Friday, 3 October 2014

Special, Friday 03 Oct 2014, Bruno


Three answers per commenter (with annotations) till 6 PM.


ACROSS
1   Carl Linnaeus, for example, to study noise of birds (12)
9   Chablis: sparkling, bottled joy! (5)
10 Drove around with a large amount of debt (9)
11 Personal assistant hiding computer-related, regressive, eye-problem (6)
12 Reckons that’s where people are thrown to learn things the hard way when sweetheart disappears (7)
15 Homer’s first love poem, between topless jokes, also has profanity! (10)
17 Function was a hit! (4)
19 Its hard work first time, slick, maybe, afterwards… (4)
20 Thinking of Persia, perhaps? (10)
22 The endless flaws of Scotches… (7)
23 Bush concealing head of rotten body (6)
27 Specialist to indicate wrong eating of one? (9)
28 Article recalled, once more, leading luminary’s record (5)
29 Allow little daughter to be carried by a tight-rope walker or another performer? (6-6)

DOWN
1   Handles some half-extinguished coals (10)
2   It could bail out one… (5)
3   Splice variant linked to beginnings of dilation and inflammation of pupil (8)
4   Almost nobody gives the time of the day! (4)
5   People shiver dramatically on coverage, I suspect, essentially, for audience (10)
6   Confuses tax - start to end! (6)
7   Awfully hot girl in front dressed in black? (4)
8   Anti-establishment about access to Indian cuisine (8)
13 Well-developed river dispute (10)
14 Opportunity to curl up with a politician (10)
16 Add to eight layer protection (8)
18 God! O God! What a view! (8)
21 Team to keep mothers apart at boundary (6)
24 Outing halted midway when grandma entered topless, causing horror (5)
25 Murphy’s twist? (4)
26 Insect with distinctive flavour coming up! (4)


Across Lite version can be accessed at BRUNO 2

Enjoy.

75 comments:

  1. 9A : Chablis: sparkling, bottled joy! (5) BLISS [T]

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  2. 2 It could bail out one… (5) ALIBI :: ALIB* I
    4 Almost nobody gives the time of the day! (4) NOON :: NO ON[e]
    7 Awfully hot girl in front dressed in black? (4) GOTH :: G OTH*

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  3. Suresh had mentioned that they have a paper today that's why I thought the e-paper would have the CW

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    1. I missed the fine print. Last year we had a paper on Dasara.

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  4. Yesterday's paper says there will be no print edition and that online edition will be there, however there is no online edition also today!!

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    1. The news is being updated online I think. Like Inda winning the hockey gold and qualifying for the olympics.

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  5. 23A - CORPSE - CO(R)PSE
    28A - ANNAL - AN NA<- L
    18D - PANORAMA - PAN + O + RAMA

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  6. 1 A [SCAN] [DIN] [AVIAN]
    As a matter of coincidence I had used the same word in one of my crossies with more or less the same word play

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    1. Ooh... would love to see your surface. Thanks.

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  7. 10A - {OVERD*}{RAFT}
    17A - COSH [DD]
    19A - {T}{OIL}

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  8. 18d is a good clue and any solver will be intrigued on looking at it and would be happy on solving it. There are other well-written clues as well.

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  9. No Hindu today and tomorrow in Hyderabad.

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  10. 3D : Splice variant linked to beginnings of dilation and inflammation of pupil (8) DISCIPLE {SPLICE* + D I} Def : Pupil.

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  11. 27A- BALLET DANCER
    Tight rope walker- Balancer
    Allow- Let
    Little daughter- D
    BAL(LET) (D)ANCER

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  12. 14D- CHANCELLOR
    Opportunity- Chance
    Curl- Roll
    Up- Reversal indicator
    (CHANCE)LLOR

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    1. These two were my favourite clues in this grid...

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    2. I too felt happy solving them and in time to post here. Nice clues.

