Monday, 30 November 2020

No 13106, Monday 30 Nov 2020, Lightning

Solution to 13A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation. Those who have answered earlier in the week, please give others a chance.

1   Wise men join spies with new illusionist (8) MAGICIAN {MAGI}{CIA}{N}
5   Like persuasive force, retreating to Thor’s home (6) ASGARD {AS}{DRAG<=}
9   Diplomacy protects royal leader returning with impetus (8) TRACTION {T{R}ACT}{NO1<=}
10 Auditor’s breakfast item in series (6) SERIAL (~cereal)
12 Bowled out old Australian captain in command (5) ORDER bORDER
13 Lawless, start unit that could protect small companies (9) A?T?T?U?T (Adendun - ANTITRUST* - See comments) 
14 Arrive missing a day of fun (6) COMEDY {COME}{DaY}
16 Society carried by superhero like Tendulkar, say (7) BATSMAN {BAT{S}MAN}
19 It could be used to portray saint without top drawing aid (7) STENCIL {ST}{pENCIL}
21 Stage about right for remark (6) PHRASE {PH{R}ASE}
23 Period returning interrogators had to eliminate (9) ERADICATE {ERA}{CID<=}{ATE}
25 Society with a cause for worry in shock (5) SCARE {S}{CARE}
26 Morph a news segment featuring child without parents (6) ORPHAN [T]
27 Container with shredded old mail that contains two terms (8) BINOMIAL {BIN}{O+MAIL}*
28 Laidback about measure on prohibition (6) DENIAL {D{EN}IAL<=}
29 Curtailed choice to stay inside drunk by evening (8) TWILIGHT {T{WILl}IGHT}

1   Saw emergency room cover ordinary streak of light (6) METEOR {MET}{E{O}R}
2   Impressive broadcast organised (9) GRANDIOSE*
3   Attend to former American president right away (5) CATER CArTER
4   A routine king wasted with unknown divergence (7) ANOMALY {A}{NOrMAL}{Y}
6   Doctor protects a witness (9) SPECTATOR*
7   A roller primarily unused is so long (5) ADIEU {A}{DIE}{Un...d}
8   Making thinner bore frames until damaged (8) DILUTING {DI{UNTIL*}G}
11 Put out smoke at first with water container (4) STUB {Sm..e}{TUB}
15 Each land I wandered for dish (9) ENCHILADA*
17 Communication difficulty with getting old (9) MESSAGING {MESS}{AGING}
18 It soared around minor planet (8) ASTEROID*
20 Principal element (4) LEAD [DD]
21 Producer’s primary critique for trailer (7) PREVIEW {Pr...r}{REVIEW}
22 Magic initially lacking energy takes first shot (6) PELLET {sPELL}{E}{Ta..s}
24 Was penthouse concealing a tree? (5) ASPEN [T]
25 Small animal with large frown (5) SCOWL {S}{COW}{L}

Reference List
New = N, Royal = R, Bowled = B, Society = S, Right = R, Old = O, Measure = EN, Ordinary = O, King = R, Unknown = Y, Energy = E, Small = S, Large = L

Sunday, 29 November 2020

Special, Sunday 29 Nov 2020, Veeyares

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



The Sunday Crossword No 3126, Sunday 29 Nov 2020

1   'Horribly boring Belarus': that'll get the citizenry worked up (6,7) RABBLE ROUSING*
8   Knocked back, it's a wine from Piedmont (4) ASTI [T<=] Semi&lit
9   Instagram entry displaying demon: about right to get 'like' (Jeff Koons' work) (4-6) POST-MODERN {POST}{MODE{R}N*}
10 Mark a git's been given, being contrary – disgrace (6) STIGMA {M} in {A+GITS}*
11 Senselessness involving stupidity, to start with! (8) INSANITY {IN{St...s}ANITY} &lit
12 Dutch award initially rejected by German author, being big beast (9) DOBERMANN {D}{OBE}{Re...d}{MANN}
14 Letters from Greece – audible expressions of yearning (4) PSIS (~sighs)
15 Part of actualité? (4) FACT [T] &lit
16 Game hand makes you freak out (2,7) GO BANANAS {GO}{BANANAS}
20 Traditional halibut prepared with aïoli starter (8) HABITUAL {HALIBUT+Aioli}*
21 What Everyman's pen creates: like some Shakespearean verses (6) IAMBIC {I'AM}{BIC}
23 In review: small bit of land where O Canada's sung, principally, alongside river! (4,6) NOVA SCOTIA {AIT}{O}{Ca...a}{Sung}{AVON}<= &lit
24 Even so, the writer's a beast (4) YETI {YET}{I}
25 Interpret corner key, incorrectly, as aid in calculation (5,8) READY RECKONER {READ}{CORNER+KEY}*

