Thursday, 31 March 2022

No 13518, Thursday 31 Mar 2022, Hypatia

Solution to 18D 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   Musical instruments in last trips entertaining a boy (6) TABLAS {T{A}{B}LAS*}
9   Inexperienced student working around Europe (8) UNTESTED {UNT{E}STED*}
10 Kills abilities of employees? (8) SKILLSET {KILLS}* [RA]
11 Memorised books on Shakespearean character (6) LEARNT {LEAR}{NT}
12 Injected botox, say to cover one having feet down (8) PLUMIPED {PLUM{1}PED}
13 American retracts final word without single condition (6) ANEMIA {A}{A{1}MEN<=}
14 Top post initially grabbed by evil person (7) SPINNER {S{Post}INNER}
17 He doesn’t believe a bank job consumes time (7) ATHEIST {A}{T}{HEIST}
20 As in Karate, it’s defence oriented, primarily (6) AIKIDO Acrostic &lit
22 Check others in front of shower (8) RESTRAIN {REST}{RAIN}
25 Jumped and spilt the beans without press reports initially (6) SPRANG {S{Press}{Re...s}ANG}
26 Fast track income from marijuana according to Spooner (8) SPEEDWAY (~weeds pay to  speed way)
27 Frequently recalled diet that could be cultivated (8) EDUCATED {DiEt+ThAt+CoUlD+bE}<=
28 Deal with fishing gear (6) TACKLE [DD]

1   Friendly gesture of pals (8) BACKSLAP {PALS}<=
2   Small cracks around circle in obstacle race (6) SLALOM {SLAL{O}M*}
3   Exhausts America with drugs and drink (4,2) USES UP {US}{E}{SUP}
4   Keeping scout busy on vacation day (7) CUSTODY {SCOUT*}{DaY}
5   Holy man wielding Indian sword is sturdy (8) STALWART {S{TALWAR}T}
6   Tongue has same sensation inside (8)  ASSAMESE [T]
7   Henry drills to fix unit in plant (6) MEHNDI {ME{H}ND}{1}
15 Peacekeeper rejected abandoning case in problem (8) NUISANCE {UN<=}{CASE+IN}*
16 Holding tight, essentially, Musk had to stretch out (8) ELONGATE {tiGht} in {ELON}{ATE}
18 Fit sailor touching 50 occupying rooms (8) S?I?A?L? (Addendum - SUITABLE {SUIT{AB}{L}E} - See comments)
19 Spider crawling on engineer’s chair (7) PRESIDE {SPIDER*}{E}
21 Walked unsteadily leaving top English bar (6) IMPEDE {lIMPED}{E}
23 This elegant actor and author writes plays — creates “Oliver Twist” (6) SVELTE  {SVELTE+ACTOR+I+WRITES = CREATES+OLIVER+TWIST} [CA] 
24 Friend’s uncle regularly supplies contract (6) REDUCE {fRiEnDs+UnClE}

Reference List
Boy = B, Europe = E, Books = NT(New Testament), American = A, Time = T, Drugs = E, Holy Man = ST, Indian sword = TALWAR, Henry = H, Sailor = AB, 50 = L, Engineer = E, English = E 

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

No 13517, Wednesday 30 Mar 2022, Hypatia

Solution to 10A 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   Look through delightful books (6) NOTICE {N{OT}ICE}
4   Syrups and jams changing hands (8) MOLASSES MO(-r+l)LASSES
9   Can piano master face the other side performing (6) PRISON {P}{SIR<=}{ON}
10 Bats hang only in blossom tree (8) ?A?O?A?Y (Addendum - MAHOGANY {MA{HANG+O}*Y} - See comments))
12 Kate’s carry-out (8) TAKEAWAY {KATE}* [RA]
13 Oddly brown on reflection, like one indoor plant (6) BONSAI {BrOwN}{1+AS<=}
15 You can hold sermons on vacation breaks in religious institution (6,6) SUNDAY SCHOOL {SCHOOL}<=>{SUNDAY} (Addendum - {YOU+CAN+HOLD+Se...nS}* - See comments)
18 Where Staff might not find work taxing? (4-4,4)  DUTY-FREE SHOP [C&DD]
21 Associate cycling just outside posh street (6) AVENUE {A}{(-e}VEN(+e)E} over {U}
22 Terrible Player touring America and England in 2020, perhaps (4,4) LEAP YEAR {PLAYER}* over {A} and {E}
24 Restrain audacious journalist, per Spooner (4,4) HOLD BACK (~bold hack to hold back)
25 Permanent marker? (6) TATTOO [CD]
26 Memsahib’s extremely boring, upset, a little rude and old hat (8) SOMBRERO {SO{Me...iB}RE}{Rude}{O}
27 Game fixed without local backing (6) TENNIS {S{INN}ET}<=

