Wednesday, 29 April 2015

No 11381, Wednesday 29 Apr 2015, Arden


Found it tough going in some areas. 

ACROSS
9   Is with women, who're wildly attractive (7) WINSOME {IS+WOMEN}*
10 Solvent finds a way in partly through glass (7) PENTANE {P{ENTry}ANE} Thanks to Google
11 Perhaps in a roll one finds capital (7) NAIROBI {IN+A}*{ROB}{1}
12 Conservative fellow got into fray when provoked (7) CHEVIED {C}{HE}{VIED}
13 My tribute turned out to be elemental (9) YTTERBIUM*
15 It's alright, birds cry over bananas (5) WACKO {WAC}{KO}<=
16 There's little change in this currency (7) BITCOIN {BIT}{COIN}
19 In a bid to make love by day's end- something unusual (7) NOVELTY {N{LOVE*}T}{daY}
20 Change sides and fetch fancy jewelry (5) BLING B(-r+l)LING
21 Harry the prince is restless (9) PHRENETIC*
25 Calling basket a helmet (7) BASINET (~bassinet)
26 A devil of a writer (7) DICKENS [DD]
28 Average returns around million- is it some kind of diffusion? (7) OSMOSIS {OS{M}OS<=}{IS}
29 Keen on a place to sell, mostly cut glass (7) CRYSTAL {CRY}{STALl}

DOWN
1 and 23 dn Match scores (6) TWENTY TWENTY {2*20} My COD
2   Oil producing nation (6) ANOINT*
3   Looking out, for missing family symbol (4) LOGO LOOkinG*
4   House car beneath empty garage (6) GEMINI {Ga..gE}{MINI}
5   Cat food picked up in a small container, for example (8) SPECIMEN {S}{P{ECIM<=}EN}
6   We invent or get closely linked (10) INTERWOVEN*
7   Like crazy fellow over Iowa state (8) MANIACAL {MAN}{IA}{CAL}
8   What boy added could be stiff (4,4) DEAD BODY*
14 Regions are forced to regroup (10) REORGANISE*
16 Bombay boy's lost years, may be a case of too many issues (4,4) BABY BOOM {BOMBAY+BOy's}*
17 Punishing when you work a little (8) TOILSOME {TOIL}{SOME}
18 On reflection, people have to prevent allowing one to show favouritism (8) NEPOTISM {NE{POT{1}S}M}<=
22 Embarrassed to do and to edit (6) REDACT {RED}{ACT}
23 see 1 dn (6)
24 Move to protect the King (6) CASTLE [GK]
27 Told to recce the islands (4) CAYS (~case)

GRID

17 comments:

  1. +1 for opening words.

    16 There's little change in this currency (7) BITCOIN [CD]

    BIT (little) + COIN (change)

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    1. Thanks Raghu. I got that at the stroke of 8:30 and as there were no comments till 8:32 I added it and removed my stumped comment.

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  2. Some nice clues: BABY BOOM, PHRENETIC, REORGANISE, ANOINT

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  3. Stumped today. Stuck in the NE corner for long and it kinda crept into other quarters also. Tough going today :(

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    1. Same here. NE corner was the last one to yield.

      In 27d, isn't CAYS pronounced as KEYS rather than CASE?

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    2. I have heard both 'key' and 'kay' being used, depends on whether you're in Florida or Bahamas

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  4. Cat food evoked a hearty laugh.

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  5. Very tough :-( Liked anoint and phrenetic

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  6. Def in 13a isn't exactly Elemantal for YTTERBIUM*?.

    Also "what" in 8d misled me for some time.

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    1. Yes, it should have been 'elementary' and not 'elemental'. Mea culpa

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  7. Stumped today. Stuck in the NE corner for long and it kinda crept into other quarters also. Tough going today :(

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  8. Tough going today. Left half :-) Right half :-(

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    1. Could get all from left-half of the cw, with normal struggle! Right-half, it was a big struggle!! Managed to solve only four - INTERWOVEN, DEADBODY, PHRENETIC and WACKO.

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  10. Tough going. Also in a hurry before going out. Like yesterday, I could get a few but lost for annos. Just checking up now after returning.

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  11. 26A and Down-22, 24, 27 could not be solved. I thought many would have got samosas. Surprised to see the comments!

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  12. I could do 'castle' with the help of crossings and thanks to chess. I had a vague recollection about 'redact', but again the wordplay made it rather easy.But nowhere near samosa.

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