Sunday, 22 March 2015

Special, Sunday 22 Mar 2015, Pluralist


Three answers per commenter (annotations to be compulsorily provided with answer) till 6 PM.


ACROSS
1   Harrowingly lose initial round in a roundabout manner (10)
6   A feature in Dali's paintings turns air into skimpy underwear! (4)
10 Was not able to compute with obsolete storage format (7)
11 Mysterious clunk in empty karaoke joint (7)
12 Surface pairs of exudative octagonal rings nestle in glands not secreting directly into the blood (8)
13 French industrial town to the east was famous for fast deliveries (6)
15 Ordering tactics deployed by possible user of notorious couch? (7,8)
17 Turn around rowdy scrap – or turn down without a second thought (6,3,2,4)
20 To pour out is to wipe out… (6)
22 …remark about changing misconception at the outset (8)
25 Review routine location of expected arrival (2,5)
26 Where to in the company of the woman you picked up? (7)
27 Cattleman – that's right – hiding in Austrian city… (4)
28…is taking in Thailand rock band fanatics (10)

DOWN
1   Goddess of fortune in bounty chest (5)
2   This kind of noise on the radio could stun you - and me! (7)
3   Supports Juan's dreary primness uniformly (9)
4   Doing something wrong until atheist's assertion takes over (2,2,2,4)
5   Approve of third gospel omitting oral pronoun for the first person (4)
7   Twice mark item on Rorschach's test (7)
8   Unreliable federal report leaves a lot to be desired (9)
9   Spicy egg dish almost entirely for mongrel (4)
14 Bloom seen in haze over setters' river (10)
15 Caught provoking drunken revelry (9)
16 Odious discharge has rotten fume overwhelming six down with flu (9)
18 One down in Rome liking fish (7)
19 Descends with a gentle step at first (7)
21 Warning call to the spear side? (4)
23 Rules illustrating possible outcome of privatising British postal system? (5)
24 Play prank that hugely offends angry Xhosa leaders (4)

Across Lit version can be accessed at PLURALIST 4

Enjoy.

61 comments:


  1. 24 Play prank that hugely offends angry Xhosa leaders (4) HOAX (ACROSTIC)

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  2. 1 Goddess of fortune in bounty chest (5) TY CHE (t)

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  3. 20 To pour out is to wipe out… (6) UPROOT*

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  4. Can somebody confirm the correctness of the above?

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  5. 11A k(nuckl*) e
    5d L (-u+i) ke
    19d A light s (tep)

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  6. Nightmares of the anniversary crossword return!

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  7. 15A: CASTING DIRECTOR(ORDERING TACTICS)*
    3D: UNDERPINS(jUaN's DrEaR PrImNeS)

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    1. You may want to look again at this ans?

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    2. Yes as a homophone (picked up is the ind)

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  9. 1A: Harrowingly lose initial round in a roundabout manner (10) TORTUrOUSLY

    4D: Doing something wrong until atheist's assertion takes over (2,2,2,4) (UP,TO),NO,GO(O)D
    16D: Odious discharge has rotten fume overwhelming six down with flu (9) EF(FLU)(VI)UM*

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  10. 6A: A feature in Dali's paintings turns air into skimpy underwear! (4) LISP [hidden in da(LIS P)ainting; turns 'song' into 'thong']

    12A: Surface pairs of exudative octagonal rings nestle in glands not secreting directly into the blood (8) EXOCRINE [first 2 letters of (EX)udative (OC)tagonal (RI)ngs (NE)stle; Def = glands not ...]

    28A: …is taking in Thailand rock band fanatics (10) EXTREMISTS [EXISTS taking in T (Thailand), REM (rock band); ]

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  11. 17A Turn around rowdy scrap – or turn down without a second thought (6,3,2,4) {REFUSE} <->{OUT OF HAND}

    18D One down in Rome liking fish (7) {FOR}{TUNA}

    14D Bloom seen in haze over setters' river (10) {MIST}{FLOWER}

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  12. 15D- Carousing
    Drunken revelry- Def.
    Caught- C
    provoking- Arousing

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  13. 27A- Graz
    Def.- Austrian city
    Graz(IER)
    That is right (being hidden)-(ie)r

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  14. 10A- Couldnt
    Wsa not able to- Def.
    With O(bsolete) it becomes 'Could not'.
    I am not able to connect 'Storage format'- someone please chip in.

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    1. Was not able to = COULDNT
      Compute = COUNT
      Obsolete storage format = LD (LaserDisk)

      => Compute with obsolete storage format = COU(LD)NT

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    2. Thank you Mohsin. I knew I was missing something. Being a computer novice LD was a little too much for me.

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  15. Left over- as at 2 pm
    Ac.- 13,22,25
    Dn.- 2,5,7,8,9,21,23
    People seem to be on the up ignoring downs!

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  16. 25A in utero*

    2D raucous ~rock us

    7D ink+blot (2 marks)

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  17. Thank you to all those who have participated thus far, and in advance to those who will do so later ("in advance" for reasons detailed below). Raghunath's remark about the return of a nightmare was alarming, but I am consoling myself that it must have been at least partly in jest!