1   Relatively advanced placement practice? (8) NEPOTISM [CD]
2   Narrow royal view (8) THINKING {THIN}{KING}
3   Collected letters provided by a secular mob (4,2,1,8)  COOL AS A CUCUMBER Letter Bank
5   Shape often viewed a lot from above (4) OVAL Acrostic
6   Resolving a plea(s) to let working couple in? That’s too much (1,3,2,4,5) A LOT ON ONES PLATE  {A+PLEA+TO+LET}* over {ON}{ONES} There seems to be an extra E in the fodder? (Adendum - {A+PLEAS+TO+LET}* over {ON+ON} - See comments)
7   Rows closer to line that’s thinly dotted (6) SPARSE {SPARS}{linE}
8   Check pen with writer, say (6) STYMIE {STY}{MIE(~me)}
11 Greyest accessories camouflage round gemstone (4,3) CATS EYE [T<=]
14 Place to bottle basil drink (7) SHERBET {S{HERB}ET}
16 Cow starting to trudge over earthen ground (8) THREATEN {Tr...e}{EARTHEN*}
17 Bogus Indian food introduced in France, below (8) SPURIOUS {S{PURI}OUS}
19 Shot hit may be frequently picked up and let down (6) BATHOS {ShOt+HiT+mAy+Be}<=
20 Bachelor picking up man without date in confusion (6) BEDLAM {B}{MAL{D}E<=}
23 Mark runs around pushing drugs (4) SCAR RACeS<=

Reference List
Books = OT, Only = O, Piano = P, Associate = A, Posh = U, America = A, England = E, Old = O, Below in French = SOUS, Bachelor = B, Date = D, Drugs = E

Tuesday, 29 March 2022

No 13516, Tuesday 29 Mar 2022, Vulcan

Solution to 9A 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   Capital of Haryana, a strange city (6) HARARE {Ha...a}{A}{RARE}
4   Move out of a dry place (6) DESERT [DD]
8   Aromatic liquid used in coolers perhaps (7) CREOSOL*
9   Permanent surface — not variable (7) ?T?R?A? (Addendum - ETERNAL ExTERNAL - See comments)
11 A bit insane working while away (2,8) IN ABSENTIA*
12 Devise a syllabus that’s somewhat simple (4) EASY [T]
13 Passageway is covered in beer (5) AISLE {A{IS}LE}
14 Executioner is ashamed about execution eventually (8) HEADSMAN {ASHAMED}*{e...oN}
16 British town that’s sunny without end (8) BRIGHTON {BRIGHT}{ON} Anno pending See comments
18 Relative’s counsel not so bad (5) UNCLE CoUNsEL*
20 Live with a university sweetheart (4) BEAU {BE}{A}{U}
21 Houses feature new screen/curtains (10) RESIDENCES {RE{SIDE}NCES*}
23 Choose not to vote? It’s a black mark (7) ABSTAIN {A}{B}{STAIN}
24 Stir is meant for them (7) INMATES* Semi&lit
25 Go back after missing the first exit (6) EGRESS rEGRESS
26 Special group that’s about extremely large (6) SELECT {SE{LargE}CT}

