Thursday, 24 June 2021

No 13282, Thursday 24 Jun 2021, Dr. X

Solution to 26A 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 Caribbean island, leading actress ran around palm tree (8) CARNAUBA {C{Ac...s}{RAN*}UBA}
5   Disreputable character mostly cheated (6) SORDID {SORt}{DID}
10 Turning to steal from account, one gets caught, becomes penniless (7) BORACIC {ROB<=}{AC}{1}{C}
11 Creative people from Dire Straits (7) ARTISTS*
12 Girl is leaving to get hold of cotton thread (5) LISLE [T]
13 Minute amount of cocaine involved in misdeed at work by associate (9) SCINTILLA {S{C}IN}{TILL}{A}
14 By God! Bohr and men designed nuclear weapon (8,4) HYDROGEN BOMB {BY+GOD+BOHR+MEN}*
18 English frown about smooth Brexit finally getting doubly hard in last possible moment (8,4) ELEVENTH HOUR {E}{L{EVEN}{b...iT}{HH}OUR}
21 Risk by man crossing ultimately controversial border in Middle Eastern city (9) BETHLEHEM {BET}{c...aL}{HE}{HEM}
23 Anguish and love in Grammy award winning song (5) HELLO {HELL}{O}

24 Outcry about securing victory by bit of audacious trickery (7) EVASION {E{V}{Au...s}ION<=}
25 Wrong to consume heroin and crack in lively celebration (7) SHINDIG {S{H}IN}{DIG}
26 One steering boat in trouble, overwhelmed by a leaking hole (6) T?L?E? ()
27 Son worries about one nightmare essentially that’s most terrifying (8) SCARIEST {S}{CAR{1}ES}{n.hTm..e}

1   Ruins lab coat, spilling a chemical element (6) COBALT {LAB+COaT}*
2   Most exceptional artist on vacation (6) RAREST {RA}{REST}
3   Dashing eyepatch, right for model (9) ARCHETYPE {EYEPATCH+R}*
4   Assists investigator finally in exposing illicit exchange of favours (14) BACKSCRATCHING {BACKS}{C{i...oR}ATCHING}
6   Not a good cottage perhaps for group of eight (5) OCTET COTTagE*
7   Lads running wild outside one cheap bar (8) DISALLOW {D{1}SAL*}{LOW}
8   Husband goes berserk on ecstasy in Asian capital (8) DUSHANBE {HUSBAND}*{E}
9   Where concertgoers might be accepting unpleasant consequences (6,3,5) FACING THE MUSIC [DD]
15 Stood up, suppressing cry of disgust with couple becoming more indecent (9) NAUGHTIER {NA{UGH}{TIE}R<=}
16 Most unconvincing charge by leading barrister in case (8) FEEBLEST{FEE}{Ba...r}{LEST}
17 Food item to munch with slice of bread in plaza (8) MEATBALL {M{EAT}{Br..d}ALL}
19 Small toboggan contains bit of dirt and slime (6) SLUDGE {S}{LU{Dirt}GE}
20 Disregard fashion model (6) FORGET {FORGE}{T}
22 Large mineral aggregate around one river in Europe (5) LOIRE {L}{O{1}RE}

Reference List
Account = AC, Caught = C, Cocaine = C, Associate = A, English = E, Frown = LOUR, Hard = H, Victory = V, Heroin = H, Son = S, Artist = RA, Right = R, Good = G, Ecstasy = E, Small = S, Model = T, Large = L

