Saturday, 24 July 2021

No 13308, Saturday 24 Jul 2021, Hypatia

 Across

1 Magnificent balloon (5) SWELL (DD)
4 He needs this drink in hot weather! (5) WATER {HE} in {WATER*} = {WEATHER} &lit
11 Cover with seat belts (7) SWADDLE {S{W}ADDLE}
12 Solitary soldiers cryptic clues (7) RECLUSE {RE}{CLUSE*}
13 Basically evaluates drafts: improves them substantively! (5) EDITS (Acrostic) &lit
14 Nervous date at bar with bruised criminal (9) DISTURBED {D}{T+BRUISED*}
15 Emergency situation in Paris — milk and butter held back with the French women! (7,3) MARTIAL LAW {{LAIT}{RAM}<=}{LA}{W}

 
17 House fly (4) RACE (DD)
19 Pieces regularly skipped, rewinding SPB song (4) GOBS {SpB sOnG<=}
21 Act one is fast moving? (4-6) HIGH-OCTANE {ACE+ONE*} Reverse Anagram
25 Judge music festival in front of radical muse (9) MODERATOR {MOD}{ERATO}{R}
27 Cover song by two, about victory (5) DUVET {DU{V}ET}
28 Obstetrician / doctor likes needle (7) OBELISK {OB}{LIKES*}
29 Retired agents win over a player twice in bridge (7) SPANNER {REPS<=} over {A}{N}{N}
30 Toss recipe in casserole (5) STREW {ST{R}EW}
31 Forest officer, scratching head in nettle (5) ANGER {rANGER}

Down

2 More tired, I swear I err somewhat (7) WEARIER (T)
3 Sadly lost fashionable title (8) LADYSHIP {SADLY*}{HIP}
5 Clubs pursuing a team announced result (6) ACCRUE {A}{C}{~CREW}
6 Localities in the outskirts of old ancient city near Bhilai, oddly (7) EXURBIA {EX}{UR}{BhIlAi}
7 Admire sweethearts small face... taken up (6) ESTEEM {swEet}{S}{MEET<=}
8 Capital, when idle, is distributed (3,5) NEW DELHI {WHEN+IDLE*}
9 Members most often follow upcoming artist (4) ARMS {RA<=}{MoSt}
10 Miss the French nag (6) NEEDLE {NEED}{LE}
16 Saw cenotaph... Or is memorial covered? (8) APHORISM (T)
18 From both sides, island air can be circulating toxic emissions (4,4) ACID RAIN {IslanD+AIR+CAN*}
19 Frisk doctor in jail (6) GAMBOL {GA{MB}OL}
20 As per Spooner, father’s wager is a write-off (3,4) BAD DEBT Spoonerism of {DAD}{BET}
22 Promote commercial vehicle these days (7) ADVANCE {AD}{VAN}{CE}
23 Whole book about Ireland? On the contrary! (6) ENTIRE {E{NT}IRE}
24 Woman heading out with setter’s fur coat (6) ERMINE {hER}{MINE}
26 Choose time needed by cook for boy (4)  TAKE {(-b+T)AKE}                                      

 

Reference List

With=W, Soldier=RE, Bar=T, In Paris milk=Lait, Butter=Ram, The French=La, Women=W, Radical=R, Muse=Erato, Victory=V, Obstetrician=OB, Agents=Reps, Player=N, Recipe=R
Clubs=C, Old=Ex, Ancient city=Ur, Small=S, Artist=RA. The French=Le, Doctor=Le, Commercial=Ad, These days=CE, Books=NT, Ireland=Eire. Woman=Her, Setter's=Mine, Time=T, Boy=B


