Ethelred rows sorcerer back inside magic labyrinth (9)

Bit of a theme on this one 🙂

Across

7. The “Lock” Affair – locks were taped, and vice versa (9)
8. Odd whisper: “Like a lobe?” (5)
10. One-time ruler right to pursue dissenters with gold from princess (8)
11. Who shocked Smith? Doctor being mistaken about cheese (5)
12. It’s a laid back little wine (4)
13. Checks quality of lady donkeys (8)
15. He firmly believes list is tampered with during his assignment (7)
17. A 90s teenager hides T. Rex to get acting position (7)
20. Tax experts about points of entry (8)
22. Tour Eiffel without iron? Maybe some on Mars (4)
25. She’s a quiet girl, mostly (6)
26. Reminders of Dawkins’ coinage to move longitudinally (8)
27. Jack the lad (5)
28. 1 24 produced bottled spirit from Harlow (4,5)

Down

1. King eager to pursue dominance (5)
2. Lady’s points lose tips in work of 1 24 (6)
3. Suiting a perverse hero against whom dunces rally (8)
4. Hardy’s mate hides limb from work of 1 24 (7)
5. Rewinds one rocker for work of 1 24, with some for Pop (5,3)
6. Plan duration of work by 1 24 (4,5)
9. They oscillate continually in work of 1 24 (4)
14. Live grains for work of 1 24 (9)
16. Carpenter’s handiwork has shades of Revelations (4,4)
18. Shout of successful digger pursuing expensive material in work of 1 24 (8)
19. Biblical character who asked Melville to ring back? (7)
21. Rational as an Arabian hero, according to 1 24 (4)
23. Musical fireguard? (6)
24. Accessory worn without shirt or knife (5)

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Leader is next for Bros – swore last is previous

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Across
1. Drive revolutionary heads of steam where one might normally find a drill (9)
6. Lee (director) wears fake head and rusty heart; 
they were worn by Lee (actor) (5)
9. Write about state for nut (5)
10. Shock scoop probes what slithy toves did: they spin in gimbals! (9)
11. Like victims of extortion or concertinas (10)
12. Unstable star ejected from system during violent revolution (4)
14. Delimit the last page (7)
15. Maybe limit us to causes of 5 and 21 (7)
17. They predict diesel car orders will be forthcoming with suitable backing (7)
19. “Roll up for the mystery turn!” – but then led astray? (7)
20, 6 down. Streamline boat to prevent it from moving? (4,4)
22. Goal made mad and vulnerable (10)
25. Pulling back like a snake, perhaps (9)
26. Dislike getting new penny for diamond; it’s a number (5)
27. Almost figure out that is Miss Derkins (5)
28. Sweet tempter imprisons student – Jet Black, perhaps (9) 
Down
1. Snack with boiled pasta (5)
2, 24. Having risen, one eats a Curry, the usual starter (4,4,1,4)
3. She walked on glass splinters: all in creed (10)
4. Add organ, perhaps, to place of clouded hills (7)
5. Sings like a bird, gets heroin injection; all for 21 (7)
6. See 20 across
7. Hidden spots without affirmations (5)
8. Geordie’s right to have a snooze before entering establishments; outsiders back 13’s antagonist (9)
13. Silly chap, Gus, travels by horse – he’s the 77th Earl (5,5)
14. Spooner’s minion gives the order; they make sure you know your place (9)
16. Nude 5 has extremities removed, tortured to obtain little chap’s alias (9)
18. Government officials are bad members, I’ve heard (7)
19. Guy pinging bra strap is twit, annoyance; doesn’t have someone in pursuit (7)
21. Signs you may notice when you have bump, possibly (2 24) while en route from Chicago to Santa Monica (5)
23. Object to drink journalist knocked back (5)
24. See 2

(pdf (not completely up to date): xw12)

Duel loses the same direction twice!

By the way, I have acquired a de facto nom de plume, namely Xanthippe. To (more or less) quote Araucaria, “Perhaps I shouldn’t have chosen a name that no one can either spell or pronounce!”

But anything that’s good enough for his Reverence is good enough for me.

However, see the comment I received; it looks like Xanthippe is taken. So back to the drawing board…not that I was actually looking for a “compiler name”. (My husband suggests C++, what can he mean?)

