Tuesday, 16 June 2015

No 11422, Tuesday 16 Jun 2015, Aspartame


J short of a pangram.

ACROSS
1   Lofty mountain left to be eroded can end in a tragedy (4,3,6) HIGH AND MIGHTY {HIGHlAND} {MIGHT}{t...dY}
8   Scholar's theorem is lacking in nothing (4) PROF PRoOF
9   Half of Trichy is cleared and then expanded into a ground (10) CHURCHYARD CHUR{triCHY}ARD Anno pending (Addendum - triCHY = (CH= Church and Y = Yard) - See comments)
10 2 pints of liquid and little Zinc constitute a clock component (6) QUARTZ {QUART}{Zinc}
11 Superstitions about showers in southern France (8) LORRAINE {LOR{RAIN}E} Lorraine is in NE France and not Southern
12 Fun cooking with Asian and European herb (9) FENUGREEK {FUN+E}*{GREEK}
14 Commissions to figure out women being retired (4) FEES Anno pending (Addendum - {F}{EES}<= - See comments)
15 Craze to subside finally and disappear (4) FADE {FAD}{s...dE}
16 Current situation regarding lost squad - "Out at sea to bury dead trainee officer" (6,3) STATUS QUO {loST+SQUAd+OUT}*
20 Daily she protects people from harm (8) GUARDIAN [DD]
21 Stream of Linux files begins to get corrupted (6) INFLUX {LINUX+F}*
23 Truce with Aruba handled by administrative officer (10) BUREAUCRAT*
24 One mother is a leader (4) IMAM {1}{MAM}
25 Classes are fun when controlled with confidence (4-9) SELF-ASSURANCE*

DOWN
1   Women's formal dress is said to be furry (7) HIRSUTE (~her suit)
2   His job features handling of errands (5) GOFER [T] &lit
3   General Tapioca's enemy's castle in Spain (7) ALCAZAR [DD]
4   Duck entrees bundled, presented in say, a cookbook title "To Serve Man" (6,9) DOUBLE ENTENDRES {O+ENTREES+BUNDLED}*
5   Madrid car driver produced driving licence (2,4) ID CARD [T]
6   Farm machines that can knock one out (9) HAYMAKERS [DD]
7   Briefs that are extremely comfy and displaying boldness (1-6) Y-FRONTS {c..fY}-{FRONTS}
13 Offer a lower bid to mobilize sullen communist (9) UNDERSELL {SULLEN+RED}*
15 Issues of Lupus are cured (4-3) FOUL-UPS*
17 Disaster game! (7) TWISTER [DD] First definition seems a bit far fetched
18 Wail when union leaders carried student bereft of life (7) ULULATE {U{L}U}{LATE}
19 Camel going through cold and uneven peaks buried in (6) VICUNA {VI{C}{UneveN}A}
22 Sham in cafe ignored (5) FEIGN [T]

GRID

38 comments:

  1. 14 Commissions to figure out women being retired (4) ({F}{EES})<-

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    1. F for female as well as females?

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    2. Figure out = SEE
      Females = F

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    3. Can 'females' be two Fs also? (Females = FF ?)

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    4. I was trying fees from females :-)

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  2. 9 Half of Trichy is cleared and then expanded into a ground (10) CHURCHYARD

    CHY: abbrev for churchyard?

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    1. Oxford shows the abbrev as CHYD.

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    2. Got it before I saw the above updated comments.
      Half of Trichy is chy.
      Then if ch (church) and y (yard) are expanded, we get the sol.

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    3. I think it's CH=Church + Y=Yard so CHY which is half of TRICHY

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  3. 17d TWISTER = cyclone or tornado. (disaster)

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    1. Twister by itself is not a disaster is what I meant. It can cause a disaster.

