Monday, 14 September 2015

No 11499, Monday 14 Sep 2015, Incognito


Seems to be a slip between the cup and the lip at 23A.

ACROSS
7   JFK's playing card (4) JACK [DD]
8   It is supposed to be superfast, especially when greased (9) LIGHTNING [CD]
10 Teases model relatives who are not 29 (6) TAUNTS {T}{AUNTS}
11 Naughty nieces capture knight's clothing accessories (8) NECKTIES {NIECES}* around {KT}
12 Regatta's snake spot (4-4) BOAT-RACE {BOA}{T-RACE}
14 Adder is between spring and fall (6) SUMMER [DD]
16 Bart's ban on extra-terrestrial (7) BARONET {BAR}{ON}{ET}
18 Greenish-blue colour I had exhibited at first with poison (7) CYANIDE {CYAN}{I'D}{Ex...d}
21 Flower had Ali confused (6) DAHLIA*
23 Mash pulpier pie endlessly with the superior part of osculatory appendage (5,3) UPPER LIP {PULPIER+Pie}* Endlessly should remove P or E or P&E but not IE? See comments
25 Turn anticlockwise after swine has gone and get a mixed drink (8) COCKTAIL AnTICLOCKwise*
27 Smart intelligence agent carries telecom device to identify friend or foe (6) SPIFFY {SP{IFF}Y}
29 They manage enlightenment without hint (9) GENTLEMEN ENLiGhTENMEnt*
30 Look at a nobleman as a person of equal status (4) PEER [MD]

DOWN
1   Philanderer can save endlessly by carrying a ring, silly! (8) CASANOVA {CAN+SAVe+A+O}*
2   Hide southern relative (4) SKIN {S}{KIN}
3   State of matter found in People's Liberation Army's main armoury, initially (6) PLASMA {PLA'S}{Main}{Ar...y}
4   A Government Order rejected in Spain leads to troubles (7) AGONIES {A}{GO}{NI<=}{ES}
5   Remains loyal to bars near ... (6,2) STICKS BY {STICKS} {BY}
6   ... money making plant or Herb (4) MINT [DD]
9   Birds first go erratically, and then East-South-East (5) GEESE {Go}{Er...y}{ESE}
13 Take some training and dance with an ugly creature (5) TROLL {Tr...g}{ROLL}
15 Roman ruined building (5) MANOR*
17 Time a small creature becomes capable of being removed (8) ERASABLE {ERA}{SABLE}
19 Administer a solution drop by drop after deep fried mixture lost energy (4,4) DRIP FEED {DEEP+FRIeD}*
20 Magnificent miniature submarine Emil built (7) SUBLIME {SUB}{EMIL*}
22 In between, a girl hugs Scotsman (5) AMONG {A}{MON}{G}
24 Pilot Officer Singh's endlessly sitting (6) POSING {PO}{SINGh}
26 Critical, but not the most powerful one on board (4) KING [DD]
28 I left groups of Zulu soldiers, the devils (4) IMPS IMPiS

GRID

40 comments:

  1. A Wodehouse cocktail today

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    1. R. That endlessly should have been initially!

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    2. What does R. there signify?
      - Doubt Dhanabalu

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    3. Wodehouse had the habit of using R. to stand for Right (as in correct, and not the direction) when his characters were laconic. I think Freddie Threepwood or Psmith use it.

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    4. Thank you. I have read several PGW novels and hugely enjoyed them but some I may have deliberately ignored.

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  2. Ah ! Another satisfying solve. Though I scored only 90%. Thanks Incognito

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    1. Welcome kats! I hope Kit is with and before you!

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  3. Wrt 23a, does the setter use the said appendage for any purpose other than osculation?
    - Doubt Dhanabalu

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    1. To lick with my tongue when I salivate over delicious food

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    2. Salivation is meant foe better things!
      BTW, My doubt to CV-Does 'Doubt Dhanabalu' still continue? I have not seen him in a long while- not even in a saloon where you run into Dina Thanthi'.

