Sunday, 23 November 2014

Special, Sunday 23 Nov 2014, Bruno


Three answers per commenter (with annotations) as usual till 6 PM


ACROSS
1   Hope this text is intercepted by an intelligence agency (7)
5   Nearly full with drink, holds counter-top for support (7)
9   Both hands on wheels? (9)
10 This vehicle regularly went around in the past (5)
11 Crude income tax error lands one in soup? (6)
12 Goes along with sweetheart’s failings (7)
14 Vagrants’ essential instrument (4)
15 Entrepreneur organised upscale tour - not for everyone! (10)
19 Venomous snake from marsh somehow left river, got into chest brought by Queen (10)
20 Chip hit back after losing cap (4)
22 A cat in a city structure (7)
25 Chinese Premier disowned Captain training with foreign honcho in China (6)
27 Claim medic has zero sex-appeal (5)
28 Exposes manually-operated vehicle to aerial assault (3-6)
29 Judge has difficulties with top-ups (7)
30 Many go around believing essentially, that it’s a way to get rich! (7)

DOWN
1   De-marginalised population’s currency (4)
2   Medical specialist’s knowledge about core of principle is very annoying! (9)
3   Raid on establishment? (6)
4   Covers with even running strides (9)
5   Joke that is right in front of one! (5)
6   Underestimates shooters? (3-5)
7   Indian Ocean swells with Indian music (5)
8   Football team’s caught recruiting rival’s top one quietly; that must be peer-reviewed! (10)
13 Lara Croft: Cat Stylist! (4-6)
16 A rare cult made up of living beings (9)
17 Bait set out to trap the greatest brown forward (9)
18 Evil - imbibing core of virtues becomes God, perhaps (8)
21 Kid upset at that heartless rule (6)
23 A mug turned cold (5)
24 Curbed new desires for a long time… (5)
26 A group of girls, maybe, start to behave with spite after warden finally leaves (4)

Across Lite version is available at the following link BRUNO 3

Enjoy

74 comments:

  1. 22A--- A N (a tom) Y
    27A--- DR O IT
    23D--- A LOOF <<

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  2. 5A: FULCRUM
    {FULl}{C}{RUM}

    19A: BUSHMASTER
    BUST around MArSH* + ER

    13D: TOMB-RAIDER
    {TOM}{BRAIDER}

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    1. Forgot to add definitions:
      FULCRUM = support
      BUSHMASTER = venomous snake
      TOMB-RAIDER = Lara Croft (video game and movie character)

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  3. Thanks to Bruno for a delightful Sunday special! And thanks to DG for restarting it - while the IXL Sunday puzzles provided a substitute, the Sunday special here has a charm of its own and was sorely missed.

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  4. Off topic

    The THC Setters page has been added. At the moment only Gridman and Afterdark have sent in their bios

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  5. 26Dn : A group of girls, maybe, start to behave with spite after warden finally leaves (4) BEVY {B+(EnVY)}

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  6. People finding Bruno tough after the 10 reasonably easy rounds of IXL? No Geography, History or Filmography required here ;-)

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    1. Havent gone through the IXL Col, but if it involved Geography, history and filmography... then I would have had no chance...

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  7. 8D - MANUSCRIPT - MANUS C(R I P)T - Football team;s MANUS , Caught (CT) with R I P
    15A - SPECULATOR - UPSCALE + TOR - (TOUR without U)
    29A - REFILLS - REF + ILLS

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  8. 21 D: YEAR(-n)S
    18 D: IMMOR(T)ALS
    29a: REF ILLS

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  9. 7Dn : Indian Ocean swells with Indian music (5) RAGAS {RAGAS<==} Def : Indian Music.

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  10. 5Dn : Joke that is right in front of one! (5) FARCE {FA{R}CE} Def : Joke.

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  11. 14A - (-h)OBOE(-s)
    28A - {AIR-S}{TRIKE}
    4D - {ENVE}*{LOPES}

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  12. CGB,

    I think 18D must be 'Immortal'. Your answer does not suit 29A crossing.
    I read it as 'Immoral' (Evil) taking T.

