Thursday 30 June 2011

No 10194, Thursday 30 Jun 11, M Manna

ACROSS
1   - Drive mad when frightfully enraged (7) - DERANGE*
5   - Rearing sheep leads to sudden aspiration (7) - {RAM}{PANT}
9   - State of terror about investments (5) - PANIC  [E]
10 - Border in slight depression, going different ways (9) - {DI{VERGE}NT}
11 - Counsel the boy somehow (6) - EXHORT Anno pending (Addendum - ENHORT*(the+ron) - Thanks to Rengaswamy at the Orkut group)
12 - Where the queen succeeded to the forest crown (4,4) - TREE TOPS Anno pending (Addendum - TREE TOPS [DD] - See comments)
14 - Skinhead getting on top of goody-goody youth (5) - {S}{PRIG}
15 - Aristotelian student responsible for the spread of Hellenism (9) - ALEXANDER [E] Thanks to Google
18 - Curse but mother people (9) - {DAM}{NATION}
20 - Theme of discourse (5) - TOPIC [E]
22 - State giving American tone to a party (8) - {COLOR}{A}{DO}
24 - Mistakes a defector admitted in time (6) - {ER{RAT}A}
26 - I'd back having college heads on board (9) - {D'I<-}{RECTORS}
27 - Lara on motorway in trouble on getting notice of danger (5) - ALAR(M)*
28 - After sanction, rose to close assembly (7) - {END}{ORSE*}
29 - Squeezed money to extract undue gains (7) - SMELTED or SWEATED [CD]
DOWN
1   - Down to media in action (9) - {DE{PRESS}ED}
2   - Stock farmer (7) - RANCHER [E]
3   - Guiana could accept vehicle from another country (9) - {NI{CAR}AGUA*}
4   - Brings the game to a close (4) - ENDS [CD]
5   - I never rise out of sorts in Paris (5,5) - RIVER SEINE*
6   - Sam invented signalling by a code (5) - MORSE [E]
7   - Ask if Dan and Ted perhaps have glandular problem (7) - ADENOID Anno pending
8   - Carries large bag for shopping (5) - TOTES [DD]
13 - Mum or Dad perhaps (10) - PALINDROME [CD]
16 - Post protection (9) - AFTERCARE [E]

17 - Got back damaged eclair by the sea (9) - {RECLAI*}{MED}
19 - Lady who should be in the pink (7) - {MILD}{RED}
21 - Fenced in holding for a countryman (7) - {PE{AS}{A}NT}
22 - Raced around to find nucleus of key personnel (5) - CADRE*
23 - Come round again to have the right cure arranged (5) - (R)ECUR*
25 - Puts to some purpose (4) - USES [E]



Wednesday 29 June 2011

No 10193, Wednesday 29 Jun 11, M Manna

ACROSS
1   - A way to divert people? (6) - DETOUR [CD]
4   - Gather fruit that's to be served again (8) - {REAP}{PEAR}
10 - Foot's purpose is not to change tack (5,2) - STAND ON [DD]
11 - Let us cook up small scraps (7) - {TUS(S)LE*}{S}  Second 'S' from ? Clue should have been 'Let's us ...'
12 - Pinkish table wine (4) - ROSE [CD]
13 - Illustrates one poetess I'm translating (10) - EP(I)TOMISES*
16 - Great commotions in tea cups? (6) - STORMS [CD]
17 - Tax levied on a mine for collecting filthy water (7) - {CESS}{PIT}
20 - French graduate has gala soft mixture (7) - AMALGAM* (m+ma+gala)
21 - Find company in one churchman or another (6) - {DEA{CO}N}
24 - Strings will have to be pulled for it to be effective (10) - MARIONETTE [CD]
25 - German physicist noted for his work in optics (4) - ABBE [E]
27 - Musical drama for Lawrence to work on (7) - {OPERA}{TE}
29 - What unusual skill comes across (7) - {ATHW*}{ART}
30 - Packed, we hear, to support England openers' appeal (8) - {EN}{TREATY}(pact~packed))
31 - Form of decoration conferred on the French petty officer (6) - {BEAD}{LE}
DOWN
1   - Stride about on the ship when there's trouble (8) - {DISTRE*}{SS}
2   - Across earlier for electrical apparatus (11) - {TRANS}{FORMER}
3   - Open to defeat (4) - UNDO [DD]
5   - Having the right to be given a peerage? (8) - ENTITLED [DD]
6   - Correspondence college tutor who handles lots of mail? (10) - {POST}{MASTER}
7   - Lee gets up to fish (3) - EEL <-
8   - Is held by a support and doesn't fall (6) - {RES{IS}T}
9   - English spin out verbal attack on a contemptible person (5) - SNIP(E)*
14 - Transfers directors at the exchange (11) - {SWITCH}{BOARD}
15 - I tore a male to pieces to effect an improvement (10) - AMELIORATE*
18 - Storey beneath ground floor of building (8) - BASEMENT [E]
19 - Render unstable (8) - UNSETTLE [E]
22 - Take advantage of one male model (6) - {I}{M}{POSE}
23 - Said it's hard to lift? (5) - (~steel){STEAL}
26 - Hose found at bottom of downpipe (4) - SHOE*
28 - Lizard found again (3) - EFT [DD]


