Monday, 5 February 2018

No 12232, Monday 05 Feb 2018, xChequer


Foxed by some obscure words and phrases today.

ACROSS
7   Roughly push and move it (6) HUSTLE [CD]
8   Military exercises used to be held around German base, out of sight (3,5) WAR GAMES {GERMAn}* in {WAS}
9   Marine slogan stoking fires, no ordinary poem (6,2) ?E?P?R? (Addendum - SEMPER FI - {FIRES+PoEM}* - See comments)
10 Crust of similar nature on Carbon-22, characteristically (6) CAKING {C}{AKIN}{G} ON or IN? See comments
11 Far-off lands essentially missing the post (5) AFTER {ThE} in {FAR}*
12 Insignificant note in record (6) MINUTE [DD]
14 Former privy chamber official, managing loo for monarch emptying bowels, gets to inner circle (5,2,3,5)  ?R?O? OF THE ?T?O? (Addendum - GROOM OF THE STOOL {LOO+FOR+Mo...cH+GETS+TO}* over {O} - See comments)
17 Measure, keeping record to testify (6) DEPOSE {D{EP}OSE}
18 Far-flung post boxes mark heavy footfall (5) STOMP {STO{M}P*}
22 Measure from cheek to leg (6) GALLON {GALL}{ON}
23 Special brew in a university organised spread (semi &lit) (5,3) AUDIT ALE Thanks to Google. Anno pending (Addendum - {A}{U}{sprEAD+LIT}* - See comments)
24 Large closed vehicle, horse-drawn, so coach? (8) CLARENCE {C{L}AR}{hENCE}

25 Serpentine river doubling back, one in the wild (6) OPHITE {PO<=}{H{1}TE*}

DOWN
1   Old type of tablets no cure, if having problems with sex (8) CUNEIFORM {NO+CURE+IF}*{M} Got derailed by this as the e-paper had 8 as the enu!
2   Principal's steady, softly relieving boy (6) STAPLE STA(-b+p)PLE
3   Children of Israel from twelve members, collectively related? (5) JEWRY (~jury)
4   Handout with check and mate? On the contrary, lured out of cover (8) BROCHURE {BRO}{CH}{lUREd}
5   Outrageous letting cost run high, care not regularly taken (4,4) RACK RENT {R}{AC{K}RE*}{NoT} K from? (Addendum - {R}{CARE+TaKeN}* - See comments)
6   Judge not using power, copper possibly made an ass (5) JENNY {J}{pENNY}
8   Work discipline — hit and hope pains compel better results? (4,4,5) WHIP INTO SHAPE {W}{HIT+HOPE+PAINS}*
13 Fellow men burning to participate in say, merry month of ceremony (9) FORMALITY  {F}{OR}{MA{LIT}Y}
15 Gold's undoing extremely likely without gold standard in the US (3,5) OLD GLORY {GOLD}*{Lik{OR}elY}
16 Rival circulating note on winning by proxy (8) OPPONENT {NOTE+ON}* over {PP}
19 Bad-tempered, create an acidic impression through heartless tyranny (6) TETCHY {ETCH} in {Ty,,,nY}
20 Story in book abridged in another leaf (5) FABLE {FA{B}LE*}
21 Medium for accessing information, reportedly shabby gypsy (2-3) CD-ROM (~seedy){CD}{ROM} Rom/Gypsy? See comments

GRID

28 comments:

  1. I have received only 6 votes in the survey for the best clue in yesterday's anniversary Jumbo. Those who have not yet voted please do so

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  2. 21d: ROM Romanian gypsy from Chambers

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  3. Belated anniversary wishes for THCC. Sorry could not participate

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  4. 9a semper fi fires p(o)em*
    14a groom of the stool GK
    5d r+care+tkn (not regulrly =odd)

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    1. I think there is more to 14A than just GK

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    1. Where did 'detail' come from?

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    2. spread = detail. organised is anag ind

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  6. 10 Crust of similar nature on Carbon-22, characteristically (6) CAKING {C}{AKIN}{G} ON or IN?
    Because it is 'crust' it had to be 'on' . Generally A on B in across clues is BA but AB is also acceptable

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    1. i took akin adjacent (on) to C. G is independent.

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  7. 23A AUDIT ALE

    A + U + (-spr){EAD+ LIT}*

    organised= anagrind, semi(choose ead from spread)

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  8. 14A GROOM OF THE STOOL

    Anagram of {LOO FOR+ M(-onarc)H + GETS TO}* around O

    Managing= anagrind
    Monarch emptying bowels= MH
    inner circle= O is inside

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  9. What a puzzle!So difficult to solve-must have taken a lot of hard work to construct!Hats off to Col, Dr., Prasad and Raghu...could get only 70%..

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    1. Didn't attempt today as was occupied elsewhere. Just was browsing the blog. Did seem tough to solve

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  10. Yes, another hard-hitting puzzle.
    Liked 23AC

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    1. You mean 22A:Measure from cheek to leg ?

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  11. Can anyone answer my query regarding 57D in yesterday's Jumbo?See yesterday's blog..final comment

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  12. For the second day in succession,intervening Sunday excluded,not even one I could crack.So high a standard,lacking in the required punch,I feel

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  13. Just disentangled my legs from neck, solving this ! OOOF !

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