1   Oddly rejected Fruit Shoots; took rice dish (7) RISOTTO {fRuItS}{ShOoTs}{ToOk}
2   Half-cut, putting together tacky jewellery (5) BLING assemBLING
3   Bishop's left one part of hand covered in salve (3,4) LIP BALM {L}{1}{P{{B}ALM}
4   Aristotle unsure about act of stupid bravado (7,8) RUSSIAN ROULETTE*
5   2nd of August: Farah's entered racing event, making maximum effort (6) UTMOST {aUg..t}{T{MO'S}T}
6   Here, one's surrounded by Asian land ... or water!? (9) INDONESIA {IND{ONES}IA} Semi&lit
7   Vacuous gadfly speeds, goes for a spin (7) GYRATES {Ga..lY}{RATES}
13 Each lad in resort gets Mexican food (9) ENCHILADA*
15 Prefer to include tip of liquorice, for taste (7) FLAVOUR {F{Li...e}AVOUR}
17 Leaders from Antigua & Barbuda irritate king with trapped wind; this will be tricky (1,3,3) A BIG ASK {An...a}{Ba...s}{Ir...e}{GAS}{King}
18 Heading off, navigator defying gravity? (7) AVIATOR nAVIgATOR &lit
19 Hoo-hah about cryogenic extract (6) OUTCRY [T]
22 Primarily, Mesoamerican / ancient Yucatan, architecturally notable? (5) MAYAN Acrostic &lit

Reference List
Hand = Cluster of bananas, Right = R, Mark = M, Dutch = D, Bishop = B, Left = L, Gravity = G

The Hindu Cryptic on Sunday # 13, Sunday 29 Nov 2020, Incognito

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The same will be posted on every Sunday at 6 AM.


Saturday, 28 November 2020

No 13105, Saturday 28 Nov 2020, Incognito


8 Scotsman returns carrying large mollusc (4) CLAM {MAC<=} around {L}

9 Capital part of Coromandel history (5) DELHI (T)
10 Hideous adder left guardedly when confused (4) UGLY {GUardedLY}*
11 Remove cork  and stop supply of juice? (6) UNPLUG (DD) Juice=Electricity
12 Forcibly take drunk sailor (8) HIGHJACK {HIGH}{JACK}
13 Exponential increase in deliveries? (4,4) BABY BOOM (CD)
15 Tram leaves Tambaram carrying a rookie to IAF base (6) AMBALA {tamBArAM}* around {A}{L}
17 Confirms at cricket matches (7) ATTESTS {AT}{TESTS}
19 Tan sari folded for empress (7) TSARINA {TAN+SARI}*
22 Support little dog going after professional (4,2) PROP UP {PRO}{P UP}
24 Drug made from hemp and iron (8) MORPHINE {HEMP+IRON}*
26 Perhaps, Mac disturbs Croatian (8) RAINCOAT {CROATIAN}*
28 Sketcher’s storage space (6) DRAWER (DD)
30 Redraw line... line going generally northward in map of Africa (4) NILE {LINE}*
31 Salvation Army church has uniform gravy (5) SAUCE {SA}{U}{CE}
32 South African Lieutenant’s agreement to limit launchers (4) SALT {SA}{LT}

