Tuesday, 11 August 2015

No 11470, Tuesday 11 Aug 2015, Incognito


Another good deal from Incognito, which explains his comment a couple of days ago. At this rate we'll all become expert cardsharps!!
ACROSS
1   They may be used to rest bowlers initially having arduous paths (8) HATRACKS {Ha...g}{Ar...s}{TRACKS}
5   Bare minimum at meeting where Latin's peculiar (6) QUORUM {QUO}{RUM}
10 Odd persons' vehicles have just a drop of diesel (5) CARDS {CAR{Di...l}S}
11 Unsold pen may make American perplexed (9) NONPLUSED*
12 Onboard accommodation with engineer's tools (6) SPADES {S{PAD}{E}S}
13 Bits of ice found in baseball stadiums (8) DIAMONDS [DD]
15 Sultana's odd, substituting king with knight (5) QUEEN QUEE(-r+n)N
17 Excessively coach about connected wagons (9) OVERTRAIN {OVER}{TRAIN}
19 Mulish old boys had food around can (9) OBSTINATE {OBS}{TIN}{ATE}
20 Devil's score of 40-40 (5) DEUCE [DD]
21 A police chief's a LSD user (4,4) ACID HEAD {A}{CID HEAD}
23 Human parts found in the art salon (6) HEARTS [T]
27 Confused Good Samaritan gives away hybrid dogs for lady-love (9) INAMORATA {goOd+sAMARATIN}*
28 Discotheque's bashes (5) CLUBS [DD]
29 North American railway has overtime for lawyer (6) NOTARY {N{OT}A}{RY}
30 Relative with little energy in Asia has paralysis (8) AKINESIA {A{KIN}{E}SIA}

DOWN
1   Press breaks into a computer (5) HACKS [DD]
2   Bullies treat hens excitedly (9) THREATENS*
3   Before multiplying, one may be expected to walk down this passage (5) AISLE [CD]
4   Rex's looking, but John's gone (4) KING looKING
6   Great! United Nations published untruth about leading tech institute! (9) UNLIMITED {UN}{LI{MIT}ED}
7   This, when one substitutes first element with nothing, produces colophony (5) ROSIN R(-e+o)OSIN (Addendum - RESIN R(-e+o)OSIN - See comments)
8   Mad dame's perception was logical (4,5) MADE SENSE {DAME}* {SENSE}
9   RAW's peacemakers ready to eat with young hooligan (9) UNRIPENED {UN}{RIPE}{NED}
14 Run amok with handy fruits? (2,7) GO BANANAS {GO} {BANANAS}
15 State price for extract (9) QUOTATION [DD]
16 Horse sound by boy, our next door chap (9) NEIGHBOUR {NEIGH}{B}{OUR}
18 Rum is mixed with water first in fish tanks (9) AQUARIUMS {AQUA}{RUM+IS}* Lucky fish!
22 Unsuitable captain's first command taken away after loss of a circular (5) INAPT cAPTaIN*
24 Old lag seen in Caltex conference (2-3) EX-CON [T]
25 South Africa has abandoned alleged CIA mole (5) SASHA {SA}{HAS*}
26 Knave's vehicle accessory (4) JACK [DD]

GRID

77 comments:

  1. Apropos the Col.'s over-the-top (;-)) remarks: A wild west sharpshooter pulls out his revolver at the card table and says, "This game is not straight. Slippery Sam ain't playing the cards I dealt him". Cardsharps not sure, but I am practising the harp in anticipation of future requirements. Apologies for forcing one more card deal on you folks at such a short interval, but this arrow had left the bow before Scintillator's turned up.

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  2. Re: 18d... they can't have it on the rocks! they would flounder ...but pass away with a smile on their faces

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  3. 7 This, when one substitutes first element with nothing, produces colophony (5) ROSIN R(-s+o)OSIN

    Typo in anno

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    1. You are right about the typo, but that ain't the answer... Sandy ...

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    2. Why, Why?