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  13. 24D : Outing halted midway when grandma entered topless, causing horror (5) PANIC {P(nAN)ICnic} Def : Horror.

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  14. 5D - VIEWERSHIP - WE + SHIVER + I + P
    15 A - UNHOLINESS - HO + LINES between (P)UNS

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    1. Sritri,

      Your anno for VIEWERSHIP is not correct

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    2. VIE(WE)RSH + IP - Will this be right?

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    3. Okay, but it is {VIE{WE}RSH*}{I}{(-sus)P(-ect)} to be more precise

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  15. 21 Team to keep mothers apart at boundary (6) MA(XI)MA

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    1. A case of Singular Vs Plural ?! :) (Definition and Answer)

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    2. Thanks MB. Mea culpa...

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  16. 20 A - RUMINAION - RUMI(Iran/Persia) + NATION

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  17. Lovely clues :)

    27A Specialist to indicate wrong eating of one? (9) DIET{I}CIAN*
    1D Handles some half-extinguished coals (10) {SO(-me)}{BRIQUETS}
    16D Add to eight layer protection (8) H{EIGHT}EN

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    1. Thanks Sandhya. I tried to give 27A an &lit-ish twist. Maybe the surface ended up being a bit clunky...

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    2. maybe, you could have stopped with just wrong eating- it could be & lit (as you say) without 'of one?'.

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    3. Needed the of one for the extra I... I feel there is a true &lit in there somewhere, but gave up after struggling with it...

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  18. DOWN
    1 Handles // some half-extinguished / coals (10) SO[-me] BRIQUETS
    13 Well-developed // river / dispute (10) INDUS TRIAL
    26 Insect // with distinctive flavour coming up! (4) GNAT <=

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  19. 22 The endless / flaws // of Scotches… (7) TH[-e] WARTS

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  20. 11 IRITIS (S{IT}IRI)<--

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    1. Definition: Eye problem
      SIRI is the iPhone's "personal assistant"; IT is "computer-related"

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  21. 6 ADDLES (start of SADDLE {=tax} moving to end)
    Definition: Confuses

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  22. 12A- DEPENDS- DEEP ENDS-E
    Reckons- Def.
    Where people are thrown- Deep ends
    Sweet heart disappears- minus E- SW(E)ET

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    1. Thank you MB. Initially I thought 'Deep Ends' is the answer. Then only I realized I was a letter short and on taking a second look I got it correct.

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  23. 25 EDDY = twist
    I think the Murphy part refers to EDDIE Murphy, whose first name sounds the same as EDDY.

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    1. I thought I saw the spelling Eddy (on ET I think). but now it is spelt Eddie on IMDB and Wiki. so missing a hp

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  24. That's it then. Enjoy the rest of the holiday.

    Thanks to Bruno/Balaji for an entertaining CW

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  25. After the puzzle is done and dusted, it would be nice if some of the solvers passed general comments about it. Already I and Sandhya have complimented the setter saying some clues are really good.
    If anyone was captivated by a particular clue they could mention it and say why.
    One could comment on the difficulty level. Was this more difficult than Bruno's first puzzle?
    What would one say of the difficulty level - medium or very hard?
    Does any clue have a flaw?
    As for the grid: IMHO, the two unches in 7d and 25d could have been easily avoided by making them three-letter words

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    1. Thanks CV sir. Is that bad form for a grid?

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    2. While syndicated 13x13 puzzles such as those in Business Line (I am not referring to the weekly Brand CWD) and New Indian Express have two and three unches, standard 15x15 crosswords avoid double and triple unches.
      The rule is every other letter must be checked.
      But some grids in TH from old times may have double and even triple unches. But most if not all grids from the recent crop of setters avoid them.

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  26. Thank you for a good time, Bruno! I liked many of the clues - 1 (both a and d) and 17 were my favourites. Looking forward to many more puzzles from you!

