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TIB #22 – V R back!

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TIB 22 grid

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Across – Diogenes

6              Secret member of the US army (7)

7              Snow leopard leapt endlessly (5)

9              Adverse vote (4)

10            Air a most dissonant piano in this place (10)

11            Suitable change (8)

13            Fallout of very loud English couple outside court (6)

15            Not that part of ancient history (4)

17            Stylish street houses made awesome rangolis to start with (5)

18            Regularly carved with hands (4)

19            Bar member’s wife wearing coat (6)

20            The sequence of characters? (8)

23            Free comic rated poorly (10)

26            Risk no small gain (4)

27            Appears to understand manuscript (5)

28            Detains criminal as an alternative (7)

Down – Diogenes

1              Groovily danced around us with great energy (10)

2              Island’s greeting includes a short cry (6)

3              Bits of strong elastic material around a joint (4)

4              Extremely vocal and extremely curious about ego  (8)

5              A bit of Mandarin Chinese (4)

6              Bite pastry cake without stuffing (5)

8              Hear a cheerleader’s complaint (7)

12            Marijuana informant (5)

14            Short truth – one lies about IT resources (10)

16            God’s way of expressing surprise (7)

17            Advertising is certain to conceal astonishment (8)

21            Former spouses have caught son’s indulgence (6)

22            Without clothes in snake dance (5)

24            Finished a bowler’s quota (4)

25            End a story as told (4)

Written by Cryptonyte

May 19, 2015 at 2:59 am

Posted in Crossword grid

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)
Solution to TIB #19

Written by Cryptonyte

February 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Posted in Crossword grid

TIB #18

with 6 comments

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TIB #17 seems to have been a toughie. We received brickbats and curses from all over. The pick of the lot came from Aruna –

A: Have you been under the weather lately?
TIB: No why?
A: Because I’ve been cursing you since last Sunday for a devilishly difficult TIB #17.

Hopefully this time’s TIB is a little easier 🙂 Please leave your comments.

Interactive version available here.

Across – Cryptonyte

1) Prime suspect to stall policeman (5,9)
10) Tie up crook and apprentice in prison (5)
11) Weaker Tendulkar perhaps missing out on ton needing just one (9)
12) Model’s endowed with gold for the picture (7)
13) Is famished terribly, fed this dish (7)
14) Reportedly searches for religious followers (5)
16) Hold on tight allowing to tear softly, it’s debilitating (9)
19) On which one would lie down and stretch? (9)
20) A clown upturned eggs laid on grass (5)
22) Looking back, the representative in Rome was a King (7)
25) Candy causing tissue in the mouth to degenerate (7)
27) Tissue and bone a vampire’s heading out to eat live (9)
28) Mother’s cooked nan – heavenly food (5)
29) It was said earlier that accomplished supervisors got in without getting caught (14)

Down – Diogenes

2) Unprepared footballer caught missing at Euro award’s final (4-5)
3) Dog lets go of black bird (5)
4) Body left in church cell (9)
5) Cuts flesh up around cadaver’s head (5)
6) Reluctant to accept work following the love for spiritual study (9)
7) Something to eat for student to fit into two-piece, having lost one kilo (5)
8 ) Delinquent pocketing a piece of jewellery (7)
9) An entrance with small stones (6)
15) Spooner’s whooper scene to follow shortly (9)
17) Fiery rum and gin in bar (9)
18) In conclusion, getting hot for female is a natural quality (9)
19) Stock price rising in a bet gone wrong (4,3)
21) One with a nest broken has no parent (6)
23) Upright, religious and short on love (5)
24) Repeated memorization required to cover university course (5)
26) Step mother, man and old boy showed up (5)

Solutions to TIB#17

Written by Cryptonyte

September 28, 2009 at 5:22 am

Posted in Crossword grid

TIB #17

with 5 comments

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Online version here.

Across -Cryptonyte

1)  The banks were corrupt to take money, says the story (6,3,4)
9)  On air, retracted passages (5)
10) Incredible fluke, winning championship (ousting number one) and all that the pot holds (9)
11) Is old king backing a foreigner? (7)
12) Prescription that could give a guitarist withdrawal symptoms? (7)
13) Wolves toy with kids (8)
15) Sees model being taken away, expresses disappointment (5)
17) Lies on and on to get money, sparing nothing (5)
19) Bleeding is a general feature at the start of gunfights (8)
22) Composition to act out in California (7)
23) One gives credit to the author perhaps (7)
25) Captain Planet perhaps salvaged our sphere (9)
26) One admitting to swinging both ways goes to poetic lengths (5)
27) Dejected kid, he resorts to rope towards the end (4,2,3,4)

Down – Diogenes

1)  Country gecko losing tail, when turning up to chase the bee (6)
2)  King finding gold under the queen’s slip! (5)
3)  Jack’s line is monkey business (7)
4)  Last offer to carry one to relative abroad (4,2,2,5,2)
5)  Express grief at the aeronauts’ crashing around Ohio after entry to earth (3,4,5,3)
6)  Registers new records after topping in equestrian (7)
7)  See assistant’s right to vote cut off by a knight (9)
8)  Mark, from Flanders, heading out for Belgium’s capital (7)
14) Boy having a rum punch that might give him a kick-start (9)
16) An initiation befitting one’s held in the outskirts of Buckhingham (7)
18) Bird fight to follow boxing match (7)
20) Why I rambled about a local currency getting out of hand (7)
21) One gives credit to an article (6)
24) Say a flipper one edges (5)

