Thursday, 3 July 2014

No 11127, Thursday 03 Jul 2014, Gridman


ACROSS
1   Short command about such dissipated colour (7) FUCHSIA {F{SUCH*}IAt}
5   Visit CMobey given order (4,2) COME BY*
9   Jargon used in calling orderlies (5) LINGO [T]
10 Day after March 31, roughly follow endless trick’s victim (5,4) APRIL FOOL {APR}{1}{L FOOLw*}

                                                  Cartoon by Rishi
11 I surrender, welcoming leader of Tamils with a drink (4,3) ICED TEA {I}{CED {T}E}{A}
12 Extremely old and clever account about one (7) ARCHAIC {ARCH}{A{1}C}
13 Great to entertain an individual loser (5) GONER {G{ONE}R}
14 Italian conductor's actions in new form (9) TOSCANINI*
16 Fixed traitor at an Italian eatery (9) TRATTORIA*
19 Nameless object with hard piece of chicken (5) THIGH {THInG}{H}
21 Violent outburst in Arizona city street (7) TEMPEST {TEMPE}{ST}
23 Paper train? (7) EXPRESS [DD]
24 “He hath ... a hand __ __ __ for melting charity” (Shakespeare) (4,2,3) OPEN AS DAY [GK]
25 Many begin tossing old gambling game (5) LOTTO {LOT}{Tossing}{O}
26 Talks madly about youth — bamboo-like (6) STALKY {TALKS*}{Y}
27 See, saint being overwhelmed by simple joy (7) ECSTASY {E{C}{ST}ASY}

DOWN
1   Dentist's workplace? Not exactly! (7,7) FILLING STATION [CD]
2   Firm business? (7) CONCERN [CD]
                                             Cartoon by Richard
3   Transport for one making off quickly? (7) SCOOTER [DD]
4   A testing place's bloomer producing gypsum (9) ALABASTER {A}{LAB}{ASTER}
5   Roughly surround the French leaving for America (5) CIRCA {CIRCle}{A}
6   Graduate accountant stashing a big amount in region of Malaysia (7) MALACCA {MA}{LAC}{CA}
7   “___ Junction”: a 1956 Ava Gardner film (7) BHOWANI [GK]
                                              Cartoon by Bhargav
8   What an epochal hero earns (5,2,7) PLACE IN HISTORY [CD]
15 Trunk item of middle weight? (5,4) SPARE TYRE [DD] Plenty of these available with the blog owner 
17 Part of chair on smarter adjustment (7) ARMREST*
18 Cutting it might give elation (7) TOENAIL*
19 Mark sends son down for drinks (7) TIPPLES (-s)TIPPLE(+s)S
20 It'll keep you going and stop you from starting (7) INERTIA [CD]
22 Drink to father, without publicity (5) TODDY {TO}{DadDY} Cheers

GRID HERE

58 comments:

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    1. When he 'ran into', what tyres was he using?

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    2. I hope the 'run in' did not result in any injuries ...

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    3. Tribute to Dean Martin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOqj2zs-_z4

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  2. Dear Blog Owner,

    This has reference to the statement that you have made against Clue 15 dn in your much-appreciated post on THC 11127 by one Gridman.

    By this I think you mean all those old tyres that you had had to replace while maintaining your vintage Fiat car.

    I am ready to clear them from your garage at a nominal cost. Don't call slim centres that are out to fleece people - by making money while you're sweating it out.

    Expecting a favourable reply,

    Yours, etc.,

    Retiree

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    1. The author of this letter has a hilarious name!

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    2. Does he pass on these spare tyres to those aim to put them on, or does he means they will auto-matically put in a reappearence ...

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    3. I thought it was a typo for 'Retreader' ;-)

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    4. When I read the comment on 15D, I thought someone else who was blogging was pulling Col.'s leg. Only after going thro' other comments I came to know that he was trying to pull his own leg!

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    5. Self help is the best help ...

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  3. The illustration for 1a, probably by 'me', is proper and square.

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    1. It is 'me !' , not 'me' ...

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    2. So we can say the cartoonist is !

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    3. The intended cartoon got dissipated

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    4. Did it turn out to be a damp squib?

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    5. Unfortunately the squib wasn't damp so it blew up into a dissipated colour

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    6. Tumescence dissipated?

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    7. Don't move to erogenous zones, please!

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  4. Welcome, Richard the cartoonist. We all know the Tamil daily "Daily Dupe". Now we know Daily Noise.

    Daily Noise / We make the noise and expect you not to remain silent.

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    1. Time to get an in-junction at creatures making nise in junctions?

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  5. Can we call it as a concerned opinion.....

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    1. Bhargav, I hope you don't mind the 'enlightening' of your cartoon

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  6. In 24a, ref is made to Bill's comparison of openness with day. Reminded me of Tennyson's comparison " beautiful as day" in the Beggar Maid poem.

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  7. Actually, she "is more beautiful than day".