1   This girl’s working as a mathematician (5) HERON {HER}{ON}
2   Mob rush out to see a figure (7) RHOMBUS*
3   Difficult to resolve for the president (9) ROOSEVELT
5   Very wide, say (5) EXTRA [DD]
6   Students starting off to become breadwinners (7) EARNERS lEARNERS
7   Decode the first of transcripts — managed before schedule (9) TRANSLATE {Tr...s}{RAN}{SLATE}
10 It needs a scratch since this is irritating (9) ITCHINESS {SINCE+THIS}* Semi&lit
13 A lager beer not quite brewed nice (9) AGREEABLE {A+LAGER+BEEr}*
15 Plenty of food following a party (9) ABUNDANCE {BUN}<=>{A} and {DANCE}
17 Good to walk, starting to go leaner (7) GAUNTER {G}{sAUNTER}
19 Kid hollow and depressed (7) CONCAVE {CON}{CAVE}
21 A means of directing commands, say (5) REINS (~reigns)
22 Regular time for contest (5) EVENT {EVEN}{T}

Reference List
Variable = X, University = U, Black = B, Good = G, Time = T

Monday, 28 March 2022

No 13515, Monday 28 Mar 2022, Arden

Solution to 2D 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   It is a new drink infused with herbs (6) TISANE [T] &lit
4   Oral complaints about six matches (8) CAVITIES {CA}{VI}{TIES}
9   Prefaces and writing inverses (6) PROEMS {P{R}OEMS}
10 On average 1 is mostly biased (8) PARTISAN {PAR}{TISANe}
12 Muscle becomes sore next (8) EXTENSOR*
13 Core group of sailors enter bottom of the ship (6) KERNEL {KE{RN}EL}
15 You’ll find one in a newspaper — it’s assorted nowadays (10,2) CLASSIFIED AD {CLASSIFIED}{AD}
18 See an atheist become numb (12) ANAESTHETISE*
21 Images represent some form of discrimination (6) AGEISM*
22 Coming to capture? (8) ENTRANCE [DD]
24 Article on high fever from a Dutch city (3,5) THE HAGUE {THE}{H}{AGUE}
25 Caught in a huge mess, it’s awkward (6) GAUCHE {C} in {A+HUGE}*
26 Order to sleep and make it level (8) BULLDOZE {BULL}{DOZE}
27 Soldier to check that menace (6) THREAT {TH{RE}AT}

1   Tolerate the vice president, it doesn’t cost much (8) TUPPENCE {PUT<=}{PENCE} Tolerate=Put up
2   Breakdown in Polish military transport (5,3) S?O?T ?A? {Addendum - SCOUT CAR - {SCOU{ACT<=}R} - See comments)
3   Built mansion inland as we are all inter-dependent (2,3,2,2,6) NO MAN IS AN ISLAND {MANSION+INLAND+AS}*
5   Open to Indian King’s ascendency (4) AJAR<=
6   Maybe it means he gets inspiration almost simultaneously (2,3,4,6) IN THE SAME BREATH [C&DD]
7   She remains an enigma, that’s somewhat absurd (6) INSANE [T]
8   Mentally confused? Look, it’s empty! (6) SENILE {SE{NIL}E}
11 Cosy, about to enter plant (7) COMFREY {COMF{RE}Y}
14 Lot to refuse, but its creeping up inside (7) DESTINY {DE{ITS<=}NY}
16 Hurry up, come to clean at the top (8) PINNACLE {NIP<=}{CLEAN*}
17 Shroud exposed here — breaking bond (8) CEREMENT {C{hERe}EMENT}
19 Vehicle carrying worker from Cambridge (6) CANTAB {C{ANT}AB}
20 Cancel actual percentage banks invested (6) REPEAL {RE{Pe...gE}AL}
23 Appeal to mid-sized ships crossing this water body (4) SUEZ {SUE}{siZed}

Reference List
About = CA, Writing = R, Group of sailors = RN(Royal Nay), High = H, Caught = C, Soldier = RE(Royal Engineers), About = RE

