Sunday, 26 June 2016

Special, Sunday 26 Jun 2016, Avtaar


Welcome to ur new setter Avtaar. Bouquets and Brickbats welcome.

Three answers per commenter (Annotations compulsory) as usual till 6 PM
Please provide all your answers in one comment.



ACROSS
1   Female pauses,say,.. ?(7)
5   Harry's extraordinary bluff about a ring (7)
9   More worried  about one's royalty (7)
10 Dance became ribald…secretary stripped (7)
11 Flyer's extremely sharp, pointed weapon (7)
12 Starts acquiring vacant land for guards (7)
13 Return British school memo (4)
14 Semaphore's blueprint (3)
16 You get money from these hollow little things (4)
19 It cuts wrought iron clips unevenly (7)
24 Having left, will start to transact one of 28 (7)
25 Treated  this girl escaping from  violent  past (7)
26 This means there is no alternative way to pass (2,2,3)
27 Cunning openers of Sri Lanka get two boundaries (7)
28 Properties, say, covered by eaves at both ends (7)
29 Olympic rider participating in foxtrot never retreats (7)

DOWN
1   Making someone happy is simple… as in gifting rings (8)
2   Once again joins lost parents, having left at first (8)
3   Stupid error by young satellite star/model (6)
4   Tube's not working… was torn badly (5)
5   Rears bulls (5)
6   Bow every now and then, disturbing detectives’ make-up(6)
7   Toxic air shrouds dirty cloth, wood and stone figure (8)
8   To set bus on fire's most stupid (8)
14 Smooth, rotating disk's turned,  trapping river fish (8)
15 That’s designed to become  part of model directly (4,5)
17 Taking cap off, standing drunkenly,  I may go in for a cocktail with an Italian flavour (3,3,2)
18 Man's symbol's not quite like trees, perhaps? (8)
20 Wolf-dog set off (6)
21 Best to be undressed, you say, when going off to seek the hand of partner (6)
22 Got branch to take agent finally (6)
23 Pearl Harbour?(6)

Across Lite version can be accessed at AVTAAR 1

Enjoy.

49 comments:

  1. 8 d To set bus on fire's most stupid (8)OBTUSEST*
    27A Cunning openers of Sri Lanka get two boundaries (7)S L EIGHT
    19 A It cuts wrought iron clips unevenly (7)IN( CIS )OR*

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  2. 26A DO OR DIE (CD)
    20D STODGE (dog+set)*
    14A MAP (T)

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  3. 23 don: OYSTER- Home- shelter, harbour for oyster - ( Very cryptic !)

    14 across: MAP- seMAPaphore : blueprint

    13 across: NOTE- reversal-ETON- Broitish school

    Welcome aboard, Avatar avargal -- auspicious beginning

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  4. 5A: BUFFALO. {BLUFF}*O
    24A: TESTATE. {T}{ESTATE}
    25A: HISTORY. {THIS}*{-gORY}

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    1. Reminded me of this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_buffalo_Buffalo_buffalo_buffalo_buffalo_Buffalo_buffalo although instead of 5 Buffalo, we have 8 there.

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    2. Correction to 5A.
      5A. BUFFALO. {BLUFF A O}*

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  5. 2D REPLANTS - {L(-eft)} in {PARENTS}*
    15D - POST HASTE {THAT'S}* in {POSE}
    17D GIN AND IT {(-s)TANDING}* over {I}

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  6. 14 Smooth, rotating disk's turned, trapping river fish (8)({MAC}{KE{R}ELS})<-

    18 Man's symbol's not quite like trees, perhaps? (8)TRISKELE {LIK(-e)+TREES}*

    21 Best to be undressed, you say, when going off to seek the hand of partner (6)ESCORT {(-b)ES(-t)}{CO(-u(~you))RT}

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  7. Good one Avtaar! Keep them coming :)

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  8. Replacement for MAP & NOTE- already solv4d by Gita & MB respectively.

    2 down: REPLANTS- anagram of PARENTS and L from Left

    14 down: MACKERELS- fish smooth- SLEEK - ROTATING DISK - cam

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    1. These two have been solved by Col & Sandhy ma'am!

