Monday, 31 October 2016

No 11839, Monday 31 Oct 2016, Neyartha


ACROSS
1   Country squads welcome the journalist report (6,6) UNITED STATES {UNIT{ED} {STATE}S}
8   Criminal with the East German boards a luxury car in front of a speaker's platform (7) ROSTRAL {R{OST}R}{AL} Not sure if this definition is correct?
9   Quarrel with the champion after I replaced the article (6) BICKER B(-a+i)ICKER
11 Drink sent back before admitting Sir Ali disguised as a trapeze artist (9) AERIALIST {SIR+ALI}* in {TEA<=}
12 Characters with slim bodies in a Caribbean dance (5) LIMBO [T]

14 I'm missing a type of rock providing a lifestyle that might make one unfit (9) SEDENTARY SEDimANTARY
16 Shortly send back love with a Latin dating word (4) ANON Anno pending (Addendum - AN(+o)ON(-o) - See comments)
18 Initially, Mani's office menu offered a steamed dumpling (4) MOMO Acrostic
19 Took the initiative and went on the offensive with rusty daggers around the quarter (9) AGGRESSED {DAGGERS}* around {SE}
21 Left the Islamic State with the French to get durable fabric (5) LISLE {L}{IS}{LE}
22 It might break a camel's back (4,5) LAST STRAW [GK]
23 Translucent green gemstone's a highly electrified collection of nuclei and free electrons (6) PLASMA [DD]
25 Comes with records showing Switzerland going out of the way for the king (7) ARRIVES {AR(-ch+r)RIVES}
26 Bald Ed's manor gets a face-lift and becomes a traveller's joy (3,4,5) OLD MANS BEARD*

DOWN
2   Rising star sheltering the troubled matadors with the French astrologer (11) NOSTRADAMUS {MATADORS}* in {SUN<=}
3   Areas where some North American turtles are rendered powerless (8) TERRAINS TERRApINS
4   Religious head from Bangladesh expelled Greek character following a lawyer to the French isle (5,4) DALAI LAMA {DA}{LA}{I} {LAMbdA}
5   Extract from address by Aditi betrays the Asian region (5) TIBET [T]
6   A faint one could complicate the umpire's job (6) TICKLE [GK]
7   Woman's outhouse is incomplete (3) SHE SHEd
8   Doctor releases captured doctor to again put together... (10) REASSEMBLE {MB} in {RELEASES}*
10 ...some noblemen to seize soft feathers for rituals in Sriharikota (10) COUNTDOWN {COUNT{DOWN}S}
13 Article found inside damaged samovar atop the Arkansas lake (11) MANASAROVAR {M{AN}ASAROV*}{AR}
15 Some Europeans laugh at going north with a ball to the captives after the Oriental's departure (9) YUGOSLAVS {GUY<=}{O}{SLAVeS}
17 After getting set up, mistakenly erase the squares meant to make mosaics (8) TESSERAE {STE<=}{ERASE*}
20 Familiar with a Russian unit of length, reportedly (6) VERSED (~ verst)
22 Watchdog breed from an Asian city (5) LHASA [DD]
24 Washroom in the auditor's place (3) LOO (~ lew ?) (Addendum - (~ lieu) - See comments)


20 comments:

  1. 8A:I think that the definition is "of a speaker's platform"

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    1. Right for 16A: Anno with o going back

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  3. 24 Washroom in the auditor's place (3) LOO (~ lew ?) ~LIEU

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    1. Never realised that 'lieu' is pronounced as loo. From thefreedic:

      loo (2) (lo͞o) and lieu: lieu (lo͞o)

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    2. I was left wondering if I spent too much time there

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  4. Raju has provided the Annotations in yesterdays post. Those interested may peruse

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    1. The annos are as refreshing as Raju's comments and puzzles are.

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    2. As refreshing as Vasant(spring?) ? Vasant ! Thanks

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  5. A few good clues and as usual a lot of forced surfaces from Neyartha.

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    1. Ajeesh, what is a forced surface?

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    2. I mean clues which are OK but without much meaning in surface practically e.g.14,21,4,15

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  6. Struggled to fit in 'Rostrum' and missed Dalai Lama (Bangladesh was misleading too)
    Old man's beard was new to me.

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  7. 18A: The best Momos I had tasted was in uttarakhand (Nainital,khatgodam/Haldwani)..my daughter used to call them Tibetan koykatte

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  8. Batting I did; bricks you have a right to throw !! I accept KRK's compliments with all humility !

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  9. Today's Neyartha proves MB's comments on mine yesterday about getting the answers first and looking for annotations ! That's what I got today. After reading the clues , I did cold solving of most . Also proves Vasant's point that ( an I reckon Gridman will agree?) many a times , one doesn't remember how one built up a grid. GOK ! God only knows !

    Ajeesh: EEsh !!pole saana in my Kenyan language !

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    1. There is nothing wrong in getting the answers first and then confirming it with the annotation. The problem lies when you get/guess an answer which you are unable to support with a valid annotation.

      I hope you get the point.

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    2. Si, Senor,So long as the chicken and egg are together !

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