Monday, 26 September 2022

No 13670, Monday 26 Sep 2022, Hypatia

Solution to 11D 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   Painter's drawing in hospital with a flower (6) DAHLIA {DA{H}LI}{A}
4   Setter's bored by the German boxer's doctrine (8) IDEALISM {I{DE}{ALI'S}M}
9   Destroy one virus caught spreading ultimately deadly disease (6) SCURVY {ViRUS+C}*{d...lY}
10 Letters from cycling buddy encourage husband to move ahead (8) ALPHABET {(-p)AL(+p)P} and {ABET}<=>{H}
12 Spooner's hair colour for formal wear (5-3) DRESS-TIE (~ tress dye to dress tie)
13 You and I can get working (6) USABLE {US}{ABLE}
15 Two women with shields fighting in rodeo (4,4,4) WILD WEST SHOW {TWO+W+W+SHIELDS}*
18 How a model performs or protests? (7,1,4) STRIKES A POSE [DD]
21 Assumes largely reliable president's boring America (6) USURPS {U{SURe}{P}S}
22 Cook tosses English eggs in free dessert, say (4,4) RICH FOOD {CHeF}{00} in {RID}
24 Scrap's worth (5,3) THROW OUT {WORTH}* [RA]
25 Bored Anu runs wild in sex (2,1,3) IN A RUT {ANU+R}* in {IT}
26 Married lives need time to weather tear and abuse (8) MISTREAT {M}{IS}{TEAR*}{T}
27 Old country's part of upper Sialkot (6) PERSIA [T]

1   Eat quickly and throw on the ground (4,4)  DASH DOWN [DD]
2   Bug in fuse tripping perfect boxes (8) HOUSEFLY {HO{FUSE*}LY}
3   Give authority to stop and interview West Haryana's leading criminal (6,4,5) INVEST WITH POWER {STOP+INTERVIEW+W+Ha...a}*
5   Decorative object looking lovely basically! (4) DOLL Acrostic #lit
6   Slim odds of a new stagecoach wandering without horse at the lead (1,5,2,1,6) A GHOST OF A CHANCE {OF+A+N+STAGECOACH}* over {Ho..e}
7   Swallow that is biting many birds in bushes initially (6) IMBIBE {I{Many}{Bi..s}{In}{Bu...s}E}
8   Parent taking time to make home run (6) MOTHER {MO{T}HE*}{R}
11 Connection finally back on board (7) ?I?S?I? (Addendum - KINSHIP {bacK}{IN SHIP} - See comments) 
14 Comic hero tries bananas in  American's sack (7) ASTERIX {TRIES}* in {AX}
16 Hence, reporters skip over stops (8) SOJOURNS {SO}{JOURNoS}
17 Some chatted never bringing up bad blood (8) VENDETTA [T<=]
19 Copper gets most used for 23, perhaps (6) CUSTOM {CU}{MOST*}
20 Durga attacking with Shakti, primarily protects (6) GUARDS {DURGA*}{Sh...i}
23 Starts to pray using japa and ritual for Navartri (4) PUJA Acrostic

Reference List
Hospital = H, The in German = DE, Caught = C, Women = W, With = W, President = P, English = E, Runs =R, Sex = IT, Married = M, Time = T, West = W, New = N, American sack = AX, Over = O 

Sunday, 25 September 2022

The Sunday Crossword No 3221, Sunday 25 Sep 2022

1   Centralised arrangement for employment qualifications (11) CREDENTIALS*
9   Ransome’s written about a group in a boat (7) OARSMEN*
10 Revolutionary painting? Very upset: it’s hard work (7) TRAVAIL {ART<=}{V}{AIL<=}
11 Leaves out some whom I.T. suggests (5) OMITS [T]
12 Blasted duck – or beautiful bird (8) FLAMINGO {FLAMING}{O}
14 United appoint endlessly wealthy Australian dietician, ultimately opposed to apple pie? (10) UNAMERICAN {U}{NAME}{RICh}{A}{d...aN}
15 Everyman finally did change a lightbulb – in a manner of speaking (4) IDEA {I}{diD}{c...gE}{A}
17 Friends: they’ll give you flowers (4) BUDS [DD]
19 Mountain rock by cape; piercing yell – who’s making it? (7,3) SCREECH OWL {SCREE}{C}{HOWL}
21 Male bird of prey one captured with weapon (8) TOMAHAWK {TOM}{HAWK} over {A}
23 Provide new container for flipping drunkard (5) REPOT <=
25 Land in trouble tucking into dodgy cure (7) ECUADOR {ECU{ADO}R*}
26 No longer working, detective, unerring marksman (4-3) DEAD-EYE {DEAD}{EYE}
27 Blockbusting books from footballer and comedian (11) BESTSELLERS {BEST}{SELLERS}

