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TIB #5 – At our vit’s ends

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TIB #5

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Across – Cryptonyte

1ย  Backyard’s surrounding is a royal mess (8)
5ย  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

1ย  Spectacular Esmeralda, ageless maiden (6)
2ย  Without getting caught, charge penalties (9)
3ย  A risk involving stunt? Or a leisure? (7,8)
4ย  Debt may be rarer when providing cover (7)
6ย  Gather exotic stories including many rare articles (10,5)
7ย  Lock reinforcement still absent (5)
8ย  Exquisite crystal carved by girl, young girl (3,5)
9ย  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

Solutions to TIB #4 -Even Sevens
TIB #4 Solutions
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Written by Cryptonyte

June 5, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Posted in Crossword grid

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  1. Re 28ac Men swear they are!

    Chaturvasi

    June 5, 2009 at 4:40 pm

  2. Across

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

    Down

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

    Nimish

    June 6, 2009 at 11:37 am

  3. Forgot this:
    20 Soft toy for kids? Thatโ€™s gibberish! (7) PRATTLE

    Nimish

    June 6, 2009 at 11:38 am

  4. Across:
    11. R E{COL}LECT
    14. DO{ING*}S
    15. EN TAIL S
    18. PASSOUT
    24. STAB{I}LISE* (-L)
    26. E{X}ALT*

    Down:
    2. SANCTIONS
    4. A{RREAR*}S
    7. (-BUT)TRESS
    9. SCHEME [T]
    16. IN ST{IG<-}ATE
    21. SECTOR[2]

    Aim Undefined

    June 8, 2009 at 9:01 am

  5. ACROSS
    5. A(-S)CETIC
    10.MANES(T)
    13.EASE L
    15.EN TAILS
    20.PURI ST
    22.NASAL
    24.STABILISE*
    25.TRE{ATME*}NT
    DOWN
    6. COLLECT (ORSITE(M)S)*
    7. (-BUT)TRESS
    8. CUT G LASS
    16.IN ST(IG<-)ATE
    19.TASSEL
    20.P RATTLE

    Sridhar

    June 8, 2009 at 1:42 pm

  6. Ac:
    Disarray, Acetic, Manes, Recollect, Extricate, Easel, Doings, Entails, Pass out, Purist, Nasal, Stabilise, Treatment, Exalt, Rented, Menswear

    Dn:
    Damsel, Sanctions, Russian roulette, Arrears, Collector’s items, Tress, Cut glass, Scheme, Instigate, Spinster, Tassel, Prattle, Sector, Stein

    Phalgun

    June 11, 2009 at 12:12 am

  7. Another good grid. Didn’t get time this weekend to solve and got busy at work during the week too. Left with 2/3 clues to crack but posting the ones I was able to get.
    Across โ€“ Cryptonyte

    1 Backyardโ€™s surrounding is a royal mess (8) DISARRAY ๐Ÿ™‚
    5 Having lost focus towards the end, hermitโ€™s sour (6) ACETIC ๐Ÿ™‚ didn’t get the homonym indicator.
    10 Might a now emasculated Samson had initially? (5) MANES ๐Ÿ™‚ good one. Vinu’s style of clue
    11 Retrieve and pick a pass inside, past Ronaldoโ€™s head (9) RECOLLECT ๐Ÿ™‚
    12 To free from entanglement is a passe illusion almost at the brink of extinction (9) EXTRICATE ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
    13 Frame still landscape at first (5) EASEL
    14 Conduct parties with gin cocktail (6)
    15 Means for dogs to follow directions (7)
    18 Evenly sprays as locusts distribute (4,3) PASS OUT ๐Ÿ™‚
    20 Om for instance, the path for one who seeks perfection (6) PURIST ๐Ÿ™‚ another good one
    22 Are prima donnas allowed to possess such a twang? (5) NASAL ๐Ÿ™‚
    24 To bring the situation under control, one enters bastilles revolting to free fifty (9) STABILISE ๐Ÿ™‚
    25 Medical attention for team falling into a river (9) TREATMENT ๐Ÿ™‚
    26 Praise for misconstrued tale about Christ (5) EXALT ๐Ÿ™‚
    27 Ripped off! Journalist borrowed! (6)
    *28 Are sewn to be worn by male? (8) MENSWEAR ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Down โ€“ Diogenes

    1 Spectacular Esmeralda, ageless maiden (6) DAMSEL ๐Ÿ™‚ good one
    2 Without getting caught, charge penalties (9)
    3 A risk involving stunt? Or a leisure? (7,8) RUSSIAN ROULETTE ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
    4 Debt may be rarer when providing cover (7) ARREARS ๐Ÿ™‚
    6 Gather exotic stories including many rare articles (10,5) COLLECTORS ITEMS ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
    7 Lock reinforcement still absent (5) TRESS ๐Ÿ™‚
    8 Exquisite crystal carved by girl, young girl (3,5) CUT GLASS ๐Ÿ™‚
    9 Engineer, Porsche mechanic at heart (6) SCHEME ๐Ÿ™‚
    16 At home country, American soldier turns in to provoke (9) INSTIGATE ๐Ÿ™‚ another good one
    17 Nurse, one going out for a peg, unattached one (8) SPINSTER ๐Ÿ™‚
    19 An accessory for the blind? (6) TASSEL ๐Ÿ™‚ good cryptic clue
    20 Soft toy for kids? Thatโ€™s gibberish! (7) PRATTLE
    21 School or division (6) SECTOR
    23 Mug shot key in giving away the habitual offender (5)

    Anand

    June 12, 2009 at 11:20 am

  8. Got them all except:
    23 Mug shot key in giving away the habitual offender (5)
    I know the answer now but totally do not get it ( beyond the meaning of the word I mean!)
    Didn’t get 27 across either but that’s coz I am dumb

    Aruna

    June 12, 2009 at 7:41 pm


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