1 Left in tin for tribe (4) CLAN {C{L}AN}
2 Hand // part of staff (8) EMPLOYEE (DD)
3 Slowly, a soldier captures lawman with ring (6) ADAGIO {A}{DA}GI}{O}
4 My chela developed medieval science? (7) ALCHEMY {MY+CHELA}*
5 Sketches Sir Adam excitedly hugging girl (8) DIAGRAMS {SIR+ADAM}* around {G}
6 State: “Poke after joke” (6) PUNJAB {PUN}{JAB}
7 Pueblo county’s political alliance (4) BLOC (T)
14 Romeo left diced carrot and ham? (5) ACTOR {CArROT}*
16 Fifty nine rejected famous leader (5) LENIN {L}{NINE<=}
18 Pat returns to hotel next to river and bar (8) TAPHOUSE {PAT<=}{H}{OUSE}
20 Practice on funeral carriage (8) REHEARSE {RE}{HEARSE}
21 A companion at old city is unprofessional (7) AMATEUR {A}{MATE}{UR}
23 Better pet run is designed (6) PUNTER {PET+RUN}*
25 Water body that might be seared? (3,3) RED SEA {SEARED}*
27 French friend gets right chief (4) AMIR {AMI}{R}
29 General sent back small marine creatures (4) EELS {LEE<=}{S}
Reference List
Scotsman=Mac, Large=L, Sailor=Jack, Rookie=L, Professional=Pro, Salvation Army=SA, Church=CE (Church of England), Uniform=U, South African=Sa, Lieutenant=Lt, Left=L, Soldier=GI, Lawman=DA, Ring=O, Girl=G, Romeo=R, Fifty=L, Hotel=R, River=Ouse, On=Re, Old city=Ur, French friend=Ami, Right=R, General=Lee, Small=S
Colour/Font Scheme

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Friday, 27 November 2020

No 13104, Friday 27 Nov 2020, Incognito


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7   North African doctors’ room (4) MOOR*
8   Want a trek to be organised to reservoir? (5,4) WATER TANK*
10 Cast actorshero for heroine, perhaps, or vice versa (2-4) CO-STAR*
11 Panel is ordered by Earl? That’s fine! (8) PENALISE {PANEL+IS}*{E}
12 Smear pan haphazardly to make cheese (8) PARMESAN*
14 Wild rage displayed by an American President (6) REAGAN {RAGE*}{AN}
16 Snow ball fight? Part of erstwhile hostilities between the Soviet Union and the U.S.! (4,3) COLD WAR {COLD}{WAR}
18 Dashes ------ (7) HYPHENS [Definition by example]
21 Violent militants throw man off mountain in the Uri Alps (6) TITLIS {mILITanTS}*
23 Devil arranged ring with Queen’s initials for sinner (4-4) EVIL-DOER {DEVIL*}{O}{ER}
25 Rubbed mad sages the wrong way (8) MASSAGED*
27 Taste some sauce... Enough! (6) SAMPLE {Sa..e}{AMPLE}
29 Walks around in dress (astronaut’s dress) (9) SPACESUIT {S{PACES}UIT}
30 Cosy home in TalinnEstonia (4) NEST [T]

1   CooA Lord is travelling in state! (8) COLORADO*
2   Go out! Grotto is collapsing! Run! (4) TROT gROTTo*
3   Oath in paramilitary force to produce weapons (6) SWORDS {S{WORD}S}
4   Remit (including honorary payment) allowance (7) STIPEND {S{TIP}END}
5   Excitedly, Renoir covers girl with some yellow colour (4,4) IRON GREY {IRON{G}RE*}{Ye...w}
6   Cry, “Ring” (4) CALL [DD] 
9   Endlessly shake/stir a porridge (5) KASHA {SHAKe}*{A}
13 Setter and young boy return to get gong! (5) MEDAL {ME}{LAD<=}
15 Tailless animal concealed insect (5) APHID {APe}{HID}
17 Conveyed, “Since design is manipulated” (8) ASSIGNED {AS}{DESIGN*}
19 Unnecessary sewing implement on ship (8) NEEDLESS {NEEDLE}{SS}
20 Pronounce the text, dear (4,3) READ OUT {DEAR}* [RA]
22 Leaders of Indian mosques and Muslim scholars (5) IMAMS Acrostic &lit
24 Tunis ruins contain some items not removed from their original location (2,4) IN SITU {TUNIS}* over {It..s}
26 Mistakenly eats perch (4) SEAT*
28 Money plant? (4) MINT [DD] (Addendum - [CD] - See comments)

Reference List
Queen's initials = ER, Girl = G, Ship = SS

Thursday, 26 November 2020

No 13103, Thursday 26 Nov 2020, Arden

Solution to 4A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation. Those who have answered earlier in the week, please give others a chance.

