Sunday 30 April 2023

Special, Sunday 30 Apr 2023, Driver

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

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The Sunday Crossword No 3252, Sunday 30 Apr 2023

ACROSS
1   Dancing in club with some curaçao, very laid-back (4,2,1,8) COOL AS A CUCUMBER {CLUB+SOME+CURACAO}*
9   Place to socialise in Scottish port gripped by terrible fate (3,4) DAY ROOM {D{AYR}OOM}
10 What may keep you from prison in Bali, bizarrely (5) ALIBI [T]
11 After end of gust, wind to go somewhere else (6) TRAVEL {gusT}{RAVEL}
13 Lunettes designed to upset (8) UNSETTLE*
14 Everyman had announced what The Observer did (4) EYED (~ I'd)
15 King George with sense of humour after wife leaves showing bravery (10) GRITTINESS {GR}{wITTINESS}
17 Flavouring of fruit that’s old for you and me (5,5) LEMON THYME {LEMON}{THY}{ME}
19 Flipping cross, wanting some shut-eye (4) NAPS<=
21 Detective, first class, originally called for one kept in custody (8) DETAINEE {DET}{A1}{NEE}
23 Title character in American theatre – and cinema, unusually (6) ICEMAN*
24 Power saw’s sharp parts (5) TEETH [DD]
25 Warm lisper’s escorted to the door (4,3) THAW OUT (~saw out)
27 True fact: rec room, when tidied up, gives you source of domestic well-being (8,7) CREATURE COMFORT*

DOWN
2   Tidy hospital attendant (7) ORDERLY [DD]
3   Set down strange kind of line in report (3) LAY (~ley)
4   Emphasise insulting comment about Kitty (9) SPOTLIGHT {S{POT}LIGHT}
5   Performing my minuet, concert in civic venue (9,6)  COMMUNITY CENTRE*
6   About to argue, upset in dice game (5) CRAPS {C}{SPAR<=}
7   Continuation of financial support (11) MAINTENANCE [DD]
8   Ultimately implausible claims about the French food (7) EDIBLES {i...lE}{SBID<=} over {LE} 
12 Rebooted ‘ace, radmovie – using this? (5,6) VIDEO CAMERA* Semi&lit
16 Those people fuss about central pair of oiks in operetta (3,6) THE MIKADO {THEM}{ADO} over {oIKs}
18 Seven terms describing a racehorse (7) EVENTER [T]
20 Prattle about what might be seafood (7) PLATTER*
22 Primarily: nationalist extraordinaire historically, Raj’s usurper? (5) NEHRU Acrostic &lit
26 Lout, left out, to mooch about (3) OAF lOAF

Reference List
King George = GR, Detective = DET, First class = A1, Originally called = NEE, Kitty = POT, About = C, The in French = LE, Left = L

Saturday 29 April 2023

No 13852, Saturday 29 Apr 2023, Avtaar

ACROSS
1   Regular member of the old Labour party? (7) MIDWIFE [CD]
5   Blue sapphire firing heart of bride, maybe? (7) PERHAPS SAPPHiRE*
9   Unproductive investment of tennis legend in America (7) USELESS {U{SELES}S}
10 Master furtively leaves Spain with son every 4 weeks or so (7) MONTHLY {M}{ON THe sLY}
11 West of hot old Asian country is shrouding mountain range (9) HIMALAYAS {H}{I{MALAYA}S}
12 Robes round screen personality Lovisa Gustafsson (5) GARBO {GARB}{O}
13 What has the highest frequency on mass communication equipment? (5) MODEM {MODE}{M} 
15 Keep off Spooner's tie collection (5,4) STAND BACK (~band stack to stand back)
17 Assign section to probe hostility asap (9) POSTHASTE {POST}{HA{S}TE}
19 Queen returns backing introduction of democracy in Tunisia's capital (5) DINAR {RANI<=}<=>{De...y}
22 Wherefrom Italy has taken back Asian island (5) TIMOR [T<=]
23 Hospital attendants in gold and maroon going around lounges (9) ORDERLIES {OR}{RED<=}{LIES}
25 Chiefs of tribes engage local enchanters with text message for charms (7) TELESMS {Tr...s}{En...e}{Lo..l}{En...s}{SMS}
26 Remain witty - it helps you sleep well (7) BEDROLL {BE}{DROLL}
27 Birds picked up communications in mixed languages (7) PIDGINS (~pigeons)
28 Arch-rival is going across India pursuing European adversaries (7) ENEMIES {NEMESis} over {I} following {E}

