Sunday 21 July 2024

Special, Sunday 21 Jul 2024, Ghaza

 

Artwork by Prasanna

 

Rangoli by Gowri


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The Sunday Crossword No 3316, Sunday 21 Jul 204

ACROSS
1   Pauses in Hamlet upsetting (3-3) LET-UPS [T] 
4   As these words are like most poetry (8) STRESSED Definition by example
9   Perhaps Sturgeon’s gone east for pescatarian option (4,5) FISH PASTE {FISH}{PAST}{E}
11 Stray found in mountains (5) RANGE [DD]
12 Follow edges of footprint? (5) TRACE [DD]
14 Lowers trousers, having consumed liquor: high-risk actions (4,5) MOON SHOTS {MOON{SHOT}S}
15 Critical memos rewritten; they only cover small areas (13) MICROCLIMATES*
18 Greatly enjoy percussion overwhelming Sweden’s rowdy music (8,5) DRINKING SONGS {DRINK IN}{G{S}ONGS}
20 At home with insignificant type, idiot, nothing, no-name (9) INCOGNITO {IN}{COG}{NIT}{O}
22 Send out one’s children (5) ISSUE [DD]
23 Cut – or pure, you say? (5) SHEAR (~sheer)
24 Stalls accommodating greedy-guts, prickly types (9) HEDGEHOGS {HEDGE{HOG}S}
26 Aversion: staidest upset (8) DISTASTE*
27 Guides some of gnus herself (6) USHERS [T]

DOWN
1   One magazine, then another: you’re here for it all! (8) LIFETIME {LIFE}{TIME}
2   Its decrepit? (3) TIS*
3   Red / green / yellow ingredient topping Italy’s pizza’s … topping! (9) PEPPERONI {PEPPER}{ON}{I}
5   Article on public land leading to Parky’s indisposition (3,6,4) THE COMMON COLD {THE}{COMMON}{COLD}
6   Casts Cockney as gentry (5) EARLS (~'urls}
7   Young man with gloom lifting snogs wildly in erotic verse (4,2,5) SONG OF SONGS {SON}{FOG<=}{SNOGS*}
8   Primarily, decidedly ritzy / elegantly styled – suit yourself! (6) DRESSY Acrostic &lit
10 Film rebooted: I Took The Limes (4,4,2,3) SOME LIKE IT HOT*
13 Fancy lady revamping sad churches (11) ARCHDUCHESS*
16 Delicious quality: after time, wine going to head (9) TASTINESS {T}{ASTI}{NESS}
17 Rates fools, storing jam with no lid (8) ASSESSES {ASS{mESS}ES}
19 Passed over – lamented (6) MISSED [DD]
21 Creep up on a policeman in Limerick (5) GARDA {DRAG<=}{A}
25 Everyman? Joke (3) ONE [DD]

Reference List
Sweden = S, Italy = I, Time = T, Head = NESS

Saturday 20 July 2024

No 14232, Saturday 20 Jul 2024, Dr. X

ACROSS
1   One attending courses is changing career to secure work (8) RACEGOER {RACE{GO}ER*}
5   Long for right look to entice (6) APPEAL APPEA(-r+l)L
10 Leads to development of Mensa (5) MEANS*
11 Tesla creates a revolutionary station wagon (6,3) ESTATE CAR {T+CREATES+A}*
12 Tense singer cut by star's criticism (7-2) TALKING-TO {T}{AL{KING}TO}
13 Column on celebrity hosting present occasion (5) NONCE [T]
14 Grass is strong! Relief to release worries essentially (6) FESCUE {F}{rESCUE}
15 Starts to eat uncooked rice, gets loose motion (7) GESTURE {Eat+Un...d+Rice+GETS}*
18 Rodent turned alert, avoiding a snake (7) RATTLER {RAT}{aLERT*}
20 Excellent and elegant, guiding ball close to hole (6) CHOICE {CH{O}IC}{holE}
22 It's used for cleaning bachelor pad (5) BROOM {B}{ROOM}
24 Italian cake in container - crust of excellent quality (9) PANETTONE {PAN}{Ex...nT}{TONE}
25 Accepted endless distress in terrible old form of torture (9) BASTINADO {B{pASTINg}AD}{O} (Correction - {A}{STINg} in {BAD}{O} - See comments)
26 Separate from boy lacking concern (5) OTHER bOTHER
27 Showy displays in club inside old retreat (6) ECLATS {STAL{C}E<=}
28 Decided to take a little rest? Professor talked monotonously (6,2) DRONED ON {D{Rest}ONE}{DON}

