Sunday 31 July 2022

Special, Sunday 31 Jul 2022, Ajji

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The Sunday Crossword No 3213, Sunday 31 Jul 2022

1   Monsoon, so golf's abandoned: here's a good book! (4,2,7) SONG OF SOLOMON*
8   Shy actors (4) CAST [DD]
9   Edifies the vacuous English knight in need of reform (10) ENLIGHTENS {ThE+ENGLISH+N}* 
10 Largely superficial on-screen device (6) CURSOR CURSORy
11 Feline coils wool (he's known for playing) (3,5) TOM HANKS {TOM}{HANKS}
12 Everyman's retreated inside, mean Northern heavyweight wanting a game (9) BADMINTON {I'M<=} in {BAD}{N}{TON} What's the role of 'wanting a'?
14 Judge issued punishment verbally (4) FIND (~fined)
15 What's found in some sausages? (4) SAGE [T] Semi&lit
16 Bringing off the boil, begin clam stews (9) BECALMING*
20 Hearty piece of steak and drinks (8) CORDIALS {CORDIAL}{St..k}
21 Back-to-front Italian headgear worn by one in Gauguin's subject (6) TAHITI {IT}{1}{HAT}<=
23 Playing Castle (card game) (4-6) CATS-CRADLE {CASTLE+CARD}*
24 Perhaps Murdoch's integral to Blairism? (4) IRIS [T]
25 Honest type dated cameraman (6,7) SQUARE SHOOTER [DD]

1   Implement argument over university city in California (7) SPATULA {SPAT}{U}{LA}
2   Jottings offering twisted attack (5) NOTES<=
3   Exceed a single in cricket after six balls (7) OVERRUN {RUN}<=>{OVER}
4   Cracks up and leaves a ship on 15th March? (6,4,5) SPLITS ONES SIDES {SPLITS}{ONE}{SS}{IDES}
5   Fleshy tissue and starter of escargots with the French bean (6) LEGUME {GUM}{Es...s}<=>{LE}
6   Losing time, ultimatums resolved, needing interdependence (9) MUTUALISM ULtIMATUMS*
7   Rector leaving, no drinks drunk, not slipping about (3-4) NON-SKID {NO+DrINKS}*
13 Converted Siam dough in Indian Ocean port (9) MOGADISHU*
15 Mottos without ... without function (7) SLOGANS {S{LOG}ANS}
17 Initially, arty Roaring Twenties design embracing chrome ornamentation! (3,4) ART DECO Acrostic &lit
18 Better-dressed nephew (not primarily shabbier) (7) NATTIER {N}{tATTIER} N/Nephew?
19 More above board with fewer clouds seen (6) FAIRER [DD]
22 One lacking faith not at bank job (5) HEIST atHEIST

Reference List
English = E, Knight = N, Northern = N, Italian = IT, University = U, Ship = SS, 15th of March = IDES, The in French = LE, Time = T, Rector = R

Saturday 30 July 2022

No 13622, Saturday 30 Jul 2022, Dreamer


8   Scold a boring group of stars (6) VIRAGO {VIR{A}GO}
9   Unrealistic nationalist movement by the travelling people (8) ROMANTIC {TIC}<=>{ROMAN} I thought travelling people are ROMANI? (Addendum - {N}{TIC}<=>{ROMA} - See comments)
10 Ace setter surprisingly avoids latest in crosswords and the like (2,6) ET CETERA {AcE+SETTER}* (Correction - {ACE+sETTER}* - See comments)
11 Unknown vehicle introduced in books is a vehicle pulled by animals, say (6) OXCART {X}{CAR} in {OT}
12 Possibly refer to parking zone that charges no tax on goods, for example (4,4) FREE PORT {REFER+TO+P}*
13 Centre for Biotechnology, Cuba developed soft cover used on the wheel of a vehicle (6) HUBCAP {b...cHn...y}{CUBA*}{P}
14 Order from workroom and atelier (7) MANDATE [T]
17 It makes the eyes smart with a great sulphur compound (4,3) TEAR GAS {A+GREAT+S}*
20 Is petitioner a legal entity that sells securities? (6) ISSUER {IS}{SUER}
22 Pennsylvania politician Henry gave permission to make brochure (8) PAMPHLET {PA}{MP}{H}{LET}
25 Swimmer reviewed system with automated computer program (6) TURBOT {RUT<=}{BOT}
26 Careless Curie in isolation (8) SOLITUDE  SOLIciTUDE
27 Model I hit is essentially consuming an Italian dessert (8) TIRAMISU {T}{I}{RAM}{IS}{c..sUm..g}
28 Angry son punched, biting face of Robert Bailey in the end (6) SHIRTY {S}{HI{Ro...t}T}{b...eY}


