Saturday, 20 May 2017

No 12012, Saturday 20 May 2017, KrisKross

ACROSS

1 Dim Ron maybe a stupid person (6) NIMROD {DIM+RON}*
4 Scold a pretty girl holding man's leg (8) ADMONISH {A}{D{M}{ON}ISH}
10 Gambler’s away to become more wealthy (6,3) BETTER OFF {BETTER}{OFF}
11 Lion, say, returning again to feed (5) CATER {CAT}{RE<=}
12 It is protected by King perhaps, rebellious and strong (7) DRASTIC {C{IT}{'S}ARD}<=
13 Raced back with speed to tell a story (7) NARRATE {RAN<=}{RATE}
14 It could make one go in disguise finally, with false name (5) ENEMA {disguisE}{NAME*}
15 Wit conceals American President’s initial tension (8) SUSPENSE {S{US}{President}ENSE}
18 Secret auditor helps to maintain balance (5,3) INNER EAR {INNER}{EAR}
20 Spoke about wearing an ornament (5) ADORN {A{ROD<=}N}
23 Metaphors to describe University bands (7) TROUPES {TRO{U}PES}
25 Cyclone, in ultimately hot season, moves north to south (7) TWISTER {hoT}{WI(-n+S)TER}
26 Rule broken by Oriental mathematician (5) EULER {E}{RULE*}
27 One very wild animal kept at quarantine (9) ISOLATION {I}{SO}{L{AT}ION}
28 Sounds like girl’s kidnapped in error (8) MISTAKEN {~ MISS TAKEN}
29 Not worried about cutting corners (6) SERENE {{SE}{RE}{NE}}

DOWN

1 Unimportant people in an empty battlefield (8) NOBODIES {NO}{BODIES}
2 Tame hen perhaps found in marshes (7) METHANE {TAME+HEN}*
3 Open wonderful store, finally to buy and sell excessively (9) OVERTRADE {OVERT}{RAD}{storE}
5 Fears detention possibly, or an expulsion of sorts? (14) DEFENESTRATION {FEARS+DETENTION}*
6 Coveted award in heros career (5) OSCAR (T)
7 Crying damaged retinas (2,5) IN TEARS {RETINAS*}
8 Reportedly saves many people (6) HORDES {~HOARDS}
9 A part of "Murder in Retrospect" novel is set hereright inside an English county (14) WORCESTERSHIRE  {CROW<=}{IS+SET+HERE}* around {R} My COD
16 Time to command heartlessly: “Kill!” (9)  ERADICATE {ERA}{DICtATE}
17 Charm ten different people to consume a bit of narcotic (8) ENTRANCE {TEN*}{RA{Narcotic}CE}
19 Stupid people finally learn a lot (7) NOODLES {learN}{OODLES}
21 Tedious working in the open air (7) OUTSIDE {TEDIOUS*}
22 River starting to swell — run inside! (6) STREAM {Swell}{T{R}EAM}  Thanks Col. for the anno
24 Place a jacket (5) PARKA {PARK}{A}

Reference list

Man=M, Leg=On, Again=Re, Is='S, American=US, University=U, North=N, South=S, Oriental=E, One=I, Very=So, About=Re, Corner=SE, Corner=NE
Right=R, Run=R 

Color/Font Scheme

DefinitionSolutionComponent lettersEmbedded links, Anagram IndicatorC/C indicatorReversal IndicatorHidden word IndicatorLetter Pick indicatorDeletion IndicatorHomophone IndicatorMovement IndicatorPositional IndicatorSubstitution, IndicatorLink/Connector, Extraneous

28 comments:

  1. Nice one. 22D was tricky.

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  2. For Ramki's standard, easier one,IMO.

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    1. Yes, but some of the annotations reqd out of the box thinking!

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    2. Didn't intend it to be more difficult or easy, maybe it just turned out that way!

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  3. A weekend beauty! My standout picks are DRASTIC, SUSPENSE, ADORN, MISTAKEN. Thank you, KrissKross.

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    1. Thanks - hopefully it raised a chuckle!

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  5. 1D Unimportant people in an empty battlefield. Is empty battlefield 'no bodies'?

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    1. Battlefield is supposed to be filled with (dead) bodies. Empty battlefield means 'no bodies' - I presumed this way.

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    2. So did I.
      For that matter, I solved quite a few clues and then started looking for annos.

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    3. Nobodies = unimportant people and "no bodies" is what you would find in an empty battlefield. That's the anno I had in mind.

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  6. Thank you Ramki. Enjoyed solving it, though my vocabulary (or the lack of it!) was severely tested- defenstration for example.
    Though I am a fan of Agatha Christie and Poirot in particular, I had missed out on Five little Pigs or Murder in Retrospect. I will now have to find it.

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  7. ... and Ramesh, I forgot to thank you for the wonderful blog.

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    1. Rameshji: Can you please get rid of the light blue colour for the names , comments and reply? Or make it darker blue? The contrast between sandalwood yellow and the pale light blue is not easily discernable ! However, Turqoise blue with white and Microsoft or Barclays blue -white combination is my favourite . Thanks.

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    2. Raju, that is part of the template. Will see if I can change it

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    3. Thanks a lot. Much obliged, Sir !

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  8. KrisKross aka Ramki had sent a 25 across our way that makes our brains turn to 18 down. However, the crossie was as spicy as the sauce from 9 down. 5 down will not be done from the grid for , that's a word which will turn anyone's tongue into a 25 across ! Thank you fornot putting us kris-kross in crossroads !

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  9. Well done, KrisKross! I loved your presentation.

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  10. Beautiful Puzzle.Loved the surfaces that are smooth & tell a story like the simple Oscar & Stream. Admonish did bring a chuckle but the beautifully constructed Nobodies & Mistaken were gems. Thought I had come across Worcestershire clue in 1Across or CCS clued by Ramki so it went in easily.But, the other long one took ages.
    Over-all a smashing week-end puzzle!

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  11. Trying to catch up with the backlog of puzzles from Tuesday to Friday.
    Had a wonderful time in Goa & Karwar.

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  12. Great crossword, Ramki Sir!

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  13. Thank you KRK, Vasant and Ajeesh!

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  14. Some very nice clues Ramki. Enjoyed solving this crossie.

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