Thursday, 6 August 2015

No 11466, Thursday 06 Aug 2015, Arden


Enjoyed the CW today. My COD was 2D as I love snoozing.

ACROSS
6   Spike rejected as it's blunt (5) PITON {TIP}{ON}<=
7   Is Geneva rebuilding? Just imagine (8) ENVISAGE*
10 All or nothing — thing goes off when one's lucky (2,1,4) ON A ROLL {ALL+OR+NOthing}*
11 Lease period included for compound (7)  REAGENT {RE{AGE}NT}
12 Gamble with inside information, it's hot (7) PUNGENT {PUN{GEN}T}
13 American state capital involved — involved in a purge (7) CALOMEL {CA{LOME}L}
14 Novel cure — not only worked but also got better (11) RECUPERATED {CURE*}{oPERATED}
19 Spread out, and sprinkled after changing hands (7) SPLAYED SP(-r+l)LAYED
21 End indecision, one's eager to get material (7) NANKEEN {i...oN}{AN}{KEEN}
23 Cure and custody — essentially guarded by soldiers on either side (7) RESTORE {RE}{cuSTOdy}{RE}
25 The legend has it — she was lonelier, anonymous, sad (7) LORELEI {LOnELIER}* Semi&lit
26 Corruption will be reduced if it works — the writing's on the wall (8) GRAFITTI {GRAFt}{IF+IT}*
27 Start attack (5) ONSET [DD]

DOWN
1   Queen under stress, restricts passage (8) STRAINER {STRAIN}{ER}
2   Tin will leak, get some shut eye (6) SNOOZE {SN}{OOZE}
3   Attached to all speed transport (10) SELLOTAPED*
4   Swear to stop short (4) AVER AVERt
5   Mental age maybe not ten — but very bright (6) AGLEAM {MentAL+AGE}*
6   Cue for parliamentarian on time (6) PROMPT {PRO}{MP}{T}
8   Red alert at variance with supreme court (7) SCARLET {SC}{ALERT*}
9   Woman's clothing lifted (5) STOLE [DD]
13 Doctor also caring for instrument (3,7) COR ANGLAIS*
15 Keen to run up — so, raise an alarm (3,4) CRY WOLF {CRY} {WOLF<=}
16 Contestant's outstanding, still to be trained (8) DUELLIST {DUE}{STILL*}
17 Lot of interest to work arduously and offload (5) USURY aRdUoUSlY*
18 Measure inclination and sign on (6) ENLIST {EN}{LIST}
20 Temptation to acquire good man's halo (6) LUSTRE {LU{ST}RE}
22 Managed promotion, rank is limited (6) NARROW {NAR<=}{ROW}
24 Beheading the wicked one makes no difference (4) EVIL dEVIL

GRID

26 comments:

  1. Arden delights as usual. Needed the net for Calomel & Piton. So missed the samosa

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  2. 25 The legend has it — she was lonelier, anonymous, sad (7) LORELEI {LOnELIER}* Semi&lit
    How is 'n' deleted pl?

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  3. Slightly tougher than the first 2 of this cycle. Missed about 4 words. :(

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  4. Agree with Shrikanth, enjoyed all the same. Early morning workout- fo the brain.
    A doubt- Is 'Cellotape' a brand name? I would have spelt it with a C and not S.

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    1. Both Cellotape and Selloptape are brand names

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    2. OED online gives Sellotape both as noun and verb, though it does mention "trademark' also.
      It does not have cellotape

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  5. The moment I wrote Shrikanth- I got a double- even on my desktop!

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  6. Took a long time for Cor Anglais & calomel..loved all clues without exception...thoroughly enjoyed

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  7. 13 American state capital involved — involved in a purge (7) CALOMEL {CA{LOME}L}
    I put LIMA for capital and never bothered to find out what CALIMAL means, as it did not affect the other words. Now I find that CALIMAL is also a drug, but not sure whether it is a purgative or not.

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    1. It isn't - it's an antihistamine.

      https://www.mediguard.org/medication/overview/calimal

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    2. The freedictionary says it was formerly a purgative

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  8. Took a long time for Cor Anglais & calomel..loved all clues without exception...thoroughly enjoyed

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  9. Brilliant, Arden - congratulations, and thank you!

    Many great clues in there with some witty surface readings - my CsOD were 6a (the very first clue in the list, although I could get it only towards the end!) and 9d. 25a almost made it to COD, but while the clue is ingenious, the surface didn't quite measure up to the standard of the other two.

    Like yesterday, a lot of deletions again - 10a, 14a, 25a, 26a, 5d, 17d.

    Thanks to DG for the blog - and especially for the link to the capital in 13a! I got it from the definition and the opening state, but couldn't parse the rest of it.

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  10. Deletions are the order of the day. Not only Arden, many setters have started using it very frequently. Sometimes they catch you by surprise.

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  11. A little earlier today, I saw the comments on the blog carrying serial numbers, with each set of follow-up comments being numbered separately (starting from 1 again). When I came back and refreshed the page a couple of minutes ago, the numbers disappeared. Any idea what's happening?

    FWIW, I think the numbering is a good idea.

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    1. I too have seen that happen.
      But I cannot recall when that happened - happened but momentarily.

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    2. Numbering happens in the comments section when the page doesn't load correctly

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    3. Ah! Thank you for clearing that up. Is it possible - and desirable from your point of view - the keep the numbering visible? It will help when referring to a specific comment in one's own comment.

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    4. What you say is right and will make things simple. Obviously they are numbered (otherwise how do we get the no. of comments on top?) and it should be possible for it to be displayed normally.

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    5. I don't think there is any such feature. Shall check anyway

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  12. My comment too duplicated..seems work of android playing havoc. .

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    1. Unless some of us should say it twice to be heard :) :P

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