Monday, 10 November 2014

No.11236, Monday 10 Nov 2014, Anon


An asymmetric grid! (I know why, but I am bound by 2d...) Enjoyable nonetheless ...
Quite a few heads in here from headboy, headman to headless enemy and headless female relatives...
Noticed a few mini themes- the press (scoop, copy reader etc), coffee and espresso, aspersion and polemic

Across
1 Obscure to demand payment for entry into nightclub (5,6) COVER CHARGE (COVER CHARGE)
          If it is a strip club, then I think it should be called an un-cover charge
9 Genuine, almost from an earlier time (7) SINCERE (SINCe ERE)
10 Disease from Mumbai suburb reaches Breach Candy eventually (6) MALADY (MALAD Y)
11 Order newly married man to leave London clock tower (5) EDICT (BENEDICT - BEN)  A factual error here, imo. Big Ben (how does the 'Big' disappear when parsing the clue?) is the bell and not the tower as mentioned in the clue, though I concede that this error is so common that the above link gives the tower as one of the meanings of Big Ben. But this might be Much Ado About Nothing ...
          Benedict for newly married man reminded me of the recent engagement of Benedict Cumberbatch!
12 Wanders off during introductions of missing heartless Parsee (7) RAMBLES (PREAMBLES - ParseE)
         The Parsee has a rather large heart, though he is said to be heartless! 4 out of 6 letters ...
15 Belt found in Lhasa shores (4) SASH (T)
16 Difficult, dopy career of editor (10) COPYREADER (DOPY CAREER)*
18 Nearly stand against informal associates (5) OPPOS (OPPOSe)
20 Ugly base (4) MEAN (2)
21 Not even bowmen are geniuses (4) ACES (ArChErS)
24 Headboy cuts source of blatant cacophony (7) BLARING (B gLARING)
25 To look at, it is the same either way (5) REFER <>
27 Headless enemy is vomiting (6) EMESIS (nEMESIS) My COD Why? See below:
          Paints a gory picture, like the headless horseman: From where does he vomit? The hole left after decapitation? ;-) I would have loved to draw Sir Barf-a-lot, but I am running short of time
28 Examine pain originating in innards of bug, for one (7) INSPECT (P in INSECT)
29 Tool exclusive to small hut (5,6) SCOOP SHOVEL (SCOOP S HOVEL)

Down
2 Confused democrat leaves DC with vow of silence (6) OMERTA (DEMOCRAT-DC)*
          Remembered seeing a movie with this name
3 Sheep returning from sewer with tail chopped off (4) EWES (SEWEr<)
4 Firm valet is a loyal employee (7,3) COMPANY MAN (COMPANY MAN)
5 Modern library’s shortened couch is made up (2-6) AD LIBBED (A.D. LIBrary BED)
6 Blessing from the Almighty’s side (7) GODSEND (GOD'S END)
7 According to Israel, slur... (9) ASPERSION (AS PER SION)
8 ...releases headless female relatives (6) UNTIES (aUNTIES)
13 Masses of old men finally replaced with wise man by Bolsheviks (10) COMMUNISTS (COMMUNITIES-TIES+STS??) wise man or men? (COMMUNIONS with ON replaced by ST) See comments
14 Overwhelmed by ghastly poster art (9) PROSTRATE (POSTER ART)*
17 This is Spanish media’s love of coffee (8) ESPRESSO (ES PRESS O)
19 Controversy with European has headman in charge (7) POLEMIC (POLE M I C) not sure if defn is adequate
22 Box for beverage not completely rusted on top (6) COFFER (COFFEe R)
23 Loud noise — racket (6) CROSSE (~gross?) [DD] - See comments
26 Say goodbye to spies with love? (4) CIAO (CIA O)

63 comments:

  1. The Parsee has a rather large heart, though he is said to be heartless! 4 out of 6 letters ...

    Maybe some other part is missing?

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    1. Maybe, just a big heart!

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    2. Look a little more carefully

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    3. I noticed that too, butt thought I'd keep things clean ...

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    4. Tut,tut! I am clean and I look at only the heart (of the word)part! No diversions (in spite of the 3 cornered attack)

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    5. Paper with Putin face is now on sale in Ukraine. Just to rub his nose in ...

