Tuesday, 3 November 2015

No 11541, Tuesday 03 Nov 2015, Gridman


Except for 'Twister' where Ramesh helped me out as I had put in 'Traitor',  I completed the blog today like a bullet train taking precisely 20 minutes from start to finish! 

ACROSS
1   Leaves tea scattered in cleaning machines (7) VACATES {TEA}* in {VACS}
5   What a sinless person may say might still be sullied (6) IMPURE {I'M}{PURE}
9   Beginning and end of speech trimmed for proportion (5) RATIO oRATIOn
10 Coming into office is ace's scion by a devious method (9) ACCESSION*
11 Two short emergency messages for what's his name? (2-3-2) SO-AND-SO {SOs}-{AND}-{SOs}
12 “Good boy,” I said, giving come-hither look (4,3) GLAD EYE {G}{LAD} {EYE}(~ i}
13 Mother gets rejections back from construction worker (5) MASON {MA}{SON<=}
14 Let me lean, forces of nature being such (9) ELEMENTAL*
16 In cricket, this delivery is likely to be punished by the batsman (5,4) LOOSE BALL [GK]
19 Whiplash for hothead in Chinese mafia association (5) THONG {Hot} in {TONG}
21 “... ___ towers of Ilium”: Marlowe (7) TOPLESS [FITB/GK]
23 Hoodlum taking in grand happening (5,2) GOING ON {IN}{G} in {GOON}
24 Minor writer and attorney overwhelmed by depression (9) DEPENDANT {PEN}{DA} in {DENT}
25 Takes care of Tamil leader's objectives (5) TENDS {Tamil}{ENDS}
26 Unwell within, cook is ruffled (6) FRILLY {FR{ILL}Y}
27 Perfect happiness as vehicle is found in pouring rain (7) NIRVANA {VAN} in {RAIN}*

DOWN
1   I've deliriumit's distorted appearance of reality (14) VERISIMILITUDE*
2   Sword injured girl (7) CUTLASS {CUT}{LASS}
3   Walked on for maintaining bad trend about overdraft (7) TRODDEN {TREND}* around {OD}
4   TV drama is like this to a father and oriental artist (4,5) SOAP OPERA {SO}{A}{P OP}{E}{RA}
5   Stylish with tooth — briefly unknown (5) INCOG {IN}{COG}
6   Part of a book or corridor (7) PASSAGE [DD]
7   Wear and tear about goal (7) RAIMENT {AIM} in {RENT}
8   At home say one chap is back with a group of educated people (14) INTELLINGENTSIA {IN}{TELL}{1}{GENT}{SI<=}{A}
15 Elucidate a couple of measures about traffic controller (9) ENLIGHTEN {EN}{LIGHT}{EN}
17 Theoretical, but put down in a pucca manner (2,5) ON PAPER [C&DD]
18 Real networking goes on forever (7) ETERNAL {REAL+NET}*
19 Time writes about dishonest person (7) TWISTER {T}{WRITES*}
20 Instrument to last with ace's material (7) ORGANZA {ORGAN}{Z}{A}
22 Has dismissed deputy for being disreputable (5) SHADY {HAS*}{DY}

GRID

39 comments:

  1. My 'except' was Topless, which reqd. Google

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    1. Same here, Googling for that was included in my 20 mins

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    2. Having no knowledge of literature, just filled in TOPLESS. Was a breeze though today.
      Col, traitor would not have fitted in the grid?

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    3. I did not Google. Having all the cutting letters, it took just 20 sec to guess TOPLESS after seeing the setter's name. ;-)

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  2. My dear Raju,
    I wish to draw your kind attention to.clues 19a and 21a.
    I hope that at least now you concede that I am a normal person and that my mind is pure as driven snow, that I do not have any prurient interests and there may be occasions when I am not tickled by such things as undergarments or the absence of over- or under-garments.

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    1. :P too, whatever that means :-)

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    2. It might mean one of these:
      Appadeengala? Romba nalladu.
      Yauv... summa kadhai pannaadhae.
      Aama... Ivaru reel viduvaaru, naama kettukittu irukkanum.
      Idha unga pendaatikittae solluveengala?
      Needhaan unmai thamizhandaa...

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    3. I have seen SP using P for a long time and thought only I did not know what could have been a standard 'Twitterish' remark.

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    4. I thought :P meant 'sticking tongue out'. What that means here, I do not know.

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    5. :P is a reaction to a tongue in cheek comment, I believe. Smilingly appreciating such a comment.

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  3. Take 8d.
    Yesterday while rechecking this crossword I noted that it has six components. For me this is probably a record for the highest number of components in a clue.
    Qn: do you think this is too much?
    Do you have any tolerance limit? Not more than four or some such?

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    1. Despite having 6 components, the clue is smooth and leads to the answer easily. :)

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    2. Not having abbreviations, and as it makes sense, there's no problem.

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    3. The answer has 14 letters, so the mx no. of components would be 14, I guess. onder if somebody could write a 14 component clue for that.

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    4. I think it will be difficult if not impossible.
      Just try writing a clue witih one or two more components...
      To confess, I did not set out to write a clue with so many components. It just turned out as such.

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    5. An acrostic should be possible

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    6. In fact, quite recently, a member in a CWC site wrote an acrostic for the phrase A MONTH OF SUNDAYS.
      My wife, hearing me say this, wants sundaes. I am stepping down to the Nuts and Spices shop next door!

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  4. Except the NE corner, filled in 20 mins. Of course googled for Topless; NE corner took me about 50 mins. Anyway had samosas. Thanks Gridman! Kishore will be happy to appear here shortly.

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  5. This was a classic puzzle...simple...njoyable & instructive...it had a quotation as well!

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  6. I completed the blog today like a super-fast train with limited halts! Thanks Gridman for an easy offering. :-)

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  7. Some great clues as usual - especially 1d, 7d, 22d

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  8. 1D & 8D- 2 great pillars to support the CW.
    We had thong today in what may be its original (tut tut- less) meaning.I don't know why twister was difficult for me also. On hindsight, it looks straight enough. I took a took a long time for incog.
    Otherwise smooth,fast samosas. Thank you Gridman.

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  9. Thank you Gridman. A classy and breezy one :) some charming clues today...

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  10. Quite fast but could not get two or three. After getting T?P?E??, guessed Topless and googled to confirm.

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  11. Dear CV< AKA Gridman: LOL !! When did I ever imply that your'e not normal? All of us are normal in varying degrees , with our own fads, foibles and idiosyncrasies.. There's nothing wrong in getting tickled by certain forms of garments and wears, not necessarily of the skimpy, skinny kind.,thongs and things.. I was only alluding to your inner psyche reflecting in your clues and word building.

    God forbid, however.when we see the days - not too far ahead, as technology advances to the extent of distant mind reading--as telepathy sans such gizmos, that all our inner thoughts get laid bare !! (pun intended !!

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  12. CV gave an opening and Raju barged in with his typical mini essay!

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    1. Barged in ? Baah !!! You give me a finger, I bite the whole hand ! So look out in future . Let sleeping Rajus lie cold !! Grrh !!

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  13. 5D - further to Ram @ 8:48, INCOG briefly missing now and then... ;) Being missed too.

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  14. Quite an absorbing teaser.Enjoyed thoroughly thanks to geometrically set clues 2d,12,23&24a.21a -Just carried away by the immortal quote from Dr.Faustus. All told,a well rounded puzzle.

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  15. It's literally pouring cats and dogs in Bangalore today had a similar shower yesterday and at midnight

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    1. In fact, I ran into a poodle ...

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