Tuesday, 25 April 2017

No 11990, Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, Gridman

7   Overly fearful artist and leader are confined in home (8) PARANOID {PA{RA}{NO1}D}
9   Fight by foreign sea getting more hot (6) WARMER {WAR}{MER}
10 When scanties get torn, help is required (10) ASSISTANCE {AS}{SCANTIES}*
11 Timid man to eke out (4) MEEK {M}{EKE}*
12 The French partner's focal device (4) LENS {LE}{NS}
14 First, decorous old piece's placed back (10) PRIMORDIAL {PRIM}{O}{R}{LAID<=} R = Rook = Chess piece
16 Cubbon, for example, gets a winter coat (5) PARKA {PARK}{A}
17 Grown improperly - not right! (5) WRONG*
21 Source's established a new case has been emptied (10) PROVENANCE {PROVEN}{A}{N}{CasE}
22 State frankly: "Have gown with edges torn" (4) AVOW {hAVe}{gOWn}
23 Let slip no second tablet (4) PILL sPILL
24 Declare earnestly: "Fool's always worried" (10) ASSEVERATE {ASS}{EVER}{ATE}
26 Small journal's browsing site is attractive (6) MAGNET {MAG}{NET}
27 Volcanic rock found by old boy with two men (8) OBSIDIAN {OB}{SID}{IAN}

1   Stop the woman taking English spirit (7) BANSHEE {BAN}{SHE}{E}
2   A ten in half-time prepare to take off (4) TAXI {T{A}{X}Ime}
3   Throat issue revealed by a study - one conducted in old Delhi (7) ADENOID {A}{DEN}{O{1}D}
4   Model - small and quaint (4) TWEE {T}{WEE}
5   Overly proper publicity on new American diva (5,5) PRIMA DONNA {PRIM}{A D}{ON}{N}{A}
6   Fresh beginning of French boy with a single (7) RENEWAL {RENE}{W}{A}{L} L for Single?
8   Frank exposes approval in enclosure (9) OUTSPOKEN {OUTS}{P{OK}EN}
13 Rats falling over and concealing not one hungry person (10) STARVELING {RATS<=}{VEiLING}
15 "...it is in ___ that we are underlings" (Shakespeare) (9) OURSELVES [FITB]
18 Crafty person? (7) ARTISAN [CD]
19 Having difficulty, Spain to find a fix (2,1,4) IN A SPOT*
20 Superhero hugging old rower (7) BOATMAN {B{O}ATMAN}
24 Vehicle in which tau toured round (4) AUTO {TAU}*{O}
25 Went on highway, we hear (4) RODE (~road)


Monday, 24 April 2017

No 11989, Monday 24 Apr 2017, Gridman

1   Top assistance supplied in orbiting outposts (5,8) SPACE STATIONS*
8   Go in India without ultimately angelic light (4) HALO cHALO
9   Having understanding, clear up pet caught in a mess (10) PERCEPTUAL*
10 Spot a top source for starchy food (6) POTATO [T]
11 Poor inn I'd get redone (8) INDIGENT*
12 At unending tour, not one falling or wearing down (9) ATTRITION {AT}{TRIp}{NOT+1}*
14 Advance slowly in court house (4) INCH {IN}{CH}
15 Son leaves spot for a quick kiss (4) PECK sPECK
16 Six dial USA desperately for magnifying glass, say (6,3) VISUAL AID {VI}{DIAL+USA}*
20 Perhaps relating to the whole (8) INTEGRAL*
21 Fired up, the man put away diamonds (6) HEATED {HE}{ATE}{D}
23 Government official about to give away secret behind almirah (10) BUREAUCRAT {BUREAU}{C}{RAT}
24 Muslim leader captures hearts of Lima camp (4) IMAM {lIMa}{cAMp}
25 Songs sung in place for plants? Not exactly! (7,6) NURSERY RHYMES {NURSERY} {RHYMES} How do we classify this clue? [CD} - See comments

1   A poster put out in Chennai, for example (7) SEAPORT*
2   8 get round to a Hawaii greeting (5) ALOHA {HALO}*{A}
3   Take advantage of extra — one in patch of land (7) EXPLOIT {EX}{PLO{1}T}
4   One fright in area will bring in these reservists (11,4) TERRITORIAL ARMY {TERRITOR{1}{AL ARM}Y}
5   Fashionable tear in shirt and front of underwear (6) TRENDY {T}{REND}{Y}
6   One month in the past ace cook stopped short of having many sides (9) OCTAGONAL {OCT}{AGO}{NALa}
7   Old comedian captures you finally with character that is firm (7) STAUNCH {STA{yoU}N}{CH}
13 Crook making noise about sages having stripped (9) RACKETEER {RACKET}{sEERs}
15 Publisher's bird (7) PENGUIN [DD]
17 World leaders' hard urge to disentangle (7) UNHITCH {UN}{H}{ITCH}
18 Pole's coverings, where I see paces going haywire (7) ICECAPS {I+C+PACES}*
19 Overly French-English combine admitted top drama group (6) TROUPE Anno pending (Addendum - {TRO{U}P}E} -See comments
22 Cut one old man's principle (5) AXIOM {AX}{1}{O}{M}


Sunday, 23 April 2017

Special, Sunday 23 Apr 2017, K Koteswar Rao

Three answers per commenter as usual till 6 PM (Annotations compulsory)
Please provide all your answers in one comment.

