Friday, 27 March 2015

No 11353, Friday 27 Mar 2015, Scintillator


ACROSS
1   Government and Indian army at sea once awhile (6) SENATE {SENA}{aTsEa}
4   UK's split? Cede grounds without harm (4,4) SCOT FREE [DD] (Addendum - SCOTland's FREE - See comments)
9   Dismal sight in cricket – Sri Lankan openers departing, nicking behind (6) EDGING slEDGING
10 Retailer, relinquishing ego to make love, thrusts hip (4,4) BOOK SHOP {BOOK S}{H(-i+o)OP} Not sure if this is right (Addendum - TUCK SHOP {TUCK S}{H(-i+o)OP} - See comments)
12 Models gently stroke waterbirds (8) PATTERNS {PAT}{TERNS}
13 Blemish? Partially whiten building material (6) MARBLE {MAR}{BLEach}
15 Banter inventor comes up with? (4) RAIL <=
16 Team leader has to study factories and equipment (10) TREADMILLS {Team}{READ}{MILLS}
19 Spruce clue by editing later in the day (10) CREPUSCULE*
20 That which is said to symbolise power (4) WATT (~what)
23 The Arabic history links to New England (6) ALBION {AL}{BIO}{N}
25 Killer with cheek to hide an offence (8) ASSASSIN {A}{S{SASS}IN}
27 Animal and I get cart moving (5,3) TIGER CAT*
28 Think of independent, drug-consuming partner (6) IDEATE {I}DEAT{E} Anno pending (Addendum - {I}{D{E}ATE} - See comments)
29 Shout comes to a stop as lecturer breaks glasses (8) CRYSTALS {CRY}{STAlLS}
30 Bush to withdraw hospital's licence (6) TICKET ThICKET

DOWN
1   Double agent for the land of Nod? (7) SLEEPER [C&DD]
2   Sound of horse and bird hours after sunset (5-4) NIGHT-TIME (~ neigh ?) Anno pending (Addendum - (~knight){NIGHT}-{TIME} - See comments)
3   Fallen nutritional contents coming up in tubular passage (6) TUNNEL [T<=]
5   Dull noise from a large swallow (4) C?O? (Addendum - CHUG [DD] - See comments)
6   Karate masters extremely disposed to fight (4,4) TAKE ARMS {TAKE AR+Ma...rS}*
7   Pshaw! Her Majesty's up, staging recovery from abuse (5) REHAB {RE}{HAB}<=
8   In the past, media clearly stated ... (7) EXPRESS {EX}{PRESS}
11 … where trains are following schedule (2,5) ON TRACK [DD]
14 Heavy material explosion around Alabama (7) BALLAST {B{AL}LAST}
17 Look, listen, comprehend answer for an usurer (4,5) LOAN SHARK {LO}{AN S}{HARK}
18 Caution exercised in releasing traitor and despot (8) AUTOCRAT {CAUTiOn}*{RAT}
19 Disorderly to a chic transformation (7) CHAOTIC*
21 Charlatan gently conceals different line of thought (7) TANGENT [T]
22 Leader of Ghana's arrested as well, near India's capital (6) GANDHI {G{AND}H}{I}
24 Featured regularly in book, geeky devil (5) BOGEY {BoOk GeEkY}
26 British head released from prison — on this? (4) BAIL {B}{jAIL} Semi&lit

GRID

53 comments:

  1. Think of independent, drug-consuming partner (6) {I}{D{E}ATE}

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  2. 10 Retailer, relinquishing ego to make love, thrusts hip (4,4) BOOK SHOP {BOOK S}{H(-i+o)OP} Not sure if this is right
    Probably TUCK SHOP from TUCKS HIP

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    1. TUCK = Thrust and replace O for I in hip

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    2. I go with Raghu. "..A tuck shop is a small, food-selling retailer.[1] It is a term principally used in the UK. " Source - Wiki

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    3. In that case 5D could be THUD meaning dull noise!?

