Saturday, 24 May 2014

No 11093, Saturday 24 May 2014, Gridman


Continuing with chai and samosa after 3 days with Sankalak. 

ACROSS
1   Ascends with effort to get 150 twitching breams (8) CLAMBERS {CL}{BREAMS*}
5   Managed detectives far from fresh (6) RANCID {RAN}{CID}
9   High living in top shelf maybe (8) FLESHPOT*
10 Married a woman having a complaint (6) MALADY {M}{A}{LADY}
12 Boy tearing head off toy bear (4) EDDY tEDDY
                                                                                          Cartoon by Bhargav
13 Simple grade of school teacher’s job (10) ELEMENTARY [DD]
15 Throw off track revolutionary Communist with top Left leader (6) DERAIL {DER}{A}<={1}{L} (Addendum - {DER<=}{A1}{L} - See comments)
17 The sailor cut short Greek character (5) THETA {THE}{TAr}
20 Frequently mollify southern leader flouncing out (5) OFTEN sOFTEN
21 Boring study from poet (6) DRYDEN {DRY}{DEN}
24 Continuing love affair (8,2) CARRYING ON [DD] Remember the 'Carry on' series of movies
27 Extra giving up second responsibility (4) ONUS bONUS Shouldn't that be 'giving up second letter'
29 Tuned badly to capture English prisoner (6) DETENU {DET{E}NU*}
30 Record — one record mentioned in closing chapter (8) EPILOGUE {EP}{1}{LOG}UE UE for mentioned? (Addendum - {EP}{1}{LOGUE}(~log) - See comments)
31 Vegetable is hard to masticate (6) RADISH RAD{IS}{H} ? Anno pending. Something seems amiss here (Addendum - RADISH* - See comments)
32 Man's raga changes in kinds of wordplay (8) ANAGRAMS*

DOWN
1   One who spills information said to have repository (6) COFFER (~cougher)
2   A note to finish a list of things to be done (6) AGENDA {A}{G}{END}{A}
3   Bachelor has spewed out words of contempt (4) BASH BAHS {B}{HAS*} (See comments)
4   Finally one in stir to fix a squeak once more (5) REOIL {R{onE}OIL}
6   A profit for the second time (5) AGAIN {A}{GAIN}
7   Man has learner dismissed, getting publicity for party games (8) CHARADES {CHARl{AD}ES}
8   24 hours 24 hours? (3,2,3) DAY BY DAY [CD]
11 Put to work half of them on trick (6) EMPLOY {thEM}{PLOY}
14 Noticed loud Bollywood shooting? (4) SEEN (~scene)
16 Eager, our compiler’s on time (6) ARDENT {ARDEN}{T}
17 Hard journey makes some striker turn backwards (4) TREK <=
18 Cold about broken creed, he forfeits (8) CONCEDER {C}{ON}{CREED*}
19 One tear mended by Edward is repeated (8) ITERATED {1}{TEAR*}{TED}
22 Image N to be morphed into puzzle (6) ENIGMA*
23 Stockings people have no hard baskets (6) OSIERS hOSIERS
25 Pulls up Big Apple team? (5) YANKS [DD]
26 Alternatively, fasten a flower (5) ORPIN {OR}{PIN}
28 Small record in toil (4) SLOG {S}{LOG}

47 comments:

  1. Vegetable is hard to masticate (6) RADISH RAD{IS}{H} ? Anno pending. Something seems amiss here

    It is anagram of "is hard"

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  2. 30 Record — one record mentioned in closing chapter (8) EPILOGUE {EP}{1}{LOG}UE UE for mentioned?

    LOGUE ~LOG - mentioned is homophone indicator

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  3. 24 Continuing love affair (8,2) CARRYING ON [DD] Remember the 'Carry on' series of movies

    DG, you reminded me of the hospital one where one chappie keeps the thermometer in this hot tea when the nurse is not looking. He also puts scotch (what a waste!) in the urine sample container, making the lab guy blurt out "This patient is producing pure whiskey" - or something like that

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    1. It is "Sid James" in "Carry on Doctor"

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    2. The books were equally (if not more) enjoyable.

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    3. One of the best in the series: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carry_On_Cleo

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  4. The complaint which married women who do not have a child get is "MALADY" in Tamil

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    1. Renga, you seem to have taken up our good lady's role in cracking difficult clues today! I guess she is listening.

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  5. 27 Extra giving up second responsibility (4) ONUS bONUS Shouldn't that be 'giving up second letter'

    B is often used as an adjective to signify second, as in B grade, Plan B etc

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    1. What I meant was that 'give up second' can lead to deletion of 'S'

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    2. The onus is on us whether to delete B or S, the first, last or second letter!

