Wednesday, 24 September 2014

No.11198, Wednesday 24 Sep 2014, Scintillator

Scintillator's day out at the haberdashers and accouterers ... But I seem to have lost my mojo ... time for a sabbatical, I think.  Great work from Scintillator!

Across
1 Annoyed about history neglecting Ottoman leader (6) SHIRTY (HISTORY-O)*


All cartoons by Rishi
 4 Preoccupied with love session in bed (8) OBSESSED (O B(SESS)ED)
9 Society exists amid international demand (6) INSIST (IN(S IS)T)
10 Communities of (no ordinary) fellow madmen (8) COLONIES (CO - LOONIES - O)
12 Sour warden with trousers down (3-5) OFF GUARD (OFF GUARD)
13 What's caught on without iodine? (6) -O---E GOITRE (GO(I)T RE) Please see comments
15 Garment, if from California, could be part of papal vestment (4) SOCK (CASSOCK - CA'S)

16 Complicity being involved in ugliest sin (10) GUILTINESS (UGLIEST SIN)*
19 Plants having extensive heads (5,5) BROAD BEANS (BROAD BEANS)
20 Content to have steady supply (4) -E-- VEST (T) Please see comments 

23 Struck lightly, caught in a ploy — and run out! (6) TAPPED (TRAPPED - R)
25 In verses, came across moral teaching about essence of duality (8) METRICAL (MET RI C AL)
27 Gently and extremely lovingly, pen a proposal at first (8) TENDERLY (TENDER LovinglY)
28 Combed wool from a breed of cattle (6) ---S-- JERSEY (2) Please see comments
29 Areas where public transport comes to a halt (3,5) BUS STOPS (CD/E)
30 At home with duo, set to play (4,2) TEED UP (~TEA?, anno not sure) USED TO (DUO SET)* See comments


Down
1 Men like Jack Sparrow with appeal based on one's baseless stories (7) SAILORS (SA I LORES - E)
2 Imprisoning of police officers as well, as per reports thereby (4,5) IPSO FACTO (IPS
3 Brood over to take legal action against paper (6) TISSUE (SIT< SUE)
5 Give profit or show the door (4) BOOT (2) not sure of =give profit

6 Cheap electronic circuitry, primarily, on old microphone (8) ECONOMIC (E C ON O MIC)
7 Steer clear of border (5) S-I--  SKIRT (2) See comments


8 Storms in the States described in Exodus tersely (7) DUSTERS (T)
11 Appropriate garment for lower body (7) TROUSER (CD,DD) &LIT, but I thought the item of clothing was always called trousers and not trouser. Another nit: Trouser/s appears in the clue for 12a

14 Foolish Ann fell for flattery (7) FLANNEL (ANN FELL)*

17 Daughter renounced, decried sex for a change and kept fit (9)  EXERCISED (DECRIED SEX - D)*
18 He read modern books portraying satellite (8) ADHERENT (HE READ NT)*
19 That dirty American boy outside cleaning area (7) BATHTUB (THAT* in BUB)
21 Cry on seeing Reynard in Mark's house (5,2) --L-- UP  TALLY HO (TALLY HO) See comments

22 Gives instructions to make cheese fries when unoccupied (6) -R---E BRIEFS (BRIE FS) See comments
24 Rubbish trash on sides of trashcans (5) PANTS (PAN TS)


26 Blunder by fielder near the keeper (4) SLIP (CD,DD)
 


GRID:

69 comments:

  1. 30 At home with duo, set to play (4,2) USED TO*

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  2. 21 Cry on seeing Reynard in Mark's house (5,2) --L-- UP

    TALLY HO. Tally = Mark. Ho= House. Cry on seeing (Reynard) FOX

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  3. 28 Combed wool from a breed of cattle (6) JERSEY (DD)

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  4. 28 Combed wool from a breed of cattle (6) ---S--

    JERSEY DD

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  5. 22 Gives instructions to make cheese fries when unoccupied (6) {BRIE}{F(-rie)S}

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  6. 5 Give profit or show the door (4) BOOT (2) not sure of =give profit

    Probably: Build Own operate and take. I'm not sure but it's something like that.

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    1. Buiild own operate transfer ...