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

No 13281, Wednesday 23 Jun 2021, Dr. X

Solution to 24D 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   Exhaust all resources to make the room secure? (5,4,4) SHOOT ONES BOLT [DD]
8   Backing curate to masterfully conduct a choral composition (5) MOTET [T<=]
9   Primarily boisterous saying, knocking back drink (7,2) BOTTOMS UP {Bo...s}{MOTTO<=}{SUP} &lit
11 Unruly engineers start to rant in workshop (10) REFRACTORY {RE}{F{Rant}ACTORY}
12 A kid going back for jelly (4) AGAR {A}{RAG<=}
14 Arresting many leaving all-night raves (7) HALTING {ALl+NIGHT}*
16 Girl cuddling rascal on ecstasy in university (7) ACADEMY {A{CAD}{E}MY}
17 Shall he also pick up herbal plant regarded as panacea? (7) ALLHEAL [T]
19 Found duke leaving to get hold of new cloak (7) ENVELOP {dE{N}VELOP}
21 Unpunctual son ignored reprimand (4) LATE sLATE
22 Preparing dosa and sambar for envoy (10) AMBASSADOR*
25 Anxiously argue about Republican lazily tackling onset of epidemic (9) WORRIEDLY {ROW<=}{R}{I{Ep...c}DLY}
26 Ball covered by dew becoming wet (5) MOIST {M{O}IST}
27 Praise clothing salesmen liberally for uprightness (13) BLAMELESSNESS {BL{SALESMEN*}ESS}

2   The flu spreading around area is nasty (7) HATEFUL {THE+FLU}* over {A}
3   Very rebellious actress, single, going wild in bars (10) OSTRACISES {SO<=}{ACTRESS+1}*
4   Book penned by apprentice about revolution (5) ORBIT {TI{B}RO}<=
5   Remove old bug climbing in drain (9) EXTIRPATE {EX}{TIR{TAP<=}E}
6   Lout in raid about to steal ring (4) BOOR {RO{O}B<=}
7   Rising flatulence, tucking into street food (7) LASAGNE {LA{GAS<=}NE}
8   Sweet man ensnared by escort, despondent (11) MARSHMALLOW {MARSH{M}AL}{LOW}
10 Character gets tipsy at last on liquor in festive atmosphere (5,6) PARTY SPIRIT {PART}{t..sY}{SPIRIT}
13 Suffering after picking up undergarment with an arachnid (10) HARVESTMAN {HAR{VEST}M}{AN}
15 Anxious model, glad to get top prize (4,5) GOLD MEDAL*
18 Drunk, real smashed to be precise (7) LITERAL {LIT}{REAL*}
20 Young men and women drinking vodka heartily (7) LADDIES {LAD{voDka}IES}
23 Mule crossing extremely bumpy canyon (5) ABYSS {A{BumpY}SS}
24 Endless feud over money causing concern (4) ?I?M (Addendum - FIRM {RIFt<=}{M} - See comments)

Reference List
Drink = SUP, Engineers = RE, Many = L, Ecstasy = E, Duke = D, New = N, Son = S, Republican = R, Area = A, Book = B, Old = EX, Man = M, Money = M

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

No 13280, Tuesday 22 Jun 2021, Dr. X

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   Turning excited on cocaine, gets into fight in bar tour (3,5) PUB CRAWL {UP<=}{B{C}RAWL}
5   Loads volcanic rock aboard steamer (6) STUFFS {S{TUFF}S}
10 Musical instrument in case picked up by versatile ace (7) CELESTA {CE{LEST}A*}
11 Sea cucumber’s flavour enthrals agent (7) TREPANG {T{REP}ANG}
12 Puzzle’s fine, can decipher at last (5) FLOOR {F}{LOO}{d...eR}
13 Trouble all round after associate faces depression temporarily (2,7) A? I?T?R?M (Addendum - AD INTERIM {MIRE<=} after {A}{DINT} - See comments)
14 On beer and pot, let loose — it’s what drinker needs (6-6) BOTTLE-OPENER {ON+BEER+POT+LET}*
18 Knocking back liquor on the house, boors go berserk in American city (12) MURFREESBORO {RUM<=}{FREE}{BOORS*}
21 Furnace and boiler boiling over! Run away (3,6) OIL BURNER {BOILER}* over {RUN}*
23 Asian city overwhelmed by outbreak as overcrowding returns (5) OSAKA [T<=]
24 Naive young woman and boy killed in bungee jumping (7) INGENUE {IN+bUNGEE}*
25 How a Conservative MP might describe self as romantic (7) AMATORY {AM A TORY}
26 Body found in restroom at terminus (6) MATTER [T]
27 Suspicious cartons contain drug precursor (8) ANCESTOR {ANC{E}STOR*}

