Sunday, 24 April 2016

Special, Sunday 24 Apr 2016, Cryptic XI


Welcome to our new setter group (Aakash Sridhar, Ajeesh V M[Compiler], Amrith Rajasekaran, Anjali Doney, Faten Ismail, Ganesh Nayak, Mohsin Ahmed, Ramki Krishnan, Sreeni Sreenivasan, Srivathsan Santhanam, Vinod Raman). Bouquets and Brickbats welcome.
Three answers per commenter as usual till 6 PM (Annotations compulsory)
Please provide all your answers in one comment.


ACROSS
1   It's taken for granted Medusa's in trouble (7)
5   What Nostradamus did to compel respect, reportedly (7)
9   Modify old gallery to feature unlimited menus (9)
10 Walk better to be trim on the sides (5)
11 Get on to aircraft with setter,  heading west to Nepal, by mistake (7)
12 Put down finally and take land (7)
13 Annex extremely large in size (5)
15 Freely rest until one lets you in (9)
17 Bond is the first one to say "Hello" perhaps, while welcoming folks (9)
20 I would like to introduce key points (5)
22 Greeting kid with Ecstasy is mean(7)
24 Sliced bacon, foie gras: her special sandwiches (7)
26 I care about Heather (5)
27 Rubbish I packed into a present can be upsetting (9)
28 As reported, I run a bar (7)
29 Teams yet to admit the French player (7)

DOWN
1   Unrestrained glee when busting rear, never gets old (7)
2   Depute someone to come up with a plan (5)
3   Metallic element in male genes, a mutation (9)
4   Beloved daughter essentially needs a vacation (7)
5   In team, Kohli finally replaces old senior cricket player (7)
6   Produce finally separated, head down to fourth counter (5)
7   Leader of bandits infiltrating Suriname maybe operating under water (9)
8   We sheltered soldiers one time against hot wind (7)
14 Realities about Jesus, say (9)
16 Orderly has pipes fixed around hospital (9)
17 Master made out inside college (7)
18 Handsome Oriental worker gets support (7)
19 Bladed instrument primarily in rotation - source of energy (7)
21 Sir sets cryptic for nuns (7)
23 Smart students essentially overlooked this mission (5)
25 Ban team entering the Spanish league, eventually (5)

Across Lite version can be accessed at CRYPTIC XI 1

Enjoy.

67 comments:

  1. 25d Ban team entering the Spanish league, eventually (5)E (XI)L E
    21D Sir sets cryptic for nuns (7)SISTERS*
    16D Orderly has pipes fixed around hospital (9)SHIPSHAPE (HAS PIPES H)*

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  2. 14D: ISRAELITE (REALITIES)*
    20A: (I'D)(E)(AS)
    26a: ERICA (I CARE)*

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    1. Vasant, could you please enlighten me on (E)&(AS)?

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    2. E is key and AS is like

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    3. Thanks, Suresh garu! I could guess 'E' part but missed the other one 'like' = 'as', so simple it appears now!

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    4. Thanks, Vasant! It is a case of 'missing the wood for the trees' as far as 'AS' is concerned!

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  3. 1 ACROSS: assumed _ ANAGRAM OF mEDUSA'S- TAKEN FOR GRANTED

    11 ACROSS: emplane- Anagram OF SETTER ME and AND Nepal

    3 down: MANGANESE- metallic element- anagram of MAN- male and genes a

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  4. 1A ASUUMED (medusa*)
    2D SETUP (rev tel )
    4D DEAREST ( Daughter neEds A REST -vacation)

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    1. 1A def: it's taken for granted
      2D def: a plan (dePUTE Someone)
      4D def: beloved

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  5. 13A Annex extremely large in size (5) SEIZE {S(E)IZE}
    17A Bond is the first one to say "Hello" perhaps, while welcoming folks (9) AGREEMENT {A}{GREE{MEN}T}
    18D Handsome Oriental worker gets support (7) ELEGANT {E}{LE{ANT}G}

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  6. 15A TURNSTILE (restuntil*)
    24A RASHERS (hidden)
    13A SEIZE (E in size)

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  7. Compensating for 13A:
    20A: IDEAS (id e as)

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  8. 1D AGELESS (glee+ass)*
    9A EXTENUATE {(EX)T[-m(enu)-s]ATE}
    2D SETUP (T)

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  9. Cryptic XI's composing is intriguing. Started out well and was misled to thinking this was going to be rather easy.. till i hit the Northwest corner.. i am still not sure of the parsing of 6d, 8d and 10a ..

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  10. 5 What Nostradamus did to compel respect, reportedly (7)FORESAW ~ Force Awe
    10 Walk better to be trim on the sides (5) gAMBLEr
    22 Greeting kid with Ecstasy is mean(7) AVE RAG E

    Beautiful clues! One indirect anagram perhaps ?

