Saturday, 23 September 2017

No 12120, Saturday 23 Sep 2017, Gridman

1   Work in concert like members of a cast do? (3,8) ACT TOGETHER [C&DD]
9   Touching on a brown sahib? (7) TANGENT {TAN}{GENT}
10 Non-professional in a mature turn-out (7) AMATEUR*
11 Gather a large amount (5) AMASS {A}{MASS}
12 A helper madly embraces Gridman - it's short-lived! (9) EPHEMERAL {ME} in {A+HELPER}*
13 A jewellery that goes to one's head (5) TIARA [CD]
15 Time minister turned into a theologian (9) TERMINIST {T}{MINISTER*}
18 Bad guy supported by mother in city (9) ROTTERDAM {ROTTER}{DAM}
21 The end reached in the home game (5) OMEGA [T]
22 Lack of hope from admit fees being outrageous (9) DEFEATISM*
24 Do what you do! (5) SOLVE [CD]
26 Somehow clear it for performance (7) RECITAL*
27 Fine. Almost with reservations, reaching island (7) OKINAWA {OK}{IN A WAy}
28 Slogan to get hold of wandering seraph (5,6) CATCH PHRASE {CATCH} {SERAPH}*

1   Students will draw at his bidding (3,6) ART MASTER [CD]
2   Indian vehicle from South Pacific kingdom (5) TONGA [DD]
3   Clearing old writers with speed (4,5) OPEN SPACE {O}{PEN S}{PACE}
4   Beg hospital department to repair tear (7) ENTREAT {ENT}{TEAR*}
5   Get the news about the plant (7) HEATHER {HEA{THE}R}
6   Kingdom not fancied by a great number (5) REALM {REAL}{M}
7   Ursine - describing a panda? (8) BEARLIKE [CD]
8   Spoken lesson doesn't start (4) ORAL mORAL
14 React if I carry off a deceptive manoeuvre (8) ARTIFICE*
16 This minor turned into a metal worker (9) IRONSMITH*
17 Deter a man misusing business identity (5,4) TRADE NAME*
19 Crane, for one, goes up with permitted small quantity (7) DRIBLET {BIRD<=}{LET}
20 A couple of Frenchmen in light aircraft appear bulky (7) MAMMOTH {M{A}{MM}OTH}
22 Daughter on boat is not light (4) DARK {D}{ARK}
23 Excited father abandons ludicrous act (5) ANTIC frANTIC
25 Am completely raising the beast of burden (5) LLAMA {AM}{ALL}<=

Reference List
Sahib = GENT, Mother = DAM, Fine = OK, Crane = BIRD, Frenchman = M, Boat = ARK, Father = FR,

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Friday, 22 September 2017

No 12119, Friday 22 Sep 2017, Gridman

1   Release grip of property ownership (8) FREEHOLD {FREE}{HOLD}
5   Transfer prisoner so unrightfully (6) CONVEY {CON}{VErY}
9   Bordering on what Ram may be doing (8) ABUTTING [DD]
10 Glittery decoration in a mart in Selaiyur (6) TINSEL [T]
12 Refer to location that is mentioned (4) CITE (~site)
13 End of dispute in colony (10) SETTLEMENT [DD]
15 What is left in central fresco gallery (6) ESTATE {frESco}{TATE}
17 Small, stony archaeological piece (5) SHARD {S}{HARD}
20 Doctors as a group give limited picture (5) IMAGE {IMA}{GivE}
21 Require note having Latin version (6) ENTAIL {E}{LATIN*}
24 No general detail (10) PARTICULAR [DD]
27 It's a terrible old custom of our country (4) SATI* &lit
29 What springs from rubbing off lustre (6) RESULT*
30 That woman keeps single weaver's device as cherished possession (8) HEIRLOOM {HE{1}R}{LOOM}
31 Time to make certain there's no second term (6) TENURE {T}{ENsURE}
32 Legal right of English people in Orient (8) EASEMENT {EAS{E}{MEN}T}

1   Ref can emerge from this country (6) FRANCE*
2   Ownership that's fair and just (6) EQUITY [DD]
3   Dislike 'cover point' (4) HATE {HAT}{E}
4   Look! No-good weapon (5) LANCE gLANCE
6   State work in a direction (5) OPINE {OP}{IN}{E}
7   Deeply felt, six accept agitated scaler (8) VISCERAL {VI}{SCALER*}
8   King left eruditely disconcerted in late-December period (8) YULETIDE ErUDITELY*
11 Way a marginal marking is made about the engineer (6) STREET {ST{RE}ET}
14 Tennis player clobbered limitlessly (4) ASHE bASHEd
16 A place to meet in boulevard (6) AVENUE {A}{VENUE}
17 Hurries up with political gloss (4) SPIN <=
18 Discourage girl's rip-it posture (8) DISPIRIT {DI'S}{RIP+IT}*
19 So raring to break the defence force (8) GARRISON*
22 The old man's part in prisoner's break (6) PAROLE {PA}{ROLE}
23 Thousand times felled by fate (6) KISMET {K}{TIMES*}
25 You needn't do anything to earn this title (5) IDLER [CD]
26 Ring a note for new arrival (5) ARENA {A}{RE}{N}{A}
28 Correct time to feel sorry (4) TRUE {T}{RUE}