DOWN
1   Writer's mother on the radio (7) MAUGHAM (~mom)
2   Doctor made cocktail with ecstasy and hallucinated (7) DREAMED {DR}{MADE*} over {E}
3   A lake bearing fish, for example (5) IDEAL {A}{L}<=>{IDE}
4   Writers, for instance, participating in struggles after king is deposed (9) ESSAYISTS {rES{SAY}ISTS}
5   Drains water from shoes (5) PUMPS [DD]
6   Ill-treated, angered journalist turned traitor (9) RENEGADED {ANGERED*}{ED}
7   Guru's cautious going into entrance of Advaita Academy (7) ACHARYA {Ad...a}{CHARY}{Ac...y}
8   Loan shark's hair, shrinking on top (7) SHYLOCK {LOCK}<=>{SHY}
14 One sheltered by ashram built on fringes of Himalayan inclines (9) MAHARISHI {MAHAR{1}S*}{Hi...n}{In...s} &lit
16 Flexible about date - can be changed (9) AMENDABLE {AMEN{D}ABLE}
17 Break pulpits to protect houses (3,4) PIT STOP [T]
18 Tested singular, large diamonds (7) SAMPLED {S}{AMPLE}{D}
20 Love for English in upcoming South European capital (7) NAIROBI IB(-e+o)ORIAN<=
21 Verdicts of leaders in recent elections stymied ultras, leaving them shell-shocked (7) RESULTS Acrostic
23 Run out of pans for ovens (5) OASTS rOASTS
24 Black ducks go over hill (5) RIDGE bRIDGE

Reference List
Master = M, Spain = E, Son = S, Hot = H, Mass = M, Section = S, India = I, European = E, Ecstasy = E, Lake = L, Fish = IDE, King = R, Date = D, Singular = S, Diamonds = D, English = E, Run = R, Black = B

Friday 28 April 2023

No 13851, Friday 28 Apr 2023, Hypatia

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ACROSS
1   Born in France, extremely dandy but poor (5) NEEDY {NEE}{DandY}
4   Manipulate auditor's requirement (5) KNEAD (~need)
11 A lawyer covering up abuse - it's evil (7) ADHARMA {A}{D{HARM}A}
12 Drawback in analog reporting framework (7) PERGOLA [T<=]
13 Knocks down ornaments (5) DECKS [DD]
14 Schoenberg or Bach even captivating old leader (9) GORBACHEV [T]
15 Hostility amongst rivals of Lenovo (2,4,4) NO LOVE LOST {LENOVO}* [RA]
17 Fumes leaving black vessels (4) URNS bURNS
19 Switch with another product, basically! (4) SWAP Acrostic Semi&lit
21 Reverend calling building worker for blue print (6,4) MASTER PLAN (~plaster man to master plan)
25 Approaches and doodles alongside (5,4) DRAWS NEAR {DRAWS}{NEAR}
27 Bet dog left lead in grass? (5) WAGER WAgGER
28 May in that place, is April, initially (7) THERESA {THERE}{'S}{A}
29 Woman folding warm cover (7) SHEATHE {S{HEAT}HE}
30 Extremely foolish to consume nonsense in trivia (5) FROTH {Fo...sH} over {ROT}
31 Sign of vocal talent (5) FLARE (~flair)

DOWN
2   Just husband icar initially escorted by others (7) ETHICAL {H}{In}{Car} in {ET AL}
3   Jeering lord picked up in bar (8) DERISIVE {D{SIRE<=}IVE}
5   Country never saved rupees (6) NORWAY {NO WAY} over {R}
6   Additional info frequently stops heart attacks (7) ANOTHER {A{iNfO}THER*}
7   Spot of relaxation in terrible danger (6) GARDEN*
8   Sugar high when everything's picked up for dessert (8) RASGULLA {SUGAR}*{ALL<=}
9   Strikes brought up in dispute (4) SPAR<=
10 Scandinavian arranged to export exquisite Indian fabric (6) CANVAS SCAndinaViAN*
16 Player from Chennai finally starts performing outside India (8) SITARIST {c...aI+STARTS}* over {I}
18 Unfair bargain that's not desirable for one buying fruits? (1,3,4) A RAW DEAL [C&DD]
19 Collected information mostly through watch (6) SEDATE {SE{DATa}E}
20 Layman, essentially sure to follow American friend (7) AMATEUR {sURe}<=>{A}{MATE}
22 Arsonist harassing the girl? (7) LIGHTER*
23 Shifting from South to North initially assists stress (6) NERVES (-s+n)NERVES
24 Worker maintains small church in hill (6) ASCENT {A{S}{CE}NT}
26 Fell over marks in test (4) EXAM {AXE<=}{M}

