Wednesday, 30 November 2022

No 13724, Wednesday 30 Nov 2022, Hypatia

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.

9   Almost succeed in relaxing old BCCI regulations (excluding one) (5,3,2,5) CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR {O+BCCI+REGULATiONS}*
10 Grates for pickles (7) SCRAPES [DD]
11 Attempt to adopt elderly Devdas, for one (7) TRAGEDY {TR{AGED}Y}
12 Erstwhile British PM's sick after assembly (9) CHURCHILL {ILL}<=>{CHURCH}
14 Recall I've read about organ (5) LIVER [T]
17 Legendary being secure like setters (7) PEGASUS {PEG}{AS}{US}
19 Spooner disqualified filthy place for champion (5,2) STAND BY (~ banned sty to stand by)
21 Back America and free country (5) SUDAN {US<=}{AND*}
23 Criminal in bar had drunk with liberal author (5,4) ROALD DAHL {RO{AL}D}{HAD*}{L}
25 Make enchilada without essentially flat spiny creature (7) ECHIDNA ENCHIlaDA*
27 Batter, reportedly first person behind model's husband! (7) EYELASH {(~i)EYE}{LAS(-t+h)H}
30 Less sensitive to go through cold and conservative lady's accountants, say (6,9) NUMBER CRUNCHERS {NUMBER}{C}{RUN}{C}{HERS}

1   Winners run out of contests (4) ACES rACES
2   Gent keeping spectacles to fix (4) MOOR {M{OO}R}
3   Nags man softly blocking kisses (8) HENPECKS {HE}{N{P}ECKS}
4   Fresh milk used before finishing breakfast dish (6) MUESLI {MILk+USEd}*
5   Plants where spirits may reside? (8) INSTILLS {IN STILLS}
6   Son climbing above edges slowly to scribble (6) SCRAWL (+s)SCRAWL(-s)
7   Monster starts to open ghastly red eyes (4) OGRE Acrostic
8   Row in fine stream (4) ?R?Y (Addendum - FRAY  {F}{RAY} - See comments)
12 Heads of many monkeys (5) CAPES {C}{APES}
13 Pushed drug travelling around East (5) URGED {URG{E}D*}
15 Somewhat weak doves raising spirit (5) VODKA [T<=]
16 Currency including yen in den from South (5) RIYAL {RI{Y}AL<=}
18 Starting to shoot, crazy chap ran to village chieftain (8) SARPANCH {Sh..t}{CHAP+RAN}*
20 Public hearing (8) AUDIENCE [DD]
22 Agreed to take up study drinking rum (6) NODDED {N{ODD}ED<=}
24 Regularly deflect return serve at line (6) AVENUE {rEtUrN+sErVe+At}<=
25 Running between players for ages (4) EONS {E}{ON}{S}
26 Song that guy heard (4) HYMN (~him)
28 Fired fellow deleted sent message (4) AXED fAXED
29 Mass entertainer (4) HOST [DD]

Reference List
Old = O, Criminal = AL(Capone), Liberal = L, Model = T, Husband = H, Cold = C, Conservative = C, Run = R, Spectacles = OO, Softly = P, Son = S, Many = C, East = E, Yen = Y, Players = E,s(East and South in card game Bridge), Fellow = F 

Tuesday, 29 November 2022

No 13723, Tuesday 29 Nov 2022, Karaoke

Solution to 7D 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   Audience get endlessly motivated here (5,7) MOVIE THEATRE {MOTIVATEd+HERE}* Semi&lit What's the Anind?
9   Hotel worker secretly rears bird (5) OWLET [T]
10 Go-getter wears essentially priceless synthetic fabric (9) GEORGETTE {GOGETTER+p..cEl..s}*
11 Some mediocre American milk substitute (7) CREAMER [T]
12 Non-stop entertainment, hide bishop in closet (7) CABINET {CAbar{B}{IN}ET}
13 A-One bird flying, carefree (8) DEBONAIR*
14 Snake in the banks of Ganges catches your breath (5) GASPS {Gan{ASP}geS}
18 Almost deep cut (5) SEVER SEVERe
20 Firm rejected dialogue to include some bonus in pay out (8) DISBURSE {DISco{Bo..s}URSE}
24 Cataract patient gets computer aided diagnosis primarily (7) CASCADE {CAS{Co...r}{Ai..d}{Di...s}E}
26 Left-leaning state scores on information, software and technology initially (7) MARXIST {(~marks)MARX}{In...n}{So...e}{Te...y}
27 She works at home with fake surname and papers (9) NURSEMAID {SURNAME*}{ID}
28 Cut corners and avoid getting married (5) SKIMP {SKI{M}P}
29 Setter indulged in manipulating mandate to win repeatedly (4,3,5) TIME AND AGAIN {I} in {MANDATE}* and {GAIN}

