Monday, 1 September 2014

No.11178, Monday 01 Sep 2014, The Phantom

The Ghost who sets has handled the long ones nicely, but I find that 'ship' for SS and 'a new' for AN being used more than once

1 Unfortunate one’s first target for pervert (6) SADIST (SAD 1'S T)
4 Achilles’ heel perhaps is not about sore foot trouble (4,4) SOFT SPOT (SORE-RE FT SPOT)
10 Back expert’s experience to manage hospital and a new children’s home (9) ORPHANAGE (PRO< AGE to manage H A N )
11 Plot left empty primarily for a deciduous tree (5) MAPLE (MAP L E)
12 A ship’s crossing near the depths of the ocean (5) ABYSS (A SS crossing BY)
13 Dismiss and banish knight, say in anger for blasphemy (9) SACRILEGE (SACK-K, EG in RILE)
14 Antelope inhabits pasturelands (5) ELAND (T)
16 English aristocrat provides support (8) BACKBONE (CD) (E NOB<) Rev. reversal
19 Intoxicated, drunk with power for thrilling moment (4,4) HIGH SPOT (HIGH SOT with P)
20 For starters, speed’s not apparent in lumbering slow mover (5) SNAIL (acrostic)
23 Most Irish are organised or haphazard? (3-2-4) HIT OR MISS (MOST IRISH)*
24 Greeting uttered by overexcited individual (5) HYPER (~HI PER)  imo, hyper is an adjective, short for hyperactive, and not a noun, whereas the defn. here is anoun
26 Doctor nursing strange ill-tempered person (5) GRUMP (GP nursing RUM)
27 I and anti-beer? Wrong, I’m a drunk (9) INEBRIATE (I ANTI-BEER)*
28 Drug, medicine in short applied around head for relief (8) EMBOSSED (E MED around BOSS) imo, embossed would be moulded or carved in relief, not just relief itself, which would usually be used in this sense as 'in relief'
29 Many outsiders cross Indian city (6) MYSORE (ManY SORE)

1 Work hard on a new jingle (6) SLOGAN (SLOG A N)
2 Inactive? Perform exercises essentially in gym (5) DOPEY (DO PE Y)
3 Flag ship carrying sailors accompanied by band (5,3,7) STARS AND STRIPES (SS carrying TARS AND STRIPE)
5 Wear a cover to keep warm with this? (8) OVERCOAT (A COVER TO)*
6 Anyone tardy? Drink mocha for a change (3,4,3,5) TOM DICK AND HARRY (TARDY DRINK MOCHA)*
7 Fellow’s consumed very quietly, half chopped onions and sausage (9) PEPPERONI (PEER consumed PP ONIons)
8 Duke after having rum unhesitatingly in peg after peg, staggered (8) TEETERED (RUM-UM  in TEE TEE D)
9 Lift’s saving power? Congratulations! (5) RAISE (PRAISE-P)
15 Icon for an idea brilliantly provided by Edison (9) LIGHTBULB (CD,DD) should the enu have
been 5 4 or 5-4)? Chambers lists it with a space in between but Merriam-Webster treats it as a single word.

By Rishi
17 Mark often used to escort governor’s husband to Dutch parliament (3,5) THE HAGUE (TAG UsEd to escort HE H)
18 Chief Inspector and plainclothesmen probe domestic’s murder (8) HOMICIDE (I and CID in HOMIE)
21 Son's in Assam raising capital (5) ASSET (S'S in TEA<)
22 Bees’ sound carried across river by wind (6) BREEZE (BEEZE~bees across R)
25 One in sleep roused by ring of musical instrument (5) PIANO (1 in NAP< O)


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Special, Sunday 31 Aug 2014, Saral

Three answers per commenter (with annotations) till 6PM.

1   Norse god overwhelmed by prayer for abundance  (8)
5   Dad, say follows mother with original yellow flower   (6)
10  Appreciates publicity note about society (7)
11  New black attire that's worn by heads of clergy (7)
12 Load some escargots   (5)
13 Crooked directions when one's abandoned principles ? (9)
14 A brief quarrel, father left with anger - ultimately  I have to try hard (6)
16 Old boy not in a passion  for a meeting (7)
19 Storm ripped apart  a party (7)
21 Headgear modest son left for wife (6)
23 Rags  lying around the fishes (9)
25 Plump round bees all over the place (5)
27 Leading specialist leaves a deduction of disease (7)
28 A man has no time for lawyer's schedules (7)
29 Can endlessly trade showy ornament (6)
30 Articles on achievement by Mexican city (8)

1   Dictated to put a fish (6)
2   Gem merchant stores a variety of wheat (5)
3   Instrument played by a choir man (9)
4   Ash to settle around university (7)
6   Salesman left mender a clotheshorse (5)
7   Ability yet to be developed (9)
8   Lauding President who’s  moving to higher position (8)
9   A vehicle carrying accountant looking up at a calculating machine (6)
15 Waterproof canvas art spoiled by Paul at home (9)
17 A few nearly skip fast when drowsy (9)
18 A men's party with new worker is dull (8)
20 Scorn at Edward , giving flowery speech (6)
21 Loss of direction at a platform (7)
22 Sumptuous meals fellow eats out with sister 6)
24 Student with one easterner for example upset a feudal lord (5)
26 The French retiring with the German ,is a senior (5)

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