Tuesday 28 June 2011

No 10192, Tuesday 28 Jun 11, M Manna

ACROSS
1   - Agree about the mess being bad, with the rating (10) - {ASSE{SSME*}NT}
6   - In war especially the Greeks, sought his aid (4) - ARES [T]
9   - Arab nomad somehow ran with case (7) - SARACEN*
10 - Go make tapes about secret police using harsh and unscrupulous methods (7) - GESTAPO*
12 - Honest but cunning backing is in view (8) - {S{TRA<-}IGHT}
13 - The devil of a public outcry over nitrogen (5) - {DEMO}{N}
15 - Fill with horror (5) - ABHOR [E]
17 - Barker, a colourful compiler (3,6) - {RED} { SETTER}
19 - Build up the head's standing (9) - {ERECT}{NESS}
21 - They see in future the scombroid fishes (5) - SEERS [DD]
23 - The defence offered “in another place” (5) - ALIBI [CD]
24 - Amused by cunning devices in a plot (8) - {BE{GUILE}D}
27 - Start in error in the passage (7) - TRANSIT*
28 - Articles about opposing cereal production for greed (7) - {A{V}A}{RICE}
29 - Appears certain to have regrets (4) - RUES*
30 - About to appeal — yet again! (10) - {RE}{PETITION}
DOWN
1   - Part of an artificial sole added to boot (4) - ALSO [T]
2   - Extension of time inside (7) - STRETCH [DD]
3   - Bones of the pelvic arch (5) - SACRA [E]
4   - People, I agree, are wrong to have captive animals (9) - {MEN}{AGERIE*}
5   - The dark part of a twentyfour hour period (5) - NIGHT [E]
7   - Open again to study with German (7) - {READ}{MIT}
8   - The fellow's mood mellows, food is the answer (10) - SPOONERISM [CD] Poor example of a spoonerism. See comments.
11 - It's deplorable for lawmen to return to their lairs, unhappy (7) - {S'AD<-}{DENS}
14 - The criminal macho element (10) - {MALE}{FACTOR}
16 - Keeps in the tears about to flow (7) - {RETA{IN}S*}
18 - Mark ingested a peculiar mixture (9) - DESIGNATE*
20 - Mate builds keen resentment at Chieftain's estate (7) - EMIRATE* (mate+ire?)
22 - Retired professors perhaps deserve to be included by heartless old priest (7) - {El{MERIT}I}
24 - He needs to bat, then mostly, take a swim (5) - {BAT}{HE} or is it {BAT}{tHEn}How does this clue work? (Addendum - {BAt}{THEn} - See comments)
25 - Language spoken in a mid-eastern country (5) - IRAQI [E]
26 - Near the middle (4) - MEAN [DD]



Monday 27 June 2011

No 10191, Monday 27 Jun 11, M Manna

The apprentice is back with a vengeance.
ACROSS
1   - They're saddled with responsibility for keeping the peace (7,6) - MOUNTED POLICE [CD]
8   - Travesties with which South Africa gets bored (7) - {SA}{TIRES}
9   - Made mistakes and ran for it (7) - ERRANDS* (errs+and) What's the definition?
11 - The French in taxis use strong ropes for hauling (6) - {CAB{LE}S}
13 - Look into jailbreak cooked up in Vienna (8) - {ESCA{LO}PE}
15 - Having cool courage, was never disturbed (5) - NERVE*
16 - Begins action against hostiles (7) - ENGAGES [CD]
18 - Prepare again for specified purpose (7) -  RETRAIN [CD]
19 - Mother — our loved one (5) - {AM}{OUR} No reversal indicator for MA
21 - Estimates made out for quarters held by fools (8) - {ASS{E}{S}{S}ES}
23 - To unnecessarily interferedaughter led me out (6) - MED(D)LE*


25 - Show zeal then thus, especially within (7) - ENTHUSE [T]
26 - Featured open and shut cases (7) - EYELIDS [CD]
28 - Fergusson left disorder as a result of a poor memory (13) - FORGETFULNESS*
DOWN
2   - Colonel retires to be with Regina during autumn (7) - {OC<-}{TO}{BE}{R}
3   - Find person, not a better half of Nordic people (3) - NORman What's the definition here?
4   - Not a difficult exam paper (4) - EASY [E] Why exam paper?
5   - Publicity man here about to go down (5,5) - {PRES{S AG}ENT}
6   - Left Nora for her (5) - {L}{ORNA*}
7   - Able to refuse French on point of throwing balls (7) - {CAN}{NON}{S}


8   - Ringside helper missing? Not for long (7,4) - SECONDS LATE [DD]
10 - The lamb's tender (11) - SHEPHERDESS [CD] My COD even though it's only a CD
12 - Let chief engineer be the choice in preference to others (5) - ELECT* (let+ce)
14 - Possibly giving men a better discount (10) - REBATEMENT*
17 - Regal building emits a showy brilliance (5) - GLARE*
18 - Its roots made into an Italian dish (7) - RISOTTO*
20 - Authorises inroads to be made (7) - ORDAINS*
22 - Stupefy girl with wounding words (5) - {STUN}{G}
24 - Land for each university (4) - {PER}{U}
27 - See one in public after eternity! (3) - EON*



Sunday 26 June 2011

No 2640, Sunday 26 Jun 11

Initially found it tough going today.
ACROSS
1   - Learner driver with challenging manner reportedly in range (8) - {L}{ATITUDE}(~attitude)
5   - Bird, duck, in Loire, swimming (6) - {O}{RIOLE*}
9   - Sucker cast as pirate (8) - PARASITE*
10 - Aim to lodge a protest (6) - OBJECT [DD]
12 - Deck, alternatively dock (5) - {OR}{LOP}
13 - Learn cheat exploited sorrow (9) - {HEAR}{TACHE*}
14 - Laxative in a glass butler served (8,4) - GLAUBER'S SALT*
18 - Magazine, up-to-date says husband (3,9) - {NEW} {STATES}{MAN}
21 - Former inflationary measure - fish included in recipe for disaster (5,4) - {PRICE {COD}E*}
23 - Keen to employ old dodge (5) - {AV{O}ID}
24 - Moan about having to guard silver dish (6) - {H{AG}GIS<-}
25 - Interrupted row on canal boat (6,2) - {BARGE}{D IN}
26 - Hat, good sort (6) - TOPPER [DD]
27 - TV series open about king (4,4) - {STAR T}{RE}{K} My favourite serial
DOWN
1   - Circuit used by best computer (6) - {LAP}{TOP}
2   - Excitement caused by the endless brook (6) - {THe}{RILL}
3   - One up for trial? (4,5) - TEST PILOT [CD]
4   - Lots go here after prices fall (5,7) - DUTCH AUCTION [CD]
6   - Automaton, British in origin (5) - {RO{B}OT}
7   - Closed small company at Inverness, say (8) - {OVER}{CO}{AT}
8   - Appeal of centre at Yonkers (8) - ENTREATY [T]
11 - Actor in Jaws - meet star, unexpectedly (5,7) - JAMES STEWART* Never knew he was a Brigadier General in the USAF Reserve.
15 - Article on German tanks turning up initially in a Norwegian port (9) - {STAV<-}{AN}{GER} With help from Google
16 - Covers put over recently stolen picture (8) - {SNAPS<-}{HOT}
17 - Admitting boxer retired following win on races (6,2) - {OWNIN*}{G UP<-}
19 - Private, not one to join up (6) - SOLDiER
20 - Leader in group, daughter sank off Baltic port (6) - {G}{D}{ANSK*}
22 - Select English, low in calories (5) - {E}{LITE}