Thursday, 21 September 2017

No 12118, Thursday 21 Sep 2017, Gridman

1   Spook not left in marsh (8) FRIGHTEN {F{RIGHT}EN}
5   Dissertation of the relative is cut by half (6) THESIS {THE}{SISter}
10 One takes this to show offence (7) UMBRAGE [CD]
11 At first tipping lumber off cart (7) TUMBREL {Ti...g}{LUMBER*}
12 Damned — two cards come together (6) DEUCED [DD] (Addendum - {DEUCE}{D} - See comments)
13 Not being attractive, Chennai leader leaves and is quite safe (8) HARMLESS cHARMLESS
15 List of tasks of tribal, not ace, getting old (2-2) TO-DO {TODa}{O}
16 Full gathering, at 10, has a ball (10) ATTENDANCE {AT}{TEN}{DANCE}
18 No US goalie would buckle and be smarmy (10) OLEAGINOUS*
20 Indian garment — it's trim without borders (4) SARI {SA}{tRIm}
23 Fitting a lawyer's put in large hotel room (8) SUITABLE {SUIT{A}{BL}E}
24 What may be thrown off one's head as out-of-date (3-3) OLD-HAT [DD]
26 Gap in job available (7) OPENING [DD]
27 Caution about a kind of sale (7) AUCTION*
28 Area covered once by the big top (6) EXTENT {EX}{TENT}
29 Tie great made-up feathery ornament (8) AIGRETTE*

1   Basically it's laid to start building up (10,5) FOUNDATION STONE [CD]
2   Such trains arrive at the railway station (7) INBOUND [CD]
3   Vehement, the man pushed date away (6) HEATED {HE}{DATE*}
4   Flat proceeding stopped short (4) EVEN EVENt
6   It's plain he's adopted mantra to get dame disguised (8) HOMEMADE {H{OM}E}{DAME*}
7   Gush over one who operates (7) SURGEON {SURGE}{ON}
8   With this, all the commercial pitch fails (5,10) SALES RESISTANCE [CD]
9   Indignant son joined forces (7,2) STEAMED UP {S}{TEAMED UP}
14 Studying race hotly gone wayward (9) ETHNOLOGY*
17 Rural city needs rain to fall (8) AGRARIAN {AGRA}{RAIN*}
19 Clear vie maniacally to make a bit of progress (7) EVIDENT {VIE*}{DENT}
21 A primarily terrible crime by non-believer (7) ATHEIST {A}{Te...e}{HEIST}
22 Deposit of soft, soft material at bottom of river (6) PLACER {P}{LACE}{r..eR}
25 Author leads to some atrociously killer instincts (4) SAKI Acrostic


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

No 12117, Wednesday 20 Sep 2017, Gridman

1   Take in a drop of sherry and luxuriate (7) SWALLOW {Sh...y}{WALLOW}
5   Strut about, say, having taken care of deposit (6) SASHAY {S{ASH}AY}
9   Private lodging provided with a little hesitation (5) INNER {INN}{ER}
10 Off-the-cuff admission by early arrival to union leader (9) IMPROMPTU {I'M PROMPT}{Un..n}
11 Free from distress fifty-one held by bailiff (7) RELIEVE {RE{LI}EVE}
12 Competitor who is out-of-place in a race (4-3) ALSO-RAN [CD]
13 Fidgety Verne loses a bit of energy; yet at end of day is bold (5) NERVY {VERNe}*{daY}
14 Amaze Chinese military group with new building schematic (5,4) FLOOR PLAN {FLOOR} {PLA}{N}
16 Teacher's highly valued, they say. Left awestruck (9) SURPRISED (~ sir prized)
19 Publicity head's work on show – a kind of online ad (3-2) POP-UP {Pu...y}{OP}-{UP}
21 Name in French what goes on the book cover (7) ENTITLE {EN}{TITLE}
23 You said to be in credit getting debt notices! Odd! (7) CURIOUS {C{U}R}{IOUS}
24 Cheat to try endlessly a lot of variation in voice (9) CONTRALTO {CON}{TRy}{A+LOT}*
25 One has to be elsewhere for this defence (5) ALIBI [CD]
26 Military station detains second oppressor (6) DESPOT {DE{S}POT}
27 Learn variously by holding books in light (7) LANTERN {LEARN}* over {NT}

1   Would any mixup result from this rousing talk? (8,6) STIRRING SPEECH [CD]
2   Cancel central part shaped like a ring (7) ANNULAR {ANNUL}{pARt}
3   Gallery's refurbished for the most part (7) LARGELY*
4   Complete failures heard immediately by son (5-4) WRITE-OFFS (~ right off){WRITE OFF}{S}
5   Colour of paise minted afresh (5) SEPIA*
6  Trail taking Poles to financial backer (7) SPONSOR {SPO{N}{S}OR}
7   Clothes appear crumpled on many (7) APPAREL {APPEAR*}{L}
8   Unsparing, big (no good), son displaying the zeal of an arsonist (7,7) BURNING PASSION {UNSPARING+BIg+SON}*
15 Conventional way of thinking from what brings alumni together (3,6) OLD SCHOOL [C&DD]
17 Regret is about the withdrawal of said night train (7) RETINUE (~night){NITE<=} in {RUE}
18 Artist's sober criticism of device to catch pest (3,4) RAT TRAP {RA}{T T}{RAP}
19 Have relevance to bold article about India (7) PERTAIN {PERT}{A{I}N}
20 Supporting document gives view from the side (7) PROFILE {PRO}{FILE}
22 Extremely nice talc drawing acclamation (5) ECLAT {nicE}{TALC*}


