Tuesday 10 January 2023

No 13759, Tuesday 10 Jan 2023, Incognito

Rangoli by Gowri

Solution to 3D 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   Disappeared... carrying fruit! (4) PEAR [T]
9   Put off ten wearing exciting nighties around university (10) EXTINGUISH {X} in {NIGHTIES}* over {U}
10 Girl wanders in thickets (6) GROVES {G}{ROVES}
11 Discontinue baker (5,3) BREAK OFF {BAKER}* [RA]
12 Association of readers reserve golfing equipment (4,4) BOOK CLUB {BOOK}{CLUB}
14 Lure ward with frozen water (6) ENTICE {ENT}{ICE}
16 Prison No.18 (4) STIR Defintion by example
17 Delta, Echo, Foxtrot... Frustrated? (3,2) FED UP {D}{E}{F}<=
18 After giving up deal, made love wildly in shift (4) MOVE {MadE+lOVe}*
19 Engineer and the French trapped extra-terrestrial insect (6) BEETLE {BE}{ET}{LE}
21 Unbiased parties steal urn by mistake (8) NEUTRALS*
23 Spinning ballet dancer losing belt in place where one might find a date (8) CALENDAR {bALlet+DANCER}*
26 Ancient ocean destroying the sty (6) TETHYS*
27 Got off due to mind getting agitated around beginning of safari (10) DISMOUNTED {DUE+TO+MIND}* over {Sa...i}
28 Stone from ring with friend (4) OPAL {O}{PAL}

1   Insect goes around rocking blotter and drink container (4,6) BEER BOTTLE {BE{BLOTTER*}E}
2   Inciter agitating over pork (8) PROVOKER*
3   A ship, perhaps, remains same even after losing 1/3 from its front and back (6) ?E?S?L (Addendum VESSEL veSSel - See comments) 
4   Flying creatures fly back and pierce with sharp instrument (4) STAB<=
5   Keep Eden trimmed to leg height (4-4) KNEE-DEEP*
6   Trip king and alien after sixth month, in short (6) JUNKET {K}{ET}<=>{JUNe}
7   Horrible snafu in absence of navy and defenders of America's sky, in short (1,1,1,1) USAF {SnAFU}*
13 President's quirky in bed (5) BIDEN*
15 Equestrian soldier from California upsets army van carrying head of logistics (10) CAVALRYMAN {CA}{ARMY+VAN}* over {Lo...s}
17 Find glue smeared in artillery piece (5,3) FIELD GUN*
18 Spoil Roman hat in long run (8) MARATHON*
20 Units of energy produced by the Royal Meteorological Society? (6) THERMS {THE}{RMS}
22 Nudity can be dirty (6) UNTIDY*
24 A Chinese president's turning point (4) AXIS {A}{XI'S}
25 Tax judge? (4) RATE [DD]

Reference List
Ten = X, University = U, Girl = G, Ward = ENT, Delta = D, Echo = E, Foxtrot = F, Engineer = BE, The in French = LE< Extra-terrestrial = ET, King = K, Alien = ET, Navy = N, California = CA


  1. Sorry for the delay. By mistake the schedule time for posting was set for 10:30 AM

    1. Saw the error only when KKR messaged me that the blog was not up.

    2. πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

    3. Col. on Sunday special mode!!

  2. 3D easily solved, may others try πŸ˜ƒ

  3. 3D. Intelligent clue. Happily solved. Ofcourse, not posting. I have exhausted my quota .

  4. 3D Vessel. Ss remains same after removal of ve / El. Ship=vessel.

  5. 9A The double SANDWICH clue is interesting

  6. Typo in 1A. It should be Bottler.

  7. Can somebody explain how 16A is a defintion by example?

    1. It is actually a DD with the second definition as DBE

    2. Rethinking, it is a pure DD. No DBE.

    3. Only the cross reference to a different clue throws you off..Move and Prison both define Stir.

  8. Could someone help me with 16A. I was running around with Argon (AR) and ended up at a dead end

    1. Some times the number indicates the clue number in the grid ie 18a. And 18a ref to move.
      So the clue becomes

      Prison move(4) a DD

  9. While on 18a, it sprang in my mind : what if Doc would have set the clue. My I.

    After giving up wild deal, made love on table(4)

  10. Replies
    1. As a verb table has a synonym - move.
      Table the motion.

  11. Dear 'Incognito' Kishore Rao, believe me, enjoyed solving your crossword grids over the past three days though simple, are (were) pretty tricky vis-a-vis since almost all your clues had the solution within.....
    Not that I am claiming any credit but today except for 18-A, managed to solve all others....

  12. Lovely grid. My COD - Marathon (in the long run!)
    Thank u Kishore for keeping our confidence up for 4 days! πŸ™‚