DOWN
1   Distant voyage to Mercury conducted, revolutionary (6) REMOTE [T<=]
2   Most creepy and brutal perjuries in court (9) CRAWLIEST {C{RAW}{LIES}T}
3   One writing about famous people's quirky compulsions in essence (6,9) GOSSIP COLUMNIST {G{COMPULSIONS*}IST}
4   Starts to eloquently praise fancy green centrepiece for table (7) EPERGNE {El...y}{Pr...e}{GREEN*}
6   Take a firm decision and stop being chaser in one-legged tag (3,4,4,4) PUT ONES FOOT DOWN [DD]
7   Former prisoner is caught, nailed by segment of DNA (2-3) EX-CON {EX{C}ON}
8   Thief in new reel, slyly stealing fancy car (8) LARCENER {N+REEL}* over {CAR}*
9   Powerful number captivating teenybopper on vacation (6) STRONG {S{Te...eR}ONG}
16 He couldn't swim naked (9) UNCLOTHED*
17 Inquiry about lab blowing up is expected (8) PROBABLE {PROB{LAB*}E}
19 Rematch with athlete essentially chasing record-breaking streak (6) REPLAY {athLete}<=>{EP} in {RAY}
20 Woo endlessly, entertaining with sincerity (7) CANDOUR {C{AND}OURt}
21 Bird over top of building in city of Palestine (6) HEBRON {HE{Bu...g}RON}
23 Bird in Seoul, exotic (5) OUSEL*

Reference List
Long = L, Right = R, Tesla  T< Tense = T, Singer = ALTO, Strong = F, Bachelor = B, Old = O, Boy = B, Club = C, Court = CT, Caught = C, New = N, Record = EP(Extended Ply)

Friday 19 July 2024

No 14231, Friday 19 Jul 2024, Dr. X

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ACROSS
1   Eco-friendly technology in vehicle with apt curb on toxic emissions at launch (6,7) CARBON CAPTURE {CAR}{APT+CURB+ON}*{Em...s} Semi&lit 
8   Associate training to catch fish (5) TETRA [T]
9   Female enthralled by great, shimmering blue light lingering in the sky (9) AFTERGLOW {A{F}TERG*}{LOW}
11 English member in capital goes topless, showing lack of refinement (10) INELEGANCE {E}{LEG} in {fINANCE}
12 Bachelor wanting model, stylish and lean (4) BONY {B}{tONY}
14 King who won battles showing skill (4-3) KNOW-HOW {K}{WHO+WON}*
16 Inmate affected by a mental deficiency (7) AMENTIA {INMATE}*{A}
17 Developing new perfume having essence of peach (7) NASCENT {N}{peAch}{SCENT}
19 Revealed development of nuclear device (7) EVINCED {N+DEVICE}*
21 Secure slice of papaya for small parrot (4) COPY CO(-s+p)PY
22 Advanced cancerDoc sadly in agreement (10) ACCORDANCE {A+CANCER+DOC}*
25 Steep cost to acquire Scorsese's latest revolutionary film (9) PRECIPICE {PR{s...sE}{PIC<=}ICE}
26 Embankments behind a mountain in America (5) ADAMS {DAMS}<=>{A}
27 In dangerold fellow flying over Cuba makes emergency touchdown (6,7) FORCED LANDING {IN+DANGER+OLD+F}* over {C}

DOWN
2   Style of design rated high by company (3,4) ART DECO {RATED}*{CO}
3   Skids in start of race in basehe's ok otherwise (5,5) BRAKE SHOES {Race} in {BASE+HES+OK}*
4   Reviewed article about plant set up in Sudanese city (5) NYALA {AN<=} over {LAY<=}
5   Easily locate a UV sterilisation machine (9) AUTOCLAVE*
6   Rotate round metal piece over centre of screw (4) TURN {NUT<=} over {scRew}
7   Eliminate smuggler concealing money in retreat (4,3) RULE OUT {mULE} in {ROUT}
8   It may help to solve problem of poor relations with leader of Canada in rift (8,3) THINKING CAP {THIN}{KIN}{G{Ca...a}AP}
10 Disturbing newssay about pupil's disobedience (11) WAYWARDNESS {NEWS+SAY}* over {WARD}
13 Way to yawn politely? It's late (10) BEHINDHAND {BEHIND HAND}
15 Expecting onset of hives after terrible itch covered by rash (4,5) WITH CHILD {Hi..s}<=>{ITCH*} in {WILD}
18 Boss is more relaxed after drink (7) SUPREMO {MORE}*<=>{SUP}
20 Restrain criminal with strap over wrist at centre (7) CONTAIN {CON}{TA{wrIst}N}
23 Very upset about extremely dire situation essentially in city of Ukraine (5) ODESA {O{DirE}S<=}{s..uAt..n
24 Type of microprocessor in computer is compact (1,1,1,1) R I S C [T]

