Saturday, 12 September 2015

No 11498, Saturday 12 Sep 2015, Incognito


For No. 53, Incognito pulls the joker out of the pack

Across

1 Boxer's dog has one heel (8) PUGILIST {PUG}{I}{LIST}
5 13 lost? OK. He's a humorist (6) JESTER {JokESTER}
10, 11 This, in a pack, may be 15 (5,5,4) FIFTY THIRD CARD (E)
12 Stitch certain to hold ulcerated tongue initially (6) SUTURE {S{U}{T}URE}
13 Hoaxer fractured jerk's toe (8) JOKESTER {JERKS TOE}*
15 If practical, he is a prankster (5) JOKER (CD)

17 Key promotes speed (9) BACKSPACE {BACKS}{PACE}
19 Applicant Frank had food (9) CANDIDATE {CANDID}{ATE}
20 Thou has money — it is thine (5) YOURS {YOU}{RS}
21 Bats flying back before boy in Germany and injuring (8) STABBING {{BATS}* {B}{IN}{G}} (Correction - {{BATS<=}{B}{IN}{G}} - See comments)
23 Permanent Account Number that is rejected initially by 15 (6) NAPIER {PAN<=}{IE}{R} Reversal Ind missing?
27 Resort behind mountain chain (9) REARRANGE {REAR}{RANGE}
28 His pants usually come off on the flying trapeze when crown changes hands (5) CLOWN {C{-r+L}OWN}
29 Ram punster replacing saint with nuncio at first (6) PUNNER {PUN(-st+N)ER} Ram is punner? See Comments
30 Some lass dances and gets black treacle (8) MOLASSES {SOME LASS}*

Down

1 Enlarges // pants (5) PUFFS (DD)
2 Present counter's redeemable coupon (4,5) GIFT TOKEN {GIFT} {TOKEN}
3 Film // hen, for example (5) LAYER (DD)
4 Poses with sex-appeal in ship (4) SITS {S{IT}S}
6 I hear Leslie chases aim perpetually (9) ENDLESSLY {END}{LESSLY}(~LESLIE)
7 Ultra itinerant's hidden nature (5) TRAIT(T)
8 Without any conditions // like a horse with reversed boots in the stirrups? (9) RIDERLESS (DD)
9 Doc Veer is running around un-married persons? (9) DIVORCEES {DOC VEER IS}*
14 Getting old boy place money around a gin cocktail (9) OBTAINING {OB}{T{A}IN}{GIN*}
15 Support American sportsman's type of shooting (9) JOCKSTRAP {JOCK}{S}{TRAP}
16 Mix beers and rum around one and compensate (9) REIMBURSE {RE{I}MBURSE*}
18 A glowing compound of Al (9) ALUMNIOUS {A}{LUMINOUS}
22 Once more, a profit! (5) AGAIN {A}{GAIN}
24 Accountant's car crashed in capital (5) ACCRA {AC}{CAR*}
25 Royals (actually nubile Indian sirens), initially (5) RANIS (Acrostic) (Royals on double duty?)
26 Vote about right to reject (4) VETO {VOTE}* 


Reference list

Money=Rs, Boy=B, Germany=G, Permanent Account Number=PAN
Sex-appeal=It, Ship=SS, Old boy=OB, Money=Tin, One=I, Accountant=AC 

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,Substitution Indicator

GRID 

52 comments:

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    1. The royals will take objection to that ;-)

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    2. It is an acrostic but where one of the acrostic yielders does double duty as definition. This is how I see it!
      Royals themselves may be too difficult to bear.
      Now, if they are nubile, if they are also Indian, and finally if they are also sirens, God save the subjects!

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    3. LV
      Thanks for the new avatar! Now we get a complete picture!!!

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    4. Col, Sorry! When I wrote the above comment I had not noticed that you had already mentioned about dd (double duty).

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    5. For a second time I am making this mistake, giving no credit to the Saturday blogger.

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    6. CV: "Royals themselves may be too difficult to bear.
      Now, if they are nubile, if they are also Indian, and finally if they are also sirens, God save the subjects!"

      To repeat an old chestnut of a pun: Royals are not subjects....

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  2. 29A Chambers has Punner as a tool for ramming

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  3. Yes, Ramesh, Royals is on double duty in 25d and I have missed the word 'Rejected' before the words 'Permanent Account Number' when typing 23a. My apologies.