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    6. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/toilet-paper-printed-with-the-picture-of-valdimir-putin/slideshow/37903314.cms

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    7. Attack from the back is not good I think

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  2. Communion - (o+ma(n)) +sts

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    1. If that is the case then its should be COMMUNI(-o)(-n)(+st)STS with N coming from 'men finally'

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    2. COMMUNI(-o)(-n){ST}S

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    3. Thanks,AVM and Sandy

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    4. Thank you. I am wiser now.

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    5. St. Patrick is also referred to as Paddy (when saying St. Patrick's Day, many use the words, Paddy's Day)

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    6. Greener version ( I think they wear green on St.Patrick's day)

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  3. Just one comment? Monday morning blues?
    Nice CW. Would like K to break his vow.
    A fw gaps and a few unexplained fills does not diminish the enjoyment. Blog comes to the rescue.

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    1. Unless The Official Crossword Examiner (who has the list of who is who) or Anon come forth, my lips are sealed

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    2. Lips are sealed may have a different connotation nowadays!

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    3. What I mean is that I cannot be a whistle blower right now. As our master strategist politicians like to say: ït will all be revealed at the right time (or worse) please read my (auto)biography ...

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    4. The post above is in response to Paddy @ 11:19.

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    5. Thanks for the song, MB. My fav. JR song is 'But you love me, daddy"

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORUj1KNWJ8w

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    6. That's my favourite too. :) Along with Bimbo and Billy Bayou.

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  4. 3D- Is it the head or the tail that is chopped off? Depends on which way you look at it?

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    1. Tail when it goes out and head when it returns

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    2. Returning from the sewer with the tail ( of the sewer) chopped off. So it's ok.

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  5. Need to pull up my socks for the next three days :-(

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    1. Who is the next setter? :P

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    2. Sunnet + xChequer + xChequer

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    3. A little bit more if we tax our brain a bit extra.

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  6. @Deepak 9.06 Then we can straight away come to the blog at 8.30 without trying...

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  7. rack·et 2   (rkt)

    n.

    23 D Racket also means a loud distressing noise. But here crosse is the answer

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    1. Crosse is the racket used in the game Lacrosse, so it is a DD

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    2. Lacrosse racket is one defn. What's the other?

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    3. Only 1 definition. Loud means crass with noise being the homophone indicator

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    4. Where is 'crass' in the clue? It's a DD with 'loud noise' = racket = Crosse

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    5. crass sounds like crosse. Crosse does not mean loud noise.

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    6. Agree with Kishore. if crosse is in clue instead of racket with racket as answer it is a DD

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    7. If we don't hear from Anon anon, maybe the OCE can chip in on this

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    8. How is it a double definition. Loud noise does not define the word crasse. I thought we were on fairly elementary ground here.

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    9. not a DD with crosse as answer . I meant Loud noise — crosse (6) with racket as answer will make it a DD

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    10. But racket is not the answer

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    11. yes. but crass and crosse are HPs? or cross hp?

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    12. That is a moot point. In any case it is not a DD

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    13. Suresh,

      crass sounds like crosse. Crosse does not mean loud noise.

      Visit http://www.thefreedictionary.com/crass and hear the Brit pronunciation of both Crosse and Crass. Both are different. So IMO it's not a homophone clue.

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    14. But you are correct in that it's not a DD. Maybe Anon got his wires all crossed like I did. CROSSE is not loud noise for it to be a DD.

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    15. That is why I said it is a moot point whether it is a valid homophone or not. Maybe in cases like this the word roughly or crudely can be added to make it acceptable. Like heard you becoming Urdu roughly in an old ET crossie.

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    16. Beside the point wrt the clue under discussion, but for heard you to be a homophone of Urdu, one not only requires a very rough tongue, but should also think Urdu id pronounced as 'er-dyoo' with ur as in urban and dyoo rhyming with view

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    17. Amidst all this racket/noise here is a diversion.

      A man is being interviewed for a job.

      Q : What are your qualifications for the job of night watchman?
      A : The slightest NOISE wakes me up

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    18. Employing such night watchmen is a big racket.

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  8. Raghu, I think that you're spot on. I must have had my wires crosse-d. Bad clue, plain and simple.
    Sorry about that.

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  9. Nether ' crass' nor ' cross' which might be considered HPs of ' crosse' mean loud noise. So this cannot be a DD. Apart from this clue, the others were quite enjoyable.

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