Reference List
Female = F, English = E, Bachelor = B, Model = T, Stylish = TONY, King = K, New = N, Nuclear = N, Small = S, Fellow = F, Cuba = C, Money = M, Very = SO


Thursday 18 July 2024

No 14230, Thursday 18 Jul 2024, Dr. X

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   Seasoned beef is over, pack salami finally (8) PASTRAMI {PAST}{{RAM}{s...mI}
5   Aroused a woman with love and understanding (6) AWOKEN {A}{W}{0}{KEN}
10 Icon cavorting with girl is disguised (5) INCOG {ICON*}{G}
11 Stretching is essentially necessary before exercise (9) STRAINING [CD] (Addendum - STRAINING {n..eSs..y}{TRAINING} - See comments)
12 How one lacking a suit might be cold (9) HEARTLESS [C&DD]
13 Portable shelter over left bank of raging river (5) TRENT {T{Ra...g}ENT}
14 One painting portrait of maiden aboard ship (6) LIMNER {LI{M}NER}
15 Tumour in a node affected mother (7) ADENOMA {A}{NODE*}{MA}
18 Lech at exotic model in thong (7) LATCHET {LECH+AT}*{T}
20 Old king is extremely taut, overwhelmed by pain with onset of arthritis (6) ATTILA {A{TauT}IL}{Ar...s}
22 Captivated by promo demonstrating electronic device (5) MODEM [T]
24 Clamour about fraud involving American company (9) CACOPHONY {C}{PHONY} over {A}{CO}
25 Rise in oceans is ultimately worrisome (9) ASCENSION {IN+OCEANS+iS}*
26 Old professor welcoming poets heartily in ancient Greek theatre (5) ODEON {O}{D{poEts}ON}
27 Tries dancing? Yes, after consuming dope in retreat (6) ESSAYS {YES}* over {ASS<=}
28 Fancy mattress for fashionable people (5,3) SMART SET*

DOWN
1   Dire Straits starting to perform before match (6) PLIGHT {Pe...m}{LIGHT}
2   Red coat is silk, cut artfully (9) SOCIALIST {COAT+IS+SILk}*
3   Border caught by Cook! Gone on thirty? That's perfectly accurate (5,2,3,5) RIGHT ON THE MONEY {HEM} in {GONE+ON+THIRTY}*
4   Catch wrongly? He is injured in arm perhaps (7) MISHEAR {HE+IS}* in {ARM}*
6   Rapid trip in middle of sea, lots throw up - it's choppy (7-4,4) WHISTLE-STOP TOUR {sEa+LOTS+THROW+UP+ITS}*
7   Chef in kitchen turned to pick up sharp tool (5) KNIFE [T<=]
8   Almost beat, having cold drink before bedtime (8) NIGHTCAP {NIGH}{T{C}AP}
9   Fine leader of archaeologists tackling corrosion in parts of pyramids (6) FRUSTA {F}{RUST}{Ar...s}
16 Witnesses leader of band going crazy outside toilet (9) ONLOOKERS {bON{LOO}KERS}
17 Pastry, sandwiches, meat for seaside picnic (8) CLAMBAKE {C{LAMB}AKE}
19 Computer expert's electronic chart in link (6) TECHIE {T{E}{CH}IE}
20 Secret in a container hidden by suspect (7) ARCANUM {A}{R{CAN}UM}
21 Sound of seal and young swan (6) CYGNET (~signet)
23 Escapes with speed, climbing over top of knoll (5) D?C?S (Addendum - DUCKS {SCUD<=} over {Kn..l}- See comments)

Reference List
Woman = W, Girl = G, Maiden = M, Model = T, About = C, American = A, Company = CO< Old = O, Cold = C, Fine = F, Electronic = E, Chart = CH

