Sunday, 26 July 2015

Special, Sunday 26 Jul 2015, Bombadil


Welcome to our new setter Bombadil.
Brickbats and bouquets welcome.
Three answers per commenter as usual (annotations compulsory) till 6PM.
Please try and give all your answers in one comment.

MEA CULPA


ACROSS 
8   Take out without opening gift (4)
9   International organization—one mostly behind real problem that is one-sided (10)
10 Big private parts vibrated (6)
11 It is done in rebellion (8)
12 He constructed a grid that required a clue for getting 1 Across (8)
14 You ultimately will get absorbed in a book and manage to escape (6)
16 Smack or crack is smuggled across borders (4)
17 “A Passage to India” at last meets “A Call from the East” (5)
18 Points of no return? (4)
19 When it gets dark, we hear the Lord (6)
21 Essay on Arabian prisoners-- so long (8)
23 Dirty leering would result if I were removed! (8)
26 "Of Mice and Men" possibly outlined origins of urban-rural interdependence (6)
27 Property of most genuine tea, perhaps? (4,6)
28 Suited for upwardly mobile Italian town (4)

DOWN 
1   India totally in disarray—Leaders of your locality need to be ousted for widening gap (10)
2   A group of hot, middle-aged, B-type stars? (8)
3   Bat over a score of zero almost, facing leg break (6)
4   Ram’s abode? (4)
5   A policeman overwhelmed by English novelist’s printed work (8)
6   Group of seven stars, mainly on record, sought in the end by someone from outer space (6)
7   Pithy extract from an unfinished story receives love (4)
13 Lonely lost souls (5)
15 Without making any mistakes, rune decoded by circle - extremely lovely (10)
17 Star from East possibly takes chance (8)
18 Strange criminal follows a second-grade Christie novel (8)
20 Without a bit of insensitivity laugh about a group of people (6)
22 Post 4th of July, some Americans get married, and lament (6)
24 Alpine butter? (4)
25 Style of lean management (4)

Across Lite version can be accessed at BOMBADIL - MEA CULPA.

Enjoy.

61 comments:

  1. 25 Style of lean management (4) ELAN*

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  2. 7 Pithy extract from an unfinished story receives love (4) TAL (-E+O) O

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    1. Ram. There is no such thing as TALO.

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  3. 14 You ultimately will get absorbed in a book and manage to escape (6) O(U)T RAN

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    1. 14 You ultimately will get absorbed in a book and manage to escape (6) O(U)T RUN
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  4. 9A {UN}(I)(LAT(-e))(ERAL)*

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  5. Ram you can correct your answers but do not take fresh ones on the plea that your incorrect answer was answered correctly by someone else

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  6. 9A: (UN)(I){LAT(-E)}(ERAL)*
    6D:(S)(EP)(T)(ET)
    15D:(UNER)*(RING)(LY)

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  7. Making up for 9A
    21A: SAYONARA(T)

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  8. 27A- Real Estate
    Property- Def.
    Genuine- Real
    Tea perhaps- Estate

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  9. 16A- Kiss (T)
    cracK IS Smuggled

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  10. 1D DILATATION {(INDIA)(TOTALLY -(Y+L))}*

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  11. Super start Bombadil!! My cod 23A!!

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  12. 13D - SOLUS*
    19A - KNIGHT (~night)
    26A - {M{U}{R}{I}NE*}

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  13. 3D: CUDGEL {DUC(-k)}<< {LEG*}
    17A: ALLEY {A}{YELL<<} (A from "India at last")
    5D: HARDCOPY {HARD{COP}Y}

    Very nice set of clues, Bombadil!

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  14. 7D. SAGO {SAG(-a)O}
    17D. ASTERISK {EAST}*{RISK}
    24D. IBEX (CD)

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  15. Leftovers at noon

    Across - 8, 10, 11, 12, 18, 23, 28

    Down - 2, 4, 18, 20, 22

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  16. Whatsup? No movement after Noon!!

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  17. When I was a young boy I distinctly remember my father explaining about the Jungle babbler birds which move around in groups. These are popularly known as Seven Sisters (or Saath bhai). Likewise, in the constellation of Taurus we have the "middle-aged, B Type stars" known as seven sisters or PLEIADES.

    2 down: PLEIADES (CD)

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  18. 8 (-s) kill
    11 sedition* &lit
    18 A B N or M Al

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  19. 12 across: DAEDALUS (CD) 1 across = one across Again the reference is to the Greek Daedalus, a master craftsman who "constructed" wings to enable his son to fly.

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    1. To add to what Bhargav Sir said, Daedalus created the Labyrinth (grid) where the Minotaur was kept, and where Theseus went across with the help of a clue (greek word for ball of thread) given by Ariadne

      A bit esoteric, I know :)

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  20. 23 Across: Lingerie (leering + i)*

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    1. Not a CD, but an &lit anagram :)

      But I have learnt my lesson on CDs, there will be less of them next time

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  21. Superb Debut! Clue Construction indicates a pro rather than a first timer....
    A few unusual words learnt...22D, 26 A...12A, 2 D

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    1. Thank you so much Vasant :)

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  22. 20D GAGGLE (Giggle-I+A)

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  23. 22D YAMMER (4th of July=Y, Some Americans= Amer, Married=M Defn=Lament)

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  24. 28A- Able
    Suited- Def.
    Italian town- Elba=< (Is it an island or town?)

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    1. It is an island, I stand corrected - MEA CULPA

      That is not the only issue with this clue. I have used "upwardly mobile" in an across clue - another MEA CULPA

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  25. Making up for 28A-
    18A- Aces
    In tennis, unreturned serves.
    Delightful debut (I am sure it is only here) Enjoyed ann a big "Thank you'.

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  26. 10A Big private parts vibrated (6) RA{GI}NG
    4D Ram’s abode? (4) DIG'S

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  27. Good one Bombadil! Keep them coming! :)

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    1. It's a DD

      Rams = digs = abode (Ignore the punctuation)

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  28. Qn: Why is this crossword called .'Mea Culpa'? Who is guilty of what?

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    1. We'll have to wait for Bombadil's response

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    2. As this was my first ever grid anywhere, I was wary of errors that might creep in even after rigorous analysis (and rightly so)

      So apologies in advance :) But the response here has been overwhelming!

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  29. Does it mean a different time zone or just not available- just curious.

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  30. CD should be such that if a solver has not solved it, should, on seeing the solution feel "Ah, I missed it". But he/she should not feel "Oh, anyway I could not have solved that". Then the wow factor will be lost....

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  31. Nice puzzle. Thanks Bombadil

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  32. An excellent debut attempt, Bombadil. You strafed us at a few places here and there but that's collateral damage !! So no need to plead Mea Culpa !

    CGB gave shots for BCG by letting out the origins of those in 2 down and 12 across . It was all Greek

    and Greek to me ! Mea Culpa !

    10 across: Raging bulls ! a bit naughty ? sowing wild red herrings with private parts ?

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