Wednesday 29 February 2012

No 10398, Wednesday 29 Feb 12, Neyartha

ACROSS
6   - Abandon supply… (5) - YIELD [DD]
7   - … to the Massachusetts whaling town made famous by limericks (9) - NANTUCKET [GK]

There once was a man from Nantucket
 Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
  But his daughter, named Nan,
Ran away with a man
  And as for the bucket, Nantucket.

10 - Deliver note sent ahead by the UP leader in the midst of rocks at the cliff base (6) - RESCUE (+re){RE)(SC{U}(-re)E}
11 - Mother ignored bottom plate put outside in the sink (8) - DIMINISH {D{IM}{IN}ISH} ? Anno pending (Addendum - {DI{MINImum}SH} - See comments}
12 - Piercing jewellery piece of the harsh judge thrown out by the Earl (7) - EARRING (-j+e)EARRING
13 - Sees Cuban hiding some diving gear (5) - SCUBA [T]
14 - Quantity of something about which no one is certain (7) - UNKNOWN [E]
15 - Witty joker goes back with cooked ham for some Greek money (7) - DRACHMA {DRAC<-}{HAM*}
18 - John, in speaking to the police department, was comprehensible (5) - LUCID (~loo){LU}{CID}
19 - Revolutionary eventually gets rigorous imprisonment in the repeat hearing (7) - RETRIAL {RET{RI}AL<-}
20 - Dangerous racists settle around the island over a geological timescale (8) - TRIASSIC {TR{I}ASSIC*}
22 - Initially place lumber inside nursery to help with the column support (6) - PLINTH {P}{L}{I}{N}{T}{H}
23 - Sluggard scratching head with some smoothing tools used by manicurists (9) - NAILFILES {sNAIL}{FILES}
24 - Spirit found in a Tianjin nightclub (5) - JINNI [T]
DOWN
1   - Score: -1 (8) - NINETEEN [E]
2   - On-screen letter? (10,4) - ELECTRONIC MAIL [CD]
3   - Broke AG ready to provide the old outdoor storage fee (7) - YARDAGE*
4   - Scrap one of the Intel microprocessor lineups (4) - ATOM [DD]
5   - Studied to find out, we hear, about the Middle Eastern water body (3,3) - RED SEA (~read){RED} {SEA}(~see)
8   - Conservative's unfortunate junction visit results in ‘Madras Eye' (14) - CONJUNCTIVITIS {C}{JUNCTION+VISIT*}
9   - Inspected sheep picked up by the underwater worker from the south (8) - REVIEWED {REVI{EWE}D<-}
13 - Group of microbes found in crumpled polyester left outside (8) - SEROTYPE POlYESTER*
16 - Michigan in flames over worker being aggressive (8) - MILITANT {MI}{LIT}{ANT}
17 - Windpipe in painting drawn up by a revolutionary undergoing imprisonment (7) - TRACHEA {TR{A}{CHE}A<-}
18 - Awkward palaver initially ignored by the ones in need of a metamorphosis (6) - LARVAE pALAVER*
21 - Spotless Oriental making way for the Pole in the hero's tale (4) - SPIC (-e+s)SPIC



Tuesday 28 February 2012

No 10397, Tuesday 28 Feb 12, Anitya

Anitya must be disappointed, except for Bhavan we all missed out on yesterday's Nina which was 'Hi, here comes another setter'
ACROSS
8   - Navy's main strength (3,5) - SEA POWER [CD]
9   - Concerning friend? Indeed! (6) - REALLY {RE}{ALLY}
10 - Five aired off — not all the same (6) - VARIED {V}{AIRED*}
11 - Currently rejection meets with a shock, reportedly (8) - NOWADAYS {NOW}{A}{DAYS}(~daze) Anno for 'NOW' not clear (Addendum - {NO}{W}{A}{DAYS}(~daze) - See comments)
12 - Examine, see — all right? X? (4,4) - LOOK INTO {LO}{OK} {INTO}
13 - A minister recalled American dislike (6) - ANIMUS {A}{NIM<-}{US}
14 - Overly equipped and ready for bottle (5,2,3,5) - ARMED TO THE TEETH [CD] That should be 'battle'
18 - Special care about keyboard bar (6) - SPACER {SP}{CARE*}
20 - Took a look at cut-back and dug deep! (8) - EXAMINED {EXA<-}{MINED}
23 - What Bryan III dished out? (8) - BIRIYANI*
24 - Region's noble unknown (6) - COUNTY {COUNT}{Y}
25 - iPad's browser on a trek? (6) - SAFARI [DD]
26 - One way to wax — as a speaker might! (8) - ELOQUENT [CD]
DOWN
1   - Smooth in a score (6) - LEGATO [E]
2   - At special icy area, the French dot (8) - SPRINKLE {SP}{RINK}{LE}
3   - Wends scattered around Eastern country (6) - SWEDEN {SW{E}DEN*}
4   - What the paper follows is today's pattern (5,2,3,5) - TREND OF THE TIMES [CD]
5   - No bawler gets roasted malt brew (5,3) - BROWN ALE*
6   - A joiner entered General Hospital for one leader (6) - GANDHI {G{AND}H}{I}
7   - Soft, common courtship in women's wear (8) - PLAYSUIT {P}{LAY}{SUIT}
15 - Salesman off-rails in avenger's action (8) - REPRISAL {REP}{RAILS*}
16 - Turtle from pawn in region (8) - TERRAPIN {TERRA{P}IN}
17 - Philosopher whose follower has refined taste (8) - EPICURUS [CD]
19 - High point of the ride cut short by upper figure (6) - CLIMAX {CLIp}{MAX}
21 - Do a news job? It can be dropped! (6) - ANCHOR [DD]
22 - Navigation instrument with top detached is still there (6) - EXTANT sEXTANT




