Thursday, 14 July 2016

No 11751, Thursday 14 Jul 2016, Afterdark


ACROSS
1   Explores benefit to hire doctor (6) PLUMBS {PLU{MB}S}
4   A countercheck on a catholic subject, perhaps (6) ARABIC {A}{RAB<=}{I}{C}
8   Plant a lemon; spend money to get more in the end (7) ANEMONE {A}{lEMON}*N{morE} L for money? Second N from?
9   Improper to have celebrations arranged after skipping trial (7) OBSCENE CElEBratiONS*
11 Father resists pain in bladder, according to report by man in the medical shop (10) PHARMACIST {P{HARM}A}{CIST}(~cyst)
12 Left abroad with boor (4) LOUT {L}{OUT}
13 Attack in nasal voice (5) SALVO [T]
14 Seize flight nearly at exit (8) ARROGATE {ARROw}{GATE}
16 Record margin over time is short-lived (8) EPHEMERA {EP}{HEM}{ERA}
18 Skin covered layer, bit of muscle and bone (5) FEMUR {F{E}{Mu...e}UR} E for layer? See comments
20 Old maid's pa's doctor (4) PRIG {P}{RIG} P for Pa? See comments
21 Somehow, sue 19 Dn. for being unprofessional... (10) AMATEURISH {SUE+MARATHI}*
23 ...decline a prize (7) ATROPHY {A}{TROPHY}
24 Sleep in small shack with vigilance (4-3) SHUT-EYE {S}{HUT}-{EYE}
25 Take umbrage at tenant losing ID (6) RESENT RESidENT
26 Compliment press release; passage's not long (6) PRAISE {PR}{AISlE}

DOWN
1   Wordplay by champion is a hit (5) PUNCH {PUN}{CH}
2   To recklessly loan rum is outside ethicality (7) UNMORAL*
3   Prohibition everywhere in city (9) BANGALORE {BAN}{GALORE}
5   Automaton's source had bug initially (5) ROBOT {RO{Bug}OT}
6   Supply of faulty lock found in container (7) BACKLOG {BA{LOCK*}G}
7   Add a bit of dal in coconut chutney; recipe by railway official (9) CONDUCTOR {CON{Dal}UCTO*}{R}
10 Has Malayali gangster retired in trouble to mountains? (9) HIMALAYAS {HAS+MalAYALI}*
13 Top actor on excellent path leading to highest rank (9) SUPERSTAR {SUPER}{ST}A{Rank} A from leading?
15 Regarding release, get used to rule governing additional legal fees (9) REFRESHER {RE}(FRESH}E{R} Anno for E pending (Addendum - {RE}{FRE{SH}E}{R} - See comments)
17 Essentially gent's unsophisticated to engage (7) ENGROSS {gENt}{GROSS}
19 Butter returned at hotel by one Punekar, perhaps (7) MARATHI {MAR<=}{AT}{H}{1}
21 White lady is hiding behind a man (5) ASHEN {A}{SHE}{N} N for MAN? See comments
22 Type of inflammation seen around lips primarily (5) STYLE {STY{Lips}E}


50 comments:

  1. Re 21 N - chess notation for knight - chess piece - chess man - man

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  2. 18 Skin covered layer, bit of muscle and bone (5) FEMUR {F{E}{Mu...e}UR} E for layer?

    E Layer/E Region: a region of the ionosphere

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    1. Sandhya, thanks. My feet are laid on the ground and I am afraid I haven't gone to those spheres.

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    2. You said it.
      Or was it Laxman

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  3. 20. Old maid's pa's doctor (4) PRIG {P}{RIG} P for Pa?

    P is used for Father/Priest/Pastor, not sure if it can be used for PA

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    1. According to TFD: P stands for FATHER (Latin Pater)

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  4. Except for the enigmatic single letters which needed research, the clues are fine. Thanks AD

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  5. 15 Regarding release, get used to rule governing additional legal fees (9) REFRESHER {RE}(FRE{SH}E}{R}

    Release: FREE
    Used: SH(Second hand)

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    1. Thanks Sandhya.. This is unusual no?

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  6. The answers went in quite easily..didnt think a lot for annotating 8A,18A, 21 D

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  7. KKR has managed to log in to The Hub...I am still unable to do so..
    PP mam: Please help

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    1. He logged in using his ID

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    2. Vasant, try to log in with facebook credentials

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    3. Did..but it says..ur id already exists..shall try using wife's id

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    4. Once you log in with FB, it again takes you to their login screen. There, you give the details and a new mail id (different from earlier one). It will say that you will get a mail from the administrator. But don't wait for that mail, it never comes. You can log in after some time. Good luck.

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    5. Thanks Sir..shall try

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    6. Finally managed to log in The Hub..Thanks KKR..Also Ramesh & MB have joined in The Hub

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  8. Lovely crossie AD. Thank you.

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  9. a doubt reg. 21D-
    In chess, piece is different from man. Man is generally a pawn and a piece is generally a power. So, it may not be quite correct to equate man to knight (N)

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    1. Many dictionaries say "A chess piece, or chessman, is any of the 32 movable objects deployed on a chessboard used to play the game of chess." They don't seem to follow the distinction that you mention.

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  10. Nice theme AD. Well timed

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    1. What is it? I didn't get it!

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    2. The ghost theme seems to be tied to an event on July 22.

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    3. Only three clues seemingly apply. Superstar, Marathi and Conductor. Anything more?

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    4. Robot, punch and style belong to the theme

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    5. Bangalore & Himalayas as well

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    6. AD's love for movies & The Superstar brought in this thematic puzzle

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  11. Going off to attend the Bangalore round of CCCC(CBSE Cryptic Crossword Competition) - 2016 being hosted by my wifes school

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    1. Hope it went well ..congrats

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    2. Wifes.... ?! ;-) the apostrophe apocalypse!

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    3. Isn't it better than wives'?

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    4. Yes all went off well. Thirty schools participated. National Public School won the Bangalore round, submitting an all correct answer in 20 minutes

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    5. Nice to know that Kids are into cryptic crosswords..I think this is the initiative of Cryptic Singh

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  12. Yes the theme is nice but seems only in the downs?? Or hv I missed sth? Not very happy with clues for refresher Arabic punch and prig ..

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    1. Regarding 1DN, I remember to have seen this clue in 1Across in FB. Maybe, coincidence.

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  13. No nerve-racking affair! Had an easy outing inspite of a few doubts (already raised in the blog)reg annotations. Overall an enjoyable one. Thank you, Afterdark.

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  14. Ban- Galore: Shouldn't we adopt the new names, though I am totally averse to the name- changing mania which should be Banned Galore? or is it only My Sore ? no one should chide me: Chee Nai !!

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  15. AfterDark-- the master of deletions and aditions is a SuperStar Bahu bali in this !

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  16. Engrossing type of puzzle.20A failed me.In spite of a nice clue I could not crack.14A with much difficulty only I could make it. All told a good entertainer.Thanks AD.

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  17. Any clarification on 8A and 13D

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    1. So you did not like my idea at 8:34

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    2. Suresh must be right- (morE iN) the end.

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    3. In 8a, L for money i.e. Pound. Remaining issues I am in the Dark

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  18. Photographs of CCCC-2016 Bangalore round can be seen at the following link

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzJJPrdybh37eTFyQlRvOW9zZms

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    1. Thank you Col. Nice to hear and also see such a contest at school level.

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  19. The attendance in The Hub's crossword thread has put me on cloud nine! Thanks, friends! I solicit your continued favour!

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