Tuesday, 8 June 2021

No 13268, Tuesday 08 Jun 2021, Arden

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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   Do eat mushroom, take it (6) ACCEPT{AC{CEP}T}
4   Preserve ground for game (8) CANFIELD {CAN}{FIELD} 
9   Capital Lima — placed on both sides of delta (6) L?N?O? (Addendum - LONDON  {L}{ON}{D}{ON} - See comments)
10 Pay off in stages, it romanticises some of those returning (8) AMORTISE [T<=]
12 Soldiers involved in attack, lost one — it’s hard cheese (8) PARMESAN {P{ARMiES}AN}
13 No set back for world leaders surrounded by petals (6) ?T?M?N (Addendum - STAMEN STAtesMEN - See comments) 
15 Cars in the air, going around in this day and age (9,3) CHRISTIAN ERA*
18 Source of Ayn Rand’s work (12) FOUNTAINHEAD [DD]
21 Animals retreating are getting little coverage (6) LLAMAS {LLAM{A}S<=}
22 West loses nothing but gets a chance (8) ACCIDENT (-0+a)ACCIDENT
24 Jacket takes sheen off case hardening, perhaps (8) CARDIGAN {CAse+hARDenING}*
25 After emptying a barrel, German’s all sozzled (6) BLOTTO {Ba..eL}{OTTO}
26 Died unfortunately, any time it could blow up (8) DYNAMITE {D}{ANY+TIME}*
27 Remarks about fool catching fish (6) ASIDES {AS{IDE}S} 

1   Special cocktail with a drop of lemon and myrtle pepper (8) ALLSPICE {A{Le..n}LSPICE*}
2   Central part in country isn't upper class — it’s the opposite (8) CONTRARY {COuNTR{pARt}Y}
3   Expertise to claim island is in Lake Michigan initially (15) PROFESSIONALISM {PROFESS}{IONA}{Lake}{IS}{Mi...n}
5   Automatic machine — covers are on top (4) ACME {Au...iC}{Ma...nE}
6   Basic facts: In the beginning, cricket tournament excluded royalty (5,10) FIRST PRINCIPLES {FIRST} {PRINC{IPL}ES}
7   A setter having a drink, raises a question (6) ENIGMA {A}{M{GIN}E}<=
8   Outstanding! Girl picked up an escort (6) DUENNA {DUE}{ANN<=}
11 Knowing with gear change, you get greasepaint (7) SAPIENT {greaSEPAINT}* [CA]
14 Popular supporter extremely cheeky at the beginning (7) INFANCY {IN}{FAN}{Ch..kY}
16 Agreed it’s fast in grass (8) RELENTED {RE{LENT}ED}
17 Volumes on crime, from top to bottom (8) EDITIONS (-s)EDITION(+s)S
19 I went for a point, kept calm (6) PLACID PLAC(-e+i)ID
20 Two boys find a well wisher (6) PATRON {PAT}{RON}
23 Flock right back (4) RAFT {R}{AFT}

Reference List
Mushroom = CEP, Lima = L, Delta = D, Are = A, Died = D, Upper class = U, Cricket tournament = IPL, Point = E, Right = R


  1. L on (D) ON. L is Lima phonetic alphabet.

    1. +1. Both Lima & Delta are Nato phonetic alphabet code words

    2. Got mixed up here. The initial intention was to leave ths one for the Non-regulars

    3. Probably, you propose to leave two clues to non-regulars from now on?

  2. 13A. World leaders = statesmen. Sta(tes)men = petals

  3. 8d I took "picked up" as HP indicator.

  4. 13A,26A v.good clues. Ardens clues are hard allright!

  5. In 21A, little = small. Where does one get the extra a from for llamas?

  6. Sorry, but I find most of the clues ‘inelegant’.

    1. Sachin, if you can be a bit more specific and tell me what is 'inelegant' with these clues

      may be I will be able to improve and make them 'elegant'. I am always willing to learn

      from experts. "Live and Learn" - that's my motto

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  8. Online edition gives OCCIDENT as the correct answer for 22A! But as given in this blog it has to be ACCIDENT.

  9. In 19dn - i went for a point so i wrote PLACED - PLACID -I + E.
    Kindly explain.
    Otherwise solved Arden 2nd day in a row. 😊

  10. 13 ac def:petals solution:stamen is aother part of the flower and has nothing to do with petals.

    1. The clue is surrounded by petals & the answer is STAMEN