Reference List
Born in French = NEE, Black = B, Husband = H, Rupees = R, India = A, American = A, South = S, North = N, Small = S, Church = CE, Marks = M


Thursday 27 April 2023

No 13850, Thursday 27 Apr 2023, Hypatia

Solution to 24A 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   On the radio, rock’s louder (6) BOLDER (~ boulder)
4   Weaken self-control (6) TEMPER [DD]
9   Secure rapidly (4) FAST [DD]
10 Gut wrenching cries a vet expects initially (10) EVISCERATE* {CRIES+A+VET+Ex...s}
11 Urge German to consume no alcoholic drink (6) EGGNOG {EGG}{NO}{G}
12 Accessory in Spooner’s exposed palm (8) HAIRBAND (~ bare hand to hairband)
13 Aggressively bargained for a coat (9) GABARDINE*
15 Hint Hint (left hidden) (4) CLUE {C{L}UE}
16 Basically round or triangular Indian bread (4) ROTI Acrostic Semi&lit
17 Substitutes relating to parcels lost (9) REPLACERS {RE}{PARCELS*}
21 Covers maiden taking rest behind a little screen (8) SMOTHERS {M}{OTHERS}<=>{Sc...n}
22 Film about hot English bromance, essentially (6) CINEMA {C}{IN}{E}{broMAnce}
24 May had prepared ahead of school applicants (10) ?A?D?D?T?S (Addendum - CANDIDATES{CAN}{ATE}<=>{DID} and {S} - See comments)
25 Layers of hair essentially need strengthening at the roots (4) HENS Acrostic
26 Essentially, gimlet is an exotic drink (6) TISANE [T]
27 Distributes paper hankies saving time (6) ISSUES tISSUES

DOWN
1   Support frames put up for dance (7) BHANGRA {B{HANG}RA}
2   Nasality distorted this language, say (5) LATIN NAsaLITy* [CA]
3   Pick up some bud e.g., remembrance rose (7) EMERGED [T<=]
5   15 exercises by one Dutch mathematician (6) EUCLID {CLUE*}{1}{Du..h}
6   Like fable of horse, perhaps arrested by guards abruptly (9) PARABOLIC {P{ARAB}OLICe}
7   Engineer and doctor unite in train (7) RETINUE {RE}{UNITE*}
8   Yes, Tintin's got specialised training, perhaps (4,9) HIGH INTENSITY {YES+TINTIN}* [RA]
14 Poses from high places when time's left (9) ATTITUDES A(-l+t)TTIDUES
16 Associate parliamentarian's rhetoric about pandemic (7) RAMPANT {R{A}{MP}ANT}
18 Position traps on the sides for insects (7) LOCUSTS {LOCUS}{TrapS}
19 Detains guy mostly between breaks (7) REMANDS {RE{MAn}NDS}
20 Tissue not dirty around edge (6) TENDON {T{END}ON*}
23 Former leader regularly in tech group (5) NEHRU {iN+tEcH+gRoUp}

Reference List
German = G, Left = L, Relating to = RE, Maiden = M, About = C, Hot = IN, English = E, Time = T, Support = BRA, Dutch = D, Horse = ARAB, Engineer = RE(Royal Engineers)

