Friday, 12 September 2014

No.11188, Friday 12 Sep 2014, Gridman

Wonderful surfaces from Gridman! I had to cheat for 8d and 12d ...

Across
1 A ready source for money in the dairy farm (5,3) MILCH COW (CD)
6 Press down no small philatelic item (4) TAMP (STAMP-S)
9 Something soothing entertains the Election Commission still (6) BECALM (BALM around EC)
10 Charm girl, married, and pour out softly (7) ENAMOUR (ENA M POUR-P)
13 Strain following bad returns from domestic animals (9) LIVESTOCK (STOCK following EVIL<)
14 Hold firmly the grand file (5) GRASP (G RASP)
15 He tells the police about the Navy boat (4) NARK (N ARK)
16 Following a variety in a fashion (5,1,4) AFTER A SORT (AFTER A SORT)
19 Fast! A true and complete list! (2,4,4) AT FULL TILT (A T FULL TILT) My COD.
          Sounds like a request to certain secretive bankers!
21 Begin ignoring second bakery item (4) TART (START - S)
24 Once in twelve months youth leader leaves before time (5) EARLY (YEARLY-Y)
          Some people in some parts of India pronounce EARLY as if it is Y-EARLY, like they pronounce EARTH as YEARTH
25 Stoic wandering around Riga wildly is debauched (9) ORGIASTIC (STOIC* around RIGA*)
26 Once Maple played as model (7) EXAMPLE (EX MAPLE*)
27 Lambast original tyrant's harsh treatment (6) THRASH (T HARSH*)
28 Drug hoarded by damosel pushed back (4) SOMA (T<)
          Reminded me of The Blessed Damozel by DG Rossetti, oft quoted by Madeline Basset in Wodehouse books
29 A number to cut back on a game (8) NINEPINS (NINE SNIP<)

Down
2 Agreeable deliveries (not new) become frozen (3,4) ICE OVER (NICE OVER -N)
3 Contract provision nails broadcast (6) CLAUSE (~CLAWS)

Cartoon by Rishi

4 Advice to a drug addict:stop being so stupid! (4,3,2) COME OFF IT (2)
                                             with cross ref to 21a

5 Cause smoke, reportedly (5) WREAK (~REEK)
7 A village officerbad guy— gets nil fruit (7) AVOCADO (A VO CAD O)
8 Precipitates movement for vagrants (12) PERIPATETICS (PRECIPITATES*)
          It was rather pathetic that I thought this was spelt with a H after the first T. I was disabused of my wrong notion today!
11 Shaggy dog's coat (6) AFGHAN (2)
12 Royal house's crooked agent (English) schemes outside (12) PLANTAGENETS (PLANS outside (AGENT* E))
17 Show how opponents may ease up? (9) ENLIGHTEN (E N LIGHTEN)
18 Call attention to little dog getting set (4,2) PLAY UP (PUP getting LAY)
20 On which the cubit was measured (7)  FOREARM (CD/E/GK)
          Being Forewarn=Forearm
22 Unfair to have dismissed quiet worker (7) ARTISAN (PARTISAN-P)
23 A forgotten Maharashtra town's primarily politic ruler (6) SATRAP (SATARA -A P) some may have a doubt which A to forget ...
25 No ace lost in sea (5) OCEAN (NO ACE)*

GRID:

19 comments:

  1. 25a ORGIASTIC

    There was a sturdy young man of Nasik
    Whose tendencies were all orgiastic
    In rave parties forever
    He was quite aquiver
    Till all the deeds made him very sick.

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  2. Some T leaves missing in 12D!!

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    1. I too had to cheat because of that

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    2. Oops, I did not count

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    3. Apologies.
      Escaped checks at many stages.
      This kind of mistake happens when there are same two letters in a component.
      After having taken AGENT, when we work on other components we think we have accounted for a particular letter without realising there are two of those letters in the word breakup (T in this instance).
      Knowing this, when I check I usually write out the components and strike out the letters. In this case I might have thought I have done it without doing it.

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  3. 23 A forgotten Maharashtra town's primarily politic ruler (6) SATRAP (SATARA -A P) some may have a doubt which A to forget ...

    True. I take this as a mere observation by a keen solver.
    I don't think crossword clueing conventions require (in this instance) indication of which A is to be removed.

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    1. In this particular case I feel it hardly matters as I don't think one can solve this clue without seeing a couple of crossings in the grid. In my case I looked for the Maharashtra town after getting the answer

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  4. Precipitates movement for vagrants (12) PERIPATETICS (PRECIPITATES*)
    It was rather pathetic that I thought this was spelt with a H after the first T. I was disabused of my wrong notion today!
    How Pathetic

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  5. Nice 'claws' in CV's cartoon. Talk of small print!
    Mixed bag for me today- win some (happy) loose some (pathetic) Happy to have spent an interesting hour. So happy to have got all clarifications immediately on the blog. Thank you Col. & Kishore.

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  6. There once lived a young nark,
    Who when walking though a park,
    Spotted some hags,
    Wearing torn rags,
    And exclaimed, "Weel done, cutty-sark!"

    Please look for Burn's poem Tam O' Shanter at
    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1279/1279-h/1279-h.htm#link2H_4_0316

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  7. For me, today, it was a sort of खट्टा मीठा (sweet and sour) experience! Tough puzzle. :(

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  8. Details of the no hic! meet on 06 Sep at the following link WHEN RAJU MET CV

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    1. No hic! Probably they are heeding the dire warning in the last stanza of the Burns' poem cied above!

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    2. I am where I am !! It is CV who took the trouble of travelling to meet me !! The caption should be CV meets Raju. (mountain meets mohammed ? No, it should be the other way around !! Thanks to him . He also gave me a few tips on software for compiling, an area where my head is literally in the clouds !!

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  9. No Sudoku in the Delhi edition.
    Gridman is always good - some a little tough, so one enjoys the tussle!

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    1. It is there on TH website under misc.section.

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  10. Good one, Gridman - thank you. Some very nice surfaces there. I especially liked the clues for PERIPATETICS, SATRAP, NARK, THRASH... on second thoughts, too many to list!

    The missing T in 12 didn't register as the answer jumped out from the clue!

    Thanks to the blogger and the cartoonists too.

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  11. A wonderful cw.3d- I was simply nailed.12d-nice blocks(plans for schemes & crooked agent)came in handy for us to raise the edifice.In fine a well-rounded puzzle thanks to GM.

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