Saturday, 1 August 2015

No 11462, Saturday 01 Aug 2015, Buzzer


1 Accommodate hospital tour starting late by 15 minutes (7-4) QUARTER HOUR {QUARTER}{H}{tOUR}
9 Repeatedly jeer at a silly mistake (3-3) BOO-BOO{BOO}-{BOO}
10 Has had three vitamin biscuits (8) TEACAKES {T{E}{A} {C}AKES}

11 Go without food, losing energy? On the contrary (5) FEAST {F{E}AST}
12 Attacking one playing old bugle endlessly (7) BULLDOG {OLD BUGLe}*

13 Lord you hear, masterly and praiseworthy (8) LAUDABLE {~LORD}{ABLE}
15 Brightly coloured kerchiefs, not bad for grandmas (6) NANNAS {baNdANNAS}
16 Free to go through detailed package for wedding (6) BRIDAL {B{RID}ALe}
18 Whichever a/c, it yields saving in truth (8) VERACITY (T)
20 Supports consuming rotten candies (7) TOFFEES {T{OFF}EES}
21 Prospect of travel permit taking time (5) VISTA {VIS{T}A}
22 Training commander in pain (8) COACHING {CO}{ACHING}
23 Oddities in gradient, along narrow gap (4,2) GAIN ON {GrAdIeNt} {ON}
24 DJ, a retronym made of two different characters (3,3,5) TOM AND JERRY {DJ A RETRONYM}*


2 Be critical of pub crawling blitz (7) UPBRAID {UP B}*{RAID}
3 Rubbish seen around big bird's perch (5) ROOST {RO{OS}T}
4 Each dish that is fit for consumption (7) EATABLE {EA}{TABLE}
5 Be in charge of a cruise ship for VIP (9) HEADLINER {HEAD}{LINER}
6 Smug and annoying displays native to Africa (7) UGANDAN (T)
7 Trick to weaken and control fire (13) CONFLAGRATION {CON}{FLAG}{RATION}
8 Rank faulty generators jam up on the inside (8,5) SERGEANT MAJOR {SERGEANT {MAJ<=} OR*}
14 Dancer performed in bare captivating everyone (9) BALLERINA {B{ALL}ERINA*}

17 Really fed up doing nothing (2,5) DE FACTO DE FACTTO {DE F<=}{ACT}{O} See comments
18 Faced with victory, one's advanced in time (7) VISAGED {V}{I}{S}{AGED}
19 Unceremoniously dismiss // a bank clerk (7) CASHIER (DD)
21 Origin of viral fever is uncertain (5) VAGUE {V}{AGUE}

Reference list

Hospital=H, Vitamin=E, Vitamin=A, Vitamin=C, Energy=E, Time=T, Commander=CO 
Big=OS, Each=Ea, Nothing=O, Victory=V, One=I

Color/Font Scheme

Definition,Solution,Component letters,Anagram Indicator,C/C indicator,Reversal Indicator,Hidden word IndicatorLetter Pick indicator,Deletion Indicator,Homophone Indicator,Movement Indicator,Positional Indicator



  1. Comparatively an easier one today from Buzzer. Got 1A, 11A, 18A, 24A, 23A, 24A, 3d, 4d, 5d, 6d, 8d 14d, 18d, 19d and 21d at first glance itself. On revisit got 12a, 16a, 22a, 17d. Put ADORABLE for 13a and got no where. NANNAS did not strike me, even though NANNIES did strike but it was not fitting in. I thought NANNA was grandfather. Could not get TEACAKES despite having all cutting letters. For 20a I put RAFTERS and was trying to anagram it to get CANDIES but could not succeed. Wasted a minute in 6d in trying to anagram SMUG AND before embarking on the hidden word. On the whole thoroughly enjoyed the CW. Thanks Buzzer, RJ and DG.

  2. Hurrah ! On cloud nine today !! Finally cracked a Buzzer puzzle !!! Quite an enjoyable one. My COD is 1Ac : QUARTER HOUR. Thank you Buzzer for making it my day. :-)))

  3. Could complete in two quarters of an hour!Easier but thouroghly entertaing marked by Buzzer's traits: super smooth surfaces , great surface stories...

  4. Smooth and easy today. 1 A and 17 D are very nicely clued.

  5. Favourite clues: BALLERINA and DE FACTO

  6. SP @ 9.12- agree and would like to add 1A & 22A.
    Thoroughly enjoyable with some very interesting surfaces- a Buzzer speciality. Thank you.

  7. Loved the faulty generators also.

    1. So did I, but I felt a wee bit disappointed that the "jam up" bit revealed the rank in question without needing to work out the anagram.

    2. So did I, but I felt a wee bit disappointed that the "jam up" bit revealed the rank in question without needing to work out the anagram.

  8. Lovely puzzle, Buzzer - thank you! Great construction of clues with some gorgeous surfaces - I especially liked 22, 23, and 24 across and 7, 14, and 17 down. The sleight-of-hand with verb and noun forms in 17d and 23a is done very skillfully.

    While the first three words of the clue in 24a are the anagram fodder, the fact that the expansion of DJ can be seen as a retronym of jockey makes the clue masterly - and easily my COD!

    Is the comma in 23a a typo? I can't see its utility in the clue.

    Thank you for the blog, Ramesh!

  9. Got stuck in south-east corner...

  10. Some very nice clues. Enjoyed the crossie.

  11. Ultra smooth today!
    Loved 17D and many others..

  12. Lovely crossword, Buzzer! Enjoyed it, thanks a lot. 23A is my COD.

  13. Can someone explain the'losing energy' part of 11A? Fast ( going without food) seems to be gaining energy.

    1. This part is simple (see 1 below) - the trouble arises when the last three words have to be applied in two stages to make the clue work.

      (1) Wordplay:
      "Go without food" = FAST
      "losing energy? On the contrary" = gaining energy = gaining E

      Thus, the wordplay gives us (F{E}AST).

      (2) Definition:
      "Go without food" has to be used as is for the wordplay, but then one has to apply "on the contrary" to it to get the definition. This bit is not made explicit in the clue, which is why I didn't pick it a one of my favourite clues. (If I am missing something, I am more than happy to be corrected!)

    2. Thank you Abhay. My confusion is on the lines explained in point 2. In any case some double duty over there.

    3. I too was not sure what the def was or whether the whole clue was the def. If to "go w/o food" is FAST. On the contrary means "not going w/o food" = Eat = FEAST

    4. Exactly what I was wondering.

  14. Doubt about 19 D also. It is given as a DD. But how is cashier connected to unceremoniously dismiss?

    1. Remember the advice about consulting "Chambers" or a std. dic?

  15. Quote
    O, sir, content you;
    I follow him to serve my turn upon him:
    We cannot all be masters, nor all masters
    Cannot be truly follow'd. You shall mark
    Many a duteous and knee-crooking knave,
    That, doting on his own obsequious bondage,
    Wears out his time, much like his master's ass,
    For nought but provender, and when he's old, cashier'd:
    Whip me such honest knaves. [Emphasis added]

  16. cash·ier2
    Spell Syllables
    verb (used with object)
    to dismiss (a military officer) from service, especially with disgrace.
    to discard; reject.

  17. Thank you all. My doubts cleared. And a nice quote to boot.