1   Quick to embrace single female and soothe (6) PACIFY {PAC{1}{F}Y}
2   Cry of pain after charges surge (6) BILLOW {OW}<=>{BILL}
3   River or sea perhaps, not a lake (9) RESERVOIR {RIVER+OR+SEa}*
4   Overcome by strong emotion, like a person with osteoarthritis might be? (4,2,3,5) WEAK AT THE KNEES [DD]
6   Greek character almost catches fellow shoplifting (5) THEFT {THE{F}Ta}
7   Notorious ex-convict managed to enter empty flat (8) FLAGRANT {Fla{LAG}{RAN}T}
8   Native American chief upset about reactionary slogan used by Trump (8) SAGAMORE {S{MAGA<=}ORE}
9   Make a deal with effort, acquiring a furniture company by take-over (6,1,7) STRIKE A BARGAIN {STR{IKEA}{GRAB<=}AIN}
15 Speak at length about early sign of femoral rupture (9) PERFORATE {PER{F}ORATE}
16 Unusually mobile, small mass causes obstruction of blood vessel (8) EMBOLISM {MOBILE*}{S}{M}
17 Amateur correctly grips both sides of coil in device providing illumination (8) ARCLIGHT {A}{R{CoiL}IGHT}
19 Sozzled actor popping bit of Viagra in romp (6) CAVORT {CA{Vi...a}ORT*}
20 Brief film about onset of war (6) LAWYER {LA{War}YER}
22 Bones in middle of trunk alongside seedy lane (5) ULNAE {trUnk}{LANE*}

Reference List
Cocaine = C, Steamer = SS, Fine = F, Associate = A, Can = LOO, Boy = B, Drug = E, Female = F, Fellow = F, Small = S, Mass = M, Amateur = A 

Monday, 21 June 2021

No 13279, Monday 21 Jun 2021, Incognito

Solution to 26A 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.

8   Remaining sleep, perhaps (4) REST [DD]
9   Small animal in Post Office? (5) HIPPO {HIP}{PO}
10 Even tallow, for example, is contaminated with some lard (4) FLAT {F{Lard}AT}
11 Even worried about queen’s top layer (6) VENEER {EVEN*}{ER}
12 Badly carves some smiling emojis in crack in glacier (8) CREVASSE {CARVES*}{Sm...g}{Em...s}
13 Collapse of steep dam results in mad rush (8) STAMPEDE*
15 For example, streaker’s rolling in dust (6) NUDIST*
17 Hug me on returning with couple (7) EMBRACE {ME<=}{BRACE}
19 Hide on one occasion in California (7) CONCEAL {C{ONCE}AL}
22 In blog, wrongly mentioned legendary creature (6) GOBLIN*
24 Average cuts of vegetables (8) PARSNIPS {PAR}{SNIPS}
26 Stew in American badlands (8) ?I?D?E?T (Addendum - WILDWEST {STEW}* [RA] - See comments) Enu should be (4,4) See comments
28 Intoxicated celebrants throw away crumpled cans three times (6) TREBLE cELEBRanTs*
30 Famous college returned memo (4) NOTE<=
31 A couple of small streets’ staff (5) STAVE {ST}{AVE}
32 Melody’s strain (4) TUNE [DD]

1   That lady eloped in the beginning at this place (4) HERE {HER}{E}
2   Refurbish Christmas tree after removing torn chits and pennant (8) STREAMER {chRiStMAs+TREE}*
3   Chinese, with wild rage, rush forward in attack (6) CHARGE {CH}{RAGE*}
4   A space built around hospital for some Indians in America (7) APACHES {A+SPACE}* over {H}
5   Inherit tattered coin tome (4,4) COME INTO*
6   Scared RAF aid is scattered (6) AFRAID*
7   After losing ring, chief has a low sounding voice (4) BASS B(-o+a)ASS
14 Speed displayed by defective pedometer when injured deer goes away (5) TEMPO PEdOMeTer*
16 Special musical instrument’s pointed (5) SHARP {S}{HARP}
18 Opposite talk (8) CONVERSE [DD]
20 Croc nest is destroyed for musical performances (8) CONCERTS*
21 Part of Punjab’s Patiala concerning space (7) SPATIAL [T]
23 Accounts book’s right behind shelf (6) LEDGER {R}<=>{LEDGE}
25 Cad and mother missing in city in The Netherlands (6) ROTTER ROTTERdam
27 Agitated gent left nitrogen compound and metal (4) IRON nItROgeN Compound was not required
29 Row in Dublin estate (4) LINE [T]

