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HarryHoskins
10-01-2013, 10:04 PM
Here (http://www.hoskinscrosswords.com/introduction.html) is a link to an in-depth cryptic crossword solving guide.

Here (http://images1.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Prince-George-hugh-laurie-1208373_500_339.gif) is a link demonstrating my competency as a crossword setter.

Here (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=276767), Here (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=274923), Here (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=272943), Here (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=271205), Here (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=269340), Here (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=267430), Here (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=264303), and Here (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=262785) are links to my previous on-site crosswords (full answers and parsings in last posts).



Here is a crossword grid:


http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/y395/hhmph001/oag_zps6479286e.png



Here are some clues (see below for larger font):


http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/y395/hhmph001/across_zps6711a9fe.pnghttp://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/y395/hhmph001/Down_zpse3840010.png


Here are the same clues in the forums regular font


Across

1 - It's a type of wonder exercise - cut bulk by 40%! (4-2,3)

6 - Many headed monster turns poet to stone (7)

10 -Drop in dosage (3)

12 - Line formed by wing of mighty high-flyer (4,9)

13 - Risk motorway turning into right pile up? (7)

14 - A very small and obedient greyhound? (6)

15 - Club reduce membership cost, but gain capital! (4)

16 - Get entire building rocking (9)

18 - Take a French street over endless country in large province (7)

19 - Suspicious secretary not likely to be involved in robbery (8)

21 - Not quite hard house? (4)

23 - Got in shape by ordering Eton dessert sent back (5,2)

25 - Refreshing spell when squad gets foothold in match (3-4)

27 - Kind of house party held by topless beauty (5)

28 - Track goers? (10)

30 - Perhaps offal broth cooked-up makes a tasty dish (5-5)

33 - Hums number ones of recent eras (especially KLF songs) (5)

34 - Head-turning hairstyles worn by studio extras (7)

35 - Expert in art is a neo-classicist (7)

37 - One suffering ongoing pain overheard hatching a plot (4)

38 - Find fault in East End oddly being made into a ski-slope, say (8)

40 - If primates come by a key they may attempt these (7)

43 - Genus of mouse classified by tail and part of foot (9)

45 - The Only Way is Essex: high quality froth? (4)

47 - An eye veil is more old-fashioned, I'm told (6)

49 - Space mission?! (7)

50 - Scary police detain me about endangered Hawaiian plant (5,8)

51 - Career pilot (3)

52 - Fife woman sits by wingless couch dishing up cake (7)

53 - Farewells from ship laden with gowns and endless jumble (4,5)


Down


1 - A winning contestant on What's My Line? - a body builder, perhaps? (5,6)

2 - Agents sent up over border to capture loafer (7)

3 - Two rivers would support limitless fish undisturbed (9)

4 - Crash smashes back edges off of fender (4)

5 - Star player? (5)

6 - A Cockney delivering perished foodstuff (5,5)

7 - Rotten transformer sheds resistance with heavy load (7)

8 - They're not a team apart! (5)

9 - Soldier undergoes brain transplant to get smart (6)

10 - Fashionable areas of Wimbledon? (7,6)

11 - Come together to fire explosive (9)

17 - They're more ostentatious forms of transport (6,4)

19 - A tea lover? (7)

20 - Ship in diamonds over white-tipped waves (10)

22 - You'll never get this as there's no such word! (4)

24 - Four-piece trad. band? (7,6)

26 - Country shop (7)

29 - It'll be inhuman if you ban heart drug (4)

31 - He's bonkers about riding a pair of old bikes (11)

32 - Trip auntie up - not half! (10)

33 - An Englishman in Paris? (5,4)

36 - Architectural science refreshers spiced up with some techno (9)

39 - It used to come with a bag of potato chips in the 90s (3,4)

41 - Bridge game (7)

42 - Sovereign leader one must force into a royal sport (6)

44 - Cancel regular publication after penultimate issue fails to appear (5)

46 - Clot blocking Lad's heart is removed leaving a great fissure (5)

48 - Beyond the 13th letter is the 7th! (4)



Note on potential ease of access problems

If there's anything I can do to make the xwd more accessible, please let me know either in thread or by PM and I'll do my best to make it happen. :)



Here is some information:


Complete the crossword by posting answers in this thread.

I'll endeavour to update the grid and respond to answers at least twice daily.

I've attempted to follow Ximenean-ish rules -- and when I say ish, I mean ISH. Really it's more Libertarian in style on account of my amateurism and lack of skill.

Feel free to tell me how I could've done it better/what I got wrong.

I'll post a new crossword on the first of each month until people get bored/stop playing.


Here are some guidelines:


Try to have fun.

Answer up to five clues a day (if you go for 5 and only get 3 right, then feel free to have another 2 goes)

Work together or on your own.

Bemoan the clues.

It's encouraged (but not necessary) to parse the clues when answering as it'll help me learn where I am going wrong/right.

Discussion of clue construction is also encouraged, but not necessary.

I may bump the thread occasionally if it drops off the radar, but I'll let it die if no-one gives it a crack after 7 days.

Try to have fun.


Here is a plea:


Don't shout at me too much if you find I've messed something up--instead, tell me where I went wrong.


Here's where you take over:


Good luck :)

mirandashell
10-01-2013, 10:09 PM
Ah ha! I was wondering where you were!

Cella
10-01-2013, 10:13 PM
10 across: mls ?

mirandashell
10-01-2013, 10:13 PM
41 down - pontoon?

mirandashell
10-01-2013, 10:15 PM
40 across - Escapes?

Love that clue!

HarryHoskins
10-02-2013, 01:20 AM
Ah ha! I was wondering where you were!

If it's the first then I'm here! As for me, I was wondering what the back of your head looked like! :D

HarryHoskins
10-02-2013, 01:21 AM
10 across: mls ?

Shooting wide here, Cella. (If it's an abbreviation/acronym it'll be indicated in the enumeration as such. 10a is (3) rather than (1,1,1) :) )

mirandashell
10-02-2013, 01:21 AM
Well, now you know! LOL!


I really really hate having my photo taken and Crunchy (bless her) indulged me in my weirdness.