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  7. 13 What's caught on without iodine? (6) -O---E

    GO(I)T RE

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  8. Thanks, all. Will update all after CV's done with insertion of toons ..

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  9. 7 Steer clear of border (5) S-I--
    SKIRT DD.

    Phew!

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  10. 7 Steer clear of border (5) SKIRT (DD)

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  11. "bootless" means with no profit or benefit.
    I think the term is used more thisw ay than bot = profit.

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    1. Chambers: bootless adj, literary useless; vain; unprofitable.

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  12. Just before I take off

    20A - TENT [T]

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    1. What's the defn?

      Have a nice, comfortable and safe drive!

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    2. TENT: To supply with or put up in tents. (Freedict)

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  13. Mangalyaan in Martian orbit...Hats off to our ISRO scientists

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    1. 3 Cheers to our resident ISRO scientist and his MOM

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    2. Thanks! I wasn't involved in this mission, though

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    3. Arre yaar, MOM ki wajah se hi aap itne door pahunchey hai, crossword ke safar par ...

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  14. Suddenly yesterday I thought: why not try and do cartoons for all thematic words. As I had access to the CWD yesterday, I did most of the work yesterday and so I did not have to race against the clock. Today I learnt myself how I can imports parts of pics from elsewhere and put them where I want to. Slowly trying to get the hang of it - without any formal training. Thanks to the iPad and the free apps that are available on the Net.
    Hope it is not overdone. Am taking a break from cartooning - which I suddenly started one day here - a long time after some boyhood scribblings.

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    1. Carry on, cartoonist

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    2. Carry on's are always enjoyable.

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  15. Taking a break? Why? You are doing fine and we are enjoying a good bonus along with CW's. Today your caroons filled in where K unusually had some gaps.

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  16. Reply to the question in Boot cartoon-
    on the other foot!

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  17. 2 Imprisoning of police officers as well, as per reports thereby (4,5) {IPS}{O F}ACTO

    anno for ACTO?

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  18. Watched Mars probe injection into Mars orbit live on the net and felt proud. Congrats to the team on all our behalf.
    Resident ISRO scientist?

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  19. MET RI C AL

    Small typo MET RI CA L

    1A) about as anag ind should come before or after the fodder ?

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    1. About 'about' you have a point Ajeesh.

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  20. Kishore, how could you have lost your mojo? You won a round hardly a few days ago

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    1. I have, my dear friend. Call it tennis elbow, if you wish

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    2. I came across an excellent clue: Pain jointly felt by those offering backhanders in court ? (6,5)--- TENNIS ELBOW.
      Back-handed, greasing the elbow and palm- greasing, et el !! Any more terms for this de-vice of graft? Ideas welcome. Ask our politicians, especially that leg -floor (translate into Tamil, Paddy for me !!)from Poona !!.

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  21. The setter's answer to 20ac is VEST, not TENT.
    I leave it to Commenators to annotate it.

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  22. 20 Content to have steady supply (4) -E-- TENT (T)
    Vest = Supply
    haVE STYeady

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    1. 20 Content to ha(ve st)eady supply (4) VEST (T)

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    2. Got it after CV's lead

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  23. Re CV's toon for 1a,

    I was a 12 pack man till my doctor advised me to cut down smoking. Now I am a six pack man

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  24. CV's toons:

    Today we got our bread, butter and jam.
    But,
    Let us have our daily bread!!

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  25. 11 Appropriate garment for lower body (7) TROUSER (CD,DD) &LIT, but I thought the item of clothing was always called trousers and not trouser.

    From ODE:
    trouser (n) : (chiefly in commercial use) a pair of trousers: eg: the return of the high-waisted trouser.

    not sure how is the clue an &lit. I just took it as a DD

    Another nit: Trouser/s appears in the clue for 12a
    Yesterday there was a similar comment on a clue in FT and this objection baffles me. What is the problem with one answer in a grid appearing as part of a different clue? A solver wouldn't notice this until after 11 down was solved at which point it makes no difference. Plus the answer to 11 down being 'trouser' and the repetition of that word neither helps nor prevents getting the answer to 12 across.

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    1. In school, it was drilled into us that, in the noun form, words like trousers, scissors, etc. can come only with the s.

      I was given to understand that it is not good form to have the answer of a clue in the puzzle, even though it is in another clue.

