Friday, 24 February 2017

No 11939, Friday 24 Feb 2017, Arden


ACROSS
6   Extremist getting some useful training (5) ULTRA [T]
7   Drop of cordial for a round of Gin? It doesn’t make sense (8) CLAPTRAP {Co...l}{LAP}{TRAP}
10 A hard place in Colorado (7) BOULDER [DD]
11 A cheap alternative to acquire new style (7) PANACHE {N} in {A+CHEAP}*
12 Search over — hard hat cracks hydrocarbon (7) NAPHTHA {PAN<=}{H}{HAT}*
13 Article becomes more of an accepted idea (7) THEOREM {THE}{MORE}*
14 Hundreds are sick, it's a complaint (11) TONSILLITIS {TONS}{ILL}{IT}{IS}
19 Players pick a new area for game (7) CANASTA {C{A}{N}AST}{A}
21 Beer is clearly visible — not a trick (7) SLEIGHT {S{aLE}IGHT} Is a containment indicator missing? See comments
23 Financially sound, shows liquidity (7) SOLVENT [DD]
25 It's a bad bad sign if it bulges (7) ABDOMEN {BAD}*{OMEN} &lit
26 Before Aishwarya got married, it was on the menu (8) PASTRAMI {PAST}{RA{M}I}
27 Particularly strange, not typical of the countryside (5) RURAL paRticULARLy*

DOWN
1   Place to accommodate the President — one with loose morals (8) STRUMPET {S{TRUMP}ET} Ha, Ha!!
2   The thief was born with it (6) BANDIT {B}{AND}{IT}
3   Complaint on stigma attached to a South American woman (10) SCARLATINA {SCAR}{LATINA}
4   Beef or fish? (4) CARP [DD]
5   Old sailor left a mark (6) LASCAR {L}{A}{SCAR}
6   Polished up a bit, then a brush was used (6) URBANE [T<=]
8   Hit man kept outside the circle (7) TANGENT {TAN}{GENT}
9   Man of science rose and declared himself the arbiter (5) FERMI {I'M}{REF}<=
13 Islam it can work like a charm (10) TALISMANIC*
15 In the beginning one may use ice — yes, and it's essential throughout (7) NASCENT {oNe}{mAy}{uSe}{iCe}{yEs}{aNd}{iTs}
16 Legend about Rome and the big chief (8) SAGAMORE {SAGA}{ROME}*
17 Money for transfer — one raises quietly (1-4) E-CASH {E-CA<=}{SH}
18 One hundred + one fifty unkeyed (6) ATONAL {A}{TON}{A}{L}
20 Poor ailing animal (6) NILGAI*
22 Stand over a river (6) ENDURE {END}{URE}
24 Despicable fellowonly intruding a bit (4) TOAD {T{O}AD}

GRID

20 comments:

  1. Clearly visible = in sight

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  2. FERMI is a new word to be seen. Tonsillitis & Talismanic are two tongue twisting words meeting at a T-Junction !! Never knew of Scarlatina but got her , again with the help of connecting words. Scary Latino she must be !

    ARDEN at his best in conjuring up unheard of words .

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    1. I liked many. Especially, 1DN and Fermi

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  3. If I were to set a crossword that contains only words known to ace crossword solver Raju and which he can instantly recognise without terming them as 'new' or 'unknown' (though I know he often augments his copy of a printed and published word/phrase book with entries pencilled in in all caps (right, Raju?) what should I do? Kindly advise.

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    1. Ask him to send you the grid fills :-)

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    2. I am game provided the grid fills are in a blank grid that I use and which I can send him. If I write the clues and the puz is published in TH no credit and no payment for the filler.

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    3. Col & CV : Why not? In fact, I had sent the Col aset of portmanteau words that I picked up from the Deccan Chronicle ( which I have collected ) with a grid and he did publish it once as a standby on a special day and asked our friends here to have a go-- at their -- and at my risk for annotations !! I wonder whether any one tried at all !
      If CV can send me his prefabricated grids , I can send him the words and phrases which he can clue up and have published. I need neither the money nor the credit , CV. So lets try something new and THCC can take all the credit ! I will give my best to this venture as words and phrases fascinate me no end.

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  4. For those who anticipated Buzzer today, read his comments in yesterday's THCC.

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    1. Buzzer is one of the best setters .....feeling bad that he has reduced his quota to 1 ......

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  5. Col & CV : Why not? In fact, I had sent the Col aset of portmanteau words that I picked up from the Deccan Chronicle ( which I have collected ) with a grid and he did publish it once as a standby on a special day and asked our friends here to have a go-- at their -- and at my risk for annotations !! I wonder whether any one tried at all !
    If CV can send me his prefabricated grids , I can send him the words and phrases which he can clue up and have published. I need neither the money nor the credit , CV. So lets try something new and THCC can take all the credit ! I will give my best to this venture as words and phrases fascinate me no end.

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    1. The grids that CV uses are all available online

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  6. Fine then. Lets see what we can do together. I'll be back by 20th March and in the meanwhile, if I get some free time here , I shall endeavour , though most of my relics are in CBE.

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  7. Raju,
    You're a sport!
    I shall send you two grids.
    You may fill just one of them with standard words/phrases (however rare).

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  8. Thanks and see my email to you, sent today. Good luck in verbalising the crucifixes but don't crucify and be cross with me if you don't find them whetting your appetite !! I have a hoard of them still awaiting to get gridded for many grins from our bloggers.

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