Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Financial Times Crossword 13,494 By Mudd, September 18, 2010

Dedicated to Shuchi - hope p = 1, k = anything (coincidentally, my initials)!

(Scroll down for Hindu Crossword 9960)


1   RETIRE  
12 ->BOOB<-
13 (IN)S(I)S(T)ENCE*
26 RIGA [T]
29 TRIP (-C)OLI(-N)


2   (T)RILOB(IT)E*
3   RARE
5   POSE (IDON*)
7   EL(G)IN<-
19 (SO YA)(M ILK)
27 DIVA<-

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Hindu Crossword No. 9960 Wednesday, September 29, 2010


1 It maintains temperature in a storm that rages around the east (10) TH(E)RMOSTAT*

7 Old place in the South-east, no doubt about it (4) S(UR)E

9 A crane collapsing is difficult to understand (6) ARCANE*

10 Look back in exotic Venice and see use of force (8) VI(OL<-)ENCE*

11 It tells you how far you have gone (8) ODOMETER

12 Leaving out hint of rhetoric in a passage from the book (6) EXCE(-R)PT

13 Break in a ritual covering telepathy (7) R(ESP)ITE

16 Would a goat ail, however, from this pain? (7) OTALGIA*

17 Kind of writing as may be left by a spinner? (7) SPIDERY

19 Show disrespect for admirer beginning to exasperate (7) PRO FAN E

22 Greeting one with a sausage (6) SALAM I

23 Needy policeman figuring in an order (8) IND(IG)ENT

26 Suspicion about a girl's property arrangement (8) DI'S TRUST

27 One of those preferred by gentlemen? (6) BLONDE

28 Old author revealed in a spring evening (4) INGE

29 She saw what happened! (10) EYEWITNESS


2 Such help needs to be paid for (5) HIRED

3 A pro mad about a travellers' guide (4,3) ROAD MAP*

4 Love, green, is not hidden (5) O VERT

5 Make a statement in a southern state about a public house (6) T(AVER)N

6 Vehicle built by a swotter with energy (3-6) TWO-SEAT(E)R*

7 Design for a kind of gun insurers rejected (7) STEN CIL<-

8 Welcome do (9) RECEPTION

14 Atonement by former detective followed by performance without a trace of conscience (9) EX PI A(-C)TION

15 True pundit, nameless, troubled by depravity (9) TURPITUDE(-N)*

18 One conscripted, a floater in a river (7) D(RRAFT)EE

20 It provides a warning to ships in low visibility (7) FOGHORN

21 What necessity may be turned into (6) VIRTUE

24 State what sounds like an entreaty to shoppers (5) DU BAI (~ do buy)

25 Lumps formed by electrodes with top removed (5) (-A)NODES

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Hindu Crossword No. 9959 Tuesday, September 28, 2010


1 In company, male, very emotional, is inclined to pity (13) CO M PASSIONATE

10 Sweet smell of a grain in the land of perfumes (9) FR(A GR)ANCE

11 Seductive women against accepting current measure (5) V(AMP)S

12 Flier lacking top growth in America? (5) (-BALD) EAGLE

13 See you later....! (9) ... ALLIGATOR!

14 Become fashionable, go to bed (4,2) TURN IN

16 Semiprecious stone is a barrier (5) A GATE

19 Unhealthily thin creature, a bit glum, bends back (5) SCRA<-G

20 Very large number starting descent into port (6) OS TEN D

25 Fliers use it to make a change about duration (9) AL(TIME)TER

26 Old official seen here before evening (5) REEVE

27 Cause of trouble — a soprano in treatment (5) CUR(S)E

28 He introduces new ideas when, in the hostelry, eggs rot somehow (9) INN OVA (TOR*)

29 See the church cat go crazy for some food (7,6) COTTAGE (C)HEES(E)*
2 In the outskirts of Ooty, forest official finds a greenhouse (8) O(RANGER)Y

3 It holds rupees perhaps, with a bit taken off (5) PURSE(-E)*

4 Browning on exposure to big star (6) SUN TAN

5 Beliefs that the French yogi, on demand, spells out (8) I{(D)E(O)L}OGY*

6 The worth of stock that one computer magnate manages to sail with (9) NAV I GATES

7 Entices casual worker with hollow truths (6) TEMP TS

8 There has to be a cause for it (6) EFFECT

9 Take over by force when you surprise one inside (5) USURP

15 Trendy as well as corrupt, he holds the post (9) IN CUM BENT (nice!)

17 Wielding the willow, getting in fifty and fighting (8) BATT(L)ING

18 Notes about ten different reminders of the past (8) MEM(ENT*)OS

21 “If your morals make you __, depend on it, they are wrong” (R.L.Stevenson (6) DREARY

