Friday, 12 February 2016

No 11623, Friday 12 Feb 2016, Gridman


It's one of those days, Gridman has stumped me in the SE corner today.

ACROSS
1   Star-shapeda Star-Trek empath flanked by son and daughter (7) ASTROID {A}{S}{TROI}{D}
5   Stormy ocean? A five hundred travelled by water (6) CANOED {OCEAN*}{D}
10 Spartan case working on nervous complaint (7) ASCETIC {CASE*}{TIC}
11 Small working boat, powerful hitter (7) SLUGGER {S}{LUGGER}
12 Sympathetic sort about to give credit to worker in textile industry (9) (Addendum - CALENDRER - {LEND} in {CARER} - See comments)
13 Depend on door device (5) HINGE [DD]
14 Acquire vessel, say (4) EARN (~ urn)
15 Avoids saying what a dog might do when a stranger attacks it (5,4) BITES BACK [C&DD]
18 Large pips? People with these are of generous nature (3,6) BIG HEARTS [C&DD]
20 Shape, the head of which gives a hint of it (4) OVAL ? [CD] See comments
24 Despatch immediately. Poles are lost. Provide funds (5) ENDOW {sEND}{nOW}
25 Card player's confession sits uncomfortably with those who are not practical (9) IDEALISTS {I}{DEAL}{SITS*}
26 One in the pool working on DPhil (7) DOLPHIN*
27 Not all said top English drug is explosive material (7) (Addendum - TOLUENE  {TOLd}{U}{EN}{E} - See comments)
28 Owner changed name to attain fame (6) RENOWN {OWNER*}{N}
29 Brief fervour over old woman in ladies' quarters (7) ZENANAS {NANA} in {ZESt}

DOWN
2   A quarter of the eye omits nothing of the worldly (7) SECULAR {SE}{oCULAR}
3   Assessment of NCO sailor? (6) RATING [DD]
4   No dicta in Iran resulted in canonical enlistment (13) INCARDINATION*
6   A chum's endless practice in an emirate (3,5) ABU DHABI {A}{BU D}{HABIt}
7   Ball's racing away, that's natural (7) ORGANIC {O}{RACING*}
8   Ran around in the German sewer (6) DARNER {RAN}* in {DER}
9   Observed what the guard did (7) WATCHED [DD]
11 Drama by the way (6,7) STREET THEATRE [CD]
16 Dog — see and explain that twice (4,4) CHOW CHOW {C}{HOW} {C}{HOW}
17 Criticise big assessor (7) ( Addendum - BLISTER {B}{LISTER} - See comments)
19 Dyestuff gets our country's limited ruling (7) INDULIN {IND}{rULINg}
21 Design varies to include a Central leader's guts (7) VISCERA {Ce...l} in {VARIES}*
22 Do really move to hospital section (6) RENDER ? {REND}{ER}
23 Everyone about a Scotsman's limited speech disorder (6) ALEXIA Anno pending (Addendum - ALALIA {AL{A}L}{IAn} - See comments)

27 comments:

  1. 20 Shape, the head of which gives a hint of it (4) OVAL ? Yes O (head of oval) represents the shape
    27 Not all said top English drug is explosive material (7) TOL(-d) + U + EN + E

    17 Criticise big assessor (7) B + LISTER
    23 Everyone about a Scotsman's limited speech disorder (6) AL(A)L + IA(-n)

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    1. Is Toluene by itself an explosive material? Trinitrotoluene or TNT is the explosive.

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    2. Specifically Upper class

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    3. Thank you Ramesh & CPC, but I took "Top England' for En.

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  2. Could get all except 22Dn RENDER {REND}{ER}
    Am still confused with the anno! Seek help please.

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  3. I too didn't get RENDER only

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  4. I am not even sure it is render

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  5. i would say BEND ER meaning 'do'.
    Bend meaning to really make an effort to move

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    1. Bender is a party or do

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    2. But does Bend for really move really work?

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    1. That is a good example CPC

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    2. It could equally be "really move" = "move quickly" = tear = rend , which could lead to render...we will have to see

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    3. Sometimes we setters forget how our mind worked when we wrote a clue. That's to say, sometimes I forget the anno of my own clue. Ha, ha, ha. CPC, you have approximated close to my thinking! I am relieved that I have not made any mistake. Only different people are looking at it differently!

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    4. So, did you intend Bender or Render

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    5. RENDER unto the solver the things that are the solver's.

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    6. Going on a BENDER is not such a good thing anyway.

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  7. Though I got alalia(thanks to the perfect wordplay & Blister missed out on zenanas & render
    Nice workout today..

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  8. I was simply floored by street theatre & calendrer for which I had put secret theatre and calendric. Though I could make etymological base of calender I miscerably failed. Incidentally my birth place is near Erode where lot of calendering mills are running. With all that I enjoyed the puzzle today.Thank you ,sir.

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  9. typo pl.read as miserably

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  10. Missed a few. Learned new words. Still, an entertaining puzzle.

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  11. Gridman puts the solver in a gridlock on first flush but eventually, a couple of clues cleared, and then the others fall like ninepins; therein lies the beauty when eventually the whole puzzle stands vanquished !!

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