Sunday, 20 December 2015

Special, Sunday 20 Dec 2015, Sridhar Krishnan


Welcome to our new setter Sridhar Krishnan. Compliments and brickbats on the CW are welcome.
Three answers per commenter as usual till 6 PM (Annotations to be compulsorily provided with answers)
As far as possible please try to put all your answers under one comment.


ACROSS
1   King of Judah, vagrant buried in a lot of paper (8)
5   Almost fire back at composer losing key to African palace (6)
10 Attendant's sweetheart leaves baseball team (5)
11 Restores confidence of backward country lacking unity in prophet (9)
12 Turns politician back, first-timer replacing last veteran (7)
13 State of neutron housed where it belongs in retrospect (7)
14 Lifeline for worryingly bulimic daughter consuming ground coral (9,4)
19 They instruct a lot of fish attending golf tournament (13)
25 Disease, mental disorder one's in (7)
27 Mogul, an attraction, one's told (7)
28 Fighter, boy, one swallowed by croc (9)
29 Fit for a king, drink is rejected (5)
30 Theatre's first actor shows appreciation (6)
31 Desperate state, one more, for conductor (8)

DOWN
1   Priest before worship (6)
2   Babe, perhaps, following head first, flat out misleading (9)
3   Bozo's topper, silly hat, yet sent up to get a cleaning here (7)
4   Spray also-ran hugging topless hero (7)
6   Weapons left after a snare is spread (7)
7   Graduate drinking rum cocktail in former country (5)
8   Conserves heritage leader of American groups (8)
9   Photographer climbs pointlessly to treetop to see runway (6)
15 The Italian protecting lady is unwell (3)
16 He leaves the hub for painting (3)
17 Merriment without pause after Mafia bosses are decapitated for carnage (9)
18 Grated carrot tips and cored oranges for mollusc (8)
20 Honour woven silk monument (7)
21 Transform Greek letter gallery (6)
22 Warriors from island concealing recovering addicts drinking alcohol (bottoms up) (7)
23 Devour excitedly, go green (7)
24 All clear is blown, Al leaves basement (6)
26 Beast trapped in squall, a marsupial (5)

Across Lite version can be accessed at SRIDHAR KRISHNAN 1

Enjoy.

49 comments:

  1. 26 Beast trapped in squall, a marsupial (5) LL A MA

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  2. 24 All clear is blown, Al leaves basement (6) CELLAR (all clear - al)*

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    1. The above clue has a very good surface, so plausible. Nothing 'crosswordy' about it.

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  3. 23 Devour excitedly, go green (7) ENGORGE (Go green)*

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  4. 1A: REHOBOAM=RE(HOBO)AM
    1D:REVERE=(REV)(ERE)
    3D:BATHTUB=(B)(ATH)*(TUB<)

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  5. 14A : UMBILICAL CORD {bulimic d coral}*
    15D : ILL {I{I}I}
    16D : ART {heART}

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  6. 19 Across: School masters
    4 Down: Aerosol* anagram of also and (-h)ero
    25 Across: Ailment* mental+i

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  7. Lovely Puzzle...credible & smooth surface...simple & enjoyable.
    A smashing Debut!
    Could finish in double quick time

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    1. Good show, Vasant! I am moving at a snail's pace!

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    2. Thanks for the compliment, Vasant! Happy to hear you enjoyed doing this puzzle.

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  8. 8Down : HUSBANDS- conserves-- Heritage leader- H - american- US - groups - bands

    7 down: BURMA- Graduate BA drinking rum:
    13 down: MONTANA Neuron- N; An atom:anagram

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  9. Great compilation: SK ! couldn't have aSKed for more ! Nice admixture of clues of variety- straightforward and simple !

    UMBILICAL CORD-- my clue of the day . You now tie a cord with this blog as a regular contributor !

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    1. Thank you very much! About 'umbilical cord'...I must confess that I was quite surprised (and happy) when the inspiration for this clue popped up in my head!

