Saturday 30 June 2012

No 10503, Saturday 30 Jun 12, Buzzer

Buzzer practising for the cricket tournament?  
ACROSS
1   - 20-20 match numbers (6) - SCORES [DD]
5   - Get over bowled by coach? Not right (6) - OBTAIN {O}{B}{TrAIN}
10 - Fanciful and always entertaining — Irish leprechaun (4-5) - AIRY-FAIRY
11 - Red wine tipsy jailor left spilt (5) - RIOJA JAIlOR*
12 - Occupied with endless signs of negativity (2,3) - IN USE mINUSEs
13 - Spooner’s split head leaves one speechless perhaps (3-6) - LIP-READER (-r+l)LIP-(-l+r)READER
14 - Unscrupulous character like a crooked bowler may be (1,3,3) - A BAD HAT {A} {BAD} {HAT}
16 - Failure in orals bothered one (4-3) - ALSO-RAN {ALSO-R*}{AN}
18 - Speaker’s aura tricks another (7) - ORATRIX (~aura){ORA}{TRIX}(~tricks)
20 - Name on promissory notes is in question (7) - DUBIOUS {DUB}{IOUS}
21 - Force to join army (5-4) - PRESS-GANG [E]
23 - Nice way to bid goodbye (5) - ADIEU Anno pending (Addendum - [CD] - See comments)
25 - Approach taken by a pacer to manage over (3-2) - RUN-UP [DD]
26 - Rest? Very rare when in motion for her (9) - TRAVERSER {REST+V+RARE}* Traverser and Her ? Not clear to me?
27 - Huntsman fished out serran (6) - SNARER*
28 - Material to fill an empty eiderdown (6) - SATEEN {SATE}{EiderdowN}
DOWN
2   - Bureau of air cargo traffic ends up in Greek island (5) - CORFU {C}{O}{R}{F}{U} <-
3   - Money paid to barman for a tonic (9) - REFRESHER [DD]
4   - Craft hovering over an alien vessel (7) - SKILLET {SKILL}{ET}
5   - Place in Washington DC lacking in diplomacy for a change (7) -  OLYMPIA dIPLOMAcY
6   - Hear pitch is fit (5) - THROE (~throw)
7   - Tried on or dressed for (2,5,2) - IN ORDER TO
8   - Lima or pea say? (7,2,4) - CAPITAL OF PERU [DD] ? (See comments)
9   - Just a couple of market places (4,3,6) - FAIR AND SQUARE {FAIR} {AND} {SQUARE}
15 - This king is a hit among men (9) - AGAMEMNON {A}{AMONG+MEN*}
17 - Lying under abject Sun, tanning (9) - SUBJACENT*
19 - Vote for outstanding show of special talent (1,6) - X FACTOR {X} {F{ACT}OR}
20 - A setter’s stupor it is said leads to period of inactivity (3,4) - DOG DAYS {DOG} {DAYS}(~daze)
22 - Excellent meal taken half-heartedly (5) - SUPER SUPpER
24 - Problem child (5) - ISSUE [DD]




Friday 29 June 2012

No. 10502, Friday 29 Jun 12, Gridman

Gridman on an extended run. The only puzzle in recent memory where I didn't have to look anything up in a dictionary or the internet. 5 answers were in the plural which dimmed the pleasure by a teeny bit, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

ACROSS
8 See group going gaga over Freudian conscience (5-3) SUPER-EGO   (SEE GROUP)*
9 Note on connection (6) RECORD   (RE + CORD)
10 Man in throes over the patriotic song (6) ANTHEM  (MAN* outside THE)

11 Shakespeare's play now uppermost in good student's objective (8) LEARNING (LEAR + N + IN + G)
12 Does it encourage high thoughts in a building? (8) ELEVATOR (CD)
13 Ultimate bard in silly interpretation of charming poems (6) IDYLLS (D inside SILLY*)
14 Part of the base of a building laid ceremonially (10,5) FOUNDATION,STONE (E)
18 Let it all out in a police order? (4,2) OPEN, UP (DD)
20 Introduces ace in midday meals (8) LAUNCHES (A inside LUNCHES)
23 Br(branch)anch (3,2,3) ARM,IN,ARM Not sure how to qualify this. The wordplay was clear enough, but without a definition it feels incomplete.

24 Sorry fellows holding large punishment devices (6) RULERS (RUERS holding L)
25 These are leaders of India doing little except relax serenely (6) IDLERS (Acrostic)
26 Annoying turning point? (8) CROSSING (DD)

DOWN 
1 Passage let nun out (6) TUNNEL (LET NUN)*
2 Modern asylum in US city (3,5) NEW, HAVEN (NEW + HAVEN)

3 The man and learner assembled head—covering (6) HELMET (HE + L + MET)
4 Tact in disbursing US money? (6,9) DOLLAR, DIPLOMACY (CD)
5 Chef's principal point in food-making (8) CREATION (C + E inside RATION)

6 Tin in enclosure is meagre (6) SCANTY  (CAN inside STY)
7 Old US president open about endless rule (8) FRANKLIN (FRANK + LINe)
15 If things are__, they are being displayed (2,6) ON,PARADE (E)
16 Praise computer program on stated statutes (8) APPLAUSE (APP + ~LAWS)
17 Slick hit turns out to be problematic (8) TICKLISH (SLICK HIT)*
19 One son leaving session repelled sounds (6) NOISES (SEsSION)<-
21 Destroy poor manifestation in Union Territory (6) UPROOT (POOR* inside UT)
22 Making mistake, removing head from fish (6) ERRING (hERRING)

