Saturday, 9 August 2014

No.11159, Saturday 09 Aug 2014, Neyartha

Typical Neyartha fare this with the usual intricate wordplays and a smattering of themed clues.

ACROSS
1 Party Milton formed is significantly... (11) IMPORTANTLY [PARTY MILTON]*
9 ... opposed to profits getting invested in Austria (7) AGAINST [profits=GAINS inside Austria=AT]
10 Lean monarch kicks horse out in American scramble (6) SKINNY [monarch=K replaces horse=H in American scramble(v)=SHINNY]
11 Added // a minor role (5) EXTRA [DD]
12 In order to claim pie, tycoon may show some irreverence (7) IMPIETY [T]
15 Bicker with the former bridge player moving to the front (4) SPAT [former=PAST with bridge player=S at front]
16 Native of Iran with nine lives? (7,3) PERSIAN CAT [CD]
18 Mackintosh holder found in the auditor's animal shelter by the aircraft shed reportedly (4,6) COAT HANGER [~animal shelter=COTE + ~aircraft shed=HANGAR]
20 Play solo in the European city (4) OSLO [SOLO]*
23 Mark returns to embrace the French without a shirt... (7) TOPLESS [Mark=SPOT<- outside the French=LES]
24 ... bringing half of the French brandy found outside Oregon hill station (5) COORG [French brandy=COGnac outside Oregon=OR]
26 Henry admitted to sorting mails in a hill station (6) SHIMLA [Henry inside MAILS*]
27 Enthusiast modifying armature to remove resistance (7) AMATEUR [ARMATURE - Resistance]*
28 Bewildered Chandler sad when downed in a rough manner (5-6) CRASH-LANDED [CHANDLER SAD]*

DOWN
2 Greek character and Pole campaigned around a hill station (6) MUNNAR [Greek character=MU + Pole=N + campaigned=RAN<-]
3 Uproot yellow birch trees partially in the hill station (4) OOTY [T]
4 Employer's request is part of the sorted out matters (10) TASKMASTER [request(v)=ASK inside MATTERS*]
5 Brazilian port accommodates one with nickel from a hill station (8) NAINITAL [Brazilian port=NATAL outside one=1 + nickel=Ni]
6 Mad Mark, we hear, is after a Roman goddess (7) LUNATIC [~mark=TICK after Roman goddess=LUNA]
7 Kitbag of the journalist covering wild raves (9) HAVERSACK [journalist=HACK outside RAVES*]
8 Brings up issue surrounding worker's religious chant (6) MANTRA [issue(v)=ARM<- outside worker=ANT]
13 A racket might send it over the net (6,4) TENNIS BALL [E]
14 Bully with potent weapon (6-3) STRONG-ARM [potent=STRONG + weapon=ARM]
17 As an example, protects Mala upset by a part of the brain (8) THALAMUS [as an example=THUS outside MALA<-]
19 Second one to desert antihero by mistake (7) ANOTHER [ANTiHERO]*
21 Maratha chief removes model of Dracula author for a tobacco user (6) SMOKER [maratha chief=M replaces model=T in Dracula author=STOKER]
22 Clean // shave (6) SCRAPE [DD]
25 Patch to fade after vitamin E is leached out (4) DARN [fade=DEARN? - E] Not sure [fade=DARkeN] See comments below



40 comments:

  1. Re 23a: Who was without a shirt? Mark or the French?

    B - Don't place any illustration or cartoon for this solution. please.

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    1. Could be, that's why he found half a bottle of Cognac outside

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  3. 25d Fade= darken (as in fading of light) - vitamin E, ie - K E = DARN

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    1. Darn it! Now why didn't I think of that

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    2. That makes more sense. Thanks

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    3. Maybe it reminds the Col. of a comment about communication between two other Colonels - Wyatt-Turner and Kramer:
      'I wonder what little bird has been whispering in Kramer's shell-like ear. One with a very long-range voice, methinks.'.

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  4. Strangely, all the themed words share the same defn. - hill station

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    1. They are hill stations aren't they :-)

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    2. Bangalore also feels like one of those hill stations nowadays, especially early in the mornings

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    3. Nothing wrong with that (all thematic clues having the same def), I suppose.

      Better than the clues going without a def but with a star or a clue having the solution and reference in all other clues having a mere clue number.

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    4. Eaxactly my thoughts. If it was starred and native place names, it would have become tougher

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    5. It looks like Neyartha converted this from a Starred CW that's why all the definitions are the same

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    6. Cut and paste job due to lack of time, maybe.

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    7. Haven't we seen some UK crosswords where the definition in these thematic clues is indicated by a single letter - that single letter looking back at the solution of another clue.

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    8. Wrt Raghunath's Comment -

      What variants can you use for 'hill station'?

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    9. Mountain resort, summer resort, hill resort, tourist/ vacation centre for e.g, up in the hills, high altitude destination. It's difficult to find many variants for places, countries etc.

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  5. At last. One Neyartha successfully solved in time :)

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  6. Neyartha at his generous best, for having lowered the bar! Could complete the puzzle without much trouble. Had problem parsing SKINNY, MUNNAR, NAINITAL, DARN etc. On the whole a nice puzzle. Thanks, Neyartha/ :-)))

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  7. How are others faring with Varg Paheli No 2. After some struggle I am left with one and that too the one that was changed!

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    1. I am still struggling

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    2. Finally finished it. Now starts the struggle to prepare the submission in Hindi

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    3. I also finished it but still have a doubt on one clue. It was an exhillarating time solving this one.

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    4. Now starts the struggle to prepare the submission in Hindi

      There might be other easier/better ways, but I used this for entering the answers into the excel sheet without using Quillpad or any such:

      https://translate.google.com/#hi/en/crossword

      If you type in English, it shows the word in Hindi, so it becomes a question of copying each letter and pasting it into each cell in excel.

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  8. 6D - off-track, though.

    It appears Luna Mopeds and Kinetic had a plan to tie-up and collaborate. The idea was dropped as they did not want to name the product LUNATIC...

    Just kidding. ;-)

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    1. Wonder why you don't think of setting CWs, having a way with words?

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    2. Raghu, Richard is a deep one. For all you know, he probably is ...

      Ruchard, if I remember right the Luna was a moped from Kinetic ..., though I do appreciate the wickedness of your wordplay

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    3. Now, with that info, I am in deep trouble. Now read that one again, leaving aside the collaboration part.

      Thanks, Raghu. If I start setting, my friends' brain may go for a toss...

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    4. read as friends' brains.

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    5. Then you will informally be a fiend'r of your friends.

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    6. That is called moving the r's...

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    7. ..as part of crossword exercise.

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    8. Then they (I mean your friends) will soar.

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  9. Except the COAT part, got all. To solve Neyartha and to get about 99% is really a wonder for my standard. Thanks Neyartha.

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  10. I thought it was an atypical Neyartha fare: comparatively concise clues and straightforward wordplay (barring one or two instance of excess padding, e.g. 3D). Of course, the Theme has almost always been a theme with his puzzles, so that's a constant.

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