Monday 31 July 2023

No 13931, Monday 31 Jul 2023, Karaoke

Solution to 23D 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.

Open for anyone to answer, if not solved by 1 PM.

ACROSS
1   Measure of 16, 36 maybe found in carpenter's tool? (6) SQUARE [DD]
5   Cabinet basically worried over a vexatious border (8) WARDROBE {Wo...d}{A}{BORDER*}
9   Surprise from shooter's weapon by enthusiast (4,4) BOWL OVER {BOW}{LOVER}
10 Has two pants? It's not important (2,4) SO WHAT*
11 Hides six-shooter wielding Duke inside for wines (10) BURGUNDIES {BUR{GUN}{D}IES}
12 American jerk (4) YANK [DD]
13 Dissent features in suicide/ murder (5) DEMUR [T]
14 Husband in second air-conditioned train (6) SCHOOL {S}{C{H}OOL}
17 Agree years spent in overseas (3,3) SAY YES {YY} in {SEAS<=}* (Correction - {YY} in {SEAS<=} - See comments)
19 Scottish inventor reportedly consumed drug in cereal (5) WHEAT {(~watt)WHAT}* over {E}
22 Five out of five got 50. It's a record (4) FILE {FIv{L}E}
24 Fly low with courage (10) BLUEBOTTLE {BLUE}{BOTTLE}
25 Felt test case to be dismissed on review and patch up (6) SETTLE [T<=]
26 Associate withdraws support to government bill (8) DIAGNOSE {AID<=}{G}{NOSE}
27 Word play maybe repeater (8) REPARTEE*
28 Man-made hybrid of aster with zinnia mainly (6) ERSATZ {ASTER*}{Zi...a}

DOWN
2   Queen is doubtful about alternative members required for the meeting (6) QUORUM {QU}{UM} over {OR}
3   By all accounts, friend buys story without suspicion in the end (9) ALLEGEDLY {AL{LEGEnD}LY}
4   Malign knight in flat with objectionable material primarily (7) ENVENOM {E{N}VEN}{Ob...e}{Ma...l}
5   He is fussy about Bank of Nile perhaps losing volume (7) WORRIER {ROW<=}{RIvER}
6   USSR is irritated about Ukraine's last laughs (7) RISUSES {USSR+IS} over {u...nE}
7   Disorderly mob razed college with artillery eventually (5) ROWDY {cROWD}{a...lY}
8   Maybe Einstein goes to bathroom first to take shower before buffet (8) BRAINBOX {Ba...m}{RAIN}{BOX}
15 They have pegs with bowler near stadium seats (3,6) HAT STANDS {HAT}{STANDS}
16 Photoelectric device - An enchanting quality on surveillance (5,3) MAGIC EYE {MAGIC}{EYE}
18 Content with substitute, vacation judge of court (7) SUBJECT {SUB}{JudgE}{CT}
19 Budding forest-fly, I hear (5-2) WOULD-BE (~wood bee)
20 Welcome support cutting short toastmaster (7) EMBRACE {EM{BRA}CEe}
21 Ready to start new Tesla model finally (3,3) ALL SET {TESLA+m..eL}*
23 It goes to in-side and outside (5) E?T?A (Addendum - EXTRA [DD] - See comments)

Reference List
Duke = D, Second = S, Husband = H, Year = Y, Drug = E, 50 = L, Government = G, Queen = QU, Knight = N, Volume = V, College = C, Court = CT, Support = BRA

Sunday 30 July 2023

Special, Sunday 30 Jul 2023, Economizer

Welcome to our new setter ECONOMIZER. Bouquets and Brickbats welcome.

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

(COMMENTS ENTERED WITH LESS THAN THREE ANSWERS/ANNOTATIONS WILL BE DELETED WITHOUT NOTICE, UNLESS THE COMMENTER SPECIFIES THAT IT IS A COMPENSATION FOR A REPEAT)


Enjoy.

The Sunday Crossword No 3265, Sunday 30 Jul 2023

3996 22D
ACROSS
1   Once scenic – redeveloped – qualms? (10) CONSCIENCE*
6   Mimicked, initially atrociously, Prince Edward (4) APED {At...y}{P}{ED}
9   2000s Prime Minister: money's no longer with us (5,5) BROWN BREAD {BROWN}{BREAD}
10 Eager howl (4) KEEN [DD]
11 By treeless zones having trouble, like falling off a log? (5,7) PLAIN SAILING {PLAINS}{AILING}
15 Everyman's puzzle, one that's unwelcome (7) IMPOSER {I'M}{POSER}
16 Crescentic republic, one abutting the Illyrian Adriatic, primarily? (7) CROATIA Acrostic &lit
17 Showy flowersor little ones, you say? (7) ORCHIDS {OR}{(~ kids)CHIDS}
19 Some toffs identified as unable to score (7) OFFSIDE [T]
20 Unjustly demanding, dismal posting (12) BLACKMAILING {BLACK}{MAILING}
23 Friend's friendly? Not at first (4) ALLY pALLY
24 Opera singer, right, surrounded by swirling sitar and violin (10) STRADIVARI {DIVA}{R} in {SITAR*}
25 Company pitched (4) CAST [DD]
26 Diners' cups: I moved two places along (10) BRASSERIES BRASS(-i)ER(+i)IES

