Wednesday, 28 October 2015

No 11536, Wednesday 28 Oct 2015, Aspartame


Only three fruits so cannot call this a themed CW.

ACROSS
1   Being crammed, Edward stuck head out and moved ahead (6) TUCKED {ED}<=>{sTUCK}
4   Fruit taken from kerchief with a hole at the centre (6) BANANA BANdANA
9   Vehicle traverses ramp (4) PRAM*
10 Batch production (10) GENERATION [DD]
11 Leaders of Hungary at war annex islands in Pacific state (6) HAWAII Acrostic
12 Symbol of masculinity involves developing itch for sport (8) YACHTING {ITCH}* in {YANG}
13 Accommodates family (9) HOUSEHOLD [CD]
15 Counts meeting places in Delhi that lack basic amenities (4) ADDS ADDaS
16 It can be found in and around Shillong (4) HILL [T] &lit
17 Brought down newspaper column describing media (9) OPPRESSED {OP-ED} around {PRESS}
21 Regulate sea groin construction (8) ORGANISE*
22 Domains remain the same irrespective of the leader’s presence (6) STATES (e)STATES
24 University nearly got caught with money hoarding (10) COLLECTING {COLLE{C}{TIN}Ge}
25 Reap fresh fruit (4) PEAR*
26 Engineer and saint stealing one dollar? Halt! (6) RESIST {RE}{S{1}{S}T}
27 Side view (6) ASPECT [DD]

DOWN
1   Taken apart at a party — that’s a disaster! (7) TORNADO {TORN}{A}{DO}
2   It is seen twice in a sitcom, maybe (5) COMMA [T]
3   People from Europe restored glen based on his solution (7) ENGLISH {GLEN*}{HIS*}
5   A madman reportedly found a landmass (6) AFRICA {A}{FRIC(~ freak)}{A}
6   Conducting audit tests evoked reactions (9) ATTITUDES {AUDIT+TEST}* There's an extra S in the fodder. 'Conducting test audit...' would have been better
7   Consignments of first class horses (7) AMOUNTS {A}{MOUNTS}
8   Anyplace I code gets presented and used as a reference (13) ENCYCLOPAEDIA*
14 Word builders, so to speak (9) SYLLABLES [CD]
16 Time to get drunk at bar on port (7) HARBOUR {BAR}* in {HOUR}
18 Gives in and walks out (7) RESIGNS [DD]
19 Beautiful animal lost its heart to girl (7) ELEGANT ELE(-ph+g)GANT
20 About to surround one renegade leader at American entertainment company (6) CIRCUS {C{1}{Re...e}C}{US} CC and about?
23 It’s said to be a quack repellent (5) APPLE [CD] Doctors will be up in arms at this statement!!

27 comments:

  1. AFRICA {A}{FRIC(~ freak)}{A}: Sounds more like what you would hear in Hindi news rather than in English news.

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  2. Nice one from Aspartame...just like 19Dn...first time that I've cracked his puzzle! Thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you, Aspartame. :-)))

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  3. 20A - About = C . surround meant as being on both sides. Maybe

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  4. In 2d, comma is seen twice, as the letters c o m m a and as the symbol

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    1. Not symbol, punctuation mark...

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  5. Watching from the sidelines?!

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    1. Big brother is watching

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    2. I join you Paddy. So make it plural Kishore, as BROTHERS, though I am not big

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    3. It is interesting. Google it.

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    4. 1984 signifies the most tedious book I have ever read and would have not have finished even one chapter if it had not been a text book and we did not have one Mrs Kapadia teaching it.
      It incidentally was a bestseller.

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    5. Thank God Suresh! I had no Big brother (or sister perhaps) watching over me. I have read more about the book than the actual book. I always touch a best seller with a little trepidation. Concept is interesting considering the fact that it was written before 1950.

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    6. Suresh, I am sure Mrs Kapadia was more interesting to you ;-)

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    7. We used to have students from the other sections attending her class, which used to be jam packed.

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  6. Lovely one from Aspartame..all clue types nicely mixed...loved "adds"..comma as well with no apparent definition except its symbol which was nicely concealed

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  7. In a recent UK crossword there was a regular theme with considerable number of theme entries. There were also some three instances of another category and the blogger called it a mini-theme.
    However, where there is no major theme but only two or three examples, it may not qualify for a theme as you have mentioned in the preamble.

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  8. A good clue from yesterday's TOI-
    Good turn-out missing corrupting influence (5)

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  9. Unable to get the answer. Could you please give it with anno?

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  10. I too got it only after seeing today's solution.
    Good- Virtuous
    out missing- deletion of 'out'
    turn- Anind for out
    Corrupting influence- Def.- Virus- Virtuous- (out)*

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  11. Nice one! Thank you Paddy. :)

    Think there is no anind here. 'out' when turned becomes 'tuo' and the same is deleted from VIR{-tuo}US.

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    1. Further modification to the above anno could possibly be...{VIR{-tuo<--}US}

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    2. 'Turn' can be an anagram ind as well as a reversal ind. In this case it seems to be a 'reversal ind'.

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    3. You are right. I did not think of it that way. It took me a while to figure it out.

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  12. 20A - About = C . surround meant as being on both sides. Maybe

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    1. Wow 8:55 AM msg auto repeated at 8:05 PM

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