Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Hindu Crossword No. 9729 Friday, January 01, 2010


Nice to start the year with Gridman's crossword. Leaving a few unsolved as I have to leave for a New Year's party!


6 Worker’s words of resignation to maistry at last in times gone by (9) ANT I QUIT Y

7 She may cry “Uncle!” as stage head leaves Scene I in disarray (5) NIECE(-S)*

10 Hindu leader also recalled taunt (4) H(OOT<-)

11 No warden he – replaced without delay (4,3,3) HERE AND NOW*

12 A medical officer almost awake and randy (7) A MO ROUS(-E)

13 Front part of carriage, yet moving, threatening to collapse (7)

14 At school, small section in marked improvement (7) UP S WING

17 Inspiration for musician with repute falling off after end of note (7)

21 Started job sorting out things in a museum (6,4) OBJETS D'ART*

22 In favour of first-class meeting places (4) A YES?

23 Call bumpkin exchanging 1000 for 500 (5) YO(+D)(-K)EL

24 In no port I discharged black wine (5,4) PINOT NOIR* (what I am going to drink tonight, my favorite!)


1 Parasite worn-out in custody of pious maiden (7) PINWORM

2 Rope for artist? (7) PAINTER

3 What the aged once had but cannot boast of any longer (12) YOUTHFULNESS

4 Its call has to be answered periodically (6) NATURE

5 Antelope has young goat turning up twice (3-3)

8 Small farm frequently goes after credit (5) CR OFT

9 Acts of getting accustomed to perverse Haitians’ bout (12) HABITUATIONS*

15 Painter Picasso or Poet Neruda (5) PABLO

16 Gardening tool, small, the German retrieved (6) WEE DER

18 Master has Oriental fellows to destroy international leader (7)

19 Scope of original six lodged in cathedral stall (7)

20 Female friends in France extremely loth to starve (6) F AMIS H

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Hindu Crossword No. 9728 Thursday, December 31, 2009


1 Fellow in biblical tale deserving forgiveness (10) PAR(DON)ABLE

6 Vera appears to declare positively (4) AVER*

9 Raises volume — rejecting piano, used a forte (5,2) FADES UP

10 Form of art in the spirit and propriety (7) DECO RUM

12 Badly dressed woman, but strict about Latin (8) S(LAT)TERN

13 There may be an inn to stay in this country of Western Africa (5) BE(NIN*)

15 Take heed girl, avoid giving evasive statement (5) HED(G)E*

17 Waiting for an escort (9) ATTENDANT

19 One fractionally on top (9) NUMERATOR

21 Revise poem from time to time (5) T(EMPO*)

23 Gong brings many in to dinner, for example (5) ME(D)AL

24 Destroys the star’s composure (8) SHATTERS*

27 Get on line for Internet market information (7) (NIEL*) SEN

28 They’re prepared for a row when they meet (7) OARSMEN

29 The fate of great many (4) LOTS

30 Indicatory anagram book (10) DICTIONARY


1 Become distended (4) PUFF

2 Doctor idled about a problem difficult to understand (7) R(IDDLE)D

3 The attack is beginning (5) ONSET

4 Is one upset? In part — place is falling apart (9) APPLECART*

5 How the full cargo ship left a Yemeni port (5) L ADEN

7 Her majesty in the Victoria and Albert gallery (7) V(ER)(AND)A

8 Thinking disaster’s overwhelmed mark (10) RU(M)INATION

11 It can be made to display china (7) CABINET*

14 Help one man in trouble? Remarkable! (10) PHENOMENAL*

16 Senor for a couple of pounds registers himself (7) ENRO(LL)S*

18 Evict a seaman? That’s a volte-face! (4,5) TURN AB OUT

20 Having obliged around five hundred, the good man is most resentful (7) MA(D)DE ST

22 Doctor taken in by girl on African xylophone (7) MARI(MB)A

24 A Muslim given backing in student body (5) SU NNI

25 Roots out a piece of writing left unfinished (5) TORSO*

26 Young Dan turns out for him (4) AND*Y

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Hindu Crossword No. 9727 Wednesday, December 30, 2009


