Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Special, Tuesday 06 Sep 2016, Balderdash


This is a Barred grid. Please follow the special instructions for today. Please also note the special instruction under the title of the crossword

FOUR answers per commenter. Please attempt TWO Across and TWO Down clues till 6 PM (Annotations compulsory)

Please provide all your answers in one comment.

Sometimes one gets away ...
In wordplay for many clues, something needs to be dropped in order to match with the definition ...

ACROSS
1   Perhaps American moon's pale (5)
6   Twinkler's step (4)
9   Starchy evening willowherb has no flower (4)
14 Cruciverbalist's island (4)
15 Leaders of league, union, society and trust display desire (4)
17 Rave about crime show detective (4)
18 Uncommon mutilation of rear parts (4)
19 The French have a meadow (3)
20 Simple scheme (4)
21 Instant messaging objective (2)
23 Servant and king's communication device (5)
25 Bull looks at plant (6)
28 Feline returns with primarily kinky nail (4)
30 Assist a wager (4)
32 Botanical angle pertaining to one of the axes (4)
33 Naughty kid's demeanour results in damage (6)
34 Indian state's river creature (7)
36 Consumption of calcium by animal leads to foolish chatter (4)
39 Fast snake! (3)
40 Eats excitedly before times of arrivals (4)
42 Stunning American academy drive (7)
44 Stud's making mistake (6)
48 Burn a piece of furniture (4)
49 Adventurer's disease (4)
50 Upper class headgear returned to state (4)
51 Nomad Rastafarian's old city (6)
54 Bank's network gets space ... (5)
57 ... with Latin alien (2)
58 River plane (4)
60 Prohibit drinking place (3)
61 Anger as a result of gear misalignment (4)
63 Holy man - Indian holy man (4)
64 Galahad gives up girl to friend (4)
65 Neuropathologist's money (4)
66 Laurel's blemish (4)
67 Duck mews incoherently (4)
68 Greek letter had convoluted tale after initial dithering (5)

DOWN
2   Chief of British Airways (3)
3   Twist prawn - twist after removing tail (4)
4   Drink obtained from seasonal elderberry (3)
5   Ailing, deformed animal (6)
7   Berber outrage/riot after loss of ring (6)
8   Tosca sort of tie (5)
10 Depend on electrical device (4)
11 Admiral's armed movement (1,1,1)
12 His mirth leads to homicide (12)
13 Nuclear scientists may devoutly wish for this crucial religious gathering (8,4)
15 Creature goes back to safe area (3)
16 Levy's car for hire (3)
22 Injure little lady (3)
24 Also known as a kayak, after discharging bovine animal (3)
26 Leave previous lover having sex appeal (4)
27 American island's units of measure (4)
29 American accountant's cap's awry (3)
31 Broken husk's gray matter (4)
32 100 square metres region (3)
35 GM's car company with pole positioning (4)
36 Macy constructed an organisation founded on the principles of muscular Christianity (4)
37 King's vehicle has unknown ... (4)
38 ... cocktail from Kirkland (3)
41 Top model island (3)
43 Mouth has bacon, lettuce and eggs for starters; eat quickly! (6)
45 Made a distressed cry when red oar was lost (6)
46 Spoil and dash (3)
47 Not Scottish, North American and English (3)
49 Sail in the afternoon to hymn (5)
52 Footballer's half Spanish lady (4)
53 Fagan gives up ends for leader (3)
55 Put down song (3)
56 Marx's lark flew (4)
59 Vessel tax (3)
61 Correct after removing first typo and despair (3)
62 Found grotto regularly (3)

Enjoy.

Present solved position of the grid is available HERE for ready reference

90 comments:

  1. Across

    65 Neuropathologist's money (4) EURO (telescopic)
    67 Duck mews incoherently (4) SMEW (anag of 'mews')

    Down

    4 Drink obtained from seasonal elderberry (3) ALE (telescopic)
    5 Ailing, deformed animal (6) NILGAI (anag of 'ailing')

    Note: Nothing got away in any of the above.

