Monday, 17 November 2014

No.11242, Monday 17 Nov 2014, Afterdark


A Beaut from Afterdark. I could sense a link between 10a(as Gibrael), 1d (as Musa), 2d and part of 11a (ALI) along with parts of clues with Iran, a couple of messengers (both divine and from father's company), Muslim leaders and magic carpets ... but I am not sure if this is what AD has up his sleeve ... 

Across
9 Outdoor work primarily excites Keralite perhaps (4-3) OPEN AIR (OP E NAIR)
          Things like Golf, perhaps ...
10 God, 'Animal ate the bishop', said the divine messenger (7) GABRIEL (G, B in ARIEL)
           Gabriel and Ariel are both angels ...
11 Sustain fighter and soldiers with a bit of tequila (7) ALIMENT (ALI MEN Tequila)
           Remembered the one word song: an early version and a later one. Bring out your salt, guys. Time to take a lick at it
12 In fact, hugging one veteran is immaturity (7) NAIVETY (NAY hugging I VET)
13 Merchants caught Henry and the French robbers heartlessly (9) CHANDLERS (C H AND LE RobberS)
15 Go around stirring with a rod out to find excrement of birds (5) GUANO (GOAROUND-ROD)* Does 'a rod out' mean 'a rod' to be dropped? Then we'll be short an A ...
          Remember Ace Ventura and Shikaka? Well, that was bats, anyhow ...
16 Rome at odds with Vatican on gangster's eviction (7) REMOVAL (ROME* V AL)
19 Hide party-drug taken before in a fabric (7) DOESKIN (DO E SKIN)
20 Don Pedro initially at, say Pondicherry, had a ball with Napoleon (3-2) PUT ON (P UT O N) My COD because of Don Pedro who hides the definition perfectly, but not sure of N for Napoleon
21 Significant other, in a frenzy, removed torn nightie in parts (9)  FRACTIONS (SIGNIFICANT OTHER - NIGHTIE)* Awesome abstraction of the nightie
25 Spirits with Midas touch playing inside (7) DAIMONS (MIDAS* with ON inside)
          A F Ritchie puzzles could sometimes be really demonic ...
26 Travelling? No. Half of Madras is closed at first (7) NOMADIC (NO MAD I C)
28 Magic carpets seen in rainbows, perhaps (7) SPECTRA (CARPETS)*
29 From 1200 to 300 BCE, Iran had nothing to worry with Spain (4,3) IRON AGE ((IR O NAG EspaƱa)

Down
1 Many missed a cosmic design pattern (6) MOSAIC (A COSMIC-C)*
2 Muslim leader emerges first above pandemonium at a sacred city (6) MEDINA (M E DIN A)
          Bill Gates lives there
3 Messenger is from father's company (4) PAGE (PA General Electric)
4 Squirm in the company of redhead in England (6) WRITHE (R in WITH E)
5 Struggled earlier, end is disrupted (8) AGONISED (AGO ENDIS*)
6 Reduction in margin debt worked out (10) ABRIDGMENT (MARGIN DEBT)*
7 Collect baked cakes in a barrel (4,4) WINE CASK (WIN CAKES*)
8 Minimize the importance of police chief, discard... (4,4) PLAY DOWN (P LAY DOWN)
14 ...say, furniture made with diamond found on road and harbours (10) DAVENPORTS (D AVE 'N' PORTS)
16 Fastest strike at ODI/Test without captains (8) RAPIDEST (RAP oDI tEST) How does DI become ID?
17 Determinants' partner found in textbook? (8) MATRICES (CD - GK maths as in this example)
18 In the time between life and death, self-pain is absurd (8)  LIFESPAN (SELFPAIN)*
22 For starters, a pulmonologist never entertains infant cases pertaining to breathlessness (6) APNEIC (A P N E I C -Acrostic)
23 Unfashionable to withhold hatred inside (3-3) OLD HAT (T)
24 Woman took the bill, model has the perfumed bag (6) SACHET (SHE takes AC, T)
27 Crazy women endlessly make cat's sound (4) MEOW (WOMEn)*

GRID

For those who missed it yesterday, here are some snaps from the Impromptu S&B Gathering. Nice to see the 'Who's who' of IXL

68 comments:

  1. 15 Go around stirring with a rod out to find excrement of birds (5) GUANO (GOAROUND-ROD)* Does 'a rod out' mean 'a rod' to be dropped? Then we'll be short an A ...
    GO AROUND* - A ROD = GUANO

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    1. We will not be short of an A.

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    2. Sandhya if you deleted the A then from where did it reappear in the answer?

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  2. It would have been okay as
    Go round stirring with the rod out to find excrement of birds (5)

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  3. New post on 'Crossword Bloggers Jargon' at Crossword Unclued

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  4. Nice one AD.
    Apart from the issues raised earlier, not convinced with Davenport clue.