DOWN
1   Bass offered amid lettuce: they're covered in corn (4) COBS {CO{B}S}
2   12 down – or up! (4) NOON <=>
3   Charlie and Les getting credit for wicked thing (11) CANDLESTICK {C}{AND}{LES}{TICK}
4   Before now, more like a nobleman? (7) EARLIER {EARL-IER}
5   Timeless young lady in clinch now and again (7) CLASSIC {C{LASS}lInCh}
7   A patricide – deranged, concerning youth needing treatment (10) PAEDIATRIC*
8   In cosy room, causes irritation: the writer maligns (10) DENIGRATES {DEN}{I}GRATES}
12 Regularly ignore Finn's attack, being pleasant enough (11) INOFFENSIVE {fInNs}{OFFENSIVE}
13 No panic! BLT's toasted: here's some wine (5,5) PINOT BLANC {NO+PANIC+BLT}*
14 Perhaps aviators' magnificent displays (10) SPECTACLES [DD]
18 Broadcast Ella Fitzgerald? (7) SCATTER {SCAT-TER}
19 Slice of inferior lean steak somewhere in France (7) ORLEANS [T]
21 Institute and experimental facility set up in Indonesian island province (4) BALI {I}{LAB}<=
22 Conifers and gorse, by the sound of it (4) FIRS (~ furze)

Reference List
Prince = P, Edward = ED, Singer = DIVA, Right = R, Bass = B, Lettuce = COS, Charlie = C

Saturday 29 July 2023

No 13930, Saturday 29 Jul 2023, Gussalufz

ACROSS
1   Quietly turned shy around female wearing scent (8) PERFUMED {P}[DEMU{F}RE<=}
6   Stares at the mouth and checks gums (6) STICKS {St...s}{TICKS}
9   Bug likes unevenly peeled fruit (4) UGLI {bUG+LIkes}
10 Delhi's shaken after short protest is crushed (10) DEMOLISHED {DELHIS}*<=>{DEMO}
11 Heavy food rejected, say ... (6) STODGE {EG}{DOTS}<=
12 Predict food/beer cut (8) FOREBODE*
13 Spies pip Secretary Eve, frequently a source of spicy stuff (6,4) PEPPER TREE {sPiEs+PiP+sEcReTaRy+EvE} 
15 American author wanting a mate (4) TWIN TWaIN
17 Composer skips popular buffet (4) CHOP CHOPin
18 Chaps from India matter — in short, I should be given a shot, no? (10) COUNTRYMEN {COUNTRY}{ME}{N} Anno not clear (Addendum - {COUNt}{TRY ME}{N} - See comments)
20 A lobster pickle suitable for the pantry (8) STORABLE*
22 Tastes salty sandwiches after turning over money (6) ASSETS [T<=]
24 Bad co-stars wrecked shows (10) BROADCASTS*
26 Staple paper at its tip; cool? (4) RICE {p..eR}{ICE}
27 Company's authorization, that is! (6) COOKIE {CO}{OK}{IE} &lit
28 A couple of males — traditional and right-wing, basically — but like powerful women (8) MATRONLY {MAles}{Tr...l}{Ri...g}{ONLY}

DOWN
2   Half a quarter divided by ten at first, that is! (9) EIGHTIETH {EIGH{Ten}{IE}TH} What's the definition here? &lit
3   Fired up or burned out? (5) FRIED*
4   How I might clue each July/August? (3-4) MID-YEAR (yEAr)
5   Note: setter is not very bright (3) DIM {D}{I'M}
6   Pour drinks, pal — missing a binge (7) SPLURGE {S{PaL}URGE}
7   Tiny cyst I (by stitching up) conceal (4-5) ITSY-BITSY [T]
8   State must make dough (5) KNEAD (~need)
12 Castle in Paris — one's treasure (7) FORTUNE {FORT}{UNE}
14 Book store circumvents copyright on book (9) PAPERBACK {P{APE}{R}{B}ACK}
16 Indicate foul by mid-fielder #15 (9) IDENTICAL {INDICATE*}{fieLder}
18 Eclectic brunch from the south regularly seen in workplace (7) CUBICLE {EcLeCtIc+BrUnCh}<=
19 Passage of time managed to settle ... (7) TRANSIT {T}{RAN}{SIT}
21 ... body ache in part of the foot, for Spooner (5) TORSO (~sore toe to torso)
23 Motor's overstressed (5) SERVO* {'S}{OVER*}
25 Ponder inconclusively about problem (3) SUM MUSe<=