22 Music of the month (5) MARCH

23 In which one hears more than one speaker (6) STEREO (cute!)

24 Aiming at peace can inspire niceness to an extent (6) IRENIC

26 Light entertainment is always backed around university (5) REV(U)E<-

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Hindu Crossword No. 9958 Monday, September 27, 2010


1 Boat race for a great time in the making! (7) (REGAT*) T A

5 Term promissory notes as open to doubt (7) DUB IOUs

9 A friend, a means of going up on board ship (9,6) COMPANION LADDER

10 What is accepted in a trendy scene shot in one go (6) IN TAKE

11 It goes to prove guilt — or innocence (8) EVIDENCE

13 Bons vivants sure to scamper after a long story (8) EPIC (URES*)

15 Lodging for worker, outwardly modest (6) SH(ANT)Y

18 They are needed to ensure production (6) INPUT

19 Garment worn by people who provoke after a time (8) T ROUSERS

22 The measure of a jester's hat (5,3) FOOL'S CAP

24 Good man, free, strays to rot away (6) FE(ST)ER*

27 Important part of airport? True, large, done up afresh (9,6) DEPARTURE LOUNGE*

28 On European soil our destinations include this place of pilgrimage (7) LOURDES
29 Measure of disorder in funny new poetry (7) E(N)TROPY*


1 Lean back and find a place of learning on track (7) REC LINE

2 Range displayed by Greek character immersed in a bit of music (5) G {A(M)UT}

3 Athletes' wear shows marks left by clubs, say (9) TRACK SUIT

4 The central part of an alliance (4) AXIS

5 Starting afresh from Latin (2,4) DE NOVO

6 To come down to earth after end of climb is boring (5) B(LAND) (cute!)

7 Order for weapons to protect capital of Italy (9) ORD(I)NANCE

8 Pitifully bad to involve chief engineer in black magic (7) SOR(CE)RY

12 To seek charity is a bad beginning, say (3) BEG

14 Spontaneous in saying one's on time, for all to see (9) I'M PROMPT U

16 A dwelling that hobo's auntie, dropping in, violated (9) HOUSEBOAT*(-IN)

17 Mineral with monetary value in Norway (3) ORE

18 A non-believer in life, daughter reformed (7) INFI(D)EL*

20 The knife treatment (7) SURGERY

21 Principles of a suave Liberal translated (6) VA(L)UES*

23 A tiny piece of something right in the outhouse (5) SH(R)ED

25 Brown to leave for a dance (5) TAN GO

26 Give up a part of your space de facto (4) CEDE

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Hindu Crossword No. 9957 Saturday, September 25, 2010


1 Document about important organ is handed over (9) DE(LIVER)ED

5 Dictator loses direction where buses are kept (5) DE(-S)POT

8 Members vying with each other — for destructive power (4,4) ARMS RACE

9 Chicken in the making, say (6) EMBRYO

11 Close to the davit, aperture that holds the oar (5) THOLE

12 In a sentence, it may mean reduction (9) REMISSION

13 Preserve a way with a misleading fabrication (6) CAN A RD

14 Male voice that may cut out one strange note (8) BAR I (TONE*)

16 Would a team yearn for such a glance? (8) SIDE LONG

18 Visible feature in a spectacle (6) ASPECT

22 A French editor catches stable boy for not being smartly turned out (9) UN GROOM ED

23 Motivate member wearing garland wrong way round (5) I(MP)EL<-

24 Set of people, including wife, become mature (4,2) {GRO(W) UP}

25 A growth right by a racecourse (4-4) R(AIN TREE)

26 Old German ship with men of French build (5) EM(DE)N*

27 Dish for cooking cereals, outsize (9) CAS(S)ER(O)LE*


1 Playing cards? It can be rigorous (7) DRAS(TI)C*

2 Satire provides light on love being hidden (7) LAMP (O) ON

3 A spineless one lacks it (9,6) VERTEBRAL COLUMN

4 What often gets broken in sport (6) RECORD

5 The subject for ‘daily study'! (8,7) DOMESTIC SCIENCE

6 Riot cop stumbles at entrance to building (7) PORTICO*

7 Severely beat as would a heartless teacher with a cat (7) TR OUNCE

10 Mother gets name in capital (5) AMMA N

15 Little old man missing second in full DNA sequence (5) G(-E)NOME

16 Evade duty perhaps (7) SMUGGLE

17 Comic character whom a good wife and daughter upset (7) D A G(W)OOD*

19 Grass found in the Pyrenees part of Spain (7) ES PART O

20 Flammable liquid with a funny blue tone, no black in it (7) TOLUENE(-B)*

21 Notions about dawn of love become standards of perfection (6) IDEA(L)S

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Hindu Crossword No. 9956 Friday, September 24, 2010


