Friday, 18 December 2015

No 11578, Friday 18 Dec 2015, Arden

   
Across
  1 Study the ground and link it to game (8,6)  CONTRACT BRIDGE :: Charade of CON TRACT and BRIDGE
10  Keen observer gets an excellent score (5) EAGLE :: DD
11  Dried skin? People wrap dry towel on top (9) PARCHMENT :: MEN in PARCH T
12  Church gets one to serve (7) MINSTER :: If I is included in MINSTER, you get Minister (v.) serve
13  Basic skill in Bridge (7) SPARTAN :: ART in SPAN
14  Retracing, some we serrate and stitch again (5) RESEW :: rev hidden in somE WE SERrate
16  Military science nicely overlooked -- making truce (9) ARMISTICE ::  Deleting NICELY from  MILITARYSCIENCE and jumbling the rest
19  Ban study? It's banned (9) FORBIDDEN :: Cha of  FORBID DEN
20  It's logical to go out and find a flower (5) LILAC :: Deleting GO from LOGICAL and jumbling the rest
22  Collects inside information, rejects savings (4,3) NEST EGG :: Put GETS in GEN and reverse the result GGETSEN
25  Local part defective, gets low review (7) TAPROOM ::  cha of anag of PART and rev of MOO (v., to low, to bellow)
27  Pantry, however has space (5,4) STILL ROOM :: Cha of STILL and ROOM
28  Pacific Island adds bit of spice to an Indian delicacy (5) SAMOA :: If you insert S in SAMOA you get SAMOSA 
29  Battle arena for those wishing to unite (10,4) ENGAGEMENT RING :: Cha of ENGAGEMENT and RING
Down
   2  Official promoting some resin  -- a grouting (9) ORGANISER :: rev hidden inRESIN A GROuting
   3  River / trip... (5) TRENT :: DD
   4  ...and a man on the beach holds each (9) AMPERSAND :: PER in A M SAND
   5  Doughnut for example -- it's rejected by foreign tourists (5) TORUS :: deleting ITS from TOURISTS and jumbling the rest
   6  What one picks up during genuine practice (9) REHEARSAL :: HEARS in REAL
   7  Lived and died with a mark (5) DWELT :: cha of D and WELT
   8  Come in shortly, note absence of love and understanding (7) ENTENTE :: Cha of ENTE[r] and NTE, after delting O from Note
   9  Where a merchant keeps a tool (6) REAMER ::  hidden in wheRe A MERchant
 15  We get hit and lose strength for showing peaceful intentions (5,4) WHITE FLAG :: HIT in WE plus FLAG (v.):: 
 17  Dwarf packs a lot of destructive power (9) :: Answer and anno to be provided by any reader
 18  Ellan Vannin's son -- if male by accident (4,2,3) ISLE OF MAN :: anag of SON IF MALE
 19  Diplomacy is a tricky manoeuvre (7) FINESSE :: DD
 21  War film about doctor (6) COMBAT :: COAT going around MB
 23  Smart / cheat (5) STING ;; DD
 24  Finally, living space for a life partner (5) GROOM :: cha of [livin]G ROOM
 26  Question / a model (5) POSER :: DD

GRID

20 comments:

  1. 17d minuteman. It is a missile

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    1. Dwarf = minute man (minute in the sense of small/tiny)

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  2. 17 D - Minute Man - Minuteman missile

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  3. 3 River / trip... (5) TRENT :: DD

    This I think is a charade of T + RIP (T + RENT) = TRENT

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    1. That's right. It didn't occur to me. And I didn't think well and satisfy myself about the correctness of my anno.

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  4. Phew! Finally could solve this one from Arden!! An excellent puzzle. Thanks to Bhavan 3Dn anno is clear now. Thoroughly enjoyed solving. Thank you Arden.

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    1. MB, you must be feeling quite warm, given the annotation as penned by CV in respect of 21d

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  5. Liked CV Sir's style of annotation. Brings some variety to the blog. Looks Bold and Beautiful as in one of the TV series!

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  6. Read T S Ganesh's tech review of a digital paper system.
    http://anandtech.com/show/9860/sony-digital-paper-system-dpts1-review/4

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  7. Thank you Rishi and Ramesh for handling the blog. I left home at 6 AM for a Golf tournament just got back.

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  8. Could not get MINSTER, TRENT and REAMER :((

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  9. Two days of Arden put me off. Today he has helped me to revive my spirits. Thanks.

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  10. Could get to finish the puzzle now due to a hectic day at work...a lovely one from Arden...the blog too was lovely in the Unique style of CV Sir..Bhavan's anno of Trent superb!

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  11. Joining in very late- much later than Vasant. Solved late and enjoyed the CW and CV's blogging. Thanks to both of them. Being a Bridge addict, enjoyed Contract Bridge & Finesse. I am sure Arden also plays Bridge.
    Col.,

    You did not say if you got an Eagle today on the Greens?

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  12. Arden decided in advance that we will be a little short of samosa today!

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  13. Lovely one from Arden. Thanks Bhavan for the parsing for Trent.. didnt get it. Minster lost me the island with a little spice :) but some nice charades which I enjoyed.. is there a war theme? with combat, white flag, armistice, engagement ..

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    1. There is also a mini theme: bridge the card game

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