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TIB #19

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ACROSS – Diogenes

1) Difficult to imitate a printer’s handiwork? (4,4)
5) Score falling short by eight dozen (6)
10) One used to give a sound hiding? (7)
11) Reporter coming in or going out of crack house (7)
12) Bill Clinton nearly turned in an improvised performance (2,3)
13) What a singer might be at the end of a performance? Discordant (3,2,4)
14) Tenable cash spelt out around the end of tenure? (7,5)
18) What’s applicable to all colleges admitting a student (12)
21) Slippery one pocketing 90, loaned capital (9)
23) Lincoln had nothing against Democrat in house (5)
24) Published material not beginning to appear in general examination (4-3)
25) View round the wing of a bird (7)
26) Screw up, lacking confidence to go outside for a drink(6)
27)They may ruin masts at sea right away (8)

DOWN – Diogenes

1) Henry’s manly rendering of an anthem (6)
2) Trouble-maker not close to upending a lottery (6)
3) Party bachelorette lacking hot moves (9)
4) Play tapes or reels on this (8,6)
6) Husband hugged by spouse mostly has female smell (5)
7) Enticed to consume drug, one’s out of action (8)
8 ) They possibly go around part of a golf course chasing Asian canines (3-5)
9) Jerky leg actions suit animated hand movements (14)
15) Employment status (9)
16) Broad-spectrum drugs? (4-4)
17) Daughter is about to miss show (8)
19) On which a speaker may be starting to preach hatred (6)
20) A game played in nets (6)
22) Dare soldiers to hold up failure (5)


Written by Cryptonyte

October 15, 2009 at 9:59 am

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  1. All ok. Tested too for the first time. Tried one word and found that the correct answer is available! Checked after filling in all and 26Ac showed up to be wrong.
    26 Ac. SH(ERR)Y feels better than SHEARS!


    October 16, 2009 at 9:07 am

  2. Great one
    Favorite clue 12 across

    26 across I concur with Sridhar


    October 19, 2009 at 2:06 am

  3. It’s time you guys got that annoying “Like” button somewhere . Your clues are always good, the grid is a pleasure to solve, and answers can be checked right away. Leaves one speechless. (No, literally – what to say?! :P)


    October 20, 2009 at 9:25 am

  4. One word for this – 21A. Easier than some of your recent puzzles, I thought, and thankfully I didn’t have to use the dictionary/web search.

    Vinod: I’m always amazed by your talent for crafting smooth anagrams and &lit clues. 27A was one such. There’s lots to like but I especially enjoyed the Bill Clinton clue.


    October 22, 2009 at 2:22 pm

  5. Hi Vinod,

    Great work as usual. 12, 21, 27 Ac and 4, 8 Dn deserve special mention.

    Having said that, falls short of TIB #17, which IMO is still your best grid 🙂

    Anish Madhavan

    October 24, 2009 at 5:28 am

  6. Has TIB died an unceremonious death? If yes, let me know. At the least, it deserves a befitting obituary, which I would gladly nay sadly write


    November 13, 2009 at 2:25 pm

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