Sunday, 6 December 2015

Special, Sunday 06 Dec 2015, Buttershot


Welcome Buttershot.
Three answers per commenter as usual till 6PM (Annotations to be compulsorily provided with answer)
As far as possible please give all your answers in one comment.


ACROSS
1   Pawn by pawn learner gets an advantage (6)
4   Day when bloodsucker's cut and withdrawn (8)
10 Advances to servants (9)
11 Power circle attached to a city till 1978 (5)
12 Mount resistance in tights (5)
13 Halt a perk dispensed to this fighter of 11 12 (9)
14 & 25D Shanghai isn't prepared for this 23 hero (7,5)
16 Consumes rare teas (4)
19 Say fly or insect (4)
21 & 21D Very dreadful man to desert besieged, quiet mother of 23 officer (7,6)
24 Water on soldier's a solvent (4,5)
25 Sinister Mark's yen (5)
26 A great stop (5)
27 The French partners block out disaster brought about by a drink (5,4)
28 Bell chimes for a fight (4-4)
29 It is said to bring out a smile in Jack perhaps (6)

DOWN
1   Buy influence (8)
2   Bird intercepts former American bootlegger outside (8)
3   Blacken stern with some epoxy (5)
5   Obstetrician's view is vulgar (7)
6   Henry cuts snake's stomach to find some road laying material (9)
7   Armed forces find captured men rising (6)
8   Does the journey to the grave begin from here? (6)
9   Drag in a leather jacket (6)
15 Permitted to carry real reforms inside Germany (9)
17 11 12's decorated officer and mariner's a study (8)
18 Look after a dairy product for a pale person (8)
20 National upgrade of Goan network (7)
21 See 21Ac
22 Risk probability (6)
23 Some Kashmiri unionists moan about this Himalayan region (6)
25 See 14Ac

Across Lite version can be accessed at BUTTERSHOT 1

Enjoy.

58 comments:

  1. 1A: (P)(L)(EDGE)
    8D: CRADLE (CD)
    16A: EATS= (TEAS)*

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  2. 5down : OBSCENE OB for obstetrician and SCENE for sight

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  3. 3 down: GRIME grim- stern and E from epoxy

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  4. 1o across: RETAINERS -- servants as retainers - lawyers as retainers - give advance commitment to work

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  5. 1d Buy influence (8) PURCHASE (DD)
    22d Risk probability (6) CHANCE (DD)
    10a Advances to servants (9) RETAINERS (DD)
    21d See 21Ac Seen

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  6. I am not taking any compensation for duplication of 10a answer.

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  7. Re the setter's pseudonym -
    Which poor ram was killed?

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    1. I think he is from 23 D; so many references to the Region!

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    2. I lived there for 3 years; one of the most beautiful areas: Pristine & unspoilt...people there are very brave...
      Those who read Hindi literature...lot written about the region by Shivani

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    3. Since 23 D has now been entered, the region made famous by Jim Corbet & his exploits

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    4. How did you escape the maneaters?

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    5. Never ventured in the wilds alone!

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  8. 4 A: Day when bloodsucker's cut and withdrawn (8) MON AS TICk
    12 A: Mount resistance in tights (5) HO(R)SE

    20 D: National upgrade of Goan network (7)ANGO* LAN

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    1. I liked the construction GOAN - LAN net work . Simple yet tough ! ; Similarly, HOSE for tights is a rather good usage .

      BUTTERSHOT - yeah, Butter wouldt melt in the hot mouth ! Welcome, stranger and new comer ! More power to your imagination !!

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  9. 14A : SHAITAN
    25D : SINGH {SHANGHAI ISN'T}* For 14A & 25D
    23D : KUMAON {K}{U}{MAON*}

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  10. I think 22D needs to be revised in view of other crossings viz., 24A,26A & 28A

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    1. 22d I hazarded the answer. Sorry, folks, for having provided a wrong answer.

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  11. Where's everybody? cmn' guys , get on board and butter up with this hot compiler !!