PS Please note I may make small changes to the clues after making the PDFs, especially when people point out mistakes. I will try to update the PDF versions, but the blog version is “definitive” !

PPS Note to purists – I do mention live people (and may use live ammunition).

Across

1. Standards organisation prohibits use of pressure indicators (7)
5. Lacking direction, abdicated? No (7)
10. Computers were slower in Constable’s day (1,1,4)
11. They got the edge in record time, but didn’t last (8)
12. Definitely the end for cathedral city (3)
13, 7 down. The Collins Book of Deadly Pursuits (6,5)
14. Against setting problems after work (8)
15. Children’s writer nearly backed playwright (5)
16. Sad amidst cheers and very slight smell, like Le Pétomane’s act (surprisingly) (9)
19. The centre of attention lacks fruit (9)
21. Unsophisticated, backward resort (5)
24. She might call herself “The Misuse” ? (8)
26. Listen: you spy on country discussed euphemistically (6)
27. Point to one form of online chat (3)
28. Have a go at volunteer force (female) (8)
29. I hear two animals can make a trifle (6)
30. Violent P.E. during meals can lead to people weighing less (7)
31. Follow-up to Information Era, perhaps, is theft of stock (7)

Down

2. Turn small amount in total, but first give way to temptation (7)
3. The sauce of McCoy, hiding Kirk’s diary near end of trek! (9)
4. Extra conditions imposed on the storm? (6)
6. Wilson initially got wise to matter of extinct ungulate (8)
7. See 13 across
8. Trips due to trouble with money (7)
9. Result of promise to “Tan your hide!” ? Unspeakable (6,3,4)
17. “Lord 010!” (4,1,4)
18. Sound of Liz’s corn – it’s painful (8)
20. Unsuitably described Ms Sharples: “fat, but not round – right?” (7)
22. See 25 down
23. “B-list” Dickens character? (6)
25, 22 down. High cost of describing tentacle (2,3,3,1,3)

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Jonathan said he was in a large group (9)

Since I’ve been a member of a crossword related forum, I have been trying to sharpen up my clues, which means making them fairer (not that I was ever intentionally unfair, I hasten to add, but let’s say some of them were a bit loosely constructed, and that I’m now more aware of the rules of clue-setting, i.e. what is considered reasonable and what isn’t).

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Across
1, 8. Quote from “Marvel”: “Laugh, Wonder Woman, but thee I’d do – endlessly, passionately!” (3,2,3,5,6,3,4)
10. Obsessive types swallow first part of farmyard chorus for nymphs (7)
11. Sounds like a minor ailment for this long a break (4,3)
12. Oxbridge students in distress? (5)
13. Open spaces reflected macho type of man on wagon – a Western, perhaps (9)
14. Mayhem with a vocal component (5)
16. Song release from plane? (3,5)
18. Coe majors in inclination of the head; it may lead to injury (9)
19. Hand I shake into a cat? (5)
20. Margaret T. had no right (though she had a point) – nasty, nasty woman! (9)
23. Dr Seuss and Capra’s private breakdown (5)
24. She’s warm: signal to stop (7)
25. Order in American arithmetic isn’t mentioned in the theatre (7)
26. Spotty rendition of “Ebony and Ivory”, perhaps? (6-3-4)
Down
2. Supports I wear ‘ave sharp tip – they’ll grind down (9)
3. Weight distributed about his bridge-like game (5)
4. After degree, close relative has something on which to build (5)
5. Television’s first “Doctor Who” broadcast was … blond? (3-6)
6. Accidentally discovered rook in sky (9)
7. See? Decent shirt appeared archaic (5)
8. See 1 across.
9. United Front leaders: “Shut thy trap during battle!” – in which boy stood, not so beamish (6,7)
15. “Corn God” – one may get caught in this story of Modesty and Willie (5,4)
16. Drink leads to kiss, and woman indoors … he had many conquests (9)
17. Incomparable sweet (9)
21. German poet and novelist kind in religious schooling (5)
22. I’m not moved to become an Athenian (5)
23. Plunders professor of neurology (5)

Note Rosalind’s promise.