    There's a little prank I have pulled on you and I am happy to note that you have fallen for it ;-) 29a PUNNER though highlighted by you is not a theme word as it is not a synonym of JOKER. The word 'punster' in the clue is a synonym of Joker. A punner is a ram. Please ref. second meaning of pun in the BRB.

    And yes, kudos for noting NAPIER is a theme word, in spite of my botching up the clue.

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    1. As per Chambers a PUNNER is a PUNSTER so the joke's on you Incognito

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    2. I know that, I was just pulling a leg or two ;-)

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    3. Kudos goes to Col. He helped me out on that & confirmed that Punner was the right solution

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  4. I Thought Kishore had changed his name to Ram

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  5. Nice one. Samosas as usual. :-)))
    23Ac definition?
    As for the themed words, I feel just 'card' would do in 10-11ac.
    Thanks Incognito for an enjoyable CW.

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    1. 23A definition is 15/Joker. Jack Napier is The Joker from Batman comics

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    2. Ah! How I missed that 15 for joker! Thanks Sir.

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    3. Highlighted 15 & added link. Thanks MB

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  6. On Saturdays we rarely get so many Comments within 20 mins. See what pull Incognito has!

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    1. He has clarified at 8:55 above that he was pulling one or two legs ;-)

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  7. Ref 15d
    Does Jockey the underwear brand originate from 'jock', asks Doubt Dhanabalu.

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    1. Yes it does, as Jock is an athletic supporter

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    2. I remember it from school as we referred to underwear as jocks

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    3. Since we know which brand you sport, may I ask one more doubt : Does it have a strap?

      I remember seeing this clue somewhere:
      Nut-case (9)

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    4. Tut-tut to that underwear.

      I don't sport Jockey as I'm a VIP fan

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    5. Aah, that was addressed to a self-confessed Jockey ..

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  8. Thanks Incognito .. a very punny puzzle. :) and thans always to colonel sir and all those who manage this blog

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  9. An apposite theme from master punster....

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  10. Roads and bridges in several towns and cities have been named after Napier - like the Napier Road and Bridge in Chennai, Napier Road in Pune, Singapore and Karachi (red light area).

    Sir Charles James Napier is best known for conquering the whole Sindh Province and passed into history for the notable message he despatched to his superiors: "Peccavi", the Latin for "I have sinned" - a pun on 'I have Sindh'. A punster, indeed!

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    1. Wikipedia has it that, the pun portrayed in the cartoon in Punch was authored by Catherine Winkworth,

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    2. I prefer Napier's Bones ...

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    3. Does anyone here possess Napier's bones?

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  11. If 'Jockstrap's a support can 'bra' also be a support?

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    1. Yes but not as a nut-case!

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    2. I'd be called that if I did classify it like that!

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    3. ... and seriously, if I used 'support' for 'bra' in a clue, would I be called a nut- case or would it be all right?

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    4. It should be all right. There are many who support that usage

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    5. Supporters of support?

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  12. 21 Bats flying back before boy in Germany and injuring (8) STABBING {{BATS}* {B}{IN}{G}}

    MB must be slowing down. He missed pointing out the 'reversal ind' for 'BATS'!

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  13. What a funny 'punny' crossword today! Thoroughly enjoyable! Thanks Incognito Kishore!!

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  14. Permanent Account Number that is rejected initially by 15 (6) NAPIER {PAN<=}{IE}{R}

    Can R in rejected double up as a reverse indicator(Rejected for reversal)) and also as R to complete the answer-- initially? R ? I think tha could have been the intention of Incognito.

    A punnet full of jokers and punners and punsters in this great crossword ! After Arden and Scintillator
    Incognito is always a pacifier for the noodled up mind of the solver !! THe formers are uppers and the ;latter is a downer for addicts !!

    Col: Thanks for giving me the breathing space. I shall send my compilation for the Sunday Special in due course.

    My query relation to the code word for the remains unanswered. I'm still hooked to the tenter !

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  15. Raju, I am sure Ms. Drake has made an attempt to answer your query. From my side, nothing to report as I have not registered.

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  16. Where does Paul Drake's wife come in here? Call in Perry Mason to solve the mystery? and why haven't you registered?

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    1. Thére was a spam from one Ms Drake between our comments, which no doubt was later deleted by the Colonel. Simple answer to your third q... I am cooling my heels ..

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  17. Goodnight all. Thanks for solving!

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  18. Thoroughly enjoyed the grid. Thanks Incognito Kishore

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