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  27. As for me, it certainly was tougher than the first one by Bruno. I would rate it as very hard. I liked 24D clue because whenever a 'Grandma' appears, I've to scratch my head a lot! :)

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    1. For example, these are the different 'avatars' of GRANDMA : gran, grandmother, grannie, granny, nanna, nan. Which one to choose from?!

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    2. All said and done, I did enjoy the puzzle. Thank you, Bruno. Hope you would lower the bar in your next offering. :)

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    3. Thanks MB... in this case, the surface was too funny to avoid this... :-)

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  28. Happy Dushera! Started late today & by the time I started solving, it was finished here. An extremely good puzzle with very nice surfaces. My COD 20A.

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  29. Thanks for the comments and feedback everybody. Didnt realise that this was coming out today... so a pleasant morning surprise...(where I am). The intention was not to make it difficult, but the surfaces just fell that way. However, will take note of it in the future... Happy Dusshera, and pooja holidays to everybody...!! Mea culpa on Maxima. and Eddy (missing a hp)...

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  30. Team to keep mothers apart at boundary (6) MA(XI)MA

    What was the problem here?
    I took XI keeping apart mothers ( MA and another MA).
    I am sure this must have been the setter's intention.

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    1. Boundary(Singular) = Maximum (Singular) Maxima (Plural).

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  31. Replying to CV

    Started late and by the time I popped in it was all done & dusted. Each clue was good. Some of which come to mind are: HEIGHTEN, SCOTCHES, SOBRIQUETS, PANORAMA, ALIBI, DISCIPLE.

    1 a: I did not know who Carl ... is/ was, so a bit tough here.
    12 Reckons that’s where people are thrown to learn things the hard way when sweetheart disappears (7)
    I thought it is Deep End and not in plural. And it's Reckon on = depend on. So I felt this was a bit of a flaw.
    In INDUSTRIAL not sure whether TRIAL is close to meaning dispute?

    That's since you asked, but it's an excellent and tricky puzzle.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback.. I used "where people are thrown" to indicate plural, but I guess it could still point to singular. Also, I used TRIAL as in a lawsuit (the property is under trial/dispute)... but couldnt find it in TFD, so maybe this is a stretch...
      Hope you enjoyed the rest!!

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    2. Like I said it was very good & tricky and not the work of someone at his second attempt.

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  32. Lovely crossword today.

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  33. In the absence of the four dailies I buy, the Hindu only for its crosswords with Metro plus, I was at a loose end this morning. Moping around in the house, I picked up the Mumbai Mirror cuttings to give them a go (CV:How would you classify these crosswords that at times also include cryptic with others?) and the weather being so sultry here, I ''serenndipitied'' upon BRUNO special and was overjoyed !! Thanks Deepak and Bruno for brightening my mood !
    Any way, since I love to complete and not compete, I solved the grid successfully. Very few flues were pout into the Tandoor oven ! I loved the surface of SOBRIQUETS, BALLET DANCER , CHANCELLOR and SCANDINAVIAN. Again, PA-NORAMA (why not Ma- NORAMA ?)has a variety of clues framed for it in various crossies. It seems to be a favourite vista to visit for compilers? They can now try MANORAMA-- both of Bollywood and MOLLYWOOD. Some how these two words have a musical lilt to them !! What;s the nearest possible English expression for these?
    Once again: thanks BALAJI
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  34. flues were pout TYpo: clues were put

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    1. Thanks Raju... MANORAMA is a good idea... maybe a <>OLLYWOOD themed issue perhaps??

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  36. Nice crossword. Did it after yesterday's hangover over:-D

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  37. Very good crossword, Balaji! Remembered seeing some of the super clues (SCANDINAVIAN, BALLET DANCER etc.) from CCS :)

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  38. Thanks Ajeesh and Ramki. Hope the newer ones were OK too...!!

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  39. Lovely crossword Balaji. Got to it quite late since we are still very busy with the Dusshera celebration here:) there were many excellent surfaces. My CODs were Chancellor and Ballet Dancer:)

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