Thursday, 18 January 2018

No 12217, Thursday 18 Jan 2018, Sunnet


Welcome to 12 plus 1A.

Answer and Anno for 29A left for a rookie commenter till 10AM.

ACROSS
1   Land to build fair state (6) AFRICA {FAIR*}{CA}
4   Squanders outside American bars (8) SUSPENDS {S{US}PENDS}
10 Recycle note on professional tax (9) REPROCESS {RE}{PRO}{CESS}
11 Sign in muesli brand (5) LIBRA [T]
12 Shout out a direction (5) SOUTH*
13 Deer species' call's bass? Certainly (9) SPRINGBOK {SP}{RING}{B}{OK}
14 Go beyond and across an insect (7) OVERFLY {OVER}{FLY}
16 Punch a hydrant (4) PLUG [DD]
19 People's last letter to Nato for communication (4) ZULU [DD]
21 Soldier led back a leader (7) MANDELA {MAN}{LED<=}{A}
24 Abstainer breaks scarf's fall in old Rameswaram Express (4,5) BOAT TRAIN {BOA}{TT}{RAIN}
25 Rear lift (5) RAISE [DD]
26 Tribe has ox cooked (5) XHOSA*
27 Melted ingot & coin to form unknown figure (9) INCOGNITO*
28 Rays' child shows happiness verbally (8) SUNBEAMS (~son beams)
29 Nearly boost a bird found in South-Asia (6)  ?Y?H?N (Addendum - HYPHEN - {HYPe}{HEN} - See comments )

DOWN
1   Cut a supporter near Mumbai station (8) ABRASION {A}{BRA}{SION}
2   Shows great enthusiasm to somehow trap user (8) RAPTURES*
3   Many against the clergy (5) CLOTH {C}{LOTH}
5   Release one's revolutionary role (7) UNSTRAP {UN'S}{PART<=}
6   Friend's article on one of five means of transport in ancient India (9) PALANQUIN {PAL}{AN}{QUIN}
7   Catch former student and some successful millionaires (6) NABOBS {NAB}{OB}{Su...l}
8   Bob is without casual clothing (6) SLACKS {S}{LACKS}
9   Top cover for cow (6) JERSEY [DD]
15 Hesitate to cut and eat bananas after illness (9) FLUCTUATE {FLU}{CUT+ATE}*
17 Extremely bad food outside (8) DEVILISH {D{EVIL}ISH}
18 Stole to initially maintain city (4,4) CAPE TOWN {CAPE} {To}{OWN}
20 Fuel you managed with some initial hesitation (7) URANIUM {U}{RAN}{In...l}{UM}
21 Workers take professional risk (6) MENACE {MEN}{ACE}
22 Wild beasts take one born to former rivals (6) IBEXES {1}{B}{EXES}
23 Bachelor takes advantage of animal (6) BABOON {BA}{BOON}
25 Mat is close to game (5) RUGBY {RUG}{BY}

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

No 12216, Wednesday 17 Jan 2018, Aspartame


Answer and annotation of 19A left for a rookie commenter till 10 AM

ACROSS
6    British revolutionary eats one, then second loaf of bread (7) BRIOCHE {BR}{1}{lOaf}{CHE}
7    Let's try to buy stuffing of unprepared pastry (7) STRUDEL {ST{cRUDe}EL*}
9    Come close to disrobed girl being shielded (5) NUDGE {NUD{G}E}
10 Dishonest editor's withdrawal requires authorisation (9) DESIGNING {ED<=}{SIGNING}
11 Grapes for a concubine (7) SULTANA [DD]
13 Fuss about king being guarded by individuals of martial art (6) AIKIDO {A}{I}{K}{I}DO}
15 Thong curled in another thong, maybe (13) UNDERCLOTHING*
19 Deceased leader of gang gets buried at first by religious person (6) O?L?T? (Addendum - OBLATE {mOB}{LATE} - See comments)
20 Small crate of ice-cream midway exported is returned, being illicit (7) BOOTLEG Anno pending (Addendum - {BOx}{GELaTO<=} - See comments)
23 Displaying jewellery with elaborate decor (9) RECORDING {R{DECOR*}ING}
24 Inert liquid is in three parts (5) TRINE*
26 Sprite affects girl and men (7) GREMLIN*
27 Information often needs to be checked for recency (7) NEWNESS {NEW{NeEdS}S}

DOWN
1    Pestles broke shell to reveal skin (4) RIND gRINDs
2    Dined on Meze with little chili, got a skin infection (6) ECZEMA {E{Ch..i}ZEM*}{A} Dined as Anagrind?
3    Solemn music that can occur in a zombie movie (4,5) DEAD MARCH [CD]
4    Ill-mannered king imprisoned being narrow-minded (8) PRIGGISH {P{R}IGGISH}
5    Notice by district inspector: Lot kidnapped one criminal more (10) ADDITIONAL {AD}{DI}{T{1}ON}{AL}
6    Dismiss bachelor with auditor's job (6) BANISH {BA}{NISH}(~niche)
7    Miso soup is somewhat average (2-2) SO-SO [T]
8    Army division executes leader for money (6) LEGION (-r+l)LEGION
12 Lines of code written to describe king of Mongolia, say (10) LANDLOCKED {L}{AND}{L}{OC{K}ED*}
14 Banishing worry being sad (9) WOEBEGONE {WOE}{BEGONE}
16 Totally, ten robbed one bank (8) ENTIRELY {TEN*}{1}{RELY} Robbed as Anagrind?
17 Engineers got time filling in for idiot (6) TOERAG {ERA} in {GOT}*
18 Leave English exam getting highest sectional scores (6) EGRESS {E}{GRE}{Se...l}{Sc...s}
21 Terracotta wagons smuggled into city (6) OTTAWA [T]
22 Family purchases large oven (4) KILN {KI{L}N}
25 Frozen dice are thawed (4) ICED*

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