Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The Hindu Crossword 8307 Solutions - by Vinod & Rajagopal

1 Walked softly, one said furthermore (6) PADDED (softly=P, one said furthermore=ADDED => P+ADDED)
4 Making a murderous attempt in the back? (8) STABBING (Cryptic Def)
10 Plugged the faulty appliance in, having said one wouldn't? (7) REFUSED (Plugged the faulty appliance in = RE-FUSED)
11 Cast a spell — can then transform (7) ENCHANT (can then transform = ana. CAN+THEN)
12 Eros rose up to find a tender spot (4) SORE (Eros rose up = rev. of EROS)
13 Land use affected a tree least (4,6) REAL ESTATE (affected a tree least = ana. A+TREE+LEAST)
16 Offer service for a price (6) TENDER (Dbl Def)
17 Fired with the dieting craze (7) IGNITED (dieting craze = ana. DIETING)
20 The underworld forwarded their opinion to differ (7) DISSENT (The underworld=DIS, forwarded=SENT => DIS+SENT)
21 Daughter left possibly on Sunday to get earthenware from Holland (6) DELFTS (Daughter=D, left possibly=ana. LEFT=ELFT, Sunday=S=>Daughter left possibly on Sunday = D(ELFT)S)
24 Diane allowed French aunt to be an arts devotee (10) DILETTANTE (Diane=DI, allowed=LET, French aunt=TANTE => DI+LET+TANTE)
25 In addition to Eastern part of a church (4) APSE
27 Cold and unemotional person (7) ICEBERG (Dbl Def)
29 Relieved by the bosses? (7) S_ _ _DED
30 Note from a government department? (8) TREASURY (Dbl Def)
31 Removed deer as destructive (6) ERASED (deer as destructive = ana. DEER+AS)

1 He has a host of location for airborne soldiers (8) PARASITE (location=SITE, airborne soldiers=PARA)
2 Feel trained to be submissive (11) DEFERENTIAL (ana. FEEL+TRAINED)
3 Simple to find in this clue, as you can see (4) EASY (Container => cluE AS You)
5 They have nothing to record in this subject (8) THEOLOGY (they=THEY, nothing=O, to record=LOG=>They have nothing to record = THE(O+LOG)Y)
6 Recidivist to support idlers possibly (10) BACKSLIDER (support=BACK, idlers possibly=ana. IDLERS=SLIDER => BACK+SLIDER)
7 He may have joined, first of all, Irish Republican Army (3) IRA (first of all, Irish Republican Army = IRA)
8 Flicker like a candle along the edge of the roof (6) GUTTER (Dbl Def)
9 He is most reluctant to work (5) IDLER (Direct)
14 Gardening expert is a card (3,2,6) ACE OF SPADES (Dbl Def)
15 Black jewellery makers who are international socialites (3-7) JET-SETTERS (Black=JET, jewellery makers=SETTERS)
18 Risk damaging the green and rough in it (8) ENDANGER (green and rough in it = ana. GREEN+AND)
19 Went up as many finished (8) ASCENDED (as=AS, many=C, finished=ENDED => AS+C+ENDED)
22 One who cannot keep off the grass (6) ADDICT (grass=marijuana)
23 Timber on road, may be a hiding place for drug (5) STASH (Timber=ASH, road=ST=>Timber on road = ST+ASH)
26 An inconvenient adherent like a knot in thread (4) _ _ _ R
28 A brood of pheasants (3) EYE??

Monday, May 30, 2005

The Hindu Crossword 2605 Solutions

1 More than one aquatic bird plunges suddenly under water (5) DUCKS (Dbl Def - 1.More than one aquatic bird 2.plunges suddenly under water)
4 Artist is overcome by shock valuation (9) APPRAISAL (??)
9 Fancy cups set out (7) SUSPECT (cups set out = ana. CUPS+SET)
10 Old soldier cracking code in desert (7) REDCOAT (cracking code=ana. CODE=EDCO, desert=RAT=>cracking code in desert = R(EDCO)AT)
11 One who goes on country walks and runs with thriller writer (7) RAMBLER (runs=R, thriller writer=AMBLER (Brit. writer) => R+AMBLER)
12 Berthing fee, low at end of summer time (7) MOORAGE (low=MOO, end of summeR=R, time=AGE=>low at end of summer time = MOO+R+AGE)
13 What's been cooked with a crab is piece of albacore from part of the Atlantic (9,3) CARIBBEAN SEA (been cooked with a crab is=ana. BEEN+A+CRAB+IS=CARIBBEAN SE, piece of Albacore=A=>What's been cooked with a crab is piece of albacore = CARIBBEAN SE+A)
17 Mother (with no partner) and grannie slept fitfully? (6,6) SINGLE PARENT (grannie slept fitfully = ana. GRANNIE+SLEPT)
20 See leader in Brussels to encourage to produce sprouts (7) BURGEON (leader in Brussels=B, encourage=URGE ON=>See leader in Brussels to encourage = B+URGE+ON)
21 Pawnbroker given article that's soiled (7) UNCLEAN (Pawnbroker=UNCLE, article=AN=>Pawnbroker given article = UNCLE+AN)
23 Layman, a friend visiting ancient city (7) AMATEUR (a=A, friend=MATE, ancient city=UR=>a friend visiting ancient city = A+MATE+UR)
24 Instrument in a car, damaged by first of owners (7) OCARINA (in a car, damaged=ana. IN+A+CAR=CARINA, first of Owners=O=>in a car, damaged by first of owners = O+CARINA)
25 Groom. Unhappy about food, left (6,3) STABLE LAD (Unhappy=SAD, food=TABLE, left=L=>Unhappy about food, left = S(TABLE+L)AD)
26 Stinking fish, initially brought by high tide (5) FETID (fish initially=F, high tide=ana. TIDE=ETID=>fish, initially brought by high tide = F+ETID)