1   Safe stadia for play? It smells foul! (10)
6   Sir Isaac Newton has a complaint visibly (4)
10 Pull down in a true fashion (7)
11 Snake moves around Rhode Island for a musical instrument (7)
12 Troubling hasty power cut? Be careful (5,4,4)
14 Lara walks out of international design (9)
16 Trainer makes parrot utter back what is told (5)
17 Discard end of trough sound lost midway for drain beginning (5)
19 Endless accord most possibly for the ruler of the world (9)
21 Lives through again! Déjà vu? (2-11)
24 Coming on air obituary news relates to capital (7)
25 Old man rides around centre of trike. It’s spicy (7)
26 Enliven wildly, nothing goes smooth (4)
27 Scientist Henry is prepared for laughing uncontrollably (2 8)

1   Indian city leaves nothing in the market place (4)
2   Follow and conform the current opinions (4,4,3,4)
3   Knock down apartment number (7)
4   You gnash them when you complain angrily (5)
5   At a loss for words endlessly and located special delights (9)
7   Committee throws away to find a way of living (4,2,5,4)
8   Annoy with old when each had food (10)
9   Dirty tryout often generates fungus (3,3)
13 An act that prevents presence of Mohinder ancestry (10)
15 Penetration is inclusion by changing side and moving down (9)
18 A short jump by the animal. It’s a caterpillar (3,3)
20 One occupant hurriedly leaves article part behind the head (7) 
22 Expiate that is not necessary for one who is not in the country (5)
23 Set match randomly highlights the retrograde big ones (4)

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The Sunday Crossword No 2940, Sunday 23 Apr 2017

TH has resumed the numbering again. Didn't notice if it was there last week.

1   Gangster without assistance seizing crown (2,6) AL CAPONE {AL {CAP}ONE}
5   Direct debit cutting very large price (4) ODDS {O{DD}S}
10 Cheat turning to automatic machine (5) ROBOT {ROB}{TO<=}
11 Convey elevation in case (9) CARTRIDGE {CART}{RIDGE}
12 Writes about river safari, initially poor (9) PENNILESS {PEN{NILE}S}{Sa...i}
13 Popular point about English being awkward (5) INEPT {IN}{E}{PT}
14 Go for it, needing that leg-up, keen to work (4,3,6) TAKE THE PLUNGE*
17 Angry protests after damage outside new buildings (13) CONSTRUCTIONS {CO{N}ST}{RUCTIONS}
21 Some now energetic in retirement begin again (5) RENEW [T<=]
22 Distance after day covered by game bird (9) GOLDFINCH {GOL{D}F}{INCH}
24 Explain concern, not small, about public relations (9) INTERPRET {INTEREsT} around {PR}
25 Cross island with speed (5) IRATE {I}{RATE}
26 Chatters, getting power in voice back (4) YAPS {YA{P}S<=}
27 Left chosen ground, beginning to seek monster's abode? (4,4) LOCH NESS {L}{CHOSEN}*{Seek}

1   Brisk sailor with routine, quietly absorbed (6) ABRUPT {AB}{RU{P}T}
2   Group in government showing it can be complicated (7) CABINET*
3   Role involving a prank, worry for actor (7,7) PATRICK STEWART {P{A}{TRICK} {STEW}ART}
4   Hour during pleasant recess (5) NICHE {NIC{H}E}
6   Failure with information about old resentment (7) DUDGEON {DUD}{GE{O}N}
7   Time put into search over half of area in plant (5,3) SWEET PEA {SWEE{T} P}{arEA}
8   Be successful mostly on court in view (8) PROSPECT {PROSPEr}{CT}
9   Official threat shaking strong belief (7,2,5) ARTICLE OF FAITH*
15 Violent behaviour almost embraced in test (8) THUGGERY {T{HUGGEd}RY}
16 Shortage having lasting effect on urban area (8) SCARCITY {SCAR}{CITY}
18 Constant drama, north and south, before summit (3-4) NON-STOP {NO}{N}-{S}{TOP}
19 Soldier perhaps in secure state capital (5,2) SANTA FE {S{ANT}A FE}
20 Layers in places drilled by man (6) SHEETS {S{HE}ETS}
23 Learner with excessive love for game (5) LOTTO {L}{OTT}{O}

Saturday, 22 April 2017

No 11988, Saturday 22 Apr 2017, Gridman


7 Complaint resulting from picking up fruit repeatedly (8) BERIBERI {~BERRY BERRY}
8 Saw mister carelessly leaving drug for you (6) TRUISM {MIST(-e+U)R}*
10 Company popular in retaining right associate (6) COHORT {CO}{HO{R}T}
11 The French offender leaves one man teary (8) LACRIMAL {LA}{CRIMinAL} man=Chessman=Knight=N? See Comments
12 At event, daughter enters bitterly into feud (8) VENDETTA {AT+EVENT+D}*
13 It's put back in bathroom - new cosmetic liquid (6) LOTION {LO{IT<=}O}{N}
14 Small notable person - not old, a brown (7) SWARTHY {S}{W(-o+A}RTHY}
16 We, with good girl, twist and turn (7) WRIGGLE {WE+G+GIRL}*
19 Speed along to get a fastener (6) ZIPPER {ZIP}{PER}
21 Tree-dwelling boar wanders off... True! (8) ARBOREAL {BOAR*}{REAL}
23 Resignation from small newspaper's Misc. section (8) STOICISM {S}{TOI}{MISC*}
24 A limit? On the contrary, be plentiful (6) ABOUND {A}{BOUND}
25 Observe learner taking question in Part II (6) SEQUEL {SE{QU}E}{L}
26 Say we could have this in certain garments (8) NECKLINE (CD?) (DD) See comments


