Sunday, 4 October 2015

The Sunday Crossword (2861), Sunday 04 Oct 2015


ACROSS
1   Hesitate in front of hero, former champion (4,4) HOLD BACK {Hero}{OLD} {BACK}
5   Saloon for instance with favourite floor covering (6) CARPET {CAR}{PET}
9   Volunteers express contempt for ban (5) TABOO {TA}{BOO}
10 Pass laws with support I condemn (9) LEGISLATE {LEG}{I}{SLATE}
12 Old man, artist with very large sunshade (7) PARASOL {PA}{RA}{SO}{L}
14 Partner in mood endlessly unprofessional (7) AMATEUR {A{MATE}URa} Shouldn't that be 'non-professional'? See comments
15 Unhappy with material, so she played an Elvis classic (4,5,5) BLUE SUEDE SHOES {BLUE} {SUEDE} {SO+SHE}*

18 One with fee cut, faintly troubled, showing weakness (14) INEFFECTUALITY {1}{FEE+CUT+FAINTLY}*
19 Alliance finally became split in vanity project (3,4) EGO TRIP {a...cE}{GO T}{RIP}
21 In context remembrance is intense (7) EXTREME [T]
23 New drapes due to be brought round (9) PERSUADED*
25 Merely dropping small hint (5) IMPLY sIMPLY
26 Talk reflected on temperature and effect of sun (6) NATTER {TAN}{T}{ER}<=
27 Area containing Glastonbury Tor seems changed (8) SOMERSET*

DOWN
1   Agitated man set to climb (3,2) HET UP {HE}{T UP<=}
2   Party member's unsparing protest about traitor (7,8) LIBERAL DEMOCRAT {LIBERAL} {DEMO}{C}{RAT}
3   Nonsense about fair and legendary creature? You'll find volumes on it (9) BOOKSHELF {BO{OK}SH}{ELF}
4   Low point reached by school expelling odd characters (3) COL sChOoL
6   Some diplomats easily baffled (2,3) AT SEA [T]
7   Hasn't fate dealt badly with people in this film? (6,2,3,4) PLANET OF THE APES {HASNT+FATE+PEOPLE}*
8   Thinker's article on wild riots (8) THEORIST {THE}{RIOTS*}
11 Aged drunk bothered noble ruler (5,4) GRAND DUKE*
13 Walk after meal round a point of departure (6,3) LAUNCH PAD {L{A}UNCH} {PAD}
16 Love put into opening tune, English gem set alone (9) SOLITAIRE {S{O}LIT}{AIR}{E}
17 Psychic power in strange final period of existence (8) LIFESPAN {LIF{ESP}AN*}
20 Provoke arguments in hearing (5) ROUSE (~rows) I'm not convinced by the Homophone See comments
22 Country for example with unknown part (5) EGYPT {EG}{Y}{PT}
24 Pair united in act (3) DUO {D{U}O}

GRID

31 comments:

  1. From thefreedictionary.com:
    1. row 3 (rou) and plural would be to add 's' or 'z' at the end.
    2. rouse (rouz)
    Both would sound the same when heard by clicking on the speaker icon.

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    1. You're right Raghu. I didn't scroll down to the third definition while doing the CW.

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  2. You people would have a cake walk today. Fairly easy and enjoyed samosas

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  3. 'row' in the sense of 'line' is pronunced as 'roe' (deer) and 'row' in the sense of racket, fight is pron'd as 'how' is done.
    The plural 'rows' in thes ense of fights would sound like 'rouse' (provoke).
    Raghunath, what is the entry word in FD for which you have cited meanings?

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    1. The FD entry quoted by Raghu is for row in the sense of quarrel or fight

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  4. Deepak
    Re your comment against 14ac, yes, I would think so.
    However, Collins does give the meaning 'amateur' for 'unprofessional'.
    Prob. on the analogy that an amateur is likely to act, bec. of lack of exp, in a way that is not that of a pro.

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  5. Kishore nonparticipating in IXL?

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  6. Top 10 in leaderboard after Round 1 VENKATRAGHAVAN, ARVIND RAMASWAMY, SURESH DORBALA, NARAYAN MANDYAM, MOHSIN AHMED, LAHAR APPAIAH, RAMESH JAGANNATHAN, NARAYA, VINOD RAMAN, MOHAN VERGHESE CHUNKATH and RAMKI KRISHNAN

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  7. Of these I have met everyone except Venkatraghavan, Narayan M and Naraya.

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  8. Congrats to all the Top 10 in the Round 1. It is difficult to understand when the Round 2 clues would appear online. It is already 10.00 and we cannot indefinitely wait for the question paper!!!

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  9. It has been mentioned somewhere that it will show up at 11 a m in this and all future rounds.

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  10. Thanks Suresh for the info.

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  11. Is the selection for the leader positions based on all correct entries and the time they send their entries in?

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  12. A participant with all correct entries submitted on say Thursday is better off than one who has submitted the puzzle with just one mistake within 15 or 20 minutes !!

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    1. Indeed. It is interesting to see what just one wrongly-typed letter in the whole puzzle can do to your score! :)

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  13. Though I had successfully completed my entry and sent it in at 1500 hrs last week, I didn't get the usual confirmation from them by email. I see that I had submitted an all-correct entry !! The solution box on my side is showing blank !! Very disappointed !!

    May be because I had net work problems in my laptop last week on and off !!

    Only consolation is that I had an all-correct entry !!

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    1. Obviously your submission was not successful. If it was, you would have immediately got a confirmation on the same page and once you get the confirmation you will not be able to attempt again. In case you do not get the confirmation immediately on the same page you should try and submit again.

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    2. Thanks ! I had some connection issues and also I was in the midst of some guests and could have been inattentive by pressing the wrong button !! Never mind ! I'm not in the race , anyway !!

      Today, I have submitted successfully a few seconds ago and a confirmation also has been shown on the screen. I hope they send the email as a follow up ! Fingers crossed.

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  14. The grid hasn't appeared till now. Can someone update the status?

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    1. The grid and clues were up at 11 AM

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    2. The problem is when you log in before 11 and wait on the play page and refresh it it does load at all. I wasted time doing that. Later I logged in again and the puz appeared.

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    3. Yeah that happens... sometimes if u refresh the page the grid may appear but it is best to log off and log on later.

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    4. I shuttle between Home & Play pages, and so far it has always loaded for me

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  15. Thanks Deepak, I submitted now. There seems to be a glitch . I kept the page on and have been refreshing time and again but no effect. Ultimately, I reopened the page afresh to see the grid.I

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  16. Received confirmation of submission from Crypticsingh ! some comfort !

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    1. Now you had better hold your head high.

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    2. Even otherwise, it's on very strong shoulders,always looking up high !!!

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  17. Late entry today. Bingo, beer and biriyani at Waltair club takes precedence.

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    1. Drinking from morning? Bad boy!! 😊

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