Sunday, 6 January 2019

Special, Sunday 06 Jan 2019, IXL-18 Preliminary Crossword No 1


Three answers per commenter as usual till 6 PM (Annotations compulsory)
Please provide all your answers in one comment.


ACROSS
1   Called a foul as table's empty (7)
5   It's true no one went back to camp (7)
9   Sportsman left out, he carries drinks (5)
10 Flirt on the quiet, Scot's no good husband (9)
11 Turnover capital in straight line- good and uplifting (9)
12 Rope in the cultural association (5)
13 Goes up, exposes member (4)
15 Lads love to catch crabs in the pond (8)
18 Novel idea, sung as an invocation (5,3)
19 Bad from top to bottom (4)
22 Categorises differently - with escort you get protection (5)
24 Going against history - Oxford has this course (9)
26 The German cleans it up in exchange (9)
27 Sharpen writing before it flows (5)
28 Oddly early bird's in front of breeding ground (7)
29 Statute perhaps stretched to the extremes (7)

DOWN
1   Right winger's lament... (6)
2   ...contrarily, on starting, it may be hurting someone (9)
3   Pound close to Dollar, both can be converted (5)
4   Prime suspect in currency rate (9)
5   Throw a stone if George becomes tense (5)
6   Measure up to block reform- it's a dare (9)
7   With diligence go after a flower (5)
8   Contricted now, a doubler is put in (6)
14 Unhappiness over quality of paving material (9)
16 Extremely devious site (9)
17 Call on the way, one comes down hard (9)
20 Look at possible danger (6)
21 It's very fast and strait (6)
23 Exuberance got us in trouble (5)
24 Mark the centre on light display (5)
25 Concealed in some super-duper surroundings (5)

Across Lite version can be accessed at IXL-18 Prelim 1

Enjoy.

49 comments:

  1. 22A: AEGIS {CATEGORISES -escort}* CA
    20D: GANDER DANGER*
    28A: ROOKERY ROOK+ E(-a)R(-l)Y

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  2. 9A- Gofer- Golfer- L.
    Def. One who carries drinks (read runs errands)

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  3. 13A : LIMB [-c{LIMB}-s]
    18A : AGNUS DEI {IDEA SUNG}*
    14D : BLUESTONE {BLUE}{SToNE}

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  4. Replacement for 29a:
    3d: throb (r+both)*

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  5. 29A- Tautest- (Statute)*-Stretched to the extreme

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  6. My third-
    8D- Narrow- (now a)8 with RR (Doubler) put in
    NA(RR)OW- Def. restricted

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    1. Def is CONSTRICTED
      There is a typo here. Not sure whether it was there in the round. Participants better know it.

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    2. It was there in the round as well.

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  7. 10A Flirt on the quiet, Scot's no good husband (9)
    PHILANDER meaning flirt
    P is quiet
    Scot is Highlander
    remove g & h from highlander (no good husband)

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  8. 1A  Called a foul as table's empty (7) RO(O)STER (“empty”, so with nothing = O in it; fowl homophone for definition)
    2D ...contrarily, on starting, it may be hurting someone (9) OFF + ENDING (antonyms of ON & STARTING)
    16D Extremely devious site (9) SHIFTIEST (you get “site” if you SHIFT (anagram) “IEST”) Perhaps this clue could have a question mark at the end or some other indicator that “site” is a cryptic-style hint done in reverse?

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  9. 11A Turnover capital in straight line- good and uplifting (9)
    ENNOBLING meaning uplifting
    Capital is BONN reverse this(turnover)
    put this inside(in) anagram of line & add g(good)

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  10. 4D Prime suspect in currency rate (9)
    REPRIMAND meaning rate
    anagram of Prime inside Rand(currency)

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  11. 5AC FACT I ON<
    27AC R HONE
    6DN CHA[LLE<]NGE

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  12. 24A ANTI+PAST+O

    17D HAIL+ST+ONE

    21D SO+LENT

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  13. Replacement for 29A-
    17D- Hailstone- Hail ST ONE- It comes down hard

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  14. Sitting in the comfort of home and having seen all the clues before, I could complete this in 45 minutes. Imagine having to do this high quality puzzle and another equally high quality puzzle within 1 hour in competition!

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    1. Vasant, what was the general reaction about 15AC? I felt there was typo here too. Of course, I didn't know the meaning though I filled it. On verification with dict. I noticed this.

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    2. Clue wise there was hardly any discussion as most of the participants couldn't complete both the puzzle. Only last year's winner VS, could complete both. This year's champ Ramki had four unanswered from two puzzles. And of course we started solving the audience puzzle in the break.

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  15. In exams as well time is a BIG factor and sometimes strangely one gets the answer just after coming out!

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  16. My three
    15A - ABSINTHE [T]
    19A - EVIL<=
    24D - ARRAY {(-m)AR(-k)}{RAY}

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  17. Last three to be solved
    Across - 26
    Down - 5, 7

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  18. 26A: DISCOURSE; [ DI(SCOURS)E]
    7D: INDUS; INDUS(-TRY)

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  19. 5D- Fling- Throw- (IF G LN)*
    I can't get anno for getting LN from tense.
    15A- Def.? Lads?

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  20. Absinthe is a kind of liquor,isn't it?

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  21. A doubt reg 19 A : EVIL<=

    Could it be BAD = VILE and then E goes on top pushing V to bottom?!

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    1. From top to bottom in VILE, would it not be ILEV?

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    2. Since the def itself part of wp, MB's thinking is also possible.
      Further, LIVE does not seem to have meaningful play here.

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  22. My mistake the answer is EVIL which is bad even when the top goes to the bottom to become VILE

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    1. But this is an across clue. We can't use top to bottom, can we?

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    2. It could be last becomes first or last travels extreme East or some such thing.

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    3. I mean first becomes last etc.

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  23. Thank you Vasant & KKR for clarification reg. 'Fling'. I knew it had to be Fling,but was baffled.
    I got EVIL/ VILE right.
    Thank you Col. for the interesting time we had.

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