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

No 12116, Tuesday 19 Sep 2017, Spinner

1   Cross The Iron Lung Point, where marathon athletes make their name! (2,3,4,3) IN THE LONG RUN {THE+IRON+LUNG}*{N}
10 Posts negligible returns on investment of capital amount (5) MAILS {SLIM}* over {Am...t}
11 Vet deceit extraordinarily like Holmes, say (9) DETECTIVE*
12 Very old learner adopts church’s doctrine (6) SCHOOL {S{CH}O}{O}{L}
13 Motorcyclescost rose uncontrollably (8) SCOOTERS*
15 Election features first mandate being upturned on intervention of India’s head of the state (9) POLITICAL {POLL} over {AC{In..a}T}{I} <=
16 Mark Twain’s cardiac arrests (4) SCAR [T]
20 Paddles ball to vacant regions with middle of bat (4) OARS {O}{bAt}{Re...nS}
21 Positioning defender extremely wide, working to win ball (9) DEPLOYING {D}{widE}{PL{O}YING}
24 Bird noise basically grows on flocking (8) CROWDING {CROW}{DIN}{Gr..s}
26 One’s money, after loss, is disposable (6) LIQUID {L}{1}{QUID} &lit
28 Arrested revolutionary holding meet, after pressure (9) PREVENTED {P}{R{EVENT}ED}
29 Medic’s poor procedure (5) DRILL {DR}{ILL}
30 A graduate’s short speech cut down by diplomat (12) AMBASSADRESS {A}{MBA'S}{S}{ADdRESS} S for Short?

2   Stay next to husband, overwhelmed by our being drunk (9) NEIGHBOUR {H} in {OUR+BEING}*
3   Renowned choir is touring around end of August (8) HISTORIC {CHOIR+IS}* over {a...sT}
4   Seals living in squalid surroundings (4) LIDS [T]
5   Prominent celebrity in possession of diamonds (10) NOTICEABLE {NOT{ICE}ABLE}
6   Suspect about to conk out (6) RECKON {RE}{CONK*}
7   Interfere with setter, creating disturbance (5) NOISE {NO{I}SE}
8   Employ a maiden upfront to entertain (5) AMUSE {A}{M}{USE}
9   Regularly lie to firm to get holiday (7) LEISURE {LIE*}{SURE} Regularly as Anind?
14 Dislikes drinking brine solution, stays hidden during times of cold (10) HIBERNATES {H{BRINE*}ATES}
17 Hundreds of calls about extraordinary tune (9) CENTURIES {C{TUNE*}RIES}
18 Narcissism basically provides for Spinner’s idea (7) CONCEPT CONCE(-i+p)PT
19 Compose lyric about broken end of drum (8) CYLINDER {LYRIC}* over {END}*
22 One used to describe an act of cooking bread with a little vinegar (6) ADVERB {BREAD}* over {Vi...r}
23 Student drowned in alcohol, scratching head weirdly (5) ODDLY {tODD{L}Y}
25 Conditioned ear to follow some obvious patterns in form of music (5) OPERA {Ob...s}{Pa...s}{EAR*}
27 Spinner’s love doesn't end in proposal (4) IDEA {I}{DEAr}


Monday, 18 September 2017

No 12115, Monday 18 Sep 2017, KrisKross

1   Knockabout: A man without a land (8) PARAGUAY {RAP<=}{A}{GU{A}Y}
5   Blue clothing is cast off (6) DISOWN {D{IS}OWN}
9   Cheering a software firm controlling USA, surprisingly (8) APPLAUSE {APPL{USA*}E}
10 Cars wrecked near the outskirts of Pune, creating a mess (6) SCRAPE {CARS}*{PunE}
12 Opening cold port (5) CLEFT {C}{LEFT}
13 Alert everyone about weapon — live and loaded, primarily (5,4) ALARM BELL {AL{ARM} {BE}L}{Lo...d}
14 Light breakfast dish, including a bit of eggplant (6) BEACON {B{Eg...t}ACON}
16 Escape from criminal so naive (7) EVASION*
19 Stiff test? (7) AUTOPSY [CD]
21 Smart doctor with pretty girl (6) MODISH {MO}{DISH}
23 Former girlfriend hung around, switching partners, becoming tired (9) EXHAUSTED {EX}{HAU(-n+s)STED}
25 Arrest tramp in cheap housing (5) PINCH [T]
26 Mostly cut through unimportant stuff (6) TRIVIA {TRIm}{VIA}
27 Close a bar inside, before it's too late (8) INTIMATE {A}{T} in {IN TIME}
28 Badly singed pattern (6) DESIGN*
29 Travelling salesmen could become bald (8) MANELESS*

