Sunday 4 February 2024

The Sunday Crossword No 3292, Sunday 04 Feb 2023

Artwork by Prasanna

Rangoli by Gowri

1   Wild excitations and thrills (11) INTOXICATES*
9   Slice of Kashmiri cottage cheese (7) RICOTTA [T]
10 After November, say, one's eaten more crackers (7) NUTTIER {N}{UTT{1}ER}
11 Nick wanting direction, disheartened, embracing Conservatives' leader (5) NOTCH {NOrTH} over {Co...s}
12 Make music, sad and quiet (4,4) PIPE DOWN {PIPE}{DOWN}
14 Record me in retreat: 'One denies responsibility' (10) DISCLAIMER {DISC}{LAI{ME}R}
15 It's a flipping sparkling wine (4) ASTI<=
17 Compulsion to cleanse failing to start (4) URGE pURGE
19 In advance, rustling up salad of rock pigeon (10) PRECOOKING*
21 Poignant, timeless article describing female relative (8) HAUNTING {tH{AUNT}ING}
23 King and queen on a Swedish coin (5) KRONA {K}{R}{ON}{A}
25 Opera's musicians including Dutch thinker (7) ERASMUS [T]
26 Boiling fruit for exciting social engagement (3,4) HOT DATE {HOT}{DATE}
27 Fiancé and messy bosun bathed (7-2-2) HUSBAND-TO-BE*

1   Prompts marksmen to find targets here, did you say? (7) INCITES (~in sights)
2   Vietnamese festival that starts year offspring mostly accepted in irritable fashion (8) TETCHILY {TET}{Year} over {CHILd}
3   Medical procedure that follows whiskey? (1-3) X-RAY [DD]
4   Secret kind of trick (10) CONFIDENCE [DD}
5   Sound of disapproval twice at the outset, Everyman's one to be taught a lesson (5) TUTEE {TUT}{Ev...n}{Ev...n}
6   Old rakes initially wearing smart clothes: they're after wives (7) SUITORS {SUIT{O}{Rake}S}
7   Female relative, imperious, departs; merriment stifled at first (13) GRANDDAUGHTER {GRAND}{D}{lAUGHTER}
8   Source of refreshment befuddled king and writer (8,5) DRINKING WATER*
13 In a Nissan, the writer's on island somewhere in S Pacific (10) MICRONESIA {MICR{ONES}{I}A} It is in the Northwest Pacific?
16 Time for quiet: pet dog becomes talking animal (8) COCKATOO COCKA(-p+t)TOO
18 Grand old university buffet offering Hungarian stew (7) GOULASH {G}{O}{U}{LASH}
20 Pick out one very good behind (7) ISOLATE {1}{SO}{LATE}
22 Newspaper X (5) TIMES [DD]
24 Country. Habitable ...? African desert, primarily! (4) CHAD Acrostic &lit

Reference List
November = N, Time = T, King = K, Queen = R, Old =O, Departs = D, Quiet = P, Grand =G, University = U


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  2. Prasanna, Gowri and Paddy. thanks for the thoughtful Memento on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the blog

    1. Col.sir !!!!Thanks for the acceptance and it's our pleasure.

    2. Joy ride and getting a name without doing anything. It's the goodwill that counts.

  3. Hearty congratulations to Col.sir for your 15th Blogiversary. This blog connects many people and one of the good plat form for exploring and learning skill. We hat off to your administration and guidance.

  4. Colonel! Congrats!
    Privileged to be part of this blog - where I got to learn so much straight from the stalwarts & you.
    Thank u.
    Wishing u many more such Anniversaries!

  5. Thank you Prasanna, Gowri, Rao Pilla, Sathia, Ajeesh and MB

  6. Happy Anniversary Col Sir! And Godspeed for many more !

  7. Happy anniversary Col and to all contributors.
    13d S Pacific as per UN conv.

  8. Happy anniversary, sir. Thank you for creating this wonderful resource for us all. If I'm a better solver today, it's in large part thanks to your lucid explanations. May you keep going strong!

  9. Happy Anniversary to the blog. Thank you colonel!

  10. Hearty Congratulations Col. Such a great feeling to be a part of this group. Continuously learning from all the setters, bloggers and Col. Wishing the blog many many more returns under your guidance.