Monday, 12 September 2016

No 11800, Monday 12 Sep 2016, Vulcan


In case you'll see an incomplete blog it's because I've run out of time at Delhi Airport. Please complete the blog in the comments section. You'll may take one clue each

ACROSS
1   Kind of triangle that's basic (8) INTEGRAL*
5   Church member, old bishop, passed on (6) OBLATE {O}{B}{LATE}
10 Indecency of boys with nicest upbringing (9) OBSCENITY {BOYS+NICEST}*
11 Perhaps transistor or a diode's content (5) RADIO [T]
12 Federal agency traps scoundrel with bug (6) CICADA {CI{CAD}A}
13 Substitute to rotisrice dish (7) RISOTTO*
14 Knowing about kitchen stove left in a careless manner (8) SLOVENLY {SL{OVEN}{L}Y}
15 Fine ingredient for starters, one found in food paste (6) TAHINI Anno pending (Addendum - {T{A}HIN}{In...s} - See comments)
18 Hospital yard in a poor neighbourhood (6) ASYLUM {A}{S{Y}LUM}
20 Craziest world leader invades this lawless place (4,4) WILD WEST {World} in {WILDEST}
22 Order man sees in a group (2,5) EN MASSE*
25 Constant noise (6) STATIC [DD]
27 Alarm initially goes off, it's a mistake (5) ERROR tERROR
28 Vendor key in shipping beer to Singapore and Ireland (9) SALESGIRL {S}{ALE}{SG}{IRL}
29 Arranged meeting with communist (6) TIERED {TIE}{RED}
30 Write a note about an American building (8) PENTAGON {PEN}{TAG}{ON}

DOWN
1   Representation of setter's deception (4) ICON {I}{CON}
2   Declaration of different items entering to New York (9) TESTIMONY {T{ITEMS*}{NY}
3   Pineapple and pomegranate syrup? Not at home (7) GRENADE GRENADinE
4   Friendly one in morning television perhaps (8) AMICABLE {AM}{1}{CABLE}
6   This person is basically the one behind counter (7) BARISTA {BAR}{IS}{The}{A} &lit
7   Automaker's time for inspection (5) AUDIT {AUDI}{T}
8   Monies transferred outside the firm traced initially with an expert (9) ECONOMIST {CO} in {MONIES}* {Tr...d}
9   Shade turned around eventually by colourist? (4) DYER {RE{bY}D}<=
14 Explanation found in New Testament (9) STATEMENT*
16 Recording the song I perform? (9) ITEMISING {ITEM}{I}{SING}
17 Mounting deficit during crash signalling end (8) DISSOLVE {LOSS<=} in {DIVE}
19 Indian state's drive towards improvement (7) UPSURGE {UP}{SURGE}
21 Absolutely sedated maybe (4,3) DEAD SET*
23 Unite during emergency (5) MERGE [T]
24 Simple joy when tax is waived (4) EASY EcstASY
26 Distinctive style of an African creature mostly (4) ELAN ELANd

62 comments:

  1. 15 Fine ingredient for starters, one found in food paste (6) TAHINI
    {T{A}HIN}{I}

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    1. Wonderful Sandhyaji! It was the last one to fall with no satisfactory explanation.

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    2. Where does the THIN come from?

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    3. I thought fine = thin as in 'fine/thin material such as mull'.

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    1. I just about managed to finish it within the 45 mins of free WiFi time at the airport.
      Luckily it was not xChequer who will now appear tomorrow if it's not a holiday

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    2. Great going! To solve a puzzle under trying conditions with different devices in different locations and yet keep the schedule - wonderful commitment. I admire it.

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  3. I see a completed blog..
    Nice easy one from Vulcan
    Except for Tahini all fell quickly.

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  4. SOS , HELP!!

    Am in Bombay ( we can call it POMPEI , given the ruinous state - a dying city !) right now; to board a flight to NY by 0330 hrs tomorrow. Yesterday, before going for lunch, I tried to open ICL, but while logging, though I had my password number alloted this year in good time, the SMS from the organizers has got gobbled up in cyberspace. Repeated attempts for a resend have not been responded to. Meanwhile, I opened up the Home page and found the puzzle and am doing cold solving. I am not competing but only desirous of compeleting. Can some one tell me the way forward? Thanks and good luck to all participants and may the best win !

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    1. Raju, I have just posted the grid and clues in excel format. Please check. Happy solving while you take the rigors of US travel!

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    2. Thanks, KKR, but where have you posted? to my email ? I give the email ID: sapraj2711@gmail.com , please !

      SRIVIDYA: Sorry to hear about your stomach-bug. Hope and pray that you are rid of it soon.

      I have also been baffled about the ICL web site. I managed to open their Home page and as though to mock at me, the open grid stares at me, without being able to fill in as I had lost my password and requests made repaeatedly are unanswered. Waiting for Col's response as he is one of the organizers ! Good luck to you in reaching the site and the subsequet successful solving.

