Monday, 10 December 2018

No 12493, Monday 10 Dec 2018, Aspartame


ACROSS
9   Cool teahouses often come prepared for dessert (9,6) CHOCOLATE MOUSSE {COOL+TEAHOUSES+CoMe}*
10 Rows are regular for him (7) OARSMAN [CD]
12 Surplus that's too old to be useful (7) OVERAGE [CD]
13 Treat daughter having an insect bite around fingertip (9) DISINFECT {D}{1}{SIN{Fi...p}ECT*}
14 Unit protects one northern animal (5) RHINO {RH{1}{N}O}
15 Eccentric coward has debts (7) CURIOUS {CUR}{IOUS}
18 Retaking possession that's seen during bridge (2-5) RE-ENTRY Anno pending
21 Mad villain killed a leftist leader with tool (5) ANVIL V1lLAIN*
23 Starting off with message to keep moderate urbane, happy (9) EXUBERANT {tEX{URBANE*}T}
25 Vital Phosphorus vial to be maintained (7) PIVOTAL {P+VIAL+TO}*
26 Plants ought to be sheltered to yield grains (7) SHADOWS {S{HAD}OWS} Ought/Had? Definition a bit far fetched
29 Note — trainee is taking meal as part of a learning program (9,6) REFRESHER {RE}{FRESHER}{COURSE}

DOWN
1   Remains of English politician (4) ECHO {E}{CHO}
2   Addresses made to the second person in a year included old and upper class (4) YOUR {Y{O}{U}R}
3   Sitcom man dodges concealed fighter (8) COMMANDO [T]
4   Sandwich made from fresh sardine duke discarded (6) SARNIE SARdINE*
5   I adopt a round mammal (3,5) SEA OTTER {SE{A}{O}TTER}
6   He pretends to feel apologetic about burning spoons regularly, at first (6) POSEUR {sPoOnS}{RUE<=}
7   Writer took the crown from sassiest youth doctor (8) ESSAYIST {sASSIEST+Y}*
8   Man got good money demonstrating leadership (8) HEGEMONY {HE}{G}{MONEY}*
11 A water droplet reportedly signifies goodbye (5) ADIEU {A}{DIEU}(~dew)
15 Dictionary boy sold to get penny for drinks (7) CHAMPERS CHAM(-b+pe)PERS
16 Give energy to umpire having caught 66 yorkers at the start (8) REVIVIFY {RE{VI}{VI}F}{Yo...s}
17 Man has tasty cocktail in secret (8) STEALTHY ?
19 Muscle used to reach a higher level (8) ELEVATOR [DD]
20 Come back to regional heads meeting at central cinema to start watching.. (5) RENEW {REg...l}{ciNEma}{Wa...g} Heads for first two letters?
22 ...maybe a film about leaders of Turkish tribes (6) LETTER {LE{Tu...h}{Tr...s}ER<=}
24 You say nurse is bad? That's doubtful (6) UNSURE (~you){U}{NURSE}*
27 Stores kept raw vegetable (4) OKRA Anno pending
28 Foundation stone (4) SEED [DD]

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Sunday, 9 December 2018

The Sunday Crossword No 3025, Sunday 09 Dec 2018


ACROSS
1   Ineffectual type, king going into decline (4) DRIP {D{R}IP}
3   Mixed tapes, lucid copies (10) DUPLICATES*
9   Observed number bound to catch cold (7) NOTICED {NO}{TI{C}ED}
11 Time, attached to rope, to make descent (7) LINEAGE {LINE}{AGE}
12 Distinct cost about pretence and chicanery (5,8) SHARP PRACTICE {SHARP} {PR{ACT}ICE}
14 Major airline? So essential (5) BASIC {BA}{SIC}
15 Model car involved with publicity surrounding Spielberg film (9) ARCHETYPE {CAR*}{H{ET}YPE}
17 Lack of interest in vase around northern clubs formerly (9) UNCONCERN {U{N}{C}{ONCE}RN}
19 Son in trouble with English passage (5) AISLE {AI{S}L}{E}
21 Items broadcast after hesitation in time before Christmas commercial (13) ADVERTISEMENT {ADV{ER}{ITEMS*}ENT}
24 Witticism in record, one with good force (7) EPIGRAM {EP}{{1}{G}{RAM}
25 Call film about tango mystifying (7) CRYPTIC {CRY}{P{T}IC}
26 Terrible tedium is broken by one with line creating likeness (10) SIMILITUDE {TEDIUM+IS}* over {1}{L}
27 Not working on the house (4) FREE [T] [DD]