Thursday 28 June 2012

No 10501, Thursday 28 Jun 12, Gridman

Do I hear someone saying tut-tut!!
ACROSS
1   - Drag new vessel to area where people live (8) - TOWNSHIP {TOW}{N}{SHIP}
5   - Old governor to separate when retreating (6) - SATRAP {SA}{TARP}<-
10 - Recluse ahead of insect (7) - EREMITE {ERE}{MITE}
11 - In the middle of a million on good street (7) - AMONGST {A}{M}{ON}{G}{ST}
12 - A doctor I court is devotee (6) - ADDICT {A}{DD}{I}{CT}
13 - Has sex? Good! (Note: it’s exciting!) (4,2,2) - GETS IT ON {G}{NOTE+IT"S*}
15 - In-charge journalist kept cold (4) - ICED {IC}{ED}
16 - Nasty boast about handy can openers (4-2,4) - STAY-ON TABS*
18 - Time to swindle a woman in foreign jaunt (4,6) - TRIP ABROAD {T}{RIP} {A}{BROAD}
20 - Protest of the French doctor (4) - DEMO {DE}{MO}
23 - No eaglet prepared to stretch out (8) - ELONGATE*
24 - Stand-in prepared for group within a group (6) - SUBSET {SUB}{SET}
26 - New product hotel got out gets enthusiastic reception (7) - OVATION innOVATION
27 - Stay away from sailor facing disgrace (7) - ABSTAIN {AB}{STAIN}
28 - Members of family notice one in strange scene (6) - NIECES {N{1}ECES*}
29 - Playful mates secrete your old stone (8) - AMETHYST {AME{THY}ST*}
DOWN
2   - Coax, with care, primarily lazy entrants (7) - WHEEDLE {W}{HEED}{L}{E}
3   - Suture for small, very small person (6) - STITCH {S}{TITCH}
4   - Not entirely perfect concept (4) - IDEA IDEAl
6   - Drinking freely, many leave for galvanising (8) - AROUSING cAROUSING
7   - A target set up in rowing event (7) - REGATTA*
8   - Spoil something tactlessly as a horse rider may do with the stirrup (3,4,4,2,2) - PUT ONES FOOT IN IT [DD]
9   - Talk idly about two animals yet developing within (6-3) - YAKETY-YAK {YAK}{YET*} {YAK}
14 - Nattier, I went round to German capital for repeating (9) - ITERATING {NATTIER+I*}{G}
17 - Told all: Superior in far end of diocese is hopeful (8) - SANGUINE {SANG}{U}{IN}{E}
19 - Hard time — when forging started (4,3) - IRON AGE {IRON} {AGE}
21 - Say sect is wallowing in extreme joy (7) - ECSTASY*
22 - Little Augustus placed reinforcing bracket (6) - GUSSET {GUS}{SET}
25 - Science room backs Malayali’s original soothing oil (4) - BALM {BAL<-}{M}




Wednesday 27 June 2012

No 10500, Wednesday 27 Jun 12, Gridman

ACROSS
1   - Leaves from Goa file (7) - FOLIAGE*
5   - Sailor goes after girl — a divine form (6) - AVATAR {AVA}{TAR}
9   - Soul suffered before extremely repulsive insect (5) - LOUSE {SOUL*}{E}
10 - A hardy skier may not be inclined to this downhill (4,5) - EASY SLOPE [CD]
11 - Dom sent away the farthest (7) - ENDMOST*
12 - Relaxed sound that is acceptable in usual place of activity (7) - PURLIEU (~purr){PUR}{LIEU}
13 - Had a row? (5) - OARED [CD]
14 - Small traders may not have this kind of difference between CP and SP (3,6) - BIG MARGIN [CD]
16 - Trivia — not for big drinkers! (5,4) - SMALL PEGS [DD] (Addendum - SMALL BEER [DD] - See comments)
19 - Check the French musical instrument (5) - TABLA {TAB}{LA}
21 - Attack a sailor, we’re told (7) - ASSAULT (~a salt)
23 - Just butcher hurt pig (7) - UPRIGHT*
24 - One should go easy on this if one does not want to become too tight (4,5) - HARD DRINK [CD]
25 - Old Spanish leader drops old coin (5) - FRANC FRANCo
26 - Secret daughter not doing business (6) - CLOSED {CLOSE}{D}
27 - Settle in narrow street for Italian pasta dish (7) - LASAGNE {LA{SAG}NE}
DOWN
1   - Growth on man’s upper lip by no means real (5,9) - FALSE MOUSTACHE [CD]
2   - The French subject to wash clothes (7) - LAUNDER {LA}{UNDER}
3   - A study circle I organised finally for nasal tissue (7) - ADENOID {A}{DEN}{O}{I}{D}
4   - Let a celeb turn out to be worthy of being picked (9) - ELECTABLE*
5   - A concession covering extremely fragile writer (5) - AESOP {A}{E}{SOP}
6   - A small nation — old kingdom (7) - ASSYRIA {A}{S}{SYRIA}
7   - Liking a party circle (7) - ADORING {A}{DO}{RING}
8   - Thing that is by no means faked (7,7) - GENUINE ARTICLE [CD]
15 - Good Faulkner dissected one of American folk duo (9) - GARFUNKEL {G}{FAULKNER*}

