Wednesday, 17 August 2016

No 11779, Wednesday 16 Aug 2016, Aspartame


ACROSS
1   Plant generator systems (6) SETUPS {SET}{UPS}
4   State department leader obtained success by going against the flow (6) UPWIND {UP}{WIN}{De...t}
9   Rear a young creature that’s inactive and immature (4) PUPA {PUP}{A}
10 Stop shipping service (6,4) PARCEL POST {STOP}* Shipping on double duty [RA] See comments
11 “Get down right away, ok?” (6) ALIGHT ALrIGHT
12 Dangerous tablet with a small document (8) MICRODOT ? {MICRO}{DOT} ? [DD] - See comments
13 Order angel to be sculpted employing the French as a test (9) CHALLENGE {CH}{AL{LE}NGE*}
15 Detect tiny stain (4) SPOT [TT]
16 Game piece made using little plastic is working soundly (4) PAWN {Pl...c}{AWN}(~ on)
17 A tiny Byzantine guard’s abandoned treasure (9) ANTIQUITY {A}{NTI{QUIT}Y*}
21 Footballer about to torment heartless creature (8) ELEPHANT {PELE<=}{HAuNT}
22 Call centre in India firing men today (6) DEMAND {inDia}{MEN+AD}*
24 I cultivate a primrose for producer (10) IMPRESARIO {I}{A+PRIMROSE}*
25 See uneven edge in building blocks (4) LEGO {EdGo} in {LO}
26 Started off foretelling the future, ended up yelling (6) CRYING Anno pending (Addendum - sCRYING - See comments)
27 Enthusiasm shown by funny priest (6) ESPRIT*

DOWN
1   Child starts letting out a scream, goes up to run down (7) SQUELCH {CH}<=>{SQUEaL}
2   Vibrating sound made by fly circling around woman (5) TWANG {W} in {GNAT<=}
3   Narrowly defeat Asians holding bars used in the lab (7) PIPETTE {PIP}{E}{T}{T}{E}
5   Explain model changes to public relations instructor (6) PREACH (-t+pr}PREACH Instructor should be Teacher See comments
6   Im made to work with Trump unprepared (9) IMPROMPTU {I'M}{OP+TRUMP}*
7   To manipulate date is an illegal act (7) DISTORT {D}{IS}{TORT}
8   Touring empire reviewing inheritance law (13) PRIMOGENITURE*
14 Gardening junta? (4,5) LAWN PARTY [CD]
16 Stand against speaker leading to controversy (7) POLEMIC {POLE}{MIC} How is a microphone a speaker?
18 Indian cosmetic powder son applied from top to bottom to be undercover (7) INDOORS (-s)INDOOR(+s)S
19 This evening, duo to sing and drink gin near empty hut (7) TONIGHT (~two){TO}{GIN*}{HuT}
20 Madams onscreen advertising fruit (6) DAMSON [T]
23 Perform normal extraction of front tooth (5) MOLAR nORMAL*

GRID

29 comments:

  1. 17A- What is the role of 'Byzantine' in the clue?

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  2. 3D- Asians holing bars leads to 'ETTE'?

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    1. Asian=eastern..hence asians=EE.
      Bar=T..bars =TT

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    2. Thank you. I nearly got bar/s. I did not extend it.

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  3. 18D- 'Sindoor' is a brand name of a cosmetic powder, but it is also what women wear on their forehead. Should there be an indication?

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    1. Sindoor is not a brand name it is the red-orange powder used by ladies on the forehead

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    2. Paddy:did you get confused with santoor which is a talcum powder?

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    3. Yes, I did Vasant. Also, I never thought of it as a powder (yes, it used to be) but some kind of paste or an applique.

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    4. Remember the ad of santoor talcum powder:a young woman is talking to another young woman who asks her which college r u studying? when a small girl comes running to her calling her mummy..

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    5. & the ad ended with the jingle..twacha nikhare santoor santoor

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  4. Byzantine is anagram indicator.

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    1. Byzantine Anind! Thank you Vasant. It put me off.

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    2. & guard is container indicator..very innovative!

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  5. Call centre clue was very well done, esp. with India being there.

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  6. A 13 A all the way....
    Some outstanding clues..some creative wp..tough but heady..crying anno continues to elude..

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  7. Easier offering. Thanks Aspartame!

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  8. 26 Started off foretelling the future, ended up yelling (6) (-s)CRYING

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  9. 12A Is it a DD?
    Dangerous tablet = Microdot = LSD in tablet form

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  10. 15 a Is it not Multiple Definition?

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  11. 12 A is a DD
    10 A is Reverse Anagram with parcel as the indicator leading to stop
    5 D Instructor can also mean teach (in the informal sense)

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  12. How can 'instructor' mean 'teach' even informally? Any authority that you can cite, please?

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    1. http://www.chambers.co.uk/search.php?query=teach&title=21st

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    2. I don't see anything to connect teach with instructor in the Chambers link provided

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    3. This link
      http://www.dictionary.com/browse/teach
      http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/teach

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  13. I too did not find anything when I checked Chambers, Oxford supports the informal use. I am shocked.

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  14. While technicAlly there are some issues I think .. There r some seriously cute clues today 😄 ha ha

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