Saturday, 25 July 2015

No 11456, Saturday 25 Jul 2015, Gridman

Across

1 One saint hesitates following prison case (8) CANISTER {CAN}{I}{ST}{ER}
5 Strip joints run by leader of terrorists (6) DIVEST {DIVES}{Terr...t}
9 Cop to notice central characters operating automatically (7) ROBOTIC {ROB}{nOTICe}
10 Lower record in clothing (7) DEPRESS {D{EP}RESS}
11 Eel twisting in the mind is powerful (9) ELEMENTAL {ELE*}{MENTAL}
12 Thought that is not all perfect (4) IDEA {IDEAl}
14 Technical school // of this month? (4) INST (DD)
15 Not having been satisfied, world body had a session on single different date (10) UNSATIATED {UN}{SAT}{I}{ATED*}
17 Perfectly suitable as it's not just off the hook (6-4) TAILOR-MADE (CD)
19 Only atma is heard (4) SOLE {~SOUL}
22 Accustomed to having // previously-owned (4) USED (DD)
23 Villain's mistake is to interrupt Tourist Trophy (9) TERRORIST {T{ERROR}{IS}T}
25 Try to find one maiden — sweet! (7) IMPEACH {I}{M}{PEACH}
26 Desperately err with maid? He's the boyfriend! (7) ADMIRER {ERR MAID}*
27 I would pick up female ahead and squirm (6) FIDGET {F}{I'D}{GET}
28 Look at the ship — it enhances the look (8) EYELINER {EYE}{LINER}

Down

1 Fleeting professionals? (10) CAREERISTS (CD)
2 Arresting officers to stop back Serb on the run (7) NABBERS {NAB<=}{BERS*}
3 Gridman's // dog? (6) SETTER (DD)

4 Former wife quoting correspondence in spine-tingling partnership (8,5) EXCITING MATCH {EX}{CITING} {MATCH}
6 It's taken for granted guilelessness has no extremes (8) IMPLICIT {sIMPLICITy}
7 Woman and the others in peak (7) EVEREST {EVE}{REST}

8 Time to question the assignment (4) TASK {T}{ASK}
10 Ruder landlady, in a fix, is lacking liveliness twice over (4,3,6) DULL AND DREARY {RUDER LANDLADY}*
13 A daughter, risk-taker and brave person (10) ADVENTURER {A}{D}{VENTURER}
16 This makes characters thick (8) BOLDFACE (CD)
18 At home taste half-an-idli — it's not piquant (7) INSIPID {IN}{SIP}{IDli}
20 O, it's very short Greek character (7) OMICRON {O}{MICRON}
21 Nothing casual for mother before 50 (6) FORMAL {FOR}{MA}{L}
24 Be resolute not to start quarrel (4) TIFF {sTIFF}

Reference list

One=I, Saint=St, Hesitates=Er, Record=EP, World body=UN, Single=I, Tourist Trophy=TT, Maiden=M Female=F 
Woman=W, Time=T, Daughter=D, Mother=Ma, 50=L 

Color/Font Scheme

Definition,Solution,Component letters,Anagram Indicator,C/C indicator,Reversal Indicator,Hidden word IndicatorLetter Pick indicator,Deletion Indicator,Homophone Indicator,Movement Indicator,Positional Indicator

GRID

32 comments:

  1. Enjoyed solving the GRID - happy to have somosa, MAN - Thanks a lot.

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    1. It's always samosas time with Gridman's xwords! :)

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    2. What is the opposite of 'samosas'? For crosswords that are reckoned to be hard? What is your eats then?

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    3. Porivilangai urundais.

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    4. Kathin ackrod...MBs used that a lot...

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    5. Just have to starve! You can't expect anything for failure.

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    6. Eat (humble) pie?

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    7. CV Sir: here in North Porivalanga uraindayas are called mamre ke laddu...hard to bite..specially made by mothers for keeping their naughty children occupied for a long time

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  2. For the EYELINER image, I would have preferred a dusky Indian lady with black pupil with kanmai applied, rather than colour applied thereon with some pencil thereon.

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    1. CV 8:59 - I 'aye', sir!

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    2. I saw the above comment when I started my first comment. When I finished, it had vanished. Nice to see the same again

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    3. In a lighter one-eye-liner ! CV's comments For the EYELINER image, I would have preferred a dusky Indian lady black pupil with kanmai applied, rather than colour applied thereon with some pencil thereon.