1   Easily influenced by master, learner drawn in by beer can (9) MALLEABLE {M{AL{L}E}{ABLE}
2   Organic compound from critical colliery with depleted ends (7) VITAMIN {VITAl}{MINe}
3   Using log finally figure out time for aubergine product (8) EGGFRUIT {loG+FIGURE}*{T} How is this related to 'Aubergine'? See comments
Jerk up and down consuming pot heartily with strong liquor (6) HOOTCH {HO{pOt}TCH}
5   All get bras shortened! - It helps to solve problems (7) ALGEBRA {ALl+GEt+BRAs}
6   Public official mostly returns to shop (3,2) RAT ON NOTARy<=
7   Do I hear nut to yield? (7) ?O?C?D?  (Addendum - CONCEDE {CON}{(~seed)CEDE} - See comments)
8   Amateur leaves shed slowly (5) LENTO LEaN-TO
15 Hell with ambiguous prediction sparing clubs (9) PERDITION {PREDIcTION}*
16 A middle course by means of communication (3,5) VIA MEDIA {VIA}{MEDIA}
17 Maybe 26 cut needless official procedure (3,4) RED TAPE {RED}{TAPE} Anno for TAPE not clear See comments
19 The French display case at Greece poorly without basic courtesy (7) ETAGERE {AT+GREEcE}*
21 Coffeemaker's staff get limited chance to take advance (7) BARISTA {BA{RISk}T}{A}
22 I testify loudly for killing (5) ICING {I}{(~sing)CING}
23 Intern in particular cleared licentiate at final examination (6) DETAIN {DETAIl}{e...oN}
25 Khan in rotten serial, never-ending (5) SERAI SERIAl*

Reference List
Bishop = B, Firm = CO, Papers = ID, Married = M, Master = M, Learner = L, Time = T, Amateur = A, Clubs = C, Advance = A, Licentiate = L

Monday, 28 November 2022

No 13722, Monday 28 Nov 2022, Avtaar

Solution to 21D 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   Some years ago, Iberians turned over fuel from waste (6) BIOGAS [T<=]
5   Lack of current in European river - water contaminated with trace of red copper (5,3) POWER CUT  {PO}{WE{Red}{CU}T}
9   Ordering of song with cello, striking front end of stick (3,5) COL LEGNO {sONG+CELLO}* &lit
10 Crooks having the French replaced by the Spanish messengers (6) ANGELS ANG(-le+el)ELS
11 This easy life can turn romantic, perhaps? (8,4) PRIMROSE PATH {PRIMROSE PATH + CAN = ROMANTIC PERHAPS} [CA]
13 Learner entertained by John's online publication (4) BLOG {B{L}OG}
14 Dealer in elastic and rubber, principally all over India (8) SUPPLIER {SUPPL{I}E}{Ru...r}
17 Possibly, New Delhi's not originally near the boundaries of Khilji's capital? (8) HELSINKI {N+dELHIS}*{Kh..jI}
18 Haphazardly swerve, leaving corner (4) VEER swERVE* Semi&lit
20 Awe-inspiring Pranayama, maybe? (12) BREATHTAKING [DD]
23 Moon rocks our planet at regular intervals (6) EUROPA {OUR+PlAnEt}*
24 Tomb carries assassin - heartless and cruel (8) INHUMANE {INHUM{As...iN}E}
25 Picked up freezing bird moving out with young 'uns (8) CHILDREN {(~chilled) CHILD}{wREN}
26 South American female, say, in a place south of London (6) SUSSEX {S}{US}{SEX}

2   Hero in pink gown stripped every now and then (4) IKON pInK+gOwN
3   US lawyer barred from temple amidst carnivals in Ecuadorean territory (9) GALAPAGOS {GALA{PAGOda}S}
4   Iguanas killed a curious monkey (6) SAGUIN IGUaNAS* 
5   Delaying tactics of expert in probing anti-Castro revolutionary (15) PROCRASTINATION {PRO}{ANTI+CASTRO}* over {IN}
6   Where one may find folks exchanging messages in straw hats, apparently (8) WHATSAPP [T]
7   Build National Park around Indian state (3,2) RIG UP {GIR<=}{UP 
8   Wanting basic education free, learner enters for primer in French (10) UNLETTERED UN(-f+l)LETTERED
12 Nomadic group, abducted by miscreants, about to spend the night in the open (5,5) SLEEP ROUGH {GROUP}* in {HEELS<=}
15 After losing rhythm in the beginning, Laver goes berserk, winning match #1, 6-0,6-0 (4,5) LOVE GAMES {LAVEr+GOES}* over {Ma..h}
16 Threatening articles on Avtaar carried by popular newspaper at the end (2,3,3) IN THE AIR  {THE}{A}{I} in {IN}{n...eR}
19 Spectacles model wearing pants (6) SIGHTS {SIGH{T}S}
21 Dozen characters from a large islet (5) A?O?L (Addendum - ATOLL {A to L}{L} - See comments) 
22 Former Unionist escaping from leopard (4) ONCE OuNCE