1 Drink persons not confident enough on card play have with the French (3,4,7) WET ONE'S WHISTLE {WET ONES}{WHIST}{LE}
2 Princess' command causes confusion (8) DISORDER {DI'S}{ORDER}
3 "What do you do with the drum? Out!" (4,2) BEAT IT (DD)
4 Damsel I steered away from fool (7) MISLEAD {DAMSEL+I}*
5 Learner's caught up in label - 'Perfectionist' (8) STICKLER {STICK{L}ER}
6 Question is not fanciful (6) QUAINT {QU}{AIN'T}
9 Does a college-goer settle himself on it? (4,2,8) SEAT OF LEARNING (CD)
15 Rottweiler's bone falls into pit - awful! (8) HORRIBLE {HO{R}{RIB}LE}
17 Ugly sight presented by the thrashing of gay ogler (8) GARGOYLE {GAY+OGLER}*
18 Plant short Indian community put adjacent to small pit (7) JASMINE {JAt}{S}{MINE}
20 Settled lowly man, with help, at the top (4,2) PAID UP {P{AID} UP} {P}{AID}{UP} See comments
22 Arm brother on cattle station (6) BRANCH {B}{RANCH}


Friday, 21 April 2017

No 11987, Friday 21 Apr 2017, Gridman

7   At times it goes to the head of a politician in India (5,3) CLOTH CAP Anno pending [CD] See comments
8   Shoo MP away with grunts (6) OOMPHS*
10 Consumer goes around old city for moneylender (6) USURER {US{UR}ER}
11 Can be depended on lier turning to get fit (8) RELIABLE {LIER}*{ABLE}
12 Where one might be safe in a burning situation (4,4) FIRE AREA [CD]
13 Difference of opinion on publicity lacking guidance (6) ADRIFT {AD}{RIFT}
14 What a man does with a woman to get to know her (4,3) ASKS OUT [CD]
16 Fans make fuss about rupees (7) ADORERS {ADO}{RE}{RS}
19 Stopped and wrote out (4,2) DREW UP [DD]
21 Takes over and happens to have no right food (8) OCCUPIES {OCCUr}{PIES}
23 Guests worried about engineer's signs (8) GESTURES {GUESTS}* around {RE}
24 Endless stigma around success in island (6) TAHITI {sTA{HIT}In}
25 National for whom I get help back within two nights (6) INDIAN {I}{N}{AID<=}{N}
26 Cad in rush fixed part of shoe anew (8) REHEELED  {RE{HEEL}ED}

1   Medical specialist left with no urges? (7,7) PLASTIC SURGEON {NO+URGES}*
2   Courses for some racetrack officials (8) STARTERS [DD]
3   Batsman who hits one-fifth of a century? (6) SCORER [DD]
4   Bushes cause anger in health resorts (7) SPIREAS {SP{IRE}AS}
5   Where measures of jet fuel are stored (8) ?O?L?A?D (Addendum - COALYARD [CD] - See comments)
6   Harm one man's mate (6) IMPAIR {1}{M}{PAIR}
9   The man will have hectic father role quite fast (4,3,7) HELL FOR LEATHER {HE'LL} {FATHER+ROLE}*
15 Greek character up with match dropping a piece of arbitration (8) UMPIRING {MU<=}{PaIRING}
17 Criminal record knocks man (foreigner) (3,5) RAP SHEET {RAP S}{HE}{ET}
18 Keep company with cheat - very right! (7) CONSORT {CON}{SO}{RT}
20 Where comedian's greeting man (6) WITHIN {WIT}{HI}{N} N for Man? See comments
22 Fielder's feat by youth is easily remembered (6) CATCHY {CATCH}{Y}


Thursday, 20 April 2017

No 11986, Thursday 20 Apr 2017, Afterdark

1   In revolt, rioters peak and form a political movement (11) PERESTROIKA*
7   Continue to be evenly candid (3) ADD cAnDiD
9   First, push model to the forefront after certificate from channels (5) TUBES (+t){T}{U}{BES(-t)}
10 One going crazy collecting butter for test (9) ANGIOGRAM {A}{GOING}*{RAM}
11 Infamous company came via choppy sea, collected money and rejected assistance (4,5) EAST INDIA {SEA}*{T IN}{AID<=}
12 Support provided by India to Intelligence (5) BRAIN {BRA}{IN}
13 Everyone overwhelmed by gift bag (7) BALLOON {B{ALL}OON}
15 Person returned English title (4) NAME {MAN<=}{E}
18 Rebuke rude busmen disembarking setter (4) SNUB {BUSmeN}*
20 Tours regularly to procure red material (7) TUSSORE {ToUrS}{SORE}
23 Oarsman at bank to board ferry's jumpy (5) ROWER Anno pending (Addendum - {ROW}{fErRy})
24 After losing margins, ingenuously rebuilt a space that allows light (3,6) SUN LOUNGE {iNGENUOUSLy}*
26 Son, at hotel bar attacked by animal (5,4) SLOTH BEAR {S}{HOTEL+BAR}*
27 Medical device despatched bypassing Tiruchi border (5) STENT {S{Ti...i}ENT}
28 Denials on issue from the right (3) NOS [<=]
29 Somehow placate or inject a bit of morphine, a painkiller (11) PARACETAMOL {PLACATE+OR}* over  {A} and {Mo...e}