Wednesday 26 April 2023

No 13849, Wednesday 26 Apr 2023, Dr. X

Solution to 15A 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   Meet girl for small talk (8) CONVERGE CONVER(-s+g)GE
5   A fine new deli at a distance (6) AFIELD {A}{F}{DELI*}
10 Express pleasure, consuming drug that's less adulterated (5) PURER {PUR{E}R}
11 Similarities with a gasoline compound (9) ANALOGIES*
12 Wrong anagram in that clue! Time wasted (9) UNETHICAL {IN+tHAT+CLUE}*
13 Type of lymphocyte, say, tackling coronavirus primarily (1-4) T-CELL {T{Co...s}ELL}
14 Sadness in group at hospital (6) PATHOS [T]
15 Most silly, putting pepper over pastries (7) D?P?E?T ()
18 Leader of industry in revolting deceit - that's extraordinarily clear (7) EIDETIC {E{In...y}DETIC*}
20 Wow! Making a comeback, Delhi's opener gets two ducks - it's bad luck (6) HOODOO {OOH<=}{De..i}{00}
22 Character hugging black oak tree (5) ROBLE {RO{B}LE}
24 Became exhausted in rave party, spinning over spot (3,2,4) RAN TO SEED {RANT}{O{SEE}D<=}
25 Settled back, cuddling primarily sexy damsel in sack (9) DISMISSAL {Sexy}{MISS} in {LAID<=}
26 Set of three diamonds lost - lady in distress (5) TRIAL {TRIAd}{L}
27 Fine and clear say, turning cooler (6) FRIDGE {F}{RID}{EG<=}
28 Stay warm, travelling in rail transport systems (8) TRAMWAYS*

DOWN
1   Avoid company and sulk (3,3) COP OUT {CO}{POUT}
2   Governess in series about rebellious ladies securing independence (9) NURSEMAID {RUN<=}{SEMA{I}D<=}
3   Shocking threats made to crush bowler perhaps on English field (5-10) EARTH-SHATTERING {EARTHS{HAT}T*}{E}{RING}
4   Good cuts and flicks (7) GLANCES {G}{LANCES}
6   How one might enter the solution to this clue completely (4,3,2,6) FROM TOP TO BOTTOM [C&DD]
7   Pick travel items, bags (5) ELITE [T]
8   Heartbroken as boyfriend embraces miss in retreat (8) DESOLATE {D{LOSE<=}ATE}
9   Upset after wife cried (6) WAILED {AILED}<=>{W}
16 Arcane stuff from fancy store, one maintained by retired expert (9) ESOTERICA {STORE*}{1} in {ACE<=}
17 Tried jogging in mist, fell over in ditch (3,3,2) GET RID OF {TRIED*} in {FOG<=}
19 Colour of church tower (6) CERISE {CE}{RISE}
20 Fitter after getting hold of extremely noted trainer (7) HANDLER {HA{NoteD}LER}
21 Overwhelmed by drinks, director on date becomes confused (6) ADDLES {A{D}{D}LES}
23 Fool interrupting most famous deep-voiced singers (5) BASSI {B{ASS}Ig}

Reference List
Girl = G, Small = S, Fine = F, Drug = E, Time = T, Black = B, Party = DO, Diamonds = D, Lady = L, Fine = F, Company = CO, Independence = I, English = E, Good = G, Wife = W, Church = CE, Director = D, Date = D

Tuesday 25 April 2023

No 13848, Tuesday 25 Apr 2023, Dr. X

Solution to 22A 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   Completely in love, he and she dare to rebel (4,4,5) HEAD OVER HEELS {LOVE+HE+SHE+DARE}*
8   College girl in tutorial (5) CLASS {C}{LASS}
9   Batsman finally given run out - it's disheartening (9) UNNERVING {b...aN+GIVEN+RUN}*
11 Alert as yorker might land here? (2,4,4) ON ONES TOES [DD]
12 Check trunk (4) STEM [DD}
14 Urea is manufactured on a large landmass (7) EURASIA {UREA+IS}*{A}
16 Outrage over extremely risqué outfit (7) APPAREL {APPA{Ri..uE}L}
17 Shabby articles having plain upholstery fabric (7) TABARET {TA{BARE}T}
19 See director and siren cavorting outside club (7) DISCERN {D}{IS{C}ERN*}
21 Making a comeback, star gaily entertains Indian city (4) AGRA [T<=]
22 Criminal found outside bar, caught (10) ?O?T?A?T?D (Addendum - CONTRACTED - {CON}{TRAC{T}ED} - See comments)
25 Managing director returns to tour spacious and secluded place producing milk (5,4) DAIRY FARM {MD}<= over {AIRY}{FAR}
26 Start to inspect number on container of ancient Peruvian people (5) INCAN {In...t}{N}{CAN}
27 Enthralled by drink? Yeah! Let's go berserk, to put it mildly (2,3,3,5) TO SAY THE LEAST {YEAH+LETS}* in {TOAST}