      This = RESIN
      when one substitutes
      first element = E
      with nothing = O,
      produces
      colophony = ROSIN ie R(-e+o)OSIN

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    3. how did you get resin in the wp, there is no equivalent in the clue. This was supposed to work like this:

      Let the answer=this be X
      X-e+o=ROSIN

      solve for X

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    4. RESIN is what was intended, Sandy

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    5. Even though it's from the horses mouth (pun not intended), I'm not convinced. What do others say?

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    6. Your explanation really makes the wp clear..

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    7. I am late today (was watching a Tamil movie). I would say the clue is ambiguous. It is possible to get ROSIN but RESIN cannot be ruled out.
      If E/O is an unchecked cell, I, as arbiter, would accept either answer as correct.

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    8. I got RESIN the same way Kishore intended. I think I am learning to decipher his mind. Earlier I could follow 25% of his coments Now it is 26%.

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    9. What mind? Non existent...

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  4. Nice one..As usual had samosas unless ROSIN is changed to some other answer! Enjoyable outing. Thank you, Incognito.

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    1. Kishore @ 8:43 a.m. So I lose my samosas! :((

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    2. But you already 'had' them, MB.... Did you disgorge or regurgitate ...

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    3. ... your ill gotten victuals ...

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    4. MB no need to regurgitate, see CV's comments at 9:18 above. E/O is in an unchecked cell

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    5. If you have already regurgitated, then you may either unregurgite or just gurgitate, whicois more palatable to you

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    6. D G Sir @ 9:21 a.m. Thank you Sir. Nothing left to disgorge...all have been digested...happy now!

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  5. I had it as Rosin as well...a nice deal...no complaints about the double deal

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  6. There's an esoteric connection between this theme and something else on this page ....

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  7. So far that's 3 for ROSIN and 2 for RESIN

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    1. Resin is not there in the clue. You cannot reach rosin without having resin in the first place.

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    2. That seems to be a circular argument Kishore. Rosin is not there in the clue either. So x can be either resin or rosin, and the answer would depend on where you start. The crossings don't help in this case either. Seems to bring to mind CV's comment yesterday?

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    3. Rosin is colophony and is in the clue

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    4. I have posted my Comment above.

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    5. Of course, rosin is itself a resin, but the interpretation of colophony=resin is ruled out because it cannot be the result of the substitution of e by o.

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    6. Agree with Kishore. On a coplete reading of the clue I think there is no ambiguity that it has to be RESIN

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  8. 10A: Purists would frown at the def here having an apostrophe. Had that pointed out in a THCC clue once.

    Like the way you write such simple clues. esp the KING clue.

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    1. I thought punctuation can be ignored... Any how I am not even branded as a libertarian but a libertine ...;-) The king clue also has internal rhyme John gone ...

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  9. By the way how do I indicate the Anno for RESIN?

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    1. Or if you prefer, RESIN, when e is substituted with o leads to resin i. e. colophony

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    2. "RESIN, when e is substituted with o leads to resin i. e. colophony"

      or (RESIN-e+o=rosin)

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    3. How many solvers knew what 'colophony' meant when they did the clue?
      Is it the same as what our violinists dip their finger in when they wield the bow?
      I feel like shouting COLOPHONY when I see that happen the next time I attend a Carnatic music concert at the venerable Academy.

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    4. It is the same CV. Here's a definition from Ambrose Bierce's Devil's Dictionary that may amuse you:
      FIDDLE noun

      An instrument to tickle human ears by friction of a horse's tail on the entrails of a cat.

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    5. Non use of colophony may lead to cacophony

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  10. Write a clue that leads clearly to RESIN or ROSIN. (Kishore is barred from this CWE.)

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    1. I will be outstanding the class

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    2. First element to substitute nothing in colophony to get this = R(-o+e)ESIN

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    3. PET Queen turns away from vice (5)

      Pitch for soldiers to revert to vice (5)

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    4. Calophony is got from resin when the first element is substituted by nothing = R(-e+o)OSIN

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    5. Commit a mistake again to get this viscous substance (5)

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    6. Spinner initially held in check by pitch (5)

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    7. About to do something unholy? It may get sticky! (5)

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  11. In all the hullaballoo over resin/rosin, no one has found the esoteric connection mentioned by Kishore in his 8:54 above

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    1. Esoteric is beyond me. Only erotic will hit my eyes (as it does in some of those ads on the screen).