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Friday, 23 July 2021

No 13307, Friday 23 Jul 2021, Hypatia

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ACROSS
1   Creeps cycle and dash off (6) SCRAWL (+s)SCRAWL(-s)
4   Painted reflection of still seals — mostly still (6) DAUBED {DE{BUt}AD}<=
9   Insect’s name seen in label from behind (4) GNAT {TA{N}G<=}
10 Free reporter covering Indian drug stock (10) REPERTOIRE {REPERTO{I}R*}{E}
11 Asias noblemen, from the Orient, nurture miniature trees (6) BONSAI [T<=]
12 Official material worn by school master (8) LINESMAN {LINE{S}{MA}N}
13 Parking area cutting through lonely Egyptian grave (9) DESPERATE {DES{P}ER{A}T}{E}
15 Who doesn’t drink crumpling old flame’s message (4) TEXT {T{EX}T}
16 March in front of excellent president (4) PACE {ACE}<=>{P}
17 Fine or light (3,2,4) SET ON FIRE {FINE+OR}* [RA]
21 Over a month they’re rolling and tossing in fever! (8) JAUNDICE {J{A}UN}{DICE} Is Jaundice a fever?
22 Tablet for a dental problem (6) PLAQUE [DD]
24 Spooner says, “marry crushes” — they think alike (5,5) GREAT MINDS (~ mate grinds to great minds)
25 Frequently take cheatour back to state (4) UTAH {cHeAp+ToUr}<=
26 Go with holy man heading to spiritual meetings (6) TRYSTS {TRY}{ST}{Sp...l}
27 For instance, recklessly braved bombs (6) ADVERB*

DOWN
1   Faint // sound missing in some parts (7) SYNCOPE [DD]
2   Judges had boring empty rooms (5) RATES {Room{ATE}S}
3   Shot arrow to capture one radical soldier (7) WARRIOR {WARR{1}O*}{R}
5   Expert’s article about small garments (6) APRONS {A{PRO}N}{S} 
6   Novel fixture in a den? (9) BOOKSHELF {BOOK}{SHELF} Semi&lit
7   Gatekeeper at the end of shift only missed sleeping (7) DORMANT {DOoRMAN}{s..fT}
8   What a clumsy chef might do — let slip? (5,3,5) SPILL THE BEANS [DD]
14 Any price arrangement involving dough, essentially (9) PECUNIARY {ANY+PRICE+doUgh}* &lit
16 Pull up sheet depicting bits of Korean, Russian and Indian language (7) PRAKRIT {TARP<=} over {Ko...n}{Ru...n}{In...n}
18 Averse to cooking technique taking soft eggs daily for starters (7) OPPOSED {OP{P}OS}{Eggs}{Da..y}
19 Massage wrapping husband with local plant (7) RHUBARB {R{H}U{BAR}B}
20 To some extent, luck is metaphorically destiny (6) KISMET [T]
23 Blue uniform pressed by Arizona’s engineers (5) AZURE {AZ}{U}{RE}

Reference List
Name = N, Indian = I, Drug = E, School = S, Master = MA, Parking = P, Area = A, Egyptian = E, Non-drinker = TT, Old flame = EX, President = P, Radical , Small = S, Only = O, Soft = P, Husband = H, Uniform = U, Engineers = RE(Royal Engineers)


Thursday, 22 July 2021

No 13306, Thursday 22 Jul 2021, Spinner

Solution to 1A 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.

ACROSS
1   Filling in when head’s away — something one might do at a summer internship? (6) A?D?N? (Addendum - ADDING pADDING - See comments)
4   Caught after chief of police recalled good man’s theories (8) CONCEPTS {C}{ONCE}{Po...e}{ST<=}
10 Newspaper exclusive, one that causes a drop in concentration levels! (7) THINNER {TH}{INNER}
11 Criminal deed, hiding origin of transmission — it’s to be avoided in a pandemic! (7) CONTACT {CON}{Tr...n}{ACT}
12 IT update breaks facility (8) APTITUDE*
13 Shooter is trapped by well-designed plot (6) PISTOL {P{IS}TOL*}
15 Girl’s date hijacked by amateur (4) LADY {LA{D}Y}
16 Ruined by coronavirus, finally healed on getting protective equipment (9) SCUPPERED {c...uS}{CU{PPE}RED}
19 Italy rose spectacularly for rightfully due winnings! (9)  ROYALTIES*
21 Artificial intelligence takes over small bit of antiquated continent (4) ASIA {A{S}I}{An...d}
25 Holy pouch with vermilion (6) SACRED {SAC}{RED}
26 Fond of condemned king thrown out by husband (8) ATTACHED ATTAC(-k+h)HED
28 Spinner’s following former flame with answer for question (7) EXAMINE {MINE}<=>{EX}{A}
29 Train carries haul when returning daily (7) REGULAR {RE{LUG<=}AR}
30 Pressure’s disorienting when wading through water (8) PADDLING {P}{ADDLING}
31 Observed selection of co-star edgily (6) STARED [T]