1   I’m taken aback and largely ill on a French island (7) CORSICA {COR}{SICk}{A}
2   Needs hem altering, being tangled up (8) ENMESHED*
3   Eagle – rather nautical eagle, primarily? (4) ERNE Acrostic &lit
4   Tantalised by a little bird, I will have dined on starter of duck (10) TITILLATED {TIT}{I'LL}{ATE}{Duck}
5   Rattle and bell, often (5) ALARM [DD]
6   A little barista in Edinburgh is covered in blotches (7) STAINED [T]
7   Unhealthy cornet cut out, assuming bachelor’s wanting vegan fare (7,6) COCONUT BUTTER {CORNET+CUT+OUT} over {B}
8   Regrettably, a tour fell flat making you nervous (3,2,1,7)  ALL OF A FLUTTER*
13 Minister having disagreement about church to speak with delicacy (5,5) MINCE WORDS {MIN}{CE}{WORDS}
16 Protection from wind given to top pilot in film (8) SCARFACE {SCARF}{ACE}
18 Chump and onion that’s hard to see? (3,4) DIM BULB {DIM}{BULB}
20 Shore up revival for legendary musician (7) ORPHEUS*
22 Doesn’t show animals' skin (5) HIDES [DD]
24 Superstar’s out of work, we’re told (4) IDOL (~idle)

Reference List
Very = V, United = U, Australian = A, Cape = C, Trouble = ADO, Bachelor = B, Church = CE 

Saturday, 24 September 2022

No 13669, Saturday 24 Sep 2022, Avtaar


1   Free, like the character of Dasaratha in the Ramayana, maybe? (6) PAROLE {PA ROLE}
4   Headdress irked star, eh? (5,3) STRAW HAT {STAR}*{WHAT}
9   Training in stylish, small two-wheelers (6)  MOPEDS {MO{PE}D}{S}
10 Riot-control device exploded - Bang! Out near London's East End (5,3) BATON GUN {BANG+OUT}*{l...oN}
11 Online travel portal? (7,7) RAILWAY STATION [CD]
13 "Lake of the Boundless Valley" - fantastic hit on the way up (4-6) HALF-VOLLEY {L+OF+tHe+VALLEY}*
14 Fine, fermented drink made from cashew or coconut (4) FENI*
16 Champion wins maiden crown (4) ACME {AC{M}E}
18 Amidst breaks, cycling coach bonds (10) RESTRAINTS {REST{(-t)RAIN(+t)T}S}
21 Lock assemblies that are ready-to-use? (7,7) TURNKEY SYSTEMS [C&DD]
23 Barred point in pass (8) EXCEPTED {EXCE{PT}ED}
24 Hiding love, mother's starting to torment revolutionary (6) MAOIST {MA}{0}{IS}{To...t}
25 Fine head of solicitors, through slogging and legwork, finally became adviser to the Queen (4,4) TOOK SILK {TO{OK}{So...s}IL}{l...rK}
26 Even characters in Boeing gladly ceded land that was divided in the 1940s (6) BENGAL {BoEiNg+GlAdLy}


