Tuesday, 22 July 2014

No 11143, Tuesday 22 Jul 2014, Sunnet


Blistering Barnacles! Sunnet's pangram gave me a run for my money in the NW corner.

ACROSS
1   Cheroots obtained from vehicles carrying police officer (6)  CIGARS {C{IG}ARS}
4   Hay fever sent back model in one hour (8)  RHINITIS {RH}{1}{NI}{TIS}<=
10 Arm yearns to express (9) LONGSWORD {LONGS}{WORD}
                 Cartoon by Bhargav
11 Sew cut in garment (5) TUNIC*
12 One Spanish railway having a single component (5) UNARY {UN}{A}{RY}
13 Discard headless salt water fish? (4,1,4) DROP A LINE {DROP} {sA LINE}
14 Legendary being reformed Roman Catholic union (7) UNICORN {RC+UNION}*
16 Tighten equipment holding nitrogen (4) KNIT {K{N}IT}
19 Nothing found by contraction of the ear (4) OTIC {O}{TIC}
21 Islander's brewing ingredient has a point (7) MALTESE {MALT}{ESE}
24 Divided, captured prey without resistance, like eagles perhaps (5-4) SHARP-EYED {SHAR{Pr-EY}ED}
25 US fan's untidy mess (5) SNAFU*
26 A shortage of woe! (5) ALACK {A}{LACK}
27 Customs and I.T. raid on Technology leader ordered (9) TRADITION {IT+RAID+ON+Technology}*
28 O! Tipsy lady is going around recklessly (8) DARINGLY {DA{RING}LY*}
29 Knave's direction produced discordant sound (6) JANGLE {J}{ANGLE}

DOWN
1   Stone's ring contains copper found near America (8) CALCULUS {CAL{CU}L}{US}
2   Poem of firearm and drink around modern times (5,3) GUNGA DIN {GUN}{G{A D}IN}
3   Copper is not as good as it used to be (5) RUSTY [DD]
5   Ate cut fish (7) HADDOCK {HAD}{DOCK}
6   He built Thana-Jog line (9) NATHANIEL {THANA*}{LINE*}
7   Can money reveal adventurous reporter? (6) TINTIN {TIN}{TIN}
8   Nearly leak confidential information (6) SECRET SECRETe
9   Information about historic fair (6) GOLDEN {G{OLD}EN}
15 Frank exposes sack to a trace of nitroglycerine (9) OUTSPOKEN {OUTS}{POKE}{N}
17 Engineers with money, cutting and taking it easy (8) RELAXING {RE}{L}{AXING}
18 Order to demolish Queen's church (8) SEQUENCE {QUEENS}*{CE}
20 Clear appeal stumped American gangster (7) CRYSTAL {CRY}{ST}{AL}
21 In the middle of maiden voyage (6) MEDIAN*
22 Perhaps Australia's area (6) ISLAND [CD]
23 Asian market to block accepting American state's associate (6) BAZAAR {B{AZ}{A}AR}
25 He is considered the destroyer of rash Ivanovic (5) SHIVA [T]


GRID

63 comments:

  1. When,

    TIPSY LADY IS GOING AIMLESSLY,
    Justice being upheld carelessly,
    FRANK EXPOSES
    Bed of roses
    Let's halt the nation going aimlessly.

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    1. CGB, is MK
      =Markandeya Katju
      or
      Muthuvel Karunanidhi
      or
      Mangalore Kishore?

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    2. Not fair to bring in the last named into this list.

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    3. Super toon by Bhargavji today. Rapier thrust.

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    4. Why Paddy, I too remember 10 year old stuff ...

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    5. Probably more. But you do not tend to keep it a secret and let it out of the bag at the appropriate (or inappropriate) time. You can't.
      BTW, the main reason given by Supreme court for commuting death sentences is the inordinate delay in disposing off of mercy petitions.

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  2. SNAFU had evoked a lively discussion here once. There it appears again.

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  3. I'm not a fan of TINTIN. Can you'll identify the other words of the theme. From what I know I found only 4

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    1. Cigars (of the Pharaohs)
      Secret (of the) Unicorn
      (Crab with the) Golden (claws)
      The (Black) Island
      (The seven) crystal (balls)

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    2. Sorry. Col. had taken care of it.

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    3. I think 'Malta' (from Maltese) is also connected.

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    4. I felt so too, but was unable to Jog my memory ...

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    5. Memory falls like Jog...

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    6. We always remember watered down version of the events

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    7. Only connection to Malta that I could find is that in Blue lotus Malta is on route

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    8. Paddu. in case you did not know it, Ra-Mesh is Sun-Net

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    9. I knew. But the way he had answered it was sort of doubtful (anyway it looks like he did not mean it as a part of theme)

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    10. It wasn't in my theme word list

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  4. 6D - Shouldn't the spelling be NATHANIEL?

