Sunday, 13 March 2016

Special, Sunday 13 Mar 2016, Bruno


Three answers as usual (annotations compulsory) till 6 PM.
Please give all your answers in one comment.


ACROSS
1   Likely that research-lab experiment is boring (8)
5   It might bring good luck to man at a race (6)
9   Extinction certain after a long time (7)
10 It could bail out one (5)
12 A tongue lacking taste, ultimately wags for sweet (6)
13 Lion ran around captured giraffe, ultimately hid it in a different cave to avoid a fight (8)
16 Hated to give birth when upset (7)
17 Colourful saying passed on (4)
19 Frozen man cut through core (4)
21 Majority of Indians are small – that’s the way things are (7)
24 Being aware Western agreement’s not the best (8)
25 Friend, during mortgage payment, returned stake (6)
28 Cruel affliction? (5)
29 Something of little value in America gets a universal right to be a monster (7)
30 Red-black with gold on top (6)
31 A heatsource? (8)

DOWN
1   Thanksgiving canape - crackers without cheese topping (5)
2   Unclear? Pop a question to have the answer… (6)
3   Praises start of administrative changes getting rid of protocol (8)
4   Stagger over at plant (4)
6   Capable of producing story with first page missing (6)
7   Mostly empty, nice, housetop structure? (7)
8   Heartless Siamese banker could be #10 or #11? (9)
11 Instrument to measure setter’s heart-beat is on promotion (7)
14 With anger, hit back at Patriot Act provision (7)
15 Continental US’ nine places crossing over to Baja - California is one (9)
18 Dr. Menon, admitted to emergency ward with onset of Schizophrenia gets flowers (8)
20 Taxi meter in India – Chennai and Agra, mainly – complex, perhaps!! (7)
22 One who deeply loves roadtrips’ eager to be on vacation (6)
23 Mat that is often woven (6)
26 God’s upset – being stuck in the crumbling world (5)
27 Light brown mercurous layers (4)

Across Lite version can be accessed at BRUNO 10

Enjoy.

56 comments:

  1. 1A:PROBABLE; (LAB)* inside PROBE
    2D: OPAQUE; (T)
    9A:(ERA)(SURE)

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  2. 1 across: PROBABLE_ research=probe- LAB anagram= likely --probable

    2 down: OPAQUE- UNCLEARP-OPAQUE-STION= container

    4 down: LEEK - stagger over - reverse of KEEL - leek- a plant

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  3. 23 Mat that is often woven (6): TATAMI; ((MAT)+(ThAt Is))*; &lit

    26 God’s upset – being stuck in the crumbling world (5): EARTH; RA<-- inside (THE)*

    25 Friend, during mortgage payment, returned stake (6): IMPALE; PAL (friend) inside EMI<--

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  4. 13A Lion ran around captured giraffe, ultimately hid it in a different cave to avoid a fight (8)VIOLENCE
    {LION + giraffE + CAVE - A}*

    25A Friend, during mortgage payment, returned stake (6){IM{PAL}E<-}

    29A Something of little value in America gets a universal right to be a monster (7){CENT}{A}{U}{R}

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    1. compensating for IMPALE

      18 Dr. Menon, admitted to emergency ward with onset of Schizophrenia gets flowers (8){A{NEMON}*E}{S}
      AE: accident & emergency department

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  5. 5A: It might bring good luck to man at a race (6) M ASCOT
    13A: Lion ran around captured giraffe, ultimately hid it in a different cave to avoid a fight (8) V{IOL(E)N*}CE* -A
    22D: One who deeply loves roadtrips’ eager to be on vacation (6) ADOR* E…R Nice!

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  6. 31 A heatsource? (8) GUNSMITH

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  7. Compensating for OPAQUE & PROBABLE_ since Vasant has beaten me by 4 minutes;

    5 across: MASCOT= Man at race=ASCOT race course

    28 across : ULCER_ Cruel afliction anagram of CRUEL

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    1. Thank you Bhala and Raghu.

