Wednesday, 22 July 2015

No 11453, Wednesday 22 Jul 2015, Exa


Exa seems to have visited many locals to guzzzle beer while setting this one.

ACROSS
1   Agent’s grudge against journalist showed (11) REPRESENTED {REP}{RESENT}{ED}
9   Green? It could make one number (7) INTEGER*
10 Fugitive paces around with drugs (7) ESCAPEE {PACES*}{EE}
11 Neighbour’s home is a delightful place (4) EDEN {E}{DEN} E for neighbour? See comments
12 Power affected sincere engineer — a remarkable power (10) PRESCIENCE {P}{SINCERE*}{CE}
13 Old family member dances to ragtime records (8) ANCESTOR [T] Nice telescopic. Didn't get it till the end
16 Sweet stall (5) FUDGE [DD]
17 Stores — vessel stores a constituent of draught beer (5) SHOPS {S{HOP}S}
19 Learner gears up in a contest with that which can improve concentration (8) EARPLUGS {L+GEARS+UP}*
21 Aint too bad entering pub in periods of stress (10) INTONATION {IN{AINT+TOO}*N}
23 Pledge bachelor beer in conversation (4) BAIL {B}{AIL}(~ale)
26 Scared if iceberg submerges house (7) EDIFICE [T]
27 Shooting model in bold setting (7) DARTING {DAR{T}ING}
28 Rate site URL exceptionally for printed materials (11) LITERATURES*

DOWN
1   Gather fresh air at a corner (5) RAISE {AIR*}{SE}
2   Pet bird demonstrated a standard way of moving (7) PATTERN {PAT}{TERN}
3   Lead editor’s aged at heart (4) EDGE {ED}{aGEd}
4   Beginners in empirical research role often repeat this mistake (5) ERROR Acrostic
5   Chest guard (9) TREASURER [CD]
6   Crafty cryptic FT clue I'd cracked by end of puzzle (9) DECEITFUL {FT+CLUE+I'D+p...lE}* Does the clue really indicate the E is part of the Anagram fodder? (Addendum - {DEC{p..lE}ITFUL*} - See comments)
7   Unwrapped a dictionary for writer to go through (6) OPENED {O{PEN}ED}
8   Runs into view that’s extremely nice and peaceful (6) SERENE {SE{R}E}{NicE}
14 Rock salt seen around island is indispensable (9) ESSENTIAL {ESSENT{I}AL*}
15 Questionable matter, hospital department’s medication (9) TREATMENT {MATTER}*{ENT}
17 Split a bit of strong beer (6) SWIPES {SWIPE}{St...g} Didn't know this was a Brit slang for Beer. (Addendum - SLIVER - {S}{LIVER} - See comments from Exa)
18 Acquire boat at sea that’s modern (6) OBTAIN {BOAT*}{IN}
20 Girl and I clear off a large block of ice (7) GLACIER {G}{I+CLEAR}*
22 Love Arden endlessly — right sort (5) ORDER {O}{aRDEn}{R}
24 Designs look great on some tops (5) LOGOS {LO}{G}{O}{S}
25 Twitter started contributing at an earlier time (4) ERST [T]

GRID

39 comments:

  1. 11 Neighbour’s home is a delightful place (4) EDEN {E}{DEN} E for neighbour?

    I assumed E to be neighbour of 'S (in bridge)

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    1. N,S,E,W termed as Partners or Opponents in bridge is okay but the term neighbour is not used in Bridge

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    2. Crossword Unclued: http://www.crosswordunclued.com/2010/11/game-of-bridge-in-cryptic-crosswords.html

      Opponents are also neighbours, those bidding against each other, or rivals playing tricks.

      Times 24629: Bread, tea and hamburgers two neighbours at table missed ... (8) CHAPATTI
      CHA (tea) PATTIES (hamburgers) – ES (two neighbours at table)

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    3. "Neighbours at a table" leading to bridge players seems fairer than just having "neigbour" leading to a bridge player. I think Col's point is valid

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  2. Failed to swipe a samosa today.

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    1. I too got stuck at SWIPES :(

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    2. Actually, I intended this to be S LIVER

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    3. In that case I get my samosas back!!

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    4. You mean Liver like Dweller?

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    5. I find myself in good company of the greats! Lost samosas because of SLIVER! Enjoyed solving the rest.

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    6. In fact I couldn't place 'liver' for 'beer'. Googling for a while also did not yield any result. So I simply took it as SPLIT = SLIVER without annotating it.

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  3. Oooh! Narrowly missed a centum! Filled in 17Dn as SLIVER. An absorbing puzzle. Thanks Exa. Loved solving it. :)

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    1. Well MB, you read Exa correctly. So you did get your Centum

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    2. 17D- liver for beer- is it 'be' (live) er? In that case should there be an indiaction?
      Thank you Exa for the interesting and intriguing CW. Enjoyed solving it- and your interview yesterday.

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  4. 6 Crafty cryptic FT clue I'd cracked by end of puzzle (9) DECEITFUL {FT+CLUE+I'D+p...lE}* Does the clue really indicate the E is part of the Anagram fodder?

    What if I take anno as {FT CLUE{p...E}ID} Sir? Anind being 'crypric' and 'E' cracked/broke the angram feed.

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    1. You seem to read Exa well today. 'Cracked by' explains E coming in the middle.

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    2. That's right MB, I missed out on 'cracked'

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  5. Typically nice and neat one, Exa. Feel 17d needed a perhaps/ maybe as beer for liver is unusual. Trying to get the meaning in 19a.

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    1. I have no problem with 'beer' for liver, but as 'beer' is not 'beer' perhaps some indication such as even a QM at the end might have been in order, I think.
      Recently in a CWC I used inhabitant for the component liver (instead of organ).
      Because it is live-r the judge demurred and likened it to crosswordese banker or flower for river.
      But, in my opinion, liver is a noun in its own right. It is indeed recorded in some dicts. We speak of 'high livers', for instance.
      I didn't argue with the judge, though.

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    2. Re 19d "that which can improve concentration" suggests that the reqd word is a singular but the solution is in plural.

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    3. I too have no problem with beer for liver. In fact, it is good for the kidneys and the urinary tract also.

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    4. What ding? Or is it a typo? ))

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    5. Kidding about kidneys.

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  6. I get it now. I was getting confused with earphones.

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  7. Highly entertaining puzzle...i missed out on sliver as well as shops...many things learnt today from the blog...thanks all

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    1. And a big thanks to Bhavan for posting the clues very early in the hub...

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  8. What is the connection between beer and liver? Sorry, didn't understand.

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  9. live=liver be=be'er ? (cryptic)

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  10. Be -ER all and end all for the LIVEr ? Leave Be, er !! Isn't it taking cryptic cluing Be-ing taken too far?

    Please Be-ar with me ! and don't y - ALe at me !!!

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  11. EXcellent -EXA !! Great PUB_ HOP-ping for BEer !! Be- LIVE(r) Me !!

    Chest guard for TREASURER -- very 56 '' !!!

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