Tuesday, 4 July 2017

No 12050, Tuesday 04 Jul 2017, Incognito


Theme words highlghted. I leave it to the commenters to name the theme.

ACROSS
1   I quit Sion in agitation, leading to enquiry (11) INQUISITION*
9   Probably where a sailor is confused on a voyage (2,3) AT SEA [MD]
10 Mistakenly, devil robs sweethearts (9) LOVEBIRDS*
11 Chopper model is in renovated room along with bike (10) MOTORCYCLE {MO{T}OR*}{CYCLE}
12 Toll on a cab (4) TAXI {TAX}{1}
13 Beat extra-terrestrial leaving instrument (5) TRUMP TRUMPet
15 On tower, short person produces sweat (8) PERSPIRE {PERson}{SPIRE}
17 We/I ought to transform and dominate (8) OUTWEIGH*
19 One Scot soldier's patronage (5) AEGIS {AE}{GI'S}
22 Liquor setter found on moor (4) FENI {FEN}{I}
23 S W Europeans left renovated guest-house after throwing out irritated host (10) PORTUGUESE {PORT}{GUESt-hoUsE}*
26 Freed Theodore after Bel-Air massacre (9) LIBERATED {BEL-AIR}*{TED}
27 Indian Navy permitted access to creek (5) INLET {IN}{LET}
28 Await other ranks/soldier to get medicine (11) EXPECTORANT {EXPECT}{OR}{ANT}

DOWN
1   Bad sin by alien in picture in picture (5) INSET {SIN*}{ET}
2   Double! Double! Student is awash in endless money after sports vehicle ... (9) QUADRUPLE {QUAD}{RUP{L}Ee}
3   ... embeds crawling snail around end of alley (6) INLAYS {SNAIL}* around {a..eY}
4   Include a small quantity in damaged vein (7) INVOLVE {VOL} in {VEIN}*
5   For starters, increase confidence building measures ... to build a short long-range weapon (1,1,1,1) ICBM Acrostic
6   Ran back with sailor, telling, ... (9) NARRATING {RAN<=}{RATING}
7   ..."Little Thomas climbed up carrying gun to get a rodent" (6) MARMOT {ARM} in {TOM<=}
8   Hope for a Church's towering structure (6) ASPIRE {A}{SPIRE}
14 Wayward sub-lieutenant takes off crumpled suit... that's not defensible (9) UNTENABLE suB-LiEUTENANt*
16 Violently gnash and rail badly at Hilton's secret haven (7-2) SHANGRI-LA {GNASH}*{RAIL}*
17 Sal's innards? (6) OFFALS {SAL}* [RA]
18 Sailing ... coasting without a person having knowledge (7) GNOSTIC COaSTING*
20 Clammy animal accommodation accommodates Workers’ Educational Association (6) SWEATY {S{WEA}TY}
21 You may be photographed here, Romeo, at ten (6) STUDIO {STUD}{10}
24 Dash, showing energy, and sprinkle talc (5) ECLAT {E}{TALC}*
25 Pack minced prawn after removing tail (4) WRAP PRAWn*

GRID

25 comments:

  1. Yes, it is with Goa inquisition and the unique motorcycle taxis and Feni.

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  2. Col.,
    Thank you for the link to all terrain vehicle.

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  3. Why is it that Agnostic is better known than Gnostic? There are a few such antonyms.

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    1. Simple! 'Gnaanam' doesn't come easily to a person.

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  4. Yes, Paddy. Some more words , including the prawn in a clue, fit the theme

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  5. What a lovely crossword. Despite the theme words couldnt guess it.
    Thanks Incognito and Col.

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  6. Kishore: How could you forget to include PORK SORPOTEL ? and at least one Goan name? AND ---WHAT MAN?

    20 DOWN for 24 hours with feni in one's veins ?



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    1. Maybe the next time I go there. I am going next month. This was set during my last visit in December

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    2. I was there in May and spent 3 days there. Got to spend 1 night in a casino too. Unforgetable experience.

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    3. Kishore: What man, A- bgr lucky bgr man ! Enjoy yer trip man !

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  7. "I have said that I generally don't do the Guardian quick in TH. Everyday I turn to the page and look at it but if I do NOT find those historical/geographic/botanical clues, I may put pen to paper. Yesterday I did - and quickly and easily solved all but two before I turned to my diurnal tasks. Later I had the nocturnal sleep. This morning as I was binning the paper, I had scarcely looked at the filled-in grid and did not even re-read the clues when both answers leaped to my mind. A good sleep is recommended for those clues that don't yield instantly."

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    1. The ravelled sleeve of care...

      The Colonel prefers walking Cocoa for a break

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    2. How true this! A break-a walk, a nap truly helps. I remember as a teen my grandfather used to solve both crosswords and maths. If he struggled with any problem, he would put aside the problem, take a walk and come back and get the solution. At those moments his joy like a small child's was worth watching.

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    3. Standard procedure for me when I am stuck for answers. Especially on xChequer days, distance walked by me goes off the scale :-)

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  8. It is so, dear Padmanahan- and also PORTUGUESE (23 Across)!

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  9. @Col typo in 23 A answer - PORTUGUESE

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  10. Easy puzzle. 1 doubt about 18 down - does gnostic mean person with knowledge? Dont ind this meaning in dictionary.... only noun meaning is person who was part of some gnostic movement

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    1. My Miriam Webster gives it as follower of gnosis: a principle of esoteric truth

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    2. Free dictionary defines it as possessing intellectual or spiritual knowledge

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    3. Thanks but that Free dictionary meaning is for the adjective. I dont have Miriam with me....

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  11. As I had put in earlier, agnostic is commonly used and gnostic is just the opposite.

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