1 Rags scattered with bones outside? It's a scandal (8) DISGRACE (Rags scattered=ana. SGRA, bones=DICE=>Rags scattered with bones outside = DI(SGRA)CE)
2 Charge girl for aromatic plant (8) COSTMARY (Charge=COST, girl=MARY => COST+MARY)
3 Excellent southern source of oil, maybe (5) SWELL (southern=S, source of oil=WELL => S+WELL)
4 Chief law officer prepared treaty? No, army commander (8,7) ATTORNEY GENERAL (prepared treaty? No = ana. TREATY+NO=ATTORNEY, army commander=GENERAL)
5 Ridiculous amount? Top-drawer motel, perhaps (11,4) PORTMANTEAU WORD (Ridiculous amount? Top-drawer = ana. AMOUNT+TOP+DRAWER, 'motel perhaps' - motel is an example of a portmanteau word from motor+hotel)
6 A DA is shown round state capital, then plant (9) ANDROMEDA (A=A, DA=DA, state=ND(North Dakota, New Delhi??), capital=ROME=>A DA is shown round state capital = A(ND+ROME)DA)
7 Work hard on an advertising jingle (6) SLOGAN (Work hard=SLOG, an=AN=>Work hard on an = SLOG+AN)
8 Stagger up, gripping abstemious character (6) LETTER (Stagger=REEL=>Stagger up=REEL, abstemious=TT=>Stagger up, gripping abstemious = LE(TT)ER)
14 Newlywed, properly in prison (9) BRIDEWELL (Newlywed=BRIDE, properly=WELL => BRIDE+WELL)
15 Saint Arnold, for example (8) BENEDICT (Dbl Def)
16 Conventional flag ... (8) STANDARD (Dbl Def)
18 ... confusing to a sub, or subs ... (1-5) U-BOATS (confusing to a sub = ana. TO+A+SUB)
19 ... Royal Marines notice over area, following a fleet (6) ARMADA (Royal Marines=RM, notice=AD, area=A, a=A=>Royal Marines notice over area, following a = A+RM+AD+A)
22 Tease husband in greasy spoon (5) CHAFF (husband=H, greasy spoon=CAFF??=>husband in greasy spoon = C(H)AFF)

Thursday, May 26, 2005

The Hindu Crossword 8303 Solutions - by Vinod & Rajagopal

1 Ban priest who is breaking an ornamental clip (9) BREASTPIN (Ban priest who is breaking = ana. BAN+PRIEST)
6 Understood Tacitus without you and me (5) TACIT (TacitUS - US (you and me))
9 Plans aside for a change (5) IDEAS (Plan aside = ana. ASIDE)
10 Weariness put out due to lassi taken on time (9) LASSITUDE (put out due=ana. DUE=UDE, lassi=LASSI, time=T => LASSI+T+UDE)
11 Unnatural having been brought from a long way away (3-7) FAR REACHED
12 The French ship appears to be inferior (4) LESS (The French=LE, ship=SS => LE+SS)
14 An example is for quarter back to be under protection of sponsors (7) AEGISES
15 Tire out an abstainer to make him look more shabby (7) TATTIER (Tire out=ana. TIRE=TIER, an abstainer=a teetotaller=A+TT=>Tire out an abstainer = T(A+TT)IER)
17 Do teach straight off, the source of electrons in valves and tubes (7) CATHODE (Do teach straight off = ana. DO+TEACH)
19 Not so heavy as a box of matches? It's probably heavier (7) LIGHTER (Dbl Def - 1. Not so heavy 2. heavier than a box of matchess - cryptic def)
20 Put out a net stake for poker game (4) ANTE (Put out a net = ana. A+NET)
22 Urge a senior teacher to continue the good work (5,5) PRESS AHEAD (Urge=PRESS, a=A, senior teacher=HEAD=>Urge a senior teacher = PRESS A+HEAD)
25 Promises of party with show band (9) MANIFESTO (show=MANIFEST, band=O => MANIFEST+O)
26 I'm at an age to portray an exact copy of an area (5) IMAGE (I'm=IM, age=AGE=>I'm at an age = IM+AGE)
27 Company used red colour embellishments for their room (5) DECOR (ana. CO+RED)
28 They maliciously set fire to properties (9) ARSONISTS (Direct)

