Friday, 25 July 2014

No.11146, Friday 25 July 2014, The Phantom

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ACROSS
8 Work offer engineer got, didn’t involve travel (6) EFFORT (OFFER* T)
9 Aussie hooligan’s endless desire to lift a posh car (8) LARRIKIN (LIKINg around Rolls Royce) Had to cheat for this one ...
10 Mark’s facing principal for bad behaviour (8) MISCHIEF (M IS CHIEF)
          Bond's?
 
                                            Cartoon by Rishi

11 Has built a room outside retreat (6) ASHRAM (HAS* A with RM outside)
12 Shoot (holding sawn-off firearm) a silhouette (6) FIGURE (FIRE holding GUn)
13 Last four knocked out in ODI Semi-final, resulting in changes (8) MODIFIES (ODI SEMI Final)* (knock of last letters of final)
15 Left in anguish lady is gutted, obviously (7) PLAINLY (L in PAIN LadY)
17 Germany’s rowing team crosses lake in joy (7) DELIGHT (D EIGHT crossing L)
20 He, she or I for example favour love between sisters (8) PRONOUNS ( PRO O between NUNS)
22 A hero’s at sea or on land? (6) ASHORE (A HERO'S)*
23Constant noise in radio set (6) STATIC (CD,DD)
25 Reluctance about wearing fashionable suit to get raise (8) INCREASE (IN RE in CASE)
26 Hard-working man follows regular drill at institute (8) DILIGENT (DrIlL I GENT)
27 Spooner’s free pics used as an introduction (6) PREFIX (Spoonerism of Free Pics)
   Cartoon by Bhargav


DOWN
1 Bureaucrat’s absent regularly since 1{+s}{+t} April being disheartened (8) OFFICIAL (OFF sInCe I ApriL)
2 Study about big cat with cubs oddly left out result! (10) CONCLUSION (CON C LION outside cUbS)
3 Victory for a thousand in go-slow endeavour (6) STRIVE (V for K in STRIKE)
4 Tyro left Florida, got into crime, caught right away in disgrace (3,4) ILL FAME (L L FA in crIME) my anno is defective for FA is not the short form of Florida. Taking FLA, and presuming tyro left means deletion of L, I am still in trouble)
5 Organised labour to separate strand of silk and fabric (8) ORGANDIE (ORGANIsED)*
6 Angle chiefly formed involving side, hypotenuse (4) FISH (acrostic)
7 Individual blocks traffic leading to outburst (6) TIRADE (I in TRADE)
14 Fighter by mistake at criminal den is nervous (10) FRIGHTENED (FIGHTER* DEN*)
16 Has uncle put out fires? (8) LAUNCHES (HAS UNCLE)*
18 Water finally entering, had craft in trouble (8) HARDSHIP (R in HAD SHIP)
19 Helps Jenny escort sister at junction (7) ASSISTS (ASS escorts SIS at T)
21 “Keep on batting”, conveyed the Australian openers (6) RETAIN (RE IN carrying T A)
22 Acknowledge century’s record breaking performance (6) ACCEPT (C EP in ACT)
24 During exercise one runs over to fall (4) TRIP (1R in PT<)

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23 comments:

  1. Nice one Phantom. Very good surface stories as always.Some thoughts:

    8 Work offer engineer got, didn’t involve travel (6) EFFORT (OFFER* T)
    I think the wordplay is OFFER* + (go-)T with travel=go.

    Engineer as a verbal anagrind should really be before the fodder?

    9 Aussie hooligan’s endless desire to lift a posh car (8) LARRIKIN
    How does "to lift" indicate containment?

    20 He, she or I for example favour love between sisters (8) PRONOUNS
    Since the answer is in the plural, shouldn't the def be "He, she *and* I"?

    25 Reluctance about wearing fashionable suit to get raise (8) INCREASE
    Not sure what is Reluctance's role in the wordplay if about=RE, fashionable=IN, suit=CASE

    4 Tyro left Florida, got into crime, caught right away in disgrace (3,4) ILL FAME
    Anno is fine, Fa is abbreviation for Florida according to Chambers

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    1. 25 Reluctance about wearing fashionable suit to get raise (8) INCREASE
      Not sure what is Reluctance's role in the wordplay if about=RE, fashionable=IN, suit=CASE


      On second thoughts, probably Phantom meant Reluctance=hesitation=ER and about is the reversal indicator?

