Tuesday, 17 January 2017

No 11906, Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, Gridman


Have so many setters missed out for Gridman to appear today?

ACROSS
1   The woman will account for 78-rpm record (7) SHELLAC {SHE'LL}{AC}
5   Extreme Lakshadweep, say, damp and keeping off one (6) UTMOST {UT}{MOiST}
9   Excited in the course of Sylhet uprising (3,2) HET UP [T]
10 Force makes oil in sump to spill out (9) IMPULSION*
11 Gridman's sprite is for Gridman (7) ONESELF {ONE'S}{ELF}
12 Project bad tirade about first aviator (7) RADIATE {TIRADE}* around {Av...r}
13 Of French corporation that's fallen back silent (5) MUTED {DE}{TUM}<=
14 Notice manner of speech is something that's hard to shake off (9) ADDICTION {AD}{DICTION}
16 Biting as in southern polar region (9) SARCASTIC {S}{ARC{AS}TIC}
19 Word on the way out by a French god (5) ADIEU {A}{DIEU}
21 While high, not an iota of tension. Excellent! (7) RIPPING tRIPPING
23 Officer to fix a part of mine for paper folding (7) ORIGAMI {O}{RIG}{A}{MIne}
24 Scolding fool in South Africa summoning someone in Telugu repeatedly (9) SASSARARA {S{ASS}A}{RA}{RA}
25 Idle creature's quiet, carrying a large amount (5) SLOTH {S{LOT}H}
26 Calm Bill abandons romantic song (6) SERENE SERENadE
27 Made alterations, with editor after editor hiring workers (7) EMENDED {E{MEN}D}{ED}

DOWN
1   Teacher to train the beloved (14) SCHOOLMISTRESS {SCHOOL}{MISTRESS}
2   Beg for rent in order to have exotic tea (7) ENTREAT {RENT*}{TEA*}
3  Watch what others are saying (3-4) LIP-READ [CD]
4   Fetch pair to reorganise main section (5,4) CHIEF PART*
5   Top pep pill (5) UPPER [DD]
6   Sweet-sounding setter to see retreating detectives (7) MELODIC {ME}{LO}{CID<=}
7  Hunter man leaves Kashmiri dazed (7) SHIKARI KASHmIRI*
8   No well-fed look for such a person (14) UNDERNOURISHED [CD]
15 Medical professional took in to a degree (9) DOCTORATE {DOCTOR}{ATE}
17 Redesigned poster containing one rejoinder (7) RIPOSTE {R{1}POSTE*}
18 A soldier at the gallery causes stir (7) AGITATE {A}{GI}{TATE}
19 A type of paper is under discussion (2,5) AT ISSUE {A}{T ISSUE}
20 Briefly, I had gone round a tree that was looking skyward (2,1,4) IN A WORD {ROWAN<=} in {I'D}
22 Elegance shown by good people (5) GRACE {G}{RACE}

GRID

39 comments:

  1. Nothing special here... I think the desk advances a setter's crossword for more than one reasons; maybe another setter requested delaying or advancing his crossword, maybe a setter failed to send his monthly quota though it might be just a single puzzle... So there is indeed an order but be prepared for the dislocation!

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    1. Those who missed out this round xChequer - 2, Spinner - 1, Aspartame - 1, Neyartha - 1 and Sunnet - 1

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  2. Yes even before this I guess the order has been changing quite a bit. The Phantom and Skuldugger used to come before Afterdark.

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  3. Happy birthday Rishi aka Gridman

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  4. I would not know anything other than that the order has changed. Would not know why a certain setter did not come in their turn.

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  5. Typical Gridman fare..loved doing this 24A was a teaser..RARA was tough to guess..and so was ROWAN in 20D..
    Nice post too Col..The cartoon of Shikari Singh from Tinkle brought a smile & lot of childhood memories(though I still read from my daughter's collection)

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    1. Even I failed to guess rara as never expected such words finding place in English crossword.
      RARA is there in wordweb dict. meaning a rare person.

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    2. It's not RARA in the CW it's RA repeatedly ie RA and RA. You're Telugu speaking so you should know what RA is

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    3. ra is not the correct answer there. When you summon someone unknown to you, you would say "ranDi" {welcome, Sir or vaango in Tamil).
      ra is contemptuous.

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    4. Col, I know ra is repeated which I didn't like. My intention of writing RARA was to simply hint that this word could have been used instead of repeatedly summoning a Telugu guy, ha ha!!!

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    5. 'rara' 'pora' in Tamil will be 'vada' 'poda'

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    6. It is not rara. It is ra ra, with a pause in between

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  6. Many more happy returns of the day CV Sir :)

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  7. How useful the clues are which are posted very early can be guaged today when there was no online edition.

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    1. Yes Vasant, it came very handy. I cannot ignore your contribution of compilation of various grids either. Thanks always.

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    2. BTW yeaterday's grid used by The Phantom was a new one(his fifth).Had to prepare that in excel before solving. Nowadays it hardly takes 10 monutes to prepare a new grid in excel

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  8. Many happy returns of the day CVji

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  9. CVji, how often has a CW of yours been published in The Hindu on your birthday? Rough probability calculations shows that it should have happened at least 3-4 times

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  10. Happy birthday CV sir 😀 hope u r enjoying the day with all things u love

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  11. Order rooted in disorder stood... Anyway that helped CV, read Gridman, have his CW published on his Birthday. Mistakes ending in something good should be welcome.
    Many happy returns of the day,Sir! (though belated) and to make many many more CW's for all of us to enjoy. Seems like yesterday when we cut a cake for his 70th Birthday.
    Request to Col. to republish a photo from the family album for the benefit of those who missed it.

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    1. Can't post a photo in the comments section
      But you'll can see the post at the following link
      70th Birthday

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    2. Link does not open, Col.

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    3. Superb event down memory lane..saw for the first time Dr.Gayatri(the person who has coined the term Samosa).

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    4. Thank you Col. for reviving the memory. Glad Vasant was able to have a look in.

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  12. When we can have French and Spanish words (honestly I miss out many such) why not a few simple words in some of the regional languages?

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  13. Thanks to everyone who has greeted me today. So very kind of you. I am really grateful for the love that you bestow on me.
    Ramesh, I do keep a dB of all published crosswords but I don't note the day of publication.
    Since the time when the crosswords began carrying byline, I think I can find out by visiting the paper's website and searching the archives.

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  14. 'ra' in Telugu also means come, isn't it- apart from being the equivalent of 'da' in Tamil?
    'Ikkada ra' should men come here, but used for youngsters and not to respectful elders( becomes randi,right?)

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    1. ra is DD in Telugu!
      One RA means come
      The other RA means DA as Tamil friends call

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  15. Many happy returns of the day, CV

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  16. All that discussion about ra ra reminded me of BoneyM's Ra-Ra-Rasputín

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  17. Though belated, Many Happy SNRUTER of this day, you birthday and may the god Lord keep you in good health and peace .

    RARA in Telugu? Isn't it a bit outre'? Is this word in the English dictionary meaning , Come, Come , now Gridman . I have seen this as a RARA AVIS in crosswords and to be kosher to the non-Telugus (I do understand every word of Telugu spoken and hence got the answer easily ) you could have chosen to clue this as Rara Avis. In English crosswords, using Telugu is indeed a Rara Avis !Emandi, CV Sir ?

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