1   British queen and Roman goddess (8) VICTORIA [DD]
2   Prepared note in cell (6) GAMETE {GAME}{TE}
3   Do without minimum of food at a US state, for the most part (6) FOREGO {Food}{OREGOn}
4   Hint about depth and width (7) BREADTH {BREA{D}TH}
5   Vessel mainly transports controversial energy drink (8) SMOOTHIE {S{MOOT}HIp}{E}
6   Rob keeps a piece of nougat and cake in buffet (5,3) SNACK BAR {S{N}ACK}{BAR}
7   I make a mistake in South American mountain range (6) SIERRA {S{I}ERR}A}
15 Tattoo of stupid European crossing river with a bar (8) DRUMBEAT {D{R}UMB}{E}{A}{T}
16 Run away from ultrathin building, deserting husband (4,4) TURN TAIL ULTRAThIN*
18 An English company framing director Lawrence's sketch (8) ANECDOTE {AN}{E}{C{D}O}{TE}
19 Without using recipe, ultimately prepared some soup for marsupial (7) OPOSSUM {SOMe+SOUP}*
21 Brainless princess deposits after retirement (6) STUPID {DI}{PUTS}<=
23 Attack secret agent and saint (6) MOLEST {MOLE}{ST}
24 Old Trafford primarily entertained by Mane's empty talk (3,3) HOT AIR {H{O}{T}AIR}

Reference List

Movement = TIC, Unknown = X, Books = OT, Parking = P, Soft = P, Petitioner = SUER, Politician = MP, Henry = H, System = RUT, Curie = CI,  Model = T, Son = S
Prepared = GAME, Note = TE, Hint = BREATH, Depth = D, Controversial = MOOT, Energy = E, Rob = SACK, Cake = BAR, Make a mistake = ERR, South American = SA, European = E, River = R, Bar = T, Husband = H, English = E, Company = CO, Director = D, Princess = DI, Secret agent = MOLE, Saint = ST, Mane = HAIR

Colour/Font Scheme

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Friday 29 July 2022

No 13621, Friday 29 Jul 2022, Hypatia


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9   Track him struggling with a host of characters in Indian comics (4,6,5) AMAR CHITRA KATHA {TRACK+HIM} Letter Bank
10 Hysterical members ER keeps shackled (7) BERSERK [T]
11 One safeguarding kisser from rough chaps! (3-4) LIP-BALM [CD]
12 Easy-going supporter, per Rev., is a person like you (6,3) FELLOW MAN (~mellow fan to fellow man) 
14 Party vessel contains American breakfast items for Chennaiites (5) DOSAS {DO}{S{A}S}
17 Mature crowd laid-back about defeat (7) BLOSSOM {B{LOSS}OM<=}
19 Sportsman permitted to wear two articles (7) ATHLETE {A}{TH{LET}E}
21 Episode in first lady's book (5) EVENT {EVE}{NT}
23 Crawling quietly a spider swallows a fly (9) DISSAPEAR {P+A+SPIDER}* over {A}
25 Bet soft drink's returned to bar (7) PREDICT {P}{CIDER<=}{T}
27 Healthy way of cooking problem animal (7) OPOSSUM {OPOS}{SUM}
30 Largest in geometrical shapes (6,9) OBTUSE TRIANGLES {LARGEST+IN}* [RA]
1   Insult local boy (4) BARB {BAR}{B}
2   Shock in husband's voice (4) HAIR {H}{AIR}
3   Grades student chosen randomly after start of exams (8) ECHELONS {L+CHOSEN}*<=>{Ex..s}
4   State of Kardashian, perhaps unwell in broadcast earlier (6) SIKKIM {KIM}<=>{SIK(~sick)}
5   Indian address vacant with acting Bishop leaving for neighbouring country (3,5) SRI LANKA {SRI}{bLANK}{A}
6   Pesky daughter abroad called on VOIP (6) SKYPED {PESKY+D}*
7   Finally Amma bought thamaidflour to make chappatis (4) ATTA Tail Acrostic
8   Kind of hot (4) WARM [DD]
12 Note line going through Engineer's legend (5) FABLE {FA}{B{L}E}
13 Forget to keep nothing free (5) LOOSE {LO{0}SE}
15 Attack Japanese geisha houses in revolution (5) SIEGE [T<=]
16 Basically speak wilfully expressing abusive remarks (5) SWEAR Acrostic &lit
18 Think of couple embracing change (8) MEDITATE {M{EDIT}ATE}
20 It's necessary to remain balanced in trendy hangout (3,5) HIP JOINT {HIP}{JOINT}
22 Long shirt crumpled after time (6) THIRST {SHIRT}*<=>{T}
24 Heavy idols fixed over top of temple (6) STOLID {IDOLS*} over {Te...e}
25 Frequently pulold stump (4) PLOD {PuLl+OlD}
26 Consumes beef, pork etc. covering head (4) EATS mEATS
28 Only uniform (4) SOLE [DD]
29 Start to socialize in boring network (4) MESH {ME{So...e}H}

