Sunday, 17 May 2015

Special, Sunday 17 May 2015, Pluralist


Three answers per commenter (annotations compulsory) till 6 PM.
Please try and post all your answers in one comment


ACROSS
7   Zimbabwean rebels exile corrupt new bishop to northern country (6)
9   Rascal told to move trap (5-3)
10 Lock in recalled components of delayed products (4)
11 Quite unique research at NASA leads to discovery of the book (5)
12 Some Native American people returned to Malaysian city (4)
13 Skin condition in axial notch forms an even pattern (8)
14 Garner olibanum to produce essential citrus oil (6)
16 Pole featured in expansive new sports publication (6)
19 Indian independence achieved through campaign waged in South Africa and Japan (6)
22 Electorate gives unclear veto to Upper House (6)
24 Money return policy designed to encourage spending (8)
27 Craving for burger stuffing (4)
29 Eileen Boaz returned regularly to the white poplar (5)
30 Rhythmic pattern in a Lata composition (4)
31 Recollected a truism about Italian sweet (8)
32 Setter returns to collect flawed onyx from Cawnpore, for one (6)

DOWN
1   de Villiers initially despatched journalist, then stayed away (8)
2   Shakespearean ghost and an alien leaving formal dinner round (6)
3   Sad arcs choreographed in a Hungarian dance (7)
4   A large number of shelters may provide glimpses of new beginnings (8)
5   Stranger, not surprisingly, leaving lawless orienteer (6) (Clue corrected here as per Abhay's comments)
6   Some risks of a rotten card game (4)
8   Asking questions about Bedouins, Arab leaders reach a Jordanian port (5)
15 Half-a-league of arable land (3)
17 Provided no airborne article has known antecedents (3)
18 Gymnast Ali Qadir shown boxing in group of Eastern characters (8)
20 Drive mini-boat recklessly (8)
21 Pact due to be renewed went wrong (5,2)
23 Bird always found in Jamaica? Au contraire! (6)
25 Half-hearted setter reorganised ring for player (6)
26 Passionate cuckoo? That's absurd! (5)
28 Many real old coins in Portugal reissued without questionable dues (4)

Across Lite version can be accessed at PLURALIST 5

Enjoy



48 comments:

  1. 20 Drive mini-boat recklessly (8) AMBITION*

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  2. 15 Half-a-league of arable land (3) LEA (T)

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  3. 3 Sad arcs choreographed in a Hungarian dance (7) CSARDAS*

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  4. 7A: ZAMBIA=ZIMBABWEAN(-NEWB)*
    1D:(AB)(SENT)(ED)
    11A:QURAN=ACROSTIC

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  5. My apologies: there is a typo in the clue for 5d - a word is missing. The clue should read as:

    5. Stranger, not surprisingly, leaving lawless orienteer (6)

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    1. Main post corrected, Across Lite version not corrected.

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    2. Thank you, and sorry for the inconvenience!

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  6. 14A : NEROLI [T]
    19A : {S{WAR}A+J}
    27A : URGE [T]

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  7. 8D - AQABA (acrostic)
    this is the only Jordanian Port

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  8. Pluralist on a world tour taking us to exotic lands( Zambia, Aqaba), making us tango to Hungarian dance, savouring us with exotic desserts; a whole some entertainment.
    Thanx Abhay!

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    1. Thank you for the appreciation, Vasant!

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  9. 5D- Eerier
    Def.- Stranger
    (Orienteer- not)*

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  10. 12A- Ipoh
    Def.- Malaysian city
    Native American tribe- Hopi=<

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  11. 30A- Tala- Rhythmic pattaern- (LATA)*

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    1. You might want to fill in 26d and then check this one.

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  12. 2D - {BANQU(-et)}{O}
    6D - FARO [T]
    10A - YALE [T<=]

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  13. 13A XANTHOMA (aXiAl NoTcH fOrMs An)

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  14. 22 A VOTERS [ anagram of VETO + R(ajya) S(abha)]

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    1. 30 A TAAL ( Lata*)
      32 A EXONYM [ E ( XONY*) M <- ]

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    2. Thanks Abhay enjoyed solving the CW !

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    3. Thank you, Lakshmi!

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  15. Learning a lot of things- thank you Abhay.
    Tala Vs.Taal is South Indian way Vs.Noth's. Trying to justify my mistake! Strange though that the anagram lends itself to both, but not the crossing.

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    1. Thank you! I don't think tala v/s taal is a North/South divide; I think they are just variant spellings in English of an Indian word.

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    2. I am not into spelling, but the way of pronunciation within India (without a foreign language entering the picture)- Taal,Raag etc.as against tala/ talam, raga/ragam etc.I have noticed that it is a big difference between Hindi and Sanskrit- the endings are different.

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    3. I agree completely in terms of the variant pronunciations of these common terms in Hindustani and Carnatic traditions.

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  16. Things are moving very slowly today. Plenty of regulars are missing.

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  17. 16A: Pole featured in expansive new sports publication (6) WISDEN [S featured in WIDE + N; Def = sports publication]

    4D: A large number of shelters may provide glimpses of new beginnings (8) DAWNINGS [D (=500, large no.) + AWNINGS; Def = (glimpses of) new beginnings]

    23D: Bird always found in Jamaica? Au contraire! (6) EVEJAR [ JA (jamaica) found in EVER; Def = bird]

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    1. I was sidetracked by 'Au contraire'. Now I get it. It is Ja found in always(ever) Nice one.

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    2. Nice clue and nice solving by Mohsin!

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    3. JA or JM --which is correct for Jamaica pl?

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    4. Both! JM is the internet domain extension; JA is the international car registration code. Both forms appear in Collins.

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  18. 24A Money return policy designed to encourage spending (8) {CASH}{BACK}
    18D Gymnast Ali Qadir shown boxing in group of Eastern characters (8)NASTALIQ
    25D Half-hearted setter reorganised ring for player (6) {STERE(-t)*{O}

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  19. Enjoyed solving this one Pluralist. Thank you.

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  20. Somewhat easier than earlier offerings. Overall an enjoyable puzzle. Thank you Abhay. :)

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    1. Thank you, MB - it's a relief to hear that! :) Glad you enjoyed it.

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  21. 29 ACROSS: ABELE (EiLeEn BoAz <-)

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  22. Out of Hyd on way to Ranthambore. Will be back to post regularly on June1.
    W/o crossings Pluralists puzzles are tough.

    9a: A.B.E.L.E <-
    21d: ACTED OUT*
    36d: CRAZY [MD]?

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  23. Last two

    9A - {SHAKE} {BAG} = Rascal
    17D - {IF}O Anno for O not clear = Identified Flying Object

    Solution grid uploaded also

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    1. The "no" was intended to provide the O (=zero) - in retrospect, that *is* very weak! :(

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  24. My first attempt at a double-pangram, and the border one made it trickier. The first time I filled out the grid I discovered about half the words fell into the difficult/unfamiliar category, so ruthlessly cut them out and kept at it till I could get the unfamiliar word count down to about 4 words (EVEJAR, NASTALIQ, XANTHOMA, SHAKE-BAG). It was fun setting it, and it felt great to hear that some of you had fun solving it! :)

    Thanks to Col for putting it up.

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  25. Fantastic puzzle!!! Thanks Abhay Sir

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