Saturday 25 June 2011

No 10190, Saturday 25 Jun 11, M Manna

ACROSS
1   - Is seeking a scrap with enemies out (7) - {FO{RAG}ES
5   - Stage set by lieutenant for school of philosophy (7) - {GESTA*}{LT}
10 - Went without having given a farewell gesture, we hear (6) - WAIVED(~waved)
11 - One trips maybe due to the dogs (8) - POINTERS*
12 - Miss England lost one point for breaking down (6) - GLENDAn*
13 - Person or instrument making notes (8) - RECORDER [E]
14 - Hound fool for the gamble he gets into (6) - {B{ASS}ET}
15 - Put down for PE, does work out (6) - DEPOSE*
18 - Edible flower buds cut by pranksters (6) - CAPERS [DD]
20 - Making a comeback in the starring role about a biblical character (6) - {DA{NI}EL} <-
23 - Thought is led without being considered perfect (8) - {IDEA}{LISEd*} How does the 'D' get deleted?
25 - Alas! Copper found though in careless manner (6) - CASUAL*(alas+cu)
26 - Pole mishandled Laotian subject (8) - {N}{ATIONAL*}
27 - Either pick out or miss (6) - SINGLE [DD]


28 - Amount of money in grass picked up again (7) - {RE{SUM}ED}
29 - Border of a passage (7) - WAYSIDE [E]
DOWN
2   - Clear round for a person of great wisdom (6) - (O)RACLE*(clear+o)
3   - Plus now the front gate is broken (9) - {AD}{VAN}{TAGE*}
4   - Listeners following close bonds in gratitude (7) - {END}{EARS}
6   - Showed clearly the vice had to end right away (7) - EVINCED* (vice+end)
7   - Find a coach outright (5) - TUTOR [E]
8   - In magnanimous manner, bestowed huge quarter to son (8) - {LARGE}{S}{SE}
9   - Return full of beans (8,5) - SPIRITED REPLY [CD]
16 - As he will be dressed in trousers for the game (9) - {P{HEAS*}ANTS}
17 - Tough guy's shell? (4,4) - HARD CASE [CD]
19 - A skilled craft (7) - SCIENCE [CD]
21 - Casino I constructed for a capital (7) - NICOSIA*
22 - Given the name of, rang (6) - CALLED [DD]
24 - Bid farewell in a French manner (5) - ADIEU [E]



Friday 24 June 2011

No 10189, Friday 24 Jun 11, M Manna

Would have been a decent crossword but for the few inconsistencies.
Slow connection today so not adding any cartoons.
ACROSS
1   - Go off by oneself to sketch detail (4,5) - {DRAW} {A}{PART}
6   - Good man gets a warning to say nothing and hideaway (5) - {ST}{A}{SH}
9   - Inferior foreigner undergoing training in armed forces (5) - {CAD}{ET}
10 - Related to the family originating from Lancaster (9) - ANCESTRAL*
11 - Before decent, drunken predecessor! (10) - {ANTE}{CEDENT*}
12 - Supervise text publication (4) - EDIT [CD]
14 - Ceased to associate (7) - DROPPED [E]
15 - Head doctor makes a point to order hard cheese (7) - {C}{HEDDAR*} Where does 'C' come from*
17 - Assumed as true so posted one out (7) - {POS{I}TED} Supposed to be an Anagram?
19 - Passed the ball transversely (7) - CROSSED [E] Why ball?
20 - Kind and virtuous person without alternative (4) - {S{OR}T}
22 - Rambling with company in a natural setting (10) - {IN{CO}HERENT}
25 - North African in a loose jacket? (9) - TANGERINE [DD] Tangerines don't have loose jackets. (See comments)
26 - Readjust rates and rents (5) - TEARS*
27 - Draw up preliminary plan outline (5) - DRAFT [E]
28 - Organised chaos on a large scale (9) - GRANDIOSE*
DOWN
1   - Now a cricket club building at Asian capital (5) - DACCA* (ad+a+cc)
2   - Dad converted one with difficulty into extra rooms (9) - {ADD}{I}{TION*}S 'S' from?
3   - Expect the French here to fill in worker and head (10) - {ANT}{ICI}{PATE}
4   - Official payment made out to a ward by Ted (7) - {A}{WARD}{ED}
5   - Skilled person in mechanical art (7) - TECHNIC [CD]
6   - Say nothing because muffled by a scarf (4) - {S{AS}H}
7   - There's a large number to deliver, sharp! (5) - {A}{C}{RID}
8   - In case, the steer should be tied up in the hold (9) - {HOL{STERE*}D}
13 - Arden, for example, surrounded by hard grass must be planted anew (10) - {RE{FOREST}ED}
14 - Attested about it and put down (9) - {DEPOS{IT}ED}
16 - Reckless road speed is criminal (9) - DESPERADO*
18 - Rhythmic movements to music (7) - DANCING [E]
19 - House office to care for student affected with acute intestine infection (7) - {C{HO}{L}ERA}*
21 - Nora asks daughter to call for her (5) - {RON{D}A*}
23 - Experience with a small portion (5) - TASTE [CD]
24 - Measures people may take a stand on (4) - FEET [DD]



