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12 December 2017 @ 10:31 am

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Definitions underlined in italics, (ABC)* indicating anagram of ABC, {} deletions and [] other indicators.

Across
7 Demolishing wings, smash large masonry (6)
ASHLAR - hidden in [sm]ASH LAR[ge]
8 Think about a child (6)
REASON - RE + A SON
9 Worker at first refuses drink (4)
BEER - BEE + R[efuses]
10 As horse move quickly round one’s box (8)
CANISTER - CAN(I'S)TER.
11 Material giving firm centre when poured (8)
CONCRETE -
13 Long hold-up after the start (4)
ITCH -
15 I make large statue to worship (4)
IDOL -
16 Get crazier puzzle (8)
BEWILDER -
18 Made a fuss after coat wrinkled (8)
FURROWED -
20 Plan to put pound in kitty (4)
PLOT -
21 Pay no attention to region on travels (6)
IGNORE -
22 Parrots and one rook escaping from HGVs (6)
LORIES -
Down
1 For exercise, rides to a distant rock (8)
ASTEROID -
2 Some mistyping by the vicar? (8,5)
CLERICAL ERROR -
3 Old group of people around back of small shrine (6)
ORACLE -
4 Get a tan in old age (6)
BRONZE -
5 Book chap’s meadow to leave car (9,4)
MANSFIELD PARK -
6 European found at the end of the earth? (4)
POLE -
12 Draw in cup game (3)
TIE -
14 Romantic hero keen to hide American (8)
CHEROKEE -
16 One taking over hat (6)
BOWLER -
17 Become confused, following women’s swaying walk (6)
WADDLE -
19 Press crumpled rug with energy (4)
URGE -
 
 
vinyl1
12 December 2017 @ 10:18 am

Add your introduction here

Definitions underlined in italics, (ABC)* indicating anagram of ABC, {} deletions and [] other indicators.

Across
7 Demolishing wings, smash large masonry (6)
ASHLAR -
8 Think about a child (6)
REASON -
9 Worker at first refuses drink (4)
BEER -
10 As horse move quickly round one’s box (8)
CANISTER -
11 Material giving firm centre when poured (8)
CONCRETE -
13 Long hold-up after the start (4)
ITCH -
15 I make large statue to worship (4)
IDOL -
16 Get crazier puzzle (8)
BEWILDER -
18 Made a fuss after coat wrinkled (8)
FURROWED -
20 Plan to put pound in kitty (4)
PLOT -
21 Pay no attention to region on travels (6)
IGNORE -
22 Parrots and one rook escaping from HGVs (6)
LORIES -
Down
1 For exercise, rides to a distant rock (8)
ASTEROID -
2 Some mistyping by the vicar? (8,5)
CLERICAL ERROR -
3 Old group of people around back of small shrine (6)
ORACLE -
4 Get a tan in old age (6)
BRONZE -
5 Book chap’s meadow to leave car (9,4)
MANSFIELD PARK -
6 European found at the end of the earth? (4)
POLE -
12 Draw in cup game (3)
TIE -
14 Romantic hero keen to hide American (8)
CHEROKEE -
16 One taking over hat (6)
BOWLER -
17 Become confused, following women’s swaying walk (6)
WADDLE -
19 Press crumpled rug with energy (4)
URGE -
 
 
vinyl1
10 September 2017 @ 09:50 pm
Time: 29 minutes

Music: Beethoven Violin Concerto, Karajan/Ferras/BS

I started out quickly enough, but soon came to a rather sudden and complete halt.   The smooth clues made it difficult to separate  the cryptic from the literal, which made biffing rather difficult.   Retrospectively, I had the wrong end of the stick with most of the clues I looked at, but fortunately I held myself back from pencilling in wild guesses.   Then, after about 20 minutes, the answers came in a flood, for no reason that I could see, as one thing led to another.   So my actual solve was concentrated in the first three and the last nine minutes, with little in between.

I will be curious to see how everyone else did on this one.

The recent changes in the Crossword Club have given a few of our bloggers difficulty, and it's possible that in the next few weeks our regular readers mght see a new avatar or two, or possible an old familiar blogger in a new slot.   Only Helen Ougham, one of the five Jumbo bloggers, has definitely resigned at this moment, but it is possible that there will be other changes.   I would like to thank Helen for her efforts in the Jumbo, a set of blogs where the bloggers certainly get little enough encouragement from the readership.