1 Work for a barrister economical with words (5) BRIEF (Dbl Def - 1. Work for a barrister 2. economical with words)
2 Look intelligent despite a small bloomer (3,6) EYE BRIGHT (Look=EYE, intelligent=BRIGHT)
3 Suspect retirement pay will lead to temporary lay off (10) SUSPENSION (Dbl Def)
4 Al has space to accommodate large public buildings (7) PALACES (Al has space to accommodate = ana. AL+SPACE)
5 Beginning to develop in nest — can be possible? (7) NASCENT (nest — can be possible = ana. NEST+CAN)
6 Neat haircut (4) TRIM (Dbl Def)
7 Conservative gets ill mannered and vulgar (5) CRUDE (Conservative=C, ill-mannered=RUDE => C+RUDE)
8 New rate more certain to be official (9) TREASURER (new rate=ana. RATE=TREA, more certain=SURER => TREA+SURER)
13 Not against development of non-progressive state (10) STAGNATION (Not against development = ana. NOT+AGAINST)
14 Revised medical account welcomed with enthusiasm (9) ACCLAIMED (Revised medical account = ana. MEDICAL+AC)
16 Generally where practising Catholics reaffirm their faith (2,3,4) IN THE MASS (Cryptic Def)
18 Possibly a continent comprising mid-west region (7) EURASIA (Direct)
19 Girls take no direction to catch wild horses with long ropes (7) LASSOES (Girls=LASSES, no=O=>Girls take no = LASS(O)ES)
21 Keynote to good health? (5) TONIC (Dbl Def)
23 Clothe with suitable material (5) DRESS (Dbl Def)
24 Some may have to keep a deaf Arab at a distance (4) AFAR (Container => deAF ARab)

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

The Hindu Crossword 8302 Solutions - by Vinod & Rajagopal

1 One in which a cricketer may score highly (4,4) EASY OVER (Cryptic Def)
5 American investigators contained crazy return of the first man (6) ADAMIC (American investigators=CIA, crazy=MAD=>American investigators contained crazy=CI(MAD)A=>American investigators contained crazy return=reverse of CIMADA)
10 Famous? Take half of them in the medical department (7) EMINENT (half of thEM=EM, in=IN, the medical department=ENT => EM+IN+ENT)
11 Something kept back about the tennis stroke (7) RESERVE (about=RE, the tennis stroke=SERVE => RE+SERVE)
12 However complete, no right round (6) THOUGH (complete=THOROUGH, right=R, round=O=>complete, no right round = THOROUGH-RO)
13 Squeeze in to put something in order, we hear (8) STRAITEN (put something in order=STRAIGHTEN=>put something in order, we hear = homonym of STRAIGHTEN)
15 A tiny amount to go back into our airlines (4) IOTA (to go back=OT, our airlines=IA=>to go back into our airlines = I(OT)A)
16 Soap, shampoo and other articles used in body care (10) TOILETRIES (Direct)
18 Describing the state of one suffering direst sins, perhaps (2,8) IN DISTRESS (direst sins, perhaps = ana. DIREST+SINS)
20 Put in place an old English historian? (4) STOW (Dbl Def)
23 Cars they pass off to sailors (8) YACHTERS (Cars they pass off = ana. CARS+THEY)
24 Tie Pai ordered is capital (6) TAIPEI (Tie Pai ordered = ana. TIE+PAI)
26 One of our countrymen on a U.S. State (7) INDIANA (our countrymen=INDIAN, a=A=>One of our countrymen on a = INDIAN+A)
27 Dismiss from consideration obstinate person losing his head in utter defeat (4,3) RULE OUT (obstinate person=MULE=>obstinate person losing his head=ULE, utter defeat=ROUT=>obstinate person losing his head in utter defeat = R(ULE)OUT)
28 Poet stays one year in the roll (6) LYRIST (one year=YR, roll=LIST=>one year in the roll = L(YR)IST)
29 He graded quaint kind of painting (4-4) HARD-EDGE (He graded quaint = ana. HE+GRADED)