Tough going today!

1   It prevents dust from getting inthe fancy moustache? (6) MUCOSA {MUCOSA+THE}* = {MOUSTACHE} [CA]
4   Fear capital — restricted to a very short distance (8) ?N?S?R?M (Addendum - ANGSTROM {ANGST}{ROMe} - See comments)
9   One takes middle path, Siemens keep to themselves (6) LONERS {L}{ONE}{R}{S}
10 Order to include Channel Islands event (8) INCIDENT {IN{CI}DENT}
12 Cross over, Newton; trouble may be dead as they say (8) DOORNAIL {ROOD<=}{N}{AIL}
13 Gas inside the new bottle (6) ETHENE [T]
15 Heard Mao, say, was saw toothed, felt pity (12) COMMISERATED (~commie serrated)
18 Pushes to the peak, by decree it’s part of American breakfast (4,8) EGGS BENEDICT {EGGS}{BEN}{EDICT}
21 Love to take up slack, is it a flower? (6) OXALIS {O}{LAX<=}{IS}
22 Every other boathouse to make do with an instrument (8) OTOSCOPE {bOaThOuSe}{COPE}
24 Part of aircraft — standard practice ultimately over use (8) FUSELAGE {F{USE}LAG}{p...cE}
25 Dog to get us back in pristine condition (6) PURSUE {PUR{US<=}E}
26 Farthest spot among others (8) REMOTEST {RE{MOTE}ST}
27 On being pressed between metals, marked by extreme pain (6) AGONAL {AG}{ON}{AL}

1   Curse the fellow, he is half a tyrant (8) MALEDICT {MALE}{DICTator}
2   Study a flower, in a way it will be clear (8) CONSOMME {CON}{SOMME}
3   Settling down takes an hour, anyhow love it being very shy (9,6) SHRINKING VIOLET {S{HR}INKING}{LOVE+IT}*
5   Zero for an endless composition (4) NONE NONEt 
6   Simon’s perhaps getting food sent up from city (5,10) SAINT PETERSBURG {SAINT PETERS}{GRUB<=}
7   Smoke jacket (6) REEFER [DD]
8   I bank on trade (6) M?T?E? (Addendum - METIER {ME}{TIER} - See comments)
11 Almost accomplished, lines varied (7) DIVERSE {DId}{VERSE}
14 Look at title, not even the newspaper (7) GAZETTE {GAZE}{TiTlE}
16 What comes from this place in France is neat... (8) LIMOUSIN [C&DD]
17 ... some of the people there always look exquisite (8) ETHEREAL [T]
19 About to give the chest (6) COFFER {C}{OFFER}
20 Said to be a nice-looking coach (6) HANSOM (~handsome)
23 Times, Im not there in the pictures (4) AGES imAGES

Reference List
Siemens = S, Newton = N, About = C 

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

No 13102, Wednesday 25 Nov 2020, Arden

Solution to 29A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation. Those who have answered earlier in the week, please give others a chance.

1   Plant letting gents in shifts (8,6) STINGING NETTLE*
10 Maybe Russian returns to Texas city half-heartedly (5) SALAD DALlAS<=
11 Seafood — with shelled clam, tongues wag (9) LANGOUSTE {cLAm}{TOMGUES*}
12 Study covers abode in the sky, time for disagreement (7) DISSENT {D{ISS}EN}{T}
13 Crack up during watch, making things damp (7) SEEPAGE {SE{GAPE<}E}
14 Steal bowl in two pieces (5) PROWL Anno pending (Addendum - {PROW}{L} bow=prow - See comments)
16 Trouble between animal and insect, one will attack (9) ASSAILANT {ASS}{AIL}{ANT}
19 Break seal, try to bury the dead (3,2,4) LAY TO REST*
20 Assume a spot without pressure (5) ADOPT {A}{DO{P}T}
22 Dealt with danger, only whined (7) GROANED {DANGER+O}*
25 Inclination and skill required for defence (7) RAMPART {RAMP}{ART}
27 Daily covers match, shortly one faces rough music (9) CHARIVARI {CHA{RIVAl}R}{1}
28 Expression could be sans forced admission (5) IDIOM {IDIOM+SANS}*={ADMISSION} [CA]
29 Organising colonisers, half of them initially (5,9) L?R?E ?N?E?T?N?  (Addendum LARGE INTESTINE Organising COLONisers - See comments)