Reference List
Queen = ER, Hospital = H, Special = S, Right = R 

Sunday, 20 June 2021

Special, Sunday 20 Jun 2021, Metacryptix

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



The Sunday Crossword No 3155, Sunday 20 Jun 2021

6   Pastry's sour: bit of tarragon the French included (7) TARTLET {TAR{Ta...n}{LE}T}
7   Tea room sent back plaited loaf (7) CHALLAH {CHA}{HALL<=}
9   The origin of Emmaus, Liebesahnung, Gloria, Arthur and Rosemary! (5) ELGAR Acrostic &lit
10 Tried to listen with attention, like a judge (9) EARWIGGED {EAR}{WIGGED}
11 Cuthbert, less bold, quivering somewhere in Low Countries (7) UTRECHT CUTHbERT*
13 Some boycott a warmonger: capital! (6) OTTAWA [T]
15 Completes, romantically what icers do, showing enormous flair (10,5) CONSUMMATE SKILL {CONSUMMATES}{KILL}
17 Numbers intended to be heard by more; words intended to be heard by fewer (1-5) A-SIDES {ASIDES}
18 Stretchy base: perhaps Tupperware loses lid (7) ELASTIC {E}{pLASTIC}
21 Honouring monarch around end of day (9) KNIGHTING {K{NIGHT}ING}
22 A pooch rolled over, having eaten last of bleu cheese (5) GOUDA {A}{D{bleU}OG}<=
24 Unexpectedly encounter ram (3,4) RUN INTO [DD]
25 Health Secretary who reluctantly gave blood? (7) HANCOCK [DD]

1   Dress up and show off (4) BRAG<=
2   'Uncle Ricky': deep down inside, a father (6) CLERIC [T]
3   Everyman's with drunken 'best mate'; I've no idea why (2,5,2) IT BEATS ME {I}{BEST+MATE}*
4   Sir, a tab's arranged for those at the drinks counter (8) BARISTAS*
5   Topless beekeeper going round trail: his ideas aren't fresh! (10) PLAGIARIST {LAG} in {aPIARIST}
6   Brazil might prove resistant to this ballet? (3,10) THE NUTCRACKER [DD]
7   Announced roadside limit (4) CURB (~kerb)
8   Curly hid a playing card: that'll help in raising! (9,4) HYDRAULIC JACK {CURLY+HID+A}*{JACK}
12 Performances: when they're extraordinary, they're secret? (10) RENDITIONS [CD]
14 Set free knight who's regularly hidden assets (9) STRENGTHS {SeT+fReE+kNiGhTs+wHoS}
16 'It's used for plastic coating': what Macbeth wanted to hear? (8) URETHANE (~ you're a thane)
19 Once clothing removed, managing to treat disorder (6) ANGINA mANAGINg*
20 Artist seen in mailroom every now and then (4) MIRO MaIlRoOm
23 Company abandoned voucher: it's over! (4) UPON coUPON

Reference List
The in French = LE, Bold = B, Base = E, Company = CO

The Hindu Cryptic on Sunday #42, Sunday 20 Jun 2021, Dr. X

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


Saturday, 19 June 2021

No 13278, Saturday 19 Jun 2021, Kriskross


1 Provides online jokes (6) EQUIPS {E-QUIPS}
4 Determined ship, caught in stormy seas near England, evacuated (8) ASSESSED {SEAS*} around {SS}{EnglanD}
10 Bird is calm, eating baked bread (9) REDBREAST {RE{BREAD*}ST}

