Sunday, 14 September 2014

No 2808, Sunday 14 Sep 2014


Walk in the park today. Only 8D took some time to fall.

ACROSS
1   Face endless people giving a torrent of abuse (8) DIATRIBE {DIAl}{TRIBE}
5   Incendiary liquid buddy used in Vietnam (6) NAPALM {NA{PAL}AM} &lit
9   Coin kept popping up (2,6) IN POCKET*
10 Moderate, English politician during short period of office (6) TEMPER {T{E}{MP}{ERm}
11 Artist brought in can teach (5) TRAIN {T{RA}IN}
12 Italian poet holding passage back for socialite (9) DEBUTANTE {D{EBUT<=}ANTE}
14 Kept mistress, monied maiden originally (12) DEMIMONDAINE*
18 Had meal with group, filling entire pub (8,4) WATERING HOLE {W{ATE}{RING} HOLE}
21 Hospital doctor pressing substance right into bottom (9) REGISTRAR {RE{GIST}{R}AR}
23 How Alfie ends is unimaginitive (5) INANE {IN AN E}
24 At home and abroad, to some extent (2,1,3) IN A WAY {IN} {A WAY}
25 County players in blue (8) DOWNCAST {DOWN}{CAST}
26 Understand article in revolutionary newspaper (6) GATHER {GA{THE}R<=}
27 A depression involving her advocate (8) ADHERENT {A}{D{HER}ENT}

DOWN
1   Fine titbit (6) DAINTY [DD]
2   Drawing power of a quiet ringing of bells (6) APPEAL {A}{P}{PEAL}
3   Foreign count, rare storyteller (9) RACONTEUR*
4   Sole wage earner in new diner/bar? Unlikely (11) BREADWINNER*
6   Operative, a well-bred fellow (5) AGENT {A}{GENT}
7   It contains supplementary material that may have to be removed (8) APPENDIX [DD]
8   Butterfly in car (8) MERCEDES [DD]




13 British, further gangster in fraternity (11) BROTHERHOOD {BR}{OTHER}{HOOD}
15 Playing field's ending marriage (9) DALLIANCE {fielD}{ALLIANCE}
16 Getting hot under sun, moving in large numbers (8) SWARMING {S}{WARMING}
17 Motionless deer seen by worker after noon (8) STAGNANT {STAG}{N}{ANT}
19 Locality around a monarch's official residence (6) PALACE {P{A}LACE}
20 Get going and defeat Italian (4,2) BEAT IT {BEAT} {IT}
22 Pity some Irish-Americans (5) SHAME [T]

51 comments:

  1. All the very best to IXL participants. The game should be afoot around 11

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    1. I will participate in the initial rounds, but may take a rain check if I qualify further. But I do not plan to be aggressively competitive.

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    2. Same here. I don't like to be work under time constraints and deadlines. For the pleasure of participation, I shall attempt all of them. I fared well in the last term.

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    3. Good luck to all our fellow bloggers who go as soldiers. Fight on full blast, under the Col.

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    4. My 1029 was in response to Paddy's 933 below

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  2. Does it mean that you are not participating?
    Let me add my best wishes to all the participants and in particular to the holder of the trophy!

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  3. Kishore,
    A doubt about Mercedes. Is that how the name was coined?

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    1. I vaguely remember that it was some lady's name. Will have to check wiki. BTW, what is an Indian bufallow wearing a three pointed star around its neck called?

      Mercedes Bhains

      There used to be a pic of it on the net some days back.

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  4. 23a Is it imagin A tive or imagin I tive? Which is correct?

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  5. You are right Ram- it IS A- according to Chambers & Free Dictionary

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  6. The word is spelt correctly in the original in The Guardian. Don't know how the mistake occurred at this end.

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    1. Looks like they corrected it later as these clues were picked up on the day they first appeared

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    2. Similar thing has happened once before also. The later correction in Guardian is not carried out by TH.
      Good observation Ram.
      Best wishes to you Col. for a repeat

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  7. Hi there,
    Reporting live from the National Sports Club of India at Mumbai where IXL-2014 is being launched. The organisers have honoured me by flying me in to attend the event.
    All the best to all participants.

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    1. Hi Col: That's great news !! Enjoy the rains in aamchi Mumbai and also do well to score a second this year too !!

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    2. Great to know that you are there at the event, Deepak

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    1. IXL is yet to come on

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    2. Yes, still the practice puzzle link only is appearing.

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    3. Good to her that. I thought I was having a problem with my computer

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    4. Probably some delay in the launch

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  9. Must be busy with the inaugural rites? Col: Will you kindly alert all of us when the starter gun is fired on the screen there?

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  10. Game starts at 12.45 pm today

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    1. Go to the IXL site. It appears there.

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    2. Thanks. Since seen. Good luck to you


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  12. Hi everyone...
    Back here after a long time...came to know abt the IXl and registered...But the dummy puzzle is also not loading on IXl site after logging in...I can just see few instructions with across and down written...no grid or clues. Am I missing something like any plug ins? java is installed and other java based links are working..i ve tried on all browswers as well as on my tab but no success...are others facing the same problem?

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    1. It is the same case with everyone. No problem. The game starts only at 12.45 pm

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    2. Maddy, your profile pic shows your bewilderment

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    3. Good observation, Suresh!

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  13. Game not started yet! Next announcement at ?????

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  14. Waste of time waiting for the opening.

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  15. The site must be registering high number of clicks

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  16. They seem to be not fully organized ?

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  17. I quit. All the best folks. Hope to join next week

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    1. May the most patient win

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    2. Our govt hospitals have the most number of patients

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  18. Site opened at last. Best of luck to everyone!

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  19. Officially launched at 1:10PM

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  20. Not able to get to their CW quiz page. Can Renga or anyone help?

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  21. click on login for practice puzzle. it will take you to the crossword, there you click on lnkplay, then the grid will appear where you will be able to enter, save and submit

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  22. Got back & submitted my entry. Don't expect to get any pts from this one

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  23. Hah !! At last !. Completed the puzzle with much hassle, though the time taken was so little, but the filling in part , saving and submitting process took me back and forth with the remark'' this website is not available''. Too cumbersome system !

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    1. Do not save. Just submit. If you save you may have to redo the entire grid, which is quite painful

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  24. More than solving skills it takes a great deal of patience to fill in the grid and submit. Wonder whether this competition is a test of patience, rather than skill

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  25. AcrossLite grid is easy on the fingers ,as the cue jumps to the next block.. Here, one has to keep moving from block to block and then finally, when you hit Save, it gives you an irritating ""Web site not available " comment, I had to redo the puzzle at least seven times and finally I hit Submit and even then I got the same answer and to my relief, it was finally accepted. If time is of the essence, there is certainly a disadvantage to some solvers like you and me.

    I do hope that the organizers would take some steps to ease up this situation.

    Patience.cannot and should not lead to frustration !!

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