1 Freedom is necessary in some French debates (13) DE(LIBERATION)S

8 Putting people in the wrong situation results in misery (7) TOR(MEN)T

9 Coach with one shoe? (7) TRAINER

11 Oriental combine that’s come to light (6) E MERGE

13 They also step around to initiate great moral reforms (8) APOSTLES*

15 Pole having to bear with a great many (5) TOTE M

16 In the finish the listener shows affection (7) END(EAR)S

18 A number leave one country for another (7) AUSTR(-A -L)IA

19 Foreign currency row with Argentinian leaders (5) DIN AR

21 Sporting plaid, Tom is a tactful sort abroad (8) DIPLOMAT*

23 Empire disintegrated before the intended time (6) PREMIE*

25 Improved spiritually if a deed was corrected (7) ED(IF)(I)ED

26 Ancient Egyptian who tossed seamers (7) RAMESES*

28 Sort of job popular with Indian mail employees (9,4) PERMANENT POST


2 The pledge given is to be taken seriously (7) EARNEST

3 It’s a rage in Ireland! (3) IRE

4 Little creatures abandoned on course having been decapitated (4) (-N)EWTS

5 All black, say, painted on — a mistake (10) ANTIPODEAN*

6 Muslim leaders (5) IMAM

7 No French mathematical sign should cause bewilderment (7) NON PLUS

8 Sporting venue can give better grind (5,6) TRENT BRIDGE*

10 Deer on grass, possibly in parks (4,7) ROSE GARDENS*

12 Amusement activities (5) GAMES

14 Endure terrible danger in a riotous assembly (4,6) BEAR GARDEN*

17 A creature of the summer (5) ADDER

18 New paper is brought out to inform (7) APPRISE*

20 Meissen shattered — that’s retribution (7) NEMESIS*

22 Substance that could make one stupefied (5) OPIUM

24 Light up your face in amusement (4) GRIN

27 Represent an area on a flat surface (3) MAP

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Hindu Crossword No. 9726 Tuesday, December 29, 2009


1 Peak the day before others (7) EVE REST

5 Tom Jollya single master, we hear (7) CAT BOAT

10 See not a single church (6) NOT I CE

11 For once, rang and said something nice about (8) EX TOLLED

12 Select Sidney for England team despite being a pest (6) CAP SID

13 Stable part of unattached wood (5,3) LOOSE BOX

14 May be lit for votive purposes (6) CANDLE

15 Moved sideways with daughter to slide out (6) (SIDLE*)D

18 First Olympic games held in this city (6) ATHENS

20 One van used for nine days to carry out catholic prayers (6) NOVENA*

23 Begin to attack (3,5) SET ABOUT

25 Jabber to provoke teasingly (6) NEEDLE

26 One rightly ridiculed hoop-la, for instance (4,4) FA I R GAME

27 Having an appearance of a beauty (6) LOOKER

28 Why late changes result in having lots of money (7) WEALTHY*

29 Caught the horse with a lariat noose (7) LASSOED


2 Garden flowers placed on musical instruments (6) VIOLAS

3 Check condition and replace (9) REIN STATE

4 Put up house in a shelter (7) SHEDDED

6 Events of a drama (7) ACTIONS

7 Attractive call for the English (5) BELL E

8 Notices new kinds of poison (8) ACETONES

9 Bed time story lover’s plea? I don’t believe it! (4,2,7) TELL ME ANOTHER

16 Relaxing one’s guard is risky (9) DANGEOURS*

17 In the main it’s the cheapest way to travel (8) STEERAGE

19 Had no desire for an argument (7) STOMACH

21 House holding an orchid (7) V(AN)ILLA

22 Complex legal point to imply in court (6) (ALLEG*)E

24 Month to play tricks on her (5) APRIL

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Hindu Crossword No. 9725 Monday, December 28, 2009