Reference List
Quietly = P, Female = F, Popular = IN, No = N, Company = CO, Note = D, One in French = UNE, Copy = APE, Right = R, Time = T


Friday 28 July 2023

No 13929, Friday 28 Jul 2023, Gussalufz

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PLEASE NOTE, SOLUTIONS WITHOUT ATTEMPTING THE ANNOTATIONS WILL BE DELETED

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ACROSS
9   Person had made wife procrastinate (3,3,3) HUM AND HAW {HUMAN}{HAD*}{W}
10 A gangster addressed respectfully about concern (5) ALARM {A}{MR AL<=}
11 Say, pugs running around about breakfast table items (7) EGGCUPS {EG}{PUGS}* over {C}
12 Positive or negative charges essentially found in nitrogen-ozone mixture (3-4) NON-ZERO {chaRges}* {N+OZONE}*
13 Gussalufz's eating a bread (5) MONEY {M{ONE}Y}
14 Opponent of monarchy can put out quiet release once again (9) REPUBLISH {REPUBLIcan}{SH}
16 One charging fee ordered to accept unknown currency (7,8) FOREIGN EXCHANGE {ONE+CHARGING+FEE}* over {X}
19 Soviet leader consumes ecstasy on telly, oddly showing a liberal bent (9) LENIENTLY {LENI{E}N}{TeLlY}
22 Killer's hidden message cracked by judge (5) NINJA {NIN{J}A}
24 One skipsvery put out by one throwing up (7) OMITTER vOMITTER
26 Reportedly hold a grudge with judge (7) ARBITER (~ are bitter)
27 Queen embraced by nobleman taking off royal uniform (5) EQUAL {E{QU}ArL}
28 Solemn character close to Jon's extremely envious in Garfield (9) SOBERNESS {SOBER{joN}{En...uS}S}

DOWN
1   Photograph leg muscles showing sluggishness (6) PHLEGM [T]
2   Fancier journal covering the full range across Indian Railways (8) IMAGINER {I{MAGazINE}R}
3   My junior editor arranged to leave door cracked for extra segment (6,4) INJURY TIME {MY+JUNIoR+EdITor}*
4   Search desperately for drink (6) CHASER*
5   Six open women filed complaint (5-3) SWINE POX {SIX+OPEN+W}*
6   Wife enters to criticize man (4) PAWN {PA{W}N}
7   Bird cycling around monkey and rabbit (6) TAPETI {(+t}TTI(-t)} over {APE}
8   A cow's output is in this bubbly energy drink (8) SMOOTHIE {S{MOO}THI*}{E}
15 Barbed wired fences shine limitlessly (conclusion of inmates in prison) (6,4) BEHIND BARS {BE{sHINe}DBAR*}{i...eS}
16 Stumble badly and fail while dumping one's beau (4,4) FALL OVER {FAiL}{LOVER}
17 Truant is in trouble as he likes to be naked (8) NATURIST*
18 +1 is an erotica author, inspiring web poet (8) NINETEEN {NIN} over {NET}{EE} 
20 Suffer through joke about seal (4,2) NAIL UP {N{AIL}UP<=}
21 Bird regurgitated many half-eaten bugs (6) YNAMBU {MANY*}{BUgs}
23 Check support for member—no minorities, for starters (6) ARREST ARmREST
25 Powder cask, say (4) TALK (~talc)

Reference List
Wife = W, About = C, Quiet = SH, Unknown = X, Ecstasy = E, Judge = J, Very = V, Queen = QU, Royal = R, Full range = A-Z, Women = W, Energy = E


Thursday 27 July 2023

No 13928, Thursday 27 Jul 2023, Avtaar

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.

Open for anyone to answer, if not solved by 1 PM.