Solutions to TIB #16

Written by Cryptonyte

September 13, 2009 at 5:40 am

Posted in Crossword grid

TIB #16

with 6 comments

tib16grid

Online version available here

Across – Diogenes

1) Performers of music or revolutionary arts maybe (9)
6) Kid’s magazine (5)
9) Toils to win power for those with special skills (7)
10) Runs away from sweets, reportedly (7)
11) Annoyed to lose the pound gained (6)
12) Extraordinary lyrist held court paying close attention to detail (8)
14) A strong draft beer taken after a drop of gin (4)
15) Naughtily ogle at her when model’s caught in the __________ ? (10)
18) Deserter returned to embrace a ruling coalition with three sides (10)
20) Road work sign (4)
23) Financially rewarding study award I got in London district (8)
24) Having even less money, put zero deposit in advertising (6)
26) Winning card (Hearts) getting one to victory (7)
27) Cases, for instance, involving glue suffocation indoors (7)
28) Severe cold hasn’t begun (5)
29) No good to get terribly aroused about involving a risk (9)

Down–  Cryptonyte

1) Suddenly finished? About time! (9)
2) Fine money (7)
3) Devout holy man is missing, daughter realised (6)
4) Cast away on ship (4)
5) I.Bishop comes back in – logical, no run conceded extra (10)
6) Pyridines (without Yttrium) violently fired (8)
7) Mark’s having no handicap (7)
8 ) Dress a young one has to try (5)
13) Grew vigorously, fire should be put out (10)
16) Press agent to remodel resort (9)
17) Expert playing well, Joyce perhaps (8)
19)  Evening. Yours truly’s right on the circuit. Unit of force India, Giancarlo’s first (7)
21)A storm to the navy’s a burst of frenzied activity (7)
22) Fever checked at the start, first tip of thermometer’s in contact with this body part (6)
23) Go into specialist doctor’s emergency room (5)
25) Drop of lemongrass in utensil to cook something up (4)

Solutions to TIB #15

Written by Cryptonyte

September 5, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Posted in Crossword grid

TIB #15

with 7 comments

TIB15

Online version available here

Across – Cryptonyte
1 Beckham for one also hit goal, terribly unequal match (5,3,7)
9 Sings in improvised notes (7)
10 A moment in agony in between (7)
11 Gulf – one third of Malayalees in profit (5)
12 A key to the dickey? (9)
13 Directive for graphical user interface – noise’s good (7)
16 Humpty Dumpty’s act? Ruler failed to end the confusion (7)
17 Influences a mischief-maker’s deeds (7)
19 Passionate cricket match – most popular (7)
20 Do elegant gymnastics appear stretched? (9)
21 Black marketing book caught (5)
23 Skipper gains nothing leaving out a legend (7)
24 India has information for all to see on LeT’s core player (7)
25 Right now, Tottenham’s best player is unprepared? (4,2,3,6)

Down – Diogenes

1  Physician’s mobile clinics given e-permits to operate on the road (7,8)
2  Essential drop of tincture in the container (5)
3  Refrain from eating the last morsel of tofu cake (5)
4  Horse getting endlessly obese, possibly eating from this? (7)
5  Skims through flicks (7)
6  Eye small take away from model – could this be what stylish people do? (4,5)
7  Silver vault breached by a shirt needle (9)
8  What comes before I belittle? We both turn to make personal remarks (3,5,3,4)
14 I respect preparedness and you are unprepared! (9)
15 Secretly break up citing no love (9)
18 A cloth tent when erected, catches the eye (7)
19 Chemical treated dry skin appearing outside (7)
21 What marks a refrain in song, especially upon reflection (5)
22 Begin drunken revelry (5)

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Written by Cryptonyte

August 28, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Posted in Crossword grid

TIB #14

with 7 comments

tib14

Online version available here.

Across – Diogenes

9)  In retrospect, the leader’s profit is a worry (7)
10) Some judges so ignore the excuse for not showing up in court  (7)
11) Show English side taking heart at small performance (7)
12) Do an impression of friend eating that thing after lunch time (7)
13) Not allowed entry to frightening dark cave, when many went missing (9)
15) Tender at heart, one rues getting injured (5)
16) Steps to protect article in French chateaus, say (7)
19) Step out after river becomes most difficult to fathom (7)
20) Rome oddly follows in the manner of Parisian panic (5)
21) A standard shelter with many quarters (9)
25) Told heartlessly about fish caught in a net (7)
26) Alumnus to give notice (7)
28) Expert on standing in for a beast (7)
29) Also not new to having the knot rejected by that woman (7)

Down – Cryptonyte

1) One’s cross with brownie point given for that thing alone (6)
2) The emcee’s a damper (6)
3) Maybe leg stump is all that is all that’s left when it is removed (4)
4) Joined club in Manchester? (6)
5) Made agreement in contract (8)
6) Assistant officer with new soldiers roped in for task (10)
7) Conflict in terrible economy initially in slump (8)
8 ) Concern for principal’s appreciation at the end of the term (8)
14) Unfinished business in America – Ohio temple construction (10)
16) The duration of the drama when it’s fun? (8)
17) School of fish caught, pull in (8)
18) Dad’s rant about what is acceptable (8)
22) Measure relative molecular mass oxygen’s got (6)
23) Planets are furnaces when the crust is removed (6)
24) He’s been abducted by a politician? It’s a possibility (6)
27) Pills downed neglecting what’s at the end of medical note (4)

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Written by Cryptonyte

August 15, 2009 at 10:20 am

Posted in Crossword grid