1   Scientist's scheme hacked midway (6) PLANCK {PLAN}{haCKed}
2   Designate is again here (9) REPRESENT {RE}{PRESENT}
3   Couple of soldiers reaching Titanic (5) GIANT {GI}{ANT}
4   Go without a black mark (7) ABSTAIN {A}{B}{STAIN}
6   Like a CEO, chap’s starting to despair after salary's reduced (2,7) IN COMMAND {INCOMe}{MAN}{De...r}
7   Egg-shaped/round container, close to stove (5) OVATE {O}{VAT}{s..vE}
8   Wanting to catch freshman for ragging (8) NEEDLING {NEED{L}ING}
11 Healthy food court (4) DATE [DD]
15 Top scientist taking over (9) CAPTURING {CAP}{TURING}
17 Playing a tennis set, nearly becomes unconscious (9) INSENSATE*
18 Brilliant chess champion came in without hesitation (8) TALENTED {TAL}{ENTerED}
20 It is about to chase the old monster (4) YETI {YE}{IT<=}
21 Mary's party ...tucked into heavenly food (7) MADONNA {MA{DO}NNA}
22 Milk product, not fully covered, essentially injurious to your health (6) CHEERS {CHEE{i..uRi..s}Se}
24 Showers honours (5) HAILS [DD]
25 Ego breaks model’s self-confidence (5) POISE {PO{I}SE}


Sunday, 17 September 2017

The Sunday Crossword No 2961, Sunday 17 Sep 2017

Again on the tougher side today. Actually went down for breakfast after seeing 18A and completed this after breakfast :-) When I solved it some weeks ago.

1   Minstrel with instrument entertaining king, old and gloomy (10) TROUBADOUR {T{R}{O}UBA}{DOUR}
6   Perch for member of male voice choir (4) BASS [DD]
10 Beams, having last bit of summer pudding (7) RAFTERS {s...eR}{AFTERS}
11 Fantastic day, none getting fed up (7) ANNOYED*
12 Checks acts designed to get publicity (6) STUNTS [DD]
13 Work concerning small car (8) RUNABOUT {RUN}{ABOUT}
15 Theologian, until converted by article, right behind revolutionary force (6,6) MARTIN LUTHER {RAM<=}{UNTIL*}{THE}{R}
18 Diamonds in big scene get tossed in dish (4,8) EGGS BENEDICT {D} in {BIG+SCENE+GET}* WOW, this looks Yummy. I'm off for my breakfast
21 Enter without permission, using pressure when breaking lock (8) TRESPASS {TRES{P}{AS}S}
22 Area in good order around university hall (6) ATRIUM {A}{TRI{U}M}
24 Criticise expert with a remedy (7) PANACEA {PAN}{ACE}{A}
25 Opening home with key, not against letting one in (7) INITIAL {IN}{vIT{1}AL}
26 Brute with book out to make a point (4) EAST bEAST
27 Live with desires for possessions (10) BELONGINGS {BE}{LONGINGS}

1   Wearing fresh rose in season (8) TIRESOME {TI{ROSE*}ME}
2   Unprepared, not operating with screen (3,5) OFF GUARD {OFF} {GUARD}
3   Pause, having broadcast bare facts with rapidity (9,5) BREATHING SPACE {BARE*}{THINGS}{PACE}
4   Deer receiving small quantity of medicine (4) DOSE {DO{S}E}
5   In difficulty? Meet guru, unusually enthralling old man (2,1,3,4) UP A GUM TREE {PA} in {MEET+GURU}*
7   Hospital in no way working carelessly (6) ANYHOW {H} in {NO+WAY}*
8   Calm lawyer on time in spot (6) SEDATE {SE{DA}{T}E}
9   Call after battle for sign of promise to unite (10,4) ENGAGEMENT RING {ENGAGEMENT} {RING}
14 Fail to keep quiet in underground chamber, making narrow escape (5,5) CLOSE SHAVE {C{LOSE} {SH}AVE}
16 Inspector with dream department (8) DIVISION {DI}{VISION}
17 Stubborn type, endlessly engaged in legal actions, raised motivation (8) STIMULUS {MULe} in {SUITS}<=
19 Fastener's main element (6) STAPLE [DD]
20 Misbehave and catch up in game (6) TENNIS {SIN}{NET}<=
23 Floor covering useful in our houses (4) LINO [T]


Saturday, 16 September 2017

No 12114, Saturday 16 Sep 2017, Afterdark


1. Disagreements in residence get sorted out when females enter (11) DIFFERENCES {RESIDENCE}* around {FF}
9. Sunday's outing with reporter is barred (7) STRIPED {S}{TRIP}{ED}
10. Realize former lover's attractive bettering wife in the end (7) EXECUTE {EX}{wifE}{CUTE}
11. Song about censoring unfinished song (5) RHYME {R{HYMn}E}
12. Announced that force marched across river to reach capital of Denmark (9) EXPRESSED {EX{PRESS}E}{Denmark}
13. Perquisite for working in a vehicle (5) BONUS {B{ON}US}
15. Operations in guise fail, stupid errors creep in, there's no alternative (9) SURGERIES {GUISE+ERRorS}* Seems to suggest {GUISE*} around {ERRS*}
18. Happy getting involved in Id fiestas (9) SATISFIED {ID+FIESTAS*}
21. Police officer in vehicle gets something to smoke (5) CIGAR {C{IG}AR}

22. Electronic fraud? Clowns are skimming the surface to a degree, say (9) ECONOMICS {E}{CON}{cOMICS}
24. Irritation is contributed by unclean germicide bottles... (5)  ANGER (T)
26. ...means clean compound is adulterated with hydrogen and nitrogen (7) CHANNEL {CLEAN*} taking in {H} and {N}
27. Dismisses medical officer as part of cutback (7) REMOVES {RE{MO}VES<=}
28. Passes away. His heart wasn't there. Cold extermination by workers and successors (11) DESCENDANTS {DiES}{C}{END}ANTS}