DOWN
1   Cheese and bun deli has prepared (6,4) DANISH BLUE*
2   One approaches overwhelming defeat, finally weeping (2,5) IN TEARS {1}{N{d...aT}EARS}
4   Less than regular parts of track we tackle (9) UNDERTAKE {UNDER}{TrAcK+wE}
5   Shrub that’s shown up in botanical illustration (5) LILAC [T<=]
6   Kindly captain initially just accepting team on merit (13) CONSIDERATE {Ca...n}{ON{SIDE}{RATE}LY}
7   Judge occupied by competition to make ornamental stonework (7) TRACERY {T{RACE}RY}
8   Democrat supporting witness in beginning (4) SEED {SEE}{D}
10 Vehicle expert upset during escapade on a large rocket launch site (4,9) CAPE CANAVERAL {CAP{VAN+ACE<=}ER{A}{L}
13 Referring to church with quiet story about candle’s first holder (10) RECEPTACLE {RE}{CE}{P}{TA{Ca...e}LE}
16 Certain deception very popular with December coming up (9) CONVINCED {CON}{V}{IN}{DEC<=}
18 Skull in opening of chiller set on an island possessed by spirit (7) CRANIUM {Ch...r}{R{AN}{I}UM}
20 Woman before reform not having a refuge (7) SHELTER {SHE}{aLTER}
22 Brief dispatch (5) REMIT [DD]
23 Street speaker’s source of inspiration (4) MEWS (~muse)

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Saturday, 8 December 2018

No 12492, Saturday 08 Dec 2018, KrisKross


A pangram from the champ in line to retake his title shortly.

ACROSS
1   Fine to shatter building that's most remote (8) FARTHEST {F}{SHATTER}*
5   Summer in Mesopotamia (6) ABACUS [CD]
9   Spur mate swimming against the current (8) UPSTREAM*
10 Leaves home for a match (6) ELOPES [CD]
12 They work to make a net profit (9) FISHERMEN [CD]
13 Lazy person finished crossing river (5) DRONE {D{R}ONE}
14 Boy holding the old saw (4) EYED {E{YE}D}
16 Setter's sound asleep, surrounded by children — charming fellows (7) WIZARDS {I}{Z}(~I's) in {WARDS}
19 Do kill! (7) EXECUTE [DD]
21 Club's function (4) COSH [DD]
24 Bit crazy over girl (5) STUNG {NUTS<=}{G}
25 Nairobi TV broadcast: "Indication of earthquake" (9) VIBRATION*
27 Nonentity bats, not out, close to a century (6) NINETY noNENtITY*
28 Royal in trouble, about to start engaging Bond shortly (8) MAJESTIC {JAM<=}{En...g}{STICk}
29 Batsman in the middle tries cuts (6) SHEARS {batSman}{HEARS}
30 Sends short message, including smileys, essentially to get goods from Surat, say (8) TEXTILES {TEXT{smILEys}S}

DOWN
1   Light run around University with a couple of fellows (6) FLUFFY {FL{U}{FF}Y}
2   Fight is in balance (6) RESIST {RES{IS}T}
3   Animal runs wearing stockings (5) HORSE {HO{R}SE}
4   Crowded bus, ultimately hot (7) SWARMED {S}{WARMED}
6   Pope orders to capture twelve tailless cows (9) BULLDOZES {BULL{DOZEn}S}
7   Cabinet reportedly not interested to support award (8) CUPBOARD {CUP}{BOARD}(~bored)
8   Anxiety of writer absorbed in Seuss novel (8) SUSPENSE {SUS{PEN}SE*}
11 Understood wildebeest speaking (4) KNEW (~gnu)
15 Kid shot gun end of the story (9) YOUNGSTER {GUN+thE+STORY}*
17 Soldiers carrying vegetables for countrymen (8) PEASANTS {PEAS}{ANTS}
18 Queen's upset with church order (8) SEQUENCE {QUEENS*}{CE}
20 Men vying display ill-will (4) ENVY [T]
21 Taxi with luggage, drug and cash (7) CABBAGE {CAB}{BAG}{E}
22 Cop is told to conceal weapon (6) PISTOL [T]
23 Plays correct stance (6) ENACTS*
26 Long time to book vehicle (5) AGENT {AGE}{NT}

Reference List

Boy = ED, The old = YE, Sound asleep = Z, Pope orders = BULLS, Drug = E, Book = NT

Colour/Font Scheme

DefinitionSolutionComponent lettersEmbedded linksTheme word Anagram IndicatorC/C indicatorReversal IndicatorHidden word IndicatorLetter Pick indicatorDeletion IndicatorHomophone IndicatorMovement IndicatorPositional IndicatorSubstitution, IndicatorLink/Connector, Extraneous