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  4. Also for osculation- among other things!

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  5. I have to say with a stiff upper lip that Dahlias are not gentlemen!

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    1. What with those broken bottles and full moon night sacrifices

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    2. I thought you would correct me ... It was Agatha who did those activities

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    3. Dahlia is the one with Tally Ho and Yoicks and whise potent weapon is Anatole, the gift to the gastric juices ...

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    4. 'Gift to gastric juices' leads me to Jeeves' 'Pick-me up's!
      About anunts- yes, I generalised aunts, which I should not have done with K.

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  6. A small creature in 17D spoiled my samosa, but then the setter may say it is good for my diet! Liked the 'Greased lightning'.

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    1. If you are a Sudden fan, you would have heard his draw described as faster than greased lightning!

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    2. I am a regular (not Sudden) fan (of PGW),so I did not hear it. Does it sound 'Strange'?

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    3. Not only Strange, but also Christian ...

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    4. Needed the net to figure the Christian & Strange link.

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  7. I wasn't quite SPIFFY enough for samosas today.

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  8. An enjoyable stress free puzzle to start the week. Thank you Incognito. :-)))

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  9. The wodehousian cocktail with the easy style of the setter makes for a great combination to start a week..

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  10. "My Aunt DAHLIA has a carrying voice... If all other sources of income failed, she could make a good living calling the cattle home across the Sands of Dee."

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    1. I had a friend (an ex-colleague) whose voice is stentorian (a favourite word with Indians). Whoever hears him may ask in Tamil "Why do you speak so loudly? It can be heard fifteen houses away."

      I used to joke: "If he whispers to his wife, it will be heard five houses away."

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    2. Dare he even whisper to his wife ...

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    3. We had a very short professor with a 'stentorian' voice as CV calls it.He used to ask 'Can you see me/" 'No Sir' will be the answer from the first bench.
      Can you hear me?
      'Yes Sir' will be the answer from the last bench- of the next classroom!

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  11. Since I am clueless about PGW, could someone mention the themed words so that I can highlight them in the main post

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  12. Here are theme words I could spot. Not sure if Incognito had the exact set in mind
    SUMMER LIGHTNING,TAUNTS(AUNTS), NECKTIES, BOAT-RACE, GENTLEMEN, BARONET ,DAHLIA, UPPER LIP ,COCKTAIL, PEER, MANOR

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    1. Those certainly are the direct ones. There are some far fetched ones too, but I will leave it at that

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  13. Oh such an enjoyable crossword, and even more enjoyable comments.
    Add me to the long list of diehard PGW fans!
    And Kishore/Incognito fan as well! Many thanks - though samosas may not be good for my figure, this crossword made the morning very pleasant! :-))

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  14. I am off to Sarsawa (near Saharanpur) tonight to meet my Grand-daughter will be posting from New Delhi Station/Airport tomorrow as well as on Friday morning as I have early morning trains and flights to catch. On Wed/Thu will post from from Sarsawa

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  15. All the best for the trip. Not sure whether to insert f.s. after Meet or grand-daughter. She's probably too young to blog right now, but who know what may happen a few years from now ...

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    1. Nothing escapes your eagle eyes does it :-) Hopefully I will motivate someone from the clan into the world of CWs

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    2. 23a did! Good luck in your endeavours... That someone cannot have a better teacher

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  16. I spotted this blog by accident recently. I must say that it has been a happy accident. I used to sit down to solve (try anyway) regularly many years ago - when I had access to the physical newspaper. I just started getting back to it recently. I have lost a lot of touch, I realise.
    This puzzle was more my style/capability. Shamefully missed AMONG but was able to get everything else.
    Anyway, thank you for the blog. Sometimes, I cannot help but gasp in admiration of some of some of the solutions! Will try and stay regular as my work permits.
    This puzzle was more my style/capability. Shamefully, I did not get AMONG but happy to have got the other clues. Hope to keep it up.

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