Thursday, 4 December 2014

No 11257, Thursday 04 Dec 2014, Buzzer


As usual some excellent surfaces today. I however didn't need to take the advice given by Buzzer today! 


ACROSS
8   Leaderless Arab country without independent rule (6) ORDAIN {jORDA{I}N}
9   Pleasing images I say on confectionery wrappers (3,5) EYE CANDY (~ i){EYE} {C(and)Y}
10 Large estate had a nice building (8) HACIENDA*
11 Got academic to give up Latin (6) EARNED lEARNED
12 Warm emotion (ecstasy) uplifts cast (3,4,4,4) PUT SOME LIFE INTO {EMOTION+E+UPLIFTS}*
14 I have returned in time to depart (7) DEVIATE {D{EVI<=}ATE}
16 Lay around for short time enclosed in a state of inactivity (7) LATENCY {LA{T}{ENC}Y}
19 Flash mob frighten old king (6,9) FORKED LIGHTNING*
22 Woman drinking beer, one that's therapeutic (6) HEALER {HE{ALE}R}
24 Shed had a row (8) SCRAPPED [DD]
25 Minor detail is often too convoluted (8) FOOTNOTE*
26 Key batsman at the top (6) OPENER [DD]

DOWN
1   Being true, race legitimately (8) CREATURE*
2   Stories penned nowadays for women (6) LADIES {L{AD}IES}
3   Traditional medicine has fellow dead and lifeless (10) UNANIMATED {UNANI}{MATE}{D}
4   Somewhat soften a bleating sound (7) TENABLE [T]
5   Surrender part of ordnance depot (4) CEDE [T]
6   Hot flight enterprise gets top margin (8) HAIRLINE {H}{AIRLINE}
7   Arrival of a day express (6) ADVENT {A}{D}{VENT}
13 Scarf is worn before a hat (7,3) FEATHER BOA*
15 Fashionable frock's hem, black with many spots (8) INKBLOTS {IN}{frocK}{B}{LOTS}
17 Gathers an argument against seven-up (8) CONVENES {CON}{SEVEN*}
18 Saint seen in reportedly small church (7) MINSTER {ST in ~ minor} I thought this was a roundabout clue, if my anno is correct?
20 Wildcat's possibly coolest (6) OCELOT* How do we lose the S from the fodder? See comments
21 Write about man and woman's relation (6) NEPHEW {NEP<=}{HE}{W}
23 Android book divulged source (4) ROOT RObOT

GRID

30 comments:

  1. As usual some excellent surfaces today. I however didn't need to take the advice given by Buzzer today!

    +1 for first sentence. Re: Second one: Drink straight from the tankard or barrel and avoid getting into that 'hollow' situation.

    20a Thought Wildcat's=ocelots* and wildcat as defn=ocelot

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    1. to paraphrase OCELOT's (ocelot+s)=coolest*

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    2. Paraphrasing makes it clearer.

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    3. Not convinced that this is okay.

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    4. Or can you call it a composite anagram?

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  2. I was bowled by the different Aninds used today-
    Building 10A)
    Cast (12A)
    Mob (19A)
    Convoluted (25A)
    Legitimately (1D)
    Worn (13D)
    Possibly (20D)

    I wonder if anyone has used more in a single CW.

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    1. I am only uncertain about 'legitimately'

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    2. I am also not sure how legitimately is an anind

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    3. According to Oxford dictionary, one of the meanings of legitimate = Constituting or relating to serious drama as distinct from musical comedy, revue, etc. ---- "the legitimate theatre."

      Freedict: Of or relating to drama of high professional quality that excludes burlesque, vaudeville, and some forms of musical comedy:

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    4. Saw that, but could not imagine that as a suitable anind

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    1. From nowhere.

      C and Y are the 'confectionery wrappers'

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    2. Thank you Col. I took it as just C Y- not as C&Y!

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    3. Even with cans, one doesn't need to clutch at straws

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  4. I have left out 'UP' from seven up- I was thinking it to be a reversal indicator,esp. in a Down clue.

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    1. Up figured as an Anind in 5D yesterday and CV amplified on it in the comments

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    2. Seven Up gets a Thums Up from Colonel !

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  5. Yes Col. I throw up- my hand.

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  6. Not much chance of drowning today, so the exhortation went unheeded. Buzzer continues to find innovative indicators. Keep them coming Buzzer!

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  7. More difficult than yesterday's. Was doing what Col did not do for a couple of clues.

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    1. Eschew that habit! Hit the bottle directly!

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  8. 18 Saint seen in reportedly small church (7) MINSTER {ST in ~ minor} I thought this was a roundabout clue, if my anno is correct?

    Do you mean homophone of the synonym?

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    1. Most us have used it that way but Buzzer tried to avoid it so far.

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  9. Brilliant and easy puzzle with apt indicators. Thanks buzzer.

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  10. fabulously enjoyed today's cw thanks to handy clues.24a&3d are todays buzz(buzzer) words.kudos to Buzzer.

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  11. and 12a/19a lively/lovely anagrams.

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