11 Breakfast food perfectly wrapped sausages, primarily (5) TOAST {TO A {Sausages} T}
12 Use prop when playing role (7) PURPOSE {USE+PROP*}
13 Student inside saw murder (7) SLAYING {S{L}AYING}
14 Greeting with a look and a laugh (5) ALOHA {A}{LO}{HA}
15 Titles of leaders in Europe saluting Gandhi perhaps (8) HEADINGS {Europe+Saluting+GANDHI*}
18 Project about cutting a group of trees (8) FORECAST {FORE{CA}ST}
20 Inert compound becoming explosive (5) NITRE {INERT*}
23 Group of stars beginning to panic, say, like you and me (7) PEGASUS {Panic}{EG}{AS}{US}
25 Change direction of tour, moving east (7) REROUTE {RE}{TOUR*}{E}
26 Quarrel in royal marriage, without love... (3-2) RUN-IN {R}{UNIoN}
27 ... you can annul, finally, formally signing and separating (9) UNLINKING {yoU}{caN}{annuL}{INKING}
28 An air of finality (4,4) SWAN SONG (CD)
29 Jack, trapped, avoided check-in at the terminal and flew (6) JETTED {J}{nETTED}


1 German possibly exchanging a rupee note, half torn (8) EUROPEAN {A+RUPEE+NOte*}
2 Essentially new, ground-breaking experience (7) UNDERGO {nEw+GROUND*}
3 Riddle somewhat improper for a teenager (9) PERFORATE (T)
5 Catalysts for industrial innovations initially worked well (14) SATISFACTORILY {CATALYSTS+FOR+Industrial+Innovations*}
6 More of old retro music, say (5) EXTRA {EX}{ART<=}
7 Son eating a small slice (7) SHAVING {S}{HAVING}
8 Perform on dais, forgetting opening of script — it’s senility (6) DOTAGE {DO}{sTAGE}
9 New nurse hated maskattracts attention (5,5,4) MAKES HEADS TURN {NURSE+HATED+MASK*}
16 Canoeing vigorously around riverthey say it is bliss (9) IGNORANCE {CANOEING*} around {R}
17 Embarrassed about game lost in the end, girl fought back (8) REVENGED {R{EVENt}{G}ED}
19 Member reaches South Africa to get material (7) ORGANZA {ORGAN}{ZA}
21 Visitor knocked out before bar's closing time in Bengaluru (7) TOURIST {OUT*}{baR}{IST}
22 Excuses small cuts (6) SPARES {S}{PARES}
24 King overwhelmed by wrongdoings, dies (5) SINKS {SIN{K}S}


Reference List

Ship=SS, Student=L, About=Ca, Say=Eg, Like=As, You and me=Us, Of=Re, East=E, Royal=R, Love=O, Jack=J
Old=Ex, Son=S, River=R, Girl=G, South Africa=Za, Time in Bengaluru=IST, Small=S. King=K

Colour/Font Scheme

DefinitionSolutionComponent lettersEmbedded linksTheme word Reference list wordAnagram IndicatorC/C indicatorReversal IndicatorHidden word IndicatorLetter Pick indicatorDeletion IndicatorHomophone IndicatorMovement IndicatorPositional IndicatorSubstitution, IndicatorOpposite indicatorLink/Connector, Extraneous

Friday, 18 June 2021

No 13277, Friday 18 Jun 2021, Afterdark


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1   A good enemy countered with logic in 17th & 18th century Europe (3,2,6) AGE OF REASON {A}{G}{FOE<=}{REASON}
9   Hid in Crimson Bay? No, the other way round (7) COVERED {RED}<=>{COVE}
10 Permit lady to enrage? Not new (7) LICENSE {L}{InCENSE}
11 Currency’s new, look at advisory (5) NAIRA {N}{AIR}{A}
12 A rascal holds instalments irregularly dispensing cash to educators (9) ACADEMICS {A}{CAD}{EMI}{CaSh}
13 One managed to get one tea perhaps (5) IRANI {1}{RAN}{1}
15 Primarily energetic, Ali’s distrubed to get sleep, back at hotel with Queen (9) ELIZABETH {En...c}{LI{Z}A*}{BET}{H}
18 Edgy and unguarded, not having some sleep leads to irritation for babies (5,4) NAPPY RASH {sNAPPY}{RASH}
21 Lawrence is in our custody faraway (5) OUTER {OU{TE}R}
22 Some pepper and cilantro on digestion produce a hormone (9) PROLACTIN {Pe...r+CILANTRO}*
24 Bonesstar shaped next to his heart (5) TARSI {STAR*}{hIs}
26 With power, heat, atom can be new inside? It’s an illusion (7) PHANTOM {P}{H}{A{N}TOM}
27 Can upside down in cab accident, good insulated container (4,3) COOL BAG {C{LOO<=}BA*}{G}
28 Provide support to an insect at a stage of lifecycle (11) CATERPILLAR {CATER}{PILLAR}