Reference List
Party = DO, Vessel = SS, American = A, Book = NT(New Testament), Quietly = P, Soft = P, Bar = T, Healthy way of cooking = OPOS(OnePot One Shot), Local = BAR, Boy = B, Husband = H, Student = L, Acting = A, Bishop = B, Daughter = D, Note = FA, Line = L, Engineer = BE, Time = T, Boring = MEH

Thursday 28 July 2022

No 13620, Thursday 28 Jul 2022, Karaoke

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.

9   Moneylender without initial capital remains loose (7) U?L?A?H (Addendum - UNLEASH {UNcLE}{ASH} - See comments)
10 Cryptic clue form occasionally with comma in the end causes problem to the eye (7) LEUCOMA {CLUE*}{fOrM}{c..mA}
11 Fruit mostly eaten by the great ape (5) ORANG ORANGe
12 Check for errors in the evidence and interpret (9) PROOFREAD {PROOF}{READ}
13 Suitable for occupation by mostly intern ladies in a mess (11) RESIDENTIAL {INTERn+LADIES}*
16 Able-bodied incognito did no job essentially at sea (2,4,9) IN GOOD CONDITION {INCOGNITO+DID+NO+jOb}*
18 Narcissistic damselfish? (4-7) SELF-CENTRED How do we classify this clue?  Definition by example. See comments.
22 Puzzled lots (4,2,3) LOST AT SEA {LOTS}* [RA]
24 Silly soldiers chase some booze (5) BARMY {ARMY}<=>{Bo..e}
25 Capital's appearance influenced by rich islands (7) NAIROBI {N{AIR}OB}{I}
26 Left-over uniform, clean up (7) UNEATEN {U}{NEATEN}

1   Sudoku solved without you? Say congratulations! (5) KUDOS SUDOKu*
2   50 in bill for fish (5) BLEAK {B{L}EAK}
3   Go off with anorak for boomer (8) KANGAROO {GO+ANORAK}*
4   Thrash women at work consuming heroin (4) WHOP {W}{H}{OP}
5   Pablo odd on ordering sandwiches for the life-giver (5,5) BLOOD DONOR [T]
6   Miss India cake (6) MUFFIN {MUFF}{IN}
7   Producing hit movies? Doctor sometimes does this (4,5) HOME VISIT*
8   It slices vegetables, powders almond at home (8) MANDOLIN {ALMOND*}{IN}
14 Player's double fault (6-4) SECOND-SLIP {SECOND}{SLIP} Second slip is a position and not a player per-se. See comments.
15 Agile cast played without laughing (9) AGELASTIC*
16 Mainly vodka is missing on the rocks? How rude! (8) INSOLENT INSOLvENT
17 Thankful truly to accommodate bishop and knight finally (8) INDEBTED {INDE{B}{k...hT}ED}
19 Waxwork done with this from cosmic ray only (6) CRAYON [T]
20 White House initially arrested spy for fury (5) WRATH {W}{RAT}{Ho..e}
21 First of all, have you ever noticed an animal that laughs? (5) HYENA Acrostic
23 Tree's branch hides nut essentially (4) ARUM {AR{nUt}M}

