Tuesday, 17 November 2015

No 11551, Tuesday 17 Nov 2015, Scintillator


Totally flummoxed on the North Western front today, even after taking a walk. I've been electrocuted.

ACROSS
1   Check on model gulping last of bananas (6) (Addendum - RESIST {RE}{SI{b...aS}T} - See comments}
4   Choose what's rather expensive — that's exciting (8) ELECTRIC {ELECT}{RICh}
9   Install modern wire (6) (Addendum - INDUCT {IN}{DUCT} - See comments)
10 Silent mobile, one that can measure feelings, say (8) VIBRATOR [DD]
12 Puzzle? Don't be so tame! (8) (Addendum - BEWILDER {BE}{WILDER} - See comments)
13 Ask for a fee (6) CHARGE [E] [DD] - See comments
15 Come again gathering some power (4) (Addendum - WATT (~what) - See comments)
16 Right to intercept allowing assigned production (10) THROUGHPUT {TH{R}OUGH}{PUT}
19 Deviating from norm, I made out in an open place ... (10) CIRCUITOUS {CIRCU{I}{OUT*}S
20 ... with others turning up with limited collateral (2,2) ET AL {colLATEral}<=
23 Playing ping-pong delivers goods in this country (6) NIPPON {PINg-PONg}*
25 Inability to sleep in one ramshackle mansion (8) INSOMNIA {1}{MANSION*}
27 Ravishing beauty that's endless and intense (8) UNABATED {BEAUTy+AND}*
28 Pork pie, say, shows up in one oily paste (6) TAHINI {TAH<=}{IN}{1}
29 Am not amateurish to rummage wordbooks (8) THESAURI amATEURISH*
30 Article and a register similar in the US (6) ANALOG {AN}{A}{LOG}

DOWN
1   Illusory goal spanning a wide range (7) (Addendum - RAINBOW [CD] [DD] - See comments)
2   Swear at doc endlessly to prescribe aid for digestion (4,5) (Addendum - SODA WATER {SWEAR+AT+DOc}* - See comments)
3   Red tool that can cut green grass (6) (Addendum - SICKLE [CD] - See comments)
5   Face up and spread out (4) LAID <=
6   This is an old empire in California, gather ruins (8) CARTHAGE {CA}{GATHER*}
7   A revolver boomerangs for another (5) ROTOR <=>
8   I incur rental to hold it (7) CURRENT [T]
11 Bugbear has darling husband worried (3,4) PET HATE {PET} {H}{ATE}
14 Upright figures — they feature in newspapers (7) COLUMNS [DD]
17 Latent talent (9) POTENTIAL [CD] [DD] - See comments
18 Robots' vehicle followed by Hari for one (8) AUTOMATA {AUTO}{MATA}
19 Direct pipe carrying cold current is detached (7) CONDUCT {C}{ON}{DUCT} (Addendum - CONDU(-i+c)CT - See comments)
21 A princess constrained by extensive burdening (7) LOADING {LO{A}{DI}NG}
22 Deal with important concern (6) DOMAIN {DO}{MAIN}
24 Current stage? (5) PHASE [DD]
26 Drink and be a king (4) BEER {BE}{ER}

62 comments:

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    1. I wonder which doctor prescribes that?

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    2. I filled in 'Soda Water' too. It is a quack remedy and I have heard it mentioned quite often (probably before antacids became common)

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    3. That is how pepsi was originally sold. As a digestive

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    1. Red tool - Hammer & Sickle . this also is a stretch

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    2. Symbol from the red flag which happens to be a tool, probably.Trying to justify what is filled in.

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  3. Chasing rainbows refers to chasing illusory goals. My guess is this comes from there

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  4. No one else entering the two way discussion?

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  5. 19A - answer needs to be highlighted

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    1. All I can think of: CIRCU (I)(TOU)* S; Circus for open Place?

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    2. Indeed: Circus(from Free Dictionary; 2nd definition): A roofless oval enclosure surrounded by tiers of seats that was used in antiquity for public spectacles.

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  6. For me it is North East corner. :((

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  7. 27A- You have given the solution and still put a ?
    The def. is only'intense'. 'And' is part of the anagram fodder- {(beaut) (and){*

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    1. Thanks Paddy, like I mentioned, I was electrocuted today!

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  8. The pleasure of solving on paper on a rare dry morning rudely spoiled by devious clues- SE' SW/ NE/ NW corners! Managed about 50% and satisfied after visiting the blog.

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  9. Circus as open space- Piccadilly circus' in London for one. Circus is commonly used as circles are in Bangalore.

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  10. Circus from Free Dict.
    3. Chiefly British An open circular place where several streets intersect.

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  11. Just recovering from the electric shock. I suppose some kind of theme's visible. Something to do with gadgets/ electricity/circuits?

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    1. Yeah. Electrical in general. Was never my fav subject in college

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  12. Oh! I did it for 5 years in college.

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    1. Me too! Ours was 4 year course

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    2. I am glad I am in good company.

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  13. Resist, electric, induct, charge, watt, rotor, current,potential,phase- that makes it 9, enough for a shocking theme.

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    1. Loading, conduct, throughput, analog?

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    2. Add Analog to the list

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    3. Raghu beat me to it & added 3 more in the process

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  14. If we stretch, we can add Vibrator ( a device ) and if only it was Nippo , then we could have had a battery brand :)

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  15. Believe it or not. At one time I used to have a huge crop of hair on my head and friends used to say that I could BE WILDER (Gene Wilder), if my hair was a different colour.

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  16. Drink and be a king? When did ER become a man?

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    1. Eduardus Rex, the Latin form of King Edward

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  17. Seeing Nature's fury in Madras and else where in the TV, my heart goes out to ll those who are suffering the pralaya. Hope all our friends are safe and dry? My humble prayer to all those who have to face this for their safety !

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  18. Scintillating x'ie. Though I could manage to scrape thro'anno was not clear to me.(19a). 18d-what Hari signifies?16a- usage new(s) to me.5d-nice.19d- oscillating bet. conduit & conduct and at last settled for the right one. On the whole quite an enjoyable puzzle. Thanks Scintillarltor.

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  19. The letters 'talent' are latent in potential .. Not sure if this is an intended bonus to 17D?..

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  20. Raju,
    Thanks for your kind words. We can use anything now like a man clinging on to a log in the big bad sea. We are safe alright ( it was a near pralaya as you said) but not dry. Managing to be partially dry only today. I have not seen anything like this in decades here in Chennai.

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  21. Hi all, A few DDs were intended today where the two definitions had different parts of speech.

    RAINBOW: Illusory goal // spanning a wide range (as in rainbow coalition)
    CHARGE: Ask for // a fee
    POTENTIAL: Latent // Talent

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  22. SODA WATER: I never said doctors prescribe that! Not intended to be an &-lit :)
    SICKLE: Red=Communist (Free Dictionary)

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  23. Also to clarify for PKPSwami,

    Direct pipe carrying cold current is detached (7)

    Definition: Direct (as in 'conducting' a show)
    pipe: CONDUIT
    carrying: Insertion indicator
    cold: C
    current is detached: remove 'I'

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  24. Clarification for 9A- (Duct= Wire)?

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  25. Freedic says duct is a pipe that carries something - if we take the skewing to be current, the definition is sound. Besides ductility is the ability of a metal to be stretched as a wire.

    Not the most precise def but will do the job for me.

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    1. Too far fetched to be believable!!

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  26. Please read 'something' instead of 'skewing'.

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  27. Very difficult...could not complete..several clues not done ... very challenging ,,,

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