DOWN
1   If truth be told, account total hides a bit of unscrupulousness (8) ACTUALLY {AC}{T{Un...s}ALLY}
2   Medical professional provided some treatment before editor feel asleep (7) DRIFTED {DR}{IF}{Tr...t}{ED} Feel or Fell?
3   Perhaps, point when batters get nervous batting in net, yes? (6) NINETY {IN+NET}*{Y} (Correction - {N{IN}ET}{Y} - See comments,)
5   Cry of pain when finger’s cut at the top (4) OUCH tOUCH
6   Scrutinise son running amok, consumed by alcohol (8) CONSIDER {C{SON*}IDER}
7   Talk softly before clang (7) PRATTLE {P}{RATTLE}
8   Solve intrinsically felt testing, in retrospect (6) SETTLE [T<=]
9   Remove aerated liquid, grabbing nearly frozen water! (9) ERADICATE {ERAD{ICe}ATE*}
14 Those who triumph unexpectedly over makers of crossword! (9) UPSETTERS {UP}{SETTERS}
17 Friend returning home is important (8) MATERIAL {MATE}{LAIR<=}
18 Travelled here and there? Dread new variant! (8) WANDERED*
20 Apple’s origin story starts here: Design hardcore, with no compromise ultimately! (7) ORCHARD HARDCORe*
22 Southern dynasty’s ruler firstly an intellectual (7) SCHOLAR {S}{CHOLA}{Ru..r}
23 Unexpectedly elapse, becoming dead to the world (6) ASLEEP*
24 Great playing by team’s leader for goal! (6) TARGET {GREAT*}{Team}
27 Eager for knowledge, absorbs everything at first (4) KEEN {KE{Ev...g}N}

Reference List
Caught = C, Good man = ST, Newspaper = TH(The Hindu), Date = D, Protectice equipment = PPE, Small = S, King = K, Husband = H, Former flame = EX, Answer = A, Pressure = P, Account = AC, Editor = ED, Yes = Y, Softly = P, Southern = S 


Wednesday, 21 July 2021

No 13305, Wednesday 21 Jul 2021, Dr. X

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.

ACROSS
1   A Mafia leader abducts baron leaving bar around Mexican city (8) ACAPULCO {A}{CAP{CLUb<=}O}
5   Fancy tea set in manor (6) ESTATE*
10 Youngster left boring, endless lecture (5) CHILD {CHI{L}De}
11 Hint to sacrifice pawn in hostile push (9) ADVERTISE {ADVER{TIp}SE}
12 Film about a dynamic Roman general (9) PANORAMIC {P{A}{ROMAN*}IC}
13 Jar contains popular wine (5) PINOT {P{IN}OT}
14 Order a drug at retro party (6) METHOD {METH}{DO<=}
15 Drink beer and vodka, essentially getting smashed in America (7) TOTALED {TOT}{ALE}{voDka}
18 Tap dried grass around wicket in track (7) PATHWAY {PAT}{H{W}AY}
20 Content of another monogram relating to heat (6) THERMO [T]
22 Bone broke in the middle, cast applied (5) COSTA {brOke+CAST}*
24 Seaplane flying over Dubai’s foremost promenade (9) ESPLANADE {ESPLANA{Du..i}E*}
25 Ran into tavern, came back refreshed (7,2) BRUSHED UP {RUSHED} in {PUB<=}
26 Agile Tarzan turns to trap badger-like animal (5) RATEL [T<=]
27 Look at parent embracing good daughter (6) REGARD {RE{G}AR}{D}
28 Contains popular tips to secure date (8) INCLUDES {IN}{CLU{D}ES}

DOWN
1   Admit when caught on record, breaking law (6) ACCEPT {AC{C}{EP}T}
2   Exotic Latin girl enthralling fellows in association (9) ALIGNMENT {LATIN+G}* over {MEN}
3   Wimp picking up a woman after he turned awfully drunk (5,3,7) UNDER THE WEATHER {WE{A}T}{HER} <=>{HE+TURNED}*
4   Alleged hint of conspiracy left media in a frenzy (7) CLAIMED {Co...y}{L+MEDIA}*
6   Use the very last of one’s resources, like a hungry vagrant might do? (6,3,6) SCRAPE THE BARREL [DD]
7   A clip about swarm, essentially of bees (5) APIAN {A}{PI{swArm}N}
8   Affair with broad when wife’s away in latter part of the day (8) EVENTIDE {EVENT}{wIDE}
9   Wading bird at cove, injured (6) AVOCET*
16 Roasted meat consumed around special day (9) LAMBASTED {LAMB}{A{S}TE}{D}
17 Key fight featuring great leading boxer (8) SPACEBAR {SP{ACE}{Bo..r}AR}
19 Succumbs when delivery finally swings, knocking out wicket (6) YIELDS {d...rY}{wIELDS}
20 Slow bowler’s variation in area around leg (7) T?P?P?N (Addendum - TOPSPIN {SPOT<=}{PIN} - See comments) 
21 Women, beautiful women, going topless for American filmmaker (6) WELLES {W}{bELLES}
23 Mad about girl getting hurt (5) STUNG {NUTS<=}{G}