HarryHoskins
10-02-2013, 01:22 AM
41 down - pontoon?

Winner winner chicken dinner! :)


40 across - Escapes?

Spot on, Miranda!

mirandashell
10-02-2013, 01:25 AM
28 across - Greyhounds?

HarryHoskins
10-02-2013, 01:28 AM
28 across - Greyhounds?

Nopers - but you're on the right track. :)

mirandashell
10-02-2013, 01:34 AM
31 down - boneshakers?

HarryHoskins
10-02-2013, 01:42 AM
31 down - boneshakers?

A rattlin' good answer!

sprogspasser
10-02-2013, 05:13 AM
10a - sag

sprogspasser
10-02-2013, 05:31 AM
6d - brown bread?

sprogspasser
10-02-2013, 05:49 AM
4d - dent???

ajaye
10-02-2013, 06:33 AM
30ac - heart throb

HarryHoskins
10-02-2013, 02:52 PM
Good to see you again, SP. :)


10a - sag

Nice moves!


6d - brown bread?

Killer!


4d - dent???

You're shooting wide here, but not by much

mirandashell
10-02-2013, 02:52 PM
Hi Ajaye! Hi Sprogs!

Harry, are we still on the 5 a day rule?

HarryHoskins
10-02-2013, 02:52 PM
30ac - heart throb

Hot sutff, AJ! :)

HarryHoskins
10-02-2013, 02:53 PM
Hi Ajaye! Hi Sprogs!

Harry, are we still on the 5 a day rule?

Yup - but only if that's what everybody wants. If y'all prefer no limits then we can go back to that. :)

mirandashell
10-02-2013, 02:55 PM
11 down - Gelignite?

HarryHoskins
10-02-2013, 03:01 PM
11 down - Gelignite?

Dynamite stuff, Miranda!

mirandashell
10-02-2013, 03:05 PM
10 down - Service courts?

HarryHoskins
10-02-2013, 03:15 PM
10 down - Service courts?

Ace!

mirandashell
10-02-2013, 03:33 PM
Is it? Good lord! LOL! I've been racking my brain trying to work out how service fits fashionable.

mirandashell
10-02-2013, 03:35 PM
21 across - semi

27 across - adobe

mirandashell
10-02-2013, 03:36 PM
22 down - cant?

HarryHoskins
10-02-2013, 04:34 PM
Is it? Good lord! LOL! I've been racking my brain trying to work out how service fits fashionable.

It's a sort of half cryptic, half wordplay. Fashionable = in. So 'in areas of Wimbledon' = Service Courts. The cryptic part is suggesting they are areas people want to get in to due to them being fashionable. A little shady, perhaps. :)


21 across - semi

27 across - adobe

Two fer two!


22 down - cant?

Yes, you can! Note here there is no apostrophe indicated in the enumeration. I think that's the right way to enumerate in this case though may be mistaken. :)

ajaye
10-02-2013, 04:39 PM
Hi miranda, sprog & Cella
Thanks for this month's headache puzzle Harry :)

8dn - aside?

ajaye
10-02-2013, 04:42 PM
16ac - teetering

mirandashell
10-02-2013, 05:00 PM
It's a sort of half cryptic, half wordplay. Fashionable = in. So 'in areas of Wimbledon' = Service Courts. The cryptic part is suggesting they are areas people want to get in to due to them being fashionable. A little shady, perhaps.


Naaaaarrrrghh-ow! Harry!

:ROFL:

ajaye
10-02-2013, 05:09 PM
13ac - imperil

HarryHoskins
10-02-2013, 05:27 PM
Hi miranda, sprog & Cella
Thanks for this month's headache puzzle Harry :)

My pleasure - free paracetamol is available in the op. :)


8dn - aside?

Nice moves, AJ!


16ac - teetering

Well played!


13ac - imperil

Dangerously good! :)

Xelebes
10-02-2013, 06:53 PM
35a: ARTISAN

That was an easy one! :)

Xelebes
10-02-2013, 07:00 PM
36d: TECHNIQUE?

HarryHoskins
10-02-2013, 07:22 PM
35a: ARTISAN

That was an easy one! :)

Nice moves, X! (I do put a few easy ones in you know) :)


36d: TECHNIQUE?

You have the correct first three letters, but you're shooting wide on the word there.

Xelebes
10-02-2013, 07:29 PM
You have the correct first three letters, but you're shooting wide on the word there.

When you put it like that, we get TECTONICS.

HarryHoskins
10-02-2013, 07:38 PM
When you put it like that, we get TECTONICS.

And when you put it like that, you get some damn nice moves! :)

Xelebes
10-02-2013, 07:43 PM
And when you put it like that, you get some damn nice moves! :)

How I dance is a mixture of the jumpen, voguing and the sprinkler.

47a: CORNEA

53a: SWAN SONGS?

51a: ACE

mirandashell
10-02-2013, 08:14 PM
Hello Xel!

HarryHoskins
10-02-2013, 11:06 PM
How I dance is a mixture of the jumpen, voguing and the sprinkler.

Funnily enough, they're my middles names (my parents were German, House of Ninja-lovin' gardening enthusiasts). :)


47a: CORNEA

Well seen!


53a: SWAN SONGS?

Goodbye to the empty space in the grid where this answer shall now go!


51a: ACE

Shooting wide on this one. :)

mirandashell
10-02-2013, 11:07 PM
Ah ha! I was wondering about 51 across so I'm glad Ace has been ruled out.

Xelebes
10-02-2013, 11:19 PM
Going a bit wild on this one:

20d: TIEBREAKER

Ship diamonds (rocks, weddings, "tie the knot") over choppy water (this got me thinking things like icebreakers.)

I think I'm shooting wide but it was fun thinking this one up.

Xelebes
10-02-2013, 11:24 PM
9d: DIPPER

Another wild one.

Soldier undergoes brain transplant to get smart. Dip = not bright, Dipper = to scoop out, a scoop, something. Yeah, okay. Not a good one.

Edit: And now I know why.

