Thursday, 27 November 2014

No 11251, Thursday 27 Nov 2014, Gridman


Gridman's CD/DvD player got repaired as he was cluing the Down set ;-)

ACROSS
1   Old chair found broken in crashed car (7) ARCHAIC {A{CHAIR*}C} There's an extra R in the fodder (Addendum - {AR{CHAIr}C*} - See comments)
5   Nearly glowed with great numbers of flowers (6) LILACS {LIt}{LACS}
9   Male has primarily able and extremely robust organ (5) HEART {HE}{Able}{RobusT}
10 Sailor with people gets eternal punishment (9) TARNATION {TAR}{NATION}
11 Accept first-class master to prepare for firing (4,3) TAKE AIM {TAKE} {A1}{M}
12 The French fellows in court are merciful (7) CLEMENT {C{LE}{MEN}T}
13 New leader very distressed and anxious (5) NERVY {New}{VERY*}
14 The painting comes down on head (9) LANDSCAPE {LANDS}{CAPE}
16 Pinpoints some Canadian dwellings? (5,2,2) HOMES IN ON  {HOMES} {IN} {ON}  ON for Ontario
19 Defeats in circuitous tours (5) ROUTS*
21 Noise for more superior, limitless eating place (7) DINETTE {DIN}{bETTEr}
23 When first of computers was put into reboot mode (7) OCTOBER {O{Co...s}TOBER*}
24 Uttered sharply in a couple of pages in colour that are published (6,3) RAPPED OUT {R{A}{PP}ED} {OUT}
25 Sturdy material dacoits' leader looted out of Maharashtra town (5) KHAKI KHAdKI A cantonment would be more appropriate rather than a town
26 Sort again and do some more keyboarding (6) RETYPE [DD]
27 Obtains information all around to get back salted-away savings (4,3) NEST EGG {NE{ST EG}G}<=

DOWN
1   Hopeful attempt that can cheer you up at night? (1,4,2,3,4) A SHOT IN THE DARK [DD]
2   Attractive girl may be in the soup (7) CRACKER ? [DD] Girl? Does one put crackers in Soup ?
3   As a point of fact, learners went for radical insurance employee (7) ACTUARY ACTUA(-ll+r}RY
4   Acumen lot needed in what you may do for a fruit salad (3,1,5) CUT A MELON*
5 Poem from the really rich (5) LYRIC [T]
6 They jump, they are people born on February 29 (7) LEAPERS [DD]
7 Monster! See him involved in terrible race! (7) CHIMERA {C{HIM}ERA*}
8 At dinner table, it is second or more than that (7,7) ANOTHER SERVING [CD]
15 Some — but not making a XI, obviously (4,2,3) NINE OR TEN [CD]
17 A handful for Roman foot-soldiers (7) MANIPLE [DD] Handful?
18 Surfeit from a connection in a dirty place (7) SATIETY {S{A}{TIE}TY}
19 Captures again — what a dissatisfied film director orders (7) RETAKES [DD]
20 One takes this to show offence (7) UMBRAGE [CD]
22 Take the honey and run! (5) ELOPE [CD]

GRID

53 comments:

  1. 2 Attractive girl may be in the soup (7) CRACKER ? [DD] Girl? Does one put crackers in Soup ?

    I do :)

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    1. I put them in my tea and not soup

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    2. Prawn crackers in clam chowder

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    3. Mushroom soup is sold in our place with crackers.

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  2. Latest update in the THC Setters page. Incognito talks about Kishore or should it be the other way around?

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    1. Ta couple of typos... Mail sent to you, Deepak. Thanks for hosting

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    2. @Kishore: Enjoyed reading your bio :P

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    3. K-Read your Bio. You did not disappoint. The alphabets following your name are indeed impressive to say the least, more than making up for the lack of farming output!

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    4. That's bcos I was collecting letters when my friends were collecting stamps. Btw MS has a piece on SFX in ET today

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    5. Thank you. Will ook it up.

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  3. Re 12a, was Atlee clement?

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    1. Is it a poser or a statement? He was Clement Atlee, but whether he lived up to his name will have to be confirmed by historians. I am far from it.

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  4. 4 Acumen — lot needed in what you may do for a fruit salad (3,1,5) CUT A MELON*

    What is the anagram indicator? SALAD?

