Wednesday, 14 September 2016

No 11802, Wednesday 14 Sep 2016, xChequer


7   Special cosmetic mud packs, first in emulsion produced froth (6) SPUMED {SP}{UM{Em...n}D*}
8   Rescues beasts left caged (8) SALVAGES {SA{L}VAGES}
9   Wing, say supporting English, roughly diminished in scale (8) FORELIMB {FOR}{E}{LIMBo} (Addendum - {FOR}{cLIMB} - See comments)
10 Article in magazine reviewed for build-up (6) GATHER {THE} in {RAG<=}
11 Duet conducted with Oriental composition (5) ETUDE {DUET}*{E}
12 Amazing use, perhaps odd, as in irrelevant figure of speech (6) ZEUGMA {aMAZinG+UsE}*

14 Rotten pigsty that endlessly stinks – unpleasant spectacle (3,1,6,5) NOT A PRETTY SIGHT {ROTTEN+PIGSTY+THAt}*
17 Fight with doctor screening film (6) COMBAT {CO{MB}AT}
18 Counters in clubs and joints (5) CHIPS {C}{HIPS}
22 Very much against eating home meal (6) FARINA {FAR}{IN}{A}
23 Combined effort of couple displacing leader in dynamic market (8) TEAMWORK {tWO} in {MARKET}*
24 Train driver in desert, say, loading scrap in coach (8) CAMELEER {CA{MELEE}R}
25 Insets designed for large mugs (6) STEINS*

1   Distribute part in pool, ultimately deal out (9) APPORTION {PART+IN+POOl}
2   Denim woven without power loom (6) IMPEND {P} in {MINED}*
3   Accept notice, briefly jot down (5) ADMIT {AD}{MIT?} (Addendum - {AD}{MITe} - See comments}
4   Airborne swallow, zooming gull, almost unknown to be unattractive (4-4) PLUG-UGLY {GULP<=}-{GULl}*{Y}
5   Butter spread over one cut of beef (8) PASTRAMI {PAST}{RAM}{1} PAST from SPREAD? See comments
6   Not so many following you in the audience, right? (5) FEWER {F}{EWE}(~you){R}
8   React, bet male just skips topic of discussion (7,6) SUBJECT MATTER {REACT+BET+M+JUST}*
13 Fellow about to enter before companion (9) CHAPERONE {CHAP}{ER{ON}E}
15 Appears to ignore rule about church records (8) ARCHIVES {ArR{CH}IVES}
16 Rude spam, rage runs wild (8) RAMPAGES*
19 Monkey's huge mistake (6) HOWLER [DD]
20 Urban alternative to gather everyday (5) BANAL [T]
21 Sucker under pressure, stay tuned (5) PATSY {P}{STAY*}


  1. Accept notice, briefly jot down (5) ADMIT {AD}{MIT?}
    MITE: jot

  2. Happy Onam!
    While most of the answers went in took ages to get zeugma, farina & cameleer all new words & wp also didnt make them easier
    Enjoyed thoroughly

    1. Agreed. I could get Zeugma from wordplay but felt ashamed that I didn't hear earlier about the figure of speech.
      The other two too required dictionary confirmations.

    2. Yes, thank ExC. for letting us know about Zeugma. I wonder if there are any gramarians around who had known it (without search I mean)

    3. Any student of Eng litrature would know 'zeugma'.
      Usually in a zeugma the verb will be quite apt with the first object. With the second object too it will be apt but will produce a funny or at least a lesser effect than the first.

      She broke his car and his heart.

      Here thou, great Anna! whom three realms obey,
      Dost sometimes counsel take — and sometimes tea. (Pope) tea once rhymed with obey

    4. As you will notice in one instance it is literal and in another metaphorical
      broke car - broke heart
      In the other in one instance it is ponderous and in another everyday
      take counsel - take tea

    5. I think that is why xC uses 'irrelevant', I think.

    6. I think that is why xC uses 'irrelevant', I think.

    7. Learned something today. Thank you for the explanation. Problem is I am not a student of English literature! Trying my best to make up. Better late than never.

    8. 'irrelevant' is deletion ind

  3. Happy Onam to Col. and everyone else.

  4. 16D is an oddly even clue- Five 4 letter words. Take your pick to find the anagram & anind!

  5. Found Xchequer as hard as ever. Decided to use the on line version for help. Still struggled to find a few annos.
    For 14A, it refuses to accept P in pretty or any other letter for that matter. I can't understand it.

  6. Quite gentle for an Xchequer :) ..though I did miss out on Farina but most other clues were rather on the doubt and not too many CDs but decent wordplays .. thanks.

  7. 4 Airborne swallow, zooming gull, almost unknown to be unattractive (4-4) PLUG-UGLY {GULP<=}-{GULl}*{Y}

    Is AIRBORNE a reversal indicator?

  8. Is it a reversal or just an anind?
    Swallow- Gulp
    Gull almost- gul
    Unknown- Y
    (Gulp Gul Y)*

  9. I took airborne as reverse indicator. "Borne up in the air" Chambers' meaning justified my thinking. What do feel?

    1. +1..borne up justifies its teversal indicator in a down clue

    2. Thank you for clarifying my doubt.


  10. Good one from EXchequer. Unusual words are always welcome to be added tpo our repertoire .

    BANAL: Trite and commonplace. Everyday, by itself does not complete the meaning. Should hace some indicator, such as Everyday event or some such thing !

    Now in NYork. Seems like I was here just the other day ! Those travelling to NY via Frankfurt , be prepared to be isolated from family for individual interrogation - Sapna was one of the candidates and she could join only at the time of boarding; very agonizing monments when no reasons are here. Random pick of various nationals. Thoug the security check is welcome, but
    NOT when one is in transit !

    Happy Onam festivities to Deepak and other celebrants. God bless ye-all

    1. Raju, Happy to note that you landed safe. It is really agonising to face the grill, that too at a transit point. For the womenfolk, it will be terrible, especially if they can't converse and express themselves adequately. Let us hope things change. Anyway, they are no more lenient, that is for sure. So far, I have travelled via Emirates, Dubai to Dallas. No isolated grill.
      Regarding banal, commonplace also means everyday, as per Chambers

  11. I guess there is no paper today due to Onam. So, no crossword.
    Col, do you have swords in your sheath?

  12. Col. is always ready- thanks to contributors and timely reminders. Thank you.