Saturday, 19 December 2015

No 11579, Saturday 19 Dec 2015, Incognito

ACROSS

7   Oracle acquired this // type of coffee // from Raja Varma (4) JAVA (T)
8   On water, Red Army thug slid uncontrollably (10) AQUAPLANED {AQUA}{PLA}{NED}
10 Bachelor gets credit, I hear, with son for brightly coloured fabrics (6) BATIKS {BA}{~TICK}{S}

11 A journalist having low weight came down (8) ALIGHTED {A}{LIGHT}{ED}
12 X 3.5 = Result of Deep Thought? (5-3) FORTY-TWO (Math+Gk)
14 Knock out doctor with half of dose for a reptile (6) KOMODO {KO}{MO}{DOse}

16 Assault on // a fortified emplacement of guns (7) BATTERY (DD)
18 Football cup made from E-marked material (7) MERDEKA {E MARKED}*
21 State: "Irma violently captures couple of ladies" (6) AFFIRM {IRMA}* around FF
23 Every oracle loses a round and changes - this means you can come out of hiding (3,5) ALL CLEAR {ALL}{oRACLE*}
25 Local birds start to attack six local animals (8) AVIFAUNA {Attack}{VI}{FAUNA}
27 Messed up hair around U.P. can get you money (6) RUPIAH {HAIR*} around UP
29 Denkali man tangentially covers Borneo (10) KALIMANTAN (T)
30 Beginning to mate behind menagerie? Run ... (4) ZOOM {ZOO}{Mate}

DOWN

1   A throw back by soldier resulted in a curve (8) PARABOLA {PARA}{BOL A<=}
2   Bail can be arranged in city (4) BALI {BAIL*}
3   King leaves container for small hound (6) BASSET {BAS(-k+S)ET}
4   Manage a second kiosk finally and go mad (3,4) RUN AMOK {RUN}{A}{MO}{kiosK}
5   Throw marlinspike! Not bad! Aim and pepper! (8) SPRINKLE {maRLiNSPIKE}*
6   Clean The Evergreen State briefly (4) WASH {WASHington}
9   Correct! Aim around setter (5) EMEND {E{ME}ND}
13 African tribal trade union sit out (5) TUTSI {TU}{SIT*}
15 Gong for last bread in repast (5) MEDAL {ME{breaD}AL}
17 After Burma migration, Brown gets fruit (8) RAMBUTAN {BURMA*}{TAN}

19 On the radio, crack a toe on a volcanic island that disappeared (8) KRAKATOA {~CRACK A TOE}{A}{~CRACK A TOE} See comments
20 Jammu and Kashmir architect's road traffic analysis, to start with, for capital (7) JAKARTA (Acrostic)
22 Tempestuous love affair in absence of cultivated flair leads to depression (5) FOVEA {lOVE AFfair}*
24 Wild cat has a primarily round-shaped sound box (6) LARYNX {L{A}{R}YNX}
26 Have a bit of fish and water in Indonesia's flea market (4) FAIR {F}{AIR}
28 Author turned up and returned small quantity (4) PUZO {PU<=}{Z0<=}

GRID

38 comments:

  1. As someone who grew up in Indonesia, today's crossword brought back some great memories. :)

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    1. A friend was recently there, so I dished this up. 4d is also a part of the theme, as you will surely note, tuan

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    2. I did visit Borneo, but the Malaysian part of it. But I was exposed to Bahasa in KL and KK

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    3. Do you like gado-gado? If yes, .... If no, sorry!

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  2. Nice one from Incognito... slightly on a tougher scale... I felt. Missed out on 16Ac & 26Dn...nevertheless an enjoyable solve.
    A small doubt though..."AIR" for in {F}{AIR} please.

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    1. In Bahasa , water = air

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    2. Water is 'Air' in Bahasa

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    3. Thank you Shrikanth & Ramesh. :)

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    4. MB, you must be familiar with ack-ack batteries ...

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    5. Yes, especially during war period ack-acks used to be positioned around air-fields.

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  3. In Bahasa Indonesia, Air means water.

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  4. A pangramatic Indonesian treat from Incognito...Nice one...

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  5. I think 19D needs to be corrected to KRAKATOA to match the crossing of ZOOM

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    1. The def was intended to start with the word volcanic, and a to be the last letter of the answer

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  6. 8Ac : On water, Red Army thug slid uncontrollably (10) AQUAPLANED {AQUA}{PLA}{NED}
    There seems to be a printing error in the clue : 'thug' should be 'tug' a pulling boat.

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    1. ...maybe I am wrong. Not able to place 'thug' for 'ned'.

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    2. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/ned

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    3. Thanks Ramesh. I stand corrected.

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  7. Thank you Incognito for samosas. Seconding MB on toughness.

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    1. "too easy" is the more common complaint :)

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  8. Thank you Incognito. He tries to make it different- this time it is the Indonesian flavor. Missed out on 19D. Was a bit doubtful about fair & Avifauna.
    Though I got 42 out of arithmetic the ref. was new to me.

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  9. Bagus, Incognito! And terimah kasih - I enjoyed this very much.

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    1. Sounds like "bogus"! And t k reminds me of the old chestnut Tamizh teriyama...

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    2. What a difference a letter can make!

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    3. Beautiful love turned out a sham! (5) #bilingual

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  10. 10a brings back memories of my first day at work in Jakarta. I recognized batik before that but was unprepared for its ubiquity. Men in office wear batik as standard formal wear. Bold colours, intricate patterns, the works. Wear a "safe" plain button-down instead, and you'd stick out!

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  11. I was reminded of old photos of Tun Abdul Rahman- I think with a typical headband too.

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  12. In 21a, there is only one colon. The second one should be an opening quotation mark, as correctly shown in the online and print edition. Appears to be a typo here.

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    1. I have taken the liberty of correcting it.

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  13. Thanks, and good night, folks! See you on the other side of the weekend...

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  14. Came late to see a flurry of comments from the setter & the queen of xwords(a recent visitor to the thematic place )..all of which made the whole blog just extremely ebjoyable..

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