No.31 November 2017

Channel201711

Across
1 My life is in ruins (13)
9 Stoop, losing right for a head-hunt (5)
10 Pasta’s in tomcat? I digress (9)
11 Santa with model and drink? In your head! (9)
12 Without doubt, in sum (5)
13/18 Hangover cure could be shed (4,2,3,3)
14 Venerate serpentine jade (8)
16 Deride an evil act, reportedly for an item of footwear (8)
18 See 13
21 Dry drug placed before vault (5)
22 Direction of longitudinal intersection east – and not in fact? (4,5)
24 Flipping Bogan to join NASA? Flip! (2,7)
25 Pale moon before statesman (5)
26 Mysterious organisation widow’s liable to pan, in a way (13)
Down
1 Jelly like film, in short (5)
2 Food for man at lunchtime (7)
3 What is the possibility of life after death? (1,5,2,1,6)
4 Chairman returning a Russian to Otago town (6)
5 Love in torment, with no alternative for location of insect (spoiler!) (8)
6 Nine microphones pick up bewilderment (15)
7 Bottom lover is a giant amongst others (7)
8 Quantities of drink and the city, say, beat poet (8)
13 Main online location is in call (4,4)
15 Harken to 10+1, roughly speaking (6,2)
17 Deer to transport half a cartoon bear, you say? (7)
19 Where the dubious surf? (4,3)
20 US, sir? A different country! (6)
23 Thus a chicken joins the church (5)

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No.30 October 2017

Channel201710

Across
1/11/14 Obscure lunatic to secure a place for dreamers (5,6,4)
4 Who’s to be afraid of Virginia, say? (8)
9 A patterns of signs indicate my drones will crash (8)
11 See 1
12 Trickster McKenzie taking in Rex, scholar (4,6)
14 See 1
15 Yearn with added milk for a Kiwi type of 1 (4,5)
18 Cold but fast (5)
20 17th century recorder held back by gypsy pepperbox (5)
1/21 7’s subject doming up alarmingly for distributed data processing (9)
25 This qualification might cure acne (4)
26 Australian interior, or house’s exterior? (3,7)
29 Artist with a wall of 1 and slippery 29, almost (6)
30 Cops I hear down yonder green valley (3,5)
31 Type of 1 with a stalk and cap (8)
32 Type of 1 attack (5)
Down
2 1 may form this early, perhaps (5)
3 A type of 1 losing th’ place unhappy might be in relation to a 1 (5)
5 It’s been edited for the writer (1,6)
6 Agitate divorcee with recount (6)
7 Locust and tick almost dance for paranormal investigator (9)
8 Grant taken in by façade; almost disapprove (5,4)
10 Plant, or suffer! (6)
13 Poetic contraction not quite observed (3)
16 Demand too much from six deliveries, with me stuffing bivalve mollusc (9)
17 Plotter who failed to set off (3,6)
19 Action of a geyser towards the top of water plant (6)
22 King’s daughter wearing spectacles supplies wild marjoram (7)
23 Paramilitaries from Levin? (3)
24 One who perseveres with a stiffener? (6)
1/27 Note noisy explosion when it’s pouring (5)
28 Lifting partially irrevocable lid – it may be formed by 1 (5)

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No.29 September 2017

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Across
1 Brouhaha Centre with blurb, oddly (6)
5 Choice gravy (7)
9 Hannibal held ours (not taking sides) for teacher (8)
10 Features that might be carried on, say (6)
11 Verbal questioning of dentistry? (4,11)
13 A. Dolan, shortly going to island in what some call the present era (3,2,3)
14 City of a Hundred Gates, almost the finest (6)
15 Agency accepting obstacle over tongue (6)
17 Exert influence to silent, farthest point (8)
19 Types of intercourse and stroke for a people person (6,9)
20 Imagine five liars, such as Bob Acres and Ensign Beverley, or Sir Lucius O’Trigger and Captain Absolute (6)
21 Dominate above brook? (8)
23 Small aviator has short day to reverse tiny amount (7)
24 Impale a bird, I hear (6)
Down
2 Vehicle must be not odd (3)
3 Hurricanes were involved in this atmospheric contest (6,2,7)
4 Prohibit afternoon test to become a lawyer (3,4)
5 Top-drawer amount wasted for Brexit, for example (11,4)
6 Essex tincture more than half finished (7)
7 Berliner that I’ve restored to an empire-builder (4,3,8)
8 London police got up to ten usually, disrobing for city gent’s 5 down (11)
12 Simon McGregor dropped ‘M’ off at Douglas’ 5 down (11)
16 One pursuing firm defeat of big things (7)
18 Time madmen lost head to lace makers (7)
22 Consumed with overthrowing Greek character (3)