Reference List
Rich = NOB, Islands = I, Uniform = U, 50 = L, Women = W, Heroin = H, India = IN, Bishop = B, White = W, Spy = RAT

Wednesday 27 July 2022

No 13619, Wednesday 27 Jul 2022, Gussalufz

Solution to 8D 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   Weakness of visiting holy man: crowns from the east (4,4) SOFT SPOT {S{OF}T}{TOPS<=}
5   Jars as footwear worn by husband! (6) SHOCKS {S{H}OCKS}
9   Bun turns out lacking in taste in the middle, not overcooked (7) UNBURNT {BUN+TURNs}*
10 Exercise somehow meant to be a way to address an issue, perhaps? (3,4) PET NAME {PE}{MEANT*}
11 Cell components — X and Y, say — working to replace lost energy (5) AXONS AX(-e+on)ONS
12 I'll go and play specialised organ (3,5) OIL GLAND*
13 Lemurs find Rishikesh accommodating (6) INDRIS [T]
14 Centre for coaling drowned by changing climate: irony! (8) METALLIC {coaLing} in {CLIMATE}*
18 Faith's violent origin involving the Spanish (8) RELIGION {R{EL}IGION*}
20 End of review of integration (6) TARGET [DD] [T<=] - See comments 
23 A bit dark to change sides — something of this sort leaves a bad taste in one's mouth (8) BRACKISH B(-l+r)RACKISH
25 Frequently suppressed daily buzzer, ultimately intruding in the morning (5) ALARM {dAiLy}{A{b...eR}M} &lit
27 Tantalisingly, cup's hanging, with one over to go — so near! (7) UPCLOSE {CUP*}{LOoSE}
28 Quiet, more aloof king is absorbed and more difficult to please (7) PICKIER {P}{IC{K}IER}
29 Order of pomfret likely getting returned (6) KILTER [T<=]
30 Everything sickly green is a harmful substance (8) ALLERGEN {ALL}{GREEN*}

1   With queen and king cornered, easier to get beaten at a higher frequency (9) SQUEAKIER {QU} and {K} in {EASIER*}
2   Story on upwardly mobile French luxury fashion house's growth (7) FIBROID {FIB}{DIOR<=}
3   Exaggerating and extravagant sister's no good! (9) STRESSING {SISTERS+N+G}*
4   Duty of coach to rookie getting regularly benched (6) OCTROI {cOaCh+To+RoOkIe}
 Here, you can pay to sleep with attractive male (50% off under recession!) (5) HOTEL {HOT}{maLE<=}
7   Tea and news? English lady's start is sound! (7) CHANNEL {CHA}{NN}{En...h}{Lady}
8   Throw out recycled benches (4) S?E? (Addendum - SPEW (+s)SPEW(-s) - See comments) 
10 Signs of life plus evolution around the outskirts of space (6) PULSES {PUL{SpacE}S*}
15 Awful anal ache after sustaining very big fall (9) AVALANCHE {ANAL+ACHE}* over {V}
16 A tarmac bombed by a navy craft (9) CATAMARAN {A+TARMAC}*{A}{N}
17 Check source of priority-zero bugs (6) POLICE {Pr...y}{0}{LICE}
19 Poetic, semi-historical films from last year shown at the opening (7) LYRICAL {histoRICAL}<=>{Last}{Year}
21 Government primarily levelling status of cows, perhaps (7) GRAZING {Go...t}{RAZING}
22 Religious site or place set over hill's peak (6) CHAPEL {C{Hill}APEL*}
24 Suffocate dissenter, essentially under extremely cartoonish fine (5) CHOKE {dissEnter}<=>{Ca...sH}{OK}
26 Trash truck at last, after nearly a month! (4) JUNK {t..cK}<=>{JUNe}

Reference List
Holy man = ST, Husband = H, Exercise = PE, Energy = E, The in Spanish = EL, Over = O, Quiet = P, King = K, Queen = QU, No = N, Good = G, Attractive = HOT, New = N, English = E, Navy = N