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    1. The first Nathaniel that popped into my mind was 'Nathaniel Hawthorne', don't know why as I have never read any of his books. I'm sure that there must be many more famous guys with this first name

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    2. I also thought of Hawthorne. But to answer Raghu's question, that is the 'American' name of a call centre employee called Nathan ...

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    3. I thought he was an architect or builder of railways, which would have been apt.

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    4. From Wiki

      Nathaniel (alternate spelling: Nathanael) is a male name and surname. It comes from the Hebrew name נְתַנְאֵל/Netan'el meaning "Given of God" (from the Hebrew words nathan "Gave" + el "of God"). Nathaniel is commonly shortened to Nat, Nate, Natte, Natty, Nati, Natan, or Nathan.

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    5. Years back I and CV used to listen to the Listener's choice in English on Saturdau nights. One of the songs we have heard so many times is the Academy Award winning song MONA LISA sung by Nat King Cole. NAT= NATHANIEL
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG-A_qTAKEI

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    6. Is 'Jog' the anind for both 'thana' 7 'Line'? That had me confused.

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    7. Built is for Thana and Jog for Line. So 2 anind and 2 fodder

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    8. Great! I could not decipher that. Quite a singular instance of 2 aninds, 2 foddrs and a def. Nice one.

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  5. Toon for 10A by CGB. I can faintly identify two alphabets on the material or book that the woman holds in her hand. What do they signify?

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  6. {SHAR{Pre- Y}ED} may be corrected with 'e' capitalized - before Paddy or MB comes in

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  7. CGB - I remember listening to Listeners' Choice on Saturday nights, also Date With You on Friday nights. Sometimes the reception was not so clear, Specially compared to the FM reception today, but listening to the radio in the old days had a charm of it's own!
    Never thought of Nat King Cole as Nathaniel, thanks for pointing that out!

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    1. CGB and RM: Are you referring to Radio Ceylon / Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation programmes?

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    2. If I am not wrong, I used to listen to instrumental music for half-an-hour every day in the morning from Ceylon Broadcasting Corporation. It used to be known as "Music to put you in the mood." Do we still have that??

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    3. I used to listen to the Hindi station of Radio Ceylon, filmi instrumentals from 0700 to 0715, songs from a new, yet-to-be-released movie from 0715 to 0730 and old film songs from 0730 to 0800. Can someone remember the names of some regular announcers of those days?

      From 0800 to 0830, listeners' choice in Hindi - each song with a long list of names requesting to listen to it, many of them invariably from Jhoomritaliya. (This was mentioned here once or twice.) A friend of mine used to say that this town deserved an award for being the best music-loving town / city in India.

      By turns, I used to tune to Radio Ceylon's English service also. Vijay Correia was my favourite announcer. They used to relay BBC English news at fixed timings.

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    4. And of-course Marwar Mundwa too. Between 0730 to 0800 you could listen to Babul mora naihar sung by K.L. Saigal.

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    5. Sorry, it should read between 0730 and 0800

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    6. Yes, I distinctly remember Kundan Lal Saigal's Babul Mora.

      On the first of every month, the last song in that programme, just before 0800, used to be Din hai suhaana aaj pehli tarikh hai from the movie Pehli Tarikh.

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    7. I think the "pehli tarikh' song on the first of every month was in the earlier part of the segment. The last song, just before 8 AM, was always reserved for KL Saigal.

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    8. You could be right, Ganesh. Perhaps Pehli Tarikh was the first number that was played. Thanks for pointing out.

      K L Saigal's always used to be the last one.

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  8. Cannot find a Maltese connection to Tintin!

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    1. I thought it could be this-
      Malta: The Blue Lotus (The SS Ranchi is sailing via Malta)

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    2. Didn't see your reply Paddy. Hence my 12:27

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  9. 5 Dn : Ate cut fish (7)

    Briefest clue of the day!

    Sounds like : “veni, vidi, vici.”

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  10. Thanks for all the feedback folks.

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  11. This was one rough ride! Unlike DG, I was foxed by the SouthWest corner - it had me fishing around for a good half-hour or more! Thanks for a good time, Sunnet, and to DG of course for the blog.

    Good work by the cartoonists too, especially by CGB. IMO, the best cartoons are topical and witty without being in-your-face, and your cartoon is right up there!

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  12. Haddock reminds me that today's Quickie has lots of fish

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  13. COL: Posting a pic of the grid with the solution to indicate the formation of the Pangram would help for those who wish to get familiarized with the jargon of cryptic crossies ?

    Interesting to read about the etym of NATHANIEL : A progeny of VaidhyaNATHAN and NIELa ?

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    1. Thanks Col ! Looks great and informative .

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  14. Nice one from Sunnet. Enjoyed solving the crossword & the theme.

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  15. Learnt today, quite a few Anagram Indicators like JOG, SEW and VOYAGE. Thanks, Ramesh. :)

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    1. Few new ones will keep on coming up!

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