Sunday, 27 March 2022

Special, Sunday 27 Mar 2022, Ajji

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



The Sunday Crossword No 3195, Sunday 27 Mar 2022

1   Commonplace kind of crossing? (10) PEDESTRIAN [DD]
6   Old tribesman regularly used lion's claw (4) INCA {lIoNs+ClAw}
9   Turnips! I am displaying austerity (10) PURITANISM*
10 Hands back in exchange (4) SWAP<=
11 Apportion old rule encountering demonstrator and streakers (6,6) METEOR SHOWER {METE}{O}{R}{SHOWER}
15 Soil, grit mostly mixed for platforms (3,4) OIL RIGS {SOIL+GRIt}*
16 At first, soldiers and meditators; ultimately, rulers – awfully intense! (7) SAMURAI Acrostic Semi&lit
17 Flipping artificial intelligence to arrest gangster leading Balkan state (7) ALBANIA {AI}{NAB}<= after {AL}
19 Food options hotel bar detailed for musician (7) MENUHIN {MENU}{H}{INn}
20 Key vehicle pulling another in part of airport (7,5) CONTROL TOWER {CONTROL}{TOWER}
23 Takeaway where French is spoken (4) TOGO {TO}{GO} 
24 Still, that's how a very brief debate is? (10) MOTIONLESS {MOTION LESS}
25 Auditor's opposed to advance payment (4) ANTE (~anti)
26 Give speech to drinkers, depicting what's often included in tab (7,3) ADDRESS BAR {ADDRESS}{BAR}

1   Everyman engaged in second clarifying remark in tweets (4) PIPS {P{I}PS}
2   One creating stain, we're told, is dreadful (4) DIRE (~ dyer)
3   Who creates backdrops representing singed trees? (3,8) SET DESIGNER*
4   They smuggle strips of carpet (7) RUNNERS [DD}
5   Adult, tension rising, swears (7) ASSERTS {A}{STRESS<=}
7   Why we snort dubiously is significant (10) NEWSWORTHY*
8   Poisonous creature's hosting 'topless' version: slander! (10) ASPERSIONS {ASP{vERSION}S}
12 Shun big name, resolving to see people in general (5,6) HUMAN BEINGS*
13 Peculiar avocations in Canadian province (4,6) NOVA SCOTIA*
14 Questionable, seeing military demonstration when it's dark (3-2-5) FLY-BY-NIGHT {FLY-BY}{NIGHT}
18 A Lord Lieutenant, elderly, taking time taking everything in (3,4) ALL TOLD {A}{L}{L}{OLD} over {T}
19 Less cheerful: French sea swallows specs, swim cut short (7) MOODIER {M{OO}{DIp}ER}
21 Perhaps Basil's tucked into feather bed (4) HERB [T]
22 Powerful person in sports arena (4) TSAR [T]

Reference List
Old = O, Rule = R, Gangster = AL, Hotel = H, Adult = A, Lord Lieutenant = LL, Time = T, Sea in French = MER, Specs = OO

Saturday, 26 March 2022

No 13514, Saturday 26 Mar 2022, Arden


1   Switching red lights on for a book title (4,2,3,5) LORD OF THE RINGS*
10 Biblical character very eager to pursue maiden (5) MAGOG {AGOG}<=>{M}
11 Be secularanyway it’s the French, dammit! (5,4) SACRE BLEU*
12 Float in a river, one is hired by the army (7) DRAFTEE {D{RAFT}EE}
13 Fainted now, does become shaky (7) SWOONED*
14 Tax the thing inside (5) TITHE {T{IT}HE}
16 At home return it in line, that’s honesty (9) INTEGRITY {IN}{GET<=}{R{IT}Y} Return=Get back
19 Gabriel perhaps accepted a coin in both hands (9) ARCHANGEL {A}{R}{CHANGE}{L}
20 One last call from the middlehow does it sound? (5) NASAL {oNe}{lASt}{cALl}
22 Partners getting on peak again and again (7) NONSTOP {N}{ON}{S}{TOP}
25 Imbricate close friend to return (7) OVERLAP {OVER}{PAL<=}
27 Frigid but strangely not closed... (5-4) STONE-COLD*
28 ... not completely closed, it touches the same thing again (5) DITTO [T]
29 Prosit! Crossword fast to disappear inside a piece of furniture (5,2,7) CHEST OF DRAWERS {CHEERS} over {WORD+FAST}*