1 Sworn statement by confused diva caught in a c'convulsion (9) A (F'FI(DAVI*)T

5 A craze with bridge players gradually disappears (5) FAD E S

8 American author who would send letters (6) MAILER

9 Great agitation for those who follow postal code (8) TAILS PIN
11 A sound comeback? (4) ECHO

12 Good, masterful steering needed in ocean current (4,6) G(ULF STREAM*)

14 A warning from the ticker! (5) ALARM

15 Leader liable to be held by murderer (7) C(APT)AIN

16 Creature, part worker, part big cat (7) ANT LION

17 Girl, bit of a siren at large (5) IRENA

19 A sound system of diagnosis (10) SONOGRAPHY

20 Stake reversed on mount (4) ETNA<-

22 Can a boil be cured by this kind of hormone? (8) ANABOLIC*

23 Engineer seized and observed (6) BE HELD

24 Alien artist bearing a cross in a run (5) E(X)T RA

25 Dividend for the one in half, say (9) NUMERATOR


1 Fighting forces get a sign to go around top of mountain (6) AR(M)IES

2 Escape? Go with worker, one serving travellers (6,9) FLIGHT ATTEND(ANT)

3 Rajan and Sajan Misra in action (4) DUET

4 But it may still work when vehicle movement is not heavy (7,5) TRAFFIC LIGHT

5 For a writing instrument, bend, flatten pipe, take out article (4-3,3) FELT-TIP PEN(-A)*

6 A home in which to relax? Patent dump, spruced up! (6,9) DUPLEX APARTMENT*

7 Beware, he may throw dust in your eyes (7) SANDMAN

10 Increase in the amount of guano, it meant trouble (12) AUGMENTATION*

13 Used in cookery by a bachelor ruler, preparing dosa (6,4) BA KING (SODA*)

16 Reduce the suffering of a wise one going around America the wrong way (7) A S(SU<-)AGE

18 Place to keep foodFrench and German articles – around top of refrigerator (6) LA (R) DER

21 Costly pet (4) DEAR

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Hindu Crossword No. 9955 Thursday, September 23, 2010


1 String of wordsnot involving a rigorous stretch? (6,8) SIMPLE SENTENCE

8 One needing oxygen for the energy to cure the English bore beginning to extemporise (6) A E (ROBE*)

9 Officer and worker accept award from resident (8) OC (CUP) ANT

11 Should a voter care, however, to show an exaggerated response? (9) OVERREACT*

12 Food carried by cautious US hikers (5) SUSHI

13 Journalist, outwardly more than satisfied, is put to sleep (7) S(ED)ATED

15 Imitate and try to match a bird tardily (7) EMU LATE

17 The aloofness of a stand-by (7) RESERVE

19 Courageous, like Manekshaw perhaps (7) BAHADUR

21 If damp, it will be a disappointment (5) SQUIB

23 Draw attention to superior brightness (9) HIGH LIGHT

25 Expound notes by writer (8) D E SCRIBE

26 Position assumed when girl is ousted from intervening space (6) (-DI)STANCE

27 The Marx Brothers at Mahalaxmi! (1,3,2,3,5) A DAY AT THE RACES


1 Areas of darkness created by a daughter in public displays (7) SH(A D)OW

2 Regret dropping note in a sort of code (5) (-RE)MORSE

3 A Simon Bolivar in orbit: real funny (9) LIBERATOR*

4 It could be black in a formal dinner (7) NECKTIE

5 Ladies' bags to suit English design (5) E(TUIS*)

6 Where clothes may go hang (4,5) COAT STAND

7 Workers' protest, a hit (6) STRIKE

10 Poet reportedly not admitted (4) BARD (~barred)

14 Deliberately concealed, or did I guess wrong? (9) DISGUISED*

16 To pad furniture hurts Pole badly (9) UPHOLSTER*

17 Stay and get note on team (6) RE SIDE

18 Public display of a piece of evidence (7) EXHIBIT

19 Sacks for silver in the outskirts of Bahamas (4) B(AG)S

20 Contemptible people get time in rebuilt resort (7) ROT(T)ERS*

22 Rather foolish to leave weapon in empty buggy (5) B(ARM)Y

24 Information one beginning to comprehend relating to a factor in heredity (5) GEN I C

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Hindu Crossword No. 9954 Wednesday, September 22, 2010

