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TIB #3 – Two starters essentially

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Update: Now you can solve this crossword in a better way here (Thanks a ton to Nimish Adani for pointing us to this site)

Across – Cryptonyte

1 Money a person gives inconspicuously to keep quiet (5,4,4)

10 What’s depression by the way? (7)

*11 In the third of books, a plant that does not yield fruit is thrown into the fire (7)

12 Challenged legislators lose to a vendor (9)

13 Former Indian captain last out after duck, a brute! (5)

14 Lying down, consuming three quarters of port having been laid off (7)

16 Position of diamonds around fingertip (6)

19 It’s awesome to drink beer at sea when direction is lost (6)

21 Lilliputians possibly spy about Gulliver’s head – many interesting experiments initially (7)

25 Be chauvinists essentially (5)

26 An organization that isn’t suitable for paid players? (9)

28 Warrior from Asia struggling to get Mercenary Union right (7)

29 Turn endless pain into a source of strength for ‘sailorman’ (7)

30 They steal from the pocket! Animals in a way (13)

Down – Diogenes

2  Up to the time when peacekeepers overturn the core of militia (5)

3  One may trade in the capital for publicity (7)

4  Unfair a person’s died in a riot (3-5)

5  Food that can be trusted not to include starters (6)

6  Elevator not on the ascent (7)

7  It’s common for every travel permit to be rejected in Venezuela (9)

8  Jerk beginning to send in unwanted correspondence (5)

9  What kosher ones have for starters? (7)

15 A follower takes it up in a new psalm of initiation (9)

17 Abuse according to some extremists (7)

18 Where to invest in PE? Gains may come about (7)

20 What’s needed right when tom doesn’t start to catch? (7)

22 A cocktail party essentially, with little outside (7)

23 Anil, for instance, doing one with spin (6)

24 Restless like a dog losing its head (5)

27 Foreign money rushed into soccer association (5)

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*“Indeed the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; so every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” Luke 3:9

Solutions to TIB #2

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Written by Cryptonyte

May 22, 2009 at 10:36 am

Posted in Crossword grid

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  1. Ok Guys. This was fun!

    Please to explain:
    Sash,Sedate, criterion,fees
    Thanks!

    Aruna

    May 22, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    • Band remains close to circus at first (4) Close to circuS = S, Remains = ASH.
      Pacific ocean has many eaters in the main (6) Ocean = Sea, Many = D, eaTErs in the main = TE. Pacific = Sedate
      Model commentator loses head in coin toss (9) C{(-w)RITER}ION*
      Iron ores without gold deposits (4)Iron = Fe, gold = OR. FE{-OR}ES= deposits

      Thanks Aruna 🙂

      cryptonyte

      May 23, 2009 at 3:03 am

  2. 1 Money a person gives inconspicuously to keep quiet (5,4,4) PURSE ONES LIPS
    10 What’s depression by the way? (7) POTHOLE
    *11 In the third of books, a plant that does not yield fruit is thrown into the fire (7) INFERNO
    12 Challenged legislators lose to a vendor (9) SALESGIRL
    13 Former Indian captain last out after duck, a brute! (5) OKAPI
    14 Lying down, consuming three quarters of port having been laid off (7) ABORTED
    16 Position of diamonds around fingertip (6) OFFICE
    19 It’s awesome to drink beer at sea when direction is lost (6) SUPERB
    21 Lilliputians possibly spy about Gulliver’s head – many interesting experiments initially (7) PYGMIES
    25 Be chauvinists essentially (5) EXIST
    26 An organization that isn’t suitable for paid players? (9) NON-PROFIT
    28 Warrior from Asia struggling to get Mercenary Union right (7) SAMURAI
    29 Turn endless pain into a source of strength for ’sailorman’ (7) SPINACH
    30 They steal from the pocket! Animals in a way (13) KLEPTOMANIACS

    Down – Diogenes

    2 Up to the time when peacekeepers overturn the core of militia (5) UNTIL
    3 One may trade in the capital for publicity (7) SPONSOR
    4 Unfair a person’s died in a riot (3-5) ONE-SIDED
    5 Food that can be trusted not to include starters (6) EDIBLE
    6 Elevator not on the ascent (7) LIFTOFF
    7 It’s common for every travel permit to be rejected in Venezuela (9) PERVASIVE
    8 Jerk beginning to send in unwanted correspondence (5) SPASM
    9 What kosher ones have for starters? (7) NOVICES
    15 A follower takes it up in a new psalm of initiation (9) BAPTISMAL
    17 Abuse according to some extremists (7) ASPERSE
    18 Where to invest in PE? Gains may come about (7) GYMNASIA
    20 What’s needed right when tom doesn’t start to catch? (7) RATTRAP
    22 A cocktail party essentially, with little outside (7) MARTINI
    23 Anil, for instance, doing one with spin (6) INDIGO
    24 Restless like a dog losing its head (5) ITCHY
    27 Foreign money rushed into soccer association (5) FRANC