1 The French region about which to make a choice (9) SE(LE)CTION

6 Finish with one’s tail in the air (3,2) END UP

9 A jain takes course in martial arts (5) N INJA

10 Graduates put in to transform old school (4,5) AL(MA MA)TER

11 One being impudent without being able to stop the flow of current (10) INSUL(A)TING

12 Flood survivor apparently declined threat inspection (4) NO AH

14 It drives one to drink when you are parched (7) THIRST Y

15 Fit to be eaten for bees, so take lid off (7) E(DI)B(L)ES

17 Nora had to go to the river to find her (7) ELE(ANOR*)

19 Declares that it’s a lock-up (7) ASSERTS

20 Vortex guy? (4) EDDY

22 Current way to produce greater efficiency (10) STREAMLINE

25 A great egg concoction to get together (9) AGGREGATE*

26 A few in the Tyneside area find this simple (5) NAIVE

27 Cancel because having entered before (5) ER(AS)E

28 Will change statement (9) TESTAMENT*


1 Moses received the 10 Commandments on its Mount (5) SINAI

2 A natural slip of landladies lacking a bent for it (9) LANDSLIDE*

3 Early form of rock music (6,4) CRADLE SONG (nice!)

4 Not suitably done to sleep in it (7) I(NAP)TLY

5 Refusal by colliery to take on English candidate (7) NO MINE E

6 She has them shortened to a degree (4) EM MA

7 Time to do it in the same manner (5) DI(T)TO*

8 Secures leverage (9) PURCHASES

13 Declines nothing — kind of frenzy in compulsive drinking (10) DIPSOMANIA

14 The ones here confront ante-revolutionary legislature (3,6) (THE SE)NATE*

16 Idle vicar, running wild, will polish off the grub! (9) LARVICIDE*

18 Pull out car fallen by accident in crater (7) RE(T)RACT

19 Set ways stuff for remaining young looking (7) AGELESS

21 Closely follow a well qualified person’s teaching (5) DOG MA

23 Difficult to let engineer be chosen for office (5) EL(EC)T

24 In short we are what we used to be (4) WERE

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Hindu Crossword No. 9723 Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!


1 Wait endlessly with relation after relation each deserting new neighbourhood of Honolulu (7) WAI(-T) KI(-N) KI(N)

5 Managing the arrival with Papa in the place of Mama (6) CO(-M)(+P)ING

9 Fabric, only new stuff (5) (NYLO*)N

10 Green Oriental learner accepts support for describing a column (9) VERT E BRA L

11 Silent on a lot of money being given to icon-breaker (7) LA(CONI*)C

12 Store woman’s report (7) SHE BANG

13 Quotes in report some pages from the Web? (5) CITES (~sites)

14 Travelling, having restless nite in moving train (9) ITINERANT*

16 Be in bed unaware of the alarm ringing (9) OVERSLEEP

19 Simpleton gets artist out of imprisonment (5) DU(-RA)NCE

21 Classify; if so, one might reach heights (4,3) SORT OUT

23 Somewhat pert with a no-good sea-slug (7) (TREP*)A N G

24 Where all visitors are welcome (4,5) OPEN HOUSE

25 Sailor, accountant and setter get counting frames (5) AB AC I

26 Staff has right to go on a hunger strike (6) STA(R)VE

27 Capotes exchanged for shoe parts (7) TOECAPS*


1 Straight wagers on course (3,5,2,4) WIN PLACE OR SHOW

2 Hot, bad one to call endlessly (7) ILL I CIT(-E)

3 Knock lands recovered from the seas (7) INNINGS

4 Bad language in CV invitee presented (9) INVECTIVE*

5 Provides check for sidewalk borders, we hear (5) CORKS

6 Lead rep, being clumsy, takes son, we hear (7) (PRE*) CEDE

7 Nair wanders around vehicle in bliss (7) NIR(VAN)A

8 Goods that aren’t well-earned (3-6,5) ILL-GOTTEN GAINS

15 Pat in time turned testy (9) IMPATIENT*

17 Serious listener Sten is distracted (7) EAR(NEST*)

18 Suppress Tom’s lifting that woman (7) (SMOT*)HER

19 When a new arrival is expected (3,4) DUE DATE

20 Canadian falls (7) NIAGARA

22 Peace pact is genuine about first of contingencies (5) TRU(C)E

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Hindu Crossword No. 9722 Thursday, December 24, 2009