Across
1 Report having ingested hard drug mixture (5)
BHANG - B(H)ANG
4 Limit of French liquor consumed (9)
DEMARCATE - DE + MARC + ATE
9 She could provide us with a minder (9)
NURSEMAID - Anagram of US + A MINDER, an reverse-cryptic &lit clue.
10 Intro's fifth note stopping concert (5)
PROEM - PRO(E)M, a word found only in 18th-century poetry, apparently.
11 Do celebrities like Bauhaus? (13)
FUNCTIONALIST - FUNCTION + A-LIST.
14 About to join firm's plant in South America (4)
COCA - CO + CA, which is Chartered Accountant in the UK, as opposed to CPA in the US.
15 Record concerning Good Queen Bess and Walter Raleigh? (10)
DISCOVERER - DISC + OVER + ER.
18 Accepting nothing, raised objections about US prison (4-6)
OPEN-MINDED - O (PEN) MINDED, where the literal is just 'accepting'.
19 Abroad, we'll show good sense (4)
NOUS - Double definition, the French pronoun and the Greek noun.
21 Person on the right team helping review (13)
CONSIDERATION -  CON + SIDE + RATION.
24 Work one's way up in heart of Special Branch (5)
CLIMB - [Spe]C[ial] + LIMB.
25 A page turned in a Hindu's curious sacred text (9)
UPANISHAD - AP backwards inside an anagram of A HINDU'S, where the clue gives a rather strong hint of what the answer is.
27 Failing to pen line, journalist headed off (9)
DEFLECTED - DEF(L)ECT + ED.
28 One fired nastily, gutted to get sacking (5)
GUNNY - GUN + N[astil]Y.
Down
1 Supporter's gripe about new player (10)
BENEFACTOR - BE(N)EF + ACTOR.
2 Song from East End musical? (3)
AIR - [h]AIR, presumably long, beautiful 'Air.
3 Hospital's within reach for deprived area (6)
GHETTO - G(H)ET TO.
4 Lacking mercy in a Conrad novel (9)
DRACONIAN - Anagram of IN A CONRAD, no literary knowledge required, this is not the TLS puzzle!
5 Princess charmed, eagerly doing some stripping (5)
MEDEA - hidden in [char]MED EA[gerly].   The play by Euripedes was the first Greek drama we attempted, after a semester of declensions and conjugations.
6 Vendor, always upset, accepting current suspension (8)
REPRIEVE - REP + EVE(I)R upside-down.
7 A stern Head of Inspectorate using evidence (1,10)
A POSTERIORI - A + POSTERIOR + I[nspectorate], my FOI.
8 Unfinished novel, Hemingway's last, gets award (4)
EMMY - EMM[a] + [Hemingwa]Y, where a novel is almost always either 'She' or 'Emma'.
12 Roaming free in check garment (11)
NECKERCHIEF - anagram of FREE IN CHECK.
13 Begrudge Democrat cutting revenue for now? (7-3)
PRESENT-DAY - P(RESENT D)AY.
16 Heading for Chicago on plane, as well as US port (9)
CLEVELAND - C[hicago] + LEVEL + AND, home of the white belt and shoes.   I nearly biffed 'westbound', but couldn't justify it.
17 Willing troops accompanying sailor in the drink (8)
AMENABLE - A(MEN + AB)LE.
20 Having bottle, sweetheart puts away litres (6)
DARING - DAR[l]ING.   'Puts away' often means 'includes', but here it means 'doesn't include'!
22 Northerner maybe employed by computer firm round university (5)
INUIT - IN(U)IT.   If you are employed by a computer firm, you are not necessarily 'in IT', as you might be the janitor or the CEO.
23 Sharp accountant going over papers (4)
ACID - AC + ID, the Chartered Accountant is now backwards.
26 Scot's pet after losing weight (3)
HEN - [w]HEN, where is is a word meaning 'after' that loses the 'w'.   I didn't understand the literal, but it turns out that 'hen' is a Scots slang term for something like 'dearie', or 'sweetie'.
 