1   Rise when annuity’s quietly removed by college (9) ASCENSION {AS}{(-p+c)CENSION}
2   Selection of Sen voicing a brief postscript (5) ENVOI [T]
3   Rule in favour of one country? Totally heartless (9) FORMALITY {FOR}{MALI}{To...lY}
4   Final stage managed somehow, Australia slips away while England is in front (7) ENDGAME {MaNAGED}*<=>{E}
5   SayBill designed courses (7) SYLLABI*
6   For starters, nature arranges crystals resembling elements like mother-of-pearl (5) NACRE Acrostic
7   Poor man going after popular princess (8) INDIGENT {GENT}<=>{IN}{DI}
8   Charges hidden by Cafe Espresso (4) FEES [T]
14 Appreciation of program by competitor, one who is old (8) APPROVAL {APP}{R(-i+o)OVAL}
16 Riot if road is cut short and relaid? Even more certain (1,8) A FORTIORI {RIOT+IF+ROAd}*
17 Warning by hotel; root vegetable in India’s not good, about to return (9) HARBINGER {H}{ARBI}{NG}{RE<=}
19 In the position of draw; shot! (7) ATTEMPT {AT}{TEMPT}
20 Worker’s vehicle is a small platform on four wheels (7) HANDCAR {HAND}{CAR}
22 One father or two fathers (4) PAPA {PA}{PA}
23 Prank of a jerk (5) ANTIC {AN}{TIC}
25 HereBelarusians hold revolt (5) REBEL [T]

Reference List
Good = G, New = N, Sleep = Z, Hotel = H, Power = P, Heat = H, Can = LOO, Quietly = P, College = C, Australia = A, England = E, Popular = In, Princess DI, Old = O, Not good = NG, About = RE 

Thursday, 17 June 2021

No 13276, Thursday 17 Jun 2021, Afterdark

Solution to 21D 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   Give up, at one vacate bed that is being occupied by Tom (8) ABDICATE {A}{BeD}{I{CAT}E}
5   Fruit, cherry in the core is more foul (6) UGLIER {UGLI}{chERry}
10 Perhaps an Iranian, is nowhere near by metric system (5) FARSI {FAR}{SI}
11 Married? Yes and sad by middle of the week, perhaps (9) WEDNESDAY {WED}{YES+AND}*
12 Note in second book, we had on description of exoskeleton (9) CHITINOUS {CHIT}{IN}{bOok}{US} Thanks to Google
13 Held by inappropriate ethics; they are in the mouth (5) TEETH [T]
14 Shocked a girl, her arm struck, throbbing basically (6) AGHAST Acrostic
15 Dynasty of father’s lavish indiscriminately, losing dollars (7) PAHLAVI {PA}{LAVIsH*}
18 King perhaps providing franc to university (7) CARDIFF {CARD}{IF}{F}
20 Sharp as tack primarily, you reportedly emptied treasure (6) ASTUTE {AS}{Tack}{(~you)U}{Tr...rE}
22 Wolfram, core of it is used by plant life (5) FLORA {wOLFRAm}*
24 A bridge perhaps at Cuba closed as Ross passed (9) CROSSOVER {C}{ROSS}{OVER}
25 Got alibi? Because at first they can't be omitted (9) OBBLIGATI {GOT+ALIBI+Be...e}* Anind missing
26 Sometimes used while cooking; pan, RO? Perhaps (5) APRON*
27 A catch held at the end, Victor dropped in match getting tense (6) DETENT {helD}{E(-v+t)TENT}
28 Loses due to nervousness, hope sucks almost; terrible (6,2) CHOKES UP {HOPE+SUCKs}*