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Friday, 7 December 2018

No 12491, Friday 07 Dec 2018, Afterdark


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ACROSS
1   Capturing a ruler at the end of fight (6) TAKING {f..hT}{A}{KING}
4   Only females put make up (6) OFFSET {O}{FF}{SET}
9   Bravo removes helmet, gets hurt in the afternoon, down under (4) ARVO bRAVO*
10 Perhaps gramophone's not new, time to replace picture (10) PHOTOGRAPH PHO(-n+t)TOGRAPH
11 Expedition is endless, a great distance to reach 4th position (6) SAFARI {iS}{A}{FAR}{posItion}
12 Call and talk nonsense, perhaps (8) BUZZWORD {BUZZ}{WORD}
13 Dead? No, was kept in ICU earlier to protect (9) INOCULATE {I{NO}CU}{LATE}
15 Unruly Republican sent out, Democrat coming in place is old-fashioned (5) DOWDY (-r+d)DOWDY
16 Greece excluded from Gulf War surprisingly! Shocking (5) AWFUL {gULF+WAr}*
18 Perfect twist, game over; first loss (9) MATCHLESS {MAT}{CH{Loss}ESS}
22 New Business Unit had billions invested in artificial intelligence as capital (3,5) ABU DHABI {BU+HAD}*{A{B}I}
23 Career in knots to begin with procuring a type of printer (3-3) INK-JET {IN}{Kn..s}{JET}
25 Perhaps the highest office in the world; how he suits, not quite in a way. Egoistic leader (5,5) WHITE HOUSE {HOW+HE+SUITs}*{Eg...c}
26 One's right, church has a vault (4) ARCH {A}{R}{CH}
27 Drink, but not in the plant (6) POTATO POTATiOn
28 Beauty treatment is ridiculous, lacking charisma essentially (6) FACIAL FArCIcAL How is the R deleted?

DOWN
1   Odd theory on precipitation on ground (7) TERRAIN {ThEoRy}{RAIN}
2   Currency found on the outskirts of Kanpur with no source, promptly returned (5) KRONA {Ka..uR}{ANOn<=}
3   Ordered platinum, mostly for wedding (7) NUPTIAL PLATINUm*
5   Dirty female on a fight wielding axes (6) FROWZY {F}{ROW}{ZY}
6   Unofficial selection method for post-war reconstruction based on lives lost primarily... (5,4) STRAW POLL {POST+WAR}*{Li..s}{Lost}
7   ... red tape menace reduced (7) TAPERED*
8   Fact about image circulated has no authentic source; it is PTSD (6,7) COMBAT FATIGUE {FACT+ABOUT+IMaGE}*
14 Company on the raise, director's against stranger primarily attempting to takeover (4,5) COUP D'ETAT {CO}{UP}{D}{ET}{At...g}{To}
17 Complex — posh building found in online marketplace (3,4) WEB SHOP {WEB} {POSH}*
19 In these days, that man's found essentially enthralled by illusion (7) CHIMERA {C{HIM}E}{e..hRAl..d}
20 Leading shop acquiring new client for a design plate, perhaps... (7) STENCIL {Shop}{CLIENT}*
21 ...keeping stock on time, gains reputation (6) CACHET {CACHE}{T}
24 People in Meghalaya with roots at Kerala have accounts settled ingeniously (5) KHASI Acrostic

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

No 12490, Thursday 06 Dec 2018, Afterdark


ACROSS
9   Army is prejudiced, ignores President and follows military leader (7) MARTIAL {Mi...y}{pARTIAL}
10 Condition of player? Gutted as visibility is restricted by glasses (7) PROVISO {Pl..eR}{O{VIS}O}
11 Fabric can stretch once retaining density (7) SPANDEX {SPAN}{D}{EX}
12 Opening for training lions, train to be caged (7) NOSTRIL {NOS{TR}IL*}
13 Chief doctor, one fixing my heart by therapeutic generation of heat in body (9) DIATHERMY {Do...r}{1}{MY+HEART}*
15 Old-fashioned trouser relaunched outside of US (5) RETRO TROusER*
16 Difficult to restrain a horse that's pale (7) HAGGARD {H{A}{GG}ARD}
19 Died by gunshot, one sent off to prison (7) DUNGEON {D}{GUN*}{ONE*}
20 Cook with cilantro, a standard ingredient (5) ROAST [T]
21 Commentary is against an international organisation leader executed in the past (5-4) VOICE-OVER {V}{OIC}{Ex...d}{OVER}
25 Agitation by British is nonsense (7) BLATHER {B}{LATHER}
26 Viral disease contracted through food containing salmonella primarily; have eggs without yolk (7) MEASLES {MEA{Sa...a}L}{EggS}
28 Positive terminal of battery has carbon, generating heat around centre of the body (7) CATHODE {C}{ATH{bODy}E*} I'm confused
29 Fabric Anne used to cover Kelvin and nurse (7) NANKEEN {NAN{K}E*}{EN}

DOWN
1   Interested getting a leading motorcar: secondhand (6) AMUSED {A}{Mo...r}{USED}
2   Mystery articles seen after a progression of events (6) ARCANA {ARC}{AN}{A}
3   Misled by letters from Bengali educationist (4) LIED [T]
4   Potion can be procured from priest at 10, near Ireland (6) ELIXIR {ELI}{X}{IR}
5   Watchful peon attacked, keys taken from the centre and escaped at the borders (4-4) OPEN-EYED {PEON}*{kEYs}{Es...eD}
6   Demonstration is on Monday by the beach mostly, countering engineering college (10) MONSTRANCE {MON}{STRANd}{EC<=}
7   Ferocious tiger ate a cluster of feathers (8) AIGRETTE*
8   To summarise, first braise with oil, serve with spoon on the side (4,4) BOIL DOWN {Br...e}{OIL}[DO}{W}{s..oN}
14 An idol found on earth (10) HEARTTHROB {EARTH}* [RA]
16 Perhaps a book by writer about a restricted database (8) HARDBACK {H{A}{R}{DB}ACK}
17 Man hires a railway worker with a promise, in legal terms (8) GUARANTY {GU{A}{R}{ANT}Y}
18 Separated man's cover is blown in the end (8) DIVORCEE {DI{COVER*}E}
22 Proof of a man's character fetches name and fame at the end (6) IMMUNE {1}{M}{MU}{N}{famE}
23 One replacing a round in bombardment at Kashmir, perhaps (6) VALLEY V(-o+a)ALLEY
24 Take offence at teens being wayward while crossing road (6) RESENT {R}{TEENS*}
27 Relative paraded at the centre (4) AUNT flAUNTed