DOWN
2   Be sorry about stealing retired old chap's charm (7) ENAMOUR {RUE<=} over {O}{MAN}<=
3   Place providing drugs from small stalls found in journal (10) DISPENSARY {DI{S}{PENS}ARY}
4   Brag in front of vain relative (5) VAUNT {Vain}{AUNT}
5   Rushed closer to big antelope in grazing territory (9) RANGELAND {RAN}{biG}{ELAND}
6   Most ancient nobleman (4) EARL EARLy 
7   At sea, sit with reel and spear for catching fish (7) LEISTER {SIT+REEL}*
8   Chat mischievously to enthral miss, then get near (5,2,4) CLOSE AT HAND {C{LOSE}ATH*}{AND}
10 Information about a maiden with flashy jewellery and diamonds in casino (8,3) GAMBLING DEN {GEN} over {A}{M}{BLING}{D}
13 Abandon principles in a job and start to swindle, breaking a commitment (10) APOSTATISE {A}{POST}{A}{TI{Sw...e}E}
15 One travelling to Saturn? (9) ASTRONAUT {A}{TO+SATURN}* &lit 
18 Mexican dish in spread, served up with starter of taco in Brazilian city (7) BURRITO {RUB<=}{RI{Taco}O}
20 Seduces in secret, slyly runs away (7) ENTICES {IN+SECrET}*
23 Republican lost composure in American city (5) TEMPE TEMPEr
24 Dreamy naturalist provides shelter to bird (4) MYNA [T]

Reference List
College = C, Shabby articles = TAT, Director = D, Club = C, Criminal = CON, Bar = T, Number = N, Drink = TOAST, Old = O, Small = S, Information = GEN, Maiden = M, Diamonds = D, One = A, Runs = R, Republican = R

Monday 24 April 2023

No 13847, Monday 24 Apr 2023, Dr. X

Solution to 11A 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   Court battle covered by extremely dedicated investigative journalist (8) WOODWARD {WOO}{De..[WAR}..eD}
5   One crawling in small jetty over delta (6) SPIDER {S}{PI{D}ER}
10 Country liquor knocked back by English character in retreat (7) NIGERIA {GIN<=}{E}{AIR<=}
11 Paper about act backing end of early norm of marrying outside a community (7) E?O?A?Y (Addendum - EXOGAMY {EX{GO<=}AM}{e..lY} - See comments))
12 Midday meal in bundle left for boy (5) LUNCH (-b+l)LUNCH
13 Fine novel with story that's indescribable (9) INEFFABLE {FINE*}{FABLE}
14 Catch rebellious lag going berserk, rioting and looting (12) BURGLARISING {RUB<=}{LAG*}{RISING}
18 Penniless and old with nobody getting evening meals (2,4,6) ON ONES UPPERS {O}{NONE}{SUPPERS}
21 Employed a terrific craftsman (9) ARTIFICER*
23 Chief wants money plant (5) ASTER mASTER
24 Adjusts fan in store (7) ORIENTS*
25 Opening erotic novel? Wasting time without doubt (7) ORIFICE {EROtIC}* over {IF}
26 Time to invite retired old director in room for discussion (6) EXEDRA {E{{EX<=}{D}RA}
27 Recovers in secrecy perhaps to conceal bit of liposuction (8) RECYCLES {RECYC{Li...n}ES*}

DOWN
1   Manipulate and sway woman for date (6) WANGLE (-d+w)WANGLE
2   Men reviewed problem in devices (6) ORGANS {OR}{SNAG<=}
3   Fight with man about ordinary service in store (9) WAREHOUSE {WAR}{HE<=}{O}USE}
4   Remarkable hit, like show with lions might be? (7,7) ROARING SUCCESS [C&DD]
6   Univ. teacher drinking alcohol heartily is tight (5) PROOF {PRO{alcOhol}F}
7   Liqueur from island in Bermuda perhaps (8) DRAMBUIE {DRAMBU{I}E*}
8   Streak on stretch outside one hotel in Essex town (8) RAYLEIGH {RAY}{LE{1}G}{H}
9   Blue pen, regular present that's broadly useful (7-7) GENERAL-PURPOSE {PEN+REGULAR}*{POSE}
15 New airline, extremely trendy actually (2,7) IN REALITY {AIRLINE}*{Tr..dY}
16 Advance to pick up associate turning drunk and insensible (8) COMATOSE {COM{A}{SOT<=}E}
17 Plot change in vector (8) CONTRIVE*
19 Beginning to argue with wife interrupting work freely (2,4) AT WILL {Ar..e}{T{W}ILL}
20 Dresses up prince with rising disdain (6) PREENS {P}{SNEER<=}
22 Showoff in erotic clothes, more sheer (5) FINER [T]