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  5. Thank you for the photos taken at the impromptu and letting us 'meet' the who's who's. Agree and equally excited about the young and energetic setters. We are assured of quality CW's.Way to go!

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  6. Nice cw except for a nit with 18D Life is a part of def and answer. Maybe itr was meant to be 'birth and death'.

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    1. It was. This and a few other changes I made, unfortunately was not carried out. But no one to blame. Got to be correct first time. :)

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  7. Enjoyed the CW. Thank you Shrikanth.
    21A- Def.-in parts- to be highlighted.

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  8. There is something in the gridfills, but I could not detect it

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  9. I could finish the crossword by 515 as I got the paper early at CMBT. Put tote sack first for wine cask but Gabriel helped me

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  10. A good puzzle overall...
    thanks AD :) ...

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  11. Could anybody detect what is special in the gridfills?

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  12. Deepak
    I didn't solve this crossword.
    After your nudge, I looked at the solution grid.
    After staring at it for sometime, I think I have found something. But I am not sure if that is what AD had in his mind.

    My finding:

    If we string together some letters in the unchecked cells in some rows/columns, we get three-letter words.

    In rows
    HID
    PEP
    PEE
    In columns
    MOON (reading upwards)
    ROC (-do-)
    GIN(-do)

    Names
    IAN
    HEEP (reading from right to left)

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    1. No that's not right. You have to take a look at all the words individually. now that's a big hint

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  13. One may find the same alphabet appearing twice, side by side. eg. MM, AA, TT, SS, HH

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  14. Nairobi Lima New Delhi and so on

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  15. Something to do with across words on the left having consecutive letters?
    OPENAIR - NOP
    ALIMENT - LMN
    CHANDLERS - CDE
    PUTON - NOP
    DAIMONS - MNO
    SPECTRA - RST
    ?

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  16. Another hint. It is something that has not been attempted previously, so look for something different

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    1. Hints are not helpful :-(

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    2. I am totally in dark! Can't see anything!! :-(

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  17. Agonised over Gabriel & Guano, the two that I didn't get & now agonising over the special gridfill

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  18. It is so mysterious that I wonder if afterdark himself knows what it is

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  19. Look at each word individually and then see if you can see anything similar in the other words. All words have this feature

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  20. Is it to do with the enumeration?...
    all across clue answers have odd number of letters since 'across' has an odd number of letters...
    while all down clue answers have even number of letters since 'down' has an even number of letters?..

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  21. Something like coitus interruptus is going on here.

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    1. Do you now get what I meant in one of my earlier comments?

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  22. All gridfills have at least 2 vowels?

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  23. No letter repeated in any answer

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    1. Nice idea and well-executed! : ) ..

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    2. Alas! What a tube light I am! It has not dawned on me yet! More detailed description, please!

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    3. None of the answers have the same letter occuring twice. Do not know how to make it clearer

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    4. This is how Ajeesh explained it to
      INDIA has two I's , but OMAN has only one A - A is not repeated in Oman unlike I in India occurs twice .

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  24. Brilliant of you to have spotted it Deepak

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    1. Did you have any inside info of something special in the grid, Deepak?

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    2. I never spotted it, I gave up and AD told me what it was

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    3. He did not give you all the hints you gave us, I guess.

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    4. No, he just asked me if I noticed anything in the grid and asked me to look at the answers only. I gave up after trying for an hour

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  25. Great work, Afterdark! What next?! :)

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  26. Congrats to Rengaswami for winning last week's anagram puzzle of New Indian Express. Second in a month? He can open a Parker jotter-pen shop !!

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  27. I remember lines from an old English (Indian) song: Sleeveless blouse..what next?...blouseless sleeves?....

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  28. Just peeping in and thankfully was not in suspense at all and saved (or Had I missed all the fun?) Nice spotting Suresh.
    CGB ob blouses-
    Candian tennis player Raonic is wearing a spl. type of sleeve to protect his arm and to relieve the tedium started putting some designs on them and it led to messages that you see on T shirts. The craze has caught on and that is a shirtless/ blouseless sleeve!

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  29. Col./ Kishore,
    Can one of you post a filled up grid for easy viewing by all of us? Also it will be on record in the blog.

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    1. Paddy,
      Why do you need filled up grid? We used to have it earlier but gave it up as it was just a waste of storage space. Nowadays the filled up grid is provided only in unusual cases like a Nina.

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  30. Ok. But I asked since it is something similar. Also, I thought instead of having a link to a blank grid, let us have it for a spl. filled grid.

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  32. 25A - Is 'touch' the anagrind? If so, how?
    17D - "Partner" misled me. :(

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    2. Touch = injure slightly. Seems fine as an anagrind

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    3. Should precede the fodder ?

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  33. Thanks, Ramesh.

    Interestingly, 'injure' alone is given as a meaning in Chambers 21st online. Until now I've always interpreted "I didn't touch him" as "I didn't [even] touch him [, let alone do something worse]."

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