Tuesday, 27 January 2015

No 11302, Tuesday 27 Jan 2015, The Phantom


Woke up late and forgot that Kishore is absent today. Leaving some blanks for the commenters.

ACROSS
8   Revelry leading to disturbance? (4) RIOT Anno left for commenter [DD] - See comments
9   Principal read ‘Sam’ the novel (10) HEADMASTER*
10 Plan includes large and small models (6) IDEALS {IDEA}{L}{S} Includes? - See comments

11 Pro only lost final race once (8) FORMERLY Anno left to commenter {FOR}{MEReLY} - See comments
12 Erect an oil rig’s prototype (8) ORIGINAL*
14 Hidden partners being swapped? It’s the in thing! (6) LATEST LATE(-n+s)ST
16 Traveller’s gift is left with relatives (15) REPRESENTATIVES {RE{PRESENT}lATIVES}
19 Sleeping? Wake up please! (6) ASLEEP*
21 Top sides fighting for places (8) DEPOSITS*
23 Scratching head, idiot’s extremely half-witted and naive to — scratch! (8) WITHDRAW Anno left to commenter {(-t)WIT}{H(-alf-witte)D}{RAW} - See comments
26 Shed belly fat in a slow manner (4-2) LEAN-TO {LE{fAt}N-TO}
27 Cheer pilot navigating whirlybird (10) HELICOPTER*
28 Don't start to panic and worry (4) CARE sCARE

DOWN
1   Unrestrained sea eagles seen heading towards desert (10) WILDERNESS {WILD}{ERNES}{Seen}
2   Road rage involving King’s visitor (8) STRANGER {ST}{R}{ANGER}
3   Outgoing German in cotton trousers, socks is picked (6) CHOSEN {Cotto{HOSE}N}
4   Unethical fellow poaching baby elephant, for example (4) CALF Anno left to commenter [T] - See comments
5   Express doubt over supporter keeping fit without protection (8) UMBRELLA {UM}{BR{wELL}A}
6   Permission for specialist to carry dope (6) ASSENT {ASS}{ENT}
7   Suffering will pursue them endlessly (4) HELL Anno left to commenter {tHEm}{'LL} - See comments
13 In Dublin Edward V ruled (5) LINED [T]
15 Top actress exposed for audience (10) SPECTATORS*
17 Excellent drink, port drunk in central Peru (8) SUPERIOR {SUP}ERIOR Anno left for commenter {SUP}{(-p)E{RIO}R(-u)} - See comments
18 Request for fashionable carriage (8) INSTANCE {IN}{STANCE}
20 Traditional tunic he wore is not for everybody (6) ETHNIC {TuNIC+HE}*
22 Meagre salary, officer with resistance accepted? On the contrary (6) PALTRY {PA{LT}{R}Y}
24 Least priority aide has for a proposal (4) IDEA (Addendum - (-a)IDE(+a)A - See comments)
25 … and comedian has the last laugh! (4) WITH {WIT}{laugH}


37 comments:

  1. 23A Scratching head, idiot’s extremely half-witted and naive to — scratch! (8) WITHDRAW

    {(-t)WIT}{H(-alf-witte)D}{RAW}

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  2. 17 Excellent drink, port drunk in central Peru (8) SUPERIOR

    {SUP}{(-p)E{RIO}R(-u)}

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  3. 4D Unethical fellow poaching baby elephant, for example (4) CALF

    unethiCAL Fellow (T)

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  4. 8A Revelry leading to disturbance? (4) RIOT (DD)

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    1. I feel there's something more to it than just a DD

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    2. It could be RIO (Carnival / Revelry) + T (leading To) -- RIOT

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  5. Sandhya you need to gives others also a chance :-)

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  6. 11 Pro only lost final race once (8) FORMERLY Anno left to commenter
    Pro ... For
    Only ... Merely lost final race I.e. E
    Def.. Once

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  7. 7 Suffering will pursue them endlessly (4) HELL Anno left to commenter
    Them endlessly is HE, LL pursues it
    def ... Sufferring

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  8. While Col did 19A, I did the opposite and mulled over the error in the clue 10A. My apologies to all solvers. It was a last minute change which led to carelessness.

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    1. Enjoyed the crossword Raghunath :)

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    2. While we have you here, I have a few more doubts:

      16a : Traveller's or Travellers ?
      26a : How is 'belly fat' A ?
      13d : Why V ?
      18d : Request and instance?
      24d : Assuming the anno is right, 'Least priority' is anagrind?

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    3. 26a : How is 'belly fat' A ?

      I took belly to mean mid-section of fAt.

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    4. 18d : Request and instance?

      Instance: A suggestion or request: eg: called at the instance of his attorney. (Freedict)

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    5. 16a : Traveller's or Travellers ?
      It's traveller's. I thought it made no difference to the enu and the def?. I don't know
      26a : How is 'belly fat' A ?
      Sandhya has answered that exactly. I had mid-section in mind in place of belly but changed it.
      13d : Why V ?
      In the original clue there was a hyphen between Edward & V
      18d : Request and instance?
      3 formal request; urging • at the instance of your partner. From Chambers.
      24d : Assuming the anno is right, 'Least priority' is anagrind?
      Least priority for 'a' is to place it at the end. So A moves behind IDE

      RIOT is just a DD

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    6. Thanks Raghu for the clarifications.

      16a : I thought you can only ignore punctuation in wordplay components, not definitions.
      26a : To my mind, 'belly fat' is not the same as 'belly of fat'. May be 'fat in the middle' ?
      18d : Sorry my 12th edition of Chambers did not have it, that's why I asked
      24d : That makes more sense.

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    7. When you use mid night for G why not belly fat? Mid section/ stomach I thought was a fair ind. Of course 'mid' directly means middle.

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    8. Midnight has a dictionary backed literal meaning 'middle of night' which in cryptic parsing points to the letter G. Similar equivalence for 'belly fat' would be 'fat in/of belly'. Does that cryptically suggest the letter A?

      Like Sandhya, I understand what you meant by 'belly fat' and filled in the answer when solving. I was referring to the soundness of its cryptic meaning in comparison to 'belly of fat' (which of course wrecks the surface) to indicate A.

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  9. Enjoyed doing the interesting CW. Thank you Raghu. Had a couple of blanks and doubts about anno until saw the blog.
    Loved the spectators in 15D.
    T's are well shrouded- did them without realising.

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  10. What is the deletion indicator in 16 A ?

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    1. Ajeesh ..
      In relatives , gift is left (l) .. Present is L..

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  11. The paper is printed in many centres. They appear in small print in a long line below the title.
    Of these, which cities/towns have had thematics?
    Can anyone list them?
    Madurai, yes, I remember. There were some others too.
    Can others chip in, please?
    With the name of the setter, if possible.

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    1. Hyderabad (recently) by Ramesh.

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    2. Kishore did one for Bangalore.

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    3. and Chennai in Nov 14

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    4. I think Spinner did Trichy once

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  12. Tough but enjoyable. Missed the century by 20 runs! A couple of clues left blank in the top half.

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  13. Mb,
    Thanks to rain, you still have a chance of seeing India in the finals. Keep your fingers crossed.

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    1. Yes, Paddy, thanks to rain half the battle is won! Let's hope India beats England on Friday.

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