Sunday, 1 May 2016

Special, Sunday 01 May 2015, Prelim Chennai Crossie Open 2016 by IIT(M)


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Shashwat Sinai Salgaocar and Bhargavi Suryanarayanan of IIT(M) were the setters for the Chennai Crossie Open

Thanks to Shashwat of IIT(M) for sharing this with us.


ACROSS
1   Master got rid of ego to get self-awareness (5)
4   Cruelly whips Eastern communist, it's said (9)
9   Ego lost during physical exercise (5)
12 Boredom primarily is returning in old age, creating emotionality (11)
13 Payment overwhelms corrupt judge, leading to loss of gumption firstly, resulting in bias (9)
14 Take another look at how tin prices crashed after I became head of Engineering (9)
15 Showers praises (5)
16 Buck, for example is a gem (5)
17 Replies with filthy swears involving cousin's backside (7)
19 Tasteless Kavin, when drunk, lacks sagacity primarily, produces blabber (13)
20 Heartless teens are drunk, or sober? (7)
23 Sponsors 30 at sea, with little equivocation (6)
25 Small strips of land in southern Telangana have more iron, primarily (6)
28 Believe that your money will be safe in these? (5, 5)
29 Gathering crop for he's almost starving, wretchedly (10)
32 Cross-road surrounding Italian city (6)
34 Studies describing modus operandi of monsters (6)
35 Upon switching sides, Lear is mad. From the start, it's a faithful depiction (7)
38 Shame impostor to change - it's a complete transformation (13) 
41 Fifty to follow wise men from California. It's remarkable (7)
43 Series editor's not into Ache din crap (5) 
44 Bird is cowardly, lacks courage primarily (5) 
45 Cheesy way to get rid of a pest? (9)
47 I'm with models, hugging model. They're pretenders. (9)
48 However, in one, the lesson describes... (11) 
49 ...seven hellish levels (5) 
50 Charge I bear at the cab station (9)
51 Energy lost to setback after setback in investigations (5)

DOWN
1   Whisper that suspicious USSR arrests you, traitor to the ultimate cause (9)
2   These hags disrupt shenanigans (7)
3   Properly spice these stories (5) 
4   Pens legal documents to restrict queen (7)
5   Coming back to identify one fool (5)
6   Artfully school gypsy lacking skill, at first, in the study of the mind (10)
7   Agent of insurance company collects a forgery (7)
8   Hide, say, sweetheart's family (8)
9   Fleshiness of soft blob, monster of the lake (9)
10 Forge one or a couple of Michaelangelos at art gallery (7)
11 How terrible! Evil, strangely, won't end. It's eternal. (11)
18 Choose. The head resigns. Choose again. (5)
19 It is foolishness for model to walk like a duck (7)
21 One in France enters bar to get a serving (5)
22 Trained, so we hear, to be firm (4) 
24 Collaborates with Alia, is especially secretive (7)
26 Country's evening meal, reportedly (5) 
27 Have run-in with state (4)
28 Perhaps watch something that takes you back to the good old days? (4, 7) 
30 Southerners' language is inherently casual-speak (5)
31 Poirot and Hastings ditching their other halves and adopting a child - what Agatha Christie would have liked maybe? (10) 
33 Safeguards wayward Manchester United in semis (9)
36 Piles most rubbish on roadside markers (9)
37 Stirred, turn ripe, having sexual interest (8)
39 Crush on T Rajendar's huge (7)
40 Sleep with former lover after top-to-bottom hair removal procedure (4,3)
41 Climbed onto hill with leaders of two expeditions (7)
42 Dogs bypass some restrictions (7) 
45 Euthanasia in America's on the rise. It's a craze! (5)
46 Struggle MITR exemplifies to contain uprising (5)

Across Lite version can be accessed at IIT(M) Open Prelim 2016

Enjoy.

46 comments:

  1. 46d Struggle MITR exemplifies to contain uprising (5)EXERT <=T
    37D Stirred, turn ripe, having sexual interest (8)PRURIENT*
    36D Piles most rubbish on roadside markers (9)MILEPOSTS*
    7D Agent of insurance company collects a forgery (7)REP LIC A

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  2. 19A:TALKATIVENESS (TASTELESS KAVIN -(S))*
    19D:(T)(WADDLE)
    34A:DE(MO)N
    24D:LIAISES(T)

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    1. 34A - plural Vasant. Just add 's'

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  3. AC4 WHISP*E RED
    AC14 REINSP+E(-i)CT
    AC17 A(N)SWERS*
    AC24 LIAISE*S

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  4. 38A Shame impostor to change - it's a complete transformation (13) METAMORPHOSIS {Shame imposter}

    41A Fifty to follow wise men from California. It's remarkable (7)MAGICAL {MAGI}{CA}{L}
    50A Charge I bear at the cab station (9)TAXISTAND {TAX}{I}{STAND}
    41D Climbed onto hill with leaders of two expeditions (7) MOUNTED {MOUN{Two+Expe...}D

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  5. 1A SENSE Sensei - i
    1D SUSURRATE (USSR around U)*+ Rat + e
    2D NANNIES (shenanigans - hags) & lit
    6D PSYCHOLOGY (school gypsy - s)*

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  6. 44A. RAVEN (-c)raven
    15A. HAILS DD
    25A. ISTHMI acrostics
    13A. PREJUDICE price< jud(-g)e*


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  7. What was the time limit?Being rather easy, the competition must have been on the time limit.A few clues were very good eg. 31D, 28A,45A, 12A.

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    1. Should reword..despite being easy most of the clues were very good

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  8. Very nice xword .. easy and straight forward but thats fine for a Ist prelims :) My compliments to the IITM students :) Look forward to the other ones..

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    1. Thanks Srividya! The finals grid will come up next Sunday.

