Sunday, 11 September 2022

The Sunday Crossword No 3219, Sunday 11 Sep 2022


ACROSS
1   Subjects such as History, English, Classics on ice regrettably (6,8) SOCIAL SCIENCES {E+CLASSICS+ON+ICE}*
8   Primarily Islamic republic, Azerbaijan's neighbour? (4) IRAN Acrostic &lit
9   '80s ballad that's ornate was fast enthralling one (6,4) PURPLE RAIN {PURPLE}{RA{1}N}
10 C. European city, in retrospect, used to be chilly (6) WARSAW {WAS RAW<=}
11 Oddly, loner awash, swimming with toothy mammals (8) NARWHALS {LoNeR+AWASH}*
12 Great Dane cavorting in genteel eatery (3,6) TEA GARDEN*
14 Scoffs wines, spirits etc loudly (4) BOOS (~booze)
15 Pint? Regularly bleary, Everyman's beginning to tuck in (4) BEER {BlEaRy} over {Ev...n}
16 Beautiful princess with roly-poly dessert: very excited! (7,2) PSYCHED UP {PSYCHE}{PUD}* ( Correction - {PSYCHE}{PUD<=} - See comments)
20 Ale container, a large piece of brass (4,4) BASS TUBA {BASS}{TUB}{A}
21 Somewhere in France, piece of offal's acerbic (6) ALSACE [T]
23 Good old pancakes, finally disappeared inside cookers: frightful apparitions (10) HOBGOBLINS {HOB{G}{O}{BLINi}S}
24 Extravagant praise for dance party (4) RAVE [DD]
25 Sees bronco told off on the wagon (5-4,5) STONE-COLD SOBER*

DOWN
1   Arise in plane, perhaps (7) SURFACE [DD]
2   Ice creams consumed by deaconess (5) CONES [T]
3   A nation with naval strength, we're told: it's in the mains (2,5) AC POWER (~ a sea power)
4   The queen to cross parting water (that is, lake), finding dog (8,7) SPRINGER SPANIEL {ER}{SPAN} in {SPRING}{IE}{L}
5   The writer had 50 hesitant expressions: they won't work (6) IDLERS {I'D}{L}{ERS}
6   Cold spot, Norway: the European's replaced by another (5,4) NORTH POLE {NOR}{TH(-e+pole}POLE}
7   Being somewhat high-minded, I blessed foodstuffs (7) EDIBLES [T]
13 It's used for pumping reggae with sun out (6,3) GREASE GUN {REGGAE+SUN}*
15 Corroborate order to get some distance from Paddington? (4,3) BEAR OUT [C&DD]
17 Lectures caught by young women (7) CLASSES {C}{LASSES}
18 Show half of mum's brothers having left (7) UNCOVER {UNCles}{OVER}
19 You should see Papa before seeing this city! (6) QUEBEC In NATO code P(papa) is before Q(QUEBEC)
22 Abandon in brushwood (5) SCRUB [DD]

Reference List
English = E, Dessert = PUD(Pudding), Good = G, Old = O, Queen = ER, Lake = L, 50 = L, European = E, Caught = C

15 comments:

  1. All the best for Practice round of IXL 22

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  3. Wishing all the participants, particularly the Holder, the very Best in this tear's IXL contest.

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  4. Col sir, the contest is from sept 18?

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  5. Yes. Today is a test round, more for the technical (read web server and load management!) Checks. And practice for new comers to go through the process.

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  6. In 10A: C. European city= warsaw
    used to is WAS, Is chilly is RAW?
    Sathia

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    1. From Free Dic,
      4. Unpleasantly damp and chilly: raw weather.

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  7. Will the first round next week be as easy?

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  8. Maybe, but still the clues themselves were readily solvable.

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