2   Wild love making is tragic... (9) ORGIASTIC {0}{IS+TRAGIC}*
3   ... like sex could be from 0 to 9 (5) DIGIT {DIG}{IT}
4   Clasp quickly before 9 is lifted by gravity (9) FASTENING {FAST}{NINE<=}{G}
5   Hired cabs for reporters (5) HACKS [DD]
6   Instrument one Gerard played (4,5) REED ORGAN*
7   “Material is not even yellow”— breaking news! (5) NYLON {N}{YeLlOw}{N}
8   Stupendously difficult to leave set up completely (7) SOUNDLY stupeNDOUSLY*
9   Barring uniform it’s a must to carry papers, among others (6) AMIDST {A}{M{ID}uST}
15 Do people in a hospital wing, get endorsement? (9) ENACTMENT {EN{ACT}{MEN}T}
17 Maybe later embrace God, not an easy thing to do (4,5) TALL ORDER {TAL{LORD}ER*}
18 Abuse or drink a glass, for example (9) INSULATOR {INSUL{A}T}{OR}
19 Cinemas playing the absent minded...” (7) AMNESIC*
21 Reportedly jumped on a small amount of money (6) LEPTON (~leapt){LEPT}{ON}
23 It sniffs nothing inside the loop (5) NOOSE {NO{0}SE}
24 Confirmation for soft heart (5) PROOF {PRO}{sOFt}
26 Even when down and out, some of it you can give away (5) ENDOW [T]

Reference List

Maiden = M, Float = RAFT, Line = RY(Railway), Hands = R,L, Partners = N,S(In Bridge game), Love = 0, Sex = IT, Gravity = G, New = N, Uniform = U< Papers = ID, Hospital wing = ENT, Nothing = 0, Even = E

Colour/Font Scheme

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Friday, 25 March 2022

No 13513, Friday 25 Mar 2022, Arden


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1   Love income to play (7) COMPETE {COM{PET}E}
5   Arrow or row? (7) QUARREL [DD]
9   “Place to dry out” — she reviews a book (5) REHAB {HER<=}{A}{B}
10 Premier lab in Asia making more of this chemical (9) ELASTOMER {E{Lab}AST{MORE*}
11 For fair value, get Tesla in Texas (4,5) FORT WORTH {FOR}{T}{WORTH}
12 Exercise without consent — he gets the money (5) PAYEE {P{AYE}E}
13 Capital is restricted as part of affirmative action (4) OSLO gOSLOw
15 Fake bill’s self introduction (8) IMPOSTER {I'M POSTER}
18 Doesn’t normally react to fancy ringtone (8) NITROGEN*
19 Spy won’t try popular search engine (4) OGLE goOGLE
22 Hang decapitated fish (5) ANGLE dANGLE
24 Enter after some time if you're one (4-5) LATE-COMER {LATE{COME}R} &lit
26 Writer’s objective to suppress inner drive, somehow (4,5) GORE VIDAL {GO{DRIVE*}AL}
27 Problem is with the girl... (5) ISSUE {IS}{SUE}
28 ... tramples over kin (7) STEPSON {STEPS}{ON}
29 Royal grant — takes a leaf out of one (7) APANAGE {A}{P{AN}AGE}

1   Container for holding a service in church (6) CARAFE {C{A}{RAF}E}
2   Shariah interpreted in a way by a holy man (9) MAHARISHI {M{SHARIAH*}1}
3   Half-hearted shake up at the joint (5) ELBOW WOBbLE<=
4   Future of pedagogy in general will be transformed (1-8) E-LEARNING*
5   End of game — seconds lost (5) QUASH sQUASH
6   Course not for history only (9) ANTIPASTO {ANTI}{PAST}{O}
7   Strange game (5) RUMMY [DD]
8   I almost got in between sides where fat is accumulated (6) LARDER {L}{ARDEn}{R}
14 Resolve usresolve us (9) OURSELVES*
16 Smoke with one stuck in the bone (9) PANATELLA {P{AN}ATELLA}
17 Complaint raised — one that is without braces (9) ECLAMPSIA {A}{I{CLAMPS}E}<=
20 Hordes hoarding last of jasmine flower (6) GANGES {GANG{j...nE}S}
21 Heard of movie land? (6) GREECE (~grease)
23 Last of morning rose, exotic plant (5) GORSE {m...nG}{ROSE*}
24 Bin is stuffed (5) LADEN [DD]
25 Church evacuated in a country (5) CHINA {Ch..cH}{IN}{A}

Reference List
Book = B, Tesla = T, Exercise = PE, Service = RAF(Royal Air Force), Church = CE, Way = M1, Seconds = S, Only = O 