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    1. I have solved it as IMMORTAL only.... see above.

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  13. 24 Curbed new desires for a long time… (5) YEAR(-N)S

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  14. 16 A rare cult made up of living beings (9) CREATURAL*

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  15. Challenging puzzle . Thanks Balaji

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  16. 12 ac swEetLapses...elapses

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  17. 24D- YEARS
    Long time- Def.
    Desires- Yearns
    Curbed new- Minus N
    YEAR(N)S

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    1. Yes, Archana. In case anybody is wondering SHOOTERS in cricket are LOW BALLS or balls that dont bounce much.

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  19. 30 Many go around believing essentially, that it’s a way to get rich! (7) LOT T(E)RY

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  20. 21 Kid upset at that heartless rule (6) DIK* T (A) T

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  21. Compensated 24 d YEAR(-N)S

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  22. 21down: DIKTAT: KID and T(H)A)T: RULE--DIKTAT

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  23. 21D-DIKTAT

    DIK- (KID)*
    That heartless- TAT
    Def.- Heartless rule

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  24. 17D- TANTALISE
    bait- Def.
    The greatest- Ali
    (SET)*
    Take the brown forward- Start with 'TAN"
    (TAN)T(ALI)(SE

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  25. Crude income tax error lands one in soup__ OXTAIL a soup variety-- OIL-- Crude oil and TAX anagram



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  26. In lieu of 21D-
    30A- LOTTERY
    Many- LOT
    Go - TRY
    Around- Anind
    Essentially-E
    Way to get rich- Def.

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    1. Paddy,
      E from beliEving i think, essentially as letter picking ind

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    2. Yes AVM. The anno I had in mind was man ~ LOT go ~ TRY around beli(E)ving...

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  27. Good message there in 30A. Nice clue.

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  28. Across
    1 Hope this text is intercepted by an intelligence agency (7) PRO(MI)SE
    11 Crude income tax error lands one in soup? (6) O(XTA*)IL
    Down
    2 Medical specialist’s knowledge about core of principle is very annoying! (9) {OB}{NO{[-a]XIO[-m])US}
    OB- Obstetrician & Gynecologist

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    1. Replacement for 11Ac already solved:
      1 Ac De-marginalised population’s currency (4) [-e]PONY[-m]
      Pony is slang for 25 Pounds Sterling

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    2. That is not the correct answer

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    3. 'eponym' for population?

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    4. 1Dn PICE Anno?
      Is it [s]PECI*[-e]? But there is no Anagram Indicator.

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    5. PULA is the currency of Botswana
      [-po]PULA[-ce]

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  29. Chip hot back after losing cap: KNAP: SPANK- hit back- lose cap- delete S.

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  30. BRUNO:: brutally brain-fried n !! Thanks for filling in for this SUNDAY ROAST.. Col: Thanks for reviving the special. I waited in vain for the PLAY button to to activate for ICL Round X! !!-- force of Sunday habit !!.

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    1. Hmmm... Dont know if that is a compliment Raju, but welcome anyway...!!

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    2. Of course, its a compliment Balaji aka Bruno ! How could you read any thing else into my comments !!

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  31. Archana I have deleted two of your answers as you have exceeded the quota of 3 answers per person till 6PM

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  32. Left overs

    ACROSS - 9, 25
    DOWN - 1, 3

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  33. Sorry about that...overenthusiatic beginnner­čś×

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  34. 9a LANDROVER
    Def - Wheels
    Anno - both hands L AND R
    On OVER
    L+AND + R +OVER

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  35. 25A: TAIPAN ; {(-c)APTAIN}* ; Defn: foreign honcho in China

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  36. Toughie today - but was enjoyable

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  37. +1. My COD "LANDROVER" Thanks Bruno for the Sunday show!

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    1. Oh, thanks MB. That was a fun one...

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  38. A tough but nice and enjoyable time- feels like so long after. Thank you Bruno & Col.