1   Seasoning lady added on pan with deseeded beans (8) POTHERBS {POT}{HER}{BeanS}
2   Forcefully dismissed, managed subtly (8) ROBUSTLY {RO}{SUBTLY*} RO-Run out
3   Dish Missus hid inside (5) SUSHI [T]
4   African managed to kidnap staff (7) RWANDAN {R{WAND}AN}
5   Root sprouting in downpour defying gravity (7) INGRAIN {IN}{G}{RAIN}
6   Mobs vandalized a grave earlier with explosives (4,5) ATOM BOMBS {A}{TOM B}{MOBS*}
7   A General is out of the country (6) ABROAD {A}{BROAD}
8   Urge college administrator to take money and accept daughter (6) DEMAND {DE{M}AN}{D}
14 Gate outside new building primarily shows joint possession (9) OWNERSHIP {O{NEW*}R}{Sh..s}{HIP}
16 Natural light to last till morning following month, not really a reflection (8) MOONBEAM {MO}{ON}{BE}{AM} Not sure of Anno (Addendum - {MO}{NOt<=}{BE}{AM} - See comments)
17 Amidst roar, director established support (8) PEDESTAL {PE{D}{EST}AL}
19 Returned bunch of 516 sheets after Electricity Board rejected for smudge (7) BESMEAR {EB<=}{REAMS<=}
20 Almost mislead worker immersed in action related to meditative techniques (7) TANTRIC {T{ANT}RICk}
21 Jail has an issue, press release sent in advance (6) PRISON {PR}{1}{SON}
22 After chasing tramp, sportswoman collapses and faints (6) SWOONS SpOrtSWOma*
25 Attack stone building (5) ONSET*

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

No 11985, Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, Afterdark

1   Possibly strong and independent associate (11) POTENTIALLY {POTENT}{I}{ALLY}
9   Song to pacify child's not starting (7) LULLABY {LULL}{bABY}
10 Company release describes state of match (7) COUPLET {CO}{UP}{LET}
11 A channel in TV perhaps (5) INSET {IN}{SET}
12 Story about a guard trapping small animals (9) LIONESSES {LI{ONE}{SS}E}{S}
13 Is tutor holding back a tribe? (5) TUTSI [T<=]
15 Perhaps cells with no door, behind the edge of cowshed where felines are kept (9) CATTERIES {Co...d}{bATTERIES} New word for me
18 Solver’s no good, rejects grind, essentially hackles like a rebel (9) YOUNGTURK {YOU}{NG}{RUT<=}{hacKles} Shouldn't the enu be (5,4)?
21 Purchaser obtains ruby stone touring east (5) BUYER {BUY{E}R*}
22 Tries to participate in official practice (9) REHEARSAL {RE{HEARS}AL}
24 Devil is buried in an abyss at Ankara (5) SATAN [T]
26 Retired soldiers seen with hawk and one more bird (7) ROSELLA {OR<=}{SELL}{A} Parrots are not always green :-)
27 One crosses road regularly to get high class leading metal element (7) IRIDIUM {1}{R{1}D}{1}{U}{Metal}
28 Air guy maybe, beat gravity went above rain revolutionarily (11) YURI GAGARIN {AIR+GUY} over {G} and {RAIN}* &lit Enu should be (4,7) 

1   Friend led Cyrus, perhaps to the study of foretelling future (9) PALMISTRY {PAL}{MISTRY}
2   Accounts for beer in empty tankards (5) TALES {Ta..{ALE}..dS}
3   Can earth in galaxy eclipse a close shave? (9) NEARTHING [T] Again enu to be (4,5)?
4   On an empty day, chill out, roam while husband is away and be peaceful (7) IDYLLIC {DaY} in {ChILL}*
5   Boor overpowers officer as work ends, to strike (7) LOCKOUT {L{OC}{worK}OUT} Is the definition correct? As per Wiki lockout is the antithesis of strike.
6   Solvers got wet, emerging out of depth, holding the edge of yacht (5) YOUSE  {Yacht}{dOUSE}
7   Type of girl on cocaine's doubtful to let go of fellow (8) CLASSIFY {C}{LASS}{IFfY}
8   Oddly outfits made by him uplifts us (4) OTIS {OuTfItS} &lit
14 Most difficult examination containing a sketch without title (8) TOUGHEST {T{rOUGH}EST}
16 Decorating an oriental administrator in Chinese dynasty (9) EMBOSSING {E}{M{BOSS}ING}
17 Dictator dismissed, dismissed by National Guard staff (9) STRONGMAN {ST}{RO}{NG}{MAN} ST-Stumped, RO-Run Out
19 Power back-up device procured by army kept on a rack edge in the floor above (7) UPSTAIR {UPS}{TA}{1}{Rack}
20 Knight's inclined to eliminate wife for gain (7) KILLING {K}{wILLING}
22 Unusual to get right-minded, admirable, revolutionary, energetic leaders (4) RARE Acrostic
23 Everyone, oddly lacking heart in the compound (5) ALLOY {ALL}{OddlY}
25 Judge in Turkey passes sentence by mail (5) TRIER {RI}{E} in {TR} E for E-mail?


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

No 11984, Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, KrisKross

1   Old short dress of mine (8) DECREPIT {DECk}{RE}{PIT}
5   Burning land (6) ALIGHT [DD]
9   Show Peter how to avoid risks (4,4) PLAY SAFE {PLAY} {SAFE}
10 Money church sent back to get cake (6) ECLAIR {RIAL}{CE}<=
12 Clean water, in select stores (5) RINSE [T]
13 Churchmen always in tears (9) REVERENDS {R{EVER}ENDS}
14 MBAs gathered for dances (6) SAMBAS {MBAS}*{AS}
16 One not working again — weary, close to collapse (7) RETIREE {RE}{TIRE}{c...sE}
19 Bear caught in Scottish river's floods (7) DELUGES {DE{LUG}E'S}
21 Computer administrators, simply exhausted, get bribes (6) SYSOPS {Si..lY}{SOPS}
23 Study tax limit (9) CONSTRAIN {CON}{STRAIN}
25 One making notes (5) STENO* &lit
26 I felt bad, pinching toddler's last toy (6) TRIFLE {t...eR} in {I+FELT}*
27 Fantastic danseuse from an African country (8) SUDANESE*
28 Poet is boring and hollow (6) DRYDEN {DRY}{DEN}
29 "American company used defective packaging", counsel finally admits (8) INCLUDES {INC}{c...eL}{USED*}