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  12. Re 5 Obstetrician's view is vulgar (7)
    The clue is solved.
    One gets OB from Obstetrician
    May I ask a qn, however?
    Is OB ever used for an Obstetrician
    n OB or OB/GYN or Obs. it is always used for Obstetrics, I think.

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    1. http://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/ob

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    2. Thanks. I had indeed looked up some dicts. before I wrote that comment.
      On other such occasions at least one dict. has come to my aid.

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  13. 9D (Jerk)in JERKIN
    19 A FLEA DD
    13A ( halt a perk)* KHETRAPAL

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    1. Think 19A is a homophone clue.
      13 A : I think it is KHETARPAL

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    2. Mukundala Balasubramanyam is right on both counts

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  14. 22d: HAZARD (DD)

    24a: AQUA REGIS = solvent
    AQUA + RE + GI'S

    18d: WHEYFACE = pale person
    Dairy product + look

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    1. 24A:I had it as (AQUA)(RE)(GI)(A)
      Pl correct me if I am wrong.

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  15. Very nice set of clues - thank you, Buttershot and DG for bringing some cheer to a rainy Sunday!

    Solving 21 a and d seems to require specialist knowledge about the regiment referenced in 11a and 12a.

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    1. Sorry for the mix-up: I meant to say that 17d requires specialist knowledge about the regiment referenced in 11a and 12a. 21 a and d, of course, refer to 23d.

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  16. 26 Across: A VAST
    28 Across: DING DONG (DD)
    15 Down: TOLERATED (TO(LERA)*TE D)

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  17. Still to go:
    ACROSS; 11,21,25,27,29
    DOWN; 6,17 and 21

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  18. 11A P O ON A
    21A/D SO MNA{TH, {SH}AR}MA

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  19. Good debut Buttershot - keep 'em coming! :)

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  20. 27A The French partners block out disaster brought about by a drink (5,4) {LE}{MO{N S}OD<-}{A}
    6D Henry cuts snake's stomach to find some road laying material (9) {ASP}{HAL}{TUM} [Prince Hal - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Hal]
    17 11 12's decorated officer and mariner's a study (8) {TAR}{A}{PORE}

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    1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardeshir_Tarapore

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  21. Nice Debut Buttershot! The puzzle was a bit tougher but very enjoyable nevertheless. Keep 'em coming!

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  22. Clues remaining:
    ACROSS: 25, 29
    DOWN: 2, 7

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    1. I think this is after a long time that clues have remained unsolved in the scheduled time.

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    2. Partly due to absence of regular solvers like Lakshmi, Paddy, Ram et al, I think!

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  23. A super-duper debut puzzle! Thoroughly enjoyed. Keep 'em coming, Buttershot. :)

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    1. The ones that I couldn't annotate were SOMNATH SHARMA & LEMON SODA.

      Hats off to Suresh garu and Sandhya ma'am!

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  24. 2d: (EX)(TERN)(AL)
    7d: (T (RO) OPS) <==
    25a: (SCAR)(Y)
    29a: CHEESE (Jack a kind of cheese)

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    1. 29A : Jack cheese Ref : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monterey_Jack

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  25. Thanks for the feedback folks. The crossword also had a theme. Any guesses?

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  26. Shaitan Singh, Aredeshir Tarapore and Arun Khetarpal were all awarded with Param Vir Chakras Posthumously.

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    1. Yes, This CW was a small effort at remembering some of India's brave men. There have been 21 PVCs .
      Somnath Sharma
      Shaitan Singh
      A B Tarapore
      Arun Khetarpal

      Also a gentle reminder. Tomorrow is Flag day

      Thank you Colonel Gopinath for hosting this crossword at such a short notice

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    2. Thank you Butter Shot for remembering the armed forces on the eve of flag day.

      I liked a comment I saw on facebook "God and The Armed Forces are remembered only at the time of calamities"

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    3. Also Poona Horse and Kumaon

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  27. Solution grid uploaded. Just realized it was a Pangram as well

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