2   Party divided over shifting stall, can’t believe it! (4,5) TALL STORY {T{STALL*}ORY}
3   Butt exposed around midnight (5) NUDGE {NUD{niGht}E}
4   One and all — pick up rag if nervous (3,2,4) ILL AT EASE {ALL}{1}<={TEASE}
5   Sun, for example rises, that’s class (5) GENUS {SUN}{EG}<=
6   Secrets of raising those missing high plants (9) ESOTERICA {ThOSE<=}{ERICA}
7   Inventor from South, heard in falsetto (5) TESLA [T<=]
8   Others following the first lady to the top (7) EVEREST {REST}<=>{EVE}
9   Usurped heartlessly, maybe there’s nothing left (4,2) USED UP USUrPED*
15 Could be online, say, from a French city (9) LYONNAISE*
17 Grumpy, like to go up and hit the sack by twelve latest (9) SATURNINE {AS<=}{TURN IN}{t...vE}
18 Love one to work for their share (9) ADORATION {A}{DO}{RATION}
19 Natural for soldier to enter bar (7) LOGICAL {LO{GI}CAL}
21 Shabby clothes Parisian friend spread on the floor (6) TATAMI {TAT}{AMI}
23 If exposed, won’t rain, try broadcasting (2,3) ON AIR {wONt}{rAIn}{tRy}
24 Removed and spent (5) DRAWN [DD]
26 Largest one in the middle is wet (5) MOIST {MO{1}ST}

Reference List
Time = T, Pressure = P, Only =O, Soldier = GI

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

No 13101, Tuesday 24 Nov 2020, Arden

Solution to 1D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation. Those who have answered earlier in the week, please give others a chance.

1   In fact swimmer gets unravelled (7) DECODED {DE{COD}ED}
5   Slight or short back cover (7) AFFRONT {AFt}{FRONT} 
9   Poet follows one in a slow tempo (5) DANTE anDANTE
10 Looking extremely unhealthy, market closed early at the bottom (9) SALLOWEST {SALe}{LOWEST}
11 In the middle of flat strip, she washes (9) LAUNDRESS {fLAt}{UNDRESS}
12 Deadly force on a former PM initially (5) FATAL {F}{ATAL}
13 Strive for a point of opinion (4) VIEW {VIE}{W}
15 Greek hero’s painstaking, sick (8) ACHILLES {ACH{ILL}ES}
18 If you have the will you will get it (8) HEIRLOOM [CD]
19 Cut back skittles (4) SNIP<=
22 Preamble reviewed, in short nine times (5) INTRO [T<=]
24 Boy’s other name is Don Juan (6,3) LADIES MAN {LAD}{NAME+IS}*
26 Accuse hotel in NewYork county (9) ALLEGHENY {ALLEG{H}E}{NY}
27 Start using some rejected religious text (5) SUTRA [T<=]
28 Procession over, over for the King (7) MONARCH {M{ON}ARCH}
29 Gathers from late hires, as they say (7) DEDUCES (~ dead uses)