ACROSS
1   Label referencing topic of volcanic dust that regularly pervades Mercury (7) HASHTAG {H{ASH}{ThAt}G}
5   Expert involved in reform is threatened (7) MENACED {MEN{ACE}D}
9   Avtaar is given a certain amount (7) MEASURE {ME}{A}{SURE}
10 Every other lioness circling approach, turned to the centre (7) INWARDS {lIoNeSs} over {DRAW<=}
11 I, for one, would be leading a trial (5,4) UPPER CASE {UPPER}{CASE} (Addendum - {UP}{PER}{CASE} - See comments)
12 Skirts of blue with 50% in maroon - extraordinary colour (5) AMBER {BluE} in {MARoon}*
13 Adult grouse is caught (5) GROWN (~groan)
15 Offer fixed reduction (9) INTRODUCE*
17 Nanny's song spiced up with raunchy verse (9) GOVERNESS {SONG+VERSE}*
19 Sum up on Excel (5) RECAP {RE}{CAP}
22 Star Wars-like detailed, specific training called off (3-2) SCI-FI SpeCIFIc
23 Short girl with a lamb in tow holding sign near junction (9) MOMENTARY {MARY} over {OMEN}{T}
25 L'il badly treated ? (3-4) ILL-USED {LIL}* [RA]
26 Boat loaded with two-centuries-old narcotic leaves (7) TOBACCO {BOAT*}{CC}{O}
27 Meet a female model in retreat when visiting Sicily on vacation (7) SATISFY {A}{SIT<=}{F} in {SicilY} (Addendum - {A} with {F}{SIT}<= in {SicilY} - See comments}
28 Hampered bishop pair stuck in corner on right side of board (7) HOBBLED {HO{BB}LE}{b..rD}

DOWN
1   Meat and refreshments recalled in European city (7) HAMBURG {HAM}{GRUB<=}
2   Fake and mostly substandard cleanser (7) SHAMPOO {SHAM}{POOr}
3   Heartless cook quitting? Lorry driver is more loyal (5) T?U?R (Addendum - TRUER TRUckER - See comments))
4   Endearing cocktail ingredient (9) GRENADINE* &lit 
5   Corn I planted in jungle (5) MAIZE {MA{I}ZE}
6   Reform of Brown eschewing Utopian Leftist axioms, basically (3,6) NEW LABOUR &lit {BROWN+Es...g+Ut...n+Le...t+Ax...s}*
7   Animal bone and egg kept in California for all to see (7) CARIBOU {RIB}{O} in {CA}{U}
8   Justify  Democrat replacing  Republican in bank (7) DESERVE (-r+d)DESERVE
14 I will always be her first love, perhaps? (9) NARCISSUS [C&DD] Her or His? See comments
16 Tense set livened up light international contest (4,5) TEST MATCH {T}{SET*}{MATCH}
17 Pass drinks slowly savouring society's scandals (7) GOSSIPS {GO}{SIPS}  over {S}
18 Small vessel, very close to the bay (7) VEINLET {V}{thE}{INLET}
20 Break large section of a church that is separated (7) CHANCEL {CHANCE}{L}
21 Board's director holding up work at court (7) PLYWOOD {D}<=>{PLY}{WOO}
23 Young British naval officer in Malaysia entertains retired inspector and daughter (5) MIDDY {MY} over {DI<=}{D}
24 Ancient royal article turned up with old British coin (5) NABOB {AN<=}{BOB}

Reference List
On = RE, Training = PE, Junction = T, Century = C, Female = F, Bishop = B, For all to see = U, Republican = R, Democrat = D, Tense = T, Society = S, Very = V, Large= L, Director = D, Inspector = DI(Detective Inspector), Daughter = D

Wednesday 26 July 2023

No 13927, Wednesday 26 Jul 2023, Bruno

Solution to 6A 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.

Open for anyone to answer, if not solved by 1 PM.

ACROSS
1   Each start of November and February, feeds animals for special occasions (10) BEANFEASTS {B{EA}{No...r}{Fe...y}EASTS}
 Famous flying aircraft, mainly man's seen flying away? (4) ?F?S (Addendum - UFOS {FamOUS}* - See comments) &lit
9   Teetotaller in abstinence organization's famous - man has medical specialist's skill (10) ATTAINMENT A{TT}A}{IN}{M}ENT}
10 Henry banned from Indian city restaurant (4) DELI DELhI
12 Rep let person who causes trouble? (6,6) STORMY PETREL {REP+LET}* [RA]
15 Animal was mounted carrying Earl and Queen (3,4) ROE DEER {RO{E}DE}{ER}
16 A pig and eel hybrid's living on the ground (7) EPIGEAL {A+PIG+EEL}*
17 It saps complete strength - leaving no verve finally (7) ALLERGY {ALL}{EneRGY} Semi&lit
19 Range of high-end jewellery lacks centrepiece (7) HEARING {higH}{EARrING}
20 Countryman's enthusiasm to go on a normal date in more modern surroundings (3,9) NEW ZEALANDER {NEW{ZEAL}{A}{N}{D}ER}
23 Repeat recycling task - take out rubbish first (4) ECHO (+e)ECHOr(-e)
24 Hard worker wants husband that is boring, quiet and a rebel (5,5) BLACK SHEEP {B{LACKS}{H}EE}{P}
25 Catch a glimpse of James Pycroft? (4) ESPY [T]
26 Dramatise grading problem in a school and put on Prime finally (10) AGGRANDISE {GRADING}* in {A}{S} on {p..mE}

