The I-do-it Box

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TIB #20 – Score!

with 11 comments

Many thanks for all the queries about whether someone had finally done the right thing and hit the site admin with a hatchet. Unfortunately the answer is no. It appears that cryptic crossword compilers are considered geeks and we as a class take a long, long time to score.

Meanwhile we also took part in the iGate inter-corporate Scrabble tournament and won. We received the trophy from Nigel Richards.

You can find the online-solvable version of this grid here. Happy solving.

Across – Diogenes

1 Praise a group taking the baton freely (1,3,2,3,4)
9 Computers 101 follows introductions to all basic algorithms (5)
10 Love to wear soft leather shoes heading out to special events (9)
11 Overdo one’s part – bump out of bed around the morning (3,2,2)
12 Free of guilt, criminal loves to follow a bishop (7)
13 Act of affection left out after small passing shower (8)
15 Extremely disappointed to be rejected drinks (5)
17 Weird, almost faulty step (5)
19 Captors hold them close to themselves in torrid times (8)
22 Start to chastise a very reluctant bank worker (7)
23 You send a message across the street to steal the spotlight (7)
25 Trial account? (4,2,3)
26 A pint rum is not appropriate (5)
27 Shimmying hot wet lass, she hogs the limelight (6,3,4)

Down – Cryptonyte

1 Not caring about a road fork (6)
2 It beeps when encountering a metal weapon (5)
3 Left out a dry person in upcoming presentation (7)
4 Army recall the time the destitute were uplifted before recession (5,10)
5 Apprentice in a trade? (8,7)
6 Agassi’s missed silver returning hollow tosses and serves (7)
7 Learning wok legend’s cooking (9)
8 Libel according to terms in legalese (7)
14 Slips as sails come undone (9)
16 Cloths for illusions to change king to a book (7)
18 Fat for soap die preparation (7)
20 Australia’s Ponting’s first one to have century against England, a sign of things to come? (7)
21 Grant overcome by painful expression(6)
24 Key West remains flooded (5)

Written by Cryptonyte

February 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Posted in Crossword grid

11 Responses

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  1. Nice puzzle, liked some clues more than the others (10,13,23 A and 4,5,16,20D).
    You might want to take a look at the 6D answer in the online solvable version. It kept telling me I got it wrong for the right answer as per your clue !



    February 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    • Thanks Bhavan 🙂 and yes 6 D is wrong in the online version.


      February 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm

  2. Criminal as anagrind, is a first for me!
    Vocab fail on 13a
    Loved 25A
    And 5D
    Did not get anno for 16D & 24D


    February 22, 2010 at 2:55 pm

  3. I too did not ctton on to the anno for 16D.
    Liked 10A and 14D.
    Sriks7 24D is {A}{W}{ASH}

    Deepak Gopinath

    February 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm

  4. Vinod & Tony congrats on winning the Scrabble tournament.

    Deepak Gopinath

    February 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    • anno for 16D:


      K: king
      OT: book(Old Testament)


      February 23, 2010 at 7:44 am

  5. Very interesting clues – especially 9A, 25A, 1D & 5D
    Couldn’t solve 13A and 8D. 24D – confused Key West with the place in Florida.


    February 23, 2010 at 8:53 am

  6. C’mon you guys, you need to give at least ONE loose/lousy clue so I can say “Very good clues!” and think I said something different 😛 You can’t consistently be so smooth, dammit!

    But for now, this is all you get: Very smooth clues; a pleasure to solve! (Yes, 16D has been discussed enough, I’ll leave that out)

    Looking forward to the next 🙂


    February 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm

  7. Loved it- but was stumped by 6D in the online version – should have realized it was an error 🙂

    Favorite clue : 10 across


    February 24, 2010 at 5:26 pm

  8. Great work as always. Keep them coming!

    Favourite clues: 25A, 24D


    March 4, 2010 at 7:55 am

  9. nice! nice!


    April 17, 2010 at 6:33 am

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