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TIB #11 – Monotony

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In an attempt to break the routine, this week we have Monotony. Er.. I’m not sure that’s what we intended to say. But anyway this week’s grid is clued entirely by Cryptonyte.

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Across

1 A symptom of recession? (10)
6 Content of a small cup (4)
10 Friendly drink (7)
11 One who instigates revolutions? (7)
12 Back me to get litter for nesting (9)
13 Mineral found around Switzerland is of earthen colour (5)
14 Freedom obtained by a terrible struggle, without hesitation, on the 4th of July (7)
15 Planned well in advance but peters out (6)
19 Grieve about return (6)
21 A tower that leads ships (7)
25 Poem has a bit of rhyme right at the end – It’s a rule (5)
27 Sinatra rendered without edge? He would have appeared dull (9)
28 Sparked a dieting rage (7)
29 Peel off envelope to first letter (7)
30 The way I see it, itโ€™s a long book. (4)
31 Where letters are unjumbled after work (4,6)

Down

1 A door to be used when one gets out? (6)
2 Mozart’s sixth, heart stealing a beat (9)
3 ‘eld back breath in fall (7)
4 Bigots Lincoln names in the report (8)
5 Give a small autograph (6)
7 May possibly be from common themes (5)
8 Member covered by men’s clothing (8)
9 Fix what belongs to us with strictness (6)
16 Top continental dish?(9)
17 Lighter senoritas struggle without energy (8)
18 Peacekeepers upset with incomplete attempts by Northern Territory for food (8)
20 To a great extent, it is in conformance with the truth (6)
22 An official bond provided on a condition of freedom at first (7)
23 Workplace of a macho-man, one that takes to the ring (6)
24 Stick bill in this place (6)
26 Dug up material (5)

Solutions to TIB #10 – Ten is grand slam

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Written by Cryptonyte

July 17, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Posted in Crossword grid

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  1. AC:
    Withdrawal, Smug, Cordial, Spinner, Embedding, Ochre, Liberty, Preset, Regive, Tugboat, Order, Tarnished, Ignited, Epistle, Tome, Post office

    DN:
    Wicket, Throbbing, Dwindle, Ableists, Assign, Month, Garments, Rigour, Spaghetti, Arsonist, Nutrient, Verity, Bailiff, Studio, Adhere, Denim

    Phalgun

    July 18, 2009 at 3:56 pm

  2. ACROSS: Withdrawal; Smug; Cordial; Spinner; Embedding; Ochre; Liberty; Preset; Regive; Tugboat (good one!); Order; Tarnished (dull?!); Ignited; Epistle (nice); Tome; Post Office

    DOWN: Wicket; Throbbing; Dwindle; Ablesists (Not sure of the break up: Abe+lists?); Assign; Month; Garments; Rigour; Spaghetti (cute :)); Arsonists; Nutrients; Verity; Bailiff; Studio; Adhere; Denim

    gauri

    litterateuse

    July 19, 2009 at 6:15 am

  3. Congrats for your solo puzzle, Tony. The solving experience belied the puzzle’s unfortunate name. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I got all but the brilliant one – TUGBOAT. Found this a little tougher than regular TIBs, I was slow to finish the NE corner.

    SMUG: The play on ‘content’ is very clever…I did think it doesn’t exactly mean SMUG but will do.

    PRESET: The switch in tense calls attention to itself.

    ABLEISTS: Not a dictionary word yet, is it? I’d heard of the word so no objection, and it’s well-written.

    ARSONIST: Innovative definition – lighter!

    Very good overall, clues I liked especially: ORDER, BAILIFF, IGNITED, WITHDRAWAL, TOME.

