Friday, 25 May 2018

No 12326, Friday 25 May 2018, Arden


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ACROSS
1   Starts going uvery near office, ring the boss (6) GUVNOR Acrostic
4   Appreciating painless treatment? It tells you what to pay (5,3) PRICE TAG APpRECIaTinG*
10 Silent start to puzzle (9) DUMBFOUND {DUMB}{FOUND}
11 Strange end to cricket match, runout was a disgrace (5) ODIUM {ODI}{rUM}
12 It's a mistake to stay outside the circle, run (7) BLOOPER {B{LOOP}E}{R}
13 Cut open, add something extra to the figure (7) OCTAGON {dOCk}{TAG ON}
14 They play a part in growth within computer industry (5) UTERI [T]
15 Standard depth in any well known beach (8) NORMANDY {NORM}{AN{D}Y}
18 Marks it as wrong without an entrance test (8) STIGMATA {IT+AS}* over {GMAT}
20 Interrupt opera, could be as precaution (3-2) CUT-IN preCaUTIoN* [CA]
23 Material for engine part is British, I see (7) CAMBRIC {CAM}{BR}{IC}
25 It's spoken by the hour in Church, it's also sung in Church (7) CHORALE {C{H}{ORAL}E}
26 Opening home on lease (5) INLET {IN}{LET}
27 Little bear cradling in our arms (4,5) URSA MINOR*
28 Kill the fish, it's almost gone bad (8) GARROTTE {GAR}{ROTTEn}
29 Make it hard for girl to be with boy (6) ANNEAL {ANNE}{AL}

DOWN
1   Rover's complaint over a spot (8) GADABOUT {G{A}{DAB}OUT}
2   Go low, break container (7) VAMOOSE {VA{MOO}SE}
3   Issue is not on season (9) OFFSPRING {OFF}{SPRING}
5   Communication or aid? (5,9) RADIO BROADCAST {OR+AID}* [RA]
6   Yahoo's under Charlie's influence (5) CLOUT {C}{LOUT}
7   Pained to see William get a part (7) TWINGED {WING} in {TED}
8   Private parts — exposing half of them in house (6) GEMINI {G{thEM}{IN}I}
9   Electrifying story — something to do with a bank (7,7) CURRENT ACCOUNT {CURRENT} {ACCOUNT}
16 He oozes charm on an unsuspecting audience (9) ANCHORMAN* &lit
17 May be relating to the whole (8) INTEGRAL*
19 Acrobat can hold a drink (7) TUMBLER [DD]
21 Entire organisation protects amateur student (7) TRAINEE {TR{A}INEE*}
22 Training, half the side is longing for it (6) ACHING teACHING TE from TEam? Not sure of anno
24 Speech exposed only a fraction (5) RATIO oRATIOn

Bhargav's Talepiece

The bouncer and the dancer - Part 46

The public's ODIUM towards SS had subsided. Still wishing to remain in the background he took a friend who had CLOUT in the hamlet as his partner.

Residents were DUMBFOUND to see hoardings in the hamlet:

GEMINI School of Dance
Student Teacher RATIO 1:1
Courses with low PRICE TAG!!

Soon money in the CURRENT ACCOUNT of Gemini School of Dance began to swell.

Little did the residents know that GADABOUTS were visiting the school after 9 pm for adult entertainment!

Thursday, 24 May 2018

No 12325, Thursday 24 May 2018, Arden


ACROSS
9   Supporter going against a party — it's a display of courage (7) BRAVADO {BRA}{V}{A}{DO}
10 Jump in anger, the place is dirty (7) FLEAPIT {F{LEAP}IT}
11 A ship perhaps returns to the old capital (7) CAMELOT {CAMEL}{TO<=}
12 Money's guaranteed for the rest (7) LEISURE {LEI}{SURE}
13 Extremely silly to say one's left the group (9) SYNDICATE {SillY}{iNDICATE}
15 Maybe alight athwartships (5) ABEAM {A}{BEAM}
16 John's burdened with work, is a star (7) CANOPUS {CAN}{OPUS}
19 Fool's got limited period to air his views here (7) TWITTER {TWIT}{TERm} Ha Ha! How true.
20 Marie tailored cloth (5) RAMIE*
21 Persistent line, exposed record (9) CHRONICLE {CHRONIC}{LinE}
25 Fruit, date inside a piece of cloth (7) BANDANA {BAN{D}ANA}
26 Computing with uniform input, no good in the end for an artist (7) GAUGUIN {GAUG{U}INg}
28 Can regular matter get in line? (7) LATRINE {L{mAtTeR}INE}
29 Falls in pouring rain, a match stopped midway (7) NIAGARA {A}{GAme} in {RAIN}*

DOWN
1   Grab a custard pie kept in the counter (6) ABACUS [T]
2   Side entrance in church has name of opera (6) CARMEN {C{ARM}E}{N} Arm/Side entrance? See comments
3   Manual work, one leaves it for savage (4) MAUL ManUAL*
4   Spider woman becomes a heroine (6) ?O?T?A (Addendum PORTIA [DD] - See comments))
5   Left unguarded, flowing waste (8) EFFLUENT {lEFt}{FLUENT}
6   Long before a musical show gets into a higher state (10) LEVITATION {L}{EVITA}{INTO*}
7   Such growth, by the way is the cleanest (8) SPRUCEST {SPRUCE}{ST}
8   Boat crossing river makes headline (8) STREAMER {ST{R}EAMER}
14 Showman makes repairs in one second (10) IMPRESARIO {1}{M{REPAIRS*}O}
16 The reverend said to be of old Irish stock — from Iowa, perhaps (4,4) CORN BELT (-b+c)CORN (-c+b)BELT
17 Propose Tom and Annie sort it out (8) NOMINATE*
18 Plea to accept case of a philosopher (8) SOCRATES {SO{CRATE}S}
22 Government is in control, under a Queen (6) REGINA {RE{G}IN}{A}
23 Courage lacking, in the end turns into a cat (6) COUGAR COURAGe*
24 Almost close, finally there are nine in a group (6) ENNEAD {EN{NEAr}D} No indicator for containment? See comments
27 Author rejects choice, in confused state (4) UTAH AUTHor*

GRID
Bhargav's Talepiece

The bouncer and the dancer - Part 45

Sudden commotion in Shangri-la.

A message is circulated through TWITTER and other social media that farm help REGINA had seen a COUGAR MAUL a sheep.

The local SYNDICATE NOMINATE the bouncer to head the team to track it down.

Some locals join with BRAVADO.