Saturday, 10 October 2015

No 11522, Saturday 10 Oct 2015, Arden


6 Crusade about employment (5) CAUSE {CA}{USE}
7 With two clubs boy's secure (8) IRONCLAD {IRON}{C}{LAD}
10 At the threshold, I'm in all kinds of trouble (7) LIMINAL {I'M IN ALL}*
11 Reported role of live choir performing indoors (7) BRIOCHE {B{CHOIR*}E} {~ROLL}

12 Listlessness in the manner rifle is retracted (7) BOREDOM {{BOR}{EDOM}<=}
13 Book on a new South Africa is god sent (7) BONANZA {B}{ON}{A}{N}{ZA}
14 Hole-and-corner cleaned, isn't dirty (11) CLANDESTINE {CLEANED ISNT}*
19 Apply — sure if Charlie becomes quiet (7) PERTAIN {(-c+P)ERTAIN}
21 Complaint over layers of mineral (7) BEDSORE {BEDS}{ORE}
23 The nocturnal creature managed to grab two hundred ducks (7) RACCOON {RA{CC}{OO}N}

25 Old lady's advice to place a bet (7) DOWAGER {DO}{WAGER}
26 Fellow's ire caught on camera (8) COVERAGE {COVE}{RAGE}
27 After change of heart use correctly (5) APTLY {AP{-p+T}LY}


1 Spice up routine with crime novel (8) TURMERIC {TUR<=}{CRIME*}

2 Writer took up study — it's enclosed (6) PENNED {PEN}{NED<=}
3 Stupid way to dress on the field (5,3,2) SILLY MID ON {SILLY} {MI}{D ON}
4 Half mixed curry (4) COMB {COMBined}
5 Dance with comic hero, in other words (6) CANCAN {TINTIN} Gives {CAN}{CAN}
6 Indonesian island's lost tribe, finally they are famous (6) CELEBS {CELEBeS}
8 It's red revolutionary China, bringing it up (7) CHIANTI {CHINA*}{TI<=}
9 Country starts naming eminent people as leaders (5) NEPAL (Acrostic)
13 They meddle with the vehicle and boy tragically loses his life (10) BUSYBODIES {BUS}{YBO*}{DIES}
15 Bachelor among singles — an Ormer, perhaps (7) ABALONE {A{BA}LONE}

16 “Felons essentially are linked to a scandal” — is to stretch it (8) ELONGATE {fELONs}{GATE}
17 Refuse egg before mid morning (5) SPURN {SPUR}{morNing}
18 Sell fish by chance (6) BETRAY {BET}{RAY}
20 Minister follows girl to a high official (6) RECTOR {Di}+{RECTOR}=High Official
22 Loose skin — wash with some water (6) DEWLAP {DEW}{LAP}
24 Well groomed // cattle (4) NEAT (DD)

Reference list

About=Ca, Club=C, Club=Iron, Live=Be, Book=B, New=N, South Africa=ZA, Charlie=C, Quiet=P, Managed=Ran, Hundred=C Duck=O 
Study=Den, Way=MI Vehicle=Bus, Bachelor=BA, Girl=Di

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,Substitution Indicator



  1. I think 20D should be the other way round Minister = RECTOR following girl = DI to a high official = RECTOR

    1. That's what Ramesh's shown, where DI RECTOR = high official

    2. Rector in church is a minister and in college, probably Jesuit college, a high official. So the clue as it is published seems OK to me.

    3. What I meant is that 'High Official' is the definition and not 'Minister' as highlighted by Ramesh

    4. Col, you mean high official should have been the def as per WP? I too think it should be. But the def seems to be rector

    5. I feel 'Minister (Rector) is the def. which if preceded by girl (Di) becomes high official. Looks like Arden has used addition instead of deletion.

    6. I treated it as a clue where you are told that A+B=C and A & C are given and you are expected to find B

  2. Roll (~ role) seems to be the def.

  3. Limitations in my vocabulary thoroughly exposed.
    Ramesh must have had his hands full today. Thank you.

  4. OT from Facebook

    Once upon a time there was a king who wanted to go fishing.

    He called the royal weather forecaster and enquired as to the weather forecast for the next few hours. The weatherman assured him that there was no chance of rain in the coming days.

    So the king went fishing with his wife, the queen. On the way he met a farmer on his donkey.

    Upon seeing the king the farmer said, "Your Majesty, you should return to the palace at once because in just a short time I expect a huge amount of rain to fall in this area."

    The king was polite and considerate, he replied, "I hold the palace meteorologist in high regard. He is an extensively educated and experienced professional. And besides, I pay him very high wages. He gave me a very different forecast. I trust him and I will continue on my way."

    So he continued on his way. However, a short time later a torrential rain fell from the sky. The King and Queen were totally soaked and their entourage chuckled upon seeing them in such a shameful condition. Furious, the king returned to the palace and gave the order to fire the weatherman at once!

    Then he summoned the farmer and offered him the prestigious and high paying role of royal forecaster.

    The farmer said, "Your Majesty, I do not know anything about forecasting. I obtain my information from my donkey. If I see my donkey's ears drooping, it means with certainty that it will rain."

    So the king hired the donkey.

    And so began the practice of hiring asses to work in the government and occupy its highest and most influential positions...

  5. Thank you Col. A nice one indeed.

  6. Today needed lotsa help from tech... but after longish struggle managed it. Phewww.. rector last .. knew it was rector but the way clue was phrased it looked like director... so i was wondering what was wrong with it

  7. A Tough one....could only complete now after a hectic half a day at work....Lots of nice clues to enjoy...Rector takes the cake for its unorthodox word play & lateral thinking. Enjoyed 3D & 5D too
    Col..nice one...