Sunday, 29 June 2014

Special, Sunday 29 Jun 2014, Elmith


Welcome to our new setter Elmith.
Since this is just a 13 x 13, only TWO answers with annotations per commenter till 6 PM



ACROSS
7   Faith is having them around (6)
8   Write back and cut out relative (6)
9   Aid measure in Himachal Pradesh (4)
10 Supplies quiet time, after quiet time taken away roughly (8)
11 Eastern chieftain held ultimate ancient weapon (7)
13 Reportedly follows stories (5)
15 Attacks even armadillos (5)
17 Are you briefly sappy, silly around this ancient manuscript? (7)
20 Flower I strew about Outer India (8)
21 Traditional dance of Punjabi hunters (4)
22 Refuge of uneasy luminaries (6)
23 Delinquent sounds like real worker! (6)

DOWN
1   Catch at straws? (6)
2   Loose hitch (4)
3   Turns up and emits energy (7)
4   Flower business loses bid (5)
5   Insightful religious festival? (8)
6   Union measure (6)
12 Revealing direct account (8)
14 Greeting meant bending, holding a heart of obeisance (7)
16 Take him in as a harmless principle? (6)
18 Let go of international worker (6)
19 Prince turned back after first committing offense (5)
21 Navy base (4)

Acrosslite version can be accessed at the following link ELMITH 1

Enjoy.

66 comments:

  1. 21 Traditional dance of Punjabi hunters (4) BIHU [T]

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  2. 8A: (NEP)<(HEW)
    9A:H(EL)P

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    1. 9A would have been better from the surface point of view as 'Aid measure in Himachal Pradesh'

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  3. 16 Take him in as a harmless principle? (6) A(HIM)SA

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  4. 15A Attacks even armadillos (5) RAILS (aRmAdIlLoS) - alternate letters
    22A Refuge of uneasy luminaries (6) ASYLUM (T)

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  5. Good beginning by Elmith.

    LET HIM* keep entertaining us.

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    1. Thanks, Richard. Love the anagram. :-)

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  6. 22A- Ahimsa- T
    Def.- Harmless principle

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  7. 1D- Clutch (&lit/ E)
    Def.- Catch

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  8. Compensating for 8A, which was answered by Shrikant as well:
    5D: EPIPHANY (DD)

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  9. Compensation for 22A-
    !5A- Rails- (even) aRmAdIlLoS
    Def.- Attacks

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  10. 14D Greeting meant bending, holding a heart of obeisance (7) --- NAM(A S)TE*

    Def = greeting; "meant" bending = NAMTE*, holding A, S(heart of obeiSance)

    19D Prince turned back after first committing offense (5) --- C RIME<-

    Def = offense; prince turning back = EMIR turning back, after C (first Committing)

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  11. Paddy @ 11:08: Answer does not seem correct; the crossings of 7A & 9A do not match

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  12. 20 A WISTER* IA Outer India??

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  13. Yes,it is. Sorry.
    The correct answer is Thatch.

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  14. Yes, I noticed it. Working.

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  15. 11a SHOTGUN (T inside SHOGUN)

    3d IMPETUS (EMITS+UP)*

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  16. Nice debut, Elmith. Was able to finish in duble quick time.

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    1. Excellent, vasant. I made this one a meduim difficulty at best. Glad you liked it.

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  17. Welcome aboard Elmith. A very nice start and loved the Indian flavour you added to the crossword:)

    17 A - PAPYRUS - (R U (Are you briefly) + SAPPY)*

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  18. 4D INDUS (Flower - Def, INDUSTRY - TRY (Business loses Bid)

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  19. Welcome Elmith. Nice debut offering.

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  20. 10A EQUI(anag of quiet-t) P AGE
    2D LIMP (2)

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  21. My 2

    6D - LEAGUE [DD]
    21D - {TELL}{TALE}

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  22. Col.
    Tell tale is 12D.
    21D is leftover.
    I seem to be getting all the rest except 1D! I chose a wrong word in a hurry.

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  23. Nice CW- refreshingly different. I have come across Nephew- a favourite with setters- in quite a few ways. But this was entirely new & enjoyable. Indus was excellent. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thanks for the detailed feedback, Padmanabhan. I hope to contribute another soon.

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  24. I am happy to see a CWD by Elmith in this forum.

    I know Elmith as a fellow-clue writer in the forum DIY COW.

    This CWD is generally easy with most of the clues pithy - some have fewer than 5 words.

    Elmith deserves congratulations for taking the trouble of adding some Indian flavour to his crossword, knowing that most solvers - if not all - are from India.

    I am not surprised that what is still 'left over' are 1d and 21d - these cannot be solved cold. Even with crossings available, the two could pose some problem, as the clue-type is not anagram or charade or acrostic or telescopic, all of which come under 'easy'. Let's see if someone comes along with answers before the deadline.

    CV (Rishi)

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    1. +1 surprised when I opened the blog and saw the name elmith..
      nice opener..

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    2. Aakash,
      He had already mentioned it in ccs

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    3. ah..
      not part of it anymore..so wouldn't know :)

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    4. Thanks, Chaturvasi, my fellow COW DIY'er. I actually set this puzzle over a year ago - thought I'd try one that would be suited to the Indian audience.

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  25. Both the remainders are interesting. I have used up my quota. :(

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  26. Col. Deepak
    RE your Comment at 10-41 above, the published version of 9a does not seem to differ from your suggested version.

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    1. I forgot to edit the AL version, the word 'capitals' appears there

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  27. Raju,

    I have deleted your answers. Please resubmit with the annotations. We have repeated time and again the annotations are a must

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  28. I gave a blind and cold solve shot for 1 down and 21 down: I had not done the entire grid Stand corrected. It is THRESH. Flail about. shot in the dark? To catch at any straw for survival?

    Good one from a new compiler-- may your tribe increase !

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  29. 21 down: BLUE: Colour Navy Blue: base for lewd as in blue films?

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    1. Perhaps it could be that 'base' meaning, bottom part of Navy Blue, I think.

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  30. In a Thresh the straws are caught....
    <- Catch at straws? = Thresh....

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    1. Thank you, CG Bhargav. We bloggers will catch at any straw to annotate and solve a clue ! Doobne wallohnko thinke ke ka sahaara kaafi hai?

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  31. Both are excellent clues. Now I understand CV's comment about these 2 clues.

    Pl. read CV's comment above@ 1.58 pm.The setter is not new- new only to us.

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    1. Paddy:Known to some , may be. But in his pseudonym, new to all of us?

      Is it because they are cryptic puzzle setters that they adopt pseudonyms? Who IS Elmith covering his talent in a helmet ? He has given a new spin to annotations. Nice, though !

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    2. Me, hide my talent in a helmet? (Like the visual.) My real name is Darren Redfern. Elmith is a name I've gone by for many years (it's LOTR Elvish).

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