9d is closer to SAPPER

Sapper is a soldier who undermines. Might be just SAPPER. Hm, don't know.

mirandashell
10-02-2013, 11:29 PM
I was thinking Sapper but couldn't make it fit the clue, as to sap is to make weaker, isn't it?

Xelebes
10-02-2013, 11:32 PM
I was thinking Sapper but couldn't make it fit the clue, as to sap is to make weaker, isn't it?

A sapper undermines, though someone weakened may have been sapped. I'm trying to think upon the brain transplant part. What get's swapped?

the R and A?

leaving us S_PPE_

HarryHoskins
10-03-2013, 12:50 AM
Going a bit wild on this one:

20d: TIEBREAKER

Ship diamonds (rocks, weddings, "tie the knot") over choppy water (this got me thinking things like icebreakers.)

I think I'm shooting wide but it was fun thinking this one up.

You are shooting wide - but the answer is in the above. :)


9d: DIPPER

Another wild one.

Soldier undergoes brain transplant to get smart. Dip = not bright, Dipper = to scoop out, a scoop, something. Yeah, okay. Not a good one.

Edit: And now I know why.

9d is closer to SAPPER

Sapper is a soldier who undermines. Might be just SAPPER. Hm, don't know.

Sapper is the soldier and the word that requires the brain/head transplant to get the answer. There is no subsidiary indication of the letter you need as there are only three possible answers. :)

Xelebes
10-03-2013, 01:00 AM
You are shooting wide - but the answer is in the above. :)

Well then. ICEBREAKER

Xelebes
10-03-2013, 01:13 AM
9d: ZIPPER

SAPPER with crown lopped and transplanted is __PPER. Get Smart = Zinger, a Zipper, a ZIPPER. No?

Parametric
10-03-2013, 01:19 AM
Would love to crossword, but clues are too tiny and fuzzy. Cannot read! :(

HarryHoskins
10-03-2013, 02:04 AM
Well then. ICEBREAKER

Winner! :)


9d: ZIPPER

SAPPER with crown lopped and transplanted is __PPER. Get Smart = Zinger, a Zipper, a ZIPPER. No?

Shooting wide here, X. The instruction in the clue is to give the soldier (sapper) a brain/head transplant. So you only need to replace the first (head/brain) letter of sapper to get the answer - which, as the word play (sapper) is one end of the clue, should mean that the definition is at the other end as defs are never in the middle.

So that leaves ...

-to get smart
-get smart
-smart

... as possible definitions. And, if you take a gander at previous xwd parsings (found at the end of every previous xwd) you'll see that 'to get' or 'gets' is often (though not always) a hint that the definition follows.

Which leaves 'smart' as the def. So you're looking for a word for smart that has all the letters of SAPPER but with a different brain/head/first letter.

*APPER

Hope that helps :)

HarryHoskins
10-03-2013, 02:09 AM
Would love to crossword, but clues are too tiny and fuzzy. Cannot read! :(

Hey Para - have added clues in normal font size to the OP (and will continue to do so from now on). Not sure what i can do to make the grid itself larger as I'm aware that I'm pushing site guidelines on size of image as is.

I'll have a little think to see if I can do something about it (maybe host a larger grid at photobucket that can be downloaded from there rather than here). If you, or anyone else, have any suggestions feel free to let me know. I want to make the grid as accessible as possible so I feel pretty bad about not thinking that the clues and grid wouldn't be large enough for people to work from. :)

Xelebes
10-03-2013, 02:17 AM
*APPER

Hope that helps :)

DAPPER then.

Parametric
10-03-2013, 02:53 AM
Hey Para - have added clues in normal font size to the OP (and will continue to do so from now on). Not sure what i can do to make the grid itself larger as I'm aware that I'm pushing site guidelines on size of image as is.

I'll have a little think to see if I can do something about it (maybe host a larger grid at photobucket that can be downloaded from there rather than here). If you, or anyone else, have any suggestions feel free to let me know. I want to make the grid as accessible as possible so I feel pretty bad about not thinking that the clues and grid wouldn't be large enough for people to work from. :)

Thank you! My tired eyes are grateful. :)

ajaye
10-03-2013, 08:41 AM
1ac - push-up bra?

ajaye
10-03-2013, 10:54 AM
25ac - tea time?

HarryHoskins
10-03-2013, 01:48 PM
DAPPER then.

Smartly done!

HarryHoskins
10-03-2013, 01:49 PM
1ac - push-up bra?

Impressive!


25ac - tea time?

Tasty!

ajaye
10-03-2013, 03:09 PM
26dn - iceland

Xelebes
10-03-2013, 05:08 PM
5d: ASTRO?

As in a Houston Astro?

ajaye
10-03-2013, 05:23 PM
6ac - bastard?

mirandashell
10-03-2013, 06:11 PM
4 down - bump

HarryHoskins
10-03-2013, 06:35 PM
26dn - iceland

Nice work, AJ! :)


6ac - bastard?

If that's a comment on my character, then full marks - however, if it's an answer to a clue then I'm afraid you're shooting wide. :)

HarryHoskins
10-03-2013, 06:36 PM
5d: ASTRO?

As in a Houston Astro?

I see how you got there, X. But you're shooting wide. :)

HarryHoskins
10-03-2013, 06:36 PM
4 down - bump

And grind, Miranda! :)

Xelebes
10-03-2013, 11:22 PM
Let's shoot in my own net here.

19a: CHRISTIE

HarryHoskins
10-04-2013, 02:25 AM
Let's shoot in my own net here.

19a: CHRISTIE

Yup - that's an own goal. Nicely scored, though. :)

ajaye
10-04-2013, 02:55 AM
48dn - meta?

HarryHoskins
10-04-2013, 02:59 AM
48dn - meta?

Nice work, AJ! :)

ajaye
10-04-2013, 05:13 PM
17dn - silver cabs?

ajaye
10-04-2013, 06:23 PM
28ac - racehorses?

HarryHoskins
10-04-2013, 07:41 PM
17dn - silver cabs?

Much more ostentatious than that, AJ. :)


28ac - racehorses?

Winner! :)

ajaye
10-05-2013, 07:25 AM
1dn - power player?