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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

No 12489, Wednesday 05 Dec 2018, Sunnet


ACROSS
1   Announced stoppage of payment method (6) CHEQUE (~check)
4   Accepted notice to centre about railway officer (8) ADMITTED {AD}{MI{TTE}D}
10 Reveals heart's beats (9) OUTSCORES {OUTS}{CORES}
11 Give a ring back (5) ALLOT {A}{TOLL<=}
12 Incorrectly rated deal (5) TRADE*
13 Flung blood on us for some money (9) DOUBLOONS*
14 Bill's story (7) ACCOUNT [DD]
16 Side row (4) BANK [DD]
19 Copyright on gray money (4) CASH {C}{ASH}
21 Support from graduate's weapon (7) BALANCE {BA}{LANCE}
24 Accuracy of abstract on charged particle (9) PRECISION {PRECIS}{ION}
25 Liability of fresh girl's appeal (5) DEBIT {DEB}{IT}
26 Stretch material from two cities (5) NYLON {NY}{LON}
27 Relating to outside union in old Goa organised by American doctor who's moved a couple of steps ahead (9) EXOGAMOUS {EX}{GOA*}{US<=>MO}
28 Paragraph on new side that's ruined Eden (8) PARADISE {PARA}{SIDE*}
29 Spread of western but not eastern brew (6) STREWN WESTeRN*

DOWN
1   National animal's right to love Scot (8) CROATIAN {C{R}{O}AT}{IAN}
2   Capture an opening (8) ENTRANCE [DD]
3   Lender of carbuncles (5) UNCLE [T]
5   Trouble is Pluto's dry from the bottom (7) DISTURB {DIS}{BRUT<=}
6   Tennis champion's vehicle loan in Illinois (4,5) IVAN LENDL {I{VAN}{LEND}L}
7   Fat and big cow lost its head (6) TALLOW {TALL}{cOW}
8   Hate Germany's trial (6) DETEST {DE}{TEST}
9   Rely on honour (6) CREDIT [DD]
15 Neutral UN leading deftly (9) UNALIGNED {UN}{LEADING*}
17 11 separately? (3,2,3) ONE BY ONE Definition by example
18 Dump black note on boy (8) JETTISON {JET}{TI}{SON}
20 She has great expectations from Nazi leader capturing Ireland (7) HEIRESS {HE{IRE}SS}
21 Fuel obtained from crushing bone having unknown length (6) BENZOL {BEN{Z}O*}{L}
22 To speak freely writer is introduced to publisher (6) OPENUP {O{PEN}UP}
23 Cashier a narrator (6) TELLER [DD]
25 Enlist in hard RAF training (5) DRAFT [T]

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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

No 12488. Tuesday 04 Dec 2018, Skuldugger


Plenty of questions today

ACROSS
5   Cool musical accompaniment described by Brown (6) FROSTY {FR{OST}Y} Ost/Musical accompaniment? See comments
6   Being pockmarked, gets depressed (6) PITTED [CD]
9   Tiny bit of positivity in revolutionary statement rejecting fancy speech! (6) PROTON {Po...y}ROTON Anno pending (Addendum - {NO}{TO}{RP}<= - See comments)
10 Scribe's tools here in cocktail booth (8) INKSTAND {IN}{cocK}{STAND}
11 Framework fitted into bracket (4) RACK [T]
12 A world full of noodle soup for anti-colonialist! (10) ANGLOPHOBE {AN}{GLO{PHO}BE}
13 Interventionism: is it ruining our surroundings (11) ENVIRONMENT iNtERVENTIONisM*
18 Shock as king enters stand-off with son (10) DREADLOCKS {D{R}EADLOCK}{S}
21 Anaemic bone deficiency (4) WANT {WAN}{T}
22 Verify a relative's eligibility to drink a bit of masala chai (8) CARDAMOM CARD{A}{MOM} Card/Verify? See comments
23 Difficult to get ahead when short of money (4,2) HARD UP {HARD}{UP}
24 Pour out wine, say, for British TV presenters (6) DECANT [DD?] Anno not clear (Addendum - {DEC}{ANT} - See comments)
25 Walk in the park in light wind (6) BREEZE [DD]