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    1. Or is it just 'needed'?

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    2. Instead of Melon I cut a Lemon for salad and landed in soup! Otherwise a satisfactory solve. :)

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    3. I missed the 'fruit' part in the clue. So the error!

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  5. CD player's like the original after the repair work.;)

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  6. Finished the crossword in under 45 minutes, my first ever. Happy beginning to the day. Thanks Gridman! :-)

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  7. 1A- The extra R gets 'Crashed'!

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  8. Liked 'Leapers' Our former PM Morarji Desai was one.

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  9. 22D was funny. Good one, Gridman

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    1. 'the' in clue could have been avoided.

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  10. Old chair found broken in crashed car (7)
    I had it as
    Old = Defn,
    Chair found broken = Chai ( Broken = Incomplete )
    In = C/c Indicator
    Crashed = Anag Ind
    Car = Anag Fodder = {AR {CHAI} C}

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    1. Raghu, what is the issue that you see ?

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    2. I felt that broken was not incomplete, but Chambers gives both as synonyms. So you are correct.

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    3. I took it as-
      Broken chair- (chair)*
      Crashed car- CA
      Rather- (chair CA)*
      Old- Def.

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  11. 2 Attractive girl may be in the soup (7)

    2 Attractive girl may be in a soup (7) perhaps makes better surface reading. Talks about an attractive girl who may be in some sort of trouble

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    1. Girl in trouble is "in the soup" or "in a soup"? I think it is 'the'.

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    2. According to Free Dic.-
      5. in the soup in trouble or difficulties

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    3. You are right. I got my idiom wrong

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  12. I took 16 ac some Canadian dwellings? = Homes in On as a CD, So I managed to sneak in a CD even in the across clues ( Not sure if Gridman intended it that way )

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    1. I too think it is a CD.

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    2. But isn't it another level of indirection? Canadian to Ontario to ON?

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  13. I've been out of touch, and quite irregular with logging on to this blog, lately.
    What have I missed?

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    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

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  14. Kishore, I read your bio that has all the ingredients of yourself - wit, pun, satire etc etc! It really makes an enjoyable reading. Believe me, the smile on my face remained stuck even after I had finished reading! It was so hilarious!! :)

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    1. Fiction is usuaaly stranger than fact ...

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    2. One must laugh at oneself before laughing at others. It is rare that one gets an opportunity to write one's own epitaph before someone else writes a horrible one for him

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    3. "He never grew up"-a truthful confession! lol

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  15. Hey.... I wanna know how to solve this type of crossword.... I tried to solve one today for the first time but only got 2... Is this a vocabulary dependent puzzle or the words are formed from the hints........... And am I too young to solve a crossword at the age of 15

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    1. Hi Rajat, welcome to the gang. Pl visit Crossword Unclued using the link given on the left panel of this page for how to go about it. Learn to recognise different types of clues and how they work and keep on trying. Refer this blog for the clues you are not able to solve and understand how it is unravelled. And no, you are not too young. One of the ace Indian solvers Mohsin is around 21 and he started out around 6 years back. Maybe a few years later, we'll see you there... All the best

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  16. To Rita Mathur

    I am not sure if the Comments above explain to you what you thought you missed while you were away.
    You haven't missed much except perhaps an in-joke.
    I guess you got the idea you missed something when you read today's preamble.
    Well, sometimes Gridman's crosswords have some CDs - cryptic definitions.
    Maybe because some of the recent crosswords - or at least the earlier ones in this cycle - did not have the CDs, the Colonel said Gridman had probably broken his CD player - meaning compact disc player.
    And with today's crossword having some CDs, he has jocularly remarked that Gridman's CD player has been fixed!

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  17. Kishore,
    I am not able to locate MS article on today's ET on net. Could you pl. give me the page no. so that I can locate it? (I have been blind to it!)

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    1. Here you are, Paddy:
      http://blogs.economictimes.indiatimes.com/spiritual-atheist/remains-to-be-seen/

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    2. Thank you so much Kishore.

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  18. Clement Attlee was known for his modesty.Churchill is said to have made a wicked comment "Attlee is a modest man who has a lot to be modest about".

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  19. Chaturvasi sir, thank you so very much for filling me in. Makes the comments so much more interesting to read.

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