1 One must have had the power to pay it (11,4) ELECTRICITY BILL (Cryptic Def=>'power' as in electric power -- Fantastic clue)
2 Go quietly away with the inner dress removed? (4,3) SLIP OUT (inner dress=SLIP, removed=OUT)
3 Precipitously nervous? (2,4) ON EDGE (Dbl Def)
4 Meal for which the poet is late in starting (4) EATS (poet=KEATS=>poet is late in starting = KEATS-K)
6 Talks at length about Ted's scan (8) DESCANTS (about Ted's scan = ana. TEDS+SCAN)
7 Language in which Ram is up with a hit-out (7) MARATHI (Ram is up=MAR, a hit-out=ana. A+HIT=ATHI=>Ram is up with a hit-out = MAR+ATHI)
8 Hails castle anew — refurbished without any dirt or marks (5,2,1,7) CLEAN AS A WHISTLE (Hails castle anew — refurbished = ana. HAILS+CASTLE+ANEW)
9 To ruin a butler is unfair (9) BRUTALISE (a butler is unfair = ana. A+BUTLER+IS)
14 Yell about our cultured dairy product, if acidic (4,5) SOUR CREAM (Yell=SCREAM, our=OUR=>Yell about our = S(OUR)CREAM)
17 Butts are deposited into these (8) ASHTRAYS (Cryptic Def)
19 One who resolves to put the agents among the animals (7) DECIDER (agents=CID, animals=DEER=>put the agents among the animals = DE(CID)ER)
21 Not the way to the underworld? (3,4) TOP ROAD (Cryptic Def)
22 Dragged but grimly held around a bend (6) HAULED (grimly held=ana. HELD=HLED, a=A, bend=U=>grimly held around a bend = H(AU)LED)
25 Field of study of a realtor (4) AREA (Container => A REAltor)

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The Hindu Crossword 8301 Solutions - by Vinod & Rajagopal

1 Dearly loved one puts out an exclamation from a West Bengal town (7) DARLING (exclamation=JEE, a West Bengal town=DARJEELING=>puts out an exclamation from a West Bengal town = DARJEELING-JEE)
5 Aboard ship a sailor is in the course of greeting masters (6) SAHIBS (ship=SS, a sailor=AB, greeting=HI=>Aboard ship a sailor is in the course of greeting = S(A(HI)B)S)
9 Secure framework? (5) TRUSS (Dbl Def)
10 Which one has to sign oneself (9) AUTOGRAPH (Direct)
11 Head in Germany thought creatively (7) NOODLED (Head=NOODLE, Germany=D => NOODLE+D)
12 Mail P.R.O. posted to an Italian personage (7) PALMIRO (Mail P.R.O. posted = ana. MAIL+PRO)
13 Young women lose their heads over fools (5) ASSES (Young women=LASSES=>Young women lose their heads = LASSES-S)
14 Looks not left to parade order (4,5) EYES RIGHT (Looks=EYES, not left=RIGHT)
16 Lips extol excitedly those that try to predict an electoral outcome (4,5) EXIT POLLS (Lips extol excitedly=ana. LIPS+EXTOL)
19 Medic throws out a proclamation (5) EDICT (Container => mEDIC Throws)
21 PAC return to sort out those holding hostages (7) CAPTORS (PAC return=CAP, sort out=ana. SORT=TORS => CAP+TORS)
23 Tom comes back with lite version that is producing a sensation (7) TACTILE (Tom=CAT=>Tom comes back=TAC, lite version=TILE=>Tom comes back with lite version = TAC+TILE)
24 Funds of former examiner, we hear (9) EXCHEQUER (former=EX, examiner=CHECKER=>former examiner, we hear = homonym of EX+CHECKER)
25 All but bring in company to the Greek lawgiver (5) DRACO (bring=DRAW=>all but bring=DRAW-W=DRA, company=CO => GRA+CO)
26 Has not changed a given name (6) ASHTON (Has not changed = ana. HAS+NOT)
27 Tires running inside the ship to find relatives (7) SISTERS (Tires running=ana. TIRES=ISTER, ship=SS=>Tires running inside the ship = S(ISTER)S)

1 They promote union between man and woman (6,8) DATING AGENCIES (Direct)
2 Loud and rough, the Karnataka man gave company to you and me (7) RAUCOUS (the Karnataka man=RAU, company=CO, you and me=US => RAU+CO+US)
3 Treats rudely the fashionable sultans without an arrangement (7) INSULTS (fashionable=IN, sultANs wihout AN arrangement=SULTS => IN+SULTS)
4 Room where the watchman sits? Not exactly! (5,4) GUARD CELL (Cryptic)
5 The way it's organised: a quarter to put up (5) SETUP (a quarter=SE, put up=reverse of PUT=TUP => SE+TUP)
6 Bargainer Hal and Greg tackled (7) HAGGLER (Hal and Greg tackled = ana. HAL+GREG)
7 Relation about each going in to fetch (7) BEARING (each=EA, to fetch=BRING=>each going in to fetch=EA in BRING = B(EA)RING)
8 Cast away — but is it any use to the canines? (5,2,3,4) THROW TO THE DOGS (Cryptic subsidiary indication)
15 Yes, master, offer payment by instalments (4,5) EASY TERMS (Yes, master, offer = ana. YES+MASTER)
17 Mischievous boy plays a role that influences strongly (7) IMPACTS (Mischievous boy=IMP, plays a role=ACTS => IMP+ACTS)
18 Conceive of a planned undertaking (7) PROJECT (Dbl Def)
19 Foreign monetary units C.Os. used recklessly (7) ESCUDOS (C.Os. used recklessly = ana. COS+USED)
20 I am at one gallery to copy (7) IMITATE (I am=IM, one=I, gallery=TATE => I am at one gallery=IM+I+TATE)
22 Reject the special container (5) SPURN (special=SP, container=URN => SP+URN)

