Monday, 25 May 2015

No 11403, Monday 25 May 2015, Buzzer


A nice start to the week. Thanks Buzzer. Liked the crisp clues at 14A, 18A and 17D.

ACROSS
1   Plan for a power failure with more than one kit (3-3) SET-UPS {SET}-{UPS} (Addendum - GET-UPS {GET}-{UPS} - See comments)
5   Money put aside initially for a satellite (6) EUROPA {EURO}{Put}{As..e}
10 Thoroughly topsy-turvy (6,3) INSIDE OUT [DD]
11 Tenet backing claim to be a superhuman being (5) DOGMA {DOG}{MA}<=
12 Antique piece of handheld e-reader (5) ELDER [T]
13 Imprison Russian leader heading for judicial trouble (3,2,4) PUT IN JAIL {PUT IN} {Ju...l}{AIL}
14 Horn, it's blown briefly (2,5) IN SHORT*
16 Relatively meaningless English rank describing politician (7) EMPTIER {E}{MP}{TIER}
18 Old squeeze say (7) EXPRESS {EX}{PRESS}
20 American friend hacked into NASA? (7) ACRONYM {A{CRONY}M}
21 Weedless ground surrounding one alpine plant (9) EDELWEISS {EDELWE{1}SS*}
23 Parent missing her first is not the same (5) OTHER mOTHER
25 Brave man seen around street, revolting (5) GUTSY {GU{TS<=}Y}
26 Soft cloth rug I see is sensible (9) PRAGMATIC {P}{RAG}{MAT}{I}{C}
27 Sound of a seal or small swan (6) CYGNET (~signet)
28 Crude is vulgar, yeah about right (6) EARTHY {EA{RT}HY*}

DOWN
2   Relieved leader in let-off (5) EASED lEASED
3   Experienced government yielding to cabinet's latest suggestion (9) UNDERTONE UNDER(-g+t)TONE
4   Exciting to be in second place in a field event (4,3) SHOT PUT {S}{HOT} {PUT}
5   Patent, it lends to an extent to give someone rights (7) ENTITLE [T]
6   Member of a noble group managed without work (5) RADON {RA{DO}N}
7   Mythical king lay moping around (9) PYGMALION*
8   Mechanical power is key in erecting building (7,6) KINETIC ENERGY*
9   Fine everyone starting at grand event for lapse (4,4,5) FALL FROM GRACE {F}{ALL} {FROM} {G}{RACE}
15 Penalty is dodged in a shrewd manner (9) SAPIENTLY*
17 A past actor (9) PERFORMER {PER}{FORMER}
19 Scrap with nails drawn up like a cat (7) SNIPPET {SNIP<=}{PET}
20 Calm like a guru holding court essentially (7) ASSUAGE {AS}{S{coUrt}AGE}
22 Entrance with a feminine principle (3,2) WAY IN {W}{A}{Y IN}
24 Unforeseen problem for couple (5) HITCH [DD]

GRID

13 comments:

  1. Get UPS seems to be the right plan for a power failure

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    1. But the definition unerringly points to Set UPS( More than one Kit)

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    2. For me, somehow, no 'let ups' and no 'get ups'. It was 'set ups' in line with Vasant's pointer. :)

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    3. Get-ups is what I had in mind.

      I didn't realize that set-up meant kit since my Chambers didn't say so.

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  2. I too had it as 'Get UPS'.
    For 2 D I had put in undergone with experienced as def., but unable to parse it fully. Beauty of it is that since T/G is an uncrossed letter, it did not affect.
    Did not know Pygmalion as a mythical king- knew it more as a a Bernard Shaw's play turned into My Fair Lady.
    Had problem in SE corner with Acronym & performer.
    Otherwise smooth and enjoyable as Buzzer always is.

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    1. The Play of course was based on the myth.See the link:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pygmalion_%28mythology%29
      HR training nowadays widely quote "The Pygmalion Effect" & of course one always associate the word with Elizabeth Dolittle & Prof Higgins

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    2. Thank you vasant and of course I thank Buzzer for leading us on to it. Learning never stops- thanks to the blog.

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  3. What a beautiful puzzle! Such smooth surfaces! Laconic, pithy & devious clues!
    A few brought a smile: DOGMA,PUT In JAIL; EMPTIER.
    The Long ones were easier though.

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  4. Excellent puzzle from Buzzer as usual!..

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  5. A beautiful puzzle! Narrowly missed a centum. The culprit being 20Ac ACRONYM. Am yet to crack a Buzzer puzzle! Mostly it's a case of 'so near, yet so far!' Overall had a satisfying solve. Thank you Buzzer. :)

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  6. I don't know whether Buzzer down under will see this but sitting here in sunny New York --two different continents-- all h same , I wish to commend (t) that this is one of the best crossies I have ever done- absolutely concise,and crisp and crackling !! Now that summer is here, trying out various brands of beer-- nothing to beat my Kenyan Pilsner though, Right now, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer-- in a Botanical Garden in Brooklyn.. Today is also Memorial Day in the US and hence a holiday-- Thanks Buzzer and thnks to the Col fornthis blog for connecting three continents !!

    MB: I zeroed in precisely at ACRONYM and PUT IN JAIL --(why is PUTIN NOT in JAIL?) excellent woid play !

    Haven't been able to do my daily quota as we were in Washington DC doing the rounds of the Museums . Amazing exhibits is an understatement !! I'm awestruck at their organizing ability !!

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  7. Blame the spelling errors in the above to the spell checker and not on any inebriating beer !!

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