Wednesday, 7 December 2016

No 11871, Wednesday 07 Dec 2016, Neyartha


It's tennis again

ACROSS
7   Gear, spoilt after immersion in oils, returned to the harem (8) SERAGLIO {GEAR}* in {OILS<=}
9   Handsome young man with a number to get rid of trouble in the game (6) TENNIS {TEN}{adoNIS} As per the clue this becomes {adoNIS}{TEN}
10 Cue redcoat broadcast in getting readied for battle in the US (10) ACCOUTERED*
11 Such a customer could be difficult to deal with (4) UGLY [CD]
12 Reportedly require early closing of a joint (4) KNEE (~ need)
13 Rusticate and dispatch the soft fine feathers (4,4) SEND DOWN {SEND} {DOWN}
16 Stiff and coarse fabric from a gymnastic horse and an adult male sheep (7) BUCKRAM {BUCK}{RAM}
18 Blunt British leader participating in the launches has been sent back (7) STUBBED {Br...h} in {DEBUTS<=}
20 Cook, aggressive, abandons ship to cause pain (8) AGGRIEVE AGGREssIVE*
21 Bad mood's a result of the letters from the Mosul Kurds (4) SULK [T]
23 Pirate's card game (4) CRIB [DD]
24 Avail offer to break up the romance (4,6) LOVE AFFAIR*
25 Noise from a sports implement on the radio (6) RACKET (~racquet)
26 Centre's arrangement to secure Ohio is logical (8) COHERENT {OH} in {CENTRE}*

DOWN
1   Tied score? Come to the conclusion that one of the Democrats needs to escape (5) DEUCE DEdUCE
2   Hard to get under an ark? Nab kangaroo adapted to the region in Azerbaijan (7-8) NAGORONO-KARABAKH {ARK+NAB+KANGAROO}*{H}Would never have got this without Google
3   Traps avoided by the locals? (7) TOURIST [CD]
4   Time to trade places with the son after clean up to get a large-headed nail (4) STUD {DUS<=>T}<=
5   Funnel-shaped uniform bin? Fluid has messed it up (15) INFUNDIBULIFORMGoogle to the rescue again
6   Slicker catching sound of a bovine that is more gracile (9) WILLOWIER {LOW}in {WILIER}
8   Beverage found in a shallow dish with the edges removed (5) LATTE pLATTEr
14 Revolutionary X's trap? (3) NET <=
15 Boor from Rhode Island supports university student over Georgia breaking into a camper (9) VULGARIAN {U}{L}{GA}{RI} in {VAN}
17 Expert's bracelet concealed (3) ACE [T]
19 Work of the bridge opponents supported by the king facing evil (7) SERVICE {SE}{R}{VICE}
21 Cut the student out for the maiden's success (5) SMASH S(-l+m)MASH
22 Well-wisher gets rid of the castle's evil spirit (5) FIEND FrIEND
24 Departed behind schedule (4) LATE [DD]


20 comments:

  1. I am with you Col.
    I thoroughly hated 2D/5D. Ha ha!

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  2. +1
    No point in having words like 2D & 5D. Even if comes up in another CW, you still have to google them.
    TH Online version credits the CW to Arden.

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    1. I solved the entire puzzle thinking the clues looked odd for an Arden puzzle

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  3. Col. 25A- Racket also part of the theme.
    BTW, does it need 'On the radio'. Both Racket & racquet are used for the bat.

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  4. As pointed out by Col..required Google to prise out the two long ones...found the puzzle quite tough..Neyartha back to his old ways testing us on Geography..GK & with a theme to

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    1. With a theme to boot

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    2. Yes, Vasant. The grid was tough and remained clueless till the 15-lettered ones were googled. After that, I didn't remember them and completed the remaining ones easily.

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    3. I really wonder whether we all know the constituents of CIS, leave alone 2D! Ha ha!!

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  5. Black December for TN & India.
    Cho is no more.

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    1. Yes, Cho was one of the best writers. As an actor too, I like his accent. I liked his role in Kaadhalaa Kaadhalaa

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  6. An impartial and bold writer. Had a unique style of presentation, whether they were articles or cartoons in Thuglak. His crticisms were so real and impersonal that most of his victims were so friendly with him.

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  7. KKR Sir: Many Happy Returns Of The Day.

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  8. Many Happy returns of the day, KKR. :)

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  9. Many happy snruter of the day: KKR> God bless with a long and healthy life to be able to do more crosswords.

    Why do you ''hate'' words? They're our friends here. More new ones ; more research; more knowledge- albeit academic.

    I love words and wordplays !

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  10. KKR : I'm sure you love the word CRUCIVERBALIST ?

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    1. Thanks Raju.
      Hope you are enjoying your stay.
      Yes, I love all the words but not those which just help in filling the gaps.

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