DOWN
 Kid gloves made of this for nanny! (8) GOATSKIN {GOATS}{KIN}
2   Tarzan's not feral at heart, can create a few lines of poetry (6) STANZA TArZANS*
3   Invalids in this vomitorium! (8) SICKROOM [CD]
4   Darn cramp! (6) STITCH [DD]
5   Official event for students (6) FORMAL {FOR}MA{L} MA from? See comments
7   German flower bed vandalised, Indian woman arrested (6) DANUBE {D{ANU}BE*}
8   Rex’s realm to get closer to the world beyond (7,4) KINGDOM COME {KINGDOM} {COME} Come/get closer?
14 Setter to ponder over half broken engine light (8) ILLUMINE {I}{MULL<=}{engINE}
15 Adapts, renews the Spanish film with items of topical interest (8) NEWSREEL {RENEWS}*{EL}
16 Her grand entrances ignored by Commission (6) ERRAND {hER}{gRAND}
17 Initiate time off before key occasion (6) INDUCE {INDUCt}{E}
19 Snowbird ensnared by mad dictator (6) ADDICT [T]
20 Circle inspector's boss present (6) SPHERE {SP}{HERE}

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Monday, 3 December 2018

No 12487, Monday 03 Dec 2018, Dr, X,


ACROSS
1   Becomes nervous and makes the baby burp (4,3,4,2) GETS THE WIND UP [DD]
8   Wife overwhelmed by hurt, uttered profanities (5) SWORE {S{W}ORE}
9   Firm muscles, essentially sexy (9) SCLEROTIC {muSCLes}{EROTIC}
11 Unreasonable way to reach the next valley? (4-3-3) OVER-THE-TOP [DD]
12 Masked fellow is picking lock (4) WISP [T]
14 Closes wound over one small bone (7) OSSICLE {OSS{1}CLE*}
16 Vet injecting a bit of painkiller into small creature (7) INSPECT {INS{Pa...r}ECT}
17 Most venerated entertainer concealing deceit (7) HOLIEST {HO{LIE}ST}
19 Rewarding girl tackling one making fun (7) GAINFUL {GA{1}{FUN*}L}
21 Insensitive man breaks heart (4) NUMB {NU{M}B}
22 Gradually become less friendly with retired father after disagreement in spring (5,5) DRIFT APART {D{RIFT}{PA<=}ART}
25 Son, mischievous in band, becomes more punctilious (9) STARCHIER {S}{T{ARCH}IER}
26 One cooking oats and grains (5) IOTAS {1}{OATS}*
27 Effect of whiplash on thoroughly tiresome person (4,2,3,4) PAIN IN THE NECK [DD]

DOWN
2   Wanting time perhaps to sleep around, a little recklessly they run away (7) ELOPERS {tO+SLEEP}* over {Re...y}
3   They help some folks see finer shows (10) SPECTACLES [DD]
4   Society gripped by animosity and foolhardiness (5) HASTE {HA{S}TE}
5   Group securing permit indulging (9) WALLOWING {W{ALLOW}ING}
6   Average novel by Agatha Christie? (4) NORM {N or M}
7   Straighten out nut splashing alcoholic drink (7) UNTWINE {NUT*}{WINE}
8   Vote that happens at the end of poker round (4,2,5) SHOW OF HANDS [DD]
10 Angry at clause limiting mine yields (11) CAPITULATES {AT+CLAUSE}* over {PIT}
13 Flying into Paris, nursing a dream (10) ASPIRATION {INTO+PARIS}* over {A}
15 Force tore into rogue grabbing vote (9) EXTORTION {TORE+INTO}* over {X}
18 Buddhist monk coming to grips with sinful dance (7) LAMBADA {LAM{BAD}A}
20 Fellow charged with incomplete evidence upset and distressed (7) FRANTIC {F}{RAN}{CITe<=}
23 Keep husband out (5) FORTH {FORT}{H}
24 Hardly any time left to study (4) SCAN SCANt

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Sunday, 2 December 2018

The Sunday Crossword No 3024, Sunday 02 Dec 2018


ACROSS
1   Partner in punt next to bank (8) SIDEKICK {SIDE}{KICK}
5   Loose plug split (6) ADRIFT {AD}{RIFT}
10 Section of vital links wiped out (3,2)  ALL IN [T]
11 Catches in actual practice (9) REHEARSAL {RE{HEARS}AL}
12 Odd game disrupted search (7) RUMMAGE {RUM}{GAME}*
13 One qualified to operate system initially and press ahead (7) SURGEON {Sy...m}{URGE ON}
14 Show impatience in talk about politician with silly hat, I bet (5,2,3,3) CHAMP AT THE BIT  {CHA{MP}{HAT+I+BET}*T}
17 Saint provides charter for county (13) STAFFORDSHIRE {ST}{AFFORDS}{HIRE}
20 Fierce aquatic creature? Old man, to catch one, worked hard (7) PIRANHA {P{1}{RAN}{H}A}
21 Defamation put down in sermon? Not half (7) SLANDER {S{LAND}ERmon}
23 Terribly egocentric, having no time for hotel employee (9) CONCIERGE EGOCENtRIC*
24 Smashing odd bits of sculpted alabaster finally (5) SUPER {ScUlPtEd}{a...eR}
25 Farmyard enclosure was first to be designed (6) STYLED {STY}{LED}
26 Irritation in places about unfair arrangement (6-2)  STITCH-UP {ST{ITCH}UP<=}