Wednesday 17 July 2024

No 14229, Wednesday 17 Jul 2024, Afterdark

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   Focuses to cover stretch by measures (11) CENTIMETRES {CEN{TIME}TRES}
9   Share, distribute to fill empty pages with words, perhaps (7) PHRASES {Pag{SHARE*}eS}
10 Most secretive company hides loss, showing assets essentially and collects sales tax (7) CLOSEST {C{L}O}{asSEts}{ST} L/Loss?
11 Unlike parent, there's no money... (5) OTHER mOTHER
12 ...obviously lived yet somehow borrowing money essentially (9) EVIDENTLY {LIVED+YET}* over {moNey}
13 Age to split burden by 66% (5) RIPEN {RIP}{burdEN}
15 Shivering girl bent awkwardly to wrap Mackintosh primarily (9) TREMBLING {GIRL+BENT} over {Ma...h}
18 Orders to dispatch nearly ten screws at regular intervals (9) SENTENCES {SENd}{TEN}{sCrEwS}
21 Speed is useless, wicket is hard (5) HASTE (-w+h)HASTE
22 Mislead reserves in encounter heartlessly leading to case, perhaps (9) CONTAINER {CON}{TA}{IN}{En...eR}
24 Call 6 sons at Italy on time (5) VISIT {VI}{S}{I}{T}
26 Judge's note on release after collecting fine at the end (7) REFEREE {RE}{F{finE}REE}
27 Suggest getting a professional to model (7) PROPOSE {PRO}{POSE}
28 Protective glasses in car to stop and guard passengers eventually (11) WINDSCREENS {WIND}{SCREEN}{p...rS}

DOWN
1   Absurd cop breaks lockers (9) CUPBOARDS*
2   Direction mentioned in gate to leading hospital (5) NORTH {NOR}{To}{H}
3   Security for nurse can increase first in a riot (9) INSURANCE {NURSE+CAN+In...e}*
4   Direction to hold spades that is most comfortable (7) EASIEST {EA{S}{IE}ST}
5   Collect rupees for dinar from cheat (7) RECEIVE (-d+r)RECEIVE
6   Stood out and displayed reportedly (5) SHONE (~shown)
Guards' attempts to chase Senora given up halfway (8) SENTRIES {TRIES}<=>{SENora}
8   Delay support (4) STAY [DD]
14 A small tool to write on notebook finally shaped fine (8) PENKNIFE {PEN}{f...oK}{FINE*}
16 Boy! I have managed to get our response (9) BEHAVIOUR {B+I+HAVE}*{OUR}
17 Renown of Greek lunch, one without starter's shocking, sham basically (9) GREATNESS {GR}{EAT}{oNE}{Sh...g}{Sham}
19 Duke is gutted after cheat took million naira by force (7) CONDEMN {DukE}<=>{CON} and {M}{N}
20 Bands expose English singer missing in Germany (7) STRIPES {STRIP}{E}{Singer}
22 Auditor has money to procure vehicles (4) CARS {CA}{RS}
23 Flight at Heathrow fell off after an error in the tail (5) A?R?W (Addendum - ARROW {heatROW}<=>{A}{e..oR} - See comments)
25 Case at Supreme Court on gold heist on 2nd (5) SCORE {SC}{OR}{hEist}

Reference List
Money = M, Wicket = W, Hard = H, Reserves = TA(Territorial Army), Sons = S, Italy = I, Time = T, Note = RE, Gate = NOR, Hospital = H, Spades = S, Rupees = R, Dinar = D, Boy = B, Greek = GR, Million = M, Naira = N, English = E, Gold = OR, Fell = HEATH

Tuesday 16 July 2024

No 14228, Tuesday 16 Jul 2024, Afterdark

Solution to 12A 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   Winner's angry about deviants, essentially getting military award (8,5) VICTORIA CROSS {VICTOR}{devIAnts}{CROSS}
10 Electric circuit on roaster damaged overworking (9) RESONATOR* {RES{ON}ATOR*}
11 Poles are in a catch (5) SNARE {S}{N}{ARE}
12 Satisfy service-level agreement, take 50% discount (5) S?A?E (Addendum - SLAKE {SLA}{taKE} - See comments)
13 Full-time employee is independent, very sincere at work (2-7) IN-SERVICE {I+V+SINCERE}*
14 Scratching head, chemist turns to belief in god (6) THEISM cHEMIST*
16 Have dhal in the second half and meat (4) VEAL {haVE+dhAL}
19 Chinese idol in Japan kept by ordinary guards (4) JOSS {J}{O}{SS}
20 Old name of capital often opted by ruler (6) PEKING {oPtEd}{KING}
25 Knowledge about battle at Ukraine finally taken to head (9) AWARENESS {A}{WAR}{u...nE}{NESS}
26 Boorish son smothers one in victory (5) SWAIN {S}{W{A}IN} Is the definition okay?
27 Avoid backing Dave having drugs (5) EVADE {DAVE<=}{E} Drugs/Drug?
28 Application with no licence to operate hearse around Western Australia and Redmond primarily (9) SHAREWARE {HEARSE}* over {WA}{Re...d}
29 Offered to keep the essence gentle (13) TENDERHEARTED {TENDER{HEART}ED}