1   "Apple in Post Office" by Avtaar (4) POME {PO}{ME}
2   For the audience, Nadal is a great artist (7) RAPHAEL (~rafael) 
3   Girlfriend flirted overtly skipping right behind young man (4-4) LADY-LOVE {OVErtLY}*<=>{LAD}
5   Playing tennis? Try attacking lobs, to start with, for a short while (11) TRANSIENTLY {TENNIS+TRY+At...g+Lobs}*
6   Decapod alien groups having no feet (6) APODAL [T]
7   Fellow admitting Azed's original crossword is torment (7) HAGRIDE {H{Azed}{GRID}E}
8   The hotel lost Mrs Reagan and Mrs Sinatra's possessions (9) TENANCIES {ThE}{NANCIES}
12 Path across river with fountain outside Vatican seems good but is not adequate (3,4,4) ALL VERY WELL {ALL{V}E{R}Y}{WELL}
13 Almost fully breathe out and take pulse (9) HEARTBEAT {BREATHe}*{EAT}
15 Louisiana and Tennessee dons - like Corleone, perhaps? (4,4) LAST NAME {L}{AS}{T}{NAME} (Addendum - {LA}{S{TN}AME} - See comments)
17 Land is turned out in dry wind, south of Missouri (7) MOROCCO {siROCCO}<=>{MO}
19 Freezing Emergency Room avoided by Count (7) NUMBING NUMBerING
20 Pesky, mischievous son chats online (6) SKYPES {PESKY}*{S}
22 ... and others turned up dead (2,2) ET AL LATE<=

Reference List

Eh = WHAT, Training = PE, Stylish = MOD, Small = S, Lake = L, Champion = ACE, Maiden = M, Breaks = REDSTS, Coach = TRAIN, Point = PT, Pass = EXCEED, Love =0, Mother's = MA'S, Fine = OK, Slogging = TOIL
Post Office = PO< Avtaar = ME, Right = RT, Young man = LAD, Fellow = HE, Crossword = GRID, Hotel = H, Path = ALLEY, River = R, Fountain = WELL, Vatican = V, Take = EAT, Louisiana = LA. Teneessee = TN, Like = SAME, Missouri = MO, Emergency Room = ER, Count = NUMBERING, Son = S, Dead = LATE

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Friday, 23 September 2022

No 13668, Friday 23 Sep 2022, Bruno


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1   Set of numbers essentially formatted with rating: 1-10? (6) MATRIX {forMATted}{R}{I}{X}
4   Soft at the edges, low in the middle, hard and flat (6) SMOOTH {So{MOO}fT}{H}
8   Hazy nuclear explosion (7) UNCLEAR*
9   English Channel featuring article on English school (7) EDUCATE {E}{DUC{A}T}{E}
11 Complex expression from Olympian's swimming around back half of pool (10) POLYNOMIAL {P{poOL}YNOMIAL*}
12 Excited for a drink right away (4) AGOG {A}{GrOG}
13 Plants from US state lack identification (5) FLORA FLORidA
14 Family cashed in chips (8) ECHIDNAS*
16 Truth is: mood around colleges' extremely cagey (8) ACCURACY {A{C}{C}URA}{CageY}
18 Fraction of supply ultimately stolen (5) RATIO RATIOn
20 Current fashion immodestly revealed (4) MODE [T]
21 One way to summarize numbers from Shakespeare's first act — its twice played (10) STATISTICS {Sh...e+ACT+ITS+ITS}*
23 Fabric worn by graduate — one inspecting tracks (7) LINEMAN {LINE{MA}N}
24 Operator starts to don iron eyeshade (7) DIVISOR {Don}{Iron}{VISOR}
25 Old weapons adjusted to make body armour? (6) GUSSET {GUnS}{SET}
26 Picked up Dark Horse? (6) KNIGHT (~night)

1   Fellow's attempt to get something sweet (5) MANGO {MAN}{GO}
2   Majority of those have captured friend — go get them! (5-2) TALLY-HO {T{ALLY}HOse}
3   Lover wandering at Marina with love (9) INAMORATA {AT+MARINA+0}*
5   Setter raised son for award (5) MEDAL {ME}{LAD<=}
6   You can get fruits here or a vegetable (7) ORCHARD {OR}{CHARD}
7   Asian stew with a tomato's skin that's hard to handle (3,6) HOT POTATO {HOTPOT}{A}{To...tO}
10 Worker's body part has many boils (9) LIVERYMAN {LIVER}{MANY}
13 Resolving to put sealant at the bottom of feature (9) FACTORING {O-RING}<=>{FACT}
15 Function at girl's college's popular around America (9) HERMITIAN {HER}{MIT}{I{A}N}
17 Inept tennis player Monica visited America (7) USELESS {U{SELES}S}
19 AT&T made money (1000 dollars) on needlework (7) TATTING {ATT}*{TIN}{G}
21 Resort in front of church has room (5) SPACE {SPA}{CE}
22 Pick bottom of inkpot to support pen (2-3) CO-OPT {i...oT}<=>{COOP}

Reference List
Rating = R, Low = MOO, Hard = H, English = E, Right = R, Identification = ID, College = C, Graduate = MA, Sealant = O-RING, Popular = IN, America = A, Money = TIN, 1000 dollars = G, Church = CE

Thursday, 22 September 2022

No 13667, Thursday 22 Sep 2022, Hypatia

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.

