Tuesday, 26 May 2015

No 11404, Tuesday 26 May 2015, Buzzer


Another entertainer from Bhavan, with some Aha! type telescopic clues.

ACROSS
9   Paperwork bore sign, name, pic essentially (7) ORIGAMI {bORe}{sIGn}{nAMe}{pIc}
10 Serving of red wine, about the best (7) PORTION {PORT}{1ON<=}
11 Material to lie on (5) FABLE [CD] (Addendum - FIBRE {FIB}{RE} - See comments)
12 An aromatic drink removed ale breath (6,3) HERBAL TEA*
13 Castigate a rap artist producing trash (4,5) TEAR APART [T]
14 Took steps and managed to halve the capital (5) LOPED Anno pending (Addendum - (-c+l)LOPED - See comments)
15 Completely taken by detailed story (2,5) IN TOTAL {IN TO}{TALe}
17 Hollow rings to praise and acclaim (7) PLAUDIT {P{LAUD}IT}
19 One charming dog, not loud (5) WOOER WOOfER
20 Fellow left union for a companion (9) COLLEAGUE {CO}{L}{LEAGUE} CO for fellow? See comments
22 Proof of uncontrolled rattiness (9) RESISTANT*
24 Jumped in a field exercise (5) LEAPT {LEA}{PT}
25 Tense about working this evening (7) TONIGHT {T{ON}IGHT}
26 Overlook or look over and over (7) CONDONE {CON}{DONE}

DOWN
1   Piece of colour, it often gets thrown around (8) CONFETTI {Co...r}{IT+OFTEN}*
2   New sailboat docked at Portuguese capital (6) LISBOA SAILBOat*
3   Criminal, he has influence (10) MALEFACTOR {MALE}{FACTOR}
4   Part of leg from top to bottom, to give trouble in run (8) HIGHTAIL {(-t)HIGH(+t)T}{AIL}
5   Liquor bottle (6) SPIRIT [DD]
6   Whale right about below the surface of ocean (4) ORCA {Oc...n}{R}{CA}
7   Edition carrying blurred page printed erroneously (8) MISTYPED {MISTY}{P}{ED}
8   Remaining free (6) UNPAID [DD]
14 Refrain from touching sample, a veal on egg rolls (5,5) LEAVE ALONE [T]
16 A number of handouts reprinted (8) THOUSAND*
17 Capitol is not a building for government affairs? (8) POLITICS {CaPITOL+IS}*
18 Scores left during match ending in loss (8) TWENTIES {T{WENT}IE}{losS}
19 Fire with gun killing one (6) WARMTH {Wi{ARM}TH} Not sure if this is right
20 Simple tea set-up (6) CHASTE {CHA}{SET*}
21 Desert state of India without lake (2,4) GO AWOL {GO A}{WO}{L}
23 No hanging loose with starch? (4) SAGO {SAG}{O}

GRID

18 comments:

  1. 14 Took steps and managed to halve the capital (5) LOPED Anno pending
    managed COPEd
    half of C is L (fifty)

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  2. 19 Fire with gun killing one (6) WARMTH {Wi{ARM}TH} Not sure if this is right
    gun ARM killing one I in WITH
    Defn: Fire WARMTH

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  3. Amazing how Buzzer manages to conceal phrases in smooth clue surfaces.

    CO = fellow as in "co-passenger".

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  4. Overlook or look over and over (7) CONDONE {C}{ON}{DONE}
    look C, over ON, over DONE

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    1. Not right. CON - Study, examine, go over, look over

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  5. 1 Piece of colour, it often gets thrown around (8) CONFETTI {Co...r}{IT+OFTEN}*

    I took this to be &lit.

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    1. To be an &lit it should have been 'Piece of colourpaper'

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    2. In that case, 'it often gets thrown around' is on double duty - isn't that a no-no?

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    3. Confetti is pieces of paper thrown around and not colour thrown around, that's why I made it colourpaper

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    4. This gave me a sense of deja vu. Why, will become obvious sooner or later.

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  6. I had 11A as FIBRE. {FIB}{RE}

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  7. Can confetti be taken as DD? The second def. would be 'piece of colour'.(or colour paper)

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  8. Lots of Blanks which always happen to me with d4 type of grid( For want of knowledge I classify grids as E4 like yesterdays with 1 A & as d4 like today's; analogous to king side opening & queen side openings in chess); Could appreciate the beautiful clues only after reading the blog

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  9. I found the puzzle difficult, so it was all the more satisfying to solve 90% of the clues.

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