Saturday, 12 July 2014

No.11135, Saturday 12 Jul 2014, Arden

Wow. I'm speechless at how stunning some clues are. I'm reading and rereading those clues and answers long after solving the puzzle to savour how exquisitely the surface stories and wordplays sit together. Pure joy. Thanks Arden.

ACROSS
1 Suits sportsmen to become active and move around (4,4,6) STIR ONES STUMPS [SUITS SPORTSMEN]*

10 Bother // a man... (5) HARRY [DD]
11 ...and others show interest in speed counter (9) RETALIATE [ET AL + I inside RATE]
12 Italian’s one hundred and ten (7) ANTONIO [AN + TON + 10]
13 Begin at the outer line, and... surprise! (7) STARTLE [START + LinE]
14 Timeline to follow (5) TRAIL [T + RAIL]
16 Coming out from a setter overland (9) EMANATION [A ME<= + NATION]
19 It shows steps taken by a man going over the roof (9) PEDOMETER [PETER outside DOME]
20 An inventor in Pete's lab (5) TESLA [T]
22 Exhortation to stand erect — it’s for tying shoelaces (7) BOWKNOT [~BOW NOT]
25 Endless choice for two fifty only — play (7) OTHELLO [OTHEr + L L + O]
27 I come close and retreat with a purpose (2,7) IN EARNEST [I + NEAR + NEST]
28 Food's extremely tasty, shows purity (5) PIETY [PIE + TastY]
29 It’s a very small amountthen why plan for building? (4-5,5) HALF-PENNY WORTH [THEN WHY PLAN FOR]*

DOWN
2 Carrot cooked a little on the outside…or so it reads (5,4) TAROT CARD [CARROT* inside TAD]
3 Active under light material (5) RAYON [ON under RAY]
4 Dart into the house, as access is extremely limited (9) NARROWEST [ARROW inside NEST]

5 Note sister's going around various places (5) SITES [TE inside SISter]
6 Differentiate between, say, William and Arthur sharing a penny? (4,5) TELL APART [TELL + ART around A P]
7 Intended to ban Henry playing anthem (5) MEANT [ANThEM]*
8 A boozer in her past, so to speak (7) SHEBEEN [SHE BEEN]
9 Deny entry to both war time criminals (6) THWART [T]
15 Poor old men, may be not old, but nevertheless sweet (5, 4) LEMON DROP [POOR oLD MEN]*
17 If it's windy outside, throw out anything that can fly (9) AIRWORTHY [AIRY outside THROW*]
18 Midwives enter showing cheek and bust (9) INSOLVENT [wiVes inside INSOLENT]
19 Drop name from sentence for a lawyer to print it (7) PUBLISH [PUNISH with BL for N]
21 Assumed name on many characters (6) ANONYM [ON MANY]
23 Go around the last bungalow on foot (5) WHEEL [bungaloW + HEEL]
24 Have an agreement over money that is saved (3-2) TIE IN [TIN outside IE]
26 Joint operation brought up the beast (5) HIPPO [HIP + OP<=]

51 comments:

  1. I see an Italian and a Moor with six Englishmen

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    1. Exactly I was wondering if anything is up. Tell a Swiss too!

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    2. Not to forget the Serbian

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    3. ? - It's Greek to me.

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    4. Harry, Pete, Ray, William, Arthur (not counting Ernest ~Earnest), I did not get the sixth

      Also, Tesla a Serb

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    5. Will Tell a Swiss, Richard!

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    6. Antonio was the Italian and Othello the Moor

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    7. You forgot Peter in 19A and Henry in 7D

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    8. So the tally now is:
      1 Swiss - (William) Tell
      1 Italian - Antonio
      1 Serb - Tesla
      1 Moor - Othello
      7 Englishmen - Harry, Henry, Pete, Peter, Ray, William, Arthur

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    9. You have one set of 11, just right to form a cricket team ...

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    10. ... playing in the illustration in 1A

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    11. You qualify to join the world census team...

