Thursday, 21 July 2016

No 11757, Thursday 21 Jul 2016, Gridman


ACROSS
1   Making sense of company at this place by odd neta (8) COHERENT {CO}{HERE}{NeTa}
5   It sucks (6) VACUUM [CD]
10 Stern joke about artist possessing appeal (7) PURITAN {PU{R{IT}A}N}
11 Gossip wife buried in vast expanse with little glory (7) CHINWAG {CHIN{W}A}{Glory}
12 Counsel retired hard up and without capital (6) EXHORT {EX}{sHORT}
13 What one who doesn't mind may say (3,2,3) NOT AT ALL [GK]
15 Tax obligation (4) DUTY [DD]
16 Local rider going round mountain chain (10) CORDILLERA*
18 Too clever a cleric? (10) ARCHDEACON [CD]
20 Not pro (4) ANTI [CD]
23 Unaware enough to be home with no money at all (8) INNOCENT {IN}{NO}{CENT}
24 Plan to perform in a short time (6) TACTIC {T{ACT}IC}
26 Big stayer distributing mineral (7) BARYTES*
27 Shout of disapproval about posh talk is a source of concern (7) BUGABOO {B{U}{GAB}OO}
28 Key duo scattering old currency (6) ESCUDO {ESC}{DUO*}
29 Note ever-vacillating New Delhi's top priest (8) REVEREND {RE}{EVER*}{ND}


DOWN
1   The star that would give 'hep dice'? (7,8) CEPHEID VARIABLE  [RA] Would never have got this without Google!
2   Protective gear for Dhara doing acrobatics in hard time (4,3) HARD HAT {DHARA}* in {H}{T}
3   Service club's old-fashioned phone (6) ROTARY [DD]
4   Sister's report is contrary to all (4) NONE (~nun)
6   A long way to engage a hack who is friendly (8) AMICABLE {A}{MI{CAB}LE}
7   Figure out what one may do with a tangled web (7) UNWEAVE {UN}{WEAVE}
8   Angel could claim to provide for stars (10,5) MAGELLANIC CLOUD* Same remark as for 1D
9   Agreement by one on musical instrument (9) ACCORDION {ACCORD}{1}{ON}
14 No moaner's displaying prominent feature on face (5,4) ROMAN NOSE*
17 Trained cadet due for transfer (8) EDUCATED*
19 Church's new ploy almost toward the middle (7) CENTRIC {CE}{N}{TRICk}
21 Significant lack of a kind of furniture, apparently (7) NOTABLE {NO TABLE}
22 Twist Tamil leader's point of view (6) TANGLE {Ta..l}{ANGLE}
25 Limited groove for French priest (4) ABBE rABBEt


17 comments:

  1. Liked this one a lot :) esp Rotary .. Type of phone is clever :) the astronomy things I guessed from crossings and wordplay :) could not parse exhort .. Tks colonel

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  2. Many new words...yet the wordplay led to the answers! Thanks GM

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  3. Gridman star gazing today. Some words these long ones!Nice cartoon once again from Me!

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    1. But I have not booked to see FDFS of Kabali!

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    2. The star is all over the place. You can gaze at him without booking a ticket.

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    3. I will be seeing Kabali FD at Waltair Club.

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  4. GM, you are astronomical with clues today!

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  5. A very nice offering from Gridman.

    18A Too clever a cleric? (10) ARCHDEACON [CD]

    My take anno : {ARCH + DEACON}

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  6. 2 astronomical pillars holding up the CW at either end today! Both not so well known but cluing and crossings easily led us there.
    My! My! I am feeling devout to both the CW and the cartoon. Back to good old times.

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    1. Was wondering how Gridman filled the grid..did he use these two long ones as starting points & build the grid around them or was he "cornered" into filling them?

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    2. As I have already said, setters generally start with long words/phrases or a couple in the perimeter.
      Starting with small ones before moving into the two long ones would have driven me into a corner - in the sense that no possible answer might have been possible even with two or three given checked letters.
      A setter might put these phrases from out of his head. But these two had no chance of coming from the said source.
      I must have taken it from a crossword dictionary - of which I have several.
      For a 14-letter word or phrase, all that I need to do is look under 14 where in alphabetical arrangement there will be the list.
      This time I chose an unusual phrase, and having done so, for the symmetrical slot I chose another unusual one.
      Care needs to be taken in clueing these phrases, of course.

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    3. Thanks Sir..that was enlightning..

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  7. Recently I saw an old movie where a man was using the rotary dial furiously, days when cell phones had yet to be discovered. I was wondering how much things have changed.

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  8. Clarification - Will clue carry the answer?

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  9. No. Not supposed to. As the name suggests, it should only give a clue and not the answer itself.

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