Reference List
The in French = LE, The in Spanish = EL, Learner = L, John = BOG, India = I, New = N, With = W, South = S, US Lawyer = DA(District Attorney), Popular = IN, Model = T, Large = L, Unionist = U

Sunday, 27 November 2022

Special, Sunday 27 Nov 2022, Driver

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



The Sunday Crossword No 3230, Sunday 27 Nov 2022

1   Importunes sadly for a new beginning (10) RESUMPTION*
6   Starters of appetising soups in Fontainebleau? I think not (2,2) AS IF Acrostic
9   In retreat, massage, good lingerie and fine wines (10) BURGUNDIES {RUB<=}{G}{UNDIES}
10 Everyman's after snack every so often, and wine (4) SAKI {I}<=>{SnAcK}
12 Shivering, cold, threw up: it happens every four years (3,5,3)  THE WORLD CUP*
15 Title is stirring for him? (7) ELITIST* &lit
16 About time, forces retreating: that's more intelligent (7) SMARTER {RE}{T}{RAMS}<=
17 Enlightenment in, we're told, (7) INSIGHT (~in site)
19 Clues go pear-shaped, sugar (7) GLUCOSE*
20 Experimental facility with artist drawing dog (11) LABRADOODLE {LAB}{RA}{DOODLE}
23 Second person in French Resistance, note, to become revolutionary (4) TURN {TU}{R}{N}
24 In this puzzle, one is – and isn't – this! (10) HORIZONTAL [CD] (1A and 1D)
25 Others snooze (4) REST [DD]
26 Settler working with map: it provides illumination along the way (6,4) STREET LAMP {SETTLER+MAP}*

1   Kids' barbecue staple (4) RIBS [DD]
2   Furious as god of love is brought up (4) SORE<=
3   Masculine fellow abandoning jet to attack resident of high altitudes (8,4) MOUNTAIN GOAT {M}{fOUNTAIN}{GO AT}
4   Coati dies, tasting a little spruce? Ever so much (7) TIDIEST [T]
5   Regularly poaches many wildcats (7) OCELOTS {pOaChEs}{LOTS}
7   At any cost I organised a kind of holiday (10) STAYCATION*
8   Perspire if consuming trifles (10) FRIPPERIES*
11 So, a reputable resort offering vehicle for fun (8,4) PLEASURE BOAT*
13 Showing some leg, Isla to rankle regulator (10) LEGISLATOR [T]
14 Oldest and shattered, little deer (so Spooner tells us) (5-5) FIRST-BORNS (~ burst fawns to first borns)
18 Reiterate call for Communist to leave? (4,3) TROT OUT {TROT}{OUT}
19 Grand Old Duke with story about York, ultimately divine (7) GODLIKE {G}{O}{D}{LI{yorK}E}
21 Evil Typhon's necropolitan abode, primarily? (4) ETNA Acrostic &lit
22 Panic in part of aircraft (4) FLAP [DD]

Reference List
Good = G, Time = T, Artist = RA, Second person in French = TU, Resistsnce = R, Note = N, Masculine = M, Fellow = F, Grand = G, Old = O, Duke = D

Saturday, 26 November 2022

No 13721, Saturday 26 Nov 2022, Bruno

1   Beliefs of Native American tribe's detractors lacking contents (6) CREEDS {CREE}{De...rS}
4   Put ring on love, love-bird! (6) HOOPOO {HOOP}{0}{0}
8   One that runs away from love keen to hide beginnings of emotional reawakening (7)  AVOIDER {AV{0}ID}{Em...l}{Re...g}
9   Second player knocked out of knockout rounds gets rewards (7) PAYOFFS PlAYOFFS
11 Online article's truly with spirit (10) ETHEREALLY {E}{THE}{REALLY}
12 Resounding ego controlling Republican monster? (4) OGRE {OG{R}E*}
13 Spa building separated from hospital made of stone (5) LITHO HOspITaL*
14 Hereditary unit regressing in group that's breaking promise (8) RENEGING {R{GENE<=}ING}
16 Obscure name: "Le'Dainian" framed and decorated (8) ENAMELED [T]
18 Injuries on end of skullcap displayed by homeless people (5)  BUMPS {BUM{s...aP}S}
20 Fish's tailfin hiding in rock (4) DACE  DAnCE
21 UN rationed supply for labour organization (5,5) TRADE UNION*
23 Wound up twin chasing action regularly for entertainment (7) CINEMAS {SAME<=}<=>{aCtIoN}
24 Country collapsing into sea (7) ESTONIA*
25 Talk of unknown matter lacking mass (6) YATTER {Y}{mATTER}
26 A stiff back (6) ASTERN {A}{STERN}

