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



  1. Replies
    1. Flog= tan is a new one for me from the normal. Quite cryptic by Dr.X.

  2. 21a ill n: problem or misfortune
    ills of a society

  3. 25A- I was wondering how neck= pet. Then I remembered it is Dr.X and the problem solved itself!

  4. Col. has made an elaborate ref.list. Doc. ensures we are on our toes- ready to bolt? Nicely worded clue!

    1. The very fact Col. Has given a long list of " reference list" suggests today's CW given by Dr. X contains many such meanings apart from what we normally look for. My progress today is just 20% only. Quite tough for me.
      With regards,

    2. I hated today's puzzle I would urge Dr X to reconsider and tone down his tendency to show off his contortionist's skills and resist the temptation to torment hapless average crossword solvers like yours humbly.

  5. No 'in' there. Controlling is the container indicator. Operation=Use

  6. A few tricky ones for me. Liked 19D. Abstract=Pure?

    1. Doc today sent us on reverse look up.

    2. Abstract- this is what I could find in Free Dic.

      absolute - something that is conceived or that exists independently and not in relation to other things; something that does not depend on anything else and is beyond human control; something that is not relative; "no mortal being can influence the absolute"

  7. I did.3. theoretical, abstract, philosophical, speculative, academic, conceptual, hypothetical, conjectural, non-practical Physics isn't just about pure science with no.
    Thank you.

  8. Richard Feynman was a great Physicist