Sunday, 27 July 2014

Special, Sunday 27 Jul 2014, DaVinci


Welcome to yet another new setter DaVinci. Bouquets and brickbats are welcome with your answers.
Three answers per commenter (with annotations as usual) upto 6 PM


ACROSS
1   To gamble, bring with you a glass of alcohol (4, 1, 4, 4)
10 Touch-up artist is starting on stroke (9)
11 Daring jumps without gravity--extreme! (5)
12 Two-wheeled self-balancing vehicle reportedly transitions smoothly (5)
13 Sanyasi gave up right to speak (9)
14 Start over by taking control, along with these (3,3)
16 Ashwatthama ultimately took a piece of straw for a divine weapon (5)
20 To shock friends (standing back-to-back), chop-off head (5)
21 Class property (6)
25 Dad's sister's friend is a dummy (4, 5)
26 His favourite movie might be 'Thirteen Angry Men' (5)
27 Respiratory equipment for newborn in South Africa (5)
28 What the successful author might do--enjoy drinks in bar? (9)
29 Church in Palestine is renovated for tourist attraction (7, 6)

DOWN
2   Confiscate Shakespeare's final triplet featuring revolutionary poet predominantly (8)
3   First lady takes flyer to flee (5)
4   Thief lost egg for second time to gander (6)
5   Espionage technique in projects undertaken by unidentified (8)
6   No job essentially--one cruises smoothly in these offices (9)
7   Liquor dealer supplies crucible (6)
8   Traditional Friday wear, trimmed to clothe us (2,5)
9   Pokes nose right into cakes (5)
15 Revolting peasants captured knight in passing (2,7)
17 Rang up Weasley on the phone, to get pot for brewing potions (8)
18 Serif, sans curve, is to produce undesirable result (4-4)
19 Shortcomings in spinning threads (7)
22 Peek into Kandahar's history is disturbing (5)
23 Invalidate matrimony; middleman gets rings (6)
24 My love, irrational and extremely romantic, is heedless (6)
26 Dessert made from kabab (5)

Across Lite version can be accessed at DAVINCI 1

Enjoy.

89 comments:

  1. 22 Peek into Kandahar's history is disturbing (5) HARSH (T)

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  2. 25A - AUNT SALLY -- AUNT'S ALLY

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  3. 19 Shortcomings in spinning threads (7) DEARTHS*

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  4. 29A - SISTINE CHAPEL -- (CH + PALESTINE + IS) *

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  5. 17 Rang up Weasley on the phone, to get pot for brewing potions (8) CAULDRON (~CALLED RON)

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  6. 15D: E(N)PASSANT*
    16A: (A)STRA(-W)
    26A: BAKER(CD)

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  7. 15 Revolting peasants captured knight in passing (2,7) EN PASSANT (EN PASSA{N}T*) Def : Passing (in Chess)

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  8. 27 Respiratory equipment for newborn in South Africa (5) S(CUB)A Def : Respiratory equipment

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  9. MB Sir, missed by a whisker!

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    1. Yes, shall compensate it later. :) I mean 15 Down.

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  10. I meant for Enpassant - Vasant got it ahead

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    1. PI is irrational number and C is extremely romati'c'

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    2. it is MY O PI C . Pi stands for irrational .

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  12. 25 Dad's sister's friend is a dummy (4, 5) AUNT SALLY {AUNT+S+ALLY} Def : Dummy

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    1. Correction Anno : {AUNT S + ALLY}

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    2. Sorry, didn't notice Shrikanth's post @ 10:35 ! Now I will have to compensate for 15 Dn and 25Ac.

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    1. I guess 'I' is termed that way .. Middle of Matrimony

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  14. Here Srikanth is ahead

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  15. How can one describe the way this crossword solving is progressing?

    BOTTOMS UP !

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  16. 28 What the successful author might do--enjoy drinks in bar? (9) REPUBLISH {RE(PUB)LISH}

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  17. CGB is ahead MB Sir. All the three are open to you

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    1. Well, I think I need to take rest for a while and wait for the 'leftovers !! (To appear)

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  18. 11A : Daring jumps without gravity--extreme! (5) NADIR {DARING-G}* (Compensating for one of 25A, 28A and 15D, which have been solved by others) Def : Extreme.

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  19. 7D- Liqu(OR DEAlL)er- T
    Crucible- Ordeal

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  20. For those who need a dessert- babka

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babka_%28cake%29

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  21. Davinci - 18d is very fine - My COD

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  22. 1 A To gamble, bring with you a glass of alcohol (4, 1, 4, 4) TAKE A LONG SHOT
    13 A Sanyasi gave up right to speak (9) -R ENUNCIATE

    3 D: First lady takes flyer to flee (5)EV(AD)E

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  23. Left Overs as at 12.30 hours:

    ACROSS: 1O 12 1 14

    DOWN: 2 4 5 6 8 9 18

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  24. 5D Espionage technique in projects undertaken by unidentified (8) {N}{IN}{JUTS}{U}
    9D Pokes nose right into cakes (5) P{R}IES
    18D Serif, sans curve, is to produce undesirable result (4-4) {BACK}-{FIRE(-s)}

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    1. 5D- Juts for projects? N from technique?