1   Animal's surprisingly active after chopping head off (5) CIVET aCTIVE*
2   Famous poem in entire extract (7) EMINENT [T]
3   Stop the Spanish digging into earth for fossil fuel (6,3) DIESEL OIL {DIE}{S{EL}OIL}
5   Company sent off travelling voyager with egg (5) OVARY VOYAgeR*
6   Continue to give priest and rector tea - nothing's lost (7) PROLONG {P}{R}{OoLONG}
7   Gifts of iron bands (9) OFFERINGS {OF}{FE}{RINGS}
10 Red Scot's from American South (9) FLORIDIAN {FLORID}{IAN}
13 Being straight? In reality - it's strange (9) LINEARITY*
15 Royalty? No thanks... (9) NOBLESSES {NO}{BLESSES} 
17 Actress sat with me - and we got drunk (3,4) MAE WEST {SAT+ME+WE}*
19 A nervous handler starts visiting spy at a portal to the underworld? (7) MANHOLE {M{A}{Ne...s}{Ha...r}OLE}
21 One dodged abuse for business (5) TRADE TiRADE
22 Working with interest at functioning plant (5) ONION {ON}{I}{ON}

Reference List
Online = E, Republican = R, Mass = M, The in Spanish = EL, Company = GE, Priest = P, Rector = R

Friday, 25 November 2022

No 13720, Friday 25 Nov 2022, Hypatia


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8   Hold a clumsy little kid's drum (6) DHOLAK {HOLD+A}*}{Kid}
9   A Frenchman pursuing alliance starts to improve condition of body's structure (8) ANATOMIC {A}{M}<=>{NATO} and {Im...e}{Co...n}
10 Avoided key bit lacking capacitance (8) ESCHEWED {ESC}{cHEWED}
11 Anticipating and jumping out of parachutes initially (6) HOPING HOPpING
12 Princess bursts out in troubles (8) DISTURBS {DI}{BURSTS*}
13 Chuck out bunseating sandwiches (6) UNSEAT [T]
14 Opposed to a good man taking advantage (7) AGAINST {A}{GAIN}{ST}
17 Creatures wandering this place with us (7) TERRACE (terrace+us=creatures)
20 Gulf national in squad regularly backing international spy (6) QATARI {sQuAd} with {I}{RAT}<=
22 Partly explain for media expert (8) INFORMED [T]
25 In one university, mind's controlled (6) INDIUM {1+U+MIND}* 
26 Persistent entry in a procrastinator's schedule? (3,5) NOT TODAY [CD]
27 Lasting kiss inside and outside (8) EXTERNAL {E{X}TERNAL}
28 Go past electronic circuits in broadcast (6) ELAPSE {E}{(~laps)LAPSE}

1   Social distancing? (8) GHOSTING [CD]
2   Heading out, brazen husband and American model dated (3-3) OLD-HAT {bOLD}{H}{A}{T}
3   Pin frock's bottom hemmed by tailor (6) SKEWER {S{f..cK}EWER}
4   Rest had become impossible (7) HARDEST*
5   Spooner kept small animal in crazy place (8) MADHOUSE (~had mouse to madhouse)
6   Poet's approach, say a conundrum (8) COMPOSER {(~come)COM}{POSER}
7   Frequently Azhar tours local Indian's first plant (6) ZINNIA {aZhAr} over {INN}{In...s}
15 New game is featuring hot pictures (8) IMAGINES {GAME+IS}* over {IN}
16 Cargo of fashionable people blocking road (8) SHIPMENT {S{HIP}{MEN}T}
18 Crack Spooner, perhaps behind in Church (8) CREVASSE {C{REV}{ASS}E}
19 Say, Madras bashai is picked up in gestures (7) SIGNALS {SLANG}{IS}<=
21 Sack holding up hair dye essentially for extension (6) ANNEXE {A{hENNa<=}XE}
23 Chain female dog without lead (6) FETTER {F}{sETTER}
24 Like port and juice basically above wines (6) RIOJAS {AS}<=>{RIO}{Ju..e}

Reference List
Frenchman = M, Key = ESC, Capacitance = C, Princess = DI, International = I, University = U, Kiss = X, Electronic = E, Husband = H, American = A, Model = T, Local = INN, Hot = IN, Church = CE, Female = F