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  9. 49A- Evens- (Seven)*
    39D- Trample- TR(Ample) Def.- Crush
    45D- Mania- euthanasiA IN AMerica... (T =<) Def Craze

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    1. Paddy can go for one more! Today's quota per head is FOUR :)

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  10. 26d Country's evening meal, reportedly (5) HAITI ~HIGH TEA
    28d Perhaps watch // something that takes you back to the good old days? (4, 7) TIME MACHINE (DD)
    30d Southerners' language is inherently casual-speak (5) SLANG(T)
    31d Poirot and Hastings ditching their other halves and adopting a child - what Agatha Christie would have liked maybe? (10) POISONINGS POI(-rot) SON (-hast)INGS

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  11. Randomly taking four :: no prob if any are the same as from above :: won't try to compensate
    18d Choose. The head resigns. Choose again. (5) ELECT after deleting S from select
    19d It is foolishness for model to walk like a duck (7) TWADDLE :: T WADDLE
    29a Gathering crop for he's almost starving, wretchedly (10) HARVESTING :: anag :: For anag equivalence what letter is removed from 'starving'? S? When 'almost' x is used, it's usually the last letter or maybe last couple of letters are removed - not the first letter
    16a Buck, for example is a gem (5) PEARL ref to the novelist, whose books I enjoyed reading when in college

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    1. Took it as he's almost=he+starving*

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    2. Sir, I think the letter s is removed from he's (he's almost)

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    3. Here the setters mean 's is to be removed, but I feel that's not good cluing. Like removing the last s from a word in plural form.

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    4. This was in reply to CV's post which now appears below

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    5. Yes sir, does seem shoddy in hindsight, will keep that in mind

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  12. 12A: Boredom primarily is returning in old age, creating emotionality (11) SEN (SI B<-)ILITY
    32A: Cross-road surrounding Italian city (6) MAD R(I)D
    51A: Energy lost to setback after setback in investigations (5) TES<- (TeS)<-

    8D: Hide, say, sweetheart's family (8) DEER'S KIN ~ Dear's

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  13. Oh, I see...
    He's almost will give only h, after e is removed from he.
    I am not sure if the 'ignore apo' will apply here, so we ignore s from he's.
    Anyway, this is my view - others are entitled to their own views.

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  14. This grid was to be attempted in teams of two or lesser. The upper limit was 1 hour, however, the first 8 teams to finish would make the finals. The fastest time of the day was (if I'm not mistaken) around 15 minutes by Mac and Ajeesh.

    The competition is an annual event that is set by students of IITM and happens around April. If you liked the clues, do turn up next year. On our part, we will be sure to inform you about the dates (through this forum) sufficiently in advance so that you can plan your travel accordingly.

    Being first time setters, your feedback is extremely valuable to us. Do drop me a mail with any bouquets or brickbats at shashwat1611@gmail.com

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    1. 15 minutes!wow..sounds incredible!i timed myself at 70 minutes..

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  15. 9a Ego lost during physical exercise (5) P(RID)E
    9d Fleshiness of soft blob, monster of the lake (9) (P)(LUMP(NESS)
    10d Forge one or a couple of Michaelangelos at art gallery (7) (1)(MI)(TATE)
    11d How terrible! Evil, strangely, won't end. It's eternal. (11) EVERLASTING* (anag of STRANGE+EVIL; strangely AnagInd. Defn: won't end. It's eternal.)

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    1. Correction:
      11d EVERLASTING*
      How terrible is AnagrInd,
      (EVI[-l]+ STRANGEL[-y]*
      won't end - one letter has to be removed from eah word

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  16. ACROSS
    20 Anag of TE[-e]ENS ARE = EARNEST (sober)
    28 TRUST DEEDS (CD)
    35 (lear is m) switching L & R = REALISM
    DOWN
    21 {RO(UN)D}

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  17. LEFTOVERS

    Across : 23, 43, 45, 48

    Down : 3, 4, 5, 22, 27, 33, 40, 42

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  18. 23 ACROSS : angels FROM 30 DOWN: slang with e from equivocation

    43 across: CHAIN from ach(-ed)in- anagram of achin

    45 acroos: MOUSETRAP- cheese used for trapping mouse- pest

    48 across: However= NONETHELESS= anagram from -one the less

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    1. Raju, please check 48A. It isn't an anagram!

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    2. 48A : However, iN ONE, THE LESSon describes... (11) NONETHELESS [T]

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    3. Thanks, MB. Nonetheless ! Was in a hurry to complete the fourth answer and missed the obvious. The clue also is deceptive to lead one to think of it as an anagram ! A kind of obfuscation ?

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  19. 3d EPICS*
    4D WRIT(ER)S
    5D I DI OT <
    22D TAUT (~taught)

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  20. An excellent compilation . Interesting clues and anagrams. Well done !
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    Camp :Nagoya : It is 1850 hrs here and I hope I'm ok with the deadline

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  21. THE LAST FOUR

    DOWN CLUES : 27, 33, 40, 42.

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  22. Excellent CW. 42D was the last one in. Keep up the good work, IITM students! It was a real pleasure solving and annotating the solutions. Thanks.

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    1. The pleasure was all ours. Glad you liked it.

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  23. Last 4
    27: AVER (telescopic, def = state)
    33: IMMUNISES (MU IN SEMIS)*
    40: HAVE SEX (SHAVE with S moving to end + EX)
    42: CURFEWS (CUR{FEW}S}

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  24. 40d Just wondering who went through that hair removal procedure.

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  25. The competition, this year, was held alongside Saahitya, IIT-M's lit fest, hence the heavy lit theme in the grid (sense & sensibility, pride & prejudice, magical realism, angels & demons, time machine, mousetrap, metamorphosis, raven, pearl (s buck) )

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