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    2. Bruno / Balaji: just a suggestion, why not use a standard grid? This one has a small deviation in terms of unches in a couple of places

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    3. Thanks for the suggestion Bhala. Will take note of it.

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  9. 16A REVILED<=
    31A GUNSMITH (E/D?)
    27D ECRU {mErCuRoUs}

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  10. 1D - PAEAN (-c)ANAPE*
    6D - PARABLE (-p)ARABLE
    7D - CHIMNEY {{M(-ostl)Y}+{NICE}+(H(-ouse)}}* &lit

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  11. Compensating for 31A
    12A NOUGAT {A TONGU(-e)}*

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  12. 10A It could bail out one (5) ALIBI {BAIL*}{I}
    12A A tongue lacking taste, ultimately wags for sweet (6)NOUGAT {A TONGUe*}
    17A Colourful saying passed on (4) DYED {~DIED}

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    1. 10A ALIBI {BAIL*}{I} &lit please?

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    2. Perhaps more of an extended definition. For a true &lit, the "It could" shouldnt be there.

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  13. In lieu of 12A done by Jayaseelan

    8 Heartless Siamese banker could be #10 or #11? (9) TAILENDER {ThaI}{LENDER} Could be 10th or 11th batsman in Cricket.

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  14. 19a - Nu(m)b
    24a - (in on)<-- deal = Non ideal
    30a - Au burn

    Q - Reviled = Deliver --< isnt this an Indirect anagram?

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    1. I don't think it is an indirect anagram, it is a straight reversal of DELIVER to get REVILED ("when upset" is the reversal ind)

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    2. as per crossword unclued (and it does make sense in a sort) - upset is a reversal indicator only for down clues.. this is across.. wouldnt upset become an anagram indicator then?

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    3. One of the meanings of 'upset' is 'reversal/ reverse'

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  15. 21A: Majority of Indians are small – that’s the way things are (7) DESTINY {DES(-i)}{TINY}, def = "that's the way things are"
    11D: Instrument to measure setter’s heart-beat is on promotion (7) PIPETTE {PIP}{-sETTE-r} Setter's heart = ETTE, beat = PIP
    15D: Continental US’ nine places crossing over to Baja - California is one (9) - PENINSULA (reverse tele)

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  16. 15 Continental US’ nine places crossing over to Baja - California is one (9)
    PENINSULA (<=T)

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  17. Bravo, Bruno: an excellent compilation ! a few easy ones and mostly tricky ones!

    I in particular, liked 15 down and 20 down: wonderful work for the top storey ! Waiting for someone to crack 'em

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    1. Thank you Raju and Srividya.

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  18. 14 With anger, hit back at Patriot Act provision (7)W IRE (TAP<-)

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  19. 20 Taxi meter in India – Chennai and Agra, mainly – complex, perhaps!! (7)M IN I C A B(ASIC)

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    1. Ram, there is a -(dash) before complex, so....perhaps...!?

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    2. I thought Complex is Basic and mainly indicates B.

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    3. Maybe. I went for B-Complex (Vitamin)though!

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    4. and mainly doing double duty for Chennai Agra and for complex.

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    5. Thank you Col. I had B-complex in mind while setting.

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  20. 3 Praises start of administrative changes getting rid of protocol (8) AD(MIN...E) (FORM)ULATES

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    1. I had interpreted this as A + (-MO)DULATES
      Start of administrative = A
      changes = MODULATES
      getting rid of MO (protocol i.e. Modus Operandi)

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  21. Brain-teasing Sunday Special from Bruno! Quite an enjoyable one! Thank you Bruno. :)

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  22. Could someone confirm please if 10A is a "&lit" clue?

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    1. Haha... if it has to be confirmed, it probably didnt work... :-)

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  23. Very nice clues Balaji. I loved 5A. (MASCOT= Man at race = ASCOT race course)

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