Thursday, November 24, 2005

Across

1 New name for Mr. Lee (5) - ELMER
6 Avoids the jumps (5) - SKIPS
9 In an Irish county, an artist has a mobile home (7) - CARAVAN
10 Slightly less clever, but easy to enjoy (5) - LIGHT
11 Someone to coddle (5) - MOLLY
12 You'll admit the town centre has everything (5) - ALLOW
13 Rather elderly for such speed (7) - SEVENTY
15 It's of great value in management (3) - GEM
17 Poke softly with a stick (4) - PROD
18 A paint surface (6) - PATINA
19 Look disdainfully both ways, always? (5) - SNEER
20 Possibility of a companion getting the cane, maybe? (6) - CHANCE
22 For this penetrating word, I trust to love! (4) - INTO
24 Fish in the Elbe (3) - EEL
25 One apt to swoon, being weaker? (7) - FAINTER
26 A little collection of alms - a bit of help (5) - SMALL
27 Teasingly long piece? (5) - STRIP
28 Girl to see in the part of a lady? (5) - CINDY
29 A refreshing place (7) - TEAROOM
30 Creature unable to multiply? (5) - ADDER
31 Find how to make finance work profitably (5) - LEARN

Down

2 Take your time with it in a new role! (6) - LOITER
3 Sounded unoriginal (6) - ECHOED
4 One doing the dirty out of wrath? (3) - RAT
5 Ray's holding the money again, we gather (5) - RALLY
6 It needn't contain Russian tea (7) - SAMOVAR (Thanks Tolstoy!)
7 As you realise, it sounds discouraging (4) - KNOW
8 Flower fertiliser (6) - POLLEN
12 A note shiftily to make up (5) - ATONE
13 An additive used in hospices (5) - SPICE
14 Like a number of singers (5) - VOCAL
15 Big Joe, a six-footer (5) - GIANT
16 Police district or man, maybe (5) - MANOR
18 Breaking a plate is a bit of a bloomer (5) - PETAL
19 Hurry to spread a stupid scare about a politician (7) - SCAMPER
21 He has a name for getting angry (6) - HEATED
22 Eventually be punctual (2,4) - IN TIME
23 Can be rented - by a nurse? (6) - TENDER
25 Generally she's not beastly! (5) - FLORA
26 Something to work on constructively (4) - SITE
28 Pass for an officer (3) - COL

First time ever that I've completed a cryptic crossword. Deccan Herald, easier than most other papers, but what the hell! I'm so proud of myself!

9 Comments:

Blogger Jang!! said...

How exactly is

10 Slightly less clever, but easy to enjoy (5) - LIGHT
18 A paint surface (6) - PATINA

etc. etc. cte. tce. tec......

Explain a few of these bugger.!

3:31 AM, November 26, 2005  
Blogger Hoarse Whisperer said...

clever - sly

less here is used to mean without.. so..

slightly less clever - slightly without sly

when you remove the first and the last two letters from slightly, i.e. sly, you're left with light

light - easy to enjoy



the second one, i couldn't have got without the connecting words. i got all the letters except for the 't' from other words. only then i realised it was an anagram of 'a paint'. but there is no anagram indicator.. not a very good clue.

10:05 PM, November 26, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa!
I never even look at the cryptic ones.. Don't have patience..
But good for you!!!

6:11 AM, November 27, 2005  
Blogger silentkiller said...

way to go! do you try the hindu? i try that every day. (can't complete it and all)

5:02 AM, November 29, 2005  
Blogger Hoarse Whisperer said...

i try it occasionally.. haven't ever completed it either.. usually, i can do about half.

1:38 AM, November 30, 2005  
Blogger Jang!! said...

Bugger!

Ur a genius.

Didn't know I sat with such a brainy guy next to class and all.

Now I know.

7:29 AM, November 30, 2005  
Anonymous Vaibhav said...

Nice....
Makes me feel like trying to compile one myself.
Next time can you give just the clue and post the answers 2-3 days later, so that I can try the crossword?
See you on Saturday.

7:56 AM, November 30, 2005  
Blogger Hoarse Whisperer said...

Saturday? Banga's coming sometime next week.. 10th I think.
Don't suppose you get the Deccan Herald in Bombay.. Hindu's much harder anyway..

@silentkiller.. the poster of the above comment is one guy who can complete the hindu crossword.

1:06 AM, December 01, 2005  
Blogger Humour and last laugh said...

interesting!

1:23 AM, December 01, 2005  

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