Thursday, 12 February 2015

No 11316, Thursday 12 Feb 2015, Neyartha


Neyartha's getting us all dressed up today.

ACROSS
1   Disappointing to cancel upbeat changes (12) UNACCEPTABLE*
8   Badly used cover for the counter duster was made more agreeable (7) SUGARED {SU{GAR<=}ED*}
9   Letters from a Borneo contractor about one reacting traditionally to liberalism (6) NEOCON [T]
11 Factors beyond one's sphere of influence? (9) EXTRINSIC [CD]
12 One's finances might not be in great shape if this has been lost (5) SHIRT [CD]
14 Loon Davis chopped up to prepare hot Indian curries (9) VINDALOOS*
16 Faint after scratching head in a fit of shaking chills (4) AGUE vAGUE
18 Protest return of the false witness (4) LIAR <=
19 Bear nut cooked after old partner becomes animated (9) EXUBERANT {EX}{BEAR+NUT}*
21 Finally traps Bengali trainee attempting extensive blockade (5) SIEGE Acrostic
22 Absurd prices include margin for those more deficient in quality (9) SCRIMPIER {SC{RIM}PIER*}
23 Sherpa persuaded to conceal the documents (6) PAPERS [T]
25 Ornate round nut found inside a damaged door (7) OROTUND {ORO{TUN<=}D}
26 Projected out with one end fixed (12) CANTILEVERED [E]

DOWN
2   Soldier caught in storm with a songbird (11) NIGHTINGALE (~knight){NIGHT}{IN}{GALE}

3   Knitted jacket for a corgi (8) CARDIGAN [DD]
4   Support taking away right to imprison the policeman with a medical instrument (9) ENDOSCOPE {ENDOrS{COP}E}
5   Loose fitting garment, old, exchanged for a posh stimulant (5) TUNIC T(-o+u)UNIC
6   Absolute breakdown, as dismissed volunteers obtain a garment (6) BLOUSE aBSOLUtE*
7   A bruise to this might make one feel less important (3) EGO [CD]
8   Vain about a type of summer dress (10) SLEEVELESS [DD] Didn't know this 'vain' connection
10 Reputation of the communist behind a tree model seized by the Supreme Court (6,4) STREET CRED {S{TREE}{T} C}{RED} Never heard of this earlier
13 Thanklessness during tea? It's abnormal (11) INGRATITUDE*
15 Conservative reportedly got ahead at the starting point (6,3) SQUARE ONE {SQUARE} {ONE}(~won)
17 Put back in force when rhenium oddly got attached to polonium and selenium (8) REIMPOSE {RhEnIuM}{PO}{SE}
20 Oscar, sent out by the Oriental with a narcotic, was found at this place (6) HEREIN HER(-o+e)EIN
22 Upsets US by bungling up his rice dish (5) SUSHI {SU<=}{HIS*}
24 Bow Charlie misplaced in a vehicle (3) ARC (-c)AR(+c)C

GRID

21 comments:

  1. Welcome Me! Seeing you after a long time.
    5D- I had it as 'Tonic' with 'Stimulant as def.

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    1. The clue states Old exchanged for Posh so it's O for U

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  2. Neyartha CW's are nowadays within reach of Aam aadmi !!

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    1. Not surprising. And it better be. They are ruling these days.

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  3. 6D- 'TA'for volunteers? I was struggling with removal of 'as' for a while.

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  4. Same pinch Paddy for TONIC - Lost samosa on account of Reputation (STREET CRED) :(

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  5. At last I could crack a Neyartha puzzle! Feel quite elated. Thanks, Neyartha, for offering somewhat an easy CW. Thoroughly enjoyed it. :-)))

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  6. 2 Soldier caught in storm with a songbird (11) NIGHTINGALE (~knight){NIGHT}{IN}{GALE}

    What's the homophone ind here pl?

    BTW the chirping sound of the nightingale was all music to my ears! It was so sweet!

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    1. Got it! 'Caught' meaning 'heard' is the Homophone ind!!

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    2. So, you caught it! You may be needed for help in Australia!

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  7. Got around to this late today. An enjoyable one from Neyartha with some great clues - especially liked those for SLEEVELESS (once I figured out the vain connection!), LIAR, OROTUND, CARDIGAN. STREET CRED was a great choice but I must admit I was disappointed by the surface reading of the clue.

    Like Padmanabhan above, I put down 5d as TONIC. While the clue does say "...[O] exchanged for a [U]...", it doesn't indicate that the change has to be made in the "stimulant" occurring at the end. (IMO, the superfluous "a" before posh suggests that o has to be replaced by a!). I found it a loosely constructed clue overall.

    Thanks to Neyartha and DG!

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  8. http://www.litscape.com/author/William_Cowper/The_Nightingale_And_Glowworm.html

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    1. Nice poem. A confrontation btn Nightingale and Glowworm. Moral of the poem : That brother should not war with brother. Thanks, CGB for the link. :)

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  9. I put 5D as TONIC. Tunic fits in with the theme, but it need not be the answer to be a part of the theme.

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  10. As the debate rages over 5Dn TUNIC Vs TONIC, this is what I came across in the net. I'm copy pasting it.

    This is probably the source of the confusion you noticed:

    “Substitute…for…”—first replaces second.
    “Substitute…with…”—second replaces first.
    “Replace…with…”—second replaces first.
    “Replace…by…”—second replaces first.
    etc.
    “Substitute…for…” is an unusual case when it comes to the order of this sort of phrase, but actually the preposition is all-important. Just think of for as meaning in favour of or in place of.

    The preposition controls the meaning. "Substitute X for Y" means what you think it does: the X will replace Y.

    "Substitute X with Y", however, reverses the meaning: Y will replace X.

    The preposition controls the meaning. "Substitute X for Y" means what you think it does: the X will replace Y.

    "Substitute X with Y", however, reverses the meaning: Y will replace X.

    So I feel TONIC could be the answer for 5Dn.

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    1. For exhaustive explanation pl click http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/23360/substitute-x-for-y

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  11. Neyartha has used none of the alt. given by you. In stead, he has used 'exchange for' which is still vague. O exchanged for U,as he has put it. I think we will have to wait for the morrow.

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    1. Tunic works with the theme, hence most probably the one intended

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    2. Paddy @ : 'O' exchanged or substituted for 'U', mean the same as example given above i.e. "Substitute X for Y, wherein X replaces Y(in our case O replaces U). Just think of 'for' as meaning in favour of or in place of. Hope Neyartha will clear our doubt.

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