DOWN
2   Terrible side, naps to a large degree (2,6) IN SPADES*
3   100 + 9.5 unit of mass (5) TONNE {TON}{niNE}
4   Heartlessly coach again to remember (6) RETAIN RETrAIN
5   Irritating to see Victor in new air-base (8) ABRASIVE {V} in {AIR+BASE}*
6   Rescuer struggles to contain force and acceleration to come up again (9) RESURFACE {RESUR{F}{A}CE*}
7   Fixed attics in a hurry (6) STATIC*
8   Present? Not new, made in advance (6) PRESET PRESEnT
9   Number could be odd or this, small earlier (5) SEVEN {EVEN}<=>{S}
15 Completely lifeless notes composed by father after consuming drug (5-4) STONE-DEAD {NOTES*}{D{E}AD}
17 Behind every start, ship uses gold and an appraiser (8) ASSESSOR {ASS}{Ev..y}{SS}{OR}
18 Residence of a clergyman gets six cars nearly, on time (8) VICARAGE {VI}{CARs}{AGE}
21 Spice given for a drink at Germany (6) GINGER {GIN}{GER}
22 Provide auditor some time to get her head cleared (5) CATER {CA}{Time}{hER}
23 Able to take a small piece, basically excellent starter (6) CANAPE {CAN}{A}{Pi..e}{Ex...t}
24 West Indies cap earned held by Bolt (6) ESCAPE [T]
26 Sharp swing (5) SHEER [DD]

Reference List
Poles = S,N, Service-level agreement = SLA, Independent = I, Very = V, Japan = J, Ordinary = O, Guards = SS, About = A, Head = NESS, Son = S, Drug = E, Western Australia = WA, Victor = V, Force = F, Acceleration = A, New = N, Small = S, Ship = SS, Gold = OR 

Monday 15 July 2024

No 14227, Monday 15 Jul 2024, Afterdark

Solution to 10A 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   Somehow lets tour America for competition (6) TUSSLE {T{US}SLE*}
4   Grain stalks found on road was crushed beyond recognition basically (6) STRAWS {ST} and {WAS*}<=>{Re...n}
9   Plan to apply rule upfront (4) RUSE {USE}<=>{R}
10 Manage bills to purchase small batteries essentially (10) A?M?N?S?E
11 Say, in Tamil Nadu we can find a bar (6) TAVERN {T{AVER}N}
12 Dealer of special beers has money to buy article (8) SALESMAN {S}{ALES}{M}{AN}
13 A period of discharge is reversed with double force and speed essentially (4,5) TIME FRAME {EMIT<=}{F}{RAM}{spEed}
15 Vehicles' velocity? A nanosecond (4) VANS {V}{A}{NS}
16 At that time, he was in Tennessee (4) THEN {T{HE}N}
17 Producers have endless stock at leading store (9) INVENTORS {INVENTORy}{St..e}
21 Deeply involved to maintain demand subdued (4-4) KNEE-DEEP {K{NEED}EEP}
22 Father let mother, perhaps... (6) PARENT {PA}{RENT}
24 ...get undergarments with money, say that is, at stores offering 50% discount (10) BRASSIERES {BRASS}{IE}{stoRES}
25 Instrument found in plant (4) REED [DD]
26 Marine creature has power reportedly (6) MUSSEL (~muscle)
27 Grown-ups are almost uninterested to be in talkies lacking substance (6) ADULTS {A}{DULl}{Ta...eS}

