Thursday, 24 July 2014

N0 11145, Thursday 24 Jul 2014, xChequer


Another good one from xChequer. I filled up 'slippers' at 4A and beat around the bush to search for 6D.

ACROSS
1   See 15 ac.
4   Queen wears casual trousers with loafers (8) SLACKERS {SLACK{ER}S}
10 Grant meant to be distributed without regressive tax (9) ALLOTMENT {A{LLOT<=}MENT*}
11 See 15a
12 American city fashionable earlier (7) CHICAGO {CHIC}{AGO}
13 Following spinner's introduction, two men caught at cover (7) SHEATHE {S}{HE}{AT}{HE}
14 Nip small children (4) TOTS [DD] (Correction - {TOT}{S} - Thanks to SMS from Ajeesh)
15 & 1ac., 11ac. Offer things of value to people who don't appreciate them? Sensible to scrap, few are involved (4, 6, 6, 5) CAST PEARLS BEFORE SWINE* Never heard this phrase before
See the Pearls cast after these swine !!
19 Transport for invalid where part of foot can disengage toilet locks (10) WHEELCHAIR {W{HEEL}C}{HAIR}
20 Friends hit back (4) PALS <=
23 See-saw overturned? Height of nonsense (7) EYEWASH {SEE+SAW}*{H} (Addendum - {EYE}{SAW<=}{H} - See comments)
26 Religious traveller, around fifty, sanctimonious and resolute (7) PILGRIM {PI}{L}{GRIM}
27 Hong Kong university receives excellent poem (5) HAIKU {H{A1}K}{U}
28 Rivals work from either direction before spreading net in opposite directions (9) OPPONENTS {OP<=>PO}{N{NET*}S}
29 What one perhaps does with old tyres, dreadfully serrated? (8) RETREADS*

                                                                                    Cartoon by Rishi

30 Fools taking time to show strengths (6) ASSETS {ASSE{T}S}
    
                              Cartoon by Rishi




                                              Cartoon by Bhargav





DOWN
1   A combination of two animals: binturong and red panda? (7) BEARCAT {BEAR}{CAT}
2 & 22 dn. Two beginners tied in blanket finish scrambled to get method to complete this puzzle say (4,2,3,6) FILL IN THE BLANKS {FI{LL} IN THE BLANKS*}
3   It's allowed by Russia, a liberal tradition (6) RITUAL {R{IT}U}{A}{L}
5   Much described universal flower (5) LOTUS {LOT{U}S}
6   Pampered, yet firm on son to be prepared with education (8) COSSETED {CO}{S}{SET}{ED}
7   Electronic reference book for law (5) EDICT {E}{DICT}
8   They search; there are limits to knowledge that wise men possess (7) SEEKERS {SEE{KnowledgE}RS}
9   Adjusted cap on the monument for dead soldiers (8) CENOTAPH*
16 Shadow churchwarden possibly, end where gas gets exhausted (8) TAILPIPE {TAIL}{PIPE}
17 Change positions to bring up variety (9) REARRANGE {REAR}{RANGE}
18 Prayer certain to bring joy … (8) PLEASURE {PLEA}{SURE}
19 … if meteorological condition's sound (7) WHETHER (~weather)
21 Savoury snacks from Assam, so fresh (7) SAMOSAS*
22 See 2 dn.
24 Prince Victor has bounce (5) EVICT [T]

                                Cartoon by Rishi
25 Bone seen in heads of Himalayan yaks or Indian donkeys (5) HYOID {H}{Y}{O}{I}{D}

GRID

71 comments:

  1. 23 See-saw overturned? Height of nonsense (7) EYEWASH {SEE+SAW}*{H}

    With a different take: EYE (WAS<-)(H)

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    1. Sorry. I put that down without checking

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  2. A good one from Exc. Liked the way 1 d was defined, taking care to name two animals of the same family.

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    1. 'of the same family' is extraneous in my comment above.

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  3. Good one from xChequer!
    Cast pearls before swine - there is a Hindi idiom meaning the same: Bandar kya jaane adrak ka swaad.

