Friday, 9 June 2017

No 12029, Friday 09 Jun 2017, Dr. X


Some tricky/iffy definitions today. I stand corrected.

ACROSS
1   Outstanding in battle but gave up (5,3) BOWED OUT {B{OWED} OUT}
5   Hypocrisy to back graduate, one from Cambridge University (6) CANTAB {CANT}{BA<=} Thanks to Google
10 Makeshift hut at ancient Indian village, I hear (5) HUMPY (~hampi)
11 Minor friction injuries seen on face (9) SIDEBURNS {SIDE}{BURNS}
12 Opening one old debate (9) VENTILATE {VENT}{1}{LATE}
13 Extreme restraint at border (5) LIMIT [DD] (Correction - [MD] - See comments)
14 Outdated like a capotain (3,3) OLD HAT [DD]
15 What one wears in the gun turret perhaps? (4,3) TANK TOP [DD]
18 Problem consuming liquor — Loss of balance finally! Have some coffee perhaps? (5,2) SOBER UP {SO{BEeR} UP}
20 Drink leads to fling! Admit blunder (6) SHERRY {SH{ERR}Y}
22 User-friendly program? (5) REHAB [CD] Is the definition correct? See comments
24 Client to express pleasure about drive (9) PURCHASER {PUR{CHASE}R}
25 Expert's heartless opinion about stroke (9) COMPETENT {COMm{PET}ENT}
26 Get rid of husband in strain (5) SHIFT {S{H}IFT}
27 Hangs on shelves (6) DELAYS [DD]
28 Ones utilised for assault and battery (8) CHARGERS [DD]

DOWN
1   Endlessly work hard at restraining husband to stop fooling around (6) BEHAVE {BE{H}AVEr}
2   Movement leading to distress in male bowels! (6,3) WOMENS LIB {IN+M+BOWELS}* Literally so!!
3   Blatant overcharging but not a dark endeavour? (8,7) DAYLIGHT ROBBERY [CD]
4   Nobody gets high society call girl (7) UPSTART {UP}{S}{TART}
6   One whose legal cases are mostly invalid? (9,6) AMBULANCE CHASER [CD]
7   Rhythm originating in endless beat! (5) THRUM {TH{Rh...m}UMp} &lit See comments
8   Places where one waits to kiss and return to make out (3,5) BUS STOPS {BUSS}{SPOT<=}
9   Commercial release coming (6) ADVENT {AD}{VENT}
16 Revolver perhaps? Twirl with elegance, I say (9) TURNSTILE {TURN}{STILE}(~style)
17 Amazing roast fish and crustacean (8) OSTRACOD {ROAST}*{COD} Are they Crustaceans or Fish? Link and image changed. See comments
19 Daddy's favourite little child (6) POPPET {POP}{PET}
20 Time to extend challenge (7) STRETCH [MD]
21 Talks foolishly? Brigands throw one out (6) PRATES PiRATES
23 One carrying meat and beer mostly (5) HAMAL {HAM}{ALe}

GRID

37 comments:

  1. 7D is &lit clue Sir... Thrum is a continuous rhythmic sound... so rhythm originating in endless beat.. entire sentence is the meaning.

    17 D Ostracod is a minute aquatic crustacean of the class Ostracoda (OED)

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    1. Wikipaedia shows it as a fish

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    2. Hi Sir unquestionably crustacean...

      From wiki...Ostracods, or ostracodes, are a class of the Crustacea (class Ostracoda), sometimes known as seed shrimp.

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    3. My mistake. I went to the wrong link. Shall change it

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    4. I too felt THRUM is an &lit clue

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  2. 13 Extreme restraint at border (5) LIMIT [DD]

    Also is [MD]

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  3. 22A User is a person who takes illegal drugs; an addict (OED). Hence the CD

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  4. 22A I took it to be a CD, with pun on "user" (to mean drug user).

    Enjoyable crossie,doc!1A and 28A were my favourites :)

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  5. Good clues. Writing CDs takes some skill which is evident today.

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  6. Enjoyable CW. Learned a few new words and a few tricks as well! Thank you Doc.

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  7. Shall I call you a specialist at MD?

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    1. MS actually Paddy... Master of Surgery:)

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    2. That was a good one Paddy

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  8. I did not mean that- Multi definition!
    Anyway, I have to be careful about your knife wielding capabilities!

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    1. Of course I understood... my attempt at humour falling flat ha ha!

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  9. Col.
    I like the way you just scored 'iffy' and not delete it completely. Owning up.

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  10. Neat crossword. Enjoyed solving

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  11. Yes, like Ramki said pun on 'batteries' in 28A was good and enjoyable.

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  12. Creativity laced with humour ! I liked WOMEN'sLIB but ' literally so' parenthetically commented by Col may not find approval by the same movement.

    VENTILATE- opening for fresh air as well as debate to air one's views . A whiff of fresh breeze in wordplay .

    BUS STOPS : a very well- clued idea- but let no one try this in UP where the Romeo baiters are lurking.

    TURNSTILE - indeed a revolver with elegance. As bad as the first step on an escalator.

    Can DALIGHT ROBBERY qualify as an oxymoron?

    AMBULANCE CHASER : My bane as an insurance man in Nairobi. Many lawyers made their pile to use this stretcher to become get-rich-quick.

    OBSTROPOD was the only clue that obstructed my completion of this wonderful crossie.

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  13. Thanks Raju for your entertaining comments! Always brings a smile reading them:)

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  14. Very enjoyable crossword and too many good CDs. I always struggle with CD but not so today. Hats off. Also it struck me that I never clue CDs either.

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  15. Your words mean a lot Shrikanth Sir! Tx for the encouragement :)

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  16. I forgot to mention TANKTOP that topped the contents of this tank full of fluid clues. Can some one clarify why they are called tanktops as worn by tenagers ? Their tops do not tank at all !

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    1. Ha ha yes I did research that!

      It is named after tank suits, which were one-piece bathing suits of the 1920's worn in tanks or swimming pools. Hence the term.

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  17. Superb puzzle, Dr...the long ones exquisetely crafted..the rest a work of art..

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