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TIB #8 – Whodunit

with 21 comments

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As per Shuchi’s request, this edition of TIB has no bylines. As usual, one set is clued by Diogenes and the other by Cryptonyte. Feel free to guess who clued which part in the comments section.

The online-solvable version is now available here.

Across

1  A native camera shot one’s taken in noon (8)
6  One’s somewhat overhead but one can’t fly (4)
8  Flogged a rascal around Nebraska (5)
9  One enjoys making oneself smart (9)
11 A drink outlet, popular one (7)
12 Sketch in poor light about a good artist (7)
13 What may provide cover for household property? (10)
15 In the morning, fine to be in a frenzy (4)
17 Go before communist’s sacrificed the crown (4)
19 Pose a threat to panther one’s left off in the outskirts of jungle (10)
22 Offensive feeling reciprocated when son leaves for model (7)
24 American company left in the bottom of Fortune list (7)
25 Ample space to drop anchor after a joint (9)
26 Legends of English movies (5)
27 Break up leaving a side on the street? (4)
28 Improves attempt to switch sides in a truthful manner (8)

Down

2  Parade held against the ruler (7)
Pierces again causing blood-coloured streams (8)
4  Dedicate t-shirt to a group (9)
5  Pried into agreement about state’s borders (5)
Are face beautifications essentially based on skin tone? (6)
Wisecrack about chucking pie gets a good hit (7)
8  Rise to criticize the church and you’ll get what you deserve (11)
10 They have a stop-start career (11)
14 For every retired pilot is a serviceman (9)
16
They may make much noise at night game, towards the end of the innings (8)
18
Protection for the finger or the limb when injured (7)
20 Maiden’s signature (7)
21
Confuse firm’s second tier network (6)
23
He covers the policeman’s back for some time (5)

Solutions to TIB #7

Written by Cryptonyte

June 26, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Posted in Crossword grid

TIB #7 – The Late Edition

with 19 comments

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– Chaturvasi Sir has  reviewed TIB 6 in detail. Solutions, Overall commentsAcross, Down. Thanks a lot sir.

– Sorry for the delay in posting this grid, Cryptonyte took longer than usual to defeat superman. Hope you enjoy the puzzle. Cheers

Easy-to-solve-online version available here.

Across – Diogenes

1 Still having something to say in the mail? (7,8)
9 Excited a lover (6)
10 For reorganizations’ sake, push all over the place (5-3)
11 Out-and-out rival crossing the line (8)
14 Having the will to give up tea holdings (6)
17 How one may travel to a lecture at Wharton? (8,5)
20 With more than a couple of edges there, out in an embarrassing position (5-8)
23 Reportedly a film editor’s device (6)
25 It repeatedly comes up in an orderly appeal (8)
28 This is how to improve our stock (8)
29 A hair raising experience might end with this (6)
30 Somehow sensed the drink had a human quality (15)

Down – Cryptonyte

2 Rush seeing werewolf nibble up entrails (6)
3 Model on the catwalk or a streetwalker? (5)
4 An administrator to veer off course (5)
5 A ticket to the orient is not so great anymore (5)
6 Ability to maintain balance on a ship comes from ageless sailing (3,4)
7 Sharper note with a lot of feeling (5)
8 One gives out sender’s IP in encrypted form (9)
12 Fabricated lies about a shred of linen in clothing material (5)
13 Fly down to ball dance (5)
15 Cumbersome, weekends are taken away for a grant (5)
16 Hernando the explorer’s summit as it were (2,2,5)
17 Some lamb getting round in the shed (5)
18 In the past a crime was taken to the church (5)
19 Dog, 101 of rare geographic origins roped in (5)
21 Gun’s hollow case with brain-blowing insides (7)
22 Attraction surrounding the Spanish resorts (6)
24 Mail across some money to disburse (5)
25 One pretends to be a toughie (5)
26 Savour the flavour (5)
27 Not one of a kind author? (5)

TIB#6 Solutions

Written by Cryptonyte

June 21, 2009 at 5:04 am

Posted in Crossword grid

TIB #6

with 14 comments

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Easy-to-solve-online version available here

Across – Diogenes

1 Unlike some Europeans, they attract (8,5)
9 John not accommodating one for rent (2,3)
10 Thinning not seen often, resistance not offered to cooking in oil (9)
11 A bird acts up, wild owl (7)
12 Carry out murder (7)
13 What you might call a bearer for…a tot? (8)
15 Confusion for all to see when followers are upset (5)
17 Produce small prunes (5)
19 Innkeeper’s head office starting out of studio (8)
22 What you may beat when you are beaten (7)
23 Give approval for a copyright petition (7)
25 Rascal caught with partner taking booty around (9)
26 A token of peace and love – wickedness overthrown! (5)
27 Thrills come greeting in strange relaxations (13)

Down – Cryptonyte

1 An order to arrest labourers at the beginning of strike? That’s stupid (6)
2 A bit of kink shows up after much of pole dance (5)
3 Calms down group as left back gets two points (7)
4 Quit as from a dead ball situation he let two shockingly (5,2,3,5)
5 An ideal street commando is one who is unknown (7,8)
6 They bring up weighty matters (7)
7 Model hugging a model to arouse (9)
8 Fiery policeman, one far removed from the wicked (7)
14 Change opinion regarding appearance (5,4)
16 A player reacts bitterly to sledging at first (7)
18 Quiet! Take note, gangster is at junction. Move with care (7)
20 Part of gun not allowed in counter strike (7)
21 Parliamentarians’ head is hauled over the coals (6)
24 In a dialog, imagination is turned on its head my friend (5)
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Written by Cryptonyte

June 12, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Posted in Crossword grid

TIB #5 – At our vit’s ends

with 8 comments

TIB #5

The interactive version of the crossword is available here 🙂

Across – Cryptonyte

1  Backyard’s surrounding is a royal mess (8)
5  Having lost focus towards the end, hermit’s sour (6)
10 Might a now emasculated Samson had initially? (5)
11 Retrieve and pick a pass inside, past Ronaldo’s head (9)
12 To free from entanglement is a passe illusion almost at the brink of extinction (9)
13 Frame still landscape at first (5)
14 Conduct parties with gin cocktail (6)
15 Means for dogs to follow directions (7)
18 Evenly sprays as locusts distribute (4,3)
20 Om for instance, the path for one who seeks perfection (6)
22 Are prima donnas allowed to possess such a twang? (5)
24 To bring the situation under control, one enters bastilles revolting to free fifty (9)
25 Medical attention for team falling into a river (9)
26 Praise for misconstrued tale about Christ (5)
27 Ripped off! Journalist borrowed! (6)
*28 Are sewn to be worn by male? (8)

Down – Diogenes

1  Spectacular Esmeralda, ageless maiden (6)
2  Without getting caught, charge penalties (9)
3  A risk involving stunt? Or a leisure? (7,8)
4  Debt may be rarer when providing cover (7)
6  Gather exotic stories including many rare articles (10,5)
7  Lock reinforcement still absent (5)
8  Exquisite crystal carved by girl, young girl (3,5)
9  Engineer, Porsche mechanic at heart (6)
16 At home country, American soldier turns in to provoke (9)
17 Nurse, one going out for a peg, unattached one (8)
19 An accessory for the blind? (6)
20 Soft toy for kids? That’s gibberish! (7)
21 School or division (6)
23 Mug shot key in giving away the habitual offender (5)

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*Diogenes’ clue

Written by Cryptonyte

June 5, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Posted in Crossword grid