Friday, 29 January 2016

No 11611, Friday 29 Jan 2016, Vulcan


Friday morning blues, it's one of those days today :-)

ACROSS
1   Boss around and get to keep coalition member powerless in the centre (8) (Addendum BALLYRAG {B{ALLY}{poweRless}AG} - See comments)
5   One in North America map perhaps (6) PANAMA (Addendum {A+NA+MAP}* &lit - See comments) Is Panama in North America or Central America?
10 Drink you gave is said to be juicy (9) SUCCULENT (~suck){SUCC}{U}{LENT}
11 Student with endless load kept awake (5) (Addendum - PUPIL {P{UP}ILe} - See comments)
12 Match pressure basically leading to difficulty (6) PLAGUE ? {P}{Le...g}{AGUE} (Addendum - PLIGHT {P}{LIGHT} - See comments)
13 Blesses struggling nations (7) ANOINTS*
14 Mess created by controversial diary containing secrets about Republican leaders (8) DISARRAY {DIARY}* around {Se...s}{Ab..t}{Re...n}
15 Starting to have a blast, party in style (6) (Addendum - HAIRDO {Have}{AIR}{DO} - See comments)
18 Snatch union leader — caught following bad moves (6) ABDUCT {BAD*}{Un..n}{CT}
20 Large savages roaming this city (3,5) LAS VEGAS {L}{AS VEGAS}*
22 It is commonplace to sing a tune and tap (7) HUMDRUM {HUM}{DRUM}
25 Primarily eco-friendly dresses with dull colours (6) (Addendum - PALELY {PAL{Eco}LY} - See comments)
27 Bury here and run off (5) INURN {IN}{RUN*}
28 English town more conservative, least exciting (9) NEWCASTLE {NEW}{C}{LEAST*}
29 Control with a knob (6) HANDLE [DD]
30 Take a walk around rocky strip to find particular kind of species (4,4) (Addendum - TREE FROG {T{REE F}ROG} - See comments)

DOWN
1   Live outside a small ground (4) BASE {B{A}{S}E}
2   Restricted by all codes I generated (9) LOCALISED*
3   Almost one year gone, you eventually becoming no ____ (7) YOUNGER {YR+GONE+yoU}* Anno not clear
4   Pertaining to Native American language spoken in Utah, mostly alien, exotic (8) (Addendum - ALEUTIAN - {UTAh+ALIEN}* - See comments)
6   Jar with hot pickles on top, aroma is fantastic (7) AMPHORA {H+Pi...s+AROMA}*
7   Man say, first to settle in North American city (5) (Addendum - ASPEN {A{Se...e}PE}{N} - See comments)
8   References each American operating within IS (9) (Addendum - ALLUSIONS {ALL}{US}{I{ON}S} - See comments)
9   Volcano starts to erupt, town's natives alerted (4) ETNA Acrostic
14 Disturbed one, what she'd perhaps make (5,4) DEATH WISH {I+WHAT+SHE'D}* &lit
16 Device's temperature over normal limits (9) (Addendum - REGULATOR {REGULA{T}{O}R} - See comments)
17 A new quiet machine to safeguard workers (8) MANPOWER {M{A}{N}{P}OWER}
19 Gemstone rings attached to crown (7) CORONAL {COR{ON}AL}
21 Estimate damage in the end after a vault is broken into (7) VALUATE {A+VAULT}*{d...gE}
23 Express deep regret for Indian men, extremely repressed (5) MOURN Anno pending (Addendum - M{OUR}eN} - See comments)
24 Produce excellent flavour (4) MINT  [DD]
26 Mountain climber goes hiding (4) BERG [T]

49 comments:

  1. 1 Boss around and get to keep coalition member powerless in the centre (8) B{ALLY}{...R...}AG
    powerless in the centre: R

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    1. Panama is in Central America

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    2. {A NA MAP}*
      IMO, North America does not refer to location.

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    3. The clue reads 'in North America' so that is Ok, but Panama is not in North America

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    4. Sir, Central America is a part of North America. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_America

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    5. North America is used to get NA and not the location.

