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TIB #9 – A stitch in time

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– Check the “Solutions to TIB #8” link for the answer to “Whodunit” (Most people got it   wrong 🙂 ) So here’s another chance for you to have a go at

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– The I-do-it Box featured on Desi Pundit

Across

1 Swinging both ways, group is split (6)
4 Serial is copied shamelessly (8)
9 The pope may be one for broadcast by the church (5)
10 Stock broker for instance, to run back on mixing up names (9)
11 Mostly light at the end of the tunnel is empty talk (4)
12 Live artist’s in the hillside (4)
13 A common feature possessed by all great he-men (5)
15 Cloth, bread and half a shelter for a dog without energy (7)
16 Wicket keeper giving extra (4)
19 Make waves at the top? (4)
20 Raise for a select group when one’s sacrificed to wall street recession (7)
23 Corrupt model isn’t American (5)
24 Feature star batsman South Africa’s missing (4)
25 Rose, pan to the east (4)
27 Past is softly fading away (9)
28 Really big award to second place finisher (5)
29 Tragedy caused by asteroids falling, leaving hole behind (8)
30 Indeed, the pen is full of spirit (6)

Down

1 Support bishop on key resolution (8)
2 Bird keeping an eagle eye around lake (8)
3 Get no professional treatment (4)
5 Devotee joining a church service (6,7)
6 Plant scattering wet berries (10)
7 Wet blanket having more moisture (6)
8 Fakes that I pay for in China (6)
10 Device, probably a numeric thing (6,7)
14 Adamant about having no time to fast? (10)
17 Wild boar head for a lady (8)
18 Where to get laid when late? (8)
21 One puts up with many a moron (6)
22 Brit oddly having mushrooms for muscles (6)
26 Suffer defeat when caught out in the end (4)

Solutions to TIB#8 – Whodunit.

Across – Diogenes

Down – Cryptonytetib8-solns

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Written by Cryptonyte

July 4, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Posted in Crossword grid

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  1. Across

    1 BI SECT
    4 EPISODIC*: I’m not convinced about ‘shamelessly’ for jumbling…how does it work?
    9 CH AIR
    10 TRAD<- ESMAN*
    11 BUL(-b) L
    12 B(RA)E
    13 THEME [T]: You could've dropped 'all'!
    15 NAN KE(E)N(-nel): Liked this. 'half a' is a giveaway though 🙂
    16 MORE dd
    19 HELM cd
    20 EL( -I + EVA<-)TE: Substitution of letters is tough to clue, well done here!
    23 T AIN'T
    24 (-sa)CHIN
    25 WOK E
    27 P RECEDING
    28 OBE S E: On first look I assumed this was one of the CWC discarded attempts, and with "really big=OS" for support I had no doubt – immediately filled in OSCAR 🙂
    29 DISASTER* – O: Very good clue
    30 FEI STY: But isn't indeed = FIE and not FEI?

    Down

    1 BACK B ON E: Great clue!
    2 STAR(-l)ING
    3 (-pro)CURE
    5 PRAYER MEETING
    6 SWEETBRIER*
    7 DAMPER dd
    8 C(ON ME)N: Very cleverly worded 🙂
    10 TURING MACHINE* Reminded me of a favourite subject from college
    14 RE LENT LESS
    17 BARO* NESS
    18 CEMETERY [CD]: Last one to go in, guess why. I was misreading the clue as "…when I ate?"
    21 STUP<- I D
    22 BI CEPS
    26 (-c)LOSE

    Shuchi

    July 4, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    • Indeed it’s FIE but I was looking for YEA STY 🙂

      cryptonyte

      July 11, 2009 at 4:13 pm

  2. The clues were enjoyable as always, but I felt that this grid isn’t too solver-friendly. The NW and SE parts don’t share enough crossings with the rest of the puzzle. I had around 80% of the answers in with the SE part remaining, but it was like starting off with an independent puzzle.

    Shuchi

    July 4, 2009 at 6:17 pm

  3. The setters’ names?

    I won’t give you a chance to pull my leg this time, Tony – no assured pronouncements 😀 I’ll verrry tentatively guess that Across is by Cryptonyte, Down by Diogenes.

    Reason? The leaning towards cricket and models in the Across set 😀

    Shuchi

    July 4, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    • You’ve got it right Shuchi. Well done 🙂

      cryptonyte

      July 10, 2009 at 2:53 pm

  4. Re 4ac. Can ‘serial’ lead to EPISODIC? Should it have been ‘of serial’?
    Though ‘serial’ is n., it is also adj. derived as it is from ‘series’.
    So for the adj EPISODIC, the def ‘serial’ is apt.
    The clue-writers here are quite careful and deserve better exposure.

    chaturvasi

    July 5, 2009 at 7:13 am

  5. Posting the solutions to this time’s grid. Immensely enjoyable. (Had cracked most of last week’s grid but didn’t get time to post the solutions)