Thursday, 24 November 2022

No 13719, Thursday 24 Nov 2022, Dr. X

Solution to 4D 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   Where one might play footsie secretly (5,3,5) UNDER THE TABLE [C&DD]
8   Cleric in church eating piece of cake (5) CINCH [T]
9   Worrying in bar about physical assault (7-2) BEATING-UP {B{EATING}UP<=}
11 Friend lives with single model inside small house (10) MAISONETTE {MA{IS}{ONE}{T}TE}
12 Stop wasting time and bowl over (4) STUN STUNt
14 Drunkard turned very very loud - put away (4,3) TOSS OFF {SOT<=}{SO}{FF}
16 Greek character involved in abominable crime is a quack (7) EMPIRIC {EM{PI}RIC*}
17 More annoyed as rogue irritates, crossing limits (7) RATTIER iRRITATEs
19 Holler about revolutionary physical training for athletic event (4,3) SHOT PUT {SHO{PT<=}UT}
21 Frail guy eating round hybrid fruit (4) UGLI [T<=]
22 Notes girl cuddling gangster after drink (10) MARGINALIA {MAR{GIN}{AL}IA}
25 Welcome a boy into chamber and enjoy oneself enormously (4,1,4) HAVE A BALL {H{AVE}{A}{B}ALL}
26 Lie back, start to observe fine digital publication (1-4) E-BOOK {BE<=}{Ob...e}{OK}
27 Exaggerate with wild promises? Have to win election primarily (13) OVEREMPHASISE {PROMISES+HAVE]* over {El...n}

2   Fools made noise, expressing obscenities at entrance outside bar (7) NINNIES {NoISE}* over {INN}
3   Elaborate on the rationale relating to study of cultures (10) ETHNOLOGIC {ON+THE}*{LOGIC}
4   Son avoids fast food (5) T?B?E (Addendum - TABLE sTABLE - See comments)
5   Accuracy of former player, sacrificing rook for knight (9) EXACTNESS {EX}{ACT(-r+n)NESS}
6   Chief is avoiding drinks in retreat? I very much doubt it! (2,2) AS IF [T<=]
7   The girl's exercising to get thinner (7) LIGHTER*
8   Achieve heavenly body, hot and rugged (4,7) COME THROUGH {COMET}{H}{ROUGH}
10 Captain's reckless plan causing episode of intense anxiety (5,6) PANIC ATTACK {CAPTAIN*}{TACK} 
13 Motive in a leak about officials (10) APPOINTEES {POINT} in {A}{SEEP<=}
15 Warning given by gun-wielding gangster (4,5) FIRE ALARM  {FIRE{AL}ARM}
18 Brief report on oral exam coming up in Middle Eastern city (3,4) TEL AVIV {TELl}{VIVA<=}
20 Revolting indiscretion involving immoral ones found in bedroom (7) PILLOWS {PIL{LOW}S<=}
23 Pull up champion in ravine (5) GULCH {LUG<=}{CH}
24 Couple split up over a little argument (4) PAIR {RI{Ar...t}P<=}

Reference List
Model = T, Time = T, Very loud = FF, Physical training = PT, Gangster = AL, Boy = B, Son = S, Rook = R, Knight = N, Hot = H, Champion = CH

Wednesday, 23 November 2022

No 13718, Wednesday 23 Nov 2022, Dr. X

Solution to 23A 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   Terribly bad effort, conceding bishop in exchange (5-3) TRADE-OFF {bAD+EFFORT}*
5   Cocktail, if iced is divine (6) DEIFIC*
10 Obsession with models introduced by excellent car manufacturer (7) BUGATTI {BUG}{A{TT}1}
11 Introduce upper-class woman at club briefly (5,2) USHER IN {U}{SHE}{RINg}
12 Crushed by asinine verdict? Not at all (5) NEVER [T]
13 Arouse a little in order to have sex (9) TITILLATE {A+LITTLE}* over {IT} Semi&lit
14 Oh, hoarder is excitedly keeping money in piles (12) HAEMORRHOIDS {OH+HOARDER+IS} over {M}
18 Reverend, I go crazy after drinking liquor - my job's on the line! (6,6) ENGINE DRIVER {REVEREND+I}* over {GIN}
21 Hurry up and dance (5,1,3) SHAKE A LEG [DD]
23 Back starting to pain in a spot (5) A?O?T (Addendum - ADOPT {A}{DO{Pain}T} - See comments))
24 Sister having trouble getting good power tool (4,3) NAIL GUN {N{AIL}{G}UN}
25 Pick up traveller smuggling ecstasy and cocaine (7) RECOVER {R{E}{C}OVER}
26 Female crushed by miserable review, in tears (6) DASHES {DA{SHE}S<=}
27 Greek hero in work about Ulysses craftily killing many (8) ODYSSEUS {DO<=}{UlYSSES}*