    I have been in a wedding in the family all day, and will be shortly boarding a flight, so may not be around for to check on what's happening here later. Many thanks to Col for putting this up! As always, comments from all - solvers and others - are welcome.

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  18. After an exhausting round of golf where I never got a 'Hole in one' or even a 'Par' but could only manage bogeys, single, double and triple !!!

    13A - {LILLE}{E}
    8D - PREFERRED {FEDER(-al)+REP(-o)R(-t)}*
    22A - (-i+a)ALLUSION

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  19. To delete A Lot (AL) from 'Federal' & 'to' from report is a little beyond a few- at least me,for sure. Now I understand Raghu's comment about Jumbo bogey!

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    1. It's just removal of A LOT from federAL repOrT.

      anagrammed [fodder] leaves [deletion fodder] to be [definition]

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  20. 21d O MEN (New meaning of spear side for me)
    23d H O A X
    9d BEATS ME

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    1. 23D has already been solved. 24 D is remaining.

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    2. 24D was solved by Ram @ 10:33 AM. (Right at the top!) :)

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  21. 9d may be KURI. I AM NO ABLE TO FIGURE OUT THE SPICY EGG DISH

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    1. 9D: I took it to be MUTT(-o) [ spicy egg roast - Kerala], but it doesn't fit with 13A. :(

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  22. What exactly is 'Spear side'? I also figured from crossings that it has to be omen.

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    1. Spear side: Male side of a family. (distaff side: female branch of a family)

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    2. Oh! Thank you . New word for me. I knew distaff side but not this.

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  23. Anno for 9D KURI and solution plus anno for 23D is still pending

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  24. 23 Rules illustrating possible outcome of privatising British postal system? (5) NO RMS( Royal Mail service)

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  25. Mongrel is also called 'Goori'- almost makes it 'Kuri'.

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    1. Where is the 'Spicy egg dish' in that?

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    2. Akuri is a spicy egg dish prepared by Parsis on Jamshed Navroz. A variant of this was on the menu of AFS Pathankot named as Dhatighara bhujia named after Air Marshal Edul Jahangir Dhatighara whose preparation of the dish was the stuff of legends in the IAF

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    3. So that's it then (-a)KURI. Read about it at AKURI

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    4. 5th Jan.2011 On THCC
      KISHORE6:45 pm GMT+5:30
      Then, Deepak, that probably explains the CO=Colonel that happened a few days back, though COs could be higher ranks possibly.

      My understanding of the IAF usage was that if for eg. No.23 Sqn and No.108 Sqn were based at AFS Hindon, the chief of the base would be OC Hindon, whereas both the Sqn chiefs would be COs.

      I give below the positions Air Marshal Dhatigara (who I remember for the famous bhujia I heard he used to make)held :
      CO 15Sqn CO 1Sqn CO 12Sqn OC Jorhat OC Gauhati OC Chabua CinC EAC
      He passed away around 3 months back and is one of the few officers remembered for his culinary delight. (I understand the Ambala Dhaba has a Sandhu Daal :-) named after Air Cmde AJS Sandhu)

      Also, from around '62, Sqns are commanded by Wg Cdrs, not Sqn Ldrs, though there are notable exceptions like No.5 which had a Wg Cdr CO even in 1948.

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    5. Almost and entirely?

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  26. Please allow me to make a digression: find here my contest entry and vote if you find it readable!
    https://litagram.com/story/545447/loves-labours-lost

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  27. Kishore has a fund of in depth knowledge about Air Force. Pity he was not a part of it, but mentally he seems to more a part of it anyway.

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    1. It's just personal interest coupled with opportunity. As a kid, I had the privilege of sitting in a Spitfire and a Liberator cockpit and I was sold. Later, I was able to add Dakota, Galaxy, Globemaster, Super Hercules, Cargomaster and Starlifter to the list, courtesy some USAF veterans. When memory fails, I bank upon Google and Wiki to remind me.

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    2. Very interesting. Keep it up.

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    3. The pash some vets have is to be seen to be believed. Once, a 80+ years old was cranking open a transport aircraft for me. The contraption is similar to what is used to crank open a rolling shutter. I offered to do it for him, seeing the strain it was putting him to. The gent refused saying that I was his guest and he enjoyed doing it anyway. And then he cranked open another three aircraft for me!

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    4. Wow! Passionate interest can do wonders.

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  28. Padmanabhan, try this link:
    https://litagram.com/contestLeaderboard/LSSC
    On top left you'll find search for stories or people. Type Love's Labour's Lost. May be you will get it.

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  29. All of us should agree plurally that PLURALIST has thrown a great mental pugilistic challenge in this boxing square !!

    CASTING DIRECTOR is a naughty clue !!

    Shouldn't there have been an indication for dropping the apos in COULDN'T, contracting could not?

    KURI is an obscure scrambled egg ? I had put in OYEZ for OMEN. I learn that SPEARSIDE is antonym to DISTAFF ! That sure speared my heart !

    TORTUOUSLY and RAUCOUS rhymed well !

    Great job, PLURALIST !! keep them coming !

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  30. It says-"No matches found". I will keep trying.

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