HarryHoskins
10-05-2013, 07:45 PM
1dn - power player?

Nopers. :)

sprogspasser
10-06-2013, 12:29 AM
51a - fly?

HarryHoskins
10-06-2013, 01:41 AM
51a - fly?

Nice moves, SP! :)

ajaye
10-06-2013, 10:04 AM
2dn - sleeper?
46dn - abyss?

mirandashell
10-06-2013, 02:51 PM
Morning all!

23 across - toned up?

mirandashell
10-06-2013, 02:54 PM
17 down - Camper vans!

:D

HarryHoskins
10-06-2013, 03:09 PM
2dn - sleeper?

Shooting wide here, AJ


46dn - abyss?

Scored! :)

HarryHoskins
10-06-2013, 03:10 PM
23 across - toned up?

Well worked out!


17 down - Camper vans!

:D

Ever-so lovely!

mirandashell
10-06-2013, 03:13 PM
1 down - Panel beater?

mirandashell
10-06-2013, 03:16 PM
18 across - Eurasia?

Although I'm not sure how? So probably not!

mirandashell
10-06-2013, 03:24 PM
12 across - Neil Armstrong?

HarryHoskins
10-06-2013, 06:02 PM
1 down - Panel beater?

Nice moves, Miranda!


18 across - Eurasia?

Although I'm not sure how? So probably not!

Probably, yup! :)

18 - Take a French street over endless country in large province (7)

- Take a French street over (reverse A RUE)
- endless country (SIAM -m)
- in (link)
- larger province (def)

(ARUE<)(SIA-m)



12 across - Neil Armstrong?

That's one small step Miranda, and one giant leap for Mirandakind! :)

mirandashell
10-06-2013, 06:13 PM
Eurasia is a province? Ah! That's what was throwing me.

HarryHoskins
10-06-2013, 06:27 PM
Eurasia is a province? Ah! That's what was throwing me.

Chamber's has region as one of the def's for province which I think makes it just about fair. Really I should've used region - but I figured province sounded all French and deceptive and stuff. :)

mirandashell
10-06-2013, 06:29 PM
3 down - Unaroused?

HarryHoskins
10-06-2013, 11:38 PM
3 down - Unaroused?

Blue steel, Miranda, Blue Steel! :)

ajaye
10-07-2013, 12:00 AM
2dn - slipper
14ac - lapdog

mirandashell
10-07-2013, 12:00 AM
2 down - slipper

14 across - lapdog

mirandashell
10-07-2013, 12:00 AM
Snap Ajaye!

HarryHoskins
10-07-2013, 01:08 AM
2dn - slipper
14ac - lapdog

Nice ...


2 down - slipper

14 across - lapdog

... moves!

Xelebes
10-07-2013, 01:44 AM
. . .

Is 45a SOAP?

ajaye
10-07-2013, 04:15 AM
6ac - bombard?
7dn - megaton?

HarryHoskins
10-07-2013, 02:18 PM
. . .

Is 45a SOAP?

I see how you got there, X; but you're shooting wide with this one. :)

HarryHoskins
10-07-2013, 02:19 PM
6ac - bombard?
7dn - megaton?

Two fer two, AJ! :)

sprogspasser
10-07-2013, 04:54 PM
5d - actor?

HarryHoskins
10-07-2013, 05:01 PM
5d - actor?

And the Oscar goes to ... SP! :)

Xelebes
10-07-2013, 05:04 PM
15a IRON

HarryHoskins
10-07-2013, 05:38 PM
15a IRON

Super moves moves, X! :)

Xelebes
10-07-2013, 06:47 PM
19a: PARANOIA or PARANOID

I don't believe the secretary is tyrannic.

19d: POTHEAD

34a: ANDORRA?

HarryHoskins
10-07-2013, 07:04 PM
19a: PARANOIA or PARANOID

I don't believe the secretary is tyrannic.

19d: POTHEAD

A nice double whammy! :)


34a: ANDORRA?

Wide of the post on this one though.

Xelebes
10-07-2013, 07:49 PM
Wide of the post on this one though.

The only other guess I have is ADDENDA.

HarryHoskins
10-07-2013, 09:19 PM
The only other guess I have is ADDENDA.

That'll do for me, X. :)

Xelebes
10-08-2013, 07:55 PM
Someone follow me up here.

24d: NECKTIE ######

mirandashell
10-08-2013, 09:10 PM
Don't know Xel, but 33 down is roast beef!

Good clue Harry!

mirandashell
10-08-2013, 09:11 PM
So 33 across is Reeks!

So sorry Xel but it can't be Necktie summat.

mirandashell
10-08-2013, 09:18 PM
Xel! It's Nuclear Family!

HarryHoskins
10-08-2013, 10:37 PM
Someone follow me up here.

24d: NECKTIE ######

Well done for laying the road, X. :)

HarryHoskins
10-08-2013, 10:37 PM
Don't know Xel, but 33 down is roast beef!

Good show!


So 33 across is Reeks!

Nothing stinky about that, Miranda!


Xel! It's Nuclear Family!

Nice moves! :)

mirandashell
10-08-2013, 10:38 PM
OH got them all! He's on fire!

HarryHoskins
10-08-2013, 11:48 PM
Ah - in that case ... Cigars for OH! :)

Xelebes
10-09-2013, 01:28 AM
37a: ACRE
29d: HOST?

HarryHoskins
10-09-2013, 01:54 AM
37a: ACRE

Bang on! :)


29d: HOST?

A way off. :(

sprogspasser
10-09-2013, 12:44 PM
29d - Hash? The only drug I can think of fitting. Don't know how the rest of the clue might fit.

HarryHoskins
10-09-2013, 02:15 PM
29d - Hash? The only drug I can think of fitting. Don't know how the rest of the clue might fit.

Nice moves, SP. :)


29d - It'll be inhuman if you ban heart drug (4)

- It'll be - set up for fodder becoming answer after subtraction
- inhuman - HARSH
- if you ban - subtracticator
- heart - central letter indicator
- drug - def

(HA(-r)SH)

sprogspasser
10-10-2013, 06:20 PM
49a - edifice?