Friday, May 20, 2005

The Hindu Crossword 8298 Solutions - by Vinod & Rajagopal

1 It is proverbially poor (11) CHURCHMOUSE (Cryptic Def - ref. to the proverb 'as poor as a churchmouse')
9 Strike because the hair is removed? (4-3) LOCK OUT (hair=LOCK, removed=OUT)
10 Encroachments by one on northern thoroughfares (7) INROADS (one=I, northern=N, thoroughfares=ROADS => I+N+ROADS)
11 Player (man) to swim for pleasure (5) BATHE (Player=BAT, man=HE => BAT+HE)
12 One who is next door to you (9) NEIGHBOUR (Direct)
13 Extraordinary persons don't start embarrassing mistakes (5) ONERS (embarassing mistakes=GONERS??=>don't start embarrassing mistakes = GONERS-G)
15 One who communicates with lean girls in a way (9) SIGNALLER (lean girls in a way = ana. LEAN+GIRLS)
18 Alert Cole to reform a kind of college (9) ELECTORAL (Alert Cole to reform = ana. ALERT+COLE)
21 Head for room? (5) ATTIC (Dbl Def)
22 Bends over even as one shares accommodation? (7,2) DOUBLES UP (Dbl Def)
24 Experience of a Pole in the gallery (5) TASTE (a Pole=S, gallery=TATE=>a Pole in the gallery=S in TATE = TA(S)TE)
26 Mistake in the garden? (7) BLOOMER (Dbl def. - 1. Mistake 2. in the garden (cryptic def))
27 Nothing, the French in the boat is rich (7) OPULENT (Nothing=O, the french=LE, boat=PUNT=>the French in the boat=LE in PUNT=PU(LE)NT => O+PULENT)
28 How one goes in submission (2,4,5) ON ONES KNEES (Direct)

1 Jail accountant lax about a follower (9) CALABOOSE (accountant=CA, lax=LOOSE, a follower=follower of A=B=>lax about a follower=L(B)OOSE=> that only gives CALBOOSE. An A is missing. Looks like we have typo here)
2 Peacekeepers' share is complete (5) UNCUT (Peacekeeper=UN, share=CUT => UN+CUT)
3 Group of people having no open mind (6,3) CLOSED SET
4 Pairings out of which an issue may result (7) MATINGS (Dbl Def)
5 Joining in marriage, perhaps (7) UNITING (Direct)
6 The abode of mortals (5) EARTH (Direct)
7 Two align together to make a sleeping-car (5-3) WAGON-LIT (Two align together to make = ana. TWO+ALIGN)
8 Thinker doesn't begin to be a consumer (4) USER (Thinker=MUSER=>Thinker doesn't begin = MUSER-M)
14 One who has the will power, no doubt (8) EXECUTOR (Cryptic Def. - One who has a will power = one who has the power to execute a will)
16 As made quickly and dishonestly to grow rich (1,4,4) A FAST BUCK (Direct)
17 See, Carter somehow revives (9) RECREATES (See, Carter somehow = ana. SEE+CARTER)
19 So I roar about an Argentine town (7) ROSARIO (So I roar about = ana. SO+I+ROAR)
20 Friend goes up: nothing to cuddle (3-4) LAP LOVE (Friend=PAL=>Friend goes up=LAP, nothing=LOVE)
22 Of the French bees — they are inapt workers (4) DUBS (Of the French=DU, bees=B's=BS => DU+BS)
23 Forgotten state (5) LIMBO (Direct)
25 Foreign national to marry in the South-East (5) SWEDE (to marry=WED, South-East=SE=>to marry in the South-East = S(WED)E)

Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Hindu Crossword 8297 Solutions - by Vinod & Rajagopal

Phew, finally, after all these days of unspeakable and ineluctable torment, it's a different compiler. An easy grid. Enjoyable nevertheless.