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  3. 11a pupil (p(up)il(-E))

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  4. Normally whn I am all at sea, I come to the blog and Col. has all the answers. Probably the first time I find him also equally puzzled.
    26D- There is 'Sego' connected to skiing. (Goes)*?

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  5. 12 Match pressure basically leading to difficulty (6) {P}{LIGHT}

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    1. Did think of PLIGHT but could not annotate. Looks simple now on second thoughts

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    1. Not clear. Can you pl. explain? I can get only the reef part.

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    2. Trog is to walk around.

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  7. 7 Man say, first to settle in North American city (5) A(S)PE + N

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  8. 25 Primarily eco-friendly dresses with dull colours (6)PAL{E}LY

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  9. 3 Almost one year gone, you eventually becoming no ____ (7) YOUNGER {YR+GONE+yoU}* Anno not clear

    ONe + YEAR + yoU*
    4 Pertaining to Native American language spoken in Utah, mostly alien, exotic (8) ALEUTIAN* -H?

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    1. Sorry wrong anno for YOUNGER. Bit confusing. Paddy is correct

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    2. Paddy says you are correct and you say he is correct so who is right?

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    3. Years back, my son had a T shirt with a logo- "When I ask dady hesays ask mummy & when I ask mummy she says ask daddy- Confused!" :-)

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  10. 26 Mountain climber goes hiding (4)BERG (T)

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  11. 3D- Almost one year- YR
    {YR GONE U}*

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    1. What's the role of 'Almost one' ?

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    2. I had it as -
      Almost year- YR, but one?

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    3. Yr is an accepted abbreviation for Year

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  12. 16 Device's temperature over normal limits (9) REGULA(T O)R

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  13. what is meant by dd i ama beginner in solving crossword if u can write a blogpost about cracking crossword word it would be great...

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    1. DD means Double Definition.

      Visit www.crosswordunclued.com to learn more about Cryptic Crosswords

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  14. 23 Express deep regret for Indian men, extremely repressed (5) MOURN

    Could the anno be this: M{OUR}N
    Indian: Our
    Men extremely: M...N
    Repressed: container indicator

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  15. Thank you Sandhya, Ramesh, Raghu and Paddy

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  16. Re 3D : almost one is required to gives us 'no'.
    'On(-e) yr gone u' becomes 'no younger'

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  17. This looks the best with FITB explained. So both of us are wrong,after all! Thank you AS.

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  18. Challenging crossword but well constructed

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  19. OMG ! today was sooo tough and challenging :) i cannot fault any clue except mourn (our for Indian is a bit iffy).. missed coronal stupidly - thought rings meant adding o's to coral and kept skating around it but could not get it. Could not parse regulator and palely .. thanks to this blog :)

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  20. I put 'canada' (5a).blight for 12a, 'true frog' for30a. Yet I enjoyed thoroughly.Thank you ,sir,Vulcan

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  21. Didnt do todays xword at all....though had the print out in my pocket all day...just couldnt get to it due to a hectic day at work...seems a toughie today..

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  22. Today's by VULCAN created a volcano inside my brains !! Ballyrag - one keeps getting this earworm --for boss around --- bully and then boy to follow-- but then ALEUTIAN was the last to fall , keeping the BULYBOY at bay !! SUCCULENT and DISARRAY were ok, HAIRDO did make me pull my non-existent hair . ALLUSIONS was good for reference. MINT was fresh as a clue. PALELY took me up the wrong alley.

    I got YOUNGER alright without any logical annotation as the clue missed an 'are' between you and eventually. One never gets younger after each second past and hence why wait for one year to go?

    VULCAN: you have vulcanized my brain neurons today into Maggi noodles !!

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  23. Fantastic puzzle! Was tough at first but extremely enjoyable
    Thank you Vulcan

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  24. Toughie today. Didn't know the words coronal, ballyrag, Aleutian, and inurn!! Newnlessons learnt. But Colonel 24 ack is actually TD.

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