7   English parliamentarian interrupts trials to cause commotions (8) TEMPESTS {T{E}{MP}ESTS}
9   Must hold us at fault (6) SHOULD*
10 Roasts in pots (4) PANS [DD]
11 Presently approach and question Spooner (4,3,3) HERE AND NOW (~ near and how to here and now)
12 People from South failing Hindi (6)  SINDHI {S}{HINDI*}
14 Support group hires new criminal lawyer for contract killer? (8) ANACONDA {A{N}A}{CON}{DA}
15 Pretty simple ones, yet he struggles (4,2,3,4) EASY ON THE EYES {EASY}{ONES+YET+HE}*
18 Not possible to store dill without covers or fresh leaves (8) CILANTRO {C{dILl}ANT}{OR*}
20 Graceful female close to you donated clothes (6) FLUENT {F}{L{yoU}ENT}
21 Possibly in fun, setter's set about that lady - It's not done! (10) UNFINISHED {IN+FUN}*{I'{SHE}D}
22 Poor Anarkali initially separated from her lover (4) SLIM SaLIM
23 Contents of cellar can expose secret (6) ARCANE [T]
24 Study about concealed weapon brought in focus (8) NARROWED {N{ARROW}ED<=}

1   Perhaps Uncle, about 50, had drip injected (8) ?E?A?I?E (Addendum - RELATIVE {RE}{L}{AT{IV}E} - See comments))
2   Discharge after old work (4) OPUS {PUS}<=>{O}
3   Doctor Smith joining current strips of tissue (6) ISTHMI {SMITH*}{I}
4   Lift computer key in the middle, far behind (8) ESCALATE {ESC}{fAr}{LATE}
5   Wholesome words of praise (4,3,3) GOOD FOR YOU [DD]
6   Seed of a plum joined regularly (6) ALMOND {A+pLuM+jOiNeD}
8   Overstretched in hard step at indoor exercises (6,3,4) SPREAD TOO THIN {H+STEP+AT+INDOOR}*
13 Carnegie, say almost accepts request and a suggestion about book (3,7) DAS KAPITAL {D{ASK}A{A+TIP<=}Le} (Correction - {D{ASK}{A}{TIP<=}ALe} - See comments)
16 Got a debit on mobile (8) OBTAINED*
17 Guard dispatched home well within limits (8) SENTINEL {SENT}{IN}{wELl}
19 Overlook independent company protecting neither partner (6) IGNORE {I}{G{NOR}E}
20 Part of stuffed orangutan's hat (6) FEDORA [T]
22 Pickle stain (4) SPOT [DD}

Reference List
English = E, South = S, Support group = AA(Alcoholics Anonymous), New = N, Criminal = AL(Capone), Lawyer = DA, Female = F, About = RE, Fifty = L, Drip = IV, Old = O, Current = I, Computer key = ESC, Hard = H, Home = IN, Independent = I, Company = GE