DOWN
1   Fiction with foundation in Irish emblem (8) SHAMROCK {SHAM}{ROCK}
2   Problem raised in middle of eating fruit? Not on (7) DILEMMA {AM{MELon}ID}<=
3   Range over unknown area in country (5) KENYA {KEN}{Y}{A}
4   Wild ranter during strike gives publicity to topical events (7,7) CURRENT AFFAIRS {CU{RANTER*}FF}{AIRS}
6   Group of people in rising uttered verbal attacks (9) DIATRIBES {DIA{TRIBE}S<=}
7   Examine bug restricting power (7) INSPECT {INS{P}ECT}
8   Story not without heart and skill (6) TALENT {TALE}{NoT}
9   Glowing broadcast cons the shopper (14) PHOSPHORESCENT*
15 Simple obligation, guarding against being mournful (9) PLAINTIVE {PLAIN}{TI{V}E}
16 Sweet daughter after attention surrounded by support (4,4) PEAR DROP {P{EAR}{D}ROP}
17 Elastic band round plant? On the contrary (7) SPRINGY {SP{RING}Y}
18 Detailed description's first suppressed by useless hotel (2-5) IN-DEPTH  {IN{De...n}EPT}{H}
19 Empty areas in resort dry up (6) SPACES {SPA}{SEC<=}
22 Advantage when prepared (5) ASSET {AS}{SET}

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Saturday, 1 December 2018

No 12486, Saturday 01 Dec 2018, Dr. X


Across

1. Unpopular act involving tax (8) DETESTED {DE{TEST}ED}
5. Drunk woman aboard spirited horse (6) STEWED {STE{W}ED}
10. Taste a bit of lasagna in gala (5) FLAIR {F{Lasagna}AIR}
11. Good luck fixing leak in rickety barge (5,1,3) BREAK A LEG {LEAK*} IN {BARGE*}
12. Concealing ball tampering, liar tries to get rid of sandpaper finally in a game (9) SOLITAIRE {LAIR+TrIES*} around {O}
13. Scapegoats easily kept perplexed (2,3) AT SEA (T)
14. Love the wings of white exotic bird (6) TOWHEE {O+THE+WhitE*} Thanks to Col.

15. Engineer // put to death (7) EXECUTE (DD)
18. Crime of dealer in stolen goods (7) OFFENCE {OF}{FENCE}
20. One providing timber stock heartlessly (6) POPLAR {POPuLAR}
22. Comments given by nationalist for victory in elections (5) NOTES {(-v+N)OTES}
24. Careless girl chasing hot men having sex appeal (3-2-4) HIT-OR-MISS {H{IT} {OR}}{MISS}
25. Performing after desire in sack grew rapidly (9) BURGEONED {B{URGE}{ON}ED}
26. Roused by astonishment over sanction (5) AWOKE {A{OK}WE}
27. What might hamper a murder investigation? Mediocrity (6) NOBODY {NO}{BODY}
28. Force husband to break unfortunate impasse (8) EMPHASIS {H} in {IMPASSE*}

Down

1. Agent backing operation to reduce tension (6) DEFUSE {FED<=}{USE}
2. Upper-class person receiving protests becomes quieter (6,3) TRAILS OFF {T{RAILS} OFF}
3. What a person with lice infestation might do // to express bewilderment? (7,4,4) SCRATCH ONES HEAD (DD)
4. Deep recession? (3,4) EBB TIDE (CD)
6. Doctor's instruction while checking with stethoscope –//  'Relax!' (4,1,4,6) TAKE A DEEP BREATH (DD)
7. Reasons to arrest student making flags (5) WILTS {WI{L}TS}
8. Perverts drag revolutionary involved in raising issue (8) DEGRADES {DE{DRAG*}ES<=}
9. Hard to dissolve marriage finally (6) SEVERE {SEVER}{marriagE}
16. Concerted move to remove Republican facing hostility around globe (9) UNANIMOUS {rUN}{ANIM{O}US}
17. Where people might be in two minds? (5,3) LOONY BIN (CD)
19. Gas beneath ground exuding trace of butane (6) ETHANE {bENEATH*}
20. Spot renegade meeting crazy revolutionary in European city (7) POTSDAM {SPOT*}{MAD<=}
21. Snakes surrounding fellows! Losing head, they tremble in forest (6) ASPENS {ASP{mEN}S}
23. Beat heartless star (5) THROB {heartTHROB}

Reference List

Woman=W, Ball=O, Love=O, Nationalist=N, Victory=V, Hot=H, Men= OR, Sex Appeal=It, Husband=H
Agent=Fed, Student=L, Republican=R, Globe=O

Colour/Font Scheme

DefinitionSolutionComponent lettersEmbedded linksTheme word Anagram IndicatorC/C indicatorReversal IndicatorHidden word IndicatorLetter Pick indicatorDeletion IndicatorHomophone IndicatorMovement IndicatorPositional IndicatorSubstitution, IndicatorLink/Connector, Extraneous

