Friday, 10 June 2016

No 11723, Friday 10 Jun 2016, The Phantom


ACROSS
8   Star - it's round (6) SATURN {SA}{TURN}
9   Over a period of time translated poet's works (8) OPERATES {POETS}* over {ERA}
10 Dispute is about getting caught in leg slip (8) CONFLICT {CON}{FLI{C}T} (Addendum - {C}{ON}{FLI{C}T} - See comments)
11 Hats off for big win in race (6) ORIGIN {fOR}{bIG}{wIN} Race and Origin?
12 Cleric's formed a clique (6) CIRCLE*
13 Deck hands endlessly busy all around (8) ORNAMENT {ORNA{MEN}Te}
15 Royalty embroiled in property claims (7) ASSERTS {ASSE{R}TS}
17 Cutter in seas reportedly teeters (7) SEESAWS {SAW} in {SEES}(~seas)
20 Negotiated more cuts for patron (8) CUSTOMER*
22 One left in van caught stealing money that’s in the bank (6) CREDIT {RED}<=>{1} in {CT} Van indicating that 1 goes ahead Van indicating that LEFT=RED goes ahead
23 Optic power's unable to pick odd characters (6) VISUAL {VIS}{UnAbLe}
25 Cautions a sailor wearing pilot's badges (8) WARNINGS {A}{RN} in {WINGS}
26 Publicise article about nuclear particle (8) ANNOUNCE {AN}{N}{OUNCE} (Addendum - {A{N}N}{OUNCE} - See comments)
27 A thought being entertained (6) AMUSED {A}{MUSED}

DOWN
1   Rice also contributes to some energy (8) CALORIES*
2   On reflection people lacking leader competent enough (10) SUFFICIENT {US<=}{eFFICIENT}
3   Decoy blew the lid off man with drug (6) ENTICE {gENT}{ICE}
4   Wrong move had upset gentle pace (7)  DOGTROT {DOG}{TROT} (Addendum - {TORT}{GO}{'D} <= See comments)
5   Doesn’t every other mountain cat attack? (8) DENOUNCE {DoEsNt}{OUNCE}
6   Test a vehicle (4) TAXI {TAX}{1}
7   Second in command to quit (6) RESIGN {RE{S}IGN}
14 Mummy's scooped out grave without bone is puzzling! (10) MYSTERIOUS {MummY}{S{T}ERIOUS}
16 Falling backward oaf loses crown jewellery (8) TUMBLING {MUTt<=}{BLING}
18 To remove ache witch doctor massaged leg; daughter squirmed (8) WRIGGLED {Witch}{RIG}{LEG*}{D}
19 Stalked silently, then rose to capture bird (7) PROWLED {P}{R{OWL}ED}
21 International body's engaged one working for alliances (6) UNIONS {1}{ON} in {UN'S}
22 A very exclusive celebration that’s lewd (6) CARNAL CARNivAL
24 Unclothed buxom Queen is Caesar's wife perhaps? (4) UXOR {bUXOm}{R}

GRID

38 comments:

  1. Beautiful Puzzle!Teasing & devious yet very much solvable.Lovely clues all around.Thanks Mr. Walker

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  2. Hats off to Phantom for some lovely clues!

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  3. Rather puzzling today with some smashing clues.. :) Hey still dont get Saturn - Why is SA Turn = Star? I presume it's round is the definition. Isnt Origin an awesome clue? :) In Entice..always thought drug = E so could not account for the "ic" . In credit i thought One left = red ?? Lil outta sync with some clues today..

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    1. IT = SA (sex appeal)
      Turn: Round

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    2. ICE is slang for Methamphetamine

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  4. 22 One left in van caught stealing money that’s in the bank (6) CREDIT {RED}<=>{1} in {CT} Van indicating that 1 goes ahead

    I took this to be RED in front(van)

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    1. That's what I intended to write but wrote the opposite. Corrected it now

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  5. Srividya
    Every time SA is indicated by 'it', people are puzzled. Know, once and for all, that in crossword clues 'it' may be SA, sex appeal. Adhu oru periya vishayam.
    round - turn
    So SA TURN

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    1. if It = SA and Turn = Round is the parsing.. then Star is the definition? Saturn is not a star right??

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    2. http://www.chambers.co.uk/search.php?query=star&title=21st
      Please refer the meaning under (B)

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  6. I think the distinction between 'planet' and 'star' is not kept scrupulously.

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    1. this is elementary 5th grade concept.. i cannot believe this type of error has crept into THC ! :( surely there is a round of vetting of clues before issue??

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    2. Ancient Chinese and Japanese culture designated the planet Saturn as the "earth star" {WIKI}

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    3. Lol.. very nebulous connection and even if so I do not think the setter had this is mind :) Let it be... all of us make mistakes :)

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    4. This is not a mistake. Refer MB's post @9:52

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    5. When an astrologer talks of the stars being favourable or otherwise, he generally means the planets.

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  7. I'd 4D as
    {TORT}{GO}{'D}<=

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  8. 4 Wrong move had upset gentle pace (7) DOGTROT {DOG}{TROT}

    I took this to be ({'D}{OG} {TROT})<-

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    1. Ramesh beat me to it!

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    2. :) One day, I am going to be telling my grand children, about this day when I managed to get an anno in before Sandhya garu.

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  9. I also had 26A as {A{N}N}{OUNCE}

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  10. 10A Dispute is about getting caught in leg slip (8)
    Dispute=Defn
    Is=Link
    About=C
    Getting=Connector
    Caught=C
    leg=On
    Slip=Flit
    {C}{ON}{FLI{C}T}

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  11. Lovely one from The Phantom! Felt happy on scoring almost 80%. :-)

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  12. OTQ

    In the US POTUS (President of the United States) is the President and FLOTUS (First Lady of the United State) his wife

    If Hillary gets elected and becomes POTUS. What will Bill Clinton be nicknamed as?

    Gita Iyer and Neyartha can give us some answers

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    1. He remains FLOTUS? First Ladies'man of the United States ;)

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    2. He will remain as LLOTUS (Lover of Lewinsky of the US)

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    3. My son in US suggests FGOTUS First Gentleman? of the US

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    4. Another suggestion from me so that there is no change in the Acronym

      First Loverman of the US

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    5. Think they should move to COPOTUS. Companion of President of the United States. Seems to be future proof.

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  13. 11 Hats off for big win in race (6) ORIGIN {fOR}{bIG}{wIN} Race and Origin?

    Col, in the link provided by you for ORIGIN, the freedic gives RACE as a synonym for ORIGIN, which I did not find in other dics. I had expected a query for it's use, but after much thinking decided to use it as it fitted nicely in the clue

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