1 Curt gibe about a zoo baby (5,3) TIGER CUB (Curt gibe about = ana. CURT GIBE)
5 Leaps over safes? (6) VAULTS (Dbl Def)
9 Train chaps to be Cinderella's accompaniers to the ball (8) COACHMEN (Dbl Def)
10 Airplane trip involves fifty in a squabble (6) FLIGHT (fifty=L, squabble=FIGHT=>fifty in a squabble= L in FIGHT = F(L)IGHT)
12 One to observe a children's game (1,3) I SPY (One=I, to observe=SPY)
13 A candid set hoisted as runners (10) CANDIDATES (A candid set hoisted = ana. A+CANDID+SET)
15 Quarter to the identical seed (6) SESAME (Quarter=SE, identical=SAME => SE+SAME)
17 Confine a poet? (5) POUND (Dbl Def)
20 About conclusion, at a stretch (2,3) ON END (Dbl Def)
21 Warns hesitantly about Oriental response (6) ANSWER (Warns hesitantly=ana. WARNS=ANSWR, Oriental=E=>Warns hesitantly about Oriental=ANSWR about E = ANSW(E)R)
24 A government that overly shepherds its citizens (5,5) NANNY STATE (Direct)
27 Pole, be lenient endlessly (4) SPAR (be lenient=SPARE=>be lenient endlessly = SPARE-E)
29 Girl brings the learner to Mother (6) THELMA (the=THE, learner=L, Mother=MA=>brings the learner to Mother = THE+L+MA)
30 Desperate final effort in the home stretch, perhaps (4,4) LAST GASP (Direct)
31 Detesting the witch going round a box (6) HATING (witch=HAG, box=TIN=>witch going round a box=HAG around TIN = HA(TIN)G)
32 Direct the view doing the rounds about revolutionary art (8) STRAIGHT (view=SIGHT, revolutionary art=reverse of ART=TRA=>view doing the rounds about revolutionary art=SIGHT around TRA = S(TRA)IGHT)

1 Strategic plan to perform in the grip of a nervous complaint (6) TACTIC (perform=ACT, nervous complaint=TIC=>perform in the grip of a nervous complaint=ACT in TIC = T(ACT)IC)
2 Relative may behave violently in Georgia (6) GRAMPA (behave voilently=RAMP, georgia=GA=>behave violently in Georgia=RAMP in GA = G(RAMP)A)
3 Demon in Agra humbled (4) RAHU (Container => agRA HUmbled)
4 Superior meal cooked up for a body of Muslim scholars (5) ULEMA (Superior=U, meal cooked up=ana. MEAL=LEMA => U+LEMA)
6 Suffered ill-health as one deli dished up wrongly (5) AILED (one=A, deli dished up wrongly=ana. DELI=ILED => A+ILED)
7 Begins to smoke after an easily assimilated drink (6,2) LIGHTS UP (easily assimilated=LIGHT, drink=SUP)
8 Stop to allot a task to a team (3,5) SET ASIDE (task=SET, a=A, team=SIDE => SET A+SIDE)
11 A god's farewells (6) ADIEUS (A=A, god's=DIEUS??)
14 Look after a number, a large number (4) SEED (a number=TEN, a large number=D => TEN+D)
16 Looks forward to a week on a sit-out (6) AWAITS (A=A, week=W, a sit out=ana. A+SIT=AITS => A+W+AITS)
17 Get ready advertising on the record (4) PREP (advertising=PR, record=EP => PR+EP)
18 First-rate (3-5) TOP-NOTCH (Direct)
19 Most miniature settee in order (8) TEENIEST (settee in order = ana. SETTEE+IN)
22 Jumped as the Superintendent of Police called (6) SPRANG (Superintendent of Police=SP, called=RANG)
23 Royal Marines in a mine, the least desirable place (6) ARMPIT (Royal Marines=RM, a=A, mine=PIT=>Royal Marines in a mine = A(RM)PIT)
25 Country where persons who always agree have no shred of shame (5) YEMEN (persons who always agree=YESMEN, shred of Shame=S=>persons who always agree have no shred of shame = YESMEN-S)
26 Stretch a treatise (5) TRACT (Dbl Def)
28 "Fragrant oil" not right! "Flour" is! (4) ATTA (Fragrant oil=ATTAR=>Fragrant oil not right=ATTAR-R)

Monday, May 16, 2005

The Hindu Crossword 2604 Solutions

1 Leader of such a quiet band (4) SASH (Leader of such=S, a=A, quiet=SH => S+A+SH)
3 Garland - girl on set (5,5) DAISY CHAIN (girl=DAISY, set=CHAIN)
10 Seaman's single shellfish (7) ABALONE (Seaman=AB, single=ALONE => AB+ALONE)
11 Language used by last in queue is apt (7) GERMANE (Language=GERMAN, last in queuE=E=>Language used by last in queue = GERMAN+E)
12 Admonish travelling salesman, chap stopping to deliver (9) REPRIMAND (travelling salesman=REP, chap=MAN, to deliver=RID=>chap stopping to deliver = RI(MAN)D=>travelling salesman, chap stopping to deliver = REP+RIMAND)
13 Key from a ring (5) ATOLL (a=A, ring=TOLL => A+TOLL)
14 Close and hot in Greece and Spain? Possibly (12) CHEESEPARING (hot=H, Greece=GREECE, Spain=SPAIN=>hot in Greece and Spain? Possibly = ana. H+GREECE+SPAIN)
18 Morsel, pretty fancy for Mother Carey's chicken (6,6) STORMY PETREL (Morsel, pretty fancy = ana. MORSEL+PRETTY)
21 Dye girl applied to front of head, then back (5) HENNA (girl=ANNE, front of head=H=>girl applied to front of head, then back = rev. of ANNE+H)
22 Fair treatment abroad, without delay (5,4) RIGHT AWAY (Fair treatment=RIGHT, abroad=AWAY)
24 Willingly study? One's extremely lazy (7) READILY (study=READ, One=I, extremely LazY=LY => READ+I+LY))
25 Where one may see fighter pilots in sky, low (3,4) AIR BASE (sky=AIR, low=BASE)
26 After much delay in a stall, got racing (all bar one) (2,4,4) AT LONG LAST (in a stall, got racing=ana. IN+A+STALL+GOT, all bar one suggests removal of I => ana. N+A+LONG+LAST)
27 Aquatic mammal in close (4) SEAL (Dbl Def)