1 Dress beau, hatless, in customary manner (8) HABIT (-D)UDE

5 Caught, terrorist’s leader is scratched and struck (6) (-T)RAPPED

9 Being tense, adjusted for final settlement (5,2) WOUND UP

10 Exclusive circle where outsiders won’t be allowed (2-5) IN-GROUP

11 Steward army officer, mood being nasty (5-4) MAJOR-(DOMO*)

12 I go around the scholar — an insect, in fact (5) I(MA)GO

13 Fools with playthings (4) TOYS

14 King of kings in India (9) MAHARAJAH

17 Emphatic agreement with a cartoonist’s work? (3,4,2) YOU SAID IT

19 Late announcement? (4) OBIT.

23 Don’t begin to dally with firearm (5) (-T)RIFLE

24 Burmese leader and more smarmy one discarded shoulder belt (9) B AND O(-I)LIER

25 Durable in residence? (7) ABIDING

26 Partially inspect rare images (7) SPECTRA

27 Going back to silver dole-out (3-3) AG(E-OLD*)<-

28 Gang leader on street calls for supplies for strippers (1-7) G-ST RINGS


1 Good watcher gets doctor the tailless insect of the Sphinx family (4,4) HAWK MO TH(-E)

2 Sad, stupid bird (4,3) BLUE JAY

3 Old English-Welsh rulers’ stud or shed (6) TUDORS*

4 Attaché case? (10,3) DIPLOMATIC BAG

6 Discovered ANC gal in church (8) ANGLICAN*

7 Fairly shared in Rome? (3,4) PRO RATA

8 Journalist put up plan to position the troops (6) DE<-PLOY

10 As a policy these nations don’t get entangled with others (13) ISOLATIONISTS

15 It is not ordinary even on losing face (8) E SPECIAL

16 Battles among denizens of the tinsel town? (4,4) STAR WARS

18 Nothing following confused desi referee’s call (7) O FF (SIDE*)

20 There from the start, like some kitchen shelves (5-2) BUILT-IN

21 Force fit girl (6) ARM ADA

22 So pure, yet in a way affected person (6) POSEUR*

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Hindu Crossword No. 9593 Friday, July 24, 2009


 1 One may use this as a sign of approval (6,2) THUMBS UP

 5 Completely neat and clean (4) SPIC?

 9 Sufficiency to always hold out, the queen has articles packed in the last month (8) ADEQUACY

10 Optimistic, to set rhythm at university (6) UP BEAT

12 Firm is quiet about the seven officers (4) CO P S

13 Committed a livid act, he was deprived of the legal status (5,5) CIVIL DEATH*

15 Heavy debts managed by the woman reportedly rescued her at the last minute (5,2,3,4) (SAVED BY THE*) BELL

17 Letting go, hide men in her quilts (14) RELINQUISHMENT*

21 Diplomat has an Indian car (10) AMBASSADOR

22 Country for each and for all to see (4) PER U

25 Wise sayings of a dead sage unravelled (6) AD(AGES*)

26 Warehouses of shops contain silver (8) STOR(AG)ES

27 Cooked through in London eateries (4) DONE

28 Doctor has a doubt about the top membrane (8) DR UM HEAD


 1 The crane is out in a dazed state (6) T(RANCE*)

 2 Finish the custom in Uttar Pradesh (3,2) USE UP

 3 Fight the common illness (4) BOUT

 4 Injured limp cub has to ascend (7) UPCLIMB*

 6 A vain hope (4,5) PIPE DREAM

 7 Can cover up to erase a scarred C-section (9) CAESAREAN*

 8 Eye-shield in a tournament gets soft when taken in place at noon (5) PATCH

11 Firstly get items lacking the layer of gold (4) G I L T

14 PM’s address has a name seen as to be changed (10) TEN N(ESSEAN*)

16 Everyone gets on to travel abroad following everybody (3,6) ALL (ABOARD*)

18 River in the naturalistic state (4) URAL

19 Toy sailboat (7) SCOOTER

20 Being damned to be caught in an ancient city as an editor (6) C UR S ED

21 To make void (5) ADAPT? (nice, if correct!)

23 Hunting dog missing the second bird (5) (-B)EAGLE

24 Victorian in appearance (4) PRIM

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Hindu Crossword No. 9591 Wednesday, July 22, 2009


 7 Cosmetic Elizabeth put on the mouth part is returned to the actor somehow leaving Cuba (8) E PIL<-A(-C)TOR

 9 Written contracts that one’s left for the security force (6) POLIC(-I)E(-S)

11 Go down in the pitch darkness after dusk (9) NIGHT FALL

12 French city sheltering English girl (5) NI(E)CE

13 Legendary potion able to prolong life indefinitely (6) ELIXIR

14 Vitamin for the girl is regularly usable twice a year (8) BI ANN U A L

17 Contraceptive graph is not right inside the maid going back (9) DIA(PHRAG*)M<-

22 Think tank of an intelligent person (5,3) BRAIN BOX

23 Worker to let out an insect (6) BEE(TLE*)

25 Build a den around the French animal (5) E(LA)ND

27 General is back with the heads of the Other Territories in Iowa to take a note to discuss the terms (9) NEG<-O T IA TE

