Friday, 18 July 2014

No.11140, Friday 18 Jul 2014, Klue Klux Klan

Instead of the garden path, KKK takes us amongst the brushes, needles, nagamis,...  I am stumped by 28a, which  might also be a shrub ...

ACROSS
1 Clergyman, faithful, loses a source of comfort (6) CURATE (acCURATE)
4 Tease, label as being common,… (6) RAGTAG (RAG TAG)
9 …celebrity’s passionate return (4) DIVA (AVID<)
10 Dispirited capture of the working class … (4-6) BLUE COLLAR (BLUE COLLAR)

11 ... by Spanish man without leading scientific device (6) SENSOR (SENOR outside S)
12 Nautical brace in jungle? Yes! (8) FORESTAY (FOREST AY)
13 Vehicle of druggies who love to make merry (9) CAROUSERS (CAR O USERS)
15 The devil is the same when seen from either side (5) SATAN ?
16 Poplar fit to shelter first entrance (5) ABELE (ABLE sheltering E)
18 Aware of son acting demented (9) COGNISANT (SON ACTING)*
22 Cannon causes virulence, not effective at first (8) CULVERIN (VIRULENCe)* New word for me
23 Animals, lacking right instinct, start to make mistakes (6) GAFFES (GirAFFES)
25 Inscription at ranch upset groom (10) CHRONOGRAM (RANCH GROOM) upset is the anagram indicator in the middle of the fodder! Is this K-K-Kosher?
26 Plunder, lose heart, and irritate (4) RILE (RIfLE)
27 Sibling is backing holy man? Perhaps (6) SISTER (IS< ST ER)
28 Shrubs all over the place in South Assam (6) MSASAS {ASSAM}*{S} - See comments

DOWN
1 Sound of Sun God is a figment of the imagination? (7) CHIMERA (CHIME RA)
2 Harvests with bent spear (5) REAPS (SPEAR*)
3 Sat back, concealed poet’s tunics (7) TABARDS (SAT< conceals BARD)
5 Harmonize with part of musical instrument (6) ACCORD (ACCORDion)
6 Taslima’s new fancy trinkets (9) TALISMANS (TASLIMA'S N)
7 Father’s father loses direction, heads for Spanish city (7) GRANADA (GRANdADA)
8 Enthusiast, perhaps, to be important to regular army of neutral state (6,7) BUFFER COUNTRY (BUFF ER COUNT aRmY)
14 Unaware of fifty one in unconcealed surroundings? (9) OBLIVIOUS (LI in OBVIOUS)
17 Sweeps right into the thickets (7) BRUSHES (R in BUSHES)
19 Shrubs bother a girl endlessly (7) NAGAMIS (NAG A MISs)
20 Irritates, in an unnecessary manner, endlessly (7) NEEDLES (NEEDLESs)
          Two consecutive clues ending with endlessly ...
21 Ditch, initially open, in plantation (6) GROOVE (O in GROVE)
24 Card game of ancient Egyptian kings, we hear (5) FAROS (~PHARAOHS) I thought the game was Faro, and the def. is in the singular ...

GRID
 

56 comments:

  1. 28 Shrubs all over the place in South Assam (6) MSASA* S

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    1. Got that by cheating.

      Amall shrubby African tree (Brachystegia speciformis) having compound leaves and racemes of small fragrant green flowers.


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    2. Even cheating couldn't get me that Shrub

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  2. Anyone with clues on 'The Devil' ?

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  3. 21D- Plantation is also highlighted? "ditch' is the def.

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  4. S->ata<- N

    I take N and S as sides.

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    1. KKK should have used 'either direction' instead of 'either side'

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  5. 7 Father’s father loses direction, heads for Spanish city (7) GRANADA (GRANdADA)

    Something's not right in the clue. GRANDDAD is father's father.

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    1. Actually Dada is father's father in Hindi.

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    2. From GRANDDAD, I deleted 'N' for 'direction' and was beating around the bush without any success!!

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    3. Plenty of those (bushes) for you to do so today.

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  6. Couple of other points:

    23 Animals, lacking right instinct, start to make mistakes (6) GAFFES (GirAFFES)
    Does the deletion have to follow the order of the words in the clue?

    20 Irritates, in an unnecessary manner, endlessly (7) NEEDLES (NEEDLESs)

    Is unnecessary manner: Needless or Needlessly?

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    1. Just 'Unnecessary' would mean needless?

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    2. Yes. In the adverb form it is needlessly.

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  7. Is end always a single letter?

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    1. Your q was not clear. You are asking whether 'end' means to delete only the last letter?

      Ans: yes

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    2. Exactly what I wanted. Also, wanted to know if there had been any instance of deletion of > 1 letter.

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  8. Genuine doubt. To be clarified by experts. Just want to know if there had earlier been any such instances?

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    1. Yes, there had been plenty of genuine doubts ;-)

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    2. And here is one. Who is this latest 'Me too!' ?

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    3. COLOUR BLIND INCOGNITO. ref: COLLAR BLIND

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    4. Didn't know Phantom was part of the colour blind league

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    5. The League of the Extraordinarily Colourless Gentlemen

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    6. Count me in also ...

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  9. Me ! too is Me ! but Me too ! is not Me !

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  10. You may note that colour blind Incognito has deliberately given red colour to a blue collared worker...... From Col.'s comment do we understand that he too is colour blind??

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    1. Me ! too comment was not be Me ! but by Me too !. But what Me too ! has said about Me ! is correct

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  11. It looks like me, Me !, Me too ! and the Phantom have similar problems. That makes the three of us. Luckily cwds are not colour coded like Knight's tour puzzles.

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  12. From my latest Brand Crossword 26

    Polish rejection of Russia initially, to dissipate (6)

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    1. Yes MB:) Well solved:):)

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    2. Well, I could solve half of the Grid only and had to cheat on the above clue! Am not so much familiar with Brand(ed) items, you see! All the same, whenever, given in this blog, I do make an attempt to solve them (sometimes with the help of my daughter). Nice CW. Enjoyed it.

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    3. Thanks MB for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it:)

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  13. Spooner's //spoilt (BAD)spicy dishes (CURRIES) with chocolate (8) C AD B URYS (8)

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  14. I had a tricky time with this one. Nice surfaces in most cases. I found the clues a mix of simple, tricky, and just plain diabolical! Had to take help from Google to confirm that the wordplay-based NAGAMIS indeed referred to shrubs, and had to cheat to get the anagram of S ASSAM sorted out for 28. Thanks for a good workout, KKK!

    Kishore, hats off to you for getting all but one done in time to post this by 8:30! Your blog helped me parse a word that I had got but didn't know why - CURATE. In retrospect, the parsing seems so obvious. :(

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    1. An apocryphal story about this World Cups Semi Final match between Germany and Brazil has a Brazilian player claiming that for some 20 continuous minutes in the match, they did not let Germany score. My fate was somewhat similar. For some 30 minutes from 8 to 830, I did not solve a single clue!

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  15. So, we take it that, but for 28A. you finished the rest before 8 am?

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    1. Yes, but don't ask me what time I started, ....

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  16. Any answers to my question against 25a?

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    1. I do not think it is okay

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    2. Only the setter can answer that.

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    1. Pl ref Raghu's comment at 5:59 pm

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    2. Granddad and Grandad are both accepted in Chambers. However KKK has missed out on the last 'A' which could be settled by ending the clue with " ... for a Spanish city (7)"

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