1   Caught in rebellion, President leaves to die (6) DEPART TRApPED<=
2   Protection for a knight is not trustworthy (5,4) CHAIN MAIL [DD]
3   "Result seen in error", pens University's head (5) ENSUE {ENS{Un...y}E*}
4   Makes an announcement of where to find students (7) INFORMS {IN}{FORMS}
6   Doctor appraises wounds (9) LACERATES {LACE}{RATES}
7   Piece of rag, surprisingly fashionable (5) GRAIN {RAG}*{IN}
8   Defeated and heart-broken, the lady would lose hope in the end (8) THRASHED {HeART}*{SHE'D}
11 State to prevent cutting taxes in the beginning (4) AVER AVERt
15 Sack a bank worker, mostly for a trifling amount... (9) BAGATELLE {BAG}{A}{TELLEr}
17 ...perhaps her red pen is to blame (9) REPREHEND*
18 Instructed English reporter to accept old money (8) EDUCATED {E}{DUCAT}{ED}
20 Last support (4) STAY [DD]
21 Health hazard from solar battery? (7) SUNBURN {SUN}{BURN}
22 Very wise birds going around England…London has two of them (6) VOWELS {V}{OW{E}LS} Definition by example
24 Number is finally very loud (5) NOISY {NO}{IS}{verY}
25 Hold up everyone, by the way (5) STALL {ST}{ALL}


Monday, 17 April 2017

No 11983, Monday 17 Apr 2017, Spinner

1   One who fires arm alertly in rioting (12) ARTILLERYMAN*
10 Amplifier takes in unprocessed sound initially, giving processed sound (5) MUSIC {M{Un...d}{So,,d}IC}
11 Confession/Announcement — Young lady with Spinner's happening! (9) ADMISSION {AD}{MISS}{I}{ON}
12 Walk slowly on wood (6) LUMBER [DD]
13 Royal heir's corporation covered by media (8) PRINCESS {PR{INC}ESS}
15 Traditional girl caught between changing Indian culture and long-established roots (9) CLASSICAL {LASS} in {Ch...g}{In...n}{Cu...e}{And}{Long}
16 Revolutionary America is anxious to overcome eastern territory (4) ASIA [T<=]
20 Rebel leader very upset with governance, ultimately revolted (4) ROSE {Re..l}{SO<=}{g...cE}
21 Chisellers making small bowl engraved with large hills (9) SCULPTORS {S}{CU{L}P}{TORS}
24 Release writer caught between sides by mistake (8) DISPENSE {DIS{PEN}SE*}
26 Two units of Nitrogen flushed through gas pipe (6) FUNNEL {FU{NN}EL}
28 Friend touring in Monaco gains some pounds (9) COMPANION {Po...s} in {MONACO+IN}* 
29 Ages with poise, reportedly (5) GREYS (~grace)
30 Aren't Germans made for orchestration? (12) ARRANGEMENTS*

2   Looks like royal company's a Knight short! (9) RESEMBLES {R}{EnSEMBLES}
3   India cares about energy expansion (8) INCREASE {IN}{CARES*}{E}
4   Do nothing, being extremely lazy fool (4) LOAF {Lazy}{OAF}
5   Sensational reel unfolds, featuring maiden, ship & sailor (10) REMARKABLE {RE{M}{ARK}{AB}LE*}
6   Thinking without using head? Funny! (6) MUSING aMUSING
7   Interference is getting in the way of one broadcast (5) NOISE {NO{IS}E*}
8   Section of prism allows light (5) SMALL [T]
9   University's decorated alumnus has no money? That's strange! (7) UNUSUAL {U}{ALUmNUS}*
14 Spinner's nous is fantastic in debate (10) DISCUSSION {DISC}{NOUS+IS}*
17 Hardest cryptic set at the end of sequence, with setter showing no love (9) STRONGEST {STR(-i+o)ONG}{SET*} 'No love'? See comments
18 Anticipate direct runs after a bit of passing (7) PREDICT {Pa...g}{DIRECT}*
19 Toil and bust guts to overcome setter finally, getting unbounded joy (8) STRUGGLE {ST{s...eR}UG*}{LovE} (Correction - {ST{s...eR}UG*}{GLEe} - See comments)
22 Fix up extremely reconcilable couple (6) REPAIR {Re...lE}{PAIR}
23 Slab collapses, primarily triggered by explosion (5) BLAST {SLAB}*{Tr...d}
25 Country's savoury dish short of a pinch of salt (5) SAMOA SAMOsA
27 Stick needle partially into joint (4) KNEE [T]


Sunday, 16 April 2017

Special, Sunday 16 Apr 2017, IXL-2016 Final

Three answers per commenter till 6 PM (Annotations Compulsory)
Please provide all your answers in one comment

7   Combative vehicle back with radio controls stripped (7)
9   Disengage couple in the grip of the French one (7)
11 Transparent cover over capital (5)
12 Twin x twin (9)
13 Op Art pattern of setter in modern Rome (5)
14 Woman raged about many stuck in marshy land (9)
16 Turkish chief, getting stone, is horror-struck (6)
18 Half-half pieces of clothes (6)
20 Offers to support old, berserk lass (9)
22 Mother doesn't finish, fellow doesn't finish constructing cottage (5)
24 Exhausted wife, beginning to alarm, shouted wildly (6-3)
26 Bird's dressing not completed (5)
27 Public notice at northern gate (7)
28 Governess leaves New York eager to get exotic cloth (7)