    Nimish

    May 22, 2009 at 6:49 pm

  3. Clues I loved:
    Across: 10 (though I solved it just as a grid clue), 11, 26, 29
    Down: 4, 17, 22, 24

    Nimish

    May 23, 2009 at 4:36 am

  4. Cracked Grid 3. After attempting 2 grids, getting the hang of your clues. Posting the solutions with my comments : 1A – Purse one’s lips 10A – pothole 11A – inferno (FERN within IN O) – that was a toughie 13A – okapi – (O + KAPIL -L) – one of the best clue in this grid 🙂 🙂 🙂 14A – aborted 🙂 16A – office 19A – superb 🙂 21 A – pygmies 25 – exist 🙂 26A nonprofit 28A – samurai 29A – spinach. another great clue. “Popeye the sailorman” 30A – kleptomaniacs 🙂 2D – until 3D – sponsor 4D – one sided 🙂 5D – edible 🙂 6D – liftoff 7D – pervasive 8D – spasm 9D – novices 15D – baptismal 🙂 18 gymnasia 🙂 🙂 20 D rattrap – another wonderful clue 22D – martini 23D indigo 🙂 24D – itchy 27D – frank

    Anand

    May 23, 2009 at 9:56 am

  5. Thanks a lot for your help and comments. I’ll do my best to stay with this.

    Across.
    10. POTHOLE
    12. SALESGIRL*{-TO}
    14. AB{{-P}ORT}ED
    19. SUP ERB DRINK=SUP + (BEER – E)*
    21. PYGMIES {SPY+G +(M I E)}*
    26. NON-PROFIT?
    28. SAMURAI ASIA* + MU +R
    29. SPINACH TURN=SPIN+ACHE-{E)
    30. KLEPTOMANIACS*
    Down

    2. UN TIL TIL= MILITIA-MIIA<-
    3. SPONSER?
    4. ONE-SIDED PERSON'S = ONE'S +DIED*
    15. BAPTISMAL A follower is B + IT<- PSALM*
    20. RATTRAP _R {C}AT TRAP
    22. MARTINI ANNO?
    24. ITCHY {-B}ITCHY
    27. FRANC F{RAN}C

    Sridhar

    May 24, 2009 at 5:20 am

    • Sridhar, thanks for solving this.

      Sponsor is right.
      MARTINI anno – pARTy essentiall=ART, little=MINI

      diogeneb

      May 29, 2009 at 5:20 am

  6. Across – Cryptonyte

    1 PURSE ONES LIPS (purse one slips) Must say all your crosswords open stylishly, kudos
    10 POTHOLE [CD]
    *11 IN{FERN}O The clue works well when read with the footnote, but I think if the surface has to be explained it is too obscure for use. OK, I won’t object to a little setter’s license 🙂
    12 SALESGIRL* Nicely deceptive, one’s been conditioned to expect masculine words in the solution unless a ‘she’ occurs in the clue
    13 O KAPI{-l}
    14 AB{{-p}ORT}ED
    16 OF {F} ICE
    19 SUP ERB{-e}*
    21 PY{G M I E}S*
    25 {-s}EXIST{-s}
    26 NONPROFIT Nothing wrong but this wasn’t one of my favourite clues. Besides the enumeration should be (3-6) IMO. I know Tony that you’ll quote dictionary.com to show that (9) is fine 🙂 Chambers supports (3-6).
    28 SA{MU R}AI*
    29 SPIN ACH{-e} I like the definition
    30 KLEPTOMANIAC* Neat anagram!

    Down – Diogenes

    2 UN TIL<-
    3 SPONSOR [CD]
    4 ONE-S IDED*
    5 EDIBLE (anno?)
    6 LIFT OFF ('ascent' doing double-duty here? 'not on the ascent' = OFF and 'ascent' = LIFTOFF?)
    7 PER V{ASIV<-}E
    8 SPA{S}M Simple and elegant
    9 NO VICES Very nice cryptically, but surface is a bit awkward
    15 B AP{TI<-}SMAL*
    17 AS PER S{-om}E
    18 GYMNASIA*
    20 R {-c}AT TRAP &lit Good attempt!
    22 M{(-p)ART(-y)}INI
    23 ?N?I?O *still thinking*
    24 {-b}ITCHY Liked this
    27 F{RAN}C

    Shuchi

    May 25, 2009 at 4:45 pm


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