Wednesday, 16 December 2015

No 11576, Wednesday 16 Dec 2015, Arden


ACROSS
1   Work on land — not hard, but somewhat soft (6) DOCILE {DO}{ChILE}
4   Cook reunites those starving (8) ESURIENT*
10 See sick man always with a cigar (9) CHURCHILL {CHURCH}{ILL}
11 See 26 ac.
12 Goddess knowingly will start for war (7) ASTARTE Anno pending (Addendum - {A(-war+start)STARTE} - See comments)
13 Will wind hold back investigators? (7) CODICIL {CO{DIC<=}IL}
14 Cheat in movie land (5) EGYPT {GYP} in {ET}
15 Notice local protection for current lease (8) PAMPHLET {P{AMP}H}{LET}
18 She left key inside with woman astronomer (8) HERSCHEL {HER}{S{C}HE}{L}
20 High power time out for Mike (5) TIGHT (-m+t)TIGHT
23 Row over second language, by George! (7) SHINDIG {S}{HINDI}{G}
25 Throw one in a game (7) CANASTA {C{AN}AST}{A}
26 11 ac. and 2 dn. Perhaps Roman description of India? (5,5,7) THIRD WORLD COUNTRY [CD ? ]
27 Have to perish at sea to get title (9) OWNERSHIP {OWN}{PERISH*}
28 See and note the different set of fangs (8) EYETEETH {EYE}{TE}{THE*}
29 Production launchedhe escaped barely (6) UNCLAD LAUNCheD*

DOWN
1   Fell without resistance — gone (8) DECEASED {DECrEASED}
2   See 26 ac.
3   Under law, one deserves cuts (9) LACERATES {L}{ACE}{RATES} L for Law ?
5   Smug person's grouse — losing interest for church (4-10) SELF-COMPLACENT {SELF}-{COMPLA(-i+ce)CENT}
6   Paddled — precipitation otherwise will increase (5) ROWED Anno pending (Correction {RO}{WED} <=)
7   Attention to long complaint (7) EARACHE {EAR}{ACHE}
8   Little drunk (6) TIDDLY [DD]
9   After sacrifice, the grand master of ceremony will die (4-2,3,5) GIVE-UP THE GHOST {GIVE-UP} {THE} {G}{HOST}
16 Advice to a batsman is a crime (3-3-3) HIT-AND-RUN [DD]
17 Short of cash, goes up collecting money (8) STRAPPED {STRAPED<=} around {P}
19 Building deficiencies, since not there in the structure (7) EDIFICE DEFICIEncies*
21 Girl covers part of London to find fuel (7) GASOHOL {GA{SOHO}L}
22 Fly groups in case of trouble (6) TSETSE {SET*}{SET*} (Addendum - {Trou{SETS}blE} - See comments)
24 Avoid work with digger regularly (5) DODGE {DO}{DiGgEr}

GRID

49 comments:

  1. Munch into a large cracker,
    Jump with joy and laughter,
    Why this rhyme?
    This is the time,
    To wish Happy Birthday, Doppelgänger

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  2. 6D. Otherwise - OR, Precipitation DEW - Increase or go up

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    1. Thanks Sritri, I got it at the same time you were typing your comment

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  3. 12a AWaRE-war around START

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    1. Small po in anno, Deepak. The E is attached to the AWAR, not Start

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    2. No typo there what my anno indicates is AWARE (-war+start)

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  4. 10a reminded me of the time an adventurous photographer set up his camera, popped up to WC (!) and yanked out the (glowing) cigar., which left WC glowering in the snap

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    1. Did he put the cigar in the ashtray or in WC?

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  5. Col,
    Wish You Many Happy Returns of the Day.

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  6. Wish you Happy birthday Col!

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  7. Deepak,
    ... ... ... YPPAH, YPPAH, YPPAH

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  8. Thank you Rajan, Raghu and Rishi. But Rishi why are the Happys going back

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    1. Many happy returns, Col. Cvji had the same in the form of a rebus

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  9. Today I discuss 23a SHINDIG
    https://www.facebook.com/thc7115/

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  10. Very happy birthday to you Col!

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  11. Thank you Ramesh and Shuchi

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  12. Many Many Happy Returns of the Day, Colonel Sir. :)

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  13. 22 Fly groups in case of trouble (6) TSETSE {SET*}{SET*}

    I had it as TSETSE {T{SETS}E}

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    1. Same here. Using case of trouble to get Te was a nice touch.

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  14. Happy returns of the day..Colonel..wish you lots of happy years..

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  15. Felt on top of the world solving this toughie from Arden..one of the hardest..but on analysis..the clues were very fair & if one worked hard..one could get them....extremely good clues all around

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  16. I agree with Vasant... was rather rather tough and needed a lot of help from tech for this one... had tiddly as toddle :( so missed samosas.. churchill clue was great, give up the ghost was a new term for me, Astarte parsing phew... rather tough.. what is so Roman about 3rd word country? I didnt get the reference ... Arden smashed today with lots of GK :)

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    1. Third[letter of] woRld is R, country is Oman

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    2. The clue becomes just outstanding!

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  17. Wishing you a very happy birthday Col. Looking forward to the restaurant photo with Madam!!

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    1. Thank you Bhargav. Restaurant lunch postponed to after the 19th as the co-birthday son is coming in on 19th night

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  18. Many happy returns of the day Colonel!

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  19. Joining in late after long but distracted attempts at the toughie.
    Many happy returns of the day, Col. Without your help and that of others in the blog, my CW solving would have been pathetic. I keep thanking you every day. May your services continue for a long long time.

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  20. 26/30 - Not bad I think,for this toughie. Missed DOCILE, ASTRATE, PAMPHLET AND HIT AND RUN.

    Happy Birthday Col. Seconding Paddy, with regard to solving skills.

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  21. Ram,
    Curious. Hit & Run was the first one I got. Of course, my total score is much poorer than yours. Shows that sometimes you hit right and then run away!

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    1. Put cut and run and lost the pamphlet Paddy

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  22. Many Happy Returns of The Day , Col !

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  23. CV had stolen the march ahead of me in wishing you ynam yppah snruter fo eht yad !!! This is my trade mark when I wish my friends and family !

    Thanks for this blog , a baby created by you and nurtured by so many godparents !!

    May God bless you with good health, cheer and SPIRITS for all the days to come.

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  24. Many more happy returns of the day sir !

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  25. Fantastic x'ie.soulful rendering thanks to clues with arithmatic accuracy & geometric precision.28a,3d&9d- clues/components given in knocked-down condition.Just assemble and you get the product & psych-up. Thank you,sir.

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  26. Thank you Devanathan, Paddy, Ram, Vinayak, Raju, Dr DS and Lakshmi

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  27. Sorry, I was out since morning. Belated (comparatively, that is) wishes to you on your birthday, Deepak. Many many happier returns of the day.

    Have a fab day.

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  28. Many happy returns of the Day, Colonel!

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  29. Happy birthday, Colonel Sir. Thank you, Arden for a wonderful crossword. It is the small wins that make up one's day. Thank you, folks of THCC.

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