Sunday, 1 January 2006

Gridless 006

DEDUCTION


There are no cash prizes on offer in a Gridless, just the satisfaction of knowing you got it out. That said, our latest Gridless puzzle, Deduction, is such a taxing one, satisfaction will be hard to come by! It requires expert deductive reasoning.

Apply the usual Gridless tactics. First solve as many clues as you can because every correct answer will help you determine the secret answerline. The answerline is an elusive vertical word or phrase which holds the puzzle together with a neat logic.

So, withdraw to your favourite puzzle-solving armchair and put your deductive skills to use...for the satisfaction alone!

1. A personal hygiene problem leads to a medical graduate failure of a spectacular kind. (4)
2. Establishes what a person does in an ironworks. (6)
3. Harry Potter's is feeble against principal Dumbledore's. (4)
4. Cut tinea short with a prong. (4)
5. Distribute evenly or rainy days become lacking in propriety. (5)
6. Build truck frame and another luxury vehicle. (5)
7. Seafood setting is squalid, drives nearly all out. (5)
8. Sounds like you are in one tangle of nerves. (5-)
9. Basil and pine-nuts and parmesan cheese and some grapes too. (5)
10. Act like a criminal -- get a flashing light! (6)
11. Remove it from trivial competition. (5)
12. About face, head right, head north, reach country. (6)
13. Car gate barriers test dummy helmets. (5)
14. Bridgework makes tonsil very streaked with grey. (7)
15. Big __ in Little China, or The __ with Harry. (7)
16. Canines, woodsmen, and flying machines. (8)
17. Take possession of an acclaimed centre. (5)
18. Agrees when a Scottish monster goes back to Scotland, first. (6)
19. It all started when the tailless Bengal got upset. (5)

This Gridless rated: GRUELLING

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Gridless 016

CURSES!

Can you see why number eleven in our latest Gridless left us turning the air blue with profanities!? When you discover the answerline, a vertical word or phrase, you'll understand bleeping everything!

1. Undesirables sheriff tails onto a traffic island. (4-4)
2. Like a steady passage without a change of pitch despite wild monsoon out. (10)
3. Unscrew pew?! Loose, utterly without principles! (12)
4. Groovy music hater or trouncer of a previous best? (6-7)
5. A way to check student attendance? Room Orderly will give them a bell. (8)
6. The Spanish use a needle in this place or in some other place. (9)
7. Technologically up-to-the-minute theatre fast to improve. (5-2-3-3)
8. He needles you and hurts you but leaves you with a colourful impression. (9)
9. Guarantee peer group shelters North American Indians. (6)
10. Cooler umpire to set up times to start running. (12)
11. !@$#?!
12. Company fine and box office fine with what foul-mouthed Gordon Ramsay has written! (8)
13. The one who directed you to a specialist about a deficiency of rarer iron on the inside. (8)
14. Start dealing in devil's dirty laundry except don't get swindled! (7)
15. Sees boss upset and really worries. (8)

This GRIDLESS rated: DAMN HARD!

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KEY SELECTION CRITERIA

Your boss wants you in his office yesterday to discuss your suitability for promotion but you haven't finished the monthly report! It consists of an extensive list of office-related problems and to please the boss you'll have to come up with every long overdue solution!

But more than that, certain promotion relies upon you also finding the common link to all the answers. The nature of this link will be spelled-out in the answerline, a word or phrase reading down.

The boss is waiting. Better get to work!

1.It's what most disorganised planners have in the works. (7)
2.You can wait for the bus here or skate! (6)
3. Joins super scale business re working role. (5)
4. Curt memo orders he undergoes daily training. (8)
5. They lock horns with management, or our Senior Executive leaders. (5)
6. Worked as a student doctor and in turn delivered a male named Sullivan... (8)
7. ...flipcharts give uniform results that are harder to bend. (6)
8. He puts on a coat for work. (7)
9. What you do before you sign with a fountain pen below the dotted line. (4)
10. Goes barefoot over hot coals to give the boot to escorts. (9)
11.The Bureau demonstrated low-risk margins. (4)
12.Rings to confirm about the business financial transaction records. (7)
13.Schedule for discussion in a meeting with the Chair. (5)
14. Swipes office supplies. (5)
15.Slimeball guy has a change of heart, making a delivery (off break). (6)
16.Business Review proprieter gets more coffee. (7)

This GRIDLESS rated: EXTREMELY HARD WORK!

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Gridless 008

RIDDLE-ME-REE

The clues of this newest Gridless read like riddles in the style of old Victorian parlour games.

Beginners can dabble with the individual riddles - they are puzzles in themselves - while the more astute puzzler can rest assured there is the further challenge of an answerline involved! The answerline is a Gridless puzzle's secret message which states the theme of the puzzle or adds a final flourish of logic to it.

Good luck!