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No 28 August 2017

Channel201708

Across
1 Short book returned on account by dangerous smoker (7)
5 Tiller of distant Parisian water (6)
10 Three drinks, then dance (3-3-3)
11 Brothers in musical form? (5)
12 No seducer, I will join local community (6)
13 Film star going to Illinois causes tumult (7)
15 In no way does he think “less is more” ? (9)
17 Company direction found in a 1 across (4)
18 At first, Captain Scarlet had “urban validity” (4)
19 Go towards Arctic the other way around to get a 1 across (5,4)
23 Start out like a blunt writer? (4,3)
24 Hard-hitting film company? (6)
27 Splinter nearly reversed, for our sins (5)
28 Elders nut out the final consequence (3,6)
29 Like Uriah Heep with cap off canvas covering (6)
30 Commercial picker who takes in by choice (7)
Down
1 Winner of tailless 25 (6)
2 M-monkey? Not quite American animal (5)
3 Perfect ache I’ve cured (7)
4 Feel missing tip – that could hurt (4)
6 See 25
7 A 1 across is our ham, too, theatrically (9)
8 Determination about what you’ll do with this clue (7)
9 Called a friend of Dorothy for a 1 across (9)
14 Collymoddle? (9)
16 Musical drama time – star rising to give offence (9)
18 Roughly birch in a 1 across (7)
20 Man: “Oh, Eva!” – getting up to give the boot (5-2)
21 A 25 you can take or leave? (6)
22 Cold appraiser found in a 1 across (6)
25/6 Stuff Hall into a 1 across (5,6)
26 Assistant dropping a suggestion (4)

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No 27 July 2017

Channel201707

Across
1 Tip for drama – where, for part of the winter, 5 & 2 live! (1,7)
5 Rock a 21 across? (6)
10 Inelegant rebel rose (9)
11 Maya’s patch for plant (5)
12 Treaty aiming to prohibit atomic cricket? (4,3)
13 For the tree is in proportion (3,4)
14 O brother, thou art a gem! (4)
16 Victory cut short by disease particles; three are required to rule (9)
19 Nitre dissolved about 10, so not basic (9)
21 Captain Cook? (4)
23 Enjoys fixed routines (7)
25 Got tall rogue to stop (7)
27 See 22 Down
28 Baby footballers? (9)
29 Flash 21 across, Peter? (6)
30 See 3 Down
Down
1 Standard layout of “Quickview Exhibitor” trophy cases (6)
2 A 21 across might be decked? (5)
3/30 Catch Lorde in a benign theatrical number, first sign of a 21 across (7,8)
4 Exercise power over it and extremists’ extremes – kindles an old flame? (9)
6 Level clothing (7)
7 Soggy sandwich? (9)
8 Animal I’d cook for a 21 across (5,3)
9 There is a tide in the affairs of guinea pigs… (4)
15 Steamy work of dubious merit? (9)
17 Unknown woman, possible follower of Terra (9)
18 Animal wants to keep the entire fund? (8)
20 Opening holds 6 outside the womb (2,5)
21 Trendy cup of tea for the chilly bin (4,3)
22/27 The Planets’ originator follows Cassius Clay Jr to a 21 across (6,5)
24 Arabians lacking AI in a lather? (4)
26 Those people with Oriental bearing; that’s the area being discussed (5)

