Monday, 5 June 2017

No 12025, Monday 05 Jun 2017, Lightning


ACROSS
1   Officer backing mine workers (8) TIPSTAFF {PIT<=}{STAFF}
5   Suit passed around (6) SPADES*
9   Covers are also very peculiar (8) OVERLAYS*
10 Behind a royal breed (6) ARREAR {A}{R}{REAR}
12 Meagre endeavour partly eco-friendly (5) GREEN [T]
13 A go-between? (9) MIDDLEMAN {M{A}N}
14 Force measured thus in current century (6) NEWTON {NEW}{TON}
16 Scotsman is cross we entered into shopping complex (7) MAXWELL {MA{X}{WE}LL}
19 Moon spinning to fall behind one constellation (7) GALILEO {LAG<=}{1}{LEO}
21 Planck’s constant these days, in use describing radius of subatomic particle (6) HADRON {H}{AD}{R}{ON}
23 Put down struggle at work – it is usually needed to get a job (9) INTERVIEW {INTER}{VIE}{W}
25 Lad, ultimately somewhat mature (5) ADULT [T]
26 Exempt from jail, nationalist supplants king (6) IMMUNE IMMU(-r+n)NE
27 Physicist, German for one, has electron penetrating metal (8) EINSTEIN {EINS}{T{E}IN}
28 Annoyed by overt resistance inside (6) NARKED {NA{R}KED}
29 Shaken daughter had stuttering gait at the beginning (8) AGITATED {GAIT}*{ATE}{D} As per wordplay this becomes {AGIT*}{D}{ATE}

DOWN
1   Detailed idea nevertheless (6) THOUGH THOUGHt
2   Regularly chew pastry taken before lunch bit by bit (9) PIECEMEAL {PIE}{ChEw}{MEAL}
3   Almost tardy sending back working claw (5) TALON {LATe<=}{ON}
4   American scientist, say splendid fellow (7) FEYNMAN (~fine){FEYN}{MAN}
6   Confused and upset salesman earnestly appealed to admit former lover (9) PERPLEXED {REP<=}{PL{EX}ED}
7   Hallucinate about breaking barrier (5) DREAM {D{RE}AM}
8   Disperse a small amount (8) SPRINKLE [DD]
11 Forced to return cheese (4) EDAM <=
15 Resistance of electron moving around area (9) TOLERANCE {ELECTRON}* over {A}
17 Oriental and historic building at first leased for new payment (9) EMOLUMENT {E}{MO(-n+l}LUMENT}
18 Police chief (leader) can recall firing (8) IGNITION {IG}{TIN<=}{NO1<=}
20 Leave out mantra with appeal (4) OMIT {OM}{IT}
21 Door to door selling of Indian condiment over a week (7) HAWKING {H{A}{WK}ING}
22 Drunk individual goes after saint with some deviousness (6) STONED {ST}{ONE}{De...s}
24 Layer around minute stopwatch (5) TIMER {TI{M}ER}
25 Right away maintain advantage (5) ASSET ASSErT

GRID

21 comments:

  1. A gentle start to the week. Quite an enjoyable one. Thanks Lightning. :)

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  2. A mark of respect to some scientists of renown. Nice & enjoyable.

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  3. Loved solving this tribute to the physicists...all stalwarts.Thanks Lightning.

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  4. 13A: Thanks Col for the parsing...had filled in as easy..what a nice clue!

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    1. While I got the answer right, I could not pars it. A between m and n. What do m and n stand for? And what is this type of clue called?

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    2. These are called Rebus type of clues

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    3. Vasant the anno was sent to me by Ramesh

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    4. Thanks Ramesh...that is why the blog is so helpful..you get to know new tools...bloggers & commentators pitch in to reveal a tricky parsing...

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  5. Remembered reading a series of notes called Feynman's lectures during my Xth Std..later on read his autobiography..Surely you are joking, Mr. Feynman. I remember one episode frome the book...while returning after a party, he had sat down to study but realised he was too drunk to study...there & then he gave up drinking..later on he went on to win the Nobel prize for physics

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  6. 13 across: MIDDLEMAN= Go -between. Is this not a DD or MD? The parsing given as M(A)N is not appropriate, I think.

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  7. Why only 7 comments? Everyone roistering over the roasting of Pak by India ?

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  8. Parsing is right. Interpretation/ naming may differ. It could be a DD or a Rebus type as suggested by vasant.

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  9. i still do not get the parsing of M(A)N. I saw CV's comments also in the Facebook on this.

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    1. The clue is A go-between
      Definition is go-between
      Word play is A
      A is the middle of mAn which becomes the answer-middleman

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  10. Thanks, Vasant. The first thing that came to my mind is a straightforward answer for a go-between is the synonyms and I put in middleman. Only after I read the parsing, I see another annotation. It sounded very uncryptic to me. I also hear of a Rebus type of clue for the first time. Any more examples ?

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    1. Classics are
      1. Gegs? for Scrambled eggs
      2.O?(8,6) for Circular Letter
      3. H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O (5) for Water(H to O..H2O)

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    2. "It sounded very uncryptic to me"..I think that happens when you get the answer from the definition as in the case of & Lit clues.It is when you get the wp that the aha moment occurs

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    3. The clue under discussion for Middleman is NOT a rebus clue..a rebus clue has no definition as in the 3 examples above..this I came to know through the 1Across discussion on FB posted by CV Sir..so the type of clue is still to be fathomed..some opined reverse container

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    4. https://www.thenation.com/article/rebus-clue/
      as per the above articlle (see O, DEPUTY)
      A GO-BETWEEN : MIDDLE OF MAN qualifies to be rebus clue. does middleman read same as middle of man. if we were given MIDDLEMAN only would we derive A.

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  11. Vasant: (.) full stop; (!!) Is that so? ; ( ?) why . (:) the large intestine.

    Good night for now. 2310hrs

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