28 Fifty-one start off to go further down to avoid detection by the police (3,3) LI E LOW

29 Vessels with containers (8) DREDGERS


 1 Wander in a leisurely way (7) MEANDER

 2 Traveller is single in Poland, without any hope (7) P(I)L GRIM

 3 Start to conduct a test for the crab’s eggs (5) ZOEAS

 4 ’The ….. rains out her beams, and Heaven is overflow’d’ (Shelley) (4) MOON

 5 It covers one escaping the law (7) HIDEOUT

 6 Discloses the several characters (7) REVEALS*

 8 Loss of personnel in a race on Rhode Island has it mounting up to mostly one (9) ATT RI TI<-ON

10 Albert and a soldier with hesitation start to sail in the port city (7) AL GI ER S

15 Forgotten Nigerian leader has the girl in to be formally chosen (9) N E(G)LECTED

16 First class characteristic to designate (7) A P POINT

18 Sis-able to resettle from the descent downwards (7) ABSEILS*

19 Chief worker is in rage, perhaps (7) MAN(AGER*)

20 He is the one to go away from his wife temporarily (7) STRAYER

21 American detective is upset, seen out in a military action (7) DEF<-(ENSE*)

24 Marketplace, in the past mostly are going up (5) AGO RA<-

26 Day’s opening has no order for an official judgment (4) D O OM

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Hindu Crossword No. 9590 Tuesday, July 21, 2009


 1 Chartered Accountant will set a new social class (5) CA(STE*)

 4 Gangsters of a group have a note reflecting us (7) BAND IT<-S

10 Appointment will accommodate an engineer back from a discussion (6) D(EB<-)ATE

11 Ha-ha! wait perhaps for a chieftain (8) HIAWATHA*

13 For some reason heartlessly buy articles on the road (2,3,3) B(-U)Y THE WAY

14 Scared before the French assistant (6) A FR AID

16 They get these in the way of relationships (4) EGOS

17 You and I like the Spanish command to be an equivocal qualification (6,4) WE AS EL WORD

20 Couple of mothers around America are in charge of a lot of theatrical activity (5,5) M US IC DRA MA

21 Disorderly outburst in a prison (4) STIR

24 French farewell remarks (6) ADIEUS

26 Object accepted in the right direction by a Football Association in Connecticut (8) A (RT)(E) FA CT

28 These rays may cause an increase in temperature (8) INFRARED

29 Busy to clean holding the string of the lamp (6) CAN(D)LE*

30 Club an assembly line (7) ARSENAL

31 Reported the sums charged at exhibitions (5) FAIRS (~fares)


 2 Problem with a bird (9) ALBATROSS

 3 Walk unsteadily with a bag over the river (6) TOT(T)E(R)

 5 Enthusiastic about the Bible for one to read at the end (4) AV I D

 6 Descending cascade of water (8) DOWN FALL

 7 In a minute, trap a fish (5) TETRA

 8 Edward at lunchtime, starts buying large eggs that can be eaten (6) ED I B L E

 9 Honest detectives capture a new leader of the Democrats (6) C(A N D)ID

12 What many can develop in their prospective jobs? (7) CAREERS

15 Is the poet leaving the house with seven elements? (7) IS (-H)OMER S

18 Stranger let around gets upset (9) OUTLANDER*

19 A small measure for you to judge is all right (8) A CC U RATE

20 Wrong to name an oriental as an unkind person (6) MEAN* I E

22 On the contrary, the heart is properly on the side (6) RATHE* R

23 Southern state has a king in this generation for nearly all in retrospect (6) K ERA (-L)LA<-

25 Form an opinion to fine the character in hand (5) INFE* R

27 Deity hidden inside Varanasi (4) DEVA

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Hindu Crossword No. 9589 Monday, July 20, 2009