Reference List
Baron = B, Left = L, Pawn = P, Popular = IN, Wicket = W, Good = G, Daughter = D, Date = D, Caught = C. Record = EP(Extended play), Girl = G, Woman/Women = W, Wife = W, Special = S, Day = D

GRID SAME AS YESTERDAY

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

No 13304, Tuesday 20 Jul 2021, Dr. X

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.

ACROSS
1   Freshly made chips are heavenly (8) SERAPHIC*
5   Pastry, not zero-calorie perhaps (6) ECLAIR CALoRIE*
10 Shoot around excellent city in Middle East (5) DUBAI {BUD<=}{A1}
11 Relieve sozzled valet, one overwhelmed by drink (9) ALLEVIATE {AL{VALET+1}*E}
12 Clasp wheel to conduct fantastic feat by end of rally (6,3) SAFETY PIN {S{FEAT*}{r..lY}PIN}
13 Problem near hilum at centre of the kidneys (5) RENAL {NEAR}*{hiLum}
14 On the contrary, prepared most exceptional lunch (6) TIFFIN {FIT<=}{FINe}
15 Give boy practical type of experience (5-2) HANDS-ON {HAND}{SON}
18 Pour gin out for exclusive circle (7) INGROUP*
20 Proceeded to prosecute in conclusion (6) ENSUED {EN{SUE}D}
22 Hard criminal kills fellow consequently (5) HENCE (-f+h)HENCE
24 Revolting associate facing sack over consuming heroin and crack (9) ABHORRENT {A}{RO{H}B<=}{RENT}
25 Polar explorer managed to tackle small problem around southern base (9) RASMUSSEN {RA{S}{SUM<=}{S}{E}N}
26 Slap face of country bumpkin (5) CLOUT {Co...y}{LOUT}
27 Love THCC, say, taking new shape (6) OBLONG {0}{BLO{N}G} Are people visitors fed up with the old sahpe :-)
28 Girl pays attention and shines (8) GLISTENS {G}{LISTENS}

DOWN
 Cruel person from Mossad is terrifying (6) SADIST [T]
2   Snubbing drug addict in band (9) REBUFFING {R{E}{BUFF}ING}
3   Discovered one footprint beside container in decisive moment (5,2,2,6) POINT OF NO RETURN {ONE+FOOTPRINT}*{URN}
4   Worried by snake, one entering hotel (2,1,4) IN A SPIN {IN{ASP}{1}N}
6   What artist recording another’s songs might do to conceal evidence? (5,4,6) COVER ONES TRACKS [DD]
7   A drink around middle of day? Another time (5) AGAIN {A}{G{dAy}IN}
8   Group visiting isle served wine (8) RIESLING {R{ISLE*}ING}
9   Bird going around lake is duck (6) FLINCH {F{L}INCH}
16 One in the dock with girl found dead in warehouse (9) STEVEDORE {ST{EVE}{D}ORE}
17 Sensation! Celebrity invites model to date (8) HITHERTO {HIT}{HER{T}O}
19 Honour president by increase in salary (6) PRAISE {P}{RAISE}
20 Elizabeth, an oldster consuming alcohol (7) ETHANOL [T]
21 Communicates with leading performer, briefly reviewing scene (6) ?T?T?S (Addendum - STATES {STAr}{SET<=} - See comments)
23 Stentorian as always, somewhat twangy (5) NASAL [T]

Reference List
Hard = H, Fellow = F, Associate = A, Heroin = H, Small = S, Southern = S, Base = E, Love = 0, New = N, Girl = G, Drug = E, Lake = L, Dead = D, Model = T, President = P


Monday, 19 July 2021

No 13303, Monday 19 Jul 2021, Dr. X

Solution to 1A 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.