1   Container aboard boat for recreational activity on water (6) TUBING {TU{BIN}G}
2   Greek person, one essentially bearing gift (6) ARGIVE {A}{beaRing}{GIVE}
3   Put up with poor internet around area (9) ENTERTAIN {ENTERT{A}IN*}
4   Expose hustler involved in cheating? OK (4,2,8) FAIR TO MIDDLING {F{AIR}{TOM}IDDLING}
6   The sly rogue wants special type of alcohol (5) ETHYL {THE+sLY}*
7   Develop a detailed procedure to make preservative (8) FORMALIN {FORM}{A}{LINe}
8   Italian noble cheating with beauty in retreat (8) CONTESSA {CON}{ASSET<=}
9   Articulate fellow involved in spree getting embarrassed and clumsy (14) BUTTERFINGERED {B{UTTER}{F}INGE}{RED}
15 Chief priests in shire, assembled around dome (9) HIERARCHS {HIER{ARCH}S*}
16 Start to appreciate boy in family becoming mature (8) SEASONED {SE{Ap...e}{SON}ED}
17 Saint in Tunisia, wandering around middle of night (8) IGNATIUS {I{niGht}NATIUS*}
19 Legends touring posh Vatican art museum (6) LOUVRE {LO{U}{V}RE}
20 Seabird aboard steamship poops (6) STERNS {S{TERN}S}
22 Maiden dumped pathetic bore (5) EAGRE mEAGRE

Reference List
Bishop - B, Model = T, Upper-class = U, Sex = IT, Money = M, Good = G, Ecstasy = E, Cocaine = C, Many = L, Area = A, Special = S, Fellow = F, Posh = U, Vatican = V, Steamship = SS, Maiden = M

Tuesday, 22 November 2022

No 13717, Tuesday 22 Nov 2022, Dr. X

Solution to 5D 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   Spirited woman has beaten up beau involved in fling (13) SWASHBUCKLING {S{W}{HAS*}{BUCK}LING}
8   Main intellectual firing amateur (5) BRINY BRaINY
9   Begins with skit, super funny (7,2) STRIKES UP
11 How runs might be scored on the legside to get out of trouble? (3,3,4) OFF THE HOOK [DD]
12 Disreputable person about to smuggle ecstasy in dock (4) PIER {R{E}IP<=}
14 Temptress in food shop at the French hotel (7) DELILAH {DELI}{LA}{H}
16 Great moves to trap rebellious gangster on the run (2,5) AT LARGE {AT{AL<=}RGE*}
17 Excellent study about heroin and dope (7) AIRHEAD {A1}{R{H}EAD}
19 One turning out champion after end of race (7) EVICTOR {VICTOR}<=>{racE}
21 Surmounts difficulty on retirement (4) TOPS<=
22 Whiskey consumed on top of rum! Smashed beyond doubt (10) WATERTIGHT {W}{ATE}{Rum}{TIGHT}
25 Wild boyfriend hosting drunken spree (9) DESPERATE {D{SPREE*}ATE}
26 One who makes an estimate of carbon released from mouth of volcano (5) RATER cRATER
27 Seeing patient (13) UNDERSTANDING [DD]

2   Wife with bad flu in distress, getting plaintive (7) WAILFUL {W}{AI{FLU*}L}
3   Sell cheesy crackers in island nation (10) SEYCHELLES*
4   Silly talk about conservative Dutch painter (5) BOSCH {BOS{C}H}
5   Men reviewed work in case relating to large company (9) C?R?O?A?E (Addendum - CORPORATE - {C{OR}{OP<=}RATE} See comments)
6   Enjoy procession for new king (4) LIKE LI(-n+k)KE
7   Partners having a row, getting more spiteful (7) NASTIER {N}{A}{S}{TIER}
8   Televised street performers in ground (11) BROADCASTED {B{ROAD}{CAST}ED}
10 Proper planning to catch alien rogue, one who has committed a crime (11) PERPETRATOR {PERP{ET}{RAT}OR*}
13 Secluded by onset of Covid-19, son lazed around (10) CLOISTERED {Co..d}{LOI{S}TERED}
15 Retreats from hard course of action, constrained by feelings (9) HIDEAWAYS {H}{IDEA{WAY}S}
18 Persuades guy to go astray (5,2) ROPES IN {ROPE}{SIN}
20 Tying the knot? Yes, lost and tense (7) TIGHTEN {TyING+THE}*
23 Swelling in back of knee troubled dame (5) EDEMA {kneE}{DAME*}
24 Fearsome terrorist crossing boundary (4) METE [T]

Reference List
Woman = W, Beau = BUCK, Amateur = A, Ecstasy = E, Hotel = H, Gangster = AL, Heroin = H, Whiskey = W, Carbon = C, Wife = W, Conservative = C, New =N, King = K, Partners = N,S, Alien = ET, Son = S, Hard = H, Yes = Y

