Thursday, 6 July 2017

No 12052, Thursday 06 Jul 2017, Anon


ACROSS
1   Comprehensive surplus mysterious gin cocktail (11) OVERARCHING {OVER}{ARCH}{GIN*}
9   Guilt concerning code (7) REMORSE {RE}{MORSE}
10 Technique to make one crepe (6) RECIPE {1+CREPE}*
11 Comfort beaten-up slave (5) SALVE*
12 Tortures in Algiers’ limits, one trapped in past (7) AGONIES {GON{1}E} in {Al...rS}
15 Remarkable heads of rural estates are regal (4) RARE {Rural}{Es...s}{Are}{Re..l}* ANInd missing
16 Sees plans for surveillance of boy (4,4,2) LAYS EYES ON {LAYS}{EYE}{SON}
18 Conductor played tandem bars (10) BANDMASTER*
20 Bridge broadly conceals Spanish River (4) EBRO [T]
23 Charge for a leading plastic object (7) APPOINT {A}{Pl...c}{POINT}
24 Frighten son with automobile emissions, at first (5) SCARE {S}{CAR}{Em...s}
26 Initially contact for permission to separate (6) CLEAVE {Co...t}{LEAVE}
27 Nun leaves incubation contraption for non-living things (7) ABIOTIC InCuBATIOn*
28 Strange mess in grants’ reviews (11) ASSESSMENTS {MESS}* in {ASSENTS}

DOWN
2   Caretaker on the brink of leading role… (6) VERGER {VERGE}{Role}
3   …to stare back, stumble (4) REEL <=
4   Retire odd sprigger, somehow enrol again (10) REREGISTER {RETIRE+SpRiGgEr}*
5   Journalist badly yens for carriages (8) HACKNEYS {HACK}{YENS*}
6   New sipper broken by children (7) NIPPERS {N}{SIPPER}*
7   Advise, partly preach to writer (9) PRESCRIBE {PREach}{SCRIBE}
8   Stroller left in resin (6) AMBLER {AMB{L}ER}
13 Travellers sense, grasp rum (10) PASSENGERS*
14 Laziness in decline? No, not really (9) INDOLENCE*
17 Im to partly mock delayed sacrifice (8) IMMOLATE {IM}{MOck}{LATE}
19 South Asians embroiled in pleas (7) NEPALIS*
21 Leading sailor in kayaks shows off (6) BOASTS {Sa...r} in {BOATS}
22 Help headless musician (6) ASSIST bASSIST
25 Walking-stick for the able elderly leader (4) CANE {CAN}{El...y}

GRID

24 comments:

  1. 15a remarkable on double duty?

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    1. Maybe. I don't like double duties.

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    2. I am not ready even for one duty!

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  2. Simple and elegant. Enjoyable solve. Thanks Anon.

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  3. 15a I thought reverse indicator missing.

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  4. No, it is not even reverse. It is just an anagram with anind missing (or remarkable on DD)
    Too much of 'Walk in the park' for the last few days!

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  5. If a puzzle is easy, you say 'it's a piece of cake'. If difficult, you say 'it's a hard nut to crack'.
    You lap up X's work. You dread Y's work.
    You never say 'this puzzle is a good mix of easy and hard clues.'

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    1. I've said it before I'll say it again.

      When it's hot they want it cold and when it's cold they want it hot, always wanting what is not

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    2. Got CV's point. He wants us to judge clues and not the setter.

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  6. I fully agree with you, sir.

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  7. Good puzzle. Liked the simplicity.

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  8. My knowledge is not so 1A that I could comprehend 2D, I say!

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    1. Never mind. You may, if you wish, read the following story:
      http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/sites/teacheng/files/Maugham_The_Verger_0.pdf

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    2. Somerset Maugham's " The Verger" is one of my favourite short stories.

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    3. Thanks, Chaturcvasi for the prompt. Read the story just now-surprise end a la O. Henry!

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    4. Nice story. Thank you for giving the link.

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  9. Col.,
    Anon is not added to the list of setters.

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    1. Yes Col. One has to, since he is hiding behind KKK.
      On seeing your reply, I knew it had to be a second name.

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  10. 15 across: RARE:Remarkable heads of (r)ural estates (a)re (r)egal (4) If heads are rolled in where does the estates fit in? redundant ? or is it R from remarkable, A from are R from regal and E from estates? A bit rare for starters !

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  11. Deepak: Who's blowing hot and cold? Oh ! the dichotomy of life !!

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