Monday 27 February 2012

No 10396, Monday 27 Feb 12, Anitya

Welcome Anitya.
ACROSS
7   - Sees Sian settled in a state of comfort (8) - EASINESS*
9   - Sailor's back with brown cane (6) - RATTAN {RAT<-}{TAN}
10 - Smell from kheer spilt outside hospital (4) - REEK KhEER*
11 - Fan having bother in the end (10) - AFICIONADO AFICION{ADO} Only the end is specified?
12 - Puzzle in eastern mag unravelled (6) - ENIGMA {IN+E+MAG}*
14 - Shallow freight carrier in which fish and snake are hidden (8) - KEELBOAT K{EEL}{BOA}T Where do the 'K' and 'T' come from?
15 - Sprinter's device — it won't do for a writer (8,5) - STARTING BLOCK [DD]
17 - Where one may find a dish — where one may shout from? (8) - HOUSETOP [CD]
19 - A routine said to be raised (6) - AWEIGH {A}{WEIGH}(~way)
21 - Woman, extremely repugnant, in one circle is annoying (10) -  IRRITATING {I}{R{RITA}{T}ING}
22 - Account on real estate measure (4) - ACRE {AC}{RE}
23 - Car for one who is late? (6) - HEARSE [CD]
24 - Newspaper article — what you do with a new leaf (8) - TURNOVER [CD]
DOWN
1   - About Sein producing cheese component (6) - CASEIN {CA}{SEIN}
2   - Porcine remark? (4) - OINK [CD]
3   - Big question heard on electrical power unit (8) - MEGAWATT {MEGA}{WATT}(~what)
4   - Finally take miner's crumpled fur (6) - ERMINE {E}{MINER*}
5   - Penniless — do ‘notes' result? (5-5) - STONE BROKE {NOTES*} {BROKE}
6   - Ant-eater right in Dvaraka going around (8) - AARDVARK {AA{R}DVARK*}
8   - Sore thumb? (8,5) - STICKING POINT [CD]
13 - Good girl's lie about material (5,5) - GLASS FIBRE {G}{LASS} {FIB}{RE}
15 - Senior having courage without a hint of alarm — he uses whip (8) - SCOURGER {S{COURaGE}R}
16 - He is boastful -- brother with a good-good painting (8) - BRAGGART {BR}{A}{GG}{ART}
18 - It is on a table for service in the afternoon (3,3) - TEA SET [CD]
20 - Fills up chasms? (6) - GORGES [DD]
22 - Vera's predecessor in plant? (4) - ALOE [GK]




Sunday 26 February 2012

No 2675, Sunday 26 Feb 12

ACROSS
1   - Chose bar, newly built in Welsh resort (8) - ABERSOCH*
5   - Blunder made by fielder at Oxford? (4-2) - SLIP-UP {SLIP)-{UP}
9   - One instrument after another producing a piece of music for an old dance (8) - HORNPIPE {HORN}{PIPE}
10 - Type of sausage obtained from one of the Greek islands, mostly (6) - SALAMI SALAMIs
11 - Detest gaudy bar small house installed (5) - ABHOR {AB{HO}R*}
12 - Ten inside a large church in a Devon town (9) - AXMINSTER {A}{X}{MINSTER}
14 - Formal clothes is what a woman may wear at a funeral, we hear (7,5) - (~mourning)MORNING DRESS
18 - St Michael viewed differently after the play (3,9) - THE ALCHEMIST {THE} {STMICHAEL*}
21 - Sword found in former Catholic burial ground (9) - EXCALIBUR {EX}{C}{BURIAL*}
23 - Last of a series of home games (5) - OMEGA [T]
24 - A gallon in pool is unsatisfactorily small in amount (6) - MEAGRE {ME{A}{G}RE}
25 - Overwhelm one person in religious order with fruit (8) - INUNDATE {I}{NUN}{DATE}
26 - Most certainly with more justification (6) - RATHER [CD]
27 - Visual faculty certainly needed in rowing crew (8) - EYESIGHT {E{YES}IGHT}
DOWN
1   - Retreat from wood ahead of pack (6) - ASHRAM {ASH}{RAM}
2   - Blue celestial body close to Mercury (6) - EARTHY {EARTH}{Y}
3   - Exceptionally good ball in championship match (5,4) - SUPER BOWL {SUPER} {BOWL}
4   - Tyrannical whaler, at a pinch a cruel seaman (7,4) - CAPTAIN AHAB {AT+A+PINCH+A}*{AB}
6   - Pick up king, then knight (5) - LEARN {LEAR}{N}
7   - Sparkling repartee - it should bear fruit (4,4) - PEAR TREE*
8   - Tedious talk about border plant (8) - PRIMROSE {P{RIM}ROSE}
13 - Corny moment involved dog in classic tale (11) - MONTMORENCY*
15 - Demonises criminal in a state capital (3,6) - DES MOINES*
16 - Arrest me for flying flag (8) - STREAMER*
17 - Liking poem's initial charm (8) - PENCHANT {P}{ENCHANT}
19 - Write a note, then another, in a Malaysian state (6) - PENANG {PEN}{AN}{G} (Addendum - {PEN}{A}{N}{G} - See comments)
20 - Article left in shelter, a special gift (6) - TALENT {T{A}{L}ENT}
22 - Lively lager and stout (5) - LARGE*