Reference List
Court = WOO, Small = S, Delta = D, English = E, Left = L, Boy = B, Old = O, Money = M, Time = T, Old = EX, Director = D, Woman = W, Date = D, Men = OR, Ordinary = O, Island = I, Stretch = LEG, Hotel = H, Associate = A, Drunk = SOT, Wife = W, Prince = P

Sunday 23 April 2023

Special, Sunday 23 Apr 2023, Ajji

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

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The Sunday Crossword No 3251, Sunday 23 Apr 2023

ACROSS
1   Devoured one sheep, noisily (3,2) ATE UP (~ a tup)
4   You shouldn’t have small infatuation in Australian state (8) TASMANIA {TA}{S}{MANIA}
8   Tipsy tippler, tattler giving you stuff and nonsense (7-7) PRITTLE-PRATTLE*
10 Sporting Coe let in: it's how parliamentarians are chosen (8) ELECTION*
11 Exactly zero t-shirts etc. returned (4-2) SPOT-ON {NO}{TOPS}<=
12 Translation of banal epic not up to the job (9) INCAPABLE*
15 With coins of little value, Everyman’s heading to find boozer (5) SOUSE {SOUS}{Ev...n}
17 Heavyweight’s disheartened, Sonny Liston’s fourth struggle (5) TYSON {SOnNY+lisTon}*
18 Cuckoo, pigeon and tit moving stealthily (9) TIPTOEING {PIGEON+TIT}*
19 Aim to express disapproval (6) OBJECT [DD]
21 Money changing hands for pudding (8) TURNOVER [DD]
24 At length, a child trained hairy bovines (8,6) HIGHLAND CATTLE*
25 Son caused online trouble, proceeded without urgency (8) STROLLED {S}{TROLLED}
26 Gold, Dutch and Italian, in financial examination (5) AUDIT {AU}{D}{IT}

DOWN
1   Growth in understanding (12) APPRECIATION [DD]
2   Worthy folks incense me terribly (9) EMINENCES*
 In France, slight appetite, taking only part (5) PETIT [T]
4   Where to cook morsel for Tolkien’s hero (3,6) THE HOBBIT {THE HOB}{BIT}
5   Either side in scrimmage might be hurt (4) SORE {S or E}
6   A little bean tip as topping in canapé (9) ANTIPASTO [T]
7   Opening part of chain letter (5) INLET [T]
9   Short fellow inserting limb in long johns? (12) UNDERGARMENT {UNDER}{G{ARM}ENT}
13 Not starting rhinoscopic process, finally wanting changes for one with ‘incredible’ nasal abnormality (9) PINOCCHIO  rHINOsCOPIC*
14 Former husband rapped and sermonized (9) EXPOUNDED {EX}{POUNDED}
16 Far from welcome seeing football team gathering in vain: not half (9) UNINVITED {UN{IN Vain}ITED}
20 Mutual club? (5) JOINT [DD]
22 Natal’s yammering animal – large antelope, primarily? (5) NYALA Acrostic Semi&lit
23 Issue a reproach when fibber's shown up (4) RAIL<=

Reference List
Small = S, Son = S, Dutch = D, Italian = IT, Former husband = EX

Saturday 22 April 2023

No 13846, Saturday 22 Apr 2023, Dr. X

EID MUBARAK 
ACROSS
1   Survive and fight back to live with dignity at last (6,2) SCRAPE BY {SCRAP}{BE<=}{d...tY}
5   Picked up by electromyograph, a sickness occurring in stages (6) PHASIC [T]
10 Clash in bar, associate lost temper (7) DIVERGE {DIVE}{RaGE}
11 Plenty of money won by excited youth (7) UMPTEEN {U{M}P}{TEEN}
12 Keen listener secures good grade finally (5) EAGER {EA{G}{{g..dE}R}
13 One seen on stage playing corpse in seedy den (4,5) DROP SCENE {CORPSE}* in {DEN}*
14 Getting married? That's what sailor might be doing (5,3,4) TYING THE KNOT [DD]
18 Sleazy, wild liaison including exotic rub at America (12) INSALUBRIOUS {LIAISON}* over {RUB}* US}
21 Tries his wife's new mutton dish (5,4) IRISH STEW {TRIES+HIS+W}*
23 A car crashed outside club in African capital (5) ACCRA {A}{CAR*} over {C}
24 Head of state released bird at ceremony in Brazilian municipality (7) IBIRITE {IBIs}{RITE}
25 According to Spooner, chief directed Oscar award-winning movie (4,3) RAIN MAN (~main ran to Rain Man)
26 Crone wanting a little tender meat to make Scottish dish (6) HAGGIS {HAG}{GISt}
27 Ego of one heartless narcissist in power (8) IDENTITY {1}{DE{Na...sT}ITY}

