Thursday, 8 June 2017

No 12028, Thursday 08 Jun 2017, xChequer


ACROSS
7   I'd be one if I'd left for school (6) LETTER Anno pending  (addendum - (-s+l)LETTER - See comments)
8   Don't pass it outside city limit for highway convenience (8) FACILITY {FA{C}IL}{IT}{h...aY}
9   Green froth receding round new battleship (3-2-3) MAN-OF-WAR {RAW}{FOAM}<= around {N]
10 Oppose state backing any suspect (6) NAYSAY {ANY}*{SAY}
11 Not up, not out, one coming out sent back (2,3) IN BED {IN} {DEB<=}
12 Cocktail having magic spell and inherent appeal (6) MOJITO {MOJ{IT}O}
14 Become annoyed with poet, sudden anger developing (3,4,6,2) GET ONES DANDER UP*
17 Bully never returns in case of threat (6) TYRANT {Thr{NARY<=}eaT}
18 Copper bottom, originally black in old times (5) BOBBY {B}{O}{B}{BY}
22 Fine fundamental principles governing Indonesia's constitution (6) FABRIC {F}{AB{R}{I}C} R from the 3R's? (Addendum - {F}{AB{RI}C} - See comments)
23 Supplementary section's purpose in a page with pictures (8) APPENDIX {A}{P}{P{END}IX}
24 Perfect role felt divine (8) FORETELL*
25 Rules shortly to be introduced in Civil Service (6) CANONS {C{ANON}S}

DOWN
1   Newly married men squandering bank balance (9) REMAINDER {MARRIED+mEN}*
2   Fought with son over hidden treasure (6) STROVE {S}{TROVE}
3   's a _________, one too many for couple? (5) CROWD [FITB]
4   Rhythm in casinos changing around noon (8) SCANSION {SCA{N}SION*}
5   Say mine or owned by me - underlying position following copyright (8) CLAYMORE {C}{LAY}{M{OR}E}
6   Place note: ‘Sorry Closed’ (5) STEAD {S{TE}AD}
8   Permanently barking dog on road featured in header (3,4,3,3) FOR GOOD AND ALL {DOG+ON+ROAD}* in {FALL}
13 Hash and opium ban primarily a silent instrument in practice (4,5) DUMB PIANO {D}{OPIUM+BAN}* (Correction - {AND+OPIUM+Ban}* - See comments)
15 Source it abroad causing protests (8) OUTCRIES*
16 Fortified lavish base in mission (8) ENRICHED {EN{RICH}{E}D}
19 Due in November? On the contrary, having possession (6) OWNING {OW{N}ING}
20 Spray only packaging material (5) RAYON [T]
21 Bit with second kiss (5) SPECK {S}{PECK}

GRID

35 comments:

  1. 7 I'd be one if I'd left for school (6) LETTER Anno pending
    s(L)ETTER

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    1. I took a long time trying to figure out whether it should be setter or letter and decided on the latter. I think it can work both ways

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    2. It says left for school or L for S, so it is LETTER

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    3. Yes. That what I ultimately figured

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  2. Enjoyed solving this. Plenty of very good clues.

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  3. 3 's a _________, one too many for couple? (5) CROWD [FITB]

    Clue fitted nicely with the 3

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  4. Wonderful puzzle. Such a delight to solve eXchequer. Compared to yday this was a breeze

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  5. Msg from Vasant

    "Internet stopped in Madhya Pradesh. Cannot come to comment in THCC.
    Vasant Srinivasan"

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    1. What a pity ! Muffling and snuffing out won't help. Get hold of the mercenary criminals and put them behind bars ! Shame that a country is at war with itself !!

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  6. 23A One P is missing in the parsing
    13D Hash and opium ban primarily a silent instrument in practice (4,5) DUMB PIANO {D}{OPIUM+BAN}*. Not sure about the purpose of 'hash' but I feel it should be parsed thus: and opium b (ban primarily). Not 'd opium ban'.
    1D MARRIED E is highlighted instead of MARRIED EN.

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    1. Hash is the anagrind. For the surface reads as Hashish

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    2. Yes it's And + Opium + B

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    3. Thank you. How about the parsing please?

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    4. Thanks Prasad. Corrections made

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    5. Prasad,
      Second P is from Pix (Pictures)

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  7. 1D I believe squandering indicates deletion of m. in which case does bank stand for m (money?)?

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    1. Yes Squandering is the deletion indicator and Bank means side, like left bank and right bank, so bank of MEN is M

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  8. If Shrikant found today's a breeze, as compared to yesterday, I found it a storm. One man's breeze is another's storm.

    Kaatru siruttal tendral, kaatru perutal puyal !

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    1. Raju, I didn't know that you knew this much of Tamil !

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    2. Exactly what I thought.

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    3. koncham , koncham. I eat when I'm hungry. Pashithu Pushi ! I pick up some sayings that appeal to me and memorize them. I can read easily, not write but haltingly speak in Tamil. I dare not engage in prolonged conversation, lest I use words wrongly. Coming into CBE has helped a bit. Same thing with Malayalam too. I had no formal schooling of both and I picked up, leaning over my father in his easy chair reading magazines. Having been in Nairobi all along, didn't help at all.

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    4. Good. It is only 'Pasithu pusi'. No H there. Speak freely to friends- then it becomes easy.Same thing was said to me when I was afraid to talk Hindi though I had formal education in the language. it helped a lot when I had to travel in the north.

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    5. Thanks for the correction of Pusi. All languages and idioms fascinate me. However, I just couldn't pick up much of Swahili which is an olio of Urdu, Arabic and even Tamil.
      For them, Kartasi is paper as we knoe it as a letter in Tamil. Meza is table.

      Unfortunately, I have no one to talk to at home as we both converse in English or Hindi. In fact, when kids or grandkids arrive, we create new mixture of languages (argot) typical to each family. No doubt, language is a real bonding force, as likes bond with likes. I remember picking friends in Mauritius and New York when we happened to speak in Hindi and some passerby Indians cottoned on !

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  9. I enjoy doing Exchequer's creations as we are introduced to new words and phrases, like' Get one's dander up ' and 'dumb' piano. Heard of baby abd grand but never dumb. Dumb elevators , yes. Thanks Exchequer.

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  10. Wonderful puzzle! And I finished the grid... xChequer's grid! Awesome feeling 😊😊

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