Friday, 30 November 2018

No 12485, Friday 30 Nov 2018, xChequer


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ACROSS
7   Those having policies perhaps not wanting society to get desensitized (6) INURED INsURED
8   Long recital wasted on some (6) LITANY {LIT}{ANY}
10 Cold dosh and no debt primarily with supply? (4,4) CASH DOWN {C+DOSH+ANd+W}* &lit
11 Try queen's auditor (6) HEARER {HEAR}{ER}
12 Improper to sleep in it (5) INAPT {I{NAP}T}
14 A lead in rubber with rule of 11 in slam (7) ARRAIGN {A}{Ru...r}{RAIGN}(~rein)
15 The definition one's left — unlikely on vacation, while working! (2,3,4,2,4)  IN THE LINE OF DUTY {THE+{DEFINITION(-i+L)}+Un...lY}*  &lit
18 About to throw up? Consume small lumps of chewed food (7) BOLUSES {LOB<=}{USE}{S}
19 Ganja's local hash from Zaire (5) AZERI*
20 Roman characters used with Latin everyday (6) NORMAL {ROMAN*}{L}
21 Illustrates with old pens (8) EXPOUNDS {EX}{POUNDS}
23 Class is taught to integrate further (6) ASSIST [T]
24 Irregularly judge cloistered nuns in order, not given due credit (6) UNSUNG {jUdGe} over {NUNS}*

DOWN
1   Bloating no end with one lousy drink (8) LIBATION {BLOATINg+1}*
2   Plenty to raise a stink about bores (4) MUCH {H{C}UM<=}
3   Sharp reply on wrongful action (6) RETORT {RE}{TORT}
4   Leading actor's time constrained following success till date (8) HITHERTO {HIT}{HER{T}O}
5   Jack's do without adult nonsense (10) TARADIDDLE {TAR}{A}{DIDDLE}
6   Wife's very silly name for monster in arms (6) WYVERN {W}{VERY*}{N}
9   Free of blemishhasn't got ruined in a way (11) UNTARNISHED {HASNT+RUINED}* As per the clue it should be anagram of RUINED in HASN'T?
13 Aspect of displayed colours while mourning? (2,4-4) AT HALF-MAST [CD]
16 Heel reduced limp (8) LISTLESS {LIST}{LESS}
17 This time could be lucky time for senior living (5,3) THIRD AGE {THIRD} {AGE}
18 Shoe tore after bachelor passed up repair (6) BROGAN {B}{R{GO<=}AN}
19 Young swans like to come above some trees (6) ASPENS {AS}{PENS}
22 Ox extinct from planet? Couple of animals left (4) URUS {URanUS}

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Thursday, 29 November 2018

No 12484, Thursday 29 Nov 2018, xChequer


ACROSS
7   Little by little oxygen forced inside chest (6) LOWBOY {LOW}{B{O}Y}
8   Exclusive rights to custom location for grave (6) SOLEMN {SOLE}{c...oM}{l...oN}
10 Abrupt in parts when coming to the end (8) CURTAINS {CURT}{A{IN}S}
11 More elegant for a uniform fix (6) NEUTER NE(-a+u)UTER
12 Paper trial (5) ESSAY [DD]
14 Playboy founder releasing new films, sex turning more substantial (7) HEFTIER {HEFn{IT<=}ER}
15 Police caught crook leaving small stunt for challenging affair (5,3,2,5) TOUGH NUT TO CRACK  {CAUGHT+CROOK+sTUNT}*  Police is anagram indicator?
18 Domestic national well out of borders, remains at large here (7) CHARNEL {CHAR}{N}{wELl}
19 Might and right surrounding ordinary civic official (5) MAYOR {MAY}{O}{R}
20 Informed about pair liberated from jail (6) SPRUNG {S{PR}UNG}
21 Dandy on the whole? That's right (4,4) ALLS WELL {ALL}{SWELL}
23 Small setback in position play (6) LEEWAY {L{WEE<=}AY}
24 Account of soldier in retreat, heart-rending (6) REPORT TROoPER<=

DOWN
1   Intimate lines in a mixed duet on love (6,2) ALLUDE TO {LL} in {A+DUET}*{O}
2   Pulls up a bookworm (4) SWOT <=
3   Day providing modest gains for index (6) CODIFY {CO{D}{IF}Y}
4   Seesaw for a daughter, not unusual (2,3,3) TO AND FRO {FOR+A+D+NOT}*
5   Oddly cruel play beginning to irritate fans (10) PECULIARLY {CRUEL+PLAY+I}*
6   Draw needing boundary, no aspiration to try (6) ENDEAR {END}{hEAR}
9   Criminal rich at least savvy? (2,4,5) IS THAT CLEAR*
13 Giant wheels bound to go round with special endorsements (10) SIGNATURES {S{GIANT*}URE}{S}
16 Established norm again discounted by one in mass, one in a billion (8) NANOGRAM {NORM+AGAiN}*
17 Allowed in entertainment performance but essentially barred in bands (8) CIRCLETS {CIRCu{LET}S}
18 A dock raised under copper furnace (6) CUPOLA {CU}{A+LOP<=}
19 Must calm partners (6) MILDEW {MILD}{EW}
22 Court finally approved deal for one (4) WOOD {WOO}{a...eD}