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    12. I thought you would say 'non-census' team

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  2. +1 for Bhavan's opening comment

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  3. Navneeth, it was nice to read your link regarding yesterday's chair. The one I have does not have foldable armrests. However, it does not have fixed legs like the one in the picture in that article. Mine is the type which has a fabric sheet for the seat, and can be folded and in which the angle of reclining can be adjusted. Don't know about fornication, but once when I accidentally dropped honey on it, I actually underwent formication.

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    1. I have two both with cane weaving and not canvas, one is like in the sketch drawn by Kishore and the other with curved armrests and a folding portion at the bottom which can be opened out to extend your legs like we have in the modern 'lazy boy' chairs

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  4. Deepak, I guess tomorrow you could be busy with the Jawa-Yezdi Day...

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    1. Yes got to get the bike washed today

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    2. A Ceremonial Bath like Ceremonial Parade in the Army?!

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    3. Cherry Blossom or Kiwi on the tyres? ;-)

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  5. Yes, D(eepak), I knew you would be Jawa-nga, as they say in Punjabi

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  6. Some good 25 years ago, an acquaintance of mine was propounding a theory that the royals of Mysore had a stake in the Jawa factory in Mysore.

    He had a strange explanation that JaWa stood for Jayachamajendra Wadiyar, the earlier maharaja of Mysore and, after his death, the brand became Yezdi, named after the initials of his son Srikanthadatta - YesDi, turned into outlandish-sounding YEZDI.

    People could be frightfully creative, you know. I was aware that they were original foreign names.

    By the way, does anyone remember the discussion we had here about ipzah?

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  7. Nice cartoon by Me! I mean Me! and not me.

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    1. Do you mean you or me

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    2. I mean the cartoonist 'Me!' who remains incognito. Or is it you, by any chance, in the guise of 'Me!' ??

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    3. Thank you, CGB. I had a hunch that it must be Col Sir. :)

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    4. Me ! Is certainly not Incognito!

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    5. ...now out in the open, all to see, like a Universal Picture!!

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  8. Very sad to miss solving Arden's puzzle today, especially after seeing Bhavan's comment:( Wish "The Hindu" could be more considerate to overseas solvers like me:(

    The online interactive version of my latest Crossword is Here. Do give it. shot. This one has two "extras" buried in the puzzle..Let us see who gets to that first:)

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    1. Lodge// eggs //in vehicle (6)
      (1) Lodge: Inn eggs: ova Innova

      Lodge eggs// in // vehicle (6)
      In + Nova

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    2. Son left woolly Llama skin on furniture (8)
      LLAMASKIN (-) S * = NILKAMAL
      NI(L)K <- AMAL* = NILKAMAL

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    3. Yes CGB:) INN+OVA and NILKAMAL are both correct:)

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    4. The first annotation for NILKAMAL is correct:). The puzzle is a pangrammatic Lipogram using 25 letters to commemorate a milestone. Also there is a clue Acrostic in the puzzle

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  9. Clues are up in TH site- but no grid. Maybe, Col. can help.

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    1. Link to grid is also being provided with the clues

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  10. Col.
    Reply to the question by the batsman in the toon-
    " Wait till I check for no ball. Maybe you are lucky."
    There is an article today by the famous retired umpire Dicky Bird about umpires becoming powerless. Or they become powerful as the 3rd umpire!

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  11. In my struggle to solve the CW (I did better than my initial expectation) I could not enjoy and savour the clues which will be done from now on. But I did notice the few Europeans.

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  12. Kishore, glad you liked the post. And I'm sorry about mistaking your formicator for something else. ;-)


    9D - Is 'criminals' an appropriate T indicator? I'm not able to locate a verbal form (as in secrets (v), hides (v) etc.) in FreeDict or at the online versions of Chambers 21st and Collins.

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    1. Such mistakes are prone to give one ants in the pants ;-)

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  13. 16A- is 'Overland' to be split into two parts- over as reversal indicator & land for nation?

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    1. That's what I thought too.

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    2. Please look at

      http://www.crosswordunclued.com/2011/11/elision.html

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