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    2. The song given below too has a connection to that thing on this page

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    3. CV, here are your nautch girls playing cards the way you like it:
      Statutory warning: People with cardiac conditions, have somebody at hand, in case help is required ...

      Please Google for "Uniting nations - Out of touch" and goggle

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    4. Alert to office-goers: NSFW!

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  12. Re 10a
    Yes, apostrophes are ignored in clues.
    But I am not sure if that is all right in the 10a clue.
    Offhand I would think that it does not - what I mean is the apo here cann't be ignored as it seems to be intrusive between def and wordplay.
    But I am not passing any judgement as I need to look up manuals. I have to return to the movie, you know! This velaiyilla retiree is watching a similar pattadhari.

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    1. Patta, as you say, given the theme, reminds me of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA8RZhnIwMc

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  13. Had fun with this one, Kishore - thank you! I loved the clues for KING and INAMORATA. I can't recall the last time I saw "odd" used more than once without at least one instance leading to picking of alternate letters.

    Thanks to DG for the blog.

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  14. Re. 7d: I think it hinges on what one takes as the definition. If one takes 'colophony' as the definition, then (IMO) the wordplay becomes meaningless because there is no starting point for the interchange between e and o: in what word is one supposed to be interchanging them? The only other option for the definition is 'this' - and that, then, can only be RESIN.

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    1. Exactly what I said at 9.19. Thanks for seeing it that way.

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    2. Agree. I think there is also the added weightage that 'this' in clueing is the usual convention to substitute the word in the grid. Bit of confusion though, since resin is also an 'equivalent' meaning

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  15. Off topic
    In a scene in the movie I am watching, the temple priest comes with the thattu of vibudhi and kungumam after the archanai. The heroine extends her hand and dips it in the bowl and takes some kungumam. Is this a done thing?

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    1. In my opinion ........NO.

      The priest has to give the Kumkumam and Vibhoothi after ARCHANAI.

      If a plate of Kumkumam/Vibhothi is kept on a Table, the devotee can take by himself

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  16. I as a setter/clue-writer do remember that on occasions I too have started with a word and tried to point to the required word by making changes in the word with which we started.
    But I felt that the clue was not unambiguous I don't think I persisted with that wordplay.
    Do you have any example where this sort of WP works and works clearly?

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  17. Just spotted what you mentioned at 8:54, Kishore - so you have achieved a full deck of cards! :)

    Will no. 53 be a wild card, then, or a joker?

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  18. Hi ye=all ! I'm back in CBE and after a honeymoon period of six months in NY, the nightmare getting services restored and moving has taken up all my solving time-- i've cuttings backlogs of local issues and today, I decided to solve Incognito first before reading all those dismal shenanigans of mother and son .
    I saw all the brickbats for my Sunday special and am too late to respond as it will be of no avail. I depend upon my editors CV, DG and Kishore to tweak my clues as I mark my drafts to the triumvirates , being a novitiate in compiling. They have been kind enough to oblige . Thanks to them !

    My Larousse defines COLOPHONY as ROSIN and I've in the past faced such situations of RMDC type of answers ! Here for Incognito's comfort, I'll put my dime for ROSIN !

    As regards ambiguity in answers, cryptic crosswords should be absolutely unambiguous !

    With regards to classifying the clues as DD-CD anagrams etc, it should be a free for all as compiling with such constraints on mind will only drive one crazy ! As long as there is good wordplay and gridfill, one should enjoy what's offered. Solvers can be easy in their cosy space but a compiler has to bring in new challenges within the rules of the puzzle and hence given due credit.

    In today's crossie, INAMORATA made me feel romantic ! Thanks Kishore !

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    1. Welcome back. "Here for Incognito's comfort, I'll put my dime for ROSIN !" Raju, your dime is standing on the edge ;)

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    2. What's in word? A ROSIN is as stinky as a RESIN !! So the dime can fall into the slot !

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    3. Next time you chance upon Sherlock, Raju, call him Shylock, or worse call Shakespeare Bacon or any other kind of meat ... :)

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