Wednesday, 11 January 2017

No 11901, Wednesday 11 Jan 2017, Scintillator


ACROSS
1   Irritating wail outside a hotel (6) CRABBY {CR{A}{BB}Y}
4   Bumble  right when drunk and walk with a swagger (8) STRUTTER {STUTTER+R}* (Addendum - {R} in {STUTTER} - See comments)
9   Seller's promotion comprising exotic deal (6) PEDLAR {DEAL}* in {PR}
10 Curse having put asafoetida in servings (8) DISHINGS {DIS{HING}S}
12 Fan's vow in the future (8) IDOLATER {I DO}{LATER}
13 God with mace is a martinet (6) RAMROD {RAM}{ROD}
15 To ship furniture, we rented a container (4) EWER [T}
16 Kids facing entrance exam touring Assam's capital with some relatives (5-5) GREAT-AUNTS {GRE}{Assam}{T AUNTS}
19 Acclaimed American oddball in a university (10) ACADEMICAL {ACCLAIMED+A}*
20 Strong market? That's nonsense! (4) BULL [DD]
23 A vicar consumed a delicacy (6) CAVIAR*
25 Outline of some craters' crests visible near full moon (8) SCENARIO {Some}{Cr...r}{NEAR*}{IO} What is the AInd for ENAR? What is the role of FULL?
27 Registered nurse turned over (8) ENROLLED {EN}{ROLLED}
28 Clue in novel's central parts (6) NUCLEI*
29 Insect’s stinging poison creepier in the extremes (8) SCORPION {POISON+Cr...eR}*
30 Physical driver steering my Zen ethic, primarily (6) ENZYME {MY+ZEN}*{Ethic}

DOWN
1   Set a limit to delta farmers' yield unpredictability (7) CAPRICE {CAP}{RICE}
2   Arabian dromedary overlooking a cluster of stars (9) ANDROMEDA [T]
3   With double acceleration, cross a line on two pivots (6) BIAXAL {BI}{A}{X}{A}{L}
5   Creator of Tom Sawyer has not a match (4) TWIN TWaIN
6   Sudden change in a pH value — at sixes and sevens? (8) UPHEAVAL*
7   Drift in male voice (5) TENOR [DD]
8   Cut short relaxation, that is, in lodges (7) RESIDES {RESt}{IDESt}
11 Enlist courtiers to regulate, dethroning other small chiefs (7) RECRUIT {CoURTIERs}*
14 Equate the remainder (7) BALANCE [DD]
17 Out-of-sync tune to come together in a different way (9) NEUTRALLY {TUNE}*{RALLY}
18 Game-changing collapse in hopeless movie (8) MEGAFLOP {GAME}*{FLOP}
19 Drona's students bend in front of king's son (7) ARCHERS {ARCH}{ER}{S}
21 Powerful and punchy one-liner? Not quite (7) LEONINE {ONE LINEr}*
22 Stylish act successively with no interruption (2,4) IN TURN {IN} {TURN}
24 Sign of 'Amazon' spelt without 'A' (5) VIRGO VIRaGO
26 Your tech members regularly reflecting on lead role (4) HERO {yOuR tEcH}<=

GRID

41 comments:

  1. Full moon = O. If it were new moon, the outline may not be visible and you might not see it as O.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I didn't look at the clue and anno from THAT angle. I was only basking in the light of the full moon.

      Delete
    2. IO = moon
      Often used in crosswords. I have used it sometimes.

      Delete
    3. CV Sir..Col has also given io=moon in his anno..his query was what was the anind of near which is given by Prasad(a2z_iima) as full

      Delete
  2. Our friend Richard Lasardo sent me a link saying that may be of interest to Sloggers and Bloggers:
    ​http://phrontistery.info/longwords.html
    I visit it sometimes and it has some curious things for word lovers.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I thought this was a technically perfect puzzle...almost nil obtrusive connectors..Scintillator striving for perfection & succeding..
    Got Scenario only because of crossing..

    ReplyDelete
  4. 25A:Anind of NEAR* looks doubtful..looks like visible..if so then FULL is superfluous

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. FULL -> CRAMMED ->ARRANGED

      Delete
    2. Right Prasad..then visible is not required in cryptic meaning..perhaps required for surface

      Delete
  5. Lots of constellations & a galaxy today?

    ReplyDelete
  6. 4A is it an indirect anagram?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. C/C clue with 'when drunk' acting as c/c indicator

      Delete
    2. Anagram of a synonym. Does that make it an indirect anagram & a no no?

      Delete
    3. Thanks Ramesh. It's Stutter drinking R. St(r)utter

      Delete
  7. Imagining a camel over looking the sky above!

    ReplyDelete
  8. What is the role of kids in 16A please?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. I thought so but didn't find this meaning in dictionary.com. Probably it is there in other dics.

      Delete
    2. Its a pretty common slang..when we say you must be kidding..dont kid me

      Delete
    3. For 'taunt' kid is given as a synonym. Pretty common, as Vasant says. But we tend to take kid as a noun.

      Delete
  9. In 1A, bb = hotel as in bed & breakfast? What is the anno please?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes hotel = BB for Bed and Breakfast

      Delete
    2. You are right about BB.
      Wail= Cry
      A
      Hotel= BB
      Outside indicates containment of A & BB.

      Delete
  10. 8Dn : Cut short relaxation, that is, in lodges (7) RESIDES {RESt}{IDES}
    What is 'IDES' for pl?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Actually it is RESt + IDESt (ie: id est)

      Delete
    2. Thanks, Raghu! So 'cut short' is for 'relaxation' and also 'that is'.

      Delete
  11. Thanks MB & Raghu. I too had that doubt.
    But cutting short one letter of a 2 part word and making it one is a bit jarring.

    ReplyDelete
  12. 25A: 'Full' is anagrind, one of its meanings being 'drunk' (ref Chambers, and also common Indian slang, I guess?)

    The theme is of Zodiac signs, with one of them badly represented due to an oversight of mine.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Thank you Scintillator.
    Ramesh was close enough to the theme.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Yes, 'Full' is indeed a slang for being loaded. But, I think it is first time that it is being used as Anind. Once explained, it sounds logical enough.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Bull (Taurus), Twin (Gemini), Leo, Virgo, Balance (Libra), Scorpio.
    That is 6 out of 12. Becomes 7 if Crab(by) is included.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Archer? ( Sagittarius )

    ReplyDelete
  17. RAMROD, CAPRICE and EWER being the other three. FISHINGS became DISHINGS as I was clueing, so maybe CAVIAR is okay as a substitute?

    ReplyDelete
  18. On a broader galactic spectrum, does ANDROMEDA qualify to be part of the theme?

    ReplyDelete