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    3. thanks Raju umameshwar..

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  5. Just landed back in Bangalore after attending the IXL launch at Delhi and the opening round fiasco.
    We are working on it to avoid such problems forever

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    1. What was the fiasco and why ? is it anyything related to mine - not getting the password and such like SNAFUS ?

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  6. Nice easy one.
    10A, is there an extra s ? Boys + nicest = obscenity*, one s left over

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    1. Good job Supriyaji...I think we solved it instantaneously without counting numbers! S stands for superfluous here

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  7. Nice and unexpected one from Vulcan.
    1D- ('s) kept me off icon for a long time until I got 1A- integral.
    Great job Col.

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  8. Ok.. all fell into place.. tho i continue to feel extremely rotten recovering from what i must imagine is a totally weird tummy bug.. and whats further weird.. i am not able to open the IXL crypticsingh website.. any help please..

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    1. May God (in the name of Deepak) help you!!!

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    2. Can't help you there as I am unable to access it myself. I think they are carrying out maintenance to remove the scrapped CW of yesterday

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    3. What was the fiasco all about? Any details to be shared /

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    4. hi.. Colonel but the IXL to play website seems to be working.. which means that the grid which was supposed to be scrapped is still up and people can still work on it. This is very weird.. if it was to be scrapped shouldnt the grid be first scrapped rather than the home website?

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    5. There was a mistake in the clue for 10A as it led to the same answer as 15A, due to which the entire CW had to be scrapped

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    6. Srividya, where is it? I couldn't find it

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    7. I don't understand how 15A leads to 10A! 15 AC is perfectly drawn in my view. 10AC is the one which I filled at last, although it was not a convincing one.
      But both the answers are not same, I think.

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    8. KKR the clue shown against 10A is incorrect. The answer which you get from the clue is not what should have been there. If you put in REPERTOIRE at 10A it will not match wit the Down clues that cross it

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    9. What did you fill at 10A?

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    10. http://serorg.cloudapp.net/ixl16/default.aspx - here is the link DG sir

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    11. Yes, 10AC with the available crossings, will lead to PILLAR-E-D. The clue has pier in it, which came to my mind.

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    12. DG sir ..has it been confirmed that the round is scrapped? which means best of 9.. not 10??

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  9. Colonel, what were the results of the CSOI general round yesterday ( top 3). Couldn't stay back till the results were announced because of the timing of the First round of IXL.

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    1. Venkatesh was first. Yourself and Abhay were 2nd and 3rd don't remember though who was second and who was third

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    2. CSOI = Civil Services Officers’ Institute (CSOI)

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  10. COL: wILL THEY NOW ISSUE FRESH PASSWORDS? My repeated requests for my2016 password have not been responded to. See my SOS here .

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    1. Raju, password has nothing to do with scrapping yesterdays round. Send an email to singh.kushagra@gmail.com

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    2. Raju,
      I sent you an excel sheet with yesterday's grid and clues. It seems boxbe.com is blocking your mails to be delivered. Please check.

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    3. THANKS, kkr . bOXBE.COM DID COME IN BUT MY WIFE SAW IT AND STASHED IT. i'LL RETRIEVE IT AND TRY MY LUCK 1

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  11. Col.,
    I went to the home page and clicked 'Play' button. CW with clues appears as usual.

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  12. THANKS, COL. i HAVE SENT A REQUEST TO kHUSHAGRA SINGH.

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  13. I don't understand one point. Why the entire episode should be scrapped just because of 10AC? The evaluation could still be completed ignoring this clue altogether or taking it correct whatever one has filled in.

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  14. I agree with you. That would have been a just and an easy way out. Like awarding marks for a wrong question in an exam.

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    1. because of the fact that timing is a crucial part .. some people submitted it earlier with either 10a not filled in or arbitrarily filled in..now some people agonized over 10a and did not submit knowing from past experience that getting all right is more important in IXL than submitting with one wrong earlier :)

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    2. Yes, I get your point. Time is a major factor here.

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  15. Here is the flash from the IXL website:
    IXL round 1 has been scrapped! Fresh first weekly round would start on September 18 2016.
    The organization regrets the inconvenience caused to the participants.
    Get ready folks for 18th Sept! Goodluck!!!

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    1. How do you get flash? How do you get communication from adminstrators of IXL..e.g. you said yesterday that the puzzle would be up at 12.30..

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    2. Ha ha, this is not my invention. These are mentioned in their website.

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  16. Thanks KKR..Col..
    Guess I dont study websites closely

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  17. Please explain CICADA one point I did not get it

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    1. Federal agency = CIA (Central Intelligence Agency)
      traps = Containment indicator
      scoundrel = CAD
      with
      bug = Definition = {CI{CAD}A}

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