Thursday, 28 April 2016

No 11687, Thursday 28 Apr 2016, Arden


ACROSS
1   See 10 Ac. (3,11)
10 & 1 Ac. Rightness protecteda way to begin trial (5)  START THE PROCEEDINGS {RIGHTNESS+PROTECTED+A}*
11 Help me move around, time is passing (9) EPHEMERAL {HELP+ME}* around {ERA}
12 Abandoned by many, needed to be scratched (7) DITCHED {D}{ITCHED}
13 Regularly read draftit gets monotonous (3,4) RAT RACE {ReAd}{T RACE}
14 Ask for stuff about the French (5) PLEAD {P{LE}AD}
16 Difficult task trick is to get things moving (4-5) KICK-START*
19 Estimate he gives to the householder (9) RATEPAYER {RATE}{PAYER}
20 Feel at ease within, please (5) ELATE [T]
22 They provide energy that is missing in some cricketers (7) BATTERS BATTERieS
25 Born after hospital admission? Nonsense (7) BLATHER {B}{LAT{H}ER}
27 Stand exposed — story covered is to entice (9) TANTALISE {sTANd}{TAL{IS}E}
28 The devil attains liberation, it leaves (5) SATAN ATtAiNS*
29 Writing about pressure drop from copper condenser (14) CORRESPONDENCE {COpPER+CONDENSER}*

DOWN
2   Man with skill won — a living proof (9) HEARTBEAT {HE}{ART}{BEAT}
3   Undermine child's play area (5) PITCH {PIT}{CH}
4   Right on date — nothing crucial before and after (4-5) OKEY-DOKEY {O}{KEY}-{D}{O}{KEY}
5   Number three maybe? (5) ETHER*
6   Give up what you have, no time for a cup of coffee (9) DEMITASSE {DEMIT}{ASSEt}
7   Opera girl (5) NORMA [DD]
8   Sun's passage, 5 for example (7) SOLVENT {SOL}{VENT}
9   Usurped heartlessly, work finished (4,2) USED UP USUrPED*
15 Disapprove taking interest rate down (9) DEPRECATE DEPRECiATE
17 Can bribe with a trip to a holiday destination (9) CARIBBEAN {CAN+BRIBE+A}*
18 Poor chap ate it, not really bothered (9) APATHETIC*
19 Mechanical lift has something to do with hearing (7) ROBOTIC {ROB}{OTIC}
21 Sin also conveys a message (6) ERRAND {ERR}{AND}
23 What enormous relief to have a voice (5) TENOR [T]
24 Save — avoid carrying money (5) SKIMP {SKI{M}P}
26 Passage with American to Guam, perhaps (5) AISLE {A}{ISLE}

34 comments:

  1. The demitasse pic is a bit misleading. It is normally black as far as I know.

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    1. Suresh, Demitasse is the cup holding the coffee

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    2. Copy paste from Wiki

      A demitasse (/ˈdɛmᵻtæs/; French: "half cup") is a small cup used to serve Turkish coffee or espresso. In some languages it is called fincan, fildžan, filxhan or φλιτζάνι (flidzáni). In Spanish, it is called a pocillo.

      It typically has about 60–90 ml (2–3 fl oz)[citation needed] capacity — half the size of a full coffee cup (a tasse à café is about 120 ml (4 fl oz)). Typically they are made of ceramic, pottery or porcelain and accompanied by matching saucers, but some coffeehouses and china companies also produce brightly decorated varieties. Another type of demitasse has a glass cup set into a metal frame.

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    3. Are you talking of the cup or coffee? I would think that demitasse' is just the 'half-cup'. No matter what is poured into it.

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    4. A demitasse containing coffee is called mini coffee here- generally about half a cup. No need to buy a full cup and share as used to be done earlier.

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    5. CV, I'm talking of the cup

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    6. My 852 was posted after I saw Suresh's Comment and before yours appeared.

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    7. Ok, didn't note the timings of the posts

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    8. Even at public functions that say meetings will be preceded by 'high tea' and at marriage parties in kalyana mantaps we are served coffee in small paper/plastic cups which is less than demitasse. Shame! And in writeups we will talk of the hoary Tamil tradition of dabara-thamler kaaapi. I tell you we are a whole lot of dishonest people.

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    9. Less washing, more paper cups, more garbage.....

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    10. demitasse noun 1 a small cup of coffee, especially black coffee. 2 a the quantity contained by such a cup; b the cup itself.

      This is the meaning from chambers.

      The word, I know literally means half a cup.However, it is generally associated with black coffee drunk in that cup, best after dinner.

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    11. Thank you, Suresh. I should have guessed that you were speaking from experience.

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    12. Has any one experienced this?!

      Customer: Waiter, is this supposed to be coffee or tea?

      Waiter: What does it taste like?

      Customer: It tastes like gasoline!

      Waiter: Well, sir, that would be the coffee. The tea tastes like turpentine.

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    13. When I was doing articles in Chennai the peon in our office used to make something like this. I used to taste like that Waiter without I

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    14. "If this is tea, get me coffee; if this is coffee, get me tea"

      I am sure the demi in demitasse refers to half, as in a demigod

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  2. Glad to have kick started the proceedings, but okey-dokey ditched me and I was depreciated.

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  3. Arden ends his run with an easier but equally enjoyable offering...loved the long ones,Demitasse,ether & solvent,tantalise & Batters

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    1. Also okey dokey was nicely clues

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  4. Not much sweat today! Thanks for the samosas, Arden! It was an enjoyable outing. I loved this CW for its simplicity and elegance!

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  5. Tantalise was the last one to fall. Really alluring!

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  6. 23 down another hidden clue with extra words. Relief is extra here Is this an accepted practise in the hindu crosswords ?

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    1. If you remove relief from the clue what you have left is
      "What enormous to have a voice"
      Does that make any sense from surface reading point of view?

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    2. It does not Col_Gopinath.
      But does that mean we can add extra words like these that cause a burden, only to make sense on the surface

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    3. Technicality must be first priority

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    4. Surface reading is also one of the technicalities

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    5. I agree with this view . My point is both must be achieved. Since the clue is technically incorrect it is a bad one

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    6. Unless the Hindu crosswords allow this, if so, then my comment should be disregarded by the setter

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  7. 10 and 1 across
    Way is a bad anagram indicator in my view. It does not signal any anagramming

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    1. You can have your opinion but 'way', like 'means' etc., is a recognised anagram indicator. In fact, it is listed by no less a person than Don Manley in a crossword dictionary. You seem to be agitated that there is no stirring in that anag ind and well you may be.

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  8. oops missed out on okey dokey. :( else this was good going .. nice one from Arden

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  9. MB,
    If you tell us which restaurant it is, we can avoid in future!

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