Thursday, 26 November 2015

No 11559, Thursday 26 Nov 2015, xChequer

Spent two hours on this including an hour on 14A which was the last one in, despite having all the crossings!! Wonder where xC gets all these idioms from. Will ask him over a large jug of beer when we meet tomorrow.

7   A benefit in North America for sickness (6) NAUSEA {N{A}{USE}A}
8   Barge past bishop, wretched fellow (8) BLIGHTER {B}{LIGHTER}
9   Considerably lower closing score at the end of game (8) FEARLESS {FAR LESS} around {scorE}
10 Problem fit to be relieved by social security (6) HASSLE {HA{SS}LE}
11 Fibre in bristles (5) ISTLE [T]
12 Harsh-sounding nag we're told (6) HOARSE (~horse)
14 Attempt to deceive in what women care about gaining publicity (4,3,3,5) COME THE RAW PRAWN {WHAT+WOMEN+CARE}* about {PR}
17 Caution when holding a fine glass vessel (6) CARAFE {CAR{A}{F}E}
18 Liberal phase - crowds honk (5) RALPH [T]
22 Case of upset stomachs left after stomach disorder (6) TUMULT {TUM}{Ups{L}eT}
23 Big shots taking over peg out inconsequential people (8) NOBODIES {NOB{O}{DIE}S}
24 Broken chord perhaps resulting from improvised gig in fancy opera (8) ARPEGGIO {GIG}* in {OPERA}*
25 Bad-tempered when caught out of practice (6) CRUSTY {C}{RUSTY}

1   Exploit America supporting cause, enemy in retreat (4,3,2) MAKE USE OF {MAKE} {US}{E OF<=}
2   Liberal arts academy rejected films of stars (6) ASTRAL [T<=]
3 & 21d  Shocked of course, having gained understanding to a degree (5,5) TAKEN ABACK {TAKEN} {A{BA}CK}
4   Intellectual drunk at summit (8) HIGHBROW {HIGH}{BROW}
5   French soldier, conservative, has recurring regrets (8) CHASSEUR {C}{HAS}{SEUR<=}
6   Bank accepting pressure provides response (5) REPLY {RE{P}LY}
8   Absurd spoof on ragged, extremely low singer (5,8) BASSO PROFUNDO*
13 Raising hands, joins bartering events (4,5) SWAP MEETS {SWAP<=} {MEETS}
15 Bars finding chlorine in leaks (8) EXCLUDES {EX{CL}UDES}
16 The patrimony essentially that's evolved over time? Right to be thus described! (8) HERITAGE HERIT{AGE} Anno pending
19 Difficult time? Both losing heart and passion (6) ARDOUR {hARD}{hOUR}
20 Spray without sulphur for crop (5) QUIRT sQUIRT
21 See 3d


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

No 11558, Wednesday 25 Nov 2015, Sunnet

Enjoy the show.

1   Start from Florida and move slowly (6) FLINCH {FL}{INCH}
4   Was frugal Bob ruffled? (8) SCRIMPED [DD]
10 Start to stop lofted shot by sportsman (3,6) SKI JUMPER  {JUMP} in {SKIER}

11 Bill's ram to misbehave (3,2) ACT UP {AC}{T UP}
12 Nick! The first two to China (5) NOTCH {NO}{Two}{CH} NO from ! (Addendum - {NOT}{CHina} - See comments)
13 Singer's time to fill job report's header (9) CHORISTER {CHOR{IS}{T}E}{Re...t}
14 Anxiety in Thailand's currency (7) TROUBLE {T}ROUBLE}
16 Modern society's intelligence (4) NEWS {NEW}{S}
19 Backed wickedness to survive (4) LIVE <=
21 Plastic base of pigpen is taken by a French man (7) STYRENE {STY}{RENE}
24 Rex manipulated, seized financial instrument, to get funds (9) EXCHEQUER {CHEQUE} in {REX}*
25 Carbon can send a message (5) CABLE {C}{ABLE}
26 A gas only found near Australia (5) OZONE {OZ}{ONE}
27 Indeed a popular time for drama (4,5) SOAP OPERA {SO}{A}{P OP}{ERA}
28 Disturbing, angering or provoking (8) ENRAGING*
29 Pass to Mark and French (6) TICKET {TICK}{ET}

1   Person obtains stockings (8) FISHNETS {FISH}{NETS}
2   A television hit after I do it differently (5,3) IDIOT BOX {I+DO+IT}* {BOX}
3   Sofa frame (5) COUCH [DD]
5   Vehicle to add-on animation (7) CARTOON {CAR}{TO}{ON}
6   Very much inside a large system (2,1,3,3) IN A BIG WAY {IN} {A} {BIG} {WAY}
7   Pocket a half of Togo's crop (6) POTATO {POT}{A}{TOgo}
8   Expel bear (6) DEPORT [DD]
9   Indian husband enters quickly (6) APACHE {H} in {APACE}
15 Fumed at person getting breakfast item (6,3) BOILED EGG {BOILED} {EGG}
17 Agitated bear enters wood, perhaps for rest (3,5) TEA BREAK {BEAR}* in {TEAK}
18 Empty the ruined castle for transmission (8) TELECAST {ThE}{CASTLE*}
20 Bird's left initially soaked in a ferment of almonds (7) EMULSIN {EMU}{L}{So...d}{IN}
21 Say grain, in a row (6) SERIAL (~cereal)
22 Aloof king to express feeling (6) REMOTE {R}{EMOTE}
23 Some excruciating chore's simplified by repeater (6) ECHOER {Ex...g}{CHORE*}
25 Garment from college festival (5) CHOLI {C}{HOLI} ke peeche kya hai?