Thursday, 24 March 2022

No 13512, Thursday 24 Mar 2022, Arden

Solution to 12A 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   They keep spectators extremely busy, one is ready (6,2) STANDS BY {STANDS}{BusY}
5   Ease to cut through, daughter ran away (6) ELOPED {E{LOP}E}{D}
10 Hope he goes — question is, does he object? (7) OPPOSER {hOPe}{POSER}
11 Learn about second admission from hospital helper (7) ALMONER {AL{MO}NER*}
12 Way to check a game and mate (5) A?I?O (Addendum - AMIGO {A}{M1}{GO} - See comments))
13 Frank Sinatra protected a maiden, he was kind hearted (9) SAMARITAN {S{A}{M}ARITAN*}
14 For money links accept one of those with deep knowledge (12) PROFUNDITIES {PRO}{FUND}{1}{TIES}
18 Men only event essentially, and game finetuned to one’s advantage (5-7) STAGE-MANAGED {STAG}{evEnt}{AND+GAME}*
21 Nude characters without clothes (9) UNDRESSED {UN{DRESS}ED*} &lit
23 Vessel had port stay in between all this (5) AORTA {hAd+pORt+sTAy}
24 Chinese city depending on new leader to go for billions (7) NANKING {-b+n)NANKING
25 Separate taxi — perhaps is able to follow, See? (7) VATICAN VATI{CAN}Anno not clear (Addendum - {VAT}{I}{CAN} - See comments)
26 The oil used to make ancient stone tool (6) EOLITH*
27 Green light to summon the King, head of clan comes first (3-5) ALL-CLEAR {(-c)ALL(+c)C}{LEAR}

1   Tag line: “Poles have shifted goal” (6) SLOGAN {S}{GOAL*}{N}
2   She babysits, gets Paul undressed by two (2,4) AU PAIR {pAUl}{PAIR}
3   Music and dance sure to follow dialogue (9) DISCOURSE {DISCO}{SURE*}
4   Forbids unorthodox movement of nomads (5,2,7) BIRDS OF PASSAGE {FORBIDS}* [RA] (Addendum - {FORBIDS*}{PASSAGE} - See comments)
6   Primate putting hands around a bird (5) LEMUR {L}{EMU}{R}
7   You won’t see any pilot sporting this hairdo (8) PONYTAIL*
8   Hector sends boat in the night (8) DARKNESS {D{ARK}NESS*}
9   Fantastic stamina, one lived up to be a carnivore (9,5) TASMANIAN DEVIL {STAMINA}*{AN}{LIVED<=}
15 Building castle in air, losing cover, being too rigid (9) INELASTIC {CASTLE+IN+aIr}*
16 Can freely emerge outside with this act of making things available (8) ISSUANCE {ISSU{CAN*}E}
17 He was perhaps clad in a robe, initially (8) CARDINAL {CLAD+IN+Robe}*
19 Nothing clear about the voice (6) ORACLE {0}{CLEAR*}
20 One to stop or help get publicity... (6) BANNER [DD]
22 ... no publicity to divine rule (5) EDICT prEDICT

Reference List
Ease = E,E, Daughter = D, Way = M1, Game = GO, Second = MO, Maiden = M, Billions = B, Tax = VAT,  Poles = N,S, Hands = L,R, Publicity = PR

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

No 13511, Wednesday 23 Mar 2022, Incognito

Solution to 19A 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   Liberate at no cost (4) FREE [DD]
9   Many after girl’s spirit (5) GHOST {HOST}<=>{G}
10 Strangely, prosecutor loses corpse... results in total defeat (4) ROUT prosecUTOR*
11 Hot spice is cold, I hear (6) CHILLI (~chilly)
12 Use belly dancing in area in centre of Target (5,3) BULLS EYE*
13 Alumni’s only note's not in use (8) OBSOLETE {OB}{SOLE}{TE}
15 Poor going back in empty tanks for soldiers (6) TROOPS {Tan{POOR<=}kS}
17 Silly princess sent back ten thousand iconic coins initially (7) IDIOTIC {DI<=}{10}{Th...d}{Ic...c}{Co..s}
19 Fights company with flying creatures (7) ?O?B?T? (Addendum - COMBATS {COM}{BATS} - See comments)
22 Finally stood behind damaged pines and shot from cover (6) SNIPED {s..oD}<=>{PINES}*
24 Extraordinary Dane king’s working moist flour to make dough (8) KNEADING*
26 Funnily, daily sex may lead to this condition (8) DYSLEXIA* Really!!!
28 OK, pate is manufactured in American city (6) TOPEKA*
30 Roman onion is peeled thrice in a short time (4) ANON {romAN+ONion}
31 To some extent, perhaps, an assassin in Japan (5) NINJA [T] &lit
32 Wets rejected food (4) STEW<=