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  26. CV: Your cartoons are very colourful and right when they are getting better and better, you want to
    throw away the crayon? DON' T !!

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  27. What's with so many cartoons today? Not that I'm complaining - just wonderin'...

    I agree with Bhavan on the subject of TROUSERs... I think the repetition hardly matters. If the word appeared twice in the clue, it might have seemed a little jarring and easily noticeable. However, here, one is part of the clue and another one is the answer. So nothing to be worried about IMO.

    Only issue I had was with DDs having link words like "of," "by," "from" etc - a little misleading if you ask me.

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  28. CV Sir, in your first cartoon, JYM - is it a SLIP?

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  29. Or am I missing something?

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  30. MOM successfully entered Martian orbit!

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  31. raju umamaheswar10:58 am GMT+5:30
    I came across an excellent clue: Pain jointly felt by those offering backhanders in court ? (6,5)--- TENNIS ELBOW.
    Back-handed, greasing the elbow and palm- greasing, et el !! Any more terms for this de-vice of graft? Ideas welcome. Ask our politicians, especially that leg -floor (translate into Tamil, Paddy for me !!)from Poona !!.

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  32. VJ
    As I said in an earlier Comment, today I thought I would try and tackle all/most of thematic answers for the cartoon part of the blog. Hence so many cartoons.
    Ram
    As you know mistakes in signboards are all too common in our country. There are many newspapers that carry pics of blunders made by commercial establishments - mostly by tourists on conducted tours. These papers and those who take snaps of the mistakes ('snakes' for 'snacks', e.g.) don't realise that those who order the signs and those who paint them aren't much educated nor do they care for any nicety as long as they flaunt their wares and attract customers.
    JYM, therefore, was just the cartoonist's way of laughing it off.
    In another cartoon there might be a similar sly observation (I don't say 'comment') but everything is just for fun.

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    1. Thanks CV, for your clarification. It's nice that you could manage so many cartoons in such a short time. Awesome job...

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    2. Now I got it CVSir. Thanks.

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  33. Hey all! 2 clarifications pending I guess:

    2D: IPS and AC imprisoning OF, ~(as well=TOO)=TO, thereby=defn.
    5D: I relied on Chambers here: boot2 transitive verb; To give profit or advantage to

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  34. Just a clarification. Many setters have CRICKET for definition Both ARDEN yesterday & SCINTILLATOR today, have it. Is it O.K., because many solvers may not be conversant with Cricket.

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    1. I am not conversant with a whole lot of subjects like fox hunting, botany etc. How does that make a clue unfair? Take a word like 'hazard'. It means different things to a billiard layer, a golfer and to one who plays neither of these games. So I am really not clear on the point you are trying to make.

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    2. And that should read billiard player.

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    3. There would be some definition or the other with which one is not conversant with. Unless one uses terms from Ice hockey or other games we are not familiar with I suppose it fair. Gridman occasionally uses FITB from Eng literature with which I'm not at all conversant,(or have forgotten) and don't like these clues, but I think they are acceptable.

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  35. Reached CBE at 3:30. While enroute it appears my TENT became a VEST!!

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    1. Welcome to Coimbatore, aka, Kovai, aka Kuniyattamutur aka Koyamuthur .

      Hope your journey was smooth and your vest is in place and you re now tented safely ?

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    2. When I was in CBE recently I saw three variations (as written in Tamil signboards, official as well as commercial):
      Koyambaththur :: கோயம்பத்தூர்
      Koyambuththur :: கோயம்புத்தூர்
      Koyamuththur :: கோயமுத்தூர்
      Comment.

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  36. Scintillator,

    Is AC abbreviation for Asst Commissioner of police found in Chambers or some other source?

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    1. Normally it's ACP for Asst Commissioner of Police

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    2. Agree ACP is the official title. I think I have come across AC informally, but this is a glitch in the clue as such.

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    3. We have AC's and DC's in the revenue department setup

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  37. Scintillator must get featured more often as I've lost my telepathic rapport with his style !!

    Is singularly challenged and I'm plurally lost with many clues !! Or is it a reverse indicator?

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  38. Clothes, clothes, clothes galore in today's puzzle! And I had no best results but it reminded me of a Note outside a laundry shop that says "Remove your clothes here for best results!"

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