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  39. Hi Participants of the IXL 2014! There are ups and downs in life as also in the Leaderboard of IXL 2014. So, I present you this Leaderboard (upto 30th position) that awards zero for incorrect entries. If you are upgraded, take this as a consolation. If you are downgraded, then please forgive me.Just see that Vinayak Rao Ekbote who deserved the proud 5th position with 1 incorrect entry as per the rules was hammered down to the 14th while Rangarajan who should have got 14th position with 2 incorrect entries was uplifted to the 6th. Consolation to Lahar and Rahmat, too.
    1 MOHSIN AHMED Bangalore 885
    2 SHUCHISMITA UPADHYAY Bangalore 853
    3 RAMESH JAGANNATHAN Secunderabad 788
    4 VINOD RAMAN Bangalore 763
    5 VINAYAK RAO EKBOTE New Delhi 740
    6 LAHAR APPAIAH Bangalore 722
    7 ANISH Ernakulam 715
    8 ABHAY PHADNIS Chennai 708
    9 DR S VENKATESH Delhi 706
    10 RAHMAT ALI Kolkata 706
    11 PADMASREE RAMABHADRAN Mumbai 705
    12 SOHRAB AZAM Kolkata 704
    13 VINOO SANJAY Mumbai 700
    14 RANGARAJAN Hyderabad 683
    15 BHARATI SHANKARAN HEMMADY Mumbai 607
    16 ABDUL HAQUE Delhi 605
    17 RAMKI KRISHNAN Chennai 601
    18 SHACHII MANIK Mumbai 584
    19 SURESH DORBALA Visakhapatnam 582
    20 SANJAY SINHA Patna 556
    21 SRIRAM Chennai 551
    22 SANDHYA PARUCHURI Hyderabad 546
    23 PRAMIT KAMATH New Delhi 533
    24 RAINMON Chennai 522
    25 JOSE DE ABREU Mumbai 522
    26 SRIVIDYA KRISHNASWAMY Chennai 513
    27 R NAGENDRA PRASAD Bangalore 511
    28 URMILA Bangalore 510
    29 N. RENGASWAMY Chennai 489
    30 SANJEEV KUMAR VERMA Patna 484

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    1. Dilip Kumar,

      You seem to have got your maths all wrong. Where did you get these figures from?
      Vinayak was never at 5th position after the 9th round. Moreover how do you know that Vinayak had 1 incorrect entry and Rangarajan had 2 incorrect entries?

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    2. Col.
      Dilip’s figures seem to be correct ( I don’t know how he has gleaned this info). I had only one incorrect entry ( one typo) during the entire league. If the rules ( Point 15 of Terms & Conditions) of awarding zero for incorrect entries are followed, Dilip’s calculations would be correct. Rahmat Ali had also commented on this on the leaderboard comments section. They seem to have changed the rule mid-way. Maximum impact was in the ninth round where I had an all correct entry and there were only a few all correct entries. The result was that incorrect entries scored 70-80 points and this impacted the leaderboard. If the rules specify something, they should be followed and not changed without any formal announcement

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    3. But still how does he know who all made incorrect entries and how many ?

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    4. Agree that they shouldn't have changed rules mid way though. I hope they will have clear rules next year

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    5. As far as I know no rules were changed midway. Only in the first round no marks were given for incorrect entries. However when they gave marks for incorrect entries from the second round onwards they did so for the first round also by giving the marks later so that brought all the scores under the same set of rules

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    6. Col.

      The fact is that the Leaderboard is not in accordance with the specified rules ( Point No. 15 of IXL Terms & Conditions ) and if there was any other set of rules, it is not in accordance with Point No. 17 of IXL Terms & Conditions.

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  40. Dilip, You may be right with your findings. Had zero been given as per last year, then the crossword would not have generated so much interest this year. It would have been an insipid one like last year with less number of participants.

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  41. Thanks Balaji for the special

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  42. Any criticisms?? The clues cant all have been OK...

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