Monday, 8 February 2016

No 11619, Monday 08 Feb 2016, Aspartame


ACROSS
1   See 14 Ac.
8   Stare at Lego construction (4) OGLE*
9   Nip a cooking appliance? (7,3) ROLLING PIN {NIP}*
10 Steal extremely elegant, embellished decorative item (6) TASSEL {STEAL+S}* S from?
11 Best case scenario: I get tea and idly curry (8) IDEALITY {I}{TEA+IDLY}*
12 Connection between one plane and another? (3,6) AIR BRIDGE [CD]  One plane and another?
14, 1 Became wealthy from a masterful loan? (4,1,5,7) MADE A SMALL FORTUNE {MASTERFUL+LOAN}*
15 He will head out to procure sulphur for trade (4) SELL (-h+s}SE'LL
16 Metal is tough, almost like titanium after it’s made partially hollow (9) STRONTIUM {STRONg}{TItaniUM}
20 Composer, instrumentalist — one about to get caught (8) LYRICIST {1}{C} in {LYRIST}
21 Vehicle carrying policeman toppled over? That’s terrible! (6) TRAGIC {TRA{GI}C}<=
23 E-Explosive? (6,4) LETTER BOMB [CD]
24 Flyer in Iraqi bistro (4) IBIS [T]
25 Government organisation’s doctor receives crest (6,7) SECRET SERVICE*

DOWN
1   A fellow Asian president has this nationality (7) AFGHANI {A}{F}{GHANI}
2   Searches for bearings (5) MIENS [DD ?Connection to 'searches' not clear See comments
3   Stories about the Spanish high inquisitor found in German Rhine (7) LORELEI {LOR{EL}E}{In...r}
4   Dentist clinics are arranging frames on long posts (7,8) FILLING STATIONS {FIL{L}ING} {STATIONS} Frames/Filing ? See comments
5   One hired to manage editorial fronts is devastated (6) RUINED {RU{1}N}{EDi...l}
6   Cowardly aunt fights with first nephew harbouring bitterness (9) UNGALLANT  {AUNT+Ne...w}* around {GALL}
7   Communication record of waterlocked land broken by onset of tsunami (7) EPISTLE {EP}{IS{Ts...i}LE}
13 Stroking Bills cat, one goes crazy (9) BALLISTIC {BILLS+CAT+1}*
15 Son’s aloofness is said to result in lack of confidence (7) SHYNESS {S}{HYNESS}(~highness)
17 Halloween time — 33% discount on tax to be gained (7) OCTOBER {TO}{BE} in {OctRoi ? }
18 Employ beginners to upgrade terminals in large institutions supporting engineers (7) UTILISE Acrostic
19 Stab a bond actor (6) PIERCE [DD]
22 Mali bishop found an excuse (5) ALIBI [T]


25 comments:

  1. 2 Searches for bearings (5) MIENS [DD ?] Connection to 'searches' not clear

    SEARCHES = LOOKS = MIENS

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    1. I had the same anno, but don't think the clue works. Mien does not have a second meaning.

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    2. same question here.. could it be homophone for mines and miens..

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    3. Mien means Air or look (in the sense explained in CV's poem below) and bearing. It appears Aspartame has taken the other meaning of Look

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  2. 4D- I think arranging is filing.Then frames must be stations?

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    1. FRAMES - container indicator

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    2. Yes. Posts for stations.

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  3. I think CV & Kishore would remember Jiggs running away from rolling pins all the time in the cartoon serial.

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    1. Bringing up Father :)

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    2. :-) Thank you. I could not recall the name immediately, but searched it out.

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  4. Read about Jiggs, Maggie and her rolling pin here-
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bringing_Up_Father

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  5. Enjoyed todays xword. Collage of life it seems.. with wealth (fortune), flying weapons (rolling pins), style and oomph through pierce, cowardliness, shyness and ballistics :), lechery and ideality... thrill in secret service.. comedy and tragedy, music, energy and strength.. kewl one )

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  6. After a long time... Got almost all the answers... Only missed out MIENS and TASSEL.

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    1. Nice to see you here Shachii

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    2. 'mien' is the usual expresion on one's face or more usually one's usual behaviour

      I think we get miens from'looks'.

      The second meaning is 'bearings', 'carriage', 'behaviour'

      I am not sure if 'mien' is countable and if it can have the plural form.

      This word I came across first when my father read the poem 'The beggar Maid' to me and my siblings -

      Her arms across her breast she laid;
      She was more fair than words can say:
      Bare-footed came the beggar maid
      Before the king Cophetua.
      In robe and crown the king stept down,
      To meet and greet her on her way;
      "It is no wonder," said the lords,
      "She is more beautiful than day".

      As shines the moon in clouded skies,
      She in her poor attire was seen:
      One praised her ankles, one her eyes,
      One her dark hair and lovesome mien:
      So sweet a face, such angel grace,
      In all that land had never been:
      Cophetua sware a royal oath:
      "This beggar maid shall be my queen!"

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    3. Wow! Very well elaborated and explained! :)

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    4. This poem that I studied at school was where I first came across the word "mien" as well :) Thanks CV sir for reviving the memories!

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  7. Nice challenging one from "As per tame". Last in was 14A/1A..Liked Filling Stations..Made a small fortune...rolling pins...air bridge

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  8. E+ BULL + I.E- N'T - Bull for one who buys in the stock exchange- National Stock Exchange .

    Going back to yesterday's 14 down: I had meant isn't as int . On Thursday, I had put together this crossie in a hurry to reach the Col on time for the Sunday Special. That's how the clue ' no later ' got germinated ! As ye-all know, annotation is not my forte' nor is splitting hair , so long the answer falls in place. I'm still learning the grammar of cryptic crossies and do find the latest techniques of deletions and additions and alternate letter- building as specialised by Afterdark and others and marvel at their patience in building up such clues. I'm more used to a ready-to-use food on the table and by and by will try to stir up some good stuff, garnishing and all. I am not a foodie and believe in the dictum: Neeyat bharna and not peth bharna ! If the taste is good, presentation can take a second place for me !! Sorry folks, may be a few typos also got ye-all climbing the wall !!

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  9. Got it this time without any doubt!

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  10. Thanks Raju for an enjoyable cw. Znd whzt is a few typos between friends. I think everybody got ebullient without knowing how.

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  11. How nice if we can get ebullient like that!

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    1. So long as it doesn't mean a whole lot of bull !! Bull was also in my mind when I compiled due to the recent cow & bull and Jallikattu brouhaha !!

      Why can't folks be like all of us in this blog, ''tolerating the intolerables'' like me !

      Thanks Suresh gaaru for your coming to my rescue on aint , isn't Is not etc taint that would have stuck on me .Itain't affecting me , though !

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    2. Raju does that mean in Mathematics at school it's just the answer that matters and not the derivation?

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  12. Ugh , don't remind me of school and mathematics in particular !

    If the end justify the means and if the end is just and the means are not devious and dubious, I can be justified. We're dealing with cryptic crosswords and all errors and omissions are excepted, no? pardon my sins of omissions and commissions please !

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