17 - Southern American in a lawsuit after losing international (7) - AUSTRAL {A}{US}{TRiAL}
18 - Some spoil our destiny in French city (7) - LOURDES [T]
19 - Austerities from penances undergoing capital alteration (7) - THRIFTS (-s+t)THRIFTS
20 - Gabbing about universal beginning (3,4) - BIG BANG*
22 - Heard to have made an attempt (5) - TRIED [DD]




Tuesday 26 June 2012

No.10499, Tuesday 26 Jun 12, Gridman

Typical Gridman. Entertaining but not too hard. Some surfaces like 5A, 14A, 2D, 3D were quite good. The very smooth 4D was my CoD.
ACROSS
1 International show certain to bring revelation (8) EXPOSURE (EXPO + SURE)


5 Bill after bill I stuck on a tree (6) ACACIA (AC + AC + I + A)
9 Grief dispelled over act in the hearth (7) FIREDOG (GRIEF* around DO)
10 Trying time with a musician (7) TASTING  (T + A + STING)
11 Oops! Takes go haywire, as one might say (2,2,5) SO,TO,SPEAK  (OOPS TAKES)*
12 Hot glower from house electee losing capital (5) EMBER  (mEMBER)
13 Creepy thing six nearly catch (4) VINE  (VI + NEt)



14 People who mix well could also be troublemakers (9) AGITATORS (DD)
17 Confused about being awash at the highest (2,4,3) AT, FULL, SEA (AT SEA around FULL)
19 Water initially all quarters utilised abundantly (4) AQUA (acrostic)
23 Bumpkin's shout almost drowns acceptance (5) YOKEL (Y(OK)ELl)
24 Making it big by learning afresh to possess gravity (9) ENLARGING (LEARNING* around G)
25 Quite! Old star's performance extremely lazy! (7) EXACTLY (EX + ACT + LazY)
26 What one has on when one is nude (7) NOTHING (CD)
27 Importance for a short while? (6) MOMENT (DD)
28 Fellow leasers unusually venturesome (8) FEARLESS (F + LEASERS*)

DOWN
1 Oriental following us to vie madly in being big-mouthed (8) EFFUSIVE (E + FF + US + VIE*)
2 Morally strict girl trapped in double entendre (7) PURITAN (RITA inside PUN)

3 Sheer cruelty of dasis' wicked master (6) SADISM  (DASIS* + M)
4 Regularly goes around to see group of disreputable people (6,7) ROGUES,GALLERY (REGULARLY GOES)*


6 Endless lawsuit on Gridman's briefcase? (8) CASSETTE (CASe + SETTEr) The "on" feels intrusive for tail deletion to be applied to two words
7 Note agile socialite wannabe (7) CLIMBER (C + LIMBER)
8 Indication is royal has lost way online (6) AUGURY (AUGUst + RY)
10 What a foolhardy swimmer might do? (4,3,6) TAKE,THE, PLUNGE (CD)
15 Report: "Type of investor losing pounds allowed entry" (8) BULLETIN (BULl + LET IN)
16 Graduate on good river loses new bundles (8) BAGGAGES (BA + G + GAnGES)
18 What you should do before you shoot - make it a different one! (4,3) TAKE,AIM (MAKE IT A)*
20 Five in last institute offer specific for malaria (7) QUININE (QUIN + IN + E) Is quin five or one in five?
21 Some school over which Alyce ummed and ahed (6) LYCEUM (T)
22 Author is more correct - if only you hear (6) WRITER (~righter)