      Parsing the above: I'd have preferred a dusky young lady ( who wouldn't?) with black pupil, with kanmai (kaajal?) applied rather than color applied thereon- with somey pencil thereon--------

      You actually meant the above OR
      Shouldn't it be:: I'd have preferred black pupil with kanmai applied theron with pencil thereon---- ?:

      Your emphasis is on the dusky young lady as the object of desire ?

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder !!

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  3. Woke up early & completed the puzzle by 6..very entertaining stuff

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  4. Gridman not only gives samosas but also time to have morning constitutional after finishing early, thank you Gridman.
    Also, a big 'thank you' for Ramesh for the colourful blog (notwithstanding the eyeliner!) We have come to expect it on Saturdays.

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  5. Samosas apart, it's quite sad that comments are far fewer on a Gridman day, like yesterday - a mere 8. If I can remember right, it happened on a certain in the previous round.

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    1. pls read the last part as 'certain day...'

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  6. I find that Saturdays are days of lesser participation. Also, on days when there are no points of contention, only samosas are to be seen around!

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  7. Had a great time with the puzzle, Gridman - thank you! While the clueing is very good overall, I doff my hat for the surface and...er...sheer sIMPLICITy of the clue for 6d - that's genius at work!

    Yesterday's cryptic in The Guardian had a word in common with this puzzle and it was clued thus: Cosmetic damage finally gets the old ship (8). While both clues feature a similar device, Gridman's surface is definitely the more plausible.

    Thanks to Ramesh for blog!

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    1. I thought The Guardian clue for EYELINER was really nice. It conveys the message of a ship nearing its lifetime and how superficial damage has contributed to it.

      In case of today's clue, not sure how looking at a ship could enhance the look. Not complaining, just trying to understand.

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    2. No doubt The Guardian clue is good. I am unable to see what cosmetic damage can be.
      Changes to a ship or building can be cosmetic, but damage? Cosmetic is used for improvement. So cosmetic damage does not seem to make much sense.
      Also, what is meant by damage 'getting' the ship? Damage, even if cosmetic, may put a ship out of action. I don't know what is meant by 'gets'. Haven't checked.
      No complaints, just trying to understand.,

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    3. Though the wordplay is no doubt good, I have to admit that I too can't make any sense of the surface on the Guardian clue,
      Gridman's clue seems to point to a more plausible tale..

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    4. In a sentence such as "For more than a year he bravely fought with a strange and deadly disease but finally it got him" I can understand the use of "got him". But in the G clue, I am not sure if "gets the old ship" (in active voice) conveys that sense.

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    5. "Look - there's something about the ship that enhances its look." That's the sense I made of Gridman's clue. The Guardian clue doesn't, in my opinion, have a very good surface reading: cosmetic damage would mean superficial damage; saying that it "finally gets" the old ship doesn't make sense to me.

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    6. There's a different sense of "get" which perhaps is being overlooked here. Have given below an extract from thefreedictionary.com.

      32. get - overcome or destroy; "The ice storm got my hibiscus"; "the cat got the goldfish"
      ruin, destroy - destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up"

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    7. Sumit
      Please see my post at 8-32 wherein I made the exact point.
      Please note that in each illustrative sentence it is "got' (in the past tense) and not 'gets'. Can you quote a sentence with 'gets' where the sense of 'ruin' comes across?
      I am not saying Gridman's clue is superior or that it makes better sense than the Guardian clue.
      What I am saying is that the Guardian clue is certainly not better than THC clue. It is as good or as bad.
      Yes, I agree, Gridman could have done better with EYELINER.

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    8. BTW, as in the citation above, the free dictionary almost always adds examples where the meaning of the word is used rather than the original word. Here why should we have examples of sentences where 'ruined' is used?
      I think it is because of senseless automation.

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  8. A suggestion. I think there e should be co0mments on every clue..Most of the setters are already participating.

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  9. Today's Express crossword has a clue: Second hand not wasted (4)

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  10. raju umamaheswar8:57 p.m. GMT+5:30
    In a lighter one-eye-liner ! CV's comments For the EYELINER image, I would have preferred a dusky Indian lady black pupil with kanmai applied, rather than colour applied thereon with some pencil thereon.

    Parsing the above: I'd have preferred a dusky young lady ( who wouldn't?) with black pupil, with kanmai (kaajal?) applied rather than color applied thereon- with somey pencil thereon--------

    You actually meant the above OR
    Shouldn't it be:: I'd have preferred black pupil with kanmai applied theron with pencil thereon---- ?:

    Your emphasis is on the dusky young lady as the object of desire ?

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder !!

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  11. For me most of the days it is Jilebis. Incognito, somedays, offers me Samosas.

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