1. Tells about strange desires of having some coffee adding a dash of beer (9) DESCRIBES {DESIRES}* around {Coffee} and {Beer}
2. When anger consumes redhead, it’s hairy (5) FURRY {FURY} around {Red}
3. Electronic media feature commercials at the end showing a mouth having coffees (9) ESPRESSOS {E}{commercialS}{PRESS}{OS}
4. Selection of Lendl essentially boring (7) ENDLESS (T)
5. Man wearing hat and odd beard looks poorer (7) CHEAPER {CHA{E}P}{bEaRd} HAT=E?, Odd beard suggests BAD not ER (Addendum - {C{HE}AP}{bEaRd} - See comments)
6. I left niece's dance on stage (5) SCENE {NiECES}*
7. Terribly disturbing to lose leaders; aching (8) BURSTING {diSTURBING}*
8. With Ex not being there, reach out to nurse (4) TEND {exTEND}
14. News on a criminal Latino subject (8) NATIONAL {N}{A}{LATINO*}
16. At last, Scorsese shot climax, last scene of Departed and cried out (9) EXCLAIMED {scorsesE}{CLIMAX*}{scenE}{D} Departed=D?
17. Starts steady, almost applies pressure on revolt at school (9) SURPRISES {SURe}{P}{RISE}{S}
19. Unemotional people are like isle, shy, keeping cold, independent and crusty primarily (7) ICICLES {ISLE*} around {C}{I}{Crusty}
20. Code developers avoid loss of pay to earn (7) DESERVE {DEVElopERS}*
22. Burn wet charcoal partially (4) ETCH (T)
23. Had one wonton, noodles, egg, dumpling for starters (5) OWNED (Acrostic)
25. Disposed liquor boxes very early to begin with (5) GIVEN {GI{V}{Early}N}

Reference list  

Females=FF, Sunday=S, Reported=Ed, Former lover=Ex, About=Re, River=Exe, Working=On, Alternative=Or, Police Officer=IG, Electronics=E, Hydrogen=H, Nitrogen=N, Medical Officer=MO, Cold=C, Workers=Ants
Electronic=E, Mouth=Os, News=N, Pressure=P, School=S, Independent=I, Loss of pay=LOP, Very=V

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Friday, 15 September 2017

No 12113, Friday 15 Sep 2017, Afterdark


1   Games of TT, chess team is involved in (4,7) TEST MATCHES*
9   Shocked major walks out of illegal adjournment after first sitting (7) STUNNED {Si...g}{aDjoUrNmENT}*
10 After having egg, prince becomes like a pig (7) PORCINE {O + PRINCE}*
11 One is immersed in new recipe for making a dish (5) CREPE RECiPE*
12 Improving on negative feedback, the man gets to objective (2,3,4) ON THE MEND {NO<=} {THE} {M}{END}
13 Sword scabbarded often (5) SABRE {ScAbBaRdEd}
15 Robust equipment son pushed to the end (9) STRAPPING (+s)TRAPPING(-s)
18 Gladiator's fight with say, lion returns to America (9) SPARTACUS {SPAR}{CAT<=}{US}
21 Matches a side after dismissing openers (5) EVENS elEVENS
22 Collect record on ship's juicer (9) WINEPRESS {WIN}{EP}{RE}{SS}
24 Resin procured from chambermaid (5) AMBER [T]
26 Nurse's love affair has appeal (7) ENAMOUR {EN}{AMOUR}
27 Impose cutback; cardiologist is heartless (7) INEXACT IN{AXE<=}{Ca...sT} Definition? Anno for IN pending
28 After a small, specialists get holy, start off to become judgmental (11) SENTENTIOUS {S}{ENT}{ENT}{pIOUS}

1   Castes abolished after setback; will serve as legal precedents (4,5) TEST CASES {SET<=}{CASTES*}
2   Wife replaces pipe in sink (5) SOUSE SpOUSE
3   Picnicker often invited by men to have mixture (9) MINCEMEAT {M}{pIcNiCkEr}{M}{EAT}
4   It’s tiresome to find Edward's debts (7) TEDIOUS {TED}{IOUS}
5   Hindu leader/priest becomes a reformer (7) HIPSTER {Hi..u}{PRIEST*}
6   Fabric unit is in a corner (5) SERGE {S{ERG}E}
7   Channel Nine loses leadership position, starts looking inside for funnel in business (8) PIPELINE {PIPE}{Lo...g}{nINE}
8   Give pleasure to Bengali uncle's daughter (4) SEND {SEN}{D}
14 Mostly bigotry precedes news for all to see, to begin with at least twice a year (8) BIANNUAL {BIAs}{NN}{U}{At}{Le..t}
16 Avoid taking a large as usual (9) PREVALENT {PREV{A}{L}ENT}
17 Girl artist is suffering from inflammation (9) GASTRITIS {G}{ARTIST+IS}*
19 First course; bird eating primarily venomous moth (7) CHEVRON {Co...e}{HE{Ve...s}RON}
20 When not working, lionesses are composed and immobile (7) SESSILE LIonESSES*
22 Shed tears for losing top position in race (4) WEEP sWEEP
23 Dances for men at school (5) PROMS {PRO}{M}{S}
25 Expression of appreciation, support before victory's wrong essentially (5) BRAVO {BRA}{V}{wrOng}