1 Plant fake diamond (8) SHAMROCK (fake=SHAM, diamond=ROCK => SHAM+ROCK)
2 Keen group brought round instruments (5-3) SHARP-SET (group=SET, instruments=HARPS=>group brought round instruments = S(HARPS)ET)
4 Runs after a girl in park (5) A_E_A
5 Good in bread? Yes, processed cheese (4,5) SAGE DERBY (Good=G, Bread=BREAD, Yes=YES=>Good in bread? Yes, processed = ana. G+BREAD+YES)
6 A scolding from one's wife in retirement? (7,7) CURTAIN LECTURE (Direct?)
7 High explosive found in dam at Oldham (6) AMATOL (Container => dAM+AT+OLdham)
8 Goad a pointer (6) NEEDLE (Dbl Def)
9 West Indian, inside Union Station, relaxed with Catch-22? (2-3,9) NO-WIN SITUATION (West Indian=WI, Union Station, relaxed=ana. UNION+STATION=NON SITUATION=>West Indian, inside Union Station, relaxed = NO(WIN) SITUATION)
15 Picture of boy in doorway (9) PORTRAYAL (boy=RAY, doorway=PORTAL=>boy in doorway = PORT(RAY)AL)
16 British law one breaks supplying bottled beer (5,3) BROWN ALE (British=BR, law one breaks=ana. LAW+ONE=OWN ALE => BR+OWN ALE)
17 Create havoc in stage show - he will, shortly (4,4) PLAY HELL (stage show=PLAY, he will shortly=HE'LL=HELL)
19 Himalayan mountain guide's turn of phrase? (6) SHERPA (turn of phrase = ana. PHRASE)
20 Call for English translation of Latin (6) ENTAIL (English=E, translation of Latin=ana. LATIN=NTAIL => E+NTAIL)
23 See head of glamour girl in mirror (5) GLASS (head of Glamour=G, girl=LASS => G+LASS)

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

The Hindu Crossword 8290 Solutions - by Vinod & Rajagopal

1 Reserve money, a cerebral principle (11) FUNDAMENTAL (Reserve money=FUND, a=A, cerebral=MENTAL)
9 Bath for the pig? Nonsense (7) HOGWASH (pig=HOG, bath=WASH)
10 Bit of embroidery is more than sufficient in the borders of sweater (7) SAMPLER (more than sufficient=AMPLE, borders of SweateR=SR=>more than sufficient in the borders of sweater = S(AMPLE)R)
11 Boy in charge of sound (5) SONIC (Boy=SON, in charge=IC)
12 Bloomer by a star, female, junior (9) SUNFLOWER (a star=SUN, female=F, junior=LOWER)
13 Stopper in an Irish county (4) CORK (Dbl Def)
15 Unpredictable boy sheltered a pest (7) ERRATIC (boy=ERIC, pest=RAT=>boy sheltered a pest = ER(RAT)IC)
19 He (or she) plans an intrigue (7) SCHEMER (Direct)
20 Festival, Indian style (4) MELA (Direct)
24 Source of warmth at home (9) FIREPLACE (Direct)
25 The incongruity of hard metal with a trace of yttrium (5) IRONY (hard metal=IRON, trace of Yttrium=Y)
27 Time to get back in before the hermit (7) EREMITE (time to get back=rev. of TIME=EMIT,before=ERE=>Time to get back in before = ER(EMIT)E)
28 Encroach upon 22 scattering around parking (7) IMPINGE (22 scattering=ana. GEMINI, parking=P=>22 scattering around parking=ana. GEMINI+P)
29 Miserly, drunk and hit (11) TIGHTFISTED (drunk=TIGHT, hit=FISTED)