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    1. Keeping the pearls intact, another one that would fit the bill is

      Bandar ke gale mein motiyon ki mala

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    2. Pand(h)i kemi telusu, panneeru vaasana (A Telugu saying) Means : What does a swine know about the smell of perfume?!

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  4. TYPO: 6D {C}{S}{SET}{ED}

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  5. Karpoora vasanai kurangukku theriyuma? - is the Tamil version.
    Meaning: Can the monkey recognise the smell of camphor?

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    1. Is it not donkey ? Kazhudaiku teriyuma karpoora vasanai

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    2. Is it not 'Kazhudhai' ?

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    3. VJ, you're right!
      Sorry for the mistake, influenced by the Hindi version above.
      The word order too is as rendered by you.

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  6. The English proverb comes from the Bible:
    http://www.gospelchapel.com/Sermons/Archives/Mount/70_169.htm

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  7. Quite a teaser. XChequer will be chuckling with his own 21D

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  8. TAKING THE DOWN CLUES IN ORDER.
    (PLEASE NOTE THAT CV is an imaginary CRUCIVERBALIST)
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    CV and his dumb friend on a pleasant evening:

    CV: Come on let us go to see the BEARCAT.
    Friend: BEARCAT?
    CV: YOU HAVE TO FILL IN THE BLANKS. It is an anagram you ….
    Friend: Oh, come on. This has become a RITUAL with you. Can’t you just
    Say LOTUS eyed, long…… Anyways, thanks for having me COSSETED.
    CV: OK, don’t try to EDICT that…
    Friend: You mean it need not be CITED* ?
    CV: Good, good. You seem to be learning….
    Friend: Thanks. After all we are SEEKERS….
    CV: Now turn right into CENOTAPH Road. Watch out the smoke
    Coming out of that idiot’s TAILPIPE.
    Friend: How I wish they REARRANGE the traffic here. It should be a
    PLEASURE to drive.
    CV: WHETHER or not they do that, I am sure we can have our SAMOSAS today.
    Friend: Be careful there, else they may EVICT us!!

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    1. Good one again. I hope CV and his friend enjoyed the BEARCAT*

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  9. For those outside Chennai who may not place the context of CV's cartoon for Evict- a lot of it is going on here thanks to Metro Rail. Many fully/ half demolished houses in many places.

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  10. So happy to nearly get 21D in a Xchequer CW. Did not get the longest anagram though. many good surfaces- enjoyed the spinner's introduction in 13A.
    Filled in 'Opponent' correctly, but could not parse it.
    Slacks in 4A- we are more used to shirts than trousers!

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  11. After yesterday nail biter, this turned out to be fairly smooth sailing in xChequer's craft today. Some very nice clues indeed. I am not a big fan of the 'lift-and-separate' type of clues, but the clue for EYEWASH uses the technique very nicely (although the hyphen helps to mark the separation point!).

    Thanks to xChequer, DG, and the cartoonists for a fun start to the day!

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  12. My first entry - CAST PEARLS BEFORE SWINE - had me chuckling as it reminded me of one of my favourite Dorothy Parker stories. When going in to dinner at a party, a young actress dramatically paused and bowed to let DP pass her, saying "Age before beauty!" DP swept past her with the reply: "Pearls before swine!"

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  13. 21 Down day for me today! At last, I could crack a puzzle from xChequer!! I think he has lowered the bar by a few notches. All in all, a beautiful offering from xChequer.
    Thanks xChequer, for a satisfying solve/day. :-)))

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  14. I remember having come across the phrase 'Cast pearls before swine' at high school level. Nice pick of a graphic. The contents of the sign are hilarious.

    Once Dorothy Parker was attempting to go through a doorway at the same time as glamorous socialite and playwright Clare Boothe Luce.

    “Age before beauty,” said Luce while yielding the way. “And pearls before swine,” replied Parker while gliding through the doorway.

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    1. it is your turn for telepathy!