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    2. Isn't Florida FL??

      I think "to lift" works if taken as "to steal." LIKIN to steal RR

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    3. FL too.

      http://www.chambers.co.uk/search.php?query=Fa&title=21st

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    4. 9, 20 and 25 have been answered in the comments above.

      Had thought of using 'nothing at all' (FA: Fanny Adams) for Florida, but felt it would have not been fair for the solver, as it's not a word used very often, and that the clue would have been too long.

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    5. FL is State abbr.
      FLA is used in zip codes/mail addresses.
      FA, given in XWD crossword abbr. dict., appears to be a convention in crosswords.

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  2. One of the efforts of IAS aspirants in a coaching class when asked to
    write a short essay on current affairs with the given words:

    There was nothing OFFICIAL with what the retired CJI remarked.
    After all it is a foregone CONCLUSION.
    But then one should STRIVE to understand the misdeeds if any.
    No fair person would wish to bring ILLFAME to anyone in particular.
    Still, if a matter is covered and hushed up, what does it matter whether it is with
    ORGANDIE or a thick blanket?
    No smoke without fire. If something is fishy there ought to be a FISH.
    It is not to be taken as a TIRADE and get people FRIGHTENED.
    Let us hope the new government LAUNCHES schemes to mitigate the HARDSHIP
    Of the common man and ASSISTS in our country RETAIN its past glory.
    Let us give some time, till then we should ACCEPT things as it were.
    May the new government not TRIP in its Herculean efforts.

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  3. 20 He, she or I for example favour love between sisters (8) PRONOUNS
    Since the answer is in the plural, shouldn't the def be "He, she *and* I"?


    He, she could be read as 'he and she' making it a plural def.

    8 Work offer engineer got, didn’t involve travel (6) EFFORT (OFFER* T)
    I think the wordplay is OFFER* + (go-)T with travel=go.

    Engineer as a verbal anagrind should really be before the fodder?


    I think Bhavan's right. The surface looked smooth and so overlooked this point.

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  4. Delighted to complete bottom half quite easily! North-East corner, had to struggle a bit. North-West corner was the toughest. Yet I felt happy solving this puzzle. Thanks, Phantom.

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  5. Today's CW is 17 A as per MK.

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  6. CV's cartoon, though funny,may not be far from the truth. Enjoyed it.

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  7. Nice, enjoyable crossword, Raghu

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  8. Yesterday's question @ 9.09pm by VP has relevance to today's clue @ 20a.

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  9. here is a link to today's cartoon in DC which bears a striking resemblance to one by CG a few days ago. Theme is also the same. So our cartoonists are on par with the best, if not better.

    http://epaper.deccanchronicle.com/articledetailpage.aspx?id=712364

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  10. Thanks. Among the THC cartoonists, I am in the "ALSO RAN" category. A few months back, in a family wedding, I saw Gridman take out his mini I-PAD and draw cartoons in a jiffy, just like that! I was amazed. So I thought, why not me too! It is a good learning process.

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    1. 'Also ran's are always dark horses capable of upsets!

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  11. Fire Pacer: Facing the pyre, the Old Boy in the cartoon above is trying to douse the fire in him with some sort of Pacemaker. Or is he?

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  12. Nice one from Phantom. Missed out on a few in the NE corner today.

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  13. Tough one today! Happy to solve 70 %.

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  14. Had thought of using 'nothing at all' (FA: Fanny Adams) for Florida, but felt it would have not been fair for the solver, as it's not a word used very often...

    And LARRIKIN is? ;-) One of the few that I missed and not particularly kicking myself for it. Enjoyed most of the surfaces.


    20 He, she or I for example favour love between sisters (8) PRONOUNS

    Apart from the 'and' mentioned by Bhavan, shouldn't it also have '...in favour of..' instead 'favour' alone?

    He, she and I are, for example, in favour of love between sisters (8)

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    1. Your posts always come quite late :-).
      Re: LARRIKIN. Agreed it's not heard of much, but then you expect the clues to be fair to solvers leading them to the answer, however obscure they might be. You could have a very easy answer but have the clue filled with obscure words making it difficult. And I'm sure every THC carries an obscure answer or two.

      You're right about 'in favour of' in 20 A clue . Hope you liked 21 d clue, being a cricket buff.

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