 1 Fluffy creatures getting naked, as in a festival held annually (5,8) SHEEP SHEARING

 8 Player is the man at the end, determined to play without Edward (9) {NETMINDER(-E)*}

 9 Group of people are at the entrance of an organisation (5) LOBBY

10 Outgrowths mostly are the one’s initially troubling all swimmers (7) AR IS T A S

12 Emblem is in the box he addressed (6) OXHEAD

14 Whip on the hanger (5) STRAP

16 Mountaineer leaving the rope regularly on the trees (4) SHE(-R)(-P)A

19 Give full particulars of the area to the audience (4) SITE (~cite)

20 Somehow the seat for a doctor is empty before time on the ship (9) {STE(A MB O)A*}T

21 Six yards of material arrive in South Island (4) S(AR)I

22 Rise to cross the master (4) SIRE*

25 Article to remain on the moon (5) THE BE

27 Tension one would undergo during an exam? (6) STRESS

29 A long exciting journey (7) ODYSSEY

32 Ahead of the firing line (5) FRONT

33 They do this to the prospective candidates (9) SHORTLIST

34 Large mammal is in the tangent area it built (5,8) GIANT ANTEATER*


 2 He left in to change the emergency number (7) {H(OT)(L)(IN)E}

 3 Journalist is in charge to mostly take a command (5) ED IC T

 4 Annoyer is unhappy at first (6) SAD IST

 5 Initially lacking desire to get an income (4) (-Y)EARN

 6 Calm down the race when ten are taken in place of one hundred and fifty (5) RE(L)A(X)(-C)

 7 The Rock territory (9) GIBRALTAR

 8 Comes closer to a partnership holding each royal leader (5) N(EA)(R)S

11 Features of a suspect strangely without you (7) {A SPECTS(-U)*}

12 Go against the headless cop to set before the leader of the Democrats (7) (-C)OP POSE D

13 They are the ones to throw a party! (5) HOSTS

15 Marie to design the fabric (5) RAMIE*

17 It may be laid in front of the fireplace (6,3) HEARTH RUG

18 Aides are thrown out of the way (5) ASIDE*

23 Motivate playing with an Oxford dreamer (7) INSPIRE

24 Leaders eagerly giving youths physical training in the country (5) E G Y P T

26 Retire gracefully from a boxing match around Ohio on Wednesday (3,3) {B(OW) OUT}

28 South Africa train regularly has an evil spirit (5) SA T A N

30 Initially young adults try relaxing after a holy pilgrimage (5) Y A T R A

31 A quiet active girl (4) A (SH) A

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Hindu Crossword No. 9588 Saturday, July 18, 2009

Some good ones today ........................


1 Plant in the grassy area is in the second place (5,5) GREEN B ROOM

9 Device is inside the bonnet alongside (6) ETALON

10 These are never sold at newsstands (4,6) BACK ISSUES

11 Loyal supporter removes the dry piece of clothing (6) S(-T)ALWAR(-T)

12 A City Council has developed roads not accepting the agreements (7) A C C {ORDS(-A)*}

16 Married German woman is the first to dodge the trickster (5) FRAU D

17 Sacred festival of colours, overheard (4) HOLY (~HOLI)

18 Unusual to be away for religious education (5) OUT RE

19 Regularly that hooker is in the lake (5) T A H O E

20 Show put up by one artist! (4) SOLO

21 A set of principles (5) ETHIC

22 A ballroom dance (7) FOXTROT

27 Old boy is around to sit out for a musician (6) O B O (IST*)

29 Severe scolding for the rapid gun fired at two (10) {UP(B)RAID(I)NG*}

30 Preferred buddy holding the tree (6) REDBUD

31 It’s an extra sheet in an examination (10) SUPPLEMENT


2 Almost all following the soldiers are genuine (4) RE AL

3 Polar resident is at ease initially keeping inside most objects (6) ES K I M O

4 America in debt perhaps may get damaged (6) {B(US)TED*}

5 Seed you love to distribute (5) {OV(U)LE*}

6 Dirty dining room at the end of the day (5) MESS Y

7 Articles in her wallet are set to be used throughout the year (3-7) {ALL-WE(A)THER*}

8 It is a ‘must’ in every recipe! (10) INGREDIENT

12 Overtired sounding to be honest (5,5) ABOVE BOARD (~bored)

13 Crowds at High Court create slogans (10) {CAT(C)(H)WORDS*}

14 Host somehow holds the loop of a new branch (5) {SHO(O)T*}

15 Being reserved, gangster gets no love from a female (5) AL O O F

23 Appeal to be available when requested (2,4) ON CALL

24 Horse-drawn carriage (6) TANDEM

25 Fasteners on horses (5) STUDS

26 A question arose for an American man in the bar going up (3,2) {BO(B} UP<-)

28 Clean inside in a short while (4) AN ON

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Hindu Crossword No. 9587 Friday, July 17, 2009

20dn ????


