Monday, 29 February 2016

No 11637, Monday 29 Feb 16, Lightning


ACROSS
1   Inclination to write and say Om (8) PENCHANT {PEN}{CHANT}
5   Place where fishes learn to form a group? (6) SCHOOL [DD]
9   Arrange team trip for less than the customary duration (4-4) PART-TIME*
10 War finally moved former US president to depression (6) CRATER {C(+r)RA(-r)TER}
12 Liquid assets to cover Rupee’s fall (5) CRASH {C{R}ASH}
13 Strip detective inspector’s responsibility (9) DISMANTLE {DI'S}{MANTLE}
14 Trimming selection of generic racquets (6) RICRAC [T]
16 For the most part, growing small fruits (7) RAISINS {RAISINg}{S}
19 Passed through dock last month on the way back (7) PIERCED {PIER}{CED<=}
21 Have a look at a bird (6) GANDER [DD]
23 Spend life primarily restoring our magnificence (9) SPLENDOUR {SPEND+L}*{OUR}
25 Nearly neglected yield (5) F?R?H (Addendum FORGO FORGOt - See comments)
26 Computer manufacturer at the middle of testing plug-in (6) APPLET {APPLE}{tesTing}
27 Damage platform outside a branch office (8) SABOTAGE {SA{BO}TAGE}
28 Put up with final period in office (second half only) (6) ENDURE {END}{tenURE}
29 Intrepid sales force oddly disorganised (8) FEARLESS {SALES+FoRcE}*

DOWN
1   Father disheartened clergy, office of the pope (6) PAPACY {PAPA}{ClergY}
2   Arrive at noon in order to make a statement (9) NARRATIVE {ARRIVE+AT+N}*
3   Hour-long stoppage (5) HITCH {H}{ITCH}
4   Unsettled leader gets irritated with Cuba (7) NOMADIC {NO{MAD}1}{C} 
6   Air cannot set right flower (9) CARNATION*
7   Heads of opera combine to examine talent of group of eight (5) OCTET Acrostic
8   Tip of big ship, tip of airplane (8) LARGESSE {LARGE}{SS}{a...nE}
11 Despots are sheltering despot (4) TSAR [T]
15 Storyteller that mostly recounts a funny record primarily (9) RACONTEUR {RECOUNTs+A}*{Re...d}
17 Drunkard, intoxicated to begin with, mixing tea with brine (9) INEBRIATE {In...d}{TEA+BRINE}*
18 Disciple the French dismissed had become renegade (8) APOSTATE {APOSTle}{ATE}
20 Dire fate of doctor returning after work (4) DOOM {DO}{OM<=}
21 Trash rim of bus in parking structure (7) GARBAGE {GAR{Bus}AGE}
22 Drives an influential person nuts in the end (6) WHEELS {WHEEL}{nutS} (Addendum - POWERS {POWER}{S} - See comments)
24 Fat in a body part is dangerous for starters (5) LIPID {LIP}{Is}{Da...s}
25 Ceiling raised to accommodate large storey (5) FLOOR {F{L}OOR<=}

GRID

23 comments:

  1. I had 25a as FORGO(-T). But nothing satisfactory for 22d

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    1. Powers was the best fit, that I could come up with

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    2. I had FORGO as well for 25a. Went for MOVERS for 22d

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    3. I had it initially as movers & then changed it to powers

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    4. I also put powers and forgo. But root issues with power part of powers?

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  2. I had 'Impels' for 22D. 'One important person' for 'Imp', but could not get the nuts part. Also lost for 25A.

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  3. Col.
    For 27A, it has to be (ABO) for a branch office within 'Stage'. {s(abo)tage}

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  4. I too had POWERS and FORGO. Are there samosas?

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  5. Will 'Forth' fit in for 25A? And wheels stays for 22D.

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    1. Forgo is direct synonym for yield and power is an influential person and nuts in the end is s

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  6. For 'Forth' Chambers: 1 into existence or view • bring forth children.

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  7. From Free Dic. for 'wheel-
    7. Slang A person with a great deal of power or influence: a wheel in state government.
    So I go for 'Wheels' & 'Forth'.
    Wait until tomorrow?

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  8. Ajeesh's parsing @ 9:02 is what I had in mind

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    1. So Ajeesh wins the battle for POWER (s) !

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    2. I was POWERless...so no samosas today :-(

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  9. Ram,
    Your samosas are fine, but mine is gone. Thank you VP for the clarification. So it is powers for 22d.

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    1. Paddy, You have more frequency in getting samosas, than I.

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  10. quick one.. except for 22d of course.. had it as powers with movers as a second option. If powers is a go then i can smell the samosas :) Ricrac a new word - good one Lightning

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  11. powers rendered me powerless. otherwise a nice puzzle. Enjoyed the clues.5,12a & 3,4d worth special mention. Thanks Lightning.

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