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    1. I mistook a clue for an indirect anagram. Sorry Cryptic XI

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  11. Seems like our setter likes anagrams a lot. All the same, good to encourage new setters. nice cluing and I found 27 across to be very imaginative. CRYPTIC XI I seems to be a fan of crosswords and cricket, as can be seen from some clues here. Good going and keep us active, anagrammatist !

    MY Acrosslite clues and grid has shrunk in size ans I find it hard to solve online. Any one else with the same problem? If not how to set it right ?

    Happy solving, ye-all. Off for some chilled beer and lunch ! The heat here is roiling me dry !

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  12. 12A: DETRACT - def = put down, (-an)D (-tak)E TRACT (land)
    22A: AVERAGE {AVE}{RAG}E
    23D: ALAMO {A LA MODE (smart) -DE (stuDEnts essentially overlooked) - took a long time to anno this :)

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    1. Re 23D..well solved too!wasnt getting the anno

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    2. ah.. Gambler trimmed .. was wondering why amble ? :) and a la mode - de.. wah wah..

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    3. ...क्या बात है !!

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  13. Smashing debut Cryptic XI! Some lovely clues..many easy ones but all enjoyable...keep going...looking for more puzzles

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  14. Excellent debut puzzle...a mix of simple and tricky clues with beautiful/flawless surfaces. My COD is 8Dn. Keep up the good work, Cryptic XI. Looking forward to many more of this kind from you. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Thank you. :)

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  15. Compensating for 22A (already solved by Raghunath@11:56)

    19D: TURBINE (TUR(B I)N + E) &lit!

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  16. LEFTOVERS

    ACROSS : 27, 28, 29
    DOWN : 6, 7, 8, 17

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  17. Hey all,
    This is an effort from 11 setters :)
    Cryptic X1 this time :
    Aakash Sridhar, Ajeesh V M, Amrith Rajasekaran, Anjali Doney, Faten Ismail, Ganesh Nayak, Mohsin Ahmed, Ramki Krishnan, Sreeni Sreenivasan, Srivathsan Santhanam, Vinod Raman

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    1. That's why the clue styles differ so much! Who compiled it?

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    2. thank you all then :) My Q to Ajeesh.. if all of you setters make a team (cryptic XI) does it mean the solvers are the opposing team you are uhmmm playing against? :) :)

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  18. 11A- Emplane- (EM)=< (Nepal)*

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  19. 7D- Submarine- Def. Operating under water
    (B Suriname)*- B from Leader of Bandits

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  20. 29 Teams yet to admit the French player (7) E(LE)VENS ; EVEN = YET, where does S come from?

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  21. I think player = S from bridge?

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    1. Thanks Srividhya. that must be.

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  22. 27 Rubbish I packed into a present can be upsetting (9)A(GI{TAT I}VE)

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  23. RajuU
    After opening the D/L'd puz in AcrossLite, go to Options in top penu.
    There for the clues/clue numbers, etc, by ticking the relevant box and changing the font from drop down box and saving the changes, you can have a better, bigger, bolder type that you prefer.
    Again, from the top menu, you can simply and easily zoom in/out the grid. One reduces the fill-in grid, the other increases it. However, there might be a limit to the extent you can go.

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    1. Usually I do nat have any problem. Only this time, I am able to view only half the grid and I have to keep moving left and right to get the other half. Also, only Ac. clues are visible. Could it be due to a different type of loading?

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  24. 17D Master made out inside college (7)AC(ADAM*)E

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    1. Good one, but a small typo inside the bracket.

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    2. Thanks PBP
      17D Master made out inside college (7)AC(ADEM*)E

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  25. Great going Cryptic XI! Must have been quite a team effort.

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  26. At last, finally, in the end, the last ones...yet to be solved!
    Across : 28
    Down : 5, 6, 8.

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  27. Simply I could have put it as LEFTOVERS...but thought of making a mountain out of a molehill, you see! :)

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    1. Leftovers may leave a bad taste. You have made it interesting.

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  28. 28A EYEBOLT (~ I +bolt
    5D FI(-o)ELDER FO team? Something to do with the US military, I think
    6D REACT (Create -e with C in fourth place

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    1. I feel FOLD is team (say not part of fold). Am tryin g to find it in a dic

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  29. 8d We sheltered soldiers one time against hot wind (7) WREATHE {W{RE}{A}{T}{H}E}

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  30. 28A- Bar is the def.? Does not seem okay.

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    1. Sometimes defining technical terms becomes a problem

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  31. If anyone wants to join Cryptic X1 (who doesn't have time to set a full grid), please let me know at vmajeesh@gmail.com :)

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  32. I appreciate the joint efforts.
    I also appreciate the extra work undertaken by the facilitator who in this case appears to be Ajeesh,
    I would appreciate if in the future editions, while using the standard byline Cryptic XI, we are given along with the puz itself who set the grid and who were the clue-writers. No clue or clues may be identified with its/their writers.
    If the facilitator (the putter-together) is different from the grid setter, due credit may be given to him/her.

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  33. Would Hydrahead have been a suitable byline? Jus' kidding!

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