DOWN
1   Star featuring in Tamil falls short to create huge waves (7) TSUNAMI {T{SUN}AMIl}
2   Yes, we devotees are surrounding Bjorn Borg, say (5) SWEDE [T]
3   Salaried person backs Latin student (7) LEARNER {EARNER}<=>{L}
5   Bonefish provided at mess (6) TANGLE {T}{ANGLE}
6   Helper's a fool, is primarily torturing worker (9) ASSISTANT {ASS}{IS}{To...g}{ANT}
7   Notices as cocooned wife swings (7) SEESAWS {SEES}{A{W}S}
8   Perhaps upmarket means Disneyland, say (9,4) AMUSEMENT PARK*
14 Meal for a side along with white of eggs (9) ELEVENSES {ELEVENS}{EggS}
16 Weird to back tense worker with temper (7) TANTRUM {RUM}<=>{T}{ANT}
18 On display in fair, selenium diode at the front (7) EXPOSED {EXPO}{SE}{Di..e}
19 Athletes change side in channels (7) RUNNERS RUNNE(-l+r)RS
20 Small dog? Say it eats first (6) PETITE {PET}{IT}{Eats}
23 BIMARU rally showcases countryside (5) RURAL [T]

Reference List
Rule = R, Special = S, Money = M, Force = F, Velocity = V, Nanosecond = NS, Are = A, Latin = L, Bone = T, Fish = ANGLE, Wife = W, Tense = T

Sunday 14 July 2024

Special, Sunday 14 Jul 2024, Veeyares

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 3315, Sunday 14 Jul 2024

ACROSS
1   Concerning discrimination that may be experienced following a meal (10) AFTERTASTE {AFTER}{TASTE}
6   Best to have tricky situation reversed (4) TOPS<=
9   Tearing apart camel bone (10) METACARPAL*
10 Norman city’s best loved? Not entirely (2,2) ST LO [T]
11 Test consists of loud conflict, outcome of a duel (12) SATISFACTION {SAT}{IS}{F}{ACTION}
15 Joanna’s decent? (7) UPRIGHT [DD]
16 Fruit piethe last – it’s his (7) COBBLER [DD]
17 One who hesitates verbally, missing intro; she takes a nosedive (7) TUMBLER sTUMBLER
19 Stuffy, with no issues, you say? (7) AIRLESS (~ heirless)
20 In Venice, orator rambling: it’s too much (12) OVERREACTION*
23 Innovative virtuoso eschewing simplicity, primarily? (4) IVES Acrostic &lit
24 Asiansriver basin turbulent including old delta (10) CAMBODIANS {CAM}{B{O}{D}IANS*}
25 Cut into German tree (4) GASH {G}{ASH}
26 Miss redeye, rerouted to area by Irish Sea (10) MERSEYSIDE*

DOWN
1   It gets loaded in the morning moment (4) AMMO {AM}{MO}
2   In Paris, you twice assembled a short skirt (4) TUTU {TU}{TU}
3   Sounding drunk, Ms Merkel’s not quite square? (11) RECTANGULAR (~ wrecked angela}
4   ‘Sentient’ tech runs alternative to stairs that’s used in an emergency (7) AIRLIFT {AI}{R}{LIFT}
5   Buying and selling ingredients for jam? (7) TRAFFIC [DD]
7   Cricketer’s futile redo botched … (10) OUTFIELDER*
8   … as polar bear is to dismiss a couple of batsmen? (10) SPOONERISM Def by example (~polar bear to bowl a pair)
12 In which money (by card) is blown? (5,6) CYBER MONDAY* &lit
13 Having a lot to offer? (10) AUCTIONING [CD]
14 Swans: they have some brass (10) TRUMPETERS [DD]
18 All are reeling before end of stale beer (4,3) REAL ALE {ALL+ARE}*{s..lE}
19 Taking some chianti, besotted, somewhere on the Riviera (7) ANTIBES [T]
21 Everyman’s after a hostelry in Italian port (4) BARI {BAR}{I}
22 Lives with the French; no one can walk away from here (4) ISLE {IS}{LE}

Reference List
Loud = F, Old = O, Delta = D, rman = G, Moment = MO, You in French = TU, Sentient = AI(Artificial Intelligence), Runs = R, The in French = LE

