Saturday, 12 December 2015

No 11573, Saturday 12 Dec 2015, Buzzer


1 A surrender in other words, time in custody (5,6) UNDER ARREST {A+SURRENDER}*{T}
9 Organized march/demo ultimately (6) MORCHA {MARCH+demO}* Semi-&lit
10 Daft, for dill to pluck ends off flower (8) DAFFODIL {DAFt}{FOr}{DILl}

11 One of bails left reduced to cinders and put in a vase (5) URNED {bURNED}
12 Attempt to gain resistance begins to facilitate let up in a contagious disease (4,3) BIRD FLU {BI{R}D} {Fac...e}{Let}{Up}
13 Gizmo not on every circling drone (8) MONOTONE (T)
15 Butterflies seen floating back around a caravan (6) NERVES {NE{RV}ES<=}
16 Criterion in rising rapidly is to be heartless (6) METRIC {METeoRIC}
18 Find yeti elusive to detect (8) IDENTIFY {FIND+YETI}*
20 Like having hot drink in the morning together (2,1,4) AS A TEAM {AS}{A {TEA}M}
21 Dogma or ideology binding a native (5) MAORI (T)
22 One keeping track of mileage motored around reining in speed essentially (8) ODOMETER {MOTORED+spEed}*
23 According to reports fort was at war (6) FOUGHT {~FORT}
24 Nothing left? No problem (3,3,5) ITS ALL RIGHT (CD&D)


2 Nearly condone a criminal? I’m unable to (2,3,2) NO CAN DO {CONDONe+A}*
3 Antelope from European country (5) ELAND {E}{LAND}

4 Distinct luxury car ran freely for the most part (7) AUDIBLE {AUDI}{BLEd}
5 Mention volume becoming loud in worship (9) REFERENCE {RE(-v+F)ERENCE}
6 One doubtful of Supreme Court’s suggestion (7) SCOFFER {SC}{OFFER}
7 Way of working imposed around building (5,8) MODUS OPERANDI {IMPOSED+AROUND}*
8 What this clue has initially is something knotty (6,2,5) FIGURE OF EIGHT (CD&D)
14 Musicians from Royal Academy sitting below theatre box (9) ORCHESTRA {OR}{CHEST}{RA}
17 Provide a spot again to study at a prestigious university (7) READMIT {READ}{MIT}
18 One small measure taken by mouth is vile (7) IMMORAL {I}{MM}{ORAL}
19 Feel getting over money is impossible (3,4) TOO MUCH {TO{O} {M}UCH}
21 Civilian man fighting fit without uniform (5) MUFTI {M}{FIT*} around U

Reference list

Time=T, Resistance=R, Caravan=RV(Recreational Vehicle), Like=As, Morning=AM 
European=E, Luxury car=Audi, Volume=V, Loud=F, Supreme Court=SC, Royal Academy=RA, Theatre=OR(Operating Room), One=I, Small measure=MM, Over=O, Money=M, Man=M, Uniform=U 

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. Heady stuff..highly original & a master illusionist.
    You would normally expect a telescopic clue to be one of the first in..but 13A fell in last & that too with all crossings available...Great work..Buzzer
    Unable to choose my COD..but for the deceptive nature of the clue 13 A is my COD..(Saw through the ruse of 8D & could get it without difficulty)

  2. I haven't heard of Operating Room, it's normally OT (Operation Theatre) isn't it.

    1. Operating room: a specially equipped room in a hospital where surgical procedures are performed((

  3. Operating Room may not be one where major or even minor surgeries are done. It may be a station where staff nurses or junior doctors attend to wounds, do dressing before a look-see by senior doctors becomes necessary.
    Some hospitals call it 'treatment room'.

