Saturday, 24 June 2017

No 12042, Saturday 24 Jun 2017, Gridman


ACROSS
1   Country dame produced TV programme (11) DOCUMENTARY*
9   Study about Indian swan in song (7) CHANSON {C{HANS}ON}
10 Boy wins heart of puzzle-maker — loutish girl (7) LADETTE {LAD}{sETTEr}
11 Theory of one declaring he is an idol recalled (5) DOGMA {AM}{GOD}<=
12 Tickle the bird — I will have tea served (9) TITILLATE {TIT}{I'LL}{ATE*}
13 Killer woman is going around Jharkhand’s capital... (5) NINJA {NIN{Jh...d}A}
15 ...according to ex-actor (9) PERFORMER {PER}{FORMER}
18 Watching closelyeach leg collapsed before I reportedly dropped first (5-4) EAGLE-EYED {EA}{LEG*}-(~ i){EYE}{Dr...d}
21 Examine church trumpet (5) CONCH {CON}{CH}
22 A fellow on cleaned-up terrace gives support in recovery period (9) AFTERCARE {A}{F}{TERRACE*}
24 Added in next race (5) EXTRA [T]
26 Basement? Area prone to flooding? (7) LOWLAND {LOW}{LAND} Area on Double duty?
27 TV serials rest with company writings (7) SITCOMS {SIT}{CO}{MS}
28 Record: "Somehow retain the ventriloquist, say" (11) ENTERTAINER {ENTER}{RETAIN*}

DOWN
1   New church found after a long period of moral decline (9) DECADENCE {DECADE}{N}{CE}
2   Chime from heads of certain low and notorious gangs (5) CLANG Acrostic
3   Out of pessimism an agent is to run badly (9) MISMANAGE [T]
4   Finally men on street work uninterrupted (3-4) NON-STOP {meN}{ON}-{ST}{OP}
5   Is there no extra in such a cast? (3-4) ALL-STAR [CD]
6   Extremely trendy poem for learner to sing (5) YODEL {t...dY}{ODE}{L}
7   Following saint is inexperienced fellow — he lacks substance (8) STRAWMAN {ST}{RAW}{MAN}
8   Big party brought about by destiny, say (4) FETE (~ fate)
14 Nobleman reported low disposition of bird (5,3) NIGHT OWL (~ knight){NIGHT} {LOW}*
16 Its members must play in unison (9) ORCHESTRA [CD]
17 One practises to try again and get homily cut by fifty per cent (9) REHEARSER {REHEAR}{SERmon}
19 Ready to change at the earliest time (4,3) YEAR DOT*
20 Medical assistant — one in the changing room? (7) DRESSER [DD]
22 Mail sorter in heart of hearts feels bad (4) AILS [T]
23 Poet fearedlost head in trouble (5) READE fEARED*
25 Prickly old letter (5) THORN [DD]

 Reference list 

Indian Swan = HANS, Study = CON, Woman = NINA, Each = EA, Examine = CON, Church = CH/CE, Fellow = F/MAN, Company = CO, Writings = MS, Record = ENTER, New = N, Street = ST, Work = OP, Learner = L, Saint = ST,

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25 comments:

  1. Nice puzzle...Nice blog...Thanks to both. :)

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  2. One more bout of thanks GRIDMAN.

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  3. 26a I think it was meant to be a DD

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    1. +1
      Basement is a "low land" and "lowland" is an area prone to flooding.
      Chennai-ites will still remember how many basements got flooded in Dec 2015!

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    2. Is there any Dictionary reference for Basement/Low land?

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    3. Do we have dic. reference to call a river as a flower? Shall we call it a setter's privilege/ wordplay?

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    4. Basement as low-land can be looked at as a CD?

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  4. Smooth sailing today - 23D was the last one in.
    4D and 15A were favourites.

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  5. Neat & elegant- both the CW and the blog.
    A big 'thank you' to both. Nice start for the weekend.
    A doubt off track- do we have day owls? Why is it always called a night owl?

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    1. In my view 'night owl' is a person is active at night. The bird is just Owl

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    2. Agreed. But mostly even the bird is referred as night owl. Hence my question. Here also the def. is bird.

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  6. 1. Is there any poet with the name Reade?

    2. Is Fete and Fate are same rhyming words?

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    1. 1. Yes there is. See the link embedded in the name in the main post.
      2. Yes

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    2. Okay. Fine! Thanks!

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  7. Is HANS a word meaning swan in English? Isn't it a Hindi or Sanskrit word? CHANSON : typical of Gridman to glide in a new word derived from French.
    LOWLAND is another ambiguous usage on the lines of Underway & under way !

    CONCH is a gastropod used in India as Shank= Trumpet ?

    Gridman is an ideal example of an Indian compiler entering the English cryptic world of crosswords !

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    1. It's clearly mentioned 'Induan' Swan, so there is no doubt

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    2. That may be. and I meant Hinglish crossword !

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  8. Do I smell a theme:

    Documentary, chanson, titillate, performer, extra, sitcom, entertainer, non stop, all star, orchestra, rehearser, dresser

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    1. Was waiting for someone to point it out. Could add Yodel to that

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    2. I agree there is a theme in it. But, honestly, while I do it by design when setting the puzzle, but when I check it before publication months later, I don't see it myself! I don't type out annos, I don't classify my puzzles by any category. All that this blog does - for which we setters thank Col Deepak.

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    3. Yodel missed my "enlistment "

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    4. Totally missed the theme two days in a row!Gridman's themes are extremely well disguised!
      Only Oracle and Doppelganger can unveil them

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  9. The me in me sensed entertainment- that's what the theme is !

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    1. Thanks. Raju. While I do not agree with Paddy's recent statement that he sees shades of PGW in your prose, I certainly enjoy it as your mind always does crossword clue-like operations of disjointing words, coalescing words, echoing word components, using assonance and dissonance, etc. etc.

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