Monday 25 June 2012

No 10498, Monday 25 Jun 12, Gridman

Looks like Gridman went to an Italian restaurant before setting this one!!
ACROSS
1   - Goes with the money collected (8) - PROCEEDS [DD]
6   - Comb for comical person? (4) - CARD [DD]
9   - Relays about fit quarter (6) - CABLES {C}{ABLE}{S}
10 - More corpulent Susan leaves suburbanites dazed (7) - TUBBIER  suBURBanITEs*
13 - Determination with which new one leaves Italian city holding macho types (9) - VEHEMENCE {VE(-ni+hemen}HEMENCE}
14 - Reason to record one note (5) - LOGIC {LOG}{I}{C}
15 - Leaders of Naxalite order gave out scuttled mission (2-2) - NO-GO {N}{O}-{G}{O}
16 - Child's desire returns for nut and vegetable (6,4) - KIDNEY BEAN {KID}{NEY<-} {BEAN}
19 - What Houdini practised (10) - ESCAPOLOGY  [CD]
21 - Judicial order put on paper briefly (4) - WRIT WRITe
24 - Describe fully unit of measurement that stops short (5) - PARSE PARSEc
25 - Starter in Italy points at a variation (9) - ANTIPASTO
26 - Pasta the Pescara violinist tucked in (7) - RAVIOLI [T]
27 - After fast, I begin liking pulse (6) - LENTIL {LENT}{I}{L}
28 - Mark to study tense (4) - DENT {DEN}{T}
29 - Let the cigarette be …, from the health point of view (8) - UNBURNED [CD]
DOWN
2   - Go hard — furiously — around the circle to get the speedster (4,3) - ROAD HOG {R{O}AD HOG*}
3   - Army officer's hesitation on northern body of troops (6) - COLUMN {COL}{UM}{N}
4   - All-important city of space — no steamy resort (9) - ESSENTIAL {ESSEN}{spaTIAL}
5   - Gridman, for one, doesn't complete a Roman number (5) - SETTE SETTEr
7   - Excited adult can shake leg (7) - ATINGLE {A}{TIN}{LEG*}
8   - Uprooting of tie draconian treatment (12) - DERACINATION* New word for me
11 - If it rains like this, it pours (5-1) - BILLY-O [CD]
12 - Calm celebration — czar drops alternative by journalist (4-8) - EVEN-TEMPERED {EVEN-T}{EMPERor}{ED}
17 - Bad thing to stick in an entertainment spot (9) - NIGHTCLUB {THING*}{CLUB}
18 - Dopes distributed about key dashboard instrument (6) - SPEEDO {SPE{E}DO*}
20 - Two vehicles around a company of people (7) - CARAVAN {CAR}{A}{VAN}
22 - With others, I have become fidgety (7) - RESTIVE {REST}{I'VE}
23 - No. 1 batsman is a help in drinking sessions, perhaps (6) - OPENER [DD]
25 - Notice that is primarily uninspiring — so long! (5) - ADIEU {AD}{IE}{U}




Sunday 24 June 2012

No 2692, Sunday 24 Jun 12

ACROSS
1   - Obscure European coin (4)  - DIME {DIM}{E}
3   - Really neat at university (8,2)  - STRAIGHT UP {STRAIGHT} {UP}
10 - Committee's added to trophy cabinets (9)  - CUPBOARDS {CUP}{BOARDS}
11 - Sailor carrying a maiden over a Devon river (5)  - TAMAR {T{A}{M}AR}
12 - Dessert wine produced by one artist (7)  - MADEIRA {MADE}{I}{RA}
13 - New toaster revolves (7)  - ROTATES*
14 - I, for one, stick in a formal statement (13)  - PRONOUNCEMENT {PRONOUN}{CEMENT}
16 - Singers in bar turn on rest (13)  - COUNTERTENORS {COUNTER}{ON+REST*}
20 - Birds, very big around Loire, surprisingly (7)  - ORIOLES {O{LOIRE*}S}
21 - Food colourant - tons imported by an international organisation (7)  - ANNATTO {AN}{NA{T}TO}
23 - Loose flowing garment worn by head of northern island group (5)  - TONGA {TO{N}GA}
24 - Question and answer session in Bury to contend with (9)  - INTERVIEW {INTER}{VIE}{W}
25 - Conservative speeches I prepared for a bishop, for example (10)  - CHESSPIECE {C}{SPEECHES+I*}
26 - Rosemary, say, in Father Brown (4)  - HERB [T]
DOWN
1   - Leave suddenly, as banks of Danube affected (6)  - DECAMP {DanubE}{CAMP}
2   - Motorcycle was blue (5)  - MOPED [DD]
4   - To our sailors, trouble is a whirlwind (7)  - TORNADO {TO}{RN}{ADO}
5   - One failing to gain a place in a lyceum, at first so put out (4-3)  - ALSO-RAN {A}{L}{SO}-{RAN}
6   - Visit Chequers and call an election? (2,2,3,7)  - GO TO THE COUNTRY {GO TO} {THE} {COUNTRY}
7   - Femme fatale, very French, dividing some office workers (9)  - TEMPTRESS {TEMP{TRES}S}
8   - Spoiled parties, a freeloader (8)  - PARASITE*
9   - Exercise equipment in flat brought by locals (10,4)  - HORIZONTAL BARS {HORIZONTAL} {BARS}
14 - Salaciousness demonstrated in epic rerun, possibly (9)  - PRURIENCE*
15 - Puzzle brings on a vexed moment, reportedly (8)  - ACROSTIC {A}{~cross{TIC}
17 - Composer and explorer, trendy one (7)  - ROSSINI {ROSS}{IN}{I}
18 - Adaptable English remain in charge (7)  - ELASTIC {E}{LAST}{IC}
19 - One appearing in A Midsummer Night's Dream in a horse and trap (6)  - COBWEB {COB}{WEB}
22 - Food, piece of turkey, ready to eat (5) - TRIPE {T}{RIPE}

