Thursday, 4 February 2016

No 11616, Thursday 04 Feb 2016, Afterdark


WE ARE 7 YEARS OLD TODAY
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO THE BLOG AND ALL VISITORS
(PS: I almost forgot till Kishore reminded me)

ACROSS
1   Auditor at Los Angeles, America going west for short-term (6) CASUAL {LA}{US}<= after {CA}
4   Dad maybe leaves mom to lie around in couch (3,3) DAY BED {DAD+maYBE}*
9   Confront lawyer on rule point (4) DARE {DA}{R}{E}
10 Reform at NATO by end of war to get electrical equipment (10) ALTERNATOR {ALTER}{NATO}{waR}
11 Flowers found in Agra cemetery (6) RACEME [T]
12 Extend support to admit new leader soon (8) LENGTHEN {LE{New}G}{THEN}
13 Abandoned in deep-sea, swam overcoming resistance and time (9) DESPERATE {DEEP-SEA} over {R} and {T}
15 Policemen plead guilty taking a dollar (4) COPS {COP}{S}
16 Trade wife for love with cleaner (4) SWAP {S(-o+w)WAP}
17 Iodine mixed in fertilizer, essentially new compound (9) COMPOSITE {COMPOS{I}T}{nEw}
21 Shocking to see engineer’s son in morgue building (8) GRUESOME {E}{S} in {MORGUE}*
22 Injured cadres are frightened (6) SCARED*
24 Teaching technique to con fails miserably (5,5) TONIC SOLFA {TO+CON+FAILS}*
25 Basically safari is at a great distance (4) AFAR sAFARi
26 Stinking, devious; describes Rommel partly (6) SMELLY {romMEL} in {SLY}
27 Approver suspected to be holding against (6) VERSUS [T]

DOWN
1   Artists in an African country, finally trace a fake (7) CHARADE {CHA{RA}D}{t..cE}
2   Filed a case on top exporter of leather (5) SUEDE {SUED}{Ex...r}
3   Rookie appears in exam at Europe (7) AMATEUR [T]
5   Broadcasting causes terrible migraine in essence (6) AIRING {mIGRAINe}*
6   Charming lover's costume tailored is short by centimetre (9) BEAUTEOUS {BEAU}{cOSTUmE}*
7   Doctor's partners heading off with shepherds (7) DROVERS {DR}{lOVERS}
8   Those little toes, cut in half, fitted in footwear (8,5) STILETTO HEELS {THOSE+LITTLE+toES}*
14 According to report, scrap item is repaired during the period country is not at war (9) PEACETIME (~piece){PEACE}{ITEM}*
16 Important issue or absurd... (7) SERIOUS*
18 ...extract power likewise (7) PASSAGE {P}{AS}{SAGE}
19 Ace opts to design reinforcements for boots (7) TOECAPS*
20 Mrs. Leo hassled a bit (6) MORSEL*
23 Gather guards after morning at one (5) AMASS {AM}{A}{SS}

50 comments:

  1. Congratulations Colonel. Amazing journey of 7 years for all of us. Wishing an eternal life to the blog.

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  2. Happy anniversary.
    In recent months, we have missed the toons by Kishore, Col, CGB and Chaturvasi.
    New colour scheme introduced by RameshJ has been a welcome feature.

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  3. Tumble records or crowns to get Col's blog(9,6)

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  4. Congrats, Col! Many happy returns of the Day!

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  5. Happy anniversary Colonel and founders :) ha ha ha... 7 years itch ?? Straight forward xword today from Afterdark - but had Soap instead of Swap (took cleaner as def)and Dare as face :( but still light going.. :)

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  6. Happy anniversary to Col., the blog and the bloggers. In a way, we are wishing ourselves a happy and interesting blogging and interactive future. Enjoying it every day. May it continue for ever.

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  7. A fitting and interesting CW for the anniversary.
    Missed out on the teaching technique (could get only the tonic!) and beauteous.

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  8. Thank you everyone, the same applies equally to all of you, without your participation the blog would have wound up long ago

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  9. This is addressed to all the ladies here. How on earth do you'll manage to walk on things like 8D? Don't your feet pain?