1   At first, Anglican renaissance church has curved supporting structure (4) ARCH Acrostic
2   Rich dwell too differently (4-2-2) WELL-TO-DO*
3   Fire crazy foreign minister releasing informers (6) IGNITE {foreiGn+mINIsTEr}*
4   Romeo designed blouse for some money (7) ROUBLES {R}{BLOUSE*}
5   Test pilot flying without initial permission gets stabbing weapon (8) STILETTO {TEST+pILOT}*
6   Criminal forces painting on wall (6) FRESCO*
7   School and university Modi and Yogi initially built in city (4) SUMY {S}{U}{Modi}{Yogi}
14 Offer nurse for POTUS saying, “First Lady’s husband...” (5) BIDEN {BID}{EN}
16 Introduce president (5) PUTIN {PUT IN}
18 Arranging fancy dining, including old flame (8) IINDEXING {IND{EX}ING*}
20 American friend with animal on street in capital (8) BUDAPEST {BUD}{APE}{ST}
21 Extraordinary nuke absorbs horrible air in country (7) UKRAINE {UK{AIR*}NE*}
23 The French surrounded by water body in country (6) POLAND {PO{LA}ND}
25 Old star arranged special editions of newspaper (6) EXTRAS {EX}{STAR*}
27 Pull American jerk’s wrench? (4) YANK [MD]
29 After Alecs missing, sick leave arranged in city (4) KIEV {sIcK+leaVE}*

Reference List
Girl = G, Alumni = OB(Old boy), Note = TE, Princess = DI, Company = COM, Romeo = R, School = S, University = U, Nurse = EN(Enrolled nurse), Old flame = EX, The in French = LA 

Tuesday, 22 March 2022

No 13510, Tuesday 22 Mar 2022, Incognito

Solution to 10A 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   Quickly stop eating food (4) FAST [DD]
8   Mix gin and tonic, with love, for me (9) INCOGNITO  {GIN+TONIC}*{0}
10 Behind partition, alien makes container to keep money (6) ?A?L?T (Addendum - WALLET {WALL}{ET} - See comments)
11 Evict diver (5,3) DRIVE OUT {DIVER}* [RA]
12 Extraordinarily alter gem to make wire (8) TELEGRAM*
14 Yankee leaves slaughtered turkeys for mature elephant (6) TUSKER {TURKEyS}*
16 After tea, throw ring in vexation (7) CHAGRIN {CHA}{RING*}
18 At zero cost, Zulu queen gets space for cold storage (7) FREEZER {FREE}{Z}{ER}
21 Newly married ladies travel in empty bus (6) BRIDES {Bu{RIDE}S}
23 Period required to supply die metal design (4,4) LEAD TIME*
25 Got some quantity of paper in Air Corps depot initially (8) ACQUIRED {Air}{Co..s}{QUIRE}{De..t}
27 Pet vehicle is in front of eastern ship (6) CARESS {CAR}{E}{SS}
29 Ship red oyster soup (9) DESTROYER*
30 Old attorney general’s edition (4) AGED {AG}{ED}

