Wednesday, 2 June 2021

No 13263, Wednesday 02 Jun 2021, Bruno

Lockdown Day 35 of 40 Stay Safe at home

Solution to 10D 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   Church architect’s advanced instrument (6) WRENCH  {CH}<=>{WREN}
4   Crazy sailor’s taking boat on road (6) ABSURD {AB'S}{U}{RD}
8   Group of people of some obscure origins have base in large town... (7) SOCIETY {Some}{Ob...e}{C{havE}ITY}
9   ... chasing King’s lost drawing (7) TRACING TRACkING
11 Idea from one in local office’s killed regularly (10) BRAINCHILD {BRA{1}NCH}{kIlLeD}
12 Less number of fouls, initially pitched by pitcher (4) EWER fEWER
13 Sugar container emptied daily (5) CANDY {CAN}{DailY}
14 He rigs networks to support Hawaii’s skyscraper (4-4) HIGH-RISE {HE+RIGS}*<=>{HI}
16 Popular old rat (8) INFORMER {IN}{FORMER}
18 Where one may find a movie director — somewhere on the big picture? (5) INSET {IN SET}
20 Last bit of frizzle airbrushed from photograph of braid (4) PLAT PLATe
21 Only men can get this notice at a Mississippi tech company (5,5) ADAMS APPLE {AD}{A}{MS}{APPLE}
23 Wise, mostly courteous, and nice at heart (7) POLITIC {POLITe}{nICe}
24 A new team’s entry often causes worry (7) ANXIETY {A}{N}{XI}{EnTrY}
25 This’ required to obtain college degrees, ultimately? (6) THESIS {TH{c...gE}{d...eS}IS} &lit
26 Window’s old — top requires replacement (6) DORMER (-f+d)DORMER

1   Lover without love — ever without heart (5) WOOER {WO}{0}{EveR}
2   Ignoring sound eastern law, leader lost foresight (7) ELISION {E}{L}{vISION}
3   Pet at Macy’s running with tip of leash causing disaster (9) CATACLYSM {CAT} and {MACY+Le..h}*
5   Management sounded unenthusiastic (5) BORED (~board)
6   Cloudy nuclear explosion (7) UNCLEAR*
7   Utensils to mostly tenderise ingredients hung around head of nail (6,3) DINNER SET {TENDERISe}* over {Nail}
10 Perform extemporaneously, express displeasure and walk (5-4) ?I?H? R?A? (Addendum - SIGHTREAD {SIGH}{TREAD} - See comments)
13 Fire set to a lab on freight carrier (5,4) CANAL BOAT {CAN}{TO+A+LAB}*
15 Rapid slides on islands go sliding (9) GLISSANDO*
17 Not oddly, robust oldie vies to survive (7) OUTLIVE {rObUsT+oLdIe+ViEs}
19 False argument demonstrated by Glossop & his minions (7) SOPHISM [T]
21 It could bail one out? (5) ALIBI {BAIL+1}* &lit
22 Change will finally come up after some time (5) LATER (+l)LA(-l)TER

Reference List
Church = CH, Sailor = AB, Boat = U, King = K, Popular = IN, Notice = AD, New = N, Team = XI, Without = WO, Eastern = E, Law = L 


  1. 19A- & can be ignored in T?
    First time I am conibg across.

    1. I was told that all punctuations are tools for deception :-)

  2. Very entertaining puzzle. Straight clueing in many cases but it has to dawn upon one. I had many favourites, absurd, informer, inset, anxiety, 10d etc. which needed mere concatenation of words in the clue. Brainchild, ewer, thesis and former also I liked.

  3. 10D- sight read- perform extemporaneously; sigh- express displeasure; walk -tread; sigh(t)read

  4. Dormer not former : typo

  5. 8AC I feel the 'have' here indicates containment ind. and base=E

    1. I thought so too first, but later I felt that 'in' is the containment indicator that way both 'have' and 'n' are employed

    2. I know your interpretation was on this line. Just thought this too would work.

    3. I took 'Have' to be a connector and basin large town as (CI E TY)

    4. I intended S(-...) O(-...) CI(E)TY so Have as the concatenation and in as the containment indicator... Have as a containment is tough to make it work since nothing is going into S O...

  6. Change will finally come up after some time (5) LATER (+l)LA(-l)TER

    Change is Alter, that I get. But how does ‘will finally come up’ tell us to exchanging the first two letters?

  7. Will finally is l. It comes up in Alter.

  8. 10Dn - Extempore performance = Sight Read with Anno-: (Sigh)(Tread)

    1. Sorry already solved by N Sridhar @ 8.40. Did not see. Good solve

  9. 3d Anno looks incorrect. It should be CAT + (MACYS+L)*

  10. Braid is plait, not plat?

  11. Plait is a noun and plat is a verb- to plait. Just checked with Free dic.

  12. I see plat as both noun and verb... in

  13. Nice puzzle. My fav - ABSURD, INFORMER, ADAMS APPLE, HIGH RISE.
    Thanx. 😊