    But elsewhere of her complexion the poet says:

    As shines the moon in clouded skies,
    She in her poor attire was seen;

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    1. You are correct. A senior moment ;-)

      Cough at you, ah?!

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  8. Thanks for a good time, Gridman. Some very nice clues today ('trunk' item, dentist's workplace, firm business, paper train...). Learnt a new word thanks to the wordplay for 19d - 'stipple'.

    Re. 27: Is it okay for the clue to have "see" for "c" without any homophone indicator? (Genuine question, not an aspersion.)

    Missed the Sunday special as I was working through the weekend - seems to have been a really good one!

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    1. I am always ready to answer any question on my clues.
      If I have made a mistake, I am the first person to apologise.
      As for see = C.
      Well, I remembered its use in crosswords.
      However, after you raised the question, I checked XWD and another reference work but I don't get any immediate authority.
      Then I checked the notorious long list of abbreviations which has
      C = see.
      But I DON'T use any abbr. from that list.
      I have to do some more digging to find out how see = C (w/o the homophone ind).

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    2. In SMS language see would be written as C

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    3. Thank you for the response, CV!

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  9. 25A- I had my doubts if Lotto is a gambling game. On checking I found that it is (I was thinking it to be something like our very Indian 'Dhayakattam'. But now I think it is Ludo & not Lotto) So will the word 'gambling' be made part of the definition and duly highlighted?

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    1. You may know it as Housie or Tombola

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    2. I would define Lotto as lottery and not gambling per se

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    3. Yes Suresh. Now I get it.

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  10. After filling in 'Trattoria' & 'Toscanini' from memory and with the help of crossings, I had problems in NW corner since I did not 'fill in' fuchsia. Do i need to get treated by Fr.Britto? 'Spare the rod and spoil the child' used to be the slogan before the time of activists.

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    1. You should have seen him get into a proper stance to administer a hat-trick, with due follow through ending up at nether areas of his habit

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    2. No, circa '73, schools did not have video cameras or cctv. All we had was a PA system ...

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    3. I can give you a demo ...

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    4. :-)
      You want me to be at the receiving end?!

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    5. I just read the 5A clue and marvelled at the raelity embedded therein- at least as far as TN is concerned- and chuckled.

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    6. Paddy@1118: unless you can nominate a whipping boy or girl

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    7. Paddy @1128: instruction to Mo?

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  11. 11.53- impossible (nowadays) to find one. Any last minute change in plans for the 6th meet? if so I have to get ready!
    11.54- Mo? I am bad in decoding.

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  12. Great cluing ! No Gridlocks.

    SPARE TIRE: going to waist or waste such that veshti cannot remain in -place?

    TRATTORIA: WE had a restaurtant in Nairobi where I used to gorge on cheesy Pizzas and Ravioli and pasta ~ took me back there!

    FILLING STATION or is it DRILLING STATION? I dread the dentist's chair where you are at his mercy, rooting for your root canal that will send screams till Suez Canal !

    DAILY NOISE: there is a daily in Nairobi by the name Daily Nation ! It had great crosasies on Sundays !

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    1. I remember the president's wife storming into the Daily Nation and slapping the owner,publisher or editor.

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  13. Also, remember the currency disparity between the E African contries: If I remember right, it used to cost about 300 Kshs, 400 Tshs and 30000 Ushs.

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  14. A clue for Richard from crossword Challenge 9358 printed in today's Deccan Herald

    13a A business worry (7)

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    1. I checked Gridman's database.
      The word 'concern' appears as part of clue in many instances.
      It is a light only in this crossword.
      It has escaped appearance as a solution word in more than 800 puzzles!

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  15. The 'sam'e puzzle has 24a a missile from Uncle (3) which is the same as today's ET5584 26a Missile man (3)

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    1. Qn: How many cryptic crosswords do you solve a day?

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    2. Usually 3, out of TH, DH, ET, IE, Telegraph, Statesman, Guardian. Crossword Centre and Guardian Genius are usually done piecemeal when at a loose end.

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  16. Wrt to CV's mention of use of 'see' in other puzzles, here's one from above mentioned DH

    7d See any change of colour(4)

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  17. Some interesting collective nouns:

    What do we call a group of accountants? A balance of accountants.
    A group of librarians is called a shush of librarians.
    A group of dentists is called a wince of dentists.
    A group of bowlers is called a keg of bowlers.
    A group of dermatologists is called a rash of dermatologists.
    A group of creditors is called a curse of creditors.

    [Source: RD April 2014, Indian Edition July 2014]

    Some weird word that! (Grist for setters..)

    Petrichor: the scent outside after it rains
    Jillick: to skip a stone across water
    Bibliobibuli: those who read too much
    Pogonotrophy: the act of growing and grooming facial hair
    Epeolatry: worship of words
    Cataglotism: French kissing

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  18. Kishore @ 7:06 pm

    A cheat joins church, followed by navy for company (7)

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  19. 7-18 pm - That colour is a tetragram.

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