Thursday, 14 September 2017

No 12112, Thursday 14 Sep 2017, The Phantom

1   Bananas overripen and spoil (6) DAMAGE {MAD<=}{AGE}
5   Fellow repeatedly tackling champion gets praise (8) ACCOLADE {AC{CO}{LAD}E}
9   Again one tucks into slice of a bakery product (7) BISCUIT {BIS}{CU{1}T}
10 Touching story continues (6) RENEWS {RE}{NEWS}
11 Bigamist in essence said to lack principles (6) AMORAL {bigAMist}{ORAL}
12 Dealing in old coins (8) EXCHANGE {EX}{CHANGE}
13 In deep trouble, Arthur half-heartedly submitted resignation (9) DEPARTURE {ARThUR} in {DEEP}*
15 Pictures from inside a stadium (5) IDEAS [T]
17 I shall recite passage in church (5) AISLE (~ i'll)
19 Dope trying to control mob is abused (9) OPPRESSED {DOPE}* over {PRESS}
22 Premature ending in film's main cause of trouble (8) MISCHIEF {MISt}{CHIEF}
23 Toxic chemical's discharged when abandoned ship capsized (6) P?E?O? (Addendum - PHENOL - {LONE+sHiP}<= - See comments)
25 Not so tough for one during festival to spend time (6) EASIER EAS(-t+i)IER
26 Hire one to sculpt a Goddess (7) HEROINE*
27 Weak displaying sign of being tired in the extreme (8) WEARIEST {WE{ARIES}T}
28 Time to crush doctrine of terror (6) DISMAY {D{ISM}AY}

2   Set of snaps from camera finally left behind (5) ALBUM {c...rA}{L}{BUM}
3   Crossing a lake from one country to another country (7) AUSTRIA AUSTRalIA
4   Euro and Mark: similar in value? (8) EQUALITY {E}{QUALITY}
5   When a bowler's not included for no obvious reason (2,3,4,2,1,3) AT THE DROP OF A HAT [CD]
6   Novice's dynamic, superseding Bishop in clergymen's office (6) CURACY Anno pending (Addendum - {CU(-b)}{RACY} - See comments)
7   Rope's length often wasn't three feet (7) LANYARD {L}{wAsNt}{YARD}
8   Belittle individual receiving degree after degree? (9) DOWNGRADE DOWN{GRADE} Anno pending (Addendum - {D}{OWN}{GRADE} - See comments)
14 Reject lie fabricated by China about India-Bhutan border (9) ELIMINATE {ELI}{M{In...aN}ATE} (Correction - {ELI}*{M{I}{b...aN}ATE} - See comments)
16 Willing as usual to cut soft grass (8) PREPARED {P}{RE{PAR}ED}
18 Indian city that's right now not favoured in a relative sense (7) LUCKIER {LUCKnow}{IE}{R}
20 Variety of glasses with unlimited view (7) SPECIES {SPEC{vIEw}S}
21 Run through article without reading? (6) PIERCE {PIE{R}CE}
24 Game over, in other words the end (5) OMEGA {GAME+O}*


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

No 12111, Wednesday 13 Sep 2017, Sunnet

1   Ancient people of unknown caste mixed outside (6) AZTECS {Z} in {CASTE}*
4   Conviction on direct reforms (8) DOCTRINE*
10 Duplicate note on harvest (9) REPRODUCE {RE}{PRODUCE}
11 Drape around priest (5) PADRE*
12 Brother's exclusive colour (5) BROWN {BR}{OWN}
13 Manager of mean worker (9) INTENDANT {INTEND}{ANT}
14 Party business (7) COMPANY [DD]
16 Meat for Spanish King (4) PORK {POR}{K}
19 Say, Hill City (4) BURG (~berg)
21 Preserving sacking (7) CANNING [DD]
24 Genuine courage is experienced (9) HEARTFELT {HEART}{FELT}
25 Upset officer's hesitation for substitute (5) LOCUM {COL<=}{UM}
26 Second generation Japanese in upcoming Southeastern Italy (5) NISEI {IN<=}{SE}{I}
27 Suppress blue mark in the front (5,4) STAMP DOWN {DOWN}<=>{STAMP}
28 Hint from you to enter Bar's conclusion on disc (8) INNUENDO {INN}{U}{END}{O}
29 Pratap Eshwar's Prime Minister (6) PESHWA [T]

1   Exercise to surreptitiously haul away one in a crooked case (8) AEROBICS {ROB}{1} in {CASE}*
2   Locals knock on apartments (8) TAPROOMS {TAP}{ROOMS}
3   Top 5s (5) CROWN [DD]
5   Apparent operation to dominate (7) OVERTOP {OVERT}{OP}
6   Edge also gets a single in this form of cricket (3-3-3) TIP-AND-RUN {TIP}-{AND}-{RUN}
7   In almost every letter of the Princess, you can find one of us (6) INDIAN {IN}{DIANa}
8   Exercises by a river right next to northbound street (6) EXERTS {EXE}{R}{ST<=}
9   Rebel's stomach upset in edge of Malay (6) MUTINY {TUM<=}{IN}{malaY}
15 A broken antique, I found inside an old region of France (9) AQUITAINE {A}{ANTIQUE}* over {I}
17 Perhaps Clio's against waterproof material (8) OILCLOTH {CLIO*}{LOTH}
18 Reflection of Time covering one Prime Minister's extreme self obsession (8) EGOMANIA {A{1}{NAMO}GE}<=
20 Smoothened the operation as greed played out (7)  GREASED*
21 Sleep at noon wearing a protective cover (6) CATNAP {AT}{N} in {CAP}
22 Finally, Kasganj is no upwardly mobile city in Uttar Pradesh (6) JHANSI {k...nJ} and {IS}{NAH}<= What's the role of 'mobile'? See comments
23 Average boy is divine (6) PARSON {PAR}{SON}
25 Reportedly circles a mistake (5) LAPSE (~laps)


