Sunday, 16 August 2015

Special, Sunday 16 Aug 2015, Pluralist


Three answers per commenter (Annotations compulsory) till 6 PM.
Please try and give all your answers in one comment.

Note from Pluralist There is a not-so-hidden feature in the CW - please do not comment on it or disclose it till 12:30 PM, as it may spoil the fun a bit for those who haven't solved it yet.


ACROSS 
1   Turmoil as Nirad-babu's titular god confronts apostasy at last (7)
5   Autumn is short, flat, stagnant (6)
9   Part of this moolah turns patriot into last-ditch option of rascals (3)
11 Jinx cast on African country by young lad (7)
12 Confutation not about touching boundary (7)
13 An unpunctual Johnny, say, lifts flan (7)
15 Rift and strain for Bahraini flight company (7)
17 Callow lad finds total short by fifty (8)
19 Mangy cat lost in traumatic crash in courtyard (6)
21 Insignificant party missing mass (6)
22 "Just good pals," said old scholar (not, oddly, from Antioch) (8)
25 Boy without body odour standing in for missing pupil in dynamic Walmart track (7)
26 Hardy's crowd is infuriating! (7)
28 UK nationals find fictional python without a coach (7)
30 Gang taking half a banana to Babushka (7)
31 Starts work on outdoor court (3)
32 In Bulawayo, gin-imbibing woman in pursuit of wisdom? (6)
33 Rotund Bulbul bought top two trios for a shilling (7)

DOWN
1   Host swallows gourd marrow in ammunition dump (7)
2   Finally, almost finds cartographic compilation (5)
3   Discard a display without publicity to form an unsavoury impact (4,1,6)
4   Initially, Yang is not... (3)
6   ...protagonist of filmic trilogy cutting short faint star grouping (3)
7   Barking mad Tatar lion (9)
8   William of Langham (famous Romanist amassing many firsts), also known as W (7)
10 Chairman got up to display tropical fruit (5)
14 As shown in this way... (4)
16 ...alluding to "Tropic of Capricorn" and similar bars (11)
18 World body girding for pulling out support? (9)
20 Pick cushy tag for funny author (4)
21 Unskilfully? Outstandingly! (7)
23 Fraud talks boringly on radio with Paul Giraud, Camus, and Frapin, possibly (7)
24 Statutorily aids running of housing association? (5)
27 Passport, say, taking a half-hour in part of USA (5)
29 Drowning king on holiday is wrong (3)
30 Totally straightforward if this man's your aunt's husband (3)

Across Lite version can be accessed at PLURALIST 6

Enjoy.

75 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Bhargavji.
    4D:YIN(ACROSTIV and & LIT)
    5A:FALLOW= {FAL(-L)}(LOW)
    8D:WOLFRAM= ACROSTIC; Def=W=Tungsten

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    1. Read 4D as:4D:YIN(ACROSTIC and & LIT)

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  2. 2 Finally, almost finds cartographic compilation (5) ATLAS - AT LAS[t]
    32 In Bulawayo, gin-imbibing woman in pursuit of wisdom? (6) YOGIN - from bulawaYO GIN-imbibing
    27 Passport, say, taking a half-hour in part of USA (5) IDAHO - ID A HO[ur]

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    1. Chaturvasi, Sir {YOGINI} (6)

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    2. Thanks for fixing inadvertent error. I meant yogini!

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  3. 7D: LATRATION
    {TATARLION*}

    16D: LATITUDINAL {DD}

    30A: BANDANA
    {BAND}{(-ban)ANA}

    Thank you Pluralist, I'm getting ready for a samosa :)

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  4. 15A Rift and strain for Bahraini flight company (7) GULFAIR {GULF}{AIR}

    22A "Just good pals," said old scholar (not, oddly, from Antioch) (8) PLATONIC {PLATO}{aNtIoCh} removing odd chars of Antioch

    3D Discard a display without publicity to form an unsavoury impact (4,1,6) CAST A SHADOW {CAST} {A} {SH{AD}OW}

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  5. 17A - {YOUYH}{FUL(-l)}
    19A - ATRIUM(-cat)*
    21A - {NO}{BODY}

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  6. Leftovers at noon

    Across - 1, 9, 11, 12, 13, 25, 26, 28, 31, 33

    Down - 1, 10, 14, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 29, 30

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  7. Happy Birthday Bhargav Gopal.
    Hearty Congratulations Raghunath on winning Deccan Chronicle Sunday Magazine Crossword today.

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  8. Very enjoyable crossie..... doubt on 6d... unable to find the not so hidden feature...
    Loved 3 D, 23 D, 33A...even the shorter ones were very good...

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    1. Thank you, Vasant! Glad you enjoyed it. Not sure what your doubt is about 6d, but won't comment on it as it hasn't yet been solved.

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    2. Doubt on my solution.. not on the clue..

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  9. 31 A WOO (acrostic)

    1 D ARMOURY [ARM (g)OUR(d) Y ]
    10 D MANGO (T)

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  10. Since we are now past the curfew time on the not-so-hidden feature, the field is open for anyone who has seen it!