Saturday 23 June 2012

No 10497, Saturday 23 Jun 12, Gridman

Gridman continuing the good work, feels like there were too many anagrams though, as they all came with the Across clues.
ACROSS
1   - There! Mortar falls! It's a quake! (5,6) - EARTH TREMOR*
9   - Old doctor managed holding knife's tip (7) - VETERAN VETE{RAN} Anno pending (Addendum - {VET}{E}{RAN} - See comments)
10 - Cabal to redesign researcher's wear (3,4) - LAB COAT*
11 - Primary supplier's turnover in robotics motor (5) - SERVO {S}{ERVO<-}
12 - If tutored properly, you should get strength of will (9) - FORTITUDE*
13 - Sage gets his trouble in court sentence (5) - RISHI {R{HIS*}I}
15 - Is prominent with places for spectators released (6,3) - STANDS OUT {STANDS} {OUT}
18 - Those who plunder may bring about teardrops (9) - PREDATORS*
21 - Some compilations of jousting grounds (5) - LISTS [DD]
22 - Thwart Abe throwing away what's needed for a personal wash-up (4,5) - BATH WATER*
24 - Hemingway character's marks? (5) - NICKS [DD]
26 - Rani, by 1, must cook a rice dish (7) - BIRYANI*
27 - Spring a mammal with its tail upfront (7) - EMANATE (+e)EMANATE(-e)
28 - What a pelican may do while feeding — be just what's needed (4,3,4) - FILL THE BILL [DD]
DOWN
1   - Gather information secretly from where women pronouncedly take a dip (9) - EAVESDROP (~eves){EAVES}{DROP}

2   - Driver's last to root excitedly for engine part (5) - ROTOR {R}{ROOT*}
3   - Nearly dwell on girl's musical instrument (9) - HARMONICA {HARp}{MONICA}
4   - Hurry back, therefore, taking following prints (3-4) - RUN OFFS {RUN}{O{FF}S<-}
5   - Girl going around U.S. city gets disease (7) - MALARIA {MA{LA}RIA}
6   - Jewish teacher has obstruction coming up — short, short (5) - RABBI {RAB<-}{BIt}
7   - Father's boat breaks soul — it's packed (8) - POPULOUS {POP}{U}{SOUL*}
8   - By the way, you once must have had this eye complaint (4) - STYE {ST}{YE}
14 - Quiet Lester dismantled bus-stop structures (8) - SHELTERS {SH}{LESTER*}
16 - Draw nifty drug going to food shop (9) - DELINEATE {DELI}{NEAT}{E}
17 - Mollusc trade union's grand woman gets fifties (4,5) - TUSK SHELL {TU'S}{K} {SHE}{LL}
19 - Controversial omission of covers at the bar (2,5) - ON TRIAL cONTRoversIAL
20 - Tired out, catching monarch's reptile (7) - SERPENT {S{ER}PENT}
22 - Hope's quick curtsies? (4) - BOBS [DD]
23 - Structure in harbour with end of stretch far-out (5) - WHARF {W}{H}{FAR*}
25 - Cover one mammal (5) - COATI {COAT}{1}

Friday 22 June 2012

No.10496, Friday 22 June 2012, Gridman

Solid opener from Gridman with a fair distribution of clue types. Quite a few answers were in the plural. There are 3 DDs and 5 CDs so Colonel couldn't have chosen a better day to take a break :)

ACROSS
1 Many libbers disbursed small amounts (8)  DRIBBLES  D + (LIBBERS)*
5 Papers on street in steady flow (6) STREAM  ST + REAM  ahem ... apparently not always...
9 Arrest Bachelor of Science in court perhaps, taking time (8) OBSTRUCT C(BS)OURT* + T
10 Wave for a painter's tool (6) ROLLER (DD)
12 Friends get sharp rebuke on return (4) PALS SLAP<-
13 Delights partner Sue in bits (10) ENRAPTURES (PARTNER SUE)*
15 Parts of flower make our neighbour's head turn from one direction to another (6) SEPALS n(+S)EPAL'S

17 Ring a note for new arrival (5) ARENA A + RE + N + A  A=arrival as in ETA I think
20 Yet you might occasionally tell this person: "You're yet to grow up!" (5) ADULT (CD)
21 Spy organisation comes back with said office-worker in India to criticise (6) IMPUGN MI<- + (~)PEON
24 Played charades in a kind of transport (5,5) SEDAN, CHAIR (CHARADES IN)*
27 Note: Gridman's a quiet showman (4) MIME MI + ME
29 Bad guy having change of heart in wave (6) ROTTER ROll(+TT)ER wave back ...
30 They are in the main, accustomed to pitching (8) MARINERS (CD)
31 Dispirit Poles embracing dead shot (6) SADDEN S(DEAD*)N
32 Character who never became 20? (5,3) PETER,PAN (CD)

DOWN
1 The indigent, back in empty dormitory, is sad-looking (6) DROOPY  Dormitor(POOR<-)Y
2 Slight what may be added to injury (6) INSULT (DD)
3 Reportedly obstructed poet (4) BARD (~barred)
4 One who has done some stretches (2-3) EX-CON (CD)

6 Solicitor trapped red fish (5) TROUT T(R)OUT
7 It is an equipment for blow-ups (8) ENLARGER (CD)
8 Notices fellow-shooter (8) MARKSMAN MARKS + MAN
11 Miss father's slangy greeting (4,2) PASS,UP PA + SSUP Ugly slang word and I'm glad it is not included in standard dictionaries
14 Tired team leader is not bumbling (4) DEFT FED<- + T
16 A white land? (6) ALIGHT A + LIGHT
17 Female leaves US city in ship (4) ARGO fARGO

18 Pauses by accountants going over a revolutionary scheme (8) CAESURAS C(A RUSE<-)AS
19 Wrongly touted a number that's no longer current (8) OUTDATED (TOUTED A)* + D
22 Admit defeat - I've pug to let loose (4,2) GIVE, UP (I'VE PUG)*
23 Arabian, for example, has issue with spice (6) SEASON SEA + SON
25 Pleasant to admit extremely adorable relative (5) NIECE  NI(E)CE
26 Mental picture of what a film star might guard zealously (5) IMAGE (DD)
28 Nothing close to canoe in river (4) NILE NIL + E