1   Standard measures cover every other bale (6)
2   Mess with big cups in line (6)
3   Glib queen with lot is in trouble (8)
4   Bounder hit the buffet with cleric (6)
5   Informers lifted the Bollywood success (4)
6   Submit a couple of points to the judge (7)
8   Shores up as a result of chidren's toys (7,6)
10 Tip: cable car I'm operating is visionary (13)
15 Talker's gift? (3)
17 Shakespearean character I left once (3)
18 Ambassador's urgent, leaving partners faltering (8)
19 A high comb-over might well be ... (7)
21 Officially choose one in a short time to model (6)
22 Brave beloved has lost a bit of love (6)
23 Becoming apparent daughter leaves shelter (6)
25 Magnificent number doffs hat - all squared up! (4)

Across Lite version can be accessed at IXL-16 FINAL


The Sunday Crossword, Sunday 16 Apr 2017

1   Scaremonger with anxious air almost devoid of love (8) ALARMIST {AIR+ALMoST}*
5   Colour created by revolutionary artist receiving honour (5) AMBER {A{MBE}R<=}
9   Level about right for one making an effort (5) TRIER {T{R}IER}
10 Get rid of alien, biting back after time (9) ERADICATE {ET}{ACID}<= after {ERA}
11 Trust date chum arranged came up to expectations (3,3,7) CUT THE MUSTARD*
13 Container ship's contents secured by mate (5) PHIAL {sHIp} in {PAL}
14 Painting wins top prize finally (9) LANDSCAPE {LANDS}{CAP}{p..zE}
15 Tango one faced and accomplished for programme (9) TIMETABLE {T}{1}{MET}{ABLE}
17 Signify magic formula (5) SPELL [DD]
18 Clubs with areas developed by resort beside lake with super casino (7,6) CAESARS PALACE {C+AREAS}*{S PA}{L}{ACE}
21 Pass finished film (9) OVERSHOOT {OVER}{SHOOT}
22 Clutch, for instance, ring inlaid with diamonds (5) PEDAL {PE{D}AL}
23 Number born after revolution in country (5) BENIN {NINE}{B}<=
24 Spent day wandering to ridge (3-5) DOG-TIRED {D}{TO+RIDGE}*

1   Expect quote about old man supporting opponent (10) ANTICIPATE {ANTI}{CI{PA}TE}
2   Adventure novelist's ace tip followed by aviator, endlessly immaculate (8,7) ALISTAIR MACLEAN {A}{LIST}{AIR MAn}{CLEAN}
3   Officer warlike in speech (7) MARSHAL (~martial)
4   Vapour from south side (5) STEAM {S}{TEAM}
5   Beasts attack in area, upset (7) ANIMALS {SLAM}{IN}{A}<=
6   Drink in university with cross and doubtful expression after class (6,9) BRANDY ALEXANDER {BRAND}{Y ALE}{X}{AND}{ER}
7   Smell river with cry of surprise (4) REEK {R}{EEK}
8   Left gold, last of collection, in reasonable place in Switzerland (8) LAUSANNE {L}{AU}{SA{c...oN}NE}
12 Rich source, rotter with editor (4-6) WELL-HEELED {WELL}-{HEEL}{ED}
14 Note support and stick up for Canadian region (8) LABRADOR {LA}{BRA}{ROD<=}
16 Stare, bewildered about betrayal (7) TREASON {STARE}*{ON}
17 Don't move prop and frame (4,3) STAY PUT {STAY} {PUT} Put/Frame ?
19 Test muddled old argument (3-2) SET-TO {TEST}*{O}
20 Search in company with doctor (4) COMB {CO}{MB}

Saturday, 15 April 2017

No 11982, Saturday 15 Apr 2017, The Phantom


8   Caught one at leg-gully (6) CANYON {C}{ANY}{ON}
9   Strange reaction after one becomes chemically unreactive matter (5,3) INERT GAS {I}{STRANGE}*
10 A missing supplement found in measure of sugar (8) DEXTROSE {D{EXTRa}OSE}
11 I love to eat after one (6) IODINE {I}{O}{DINE}
12 What redneck's harbouring is ill-will (6) HATRED (T)
13 Leaving out a form of exercise? (8) SKIPPING (DD)
15 Nothing paid for with permission (7) ALLOWED {ALL}{OWED}
17 Enraged, in other words provoked (7) ANGERED {ENRAGED*}
20 Bottle of jam (8) PRESERVE (DD)
22 Excellent lodges being regularly chosen for meeting (6) PLENUM {PL{bEiNg}UM}
23 Carpet currently not available, I felt a tad upset (6) TATAMI {{I}{MAT}{A}{Tad}}<=
25 Being courteous European carries Italian lady's coat (8) POLITELY {POL{IT}E}{LadY}
26 Travellers by trains often accommodated by brokers? (8) TOURISTS {TOU{tRaInS}TS}
27 Common sense, idiot possesses perhaps? Just the opposite! (6) SANITY {SA{NIT}Y}


1   Opening batsman at sea, beaten by delivery in this game? (8) BASEBALL {Batsman}{SEA*}{BALL}
2   Cryptic from earliest "Times" found in setter's grave! (10) MYSTERIOUS {MY}{S{Times}ERIOUS}
3   Modern path to progress (6) INROAD {IN}{ROAD}
4   Complaint got from seaside resorts (7) DISEASE {SEASIDE}*
5   Mockery of judgement to include right for crooked leader (8) DERISION {DE(-c+R}ISION}
6   Con missing the last piece of jewellery (4) STUD {STUDy}
7   About a gunner at heart working for artillery (6) CANNON {C}{A}{guNNer}{ON}
14 Avoiding pressure can girl hide, at no time returning? (10) PREVENTING {P}{NEVER<=}{TIN}{G}
16 The oldest ateliers were different (8) EARLIEST{ATELIERS}*
18 Oriental character gets fair treatment (8) EQUALITY {E}{QUALITY}
19 Fairly loud base during audition creates disturbance (7) TEMPEST ? (Addendum - {TE{MP}{E}ST} - See comments)
21 Warrant for arresting leader of mutiny (6) REASON {tREASON}
22 Oil's processed in Philippines to get wax (6) POLISH {P{OILS*}H}
24 A worry when men fall out of line (4) AWRY {A}{WorRY}