Saturday 13 July 2024

No 14226, Saturday 13 Jul 2024, Pixie Dust

ACROSS
1   Hero primarily wears Maxim's extremely luminous capes (6) SHAWLS {S{Hero}AW}{Lu...uS}
 Geometric shape usual with a South American weapon (8) PARABOLA {PAR}{A}{BOLA}
9   Standard tirade, it's obvious (8) FLAGRANT {FLAG}{RANT}
10 Peeled open tins to get nuts (6) PECANS {oPEn}{CANS}
11 Handyman assembled robust auto (10) ROUSTABOUT*
12 She is not a hit! (4) MISS [C&DD]
13 Sweet tele models helping to make flipped egg dish (8) OMELETTE [T<=]
16 Fearless, much-loved but left out! (6) DARING DARlING
17 Impression originally found on sea shell, is lasting (6) FOSSIL Acrostic
19 Spooner's lover could be a shooter (8) REVOLVER {REV}{LOVER*}
21 School member is arrested between first of February and end of March (4) FISH {Fe...y}{IS}{m..cH}
22 Cocktail on a deck? (3,3,4) RUM AND COKE {ON+A+DECK}* [RA]
25 Fussy or insanely neat (6) ORNATE {OR}{NEAT*}
26 Fresh, hot and extremely advanced (8) INSOLENT {IN}{SO}{LENT}
27 First of eleven records describing sex to snobs (8) ELITISTS {El...n}{L{IT}ISTS}
28 International organization returns Byzantine coin to a Papal Ambassador (6) NUNCIO {UN<=}{COIN*}

DOWN
2   Ignoring boundaries she yells, "Joe! Howdy?" (5) HELLO {sHe}{yELLs}{jOe}
3   Rewards from SWAG Estimates (5) WAGES [T]
4   Reportedly spots a vacant loft, it can be used for preserving food (3,4) SEA SALT ((~sees)SEAS}{A}{LofT}
5   Spooner exclaims, "Sexy European in depression!" (7) POTHOLE (~hot pole to pothole)
6   Plant covers position, it is rumoured (7) REPUTED {RE{PUT}ED}
7   A cream craftily stolen by brother-in-law (one having two houses) (9) BICAMERAL {A+CREAM}* in {BIL}
8   Fancy church burying crime ages ago (4,5) LONG SINCE {LONG}{SIN}{CE}
14 Tubular contractile fibre from unusually firm, oily top of body (9) MYOFIBRIL {FIRM+OILY+Body}*
15 Bleed after declaring, "Free earth is destroyed!" (4,5) LOSE HEART {LOSE}{EARTH*} (Correction {(~loose)LOSE}{EARTH*} - See comments)
18 The French recipe takes wine from the south, basically stored in pantries (7) LARDERS {LA}{R}{RED<=}St...d}
19 Seminar about relics (7) REMAINS*
20 Raven is only devouring meat (7) VENISON [T]
23 Pass working organ (5) COLON {COL}{ON}
24 Jack in trouble, ignoring Charlie's symbolic form of communication from the east (5) KANJI {JAcK+IN}*

Reference List
Maxim = SAW, Left = L, Hot = IN, Sex = IT, Church = CE, The in French = LA, Recipe = R, Pass = COL, Charlie = C

Friday 12 July 2024

No 14225, Friday 12 Jul 2024, Vidwan

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ACROSS
8   Irrelevance of poor, desperate singles coming to head (15) MEANINGLESSNESS {MEAN}{SINGLES*}{NESS}
9   Champion of the romantics (4) HERO [T]
10 Support or convert into symmetry (10) PROPORTION {PROP}{OR}{INTO*}
11 Ban English for zero level (4) STEP ST(-o+e)EP
12 Supreme Court in splits! Certain to be charmed! (10) FASCINATED {FA{SC}{IN}{A}TED} A from?
15 Limit of accounts without limits (4) EDGE lEDGEr
16 Runs every distance (5) REACH {R}{EACH}
17 Don't start to talk at summit (4) PEAK sPEAK
19 Curious street diner, most exotic! (10) INTERESTED {STREET+DINEr}*
21 Finishes send-off (4) ENDS*
22 It is fine carbon copy prepared in careful and systematic manner (10) SCIENTIFIC {IT+IS+FINE+CC}*
26 Keen on itNo? Maybe! (4) INTO
27 Logical justification right before state takeover of private property? Not new! (15) RATIONALISATION {R}{nATIONALISATION}