4 Happen to see Chan somehow held by a worker (8) {BE(C)(HANC*)E}

8 Dalit leader in Uttar Pradesh has left the former house (6) D UP L EX

9 Stripped to the minimum? (10) THREADBARE

10 Remove water from a boat’s package, overheard (4) BAIL (~bale)

11 Scratch the top of the box to see the money charged (4) (-C)RATE

13 The French talk too much of the small lake (6) LA GO ON

15 Such a system to help one in crisis (7) SUPPORT

17 Layman overheard railway spies to the left (4) L AIC<-

18 It is back to the statesman (4) TI<-TO

19 Abandoned young one in the morning on the track of a school (7) {A(CADE)M}Y

21 Hand the leper out to the worker (6) H(ELPER*)

22 Covering for the rain cap and spectacles of a woman (4) R(OO)F (this takes the cake today - NJ special!)

25 Decrease the curtain length (4) DROP (this is a nice one - have to give credit where credit is due!)

26 Scotsman initially orders girl and mother outside America having one mate (10) MON O G A M O US (runner up for the cake!)

27 The German follows the number on the boat (6) TEN DER

28 Supports the sailor in a deceitful manner (8) BACKS T AB


1 Abode made of earthen brick (5) ADOBE*

2 Statue of a mysterious person (6) SPHINX

3 Add that bit of flavour! (5) EXTRA

4 Push one’s way into the boat (5) BARGE

5 Flower arrangement for the boy is left to an alien (7) CHAP L ET

6 Double-talk with uncertainty (9) AMBIGUITY

7 Top artist is new in the fundamental business group (9) [COR{PO(RA)T*}E]

12 Very important person is in charge of the subject (5) TOP IC (running out of cake!!!!)

14 Nearly seconds before, Royal Challengers left in time for a film in the Spanish city (9) BA RC E L ON A

15 Put down the bit in an album (9) SCRAP BOOK

16 Rao captures the princess with a device (5) RA(DI)O

19 Side by side, a bear is out on the street (7) A (BREA*) ST

20 Bachelor is around the zigzag road in the city (6) ST(R)UD(E)?

22 It’s a diamond, in short (5) RHOMB

23 Not beginning to cook in the seven kilns (5) (-R)OAST S

24 Extra spear is functional (5) SPARE*

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Hindu Crossword No. 9586 Thursday, July 16, 2009

Now I am doing this purely for "medical" reasons - to get inside the mind of this woman!!!!!!!!


1 Principal element (4) LEAD

9 Cocktail gent has mixed as fast as possible (7,3,5) AGAINST THE CLOCK*

10 Lacking taste from the puff lately (4) FLAT

11 Fast arab turns back even to upwind (5) RA<-P I D

12 Heartless Roy is holding you and the black stone (4) {R(-O) U B Y}

13 Politician is following the case somehow leaving Edward with the naughty child (5) {SCA(-E)*}MP

14 Long trips taken by sea explorers! (7) VOYAGES

16 Birds irritate the calf in the capital of Sri Lanka (7) {FALC*} ON S

18 Sound to disturb the development stage (5) PHASE (~faze)

22 Race around area of land (4) ACRE*

23 Roll dice to host a party (5) THROW

24 After midnight, it is all right to go out of control (4) AM OK

25 A cut above the basic is mandatory at first for the spirit world (15) SUPER NATURAL IS M

26 First to dye the beard after sunset (4) D AWN


2 With hesitation, I and the saint are in charge of the debater (7) ER I ST IC

3 Start to dodge one second crook endlessly for the money the man is picking out (14) D I S CRIMINA(-L) TIN G

4 Quick to barge in Leeds every second (5) A G I L E

5 Finishes the card game (5) STOPS

6 Mummy holding the red hot owl gone off to sleep soundly (4,2,3,5) DEAD TO THE WORLD

7 Initially good looks often require immense approval from a girl (6) G L O R I A

8 Infection disturbs the basic beast regularly (7) (SCABI*) E S

15 Mediator’s job? (5,2) PATCH UP

17 Intelligent class the lady will start to rule (6) CL EVE R

19 Samajwadi leader has a structure opening in the direction of the bird (7) S WALL O W

20 Brother cooks the hot liquid (5) BR (OTH*)

21 Unpleasant woman buried in a poor setting (5) W(ORSE)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Hindu Crossword No. 9585 Wednesday, July 15, 2009

No idea why I'm solving this - a giant jig!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


2 Person in charge lacks the right to oversee (6) MANAGE(-R)

7 Soldier has a standard bomb (4) PAR A

9 Emperor is the country head in Zaire holding an adult (4) C Z(A)R

10 It appears twice as much in numbers (6,7) DOUBLE FIGURES

12 Built a lab in a country (7) ALBANIA*

13 Damage the car air pipe regularly of the French (7) C R I P P LE (this is so lame, can't she think of something better???)