DOWN
1   Bishop is hiding a prejudice (4) BIAS {B}{I{A}S}
2   Pitch's another low turner - opined openers (4) ALTO Acrostic
3   Weak note in final act - listener in the middle of stadium was confused (5-7) FAINT-HEARTED {FA}{acT+EAR+IN+THE+staDium}* (Correction - {FA}{IN}{acT} and {EAR} in {THE+staDium}*)
4   Lover's married, sadly (7) ADMIRER*
5   Old technique to record an image of colour myopies' often ignored (7) TINTYPE {TINT}{mYoPiEs}
7   10As supporting Florida with regret, put up flag (5-2-3) FLEUR-DE-LIS {DELI'S}<=>{FL}{RUE<=}
8   Quiet husband seen around illegal dancing club (10) SHILLELAGH {SH}{H} over {ILLEGAL}* 
11 An extended form of 10A at California's last existent Germantown (12) DELICATESSEN  {DELI}{CA}{e...nT}{ESSEN}
13 Relative's energetic travels around America (5-5) GREAT-NIECE {ENERGETIC}* over {A}
14 Course's popular after recruiting the Spanish fraternity (10) FELLOWSHIP {FLOWS}{HIP} over {EL}
18 Eulogy composed contained Latin - that can be seen around Christmas (4,3) YULE LOG {EULOGY}* over {L}
19 Manually powered instrument with hydraulic ends listed with a radio on top (7) HANDCAR {H and C}{A}{Ra..o}
21 Mythical creature still found on India's northernmost part? (4) YETI {YET}{In..a} Semi&lit
22 Part of church where mistake's cleared mainly (4) APSE lAPSE

Reference List
Each = EA, Teetotaller = TT, Man = M, Medical specialist = ENT, Henry = H, Earl = E, Queen = ER, No = N, Normal = N, Date = D, Husband = H, Quiet = P, School = S, Bishop = B, Note = FA, Florida = FL, Quiet = SH, America = A, Popular = HIP, The in Spanish = EL, Latin = L

Tuesday 25 July 2023

No 13926, Tuesday 25 Jul 2023, Bruno

Solution to 9A 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.

Open for anyone to answer, if not solved by 1 PM.

ACROSS
1   Couple detailed assault on husband (6) ATTACH {ATTACk}{H}
4   City's soapbox for demagogues kept hidden (6) OXFORD [T]
8   Visa finally expired - qualify to travel around East - go from one state to another (7) LIQUEFY {QUaLIFY}* over {E}
9   Fools on one side of me - catch setter's drift? (7) ?R?I?S? (Addendum - TRAIPSE {TRA{I}PS}{mE} - See comments)
11 Punjab's capital on the east - notably troubled - mark where extra defence is needed (7,3) PENALTY BOX {Pu...b}{E}{NOTABLY*}{X}
12 Cry of pain as belly's pinched at the top (4) OUCH pOUCH
13 Passenger sends daughter to the front to become less wet (5) DRIER (+d)DRI(-d)ER
14 Terrible time to work - not essentially Manic Mondays perhaps? (8) DOOMSDAY {DO}{MOnDAYS}*
16 Old school religious group can be joined by a squeeze at the bottom and kiss (8) OSCULATE {O}{S}{CUL{A}T}{s...zE}
18 Guy put top of can on can (5) CABLE {Can}{ABLE}
20 Shock retracts testicles (4) NUTS<=
21 Brings suits - about two hundred - to go on screen - one's finally picked out for serial (10) SUCCESSIVE {SU{CC}ES}{SIeVE}
23 Metal's sticky at one end, dry and weird when current passes through it (7) YTTRIUM {s...kY}{TT}{R{I}UM}
24 Saint with hidden riches shows secrecy (7) STEALTH {ST}{wEALTH}
25 Delay ends in lunchtime after father picked up wife (6) DAWDLE {DA{W}D}{Lu...mE}
26 Weirdo fellow given current account (6) MANIAC {MAN}{I}{AC}