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

No 12110, Tuesday 12 Sep 2017, Skuldugger

5   Chambers where Disney (reportedly) had cryogenics at the end (6) VAULTS (~walt){VAULT}{c...cS}
6   Forcibly removed by violent sport (6) FROLIC FORCIbLy*
9   Prohibited in the place of good? On the contrary (6) FORBAD {FOR}{BAD}
10 Get used to a carbon tax (8) ACCUSTOM {A}{C}{CUSTOM}
11 Sinks the eight-ball, for instance, in radical finish (4) POTS Anno pending (Addendum - STOP<= - See comments)
12 Highly unconventional rogues at large hijack rickety auto (10) OUTRAGEOUS {ROGUES+AUTO}* As per the clue it would be {ROGUES}* over {AUTO}*
13 Hardy bronco horsing around in compound (11) HYDROCARBON*
18 Fan in queue turning up for Aristotle Onassis, for example (10) WORSHIPPER {ROW<=}{SHIPPER}
21 Harbour takes up this half of European country (4) PORT PORTugal
22 Mostly uncleared, hazy, like a summer sky (8) CERULEAN UNCLEAREd*
23 Car part (small) in metal spike (6) PISTON {PI{S}TON}
24 Sharpness: being posh in an urban area (6) ACUITY {A}{C{U}ITY}
25 An inkling about going East Side (6) HAUNCH {H{A}UNCH} Anno not clear See comments

1   Undone by hubris, become worthless (8) RUBBISHY*
2   Film producer's digs (6) STUDIO [CD]
3   Furniture with allure, aura, according to Spooner (8) ARMCHAIR (-ch)ARM}(+ch)CHAIR (Correction -{-cha+a)ARM(-a+cha)CHAIR - See comments)
4   Pallid sister oddly has permanent wrinkles after chemical treatment (6) PLISSE {PaLlId+SiStEr}
5   Magical ability to court and party, in a manner of speaking (6) VOODOO (~ woo do}
7   It might be repeated in Switzerland or America (6) CHORUS {CH}{OR}{US}
8   Patrician involved in exercise or anybody involved in anything (11) PARTICIPANT {PATRICIAN}* in {PT}
14 Artemis, discovering Pan finally disarrayed, gets arrays (8) RAIMENTS {paN} in {ARTEMIS}*
15 River running upstream joins river to make melodious sounds on the other side (8) OPPOSING {PO<=}{PO}{SING}
16 Public house for retiring senior alumnus (6) BODEGA {AGED}{OB}<=
17 Ornament on small jumper in British court house (6) BROOCH {B}{ROO}{CH}
19 Soundly prosecute arrogant young man to increase power! (4,2) SOUP UP (~ sue pup)
20 Set aside article held by retrograde social outcast (6) REPEAL {A} in {LEPER<=}


Monday, 11 September 2017

No 12109, Monday 11 Sep 2017, Dr. X

Dr. X on a DD spree

1   Encouragement that may hurt a bit? (1,4,2,3,3) A SHOT IN THE ARM [DD]
10 Divorced associate knocks back gin (5) APART {A}{TRAP<=}
11 One who takes breath away with device controlling speed and resistance (9) THROTTLER {THROTTLE}{R}
12 Slims down and gets rid of wrinkles perhaps (9) DECREASES [DD]
13 Perjures to grab new rights to another’s property (5) LIENS {LIE{N}S}
14 Gamespolicy — Perform to secure medals primarily (7) OLYMPIC {Me..l} in {POLICY}* Should have been OLYMPICS See comments
16 Where a mineworker might be having money problems (2,1,4) IN A HOLE [DD]
18 One listening to wife’s outrage at light slap (7) WIRETAP {W}{IRE}{TAP}
20 GST et al confusing! It’s more than the sum of its parts? (7) GESTALT*
22 Despicable person from Seoul (5) LOUSE*
24 One involved in oil sketch! It makes heads turn? (9) ROUGHNECK [DD] 'It'? (Addendum - {ROUGH}{NECK} - See comments)
26 Completed with a sense of responsibility (9) OVERSIGHT {OVER}{SIGHT}
27 Search thoroughly for lump around top of larynx (5) TRAWL {WART<=}{La...x}
28 What a carpenter often does — Exerts strong pressure on someone (5,3,5) TURNS THE SCREW [DD]

