TIB 6 – Down set

1 An order to arrest labourers at the beginning of strike? That’s stupid (6)  OB(TU,S)E – c/c
2 A bit of kink shows up after much of pole dance (5) POL K A, – rev/charade
3 Calms down group as left back gets two points (7) SET .TL< E S – charade with rev
4 Quit as from a dead ball situation he let two shockingly (5,2,3,5) THROW IN THE TOWEL – didn’t work it out fully
5 An ideal street commando is one who is unknown (7,8) – PERFECT ST RANGER – charade The def might give just stranger; should the word totally have been added?
6 They bring up weighty matters (7) LIFTERS – CD
7 Model hugging a model to arouse (9) S(T)IMULATE – c/c
8 Fiery policeman, one far removed from the wicked ( – 7) IGNEOUS – haven’t worked out the wordplay – anyway I don’t think the def is correct or is it?
14 Change opinion regarding appearance (5,4) ABOUT-FACE – charade – should the enu be 5-4? – Can ‘about-face’ be used as a verb? One does an about-face. Can one about-face? I have to check.
16 A player reacts bitterly to sledging at first (7) ACTRES*,S – Could do without the initial indef art
18 Quiet! Take note, gangster is at junction. Move with care (7) S(TE,AL T)H – c/c – Good surface reading – in surface reading “move (with care)’ is a verb but it does a switcheroo as def for word req’d, for the sol STEALTH is a noun. Very carefully written clue.
20 Part of gun not allowed in counter strike (7) LOCK OUT – charade – ‘counter strike’ must be one word or hyphenated – not two words anyway
21 Parliamentarians’ head is hauled over the coals (6) (m)EMBERS – del – Good but I can’t make up my mind whether ‘hauled’ (without away) is good enough as del ind
24 In a dialog, imagination is turned on its head my friend (5) AMIGO – rev hidden – I won’t allow the sudden use of US spelling, though. All clues must use either UK or US spelling. There has to be a comma after ‘head’. Surface reading requires ‘my’ but it plays no role whatever in the def, in fact it’s misleading as the solver might look for a phrase such as ‘mon ami’. I don’t know the word for ‘my’ in Spanish!

Choice clues: 2, 7, 16

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4 Responses to TIB 6 – Down set

  1. cryptonyte says:

    Thanks a lot for your comments and analysis Sir. I\’ve tried to put in my explanations below.

    4 Quit as from a dead ball situation he let two shockingly (5,2,3,5) THROW IN THE TOWEL – didn’t work it out fully

    A dead ball situation (in football) = THROW IN
    HE LET TWO* = THE TOWEL

    5 An ideal street commando is one who is unknown (7,8) – PERFECT ST RANGER – charade The def might give just stranger; should the word totally have been added?

    Thanks for the suggestion. Yes \”Totally\” makes it better.

    8.Defn of Igneous – Like or suggestive of fire. \”an igneous desert atmosphere\”, Synonym: Fiery
    Anno:IG NE(-FAR I)OUS

    21 Parliamentarians’ head is hauled over the coals (6)
    I wasn\’t fully satisfied with the del. indicator, but I was hoping haul over~ move over ~take away. I was too tempted to use the phrase \”haul over the coals\” 🙂

    24 Will try to avoid the US/UK mix in future

    Thanks again 🙂

  2. Shuchi says:

    Very interesting to read your comments, CVasi Sir.

    The definition for STEALTH had me confused, I checked with Tony err Cryptonyte to understand it. As you say, very carefully written.

    21D was fine by me, I thought it was a very clever use of “haul over the coals”.

    I really like the fact that the TIBs use familiar words and context. The wordplay is smart without ever being unfair. One can see the effort that has gone into the clue-setting.

    Keep it up, TIB setters!

  3. cgrishikesh says:

    The clever use of a phrase doesn’t make a clue great. Embers are live coals, red-hot ashes, the smouldering remains of a fire. In the relevant clue, ‘coals’, in my opinion, is a weak def.

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