Thursday, 22 May 2014

No.11091, Thursday 22 May 2014, From the files of Sankalak

Lot of clues to like - ÉTUDE, SAN MARINO, TARTAN, DEBIT, ACTIN, BEARER, SNOWBOUND, TENNIS MATCHES, OBITUARY, ENDANGER, OBJECT, BROOK, DRAMBUIE and ENGAGE. That looks like more or less all clues. 2d and 3d brought a sense of loss briefly when I was solving, but the rest of the puzzle cheered me up and reminded of all the good times. Thank you Sankalak.

ACROSS
1 Prisoner taken by tube to old place for a trip with a guide (9,4) CONDUCTED TOUR [CON + DUCTED + TO + UR]
                                                                                               Cartoon by Rishi

10 Think about twisted wire in white heath (9) BRIERWOOD [BROOD outside WIRE*]
11 Edible seaweed featured in medical avertiment (5) LAVER [T]
12 Musical work // study in France (5) ÉTUDE [DD]
13 European republic has no marinas, unfortunately (3,6) SAN MARINO [NO MARINAS]*
14 Material for a sailor, nice brown colour (6) TARTAN [TAR + TAN]
16 Entry in account for one in encumbrance (5) DEBIT [1 inside DEBT]
19 The protein for performance lacking nothing (5) ACTIN [ACTIoN]
20 He endures // a kind of bond (6) BEARER [DD]
                                                                                         Cartoon by Bhargav
25 The voice to put control at jeopardy (9) CONTRALTO [CONTROL AT]*
26 French author for whom Penny left university area (5) CAMUS [CAMpUS]
27 Creature that is acceptable to a Greek character (5) OKAPI [OK + A + PI]
28 Stuck in bad weather, down: no bus moving (9) SNOWBOUND [DOWN NO BUS]*
29 Court contests (6,7) TENNIS MATCHES [CD]

DOWN
2 Passing notice (8) OBITUARY [CD]
3 Lament for a late person (5) DIRGE [CD]
4 A beggar cannot be thus (6) CHOOSY [CD]
5 The aim — to provoke and put at risk (8) ENDANGER [END + ANGER]
6 Garrulous valet with a kit let loose (9) TALKATIVE [VALET A KIT]*
7 Expose a French evil developing (6) UNVEIL [UN + EVIL*]
8 The goal is to oppose (6) OBJECT [DD]
9 Allow inclusion of resistance in the script (5) BROOK [R inside BOOK]
15 The instrument that darin’ Coco played (9) ACCORDION [DARIN' COCO]*

17 Call unknown sibling for procedure to purify blood (8) DIALYSIS [DIAL + Y + SIS]
18 A bird (emu) turns to drink (8) DRAMBUIE [A BRID EMU]*
21 Mignonette raised in a glade serves a purpose (6) RESEDA [T<=]
22 Highlander with love at heart may leave quickly (5) SCOOT [0 inside SCOT]
23 One point about a joke that may occupy one (6) ENGAGE [ENE outside GAG]
24 A bag too clumsy in Colombia (6) BOGOTÁ [BAG TOO]*
26 Copper writer with a three-dimensional shape (5) CUBIC [CU + BIC]

43 comments:

  1. Yesterday's lost files recovered today! Superb one from the master!

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    1. Losing files is extremely dangerous: somebody may find them ! Burning is safer. What is not burnt fully will be doused to oblivion by the Fire Brigade ...

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  2. 15D The instrument that darin’ Coco played (9) ACCORDION [

    Did the little fellow take the Col's permission? ;-)

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    1. This Coco is different, Richard ;-) The Col.'s Cocoa has a as a tail.

      There are a couple of Coco's involved in music according to Wiki, but it was the (Bobby) Darin in the clue that got me. He was no Bobby Darling ;-)

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    2. Sorry for de-tailing...

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  3. Three good cartoons today.

    K's marked a perfect Sangam of wit and nostalgia.

    Deewana saikadon mein pehchaana jayega...