HarryHoskins
10-10-2013, 06:51 PM
49a - edifice?

You're shooting wide on that one, SP. :)

HarryHoskins
10-10-2013, 06:51 PM
Note:

I've put 50a into the grid as the answer is a little more obscure than I originally thought. :)

HarryHoskins
10-12-2013, 02:15 PM
Are y'all beat or just busy? :)

sprogspasser
10-12-2013, 03:32 PM
45a - foam?

HarryHoskins
10-12-2013, 08:11 PM
45a - foam?

Nopers, though you have the last two letters correct. (and I admit it's not the best of clues) :)

Xelebes
10-13-2013, 04:34 AM
Would it then be SCAM?

HarryHoskins
10-13-2013, 05:07 AM
Would it then be SCAM?

Nopers. I think we need a TOWIE watcher (or someone brave enough to admit they've watched it for this one).

In other news - there is still one straightforward anagram remaining, one single letter subtraction and one straightforward double synonym to go. I'll give it another day or so and, if there's no progress, I'll reclue the clues or start putting letters in. :)

sprogspasser
10-13-2013, 04:02 PM
44d - Lancl?

I'm scrapping the bottom of the barrel.

mccardey
10-13-2013, 04:26 PM
With help from Sprogspasser:

It's gotta be annual. An annual is a regular publication, and the penultimate letter (failing to appear) is a.

So - annu(a)l. Which means to cancel.

Are we right?

HarryHoskins
10-13-2013, 04:57 PM
Hey Mccardey :)


With help from Sprogspasser:

It's gotta be annual. An annual is a regular publication, and the penultimate letter (failing to appear) is a.

So - annu(a)l. Which means to cancel.

Are we right?

Yup, you are. Nice work! :)

mccardey
10-13-2013, 05:22 PM
also - one of them might be unipartite? Hang on while I find sprogpasser's PM (I can't download the clues any more, Harry :( - why is that?)

ETA: It's 32d. An anagram of unipartite. Yes?

HarryHoskins
10-13-2013, 05:44 PM
I can't download the clues any more, Harry :( - why is that?

Hmmm, I dunno. It's allowing me to right click on the clues and grid and save - is anyone else having problems? If not, I reckon it's something your end. I have written the clues out below the clue image as well so you should be able to copy paste that into notepad. :)

ETA: It's 32d. An anagram of unipartite. Yes?[/QUOTE]

Yes ma'am! :)

Parametric
10-13-2013, 05:56 PM
38 across, "escarped". Find fault (carp) in East End oddly (e-s-e-d) being made into a ski-slope, say (escarped = to give a steep slope to). :)

Parametric
10-13-2013, 06:09 PM
52, "galette". Fife woman (gal) sits by wingless couch (remove first and last letters of settee = ette) dishing up cake (galette). That threw me for a moment because I thought a galette was a French savoury pancake! Apparently that is a different galette. :)

Parametric
10-13-2013, 06:24 PM
Haven't quite nailed this one down yet but I'm going to cautiously suggest that 42 down is the Sport of Kings, (horse)racing.

I used my excellent powers of Google to possibly solve the TOWIE clue, which fortunately I did not have to watch :tongue but the spelling of the solution appears to be different?

HarryHoskins
10-13-2013, 07:41 PM
38 across, "escarped". Find fault (carp) in East End oddly (e-s-e-d) being made into a ski-slope, say (escarped = to give a steep slope to). :)

52, "galette". Fife woman (gal) sits by wingless couch (remove first and last letters of settee = ette) dishing up cake (galette). That threw me for a moment because I thought a galette was a French savoury pancake! Apparently that is a different galette. :)

Perfectly parsed! :)

(Galette is either a savoury buckwheat crepe or a flat sweet or savory cake according to Chambers.)


Haven't quite nailed this one down yet but I'm going to cautiously suggest that 42 down is the Sport of Kings, (horse)racing.

Shooting wide here.


I used my excellent powers of Google to possibly solve the TOWIE clue, which fortunately I did not have to watch :tongue but the spelling of the solution appears to be different?

Well, it wouldn't be a Hoskins xwd unless I messed something up now would it. I neglected to put speech marks after me colon. The clue should read ...

The Only Way is Essex: 'high quality' froth? (4)

Apologies to those who've spent more time on this clue than necessary due to my oversight. :)

Parametric
10-14-2013, 06:16 PM
Ahaha! 39 down, "all that" and a bag of chips. :D

Xelebes
10-14-2013, 07:49 PM
42d: SKIING
43a: TRACKBALL
45a: REAM
49a: EDITION

Parametric
10-14-2013, 07:57 PM
42d: SKIING
43a: TRACKBALL
45a: REAM

Wow! Good going. I like the trackball mouse. I looked up the TOWIE answer earlier but Google corrected my "ream" to "reem", so I thought it couldn't be the answer.

Not too sure about 49a - practically nothing else fits, but I don't see why it's the answer. :Huh:

Xelebes
10-14-2013, 08:09 PM
Wow! Good going. I like the trackball mouse. I looked up the TOWIE answer earlier but Google corrected my "ream" to "reem", so I thought it couldn't be the answer.

Not too sure about 49a - practically nothing else fits, but I don't see why it's the answer. :Huh:

I'm thinking that space refers to the spacebar. Mission means attempt. Something like that.

HarryHoskins
10-14-2013, 08:10 PM
Ahaha! 39 down, "all that" and a bag of chips. :D

Go Ricki, go Ricki! :)

HarryHoskins
10-14-2013, 08:10 PM
42d: SKIING
43a: TRACKBALL
45a: REAM

Hatrick, x! :)


49a: EDITION

Shooting wide here - this is the toughest clue in the grid. More Grauniad than Ximenian - lateral thinking mandatory. :)

Parametric
10-14-2013, 08:38 PM
Shooting wide here - this is the toughest clue in the grid. More Grauniad than Ximenian - lateral thinking mandatory. :)

Is the answer "elision" and it's a complicated pun?

HarryHoskins
10-14-2013, 09:09 PM
Is the answer "elision" and it's a complicated pun?