Thursday 21 June 2012

No 10495, Thursday 21 Jun 12, Sankalak

If this state of affairs continues I may have to discontinue this blog. It's 7:22 AM and the online paper is not up nor have I got my print edition, meeting the 8:30 deadline is becoming next to impossible on such days.
ACROSS
1   - Reverse dance, in a way, by a marsupial (7) - WALLABY {WA{LLAB<-}Y}
5   - Desire, not without love, needing immediate attention (6) - URGENT {URGE}{NoT}
11 - Hairdo showing a nameless grievance (5) - PLAIT PLAInT
12 - Music performance made Nino tired somehow (9) - RENDITION*
13 - Get your own back in retail tea distribution (9) - RETALIATE*
14 - Poem in Romania about cowboy display (5) - RODEO {R{ODE}O}
15 - A club spice to deter criminals (4) - MACE [DD]
17 - Baked dish, say, assessed as illegally copied (7) - PIRATED (~pie){PI}{RATED}
21 - Public official with misplaced love for a singer (7) - CROONER {C(-o)R(+o)OONER
22 - Drug-taker making some serious errors (4) - USER [T]
26 - Ducks carry a label in a part of New Zealand (5) - OTAGO {O{TAG}O}
27 - Copy of a fine figure of speech about a catholic (9) - FACSIMILE {F}{A}{C}{SIMILE}
29 - Not wanted but is endured somehow (9) - UNDESIRED*
30 - Unseemly display is part of an act (5) - SCENE [DD]
31 - Quiet stream that becomes high-pitched (6) - SHRILL {SH}{RILL}
32 - Careless writings reveal slow movement on board ship (7) - SCRAWLS {S{CRAWL}S}
DOWN
2   - To get adjusted, a prosecutor is on physical training (5) - ADAPT {A}{DA}{PT}
3   - A telly repaired not long ago (6) - LATELY*
4   - Could a friend polish up this coarse stuff (6) - BURLAP {BUR}{LAP}<-
6   - Criticise the way of the train services (8) - RAILROAD {RAIL}{ROAD}
7   - Wicked people can turn devil sore (4-5) - EVIL-DOERS*
8   - The tissue to extend one’s limb inside (6) - TENDON [T semi &lit]
9   - I don’t want to hear it! (5,2) - SPARE ME [CD]
10 - Restricted in extent, half-size, enclosed all around (7) - ENDEMIC {EN{DEMI}C}
16 - Freshly aired corn, popular in Indian food (9) - CORIANDER*
18 - Business deficit Capone found to be immense (8) - COLOSSAL {CO}{LOSS}{AL}
19 - We are accepting the Left Front in social work for the needy (7) - WELFARE {WE}{LF}{ARE}
20 - The nature of grass on the other side of the fence (7) - GREENER [GK]
23 - Qualifiers for the gallery at the police station? (6) - ROGUES [CD]
24 - Sharp and sour, like a detective in charge (6) - ACIDIC {A}{CID}{IC}
25 - A festival here personifies taste (6) - FIESTA [T]
28 - One kind of wood that is a perfect thing (5) - IDEAL {I}{DEAL}




Wednesday 20 June 2012

No 10494, Wednesday 20 Jun 12, Sankalak

ACROSS
1   - Spy receives garbled clue about group of atoms (8) - MOLECULE {MO{CLUE*}LE}
5,10 - The seal of the unthinking yes-man? (6-5) - RUBBER-STAMP [DD]
10  - See 5
11 - Hero to get on one side of the ship (9) - STARBOARD {STAR}{BOARD}
12 - Faithful Das at fest suffers (9) - STEADFAST*
13 - Oblivion for a member beginning to overdose (5) - LIMBO {LIMB}{O}
14 - Musical entertainment in Hyderabad is congenial (5) - DISCO [T]
16 - Scorpion, perhaps, in a church drain needing repair (8) - ARACHNID {CH+DRAIN}*
18 - Disharmony in a tale about resistance (8) - FRICTION {F{R}ICTION}
20 - Sailor, American, returns to a city in Gujarat (5) - SURAT {SU}{RAT}<-
24 - Fibre found here in some plants is also used in making rope etc. (5) - SISAL [T &lit]
25 - Ape gouged out by teacher (9) - PEDAGOGUE*
27 - A flat case to hold body of written work (9) - PORTFOLIO [CD]
28 - Sound appreciation for a good meal? (5) - BELCH [CD]
29 - Forceful attack to curtail the plant disease (6) - THRUST {THe}{RUST}
30 - Old English king who made Ms. Barrymore embarrassed (8) - ETHELRED {ETHEL}{RED}
DOWN
1   - Improperly handled phone card returned by American editor (7) - MISUSED {MIS<-}{US}{ED}
2   - Footwear for dolittles (7) - LOAFERS [DD] Is that 'dolittles' or 'do littles'?
3   - Roman god gets a prize and identity (5) - CUPID {CUP}{ID}
4   - The French motor, small inside, for sailor (6) - LASCAR {LA}{S}{CAR}
6   - The point of attachment of a mother-to-be with the baby (9) - UMBILICUS [GK]
7   - Gondolier, born to love the soul (7) - BOATMAN {B}{O}{ATMAN}
8   - OED word developed for a tall tree (7) - REDWOOD*
9   - Great delight in grabbing when royal replaces conservative (7) - RAPTURE (-c+r)RAPTURE
15 - Does better in deception in cooking souffle but without a trace of enthusiasm (9) - OUTBLUFFS {SOUFFLe+BUT}*
17 - Collect a fortune supporting Internet address (7) - COMPILE {.COM}{PILE}
18 - Fine American place for fastidious chap (7) - FUSSPOT {F}{US}{SPOT}
19 - Risk-taking is his business (7) - INSURER [CD]
21 - Soldier conforming to conventional standards (7) - REGULAR [DD]
22 - Cut baby cutters (7) - TEETHED [CD]
23 - Clever notice the French king placed on time (6) - ADROIT {AD}{ROI}{T}
26 - Old hero who was good and fit (5) - GABLE {G}{ABLE}