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  11. Happy Birthday, Bhargav!

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  12. Was stuck on 14D for what seemed like forever... Finally got my samosa.
    My COD: 23D - Nicely done Pluralist. Quite enjoyed the struggle.

    Well spotted, Ramki.

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  13. Most of our regulars are yet to drop by

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  14. LV, Sandhya, Raghu, MB, Paddy, Rengaswamy, Ramesh, Suresh, Kishore where are you'll today??

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    1. LV is a few comments above. Ajeesh is playing computer games in bed.

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    2. Oh yes I forgot LV had commented

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  15. 11a: MALISON-- Mali-African Country, folllwed by son-young lad
    13 a: UPSTART- lifts-- ups flan- tart- UPSTART unpunctual person- Johnny
    31 a: WOO = starts Work On Outdoor court -- W O O-- court

    An excellent compilation and brainteaser !! Keep it up Pluralist !

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    1. Raju Sir

      Anno for UPSTART is as follows. UPSTART is a Johnny-come-lately (idiom), hence an unpunctual Johnny, say.

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    2. Anno given by Raju is correct. You are only clarifying the definition

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    3. Oh yes... That's right.

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  16. Many happier returns of the day, CGB!

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  17. 14D : As shown in this way... (4) [THUS] DD

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  18. Thanks to all for the birthday wishes.

    18 Down UN BINDING

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  19. Happy birthday CGB , fellow leon ! I just toddled one more step nearer the cemetery on 5th ! We are as young as we are away from death !!! God bless you !

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  20. 21D : Unskilfully? Outstandingly! (7) NAIVELY [DD]

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  21. My last one

    29D : Drowning king on holiday is wrong (3) SIN {SINking} Def : Wrong

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  22. 6 ...protagonist of filmic trilogy cutting short faint star grouping (3) APU (Cutting short Apus)

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    1. Waited for this for a long time..my answer was correct but i couldnt annotate..thanks

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  23. 20 Pick // cushy // tag for funny author (4) PLUM (MD)

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  24. 23D Fraud talks boringly on radio with Paul Giraud, Camus, and Frapin, possibly (7) COGNAC ( ~CON YAK)

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    1. Needs a little bit more...

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    2. Why not make it a plural please! Eno (7) :)

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    3. Oops . COGNACS (~CON YAKS) Paul Giraud, Camus, and Frapin are all Cognacs

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  25. 25 A. TRAMWAY - BOY without (B)ody (Odour), Y replacing L(Student) in WALMART.

    24 D - BYLAW

    30 D - BOB - Bob's your uncle!

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  26. 26 Hardy's crowd is infuriating! (7) MADDING
    28 UK nationals find fictional python without a coach (7) BRITS + KA(a)

    33 Rotund Bulbul bought top two trios for a shilling (7)BUL (bul) BOU(-ght)+S (Somehow I feel that the wording is not clear)

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  27. 1A: ANARCHY [ANARCH + Y]

    12A: ABUTTAL [REBUTTAL - RE. not sure where the 'A' came from.]

    18D: UNBRACING [ UN + BRACING]

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  28. Abhay to explain the A

    Last one left 9A

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  29. The most commonly used letter in the English alphabet is "E." And to set a CW without letter "E" needs a lot of skill. Kudos to Abhay for the lipogram, an enjoyable one at that.

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  30. Wrapping up:
    9A Part of this moolah turns patriot into last-ditch option of rascals (3) ISM (T)
    Ref: Samuel Johnson's statement - 'Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.'

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  31. @ Abhay: Loved the clues! :)

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  32. Thanks Abhay, great crossword. I too am foxed by the A in 12A

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    1. You have annotated it just right - the top trios from two words (bulbul and bought) with the S from shilling, with rotund as the definition. I agree that the wording could (and should!) have been clearer.

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    2. Thanks Abhay. I expected Pluralist's crosswords to be tough and it turned out to be so. Brain's got a working over.

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    1. ...umm too late Jayaseelan! Just three minutes!! Sandhya ma'am beat you ti it @ 3:00 p.m. :)

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    2. :) could join now only . nice crossword.

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  35. Many thanks to everyone for the appreciation. I enjoyed the setting process thoroughly - glad to see it was fun to solve too!

    @Mohsin and DG: I am afraid the missing A in 12a is an oversight. My original clue read "A confutation, not about touching boundary". In editing the clues for the final version, I appear to have inadvertently deleted the "A" from the clue. My apologies for the mistake! :(

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  36. DG: Thank you for supplying the link explaining the ANARCH bit in 1a. I was unsure about the wisdom about using two literary references in the same puzzle (the other one, of course, is at 26a), but it doesn't seem to have created any problem!

    In both the clues, I have used references to book titles, although the titles themselves are based on quotations from poems written by someone else. I debated using "Gray's crowd" for 26a but decided it would make the clue too obscure; the decision was easier in 1a since the original poet's name (Pope) got ruled out by the self-imposed no-'e' rule!

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    1. edit: "...about the wisdom *of* using..."

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  37. @Abhay Thanks for an enjoyable cw :)

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  38. Thanks Abhay for a nice one. Enjoyed solving it

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