Thursday, 15 October 2015

No 11526, Thursday 15 Oct 2015, Incognito


ACROSS
1,5  Money with Ram, for daily necessities (5,3,6) BREAD AND BUTTER {BREAD} {AND} {BUTTER}
10 Burnt remains after that lady consumed poison. Or the other way round? (5) ASHES {SHE} in {AS}
11 Goes like Superman, Spiderman and Dr. Jekyll (5,4) ALTER EGOS {GOES}*
12 Hullo! Customer has an insect! (6) LOCUST [T]
13 Applaud before redesigning part? That's nonsense! (8) CLAPTRAP {CLAP}{PART*}
15 Loses colour seeing father in front of the French ... (5) PALES {PA}{LES}
17 ... tempo with soldier and Indian First Officer (9) ANDANTINO {AND}{ANT}{IN}{Of...r}
19 Commissions kingly neckwear (9) ROYALTIES {ROYAL}{TIES}
20 Tower over a woman returning in backstreet before starting of fight (5) DWARF {D{W}{A}<=R}<=}{Fight}
21 This may be the cause when one is 30 (8) INSOMNIA [CD]
23 Kung Fu Panda's estate in country (6) POLAND {PO}{LAND}
27 Old spouse's deadlock? (9) STALEMATE {STALE}{MATE}
28 Resident of mid-western American state has ten Washington newspapers at first (5) IOWAN {10}{WA}{Ne...s}
29 Untidy construction leads to absence of cover (6) NUDITY*
30 Peon was confused and looked alert (4-4) OPEN-EYED {PEON*}-{EYED}

DOWN
1   Fight British poker (5) BRAWL {BR}{AWL}
2   Eat chilly mixture in the right way (9) ETHICALLY*
3   Attractive man returns around beginning of summer and cleans ... (5) DUSTS {DU{Su...r}TS<=}
4   ... clean cattle! (4) NEAT [DD]
6   RAW’s green? (9) UNRIPENED [DD]
7   Animal that is good in a row (5) TIGER {TI{G}ER}
8   Prof. tours around to prevent oxidation of iron (9) RUSTPROOF*
9   Calmest saint places old hat on English stump (9) STOLIDEST {ST}{O}{LID}{E}{ST}
14 Graduates carry sand to church buildings (9) BASILICAS {BA{SILICA}S}
15 Churchman’s relative, a man with a disease named after him (9) PARKINSON {PAR{KIN}SON}
16 Lemon squash in South Eastern street is most splendid (9) SOLEMNEST {S{LEMON*}E}{ST}
18 One day, nawab’s terribly ill (2,1,3,3) IN A BAD WAY {1+DAY+NAWAB}*
22 Small and tough piece of pottery (5) SHARD {S}{HARD}
24 No, no! Flip that, in more ways than one, around one, and get a bulb (5) ONION {ON}{ON}<= around {1} What's the role of 'in more ways than one'?
25 Feasted on dead in bed, after discarding first bite (5) DINED {D}{IN}{bED}
26 Tiny prince's cry (4) PEEP {P}{EEP} (Addendum - WEEP {WEE}{P} - See comments)

GRID

40 comments:

  1. 24d: ON(I)ON - By "Flip that, in more ways than one," what the setter means is that either you could anagram the letters NONO and get ONON as the container or simply reverse them towards the same end.
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    A wee little revision needs to be done in the solution to 26d.

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    1. And something else, a bit of a stretch perhaps, requiring lateral thinking

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    2. Isn't that 'bit of stretch' a staple for the crossword setters? Solvers would know! They won't climb on to a stool to change the electrical device.

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    3. How many THC solvers does it take to change a lightbulb?

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    4. If tubelights then quite a few

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    1. As tangentially indicated by CV in his first comment

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  3. After a week of insanely difficult ones, it's nice to get a sitter! :)

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  4. I think the setter seems to suggest that in a scene of 29a, we must be 30a. Thanks Incog for the nice tip. Now for... no use any longer in trying to get the girlie mags.

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    1. Anent my 8:47, looking for the 'sitter' MB refers to.

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    2. Quite a coincidence that the puzzle comes at a time when HH decides to cover all bases

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    3. Hark, MB, here's another May & Baker

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    4. Wrt that mag, is the term 'cover girl' appropriate ..

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  5. Why has Incog held back? 12a must have been
    Hullo! Customer's an insect (6)

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    1. Because on the surface, my customers (solvers here), might feel insulted being grouped under insects

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  6. I like the ... linkage in 3 and 4. Neat!

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    1. But why would you want to clean clean cattle

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    2. ...To get wages for work that wasn't much of a chore.a

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  7. Yesterday's cow ref immediately led to NEAT. Samosas are 'sweeter' when more than 80% of ans are obtained without any ref!. Thanks to the power failure. Thank you Incognitol Very happy.πŸ˜€

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  8. Yes easy one from Incognito but missed samosa as made a wee mistake with 26d. Also for 15d is there a containment indicator? In 12a has helps indicate telescopic. 11a 23a were enjoyable while 24d and 25d interesting indeed. Not convinced about andantino ... Normally Indian indicates I rather than In? Also not sure isnt ant most often associated with worker rather than soldier though there is army ant .

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    1. 15D Churchman has Relative ('s=has)
      12A Has is a valid indicator

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    2. You mean 'has' is a valid telescopic ind? Not too sure.
      I can understand 'has' as c/c ind if the telescopic fodder is a single word. But here the fodder is 'Hullo Customer' - two words. '[H]as' doesn't seem to gel.

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    3. Why can you not interpret it as fodder ('Hullo Customer') has insect?

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    4. How about if you treat it as a phrase. So it reads the phrase "Hullo Customer" has rather than the Words "Hullo customer" have.

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    5. Set of words (singular) has (possesses) insect.

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  9. Had to work a little today for the samosas- Andantino * silica in the church were the last to fall. Liked the commissions- does one get any for CW's?

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  10. 15d. The setter intends 's (has) as c/c ind.
    OK, but 'has' is generally considered a weak c/c ind, I think.

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  11. @SriVidya Indian domains end in '.in'

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  12. 17A- Struggling for a long while with IFO (Indian First Officer) I was misled by the false capitalisation (as intended)

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  13. Please write NO I NO on a piece of paper and torate it 180 degrees or turn your head appropriately

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    1. Nice one. Is there a word for it?

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    2. No idea, just noticed it when clueing. But it is not a mirror image, only a rotation

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  14. Simple..humorous..typical incognito fare

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  15. @SriVidya Indian domains end in '.in'

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  16. Yesterday's cow ref immediately led to NEAT. Samosas are 'sweeter' when more than 80% of ans are obtained without any ref!. Thanks to the power failure. Thank you Incognitol Very happy.πŸ˜€

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