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    2. OK !

      11 across: SPARROW- extremely sharp =SP = pointed = ARROW- flyer- Sparrow

      9 across: EMPEROR- anagram of MORE and PER -

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    3. sorry- I hit the end button too fast ! ONE for PER

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    4. Anno for 9A is {PER} in {MORE}*

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  9. 11a. SP (extremely sharp) arrow - nice clue :)
    22d Bough + T = Bought
    3d. Orrery = Error + Y

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  10. Avery challenging cryptic crossie .

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  11. Ah ! at last ! two hours of Marathon, solving this re- creation by Avtaar !

    I hope 1 & 10 across does'nt peeve any females here ?

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  12. Quite a few of them are such simple clues but so arcane ! especially 29 across stares you in the face !

    Good job, Avtaar, creating this incarnation.

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  13. 1 Female pauses,say,.. ?(7) PERIODS CD?
    10 Dance became ribald…secretary stripped (7) ..CA..+ ..BA.. +…RET…
    29 Olympic rider participating in foxtrot never retreats (7) EVENTOR [T] <-

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    1. well done, Raghu. 100 % on the mark.

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    2. I don't find EVENTOR in Collins & OED.

      A copy paste gives...

      Definition of eventer in English:

      eventer
      Pronunciation: /ɪˈvɛntə/
      NOUN

      British
      A horse or rider that takes part in eventing.

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    3. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/eventer?q=EVENTER

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    4. Could EVENTOR be American version?

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    5. This was a mistake. Sorry about it

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    1. I thought this was the simplest but took quite long to be solved.

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  15. 4D: STRAW ; {WAS TORN - ON}*; Defn: Tube
    7D: ACROLITH ; { AIR CLOTH}* ; Defn: wood and stone figure

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  16. To be solved

    Across - 12, 16

    Down - 5, 6

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  17. 12A: SHIELDS ; { SHIE L(-an)DS} ; Defn: guards

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  18. 5D BACKS [2]
    6D FABRIC ARC disturbing FBI D: make-up

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    1. 5 D is BUCKS - Double definition



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  19. A super duper debut puzzle! Keep them coming, Avtaar. :)

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  20. While agreeing that some clues are very good, may I point out that the fill-in grid may not be acceptable (if submitted for newspaper publication) as it is clearly divided into two sections - top and bottom.
    Consecutive blocks should not run the entire length or breadth of a square.

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    1. Will take care in future Sir

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  21. who gets the money for the last remaining 16 across clue left out? Hollow T hollow S ? Can I put in TINS? but the place of I has been usurped by T ? Finders , keepers !

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  22. To finish off,
    16A: ATMS (AT(o)MS) def = you get money from these, little things = ATOMS, hollow=>remove 'O'

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    1. The enu should have been (1,1,1,1)? That's the only issue in this lovely puzzle. Good show Avtaar.

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  23. There you are ! surprising surmise ! If I were to put in TINS which also means money,( as for hollow little things) the only other correct connecting word would have to be ACROLIEIN which does not make any sense ! We have to get the enunciation from Avtaar ! Your guess is as good as mine Ramki, since we can at best only conjecture ! Any way, this minor flaw does not deny the fact that the whole puzzle was otherwise set very wisely and intricately contrived.

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    1. I though ATM is a commonly used word and also listed in the dictionary and hence enumeration of 4 is fine.

      7D is ACROLITH. In Ancient Greece a figure with head made of stone and torso of wood - OED.

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    1. It has been my pleasure Col. Hope to do another one some time

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  25. Thanks everyone for the encouragement and feedback. It has been a great experience.

    Sorry about 29A - the correct word is EVENTER not EVENTOR

    Gridman Sir's feedback on grid is most valuable - will take care in future.

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  26. Nice grid SSV ciukdnt get triskele and orrery. Liked 25Ac, 1d, 14d best... thanks

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  27. Apologies for commenting two days late...could get to solving the puzzle now. Loved the clues immensely. Keep em coming Avtaar!

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