Tuesday 26 July 2022

No 13618, Tuesday 26 Jul 2022, Avtaar

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   A North American follows transport going the wrong way for about 8-9 miles in India (6) YOJANA {A}{NA}<=>{JOY<=}
5   Senator bust drug ring (8) RESONATE {SENATOR}*{E}
9   Checked out tips from Warne on South African fast bowler dismissing Indian openers in Transvaal ODI (4,4) WENT INTO {WarnE}{NTINi}{Tr...l}{Odi
10 Spooner's greeting musicians in person (2,4) BH?N?  
11 Avtaar is retained by unchanged team — gets gold in doubles (7,5) SIAMESE TWINS {S{I}AME}{SET}{WINS}
13 At sea, foreman's browsing every now and then (4) BOSN {BrOwSiNg}
14 Africans take action against arresting Europeans (8) SUDANESE {SU{DANES}E}
17 Rock salt and silver mass on a mineral deposit in a cave (8) STALAGMA {SALT*}{AG}{M}{A}
18 Wiki announcement featuring retired soldier from India (4) NAIK [T<=]
20 Doctor periodically comes out with a dream in historical production (7,5) COSTUME DRAMA {CoMeS+OUT+A+DREAM}*
23 Writer Tony gets excited after British library's inauguration (6) BLYTON {TONY}*<=>{Br...h}{Li...y}
24 Meteors spinning around Earth?? (8) EROTEMES {METEORS}* over {E} 
25 Those coming in are mostly with the Opposition (8) ARRIVALS {ARe}{RIVALS}
26 Long, loose T-shirt (6) THIRST*

2   One complex sheltering ten animals (4) OXEN {O{X}EN*}
3   Broadcast a show's launch with nail art of skilled craftsmen (9)  ARTISANAL {A+Show+NAIL+ART}*
4   Princess with a liberal temper (6) ANNEAL {ANNE}{A}{L}
5   Ordered trimmed hilsa and fried special chicken (5,6,4) RHODE ISLAND REDS {ORDERED+HILSa+AND}*{S}
6   Capsized vehicle on incline close to trees is situated immediately below (8) SUBTENDS {BUS<=}{TEND}{t..eS}
7   Picked up specialised skill? Not at all! (5) NOHOW (~know how)
8   Net broken by soldiers in occupation (10) TENANTSHIP {NET*}{ANTS}{HIP}
12 Criminal vagrant beheaded supervisor (10) CONTROLLER {CON}{sTROLLER}
15 Gran, Pop and I vacated village standing in a tall mountain (5,4) NANDA DEVI {NAN}{DAD}{I} over {Vi...gE<=}
16 Arab overcome by, say, a form of narcissism (8) EGOMANIA {OMANI} in {EG}{A}
19 Robber's lawyer rejected fine before openings in initial trial (6) DAKOIT {DA}{OK<=}{In...l}{Tr..l}
21 Basil from India carries bone for large Bantu tribesman (5) TUTSI TU(-l+t)TSI
22 John changed numbers frequently (4) MENS {NuMbErS}*

Reference List
Drug = E, Indian = I, Mass = M, Earth = E, Special = S, In = HIP, Say = EG, Lawyer = DA, Bone = T, Large = L

Monday 25 July 2022

No 13617, Monday 25 Jul 2022, Bruno

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.

1   A dry time in NY? Correct (6) A?T?S? (Addendum - ATTEST {A}{TT}{EST} - See comments))
4   Is love and sleep, on reflection, one of few similar things, chemically? (6) ISOMER {IS}{0}{REM<=}
8   Music broadcaster's explosive display of love, hugs and kisses backfired (7) BOOMBOX {BOOM}B{O}{X} Anno for B not clear (Addendum - {BO{O}MB}{XO<=} - See comments)
9   Second criminal agent captured with electric device (7) MAGNETO {M{AGENT*}O}
11 Lonely champ lost, quietly left, sad (10) MELANCHOLY {LONELY+CHAMp}*
12 1001 staff? (4) MACE {M}{ACE}
13 Spicy herb these days infected by Human Immunodeficiency Virus (5) CHIVE {C{HIV}E}
14 Plant's bitterness starting to cool off when infused with head of garlic (8) AGRIMONY A(-c+g)GRIMONY
16 Discontinue publicity or fashion magazine will lose headline (8) PROROGUE {PR}{OR}{vOGUE}
18 Herb is in a corner (5) ANISE {A}{N{IS}E}
20 Bean and lime oddly make a medicine (4) BALM {BeAn+LiMe}*
21 After heart of seeds was taken out peony nearly withered as a plant (5,5) PENNY ROYAL {PeONY+NEARLY}*
23 Respect short gangster and military man (7) ADMIRAL {ADMIRe}{AL}
24 Section of turmerica raw Ayurvedic herb (7) CARAWAY [T]
25 Communist arrested worker that complained (6) RANTED {R{ANT}ED}
26 Soldiers get tax break (6) RECESS {RE}{CESS}