DOWN
1   One's engaged in stripping planets for source of oil (5) ANISE {plAN{1'S}Ets}
2   Storm? I must go around a new roundabout way (7) TSUNAMI {I}{M{A}{N}UST}<=
3   Restaurant's cooktop had to be reinforced with iron to get air to rise (9) CAFETERIA {Cook}{A{FE}TE}{AIR<=}
5   Two chromosomes linked by steroid in the middle can reproduce (5) XEROX {X}{stEROid}{X}
6   Love! Without love.. boring and grim... (7) OMINOUS {O}{MIN{O}US}
7   Indian and Chinese leader got cold - had to get dry (9) DESICCATE {DESI}{Ch...e}{C}{ATE}
10 Old mattress' nice and malleable in the middle - flexible and yielding (9) OBEDIENCE {O}{BED}{NICE+m..lEa..e}*
13 Became irritated as Southern wind subsided around (9) DISGUSTED {DI{S}{GUST}ED}
15 Group making music of horse and cart rattling (9) ORCHESTRA*
17 Loose small team supporting world organization (7) UNSCREW {S}{CREW}<=>{UN} Loose or Loosen?
19 Vegan, healthy, and raw starters not found in barmitsvah spread - only rice (7) BASMATI {BArMITSvAh}
21 One consumed by University art showing head (5) SKULL SK(-i+u)ULL
22 Visionary's captaincy often is at the back of victory (5) VATIC {cApTaInCy}<=>{V}

Reference List
Husband = H, East = E, Daughter = D, Old = O, School = S, Hundred = C, Dry = TT, Current = I, With = W, Wife = W, Account = AC, New = N, Chromosome = X, Indian = DESI, Cold = C, Southern = S, Small = S, University = U, Victory = V

Monday 24 July 2023

No13925, Monday 24 Jul 2023, Crescent

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.

Open for anyone to answer, if not solved by 1 PM.

Crescent in his elements. Tough going today!

ACROSS
8   A few days outing short for Southern hemisphere (4) DOME (-s+d)DOME
9   Good bars pour full, with head of froth sticking on tap (2,3,5) UP FOR GRABS {G+BARS+POUR}* over {Fr..h}
10 Superb spinner bringing on a nick (3-5) TOP-NOTCH {TOP}{NOTCH}
11 Setter's drink said to be stout (6) MIGHTY (~my tea)
12 Mobile international units not spreading (2,4) IN SITU {I+UNITS}*
13 Wild call by born revolutionary for blank faces (8) FRENETIC {CITE}{NE}<= after{FoR} 
15 Shop before wives fancy exclusive exhibitions (5,8) SNEAK PREVIEWS {SNEAK}{PRE}{WIVES*}
17 Seaside spot, a tiny section within sultan's realm? (8) DESPOTAT [T]
19 Back in a moment (6) SECOND [DD]
21 Clear line from dark stripe originally over plaster (6) STUCCO {OCCUlT}{St...e}<=
23 Bad blood in interim void between America and China (8) ACRIMONY {A}{CR{In...iM}ONY}
24 About to drop off from do to doss? (4-6) HALF-ASLEEP {DO is half of DOSS and DOSS is SLEEP}
25 Bond returns smothering kiss, way to go! (4) EXIT {TI{X}E<=}

DOWN
1   Sink leaves warehouse (6) GODOWN {GO DOWN}
2   Interval to signify new item (8) MEANTIME {MEAN}{ITEM*}
3   Heap butter and suck rum (4,6) RUST BUCKET {BUTTER+SUCK}*
4   Rate efforts with rank marking highest grade (2,3,5,5) OF THE FIRST WATER*
5   Out of fashion, primarily again about cut (4) ?R?M (Addendum - FROM {Fa...n}{MORe<=} - See comments)
6   Bomber given sharper wingtip (6) BROGUE [CD] (Addendum - {B}{ROGUE} -;See comments)    
7   Goes without son following a black mark (8) ABSTAINS {S}<=>{A}{B}{STAIN}
14 Earwigs start out from ditches and dumps (10) EAVESDROPS {lEAVES}{DROPS}
15 Spooky time in particular making one run (8) SPECTRAL {T} in {SPEC(-i+r)RAL}
16 Neem rub applied to nurse cold and cramp (8) ENCUMBER {NEEM+RUB} over {C}
18 Fleet coming to harbour whenever calm (6) PACIFY {PAC{IF}Y}
20 Term for cotton, name borne by similar fabric (6) NANKIN {c...oN}{A{N}KIN}
22 Tilt after jack's lifted boot (4) OUST jOUST

Reference List
Days = D, Good = G, International = I, Born = NE, Shop = SNEAK, Line = L, America = A, China = CRONY, Son = S, Bomber = B, Black = B, Time = T, Run = R, Cold = C, Fleet = PACY, Name = N, Jack = J

Sunday 23 July 2023

Special, Sunday 23 Jul 2023, Inswinger

Welcome to our new setter INSWINGER. Bouquets and Brickbats welcome.

