Wednesday, 29 March 2017

No 11967, Wednesday 29 Mar 2017, Arden


ACROSS
1   Rachel gets bed rest, becomes well built (6-7) BARREL-CHESTED {RACHEL+BED+REST}*
10 Something to pick as subject (5) TOPIC [T]
11 Agents take over brand associates (9) CONSORTIA {CIA} over {ON}{SORT}
12 Exploit and keep quiet — it's cruelty (9) HARSHNESS {HAR{SH}NESS}
13 Dish for the little pet outside home (3-2) PIN-UP {P{IN}-UP}
14 Rush all over the place, shop till you drop (7) SPLURGE {S{PL}URGE}
16 Most extensive master plan — ran out in disguise (7) AMPLEST {MASTEr+PLan}*
18 People in the Mediterranean see red after some whiskey (7) MALTESE {MALT}{SEE*}
20 Unusual things about ear piercing setter... (7) EXOTICA {EX{OTIC}A}
22 ...drink I rejected, it's symbolic (5) TOTEM {TOT}{ME<=}
24 Dravid's outstanding, is on a roll (9) WALLOWING {WALL}{OWING}
26 Temporary mask thief used (9) MAKESHIFT*
27 Stops half way to place it underground (5) INTER INTERcedes (Correction - INTERcepts - See comments)
28 Bid to treat itchiness with exercise (13) CALLISTHENICS {CALL}{ITCHINESS}*

DOWN
2   Reported addressa quiet locality in Mumbai (7) APPAREL {A}{P}{PAREL} (~ a dress)
3   People on shore placed a bet on it (9) RACEHORSE {RACE}{SHORE}*
4   Caught in temptation — could be filthy (5) LUCRE {LU{C}RE}
5   Greeting the crew with the catch... (9) HANDSHAKE {HANDS}{HAKE}
6   ...boat collects, capsizes (5) SLOOP <=
7   Understanding why often ten teams get in... (7) ENTENTE [T]
8   ...the teammates and I play simultaneously (2,3,4,4) AT THE SAME TIME {THE+TEAMMATES+I}*
9   Beat eggs, add last of the flour, spread over fish — It's novel (13) CARPETBAGGERS {CARP}and {BEAT+EGGS}* over {f..uR}
15 Maybe less I weed, more it blooms (9) EDELWEISS*
17 Rise to support the proposal (9) PROMOTION {PRO}{MOTION}
19 Arranging a talk — one on one in Syria (7) LATAKIA {A+TALK}*{1}{A}
21 Second time diction corrected, no point acting foolish (7) IDIOTIC {tIme}{DICTIOn}*
23 Only slum bombed in Iraq (5) MOSUL {O+SLUM}*
25 50% reduction at the top, still secure (5) LATCH {L}ATCH Anno pending (Addendum {C/2=L}{LATCH} - See comments)

GRID

39 comments:

  1. 25 50% reduction at the top, still secure (5) LATCH {L}ATCH Anno pending

    C/2 = L

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    1. Nice cracking! Bhavan

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    2. Cannot still get the anno..L=C/2..but atch from?

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    3. No atch. Catch or Latch mean secure

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  2. I had 27a as half of intercepts

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    1. I guess it can be INTER[rupts] too...

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  3. Happy Ugadi to all.
    Even after Bhavan's cracking, it took me a while to understand C/2=L. Innovative- both the clue & the solve.

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    1. I am dense today..not getting

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    2. It means that by changing C with L it's still secure = Catch = Latch

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    3. "Secure even with 50% reduction at the top" might have been more clear?

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  5. Unable to post from mobile page..had to come to the web page..cant understand the reason

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  6. Happy yugadi to all those celebrate !

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  7. Hevilambi nama samvatsara Ugadi subhakankshalu

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  8. ARDEN has slackened a bit today.

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  9. How to say 'Thank you' in Telugu?

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    1. Ressembles Dhanyawad of Hindi (of course with the tail attached)
      Dhanyavaadulu Suresh & MB.
      Spl. Ugadi to both of you.

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    2. In Telugu, every person or thing has a loo attached at the rear, well before the campaign for toilet construction began

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    3. In Kannada, it is 'Dhanyavaadhagalu'.'
      After all, many words in our vernaculars are from Sanskrit. Those who say 'Thamizhandaa...' may not use this word, owing to propaganda from a certain section of people.

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    4. Of course, Dhanyavaadaalu would just mean 'thanks' It is not 'thank you' for which the querist sought an answer.
      Am I right, MB?

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    5. Kishore!
      Do you have to bring in Swacha Bharat into this?

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    6. Meeku dhanyavaadaalu, it should be!

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  10. There are a few words whose opposites are more easily recognisable- Entente is comparatively less known than Detente. Does it say anything about the world order today?

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  11. 9D reminded me of my school days when I used to avidly read Harold Robbins novels..A stone for Danny Fisher, Dream Merchants, 79 Park Avenue...I used to get them from circulating library for Re 1 and during holidays it was one novel per day..

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  12. 1 book a day! That must have been some fast reading.
    A stone for Danny Fisher was one of his best. Carpetbaggers was probably more popular.

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  13. CV,
    About modifie Tamil words Vs. Pure Tamil words- a funny real life incident:
    On TV news they were saying something about 'Perundu Nilayam'. A boy who was with us, well veresd in Tamil but not much of English, asked us what was that? We explained that it means Bust stand. Pat came his reply-" Thamizhla sonna puriyum!"!

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  14. Vasant: Was it Abbas Book Stall in the Kings Circle ? I used to do the same/ This shop still operates while my reading habits have literally fallen by the sidewalk I remember a casual reader dropping in and asking for a a HARDLY Chase.. In Coimbatore, we have mobile libraries and yet there are no takers.

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    1. It was Reader's Paradise in Indore..it is still there but it isnt a circulating library anymore

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