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

No 13666, Wednesday 21 Sep 2022, Dr. X

Solution to 19D 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   Trying book to tackle anger issues finally (8) TIRESOME {T{IRE}{i...eS}OME}
5   Kid about to taste largely pungent bulb (6) GARLIC {RAG<=}{LICk}
10 Endless confrontation, having knocked back drink in European country (7) BELARUS {B{ALE<=}RUSh}
11 Prohibition during Christmas withdrawn in Middle Eastern country (7) LEBANON {LE{BAN}ON<=}
12 Girl turning down fellow is blunt (5) GRUFF {G}{FUR<=}{F}
13 What conjuror says as the rope levitates magically at last, perhaps (3,6) HEY PRESTO {THE+ROPE+l...eS+m...lY}*
14 Wake up! Get going, like the Sun? (4,3,5) RISE AND SHINE [DD]
18 Company people concealing hard evidence (12) CONFIRMATION {CO}{N{FIRM}ATION}
21 Experiencing difficulties like panic attacks (2,1,6) IN A PICKLE*
23 National party backing gangster in city of Zambia (5) NDOLA {N}{DO}{AL<=}
24 Criminal is arrogant, embodies evil (7) VILLAIN {V{ILL}AIN}
25 Honour ensemble touring city in Spain (7) OURENSE [T]
26 Bit of damage in more primitive steering mechanism (6) RUDDER {RUD{Da...e}ER}
27 Howled as outstanding person backtracked, breaking date (8) ULULATED {LULU<=}{DATE*}

1   Proceed after boat's repaired in Caribbean island (6) TOBAGO {GO}<=>{BOAT}*
2   Arrive in bar without date, turn to entice (4,2) ROLL UP {ROd}{PULL<=}
3   Small ornate gift, one incorporating greatly revolutionary decorative techniques (9) SGRAFFITI {S}{GIFT+1}* over {FAR<=}
4   Action of stirring up trouble by foremost among imams irritated ruler (8-6) MISCHIEF-MAKING {MIS{CHIEF}MA*}{KING}
6   Yellow marble rolling out of line (5) AMBER MARBlE*
7   Want model possessing posh, outstanding quality (4,4) LONG SUIT {LONG}{S{U}IT}
8   Disregards racket by Mafia bosses smuggling ecstasy (8) CONDONES {CON}{DON{E}S}
9   Enthralled by pot, plan wild night with English female for messing around (7,3,4) PLAYING THE FOOL {P{LAY}{NIGHT*}{E}{F}OOL}
15 Rascal removing the underclothes naughtily (9) SCOUNDREL UNDERCLOtheS*
16 Pain to control one extremely immature performer (8) ACHIEVER {ACH{1}E}{VERy}
17 Resulted in detective finding bit of evidence in conclusion (8) ENTAILED {EN{TAIL}{Ev...e}D}
19 Musical instrument in my bag (6) ?O?N?T (Addendum - CORNET - {COR}{NET} - See comments)
20 Fancy dope inside stub of cigarette (3,3) FAG END {FA{GEN}D}
22 Frivolous associate in bar getting drug (5) INANE {IN{A}N}{E}

Reference List
Book = TOME, Kid = RAG, Christms = NOEL, Girl = G, Down = FUR, Fellow = F, Company = CO, National = N, Party = DO, Gangster = AL(Capone), Date = D, Small =S, Line = L, Model = SIT, Posh = U, Racket = CON, Ecstasy = E, Pot = POOL, English = E, Female = F, My = COR, Dope = GEN, Associate = A, Drug = E

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

No 13665, Tuesday 20 Sep 2022, 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   Vehicle with princess chased by a vehicle! Stop — it could be fatal (7,6) CARDIAC ARREST {CAR}{DI}{A}{CAR}{REST}
8   Sepulchre in mountain, terrifying (5) INTER [T]
9   Caught in photos misbehaving with child in playground game (9) HOPSCOTCH {HOPS{C}OT*}{CH}
11 Commander hands over gangster giving orders for imprisonment (10) COMMITTALS {COM}{MITT{AL}S}
12 Quell riots after queen's assassinated in last Jewish month (4) ELUL qUELL*
14 Intoxicated hags in retro bar chatter in Scottish dialect (7) NASHGAB {HAGS}* in {BAN<=}
16 Receive subtle hint to hold back anger (7) INHERIT {INH{IRE<=}T*}
17 Stage of deterioration after consuming second alcoholic drink (7) ROSTRUM {RO{S}T}{RUM}
19 Allowed to include extravagant French dance (7) GAVOTTE {GAV{OTT}E}
21 Expresses pleasure well, I hear (4) OOHS (~ooze}
22 Container ordered online, filled with large tubes of pasta (10) CANNELLONI {CAN}{NEL{L}ONI*}
25 English miss, most apologetic about one handling defeat badly (4,5) SORE LOSER {SOR{E}{LOSE}Ry}
26 Giving the thumbs-up to relatives enthralled by knocking back spirit (5) OKING {O{KIN}G<=}
27 Cooked foie gras paste for ceremony marking a milestone (4,2,7) RITE OF PASSAGE*