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    2. I posted the above before refreshing the page. Abhay has already posted about this anecdote at 10:05.

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    3. Yes, Paddy, turned out to be almost telepathetic!

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    4. Similar to the tamil phrase which means "Does an ass know the smell of camphor?"

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  15. 23A : See-saw overturned? Height of nonsense EYEWASH {EYE}{WAS*}{H}

    I think WAS requires reversal indicator pl.

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    1. Sorry, didn't notice Raghu's comment @ 8:39.

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  16. In reply to CGB's write-up above -

    The first (and only one) BEARCAT* that I, CV, saw was in 20a in Madras in the Sixties when I was a student.

    It - PALS - was on the first floor of an old building opposite the Mount Road Head PO.

    I think the restaurant is still there but the allure that things hold at certain times to certain people is lost to those self-same persons at other times. Now what was your allurement?

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  17. Non Chennai-ites may be wondering what allurement CV is alluding to.

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    1. Those allurements were available in Bangalore as well, I too saw one in the 70's

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    2. "Talk of the town" ! (DD)

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  18. CV's cartoon-
    These tyres are not meant to be retreaded!

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  19. CGB, a genuine doubt, reg your cartoon.

    Does the question in the toon end with 'hide' or 'show' pl?

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  20. Neither! It ends with "DECLARE" !!

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  21. Enjoyed this run from XChequer.

    Question regarding 1D: Wouldn't the def: "binturong and red panda" imply that the solution be in plural form ?

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    1. VP - not sure it should necessarily be so. Thing is, some sources say bearcat is 'binturong', others 'red panda'. So you could say there are two definitions, and it seemed to fit the wordplay.

      Having said that, this was a word I did not find amenable to clueing (the definition part), would have changed it but was stuck with the crossings, and did not want to do major surgery

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    2. That happens sometimes. Some words are quite difficult to clue.

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    3. Thanks Bhala. After your explanation, read a little more about bearcats and it makes sense now in the context of this clue. To be honest I did not know that a Red Panda was called a bearcat until I saw your clue today :)

      Just to get clarity on my original question, let me give an example which is more straightforward: If the def. part of a clue reads "Peter and Paul", should the answer lead to SAINT (or) SAINTS (or) is it that both forms are acceptable ?

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  22. Things seem to quiet on the THCC front.

    Came across this interesting word-game today and thought of sharing with everyone here.

    Put three letters in front of and the same three letters in the same order behind each of the following groups of letters to form single words that make sense.

    ...ERTAINM...

    ...ENTIALN...

    ...ERGRO...

    ...ACHA...

    ...SH...

    ...AU...

    ...X...

    Each member may restrict the contribution to a single entry so that others too can get a chance.

    Get cracking, folks!

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    1. The first sentence should read, 'Things seem to be....'.

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    2. 1st one 'entERTAINMent' (by Richard!)

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    3. Bingo, MB, to begin with!

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    4. Could get the next three too on my own, but struggling with the last three! :)

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    5. You have company, brother! I too am...

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    6. Finally left with the last one and even NET is of no help! Looks like a real tough one!!

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    7. No wonder I too struggled. It is a proper name.

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  23. Interesting cw.clues with long phrases 15a&2d add much spice.10,12,13 a 8,17d equally appealing. Nice day. Nice puzzle thanks to xchequer.

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  24. I have cracked them all. Here are some clues formed by me but not in the same order, jutst to make it simpler. Why keep suspense for long?

    Surpass the voice factor
    Detail the feline to find human being
    Dig deep and German connection is found.

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    1. Paddy has found the 'and' connection in Germany.

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  25. ... X ... MAN X MAN - Manxman is a citizen of Island of Man. (I referred to de-tailing the Manx Cat to get MAN).

    I have another set of these. If you are all interested, I will post tomorrow afternoon, when the daily dust settles.

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  26. 'outshout'- Exactly what is being done in anews channel debate at the moment!
    Yes, 'Und' is and in Germany. I did not realise it until you pointed it out.
    Awaiting the 2nd batch tomorrow.

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