Saturday 25 February 2012

No 10395, Saturday 25 Feb 12, Gridman

ACROSS
1   - Remove from power and speak monotonously about the nutty (8) - DETHRONE {D{THE*}RONE}
5   - South Africa rather fair to nature hike (6) - SAFARI {SA}{FAIR*}
10 - A blemish boy said to make out (7) - SUNSPOT (~son){SUN}{SPOT}
11 - Accountant's vehicle parked before a tree (7) - CASCARA {CA'S}{CAR}{A}
12 - We in France leave small label back for chewy stuff (6) - NOUGAT {NOUs}{GAT<-}
13 - Ordered Stuart to take the first step (5,3) - START OUT {STUART+TO}*
15 - Tilt back the bulb (4) - LEEK <-
16 - Gone flat ? A driving problem when a stepney is needed (5,1,4) - BURST A TYRE [CD]
18 and 4 dn. - What an office boss might tell his steno less expansively (4,1,5,4) - TAKE A BRIEF NOTE [CD]
20 - Mistake a number leaving church area (4) - APSE lAPSE
23 - Move quickly away from home to landing area (8) - OUTSTRIP {OUT}{STRIP}
24 - Which in a balloon won't make it 1 dn. (3,3) - HOT AIR [CD]


26 - He stockpiles crumpled reams around a square (7) - AMASSER {AM{A}{S}SER*}
27 - Fuss about British vegetable (7) - POTHERB {POTHER}{B} Pother is a new word for me
28 - Youth means determinedly to be a positive guy (3-3) - YES-MAN {Y}{ES-MAN*}
29 - Break out after cur? (8) - FRACTURE*
DOWN
1   - Such a balloon won't go up! (15) - DISINFLATIONARY [CD]
2   - Not returning to certain clerical clipping (7) - TONSURE {TON<-}{SURE}
3   - Formally withdraw toll applied to engineers (6) - REPEAL {RE}{PEAL}
4   - See 18 ac.
6   - “Old inhabitant of Nineveh,” Rani says, “collapsed” (8) - ASSYRIAN*
7   - Gray topic? (7) - ANATOMY [GK]
8   - Ancient rulerI haven't figured out. Very bad! (4,3,8) - IVAN THE TERRIBLE {IVAN THE*} {TERRIBLE}
9   - SIT ceases to produce raptures (9) - ECSTASIES*
14 - They go down digging (9) - QUARRIERS [CD]
17 - Disney film buff takes time over the continent (8) - FANTASIA {FAN}{T}{ASIA}
19 - Gear-cases? (7) - KITBAGS [CD]
21 - Tableland where Paul, in a reel, consumes beverage (7) - PLATEAU {PLA{TEA}U*}
22 - U.S. writer all but correct in rhyme (6) - POETIC {POE}{TICk}
25 - Stimulate most of the sudden growth (4) - SPUR [DD]



Friday 24 February 2012

No 10394, Friday 24 Feb 12, Gridman

ACROSS
1   - Proceed to water source with adult beast (7) - GORILLA {GO}{RILL}{A}
5   - Fight marsupial with head of clan replacing Welsh leader (6) - COMBAT (-w+c)COMBAT
9   - Once more a bit of additive in drink (5) - AGAIN {A}{G{A}IN}
10 - A number darn confused and finished in vehicle (9) - LANDROVER {L}{DARN*}{OVER}
11 - Rau gets entangled in starch tree? No, it's cactus (7) - SAGUARO {SAG{RAU*}O}
12 - Ace makes contact with not one of nicknames (7) - ALIASES {A}{LIASES}
13 - Come to terms with a sin — almost (5) - AGREE {A}{GREEd}
14 - If Calgary could produce toadstool… (3,6) - FLY AGARIC*
16 - One prize after another thrown back at the upper class (3,6) - TOP DRAWER {TOP} {DRAWER}<-
19 - Undiscerning, daughter missed taking one Russian dish (5) - BLINI BLIN(-d+i)I
21 - Chewing two bits of tandoori hurt (7) - TASTING {TAndoori}{STING}
23 - Cop drunk, resulting in separation (5-2) - SPLIT-UP {SP}{LIT-UP}
24 - Bloga bit I changed is not to be omitted (9) - OBBLIGATI*
25 - Number added for part of a wood joint (5) - TENON {TEN}{ON}
26 - O, old unknown military officer having unknown quantity (6) - OXYGEN {O}{X}{Y}{GEN}
27 - Boys nursing retrograde desire for organs (7) - KIDNEYS {KID{NEY<-}S}
DOWN
1   - Office divider with a lot of visibility (5,9) - GLASS PARTITION [CD]
2   - A larger formation of mineral (7) - REALGAR*
3   - Pedigree the basis for a stringer's payment (7) - LINEAGE {LINE}{AGE} 'age' and payment? (Addendum - LINEAGE [DD] - See comments)
4   - Not many paid out to a fellow (3,3,3) - ALL TOO FEW*
5   - Commanding Officer no good with a drum (5) - CONGA {CO}{N}{G}{A}
6   - Time when you spoke out of sadness (7) - MORNING MOuRNING
7   - Commercial cover for consultant (7) - ADVISOR {AD}{VISOR}
8   - Lawnmowers leave these in their wake (5,9) - GRASS CLIPPINGS [CD]
15 - Standard of staff attached to house adjunct (9) - YARDSTICK {YARD}{STICK}
17 - Where letters are dropped (7) - POSTBOX [E]
18 - Tirade over barrier? (7) - RAILING [DD]
19 - Boy very happy — not in time (7) - BELATED {B}{ELATED}
20 - 10,20,30,40… Head of Economics is passionate (7) - INTENSE {IN}{TENS}{E}
22 - Staple that is exported out of Nigeria in distress (5) - GRAIN NiGeRIA*




