Saturday, 27 August 2016

No 11788, Saturday 27 Aug 2016, Buzzer


Brevity is the soul of this crossword. 7D was my CoD

ACROSS

1 Indian state gaining good name ... (11) DESIGNATION {DESI}{G}{NATION}
9 ... with regard to tax break (6) RECESS {RE}{CESS}
10 See as right chasing criminals (8) CONSTRUE {CONS}{TRUE}
11 In two minds injecting heroin needle (5) THORN {T{H}ORN}
12 One port around western parts of Libya (7) TRIPOLI {I+PORT}*{LIbya} &lit
13 Mail lying right outside pigeonhole (8) POSTPONE {POST}{PrONE}
15 Respectful way to address father around an Indian town (6) PANAJI {P{AN}A JI}

16 Position a cello for tuning (6) LOCALE {A+CELLO}*
18 Embracing advantage round set point (8) ADOPTION {AD}{O}{POINT*}
20 Essentially 1% reduction in most unyielding crop (7) HARVEST {HAR(-d+V)EST} V=five,D=five hundred
21 Chief backing a stout follower (5) CHELA {CH}{ELA<=}
22 Imprint and emboss samples together (2,6) IN TANDEM (T)
23 Cure for being thin, eating more primarily (6) REMEDY {RE{More}EDY}
24 Far from satiated, can be stuffed (2,1,8) AT A DISTANCE {SATIATED+CAN}*

DOWN

2 We've UN to put leaders off balance (4,3) EVEN OUT {wEVE+uN+tO+pUT}
3 Is taking in book by European (Norway) author (5) IBSEN {I{B}S}{E}{N}

4 Clothing accessory and pet to match (7) NECKTIE {NECK}{TIE}
5 Professional player of bowling or tenpins (6,3) TENNIS PRO {OR TENPINS}*
6 Antiquated old vase included brace (7) OUTWORN {O}{U{TWO}RN}
7 Insignificant one's position? (4,2,7) NEXT TO NOTHING (D&CD) 1 is next to 0 in number line
8 Risk appointed jury being skewed (3,2,8) PUT IN JEOPARDY {APPOINTED JURY}*
14 Flexible Biro pen end editor held (4-5) OPEN-ENDED (T)
17 First two alphabets run/orient side by side (7) ABREAST {A}{B}{R}{EAST}
18 Greek goddess' drawing above mermaids oddly out of place (7) ARTEMIS {ART}{mErMaIdS}

19 Heat related word describing hot internal-combustion (7) THERMIC {T{H}ERM}{IC}
21 For us, a carnival is around (5) CIRCA {CIRC(-us+A)}

Good=G, Regard=Re, Heroin=H, One=I, Right=R, Advantage=Ad, Round=O, Chief=Ch
Book=B, European=E, Norway=N, Old=O, Run=R, Hot=H, Internal-combustion=Ic

Color/Font Scheme

DefinitionSolutionComponent lettersEmbedded links, Anagram IndicatorC/C indicatorReversal IndicatorHidden word IndicatorLetter Pick indicatorDeletion IndicatorHomophone IndicatorMovement IndicatorPositional IndicatorSubstitution, IndicatorLink/Connector, Extraneous


21 comments:

  1. Fully agree with the tagline. Thanks Buzzer

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  2. Nice puzzle, nice blog; thanks to both.

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  3. I too liked 7d for its simplicity and appropriateness producing the 'aha' effect.

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  4. A classic. I agree with Ramesh about brevity- soul of wit. Not one word wasted and each word in its position.
    I would like to add as my COD's- 2D & 13A.

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  5. Thank you Ramesh for the blog and the excellent deciphering of 1% in Harvest (20A) Though I got the word, I could not parse it.

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  6. Beautiful one.

    Just a doubt on the % issue. 1% reduction means we are left with 99%? That is 495? Should it have been 99% reduction?

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    1. I think it has been read as 'reduced to 1%'- V in stead of D.

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    2. Maybe the % works both ways, depends on how you would like to see it.

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  7. Bowling as Anind along with 'ten pins' was most enjoyable.
    T in 22A ( in tandem) was also very good.

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  8. Awesome puzzle..+1 For the bye line
    Just loved all clues..if 7D was superb so were the two hidden words marvellously disguised..

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  9. Our factory timings have changed from morning 8 to 8.30 am which gives me extra 30 minutes..on the other hand I am caught in the prayer & morning meeting at 8.30..so can come to the blog a bit late

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  10. Ramesh, you may correct the typo of brevity in tag line. Brevity is the sole of not only this crossword but every crossword of Buzzer.

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    1. I think you also have to correct a typo!

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    2. Corrected by me, lest Ramesh will be wondering what is to be corrected

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    3. Ha, ha...Can you not correct the other one?

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    4. That cannot be corrected even by the soul who wrote it ;-)

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    5. Double ha ha...only obliteration is the "soul"tion!!!

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  11. Challenging and enjoyable puzzle. Thanks Buzzer! 7d was my favourite too.

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  12. Wow Tks for the explanation for 1% absolutely did not get there.. 7d was simply marvellous .. Buzzer hums todAy .. Rather impressive I must say 😄👌

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  13. Enjoyed solving this puzzle. As mentioned by most of you... 7D was just fantastic! Amazing how setters can be so teasingly creative... loved it! :)

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