8 Guesses players on the field? (8,7) BALLPARK FIGURES

10 Detectives in an excited tussle put in hospital (7) SLEUT(H)S*

11 Ghost's description given time and again (7) SPEC T RE

12 Tony gets student's aid (4) HE(L)P

13 Many model homes have eastern exit and entrance (9) T HOUS(-E)(+AND)S

15 Retort right after one is taken in by the English (7) R (I) POST E

17 Fruit mousse with nothing brown on top (7) TAN GEL O

19 Cross limit often pointlessly for a theme (9) LEITMOTIF(-N)*

21 Clean without water (4) NEAT

24 Compound interest perhaps, return of money comes first (7) NIT<-RATE

25 Seaman I revive from memory loss (7) AMNESIA*

26 Tottenham's best player right now is unprepared (4,2,3,6) SPUR OF THE MOMENT


1 Big honour to get second Emmy at the start (5) OBE S E

2 Shear sheep to pull the wool over one's eyes (6) FLEECE

3 Unusually happiest memories that are set in stone (8) EPITAPHS*

4 Go over to the other side, to religious symbol and article with St. (5,3,6) CROSS THE STREET

5 Rues beheading birds (6) (-R)EGRETS

6 Charade about time and money going around (8) P RE TENSE

7 One who expresses surprise with number one's comeback on parting grand slam (9) ASPERS(I ON<-)

9 One who is uncomfortable, who fears outfit that is shady (4,3,2,5) FISH OUT OF WATER

14 Doctor on round taking one out of malady with wit (9) DR O (-I)LLNESS

16 Input rot, ridiculous output (8) PRINTOUT*

18 Sister's bringing one in midday with fracture that won't heal (8) NO(NUN I)ON

20 Notice animal sound outside a hayfield (6) ME(AD)OW

22 A new promise to bring out a solution (6) A N SWE(-A)R

23 Place it within the common class (5) CASTE

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Hindu Crossword No. 9953 Tuesday, September 21, 2010


1 Hold a tailless grouse (4) GRIP(-E)

3 Casablanca's English seat of power? (5,5) WHITE HOUSE

9 Excitement initially lacking in party (7) (-C)AROUSAL

11 Element's acceptable as a substitute for carbon in the skull (7) (-C)(+U)RANIUM

12 That padre got drunk at an unsafe place (9) DEATHTRAP*

13 Couple adopts a writer (5) TW(A)IN

14 Reveal chest containing gold for officer (3,9) AIR COMMOD(OR)E

18 Incumbent government lost a developed state (5,7) UTTAR PRADESH

21 Leaders from America said absolutely nothing about this position (5) A S A N A

22 Damn it! Opening batsman's nervous before playing a game (9) B (ADMINT*) ON

24 Officer sounded belligerent (7) MARSHAL (~MARTIAL)

25 Conclude that cancer may be inactive (4,3) SIGN OFF

26 Bump off suitor taken inside for a bit of necking (10) PR(OTRUSI*)O N

27 Not married — like 11 and others (2,2) (-M) ET AL (nice!)


1 Relative's excellent lawyer died (8) GRAND DA D

2 Working adroitly for admiration (8) IDOLATRY*

4 Perhaps Captain Ahab lost weight to become fitter (5) (-W)HALER

5 Baseless to blast fool — totally baseless (7-2) TRUMP (ED UP*)

6 Earth may be moving (13) (HEART*)BREAKING

7 John said you are not starting last (6) U R INA L

8 Queen's stock of fur (6) ER MINE

10 Either master or mistress prepares chocolates with her (13) SCHOOLTEACHER

15 Spooner's hit the shopping centres for non-veg. koftas (9) MEAT BALLS (~BEAT MALLS)

16 Place to defeat a swimmer (3,5) (SEA T) ROUT

17 Pleased that husband's in American prison? Not quite right! (8) T(H)ANK FUL(-L)

19 Prepare to become more animated (4-2) WARM-UP

20 Waves or bangs on the head? (6) HAIRDO

23 No ideal location for club (5) DISCO

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Hindu Crossword No. 9952 Monday, September 20, 2010