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    1. If I may answer on behalf of those ladies...
      For
      The high heels make them look taller and stylish, the shoe removes the 'mami' look that they may have, it makes their foot look longer than it really is, their gait may look more seductive than before...
      Against
      There may be problems ('pain' to use the Col's term) with feet and knees. The wearer's niece may look at them zealously or jealously.
      Important 'for'
      They can jab their molester with the sharp stilettos.

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    2. It is something I look with plain horror and disbelief because even flat soles make me walk with utmost care! In teens I wore heels with flat soles mainly because I am a little on the shorter side. After conceiving my first child I stopped wearing them on reading some adverse info about them. Till today I am wary of them. I watch wearing this type of heels with utmost awe. I strongly feel it is some of quixotic idea of fashion! CV's idea of its usefulness for defence is good, but a lady has so many other handy weapons with her in emergency, doesn't she? Gandhi's advice of using teeth and nail?

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  10. Congrats THCC and Col. I think I was among the earliest members to join.

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  11. We have to congratulate the Col for giving a forum for beginning setters.

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  12. Thank you all members for this blog and let it grow strong. And today, there is light, Afterdark, after three really dark days:-) thanks Afterdark.

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  13. Congratulations and thanks so much. Your blog is the reason I am hooked to crosswords.

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  14. Dear Col and other (cros)swordsmen,
    Happy Birthday to the blog!
    Let the lance in your hands keep the blog fighting forever!!!

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  15. Submissions invited for the Sunday special, I have only one from Dr Satyen right now and his CW was published last Sunday as well.

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  16. Congrats Col sir :) Happy birthday to our THCC :)

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  17. Happy B'day to the blog! I am a regular reader of the blog (always come here after solving, or rather, attempting to solve, the daily crossword); but a very rare contributor. However, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Col. and other posters for creating a wonderful forum for budding solvers (like me) and setters to learn and develop their crossword skills! Awesome job!

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  18. Thanks again for all the good wishes

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  19. Almost missed coming here due to work at plant...
    Congrats Col.

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  20. Congrats Colonel. I love the warm, welcoming atmosphere of THCC - it shows in the way contributors refer it as "our blog". Kudos to you for creating this platform. Here's wishing more success and prosperity to THCC with each anniversary!

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  21. Another problem with high heels is backache due to bending backwards to maintain balance.

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  22. CONGRATS Col for creating this wonderful blog. I haven't seen one as active as this; MANY MANY Happy snruter of this day !!( Shuchi's is not daily but seasonal- so Shuchi, take heart. Yours is unique in its own way.) and lets all not forget the THCC family gatherings in various places, though I'm yet to attend one of them



    One suggestion on this birthday, Col; Can you make it interactive for online solving like our Sunday Specials by using Across Life? Though the THCC online service by that anonymous good soul does help, many a times it is delayed in posting and occasionally with the grid going awry ! It will be a boon for folks like me !

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  23. Congratulations, Col! We get The Hindu in Mumbai now. So I'm back here!! It's so much easier to solve on paper than online!

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  24. Completed the puzzle...put soap for swap..missed out on day bed(literally nowadays)...enjoyed thoroughly

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  25. Best regards to Col as well as all the contributors/commentators as my 'guru dakshanai', on this important day! Wonderful platform for learning a lot; enjoying the puns by the stalwarts CV Sir, Kishore, AD, Bala, Raju et all...

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  26. Thanks for the daily dose of fun and insights. May this blog flourish forever.

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  27. Congratulations and what a precision - day after day exactly at 0830 IST !!

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  28. Thanks for all the late night and early morning good wishes:-)
    Bhargav and Ajeesh - Up so early or yet to sleep?

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  29. Congratulations on the milestone,this blog is fast becoming a daily must do with me .
    An enjoyable grid,surprisingly the telescopics took me a while to spot, tonic solfa was a new term, loved stilleto heels.

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  30. Congratulations Col and all members! Happy birthday to the blog :)

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  31. just stumbled upon this blog. what does afterdark signify? are you the guys who make the crossword in hindu or you work independently ? how to start solving crosswords ? I dont even know the C of crossword. please help.

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    1. Afterdark is a Pseudonym of the person who set this crossword. They all work independently.
      To start solving I suggest you visit www.crosswordunclued.com and see some of the links there for beginners

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  32. what does the blue, black. and pink colour denote? ty

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    1. Blue is the answer to the clue. Black is the definition part of the clue and Pink is used to show parts of the clue used to form the answer

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  33. Congratulations, and many more years ahead!

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