Across
1. Estimated dimensions have increased (5,2)
5. Sacrifice end of sale (5,2)
9, 10. Using place of execution plus rope may lead to suspension (5,3,6)
11. Director right to reverse list of duties; he abhors you! (9)
12. “Lights-mountain” diamond excavated here (5)
13. Subject is best London university (5)
15. Minister to con man, perhaps, infected with (I’m told) an imaginary ailment (9)
18. Left a page behind giving minister’s duties (9)
19. Solution involves paper-like material, not Maori fort (5)
21. In court, regret reference to condiment container (5)
23. What you have in your head limits production of “Top Gear” (5,4)
25. International organisation sure to win one in principle (after losing first and third try) (9)
26. First word spoken audibly tonight (5)
27. Ocular preparation used by Uriah Heep? (7)
28. Composition found by regarding reflection of old experimenter (7)
Down
1. Underlying meaning of “The Hunt for Red October” ? (7)
2. Withdraw right of sword to subdue fabulous land – who will care for the animals? (9)
3. Capital of Watson to assume alias (5)
4. Examination for cats? (9)
5. Command word: behead queen! (5)
6. Burning hoops to make waders (9)
7. “Duck! Run!” Bullets flew all around (5)
8. Wine poured into hock? Our darkest hour (7)
14. Bar from listening to sea song about school fair (9)
16. Merry Queen Cole had the gift of the gab (9)
17. Why everyone will turn up eventually (9)
18. Imagine broken pie crust releases steam, not meat (7)
20. Louis the Third? Fourth? Third! Or Second? First! – it was a long time ago (7)
22. Fictional spy agency following monkeys after unexpected occurrence (5)
23. Old type of buckler was in Sherlock Holmes forewords (5)
24. Rails about girls in hot pants (5)

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With crows so frightened, we need to bring back the Doctor! (10)

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Across
1. Sailor chews tobacco to get bird (7)
5. Exercise for journalists at University (5,2)
9. Used to find way around salt, or back around Countess Lovelace (4,5)
10. Python digesting rabbit (French) (5)
11. Hello soldier, are you spiritually enlightened? (4)
12. This coarse fish – fish head caught – a sea adder (10)
14. Duchamp’s entry was back of fountain in Russian mountain (6)
15. Start to talk aimlessly (but chirpily) (7)
16. Electronic musician (French) plays cello (English) (7)
18, 1 down. Hall and Thumb point to 23 rivals (3,3,5)
20. Expert smoke blower in the Circus (10)
21, 8. Urban(e) guerilla, perhaps, whose Communist credentials seem rather diluted (and he’s a 23) (4,7)
24. Chardonnay wearing raincoat (5)
25. Watchman loses head, studies mountains (9)
26. “Wait back at junction,” I was told. With regret, what a whopper! (3,4)
27. Use tureens to obtain permanent posts (7)
Down
1. See 18.
2. Gas outburst dropped embarrassingly (7)
3. Over-praise two-parter (4)
4. You can almost tell woman fits in with Lister and the Cat (she’s a 23) (5,10)
5. First appearance of 18 1 down was a kick in the teeth? (4,4,3,4)
6. You asked for a clue, so I went all the way and gave you one (10)
7. Drunk moves to outside lane – he’s on his own! (7)
8. See 21.
13. Incredible enemy (a 23) – managed by Grumpy (10)
16. Badly drawn boy (a 23) – “It’s about representational imagery, man!” (7)
17. Floor cove/ring used to create representational imagery (4,3)
19. First nun (no saint) gets greater volume (7)
22. Clothing for Bridge rivals and high flyers (5)
23. Often found in shorts, usually behind car (4)

In the beginning was the Word (the Cross came later)

