in breezy weather report? (4-2-4,7) BLOW-BY-BLOW ACCOUNT {C&DD]
12 Hotel just needs strong locks (4) HAIR {H}{fAIR}
14 Characters in terrible unrest around America (7) NATURES {N{A}TURES*}
16 Rebellious writer in European country acting out awkwardly (7) INEPTLY {I{PEN<=}TaLY}
17 Worrying about daughter hooking up on the internet (1-6) E-DATING {E{D}ATING}
19 Granitic rock is found in lawn (7) GREISEN {GRE{IS}EN}
21 Every beauty's topless (4) EACH pEACH
22 Swindle by phoney tourism company (10) CONSORTIUM {CON}{TOURISM*}
25 More courageous with money belt (9) DOUGHTIER {DOUGH}{TIER}
26 Dog picking up right scent (5) TRAIL {T{R}AIL}
27 Gain an advantage over some charlatan easily (5,1,5,2) STEAL A MARCH ON*

DOWN
2   Remove part of text from it due to blunders (4,3) EDIT OUT* &lit
3   Order of demolition finally liberates Cold War capital (4,6) EAST BERLIN  {d...oN+LIBERATES}*
4   America, Britain hosting gathering about nuclear weapon (1-4) A-BOMB {A}{MOB<=}{B}
5   Popular girl arguing is getting under one's skin (9) INGROWING {IN}{G}{ROWING}
6   Number series, new for student (4) NINE (-l+n)NINE
7   Seduce a model with finesse, overcoming resistance (7) ATTRACT {A}{T}{T{R}ACT}
8   Myth or otherwise, a blunder to consume dope (5,6) URBAN LEGEND {A+BLUNDER}* over  {GEN}
10 Socialite raised drink, cuddling pretentious maiden in a retreat (5,6) PARTY ANIMAL {LAP<=} over {ARTY}{M+IN+A<=}
13 Erotic item shaped like a heavenly body (10) METEORITIC*
15 Unmarried Italian woman and character cavorting on air (9) SIGNORINA {SIGN}{ON+AIR}*
18 See 11 Across
20 Largely formal event featuring a Greek dish (7) STIFADO {STIFf}{A}{DO}
23 Extremely scary broadcast about Middle Eastern country (5) SYRIA {ScarY}{AIR<=}
24 Hunter heartlessly traps bird (4) RHEA [T]

Reference List
Men = OR, Hotel = H, Strong = F, America = A, Acting = A, Daughter = D, Right = R, Britian = B, Girl = G, New = N, Student = L, Model = T, Resistance = R. Dope = GEN, Maiden = M, Event = DO

Tuesday 20 February 2024

No 14102, Tuesday 20 Feb 2024, Dr. X

Solution to 8A 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 & 26 Conceited reason to buy new footwear (3,3,3,4,5) TOO BIG FOR ONES BOOTS [C&DD]
8   Nevertheless getting rid of old planes (5) E?E?S (Addendum - EVENS {EVEN So} - See comments)
9   Prince inherits rare medical condition (9) NEPHRITIS {P+INHERITS}*
11 Wild animal behind mysterious den surrounded by round blue plants (10) DANDELIONS {LION}<=>{DEN}* in {SAD<=}
12 Nail criminal crossing river (4) BRAD {B{R}AD}
14 Tempts by endlessly seducing artfully (7) INDUCES {SEDUCINg}*
16 One sold fresh strips of pasta (7) NOODLES*
17 Mexican dish contains most cheap brand of sauce (7) TABASCO {TA{BASe}CO}
19 Romp with primarily sexy male in escapade (7) SCAMPER {Sexy}{CA{M}PER}
21 Excited since beginning of game (4) AGOG {AGO}{Game}
22 Pub having unhealthy, substandard oriental menu (4,2,4) BILL OF FARE {B{ILL}{OFF}AR}{E}
25 Tripping on pure LSD in show (9) SPLENDOUR*
26 See 1
27 Little shots drunk after consuming drugs - they make women higher? (8,5) STILETTO HEELS {LITTLE+SHOTS}* over {EE}

DOWN
2   Love exotic dance featuring island's sea nymph (7) OCEANID {O}{CEAN{I}D*}
3   Spooner's coffin found in wreck (6,4) BASKET CASE (~casket base to basket case)
4   Bottled spirits? That is gin, rum (5) GENII {IE+GIN}*
5   Postpone broadcast about nuclear rivals (9) OPPONENTS {POSTPONE}* over {N}
6   Bulldog repeatedly bites fiend (4) OGRE [T]
7   Note a bit of lump within the intestine (7) ENTERAL {ENTER}{A}{Lump}
8   Taken in by charms, misdeed by model has an unhappy outcome (4,2,5) ENDS IN TEARS {END{SIN}{T}EARS}
10 Encounter maiden lost in distress around byroads (4,7) SIDE STREETS {mEET} in {DISTRESS}*
13 Master uttered with enthusiasm about boy's ethical courage (5,5) MORAL FIBRE {M}{ORAL}{FI{B}RE}
15 Angry leader of insurgents trapped by stalwart engaged in a decisive gunfight (4,2,3) SHOT IT OUT {S{HOT}{In...s}TOUT}
18 Brochure in trunk about deer in retreat (7) BOOKLET {BOO{ELK<=}T}
20 Wolf and ape injured pheasant (7) PEAFOWL*
23 Passage to be performed slowly by girl in vocal round (5) LARGO {G} in {ORAL<=}
24 Reviewed isolated organic compound (4) ENOL <=

Reference List
Old = O, Prince = P, River = R, Male = M, Island = I, Nuclear = N, Model = T, Maiden = M, Master = M, Boy = B, Girl = L