1   Change result by replacing novice finally with adult (6) AFFECT (-e+a)AFFECT
2   A pistol Ruby returned clipped off finger tip when held by radical (9) DERRINGER {RED<=}{(-f+r)RINGER}
3   Outrageous isolation, no law left or act to make it illegal (15) CRIMINALISATION {CRIMINAL}{ISolATION} 
4   A small vessel to wrench primarily, big round and tapered at the top (7) TOWBOAT {TO}{Wr...h}{B}{O}{And}{Ta...d}
6   Remarkable race, perhaps, dashes in the middle; boat and fish (5,5,5) GREAT WHITE SHARK {GREAT}{WHITE}{daSHes}{ARK}
7   A small studio perhaps gets popular director on to 4th & 5th movie (5) INDIE {IN}{D}{movIE}
8   Regular myth, rich are spoilt (8) RHYTHMIC*
9   Makes sense for a date to cook spud (4,2) ADDS UP {A}{D}{SPUD*}
16 Perhaps Norton is against six; primarily routing everyone (9) ANTIVIRUS {ANTI}{VI}{Ro...g}{US}
17 A very loud lecture outside on platform (8) SCAFFOLD {SC{A}{FF}OLD}
19 A beauty treatment for female? A govt agency launches first (6) FACIAL {F}{A}{CIA}{La...s}
20 Doctor has boil to get rid of (7) ABOLISH*
21 An agreement perhaps is pure counter — play on words, if not unsatisfactory (6) ?R?N?P (Addendum - PRENUP - {PuRE}{PUN<=} - See comments)
23 Cycle is at gate for a short while (5) ORBIT {OR}{BIT}

Reference List
Dollars = S, Franc = F, Victor = V, Tense = T, Adult = A, Radical = R, No = 0, Law = L, Big = B, Popular = IN, Director = D, Date = D, Very loud = FF, Female = F, Unsatisfactory = U, Gate = OR

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

No 13275, Wednesday 16 Jun 2021, Vulcan

Solution to 20D 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   A certain old head of state making announcements (12) DECLARATIONS {A+CERTAIN+OLD+St..e}*
10 Got even with one very English editor (7) AVENGED {A}{V}{ENG}{ED}
11 Well-organised attendant (7) ORDERLY [DD]
12 Highlight anxiety (6) STRESS [DD]
13 Old boy, one who works in restaurant as supervisor (8) OBSERVER {OB}{SERVER}
15 Warned UP political leader — got exposed (9) UNWRAPPED {WARNED+UP+Po...l}*
16 Day passed, I basically did nothing (5) IDLED {D}{LED}<=>{I}
17 Man owning power plant (5) MAPLE {MA{P}LE}
19 Abrupt measure to stop commencement of operations in open space (9) COURTYARD {C{Op...s}URT}{YARD}
22 To retreat with difficulty (8) DRAWBACK [DD]
24 One who sells revolutionary communist paintings (6) TRADER {RED}{ART}<=
26 Adventurer/mountaineer runs off road (7) SHEPARD {SHErPA}{RD}
27 Evil guy popular round America (7) HEINOUS {HE}{IN}{O}{US}
28 With governor replaced, bringing downfall (12) OVERTHROWING*