    Shuchi

    July 19, 2009 at 11:20 am

    • ABLEIST: I was looking at my old dictionary. It’s there in the new online ones. Comment retracted ๐Ÿ™‚

      Shuchi

      July 19, 2009 at 11:25 am

  4. “In an attempt to break the routine, this week we have Monotony”.This was my fav part of the post. A classic oxymoron.
    Found TIB 11 relatively easier than its predecessors. Though, that is in no way a reflection on the quality of the clues. Its just that may be I ve figured out how your scheming brain works. Tony, be afraid, be very afraid ๐Ÿ™‚

    1 A symptom of recession? (10)WITHDRAWAL, CD
    6 Content of a small cup (4) S MUG
    10 Friendly drink (7)CORDIAL, DD
    11 One who instigates revolutions? (7) SPINNER, CD, good one ๐Ÿ™‚
    12 Back me to get litter for nesting (9)EM<-BEDDING
    13 Mineral found around Switzerland is of earthen colour (5){O(CH)RE}
    14 Freedom obtained by a terrible struggle, without hesitation, on the 4th of July (7){LIBERTY(-er)}*
    15 Planned well in advance but peters out (6) PRESET*
    19 Grieve about return (6) REGIVE*
    21 A tower that leads ships (7) TUGBOAT, CD; loved the way tower has been used to mislead.
    25 Poem has a bit of rhyme right at the end โ€“ Itโ€™s a rule (5) O{R}DE{R}
    27 Sinatra rendered without edge? He would have appeared dull (9) {TARNIS(-a)}*{HED}
    28 Sparked a dieting rage (7) IGNITED*
    29 Peel off envelope to first letter (7) EP{IST}LE*
    30 The way I see it, itโ€™s a long book. (4) TO ME
    31 Where letters are unjumbled after work (4,6) POST OFFICE,

    Down

    1 A door to be used when one gets out? (6)WICKET, DD
    2 Mozartโ€™s sixth, heart stealing a beat (9){T}{H}{ROBBING}
    3 โ€˜eld back breath in fall (7) D{WIND}LE<-
    4 Bigots Lincoln names in the report (8){ABLEISTS} ~ABE+LISTS (post ur clarification :),
    5 Give a small autograph (6){A}{S}{SIGN}
    7 May possibly be from common themes (5) MONTH [T]
    8 Member covered by menโ€™s clothing (8) G{ARM}ENTS
    9 Fix what belongs to us with strictness (6) {RIG}{OUR}
    16 Top continental dish?(9) SPAGHETTI, DD; Neat ONE ๐Ÿ™‚
    17 Lighter senoritas struggle without energy (8) ARSONIST(-e)* , I like the way lighter has been used ๐Ÿ™‚
    18 Peacekeepers upset with incomplete attempts by Northern Territory for food (8) NU<-TRIE(-s)NT
    20 To a great extent, it is in conformance with the truth (6) VER{IT}Y
    22 An official bond provided on a condition of freedom at first (7) {BAIL}{IF}F
    23 Workplace of a macho-man, one that takes to the ring (6) {STUD}{I}{O}
    24 Stick bill in this place (6)AD HERE
    26 Dug up material (5) DENIM <-

    anish madhavan

    July 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    • just to clarify, the name is anish madhavan aka maddy ๐Ÿ™‚

      anish madhavan

      July 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm

  5. I didn’t solve this crossword but let me honestly say that the moment I saw 21ac I got it! Maybe it’s because of years of playing around with words: even before I ever became a crossword addict, a couple of friends and I used to indulge in endless wordplay even in day-to-day conversation. Alas, I have lost touch with those friends from my college days but playing around with words remains an abiding pastime.

    chaturvasi

    July 24, 2009 at 7:29 am

  6. ABELISTS – Abe is from Abraham Lincoln, of course.
    The clue is actually a homophone of ‘Abe lists’ (names, that is puts some names in lists). The homind is ‘in the report’.

    chaturvasi

    July 24, 2009 at 8:16 am

  7. Thanks to everyone who solved ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes, maddy I am shivering in cold sweat ๐Ÿ™‚

    cryptonyte

    July 27, 2009 at 5:51 am


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