Monday, 11 April 2016

No 11673, Monday 11 Apr 2016, Afterdark


ACROSS
9   Public draw (7) OUTWARD {DRAW}*
10 Performed with experience in couch (7) BEHAVED {BE{HAVE}D}
11 Aches to collect six stones (7) PAVINGS {PA{VI}NGS}
12 A doctor's prescription is steam bath for Communist (7) MARXIST {M{A}{RX}IST}
13 Guards seen with nurse right in the buff on Sunday (9) ENSHRINES {EN}{SH{R}INES}
15 A maiden disheartened with input/output in state of pregnancy (5) AMNIO {A}{Ma..eN}{I/O}
16 A jazz band hires student and orchestra leader in capital (7) COLOMBO {CO{L}{Or...a}MBO} Never knew that Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is the Administrative capital of Sri Lanka and Colombo the Commercial capital
19 Grows when nitrogen is diffused over time in fertilizers (7) MATURES MA(-n+t)NURES
20 Essentially yields given by finance is small (5) ELFIN {yiELds}{FIN}
21 Cheat attempts to kidnap midwives and succeeds (9) CONTRIVES {CON}{TRI{wiVes}ES}
25 VIP from the east's perfect, needs no introduction as crucial (7) PIVOTAL {PIV<=}{tOTAL}
26 Cabbie's duty is to pick one person (7) TAXIMAN  {TAX}{1}{MAN}
28 Recover gold stolen by others at office in the end (7) RESTORE {REST}{OR}{o...cE}
29 Talk and detailed broadcast on personal property (7) CHATTEL {CHAT}{TELl}

DOWN
1   Dead body found right in the woods (6) CORPSE {CO{R}PSE}
2   Avoids guards circling square (6) STAVES {S{T}AVES}
3   Losing opener once more is a benefit (4) GAIN aGAIN
4   Scientist was on wrong side earlier (6) EDISON {SIDE*}{ON}
5   Body odour in morning's a result of stomach compartment (8) ABOMASUM {A{BO}M}{A}{SUM}
6   Feather flew in terrace subsequently (10) THEREAFTER {FEATHER}* in {TER}
7   New intern receives clap getting a frozen meal (2,6) TV DINNER {T{V D}INNER*}
8   Note regarding splitting team turning into issues (8) EDITIONS {EDI{TI}{ON}S<=}
14 Persian poet gathers people for an act of meditation (10) RUMINATION {RUMI}{NATION}
16 Made crepes, collected money in plants (8) CREEPERS {CREPES+RE}*
17 Ladies found in elevator with a jacket, perhaps (4,4) LIFE VEST {LIF{E VES}T}
18 Cult's code scrambled and concealed (8) OCCULTED*
22 Awareness from hypnotic exercise (6) NOTICE [T]
23 Throws up misplaced motives without a point (6) VOMITS MOTIVeS*
24 Being unmarried is wrong, yet endless fun (6) SINGLE {SIN}{GLEe}
27 Noel in exams; loses head in confusion (4) XMAS eXAMS*

37 comments:

  1. 18a is a problem. If it is an anagram how is the S removed. If cult is not a part of the anagram fodder then it should be outside, not inside

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    1. 18D: Just 'cult code' might have been better?

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  2. Even Code cult's would work

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  3. Enjoyed solving this easier puzzle...some nice clues...especially liked TV DINNER, MARXIST..ABOMASUM was a new word...
    Lets see how this puzzle is dubbed by "The no joy gang"

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  4. Rumi reminded me of Ghani Kashmiri a poet from Kashmir who wrote in Persian & Ghalib believed him to be the best poet of India(he believed Mir was a greatest Urdu poet of India)

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    1. Ghani Kasmiri's work can be read in English..The Captured Gazelle

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  5. Thank you AD for nice and tasty samosas!

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  6. Marxist is the spoiler.
    Put in 'Afterwards' for 6D and wasted a lot of time.
    An enjoyable outing to start the week. Thank you AD.

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  7. Handle apostrophes with care is the lesson from 18D.

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  8. 16D Can "made" used in the position it is be a valid anagram indicator? What do others think?

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    1. If 'made' is as manufactured, created then isn't it fine?

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    2. As an adjective it seems fine

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  9. Interesting one from AD today.. though with some queries. Occulted is a bit off but presume typo. In Enshrines not sure Guards is a good def - and is nurse = EN? In Chattel...why is broadcast = L? In behaved is experience = have? Abomasum a new word.. tks for the knowledge. Total laughs for 24d :) and do think Marxist too has a steamy surface :) but I just adore Contrives as a word. reminds me of a character in a historical novelette i used to read - whose personal motto was "i Contrive" ! And how he contrived :) Happy Monday and have a fun week folks,,,

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    1. EN - Enrolled Nurse
      Broadcast = TELL, when detailed = TEL
      Experience = Have

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    2. Answering SriVidya's doubt about the validity of Guards as a definition. Enshrine does mean protect or guard. Like the Fundamental Rights enshrined in the Constitution.

      Incidentally, where is Kishore?

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    3. Srividya @9:56 : Long time since I came across the Viscount of Barham.

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    4. Presumably in Bangalore!

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    5. RameshJ : From THE MASQUERADERS by Georgette Heyer, one of my favourite authors.

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    6. OMG.. Yes i meant Masqueraders... Men read Heyer?? Thats news to me.. pleasant news :)

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    7. Thanks Colonel for the help.. I had Chatter - r+ l.. it is chat + tel..

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  10. C(RE)EPERS- Would this make it any better? "CREPE"* collecting RE.

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  11. I meant (CREPE)* collecting RE.

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  12. Wrong again- (Crepes)* collecing Re.
    But Re in stead of Rs. is fine, though it means Rupee in singular?

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  13. Chattel- Detailed broadcast is (Tell- l)
    Enshrines- (Shine= buff) nursing R followed by S(unday)

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    1. Paddy. Whichever way you look at it there is an anagramming of Crepes.My only point was whether Made Crepes would be an adequate anagram indicator.

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  14. I have a doubt about Marxist. What is the container indicator for ARX? Is it 'Is'? Though "is' works well for the surface reading, it does not seem to indicate containment.

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  15. 9A : Public draw (7) OUTWARD {DRAW}*
    Can we classify it as reverse angram clue since anind 'out' forms part of the answer?

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  16. What does VD stand for in TV DINNER? Clap?

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  17. Pl. follow the link for clap.

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  18. Felt some clues such as 7 down and 16 down could be more meaningful as a solver. Otherwise a decent crossword from Afterdark
    . Hope this was helpful. Many Thanks

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    1. Even I felt 16D was not good. But 7D was OK I thought. Anyway thanks for the feedback :)

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    2. I think Mahesh is talking of the surface reading not being good.

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    3. I understand. Clap was used to denote Cheers. So I thought it could make a passable surface.

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