ACROSS
1   Caught with opium and cocaine at party quickly (4,4) C?O-C?O? (Addendum - CHOP CHOP {C}{HOP}{C}HOP} - See comments)
5   Melodious performance by two singers enthrals many at college (6) DULCET {DU{L}{C}ET}
10 Beat scoundrel, one leaving niece shattered (7) CADENCE {CAD}{NiECE*}
11 Orchid petals given by the French boy meeting girl (7) LABELLA {LA}{B}{ELLA}
12 Bird’s resting place in base over head of statue (5) ROOST {ROO{St...e}T}
13 Doglike marsupial in chalet, wandering around yard (9) THYLACINE {IN+CHALET}* over {Y}
14 Movement of migrants ultimately let pandemic spread (12) DISPLACEMENT {m...tS+LET+PANDEMIC}*
18 Spectacular cooking, eating hot treat happily (12) BREATHTAKING {B{H+TREAT}*AKING}
21 New Time edition features essentially amazing Italian composer (9) DONIZETTI {T+EDITION+amaZing}*
23 Confusion after snorting drug, getting more miserable (5) BLUER {BLU{E}R}
24 Saw English force arresting brute (7) EPIGRAM {E}{PIG}RAM}
25 Tigers easily consuming large cartilaginous tissue in meat (7) GRISTLE {GRIST{L}E*}
26 Design in brown patterned cloth (6) TARTAN {T{ART}AN}
27 Scrap given by junk dealers kept in empty flat (8) FRAGMENT {Fla{RAGMEN}T}

DOWN
1   Diamonds in set, cut for Roman statesman (6) CICERO {C{ICE}ROp}
2   Unusual boy, very likely to succeed (4-2) ODDS-ON {ODD}{SON}
3   Check fraud by firm (9) CONSTRICT {CON}{STRICT}
4   How an arthritic patient might climb stairs gradually (3,4,2,1,4) ONE STEP AT A TIME [DD]
6   Medium brazenly welcomes ghost (5) UMBRA [T]
7   Back hurt during stunt? Get a splint (8) CALLIPER {CA{ILL<=}PER}
8   Attempt to hide an undergarment in farce (8) TRAVESTY {TR{A}{VEST}Y}
9   Artiste devouring awfully big snack is Kishore Kumar, perhaps (8,6) PLAYBACK SINGER  {PLAY{BIG+SNACK}*ER}
15 Honouring ace coming up to receive new fancy jewellery (9) ENNOBLING {O{N}NE<=}{BLING}
16 Old criminal nursing desire to be law-abiding (8) OBEDIENT {O}{BE{DIE}NT}
17 More tiny bananas seen in row (8) TEENSIER {T{SEEN}*IER}
19 Model in launch, on ecstasy and speed (6) HURTLE {HUR{T}L}{E}
20 Taser used to tackle perpetrator finally in capture (6) ARREST {AR{p...oR}EST*}
22 Thread made from fine gold by associate in Nigerian city (5) ZARIA {ZARI}{A}

Reference List
Caught = C, Cocaine = C, Many = L, College = L, The in French = LA< Boy = B, Yard = Y, Hot = H, Time = T, Drug = E, English = E, Large = L, New = N, Old = O, Model = M, Ecstasy = E, Associate = A


Sunday, 18 July 2021

Special, Sunday 18 Jul 2021, Veeyares


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

(COMMENTS ENTERED WITH LESS THAN THREE ANSWERS/ANNOTATIONS WILL BE DELETED WITHOUT NOTICE, UNLESS THE COMMENTER SPECIFIES THAT IT IS A COMPENSATION FOR A REPEAT)


Enjoy.