Tuesday 19 June 2012

No 10493, Tuesday 19 Jun 12, Sankalak

ACROSS
1   - Scales ready for use with what is left after all expenses (7,2,4) - BALANCE IN HAND {BALANCE} {IN HAND}
10 - Snoops caught or derailed by partner in financing (2,7) - CO SPONSOR {SNOOPS+C+OR}*
11 - In murky politics, dispensing with sop is legal (5) - LICIT poLITICs*
12 - Member of the clergy is shortly to follow Catholic leader (5) - CANON {C}{ANON}
13 - Fully preoccupied in including cheap energy in the objective (9) - ENGROSSED {EN{GROSS}{E}D}
14 - Small bugs concealed in flowing sap (6) - APHIDS {AP{HID}S*}
16 - Halt around eastern verandah (5) - STOEP {STO{E}P}
19 - Sailor took food — to reduce! (5) - ABATE {AB}{ATE}
20 - Make an appeal to Kiev on reform (6) - INVOKE*
25 - Listen, taking time and get the better of a throb (9) - HEARTBEAT {HEAR}{T}{BEAT}
26 - Things favoured by old President in extremes of laziness (5) - LIKES {Lazi{IKE}nesS}
27 - Bread particle in an empty crib — strange (5) - CRUMB {Cr{RUM}iB}
28 - Go in, with reserves at home, to amuse (9) - ENTERTAIN {ENTER}{TA}{IN}
29 - Reliable pacer hurt — impossible to find another like him (13) - IRREPLACEABLE*
DOWN
2   - Sailors at home with the wormwood flavoured drink (8) - ABSINTHE {ABS}{IN}{THE}
3   - Name fabulous flier going up with a fruit (5) - ACORN {A}{COR}{N}<-
4   - It is close to manic to request alien for a jewel case (6) - CASKET {C}{ASK}{ET}
5   - I deserve to have equipment to supply water (8) - IRRIGATE {I}{R{RIG}ATE}
6   - October celebration puts lone whale in jeopardy (9) - HALLOWEEN*
7   - Bridge partners with time to keep frozen stuff — nothing could be more pleasant (6) - NICEST {N{ICE}S}{T}
8   - Air India accountants return to plant (6) - ACACIA {AC}{AC}{IA}<-
9   - Detailed investigation of posh daughter in poor accommodation (5) - STUDY {ST{U}{D}Y}
15 - Socialite at a counter is open to question (9) - DEBATABLE {DEB}{A}{TABLE}
17 - Spilling ale around that place is unearthly (8) - ETHEREAL {E{THERE}AL*}
18 - Bird with a shadow, an unpleasant mix (8) - COCKTAIL {COCK}{TAIL} It's pleasant as far as I'm concerned?
21 - Relaxing, say, concealing a wrongdoing (6) - EASING EA{SIN}G Anitya style clue? (Addendum - {E{A}{SIN}G} - See comments)
22 - Beginning to write, poor writer gets a sharp blow (5) - WHACK {W}{HACK}
23 - Expensive car — too much indulgence affecting Rau (6) - JAGUAR {JAG}{RAU*}
24 - Motionless felines get back with appeal (6) - STATIC {STA{TI}C}<-
26 - Ex-cricketer accepts victory by young one (5) - LARVA {LAR{V}A}




