Tuesday, 23 December 2014

No 11273, Tuesday 23 Dec 2014, Afterdark


Didn't find anything unusual, a straightforward one from Afterdark today?

ACROSS
1   Accept nude form though not entirely pleasing (10) UNACCEPTED*
6   Aged American sweetheart died (4) USED {US}{swEet}{D}
10 Applaud directors bringing film production tool (9) CLAPBOARD {CLAP}{BOARD}
11 Fabrication in article on stranger (5) ALIEN {A{LIE}N}
12 Pertaining to a question about goat in the river, Henry gave a slip (13) INTERROGATIVE {GOAT+IN+ThE+RIVER}*
14 Dead in emergency room having temperature (5) INERT {IN}{ER}{T} Poor guy is hot even after death!
15 No: Good man should not have kinky sex in mysterious galaxies with wistfulness (9) NOSTALGIA {NO}{ST}{GALAxIes}*
17 Space traveller absent on a trip to Saturn (9) ASTRONAUT {A}{TO+SATURN}*
21 Bishop's almanac contains hymn (5) PSALM [T]
22 Nice narration about rebirth (13) REINCARNATION*
24 Host emerging markets' chief executive leaders at Spain (5) EMCEE {E}{M}{C}{E}{E}
25 Data point on situation mostly is taken with nervousness (9) STATISTIC {STATe}{IS}{TIC}
26 Discharges father by end of day, son to follow (4) PAYS {PA}{daY}{S}
27 Adverse reaction about book with acceptable exploits (10) ADVENTURES {ADVE{NT}{U}RES*}

DOWN
1   Trusting LAN Circuit is wrong (10) UNCRITICAL*
2   A division of soldiers trooped first to the flat (9) APARTMENT {A}{PART}{MEN}{Tr...d}
3   Bare act possibly (7) CABARET* &lit
4   Say, a philosopher has no man for company (7) PLATOON {PLATO}ON Anno for ON not clear. By the way the 'fauji' horse says that a Platoon is only part of a Company.
5   Closes around strategy that is upright (7) ENDWAYS {END{WAY}S}
7   Dazzle, soar with energy (5) SHINE {SHIN}{E}
8   Depression and gale in coast ends (4) DENT Acrostic
9   Paint a new film, perhaps (6) PATINA* Why perhaps?
13 Instruments invented by innovative Roman Catholics to remove clot (10) HARMONICAS {ROMAN+CAtHolIcS}* Guess who's playing


16 Professional combatant is happy carrying one on a mountain (9) GLADIATOR {GLAD}{1}{A}{TOR}
18 No vital reading on Charlemagne's paladin, perhaps (6) OLIVER {O}{LIVE}{R} 'No' and 'O'? Not sure of Anno
19 All set to leave with Frenchman charged with crime (7) ACCUSED ACCUS(to)(m)ED
20 Segment of 100 meter race at patio (7) TERRACE [T]
21 Chief of Police Botham, say is on time to get the musician (7) PIANIST {Po...e}{IAN}{IS}{T}
22 Unsteady Rambo overturns car, kills youth leaders (5) ROCKY Acrostic
23 Assist man to elope often (4) HELP {HE}{eLoPe} Serial Don Juan?

29 comments:

  1. Nice puzzle. On cloud nine today as well. Thank you AD. :-))) Off to canteen now!

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    1. canteen serves solid as well as liquid refreshments, right?

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    2. Back from canteen. You are right Paddy! As for liquid refreshments, it's for friends only. I am a TT you see! :)

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  2. 18D O for no and liver for vital

    1A is not entirely pleasing as a clue. Accept as the fodder and the main part of the answer is not exactly acceptable IMO

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    1. Actually reading is superfluous in 18D

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    2. Strange. I would have gone through this puzzle many times even as late as yday. But I am noticing it only now on seeing the comment. How things escape :(

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    3. Live as an adjective has vital as a synonym

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    4. The anno works with or without the word reading. So, there is no problem with the lue

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  3. You tube link added again. Watch it

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  4. 19 All set to leave with Frenchman charged with crime (7) ACCUSED ACCUS(to)(m)ED

    The surface doesn't some how convey the deletion.

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  5. Wonderful performance by Vinod. This particular song has, in bits, resemblance to my favourite The Red River Valley...

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    1. Here's one version
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gooN9iu4EbM

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    2. Red River Valley by Vinod is at Ser 7 in the embedded You Tube link

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    3. Just heard it. I had not looked at the playlist! You will notice that some bars of music are common to both songs. I remember the P word was used for the Hindi song when it first came...

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    4. Kishore @ 9:06 and 9:10 reg.
      Here's Hindi (vocal) version of The Red River Valley : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzqA4kjBHK8
      So it seems O P Nayyar is also a copycat!!

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  6. On the tagline. There is a theme.

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    1. Actually most of the words will be found in some movie title or the other. I've highlighted whatever I could think of, I'm sure a Google search will throw up some more movies from the above words

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    2. Tongue in cheek: I think they've probably made a movie name out of every word that exists ...

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    3. Yup, there are many because there are movies in any given word. On this one however, only Oscar entrants have been chosen. Movies that got one award or other.

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    4. Oscar movies get zero mark

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    5. Some awesome movies up there.

      To be fair, it's "The Apartment" and "The Pianist," but considering that these were not clued as movie names, I think it's all right. BTW, the former is highly recommended, a very funny one.

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    6. 9a is an oddity here ... It's a film but not a movie. ...

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    7. "The Help" is a good oscar movie. Help can be added to the theme

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    8. Kishore is talking of 9d PATINA.

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  7. MB,
    I read you were making it to the canteen for the obvious samosa, but Oliver spoiled my party! Typically easy traverse today.

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  8. Col.'s comment about the HOT dead man- probably he is still alive and may come back (for a second innings?)

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  9. Thank you AD. I enjoyed solving every clue. Thanks again for the samosas.

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