1 Left stranded? Back off, go down to the left, followed by right, left, left, left (6) BARREN? (BARRED?)

4 Saint going around in an old Indian kingdom (8) NI<-CHOLAS

10 Draft study plan (9) CON SCRIPT

11 The seven sisters from India escape a famine incited by criminals (5) MAFIA(-ne)*

12 Tired – having lost right at the beginning (4) D(-R)AWN

13 Nothing to write about infiltrating cult – It's known to all (4,6) O PEN SEC(RE)T

15 We transfer electronic bits to use this! (7) WE (BSIT*) E

16 Work without pressure, like a professional (6) EX PERT

19 Lovers of the Italian geneticist (6) MEN DE L

21 Extravagant country of the Turkish dynasty (7) OTTOMAN

23 Perhaps, someone like Lenin would excitedly solve this brainteaser at first (10) B(OLSHEVIST*)

25 Landmass has dissolved? Nothing odd about it (4) I S L E

27 Playboy's finally marrying a cheat (5) RO(G)UE

28 Abuse Charlie in annex (9) ADDI(C)TION

29 Good leader's shaggy dog (8) AI (REDALE*)

30 Disheartened Tennyson composed this poem (6) SONNET(-ny)*


1 Withdraw as student's left black and blue (4,4) B(-L)ACK DOWN

2 Soldiers revolutionary uprising in island is something that can be recreated (9) RENEWABLE

3 Deal with a particular type of person (4) EACH

5 Great selection of print ensemble (7) INTENSE

6 Latin man's method has cut short time for a doctor (10) HOMO EO(-n) PATH

7 Being king, he may be in prison for a long time (5) LIFE R

8 Fight with army in a Greek city (6) SPAR TA

9 Bohemian joint that's conserving power (6) HIP (P) IE

14 What a driver may face when his swindle's unravelled (10) WINDSHIELD

17 Forgiveness of sin is more treacherous (9) REMISSION

18 Trainee starts to enjoy this surfers' paradise (8) INTERN E T

20 Message for world peace at the start of a tennis game? (4-3) LOVE-ALL

21 Playing eleven can score a goal from this position (6) ONSIDE

22 Russian region's not south of the European peninsula (6) (-S)IBERIA

24 A winter sport athlete's pistol (5) LUGER

26 Sophocles regularly wrote about this nymph (4) E C H O<-

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Hindu Crossword No. 9951 Saturday, September 18, 2010

Quite an easy one by Neyartha's standards ...........................


1 Witty doctor indulges voter (6-7) SILVER-TONGUED* (nice!)

9 Vendor's distinguishing symbol around the golf ball holder (9) MARKE(TEE)R

10 Herald conservative replacement for Bishop Rose (5) CRIER

11 Executioner with Indian intoxicant needs no introduction to the staff (7) (-B)HANG MAN

13 Days marked by peace and prosperity, for example (7) HALCYON

14 Revolution brought to notice by Mark on the radio (5) WHEEL (~WEAL)

15 Larders in Florida missing colourful insects (9) BUTTER(-FL)IES

17 Display of purls done in new fashion (9) SPLENDOUR*

18 Dissatisfied? Dispute date advancement softly (3,2) (FED U*)P

20 Element of revolutionary advantage with hospital adjoining old town (7) SULP<- H UR

22 Master starting ocean cruise with the company of a North African wind (7) SIR OC CO

23 Support for artist reduced by the Liberal taking over from the Democrat (5) EASE(-D)(+L)

24 One trained in a scientific field makes this spicy concoction (9) PHYSICIST*

26 Book of tables prepared by accountant (5,8) READY RECKONER


1 Courts overturn besieging of border retreat against all odds (7) SO(MEH<-)OW<-

2 75 per cent of the organ-gallery accommodated items related to the windpipe (9) LARYNGEAL*(-ORG)

3 First lady (3) EVE

4 Promotional ploy making an appearance during the sortieing (3-2) TIE-IN

5 Short rant about Polaris (5,4) NORTH STAR*

6 Everyone admitted to unforced error being needless (8-3) UNC(ALL)ED-FOR*

7 Lifted gloomy imprisoned single with unknown flower (5) DA(I)S<-Y

8 Software Nash provided for the domains (6) ARENAS

12 Style of bodice in Massachusetts leading to extreme depression (11) M(ELAN)(CHOLI)A {no indicator for Indian bodice?}

15 Life story's list of references lacked blog link identifiers initially (9) BI(-BLI)OGRAPHY

16 Bring in charged particle to create this electrical phenomenon (9) INDUCT ION

17 A convent member's relative (6) SISTER

19 Student enlisted by Harry of Hogwarts to find the cabalist (7) P(L)OTTER

21 Cutting tool with bridge player confiscated by upset official (5) LA(S)ER

22 Kind expression (5) STYLE

25 Caught including abbreviated sign (3) INK