2   Promiscuous mates having sex in retreat every so often (2,5) AT TIMES {AT{IT<=}MES*}
3   Pistols shown by rebellious communist groups without hesitation (10) DERRINGERS {RED<=}{RING{ER}S}
 A royal headgear for enlightened monk (5) ARHAT {A}{R}{HAT}
5   Awful programme's irksome, not good (9)  APPALLING {APP}{gALLING}
6   Lively gleam after entertaining century (4) RACY {RA{C}Y}
7   Colonist's dog biting criminal's butt (7) SETTLER {SETT{c...aL}ER}
8   Inappropriate racket conducted by guru is on reels (11) INCONGRUOUS {CON} in {GURU+IS+ON}*
10 What best man will do to monitor a dispute without getting involved in it? (4,3,4) HOLD THE RING [DD]
13 Heroic champion turned saviour protecting many (10) CHIVALROUS {CH}{IVA{L}ROUS*}
15 Using bubbly boys to entertain miserable female (2,5,2) BY MEANS OF {BY{MEAN}SO*}{F}
18 Lively movements by special songstress with endless energy (7) SCHERZI {S}{CHER}{ZIp}
20 Blowing horn excessively can get annoying finally (7) TOOTING {TOO}{TIN}{a...nG}
23 Water wheel is working, rotated by breeze from the south (5) NORIA {NO<=}{AIR<=}
24 Bond girl, naughty, going topless (4) ?L?E (Addendum - GLUE {G}{bLUE} - See comments))

Reference List
Princess = DI, Caught = C, Child = CH, Commander = COM, Gangster = AL(Capone), Queen = Q, Second = S, Extravagant = OTT(Over the top), Large = L, English = E, Spirit = GO, Sex = IT, Hesitation = ER, Royal = R, Programme = APP, Century = C, Good = G, Racket = CON, Champion = CH, Many = L, Female = F, Special = S, Excessively = TOO, Girl = G

Monday, 19 September 2022

No 13664. Monday 19 Sep 2022, Dr. X

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   Comfortable clothes, popular for picnic (8) SINECURE {S{IN}ECURE}
5   Upset by couple of fellows breaking regulation (6) RUFFLE {RU{FF}LE}
10 Native American hut in hamlet, one in a higher position (7) WICKIUP {WICK}{1}{UP}
11 Centre hosting full moon party, close to Phuket presumably (2,5) NO DOUBT {N{O}{DO}UB}{p...eT}
12 Blow up as fool gets noisy (2,3) GO OFF {GOOF}{F}
13 Endless ruckus by deranged radical (9) ELEMENTAL {mELEe}{MENTAL}
14 What chauffeur might do to deceive? (4,3,1,4) TAKE FOR A RIDE [DD]
18 Particle physics concept is incorrect, trying other ideas finally (6,6) STRING THEORY {TRYING+OTHER+i..aS}*
21 Rising in an excited state, arousing date in bed (4,5) COUP DETAT  {CO{UP}{DATE*}T}
23 Priest avoiding extremes of avarice perhaps (5) VICAR {aVARICe}*
24 In my opinion, embodies ancient painting technique (7) IMPASTO {IM{PAST}O}
25 Greek character purloins mobile, runs away (7) UPSILON PUrLOINS*
26 Striking Oslo workers conducting a form of industrial action (2-4) GO-SLOW [T]
27 Give up or reduce consuming dope on reflection (8) ABNEGATE {AB{GEN<=}ATE} 