2   Very stiff diet of marathoners (7) STARCHY [DD]
3   Immediately at the scene of action (2,3,4) ON THE SPOT [DD]
4   Fixed grimace not right! Shows a seizure (5) ICTUS rICTUS
5   Overwhelming skin eruption in body (9) THRASHING {TH{RASH}ING}
6   Bit of sex to lustily celebrate (5) EXTOL [T]
7   Curiously lovelier topless work of art (7) RELIEVO lOVLIER*
8   Scarcely credible complaint of oesophagitis sufferer (4,2,7) HARD TO SWALLOW [DD]
9   Wearing glamorous clothes that can be lethal? (7,2,4) DRESSED TO KILL [C&DD]
15 Protection that’s used to prevent reproduction? (9) COPYRIGHT [CD]
17 Tasteful narcotic without extremes of addiction (9) AESTHETIC AnaESTHETIC
19 Authority retains old gold pile of coins (7) ROULEAU {R{O}ULE}{AU}
21 What a batsman tries to improve to assert seniority (7) AVERAGE {AVER}{AGE}
23 Sense trouble at German city (5) ESSEN*
25 Loosen tight nut with pliers essentially (5) UNTIE {NUT}*{plIErs}


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Special, Sunday 10 Seo 2017, K Koteswar Rao

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

1   Wretched East Indian life but impossible to point out (14)
8   Apparatus will tell you to watch (5)
9   Investigate family in stolen money order (4,4)
11 Poor substitute for a game in the gym without money (7)
12 National League formed to trace organism (7)
13 Oxidation is seen rising in diode rust (5)
15 Obscure Soprano disturbed sound echoing mania (9)
17 Little flyer not in good condition, young woman! (9)
20 Conservative outfit will have hard time (5)
21 Unpleasant emotion should return to change heart for society (7)
23 Manicure treatment without a keypad, maybe (7)
25 Public address by saint to Amir about beef served in slices (8)
26 Yogurt drink for Scottish girl saving energy (5)
27 Is it worth taking chance with otherwise lacklustre acid? (10,4)

1   Unarmed aunt left off to the world beyond! (12)
2   Police officer can go home (5)>
3   Word history is sadly gloomy and yet to take shape first (9)
4   High hoy is converted as a horse-drawn coach (5-2)
5   Rivers take course right between Spain and Sweden (7)
6   Taking off nephew in a hog (5)
7   It is allowed to include note before jingle in inscription (9)
10 Computing device perhaps mistaking December? (8,4)
14 Food chain dealt out timelessly (9)
16 Hurried to leave immediately, drained (9)
18 Face down in destructive avalanche (7)
19 One mentioned in Clue 22 down (7)
22 Odontic lecturer replaced with the power of the eye (5)
24 Wise person returned the title of baronet with greetings (5)

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The Sunday Crossword No 2960, Sunday 10 Sep 2017

On the tougher side today.

1 Much less room sadly for supplementary course of study (6,6) SUMMER SCHOOL*
9 Cutting back, cutting total level (7) STRATUM {TART<=} in {SUM}
10 Hotchpotch in newspaper in Portuguese city (7) FARRAGO {RAG} in {FARO}
11 Plants survive beginnings of rough weather, bad sort (10) LIVERWORTS {LIVE}{Ro..h}{We...r}{SORT*}
12 Valley in jungle neglected (4) GLEN [T]
14 Experience, not fine for fish (3) EEL fEEL
15 Hint about art not treated critically (11) IMPORTANTLY {ART+NOT}* in {IMPLY}
17 Do pioneering work in club containing lounge and bar (5,1,5) BLAZE A TRAIL {B{LAZE} A T}{RAIL}
19 Music quiz, first to last (3) SKA (-a)SK(+a)A
20 Former line put away (4) LATE {L}{ATE}
21 Firm receiving tips from usual adviser (10) CONSULTANT {UsuaL} in {CONSTANT}
24 Unsightly building in Spain certainly rushed, short of time (7) EYESORE {E}{YES}{tORE}
25 Silo we rebuilt, about right, not towering (3-4) LOW-RISE {SILO+WE}* about {R}
26 Series for children located around unchanging southern bay? (6,6) SESAME STREET {SE{SAME} {S}{TREE}T}

2 Work out near avenue in middle of July (7) UNRAVEL {NR}{AVE} in {jULy}
3 Moving some kit around globe in vehicles (10) MOTORBIKES {SOME+KIT}* around {ORB}
4 Capital old lover (5) ROMEO {ROME}{O}
5 Broadcast account written up about fund-raising event in restaurant (9) CAFETERIA {AC<=}{FETE}{AIR<=}
6 Nothing good about monster (4) OGRE {O}{G}{RE}
7 Flyer fast losing energy south of field (7) LEAFLET {LEA}{FLeET}
8 Structure for play with unknown actors in club one organised (6,6) BOUNCY CASTLE {Y}{CAST} in {CLUB+ONE}*
9 Change of rules, I'll bet, securing very wonderful solution (6,6) SILVER BULLET {RULES+ILL+BET} over {V}
13 Large fellow blundering into conflict one ignored at party? (10) WALLFLOWER {L}{FELLOW*} in {WAR}
16 Oil painter initially silent, upset about job (9) PETROLEUM {Pa...r}{ET{ROLE}UM<=}
18 Sincere, not caring? Not he (7) ARTLESS heARTLESS
19 Coast said to be rocky coming into view (7) SEASIDE {SAID}* in {SEE}
22 Disposes of small rooms according to report (5) SELLS (~cells)
23 Chief ornamental carving (4) BOSS [DD]