Winner!! :)

(sort of complicated - more a question of a space where a missing vowel should be)

http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/y395/hhmph001/ccomplete_zps171548b9.png


Thanks to everyone who took part, new and old, armchair and actual.

I'll post Cryptic # 10 on November, 1st -- in the meantime, why not try setting one yourself? If you don't have the right crossword software, let me know and we can work something out where I populate a grid for you and you clue it.

As usual I'll put the full parsings of the clues up tonight and tomorrow. If you spotted an error in a clue or felt it didn't work somehow or wasn't fair, please let me know in thread or by PM as it's the only way I'll get better.

Thanks for playing, apologies for the small clanger on 45a, and hope to see y'all again on the first. :)

HarryHoskins
10-15-2013, 03:38 AM
Here be the across clue parsings as promised.

As usual, feel free to berate, bemoan and tell me where I went wrong and what didn't work. Also, if you have any ideas as to how I can run the xword better drop me a line or post in thread.

It's the only way I'll get better you know. :)



1a - PUSH-UP BRA (charade/subtraction)

It's a type of wonder exercise - cut bulk by 40%! (4-2,3)

- It's a type of wonder - def
- exercise - PUSH-UP
- cut - subtracticator
- bulk - BRAWN
- by 40% - subtracticator amount

(PUSH-UP)(BRA(-un)

Further Info:

'Wonder' might've needed a a capital letter as it's a product, but I think I can get away with it as the sight of a pair of lady danglers propped up by such a contraption is a wonder in itself. [Not] funny when you think about them - Wonder-bra's.



6a - BOMBARD (charade/reversal)

Many headed monster turns poet to stone (7)

- Many headed monster - MOB
- turns - reversicator
- poet - BARD
- to stone - def

(MOB<)(BARD)



10a - SAG (hidden)

Drop in dosage (3)

- drop - def
- in - hiddenicator
- dosage - fodder

(do(SAG)e)



12a - NEIL ARMSTRONG (charade/anagram)

Line formed by wing of mighty high-flyer (4,9)

- line - fodder
- formed - anagrind
- by - posicator
- wing - ARM
- of - linkicator
- mighty - STRONG
- high-flyer - def

(LINE*)(ARM)(STRONG)



13a - IMPERIL (charade/reversal/anagram)

Risk motorway turning into right pile up? (7)

- risk - def
- motorway - MI
- turning - reversicator
- into - posicator (in contact with rather than inside)
- right - R
- pile - fodder
- up - anagrind

(MI<)(R+PILE*)



14a - LAPDOG (cryptic)

A very small and obedient greyhound? (6)

Riffing on the characteristics of lapdogs (small/obedient) and a greyhound which is a dog that runs laps.



15a - IRON (subtraction/addition)

Club reduce membership cost, but gain capital! (4)

- club - def
- reduce - curtailicator
- membership cost - FEE
- but gain capital - capitalize F so you get the symbol for Iron - Fe
- ! - EM to show more leaps are required for the solver

(FE(-e)+capital letter for F)

Further Info:

Pretty cheeky clue as the wordplay lads you to Fe and then you have another step to get to iron.



16a - TEETERING (anagram)

Get entire building rocking (9)

- get entire - fodder
- building - anagrind
- rocking - def

(GETENTIRE*)



18a - EURASIA (reversal/subtraction)

Take a French street over endless country in large province (7)

- take - start of reversal instruction
- a - A
- french street - RUE
- over - reversicator
- endless - curtailicator
- country - SIAM
- in - linkicator
- large province - def

(ARUE<)(SIA(-m)



19a - PARANOID (charade/insertion)

Suspicious secretary not likely to be involved in robbery (8)

- suspicious - def
- secretary - PA
- not likely - NO
- to be involved in - inserticator
- robbery - RAID

(PA)(RA(NO)ID)

Further Info:

Bit of a contradictory surface on this one. Also, whilst 'not likely' for 'no' is solid, it does have the word 'no' in it rather too obviously.



21a - SEMI (double definition)

Not quite hard house? (4)

- not quite hard - cockwise
- house - very attached to his neighbourwise

Further Info:

The point has been raised - ahem - that 'not quite hard' doesn't quite equate to semi-erect, however - and at the risk of giving the reader far more information than is necessary - I would suggest that 'semi' describes the penile condition of being tumescent, though not in anyway blue steel or throbber. The key, for me at least, is that a semi-erect penis should, rather like a ripe watermelon, have a little give to it and thus, 'not quite hard' is a perfectly reasonable way of describing a 'semi' even though the word itself leads the reader to imagine a state of arousal exactly halfway between flaccid and blue steel.



23a - TONED UP (anagram/reversal)

Got in shape by ordering Eton dessert sent back (5,2)

- got in shape - def
- by - wordplayicator
- ordering - anagrind
- Eton - fodder
- dessert - PUD
- sent back - reversicator

(ETON*(PUD<)



25a - TEA-TIME (part insertion)

Refreshing spell when squad gets foothold in match (3-4)

- refreshing spell - def
- when - wordplayicator
- squad - TEAM
- gets foothold in - part inserticator
- match - TIE

(TEA(TI(M)E)

Further Info:

I think, though am not certain, that I needed to prefix the def with 'a' to nounify the phrase so it matches the defs part of speech. Is 'refreshing spell' a nounal phrase on it's own? I dunno .. I'm still learning.



27a - ADOBE (surround/subtraction)

Kind of house party held by topless beauty (5)

- kind of house - def
- party - DO
- held by - surroundicator
- topless - headofficator
- beauty - BABE

(-b)(A(DO)BE)



28a - RACEHORSES (cryptic)

Track goers? (10)

Pretty straightforward, the attempted misdirection is to make you think of spectators rather than those being, er, spectated.



