Tuesday, 9 June 2015

No 11416, Tuesday 09 Jun 2015, Sunnet


Sunnet remembering his recent sojourn to the West Coast.

ACROSS
1   Stars avoid helping in parties (6) CELEBS CELEBrationS
4   Excites intelligent nurses (8) QUICKENS {QUICK}{ENS}
10 Legend behind Japanese comics in city (9) MANGALORE {MANGA}{LORE}
11 Palm engineer's telephone (5) BETEL {BE}{TEL}
12 This position from top twenty per cent (5) FIFTH [DD]
13 Culture of US & North America (9) AMERICANA {AMERICA}{NA}
14 Madrid regularly followed wealthy English king (7) RICHARD {RICH}{mAdRiD}
16 Language of Vanuatu lullaby (4) TULU [T]
19 Wine haven (4) PORT [DD]
21 Artillery assault (7) BATTERY [DD]
24 Smashing! Nicest day in pool! (9) SYNDICATE*
25 One contract is optimal (5) IDEAL {1}{DEAL}
26 Filled a bath (5) AWASH {A}{WASH}
27 Expand appeal for this levy (6,3) INCOME TAX {IT}
28 I yell aloud for dessert (8) ICECREAM {I}{CECREAM}(~scream)
29 Critic poured acid (6) CITRIC*

DOWN
1   Warmer stories are told near this? (8) CAMPFIRE [CD]
2   Yearn to confront a gloomy expression (4,4) LONG FACE {LONG} {FACE}
3   Business head on every coast (5) BEACH {Bu...s}{EACH}
5   Bowing down on running away from deadly encounter (7) UNERECT ENCoUnTER*
6   Taxi's city permit is convertible (9) CABRIOLET {CAB}{RIO}{LET}
7   Catch and measure raised portion (6) ENTRAP {EN}{TRAP<=}
8   Last U.N. broadcast by ruler (6) SULTAN*
9   Wimp reportedly trembled (6) COWARD (~cowered)
15 He gets rid of lawsuit between sailor's love and that woman (9) ABOLISHER {AB}{O}{LIS}{HER}
17 She refuses to accept Romeo's ouster (8) REJECTOR {R}{EJECTOR}
18 With learning disability Washington took on assembly of sly English team (8) DYSLEXIC {D{SLY*}{E}{XI}C}
20 Worker comes up with gold thread work for empress (7) TZARINA {T{ZARI}NA<=}
21 3 R's introduced in opening (6) BREACH {B{R}EACH}
22 Mask a rider carrying African soldier (6) ASKARI [T]
23 Jostle and vie to enter forcefully (6) INVADE*
25 A doctor within two feet of poets (5) IAMBI {I{A}{MB}I}

GRID

45 comments:

  1. Puzzle on expected lines from Sunnet.

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    1. Broad, metre or narrow gauge?

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    2. Yes. All encompassing. The usual pangram and the Karnataka coast theme (though I did not figure out)

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    3. Scinitllator is the only THC setter who attempts to set puzzles on broad lines

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  2. Think 'Sultan' and 'Battery' also form part of the themed entries

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  3. Sultan and Icecream part of theme too

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  4. Along with Battery and Syndicate

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  5. No mention of pangram? Probably it 'goes without saying' in a Sunnet CW!
    Wish Sunnet many more vacations to get interesting CW's about many exciting places.
    'I screamed' at not getting the dessert.

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  6. And Ideal. For the non cognoscenti, Ideal Icecream is a must visit in Mangalore. Sultan Battery (pronounced just like its Kerala counterpart " bathery" is on the Zgurpur river. Syndicate, of course, is the bank ...

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    1. Zgurpur!

      It is a misnomer to refer to it as Gurupur river. Gurupur town is kilometres away from the spot. It has a sweet-sounding, meaningful name PHALGUNI. I am very possessive about it, somehow!

      Our another solver, Panchamal Sridhar Shenoy lives close to Sultan Battery. Kishore and I had visited him during former's visit here.

      As Kishore said, Battery is colloquially called 'Batheri' बत्तेरि, although it is a regular English word - meaning "a fortified structure on which artillery is mounted".

      When Sunnet was here, we also discussed the point that 'Sultan' is pronounced 'Saltan' सल्टन by Westerners and in dictionaries.

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    2. I meant to say Phalguni is the real name of the so-called Gurupur river.

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    3. Saltans of swing as the Dire Straits song goes.

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  7. Ice cream part of the clue? Mangalore special?

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  8. K answered in anticipation of my query.
    Richard remembered and acknowledged for his part in making the trip enjoyable. Is the IIT CW hidden anywhere?

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  9. I think betel was correctly highlighted as a theme word Earlier

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    1. Was it? I did think of doing it, but didn't, I have done so now

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  10. Bingo! Finally managed to crack a Sunnet puzzle. Loved many clues like FIFTH, ICECREAM, INCOME TAX etc. The last one INCOME TAX is my COD. Thank you Sunnet. Thoroughly enjoyed solving it. :-)))

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it MB. I enjoyed setting this puzzle.

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  11. Col's come up with a new kind of ice cream ;-)

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  12. 27 reminds me that I have to file my return. Last year the earnings from my crossword composition were so phenomenal that I had to open an account offshore. I am happy that the forms are less voluminous and easier to fill in.

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    1. The forms are still not available for online submission of returns. So much for 'Acche din' of the new Govt

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    2. ETA third or fourth week of June. File by date extended to 31Aug

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  13. Madras High Court has finally put some sense into the heads of two-wheeler riders in TN. I wonder why this cannot be made a national rule by the Supreme Court

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  14. As Paddy has pointed out this CW is dedicated to Richard. It is a small token of appreciation for all his( & his wife's) efforts in making our Mangalore trip memorable

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  15. Incidentally there is or used to be a Sultan battery in Hyderabad, which was or is a locally manufactured car battery in Masab Tank

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  16. We have a Clive battery in Chennai.

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  17. In Hyderabad we have one Sultan Bazaar and its opposite Begum Bazaar too! Both commercial hubs.

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  18. Got only 87.5% only. :(((. Yet happy to solve the rest. CELEBS, CAMPFIRE,QUICKENS AND UNERECT deceived me of samosas!

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  19. MB @ 9:12,

    Don't count your samosas before they are well-fried, we have xChequer coming in over the next two days

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    1. Bracing myself to face the onslaught,Sir! Shall be happy if I could get at least 60%. BTW I always look forward to such challenges and they are most welcome!

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    2. Pull up your socks, roll up your sleeves...

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  20. Wow! Coming in here as Late Latif. I am touched and lost for words. Thanks, Sunnet and all others who chipped in with tailpieces.

    I had asked Sunnet to run a write-up on his visit here. He did it in a different - and more memorable - way altogether.

    Renga and Satya Narimetla, having lived in this city for some time, would have enjoyed this crossword.

    Thank you one and all, once again.

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  21. I am reminded of our school excursions followed by a request- no,order- to write a composition about it, taking away all the fun. Something like an after dinner speech!

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