1   Rose with a problem reinforced with base of bark (5) AWOKE {A}{WO{barK}E}
2   Setter's overcome by joint pain, played drums (7) TIMPANI {T}{I'M}{PAIN*}
3   Dish made from whiskey, say's good (6,3) SCOTCH EGG {SCOTCH}{EG}{G}
5   Supreme Court's first adjudication online's alarming (5) SCARY {SC}{Ad...n}{RY}
6   Smallest dress on parent (7) MINIMUM {MINI}{MUM}
7   Erect nice building with modesty (9) RETICENCE*
10 Source of protein from a bone stays labile after a bone breaks off (4,5) SOYA BEANS {A+BONE+StAYS}*
13 Herb or rice curry with stuffing (9) CORIANDER {OR+RICE}* over {AND}
15 Accountant left academy suddenly after record was prepared in advance (5-4) READY-MADE {AcaDEMY}*<=>{READ}
17 Plant mainly indoors — over/under incline (7) RAMPION {I{O}N}<=>{RAMP} (Correction - {In...s}{ON}<=>{RAMP} - See comments)
19 First person to complain about working back in the past? (4,3) IRON AGE {I}{R{ON}AGE}
21 Flight to Nepal crashed (5) PLANE*
22 Gather confession of setter's stupidity (5) AMASS {AM ASS}

Reference List
Dry = TT(Teetotaller), Time in NY = EST(Eastern Standard Time), Second = MO, Quietly = P, 1000 = M, 1 = ACE, These days = CE, Corner = E(East), Gangster = AL(Capone), Soldiers = RE(Royal Engineers), Joint = T, Good = G, Line = RY(Railway), Bone = T 

Sunday 24 July 2022

Special, Sunday 24 Jul 2022, Driver

Three answers per commenter till 6 PM (Annotations compulsory) 
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The Sunday Crossword No 3212, Sunday 24 Jul 2022

1   Nutritious and well done (4,3,3) GOOD FOR YOU [DD]
6   Idolised bird in Sinai, primarily? (4) IBIS Acrostic 
9   Acquire habit of roly-poly pudding containing date, say (3,7) GET DRESSED {DESSER{D}T}{EG}<=
10 A drink then, Father (4) SODA {SO}{DA}
12 Fifty soldiers involved in transport ordinance (11) LEGISLATION {L}{E{GI'S}LATION}
15 Runs at what may be run up? (7) CHARGES [DD]
16 Ultimate challenge: getting First Lady to have a siesta? (7) EVEREST {EVE}{REST}
17 Went round half of Oxford eating snack (7) ORBITED {oxfOR{BITE}D}
19 Artist's image with donkey and duck (7) PICASSO {PIC}{ASS}{0}
20 Urged fiscal reforms: awful (11) DISGRACEFUL*
23 Removing head from French sculptor's Supreme God (4) ODIN rODIN
24 Playing viol in tunic, not keeping time, in arrangement for two (5,5) CIVIL UNION {VIOL+IN+tUNIC}*
25 Write your name on board outside pub (4) SIGN [DD]
26 Some champers is (tentatively) endless (10) PERSISTENT [T]