    1. OR is synonymous with OT especially in the USA.

  4. Replies
    1. OR for operating room is found in It could possibly be found in other dics, but it's not in Chambers. Similarly with RV for caravan

    2. RV (recreational vehicle) for a motor caravan is American usage.

    3. I meant RV is also (like OR) found in, primarily an Am dic

    4. AFAIK, OR for operating room is an Americanism too.

    5. Sorry, Raghunath - I didn't see your comment just before my last one.

    6. Maybe "Australianism" too as Buzzer presently lives down under

  5. Hats off to Buzzer for a brilliant crossword. Thanks to him - and to Ramesh!

    My CsOD were 9 and 24. I would count 9 as a full &lit - there is no part of the clue that is extraneous to the definition, IMO.

    1. Not really - a morcha is, ultimately, an organised march/demo! :)

    2. As I have said in
      I took 'ultimately' to mean the workers resorting to it after demands made peacefully and persistently were ignored by the management.

  6. Just brilliant. Enjoyed a peaceful morning with the Buzzer CW. Buzzer's offering today is no monotone! It is an orchestra in full flow. Thank you Buzzer for relieving our monotony.

  7. Operating/ operation room may have more to do with power plants or such big factories (having centralised operations for control) than for hospitals. People who work there are usually called operators.

    1. I think these go, atleast now, by the name "Control Room"

  8. I tried my level best while at school but I just could not remember this by heart
    I wandered lonely as a cloud
    That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
    When all at once I saw a crowd,
    A host, of golden daffodils;
    Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
    Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

    Continuous as the stars that shine
    And twinkle on the milky way,
    They stretched in never-ending line
    Along the margin of a bay:
    Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
    Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

    The waves beside them danced; but they
    Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
    A poet could not but be gay,
    In such a jocund company:
    I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
    What wealth the show to me had brought:

    For oft, when on my couch I lie
    In vacant or in pensive mood,
    They flash upon that inward eye
    Which is the bliss of solitude;
    And then my heart with pleasure fills,
    And dances with the daffodils.

    1. On the other hand, this is one poem(along with "She dwelt among the untrodden ways" & " Love Song of J Alfred Prufork" by T S Eliot) that I still remember by heart. Daffodils is the poem that I taught my daughter & she also remembers by heart..Thanks Col for reviving such sweet memories

  9. Thank you Col. for the lovely poem.

  10. 11 across : burning bail and urning it is my COD for its reference to The Ashes series:-)

  11. Firstly, thanks a ton for all your wishes. I feel delighted to be greeted and honoured by such a great group.I should have visited yesterday. My mistake. Because the other birthday went Incognito. Belated wishes Kishore. Punster par excellence.

  12. Scored 21/24. Record for me in a Buzzer CW. Happy.

  13. super one from Buzzer.. Nerves lost me samosas.. but good going else .. thanks .. monotone fell last :) does anyone else think there is a uhmm Rebellion theme going on with No can do, Morcha, under arrest, scoffer, fought, as a team, mufti...all leading to its all right? hee hee

  14. Very interesting puzzlethanks to smooth surfaces & well laid-out clues. Figure of eight is my 'buzzer' word.6d- first tried sceptic. Later I could make it offering a suggestion.All told a well-rounded puzzle. Thanks Buzzer.

  15. Superb grid, real pleasure to solve. Loved the smooth surfaces, esp 24A, 2D. Letter-dropping in 10A is trademark Buzzer IMO :)

  16. AD sharing a Birthday with Kishore and he never mentioned it! Remained Incognito as AD put it.
    Belated Best Wishes and many happy returns of the day,Kishore.

  17. Getting back to crosswords after a dalliance with numbers in Sudoku. Finally getting the mojo back. On this specifically, flummoxed with Figure of Eight, Monotone and Fought (still not too clear on the last). On the wrong track initially with Ashes for Urned and then Eland forced me back to the straight and narrow. Chanced upon this blog - happy to be here

    1. FOUGHT is a bit iffy - it is a bit of a stretch to consider it a homophone for "fort" as clued.

  18. What the clue initiallly
    The above is a ref to the clue number which is 8 - and 8 is something knotty.
    Remember performing it in your driving test?