Tuesday, 3 March 2015

No 11332, Tuesday 03 Mar 2015, xChequer



Across
7      Fine offer attracting soldiers to bar (6) FORBID - F (OR) BID - C/C
8      Eagerness of a councillor uniting ordinary people (8) ALACRITY - Anno to be given by any reader (Addendum - {A}{LA{CR}ITY} - See comments)
9      Uplifting song with and without a curse (8) ANATHEMA - AN(A)THEM A - C/C cum cha
10    Run from either side keeping dead straight (6) LADDER - L (DEAD)*R - C/C with anag
11    Temperamental doctor, oddly absent at intervals (5) MOODY - MO O[d]D[l]Y - Cha with letter   picking
12    Permit to trap local bird (6) LINNET - L(INN)ET - C/C
14    Dilemma in front of others, not prepared to pledge loyalty in marriage (6,4,5) PLIGHT ONE'S TROTH - PLIGHT (OTHERSNOT)* - Cha with anag
17    Continue summary (6) RESUME - Two meanings
18    This aunt gives advice for pain (5) AGONY - AGONY [aunt] - Elliptical
22    Affair around the palm tree (6) RAFFIA - (AFFAIR)* - Anag
23    Unusual thing, flying close to sound barrier (4,4) RARE BIRD - Anno to be given by any reader (Addendum - {sounD+BARRIER}* - See comments)
24    Instrument to cut, trim and also pound (4,4) EDGE TOOL - EDGE TOO L (pound, the currency) - Cha
25    Gradually collects in area between valleys (6) GLEANS - GLE(A)NS - C/C

Down
1      Sentimental about toy, a decorative figure in straw (4,5) CORN DOLLY - CORN(DOLL)Y -  C/C
2      Sailor dined and died - sank (6) ABATED - AB ATE D - Cha
3      Did extremely little at work? (5) IDLED - CD (Addendum - {DID+LittlE}* &lit - See comments)
4      Enterprise sheltering large and small pets (8) DARLINGS - DAR(L)ING S - C/C cum cha
5      One owed praise for cancelling function (8)  CREDITOR - CREDIT OR - Cha (Addendum - {CREDIT}{fOR} - See comments)
 *** Do you think the def, as it appears, is quite apt?
6     Sheer pace overcoming one in the end (5) STEEP - ST(E)EP - C/C
8     Digital representation of exceptionally rare animal cub? (6,7) ARABIC NUMERAL -    RAREANIMALCUB)* - Anag
13   Travelling in time through Tintin comic (9) ITINERANT - ERA in (TINTIN)* - C/C with anag
15   Beasts (howlers) eating bird without wings (8) GIRAFFES - G([b]IR[d])AFFES - C/C with letter picking
16   Person willing to check upcoming duty list (8) TESTATOR -  TEST ATOR<- - Cha with rev
19   Spit obstruction in wine glass (6) GOBLET - GOB LET - Cha
20   Helpful, splendid husband for first daughter (5) HANDY - [-D+H]ANDY -  Letter sub
21   Grounds to switch limits of usage in medicines (5) DREGS - DR[-u][+E]GS - Letter sub

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Monday, 2 March 2015

No 11331, Monday 02 Mar 2015, xChequer


ACROSS
7   Sacrifice supporting self-esteem (6) FOREGO {FOR}{EGO}
8   Card game played alone, continuously going over top of pack (8) NAPOLEON {NA{Pack}OLE*}{ON}
9   Hopeful because detective gets call (8) ASPIRING {AS}{PI}{RING}
10 Blissful events barring a day clouded by problems (6) IDYLLS {I{DaY}LLS}
11 Fire inspector seals controls (5) REINS [T]
12 Jellyfish made us sick (6) MEDUSA*
14 Disciplined English attack allows Officer Commanding to meet a deadline (7,3,5) AGAINST THE CLOCK {AGAINST THE CL{OC}K*}
17 Memorable year shortly after snag (6) CATCHY {CATCH}{Y}
18 Dropped engineer recalled by foundation (5) EBBED {EB<=}{BED}
22 What about insulating room for comfortable heat? (6) WARMTH {WA{RM}TH*}
23 Sets fire to son displaying no compassion (8) KINDLESS {KINDLES}{S}
24 Generally small protective clothing (8) OVERALLS {OVERALL}{S}
25 Guard senior judge (6) SENTRY {SEN}{TRY}

DOWN
1   Follow and reportedly kill with a sledge (3,6) BOB SLEIGH {BOB} {SLEIGH}(~slay) Bob and Follow? (Addendum - DOG SLEIGH {DOG} {SLEIGH}(~slay) - See comments)
2   Injury forcing one in class out of school (6) LESION LES(-s+i)ION I don't think this anno is correct
3   Potty seat put in place (5) POSIT {PO}{SIT} PO for Potty?
4   Bent, fitting it crudely at the hub (8) APTITUDE {APT}{IT}{crUDEly}
5   Amateur in lead getting everyone to co-operate (4,4) PLAY BALL {P{LAY} B}{ALL}
6   Delivers dishes (5) BOWLS [DD]
8   The absence of major Arab leaders reportedly of little significance? (2,5,6) NO GREAT SHAKES (~no great sheiks)
13 Confederate soldiers observed by Yankee behind entrance (9) ACCESSORY {ACCESS}{OR}{Y}
15 Main race conducted without spectators (2,6) IN CAMERA*
16 School bags scattered the class (8) SATCHELS*
19 Take a lot of time to have a proper place? (6) BELONG {BE}{LONG}
20 Concern over volume of sculpture (5) CARVE {CAR{V}E}
21 Expressing a gas filling worker's anxiety (5) ANGST {AN{GaS}T}

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