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    4. Then 5D could be CLOP! Far fetched from surface reading!

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    5. 5 Dull noise from a large swallow (4) CHUG (DD)

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  3. Sound of horse and bird hours after sunset (5-4) {NIGH}{T}-{TIME} (~ neigh}
    T: bird
    Time: hours

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    1. But Neigh does not sound like nigh? More like nay

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    2. You are right, but according to Cambridge dict, there seem to be 2 diif ways to pronounce it. Check the 1st pronunciation at this site:

      http://dictionary.cambridge.org/pronunciation/british/neigh

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    3. None of the four accents give nigh in that site.

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    4. @Raghunath: There is a slight variation :P

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    5. That's the problem with homophone clues. One should be absolutely sure of the pronunciation

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  4. 4 UK's split? Cede grounds without harm (4,4) SCOT FREE [DD]

    I think this is:

    UK's split = SCOTLAND'S FREE - LANDS (grounds)

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    1. +1 and +1 for the clue too

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    2. UK being split means Scotland's free (There was a referendum for this recently)

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    3. But what does the sentence even mean?

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  5. 25 Killer with cheek to hide an offence (8) ASSASSIN {A}{S{SASS}IN}

    Somebody, please explain how this container/containment indicator work.

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    1. Maybe it should been "on the contrary" after offence.

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    2. Will it be right here to say " an offence without cheek" - meaning a sin is outside 'cheek'. I always get tripped when coming across such clues (in stead of saying 'cheek' is within)

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  6. No.of comments indicate that the World Cup is over- at least as far as India is concerned! Back to the board.

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  7. Amidst all the hullabaloo of cricket match, I missed to raise a doubt reg one of the annos given in yesterday's CW.

    25 Three perfect scores — so, Tamil Nadu has good relations with other states (7) ENTENTE {tEN}{TEN}{TEn}

    What's the deletion ind for T N pl?

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    1. MB,
      I do not think it is deletion- TN contains 'Entente' giving 3 perfect scores.

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    2. In that case, 'Three perfect scores' becomes the def.

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    3. Thanks Paddy. I missed the containment ind 'has'. So it's Tamil Nadu has...etc!

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    4. If you want a deletion take - (minus ) :-)

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    5. I am inclined to feel that a deletion indicator for TN is required. As Ajeesh said - could be it, except that the word following is 'so' But then 'so' in baseball means strikeout. So could be the deletion indicator.

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    6. Feel both Ajeesh and Suresh garu are correct.

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    7. Paddy too is right if "Three perfect scores" is treated as definition and the answer part carries 9 instead of 7 as enumeration!

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    8. Three perfect scores - Ten ten ten
      TN - Tamil Nadu. Has- cont. ind. Good relations with other states: Def- Entente

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    9. Thanks sir .. Was this right ?In true fashion raised an issue — but they.. (9) NEUTRINOS
      AN issue and THEY ?

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  8. CROSSWORD or CROSSWORD PUZZLE? Visit Shuchi's blog and air your views

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  9. 14D Feel definition part could be limited to 'Heavy Material', Sir.

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  10. Few good ones today. Thanks Scintillator!

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  11. A few clarifications: 2D: NIGHT is the homophone of KNIGHT (horse, in chess). 'Bird' is rhyming slang for TIME, a prison sentence.

    25A, The wordplay works if we imagine a comma: 'With/having SASS to hide, A SIN'. Agree it is ambiguous though.

    The theme is of trains: RAIL, CHUG, BALLAST, BOGEY and a few more.

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    1. ...like EXPRESS, ON TRACK, etc I feel. :)

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    2. Also SLEEPER, perhaps TICKET too!

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    3. Watt and may be tunnel too

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    4. @Scintillator: Thanks for the clarification! :)

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  12. 20 That which is said to symbolise power (4) WATT (~what)

    My first instinct was to go for SEAT!

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  13. At last comments column has crossed the half century mark!

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