 
vinyl1
22 June 2017 @ 09:53 am
Across
1 Artist performing without one is communicating via waves (8)
RADIOING - R.A.D(I)OING
5 Aware of having to follow voting system forthwith (6)
PRONTO -
10 Quartet depart endless hosts to finally play for one (5,10)
SPLIT INFINITIVE -
11 Tatty article you left on sink (4-2-4)
DOWN-AT-HEEL -
13 Burning bible with papers (4)
AVID -
15 Rather like petrol alternative? One could give it a whirl! (7)
DERVISH -
17 Re offer, fabulous? (3,4)
FOR FREE -
18 Film director to take stock of soundtrack? (7)
RUSSELL -
19 Happier having smallest coins in a line (7)
TIPSIER -
21 Joshua’s father’s sisters (4)
NUNS -
22 Match in Kew moved here? (10)
TWICKENHAM -
25 Have bags of authority? (4,3,8)
WEAR THE TROUSERS -
27 Disc behind something attached to vehicle (1-5)
L-PLATE -
28 Smoother variety of PE shorts (3-5)
HOT-PRESS -

Down
1 Part evidently owing was settled (7)
RESIDED -
2 Pulse of boy rising (3)
DAL -
3 Excluded boy I transport very upset (10)
OSTRACISED -
4 Streak of lightning over part of golf course (5)
NINTH -
6 Bust of Caesar finally placed on support (4)
RAID -
7 PIN to disappear without right digital application (4,7)
NAIL VARNISH -
8 Outstanding bit of cricket shortened contest (7)
OVERDUE -
9 Uncertain if I voted for this concoction of features (8)
VIDEOFIT -
12 Drawing grains in brickwork, showing every imperfection (5,3,3)
WARTS AND ALL -
14 Jolly English judge participating in mass event (6,4)
TRIPLE JUMP -
16 Utterly unconvincing in speech days before Easter (4,4)
HOLY WEEK -
18 Frenchman with directive put up extension (7)
RENEWAL -
20 Pharaoh, from memory, repeated verse periodically (7)
RAMESES -
23 Blackguard over the moon finding collector’s item (5)
CURIO -
24 Figure American’s left standing (4)
STAT -
26 Present that’s not been opened before (3)
EE -
 
 
vinyl1
13 April 2009 @ 02:15 am
Solving time: 45 mins


A frustrating one, because I was nearly done after 18 minutes, but I am very slow to get the last bits sometimes. There were a few tough clues in this otherwise simple Monday puzzle. It took me a while to see 'NIGELLA', 'LINCTUS", and 'DROGHEDA'


Some of the clues were almost too easy, such as the two long ones and BOSWELL at 7 down. With all the checking letters, good solvers should have been able to get the hard ones pretty quickly...unlike me.


Across
10MANCHURIA (CHINA + AMUR)* An anagram can't be hard if the anagram words are also the definition!
12NIGELLA rev of ALLEGIN(G) Evidently, the two men in 17 down were enough for one puzzle.
14SOLTI, SOL + TI, which isn't quite the thing if you pronounce the maestro's name correctly.
18DROGHEDA, (DOG HEARD)*, not that hard if you've heard of Drogheda. My problem was stupidly not recognizing the anagram indicator.
20OMBRE, (H)OMBRE. Easy if you know 18-century card games, this was the one in Pope's Rape of the Lock.
23LINCTUS, sounds like LINKED US. My last in, but I have trouble with 'sounds like' clues.
25ROE DEER, Spoonerism of DOE REER, which sounds like DOUGH REAR. A bit laboured.
27ALL THE WAY, Sinatra song. Those without this sort of knowledge can guess readily enough.
 
Down
2SENEGAL, LA GENES upside down.
3SCHILLING, S(TRAUSS) + CHILLING, nicely disguised with a musical theme.
7 LAP UP, PAL (rev) + UP. This is quite hard if you think you're looking for a 5-letter word, but easy once you read the clue again. Why they didn't use a California dog, I cannot say.
9EGRESS. I put this in as obvious, not bothering with the cryptic, but I don't quite see it, unless it's E.G. + RE + S.S. But it is obvious!
16STONECHAT, STONE + CHAT, an old favorite beginners may need to take note of. The bird that pot smokers discuss.
17BETRAYED, BET + RAY + ED, the same two fellows who have been appearing in puzzles for years, along with their buddies Ron and Don.
21BOER WAR, BO(X)ER + RAW reversed. Another common sort of clue.