Thursday, 5 May 2022

No 13548, Thursday 05 May 2022, 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   Excited as dolphins go round gulf showing extreme smartness (4,3,6)  SPIT AND POLISH {AS+DOLPHINS}* over {PIT}
8   Cocaine found in largely dirty boat (5) SCULL {S{C}ULLy}
9   Halt to check solitary vehicle leaving a plant (9) STONECROP {ST{ONE}{CaR}OP}
11 Head of psychiatry, enthralled by exotic ward nurse in secret (5,5) UNDER WRAPS {Ps...y} in {WARD+NURSE}*
12 Almost bare, showing heavenly body (4) STAR STARk
14 Nick’s son runs into difficulty (7) SCRATCH {S}{C{R}ATCH}
16 Dessert in container, primarily nutritious and oil-free (7) CANNOLI {CAN}{Nu...s}{OIL*}

17 Sing after drinking one primarily intoxicating wine (7) CHIANTI {CH{1}ANT}{In...g}
19 Pouring out small measure of spirits after securing victory (7) SPEWING {S}{PE{WIN}G}
21 Loses head, pushes referees briefly (4) UMPS pUMPS
22 What curator at cricket stadium will do to bid for contract? (4,1,5) MAKE A PITCH [DD]
25 Urinal with tap flowing, getting waterproof sheet (9) TARPAULIN*
26 Restriction to go topless around zone in Turkish city (5) IZMIT {lI{Z}MIT}
27 Woe as disc ruptured — compelled to tackle beastly problem (3,3,7) MAD COW DISEASE {WOE+AS+DISC}* in {MADE}

DOWN
2   Strip down after finishing off a lap dance (7) PLUNDER {UNDER}<=>{LaP}*
3   Suffering in latrine, got sick (10) TOLERATING*
4   Dark film genre involves savagery primarily? Certainly not (2,3) NO SIR {NO{Sa...y}IR}
5   Probabilities in favour of splinter groups acquiring power (9) PROSPECTS {PRO}{S{P}ECTS}
6   Covers large picture in retreat (4) LEES {L}{SEE<=}
7   Mammals turned up to eat meat finally in last passage (7) STRETTO {OTTER{meaT}S<=}
8   So curt about crushing defeat in sporting venue (6,5) SQUASH COURT {SO+CURT}* over {QUASH}
10 Trendy girl in scenes, torrid, getting final critical remark (7,4) PARTING SHOT {PART{IN}{G}S}{HOT}
13 Drive by river lined by swaying pine trees (10) ENTERPRISE {R} in {PINE+TREES}*
15 Hate liar’s crafty wife becoming legal successor (4-2-3) HEIR-AT-LAW {HATE+LIAR}*{W}
18 A rapist’s beaten up in Turkish city (7) ISPARTA*
20 Lies like this, cuddling maiden’s neck (7) I?T?M?S (Addendum - ISTHMUS - {IS THUS} over {M} - See comments)
23 Rotten nuisance contributing to lassitude (5) ENNUI [T]
24 Crowd knocked back brandy made from refuse of grapes (4) MARC<=

Reference List
Cocaine = C, Son = S, Runs = R, Small = S, Zone = Z, Power = P, Large = L, Trendy = IN, Girl = G, River = R, Wife = W, Maiden = M 

29 comments:

  1. No comments?!
    Probably,like me, solvers are finding today's CW slightly tough and still working on it.

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    1. For me it's so straight and technically precise. Nothing to dicuss!

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    2. Paddy sir. it's quite tough . but the 20D iI solved. a tiny tweak in anno. will post after my site visit.

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  3. Doc.has got a good Marc today!

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    1. +1
      paddy sir. already Marc consumed few rounds.

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    1. Anno not correct, one S is missing

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    2. Trying to refine my anno for 20D. Cuddling is probably U ( shaped) and lies indicate jumble of this+u+m
      Sathia

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    3. sathia while taking your anno. u+m needs indicators (<--) for m+u.

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    4. Sathia were you not promoted?

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    5. No Sir, I am still learning. Still not able to come entirely in grips of the clues set by Dr. X, Arden etc., Thanks to this blog I am able to learn/understand better. I am improving my solving capabilities slowly.
      Sathia

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    6. Sorry, my mistake it was Sarathi who was promoted

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  5. Got 13D as serpentine which means "drive through river" which normally consists of winding roads. Due to this, I couldn't crack right bottom CW. Checked in the blog and corrected.
    Once again a tough CW given by Dr. X.
    Enjoyed cracking them.
    With regards,
    Sathia

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  6. 20D. {IS}{TH{M}US}

    Lies = IS
    Like this = THUS
    Maiden = M
    Neck = ISTHMUS

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  7. 20 D - (ISTH)*(M(U)S)
    anagram of (this) ; Maiden - M; - 's' taken from maiden's'
    'U' considered as like you.

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  8. 20D: Sarathi answers appears more appropriate. Still the clue could be live instead of lies which means be, exist or is...
    Sathia

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  9. Most of the clues went over my head. It appears that the answers are too far-fetched.

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    1. Your comment is a typical 'Grapes are sour' retort

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  10. If some good clues are going over our heads let us rise up and take them head on. None of the clues are far fetched. As per comments above they are not only correct but precise.

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  11. Thanks. I'll rise up and face such clues, next time onwards.

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  12. Tough grid. But finished. As written by Prasad - precise cluing - leading to the solutions.
    My COD - PARTING SHOT
    Thanx Doc.

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