1 Boring task at home for Dickensian character (5) FAGIN (Boring task=FAG, at home=IN)
2 On cue, Ann is distracted by a nicety (6) NUANCE (cue, Ann is distracted = ana. CUE+ANN)
3 Astounded by a ghost with change of heart (6) AGHAST (a=A, ghOst with a change of heart=replace O with A=GHAST)
4 Where the Spanish sound off when asleep — around one Danish castle (8) ELSINORE (the Spanish=EL, sound off when asleep=SNORE, one=I=>the Spanish sound off when asleep — around one = EL+S(I)NORE)
5 A South Indian confuses a militant no end (8) TAMILIAN (confuses a militant no end = ana. A+MILITANT-T)
6 Pure as a flower, honourable (4-5) LILY-WHITE (Dbl Def)
7 Branch of science reportedly giving sparkle to ICs (7) PHYSICS (sparkle=FIZZ=>reportedly giving sparkle=homonym of sparkle=PHYS, ICs=ICS)
8 Big number found right in the centre (5) CRORE (right=R, centre=CORE=>right in the centre=C(R)ORE)
14 Tending to be repeated on stream (9) RECURRENT (stream=CURRENT)
16 Dangling the carrot? (8) TEMPTING (Direct)
17 Warning to be prepared for danger — from a socialist (3,5) RED ALERT (Socialist=RED)
18 Mineral, a source of barium (7) BARYTES (Direct)
21 Tender proposal (5) OFFER (Dbl Def)
22 The sign of the twins (6) GEMINI (Direct)
23 Marine creature that is flabby, alien (6) LIMPET (flabby=LIMP, alient=ET)
26 Admitted into a brown edifice (5) OWNED (Container => brOWN EDifice)

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

The Hindu Crossword 8289 Solutions - by Vinod & Rajagopal

1 Reducing fat in the bakery (10) SHORTENING (Direct)
7 A group of people in a competition (4) RACE (Dbl Def)
9 Logs left by Brown (6) LUMBER (left=L, brown=UMBER => L+UMBER)
10 Stashing away a billboard (8) HOARDING (Dbl Def)
11 Support for spouse Al abandoned (8) ESPOUSAL (spouse Al abandoned = ana. SPOUSE+AL)
12 Old Primates imitate human (6) APEMEN (imitate=APE, human=MEN => APE+MEN)
13 Desperate note in French-African party (7) FRANTIC (note=TI, French=FR, African party=ANC=>note in French-African party = FR+AN(TI)C))
16 Apply a coat to metal — to aid one's improvement (7) ANODISE (aid one's improvement = ana. AID+ONES)
17 Leader of pianists, I deserved to be copied (7) PIRATED (Leader of pianists=P, I=I, deserved=RATED => P+I+RATED)
19 Attendant on flight poured water into empty sideboard (7) STEWARD (poured water=TEWAR, empty SideboarD=SD=>poured water into empty sideboard = S(TEWAR)D)
22 How to embrace everyone and venerate (6) HALLOW (How=HOW, everyone=ALL=>How to embrace everyone = H(ALL)OW)
23 Ornament that could get fiery in South Africa (8) NECKLACE (??)
26 Hypertension, for instance: I'd cure it somehow with this (8) DIURETIC (I'd cure it somehow = ana. ID+CURE+IT)
27 Weapon included in unfair gunnery practice (3,3) AIR GUN (Container => unfAIR GUNnery)
28 Soon to be incognito (4) ANON
29 Ceasing to work may fatigue people put in to soak (10) RETIREMENT (fatigure=TIRE, people=MEN, soak=RET=>fatigue people put in to soak = RE(TIRE+MEN)T)

2 Time that belongs to us, they say (5) HOURS (that belongs to us=OURS=>that belongs to us, they say = homonym of OURS)
3 Apply polish below and prepare for painting (3,4) RUB DOWN (Apply polish=RUB, below=DOWN)
4 Money, a bad ruse to suppress love (5) EUROS (bad ruse=EURS, love=O=>bad ruse to suppress love = EUR(O)S)
5 Breathe in (6) INHALE (Direct)
6 Indian state gets time to be contrary (2,7) GO AGAINST (Indian state=GOA, gets=GAINS, time=T=>Indian state gets time = GOA+GAINS+T)
7 Person with a revolutionary top? (7) REDHEAD (revolutionary=RED, top=HEAD)
8 He makes admissions, or may hear them (9) CONFESSOR (Dbl Def)
14 A trio in UN, odd cause of collapse (9) RUINATION (A trio in UN, odd = ana. A+TRIO+IN+UN)
15 Cold drink in its solid and liquid forms, containing a drop of daiquiri (4,5) ICED WATER (solid and liquid forms=ICE WATER, drop of daiquiri=D=>solid and liquid forms, containing a drop of daiquiri = ICE(D) WATER)
18 Broadcast in progress about the French controller of lateral balance (7) AILERON (Broadcast=AIR, in progress=ON, the French=LE=>Broadcast in progress about the French = AIR+ON about LE = AI(LE)RON)
20 Gulp down butter and find tungsten (7) WOLFRAM (Gulp=WOLF, butter=RAM => WOLF+RAM)
21 Dam in Tamil Country with a crazy aunt in charge (6) ANICUT (crazy aunt in charge = ana. AUNT+IC(in charge))
24 Seat in a rich airline lounge (5) CHAIR (Container => riCH AIRline)
25 Turn milk into butter (5) CHURN (Direct)