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No 26 June 2017

Channel201706

Across
1 Season with plant (6)
4 Ray sick in cape (8)
10 Be successful individual’s braces – that can annoy (3,2,4,6)
11 Weapon failure? (1-4)
12 Conflicting illegal acts (3,6)
13/18 King camper takes vegetable to hot oven for originator of masses (6,3,9)
15 Port obtained from overturned case of Oloroso (4)
17 Fruit not given by the careless (1,3)
18 See 13
20 Schedule it in for the east end of Tipperary (9)
23 Elephant doctor interrupting twosome (5)
24 “Waving a towel” Thursdays? This way to the Chathams! (15)
25 Insect to secretly leave gazelle (8)
26 Shrubs, no herbs (6)
Down
1 Birds who twerk? (8)
2 Fairly easy? Sounds like a description of the Gordian one (3,3,9)
3 Honouring Lennon? Big shock! (9)
5 Confidence of American Bottom to bend nacre askew (9)
6 His or her model successor (5)
7 Standard of devotion preached by Saint Bernard? (4,2,4,2,3)
8 Appraise female donkey (6)
9 Sat once for flakes (4)
14 Instrument six support, and repeatedly mention (9)
15 Reptiles hid in broken down pianos (9)
16 Reverses one Blair lady (8)
19 Seat is not right for a nap (6)
21 Merman to leave the lake for a trim… (5)
22 …despite which, one is abominable (4)

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No.24 April 2017

Channel0417

Across
1 Stead initially found in Gold Country here (8)
8 Order Cockney ladies to be wordsmiths (7)
9 Stern G.B. is one of our 8 (8)
10 Political exile, fighter poetically before 5s (6)
11 Told to get knotted? (7)
13 Coward at Christmas? (4)
14 Coming to like small bed colouration (9)
18 Food found on head? (4)
19 Note: males have the last word (4)
20 Knight who forces things open, I hear, is the one who cried “Boo!” (9)
22 Slow-tearing tearers, according to 23 5 (4)
24 First part of 9 with excellent expression of distaste (7)
27 Near-naked swinger in Edgar’s work (6)
29 30, fat? Perhaps fair (8)
30 Chris, one of our 8, returned prize houses to King (7)
31 Without an axe, cloning accident for one of our 8 who produced 27 30 (5,3)
Down
1 Ship, and most of what it carries (4)
2 Mound for terrier (5)
3 Left as Queen emits bright light? (5)
4 Closest Listener in the home (7)
5 See 23
6 Gagarin set a fashion, perhaps after leaving this? (7,4)
7 Disrespect from Paul, midnight rider in loveless iron church (11)
11 Whereas Star Wars gives seabirds… (11)
12 …means of entry, or tipster giving evens to get additional items (11)
15 Sailor may be whaled out (3)
16 Period spent abroad – right, ’tis done (3)
17 The Psammead’s been heard before “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” (3)
21 Begin, say, serial I broadcast (7)
23/5 27’s mate with his head casing was one of our 8 (5,5)
25 Liturgical headdress found before 10 (5)
26 Relating to citizens 104 and 99 (5)
28 Female with slack harakeke (4)

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No 12 March 2016

An Anniversary (of sorts!) 🙂

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Across
1 See 29
5 Against swindle; returned painting (6)
10 See 18
11 Python put these tinkers after 12 (7)
12/13 Music you might hear in a dozen saloons (6,3,5)
15 Cops direct extreme weather (4,4)
16 Tip of mine seen in part of battlefield (5)
18/10 Doctor appreciated fifty – or 12? (5,7)
20 Science considered hard as a hard thing before final attempt (8)
23 Tap footwear, holding high note (8)
24 Bonny Bobby’s mine comes to nothing (6)
26 We left first layer, being more hearty (7)
27 Lying as fast as possible? (4,3)
28 Hairdresser’s good chap to lean over (6)
29/1 Oddly, “Midsomer Murders” beat “Dynasty” to become first present on day 12 (8,8)
Down
1 Gold of the French jazz players (6)
2 Without reverence, recall first 2/3 inside in a simple sort of way (15)
3 Make excessive use of UK tax on farm equipment (4,3)
4 Panda’s third to get sick – it could end in a coffin (4)
6 Wrestling upstanding writer aboard vehicle (7)
7 He added up to about nothing in mid-1967 (3,6,2,4)
8 Values female donkeys (8)
9 I’m a male, hence head off divine presence (9)
14 Island cliché, one of 12 (9)
17 One dancing topless beneath a group of 12 (8)
19 Loudly blow up railway, then take it easy (7)
21 Hamper I put together for a son of one of 12 sons (7)
22 A group of 12 insects without direction (6)
25 Half-carry, even for a great distance (4)