15 Language spoken in a municipality (4) PALI

17 Make a mess of the dish inside the edges of a shell (5) S(POI)L

18 Engineers on the ship to pay tax (4) CE SS

19 Building material for the signboard (7) SHINGLE

21 Key worn by mistake in an American state (3,4) NEW YORK*

23 Quiet workers to almost follow the tables one has corrected in an organisation (13) (ESTABL*) I SH MEN T

27 A narrow promontory (4) HILL

28 I am back touching the thick mud (4) MI<-RE

29 Prevents the animals swallowing the bone (6) DE(T)ERS


1 Start to support a new boy coming up with the shoe (6) S A N DAL<-

2 Passing the tenth without the three spotted markings (10) MA(-TRI)CULATION

3 Empty set? (4) NULL

4 Game in the oil-producing countries gets around when taken for the upper class (4) G(-U)(+O)LF

5 Place ready displaying the shrub (4) ACER

6 Places us around the spacecrafts (8) CAPSULES*

8 Player in an enclosure on the road (5) CAGE R

11 Learning aid given in a textbook (7) EXAMPLE

13 Head cashier somehow lets in the customers (7) C(LIENTS*)

14 Chap to construct a yard with difficulty to measure the Southern elephants (10) (PACH*) Y D ER M S (if this is the anno then where is ER coming from? OR is it YARD with difficulty->YERD?)

16 Allow in to hit a hundred crazy to be fit (8) {ATH(LET)I*}C

20 Sign for the politician to arrive back (5) LIBRA

22 Step down from one’s position at the age of 58? (6) RETIRE

24 Not starting even at this time to prepare the land for crops (4) TILL

25 Lied about not being busy (4) IDLE*

26 Animal hidden in the bush area (4) HARE

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Hindu Crossword No. 9584 Tuesday, July 14, 2009


1 Girl conceals injury with immoral behaviour (7) AD(HARM)A

5 The way that some fish become wanderers (6) ST RAYS

11 A beau among several overeager ones (5) LOVER

12 Talkative guru, also first to rectify error (9) GAR(R)ULOUS*

13 A game that is not good, new in action (9) BAD MINT ON

14 A negative in church craft (5) C(A NO)E

15 A shout from the old leaders of lynch league (4) YE LL

17 Anxiety about article — a bird has it (7) FEA(THE)R

21 The pen most misused by mail carriers (7) POSTMEN*

22 Simpleton to start with, sailor becomes a hero (4) S TAR

26 A woody plant among Australian angiosperms (5) LIANA

27 Simple garment, large, thin, cool variety (9) (L)OINCLOTH*

29 Ghastly shock, near total (9) FRIGHT FUL

30 Non-pro person taking the pledge is a pinchpenny (5) (-PRO)MISER

31 Sad, yet somehow unwavering (6) STEADY*

32 Good man, unctuous, carrying pole in an unfeeling manner (7) ST {O(N)ILY}


2 He got the better of Goliath (5) DAVID

3 Scared of an attack around the capital of France (6) A (F) RAID

4 Strong, like my tea, say (6) MIGHTY (CUTE!)

6 Cut short an unbroken sequence beginning to cloy in gallery (8) T(RUN C)ATE

7 A decoration to beautify people on time (9) ADORN MEN T

8 She calls you brother (6) SISTER

9 Alumni, not necessarily of advanced years (3,4) OLD BOYS

10 Computer adjunct for a headless runner (7) (-S)PRINTER

16 A double, a kook that is all at sea (9) {L}OOK{A}{L}(I)K(E)

18 Affectionate cat hated change (8) ATTACHED*

19 Rich spring, not in operation (4,3) WELL OFF

20 William Tell, say, last to typify his art (7) ARCHER Y

23 Splits seen in a side in extremes of covetousness (6) C(LEFT)S

24 Colour that is powerful and intensely vivid, nameless (6) VIOLE(-N)T

25 Shrewdness of people coming after a copper (6) A CU MEN

28 A bird spotted among grouse lurking about (5) OUSEL