1   Coaches and horses: Everyman's aboard! (4) GIGS {G{I}GS}
2   German lad in bellbottoms (4) OTTO [T]
3   They're incendiary crusaders for truth, says Spooner (12) FIRELIGHTERS (~liar fighters to firelighters)
4   Ingress winding with steps down (7) RESIGNS*
5   Run obtained by England's opener twice after at least 12 balls (7) OVERSEE {E}{E}<=>{OVERS}
7   'Like the rainforest?' 'Baking: I've disrobed abruptly' (10) BIODIVERSE {IVE+DISROBEd}*
8   Male people in unwholesome condition (10) STAGNATION {STAG}{NATION}
11 Lower Court as represented in paintings (12) WATERCOLOURS*
13 Agree what must be positive or negative is folk instrumentation (10)  ACCORDIONS {ACCORD}{IONS}
14 Strongly criticising meat with a pungent taste (10) LAMBASTING {LAMB}{A}{STING}
18 Degenerate duke to lie back, topless (7) DECLINE {D}{rECLINE}
19 Mostly wheezy Southern seabirds (7) PUFFINS {PUFFINg}{S}
21 Conceal monstrous alter ego on the radio (4) HIDE (~hyde)
22 Insect with acerbic taste brought up (4) GNAT<=

Reference List
Date = D, Fifty = L, Soldier = GI, Time = T, Horse = GG, Southern = S

The Hindu Cryptic on Sunday #84, Sunday 24 Jul 2022, Dr. X

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Saturday 23 July 2022

No 13616, Saturday 23 Jul 2022, Hypatia

8   Boy plus dog (6) BASSET {B}{ASSET} 
9   Run down to hum (3,5) BAD MOUTH {TO+HUM}* [RA]
10 Hear scuffles around a bar dance (8) HABANERA {H{A}{BAN}ERA*}
11 Relating to sound entirely cut by German car in the front (6) AUDIAL {ALl}<=>{AUDI}
12 American cans with beer in bargain offer (4,4) FIRE SALE {FIRES}{ALE}
13 Introduces relatives leaving wife to get closer to family (6) INLAYS INLA(-w+y)YS
14 What's drawn by a retiree? (7) PENSION [CD]
17 Fail to meet holy man joining with state (5,2) STAND UP {ST}{AND}{UP}
20 Cut and paste (6) CLEAVE [DD}
22 Settling a claim involving sweetheart's pottery (8) MAJOLICA {A+CLAIM}* over {JO}
25 Say copper in Doctor's breakfast dish? (3,3) EGG CUP {EG}{G{CU}P}
26 Trouble husband and wife had describing books with rules (3,5) HOT WATER {H}{OT}{W}{ATE}{R}
27 Firm restoring East Mylapore ignores Academy (8) EMPLOYER {E+MYLaPORE}*
28 Truthful accountant backing trade union's talk, essentially (6) ACTUAL {CA<=}{TU}{tALk}

1   Relax at Iveagh inhaling drug to let one go (8) LAXATIVE [T]
2   Elon's first revolutionary space flight (6) ESCAPE {Elon}{SPACE*}
3   Greek goddess nurtured by Corcyra the Naiad (6) ATHENA [T]
4   Devoted people putting alumni behind school (7) OBLATES {OB}{LATE}{S}
5   How Hypatia initiates card game for perfectionist (8) IDEALIST {I}{DEAL 1ST}
6   Build network without British singer (3,5) BOB DYLAN {BO{B}DY}{LAN}
7   Fixed days to travel taking time on vacation (6)  STEADY {S{TimE}ADY*}
15 Hardly spoil Church's empty library (8) SCARCELY {SCAR}{CE}{Li...rY}
16 Prove, say mobile exceeds charge (8) OVERPAYS*
18 Cleans posh building needing money in America (5,3) UNCLE SAM {CLEANS+U}*{M}
19 Avoid cold taking aromatic oil with little alcohol in flask (7) AMPHORA {cAMPHOR}{Al...l}
21 Support bird returning to pod (6) LEGUME {LEG}{EMU<=}
23 Travel fatigue from Reverend's rented car (3,3) JET LAG (~let jag to jet lag)
24 Lease includes a new and old shed (4-2) LEAN-TO {LE{A}{N}T}{O}

Reference List
Boy = B, Wife = W, Sweetheart = JO, Doctor = GP, Husband = H, Books = OT(Old Testament}, Rules = R, East = E, Academy = A, Alumni = OB, School = S, Network = LAN, British = B, Church = CE, Posh = U, Money = M, Cold = C, New = N, Old = O