Monday, 21 November 2022

No 13716, Monday 21 Nov 2022, Dr. X

Solution to 6D 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   Crushed by slap, irritated boy let loose in violent confrontation (7,6) PITCHED BATTLE {P{ITCHED}{B}AT}{LET*}
8   Special concept for album's first half (4,1) SIDE A {S}{IDEA}
9   Marijuana, most believe, contains primarily intoxicating element (9) POTASSIUM {POT}{ASS{In...g}UMe}
11 Influenced by cocaine, sod goes berserk (10) OCCASIONED*
12 Associate captivated by damsel in kimono (4) LINK [T]
14 One lad, excited about a little ride in Montreal amusement park (2,5) LA RONDE {ONE+LAD}* over {Ride}
16 One enthralled by exotic lassie in historical region of Central Europe (7) SILESIA {S{1}LESIA*}
17 Trendy consumer obtaining fine tea maker (7) INFUSER {IN}{F}{USER}
19 Drink after group calls it a day (5,2) PACKS UP {SUP}<=>{PACK}
21 Old flames kiss during date in retreat (4) EXES {E{X}ES<=}
22 Rodent biting, cutting mate (10) CHINCHILLA {CHIN{CHILL}A}
25 One caught in country for winking (9) NICTATION {N{1}{CT}ATION}
26 Frail urchin eating roll (5) LURCH [T]
27 Wrongly arresting sons for crime (13) TRANSGRESSION*

2   One persuading to invest, abandoning tense hesitation (7) INDUCER {INDUCt}{ER}
3   Company head pinches butt! That's vulgarity (10) COARSENESS {CO}{NESS} over {ARSE}
4   Couple finally canoodle endlessly in Finnish city (5) ESPOO {c...lE}{SPOOn}
5   Praises perfect taste of snacks in retro bar (7,2) BUTTERS UP {UTTER}{Sn...s} in {PUB<=}
6   Captain bowled out for nought finally? Flip! (4) T?S?  (Addendum - TOSS (-b+t)TOSS - See comments)   
7   Non-clergy groups in retreat, mostly couples (7) LAITIES {LAIr}{TIES}
8   Informer shot English goon with pistol (5,6) STOOL PIGEON {E+GOON+PISTOL}*
10 Attract a lot of attention, like one leaving the board might do? (4,1,6) MAKE A SPLASH [C&DD]
13 British misses outside shack showing extremely attractive bodies (5,5) BLACK HOLES {B}{LACK{HOLE}S}
15 Notice apparatus worn by large sci-fi character (9) EARTHLING {EAR}{TH{L}ING}
18 More vicious fire, crew frantically saving women (7) FIERCER {FIRE+CREw}*
20 Port of New Orleans (7) SALERNO*
23 Nobody going around clubs for the time being (5) NONCE {NON{C}E}
24 Liquor around middle of day? Gross! (4) GAIN {G{dAy}IN}

Reference List
Boy = B, Special = S, Trendy = IN, Fine = F, Kiss = X, Date = SEE, Caught = CT, Tense = T, Head = NESS, Bowled = B, English = E, British = B, Large = L, Women = W, Clubs = C

Sunday, 20 November 2022

The Sunday Crossword No 3229, Sunday 20 Nov 2022

1   Consolidates, unusually low (12) DISCONSOLATE*
10 Batty, naked, one in France getting sun acclimatizes (7) ATTUNES {bATTy}{UNE}{S}
11 Pooh's friend Rabbit's beginning to intervene and provoke (7) TRIGGER {T{Ra...t}IGGER}
12 Considerable part of molecular genetics (5) LARGE [T]
13 Dependent sweetheart suppressing fury (6-2) HANGER-ON {H{ANGER}ON}
15 A pair such as the solver and a sheep? (10) HOMOPHONES {you~ewe) Definition by example 
16 Natural element, odourless and noble, primarily? (4) NEON Acrostic &lit
18 Temperature dropped in important medicine bottle (4) VIAL VItAL
20 Enormous pleasure boat navy's left in condition of poor visibility (10) CLOUDINESS {CLOUD nINE}{SS}
22 Adore old resort, fabulous place (2,6) EL DORADO*
24 Say earl is retreating seeing military blockade (5) SIEGE {EG}{E}{IS}<=
26 Stinking king, endeavouring to abandon son (7) REEKING {R}{sEEKING}
27 Rise above horse chestnut, we're told (7) CONQUER (~conker)
28 Needleworkers with southeastern American accents (12) SEAMSTRESSES {SE}{AM}{STRESSES}