Thursday 23 February 2012

No 10393, Thursday 23 Feb 12, Gridman

ACROSS
1   - Drink — hesitation in it gives freedom (8) - LIBATION LIBerATION
5   - Turkish chief, getting stone, is horror-struck (6) - AGHAST {AGHA}{ST}
9   - Family man — no mean personal assistant (7) - GRANDPA {GRAND}{PA}
10 - Homeless woman glad by a relocation (3,4) - BAG LADY*
11 - Chennai's leader greeting — Chinese leader after Chinese leader bringing dog (9) - CHIHUAHUA {C}{HI}{HUA}{HUA}
12 - Norse god's new point (5) - THORN {THOR}{N}
13 - Scum on the pond in a botanical garden (4) - ALGA [T]
14 - Pitiful, pitiful deer, deserted, went here and there (9) - MEANDERED {MEAN}{DEER*}{D}
17 - Indian spirit's condition for raid (9) - DEVASTATE {DEVA}{STATE}
19 - Nettle former President? (4) - BUSH [DD]
23 - A sin boomerangs in play (5) - ALIVE {A}{LIVE<-}
24 - Riga ruler tortured? Not quite right! (9) - IRREGULAR*
25 - Base dance? (7) - FOOTING [DD] Dance?
26 - Provokes police officer on informal evenings (7) - IGNITES {IG}{NITES}
27 - General to colour, having looked suggestively (6) - LEERED {LEE}{RED}
28 - Agha, pair suffering loss of power to write (8) - AGRAPHIA*
DOWN
1   - Pro in sound reasoning puts ailing co. in order (8) - LOGICIAN*
2   - Bingo! a team leader squelched in lake activity (7) - BOATING {BINGO+A+T}*
3   - Lodged one deputy inside to clean the house (4,2) - TIDY UP {T{I}{DY} UP<-} No reversal indicator for PUT ? See comments
4   - Budgeting thus is no big deal (2,1,10) - ON A SHOESTRING [CD]
6   - One with drive? Proceed to pick up the woman, we hear (2-6) - GO-GETTER (~go get her)
7   - Adam and Leo dressed in silk (7) - ALAMODE*
8   - Having a go is causing strain (6) - TRYING [DD]
10 - Thinking about supporter in rough weather in Gujarat's capital (13) - BRAINSTORMING {BRA}{IN}{STORM}{IN}{G}
15 - Point from where to serve in court (8) - BASELINE [E]
16 - Domestic maid's daughter separated and shifted for personal appeal (8) - CHARISMA {CHAR}{MAIdS*}
18 - Essence of record one made on bulky book (7) - EPITOME {EP}{I}{TOME}
20 - What you may have to do to open a door (7) - UNLATCH [E]
21 - Legal lady's capital terribly impressive (6) - LAWFUL {L}{AWFUL}
22 - Where NTR left grandaunt stranded? (6) - UGANDA GrANDAUnt*



Wednesday 22 February 2012

No 10392, Wednesday 22 Feb 12, Gridman

ACROSS
1   - Rudely replies a trainer (8) - ESPALIER*
6   - U.S. newspaper high in backing strip (4) - LATH {LAT}{H}
9   - Pairs British champions (6) - BRACES {BR}{ACES}
10 - Technique superior for the French infant's food (7) - FORMULA {FORM}{U}{LA}
13 - Puzzled printer gets employment trainee to understand (9) - INTERPRET {PRINTER*}{E}{T} ET stands for 'employment trainee'?
14 - Artist is at end of patience for pay hike (5) - RAISE {RA}{IS}{E}
15 - Russian leader in drink to beam (4) - GRIN {G{R}IN}
16 - Take exception to dance on the snooker table? (6,4) - OBJECT BALL {OBJECT} {BALL}
19 - A gambler ventured – one with a higher prospect of winning? (1,6,3) - A BETTER BET {A} {BETTER} {BET}
21 - Girl's bra's slipped? Dress up! (4) - GARB {G}{BRA*}
24 - Doctor's tea or choice coffee (5) - MOCHA {MO}{CHA}
25 - Revealed to be charged with having hidden leading assassin (9) - INDICATED {INDIC{A}TED}
26 - Touch rest falling in shreds (7) - TATTERS {TAT}{REST*}
27 - Article south Indian scholar begins for dissertation (6) - THESIS {THE}{S}{I}{S}
28 - Commander's lines in set of standards (4) - CODE {C}{ODE}
29 - Matching outfit for model seen with the doctor almost allowed (8) - ENSEMBLE {SEEN*}{MB}{LEt}
DOWN
2   - Titters about fugue parts (7) - STRETTI*
3   - A couple of hundred old royal delegates begin to make peace (6) - ACCORD {A}{CC}{O}{R}{D}
4   - Bin crier's contact: one who writes is here! (9) - INSCRIBER*
5   - Equip again a disconcerted fighter without force and horse (5) - REFIT FIghTER*
7   - A famous person without a line on earthy substance (7) - ALUMINA {A}{LUMINAry}
8   - Star – or what a female lead star possesses (8,4) - HEAVENLY BODY [DD]
11 - Quality prized by antique collectors (6) - RARITY [CD]
12 - Figured help comes back to Indian village scholar and jerk (12) - DIAGRAMMATIC {DIA<-}{GRAM}{MA}{TIC}
17 - Corrects measures on assignations (9) - EMENDATES {EM}{EN}{DATES}
18 - Hit with bullets faster – in utter confusion (6) - STRAFE*
20 - In a tizzy former wife gave an example (7) - EXCITED {EX}{CITED}
22 - An eminence of workers? (7) - ANTHILL [CD]
23 - Son's best choice is to yell (6) - SCREAM {S}{CREAM}
25 - Crucial point in copy of The Hindu ? (5) - ISSUE [DD]