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  2. 28A:(TAC)(K)
    30A:(A)(BET)
    8D:ASCOT=TOSCA*
    27D:(EX)(IT)

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  3. 62D GOT - G(R)O(T)T (O)
    53D AGA - (F) AGA (N)

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  4. 68a D (ELTA)*
    61A RAGE*

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  5. 60A : Prohibit drinking place (3) BAR [DD]
    61A : Anger as a result of gear misalignment (4) RAGE {GEAR}*
    53D : Fagan gives up ends for leader (3) AGA [T]
    59D : Vessel tax (3) VAT [DD]

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  6. MB you can have one more across and one down in the place of RAGE and AGA

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  7. Across
    15 Leaders of league, union, society and trust display desire (4) LUST (Acrostic)
    19 The French have a meadow (3)LEA ( LE- the french,A-a)

    Down
    24 Also known as a kayak, after discharging bovine animal (3) AKA (A KAYAK - YAK DEF: Also known as)
    43 Mouth has bacon, lettuce and eggs for starters; eat quickly! (6) GOBBLE ( mouth -GOB, B acon, L ettuce, E ggs, def: eat quickly)

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  8. Vasant's answer
    27D:(EX)(IT)
    is correct, but it is 26D.
    So Clue 27d is open.

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  9. 1A Perhaps American moon's pale (5){1O}{WAN}
    66A Laurel's blemish (4)STAN [STA(-i)N]

    13D Nuclear scientists may devoutly wish for this crucial religious gathering (8,4){CRITICAL} {MASS}
    31D Broken husk's gray matter (4)BRAN [BRA(-i)N]

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    1. Io is the innermost of the four Galilean moons of the planet Jupiter. It is the fourth-largest moon, has the highest density of all the moons, and is the driest known object in the Solar System.

      Wiki 👆

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    2. Congrats Sandy for deciphering things...

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    3. "and is the driest known object in the Solar System."

      ...other than Kerala after imposition of prohibition...

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  10. In place of 53D
    12D : His mirth leads to homicide (12) MANSLAUGHTER {MAN'S + LAUGHTER}

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  11. In place of 61A
    18A : Uncommon mutilation of rear parts (4) RARE {REAR}*

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  12. Thanks for a FUN ONE Balderdash! :)

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  13. Is this the first 'barred grid' offering on this blog?
    I haven't tried any so far for the simple reason that no regular publisher such as our reputed newspapers would consider using it.
    It is very kind of the Colonel to have placed it here.
    Other opinions on the crossword, if any, I will make after the puzzle closes.
    My best wishes to the Col and Gita travelling towards the rain-soaked Kolkata even as the rail journey is delayed by three hours.

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  14. 14A- Bali- cruciverBALIst
    65A- EURO- nEUROpathologist
    3D- WARP- (Prawn-N)*
    49D- Psalm- (SAL PM)*- Sail-I

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  15. This is not the first barred grid. I think we have had it earlier in one of our specials.

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  16. Most enjoyable and totally different kind of brainstorming. I am surprised that I have already completed. Several good clues and offbeat words. Had to confirm their meanings.

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  17. 49a - POL(-I)O
    13d. CRITICAL MASS
    1a. IO WAN
    43d . GOB B L E = GOBBLE

    Hope these have not yet been done.. my compliments to Balderdash.. fun easy and new way to start something new..

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    1. Barring the first one, all others already done!

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  18. Ye-early birds have taken all the worms away ! These grids used to appear in the Listener newspaper from London. I have a good collection of these and also a published book or two. It is an annoying grid where one fills a word and then finds a bar and the mind gets a persistent vision of the letters filled, confusing the words formed. I tried a few and gave up.

    The other grid of partly filled letters without words, numbers and blanks is much more imaginative and creative. That used to come in the Independent of London. I wonder if it still does. I had sent one to this blog and it got published as a Sunday Special and most of you enjoyed and then the bogey of copyrights was raised by CV and hence I gave up .