1   Waste most of fixed allowance (6) SEWAGE {SEt}{WAGE}
2   Mexican dish in container returned by emcee unfinished (6) NACHOS {CAN<=}{HOSt}
3   Master thief turned into murderer (9) CHIEFTAIN {C{THIEF*}AIN}
4   Envy after record-breaking part in picture (14) REPRESENTATION {R{EP}{RESENT}ATION}
6   Dancing nude around university is excessive (5) UNDUE {UND{U}E*}
7   Female losing equilibrium finally fell in well (8) F?U?T?I? (Addendum - FOUNTAIN {F}{mOUNTAIN} - See comments)
8   Acclaimed former editor takes charge (8) EXTOLLED {EX}{TOLL}ED}
9   Completely dominated, he's turned on perhaps by spanking bum (5,4,5) UNDER ONES THUMB {HES+TURNED+ON}*{BUM*}
15 Social climber in French Riviera, excited to entertain starlet on vacation (9) ARRIVISTE {RIVIERA}* over {St...eT}
16 Preparing hot, spicy stew — extremely nourishing (8) PSYCHING {HOT+SPICY}*{No...nG}
17 Wins, waves shirt without hesitation — a bit of payback (8) TRIUMPHS TRIUMPHS {SHIRT}* over {UM}{Pa...k}
19 Brief inspection to tackle problem in plant (6) SCILLA {SC{ILL}An}
20 Breaking record — sportsperson's ultimate dream (6) TRANCE {TRA{s...oN}CE}
22 Detective consequently seizes cocaine in nightclub (5) DISCO {DI}{S{C}O} 

Reference List
Popular = IN, Fellow = F, Hamlet = WICK, Centre = NUB, Party = DO, Noisy = F, In my opinion = IMO, Runs = R, Dope = GEN, Record = EP(Extended play), University = U, Female = F, Editor = ED, Hesitation = UM, Detective = DI, Cocaine = C

Sunday, 18 September 2022

The Sunday Crossword No 3220, Sunday 18 Sep 2022,

1   Contrived neologisms bringing misery (10) GLOOMINESS*
6   In conversation, all initially relieved by Everyman giving promise to pay late (4) CHIT CH(-a+i}IT
9   In tent, forces on manoeuvres finding kind of chocolate (4,6) SOFT CENTRE*
10 Surrounded by flipping dull Austria (4) AMID {DIM}{A}<=
11 Abundance, supply: holy, kind Amen (4,3,5) MILK AND HONEY*
15 Turned right away, or changed gradually (7) EVOLVED rEVOLVED
16 Clever clogs (Sting, that is) (7) SMARTIE {SMART}{IE}
17 Go off with – largely – the quality of a ninja (7) STEALTH {STEAL}{THe}
19 Source of veal increasingly florid Earl's swallowed (3,4) RED DEER {REDD{E}ER}
20 According to Spooner, ornamental edging peculiar, needing cash (7,5) FOLDING MONEY (~ moulding phoney to folding money)
23 Recess taken from rap session (4) APSE [T]
24 Declaration: 'It's a career' (10) PROFESSION [DD]
25 Poet's boring in retirement (4) BARD<=
26 They dance and sing about Egyptian god's ancestry (6,4) CHORUS LINE {C}{HORUS{LINE}

1   German tree that's cut (4) GASH {G}{ASH}
2   Lounges not opening for louts (4) OAFS lOAFS
3   Very fast with classic greeting, Lord Lieutenant is not half conniving type (11) MACHIAVELLI {MACH 1}{AVE}{LL}{Is}
4   Kind son re-fitted safer kind of tyres (3-4) NON-SKID*
5   Therapists' contracts (7) SHRINKS [DD]
7   In the U.S., aim to alter history, etc. (10) HUMANITIES*
8   Rest day arranged with bed and cuddly companions (5,5) TEDDY BEARS {REST+DAY+BED}*
12 That man's attention is on capital investments? (11) HEADDRESSES {HE ADDRESSES}
13 Ultimately daring, tucking in to the French duck, briefly flambé meaty hunks (4,2,4) LEGS OF LAMB {LE{d...nG}S}{0}{FLAMBe}
14 Near Cram finally, Coe's overtaking: Cram's first runner-up? (4,6) COME CLOSER {CO{craM}E}{Cram}{LOSER}
18 Greedy type, earthy, stripped off for artist (7) HOGARTH {HOG}{eARTHy}
19 Former Test captain getting boundary, loudly cheer on (4,3) ROOT FOR {ROOT}{(~four){FOR}
21 What gives seemingly intelligent robotic intonations, primarily? (4) SIRI Acrostic Semi&lit
22 Stuart monarch, somewhat mannered (4) ANNE [T]

Reference List
Austria = A, Right = R, Earl = E, About = C, German = G, Lord Lieutenant = LL, The in French = LES 