Tuesday 21 February 2012

No 10391, Tuesday 21 Feb 12, Gridman

ACROSS
1   - Mira implies varying haughtiness (11) - IMPERIALISM*
9   - Give cheat on the way out some praise (7)  - TRIBUTE conTRIBUTE
10 - Special cloth spoilt. What a big stain! (7) - SPLOTCH {SP}{CLOTH*}
11 - Big revolver? (5) - EARTH [CD]
12 - Lore set out in chart. Not too bad! (9) - TOLERABLE {T{OLER*}ABLE}
13 - Shellfish brought back from a farther canteen (5) - NACRE <-
15 - Girl, not completely illumined, nearly primed to become regular (9) - NORMALISE {NORMA}{LIt}{SEt}
18 - Would this movement restrict the men? (6,3) - WOMENS LIB [CD]
21 - Order to communist to keep quiet. That's a tiny bit (5) - SHRED {SH}{RED}
22 - Man, argue violently about one having disease (9) - NEURAGMIA ? {NEURAGM{I}A*} I could find only NEURALGIA in my dictionary.
24 - Acknowledgement for destruction of ogre by revolutionary leader (5) - ROGER {OGRE*}{R}
26 - Mel, root terribly for the violin effect (7) - TREMOLO*
27 - Short uncle, no longer trendy, hot and rude (7) - UNCOUTH {UNCle}{OUT}{H}
28 - What a diligent housemaid is expected to do or what a lucky gambler may make (1,5,5) - A CLEAN SWEEP [DD]
DOWN
1   - Latest article: thousand at present are informed (2,3,4) - IN THE KNOW {IN} {THE} {K}{NOW}
2   - More important monk (5) - PRIOR [DD]
3   - Unrefined, when not refined? (5-4) - ROUGH-HEWN {ROUGH}-{WHEN*}
4   - Evans at interpretation of a foreign language (7) - AVESTAN*
5   - Isolated in Tamil Nadu town without second union leader's key (7) - INSULAR {IN}{SULu{A}R} How does the 'key' fit in!!
6   - Bad moral is in the mouth (5) - MOLAR*
7   - More thick-set with b-bustier manifestation (8) - STUBBIER*
8   - Clarified butter with good, hot bits of kheema (4) - GHEE {G}{H}{khEEma}
14 - Data processor's limitless sex appeal in more winsome environment (8) - COMPUTER Anno pending (Addendum - {C{oOMPh}UTER} - See comments)
16 - Separates sailor's parcels (9) - ABSTRACTS {ABS}{TRACTS} Tracts can be a 'parcels of land' but not just 'parcels' See comments below.
17 - I'd helpers contributing to church position (9) - ELDERSHIP*
19 - Source of light in the sanctum sanctorum (4,3) - LAMP OIL [CD]
20 - Supporter saw in France artist's brilliant performance (7) - BRAVURA {BRA}{VU}{RA}
22 - Accumulates safety devices (4) - NETS [DD]
23 - A wanderer heard it's a nice smell (5) - AROMA {A}{ROMA}(~roamer)
25 - Measure wit taking high-class note (5) - GAUGE {GA{U}G}{E}



Monday 20 February 2012

No 10390, Monday 20 Feb 12, Gridman

Gridman's stumped me today!!
ACROSS
1   - End. (4,4) - FULL STOP [DD]
5   - Difficulty a conventional person heard (6) - STRAIT (~straight)
9   - Everyone at hand from the beginning (3,5) - ALL ALONG {ALL} {ALONG}
10 - Improvement from a State act (6) - UPTURN {UP}{TURN}
12 - Bring female out to make plates (4) - ETCH fETCH
13 - I hector pal rudely for being one who is fond of teddy bears (10) - ARCTOPHILE*
15 - Abuse one in business (6) - TIRADE {T{I}RADE}
17 - Officer in charge on street is showing no emotion (5) - STOIC {ST}{OIC}
20 - Appeal to sustain branch of peace (5) - OLIVE {O}{LIVE}
21 - Girl begins dressing prepared meals (6) - DAMSEL {D}{MEALS*}
24 - Desire for good, thin sound quality (10) - GREEDINESS {G}{REEDINESS}
27 - What you have here is what a detective looks for (4) - CLUE [CD]
29 - With mouth agape, confessed to being a last character (6) - (Addendum - AMAZED {AM}{A}{ZED} - See comments)
30 - Clumsy person has top class meat thrown back all around him — reason is poisoning (8) - (Addendum - TOXAEMIA - {T{OX}AEM<-}{IA<-} - See comments}
31 - D __ the defeated shrinking back, having dealt in used goods (6) - (Addendum - RESOLD {RESOL<-}{D} - See comments)
32 - Bachelor somehow enticed a newly married man (8) - BENEDICT {B}{ENTICED*}
DOWN
1   - Skirts could be flaming red when the dynasty is gone (6) - FLARED {FLAming}{RED}
2   - One in circuitous call for small flowers (6) - LILACS {L{I}LAC<-}{S}
3   - Back off, leave English county and be moody (4) - SULK Anno pending (Addendum - SUffoLK - See comments)
4   - He has sleeping drug — a great many fall (5) - OWNER dOWNER
6   - Convertible driver's option for a fill? (3,2) - TOP UP [DD]
7   - Bali unto creating a plant (8) - ABUTILON*
8   - Bent cent? Deny circulation (8) - TENDENCY*
11 - Lot of papers, by the way, in a continuous flow (6) - STREAM {ST}{REAM}
14 - Dainty biscuit? (4) - NICE [DD] Isn't Nice a brand name?
16 - Fellows under a head of department get extra things (3-3) - ADD-ONS {A}{D}{D-ONS}
17 - Moistens up in difficult situation (4) - STEW WETS<-
18 - Hippie with fine taste in the arts? (4,4) - (Addendum - LONG HAIR [DD] - See comments)
19 - Film obliquely (8) - SIDEWAYS [CD] ? ([DD] - See comments)
22 - Some reunion folks, some calumnies (6) - ALUMNI [T]
23 - Caught up with no-soft go (6) - (Addendum - DEPART TRApPED - See comments)
25 - Think about daughter in the pink (5) - DREAM {D}{RE}AM Anno not clear (Addendum - DWELL {D}{WELL} - See comments)
26 - Hit second particle (5) - SMITE {S}{MITE} (Correction - {S}{MOTE})
28 - Finally placed porter in valley (4) - DALE {D}{ALE}



