Tuesday, 17 February 2015

No 11320, Tuesday 17 Feb 2015, Arden



ACROSS
1   Tissue for a cold rejected - nose receives care (8,6) ACHILLES TENDON {A}{CHILL}{ES {TEND}ON<=}
10 Handsome he's not, perhaps he's wandering (5) NOMAD hANDsOMe*
11 Right inside animal park, flower for a prophet (9) ZOROASTER {ZO{R}O}{ASTER}
12 Pushes hard into charities (7) THRUSTS {T{H}RUSTS}
13 Example of story book without top cover (7) EPITOME {EPIc}{TOME}
14 Family leaving Pakistan for some food (5) PASTA PAkiSTAn
16 Jumping to save a politician (9) SALTATORY {SALT}{A}{TORY}
19 Keen to return - nice to be transported when it's extremely cold (9) CRYOGENIC {CRY}{to return = GO back}{NICE*}
20 It could be below - below the shoulder (5) ELBOW*
22 Greatness sadly, as lacking in rulers (7) REGENTS GREaTNESs*
25 Collector finds it tougher to keep order (7) HOARDER {H{O}ARDER}
27 Current tiller of ground keeps the dirt away (3,6) OIL FILTER {I+TILLER+OF}*
28 A few Frenchmen involved in battle (5) SOMME {SO{M}ME}
29 Man staggered in drunk? It may be an exaggeration (14) AGGRANDISEMENT*

DOWN
2   Criminal may search, to avoid getting shot (6-3) CAMERA-SHY*
3   Flower in half the plants (5) INDUS INDUStries
4   Slothful girl at the dining table (4,5) LAZY SUSAN {LAZY} {SUSAN}
5   Material unearthed during regression (5) SERGE [T<=]
6   Expunge time - expunge time from order (9) ERADICATE {ERA}{DICtATE}
7   Same song, different ending (5) DITTO DITT(-y+o)O
8   By the end of autumn, Surrey becomes a conservatory (7) NURSERY {a...mN}{SURREY*}
9   Synchronised part of footwear (6) INSTEP {IN}{STEP}
15 Mole crosses river in a country (9) ARGENTINA {A{R}GENT}{IN}{A}
17 Hair shorn, perhaps to take one on (4,5) LOCK HORNS {LOCK} {SHORN}*
18 Arbitrator will summon bad characters (9) OMBUDSMAN*
19 Company switchboard in European city (7) CORDOBA {CO}{BOARD*}
21 Guardian giving direction to me (6) WARDEN {W}{ARDEN}
23 Not even grub for inmate of concentration camp (5) GULAG {GrUb}{LAG}
24 Satisfied, some guests ate double the amount (5) SATED [T]
26 State of a service lift (5) ASSAM {A}{SSAM<=}

GRID

34 comments:

  1. One of the best crossies I have done. Flowed so smoothly that I didn't know it was over. Thanks Arden.

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    1. OK, I felt that Camera Shy is an adjective, describing a person.

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    2. You asked a question but too soon you're satisfied.
      As you have said in the latter Comment, 'camer-shy' is an adj.
      The def 'avoid getting shot' doesn't seem to lead to an adj but only a verb.
      I don't know how the clue can be revised as no quick-fix seems to be available.
      These Comments of mine are always made in the interests of crossword clueing techniques and to provoke healthy discussion on the art. Not to detract from the merit of the crossword itself.

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    3. Does it matter if the def. is 'to avoid getting shot'?

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    4. Its still an action and hence denotes a verb.

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    5. I don't get what the clue means?

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    6. Surface reading is fine imo . Criminal is searching for a place to.... but POS is an issue

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    7. Anagram with criminal as anind leading to avoid being caught on camera- like you see the criminals covering their faces.

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    8. Ajeesh means part of speech ..

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    9. Unwilling to get shot, criminal may search?

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    10. Probably the criminal is digging up hidden goods under police's threat?

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    11. You are going under the surface in search of it (the surface)

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  3. A small niggle in 19A-
    Keen is not explained in the anno. Is keen=go & back is go<=
    Rather 'Keen to go back=OG

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    1. 'keen' has the sense to mourn, cry, wail.
      A word that I first came across in college while reading the play 'The Riders to the Sea' by J M Synge.

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    2. Does not 'keen' indicate 'ready to have a go'?

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    3. That is one of the meanings of keen

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    4. Ok, I get it now. keen is for cry. I did not know that.

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  4. Could not do 1A & 5&9D. Otherwise it was nice and enjoyable. Had to stretch a bit.

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  5. This is what I find for 'Tissue'

    1. (Biology) a part of an organism consisting of a large number of cells having a similar structure and function: connective tissue; nerve tissue.
    Does it lead to 'Tendon'?

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  6. Sorry. Tendon def. is fibrous tissue.

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    1. As an aside, the surface was too good in connecting Tissue and nose, it didn't even occur to me to look into what you have mentioned

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    2. Exactly. Tissue & nose led me into a totally different direction and I came nowhere near a tendon until I saw it in the blog.

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  7. Keen = cry is new for me . though i got the word i couldnt anno it properly. Feels great when i'm able to finish a grid before 8am :-) Thanks Arden... Loved it..

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  8. Very smooth crossword...tks Arden

    On 27A... I comes from current?

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  9. Yes, you are right. I indicates current in electrical parlance just like V for voltage.

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  10. Slow but a satisfactory solve. Could at last crack an Arden puzzle! My COD is 2Dn for its deceptive word play! Overall an enjoyable brainteasing CW. Thank you Arden. :-)))

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  11. Liked DRUNK CRIMINAL CHARACTERS SWITCH GROUND SADLY as aninds!.

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  12. Very, very enjoyable puzzle with some fascinating wordplay. Thank you, Arden!

    I lost out on SALTATORY - I had rushed to put in SALVATORY as a homophone of "salve a Tory", with salve used in the sense of salvage(=save), and kept looking for the homphone indicator and definition! :)

    Thanks to DG for the blog.

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  13. Keening used to be the customary loud wailing at the death of someone, just like you see in some rural Indian villages. We were taught it was Irish, but in wiki it is shown as existed elsewhere in the Britain.

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    1. Havenhaven't you heard hired Rudaalis:-) ? A similar funeral related word is wake or vigil

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  14. wonderful x'ie. Nice experience similar to the one we had from yesterday's. 1a - Though anno.is very clear I did it by drawing an analogy ie.from Achille's heels.Arden effectively facilitates us learn the ropes day by day.Thanks Arden.

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