2   Caretaker in Bury on WhatsApp? (7) INTERIM {INTER}{IM}
3   Right-wing politician to invite scorn (8) CONTEMPT {CON}{TEMPT}
4   Meddlesome Everyman too bumptious and fussy in the end (4) NOSY Tail Acrostic
5   New Age, tortuous, time wasted: intolerable! (10) OUTRAGEOUS {AGE+tORTUOUS}*
6   Copying what a microwave might produce (5) APING {A PING}
7   Agitated, enraged swordsman's call (2,5) EN GARDE*
8   Everyone getting trim in sports: is anyone listening? (5,4,4) WALLS HAVE EARS {W{ALL}{SHAVE}EARS}
9   What could be sharp, ensuring reshaping? (7,6) PRUNING SHEARS* &lit
14 According to Spooner, Holmes' creator pleads for simple culinary fare (6,4) BOILED EGGS (~ doyle begs to boiled eggs)
17 Fussy dustiness: no university objects (8) DISSENTS DuSTINESS*
19 Lecture that might be a little flat (7) ADDRESS [DD]
21 Carry out – take out, officially (7) EXECUTE [DD]
23 Self-portrait 'accidentally' includes healthy foodstuff (5) RAITA [T]
25 Cliff and Mark left following injury (4) SCAR [DD]

Reference List
One in French = UNE, Sun = S, Sweetheart = HON, Temperature = T, Earl = E, King = R, Son = S, Americam = AM, WhatsApp = IM(Instant Messaging), Time = T, University = U

Saturday, 19 November 2022

No 13715, Saturday 19 Nov 2022, Afterdark

Solution to 4D 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   Say, speaker's measure is inadequate concerning opposition leader (6) STEREO {STEp}{RE}{Op...n}
9   Sort of give ten takas primarily for the drawing (8) VIGNETTE {GIVE+TEN+Ta..s}*
10 Armed ships' crew replaced for a woman (3-2-3) MEN-OF-WAR {MEN}{FOR+A+W}*
11 Mother's away to invite Hindu leader, a tamer (6) MAHOUT {MA}{OUT} over {Hi..u}
12 Condition for returning assistance; accept English soldiers by end of August (8) DEMENTIA {D{E}{MEN}{a...sT}IA<=}
13 Didn't wish Newton? Bad reporter (6) NILLED {N}{ILL}{ED}
14 Can a king's enemy pitilessly appropriate nation's leaders and vessel (7) CAKEPAN Acrostic
17 Censure auditor having a cocktail & some enchiladas and a dish (7) PANCAKE {PAN}{CA}{cocK}{En...s}
20 Almost decides to heat and unfreeze (2-4) DE-ICED DECIDEs*
22 Attempt to follow a right individual with special skill (8) ARTISTRY {TRY}<=>{A}{RT}{I}{S}
25 Idiot of a Greek character with power; has treasure (6) MUPPET {MU}{P}{PET}
26 Surpass in workout classically (8)  OUTCLASS [T]
27 Re-ad medical officer's note again (4,4) ONCE-MORE {ON}{CE}{MO}{RE}
28 Reach old canopy (6) EXTENT {EX}{TENT}

1   Strangers kidnap canine and are returning with the rest (2,6) ET CETERA {ET}{C}{ET}{ARE<=}
2   Track has little opening leading into the wood (6) GROOVE {GRO{Op...g}VE}
3   Disappear with daughter taking comedian's bird (6) GODWIT {GO}{D}{WIT}
4   Set out to cycle on surface (7) ?V?R?A?  (Addendum - OVERLAY {LAY}<=>{OVER} - See comments)
5   Say, country's excellent in retort, has no thought for others (8) EGOMANIA {EG}{OMAN}A1<=}
6   Pharmaceutical formulation to relieve trauma related to the head (8) CEPHALIC PHarmaCEutICAL*
7   Adapt a leading Tamil song (6) ATTUNE {A}{Ta..l}{TUNE}
15 Encrypt epic with new hero sacrificing nothing strangely (8) ENCIPHER {EPIC+N+HERo}*
16 Hearing out and performing with two individuals (8) AUDITION {AND+OUT+I+I}*
18 Keen about buying flower and fuel... (8) KEROSENE {KE{ROSE}NE*}
19 ...gutted angry girlfriend outside on a break (7) LAYOVER {L{AngrY}OVER}
21 'Dancing Queen'? It primarily would relate to a horse (6) EQUINE {QUEEN+It}*
23 Laugh at losing weight in social media platform (6) TITTER TwITTER
24 Bow? Instrument only has small arc at the top in the front (6) SALUTE {LUTE}<=>{S}{Arc}

Reference List
Concerning = RE, Woman = W, English = E, Newton = N, Right = RT, Special = S, Power = P, Re = ON, AD = CE, Note = RE, Stranger = ET, Canine = C, Daughter = D, Excellent = A1, New = N, Individual = I, Weight = W, Small = S