Saturday, 3 December 2016

No 11868, Saturday 03 Dec 2016, Sunnet


An out of turn broadside from Sunnet, shall leave it to the commenters to decipher.

ACROSS
1   Mail service to Alps is transformed (6) POSTAL*
4   Bar is ordered to shut within (8) BLOCKADE {B{LOCK}ADE}
10 Procedure to start off drug supplies (9) OPERATION {dOPE}{RATION}
11 You eventually love broken but small egg (5) OVULE {yoU+LOVE}*
12 Priest's note to high society (5) ELITE {ELI}{TE}
13 Lawyer's too cold to recollect Stroke's cause perhaps (5,4) BLOOD CLOT {BL}{TOO+COLD}*
14 Weapon and explosive is out of control (7) TRIDENT {TNT} over {RIDE}
16 Refusal to accept very dark blue (4) NAVY {NA{V}Y}
19 Pen wrong sign for underground river (4) STYX {STY}{X}
21 Karnataka vehicle taken back to Hawaii's city (7) KARACHI {KA}{CAR<=}{HI}
24 He & I wear no mantles (9) NONMETALS*
25 Main steward's without one (5) WATER WAiTER
26 United at home regarding England (2,3) IN ONE {IN} {ON}{E}
27 Repeating it with English sailor (9) ITERATING {IT}{E}{RATING}
28 Used gateman's identification cards (4,4) NAME TAGS*
29 Snake language (6) PYTHON [DD]

DOWN
1   Building quality (8) PROPERTY [DD]
2   Mostly bit provided by chip is exact (8) SPECIFIC {SPECk}{IF}{IC}
3   Startle a jungle (5) AMAZE {A}{MAZE}
5   Zip up: zip out leader (7) LINCOLN Anno pending (Addendum - {NIL<=}{COLoN} - See comments)
6   Become opaque when coarse blanket is thrown around (5,4) CLOUD OVER {C{LOUD} OVER}
7   A quail is torn by an eagle (6) AQUILA*
8   Energy streams around cold discharges (6) EJECTS {E}{JE{C}TS}
9   Bird cut a juicy part (6) TITBIT {TIT}{BIT}
15 Most rigid old meters collapsed with time (9) EXTREMEST {EX}{METERS}*{T}
17 So stitch together a dialect (8) SCOTTISH*
18 Putting up money or information for fertilizer (8) NITROGEN {TIN<=}{OR<=}{GEN}
20 Photographing double-crossing director (1-6) X-RAYING {RAY} in {X-ING}
21 Touched child without direction (6) KISSED {KI{SSE}D}
22 Setter is one person originally living in America (6) INDIAN [DD]
23 Communicate to current class (6) INFORM {IN}{FORM}
25 Very tired to display some yarn (5) WEARY {WEAR}{Yarn}


36 comments:

  1. 5d ZIP-> nil -> LIN
    colon -> o out -> coln

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    1. Well done, a2z_iima. Can we have your real name please, unless of course you want to remain hidden

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    2. Its a Very long one, Katakam Sreerama Chandra Vara Prasad, which is why I am called a2z almost every where. the second half is my most important accomplishment IIM-A

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    3. The second part one could decipher, but not the first which is a typical Andhra name

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    4. Mr. Prasad,
      This +1 is for your parsing and Deepak's applause.
      Not for your long name because I have come across longer names than yours!

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    5. A number of initials are the hallmark of names in Andhra

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    6. Normally, the names start with the family name/surname followed by the names of their popular local deities and may occasionally end with the names associated with their castes (like raju, naidu, reddy etc). Nowadays, the last part is done away with for various reasons.

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    7. So KKR what is your First name?

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    8. Kolluru would be the surname and Koteswara Rao his first name

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    9. Yes, Suresh is right. Thanks to him for answering the question on my behalf. I was out of home

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    1. COLON =:. Zip out remove O from Colon

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    2. Thank you KKR & Raghu.
      It took me a while to get the sign in the clue. Not enough care.

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  3. It is a Pangram. Good one Sunnet.
    Th print edition of Chennai has made the grid decipherable- can't make black or white. Looks like both merged into a single colour. More experimenting, more disaster.

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  4. 20 D is unclear to me. Double crossing? What's double?

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    1. I presume the first is X-ing and the second is the indicator for crossing RAY

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  5. The answer to my opening statement is still awaited. A hint - Sunnet has stolen Incognito's regular thunder

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    1. Blockade of Karachi in 1971 war, that's operation trident

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    2. Add Operation Python, Indian Navy to it

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    3. 4-5 Dec '71 (Trident).

      All the above result of googling.

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    4. This time I am sailing in a different boat ...

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    5. ... On the eve of the Navy Day there are several jokes floating around about sighting of naval ships in the Bay of Bengal without permission of a certain person :)

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  6. Strange are the ways of mind. Till now, I didn't see it was Sunnet. Was assuming it to be Arden and these days I am finding Arden, I was struggling with this one. :) Normally I do Sunnet pretty quick.

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    1. Happens very often to me, especially on the day of the first Neyartha puzzle. I solve it thinking it is a tougher & quirkier Gridman. After the puzzle (or sometimes when the last couple of clues are left), I find that the setter is not Gridman but Neyartha. Once I do that, the remaining clues (if any) quickly fall in place.

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  7. A bit tougher than the usual Sunnet puzzle..but what a puzzle! A themed pangram with the theme beautifully camouflaged...thanks to all the commentators here for deciphering the theme & the parsings..a2z (oh sorry Prasad)well done!Thanks Mr.Walker too.

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  8. As usual an enjoyable themed pangram puzzle from Sunnet. Feeling elated on completing this one, a rare accomplishment while dealing with his puzzles! Thank you, Sunnet. :)

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  9. Styx is also part of the theme?

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  10. Thanks folks for your feedback. This CW is dedicated to all the folks from the Indian Navy. As noted above, December 4th is Navy Day & commemorates the start of Operation Trident.

    Styx missile was used to sink PNS Khaibar

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    1. Thank you Ramesh. Good to remember our war heroes.

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  11. To come up with a pangram in a themed crossword is commendable effort. Thank you Sunnet for a nice crossie.

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  12. KKR: Raju is a caste name? How come? what is the root of this name? Mera assumed naam bhi Raju hai but if you think Andhraites have long names, you will break your tongue spelling out my full official name that even spills out of the boxes in official forms. It is C.N. Umamaheswar which for convenience's sake I renamed myself as Raju Umamaheswar ! Figure out what C & N stand for? Don't even bother to try it !

    Like the Kikuyus of Kenya, South Indian Palghatis (parents who were proud of their villages?) give themselves names as : C for the name of the village, N for my father's name and U for my grandfather's name but I have no first name ! To numb your tongue again, they have a surname as Iyer - so when the forms are to be filled with the first name, surname and middle name one is lost midstream to decide where to put what-- not to speak of the spilling out of the alphabets from the boxes ! Alas, like our crosswords, one can't spill the letters out of the boxes nor thinking out of the box helps any ! Proves my point that one has no choice of one's parents nor name ! Swallow it or get a lump in the throat - either ways -- Hic hic -cupps ! oops !!

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