Monday, 19 January 2015

No 11295, Monday 19 Jan 2015, Incognito


Incognito's homage for Army Day which was on 15th.

ACROSS
9   That man (along with two trainees) is hot and fiendish (7) HELLISH {HE}{LL}{IS}{H}
10 Salt bovine male consumed - consumed a pound (7) OXALATE {OX}{A}{L}{ATE}
11 Reconstructed cafe in bad surroundings leads to avalanche (7) ICEFALL {I{CAFE*}LL}
12 Loyal saint has a sip of ale with lunch after learner has left (7) STAUNCH {ST}{Ale}{lUNCH}
13 Implementation of a death sentence (9) EXECUTION [DD]
15 Communication equipment made by confused auditor after leaving Utah (5) RADIO AuDItOR*
16 Around the end, leaders of East India Company became flexible (7) ELASTIC {E}{LAST}{I}{C}
19 Motor ad badly treated - badly treated when used as this (7) DOORMAT*
20 Not keeping well in Virginia house (5) VILLA {V{ILL}A}
21 One our neighbours might be takin' a sip (9) PAKISTANI*
25 Ridge has tree with height and nothing more (7) SALTORO {SAL}{TOR}{O}
26 Farrokh Bulsara's element (7) MERCURY Remember the Hang from IXL Finals?
28 River of ice is good and more decorative (7) GLACIER {G}{LACIER}
29 Lubricate properly - a nodding donkey found here (3,4) OIL WELL [DD]

DOWN
1   Initially transit halt of Indian soldiers enroute (to Siachen), now an airfield (6) THOISE Acrostic
2   Runaway carrying London fabric (6) FLEECE {FLE{EC}E}
3   Insulating material in my car, I hear (4) MICA (~ my car)
4   It's hot! But it's cold to the auditor (6) CHILLI (~chilly)
5   Endorse circular after West deteriorated (8) WORSENED {W}{ENDORSE*}
6   A group of sentences about men soldiers dropping from the sky (10) PARATROOPS {PARA{TROOP}S}
7   Holiness of Sai, with religious book, and primary elements of decency or mercy (8) SAINTDOM {SAI}{NT}{D}{O}{M}
8   Strangely, he got MOD operation to secure 28 near 25 (8) MEGHDOOT*
14 Or lunatics can make sounds which are of a frequency too high to be audible (10) ULTRASONIC*
16 Consider it possible - hermit may back envy on the radio (8) ENVISAGE (~envy}{ENVI}{SAGE}
17 This signal, after a blackout, may entail aluminium cellar reconstruction (3,5) ALL CLEAR {AL}{L CLEAR*}
18 Storage cabinet where one may not keep saucers? (8) CUPBOARD What do we call this type of clue?
22 Moan excitedly after UK returns land to the west of Nepal (6) KUMAON {KU<=}{MOAN*}
23 Soldiers return with hybrid animal talisman (6) AMULET {A{MULE}T<=}
24 Poems depicting minced idly in front of the lower house (6) IDYLLS {IDLY*}{LS}
27 Relay in absence of a bank (4) RELY RELaY


41 comments:

  1. I have placed an order for a saucerboard for our house!

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    1. Segregation?! Discrimination?!

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    2. But the bliss of slurping tea in a saucer is something different (though may be considered infra dig by some) ...

      I remember some small restaurants in days of yore who had very limited pieces of crockery and the moment you lifted the cup to your lip, the waiter promptly whisked away the saucer.

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    3. Have you found broken edges coming in the way of slurping tea in some small (Irani?) restaurants?

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  2. I couldn't find the 'nodding donkey' in the oil well ! Now I find it under the link given by Col Sir!!

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  3. 99 out, stumped by 25Ac SALTORO, nevertheless quite an enjoyable CW. Thank you, Incognito.

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  4. One more wicket on 99 for SALTORO.

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  5. 18 Storage cabinet where one may not keep saucers? (8) CUPBOARD What do we call this type of clue?

    Chinaman clue!?

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    1. Saucers are never kept in any storage cabinet to enable them to take off and keep flying whenever they feel like it.

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    2. ET would love your explanation, CV

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    3. Chinaman clue!?

      I love it. After all, saucers represent China in an Irani hotel...

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  6. Does it not come under 'easy'?

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  7. Breezy. Such a delight to solve Incognito. A small query though. 2D, should runaway have been run away ??

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    1. Correct. This runaway has a different meaning.

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    2. Good question, Shri. You are absolutely correct. But you have no doubt heard of elision ...

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    3. But why resort to Elison when run away would have served the purpose and also might have mislead, probably?

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    4. It may not be necessary, but it is not wrong either, just like multiple defn.s are not necessary but used. Just another twist, that's all.

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    5. This is what is called samaalification in Tinglish.
      Also, what is elision?
      Elision is "the practice of leaving a sound out when you say a word or group of words, for example when you say it quickly in ordinary conversation".
      And where is elision when 'run away' is printed as 'runaway'?
      If at all it is collision, 'run away' becoming 'runaway'.
      Also EC is London or a London district?

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    6. Concede both points.

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    7. Rapped on the knuckles :-)

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    8. Ouch! We used get wooden dusters thrown at us by our Maths teacher Ms Josephine, while our genial Fr.Britto used to take a wide stance and lay a few of the juciest on us with a cane ...

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    9. Sorry for being ultracrepidarian

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    10. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ultracrepidarian

      For the benefit of those who (like me) would like to know what this 'ultra....' is.
      We now know that it invites corporal punishment!

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    11. From the drill major !

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    12. Paddy @ 12:43 Thanks.

      Kishore @ 12:30 "Sorry being ultracrepidarian"

      That really sounds 14 Dn! Had to dig up my OED!!

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    13. The ref. to 'drill major' above is just a play on the previous mention of 'corporal' punishment and is not intended to label CV as one ;-)

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  8. Nice one Incognito.

    Is HELLISH highlighted indicating the conditions in Siachen?

    Didn't know what a nodding donkey was, but got it on seeing the image in the blog.

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    1. Yes,Raghu, rather hellish there ...

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    2. with possible (gun)fire, but no brimstone ...

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  9. One more wicket at 99 for Saltoro! Very enjoyable crossword - thank you Incognito.
    And thanks to DG for showing us the nodding donkey.

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  10. I find myself in good company of MB, Paddy & Rita Mathur. Soooo near, yet so faaar, for samosas :(
    Enjoyed solving the rest K. Thank you

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  11. Just en passant

    Having lived in an oil-rich country, nodding donkey was easy to grasp. I conveyed this to Incognito around 7-30 am, congratulating him on a nice crossword. Then I got busy with the daily grind.

    Regarding runaway, I had the same grouse.

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    1. Nice to see you here after a long time. For us non oil people, only a different donkey is known.

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  12. I am still to get an answer to my query about 18D clue type

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    1. I think it is a CD.

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    2. That's how I would see it,since it involves some lateral thinking.

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  13. My answer at 9.08 was 'Easy'. Am I wrong? Not much of lateral thinking since cup & saucer are always a pair. I thought 'storage cabinet' was a give away.

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  14. Thanks, all. Good night

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  15. Hi,

    Could you please explain 7d? How does religious book become NT?

    Thanks! :)

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    1. NT = New Testament similarly OT = Old Testament

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    2. Thanks so much! This is such a useful resource for beginners :)

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