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  6. 15 Throw off track revolutionary Communist with top Left leader (6) DERAIL {DER}{A}<={1}{L}

    Anno is {DER}<= (AI) L . Top A1

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  7. 1 One who spills information said to have repository (6) COFFER (~cougher)

    Is it "Repository" ? Should it not be "Respiratory problem"?

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    1. No! I think the clue resolves itself in a different manner.

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    2. Yes. Realised it after seeing it again.

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    3. Renga, a repository in the sense of a place where things are kept could be a chest or a coffer. A person with a chest problem, though, could be a cougher. One who spills it is a "cougher" and said is the homophone indicator

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    4. I took it as one who 'coughs up' or spills information.

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    5. I solved it reading "repository" as "respiratory", but realized the mistake after CVji refuted my comment.

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  8. 15A Throw off track revolutionary Communist with top Left leader (6) DERAIL

    Curiously enough, this clue contains three words - revolutionary, Communist and Left leader - normally used to mean 'red' in crosswords.

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  9. 32D Man's raga changes in kinds of wordplay (8) ANAGRAMS*

    Liked this one. Can this be considered semi&lit? ;-)

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    1. In today's CW, the setter has given plenty of "man's raga"

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  10. I think 3D should be 'Bahs' to fit the crossing oh 'fleshpot', which leads us to 'bah' as a word of contempt.

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  11. A very smooth flowing CW except that I had to struggle a bit for 'Orpin' & 'Osier'.
    Yes,Kishore. I have also read somewhere that "Elementary my dear Watson' was coined together much later. Nice observation and of course a good cartoon.

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    1. Not only that, the deerstalker and the meerschaum pipe are also rarely used in the books, if at all.

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    2. Missed getting into the museum on Baker st. since it was closed for the day. We could only peep in through the windows to get a glimpse of the rocking chair and the fireplace.

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    3. Did you stutter like Robert Arthur's parrot

      " to-to-to be or not to-to-to be"

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  12. Here it is Kishore-
    http://www.sherlockholmesquotes.com/Elementary-My-Dear-Watson.html

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  13. Witty cartoon of 'invisible' Sherlock Holmes by Kishore ! Liked it :)

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    1. Actually the sketch is reused from an earlie rtoon.

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  14. Missed narrowly 'samosas' and 'chai' because I failed to get ONUS and OSIERS. :-(

    Anyway, I've had enough for the last three days!!!

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  15. Very nice surfaces and some intriguing clueing. Thanks, Gridman!

    DG: Count me as another who got RADISH but missed the anagram - I, too, assumed "is hard" provided {IS}{H} atop RAD, which I couldn't parse further! Thanks for the blog.

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  16. Very nice/apt toon by Bhargav for 12 Ac clue! Poor Teddy the bear, when beheaded becomes Eddy the boy!

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  17. Today could be another milestone for THCC as the page visit counter crossing 2 million mark. Best wishes to Col. for all he has done to make this happening.

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    1. I have a feeling that mark could have been crossed long back, since the counter might not have been activated on day 1 of the blog ... DG may shed more light on this

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    2. Like a speedometer of a car put up for resale !?

      At first flush, I thought it was a creation of Incognito and then I thought it was Arden ! Gridman donning several garbs? Very unlike Gridman's-- .

      Does Fleshpot read or lead to high living? I thought a fleshpot is a boudoir for bawdy baddies ? Low living for slow deaths?

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    3. In this case, not reset. No tacho (not speedo!) was installed earlier as OE

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    4. Kishore @ 11:38, right you are.

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  18. Tch ,Tch Kishore: agree, tacho, it is. I sped off hastily but slowly !!
    Whatever, the THCC page visits will continue to proliferate. Are we doing anything to get ion new bloggers, who are also solvers? and many of the old faithfuls have also been found giving it the miss !

    As for the B& S meet in Madras- MDS-CBE or CBE-BGLE_ or BGLE_MDS , one night's journey by train. so why not in CBE? Long -pending request ! Or is my opinion to far-fetched?

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  19. Lovely crossword from Gridman, as always..Congrats to Colonel for the THCC milestone:)

    Here's my latest brand crossword for those who maybe interested Brand Crossword 18 Do let me know if you get to complete it or not..Raju sir, thanks for your feedback. Couldn't respond to you on the comments page since I did not see it earlier on and comments are now closed for earlier crosswords..

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  20. Apropos yesterday's ref. to KD, i have just got back from a play where the leading character's name is krishna dwaipayana kaushal and he is called kd kaushal in short! Quite a coincidence!

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  21. Congrats Col.! Crossed 2MM now

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    1. Just logged in. Congratulations to Deepak and all participant bloggers on this great landmark, although the actual number, as Kishore mentioned earlier, could be far higher.

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  22. Nice opener from Gridman, enjoyed it.
    Congrats Col on crossing the 2M milestone.

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