1   A Zionist leader in Tehran wanders in biblical place (8) NAZARETH {N{A}{Zi...t}ARETH*}
2   Basque organisation student and others (2,2) ET AL {ETA}{L}
3   Wrongly resist word used to address nurse or nun (6) SISTER*
4   A rotter is with sweetheart at setter's educational institution (7) ACADEMY {A}{CAD}{swEet}{MY}
5   Shining silver pieces strewn around (8) AGLITTER {AG}{LITTER}
6   Chop spotted cubes? (4) DICE [DD]
9   Love to go wander around university for getting flower part (5) OVULE {OV{U}LE*}
13 Urged English editor to include a couple of girls (5) EGGED {E}{GG}ED}
15 Sugary little thing kept in empty slot (5) SWEET {S{WEE}loT}
17 Purveyors of financial security? Certainly covered in Indian rupees (8) INSURERS {IN}{SURE}{RS}
19 Seen hems transformed into nets? (8) ENMESHES*
20 Gee! Lady may give appreciative look (4,3) GLAD EYE*
22 Ran and practised avoiding horrible pits (5) RACED pRACtisED
24 Air-conditioning cable contract (6) ACCORD {AC}{CORD}
26 Secret police in old place in the Soviet Union (4) USSR {U{SS}R}
28 Harvest rotten pea after middle of March (4) REAP {PEA}*<=>{maRch}

Reference List
Alien = ET, Love = 0, Yankee = Y, Zulu = Z, Queen = ER, Eastern = E, Ship = SS, Edition = ED,  Student = L, University = U, English = E, Editor = ED, Girl = G, Indian = IN, Secret police = SS, Old place = UR 

Monday, 21 March 2022

No 13509, Monday 21 Mar 2022, Incognito

Solution to 17A 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   Excitedly screamed, “Parts of arms are missing!” Give up? (4) CEDE sCrEamED*
9   Court seizes Royal Air Force vehicle (5) CRAFT {C{RAF}T}
10 Col.’s authorisation to go (4) PASS [DD]
11 Damaged panel missing during reconstruction of planetarium lobby (6) ATRIUM planeTARIUM*
12 Pa barked “Destroyed part of vehicle wheel” (5,3) BRAKE PAD*
13 Echo, “Wrong marker is used in redesigning Nanjing (except its central part) and taking over” (8) ANNEXING {E}{X} in {NANjING}*
15 Knock out actor from Roman Holiday and get a coin (6) KOPECK {KO}{PECK}
17 Unfavourable jingle? (7) ?D?E?S? (Addendum - ADVERSE {AD VERSE} - See comments)
19 Song about males in country (7) ARMENIA {AR{MEN}IA}
22 Austere fruit girl doesn’t have it (6) FRUGAL {FRUit}{GAL}
24 Spaniel runs around carrying a bit of fabric for period between birth and death (8) LIFESPAN {LI{Fa..c}ESPAN}
26 Grumman F6F’s model coated in shellac compound (8) HELLCATS {HELLCA{T}S*}
28 After removing damaged belt, clumsily lubricates old flier (6) ICARUS {lUbRICAteS}*
30 Church stores silver in enclosure (4) CAGE {C{AG}E}
31 This note can be fatal (1,4) A FLAT*
32 Bird in Northern estuary (4) ERNE [T]

1   32’s home in Northern estuary (4) NEST [T]
2   Chinese capitalists seek pine by mistake (8) PEKINESE*
3   Novel CIS map showing small lobsters (6) SCAMPI*
4   Refuse boy residing in shed (7) GARBAGE {GAR{B}AGE}
5   Tart cake prepared for assailant (8) ATTACKER*
6   State, “Look backwards and repair” (6) UPKEEP {UP}{PEEK<=}
7   Large landmass in possession of sanyasi/ascetic (4) ASIA [T]
14 Lowest level drain rebuilt (5) NADIR*
16 Perhaps, feature a country (5) CHINA {CHIN}{A}
18 Alas! Nuts are crushed for queens (8) SULTANAS*
20 Trapped a deer running around new poles (8) ENSNARED {A+DEER}* over {N}{SN}
21 Marine raconteur dated before last fling (3,4) OLD SALT {OLD}{LAST*}
23 Romeo left spectators seating area for kitchen on-board ship (6) GALLEY GALLErY
25 Perhaps rocks fluid tins wildly (6) FLINTS {FL}{TINS*}
27 Test retired Air Marshal (4) EXAM {EX}{AM}
29 Injured laundress drops garment to show bone (4) ULNA LAUNdress*

Reference List
Court = CT, Echo = E, Knock out = KO, Model = T, Church = CE, Boy = B, New = N, Poles = S,N, Romeo = R, Fluid = FL, Air Marshal = AM