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Across
1. A first half of 7 helps headless and tailless sheep to gambol (6)
4. A first half of 7 to disfigure Sade (7)
9. Elves live here, in broken computer (9)
10. A first half of 7 to return gracefully; to echo (5)
11. Vague article type (abbrev.) (5)
12. Signalling method uses do-re-me-fa-so in C, I hear. Far fetched? Perhaps used by a first half of 7? (5,4)
13. Where introverted patients look, and are (7)
15. My wise, stormy first half of 7 (6)
17. A first half of 7 found in passageway facing north (6)
19, 26. Gold blown up in an early first half of 7 (7,5)
22. A first half of 7 from 21 can stroll around everyone (9)
24. I’m using a General Electric style (5)
26. See 19
27. A first half of 7 to make mistake in 1004 with drink (8)
28. “New” north by northeast railway leads to devoted community (7)
29. First half of 7 Mike is worse actor (6)
Down
1. Noble without article gets in car for magician and first half of 7 (7)
2. Himes’ Jones spoke wildly from his heart (5)
3. Army bring army ashore (4,5)
4. Victor Gibson sketched (7)
5. Historian finds Wat’s head in Tyler (5)
6. Watchers went mad about privy, lost their head (9)
7. Back on T.V., you old Grommet? (6)
8. Sod ’em, I miss the Moon! (6)
14. Flower like unruly Arsène (4,5)
16. Flower like unruly fig maniac (9)
18. Qualification to be first half of 7 or discomforted infant (2,5)
19. I hear someone laughing loudly in pursuit of gold – it glimmers (6)
20. A fedora, shoulder holster and corrective lenses? (7)
21. South west garden country (6)
23. Exterminator gets back in in time (5)
25. Woken by Niven’s police force pursuing Gore? (5)

“Delicious torture awaits!” (Aww, The Androzani Team say the nicest things!)

Unlike my earlier efforts, this one isn’t related to Dr Who. (Well, hardly at all.) It is, however, to some extent, related to certain types of entertainment of a 26 down nature.

Across
9. For love of fictional Russian General (5)
10. Idle talk about vase for leader of slave revolt (3,6)
11. Bird off her head making joint for joining (10)
12. Bone lacks force, make slight adjustment (5)
13. Ringleader and Capone caught by beginner detective (7)
15. Go astray in a particular place? I see (I hear). Odd (7)
17. Pertwee without Northern interjection may be a bit of a twit (5)
18. Large cup to lead to silent spring? (1,1,1)
20. Somewhat banal saint? (5)
22. Sleeping partner of 13 across? (7)
25. Endlessly nettle in peptide hormone (7)
26. Instruments use transparency fifty one (5)
27. First in uncertain omen – journalist had it licked (9)
30. 26 down hit in which 28 down is reportedly stolen by hungry monarch (9)
31. Not exactly a leader of the underground movement in 26 down TV show! (5)
Down
1. See 19.
2. Cancel redoubtable lion, a friend of Judy (8)
3. Doctor reverses polarity of electrically charged wire (4)
4. She’s no Lady, for example (8)
5. Good person to return, that is Howard the Duck’s accessory (6)
6. Heroic professor ‘as part of academic year with fool (10)
7. Insignificant member of 26 down, perhaps (6)
8. Difficult journey to stardom? (4)
13. Hear unfortunate attempt to vomit (5)
14. Overpraise film – they make it more intense (10)
16. Barbarian would be trickster if he took in head of M.I.6 (5)
19, 1. Mysterious glow around zenith – it’s a dimension between light and shadow, an area we call the… (8,4)
21. Brains almost lies – almost – about a type of mathematical mapping (8)
23. Get Bo to help out with prefix in that vein (6)
24. Possible avant-garde artist’s garment (6)
26. Lieutenant from Cambridge University may be cargo, for example (4)
28. Cockney mug, I hear Hamlet wasn’t sure about him either (4)
29. Active, but gloomy-sounding (4)

PS here’s a cool picture from CoolThingsInRandomPlaces, a building in Lvov city in Ukraine.

I couldn’t help myself, I just had to make up another “Bad tempered oath (9)”

As usual, there are a few Whoey clues and/or answers mixed in with the less Doctorly ones.