Sunday 19 February 2012

No 2674, Sunday 19 Feb 12

ACROSS
1   - Lying down in middle of boulevard after drink (6) - SUPINE {SUP}{IN}{E}
4   - In which one may see Odette boast about the French leading English (4,4) - SWAN LAKE {SWAN {LA}K}{E}
10 - Girl cuddling boy in a state (9) - LOUISIANA {LOUIS{IAN}A}
11 - Clear away thatch aloft (3,2) - MOP UP {MOP} {UP}
12 - Cat, say, brought back after search (7) - SCOURGE {SCOUR}{GE<-}
13 - Hornblower's short speech after end of clash (7) - HORATIO {H}{ORATIOn}
14 - Suspicious transaction with him, a republican? (14) - ANTIMONARCHIST {TRANSACTION+HIM}*
17 - Said of a gunslinger pulling a fast one? (5,2,3,4) - QUICK ON THE DRAW [CD]
21 - Drank one given by doctor, one by bunk (7) - IMBIBED {I}{MB}{I}{BED}
22 - Court finally presented with motive for act of betrayal (7) - TREASON {T}{REASON}
24 - Fuss about a single step in a series (5) - STAIR {ST{A}IR}
25 - Complete change of opinion concerning fellow expert (5-4) - ABOUT-FACE {ABOUT}-{F}{ACE}
26 - Provide forceful evidence against the Italian, Italian arrested by pair (8) - MILITATE {M{IL}{IT}ATE}
27 - Is worried about small son getting pet (6) - CARESS {CARES}{S}
DOWN
1   - Willy Loman? Name lass involved (8) - SALESMAN*
2   - Roman god in place, cast out (5) - PLUTO {PL}{OUT*}
3   - Quack remedy in no way unusual (7) - NOSTRUM {NO}{ST}{RUM}
5   - Around northern tip of region, one state with a new meteorological facility (7,7) - WEATHER STATION {WEATHE{R} NSTATION*}
6   - Chief magistrate upset about demo (7) - NOMARCH {NO}{MARCH} Connection between 'on' and magistrate not clear
7   - Inordinate praise about favourite hors d'oeuvre (9) - APPETISER {AP{PET}ISER*}
8   - Use Forster device? (6) - EMPLOY {E.M.}{PLOY} My COD
9   - Respond humorously to fool getting comfortable role? (4,2,4,4) - TAKE IN GOOD PART {TAKE IN} {GOOD} {PART}
15 - Computer image of distressed lamb in hut (9) - THUMBNAIL*
16 - Trendy types, carollers surrounding wife (8) - SWINGERS {S{W}INGERS}
18 - Jazz fan about to reveal what goes on in nightclub? (7) - CABARET {CA{BARE}T}
19 - Choose artist showing a complex character (7) - ELECTRA {ELECT}{RA}
20 - Turn down quantity of Chinese food (3,3) - DIM SUM {DIM} {SUM}
23 - Small girl gets fish (5) - SKATE {S}{KATE}