DOWN
1   Cast endlessly drinking rum, getting soaked (6) SODDEN {S{ODD}ENt}
2   Consuming a bit of Viagra, go mad in sack (6) RAVAGE {R{A}{Vi...a}AGE}
3   Picture of light beam in doorway (9) PORTRAYAL {PORT{RAY}AL}
4   Team taking look at foremost of batsmen getting downright ordinary (5-3-6) BREAD-AND-BUTTER {B{READ}AND}{Ba...n}{UTTER}
6   Desires ecstasy in parties (5) HOPES {HOP{E}S}
7   Woman and bachelor seen cavorting in illicit taverns (8) SHEBEENS {SHE}{B}{SEEN*}
8   Allies of criminal with cocaine in bags (8) CONNECTS {CON}{NE{C}TS}
9   Nervous suitor told how to enthral female? Wonderful (3,2,4,5) OUT OF THIS WORLD {SUITOR+TOLD+HOW}* over {F}
15 Knowledge of dress code at uni (9) EDUCATION*
16 Disparage attractive girl in short skirt? Quite the opposite! (8) DIMINISH {DI{MINI}SH}
17 Seeking drug, primarily grass (8) ASPIRING {ASPIRIN}{Gr..s}
19 Seafood dish with drink, endlessly entertaining party (6) SCAMPI {S{CAMP}Ip}
20 Lively excursion close to quay (6) JAUNTY {JAUNT}{quaY}
22 Batter taking a single in Caribbean country (5) HAITI {H{A}IT}{1}

Reference List
Associate = A, Money = M, Excited = UP, Good = G, Wife = W, Club = C, Ecstasy = E, Bachelor = B, Cocaine = C, Female = F

Friday 21 April 2023

No 13845, Friday 21 Apr 2023, Afterdark

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ACROSS
9   Bad? Consume not so much (7) USELESS {USE LESS}
10 Most ancient dominion, underrated, revisited, appreciated, interesting origins of a city (7) MADURAI Acrostic Semi&lit
11 Investigate former lover's scheme, mostly on taking rupee (7) EXPLORE {EX}{PLOt}{RE}
12 Regrets releasing pressure to allow latitude, then changes mind (7) RELENTS RE(-p+l)LENTS
13 God! Two setters surround slithering snake hissing at the top (9) MEENAKSHI {ME}{SNAKE*}{Hi...g}{I}
15 Misalnachos not entirely this dish (5) SALNA [T]
16 Rude awakeningwe got burned down by this legendary character (7) KANNAGI AwAKeNING*
19 Leakage? Consult attendant (7) SEEPAGE {SEE}{PAGE}
20 Me? (5) NIGHT [CD]
21 Offer daughter lollypop heartily, fondly (9) DEVOTEDLY {DEVOTE}{D}{lolLYpop}
25 Crater is California? Read wrongly (7) CALDERA {CAL}{READ*}
26 Pour gin cocktail for coterie (7) INGROUP*
28 Pairing with 15 is the norm, almost total relish (7) PAROTTA {PAR}{TOTAl*}
29 Subject of currency (7) AFGHANI [DD}

DOWN
1   Deliberate jump in the centre of Louvre, say (6) MUSEUM {MUSE}{jUMp}
2   Relief staff at the French place of worship (6) TEMPLE {TEMP}{LE}
3   Protest against monster endlessly (4) DEMO DEMOn
4   Estimate idiot's score first (6) ASSESS {ASSES}{Sc..e}
5   Involves cooks to add some elaichi, mace upfront (8) EMBROILS {BROILS}<=>{El...i}{Mace}
6   Teenager gets a perfume investing income (10) ADOLESCENT {A}{SCENT} over {DOLE}
7   Cut learners' allowance first given for fabric (8) PRUNELLA {PRUNE}{L}{L}{Al...e}
8   Discourage dad's issue somehow exclude son (8) DISSUADE {DADs+ISSUE}*
14 A role taken by males primarily tsweep in homes, say (10) APARTMENTS {A}{PART}{MEN}{To}{Sw..p}
16 Say, uncle holds grand rewards for marsh plants (8) KINGCUPS {KIN}{G}{CUPS}
17 Moaners linger around, taking government dollars (8) NIGGLERS {NIG{G}LER*}{S}
18 Old ship in island say, behind a country (8) INDIAMAN {MAN}<=>{INDIA}
22 To begin with violet's best, plus some gardenia's best flower (6) VAIGAI {Vi...t}{A1}{Ga...a}{A1}
23 Evergreenadored all over the place (6) DEODAR*
24 You pop ice regularly? Could be a successful young person (6) YUPPIE {YoU+PoP+IcE}
27 Computing rule for job's nothing (4) GIGO {GIG}{O}

