Thursday, 1 September 2016

No 11792, Thursday 01 Sep 2016, Arden


ACROSS
1   Section one: all pieces created in a natural phenomenon (7,7) PARTIAL ECLIPSE {PART}{1}{ALL+PIECES}*
10 Tend to manage in reverse direction (5) NURSE {RUN<=}{SE}
11 Choice for girl accompanying grandmother — by church decree (9) ORDINANCE {OR}{DI}{NAN}{CE}
12 Keen to annex a country (7) HUNGARY {HUNG{A}RY}
13 Single chosen, couple called to meet (3,4) RUN INTO {RUN} {IN}{TO}(~ two)
14 King Herod, not an ordinary man (5) RULER Definition by example
16 Weighed down by sack, feeling the heat (5,4) UNDER FIRE {UNDER} {FIRE}
19 Rail against lawyer as republicans go for numbers (9) BANNISTER BA(-rr+nn)NNISTER
20 Dug up rejected material (5) DENIM <=
22 One time payment gets them together — sound doubtful? (4,3) LUMP SUM {LUMP S}{UM}
25 Train me to make a tall structure (7) MINARET*
27 Harry, Peter get wild card entry, as it's laid out for VIPs (3,6) RED CARPET {CARD}* in {PETER}*
28 Show sharp reaction to profits, they say (5) WINCE (~ wins)
29 May be promoters can even fire their peers (14) CONTEMPORARIES {PROMOTERS+CAN+fIrE}*

DOWN
2   A note on kidneys — in response to stress, it's secreted (9) ADRENALIN A}{D}{RENAL}{IN}
3   Character's ultimate role in that play... (5) THETA {rolE} in {THAT}*
4   ...go into any American unit, not a single one to hear your woes (5,4) AGONY AUNT {A{GO}NY} {A}{UNiT}
5   Tree was there before (5) ELDER [DD]
6   Advance forming a ring inside city (9) LENINGRAD {A+RING}* in {LEND}
7   Nail on tree (5) PINON {PIN}{ON}
8   Unpleasant stuff — climbed up during watch (7) EYESORE {EY{ROSE<=}E}
9   Monarchy disrobed, gets support (6) ANCHOR {mONARCHy}*
15 Bring back to power in country, check before (9) REINSTATE {REIN}{STATE}
17 Meninx true drama played out (4,5) DURA MATER*
18 Restless congregation got out, for some it’s bliss (9) IGNORANCE CoNgREGAtION*
19 It's plain — price is essentially for leather belt (7) BALDRIC {BALD}{pRICe}
21 Hit the top off the glove (6) MITTEN sMITTEN
23 Agree, I'm back as a fielder (3-2) MID-ON {NOD}{I'M} <=
24 Pump out Oxygen and collect it (3,2) MOP UP {PUMP+O}*
26 One by one we rose showing something relatively recent (5) NEWER [T]

GRID

17 comments:

  1. Smooth sailing today. Thanks Arden

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  2. I have had blood clots removed from both sides of my brain at 'dura' level. Didn't know it was at that level
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    1. I could guess up to mater with the available crossings. But I was brain-dead with dura and I checked Chambers out of curiosity.

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    2. Got 'Mater' first and I was trying out Alma, but again the crossings led me to 'Dura' before I checked the meaning. Thank Wiki.

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  3. 19D- I had it as 'Beleric' which is a tree in the plains. It fits the crossings. But I could not parse it.

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    1. Even for me baldric was the last one to fall. Like a student writing the exams within the given time, I skipped it first and reserved it for later to look into.

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  4. Nice analogy. Though I do it more often, I did not think of it that way. Deadline is 8.30, thanks to Col.

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  5. Smooth sailing today with this one ! thanks Arden :) anyone doing the Guardian prize ?? this week's was hellish .. still at it :)

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    1. I do regularly. Pasquale comes once in a month like a storm. Long winding clues are common in the Guardian cryptci crosswords. Sometimes, it is difficult to read what is required!

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    2. Yeah but KKR this time it is Maskarade and the clueing everything was different ! managed it with some starting help and finishing help from crossword solver :)

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  6. Thank Arden for an easy offering! Enjoyed it thoroughly!!

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  7. Good one again from Aden. I marvel at the 14 letter formations.

    However, Bannister for a basket weaver does not mean the same as a banister for a rail? An extra N needs to be nailed into the Rail?

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  8. Banister is just given as an alt. for Bannister, both meaning a hand rail. I could not get any basket weaver meaning.

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  9. 17 d- what I did is a wild guess.Of course I took the lead from (alma)mater & anagram-permutation.It worked out. With that I could crack the puzzle 100%.Thank you Arden for the nice puzzle.

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  10. English: metonymic occupational name for a basket weaver, from Anglo-Norman French banastre 'basket' (the result of a Late Latin cross between Gaulish benna and Greek kanistron). The term denoting a stair rail is unconnected with this name; it was not used before the 17th century.

    I checked the spelling of banister for rail and I wondered why there were two Ns and then I came across the above from Google

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  11. Thank you Raju. May come in handy at some future time ( if remembered) Looks to be an old 17th century French based usage.

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