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The Sunday Crossword No 3264, Sunday 23 Jul 2023

ACROSS
1   Clutches Greek serpents (6) GRASPS {GR}{ASPS}
4   Sailor's assistant we're told brings on cargo of bitumen (8) LODESTAR {(~loads)LODES}{TAR}
9   Holds sway: good to assume means of control (6) REIGNS {REI{G}NS}
10 Everyman's entirely in vulgar fashion (8) IMPURELY {I'M}{PURELY}  
12 Nuisances in small numbers (8) HANDFULS [DD]
13 Some seƱoritas selected dangling ornamentation (6) TASSEL [T]
15 Predominates, bizarrely, having taken off (12) IMPERSONATED*
18 Arrangement of Elgar and 'Land...' is what'll get your heart racing (7,5) ADRENAL GLAND*
21 One finding bees surrounding 10 goats (6) IBEXES {1}{BE{X}ES}
22 Avoid sun, despite being prepared (8) SIDESTEP {S}{DESPITE*}
24 Those easily angered exchanging words in a posed photograph (8) HEADSHOT  {HOT<=>HEADS}
25 Incredibly slender terrains helping mainlands interconnect, primarily? (6) ISTHMI Acrostic &lit
26 Baked spanakopita OAP strangely rejected in Commonwealth country (8) PAKISTAN {SPANAKopITa}*
27 Welcomes a fleece to clothe son (4,2) ASKS IN {A}{SK{S}IN}

DOWN
1   Whingers roasted composer (8) GERSHWIN*
2   After a year, one has a rest: a Cypriot resort (4,4) AYIA NAPA {A}{Y}{1}{NAP}{A}
 Fear depression's bad habits (8,7) PINAFORE DRESSES*
5   Cockney detective's measured resistance (4) OHMS (~holmes)
6   Train with Dutch boarders losing time before El Salvador? They're not certain (8,7) EDUCATED GUESSES {EDUCATE}{D}{GUEStS}{ES}
7   Tense hold-up, I believe (6) THEIST {T}{HEIST}
 Monarch and kin greatly amuse soldiers (when sent up) (6)  ROYALS {SLAY}{OR}<=
11 Crusty loaf? That's a mistake (7)  BLOOMER [DD]
14 Bass and violin initially introducing song in a state (7) BAVARIA {Bass}{And}{Vi...n}{ARIA}
16 Captain Charles twice briefly showing security measures (8) CAPTCHAS {CAPT}{CHAS}
17 Support commercial possibility (8) ADOPTION {AD}{OPTION}
19 Part of nightclub is hoppin', man! (6) BISHOP [T]
20 Once again evaluate a comment (6) REMARK {RE-MARK}
23 Shakespeare's river's rising: a stellar sight (4) NOVA<=

Reference List
Greek = GR, Good = G, Ten = X, Sun = S, Son =S, Year = Y, Dutch = D, Time = T, Tense = T, Soldiers = OR(Other Ranks), Commercial = AD

Saturday 22 July 2023

No 13924, Saturday 22 Jul 2023, Hypatia

Congratulations to Hypatia on her 100th Crossword


ACROSS
8   Not entirely chaste articles in ancient literature (6) PURANA {PURe}{AN}{A}
9   Can he join lines oddly lost in passages (8) CHANNELS {CAN+HE+LiNeS}*
10 Name one tooth doctor to remove small cavity ultimately (8) IDENTITY {1}{DENTIsT}{c...tY}
11 Damage reputation of US central bank returning American money to Europe (6) DEFAME {FED<=}{A}{M}{E}
12 According to Spooner, expected singer Furtado in capital (3,5) NEW DELHI (~ due nelly to new delhi)
13 Originally orphaned kangaroos awaiting pouches in substitute animals (6) OKAPIS Acrostic 
14 Foolish singer has reformed through excellent books (7) ASHANTI {HAS}*{A{NT}1} 

17 Hospital supports lives, probing charts in accidents (7) MISHAPS {H}<=>{IS} in {MAPS}
20 Engineer allocated to dispose dilapidated old compound (6) ACETAL ALloCATEd*
22 Hot and tired out cracked by pressure but fearless (8) INTREPID {IN}{TRE{P}ID*}
25 Sat around collecting information for representatives (6) AGENTS {A{GEN}TS*}
26 Sheep dog? Everyone essentially wants mine (8) COLLIERY {COLLIE}{eveRYone}
27 In Java, ran a simulation showing holy city (8) VARANASI [T]
28 Chap casing one liberal bar is convicted (6) GUILTY {GU{1}{L}{T}Y}