GRID

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

No 12483, Wednesday 28 Nov 2018, Vulcan


ACROSS
1   Temper tantrums one displayed in matches (11) TOURNAMENTS*
8   Dispose of mobile phone, say (4) SELL (~cell)
9   Single shoe, one without the second in store (5-5) STAND-ALONE {S{sTore}ANDAL}{ONE}
10 It's wound in gold, by the way (6) OBITER {O{BITE}R}
11 Stopped to embrace in bed (7) BLOCKED {B{LOCK}ED}
13 To be always within a certain limit? At no time (9) NEVERMORE N{EVER}MORE Anno pending
15 Rowdy perhaps would demand this (5) DOWRY* Semi&lit
16 Group having tea at home (5) CHAIN {CHA}{IN} 'Secure' yesterday is 'Group' today!!
18 Fungus that's rare maybe (9) EARTHSTAR*
22 Politician appearing in real time broadcast (7) TRUMPET {TRU{MP}E}{T}
23 Mistakes uncommon, rare with army (6) ERRATA {RARE}*{TA}
26 This drug, Ecstasy, starting to react, must hurt badly (5,5) TRUTH SERUM {E+React+MUST+HURT}*
27 Composition of top users (4) OPUS [T]
28 Took advantage of a disciple, tantric leader a phoney (11) CAPITALISED {A+DISCIPLE+Ta...c+A}*

DOWN
1   Rock artist's outro in high voice (7) TREMBLE [DD?]
2   Section kept/left dark (5) UNLIT {UN{L}IT}
3   No way this drink is a remedy (7) NOSTRUM {NO}{ST}{RUM}
4   Hostile, say (4) MEAN [DD]
5   Head led out after salute (6) NODDLE {NOD}{LED*}
6   Indecent American, a social misfit basically (9) SALACIOUS {A+SOCIAL}*{US}
7   Engage target listener (6) ENDEAR {END}{EAR}
12 Indian rebel leader held during protest (5) GROAN {G{Re..l}OAN}
14 Mysterious one with magnetic waves (9) ENIGMATIC {1+MAGNETIC}*
17 Capital of Hungary, a fine city (6) HARARE {Hu...y}{A}{RARE}
19 Either Malibu is somewhat hot or warm (7) THERMAL [T]
20 A perfect time to enter and surprise (7) ASTOUND {A}{S{T}OUND}
21 Raises after one takes 6 games! (4,2) SETS UP [DD]
24 Heritage roads announced (5) ROOTS (~routes)
25 Daring rituals that display courage (4) GRIT [T]

GRID

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

No 12482, Tuesday 27 Nov 2018, Anon


ACROSS
1   Fight, cautiously at first, with headless marsupial (6) COMBAT {Ca...y}{wOMBAT}
4   Sign up for core agency with form (6) ENLIST {agENcy}{LIST}
9   Essential oil erases trace of lint from church (4) ATAR AlTAR I thought it was ATTAR?
10 Notice of official’s run (10) ADMINISTER {AD}{MINISTER}
11 Mexico’s national flower for Wooster’s aunt (6) DAHLIA [DD]
12 Most untidy doctor sees diet (8) SEEDIEST*
13 Rebel met apsara with artificial sweetener (9) ASPARTAME*
15 Endlessly regretting system’s initial damages (5) RUINS {RUINg}{Sy...m}
16 Stableboy goes first, returns from heath (5) GROOM {Goes}{MOOR<=}
18 Duped by game of journalist (9) SNOOKERED {SNOOKER}{ED}
22 On duty, apes, tipsy, did not go to bed (6,2) STAYED UP*
23 Certificate to indicate alien (6) TICKET {TICK}{ET}
25 Oddly, Im muscular in effigy (10) SIMULACRUM*
26 Snakes pass all over the place (4) ASPS*
27 Regularly warn those people of song (6) ANTHEM {wArN}{THEM}
28 Pineapple fruits without origin (6) ANANAS bANANAS

DOWN
1   Hack girl with weapon (7) CUTLASS {CUT}{LASS}
2   Remove initial stain from bit of mushroom (5) MOREL MORsEL
3   First man, insect stubborn (7) ADAMANT {ADAM}{ANT}
5   Behead tenants violently at French city (6) NANTES tENANTS*
6   Set up conservatory (9) INSTITUTE [DD]
7   The primary cause of betrayal (7) TREASON {The}{REASON}
8   Cook makes menu part of funfair (9,4) AMUSEMENT PARK*
14 Newspaper columnist, young, at an organisation (5,4) AGONY AUNT*
17 Wine head sommelier wrapped in tissue layer (7) RETSINA {RET{So...r}INA}
19 Footstool for Turk (7) OTTOMAN [DD]
20 Dismisses former eccentric temps (7) EXEMPTS {EX}{TEMPS}*
21 Envisage single male finally in engagement (6) IDEATE {1}{D{malE}ATE}
24 Secure tea at home (5) CHAIN {CHA}{IN}

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