Sunday, 17 January 2016

Special, Sunday 17 Jan 2016, Khusro


Welcome to our new setter Khusro. 
Bouquets and brickbats welcome with comments.
Three answers per commenter as usual (Annotations compulsory) till 6 PM.


ACROSS
1   Detailed but half-complete, draft (8)
5   Scale back wildlife (6)
9   Clean moonlight! (9)
10 Her love? (4)
11 Tenth counter is cool (4)
12 Choice of company vehicle is hard for Reagan follower? (6,4)
15 Not new cultural code (5)
16 Ring back one in the plant (5)
20 Points for this clue? (5)
21 Beast was brought back (5)
25 Beach, alive with activity, within reach (10)
26 Opening what's controversial often ends in this: in the news! (4
28 Stop, take off top for comfort (4)
29 Child's play to have whiskey chasing beer endlessly (9)
30 Seriously, a river cruise? (6)
31 Germany's airport head removed to a terminal waiting area? (5,3)

DOWN
1   Eat lunch of beef at home (6)
2   Having a cigarette, lemonade and laid-back breakfast fare (8)
3   By oneself, working extremely languidly (4)
4   Look who Mother, perhaps, married? (6)
6   I object to note put up for group (4,2)
7   Can quietly fix a way out (8)
8   French Right accept alien in this city (7)
13 Online identity: Hand Paint? (6)
14 Group with common interests about a lost French article (6)
17 Advance in age, death is fickle (3,5)
18 Live with heartbreak and expire (7)
19 Almost stay over with a good man by accident (8)
22 Charlie consumes two tequilas free of charge (6)
23 Pass by and see complicated circuit within (6)
24 When broken record is hidden by a family member (6)
27 Go sing! (4)

Across Lite version can be accessed at the following link Manish Mishra 1

Enjoy.

63 comments:

  1. 16A:LILAC L(I)LAC<
    20A:SCORE; Definition by example; clue number is 20
    18D: B(REATH)*E

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  2. Thanks Col Gopinath for posting this,its my first attempt at a complete grid.

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    1. Welcome on board Manish.
      Always enjoyed your clues in CCS & remember the day you created this & posted that you had created a grid!
      Haven't solved fully but looks a cracker of a puzzle

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  3. 1across: HERO - HER O

    25across: ACHIEVABLE- anagram of BEACH & LIVE

    28across: (C) EASE - stop (C)EASE - comfort

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  4. 17D Advance in age, death is fickle (3,5)GET AHEAD*
    10A Her love? (4)HER O (CD)

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  5. 8 D French Right accept alien in this city (7)D (ET) ROIT {DROIT - RIGHT FOR FRENCH)

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  6. 12a GE OR GE BUS H
    15a ETH (-N) IC = ETHIC
    29a HOP SCOTCH

    Nice one Manish Misra .. remember some of these from CCS :)

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  7. Substituting for HERO
    14D Group with common interests about a lost French article (6)CIRCLE
    ABOUT - CIRCA - A WITH FRENCH ARTICLE LE

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  8. 10ac is a good &lit clue. Congrats.
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    The other day we had Eggs? in an offering here. This is a famous clue - I don't know who wrote it first - but I have seen it cited in many crossword manuals and also discussed in blogs by crossword setters while writing on unusual clues. In fact, the clue is discussed in the first crossword book that I bought in the Sixties(Anatomy of the Crossword by D St P Barnard). The new, aspiring setter should have desisted from using it and tried to write an acceptable clue with a different approach.

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    1. Thanks CV Sir. You mean the old chestnut - GEGS?

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    2. Yes, sorry for the typo above.

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    3. But gegs or gges.. A clue should have a definition part right?

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    4. It's more of a rebus clue, kind of like the "Cox at me! (6,3,7)" by Aurucaria

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    5. Hadn't heard of this clue by Aurucaria.Nice one.Better than Gges?
      Other famous rebus clue I remember is O(8,6)

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    6. Haven't seen this one. Only thing I can think of has MULTIPLE as the first word, doesn't anno cleanly though

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    7. It is CIRCULAR LETTER

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    1. Jeevmenon. Please provide annotations failing which I will be constrained to delete your answers

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    2. My aologies

      N (EP) HEW

      EP - record - extended play
      "When" broken around it

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  10. DOWN
    13 Online identity: Hand Paint? (6) ENAME/L
    23 Pass by and see complicated circuit within (6) {E(LAP)SE*}

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    1. DOWN
      22 Charlie / consumes two tequilas // free of charge (6) (CHAS)(TE)

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    2. Actually its C HAS TE
      Charlie: C
      Consumes: HAS
      Two tequilas: TE

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  11. 11a Tenth counter is cool (4) ICED <=T
    31a Germany's airport head removed to a terminal waiting area? (5,3) (D)([-h]EATH ROW)
    2d Having a cigarette, lemonade and laid-back breakfast fare (8) OMELETTE <=T

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  12. 30A. Seriously, a river cruise? (6)

    DEE (PLY)

    River Dee and cruise = ply

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  13. 1A - THOROUGH {THO(-ugh)}{ROUGH}
    5A - ANIMAL <=
    21 - DEVIL <=

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  14. 19D. Almost stay over with a good man by accident (8)

    DIS(A ST)ER

    Almost stay = Reside <- with no "e".

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  15. Leftovers

    Across - 9, 26

    Down - 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 27

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  16. An excellent compilation by MISRAMAN,Misnomer? KHUSRO, Khus Raho !

    Welcome on board and give us more ! 4 down is a wild one!! so was 31 across! Nice wordplay !

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  17. One down will take us through to a lunch time fare. no escaping form 7 down . .

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  18. Manish, you have given us a man lubhaya MISHRAphal today !

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  19. 26A GATE (CD)
    1D (TIFF)(IN)
    3D {ON}{L(-anguidl)Y}

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  20. 30A- Deeply- (Dee Ply).
    Def.- Seriously

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  21. 9Ac : Clean moonlight! (9) FREELANCE [DD]

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    1. I think it is a reverse anagram MB. FREE LANCE (CLEAN*) with free as the anagrind

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  22. My COD 9A.
    Superb Puzzle!
    Hope we have many more.
    Khusro from Amir Khusro? a poet par excellence...also one of the first to create riddles in wordplay...

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    1. Thanks, Vasant! Yes - Amir Khusro. Poet, musician, cruciverbalist.

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  23. 4D: GANDER (CD - ref to Mother GOOSE in nursery rhyme)
    6D: MEET UP {ME}{E}{PUT<<}
    7D: LOOPHOLE {LOO}{P}{HOLE}

    Welcome Manish! Enjoyed the grid!

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  24. A grand debut puzzle. Keep it going, Manish!

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  25. That brings us to the end of an interesting and enjoyable debut (Here) You are welcome for more.
    Well attended in spite of the Melbourne match!

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  26. Today's star is alright to come back around American in time (6)

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    1. Confused ISI man arms His Highness to become today's hero (6,6)

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    2. It's actually Misra not Mishra :)

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    3. Oh ok! We have both references throughout today's blog page. So confused!!!

      ... Hm..

      Confused ISI man harms the setter (6,5)

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  27. Some very nice clues. 31a brought a chuckle.
    One suggestion: might be good to use a standard grid (ref unches)

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    1. Thanks BP, i agree - was a little bummed about the 3 blocks myself but didnt have the patience to redo :(

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  28. Isn't Heathrow a British airport?

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