    Alphabet soup for the cryptic soul
    TIB #9 – A stitch in time

    Across

    1 Swinging both ways, group is split (6) BISECT – good one
    4 Serial is copied shamelessly (8) EPISODIC 🙂
    9 The pope may be one for broadcast by the church (5) CHAIR
    10 Stock broker for instance, to run back on mixing up names (9) TRADESMAN
    11 Mostly light at the end of the tunnel is empty talk (4) BULL
    12 Live artist’s in the hillside (4) BRAE
    13 A common feature possessed by all great he-men (5) THEME
    15 Cloth, bread and half a shelter for a dog without energy (7) NANKEEN
    16 Wicket keeper giving extra (4) MORE
    19 Make waves at the top? (4) PERM
    20 Raise for a select group when one’s sacrificed to wall street recession (7) ELEVATE
    23 Corrupt model isn’t American (5) TAINT
    24 Feature star batsman South Africa’s missing (4) CHIN?
    25 Rose, pan to the east (4) WOKE (good one )
    27 Past is softly fading away (9) PRECEDING 🙂
    28 Really big award to second place finisher (5) OBESE
    29 Tragedy caused by asteroids falling, leaving hole behind (8) DISASTER 🙂
    30 Indeed, the pen is full of spirit (6) YEASTY

    Down

    1 Support bishop on key resolution (8) BACKBONE :-):-) real good one
    2 Bird keeping an eagle eye around lake (8) STARLING
    3 Get no professional treatment (4) CURE
    5 Devotee joining a church service (6,7) PRAYER MEETING :-):-):-)
    6 Plant scattering wet berries (10) SWEETBRIER :-)- good one but thought sweetbriar was the more common spelling used.
    7 Wet blanket having more moisture (6) DAMPER 🙂
    8 Fakes that I pay for in China (6) CONMEN ?
    10 Device, probably a numeric thing (6,7) TURING MACHINE
    14 Adamant about having no time to fast? (10) RELENTLESS
    17 Wild boar head for a lady (8) BARONESS :-):-) wonderful
    18 Where to get laid when late? (8) CEMETERY 🙂
    21 One puts up with many a moron (6) STUPID 🙂
    22 Brit oddly having mushrooms for muscles (6) BICEPS 🙂
    26 Suffer defeat when caught out in the end (4) LOSE

    Anand

    July 6, 2009 at 3:22 pm

  6. 4 ac – EPISODIC

    10 ac – TRADESMAN

    13 ac – THEME

    16 ac – MORE

    20 ac – ELEVATE

    24 ac – CHIN

    29 ac – DISASTER

    5 dn – PRAYER MEETING

    6 dn – SWEETBRIER

    7 dn – DAMPER

    10 dn – TURING MACHINE

    18 dn – CEMETERY (nice)

    21 dn – STUPID

    26 dn – LOSE

    Kraz Arkin

    July 8, 2009 at 10:22 am

    • A very warm welcome to you Kraz. Thanks for solving 🙂

      cryptonyte

      July 10, 2009 at 2:52 pm

  7. Early onset Alzheimer’s setting in I guess – not so good this time

    1. Swinging both ways, group is split (6) BI SECT
    4. Serial is copied shamelessly (8) EPISODIC*
    9. The pope may be one for broadcast by the church (5) ?
    10. Stock broker for instance, to run back on mixing up names (9) TRADESMAN lucky guess
    23. Corrupt model isn’t American (5) T AINT
    24. Feature star batsman South Africa’s missing (4) {-SA} CHIN
    25. Rose, pan to the east (4) WOK E
    27. Past is softly fading away (9) PRE CEDING
    28. Really big award to second place finisher (5) ?
    29. Tragedy caused by asteroids falling, leaving hole behind (8)DISASTER*{-O}
    30. Indeed, the pen is full of spirit (6) ?
    Down
    1. Support bishop on key resolution (8) ?
    2. Bird keeping an eagle eye around lake (8) ?
    3. Get no professional treatment (4) { -PRO} CURE
    5. Devotee joining a church service (6,7) PRAYER MEETING
    6. Plant scattering wet berries (10) SWEETBRIER*
    7. Wet blanket having more moisture (6) DAMPER [CD]
    8. Fakes that I pay for in China (6) ?
    10. Device, probably a numeric thing (6,7) TURING MACHINE *
    14. Adamant about having no time to fast? (10) RE LENTLESS [CD] 🙂
    17. Wild boar head for a lady (8) BARO * NESS —> not sure
    18. Where to get laid when late? (8) CEMETERY [CD]
    21. One puts up with many a moron (6) STUP guess
    26. Suffer defeat when caught out in the end (4) ?

    Aruna

    July 8, 2009 at 5:06 pm

  8. Also:
    ACROSS
    9 The pope may be one for broadcast by the church (5) CH AIR
    11. Mostly light at the end of the tunnel is empty talk (4)
    BUL{-B}L
    DOWN
    2. Bird keeping an eagle eye around lake (8)
    STAR{L}ING
    Typo in earlier comment
    21. One puts up with many a moron (6) STUP< ID

    Aruna

    July 8, 2009 at 9:38 pm

  9. Thanks everyone for solving 🙂 Hope you enjoyed it!

    cryptonyte

    July 10, 2009 at 2:54 pm


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