Thursday 23 June 2011

No 10188, Thursday 23 Jun 11, Gridman

ACROSS
1   - Antiquated — like an old wristwatch? (4-4) - TIME-WORN [CD]
5   - Journal has nothing to retract on a holy symbol (6) - {LIN}{GAM}<-
10 - Elusive types in adverse changes (7) - EVADERS*
11 - One way to think…. (there's no secrecy about it) (3,4) - OUT LOUD [CD]
12 - Bend, clean out and break a tie (6) - {U}{NLACE*}
13 - Priestly sort of error? (8) - CLERICAL [CD]
15 - Moreover, a large number's quickly working out (4) - {A}{L}{SOon}
16 - Very noisy roosts, if I'm broadcasting correctly (10) - FORTISSIMO*
18 - Slum doctor running in heavy weather (5,5) - STORM CLOUD*
20 - Tax on second bed (4) - {S}{COT}
23 - Can be depended on lier turning to get fit (8) - {RELI*}{ABLE}
24 - Cease to tear back into river (6) - {EX{PIR<-}E}
26 - Sugar old wit put in tin (7) - {S{WEET}{E}N} Third 'E' from?
27 - Delaware conservative goes into centre of Khartoum for architectural style (3,4) - {khART-{DE}{C}Oum}
28 - Pedlar's lowest level heard (6) - SELLER(~cellar)
29 - Cutback of sauce on vegetable and fish (8) - {PIL<-}{CHARD}
DOWN
1   - Book hostelries Susan renovated (3,3,4,5) - THE SUN ALSO RISES*
2   - It's spotted as childhood disease (7) - MEASLES [CD]
3   - From what place (6) - WHENCE [E]
4   - Peace of mind with what's left (4) - REST [DD]
6   - One shows this in savings obviously for this (8) - INTEREST [CD]
7   - Leading gastronomer returns negative vote with incomplete note on dumpling (7) - {G}{NOC<-}{CHIt} 
8   - Mediocre interpretation may yield Hero A (6-2-3-4) - MIDDLE-OF-T{HE-RO}{A}D
9   - Drive at full speed and suffer a puncture — on vacation (2,4,3) - {GO FLAT} {OUT}
14 - Golan — and how would you arrive there by chance? (4,5) - ROLL {ALONG*}
17 - Fight from which Gridman backs out. It's still fight! (8) - {EM<-}{BATTLE}
19 - Work doesn't begin proficiently. It's crude structure (3,4) - {tOIL} {WELL}
21 - Monster clanger on god — scholar dismissed (7) - {CHIME}{RAma}
22 - Old love's just about right! It's wonderfully different (6) - {EX}{O}{TICk}
25 - Necessarily hid a garment (4) - SARI [T]



Wednesday 22 June 2011

No 10187, Wednesday 22 Jun 11, Gridman

NE corner was tough going for me, was flummoxed by the CD's at 5A & D. I would rate today between Good & Average again.
ACROSS
1   - Quarrels over pilot officer's confidential warnings (3-4) - {TI{P-O}FFS}


5   - Bars office groups? (6) - STAFFS [DD]
9   - Command leader of bandits to leave the boundary line (5) - bORDER
10 - Note admirer entertaining community of nuns (9) - {B{ORDER}EAU}
11 - Frugal supplies restrict Western front in old conflict (4,3) - {GULF {W}AR*}
12 - The sort of support alimony is (7) - SPOUSAL [CD]
13 - Bush daily emptied a drink (5) - {TOD}{DailY}
14 - Daily for a restriction on Chennai's top coach (4-1-4) - {CHAR}-{A}-{BAN}{C}
16 - Overcome completely a cricket batsman's punishment (3,3,3) - HIT FOR SIX [DD]
19 - Build either way (3,2) - PUT UP <->
21 - Marine CIA once grilled (7) - OCEANIC*
23 - One who throws out a kind of seat (7) - EJECTOR [DD] Isn't that an 'ejection seat'?.
24 - Biscuit for Italian patriot (9) - GARIBALDI [DD]
25 - Is allowed a small piece of land (5) - {IS}{LET}
26 - Entertains US detectives leaving station house (6) - AMUSES Anno pending (Addendum - shAMUSES- See comments)
27 - Someday will bring the dog! (7) - SAMOYED*
DOWN
1   - Carefully considered, yet tense, yet stifling bit of rage (7,7) - {THOUGH}{T} {TH{R}OUGH} My COD
2   - Tried to dispose of bicycle by speaking to dealer at first (7) - (~pedal){PEDDLE}{D} 'of' or 'off'? (See comments)
3   - Absent-minded inventor gives up daughter for wife (7) - FARA(-d+w)WAY
4   - Takes away paper found among temporary teachers (9) - {SUB{TRACT}S}
5   - It's a bad thing to be out of this (5) - SORTS [CD]
6   - Study mantra among drivers for growth that's benign (7) - {A{DEN}{OM}A}
7   - See fair, blooming flower (7) - FREESIA*
8   - Such a person has no personal interest (6-8) - PUBLIC-SPIRITED [CD]
15 - Cares for an eleven's Oriental binders (9) - {AN}{XI}{E}{TIES}
17 - Article with more complicated proposition (7) - {THE}{OREM*}
18 - Is this collection one that moves you? (7) - OMNIBUS [DD]
19 - Top man's about to accept one sum without second extra charge (7) - {P{RE}M}{I}{sUM}
20 - Lock, stock and barrel for child and friend (7) - {TOT}{ALLY}
22 - Head of clan lets loose old Irish (5) - {C}{ELTS*}