The Sunday Crossword No 3159, Sunday 18 Jul 2021


ACROSS
1   Salad of two eggs, thistle? Lose it (3,3,7)  GET THE GIGGLES {EGG+EGG+THISTLE}*
8   Burden hanging over setter and solver (4) ONUS [MD] (Correction - {ON}{US} - See comments)
9   Once more assess, leave a true slamming (10) REEVALUATE*
10 Scrapes together half of single answer (6) GLEANS {sinGLE}{ANS}
11 Gold ... bunch of wind ... American statesman (8) AUGUSTUS {AU}{GUST}{US}
12 Essential to Health: roly-poly pudding's #4, after t'ai chi regularly (5,4) FATTY ACID {FATTY} and {pudDing} after {tAiChI}
14 Withdrawn, partly open Indian prince (4) RAJA<=
15 US duffer plays green shot loudly (4) PUTZ (~putts)
16 Announces cramps; oil massaged (9) PROCLAIMS*
20 Member of Steps, Beatle wife, 60s diva assembled somewhere in C Pacific (8) HONOLULU {H}{ONO}{LULU} 
21 Some 'hero' haltingly retiring somewhere in Asia (6) LAHORE [T<=]
23 Everyman touring Ontario with Italian musician – and another (10) MONTEVEDI {M{ONT}E}{VERDI}
24 Perhaps Murdoch's one seen in the Eye? (4) IRIS [DD]
25 Makes progress with clue for 'the rags'? (7,6) GATHERS AROUND {THE+RAGS}* [RA]

DOWN
1   The French defending one supporting mob – there's some nerve! (7) GANGLIA {L{1}A}{<=>{GANG}
2   Primarily, Thomas Edison's science-advancing, long-standing arch-rival! (5) TESLA Acrostic &lit
3   Sourced in Kandahar is salty, spicy paste (7) HARISSA [T]
4   Infantrymen guided arrangers in orchestration (9,6) GRENADIER GUARDS
5   Good to roam freely, reaching farmhouse (6) GRANGE {G}{RANGE}
6   LA: it's in America, on the Gulf of Mexico (9) LOUISIANA [GK] {Louisiana = LA}
7   Mandarin tests Ms. Thurman (7) SATSUMA {SATS}{UMA}
13 Retaliation: what makes 'hit a toff' click!? (3,3,3) TIT FOR TAT {TIT for TAT in 'Hit a toff' will make it 'Hit it off' which is Click}
15 Prince topless, tea to get more drawn out (7) PROLONG {PR}{oOLONG}
17 A little manic, Ollie Reed portrays man seen with canary (7) COLLIER [T]
18 Arrived on a little isthmus in Med, took the plunge (7) MARRIED {M{ARR}{Is...s}ED}
19 Actor, regularly loud, very very immodest and egotistical at the outset (6) LUVVIE {LoUd}{V}{V}{Im...t}{Eg...l}
22 Hearts of the vain yakuza captured in poetry (5) HAIKU {tHe}{vAIn}{yaKUza}

Reference List
The in French = LA, Good = G, Prince = PR, Very = V

The Hindu Cryptic on Sunday #46, Sunday 18 Jul 2021, Dr. X

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The crossword is not being blogged as the annotations are provided in the interactive version itself which can be seen if you click on 'Show a hint' under the 'reveal' tab on the top.

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


Enjoy.


Saturday, 17 July 2021

No 13302, Saturday 17 Jul 2021, Kriskross

 Across

1 Wife wearing ornament that’s impressive (8) TOWERING {TO{W}ERING}
5 KrisKross pines for models (6) IDEALS {I}{DEALS} Anno correct? Pines=Deals? See comments
9 Competition where participants try for a quick draw (8) GUNFIGHT (CD)
10 First stage of revolt by Rome (6) EMBRYO {BY+ROME*}
12 Belief system of those people — “Saving nothing, shop around” (9) THEOSOPHY {THE{O}{SHOP*}Y}
13 Trend in supercomputers, say (5) CRAZE {~CRAYS}
14 Prison fire (4) STIR (DD)
16 Getting rid of grass after a long time (7) ERASING {ERA}{SING}
19 True entrepreneurs, however, easily recover, arranging new sources of capital (7) TEHERAN (Acrostic)
21 Precious stone from Buffalo — entertaining US city (4) ONYX {O{NY}X}
24 Demanding back (5) STERN (DD)
25 Tricky short question about British nickname (9) SOBRIQUET {QUESTIOn*} around {BR}
27 Eccentric Idi Amin, not oddly, described Uranium asa technology-critical element” (6) INDIUM {IDI+aMiN*} arounf {U}
28 Short act, possibly in an adaptation of Tosca” (8) STACCATO {ACT*} in {TOSCA*}
29 European manager, furious, dismissing associate (6) GERMAN {MANaGER*}
30 Fellow taking a chance and jumping (8) FRISKING {F}{RISKING}

