Thursday, 27 July 2017

No 12070, Thursday 27 Jul 2017, Buzzer


Z short of a Pangram. Spent ages trying to fit in a X,Y and Z in 1D and 10A which were the last ones in.

ACROSS
6   Test the result of 6 + 5 + 1 ÷ 5 + 0 (4,4) VIVA VOCE {VI}{V}{A} {V}{O}CE Anno for CE not clear (Addendum - {VI}{V}{A {V}{O}CE} - See comments)
9   Get by manipulation and with spin (6) WANGLE {W}{ANGLE}
10 Time period of being joyful (4) JULY JoYUfL* [RA] Correction [CA] See comments
11 Nothing odd about English (3,4,3) NOT EVEN ONE {NOT EVEN} {ON}{E}
12 Mean one channelling spirits (6) MEDIUM [DD]
14 Dismiss regret ill-mannered person expressed (4,3) RULE OUT  (~ rue lout)
15 Wed Jan 1 morn, I'm into new year (4,2,9) JOIN IN MATRIMONY {JAN+1+MORN+IM+INTO}*{Y}
18 Calls for a meeting (7) TELECON [CD]
20 Vatican City educated by first authority on holy books (6) VEDIST {V}{ED}{1ST}
22 Dear me, an absurd question breaks overemotional responder (5,5) DRAMA QUEEN {DEAR+ME+AN}* over {QU}
23 Leaves and fruits man picked off (4) GOES manGOES
24 Excerpt from maybe a Nietzsche, it goes over one's head (6) BEANIE [T]
25 Attempt to arrest big overwhelming goon primarily for violence (8) THUGGERY {T{HUG{Goon}E}RY}

DOWN
1   Soft manner, cover often? (4) WAXY {WA{X}Y}
2   Solver no good, one missing capital clue for boy (5,3) YOUNG MAN {YOU}{N}{G} {MAiN}
3   Son to marry at the end of April in turn (6) SWIVEL {S}{WIVE}{a..iL}}
4   Details of run-in for mediator lacking awareness (10) UNINFORMED [T]
5   In preparation, hundred thousand drifters at sea (8) PLANKTON {PLAN}{K}{TON}
7   Occupied by negatives endlessly (2,3) IN USE mINUSEs
8   Show board staff indulging in corruption (13) ENTERTAINMENT {ENTER}{TAIN{MEN}T}
13 Press malign fine British writer (3,7) IAN FLEMING*
16 No great shakes taking time and achieving aim (2,6) ON TARGET {NO+GREAT}*{T}
17 Dance party over, sense of being famished (8) RAVENOUS {RAVE}{NOUS}
19 Fellow losing heart, shy to flirt (6) COQUET {CO}{QUiET}
21 Spot burn mark on the inside (5) SMEAR {S{M}EAR}
23 One billion going far even with regular losses (4) GIGA {GoInG+fAr}

GRID

35 comments:

  1. 6 Test the result of 6 + 5 + 1 ÷ 5 + 0 (4,4) VIVA VOCE {VI}{V}{A} {V}{O}CE Anno for CE not clear
    VI V A(V O)CE. ACE: 1: A

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    1. I had ACE instantly on seeing the Col's comment. Yet, I am not sure how the anno pans out.
      6 5 1 5 0
      VI V ACE V 0
      Now, how do V and O go after A?

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    2. That is 1 (ace ) divided by V+O

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  2. A1 puzzle! Plenty of good clues.

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    1. +1. Could manage 16 out of 26. Completed the bottom half successfully but it was tough going in top half?!

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  3. Divide ACE by V O, i.e split

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  4. Good Raghu.
    It was an interesting mathematical problem.
    Thanks Buzzer for the entertainment

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  5. OK OK I didn't notice the div symbol - the font being tiny and I being old with poor vision and not wearing my specs at home.Thanks. Bhavan, please give allowances to me!

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    1. All good CV sir. I was half expecting that symbol to be botched during printing.

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  6. Though I could see the divided sign, it took ages for me to get the ace and to contain V & O. But my doubt is how did Bhavan know that I am a 'No good solver'?!
    As usual a multi word T nicely done- Buzzer spl.
    Enjoyed 11A as well.
    KK,
    It does not add up mathematically.

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    1. By sheer practice, I started applying BODMAS and all. Then realized its a CW puzzle :) Nice misdirection

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  7. 1 D : Soft manner, cover often? (4) WAXY {WA{X}Y}

    X for pl?

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    1. Soft= Defn
      Manner=Way
      cover of= c/c indicator
      ten = X

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    2. I had that doubt- so, it is 'of ten'?

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  8. Super puzzle..bifd viva voce after getting vi & v from wp...started late & finished late..thorough entertainment or 8D

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  9. Conundrum confounded by enigmatic viva voce ! Never 15 across on Jan,1st, even if its a wednesday morning ! This is my advice to any 2 down . An excellent clue !



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  10. 10A: Thought it was a composite anagram: (of +July)*=Joyful

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    1. That is right. I entered RA by mistake. Will correct it

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  11. Amateur question - what in 2D denotes that we have to pick 'n' and 'g' from 'no good'? Just getting my feet wet, so pardon the quality of the question ( if too silly!)

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    1. NG standard abreviation for no good

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    2. No question is silly, AK

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    3. Thank you very much for clearing that up!

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  12. In crossword clues, certain components may be derived from the expansions of well-known abbreviations. Here we get NG from 'no good' as the latter is a well-known, accepted expansion of an abbr. (Note: it may have other expansions as well, but we needn't bother about that now.) Note also that sometimes the whole expansion may not be given. We may be expected to get RA from 'academician' or 'artist' as RA is the title Royal Academician given to artists, musicians, et al. We pick up these conventions as we go along

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    1. Thanks again. Is there a standard compilation of these like a quick reference or something? RA to Royal Academician is quite a stretch for me :D

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  13. Could start on the puzzle only after dinner and managed to finish just now. Classy puzzle as usual.
    One doubt: 5D Wordplay is hundred thousand, which should be TON-K right? How does it become K-TON?

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    1. K in plan, ton

      In preparation, hundred thousand ... = in plan, ton k = plan(k)ton

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