Tuesday 21 June 2011

No 10186, Tuesday 21 Jun 11, Gridman

Good, but found it tough going, at the bottom right corner.
ACROSS
1   - Opponents cackle wildly over jewel (8) - {NE}{CKLACE*}
5   - Floods alligator milieux (6) - SWAMPS [CD]
9   - Mr. X is also in fair (2-3-2) - {SO-{AND}-SO} My COD
10 - Wickedness in a revolutionary is abused (7) - {RE{VILE}D}
11 - The hedge plant formed an odd line (9) - DANDELION*
12 - Good to be in bike outing for low hill (5) - {RID{G}E}
13 - Farmland pest eats away core of material (4) - VOiLE 
14 - Overcome by years, faulty gut creaks (3-6) - AGE-STRUCK*
17 - Thing given away to Cockney girl by politician (9) - {OFF}{hER}{TORY} Shouldn't this have been 'things'. New word for me.
19 - Barely brown part of piecrust (4) - ECRU [T]
23 - Broadcaster, more just, less loud (5) - fAIRER
24 - Produces chromosome unit and charges (9) - {GENE}{RATES}
25 - Account set in a different manner for private quarters (7) - {BILL}{ETS*}
26 - Italian seaport majestic to a great extent (7) - IMPERIAl
27 - Fisherman begins losing in fury (6) - {ANG{L}ER}
28 - Wrong a good, almost stern, woman (8) - {A}{G}{GRIm}{EVE}
DOWN
1   - Almost clear, so involved in rise — and sudden drop (8) - {tN{OS}EDIVE} <-


2   - Medium trench? (7) - CHANNEL [DD]
3   - One who's taken in (6) - LODGER [CD]
4   - Those times just before the curtains will be brought down? (7,6) - CLOSING STAGES [E]
6   - Fence-sitters, say, in sort of trousers getting no publicity (8) - WAVERERS Anno pending (Addendum - {Wad{AVER}ERS} - See comments)
7   - Sweet-sounding Gridman to see retreating detectives (7) - {ME}{LO}{DIC<-}
8   - Turn blue over bad end in treacherous Andes (6) - {SAD{D}EN*}
10 - Grading takes well the sort of grass that grows fast (4-9) - {RANK-{SPRING}ING}
15 - This stays the execution (8) - REPRIEVE [CD]
16 - Foreign newspaper heads splashed summer item (8) - {SUN}{SHADE*}
18 - A number said to support a front runner (7) - (~four){FORE}{LEG}
20 - Set a camp-bed by the lake (7) - {COT}{ERIE}
21 - Beat and butcher bad Greek character (6) - {LAM}{BDA*}
22 - Padre dressed by right cloth dealer (6) - {DRAPE*}{R}



Monday 20 June 2011

No 10185, Monday 20 Jun 11, Gridman

ACROSS
1   - Square to talk about a large landowner (8) - {SQ}{U{A}TTER}
6   - Fair appearance (4) - SHOW [DD]
9   - Search for silk ribbon (6) - FERRET [DD]
10 - Last month I began bellowing for a measure — a measure of sound (7) - {DEC}{I}{B}{EL}
13 - Bonnie apt to break Chile morsel (5,4) - PINTO BEAN*
14 - Old account after account recalled source of chocolate (5) - {CA}{CA}{O} <-
15 - Fellow on starter to ethical law (4) - {COD}{E}
16 - If you do, you may fall short of target? (3,3,4) - AIM TOO HIGH [CD]
19 - Shooting away? (2,8) - ON LOCATION [CD]
21 - What a flute-player can do to make a hit (4) - BLOW [DD]
24 - Ruffian lad backs another lad endlessly (5) - {YOB<-}{BOy}
25 - Record about a black sin perpetrated in mountain retreats (3,6) - {LOG} {C}{A}{B}{INS*}
26 - Sues gal for torturing marine snail (3,4) - SEA SLUG*
27 - Kee may emerge in this stretch (3,3) - {EKE*} {OUT}
28 - Not me to clip duplicate toy (2-2) - {YOu}-{YOu}
29 - Leapt forward to see a couple of learners taking a newspaper section (8) - {LO}{LL}{OP-ED}
DOWN
2   - Got promoted on board? (7) - QUEENED [CD]
3   - Broadcast against the cooling business in short (3-3) - {AIR}-{CON}
4   - Headed for a big name in hotels — not tipsy completely! (2,3,4) - {TO THE} {HILTon}
5   - Artist fellow in element (5) - {RA}{DON}
7   - Japanese grill is almost back with greetings all round (7) - {HI}{BACh}{HI}
8   - Illusion of tree covering article is soft (4-1-3-4) - {WILL-O-{THE}-W}{IS}{P}
11 - Case for an entomologist? (6) - COCOON [CD]
12 - Film special champion's mission (5,7) - {SP}{ACE} {ODYSSEY}
17 - Crowd has no right support for marine animal (5,4) - {THrONG} {SEAL} Looks like me when I emerge from the swimming pool !!
18 - One unwinds while reading it (6) - SCROLL [CD]
20 - Where the collection is in volumes (7) - LIBRARY [CD]
22 - Lie stretched out with certain ease (7) - {LEI*}{SURE}
23 - Look at the breadth of summerhouse (6) - {GAZE}{B}O 'O' from ?
25 - Acceptable support to a Labour leader (5) - {LEG}{A}{L}



Sunday 19 June 2011

No 2639, Sunday 19 Jun 11

ACROSS
1   - Cover bovine? Bull, at last (4) - {COW}{L}
3   - Female holding up a train? (10) - BRIDESMAID [CD]