1   Hand out getting doubled, a piece of cake (6) D?D?L? (Addendum - DODDLE {DO{DD}LE} - See comments)
2   Firm new figure, take in as a mistress (9) CONCUBINE {CO}{N}{CUB{IN}E}
3   Fear as old man’s about to interfere (5) DREAD {D{RE}AD}
4   Criminal sped away, time to act (9) DESPERADO {SPED*}{ERA}{DO}
5   Finally, detailed map (5) ATLAS {AT LASt}
6   Customers pay for cataracts (9) FOOTFALLS {FOOT}{FALLS}
7   Open secret, Charlie’s gone (5) OVERT cOVERT
8   Sing about last PM once, in short (6) TATTLE {a..uT}{ATTLEe}
14 Hot over Germany — many left Hitler for what he was (9) WARMONGER {WARM}{ON}{GERmany}
16 Mary had crossed a dead snake (9) HAMADRYAD {MARY+HAD} over {A}{D}
17 Cryptic puzzle — fled from magnetic field (9) ENIGMATIC {ENIGMATIC+FLED}* = {MAGNETIC FIELD} [CA]
20 Broadcast said Royal Marines will demobilise (6) DISARM {SAID+RM}*
21 Reportedly, wants to make some dough (6) KNEADS (~needs)
23 Short story on claw (5) TALON {TALe}{ON}
24 Parasite finds shelter over church (5) LEECH {LEE}{CH}
25 Place cleared, happy to be comforted (5) EASED plEASED

Reference List
Force = F, Point = W, Hotel = H, New = N, About = RE,  Charlie = C, Dead = D, Church = CH, Place = PL

Monday, 23 November 2020

No 13100, Monday 23 Nov 2020, Arden

Solution to 7D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation. Those who have answered earlier in the week, please give others a chance. 

1   Magazine a failure, it’s ticking along (4,4) TIME BOMB {TIME}{BOMB}
5   It is part of a music review, still... (6) STATIC {C{IT}ATS}<= It should have been 'musical'
10 ... As moving cranes pick one (7) ARSENIC {ARSEN{1}C*}
11 State tax, I’m able to follow (7) VATICAN {VAT}{I CAN}
12 Alphonso, perhaps he is game (5) MANGO {MAN}{GO}
13 He makes things difficult for people in the hills (9) TORMENTOR {TOR}{MEN}{TOR}
14 Have no hope of converting to fresh water (4,3,5) FEAR THE WORST*
18 Made a crucial adjustment to optical device (6,6) CAMERA LUCIDA*
21 First pay a rent — promising 50% side by side (4,5) PARI PASSU {Pay}{A}{RIP}{ASSUring}
23 A fighter’s only friend (5) AMIGO {A}{MIG}{O}
24 Auden or other bards’ work (7) RONDEAU*
25 Great assembly, like to make people disperse with this (4,3) TEAR GAS {GREAT}*{AS}
26 Turn over, hard to kiss someone with a frozen smile (6) SPHINX {SP{H}IN}{X}
27 Yes, it’s dirty and it’s genuine (4-4) TRUE-BLUE {TRUE}{BLUE}

1   Summarisation leads to mission in distress (6) TRAUMA {TRAUMA+MISSION = SUMMARISATION} [CA]
2   Thinking America will stop China (6) MUSING {M{US}ING}
3   An old criminal drowning in booze, can take in many rounds (9) BANDOLIER {B{AN+OLD}*IER} (Correction - {B{AN+OLD}*EER} - See comments)
4   Make fun, or let us put out this on the menu (4,6,4) MOCK TURTLE SOUP {MOCK}{OR+LET+US+PUT}* 
6   The thing comes in for tax (5) TITHE {T{IT}HE}
7   One’s implicated in law, successively withdrawn (8) T?C?T?R?  (Addendum - TACITURN {AC{1}T} in {TURN} - See comments)
 It could be cast, cast initially on an island (8) CONCRETE {Cast}{ON}{CRETE}
9   Close the balance for drugs without prescription (4-3-7) OVER-THE-COUNTER {OVER}{THE}{COUNTER}
15 May be a run before a wash — one’s fully aware (4,5) WIDE AWAKE {WIDE}{A}{WAKE}
16 Doctor respects symbols of power (8) SCEPTRES*
17 Herb in India, ageless until the end (8) AMARANTH {AMAR}{ANTH}
19 Keeping watch over writing of a Roman bard (6) VIRGIL {VI{R}GIL}
20 Navigation aid called, could be part of the last course (6) MOUSSE (~mouse)
22 Clean and tidy central area in prison (5) PREEN {P{aREa}EN}

Reference List
Only = O, Hard = H, Kiss = X, Ageless in Hindi = AMAR, he end in Hindi = ANTH, Writing = R