Across
7. See 12
8. Insectoid buzzin’ but no “hi” (5)
10. Time Lord, perhaps the Doctor? (3,5)
11. Short logician in mature occupation – of Steed, perhaps? (6)
12, 7. Swirly time hid swirly bus driver and possible Time Lady (4,9)
13. Sign ran back to kill polymath (8)
15. Sort of crisis for health care professional when primary welfare is left out and left in (7)
17. Feelings shown by half-smirks and falsehoods (7)
20. 32 below freezing in the US, shirt and newspaper necessary on many occasions (8)
22. Obligation, may involve interest (4)
25. 23 players dubious and disdainful (6)
26. Notorious Italian city almost within ring, almost (8)
27. Race in the manner of a crib (5)
28. Sir loses head, wears dress – at 18? (9)
Down
1. Place in toilets for comedian and actor (5)
2. Thing back in, was on horseback – correct me if I’m wrong (6)
3, 18. Murder mystery from 14, or sound of sapphire waterfall? (6,2,8)
4. Beryl – aunt and ‘arbinger (7)
5. Add extra large 5 for Gerry-built spaceship (8)
6. Overheard plan to imprison a ruminant aboard ship – he’s not quite general (9)
9. Friend of 16, owned joint in the past (4)
14. Story lovers use mature protection (3,6)
16. Friend of 9 with lo-calorie appendage (8)
18. See 3
19. Advanced type of paper, almost like Robin (7)
21. Can first Mesoamerican culture (4)
23. Game found after 6 and mostly mythological river, and before New Zealand island (6)
24. Legal judgement from noted airline (5)

Another CrossWHOrd

Thanks so much to The Androzani Team for describing me as having a devious and cruel mind, and for saying that they enjoyed my Jumbo Crossword immensely. Now that I have some worthy opponents, perhaps I should ramp up the difficulty slightly…

A Jumbo Winter Solstice Crossword!

This crossword has a theme, which means that a reasonable number of answers relate to it, as do some of the clues (though clues that relate to the theme don’t necessarily have answers that do, and vice versa). The theme can be found by answering this clue: “TV series that if treated as a command could lead to another one (from the 70s)” (6,3)

(There is also a secondary, related theme to do with clues 23 and 11, which should in itself be a clue!)

Another crossword

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Across 

1 Old fashioned entertainment during Xmas? Questionable! (6)
4 Limit thanks in rank of immortal (7)
9 Shaken heroes met troilism (9)
10 Mongolian tribe, or operating system? (5)
11 Unit of illumination, or planet of robots? (5)
12 Combat area where Zoe had ten, roughly (5,4)
13 Miss Hawthorne’s kind lose head, get Doctor’s – you can dig them? (7)
15 Superfan goes past end of line due to wind (6)
17 Seers like Basil’s other half’s (6)
19 Voltage and current rage for Great Enemy! (7)
22 Hope novice actress arrives before end of Tom (without Mark) in Maryland (9)
24 Favourite sheep thrown into jail heartlessly (5)
26 Dole out plenty, I’m told (5)
27 Being like a geek, siren ends break (9)
28 Where Flash Gordon was shot, in Hotel Street (7)
29 Nothing a rock band can’t back out of, as was recognised by Ancelyn (6)

Down 

1 Wilfred went first, well spotted (7)
2 Holy man, god, unknown one of the 23 7 9 (5)
3 Bend next to numeral suffix, like Susan! (9)
4 Make about its start: what Doctor did to Master’s body (7)
5 Bear found round pole lost moon (5)
6 Minor and Major planets, also evil woman swallowing fantasy world (9)
7 See 23
8 Short day on the German planet (6)
14 9s of edges? Figures! (9)
16 Fruit drink, or The Third Man’s black market drug? (4,5)
18 Poetic license due to fall (7)
19 See 21
20 Macpherson’s broadcasting, so to speak, to SF writer (7)
21, 19 Skills ‘ave crazy morning backed by one of the 23 7 9 (6,6)
23, 7 Forum contributor, a bird during prayer (5,6)
25 Ancient invention found in space (5)

Crossword

This is a cryptic crossword, but not too difficult (i.e. not quite up to Araucaria’s standard).

The theme is given by the solution to this clue:

Empty dude goes through door and finds most of prostitute (no, it isn’t “Torchwood”) (6,3)

(Which indicates the level of difficulty, I guess!)

Or if that’s too easy, this might be a bit more of a challenge.

The theme this time is given by the answer to this clue:

Programme returns fish to rock outcrop? Head off cries of joy! (6,3)

Note – clues in quotes share a common attribute, and star the (slightly concealed) person to whom they are attributed.