10 - Lengthen lease, in writing (3,4) - {LET} {DOWN}
11 - Parted company in Croatian port towards the north (5,2) - {SPLIT} {UP}
12 - Sweet foreign kid hurt his leg on end of slat (7,7) - {TURKISH DELIGH*}{T}
14 - Has words, upset about first of our promotional tours (9) - {ROADSH{O}WS*}
16 - A new member backing backer (5) - {A}{N}{GEL<-}
18 - Girl in aquarelle, nineteen (5) - ELLEN [T]
19 - Candlemakers caught coaches (9) - {C}{HANDLERS}
20 - One could be blue! (4-6,4) - FOUR-LETTER WORD [CD]
24 - Cans provided by top teacher with group (7) - {HEAD}{SET}
25 - Odd pint with her in a Cumbrian town (7) - PENRITH* Thanks to Google
26 - Talk to girl and mistress of a fashionable household (10) - {CHAT}{ELAINE}
27 - Photograph taken on the spur of the moment (4) - SNAP [DD]
DOWN
1   - Method of treating drug addiction in chilly country (4,6) - {COLD} {TURKEY}
2   - Force used after breaking barrier (9) - {W{ATERF*}ALL}
4   - Book missing from office in hacienda (5) - bRANCH
5   - Indigestion, said Pepys, suffering (9) - DYSPEPSIA*
6   - Nervously bind a new book (6,3,5) - SYLVIE AND BRUNO*
7   - I may appear straight after this character (5) - AITCH [CD]
8   - Illegal drugs information (4) - DOPE [DD]
9   - Literary hero of Hood's on erratic course? (8,6) - {ROBIN'S}{ON} {COURSE*} (Correction
- {ROBIN'S}{ON} {CRUSOE*})

13 - Stopped up to inform on just union members here (6,4) - {CLOSED} {SHOP}
15 - Band playing Ireland, say (9) - ORCHESTRA [CD]
17 - Old brotherhood member getting angrier, distraught about shot (9) - {GRE{GO}RIAN*}
21 - Some up from part of Utah, a Mormon city (5) - OMAHA [T<-]
22 - Simple goal, mine at home (3-2) - {TAP}-{IN}
23 - Stylish young woman? Not quite (4) - CHICk



Saturday 18 June 2011

No 10184, Saturday 18 Jun 11, Gridman

I'm grading this between GOOD & AVERAGE as I was not happy with the NE corner of the grid.
ACROSS
1   - Atropine I've retrieved is useless (11) - INOPERATIVE*
9   - Did a favour under compulsion? (7) - OBLIGED [DD]
10 - He's to collect about 500 (7) - {GAR{D}NER}
11 - Duck dis or dat? (5) - EIDER [DD] Deja vu
12 - One is not alive to display this face (5,4) - DEATH MASK [CD]
13 - Look back and pine for veteran (5) - {OL<-}{DIE}
15 - Figure writer's knot (9) - {PEN}{TANGLE}
18 - Rants about pets wandering in church passages (9) - {TRANS*}{EPTS*}
21 - Exploded right into bosom (5) - {BU{R}ST}
22 - Student tucked in albacore cooked for Spanish horseman (9) - {CABA{L}LERO*}
24 - That's understood — one politician leaving is sanctioned (5) - impLICIT
26 - Riddle no small drillmaster (7) - sTRAINER
27 - Get nice changes! It's all in the family! (7) - GENETIC*
28 - Record to retain scratched host (11) - {ENTER}{TAINER*}
DOWN
1   - Too rude in disposition but removed some kinks (6,3) - IRONED OUT*


2   - Laboured hard without capital and made things smooth (5) - tOILED
3   - Yen as each tutor omits love sign (9) - {EA}{G(ov)ERNESS}
4   - Was consistent in being calculative (5,2) - ADDED UP [DD]
5   - One new good shower, basically (2,5) - {I}{N} {G}{RAIN}
6   - A spinner's core, head slipping downwards (5) - (-h)EART(+h)H Earth is a spinner OK, but a little far fetched to imagine.
7   - One swelling to studiously learn German (8) - {ENLAR*}{GER} Not happy with this definition
8   - Tense on king's expedition (4) - {T}{RE}{K} Not sure if this anno is correct. Just 'T' for tense?
14 - Bushed, bushed, bushed (8) - {DEAD}{BEAT}
16 - No ball Aga conducted in Italy (4,5) - ALBA LONGA*
17 - Vehicle for going round in tea plantation? (6,3) - ESTATE CAR [CD]
19 - I go wrong in putting up prize money for pantomime character (7) - {P{I}{ERR}OT}
20 - Big hitter, small lumberjack (7) - {S}{LOGGER}
22 - Fastidious copper's note (4) - {CU}{TE}
23 - Look! No-good weapon (5) - gLANCE
25 - Interpose with copper container (3,2) - {CU}{T-IN}



Friday 17 June 2011

No 10183, Friday 17 Jun 11, Gridman

ACROSS
1   - Army officer and men on a stir in America (8) - {COL}{OR}{A}{DO}
5   - Psychs up for key competitions (6) - {B}{RACES}
9   - Bar is launching efforts to delimitate (8) - {LOCAL}{IS}{E}
10 - Secure old boy's thanks to one boon at last (6) - {OB}{TA}{I}{N}
12 - Material lawyer discarded in cover-up (4) - daMASK
13 - Note on men in good books of polity (10) - {G}{OVER}{N{MEN}T}
15 - Many at Patna stretched in brief sleep (6) - {C}{ATNAP*}
17 - Bertram abandoning holy one for suitor (5) - WOOstER
20 - Guide undergoes change of heart as linchpin (5) - PI(-l+v)VOT
21 - Dedicated to make four enter poll (6) - {VOT{IV}E}
24 - Discarding Iranian rut, he lives in the Land of Hope (10) - RURITANIAN*
27 - The group to take half-ride inside (4) - {T{RIde}O}
29 - Sailor goes after girl — a divine form (6) - {AVA}{TAR}
30 - Provide with automobilesroomiest and running (8) - MOTORISE*
31 - A man dumped back in hedge to bray (3-3) - {HE{E-H}{A}<-W}
32 - Civic official finds almost all dreamland in a shambles (8) - ALDERMANd*
DOWN
1   - In a newspaper: ‘Doric or Ionic?' (6) - COLUMN [DD]
2   - Insect makes Latin deputy stop short on street (6) - {LOCUm}{ST}
3   - Depend on lady; take no notice! (4) - {RE}{LadY}
4   - Nightclub find pretty outstanding (5) - DISCOver
6   - Dressin' flier (5) - ROBINg
7   - Tea for Argentine politico's watchdog (8) - {CHA}{PERON}
8   - Can we take it that this Municipality department is “clean”? (8) - SANITARY [DD]
11 - Tyrant posed badly with troop leader (6) - {DESPO*}{T}
14 - Establish hard behind (4) - {H}{AFT} Is this definition correct?
16 - One van used for nine-day ritual (6) - NOVENA*
17 - Some show a veritable undulation (4) - WAVE [T]
18 - Come up to a very quiet insect (8) - {A}{PP}{ROACH}
19 - Think too much on mending tear (8) - {OVER}{RATE*}
22 - Statement to disperse mist around game (6) - {T{RU}ISM*}
23 - Be in charge of deliveries in good number (6) - {G}{OVER}{N}
25 - An ornament for the temples (5) - TIARA [CD]
26 - In trouble with a number, not right, left (5) - {A}{FOU(-r+l}L}
28 - Good individual no longer around (4) - {G}{ONE}