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  4. Nice puzzle. Could complete it but failed to parse CHURCHYARD & FEES. Now satisfied with Sandhya Ma'am's parsing of FEES. Thank you Aspartame! :-)))

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  5. For 9a i had half trichy = chy & cleared= cy. Expanded to churchyard

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    1. Yours looks better. So we need to split chy as ch & y and expand.

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  6. I must thank Richard for sending me a scanned copy of the Crossword at, can you believe it, 4:47 AM, which means he gets his paper at 4:30AM

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    1. :)

      I used to get my set of five newspapers around 5 am. Over the past month or so, I get them between 4-30 and 4-45 am.

      Must be an enviable privilege!

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    2. Thanks to Richard for sending it to me too! :)

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    3. Is it a special delivery for you or is it normal for all in your area?

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    4. I envy you Richard - I rarely receive my papers before 7:00 am and on weekends, never before 7:30!

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    5. My pleasure, Sandhya. I have sent it to a few other regulars from here.

      Deepak 9:02. I salute the newsboy who drops in - literally - so early in the morning to serve the entire locality.

      Paddy, thanks. It is not a press guy's privilige. My place happens to be close to the distribution point of newspapers.

      I may not be able to scan and send it every day, since I am hard-pressed on time during my early morning work schedule. Yet, in emergencies, you can bank on me.

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    6. My paper is in before 6. The boy who deivers to the Sheratonhotel next door delivers the issues to my building.

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  7. Same here. Now we can start tackling our daily dose as soon(?) as we get up. Obviously Richard gets up that early!
    Do we have to turn into a press man to get the newspapers that early and of course to get up in time to scan them?
    A big "Thank you'! This could be very useful when we are away from India (read US)

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    1. As I mentioned in my 9:18 above, we live close to the local newspaper distribution point.
      The newsboy was here at 4-30 am sharp, in the middle of pouring rain.

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  8. Is theorem a statement or proof? Maths experts listening?

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    1. A theorem is a statement which is not only capable of being proved and has been proved in the past and is useful as a stepping stone for further theorems and can be authoritatively quoted without bothering to prove again. On the other hand , we have conjectures, which look valid in the empirical sense (i.e. there appear to be no contradictory examples, which will instantly disprove the assertion), but no logical / reasoned explanation / proof is available. Eg: the Goldbach conjecture. Of course, we have what was called Fermat's last theorem in the belief that he had actually proved it as claimed by him. But that proof was not available and the statement was proved much later using methods which were not available during Fermat's lifetime and which is beyond my capabilities. Did Fermat have a simpler proof within the available knowledge of his times? Was he mistaken? Your conjecture is as good as mine ...

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    2. So theorem can be extended to mean proof since it has already been proved.
      Thank you for you elaborate but interesting explanation, which is exactly what I was looking for.

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    3. Yes, when I quote by/say using Pythagoras' Theorem, I assume I don't have to prove it all over again, as both of us have already accepted/ can look it up elsewhere without dwelling on it in length in this proof/calculation. This is what Newton meant when he said "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants" acknowledging the contribution of other mathematicians/physicists in his theories. However, there is a flip side to this statement: The dwarf sees farther than the giant, when he has the giant's shoulder to mount on.(Coleridge) ...

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  9. A few doubts.
    12A How is E Asian. Unless East i being equated to Asian, which is a stretch.
    18D How do you get the second U in Ululate. Union leaders would be U and N. I feel like ululating on this.

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    1. 12A : It comes from, Asian=Oriental=Eastern=E. A stretch ( but I have been guilty of using it in the past )
      18D : UU from union leaders does not seem to be right

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    2. Union leader is U, union leaders is UU just like female is F, females are FF ...

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    3. Not quite, Kishore. Your logic works if the clue had been Unions not union leaders.

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  10. If one has to get U & N from Union, it has to be ends and not leaders. It is obviously meant to be union leader/s=UU (Plural) I am not into the correctness or otherwise of it.

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  11. Sorry, I get it now- you meant the first 2 letters.

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  12. Isn't 13D an indirect anagram ??

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