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  19. Two things:
    1. In the second para, you're referring to what are called skeleton puzzles. These were published in The Sunday Express. I don't know whether they still come. Collections of those puzzles used to appear in paperbacks.
    2. On the copyright issue. It is not a bogey. It is a very real matter to the setter and to the publication. And if any legal question arises, it is faced not by the person who sent the cutting but by the publisher/blog owner.

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  20. I used the term BOGEY very loosely to mean about something that causes problems. Thats the reason why Iwas told that I cannot have them published.. With an appropriate acknowledgement to the original source, one can, I reckon, use such material still.

    Plagiarism and piracy of intellectual property is of course, another matter !

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  21. Raju
    Re the first para.
    It seems you can face a block but not a bar! Strange, but I can undestand. The continous string of letters in a row or column with slender dividing lines might look awesome. Or would you say awful?

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  22. "With an appropriate acknowledgement to the original source, one can, I reckon, use such material still."

    I am not sure. Any lawyer around to clarify? If the publication that reproduces a material without proper arrangement often gets away because the original publisher doesn't want to go through the trouble of costs and time in pursuing the matter.

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  23. Raju at 10:03 am to note

    Worms still lying around to be gobbled up by late birds...

    Across : 23
    Down. : 22

    A total of 45 worms!

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  24. Link to the present solved status of the grid is given just below the clues for your ready reference

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  25. 6A: STAR : stair - I
    17A: VERA ; anagram , def = crimeshow detective
    20A: PLAN, plain - I

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  26. MB's can worms contains much less than this.

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  27. ACROSS
    39 Fast snake! (3) AS(a)P
    58 River plane (4) AV(i)ON
    DOWN
    10: Depend on electrical device (4)REL(a)Y
    46: Spoil and dash (3) RU(i)N

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  28. TAPIR _ 24 across: River TAPI+R _ An animal

    AKA: Also known as ( abbrev) A KAYAK -YAK bovine animal.delete

    40 across: ETAS Expected time of Arrival- (abbrev) EATS excitedly anagram of EATS

    41down: AIT - Top model AI+ T== AIT an island

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    1. I think TAPIR needs to be relooked..There is no 24A..if it is 34 A then it is a 7 letter word

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  29. Not crossword - what one call bottom part of leg. (KUDI KAL in Tamil).

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  30. This puzzle has to be solved only by cold solving without the aid of a printer ! Barred and non-contiguous ! Not my pint of beer !

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    1. Non-contiguous? I think not ...

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  31. Raju,
    Where did Tapir come from?

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    1. sorry, It should be 34 across: Tapi river in Central india +R for river + TAPIR ia a creature

      It is so exasperating to go back and forth ! I give up !

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    2. 34A is a 7 letter word

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  32. The correct solution to 34a is yet to be entered. What is offered above is not correct.

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  33. In replacement of 'euro' (CV started the proceedings with that)-
    34A- GO(RILL)A
    Indian staet- Goa
    River- Rill

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    1. I was wondering how it had got shortened to 5 letters and become a tapir ;) Evolution was always a mystery to me :)

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  34. You are advised to contact Darwin in this regard who will have the ultimate answer!

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    1. I find that he too has mutated and my query is in his INWARD* mailbox

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  35. wow! You show that you are a setter by your anagram of Darwin as well. Though I expected an interesting reply, I did not expect this.

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  36. Across

    44 Stud's making mistake (6) ERRING {E[-A]RRING}
    50 Upper class headgear returned to state (4) UTAH {U}{TAH<=}

    Down
    36 Macy constructed an organisation founded on the principles of muscular Christianity (4) YMCA {MACY}*
    55 Put down song (3) LAY [DD]

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  37. 33A: IMPAIR {IMP} {AIR}
    50A: UTAH {U} {TAH <=}
    29D: CPA {CAP}*
    45D: ROARED {RED OAR}*

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  38. Across
    21 Instant messaging objective (2) IM ( I nstant Messaging ,def: Objective)
    25 Bull looks at plant (6) OXEYES ( Bull-OX, looks-EYES, DEF: plant)
    33 Naughty kid's demeanour results in damage (6)IMPAIR( naughty kid -IMP, Demeanour-AIR,DEF: damage)