2   I heard it’s black line — one on face (7) EYEBROW (~i){EYE}{B}{ROW}
3   Member is not around anymore to make laws (9) LEGISLATE {LEG}{IS}{LATE}
4   Regretted, say, being offensive (4) RUDE (~rued)
5   Tour made terrible by our singer (10) TROUBADOUR {TOUR*}{BAD}{OUR}
6   Veteran, Tommy Sr., gone (5) OLDIE sOLDIEr
7   Silence on competitor losing area for energy contract (7) SHRIVEL {SH}{RIV(-a+e)EL}
8   City with saunas all over (6) NASSAU*
9   Cross empty highway and start to breathe free (6) HYBRID {Hi...aY}{Br...e}{RID}
14 Someone accepted as eccentric (5,5) SPACE CADET* &lit
16 Question football team’s attitude (9) INTERVIEW {INTER}{VIEW}
17 Simple course — tacos for starters (6) MODEST {MODES}{Tacos}
18 Remember this smell? It has no real effect (7) PLACEBO {PLACE}{BO}
20 Shortly after ending in Montana, North Dakota etc. (3,4) A?D ?O?N (Addendum - AND SOON {m...nA}{ND}{SO ON} - See comments)
21 Garment houses primarily under pressure (6) DURESS {D{Un..r}RESS}
23 Criticise Bishop’s game (5) BLAME {B}{LAME} Didn't know this meaning of  'lame' see the link
25 I fell off seat having fish (4) CHAR CHAiR

Reference List
Very = V, English = ENG, Editor = ED, Old boy = OB, Day = D, Power = P,  Runs = R, Road = RD, Black = B, Area = A. Energy = E, Smell = BO)Body odour), Bishop = B

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

No 13274, Tuesday 15 Jun 2021, Lightning

Solution to 27A 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   Narrowly avoided collision beside a lady (4,4) NEAR MISS {NEAR}{MISS}
5   A rise in quantity (6) AMOUNT {A}{MOUNT}
9   Hold back and relax with shower (8) RESTRAIN {REST}{RAIN}
10 Attract engineer at a particular stage in life (6) ENGAGE {ENG}{AGE}
12 Man perhaps following a narrow passage (5) AISLE {ISLE}<=>{A}
13 Saint missing a space trip arranged for each person (3,6) PER CAPITA {A+sPACE+TRIP}*
14 Small hand of a timekeeper (6) MINUTE [DD]
16 Authorise measure by earl for one (7) ENTITLE {EN}{TITLE}
19 Fashionable to taste one drink primarily bland (7) INSIPID {IN}{SIP}{1}{Dr..k}
21 Don’t pay attention to part of design or execution (6) IGNORE [T]
23 Mesh left in rocket damaged (9) INTERLOCK {L+IN+ROCKET}* 
25 Society with argument against adopting one heir (5) SCION {S}{C{1}ON}
26 Car mat thrown on runway (6) TARMAC*
27 Program — one that may be called Alpha, perhaps (8) ?O?E?A?E (Addendum - CODENAME {CODE}{NAME} - See comments)
28 Live without bishop next to river going left (6) RESIDE {bESIDE}<=>{R}
29 Get back temporary relief when president finally usurps power (8) RETRIEVE RE(-p+t)TRIEVE

1   Reasonable pattern of behaviour by a liberal (6) NORMAL {NORM}{A}{L}
2   They kill two animals at home with tip of sword (9) ASSASSINS {ASS}{ASS}{IN}{Sw..d}
Code about lacking compassion (5) MORSE reMORSE
4   Paint on second drink (7) STIPPLE {S}{TIPPLE}
6   Gent with brown headgear moving up in the City (9) MANHATTAN {MAN}{TAN}<=>{HAT}
7   Festival ultimately grand and definitely interesting for starters (5) UGADI Acrostic
8   Generate new style for young adult (8) TEENAGER*
11 Available at no cost (4) FREE [DD]
15 Advantage of superior agency (5,4) UPPER HAND {UPPER}{HAND}
17 Fashionable period, going forward had to stop (9) TERMINATE {IN}{<=>{TERM} and {ATE}
18 Ominous batting, caught by sibling (8) SINISTER {S{IN}ISTER}
20 Let go of container on the way up — about right (4) DROP {D{R}OP<=}
21 At sea, smoker is mostly annoying (7) IRKSOME {SMOKER+Is}*
22 Riemann exemplary contributing to addition (6) ANNEXE [T]
24 Rocky hill in America is shaped like a doughnut (5) TORUS {TOR}{US}
25 Small fruit — pointed one (5) SPEAR {S}{PEAR}

Reference List
Engineer = ENG, Saint = S, Measure = EN, Left = L, Society = S, Bishop = B, River = R, Power = P, Liberal = L, About = RE, Second = S, Batting = IN, Right = R, Small = S