Thursday 16 June 2011

No 10182, Thursday 16 Jun 11, Nita Jaggi


I laughed so much when I got the solution to 13A that I did not need to think of any cartoons for today.
ACROSS
8   - Plan out a revision meant to dismiss one appraisal that is too high (14) - OVERESTIMATIONan*
9   - Clever boy is accurate (6) - {B}{RIGHT}
10 - Broad amount charged for the chemical salt (8) - {TART}{RATE}
11 - Trouble occurs when school teacher's initial is halved (8) - (-m+d)DISTRESS
13 - Idles around with the girl finally on the circular road in the sun (6) - {L}{O}{AVE}{S}
THIS ONE TAKES THE CAKE How can someone be so dumb!!!
14 - Look around for Elizabeth involved in the grand arrangements (6) - {GAND{E}R*}
16 - Harm old soldiers in the yacht station (6) - {MAR}{INA}
19 - Development of an area (6) - ESTATE [E?]
21 - Eating zone is out in the open (8) - ALFRESCO [E]
23 - Hollow muscular organs of an air passage (8) - LARYNGES [E]
24 - Distant cloud, blue in colour is found in North America (6) - {N{EBUL*}A} Colour as 'AInd' ?
26 - Injured people cry out to one ruler in pain losing heart in the end (7,7) - {WAiL}{KING} {WOUND}{EnD}
DOWN
1   - Getting on to the ferry shortly on the way with the leaders of the new group (8) - {BOAt}{RD}{I}{N}{G} 'I' from 'the' ?
2   - Ice block on the faulty bridge is not the same (4) - BERGid*
3   - Calm the horse guarding the Northern Territories in Luxembourg (6) - {GE{NT}{L}E}
4   - Political control in this situation is left to the Maoist leader (7) - {STATe}{IS}{M}
5   - It mostly gets held up in the rains (8) - UMBRELLA [CD]
6   - To commemorate, Germany fails to get the general site in place (10) - ETERNALISEg*
7   - Hate to see the man (6) - {LO}{AT}{HE} Where does 'AT' come from?
12 - Yank a giant forcibly into the great lake (10) - TANGANYIKA*
15 - Coming into view by combining the following central theme (8) - {thEme}{MERGING}
17 - Recognition for a couple of colleges, mostly old today in England (8) - {A}{CC}{OLd}{AD}{E}
18 - Quickly swam over the small anchor in front of the port town (7) - MASSAWA* (swam+s+a)
20 - Do not load cars in motion with any physical quantity (6) - {SCALARdo*}
22 - Parasitic plant that may be a growing concern (6) - FUNGUS [CD]
25 - Waited for the crowd shortly after eight (4) - {BODy}{E}



Wednesday 15 June 2011

No 10181, Wedensday 15 Jun 11, Nita Jaggi


ACROSS

1   - A tram is plying on the road in the holy city (8) - AMRITSAR*
5   - A U.S. actor known for moody rebellious roles (4) - DEAN [E]
9   - Followers of a European car are half in sequence (8) - {AUDI}{sequENCE}
10 - Seafood for the Disney pup at lunchtime (6) - {SCAMP}{I}
12 - At dawn left the British nobleman (4) - EARLy
13 - Here, being present in class (10) - ATTENDANCE [CD]
15 - Typical feature of the satiric catcher in motion (14) - CHARACTERISTIC*
17 - Kind of music that precedes an act in an opera (7,7) - {CHORALE} {PRELUDE} What has this got to do with an Opera and what's the definition here?
21 - Formula is numeric describing this radioactive element (10) - {LAW}{RENCIUM*}
22 - Flows back in the east for two seconds in this direction (4) - {E{BB}S}
25 - Spot marked for one advertisement is a bit unusual in this mythical place (6) - {X}{AN}{AD}{U}
26 - Double the disc range in the movie theatre (8) - {BI}{O}{SCOPE}
27 - Put in the basin (4) - SINK [DD]
28 - Short newspaper article about a group (8) - PERSONAL ?
DOWN
1   - Stimulate a woman, one devoted to point out (6) - {A}{W}{A}{KeEN}
2   - Passenger fare (5) - RIDER [DD] Hardly a DD, both are the same
3   - Ends an argument before time again for an adolescent (4) - {T}{E}{E}{N}
4   - His majesty is not schematic in handling the monk (7) - ASCETIChm*
6   - Aircraft squadron declares war over Israel (10) - {ESCADR{IL}LE*}
7   - Officially suggested the token left for Edward (9) - {NOMINAl}{TED}
8   - It is awarded to a winner, maybe (5) - PRIZE [E]
11 - She believes in this goddess of youth (4) - HEBE [T]
14 - Any crucial conflict (10) - ARMAGEDDON [E]
16 - Deceives gangster (9) - HOODWINKS Supposed to be a DD. How does 'winks' fit into the def of gangster.
18 - Cut to draw out the silk edge (4) - skETCH
19 - Set of instructions that a computer obeys (7) - ROUTINE [E]
20 - Bony kind of duck is in the pond (6) - {O}{S}{TEAL} Not sure of anno
21 - Hindu goddess of wealth (5) - LAXMI [E]
23 - Poet has nothing to drink with the toast (5) - BROWN ? (Addendum - BROWN(ing) - See comments)
24 - Prays for the king trapped in the ship (4) - {A}{S{K}S}


