Saturday, 21 July 2018

No 12375, Saturday 21 Jul 2018, Arden


Across

9. Spurious drug — keep 50% in reserve (7) PLACEBO {PLACE}{BOok}
10. Show workers (7) PAGEANT {PAGE}{ANT}
11. He follows what is cast in the river (7) DEVOTEE {DE{VOTE}E}
12. Work's very regressive, problem for phalanger (7) OPOSSUM {OP}{SO<=}{SUM}

13. Drinks break, stump on pitch (5,4) SALES TALK {S{ALE S}TALK}
15. Window gives option to get money back (5) ORIEL {OR}{LEI<=}

16. One is envious hearing the bell (7) ANGELUS {AN}{~JEALOUS}
19. Overarm — It's disadvantageous and hurts (7) TWINGES {SET<=} over {WING}  Disadvantageous = Set back
20. Saying the Chinese leader only comes in the morning (5) AXIOM {A{XI}{O}M}
21. Heard after midnight, caught one's eye... (9) GLISTENED {niGht}{LISTENED}
25. ...As in races, perhaps (7) ARSENIC {IN+RACES*}
26. Countryman repatriated by European airline without hesitation (7) NAMIBIA {MAN<=}{IBerIA}
28. Wine is free inside plane (7) TRIDENT {T{RID}ENT}

29. Delay in animal retracting tongue (7) TAGALOG {GO{LAG}AT<=}

Down

1. Suit those for digging trenches (6) SPADES (DD)
2. "Wonder maiden", Ravel's composition (6) MARVEL {M}{RAVEL*}
3. Found it soft to touch (4) FELT (DD)
4. Smell of sweat emanating from old boozer (6) BODEGA {BO}{AGED<=}
5. First two sputniks, one with a wheel (8) SPROCKET {SPutnik}{ROCKET}
6. Expert on growth prospects — "After silver, iron most used" (10) AGRONOMIST {AG}{IRON+MOST*}
7. Has to throw, it's annoying (8) HASSLING {HAS}{SLING}
8. Simultaneous play, not one with a cue (8) STIMULUS {SIMULTANEOUS-{ONE+A}}*
14. Harry reads about the Frenchman's poker (10) SALAMANDER {READS*} around {LA+MAN}
16. A month end in Delhi for Herb (8) AMARANTH {A}{MAR}{ANTH}
17. Get up the platform when it's denied (8) GAINSAID {GAIN}{DIAS<=}
18. The wisdom of Washington, in a way supports the legend (8) SAGACITY {SAGA}{CITY}
22. Fire! I get in or out? (6) IGNITE {I+GET+IN*}
23. Cloud unable to burst (6) NEBULA {UNABLE*}
24. Girls get into horse drawn cart, find it boring (6) DRAGGY {DRA{GG}Y}
27. They were wise to join college, it was enchanting (4) MAGI {MAGI+C=MAGIC}

Reference List
Worker=Page, Worker=Ant, River=Dee, Work=Op, Very=So, One=An, Chinese leader=Xi, Only=O, Morning=AM, Hesitation=Er
Maiden=M, Smell of sweat=BO, Silver=Ag, The French=La, Girls=GG, College=C


Colour/Font Scheme

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

Friday, 20 July 2018

No 12374, Friday 20 Jul 2018, Arden


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ACROSS
1   Time to review lack of interest in sex  it will blow you apart! (6) SEMTEX {S{TiME<=}EX}
4   Wine bottles — seal regularly missing from sideboard (8) CELLARET {C{sEaL}LARET}
9   Languages go into creative works (6) ARGOTS {AR{GO}TS}
10 Means to fight wild watchers (3,5) WAR CHEST*
12 Find abnormal gain in medicine (8) DIAGNOSE {D{GAIN*}OSE}
13 Two men find shelter (6) ALCOVE {AL}{COVE}
15 Sentence partly overlapping, pan India maybe (12) CONDEMNATION {CONDEM{N}ATION} Anno pending
18 Hijacked, need resolve — it portends danger (12) COMMANDEERED {COMMA}{NEED*}{RED}
21 Shops here are to protect heel (6) ARCADE {AR{CAD}E}
22 Maybe clean spike before the top (8) PINNACLE {PIN}{CLEAN*}
24 Delivery work on land (8) CHINAMAN {CHINA}{MAN}
25 Essentially kept to stop attack, it's settled (6) REPAID {R{kEPt}AID}
26 Fire on soldiers at the scene of warfare (8) RETRENCH {RE}{TRENCH}
27 Master's changing course (6) STREAM*

DOWN
1   Pomelo supplement for parting hair (8) SHADDOCK {SH{ADD}OCK}
2   Setter gulps second single malt, gets headache (8) MIGRAINE {M{sIngle}{GRAIN}E}
3   Need tolerance — it can lead to better relations (7,8) ENTENTE CORDIALE* &lit
5  Spurious cheese? (4) EDAM MADE<= (made up)
6   Can love over long term run the town council? (5,10) LOCAL GOVERNMENT {CAN+LOVE+LONG+TERM}*
7   Runner promoting drink is allowed (6) REEBOK {BEER<=}{OK}
8   Lead time, it's everywhere (6) TETHER {T}{ETHER}
11 Moving mountains? Not onit could be catastrophic (7) TSUNAMI {MoUNTAInS}*
14 Engineer silent about Charlie's design (7) STENCIL {STEN{C}IL*}
16 Carry on, take care of the debris (8) WRECKAGE {W{RECK}AGE} 
17 Supplement to port — dig up soil to gain depth (8) ADDENDUM {AD{D}EN}{MUD<=}
19 American port's mark on the sailor (6) LASCAR {LA}{SCAR}
20 Writing sure to transform into holy books (6) SCRIPT {SCRIPT+SURE} [CA]
23 Lecture heard about a mineral (4) TALC (~talk)

GRID