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No 11 February 2016

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Across
1 Goat feels clumsy (13)
9 Implement 10 in America near Illinois (7)
10 Wine business with a concealed entrance (7)
11 Chilling in St Clair periodically? Yes (5)
12 Weak, like hens? (9)
14 Man in Beatles song at this time and place (7)
16 Hunter’s attendant, soldier, capturing high ground to east (7)
18 Bung Bob a posh hat (7)
19 Buddhist shrines may be sabotaged without Mr Lawrence (7)
20 Being in command of vessel to east of Sultana, perhaps (9)
22 Back-rub Master gives somewhere east of Suez (5)
24 Are they stuck in rented accomodation? (7)
26 See, unseen part of stage is source of cattle sounds (7)
27 Partner’s position at hospice is as doctor (13)
Down
1 Musical form associated with King and country? (5)
2/4 That heathen Mr Woo, perversely sheltering the unloved Dr Flick? (3,3,3,4,2,5)
3 Described paramilitary organisation’s composition (5)
4 See 2
5 Sodium and phosphorus found on surface of fabric (3)
6 Real thing? Strangely, 2/4 wasn’t one (9)
7 Say, nice furniture! (5)
8 Very large things taken from Belgian city, subsequently somewhat short (8)
13 Overdramatising Bond character home from the east between two Russian ladies (4,2,5)
14 Outstanding organ passages? (8)
15 Were carriers once people who send things away? (9)
17 “Absolute Beginners” and “Middlemarch”, thinly disguised as a different production (9)
21 H. E. Bates character partial to early diagnosis (5)
22 Missile launcher that is also a type of knife (5)
23 Fabled author of “A Question Upheld” (5)
25 Like so endlessly gross (3)

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No.10 December 2015

ChannelXmas'15

Across
1 Tries to extract information from footwear (5)
4 Auckland suburb of equal value to Mistress Gwyn (7)
8 Prime minister? (5)
11 Bond’s boss is crazy? I say, hard cheese! (9)
12 “The Saint” – new film set around part of Auckland (9)
13 How helium balloons work as emergency transports (8)
14 Chap endlessly fêted Dame before 33 summer holiday (10)
16 Remove stoppage from unopened protective screen (7)
17 Ransack belongings to find what 22 used (5)
19 Love food? Try muesli (but skip the Spanish chicken starter) (5)
20 Feel so undressed, being gifted seven-fold in 13/38 (4)
21 Talk first, talk pointlessly, talk like a bird-brain! (7)
22 Fully comprehensive cover lets him make a killing (6)
26 He speaks for a Tory, rejecting extremes (6)
27 In favour of tree being in proportion (3,4)
28 Oddly priggish gift in 13/38 (4)
31 Maya to complain about Ms Wolf (5)
33 Maya to stroll westward to find indigenous folk (5)
34 Crack-head metal-head removed – a headcase (7)
35 Do they think they will salivate when shown meringue desserts? (10)
37 Type of scheme to add sulphur to ancient monuments (8)
39 Encourage small part of organisation that sends vital information to Head? (5,4)
40 Butler at nightclub in Casablanca, I hear, eats duck while making studies of effective speaking (9)
42 Park a ship on the rocks… (5)
43 …more than half broken in two, with crack edging towards relaxation area (3,4)
44 Sacred syllable spoken in acidic surroundings, giving extra clout (5)
Down
1 Type of chart found in plunder once traitor ousted (3)
2 Maya, RNZ’s Jim, and (I hear) Mr Apple shortly to get taonga (11)
3 Fold-up radiation protection (3,5)
4 Woody, long-standing supporter of solar-powered air fresheners; Green, but may turn Red (10)
5 Heart of true love, extremely standard (4)
6 Talk about a little boredom (5)
7 Times of greatest exposure left anything from Yorkshire to middle of month (3,5)
8 Think about Yogi? (4,2,4)
9 Tattoo with aircraft peripherals (7)
10 Flyer could hardly circulate more widely at present time (6,9)
13/38 “‘E ate kangaroo pie!” – punk rock version of traditional song (1,6,2,1,5,4)
15 A musical composition from 26 10 (8)
18 Licence to unleash verbal torrent (4,4)
23 Naïve style of art, one with German flying bomb inverted in glass (11)
24 Pinafore, say? Red, say? Police are called up (5,5)
25 Difficult to judge Kiwi in song (6,4)
29 Drinkers with elevated BMI placed on biers, sadly (8)
30 A knockout (twice!) on “Dynasty” as 33 10? (4,)
32 Front of watch with various edges exchanged (7)
36 Tony longs to remove togs of silky material (5)
38 See 13
41 Note: back tailless horse (3)

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