Friday, 14 April 2017

No 11981, Friday 14 Apr 2017, Dr. X


1   Making taunting remarks at winter sport (8) SLEDGING [DD]
5   Predicament of bridge opponents holding rubbish (6) SCRAPE {S}{CRAP}{E}
10 Exposed due to malfunction (5) OUTED*
11 Idle chatter that’s dangerous for batsmen (4,5) CHIN MUSIC [DD] New term for me. 
12 One informing you when to come off guard duty? (9) STOPWATCH {STOP}{WATCH} Semi&lit
13 Extremist involved in shameful tragedy (5) ULTRA [T]
14 Get energy swallowing ecstasy (6) DERIVE {D{E}RIVE}
15 Maturity perhaps lacking a natural element (7) YTTRIUM MaTURITY*
18 Husband irritates leading to problems (7) HITCHES {H}{ITCHES}
20 Pilot turning around Sweden adjusts to original position (6) RESETS {STE{S}ER<=}
22 One in labour almost! Return with medicine bottles (5) VIALS {SLA{1}Ve}<=
24 Don't worry about study having rodents (5,4) NEVER MIND {NE{VER MIN}D<=}
25 Restrict consumption of alcohol! What’s the logic? (9) RATIONALE {RATION}{ALE}
26 Fantasies — remove clothes from head to toe (5) TRIPS (-s)TRIP(+s)S
27 Seduces ladies? Am not about to be modest (6) DECOYS {DamE{COY}S}
28 Heat is an irritant, leads to lack of energy (8) ASTHENIA*

1   Strange piousness? No sin mingling with partner (6) SPOUSE PiOUsnESS*
2   Outgoing old ranger enters race (9) EXTROVERT {EX}{T{ROVER}T}
3   Flunk school subject to be remembered (2,4,2,7) GO DOWN IN HISTORY [DD]
4   One formally hanging around to kiss couple (7) NECKTIE {NECK}{TIE}
6   What diver with skin rash may do to meet required standards (4,2,2,7) COME UP TO SCRATCH [DD]
7   Like to establish strong point (5) ASSET {AS}{SET}
8   Comes out with allegation in sex scandal (8) EXCLAIMS {EX{CLAIM}S*}
9   Momentous forgetting wife’s number (6) EIGHTY wEIGHTY
16 Perception is that’s how teachers make extra money? (9) INTUITION {IN}{TUITION}
17 Shuddered? Ive worn a thin scrap (8) SHIVERED {SH{IVE}RED}
19 One going on foot caught escaping offence (6) SANDAL ScANDAL
20 Magazines to look at during short break (7) REVIEWS {RE{VIEW}St} Magazine/Review ? See comments
21 Lyrical poem by fool about city (6) ODESSA {ODE}{ASS<=}
23 Clown scratching bottom, acting silly (5) ANTIC ACTINg*


Thursday, 13 April 2017

No 11980, Thursday 13 Apr 2017, Aspartame

1   Predict reaction to GPS tracking (13) PROGNOSTICATE*
8   Verbal test (4) ORAL [DD]
9   Notes at IIM sent for evaluation (10) ESTIMATION*
10 Somewhat weak Indo-French exhibits (4,2) KIND OF [T]
11 Stop smuggling in Mysore's trains (8) RESTRAIN [T]
12 Fancy violin had been free from scratches (9) INVIOLATE {VIOLIN*}{ATE}
14 Trick almost caused shock (4) STUN STUNt
15 Gesture to call not working (4) BECK BECKon
16 Hits inspector with pole as symbol (5,4) POUND SIGN {POUND S}{IG}{N}
20 How butchers are asked to hurry up (4-4) CHOP-CHOP [CD]
21 Law written allows fellows to start exporting food (6) WAFFLE {WA{FF}L*}{Ex...g}
23 Festive figure admitted one with alcohol bottles inside leading hospital (10) SANITARIUM {SAN{1}TA}{R{In...e}UM}
24 Bend reel backwards, not completely (4) LOOP sPOOL <=
25 Devious nun loves getting unctions interrupted (13) NONCONTINUOUS {NUN+OO+UNCTIONS}*

1   Distribute luck (7) PORTION [DD]
2   Lubricated machine that is old (5) OILED {IE+OLD}*
3   Fund eel breeding – It's a necessary action (7) NEEDFUL*
4   Assembled union to distribute cleaned pot in stage where maximum capacity has been reached (10,5) SATURATION POINT {SAT}{U}{RATION} {POT+IN}*
5   Central railway was halted in stormy conditions (6) INMOST {IN+STOrMy}*
6   Craft hourit is a painful problem (9) ARTHRITIS {ART}{HR}{IT}{IS}
7   Note about spy novelist being a member of British college (7) ETONIAN {NOTE<=}{IAN}
13 Inauguration of Nolan movie (9) INCEPTION [DD]
15 Attacks in hot Arab country (7) BAHRAIN {IN+H+ARAB}*
17 Anchor understood reports on some odd article (7) NEWSMAN (~knew){NEW}{SoMe}{AN}
18 Hanging frame (7) GALLOWS [DD]
19 Accommodating Asian guy owes principal to miser (6) CHEAPO {CH{E}AP|{Owes}
22 One fool copies written work meant for submission (5) FOLIO {1+FOOL}*


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

No 11979, wednesday 12 Apr 2017, Skulldugger

1   Traditions surrounding Easter empty, but they're always right (9) CUSTOMERS {CUSTOM{Ea..eR}S}
6   Dance to rock music of Springsteen, Hendrix, Genesis (4) MOSH Acrostic How can you possibly call this dancing!!