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    2. Projecting is jutting-right?

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    3. 5D Espionage technique in projects undertaken by unidentified (8) {N}{IN}{JUTS}{U}
      N & U: unidentified
      IN: in
      JUTS: projects (extends)
      NINJUTSU: Espionage technique

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  25. Serif without curve I.e, s is erif is back fire. How is it?

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    1. MB/ Ram,
      It is fire back or back fire.
      Def.- Undesirable result.

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    2. But what is the reversal ind for 'fire'?

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    3. Back.
      Undesirable result is backfire or fire=< or Serif-S.

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    4. Looks like, the reversal ind is obtained from the answer 'backfire'!

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    5. Paddy, read my 'How is it?' as Rajani says. It is 'ari vinaa' not 'ariya vina' - Ref our discussion sometime 'back'

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    6. When translated-"How is it" gives 'idhu eppadi irukku'?! ari vinaa.

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  26. 6D No jOb essentially--one cruises smoothly in these offices (9) SINRCURES {ONE CRUISES - O}* With this my actual Answers are 27A, 11A and 6D. Sorry for many duplications.

    Many Spl Thanks to Ram for reminding me time and again about my duplicate answers.

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  27. Excellent Cw. Thank you Da Vince for brightening up a sleepy Sunday AN. No spl. code needed for solving! This does not look to be a debut CW. No brickbats, only bouquets.

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  28. LEFTOVERS at 14:12

    Across : 10, 12, 14
    Down : 2, 4, 8

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  29. An excellent offering, Da Vinci! Njoyed solving it

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  30. 12: SEGUE = transition smoothly
    ~Segway, the two-wheeled y

    Nice clue, but the use of 'transitions' would need 'segues' as the answer.

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    1. Good catch! I had noticed this and fixed the definition in the Across Lite version, but failed to make the modification in the main text.

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  31. 4: LOITER = gander
    Looter (thief) loses second o (egg) and takes i (second Time)

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  32. Still to go:

    ACROSS: 10 and 14

    DOWN: 2 and 8

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  33. !4 A : GET SET--- GET SET & GO starting shot

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    1. I thought so too. But we are way behind times. This is the time of taking control alt-del. Be on guard.

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  34. 2: ARROGATE = confiscate
    shakespeARE around TAGORe <--

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    1. Meant to add that I loved the clue. Thank you, DaVinci and kudos on a great debut!

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  35. 8D AS USUAL (-C)AS(US)UAL Friday wear =casual def: Traditional

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  36. 10 A STRIATION Def: Stroke Anag of artist+on

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    1. You need to add 'i' (Is starting) to the annotation.

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  37. That completes a nice CW enjoyed by all of us. Good clues, good discussion on various points. On the whole a nice time.

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  38. @ Da Vinci: Enjoyed the crossword. Keep them coming!

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  39. A lovely crossword set by Da Vinci
    Was liked by us all you see
    Acid test passed
    Kudos amassed
    Now, no stopping the setting spree!

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    1. DA VNCI HAS WON ! Some very tricky ones. I was busy watching Bhag Milka Bhag and got inspired to put ion GET SET, thinking of the starrting gun ! the Alternative ALT DEL got me deleted !

      Welcome Da Vinci !

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  40. I liked clue 20A : APPAL for friends standing back-to-back (LAPPAL) and one of them getting his head chopped off!

    Liked 5D clue too wherein the word 'unidentified' actually means letters UN are identified !!

    Superb clueing! Felt a bit tough for my standard, nevertheless enjoyed solving it.

    Keep them coming, Da Vinci.

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  41. A very good puzzle. Thanks D

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  42. Shall we say "Veni,vidi,vinci"?!

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  43. Wow. Some absolutely brilliant clues. 29A, 6D, 24D are my pic of the bunch

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  44. Great Debut Da Vinci. Fantastic puzzle

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  45. It will be helpful if a setter offering these Sunday specials also provides a brief introduction.
    These setters use pseudonyms so one need not necessarily reveal one's name, but certainly one can tell us where one is located and whether one is really making debut (as it has been assumed by some Commenters here) or whether one is a little experienced setter.

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  46. Hello all, thanks for the feedback and kind words! I am glad that many of you found the crossword enjoyable.
    Brief intro: I am a PhD student at the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. This is indeed my first time setting a crossword and I am delighted that it has been received well. Looking forward to setting more crosswords in the days to come!

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    1. You mean first time in setting a grid or clues :-D ?

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    2. Haha, I meant the clues.

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