DOWN
1   Picked one of the top players, having half of classes cancelled (8) SELECTED {SE{LECTures}ED}
2   Short, popular race covering third of mile (10) INCOMPLETE {IN}{COMP{miLe}ETE}
3   Moves camera lens around for a photograph (4) SNAP<= It's the camera that is moved and not just the lens
4   Footballer Xabi's not working too (4) ALSO ALonSO
5   StunnedA second hundred! He is surprisingly beginning to dazzle! (10) ASTONISHED {A}{S}{TON}{HE+IS}*{Da...e}
6   Join Navy in uniform (4) KNIT {K{N}IT}
7   Aground like sex worker without work (6) ASHORE {AS}{wHORE}
12 Not remembering? Make time! Thing's not hard! (10) FORGETTING {FORGE}{T}{ThING}
13 Move one displaced by a staff (5) SHAFT SH(-i+a)AFT
14 Like epic art recreated in parody (10) APPRECIATE {EPIC+ART}* in {APE}
18 Shun cocaine habit for increment (8) ADDITION ADDIcTION
20 Drink and do trance (6) NECTAR*
23 Go out and have sex with an old flame first (4) EXIT {IT}<=>{EX}
24 Bureaucrat's life, perhaps! (4) FILE* &lit
25 Go after hot, unemployed client (4) CASE ChASE

Reference List
 Head = NESS< English = E, Runs = R, Carbon copy = CC, Right = R, New = N, Popular = IN, Second = S, Hundred = TON, Navy = N, Work = W, Hard = H, Cocaine = C, Sex = IT, Hot = H


Thursday 11 July 2024

No 14224, Thursday 11 Jul 2024, KrisKross

Solution to 20D 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   Architectural structure in India covered with gypsum (8) PILASTER {P{I}LASTER}  
5   Call KrisKross about some strong medicine (6) EMETIC {CITE}{ME}<=
9   Girlfriend initially dismissed diamonds as unfashionable (8) OUTDATED {DATE}<=>{OUT} and {D}
10 Everyone welcoming saint - you and I too (2,4) AS WELL {A{S}{WE}LL}
12 Advertisement describing soap solution for fabric (9) POLYSTER {PO{LYE}STER}
13 In counter, see puris (Indian bread) (5) RUPEE [T<=]
14 Ancient painter, mostly contrarian (4) AGED DEGAs<=
16 Con to run back carrying an American dish made of onions (7) DOPIAZA {DO}{Z{A}IP<=}{A}
19 Say, where you may see sunlight reflecting in the early morning, or very late (7) OVERDUE (~ over dew)
21 Superior perhaps loves assessing knowledge, especially picking toppers (4) LAKE Acrostic
24 Oscar for each amateur musical performance (5) OPERA {O}{PER}{A}
25 Following a double century, tail-ender hoped to become famous (9) ACCLAIMED {A}{CC}{taiL}{AIMED}
27 It provides care for a small charge (6) CRECHE [CD]
28 Reflect with partner about changing diet (8) MEDITATE {M{DIET*}ATE}
29 Official never eats egg with tea, reportedly (6) NOTARY {N{O}{(~tea)T}ARY}
30 One prepared to go through bet for liqueur (8) ANISETTE {AN{I}{SET}TE}

DOWN
1   Quick dance exercise (6) PROMPT {P{ROMP}T} (Correction - {PROM}{PT} - See comments)
2   Lodge collecting rent raised not long ago (6) LATELY {LA{LET<=}Y}
3   Criticise plan (5) SLATE [DD]
4   Old tree chopped down and used (7) EXERTED {EX}{TREE*}{D}
6   Sweet setter's upset by regular pranks (6,3) MYSORE PAK {MY}{SORE}{PrAnKs}
7   Man is wearing blue paint that's dramatic (8) THESPIAN {T{HE'S}PIAN*}
8   Unfairly accused, back in jailit's the end of the road (3-2-3) CUL-DE-SAC {ACCUSED+jaiL}*
11 Government's free network (4) GRID {G}{RID}
15 Criminal family's first head, grimly taking on rival leaders (9) GODFATHER {Fa...y+HEAD+Gr...y+Ta...g+On+Ri..l}* &lit
17 African Moor at war about to occupy throne (8) MOROCCAN {MOOR*}{C{C}AN}
18 Small peak is the most difficult (8) SEVEREST {S}{EVEREST}
20 Contract to remove "Times" (4) E?A? (Addendum - ERAS ERASe See comments)
21 Choose to cycle to the borders of Rajasthan to get support for the Speaker (7) LECTERN {(-e)LECT(+e)E}{Ra...aN}
22 Force international money deal (6) IMPACT {I}{M}{PACT}
23 Bond heard out chief of Espionage (6) ADHERE {HEARD*}{Es...e}
26 Sign of dental problem - file off the top (5) ARIES cARIES

Reference List
India = I, Diamonds = D, Saint = S, Con = DO, American = A, Oscar = O, Amateur = A, Century = C, Exercise = PT, Down = D, Government = G, About = C, Throne = CAN, Small = S, International = I, Money = M