Saturday 18 February 2012

No 10389, Saturday 18 Feb 12, Sankalak

ACROSS
1   - Capital with arcane British construction (8) - CANBERRA {ARCANE+BR}*
5   - Insulted junior pressman returns escorted by a senior one (6) - ABUSED {A}{BUS<-}{ED}
10 - It's about roaming, but being lost, in ancient city (5) - OSTIA {ITS+AbOut}*
11 - Light made from lamb pelt, a curiosity (5,4) - TABLE LAMP*
12 - Charming suitor, almost loaded, carries note (9) - BEAUTIFUL {BEAU}{TI}{FULl}
13 - Rapid writer (5) - STENO [CD] (Correction - SWIFT [DD] - See comments)
14 - The measure of a monarch (5) - RULER [DD]
16 - Tricked by a trap in the finish (8) - ENSNARED {EN{SNARE}D}
18 - Countermeasure against spot beginning to erupt (8) - ANTIDOTE {ANTI}{DOT}{E}
20 - Teams which may be taken to show support (5) - SIDES [DD]
24 - Conservative girl's bloomer (5) - CANNA {C}{ANNA}
25 - A cover, say, strong and ready for use (9) - AVAILABLE {A}{(~veil)VAIL}{ABLE}
27 - Messenger gets her good brain working (9) - HARBINGER {HER+G+BRAIN}*
28 - A recess for Henry, pleasant all around (5) - NICHE {NIC{H}E}
29 - Express sorrow about the final word accepted by the left (6) - LAMENT {L{AMEN}T}
30 - Like the sky on a cloudy night, lacking big players (8) - STARLESS [DD]
DOWN
1   - Tool used in a cold fight over prohibition (7) - CROWBAR {C}{ROW}{BAR}
2   - A game to catch everyone around Belgium (7) - NETBALL {NET}{B}{ALL}
3   - One-time English law that was just right (5) - EXACT {EX}{ACT}
4   - Formally approve agreement to please one failing to start (6) - RATIFY gRATIFY
6   - Prayers for the happiness of British author in the Bahamas (9) - BLESSINGS {B{LESSING}S}
7   - Providing better shelter from heat could be more dishonest (7) - SHADIER [DD]
8   - Appointed to be placed in action (7) - DEPUTED {DE{PUT}ED}
9   - Mollusc found by sailor by himself (7) - ABALONE {AB}{ALONE}
15 - Help raised in allowance for nuclear fallout (9) - RADIATION {RA{DIA<-}TION}
17 - Volunteer force in retreat, big, is free and threatening (2,5) - AT LARGE {AT<-} {LARGE}
18 - Spirit of business head office besieged by everyone (7) - ALCOHOL {AL{CO}{HO}L}
19 - A puzzle for some Spartan grammarians (7) - TANGRAM [T]
21 - A beadle caught slipping into total disorder (7) - DEBACLE {BEADLE+C}*
22 - They are searching — for a marine cause of trouble, by the sound of it (7) - SEEKERS (~sea){SEE}{KERS}(~curse)
23 - Growing underground, it causes the motor to deteriorate (6) - CARROT {CAR}{ROT}
26 - He shuns company but brings unity between sides (5) - LONER {L{ONE}R}



Friday 17 February 2012

No 10388, Friday 17 Feb 12, Sankalak

ACROSS
1   - Under par, not up to the mark (5,8) - BELOW STANDARD {BELOW} {STANDARD}
10 - In an old place, alien gets across people, becoming used to it (9) - INUREMENT {IN}{UR}{E{MEN}T}
11 - Supernatural being puts defence wing back on track (5) - FAIRY {FAI<-}{RY}
12 - Fruit universal in Georgia and Virginia (5) - GUAVA {G{U}A}{VA}
13 - Kind of memory needed for storing information (9) - RETENTIVE [E]
14 - Choose one of two (6) - PREFER [E]
16 - Plans made on 13th April about Austria (5) - IDEAS {IDE{A}S}
19 - Unlikely story of confusion in Sri Lanka (5) - SPIEL {S{PIE}L}
20 - Pelted, got very drunk (6) - STONED [DD]
25 - Represent by a figure how boys smile somehow (9) - SYMBOLISE*
26 - Parts of cow used as food beginning to turn smelly (5) - TRIPE {T}{RIPE}
27 - Highway from the heart (5) - AORTA [DD]
28 - Cries in NE exposed as hypocritical (9) - INSINCERE*
29 - Strength needed when getting the sack following editor's return? (13) - DETERMINATION {DE<-}{TERMINATION}
DOWN
2   - Tried to do better than a bird, overdue, beginning to despair (8) - EMULATED {EMU}{LATE}{D}
3   - Musical work written in hope rather than reason (5) - OPERA [T]
4   - Drink that can make one go wrong in modest surroundings (6) - SHERRY {SH{ERR}Y}
5   - Capacity that makes UTI adept perhaps (8) - APTITUDE*
6   - One charged to protect worker (9) - DEFENDANT {DEFEND}{ANT}
7   - Dry fruit which, for the artist, is trendy (6) - RAISIN {RA}{IS}{IN}
8   - Call using the last word about gun culture (4,2) - RING UP {RI{NG U*}P}
9   - Sorts unknown in a backward Irish clan (5) - TYPES {T{Y}PES<-}
15 - Personage, one deployed without right in spying (9) - ESPIONAGE [PErSONAGE+i}*
17 - Food shop with spirit accommodates one in a state of confusion (8) - DELIRIUM {DELI}{R{I}UM}
18 - Lead player opposed to start? (8) - ANTIHERO [CD]
21 - Fuel extracted from oilseed, nothing less (6) - DIESEL oILSEED*
22 - Some writing by the old about a ship in retreat (5) - ESSAY {E{SS}{A}Y}<-
23 - Shadows seen by doctor starting research in the Emirates (6) - UMBRAE {U.{MB}{R}A.E.}
24 - Time of year — a marine issue? (6) - SEASON {SEA}{SON}
26 - A doctrine enshrined in a remote network (5) - TENET [T]



