Tuesday, 9 September 2014

No 11185, Tuesday 09 Sep 2014, Anitya


Welcome back Anitya. Samosa hoggers love your servings of Samosa! I however am stumped by 15A and 6D.

ACROSS
7   Completed this puzzle after a boy's excused (8) ABSOLVED {A}{B}{SOLVED}
9   Sayings for modern times (6) ADAGES {AD}{AGES}
10 Carton placed in pucca setting (4) CASE [T]
11 Carers sank and collapsed: here are plunderers (10) RANSACKERS*
12 Dreads driving away snakes (6) ADDERS*
14 Lethargy on the frontline (8) INACTION {IN}{ACTION}
15 Narrow-visioned, not looking ahead (13) F?R?S?G?T?E?? (Addendum - FORESIGHTLESS [DD] - See comments)
17 Sport companion to act as husband (8) PLAYMATE {PLAY}{MATE}
19 Grade a small class (6) ASSORT {A}{S}{SORT}
21 In haste, set out contradictions (10) ANTITHESES*
22 Best one may be on an Indian's head (4) TOPI {TOP}{1}
23 Models falling apart is rare (6) SELDOM*
24 No Tamil leader to get up to authenticate (8) NOTARISE {NO}{Tamil}{ARISE}

DOWN
1   Ready to travel with a group of directors (6) ABOARD {A}{BOARD}
2   Over to fellow at far end of publichouse (4) DONE {DON}{p...sE}
3   Employs too often old lines about union leader (8) OVERUSES {O}{VERS{Union}SES}
4   Sicilian port goes without right Indian spice (6) MASALA MArSALA
5   Do these tennis players make nasty noises? (10) RACKETEERS [C&DD]
6  Salesman on trial copies (8) ?E?R?O?? (Addendum - REPROOFS - Definition absent - See comments)
8   It teaches you some steps and movements (7,6) DANCING LESSON [CD]
13 Worm catchers, proverbially (5,5) EARLY BIRDS [GK]
15 Crimes spoil one's life (8) FELONIES*
16 Moves through smashed trains at back-street (8) TRANSITS {TRAINS*}{ST<=}
18 In and comfortable (2,4) AT HOME [DD]
20 Food and drink on days gone by (6) REPAST {RE}{PAST}
22 Bird said to change direction (4) TURN (~tern)

GRID

32 comments:

  1. 15A FORESIGHTLESS
    6D RE PROOFS is the only wqord that fits. But the definition has got swallowed by the salesman

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    1. Salesman looks like a part of a subsidiary defn using REP as part of wordplay, but the primary defn seems to have gone west. Otherwise a nice puzzle.

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  2. Exactly the same two I am also stuck .. Is there a word called Foresightness ? Given that 6D could be plural ..

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  3. I must add that I do not know if there is a word like foresightless

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    1. When my Lee Enfield rifle lost its foresight, it was foresightless ;-)

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    2. Yeah, foresightless possibly .. But as I type the autocorrect is throwing a warning

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    3. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foresightless

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    4. It's a DD:

      Narrow-visioned,
      not looking ahead

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  4. Was checking on the earlier Anitya puzzles in the blog. Its been 2.5 years.. Good ones always

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  5. 22D-
    I had it as 'Tern' with 'Bird' as def. "said to change direction". Which is correct or is it a 'Pun clue'?
    Smooth sailing but for the above and the 2 already mentioned.
    Is it that far away- 2-1/2 years. Feels much nearer.
    "Good ones are always.....rare?

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    1. Looks like that bird clue can fly both ways. I too entered Tern

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    2. I took it as "Bird said, to change direction" for TURN. Perhaps, insertion of a 'comma' at an appropriate place, would have avoided the ambiguity!

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  6. For people who have access to the print version of TH, kindly look at the puzzle there today. Something large will hit you right in your eye!

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    1. Though I did not do a further analysis, I am sure of why it is so!

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  7. Type size is big & easy to read though the grid and squares are just the same. Less no.of words/ letters?

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  8. 13 clues for both Ac & Dn.

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  9. Enjoyable fare from Anitya on the whole. (His setting name is a useful word to hold on to when frustrated by a crossword: "anitya - this, too, shall pass!")

    6D left me stumped too: REPROOFS was the only thing that seemed to fit, but neither the wordplay nor the definition fits perfectly: "Salesman on trial copies" as wordplay entirely would give REP+PROOFS, leaving us with an extra P; as others have pointed out above, "on trial copies" can give RE+PROOFS, but then the salesman is superfluous.

    8d and 13d seemed barely cryptic to me.

    Thanks to setter and blogger (our cartoonists seem to be on leave today!).

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    1. Door-to-door salesmen get several 'REPROOFS' from people who do not like to have their privacy disturbed. Maybe "What a door-to-door salesman gets perhaps" would be a complete definition.

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  10. Could gleefully swallow all the samosas on offer! But had trouble with these two 15A and 6D. Thank you Anitya, for an enjoyable fare.
    Looking forward to many more Samosas. :)

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  11. Isn't it more common to use the word FORESIGHTEDNESS? I am coming across FORESIGHTNESS for the first time !

    Everything is ANITYA in cryptic crossies, like in real life, !! Is it (he or she?) feminine or masculine?

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    1. It is foresightless not 'ness'

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    2. Raju @ 12:54 Reg setter's gender.

      Same doubt here too : He or She?

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  12. Shouldn't 'morern times' be AD and not just 'modern'? (I'm not talking about Col.'s anno but the cluing in general.)

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  13. Late posting on Saturday. Did any one notice? Or are ye-all waiting for CV's own comments on his return to Madras today?
    raju umamaheswar10:33 pm GMT+5:30
    Guess who came calling in today? CV !! We had a two-man blog get-together for about two and a half hours about????? crosswords , crosswords and crosswords !! We didn't even know how the time flew !! He is travelling to Madurai tomorrow setting off at 530am !! I admire his intrepid spirit to travel with his frail frame ! A ic of us both has been sent to THCC Family.
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    raju umamaheswar10:36 pm GMT+5:30
    PICTURE for ic above.. No, no.we didn:t have any hic hic !!!

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  14. I put 'tern' also.
    Anitya - do
    Et us know if we should refer to you as 'he' or '

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  15. Foresightless of me as a fool who rushes to comment without reading and solving the puzzle first.. Thanq kishore

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  16. Smooth one nui for 6d. Thank you Anitya

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  17. Welcome back Anitya.

    I wonder if this means it is the end of the road for Sankalak's puzzles ...

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    1. Our forebodings have been proved correct today. RIP Sankalak. Thanks to Mr Jayashankar Jayaraman to have prolonged the experience.

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