Down

1 Dress worn by acrobat, tense before cycling show (6) TIGHTS {T}{(-s)IGHT(+S)}
2 Outlaw finally signed and indicated complicity (6) WINKED{outlaW}{INKED}
3 Romeo helps attacks (5) RAIDS {R}{AIDS}
4 She is bound to lose her painting work after a rejection (2-5) NO-HOPER {NO}{H{OP}ER}
6 Funny play mostly about spirited India, say (9) DEMOCRACY {COMEDy<=}{RACY}
7 Surprising raid by rebel spies, surrounding bar somewhere in the Mediterranean (8) ADRIATIC {RAID*}+{CIA<=} around {T}
8 Wise man penning note about early civilisation (5,3) STONE AGE {S{NOTE*}AGE}
11 Chain seen in energy vehicles (4) GYVE (T)
15 Web architect from Atlanta starts to update resume at work (9) TARANTULA {ATLANTA+Update+Resume*}
17 Covert operation over, remains in hiding (8) STASHING {ST{ASH}ING}
18 Quiet, more embarrassed; one tearing up (8) SHREDDER {SH}{REDDER}
20 I leave racket for Bill (4) NOSE {NOiSE}
21 Satellite starts to operate rather bizarrely — it flips again (7) ORBITER {Operate}{Rather}{Bizarrely}{IT}{RE<=}
22 In Varanasi, Raju perhaps upset a priest (6) PUJARI (T<=)
23 Powerful yarn where one dies for love (6) STRONG {STR(-i+O)NG}
26 How people travel without restrictions — primarily those in South America (5) INCAS {IN CArS}

 

Reference List

Wife=W, Nothing=O, Long time=Era, British=Br, Uranium=U, Associate=A, Fellow=F
Tense=T, Romeo=R, A rejection=No, Spies=CIA, Bar=T, Remains=Ash, Quiet=Sh, Again=Re, One=I, Love=O

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Friday, 16 July 2021

No 13301, Friday 16 Jul 2021, Afterdark

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ACROSS
1   Seen in Thrissurin America and another country (8) SURINAME [T]
5   Father has one child in belly? (6) PAUNCH {PA}{UN}{CH}
10 Gaspicecream held is now jelly (5) ASPIC [T]
11 Most daring facing pressure? Most successful too (9) PLUCKIEST {P}{LUCKIEST}
12 Perhaps a wader on galloping horse, try to trap horse in the middle (9) SHOREBIRD {HORSE*}{BI{hoRse}D}
13 Musical work, enchanter pouring soul out on centre stage (5) OPERA {OP}{En...eR}{stAge} Semi&lit
14 Original construction, nothing new — a drilling platform (3,3) OIL RIG ORIGInaL*
15 Battered egoClue to make a poem (7) ECLOGUE*
18 Gun jams, high class specialist has a remedy (7) UNGUENT {GUN*}{U}{ENT}
20 Second class cricket match, lousy lacking substance in person (6) BODILY {B}{ODI}{LousY}
22 Boy, ladies can mix up; peak (5) BLANC {B}{L}{CAN*}
24 Make up for temperature, get ice; not cold? Add a bit more simultaneously (2,3,4) AT ONE TIME {ATONE}{T}{Ic{More)E) What's the role of 'temperature'? See comments
25 Samples in glasses worn by Indian soldiers (9) SPECIMENS {SPEC{I}{MEN}S}
26 Upgrade old one, loveseat worn out inside (5) EXALT {EX}{A}{Lo...aT}
27 Longs for time with heartless son; returns (6) YEARNS {YEAR}{SoN<=}
28 Ape, a monkey primarily, it’s seen on a hill (8) IMITATOR {1}{Mo...y}{IT}{A}{TOR}