Reference List
Former lover = EX, Rupee = RE, Pressure = P, Latitude = L, Daughter = D, Norm = PAR, The in French = LE, Learner = L, Son = S, Grand = G, Government = G, Dollars = S, Best = A1



Thursday 20 April 2023

No 13844, Thursday 20 Apr 2023, Afterdark

Solution to 13A 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   True, one is missing peace and freedom... (7) RELEASE {REaL}{EASE}
5   ..save partner (7) HUSBAND [DD]
9   Assured criminal flinched as per report (9) CONVINCED {CON}{(~winced)VINCED}
10 Steal primarily expensive, superb costumes (5) ROBES {ROB}{Ex...e}{Su...b}
11 Unfair and imperfect... (7) PARTIAL [DD]
12 ...southern man with everyone wasted half beer becoming meaner (7) SMALLER {S}{M}{ALL}{beER}
13 Dishonest ruler almost eviscerated dynasty (5) S?A?Y (Addendum - {SHAh}{Dy...tY} - See comments)
15 Being old lover is distraught, so to speak (9) EXISTENCE {EX}{IS}{(~tense)TENCE}
17 Cool drink brand with thrust as per report, sensational (9) FANTASTIC {FANTA}{(~stick}STIC}
19 Musical work over ages... (5) OPERA {OP}{ERA}
21 ...been around girl in hourly productions (7) ROUGHLY {ROU{G}HLY*}
23 English politician with hesitation takes gold of king (7) EMPEROR {E}{MP}{ER}{OR}
25 Lender in Dayun clearly hoarding (5) UNCLE [T]
26 Paying attention to record, ending with taking out date (9) LISTENING {LIST}{ENdING}
27 Call and speak to... (7) ADDRESS [DD]
28 ...person under doubt on damaging space-suit, the best is missing (7) SUSPECT {SPaCE+SUiT}*

DOWN
1   Instructions are precise? It's all over the place (7) RECIPES*
2   Mad man kills jerk, primarily relating to moon (5) LUNAR {LUNAtic}{Re...g}
3   Sharpness, if boy and girl are swapped can become competence (7) ABILITY A(-g+b)BILITY
4   Once jail department was first-class (9) EXCELLENT {EX}{CELL}{ENT}
5   Conceals husband's papers with evilness heartlessly... (5) HIDES {H}{ID}{Ev...eS}
6   ...with crooked veteran's (lacking empathy primarily) help (7) SERVANT VETeRANS*
7   Vehicle at ambush can't keep quiet carrying a weapon (9) AMBULANCE {AMBUsh}{LANCE}
8   Be worthy of daughter, last wife, get present (7) DESERVE {D}{wifE}{SERVE}
14 Reported that jittery nun in canoe capsized and died (9) ANNOUNCED {NUN+CANOE}*{D}
16 Popular line, leading song proliferates (9) INCREASES {IN}{CREASE}{Song}
17 Restless, four am and lady enters. That's the way (7) FORMULA {FOUR+AM}* over {L}
18 Maybe have ice, finish (7) ACHIEVE*
19 Work on media, harass (7) OPPRESS {OP}{PRESS}
20 Mostly everyone has privilege. OK? (7) ALRIGHT {ALl}{RIGHT}
22 Last deputy speaks when leader is absent, shouts (5) YELLS {d...tY}{tELLS}
24 Go up carrying adult in lift (5) RAISE {R{A}ISE}

Reference List
Southern = S, Man = M, Old lover = EX, Work = OP, Girl = G, English = E, Politician = MP, Date = D, Best = A1, Girl =G, Boy = B, Department = ENT, Husband = H, Papers = ID, Quiet = SH, Daughter = D, Died = D, Popular = IN, Lady = L, Adult = A