Tuesday 14 June 2011

No 10180, Tuesday 14 Jun 11, Nita Jaggi

ACROSS
7   - High-handed sailors have a hollow pear-shaped instrument (8) - {ABS}{O}{LUTE}
9   - Song and dance today (6) - {BALL}{AD}
11 - Sees no old commitments of an unfinished business (5,4) - LOOSE ENDS*
12 - A model's position reviewed by the fable writer (5) - {A}{ESOP<-}
13 - Downhill racers (6) - SKIERS [CD]
14 - Why not, I surely used up my wife's locked up material wealth (8) - LUXURIES Anno pending (Addendum - {L{UX}URIESy*} - See comments}
17 - Substitute of a retired American bishop is around at the doorway (9) - {SU<-}{RR}{O}{GATE}
22 - Former Austrian prince (8) - ARCHDUKE [E]
23 - Horse-drawn vehicle in Helen's land is left in Bikaner (6) - TROIKA ? Anno pending (Addendum - {TROy}{IKA} - But how do we extract IKA from Bikaner?)
25 - You are in it with an Eskimo (5) - {IN}{U}{IT}
27 - God man you judge before the mathematician (9) - {RA}{MAN}{U}{J}AN Anno for 'AN' not clear
28 - Take money as from banks (6) - BORROW [CD]
29 - Momentary glance for a short time (8) - FLEETING [CD]
DOWN
1   - It helps an Armada member to settle down (7) - BALLAST [CD]
2   - Antiheroes criticised her out in this country (7) - ESTONIAher*
3   - Medical tube is heartlessly set by a specialist (5) - {SeT}{ENT}
4   - Coffee on Jakarta's island (4) - JAVA [DD]
5   - Kind of surgery to pull off faces (7) - PLASTIC [CD]
6   - Fatty tissue (7) - ADIPOSE [E]
8   - Be idle frolicking on our land that is covered (3,6) - {L{IE} AROUND*}
10 - Mollify a wise guy holding us back (7) - {A{S{SU<-}AGE}
15 - Vocal expression (9) - UTTERANCE [E]
16 - The caddoan language (7) - ARIKARA [E]
18 - Two degrees on the edge of an instrument (7) - {MA}{RIM}{BA}
19 - Collect the bill for a headless escort (7) - {AC}{sQUIRE}
20 - Separate the husband finally from his sweetheart at home (7) - {D}{hIS}{JO}{IN}
21 - Same as massacre (7) - CARNAGE [E]
24 - Remove impurities from the metal fish (5) - SMELT [DD]
26 - Return the stolen money for the machine (4) - TOOL<-



Monday 13 June 2011

No 10179, Monday 13 Jun 11, Nita Jaggi

ACROSS
1   - Veiled wife? (5) - BEGUM [CD]
4   - Security in the prison (7) - CUBOIDS ? (Addendum - CUSTODY - See comments)
10 - Note the bird lover reflecting the steady sound (6) - {TI}C{CAT<-} 'C' from?
11 - Very much in trouble, may be (4-4) - KNEE-DEEP [CD]
13 - Mistakenly an upright cadet is forcibly taken into custody (8) - CAPTURED ? Anno pending (Addendum - (up+r+cadet)*)
14 - Young chicken side is cut off in the machine (6) - BrOILER
16 - Small boy is on the cargo platform (4) - {S}{KID}
17 - A dealer in secondhand books (10) - PIGEONHOLE is the only thing that fits here. (Addendum - BIBLIOPOLE [E] - See comments)
20 - Crowd around George participating in Goa's recent celebrations (10) - {CON{G}REGATE*}
21 - Ape runs in Lima's land (4) - PERU [T]
24 - One king of the French has a piece of this ornament (6) - {AN}{K}{LE}{T}
26 - First batch in the lot will leave the stadium (8) - {B}{ALL}{PARK}
28 - Deliberate destruction of the boat anchored over a period of time (8) - S{ABOT*}{AGE} 'S' from ?
29 - All ten wild with temper (6) - {ENT*}{IRE}
30 - Cross over structures (7) - BRIDGES [E]
31 - Number of days in a week (5) - SEVEN [E] Am I in Kindergarten!!
DOWN
2   - Act of leaving out an old conservative poet in controversy (9) - {EX}{C}{EPTION*}
3   - You are protected by Saturn revolving around the seventh planet (6) - {URAN{U}St*} How do we delete 'T'
5   - Runs excitedly for the vases (4) - URNS*
6   - Like some confrontations between a member and another (3-2-3) - ONE-TO-ONE [CD] (Addendum - TOE-TO-TOE [CD] - See comments)
7   - Stay in front of the dry water hole (5) - {D}WELL}
8   - Holds the twigs (6) - STICKS [DD] ?
9   - Sprinkle water (6) - SPARGE [E] New word for me
12 - To close in on the best contract for the police officer at around eight in England (7) - {BESt}{I{E}G}{E}
15 - Picture of the union leader is on the table (7) - ?E?T?A? (Addendum - {PLATE}{A}{U} - See comments)
18 - Key mechanic (9) - OPERATIVE [CD] [DD]
19 - Arab refreshed has been taken in (8) - {AR}{RESTED}
20 - Part of the group mostly is around the University enclosure in front (6) - {CLA{U}Ss)(E} What's the connection between 'Part' and 'Clause'?
22 - Maintenance of a house, maybe (6) - UPKEEP [E]
23 - Take a quick look at the girl with cyclist Armstrong (6) - {G}{LANCE}
25 - Kashmiri leaders take a tailless bird to the mystic poet (5) - {KA}{BIRd}
27 - Devil hides in the log restaurant (4) - OGRE [T]