Sunday, 20 April 2014

No 2787, Sunday 20 Apr 2014


EASTER GREETINGS

ACROSS
1   Thief and fence in possession of 1000, policeman recalled (10) PICKPOCKET {PICK{POC<=}{K}ET}
6   Rosemary, perhaps, in feather bed (4) HERB [T]
10 Seat I must sit in daily (5) CHAIR {CHA{I}R}
11 Incorrect ad bothers acting profession (3,6) THE BOARDS*
12 In disarray, everywhere (3,4,3,4) ALL OVER THE SHOP [DD]
14 Crystal getting rid of good sword (7) CUTLASS CUTgLASS
15 Book about English County Council described by graduate (7) REBECCA {RE}{B{ECC}A}
17 Skirt around centre of Edinburgh in a taxi (7) MINICAB {MINI}{CA}{edinBurgh}
19 Get hairdo in a place buzzing with activity? (7) BEEHIVE [DD]
20 Islander checks out writer (7,7) CHARLES DICKENS*
23 Night out? Not for me! (9) INSOMNIAC [CD]
24 Correct an error in short advert recruiting soldiers (5) AMEND {A{MEN}D}
25 Produced round cheese (4) EDAM <=
26 Wearing ceremonial garment causes speculation (10) INVESTMENT {IN}{VESTMENT}

DOWN
1   Choose the best tool for breaking rocks (4) PICK [MD]
2   One of the Bront√ęs, reportedly an impostor (9) CHARLATAN (~charlotte}{CHARLAT}{AN}
3   Part of paper producing peculiar post (8,6) PERSONAL COLUMN {PERSONAL} {COLUMN}
4   Richest somehow acquiring medieval instruments (7) CITHERS*
5   One choosing to drop opener - might he make one cross? (7) ELECTOR sELECTOR
7   Soil shortage duke ignored (5) EARTH dEARTH
8   Contestant after singer, a guitarist (4,6) BASS PLAYER {BASS} {PLAYER}
9   Influence, by chance, quick early business meeting (5,9) POWER BREAKFAST {POWER} {BREAK}{FAST}
13 Fridge that is broken by clumsy mechanic (3,7) ICE MACHINE {I{CE MACHIN*}E}
16 Customers about right to send a message, briefly (9) CLIENTELE {C}{LIEN}{TELE}
18 Obtains supply for a fortified place (7) BASTION*
19 After duck, child tucked into cheese roll (7) BRIOCHE {BRI{O}{CH}E}
21 Some of what's eaten on the ocean (2,3) AT SEA [T]
22 Tide rising? Correct (4) EDIT <=

Saturday, 19 April 2014

No. 11063, Saturday 19 Apr 14, Gridman

Gridman is as entertaining as ever. Ticked SASHAY, WHISPER, FELLA and AMOROSA for their smooth surfaces.

ACROSS
1 Sunny rooms where also air is circulating (7) SOLARIA (ALSO AIR)*
5 Has gone round in state excursion (6) SASHAY (HAS* inside SAY)
9 Is conversant reportedly with son’s features (5) NOSES (~KNOWS + S)
10 Relax! Mumbai’s leading academic, having paid out fine, is abroad (6,3) MELLOW OUT (M + fELLOW + OUT)
11 Tracked poles leaving with backing (7) SPOORED (SPOnsORED)
12 Communication pioneer who was never wired (7) MARCONI (CD)
13 Ancient idol, broken, found at far end of cave (5) OLDIE (IDOL* + E)
14 it would contain characters of this kind only (5,4) lower case (cd, definition by example)
16 One is usually retired when wearing this (9) NIGHTGOWN (CD)
19 Congress’ head gets member to go up (5) CLIMB (C + LIMB)
21 Speak very softly with that man’s agent leaning back (7) WHISPER (W + HIS + REP<=)
23 He grabs American’s purer variety (7) USURPER (US + PURER*)
24 About the fellows, one of debtors is improving (2,3,4) ON THE MEND (ON + THE + MEN + D)
25 Took the plunge with a guy (5) FELLA (FELL + A)
26 Leader of Tamils out of practice but dependable (6)  TRUSTY (T + RUSTY)
27 Continues travelling, like Don Quixote perhaps (5,2) RIDES ON (CD, Def by example)

DOWN
1 Goes down as never before as an enterprising archaeologist might (5,2,1,3,3) SINKS TO A NEW LOW (D&CD)
2 Caught girl and journalist carrying nothing (7) LASSOED (LASS + ED outside O)
3 Certain soldier’s book (7) RESERVE (DD)
4 Rama’s unusual fuss about sick animal (9) ARMADILLO (RAMA* + DO outside ILL)
5 Lame’s fixed in town (5) SALEM (LAME'S)*
6 More certain about company, he cleans vigorously (7) SCOURER (SURER outside CO)
7 Sherry for lover? (7) AMOROSA (DD)
8 Agree on terms in a discount store? (6,1,7) STRIKE A BARGAIN (CD)
15 Folded and became submerged (4,5) WENT UNDER (DD)
17 Girl’s young family to look bright (7) GLITTER (G + LITTER)
18 With nothing above the waist – having no revolutionary toy (7) TOPLESS (TOP LESS)
19 Very pleased, hit took in hero’s head (7) CHUFFED (CUFFED outside H)
20 Sticks with naughty children consuming drink (7) IMPALES (IMPS outside ALE)
22 Never satisfied abandoned girl, tall and thin (5) REEDY (gREEDY)