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    1. Janaab, aapne mujhe Theek pehchaana !

      Deewana mujhsa nahin, is ambar ke neechey ...

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    2. Can't understand why some people confess such things....;-)

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    3. What further proof do you require? ;-)

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    4. Admissions Open. After R and I, if you join in, P, we can form a triumvirate or a troika, called 3i

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    5. Such gems can come from the 'dee -wan-and only...

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    6. I,R,K- Will it irk somebody?!

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    7. Good one, Pads, from your side.

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    8. Only if we kidnap (Komilla) Wirk!

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    9. Where are those Bollywood starlets, who were mere flashes in the pan by passing briefly across the silver canvas, like Kimi Katkar, Mamta Kulkarni, Faryal, Leena Das and a number of others?

      Histrionics or no histrionics, at least Komilla had quite a good number of movies to her credit, most of them best forgotten.

      Remembered the cover splash of 'Diwana' monthly - an Indian clone of MAD magazine - in mid-1970s, screaming - 'No Wirk? Here's Komilla for you!'

      She has reportedly settled in London.

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    10. As has Camilla Parker Bowles

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  4. Enjoyed this Sankalak offering immensely!
    2dn & 3dn struck a chord in me.

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  5. A new post on '?ing many' in Xword Unclued.

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  6. A doubt about 23D-
    How does one get 'ENE' ?
    Immensely enjoyable and satisfying CW. How to thank except remember him? (which,of course all of us anyway do whenever we do a CW)
    Sad for missing okapi.

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    1. ENE is East(of) North-East, a compass point.

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    2. Thank you K. I was looking for one point, not 3!

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    3. It IS one point, not 3!

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  7. Nice cartoon by Rishi. I always had the doubt- how much you can see and enjoy on such 'conducted' tours?

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    1. +1

      In all such tours, since you have already paid the money, cutting short things works in favour of the operator. For example, in Tirupathi tours from B'lore, Sri Kalahasti and Mangapuram are included and paid for. After the early morning rise and the waiting/queue at Tirumala, the guide usually says, "it is quite hot at SK. Do you all really want to go there? Or shall we return" Invariably the answer is "go back" and he has not only managed to save some expense for his company but also managed to finish his task earlier.

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    2. Even the visits to places are so brief and hurried that one can hardly do any justice.

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    3. On the other hand, there is always a person or group who finish the 'sight'/'site' half an hour later than budgeted, holding up everyone else and indirectly helping the conductor in dropping a location.

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  8. For those who missed. Pl. see yesterday's post by Richard- a touching account of an air crash and its aftermath very ably written by Richard.

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  9. What a surface reading for all clues! Centum today that too under 75 minutes :))). Thanks to whom?:(

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  10. Regarding today's accordion sketch: I noticed something odd when I kept the image in the middle of my screen and scrolled up and down using the mouse wheel. Due to the radial lines being shifted, it causes an optical illusion of the accordion being pumped/expanded. Try it!

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    1. Yes, when scrolled up and down in quick succession! :)

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    2. If you try on a touch screen and jiggle your finger up and down, it is quite pronounced

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    3. No 'Smart Phone' and No 'Touch Screen' :(

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    4. You seem to be playing with Accordion, Kishore!

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    5. The only instrument I am adept at is blowing my own trumpet ... Watch this space ...

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    6. Management advice

      You have to blow your trumpet because nobody else will do it for you. The skill with which you blow it will determine whether it makes music for the ears or noise.

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    7. I only listen to womanagement advice. Especially, since it is usually an ultimatum!

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  11. One more masterpiece from Sankalak! Felt happy to have completed the puzzle. Took Net help for DRAMBUIE, SAN MARINO and ETUDE.

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    1. I knew san Marino thanks to my Fi racing interests. Dram... well,leave it to wiki & the setter!

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  12. Sankalak - always so interesting and enjoyable.
    Since I was out for quite a while, till May 15, I am not aware of why THC has shrunk. Could someone enlighten me? This is probably why they could not fit 'From the files ...' yesterday.

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