DOWN
1   Holding daughter, she'd run to work in lots (8) HUNDREDS {D} in {SHED+RUN}*
2   Sounded sleepy when study technique came up (6) YAWNED {DEN}{WAY}<=
3   Piano student tackling song belonging to a duet, say (6) PARIAL {P}{ARIA}{L}
4   Material account with major insurer keeping track (7) ACRYLIC {AC}{LIC} over {RY}
5   Style of Indian cooking with old fashioned roti wraps (8) TANDOORI {AND}{O} in {ROTI}*
6   Fellow went through Sinhala novel quickly (2,1,5) IN A FLASH {F} in {SINHALA}*
7   Past students all summon him regularly (6) ALUMNI {AlL+sUmMoN+hIm}
15 They feel unmarried men eat nan in a mess! (8) ANTENNAE {mEN+EAT+NAN}*
16 Lucky charm, partly in Crystal is mandatory (8) TALISMAN [T]
18 Dire need of sex in monastery (8) PRIORITY {PRIOR{IT}Y}
19 Boy is abrupt - drops rupees for one cookie (7) BISCUIT {B}{IS}{CU(-r+1)IT}
21 Drink on the counter, may turn cold (6) COGNAC {CAN}{GO}{C}<=
23 The discontented bear wants second bit of “hunny” in tongue (6) TELUGU {ThE}{LUG}{hUnny}
24 Upset about getting team to concentrate (6) ELIXIR {ELI{XI}R<=}

Reference List
Small = S, American = A, Money = M, Europe = E, Excellent = A1, Books = NT(New Testament), Hospital = H, Hot = IN, Pressure = P, Information = GEN, Liberal = L, Bar = T, Daughter = D, Piano = P, Student = L, Account = AC, Track = RY, Old = O, Fellow = F, Married = M, Sex = IT, Boy = B, Rupees = R, Cold = C, Team = XI

Friday 21 July 2023

No 13923, Friday 21 Jul 2023, Hypatia

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ACROSS
9   Foreboding sensed by the Titanic's captain? (1,7,7) A SINKING FEELING [C&DD]
10 Witch initially pursues craft in bed turning to shady internet sites (4,3) DARK WEB {Wi..h}<=>{ARK} in {BED<=}
11 Despondent leader sacked and kicked out (7) EJECTED dEJECTED
12 Valet daily behind one covered park (9) CHAPRASSI {CHA{P}R}{ASS}{1}
14 Chilling in vehicle inside sanctuary on vacation (5) SCARY {Sanc{CAR}uarY}
17 Changed what happened at noon? (7) AMENDED {AM ENDED}
19 Pioneer taking first guided tour in Agra (7) GAGARIN {Gu...d} in {IN+AGAR}*
21 A little leopard returns stopping close to antelope (5) ELAND {A}{Le...d}<= in {END}
23 Rescuers bring back milk, essentially to cats (9) LIFELINES {mILk}<={FELINES}
25 Attack ambushing small brown animal (7) MUSTANG {MU{S}{TAN}G}
27 One serves in auditor’s job? (7) RACQUET (~racket)
30 Completely demolish Oz theatre (4,2,3,6) RAZE TO THE GROUND {OZ+THEATRE}* [RA]

DOWN
1   Listen to forbidden troupe (4) BAND (~banned)
2   Belt fastener? (4) TIER [DD]
3   Most desks arranged outside were fixed by nails (8) SKEWERED {DESKs}* over {WERE}
4   Ma in Mumbai is regularly seen as God (6) ANUBIS {mA+iN+mUmBaI+iS}
5   Old fellow fractures finger in the present (8) OFFERING {O}{F}{FINGER*}
6   Last of Pornhub's boring films - they are revolting! (6) REBELS {RE{p...uB}ELS}
7   Capitals of France, Italy and Turkey in order (4) FIAT Acrostic
8   Silver head frequently seen in elderly (4) AGED {AG}{hEaD} Semi&lit
12 Long for leader from communist party (5) CRAVE {Co...t}{RAVE}
13 She virtually responds at your beck and call? (5) ALEXA [GK]
15 Some minor partitions hold up screen (5) APRON [T<=]
16 Pulls wild oxen without direction (5) YANKS {YA{N}KS}
18 Second key outside bungalow, essentially (8) DELEGATE {DELE{bunGAlow}TE}
20 Spooner's remote screen - it provides lounge access (4,4) GOLD CARD (~cold guard to gold card)
22 Starts to doodle really fast making sketches (6) DRAFTS {Do...e}{Re...y}{FAST*}*
24 Old tiller planting nothing for acres (6) FORMER F(-a+o)ORMER
25 Butter turns a little sour and spoils? (4) MARS {RAM<=}{Sour}
26 Volume of loud laments (4) SIZE (~sighs)
28 Say, self-sufficient way to get hair trimmed? (1-3) U-CUT {(~you)U-CUT}
29 Little daughter gets new position? That's neat! (4) TIDY TI(-n+d)DY

Reference List
Daily = CHAR, Park = P, Small = S, Old = O, Fellow = F, Direction = N, Acres = A, Daughter = D, New = N