Monday 18 June 2012

No 10492, Monday 18 Jun 12, Sankalak

ACROSS
1   - Unpleasant thing, grist to the mill of media (3,4) - BAD NEWS {BAD} {NEWS}
5   - Hurried to rein in insurers and got tied up (7) - SPLICED {SP{LIC}ED}
9   - What the family doctor has for a cleric, parentage doubtful! (7,8) - GENERAL PRACTICE You hardly find any of these Doctors nowadays, at least I am yet to find one in the vicinity of my house.
10 - Rough drawing of a small sailing boat (6) - SKETCH {S}{KETCH}
11 - Played a part around church with Penny? Agreed (8) - ACCEPTED {AC{CE}{P}TED}
13 - Fit for marriage, Parisian girl catches big Indian chief in retreat (8) - ELIGIBLE {EL{I)(GIB<}LE}
15 - What a dissolute one at home may do — collect a lot (4,2) - RAKE IN {RAKE} {IN}
18 - Tool that gives, after extremes of survival, an advantage (6) - SLEDGE {SurvivaL}{EDGE}
19 - Hero of children’s tale, a dwarf growth (3,5) - TOM THUMB [CD]
22 - Old boy backs Brown, first as a scientist (8) - BOTANIST {BO<-}{TAN}{1ST}
24 - Bullet, model of a fast bike, say (6) - TRACER {T}{RACER}
27 - Kind of folds a sceptical donor reworked (9,6) - ACCORDION PLEATS*
28 - The most excellent morally, still a large number conceal untruth (7) - HOLIEST {HO{LIE}ST}
29 - Cast a spell over engineer with a craving (7) - BEWITCH {BE}{W}{ITCH}
DOWN
1   - Nitrogen, perhaps, in the groundwork, a residue left in sugar production (7) - BAGASSE {BA{GAS}SE}
2   - A part of the forest of Arden seen to be crowded (5) - DENSE [T]
3   - Enhancing the quality and rendering gin nicer, adding hydrogen (9) - ENRICHING {ENRIC{H}ING*}
4   - The one and only flat fish (4) - SOLE [DD]
5   - Hit in a small-time quarrel (6) - STRUCK {S}{T}{RUCK}
6   - English philosopher’s security device, we hear (5) - LOCKE (~lock)
7   - Liqueur for a neurotic suspect (9) - COINTREAU*
8   - China in East Germany! (7) - DRESDEN [DD]
12 - Cunning change of heart of secret agent (3) - SLY S(-p+l}LY
14 - A dialect in fresh form but just the same! (9) - IDENTICAL*
16 - A measure for unit of work done by famous cartoonist — “Radiance following setting of big star” (9) - AFTERGLOW {A}{FT}{ERG}{LOW}
18 - Bachelors upset over ablution on Sunday (7) - SABBATH {SAB<-}{BATH}
20 - A South Carolina broth developed into a beetroot soup (7) - BORTSCH {SC+BROTH}*
21 - Help a sibling in a way (6) - ASSIST {A}{S{SIS}T}
23 - Tissue that gives courage (5) - NERVE [DD]
25 - Plan for a church painting (5) - CHART {CH}{ART}
26 - A control with which to hit back (4) - KNOB <-




Sunday 17 June 2012

N0 2691, Sunday 17 Jun 12

ACROSS
1   - Provider of children's entertainment, TV on leave (4-2-3-3)  - JACK-IN-THE-BOX JACK-IN-THE-{BOX} Anno pending (Addendum - {JACK-IN}-{THE-BOX} - See comments)
9   - Ascot's winning margin? Short row follows (7)  - NECKTIE {NECK}{TIEr}
10 - Mummy's boy, reportedly depressed when the day is done (7)  - SUNDOWN (~son){SUN}{DOWN}
11 - Jumper next to mine in shabby cinema (7)  - FLEAPIT {FLEA}{PIT}
12 - Theatrical company to improve further performance (7)  - REPRISE [DD?]
13 - Escaped in cab, sodden, unfortunately (9)  - ABSCONDED*
15 - Project involving small fair (4)  - JUST {JU{S}T}
17 - Homestead a long way away? Miles (4)  - FARM {FAR}{M}
18 - Former PM leading workers in county (9)  - NORTHANTS {NORTH}{ANTS}
19 - Body of troops ordered to carry equipment (7)  - BRIGADE {B{RIG}ADE}
21 - Surprisingly large one, a country in Africa (7)  - ALGERIA {LARGE}*{1}{A}
22 - Film director down in Italy (7)  - FELLINI {FELL}{IN}{I}
23 - Locks in fortress, essential (7)  - TRESSES [T]
24 - Working with responsibility in a successful business (5,7)  -  GOING CONCERN {GOING} {CONCERN}
DOWN
1   - Psychologist married German woman in the Bernese Alps (8)  - JUNGFRAU {JUNG}{FRAU}
2   - Dogs may be spooked reckons special (6,8)  - COCKER SPANIELS*
3   - At home, spinner for Middlesex initially playing his best (2,3,4)  - IN TOP FORM {IN} {TOP} {FOR}{M}
4   - Newspaper job? (5)  - THEFT {THE}{FT} My COD
5   - Undemanding jockey in film (4,5)  - EASY RIDER {EASY}{RIDER}
6   - Have, in an excited state, to confess (3,2)  - OWN UP {OWN} {UP}
7   - Beginning to realise Doctor No is no obscure novel? (8,6)  - ROBINSON CRUSOE {R}{NO+IS+NO+OBSCURE}*
8   - Girl, extremely drunk, dropping CD (4)  - ANNE cANNEd
14 - Ground in lane with odd weed (9)  - DANDELION {IN+LANE+ODD}*
15 - Astronaut, first from Georgia, hugged by Beatle on leaving (4,5)  - JOHN GLENN {JOHN {G}LENNon}
16 - Hit man in SAS twice, unwisely (8)  - ASSASSIN {IN+SAS+SAS}*
19 - Polish fan (4)  - BUFF [DD]
20 - I depart after American friend (5)  - AMIGO {AM}{I}{GO}
21 - Classically elegant upper room (5) - ATTIC [DD]