30a - HEART-THROB (charade/anagram)

Perhaps offal broth cooked-up makes a tasty dish (5-5)

- perhaps - examplicator
- offal - HEART
- broth - fodder
- cooked-up - anagrind
- makes - definicator
- a tasty dish - def

(HEART)(BROTH*)



33a - REEKS (initialism)

Hums number ones of recent eras (especially KLF songs) (5)

- hums - def
- number ones of - initilicator
- recent - R
- eras - E
- especially - E
- KLF - K
- songs - S

(R)(E)(E)(K)(S)



34a - ADDENDA (reversal/surround)

Head-turning hairstyles worn by studio extras (7)

- head-turning - reversicator
- hairstlyes - DA x 2 (Duck's Arse)
- worn by - surroundicator
- studio - DEN (yup - Chambers to the rescue)
- extras - def

(DA<)(DEN)(DA)

Further Info:

I missed the problem with this clue. As you can see by the clue parse above - the clue doesn't work as the second hairstyle (DA) doesn't turn. 'Head to head' as an instruction would've worked, though would ruin the surface obviously.



35a - ARTISAN (hidden)

Expert in art is a neo-classicist (7)

- expert - def
- in - hiddenicator
- art is a neo-classicist - fodder

(ARTISANeo-classicist)



37a - ACRE (homophone)

One suffering ongoing pain overheard hatching a plot (4)

- one suffering ongoing pain - ACHER
- overheard - homophonicator
- hatching - definicator
- a plot - def

(ACHER/ACRE)

Further Info:

This clue could've done with a QM as the fodder isn't a real word and the def is a little exampley



38a - ESCARPED (insertion/alternate letter)

Find fault in East End oddly being made into a ski-slope, say (8)

- find fault - CARP
- in - inserticator
- East End - fodder
- oddly - alternaticator
- being made into a ski-slope, say - def by examplicator

(EaSt(CARP)EnD)

Further Info:

Surface a bit out there.



40a - ESCAPES (charade)

If primates come by a key they may attempt these (7)

- if - start of positional instruction and definicator
- primates - APES
- come by - posicator
- a key - ESC (the escape key)
- they may attemp these - def

(APES)(ESC)



43a - TRACKBALL (charade)

Genus of mouse classified by tail and part of foot (9)

- genus of mouse - def
- classified by - wordplayicator
- tail - TRACK
- and - linkicator
- part of foot - BALL

(TRACK)(BALL)



45a - REAM (homophone)

The Only Way is Essex: 'high quality' froth? (4)

- the only way is essex: 'high quality' - fodder & homophonicator
- froth - def

(REEM/REAM)

Further Info:

Apologies for missing out the all important quotes



47a - CORNEA (homophone)

An eye veil is more old-fashioned, I'm told (6)

- an eye veil - def
- is more old fashioned - fodder
- I'm told - homophonicator

(CORNIER/CORNEA)

Further Info:

Prolly could've used a QM as the def isn't dictionary standard



49a - ELISION (cryptic)

Space mission?! (7)

There is a space where the 'O' of omission should be. Omission is the def. The redaction of the vowel indicated by the space is a def by example ...

Further Info:

... ish :)



50a - HAIRY MELICOPE (charade/anagram)

Scary police detain me about endangered Hawaiian plant (5,8)

- scary - HAIRY
- police - fodder 1
- detain - fodder linkicator
- me - fodder 2
- about - anagrind
- endangered Hawaiian plant

(HAIRY)(POLICEME*)

Further Info:

What? You mean such a marvelously named plant is super-uncommon? I guess that's why it's endangered, eh? Apologies for not writing a more straightforward clue for such a rare word.


51a - FLY (double definition)

Career pilot (3)

- career - def (fly about fast)
- pilot - def



52a - GALETTE (charade/subtraction)

Fife woman sits by wingless couch dishing up cake (7)

- Fife - Scotticator
- woman - GAL
- sits by - posicator
- wingless - edge subtracticator
- couch - SETTEE
- dishing up - definicator
- cake - def

(GAL)(-s)ETTE(-e)



53a - SWAN SONGS (container/anagram/subtraction)

Farewells from ship laden with gowns and endless jumble (4,5)

- farewells - def
- from - wordplayicator
- ship - SS
- laden with - containicator
- gownsand - fodder 1
- endless - curtailicator
- jumble - anagrind

(S(GOWNSAN*(-d)S)


There you go. Down clues to follow tomorrow night. As always, if you have a question or thought something didn't work, was unfair or generally crap feel free to post in thread or send me a PM. It's the only way i'll get better you know. :)

HarryHoskins
10-16-2013, 01:51 AM
Here be the down parsings as promised.

As usual, feel free to berate, bemoan and tell me where went wrong/could've done better. If you don't fancy mentioning it in public, please PM me -- it's the only way I'll get better, you know. :)



1d - PANEL BEATER (cryptic double definition)

A winning contestant on What's My Line? - a body builder, perhaps? (5,6)

- A winning contestant on What's My Line? - def
- a body builder, perhaps? - def

Further Info:

Body builder is a little iffy as a def. I originally had it as 'One who gets bodies back into shape' which is more precise, but I figured the extra def would be helpful.



2d - SLIPPER (reversal/surround)

Agents sent up over border to capture loafer (7)

- agents - REPS
- sent up - reversicator
- over - surroundicator
- border - LIP
- to capture - definicator
- loafer - def

(REP(LIP)S<)



3d - UNAROUSED (charade/subtraction)

Two rivers would support limitless fish undisturbed (9)

- two rivers - R (CDXWDA) & OUSE
- would - D (CDXWDA)
- support - posicator
- limitless - headicator
- fish - TUNA
- undisturbed - def

(-t)UNA)(R+OUSE)(D)



4d - BUMP (subtraction)

Crash smashes back edges off of fender (4)

- crash - def
- smashes back edges off - subtracticator
- fender - BUMPER

(BUMP(-er)



5d - ACTOR (crypticy double def)

Star player? (5)

- star - def
- player - def
- ? - for looseness of first def



6d - BROWN BREAD (cockney slang)

A Cockney delivering perished foodstuff (5,5)

- a cockney delivering - cocknicator
- perished - DEAD
- foodstuff - def

(DEAD/BROWN BREAD)



7d - MEGATON (subtraction)

Rotten transformer sheds resistance with heavy load (7)

- rotten transformer - MEGATRON
- sheds - subtracticator
- resistance - R (CDXDWA)
- with - definicator
- heavy load - def

(MEGAT(-r)ON)

Further Info:

Where's Regdog when you need her, eh?