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    2. The def, anag ind, anag fodder, use of letter component, inserticator, second anag ind - everything is good!

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  10. 27 magnate (~magnet)
    20 (Obe) (lisk*)
    21 (mu) (tate)

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  11. 10A Attendant's sweetheart leaves baseball team (5)VALET [valentine - nine]
    12A Turns politician back, first-timer replacing last veteran (7)ROTATES [ROTA(-n){+T}ES<-]
    2D Babe, perhaps, following head first, flat out misleading (9){H}{ALF T}*{RUTH}

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  12. Enjoyed solving the crossword Sridhar Krishna! :) Keep them coming!

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    1. Thank you, Sandhya! Glad you liked the puzzle.

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  13. 29a Fit for a king, drink is rejected (5) REGAL :: rev of lager
    30a Theatre's first actor shows appreciation (6) THANKS :: cha of T Hanks

    (A wrong answer and a hasty comment deleted. TKS to Vasant. Apols to the setter.)

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  14. 28A Fighter, boy, one swallowed by croc (9) GLADIATOR {G{LAD}{I}ATOR}

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  15. 5A Almost fire back at composer losing key to African palace (6) CASBAH {kCAS<=}{BAcH}

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  16. 9D Photographer climbs pointlessly to treetop to see runway (6) TARMAC {T}{AReMAC<=}

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  17. Lovely puzzle. Looking forward to more such offerings from the setter

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  18. Still to go... Ac 11, 31 :: Dn 1, 3, 17, 18, 22.

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  19. 11A: REASSURES (RUSSIA -I)<< in SEER<<
    1D: REVERE {REV}{ERE}
    17D: ONSLAUGHT {(-D)ONS}{LAUGHT(-ER)}

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  20. Ramki 1d was already solved. My list above included it erroneously. Perhaps you could take another clue.

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  21. Compensating for 1D
    3D: BATHTUB {B}{HAT*}{BUT<<}

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    1. 3D is taken too. ( Vasant @10:36). So you get one more shot

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  22. Enjoyable grid with very smooth surfaces - thanks, Sridhar!

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  23. Quite an astonishing puzzle with smooth surfaces! Thorough enjoyment for the day! Thank you, Sridhar Krishnan. Looking forward to some more thrillers from you.

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  24. One more
    18D: ESCARGOT {C-T+ORA-GES}*, "grated" as anagrind

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  25. That leaves just 22d:
    22 Warriors from island concealing recovering addicts drinking alcohol (bottoms up) (7) S{A(MUR)A}I <-

    Very nice with plausible surfaces in all clues

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    1. Looks like addicts didn't mend their ways?

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    2. 31 Across is still waiting for someone to solve it please!

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  26. 6D Arsenal Anagaram of a snare l (left)

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  27. Hearty welcome Sridhar Krishnan! We are waiting for more

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  28. Last one for the grabs 31 Across! Any takers?

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  29. Thanks, MB:

    31 Desperate state, one more, for conductor (8) DIRE CT OR

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    1. CT & OR: CONNECTICUT & OREGON

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    2. Great solve Raghu! Couldn't get CT & OR for a couple 'states'

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  30. Thanks to everyone for your comments and for welcoming me to this group. I enjoyed setting the puzzle and hope to share a few more with this community in the days ahead.

    Col. Gopinath, a big thanks to you for hosting my CW on this blog!

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  31. Finally celebrations are over I am free now after a hectic three days where we the Madras Sappers were having our reunion which is held once in 5 years. It was a hectic three days with Golf, Lunches, Tea parties, Ladies meets for the ladies, Dinners and of course a brainstorming session. Lovely to have met up with old friends some senior, some junior some and some who came from as far away as California.

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  32. Regret very much for not being able to solve this excellent puzzle earlier. All neat superb clues with umbilical cord tying it up as a nice package. Thank you Sridhar and looking forward to more.

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