DOWN
1   Son to make sense of slight (6) SPARSE {S}{PARSE}
2   Agent all over the place expressing displeasure (9) REPROVING {REP}{ROVING}
3   Unclear on a collision, perhaps (7,8) NUCLEAR REACTION {UNCLEAR}* [RA]
4   Cleaning is man’s work, reach out (7) MOPPING {M}{OP}{PING}
6   Last word about, about awareness; time for response (15) {A{C}{KNOWLEDGE}MEN}{T}
7   No, that is about fourth wife’s relative (5) NIECE {N{IE}{C}{wifE}
8   Sore throatWe use this to gargle perhaps (3,5) HOT WATER* &lit
9   Meet and hug, not cold but hot (6) HUDDLE (-c+h)HUDDLE
16 To roam with malice? Native just short of exploding (9) GALLIVANT {GALL}{NATIVe}*
17 Worthless hubrisboy's heartless, deranged (8) RUBBISHY {HUBRIS+BoY}*
19 Extra derivatives held by one dealing with stocks (6) TRADER [T]
20 Flowerblue picked first — miss nothing with maiden (7) BLOSSOM {Blue}{LOSS}{0}{M}
21 Maybe I am ready tengage rooks primarily (6) SETTER {SET}{To}{En...e}{Ro..s}
23 A four at last, eighteen from edges, one to bowl (5) ARENA {A}{fouR}{Ei...eN}{A}

Reference List
One = UN, Child = CH, Pressure = P, Work = OP, New = N, High class = U, Boy = B, Ladies = L, Cold = C, Temperature = T, Indian = I, Old = EX, One = A, Son = S, Man = M, About = C, Time = T, No = N, Hot = H, Maiden = M

Thursday, 15 July 2021

No 13300, Thursday 15 Jul 2021, Afterdark

Solution to 25A 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.

ACROSS
1   Embarrassed about mistake, failed (8) RELAPSED {RE{LAPSE}D}
5   Smart to buy nothing, keeping some earnings for best (6) CHOICE {CH{0}IC}{Ea...s}
9   Audacity to find fault with cookware (8) SAUCEPAN {SAUCE}{PAN}
10 Well, to own a ship is a problem (6) HASSLE {HA{SS}LE}
11 Cheapest accommodation in ship where teenagers party leaving function last (8) STEERAGE TEEnAGERS*
12 His leg broke in a vehicle (6) SLEIGH*
14 Jack jumps from ledge, gets tense about safety (10) PROTECTION PRO(-j+t)TECTION
18 No, staff’'s article has a point at times (3,3,4) NOW AND THEN {NO}{WAND}{THE}{N}
22 Head office at an American city earlier had work still (6) ANYHOW {HO}<{A}{NY} and {W}
23 One amongst us after sleep to help get bread (8) ZWIEBACK {W{1}E}<=>{Z} and {BACK}
24 After a sip of gin and rum, father in Chennai has brandy (6) GRAPPA {Gin}{Rum}{APPA}
25 One changes places with another on road to take speed test (5,3) ?R?A? R?N (Addendum - TRIAL RUN {TR(A<=>I}L}{RUN} - See comments )
26 Side for match? Essentially hopeless to begin with (6) ELEVEN {EVEN}<=>{hopELess}
27 Commercial earnings? Try to change sides cleverly (8) ADROITLY {AD}{ROI}{T(-r+l)LY}

DOWN
1   Formulating strategies to break gate and obstruct (6) RESIST STRategIES*
2   Narrow opening for romeo to jump over top (6) LOUVER {LO{U}VER} 
3   Author’s attempt at verse (6) POETRY {POE}{TRY}
4   Perhaps a divorcee’s great, composed, mature on the outside? To stretch the truth (10) EXAGGERATE {EX}{AG{GREAT*}E}
6   Nut & bolt for a wrestling hold (8) HEADLOCK {HEAD}{LOCK}
7   To enliven, have one pint sir, dance (2,6) IN SPIRIT {1}{PINT+SIR}*
8   The plane transports an animal (8) ELEPHANT*
13 Book that woman, low in honour in a place beyond reality (10) OTHERWORLD {OT}{HER}{WOR{L}D}
15 Mix up in specialist’s viewpoint (8) ENTANGLE {ENT}{ANGLE}
16 A plan, bold for something not played at home (4,4) AWAY GAME {A}{WAY}{GAME}
17 One, two... disconnect (8) UNCOUPLE {UN}{COUPLE}
19 An ice cream company at LA, centre of uptown (6) GELATO {GE}{LA}{upTOwn}
20 Usual nonsense — copy-cat (6) PARROT {PAR}{ROT}
21 Small family at New York is underfed (6) SKINNY {S}{KIN}{NY}
Reference List 
Ship = SS, Jack = J, Tense = T, Point = N, Work = W, Sleep = Z, Father in Tamil = APPA, Earnings = ROI, Top = U, Book = OT(Old Testament), Low = L, One = UN, Usual = PAR