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  39. Across
    33 Naughty kid's demeanour results in damage (6) IMPAIR {IMP}{AIR}
    51 Nomad Rastafarian's old city (6) MADRAS[T]

    Down
    15 Creature goes back to safe area (3) LEE <==
    56 Marx's lark flew (4) KARL {LARK}*

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  40. 37 King's vehicle has unknown ... (4) CZAR ( Z in CAR -vehicle, def: King)
    56 Marx's lark flew (4) KARL (lark* , KARL MARX)

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  41. 23A Servant and king's communication device (5) PAGER PAGE+R
    63A Holy man - Indian holy man (4) SANT

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  42. @ Balderdash Thanks for an enjoyable grid :)

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  43. 54A Bank's network gets space ... (5) BLANK {B{LAN}K}
    7D : Berber outrage/riot after loss of ring (6)TUAREG {OUTRAGE-O}*

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  44. Across
    23- Pager- (Page R)- Communication device
    25- Oxeyes- Plant- Ox eyes
    32- Axil- Axial- A
    33- (Imp)(Air)
    42- Amazing- (Ama)(Zing)
    48- Char- Chair-I
    51- Madras - T. Thank you.
    54- Blank- (Bank L)*- L must be short for Lan network
    57- ET- DD- latin for with/ Alien
    63- Sant- Saint- I
    64- Ally- Friend

    There may be some repetitions since I went by the grid kindly filled in by CV.

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    1. MB's anno for 54 is correct

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  45. 16D Levy's car for hire (3)TAX {TAX[-I]}
    22D Injure little lady (3) MAM {MA(-I)M}

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  46. Is there some hidden message?
    I was trying hard to get it..
    This is only the second barred grid I solved..enjoyed thoroughly

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  47. Thank you, Colonel Sir, for making it a jolly good day for me with a different kind of puzzle!
    Thoroughly enjoyed it. :)

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  48. 9A: PRIM(-ROSE)
    11D: IRA (T)
    Any other left?

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    1. CV has been kind enough to keep track. I am sure he will post an update Anon ...

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    2. I have said in the other temp post that I won't be updating the grid anymore from the last time I did.

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    3. Thanks for keeping track when you did. I shall verify if any clues are pending an post an update shortly. After that, I think, the tracking post can be discarded...

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  49. Down
    11- IRA- admIRAl
    22- MAM- Little for both Injure (Maim) & Lady (Madam)
    29- CPA- (Cap)*- American accountant
    35- Opel- GM's car/ (Pole)*
    37- Czar- DD- King/ cZar
    38- Kir- cocktail-KIRkland
    45- Roared- (Red Oar)*
    47- Nay- DD- Not in Scot/ Acronym
    52- Dona- Footballer/ Half Spanish lady?

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    1. Thank you. I got confused thinking of Spanish footballer. Now I get the footballer as well as the Spanish lady.

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  50. Thank you very much Balderdash! Quite an entertaining puzzle!! Keep them coming. :)

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  51. Thanks Balderdash. Reached Kharagpur at 12:30 after an eventful journey.

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    1. I think I finally understood an alternate connotation of the term "boat-train" :)

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    2. We decided against the boat-train and took a cab 😁. Just checked and found that it finally left at 3PM instead of the scheduled 6AM

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    3. We decided against the boat-train and took a cab 😁. Just checked and found that it finally left at 3PM instead of the scheduled 6AM

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  52. I think 36a and 32d are pending (though by the very nature of 100% checking these would have got filled in since they do not have any common boxes: hence only anno is pending)

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  53. Thanks all for your participation and comments and a big thanks to Deepak for hosting this puzzle. Some brickbats though were not entirely unexpected...

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  54. To keep the records straight
    36A YA(C)K
    32D ARE(-A)

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    1. I think that's done and dusted...

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  55. It is not easy to set a barred grid CW , right Kishore ? How much time did it take for you to set this ?

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    1. Due to 100% checking the grid takes some time. I had set this about 6 months back and I don't recollect how long it took

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    2. Ok, seems very tough :) Especially checking !

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