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.

ACROSS
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}*

DOWN
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

18 comments:

  1. Formalin- I could never think of it as a preservative. Our minds go towards jam etc., but then we have to remind ourselves that Doc.is setting the CW!!

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  2. Slightly tougher than yesterday?

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  3. 23A. Back = ADOPT. P (first letter of "pain") inside A DOT = a spot

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  4. Best Wishes for a very Happy Birthday and many many Happy returns of the Day Doc.

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  5. Happy birthday, Dr..I could graduate from frustration to be able to solve majority of the clues, thou, our adrenaline pumps-)
    ..

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  6. Dear Dr X
    Being a SEASONED setter, several of your clues ENTERTAIN and TITILLATE us. Happy returns and wish you a great year ahead! 💐

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  7. Tougher one compared to yesterday's crossword. New words for me 4D and 22D. Many Happy Returns of The DAY - Dr.X.

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