8d - ASIDE (charade)

They're not a team apart! (5)

- they're not - posicator when read the clue is read as a whole
- a - A
- team - SIDE
- apart - def

(A)(SIDE)



9d - DAPPER (replacement)

Soldier undergoes brain transplant to get smart (6)

- soldier - SAPPER
- undergoes brain transplant - head replacicator
- to get - definicator
- smart - def

(-s)(+D)(APPER)

Further Info:

Two possible problems raised about this one. I've been told 'brain' indicating 'head' isn't kosher and also I don't give an indication of the letter to be replaced. The former is a worry, the latter I'm not so worried about as one only has three possible alternatives to play with.



10d - SERVICE COURTS (cryptic)

Fashionable areas of Wimbledon? (7,6)

Fashionable = in. So 'in areas of Wimbledon' = Service Courts. The cryptic part is suggesting they are areas people want to get in to due to them being fashionable.

Further Info:

A bit of shady clue



11d - GELIGNITE (charade)

Come together to fire explosive (9)

- come together - GEL
- to fire - IGNITE
- explosive - def

(GEL)(IGNITE)

Further Info:

Had I been more skilled this clue would've been dirtier



17d - CAMPER VANS (charade)

They're more ostentatious forms of transport (6,4)

- They're - def
- more ostentatious - CAMPER
- forms of transport - VANS

(CAMPER)(VANS)



19d - POTHEAD (cryptic)

A tea lover? (7)

Tea as in grass



20d - ICEBREAKER (charade)

Ship in diamonds over white-tipped waves (10)

- ship - def
- in - wordplayicator
- diamonds - ICE
- over - posicator
- white-tipped waves - BREAKER

(ICE)(BREAKER)

Further Info:

Chambers tells me breaker can be plural (for white horses) so I figured it was good for white-tipped waves, too.



22d - CAN'T (cryptic)

You'll never get this as there's no such word! (4)

You know, like wot ur mum used to say.



24d - NUCLEAR FAMILY (cryptic)

Four-piece trad. band? (7,6)

Riffing on a basic description of the nuclear family and trying to send you the way of the Jazz.



26d - ICELAND (double definition)

Country shop (7)

- country - def
- shop - def

Further Info:

QM for def by example woudn't have gone amiss.



29d - HASH (subtraction)

It'll be inhuman if you ban heart drug (4)

- it'll be - definicator
- inhuman - HARSH
- if you ban heart - central letter subtracticator
- drug - def

(HA(-r)SH)

Further Info:

Not sure whether heart is connected enough to the fodder. On the edge of things, I fancy.



31d - BONESHAKERS (anagram/surround)

He's bonkers about riding a pair of old bikes (11)

- hes bonkers - fodder
- about - anagrind
- riding - surroundicator
- a - A
- pair of old bikes - def

(HESBON(A)KERS*)

Further Info:

Two separate strings of letters (BON & KERS) are in plain sight which is a bit easy.



32d - UNIPARTITE (anagram)

Trip auntie up - not half! (10)

- trip auntie - fodder
- up - anagrind
- not half - def

(TRIPAUNTIE*)

Further Info:

Surface isn't up to much.



33d - ROAST BEEF (cryptic/slang)

An Englishman in Paris? (5,4)

The French call the English Roast Beef - so this is what an Englishman is 'in' Paris.



36d - TECTONICS (charade/part hidden)

Architectural science refreshers spiced up with some techno (9)

- architectural science - def
- refreshers - TONICS
- spiced up with - posicator instruction
- some - hidden wordstrinicator
- techno - fodder

(TEC)(TONICS)

Further Info:

Although I've seen part word indications, I'm not sure how fair they are, also, I think I just made up the posicator instruction 'spiced up'. It sorta works, but is not particularly precise.



39d - ALL THAT (cryptic)

It used to come with a bag of potato chips in the 90s (3,4)

Popular 90s phrase 'All that and a bag of potato chips'

Further Info:

A bit general knowledgey - but I figured the phrase itself made the clue more cryptic than it was.


41d - PONTOON (double definition)

Bridge game (7)

- bridge - def
- game - def



42d - SKIING (insertion)

Sovereign leader one must force into a royal sport (6)

- soveriegn leader - S (the leader of the word)
- one - I
- must force into - inserticator
- a royal - KING
- sport - def

Further Info:

Although all cruciverbalists aim to lose the crossword game, it's nice to see the lift and separate of 'a kings sport' felled the mighty Para at the first hurdle. :)



44d - ANNUL (subtraction)

Cancel regular publication after penultimate issue fails to appear (5)

- cancel - def
- regular publication - ANNUAL
- after penultimate issue - 2nd to last letter
- fails to appear - subtracticator

(ANNU(-a)L)



46d - ABYSS (container/subtraction)

Clot blocking Lad's heart is removed leaving a great fissure (5)

- clot - ASS
- blocking - containicator
- lad - BOY
- heart is removed - central letter subtracticator
- leaving - definicator
- a great fissure - def

(A(B(-o)Y)SS)

Further Info:

Although I have the possessional apostrophe on lad's to indicate the heart subtraction, I'm not sure whether it buggers up the clue with a bit of double duty.



48d - META (charade)

Beyond the 13th letter is the 7th! (4)

- beyond - def
- the 13th letter - M
- is the - posicator when the clue is read as a whole
- 7th - ETA
- ! - for mixture of Greek and English alphabets


So that's all for now folks. Apologies for any fuck-ups and, as usual, feel free to berate, bemoan and tell me where I could've done better on the clue front.

I'll put my next crossword up on November, 1st. In the meantime, why not have a go at setting one yourself - if you want to have a go, but don't have the right software to make a nice looking gird, feel free to PM me and we'll see if we can work something out. :)

HarryHoskins
10-19-2013, 05:00 PM
From yesterday's Times Cryptic 25,609:

2d: Successful contest on What's My Line? (5,6)

Who'da thunk I'd make it into a national paper before I'd started submitting, eh? :)