1. Snoring in the valley might
stop with a sudden light. (6)
2. Busy urban streetscapes that look energetic,
starting to behave in a way that's frenetic. (6)
3."Who?" You may ask when in school you are seeking
That West Yorkshire woman with her strange way of speaking! (3)
4. P. T. Barnum has an exhibit
that flies through the air when hundreds get in it. (5)
5. Get him out of his cat's pyjamas -
he's just someone involved in international dramas! (3)
6. What would you call one who's ready and willing
To be pursued for both hunting and killing!? (4)
7. Commence playing opera, real Gershwin, and you
discover the male of this famed Gershwin two. (5)
8. It's very entertaining for readers:
what officers throw when they intercept speeders. (4)
9. A fellow or noddy with a short little body. (3)
10. Even alone he has company - a riddle!
He's the prime figure that comes from a split down the middle! (1)
11. It's smaller than small yet all can pop in:
teenagers hang while parents do shopping. (4)
12. Attentive when eyed, this American is bald.
And he's also what a good golf score is called. (5)
13. Seagal or Spielberg as seen on tv.
And also seen around it, cryptically. (6)
14. The first is one's blood-type and the second is one's head.
The third is one's question when one's whole is sent to bed. (3)
15. I've loaded this riddle with puns on a theme.
Rifle through long undergrowth to target what I mean. (3)

This GRIDLESS rated: RIDDLING

All answers have been sourced from the updated 3rd edition of the Collins English Dictionary (Australian edition)

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Gridless 015

BON VOYAGE!

Anyone who has ever embarked on a holiday knows that getting on the road can be a logistical nightmare! Solve all of the planning, packing and preparing problems in this latest Gridless and set sail! Of course, all the trouble is worth it - as you'll realise when you discover the answerline.

1. Ship takes woman far out. (3-2-3)
2. Cool customer says goodbye to cumbersome luggage. (8)
3. Coach, rail, air? Walking? Let's set out to travel slowly on all four! (5)
4. Smoke appears when one gallon is put in the vehicle. (5)
5. Station crush challenges personnel. (7)
6. What'll give your bicycle a puncture? Sounds like this will! (7)
7. Movement in a big circle!? A drastic change of ideas required! (10)
8. Adventure tour group is retreating to refuge at a great distance. (6)
9. Permit required along route to the casino table. (8)
10. Flier suffers lag between Eastern European capitals. (5)
11. Chuck and Chip use it when driving. (4)
12. Baker has stopover, naps, loses passport! (4)
13. Those held back crossing the Tiber are savoury sort. (7)
14. Some, er, State School holidays. (6)
15. Pounds, piastres, dough...! (8)
16. Family holiday frontseater is tight-lipped until tantrum eventually finishes. (5)

This GRIDLESS rated: CRUISY!

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Gridless 003

LOVE

The challenge of this month's Gridless is to determine the meaning of its title, "Love". That will be revealed in the answerline, a vertical word or phrase, which will tie together the clues, the title, and the theme of the puzzle with an elusive logic!

1. Grouchy transportation from abroad. (5)
2. Shooters with spurs (US) or with butterscotch schnapps (UK). (7)
3. Should Theresa eat a kangaroo first or a hamburger? (5)
4. Common to number two and number ten, but not, eg, ram. (4)
5. Planet found in heaven, usually. (5)
6. Can you rest on just one of these small Mediterranean trees? (6)
7. Jude n mower. (3)
8. The Diamond Foundation. (4)
9. Boiled potato heart talks tooth and gum. (5)
10. Bring home the English philosopher (1561-1626). (5)
11. Formally acknowledge a hair ribbon. (3)
12. Skittles and holds down. (4)
13. Waste a lot of time in oubliettes. (8)
14. You can put it on, eat it, or throw it in the ring. (3)
15. Even Matilda has financial assistance! (3)
16. Holy-pioneer-who-located-the-city-of-Melbourne!! (6)
17. Fulfil an underworld contract with success. (3)
18. The regal pseudonym of a pelvis-shaker. (3,4)
19. Question a Bond colleague. (1)
20. Testament drive. (4)
21. Greek mythology's unsuccessful traveler to Hades stirs her soup. (7)

This GRIDLESS rated: TOUGH

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Gridless 007

TROUBLE IN THE KITCHEN

You can imagine the mess our compilers get into as they cook up these Gridless puzzles: word-pots boiling over; a forgotten blender beating into butter what was supposed to be a series of light and fluffy clues; toasters ejecting puns burnt to a crisp as smoke starts to billow from the cryptic-oven…

We've tried to replicate the experience for our puzzlers in this latest Gridless, and with a liberal dash of spite! It is a devilish dish. You'll feel like you are reading a recipe for disaster as you battle too many kitchen dilemmas all at once!

Discover the answerline, a vertical word or phrase, and you'll find out if you are finally out in front or still struggling behind!

1. The problem with the faucets is history! (4)
2. Use dinner knife edge on valuable dining table material. (4)
3. The name of he who is taking orders for pleasurable egg yolks.(4)
4. A large stove with burners is used to create a great spread. (5)
5. Chopped the ends off, diced, then put in the freezer. (3)
6. First refrigerate the minced pie so it’s ready to eat. (4)
7. …pepper, utters the Muslim sovereign. (6)
8. Gains the attention of the audience again with the egg Serena put in the blender. (9)
9. I start the dishwasher and am using the water supply. (3)
10. Put cooking fuel back in sink. (3)
11. The buzzer alongside worker keeps lines busy. (3)
12. Put it on ice and relax, dude! (5)
13. Lots and lots of food lessons! (6)
14. It’s sometimes acidic and makes an odd creation. (4)
15. Share dinner with Potok’s Lev. (5)
16. Come first or come last in new Bangladeshi kitchen. (3)
17. Rent the microwave sound jolly exciting! (7)
18. After starting recipes, you leave out something meaning the food will go bad! (3)
19. Replace pot contents with a light touch. (3)
20. Reduces, braises, covers and supports. (3)
21. Causes a stir by putting the self-raising flour back without the office lady involved. (7)
22. Squeeze together, quickly mash, and crush. (5)

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This GRIDLESS rated: INTERMEDIATE

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