Friday, 1 August 2014

No.11152, Friday 01 Aug 2014, From the files of Sankalak

It is always a pleasure to blog a Sankalak puzzle

ACROSS
1 Last month, the French engineer was to make an announcement (7) DECLARE (DEC LA RE)
5 Set free the backward wickedness borne by the German (7) DELIVER (LIVER on DE) (VILE< in DER) See comments
9 Famous painting by Raphael (7,3,5) MADONNA AND CHILD (GK)
10 Isolated area that may get hot somehow (6) GHETTO (GET HOT)*
11 Actor, not really antagonistic to the lead player (8) ANTIHERO (CD)
13 Sound first heard by caller from a singer suppressed by agitated Enid (4,4) DIAL TONE (ALTO in ENID*)
          This sound is now heard only by some of us dinosaurs who are sometimes immobile
15 Away in Baroda, lost (6) ABROAD (BARODA*)
18 Engineer in favour of starting evaluation in advance (6) BEFORE (BE FOR E)
19 Dawn marking a 24-hour recess (8) DAYBREAK (DAY BREAK)
22 He enlivens the soul, reversing decay (8) ANIMATOR (ANIMA ROT<)
24 Nothing very stupid in this Danish city (6) ODENSE (O DENSE)
27 Where to read to find hidden meaning in the text (7,3,5) BETWEEN THE LINES (CD)
          Reading between the lines, I'd say our cartoonists are obsessed with lines (curves or otherwise) and things between them, and rightly so ...

Cartoon by Rishi

Cartoon by Bhargav
28 Final stage of play to finish what is hunted (3,4) END GAME (END GAME)

29 Blunder by a girl, backing a cat perhaps (7) MISSTEP (MISS PET<)

DOWN
1 Journal (English) kept by father is spoilt (7) DAMAGED (MAGazine E in DAD)
2 Core group has to worry about daughter (5) CADRE (CARE about D)
3 He makes explanatory notes on “Art at Noon” perhaps (9) ANNOTATOR (ART AT NOON)*
4 Enthusiasm shown by an angel animatedly (4) ELAN (T)
5 Racket at home over a bit of gracious eating (6) DINING (DIN IN G)
6 Fruit for one lunch — it is prepared with nut removed (5) LICHI (1 LUNCH IT-NUT)*
7 Verbal expression of support or otherwise in the House (5,4) VOICE VOTE (GK)
8 The growth that a revolutionary courted without energy (7) REDWOOD (RED WOOED - E)
12 Worker upsets Indian state authorities initially (3) ANT (TN A)<
14 With botched facelift, daughter is distressed (9) AFFLICTED (FACELIFT* D)
16 Innocent, childlike women, playthings for little kids (4,5) BABY DOLLS (2)
17 Mechanical device found in English river (3) CAM (2)
18 Beginning to bluster, mob is in a brawl (7) BRABBLE (B RABBLE)
20 See punk disgraced in a riotous party (5-2) KNEES UP (SEE PUNK)*
21 British measure that could recoil (6) BOUNCE (B OUNCE)
23 A haven accommodating the oat grass (5) AVENA (T)
25 Musicians finding unity in the books (5) NONET (ONE in NT)
26 Sudden change of mind of wife over that man (4) WHIM (W HIM)

GRID :

A bonus cartoon from Rishi for yesterday's prime phrase*
* Typing this I wondered how a seraph* can be debriefed after an earthly mission if he went commandoin the first palc ...

Thursday, 31 July 2014

No.11151, Thursday 31 Jul 14, Mac

Nice and breezy offering from Mac. Quite a few clues to savour particularly liked PREVIOUS, STRIPPER, UNETHICAL and RAMPANT. Rather high number of anagrams (11 full and partial) but I noticed that only when blogging and not solving. Which goes to show how good the surface stories were.

ACROSS
1   Processed analog state (6) ANGOLA [ANALOG]*
5   Prior/priest is outwardly religious (7) PREVIOUS [priest=REV inside religious=PIOUS]
9   His job may involve wear and tear? (8) STRIPPER [CD]
10 Communication from landlord (6) LETTER [DD]
11 Creator's in favour of drug use, strangely! (10) PROMETHEUS [in favour of=PRO + drug=METH + USE*]
12 Repeat part of the chorus (4) ECHO [T]
13 Sound arising from the crone (8) COHERENT [THE CRONE]*
16 Matter lacking extra perspective (6) STANCE [extra=sub STANCE]
17 Don't forget about missing part (6) MEMBER [about=re MEMBER]
19 Running short of time, Rodley rode away fearlessly (8) DARINGLY [DARtING + rodeLY]
21 Post-man, say (4) MAIL [~MALE]
22 Be debriefed, proceed, then nod off (2,8) GO COMMANDO [proceed=GO + ,=COMMA + NOD*] Nice def.
25 Funnily, to multiply, an amoeba has to do this! (6) DIVIDE [CD]

Cartoon by Bhargav

26 Leaves sailor and son at sea (8) ABANDONS [sailor=AB + AND + SON*]
27 Adulterated lunch a stewardess brought (8) UNCHASTE [T]
28 Buzzes gotten from essentially vintage hard drinks (6) THRUMS [vinTage + Hard + RUMS]

DOWN
2   Recorder broadcast tenor (5) NOTER [TENOR]*
3   Drug (often pot) I used medically, at first (5) OPIUM [Acrostic]
4   He could be disarmed (7) AMPUTEE [CD]
5   Monitor, with radio emission sources switched, is ideal (7) PERFECT [monitor=PREFECT with Radio Emission switched]
6   Doctor listens and gets help (7) ENLISTS [LISTENS]*
7   For the most part, // at sea? (2,3,4) IN THE MAIN [DD]
8   A hint/clue misconstrued as unfair (9) UNETHICAL [A HINT CLUE]*
14 Musical turned into performance (9) OPERATION [OPERA + INTO*]
15 He bills me insanely for dress (9) EMBELLISH [HE BILLS ME]*
18 Go back and run to exit (7) REGRESS [Run + exit=EGRESS]
19 Cleared out, say (7) DECLARE [CLEARED]*
20 Unrestrained tirade about a politician (7) RAMPANT [tirade=RANT about A MP=politician]
23 Summer // snake (5) ADDER [DD]
24 Dug up material (5) DENIM [dug=MINED]<-