Thursday 16 February 2012

No 10387, Thursday 16 Feb 12, Sankalak

Just a 'W' short of a Pangram, if  2D had been aware we would have had one!!
ACROSS
1   - Display of false confidence by Vora bad flop (7) - BRAVADO*
5   - The patient one, not so important, with no work to do (7) - JOBLESS {JOB}{LESS}
9   - What a struggling, new comedian lacked — an ornament (7,8) - DIAMOND NECKLACE {N+COMEDIAN+LACKED}*
10 - Hear observers spar for a simple cooler (6) - ICEBOX (~eyes){ICE}{BOX}
11 - Obsessive about routine, corps leader flips (8) - NEUROTIC {ROUTINE+C}*
13 - Bring out — about ten pence? That is clear (8) - EXPLICIT {E{X}{P}{LICIT}
15 - Vegetable it comes out in great speed (6) - CELERY CELERitY
18 - Ingenious leader of class, learner always … (6) - CLEVER {C}{L}{EVER}
19 - … blustered about Election Commissioner but withdrew his statement (8) - RECANTED {R{EC}ANTED}
22 - Elaborate action to conceal shadow (8) - DETAILED {DE{TAIL}ED}
24 - Marshbird, losing right, is annoyed (6) - BITTEN BITTErN
27 - Unfurl racist art, curiously relating to basic physical facilities (15) - INFRASTRUCTURAL*
28 - Discomfort of a man accepting All India Service (7) - MALAISE {MAL{AIS}E}
29 - Flaming hair, not that of a Socialist chief necessarily (7) - REDHEAD {RED}{HEAD}
DOWN
1   - Manner expected of a doctor in a plot, right? Maybe (7) - BEDSIDE {BED}{SIDE}
2   - Memorable words from a duke over time (5) - ADAGE {A}{D}{AGE}
3   - Say sorry! (9) - APOLOGIZE or APOLOGISE [E]
4   - Theologist in very large advantage (4) - ODDS {O{DD}S}
5   - Junior engineer made a mistake losing heart and was mocked (6) - JEERED {JE}{ERrED}
6   - He reportedly needs to make a living (5) - BAKER [CD]
7   - Statute made by English people on time to include new deed (9) - ENACTMENT {E}{N}{ACT}{MEN}{T}
8   - Drawing beginning to yellow is incomplete (7) - SKETCHY {SKETCH}{Y}
12 - Seed, very soft one inside (3) - PIP {P{I}P}
14 - Abundant enough to fill up net perhaps (9) - PLENTIFUL*
16 - With incomplete detail, came back wasted (9) - EMACIATED {DETAIl}{CAME}<-
17 - Barrel, weight 2.2 pounds, contains earth (3) - KEG {K{E}G}
18 - Element, one found in churned mud in English river (7) - CADMIUM {CA{DM{I}U*}M}
20 - Suspended and in a corner hemmed in by our TV (7) - DANGLED {D{ANGLE}D}
21 - A nuisance the French found in the kitchen (6) - PESTLE {PEST}{LE}
23 - Middle-easterner on All India Radio, IQ suspect (5) - IRAQI {AIR+IQ}*
25 - Minimum number for a crowd? (5) - THREE [CD]
26 - Source of gummy stuff from Antigua researched (4) - GUAR [T]




Wednesday 15 February 2012

No 10386, Wednesday 15 Feb 12, Sankalak

ACROSS
1   - Awkwardness of the French left, smothering reflected anger (9) - GAUCHERIE {GAUCH{ERI<}E}
5   - Irishman with honour reveals a plot (5) - PATCH {PAT}{CH}
8   - Troops find the government system not heartless (8) - REGIMENT {REGIME}{NoT}
9   - Subsidiary regulations unknown in second grade statutes (2-4) - BY-LAWS {B){Y}-(LAWS}
11 - Rub out what is written in anger as egregious (5) - ERASE [T]
12 - Quality demanded of a subordinate (9) - OBEDIENCE [CD]
13 - Observe French tea churn and foam (6) - SEETHE {SEE}{THE}
14 - The kind of suit suitable for a nudist camp (8) - BIRTHDAY [CD]
16 - Refrains from voting for a sailor with black marks (8) - ABSTAINS {AB}{STAINS}
18 - Retain, somehow, a part of the eye (6) - RETINA*
22 - Not having cover may, in the end, ruin us, sadly (9) - UNINSURED*
23 - Plant in a singular enclosure (5) - ASPEN {A}{S}{PEN}
24 - A bird shot out has the ability (6) - TOUCAN {OUT*}{CAN}
25 - Life arranged with urban area elegance (8) - FELICITY {LIFE*}{CITY}
26 - Threat to royalty on board (5) - CHECK [CD]
27 - Male, overfed, accepted it but showed unwillingness to act (9) - HESITATED {HE}{S{IT}ATED}
DOWN
1   - Socks get held up by them (7) - GARTERS [E]
2   - Promotion to state level (7) - UPGRADE {UP}{GRADE}
3   - Sickle's partner proceeds to listen to fish (10,5) - HAMMERHEAD SHARK {HAMMER}{HEAD S}{HARK}
4   - Cost of rescuing one from Pokhran somehow (6) - RANSOM [T]


5   - History's epitaph re-written by a healer by manipulation (15) - PHYSIOTHERAPIST*
6   - Coached a boy to restrict fall (7) - TRAINED {T{RAIN}ED}
7   - Garments that a horsey one redesigned (7) - HOSIERY {HORSEY+I}*
10 - It shows what is owed by one in the state of a borrower (5) - DEBIT {DEB{I}T}
15 - Coming in to make an effort, following directions (5) - ENTRY {E}{N}{TRY}
16 - Fish is, bull is not (7) - AQUATIC [CD]
17 - Use clip to fashion a sharp pointed thing (7) - SPICULE*
19 - Mark made by public relations in island facility for making money (7) - IMPRINT {I}{M{PR}INT}
20 - Upset by spurious anodyne (7) - ANNOYED*
21 - They are, first to last, more unhappy, venomous creatures (6) - ADDERS (-s)ADDER(+s)S