The Hindu Cryptic on Sunday, #88, Sunday 18 Sep 2022,Afterdark

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Saturday, 17 September 2022

No 13663, Saturday 17 Sep 2022, Dr. X


1   Remove one's clothes in outing, captivated by very fine fellow (5,3) STRIP OFF {S{TRIP}O}{F}{F}
5   Capturing rook with king, miss subtly grins (6) SMIRKS {SMI{R}{K}S*}
10 Outline visit to a prison perhaps? (7) CONTOUR {CON TOUR}
11 Man from the east left enthralled by magnificent German physician (7) EHRLICH {HE<=}{R{L}ICH}
12 Treat with new operation controlling onset of retinopathy (5) NURSE {N}{U{Re...y}SE}
13 Anxious unionist annoyed about hint of scandal (9) UNSETTLED {U}{N{Sc...l}ETTLED}
14 Mysterious criminal nurtures a plan to kill nationalist (12) SUPERNATURAL {NURTURES+A+PLAn}*
18 How basketball player might score while still distressed by break-up (2,3,7) ON THE REBOUND [DD]
21 Good progress after tackling a problem in style of painting (9) GRISAILLE {G}{RIS{A}{ILL}E} Problem/Ill? See comments
23 Tossing and turning in dark, every so often overwhelmed by fear (5) AWAKE {AW{dArK}E}
24 Trendy doctor exciting hot nurse at opening (5-2) RIGHT-ON {RIG}{HOT*}{Nu..e}
25 Presses back neck in scrap (7) SNIPPET {PINS}{PET}
26 Bolt breaks record in running (6) LOPING {LO{PIN}G}
27 Quick appraisal of working with mask around beginning of epidemic (4-4) ONCE-OVER {ON}{C{Ep...c}OVER}


1   Mathematical ratio is inadequate, contains a little error (6) SECANT {S{Er..r}CANT}
2   Beer and rye stocks got used up (3,3) RAN DRY [T]
3   Revolutionary colour scheme in abstract technique (9) PROCEDURE {P{DECOR<=}URE}
4   Art of predicting correct roulette number in gamble (7-7) FORTUNE-TELLING {ROULETTE+N}* in {FLING}
6   Member reviewed tax rate (5) MERIT {M}{TIRE<=}
7   Royal really upset about a little insensitive banter (8) RAILLERY {R}{REALLY*} over {In...e}
8   Plan by woman holding clubs and diamonds to dominate right away (8) SCHEDULE {S{C}HE}{D}{rULE}
9   Ultimately eager opponents rose to fight one-on-one (6-2-6) PERSON-TO-PERSON {e..eR+OPPONENTS+ROSE}*
15 Torture and flog gangster in abandoned site (9) TANTALISE {T{ANT}{AL}ISE*} Flog/Ant? (Addendum - {TAN}{T{AL}ISE*} - See comments)
16 Bad poetry by silly George, boring extremely dull (8) DOGGEREL {Dul{GEORGE*}L}
17 Hang frames in retreat to welcome group (6,2) STRING UP {PUTS}<= over {RING}
19 Chess champion concedes as Kasparov moves (6) KARPOV KasPAROV*
20 Black tie, not loud is preferable (6) BETTER {B}{fETTER}
22 Follow a criminal outside bar (3,2) ACT ON {A}{C{T}ON}

Reference List

Outing = TRIP, Very = SO, Fine = F, Fellow = F, Rook = R, King = K, Man = HE, Left =- L, Magnificient = RICH, New = N, Operation = USE, Unionist = U, Annoyed = NETTLED, Nationalist = N, Good = G, Progress = RISE, Problem = ILL, Fear = AWE, Doctor = RIG, Presses back = PINS, Neck = PET, Bolt = PIN, Record = LOG, Working = ON, Mask = COVER
Is inadequate = SCANT, Colour scheme = DECOR, Abstract = PURE, Number = N, Gamble = FLING, Member = M, Tax = TIRE, Royal = R, Clubs = C, Diamomnds = D, To dominate = Rule, Right = R, Gangster = AL, Flolg = TAN, Frames = PUTS, Group = RING, Black = B, Tie = FETTER, Criminal = CON, Bar = T

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