8   Indian man left England's shores, not being from that country originally (8) IMPORTED {I}{M}{PORT}{En...nD}
9   Scene of Biblical parting one junction away from Zhongnanhai (3,3) RED SEA REDSEAt
10 Actor slacked in Strange Red Sign (6,3,6) HAMMER AND SICKLE {HAMMER} {SLACKED+IN}*
11 The last word, finally uttered, is correct (5) AMEND {AMEN}{u...eD}
13 Gangster lingered, smuggling silver (8) STERLING [T]
15 Work policy (8) PRACTICE [DD]
18 Well-oiled artillery's final discharge backfiring (5) TIPSY {a...rY}{SPIT}<=
20 He goes round in circles frittering time, raking in rupees, radically anarchist, very independent society hothead (8,7) WHIRLING DERVISH {WHI{R}LING} {RED<=}{V}{I}{S}{Hot}

23 A revolutionary expression of disgust at plenty (6) ENOUGH {ONE<=}{UGH}
24 Script with no stop, no start (8) NOTATION {NO}{sTATION}
25 Earth in water dissolves evenly (4) ISLE {dIsSoLvEs}
26 Thrown out as papers not in order when security check checked to ascertain age (9) DISCARDED {IDS*}{CARDED}

1   Butterfly that might give you pause (5) COMMA [DD]
2   Cryptid's evanescent winter creations (7) SNOWMEN [DD]
3   Foul at heart, they're oddly superficial (5) OUTER {fOUl}{ThEyRe}
4   Dividend in GST's framing resolutions (7) ENDINGS [T]
5   Small, long-haired and jumpy (8) STRESSED {S}{TRESSED}
6   Doctor claimed marijuana might be allowed on these grounds (7) MEDICAL {CLAIMED+M}* &lit (Correction MEDICAL* - See comments)
7   What bees assess in empty gardens after a while (9) SPELLINGS {SPELL}{IN}{Ga...nS}

12 Traders's goods carried by organised workers (9) MERCHANTS {MERCH}{ANTS} Anno pending See comments
14 Heartless Scandinavian journalist is ruined (8) FINISHED {FINnISH}{ED}
16 Party roundabout lacking finish (7) CAROUSE CAROUSEl
17 Contraptions for a game not usually seen around (7) ENGINES {SEEN}* around {GIN}
19 Requested fashionable regular tweed jackets, a half dozen (7) INVITED {IN}{VI}{TwEeD}
21 Subsidiary tax reform involving registered middlemen (5) EXTRA {mEn}{XT{R}A} As per the clue this becomes {XT{R}A}{mEn}
22 Head of state unsympathetic harridan (5) SCOLD {S}{COLD}


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

No 11978, Tuesday 11 Apr 2017, Sunnet

1   Improvises using present day progressive party members (2-4) AD-LIBS {AD}-{LIBS}
4   A police department near Kashmir town initially compromises by tolerating a highly sour environment (8) ACIDURIC {A}{CID}{URI}{Co...s}
10 Sprinkle salt over a cut suitable for dry heating (4,5) VEAL ROAST*
11 Cheap pleasure's symbol of sin (5) APPLE [T]
12 Sweet Fire at the beginning and end of day (5) CANDY {CAN}{DaY}
13 Tom poured claret for stock mover (6,3) CATTLE CAR {CAT}{CLARET*}
14 Raisin is popular reportedly (7) CURRANT (~current)
16 Got up when saint stopped deer (4) ROSE {RO{S}E}
19 Heard hum of port (4) WINE (~whine)
21 He's taking a boy back to get geometric design representing the universe (7) MANDALA {MAN}{A LAD<=}
24 Winner against Queens' men (9) CONQUEROR {CON}{QU}{ER}{OR}
25 Look into person's lineage (5) BLOOD {B{LO}OD}
26 Black/green colour (5) BLUSH {B}{LUSH}
27 Close by for team's match (9) PROXIMATE {PRO}{XI}{TEAM*} (Correction - {PRO}{XI}{MATE} - See comments)
28 Mischief makers confused girls with men (8) GREMLINS*
29 Finally no article to split Kentucky's editor-approved (6) OKAYED {nO}{K{A}Y}{ED}

1   Notice Tamil freedom fighter's account has a bit of your support (8) ADVOCACY {AD}{VOC}{AC}{Your}
2   Apprentices angle to get to breadwinners (8) LEARNERS {L}{EARNERS}
3   Say, hide this fleshy fruit (5) BERRY (~bury)
5   Citizen turned over list for legal publication (7) CITATOR {CIT}{ROTA<=}
6   Working lady dines with pride (6,3) DEADLY SIN*
7   Rearrange to leap over knight (6) REPACK {CAPER<=}{K}
8   Scream about woman's fruit (6) CHERRY {C{HER}RY}
9   Tap note to cute cast (6) FAUCET {FA}{CUTE*}
15 State's message to Union Territory: Stop detailed mapping method (9) AZIMUTHAL {AZ}{IM}{UT}{HALt}
17 Scholar to sow every tree (8) MAHOGANY {MA}{HOG}{ANY}
18 Worker arrested for PDA (4-4) HAND-HELD {HAND}-{HELD}
20 Money to find fault with artificial language (7) EUROPAN {EURO}{PAN} ? Couldn't find this on the net See the link
21 Setter has right quantity of 19 (6) MERLOT {ME}{R}{LOT}
22 In case of emergency take pain killer (3,3) ICE BAG {I C E} {BAG}
23 Wound judge in temper (6) INJURE {IN{J}URE}
25 Non-working mobile phone for a reliable person (5) BRICK [DD]