Thursday, 2 June 2016

No 11716, Thursday 02 Jun 2016, Incognito


ACROSS
8   Metropolitan Police Service headquarters releases northern UK compound (4) YARD {scotland YARD}
9   Throw away the sap (5) DITCH [DD]
10 Money making plant or herb (4) MINT [DD]
11 Little bear is terrified at first with an artist like Picasso (6) CUBIST {CUB}{IS}{Te...d}
12 Type of test for which dentist does not use writing instruments (4,4) ORAL EXAM [CD]
13 Queen’s sixth commercial tax officer’s on air, as rescheduled (8) VICTORIA {VI}{CTO}{AIR*}
15 First Europeans join together and come out (6) EMERGE {Eu...s}{MERGE}
17 Elephant litters have initially hazy and distorted shadow (7) HOWDAHS {Hazy}{SHADOW*}
19 Leaves on road with pieces of South African money (7) STRANDS {ST}{RANDS}
22 Sepoy goes back after primary meeting with sighted persons (6) MYOPES {Me...g}{SEPOY<=} Should that have been 'short sighted persons'?
24 After Yankee left, only chess is played at the famous Scottish lake (4,4) LOCH NESS {ONLy+CHESS}*
26 Remix cos mixture for ritual to drive away demons (8) EXORCISM*
28 Chief husband is fat (6) CHUBBY {C}{HUBBY}
30 Record measuring instrument (4) TAPE [DD]
31 Goodbye! Die in Australia! (5) ADIEU {A{DIE}U}
32 Make a gun ready to shoot a male bird (4) COCK [DD]

DOWN
1   Indian government official has bachelor's degree before university started (4) BABU {BA}{Be...e}{Un...y}
2   Owned up and let in (8) ADMITTED [DD]
3   Journalist dies horribly, without a hint of suffering, on a mountain (6) EDITOR {DIEs}*{TOR}
4   Reversible German person's furniture (7) OTTOMAN {OTTO}{MAN}
5   Most economical to pack simian in a box (8) CHEAPEST {CHE{APE}ST}
6   Pilgrim pedestrian carries hamper (6) IMPEDE [T]
7   Peruvian civilisation found in Wetaskiwin, Canada (4) INCA [T]
14 Elephant tusk material or ivy compound? (5) IVORY*
16 & 29 Ask big doc about declaration of the return of the almighty (3,2) GOD IS BACK*
18 Healthcare institution for treatment of a shot lip (8) HOSPITAL*
20 Declare that an ounce can have new impregnation (8) ANNOUNCE {AN}{N}{OUNCE}
21 Spinster's old card game (3,4) OLD MAID [DD] Old could have been left out
23 He carries bags, O'Henry (6) PORTER [DD]
25 Law in Central United States about a spiny plant (6) CACTUS {C}{ACT}{US}
27 Cross Sam's return – it is celebrated six days before the end of the year (4) XMAS {X}{SAM<=}
29  See 16 (4)

GRID

35 comments:

  1. Rather shortsighted of me ...22a. In 21d, I wanted to indicate that it was not a game currently popular, and ended up using old to say that. Not a good choice, given that old is a part of the answer too.

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  2. Struggled to get 'ottoman' trying for a full reversible word and so almost missed dish. Nice and enjoyable.
    Underlines the fact that easy-peasy CW's can also be most enjoyable, as much as a walk in the park.
    With X & Y around looked for a pangram.

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    1. I have also been trying to get an ottoman. But the shop, where I bought my sofa doesn't sell them or make them.

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    2. Try to get a 'Tall boy' from him then!

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  3. The longest def. for 27D. Is 'six days' really needed? Easy made peasy!

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  4. Reversible German person? Who is that?

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  5. Otto. He is said to be a German theologian. Am I right?

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    1. Nitin is reversible Indian. Not I or you, Padmanabhan.

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    2. Otto was also an engineer, after whom the the otto cycle used in internal combustion engine was used. The engines which use petrol ad a fuel.

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    3. That invention probably made us move from cycle rikshaw to otto rickshaw

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  6. Does 1dn hint at corruption that is pervasive in our country? What with VCs having to resign following allegations of plagiarism in their PhD thesis and only book?

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    1. A coincidence... This puzzle was made before the degree controversy reached this degree of cacophony

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  7. Or is it Otto von Bismarck?

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    1. I think Otto is a common German name often encountered in crosswords

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    2. Old timers may remember this popular song

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KecIdlEAKhU

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    3. It could be Nikolaus Otto a German inventor who had designed Internal Combustine Engines.

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    4. First time listening...enjoyed the song...Thanks Kishore. :)

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  8. A simple one. I have find other ways of spending time rest of the today.

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  9. Nice one Incognito ! Loved the morning cuppa !

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  10. New record time for you Col?

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    1. Record time of 16 min. for me with legs going full speed to boot.

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    2. Use sneakers, saar, boots are too heavy for cycling

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    3. Nice song! But saar is cycling not walking....

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    4. In response to Colonel Sir @ 11:31

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    5. Here's one of my favourites from her Frank father (Nancy Sinatra's). What a voice, no doubt, supplemented by those puffs of smoke

      http://youtu.be/NldPFVKYmiw

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  11. Back home, and back to CWs aft ages! And what a nice way to resume - yes, a walk in the park saysit all! Otto had me guessing, for a while! Hullo fellow bloggers, good to be back.

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  12. Thanks Incognito. You made my day. Finally I filled up all the white squares after years of struggle. It's given me hope and pep . Usha

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    1. You've made my day too, Usha

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  13. Could not access the online version for ages.. so did it a day later :( but simple and sweet one from neyartha :)

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