Friday, 2 October 2015

No 11515, Friday 02 Oct 2015, Gridman


Gadi and Alu/Aloo are there in Chambers, I wonder if they are permitted in Scrabble. 

ACROSS
1   Within possibility, one is replaced by potato of great worth (8) VALUABLE {V{-i+alu}ALUABLE} Never realised that 'Alu/Aloo' is there in Chambers
5   Cruel brother, upstart, not completing story (6) BRUTAL {BR}{Up}{TALe}
9   Madrid native revamps Iran pads (8) SPANIARD*
10 Fig variety in Atlanta suburb (6) SMYRNA [DD] Thanks to Google
12 Man leaves country supporter in civil disorder (4) RIOT patRIOT
13 NYC kerbs up to some renovation by computer nerds (10) CYBERPUNKS*
15 True believers don't have them (6) DOUBTS [CD]
17 Groom about to enter a West Indies plantation (5) PREEN {P{RE}EN}
20 In decline, poor desi’s pocketed lakhier at first (5) SLIDE {S{La...r}IDE*}
21 State desi's changed to the optimistic view (6) UPSIDE {UP}{DESI}*
24 Put Lords' wives ashore: they have tenants to look after (10) LANDLADIES {LAND}{LADIES}
27 Retreat from snooker? (4) NOOK [T]
29 Teachers' noises of disapproval about primarily offensive remarks (6) TUTORS {TUT{Of...e}{Re...s}S}
30 Tired individual is comprehensive (3-2-3) ALL-IN-ONE {ALL-IN}-{ONE}
31 Staggered drunkenly and leered rudely (6) REELED*
32 Snap! Soaks back cooking vessels (8) STEWPANS {STEW}{PANS}<=

DOWN
1   Travellers lose one-time face masks (6) VISORS VISitORS
2   Field fellow to entice (4,2) LEAD ON {LEA}{D ON}
3   A footloose royal is of the same sort (4) AKIN {A}{KINg}
4   Look, railway's transporting red truck (5) LORRY {LO}{R}{RY}
6   Gather man is in to plot again (5) REMAP {RE{M}AP}
7   Formed crowd to see girl is sitting in gaddi, starting declamation (8) THRONGED {THRON{G}E}{De...n}
8   Networking includes one in sailing trip (8) LIAISING {LIAIS{1}NG*}
11 Reportedly picks up perfumes (6) SENSES [CD] (Addendum - CENSES (~senses) - See comments)
14 Only advance mentioned (4) LONE (~loan)
16 Leaps in spring and start of summer (6) BOUNDS {BOUND}{Su...r}
17 Stationery stock in apartments (4) PADS [DD]
18 Liars too treated by one who quarantines (8) ISOLATOR*
19 Produce short sketch by vetting comic scene at last (8) VIGNETTE {VETTING}*{s..nE}
22 Ring for girl possessing nothing new (6) CORONA {COR{O}{N}A}
23 They go high in the air or down the slope (6) SKIERS [DD]
25 Gross display from muscular gendarme (5) LARGE [T]
26 Election Commission almost tardy in applause (5) ECLAT {EC}{LATe}
28 See six accepting Middlesex blow finally (4) VIEW {VI}{sEx}{bloW}

GRID

18 comments:

  1. 11 d Could it be CENSES?

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    1. Agree

      Would have preferred wordplay for 10A

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  2. Lol... funny xword today with alu and gaddis... seriously on 21a ladies defined as lord wives is too archaic thothe put ashore for land is a nice way of putting it. Yes smyrna req google and so also censes. But put skiers as skeets unthinkingly... thinking of skeet shooting perhaps. Thanka gridman funny xword indeed

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  3. Put 'Stewpots' and could not get corona- a known term.
    Alu took me by surprise (I was thinking of possibilities & probabilities!) but could google throne for gaddi.
    Enjoyable as usual.

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  4. One more "STEWPOT" here! Naturally couldn't get CORONA and others like DOUBTS & CENSES. But for these three it was an enjoyable solve. Errr make it four please with 'stewpot' too!

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  5. ALU and ALOO aren't valid in scrabble. GADI is.

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  6. In the crossword the spelling GADDI is used. That as well as the spelling variant GADI are valid in Scrabble.

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  7. No one has asked if DESI and LAKHIER are Scrabble words.

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  8. Missed VIGNETTE and CENSES. Has anyone on the blog read Nero Blanc's Crossword Mysteries?.

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  9. Would have preferred wordplay for 10A(SMYRNA)
    Come to think of it, that should not have been difficult. Offhand, now, I can write:
    Station master's yarn about town in Tennessee (6)
    Well, if I did not, after writing a substitution clue, a charade, an anagram, perhaps I thought 'let me use a different clue type and wrote this.
    I agree this clue is not readily solveable, it might even require some googling.
    Sorry. Maybe if this were the first of clues that I wrote, I may not have used this clue type.
    As I always say a lot of work needs to be done after having written all clues. I do - but in any crossword some more work might still be possible.
    Just now I found that in tomorrow's CWD I had used the same word for the same single letter in two clues. I changed one of them.

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  10. Downloaded the puzzle at around 8..& then no Network the whole day...so solved the puzzle without net.....except smyrna could get all...could get both 1a & 7d without net help..ditto with censes...a nice puzzle to solve on a holiday...

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  11. Dear Vasant. You have written that you have downloaded the puzzle. What is the web source and the software utility to use to solve?.

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    1. Hi Sowndararajan!source is The Hub..link given in side bar..the clues are posted by ..on weekdays by Bhavan & on sundays by the Col..software..I solve it in excel..i make the grid in excel..I have Gridman's 8 different type of grids..other setters also almost use the same type of grids

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    2. Did I ever thank Bhavan & Col for the yeoman service they do for the crossword solvers?Believe me its a great help for people like me....living in remote location with no access to print edition...I thank them with my heart..

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  12. ALU, ALOO, GADI and GADDI are all good in Collins Scrabble Words 2015 dictionary which is the official dictionary for International Scrabble play.

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