Sunday 1 January 2023

The Sunday Crossword No 3235, Sunday 01 Jan 2023



Artwork by Prasanna

Rangoli by Gowri

1   Features of characters in le Carré's dénouements? (5,7) ACUTE ACCENTS Definition by example
10 In Cologne, a restaurant that's most convenient (7) NEAREST [T]
11 Smaller road? Stop! (4-3) TURN-OFF [DD]
12 Rouse rudely, offering French bread (5) EUROS*
13 Top award designation Everyman's beginning to enter ... no, second-tier (8) NOBELIST {Ev...n} in {NO}{B}{LIST}
15 Presiding over pacification? (10) MODERATING [DD]
16 So, giant’s coming back (4) ERGO<=
18 Slurps noisily, a failing (4) LAPS (~lapse)
20 Top courier redirected somewhere in Caribbean (6,4) PUERTO RICO*
22 Authorising documents conflict with tirades (8) WARRANTS {WAR}{RANTS}
24 Feeling pain as good bananas rejected (5) STUNG {G}{NUTS}<=
26 About to appear in misguided reboot in 31 days’ time (7) OCTOBER {O{C}TOBER*}
27 Between times, present duck in addition (7) THERETO {T}{HERE}{T}{O}
28 Is fast, reckless deed providing gratification? (12) SATISFACTION {IS+FAST}*{ACTION}

2   Used grill to cook leafy veg, did you say? (7) CHARRED (~chard)
3   What’s shown when terribly austere, right? Wrong (8) TREASURE {AUSTERE+R}* Semi&lit
4   Topless poet wanting chips in a pot? (4) ANTE dANTE
5   Tighten one's belt in joint confines (3,7) CUT CORNERS {CUT}{CORNERS}
6   Bundle of fibres in cheek (5) NERVE [DD]
7   Around India, gift-giving party's more flamboyant (7) SHOWIER {SHOW{I}ER}
8   Fail to get most out of what comes from lumbering Welsh poem? (5,4,4) UNDER MILK WOOD {UNDER}{MILK}{WOOD}
9   Fast food galoot’s cooked with no end of fries: that’s not helping (1,3,3,2,4) A FAT LOT OF GOOD {FAsT+FOOD+GALOOT}* 
14 Truss with truce, uneasy arrangements (10) STRUCTURES*
17 Most rambunctious, TS Eliot’s preface is one about … about uprising (8) NOISIEST {T}{S}El..t}{IS}{1}{ON}<=
19 Wicked sailors taking exercise, swapping hands (7) PIRATES PI(-l+r)RATES
21 Indication naming unborn through esoteric Roman obstetrics, primarily? (2,5) IN UTERO Acrostic &lit
23 Senior religious figure, a bold social-media nuisance (5) ABBOT {A}{B}{BOT}
25 Pet names including something fiery and Italian (4) ETNA [T]

Reference List
Second = B, Good = G, About = C, Time = T, Right = R, India = I, About = ON, Bold = B 


  1. Special at 10:30 will be the Prelim Round crossword No 1 set by Fraz

  2. Wish everyone happy solving in 2023!

  3. Wish you all a happy new year!
    Nice artwork by Prasanna and rangoli by Gowri marking the beginning of 2023.

  4. Happy New Year to all uf you.
    Nice start by Gowri & Prasanna

  5. Wish you all very happy and prospeeous Year ahead.
    Happy solving.

  6. Wish you all a very Happy New Year
    Beautiful Rangoli by Gowri and lovely Mandala art by Prasanna

  7. Thank you Shri - Ramesh, Paddy,Sree_sree,sathia, MB and Smt. AJ & Veena for your Greetings. hope this new year will be the best year of your life. May all your hopes are fulfilled and all your dreams come true. awaiting for special.

  8. Happy New Year to all the members 🎈

  9. Typo in 18A.
    It has to be Laps instead of sips.