Friday, 28 July 2017

No 12071, Friday 28 Jul 2017, Arden


ACROSS
1   Get past three, plus thirteen are in the picture (3,4,6) THE LAST SUPPER*
10 Grinder, used briefly in a month (5) MOLAR {M{OLd}AR}
11 Tee collar tailored for the poles, they say (9) ELECTORAL* (~ polls)
12 Long to be in the list, American left the city (9) ROCHESTER {aCHE} in {ROSTER}
13 Vessel will dock at either Gdynia or Tallinn (5) AORTA [T]
14 Saying Willy got a duck (7) SAWBILL {SAW}{BILL}
16 Praises income disbursal before middle of May (7) ENCOMIA {INCOME*}{mAy}
18 Picture frame pushed in, I must shift force (7) IMPETUS {Pi...rE} in {I+MUST}*
20 It's too big, I can't possibly cover it (7) TITANIC {I+CANT}* over {IT}
22 A hired assassin in Japan was caught (5) NINJA [T]
24 Informs freely, at times follows home (9) INTIMATES {IN}{AT+TIMES}*
26 Definitely will nab culprit, half the ring will go bust (9) SCULPTURE {S{CULPriT}URE}
27 River by the mountains in countryside (5) RURAL {R}{URAL}
28 Well exposed within family, and lot happens on the sly (13) CLANDESTINELY {CLAN}{DESTIN{wELl}Y}

DOWN
2   Golly! it turned cool- why? (4,3) HOLY COW*
3   Thief dressed in scarlet (9) LARCENIST*
4   Fish raised a stink (5) SMELT [DD]
5  Best to take note of a diagnostic procedure (5,4) SMEAR TEST  {SM{E}ARTEST}
6   Starts praying to almighty before it’s eaten as daily bread (5) PITTA {Pr...g}{To}{Al...y} over {IT}
7   Read about something strange- myringa (7) EARDRUM {READ*}{RUM}
8   Painter or Dentist? (13) IMPRESSIONIST [DD]
9   Cancels order, lug in some beer- everything must go! (9,4) CLEARANCE SALE {EAR} in {CANCELS}* and {ALE}
15 Lethargy- it dogs girl, man scratches his head (9) LASSITUDE {LASS}{IT}{dUDE}
17 Could start at a marina, sadly not a single boat (9) CATAMARAN {Co..d}{AT}{A}{MARiNA*}
19 Clip and suffer in place (3,4) PIN ?U?L (Addendum - PIN CURL {P{INCUR}L} - See comments)
 21 Old city in South African province, looks genuine... (7) NATURAL {NAT{UR}AL}
23 ...like the writer in Colorado (5) ASPEN {AS}{PEN}
25 River of wine runs through (5) TRENT {T{R}ENT}

GRID

33 comments:

  1. P(INCUR)L
    SUFFER = INCUR
    PLACE = PL

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    1. ... but PIN CURL per se is not a clip, it is a method of curling ones hair

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    2. I too thought so. But Wordweb dictionary says it as:
      A variety of clip for holding pin curls

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    3. It refers to the small section/curl of hair that's held by a hairpin. Not quite a clip, you are right Sir.

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    4. Hi..KKR, in Wordweb --

      PIN CURL CLIP= A variety of clip for holding pin curls.

      PIN CURL= A curl of hair made by dampening a strand of hair and curling it and holding the curl with a clip or bobby pin

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    5. I thought a Pin curl is a clip to zip the curled lip when the LOH has had a bad hair day !!!

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  3. 25D-Wine has many avatars, but tent was new to me.

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  4. Nice puzzle. Thanks Arden

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  5. Holy cow, a lovely puzzle!

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  6. HOLY COW : This is a wholly hot subject-- watch out for vigilantes and GOW- rakshaks at your doorstep-- CV !!

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  7. MOLAR: is ''briefly '' on double duty for OLD and MARCH? Where's the deletion indicator for D ? GRR !!

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    1. used = OLD
      used briefly = OL(-d)
      so don't tear out the remaining hair on your head ;-)

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    2. He seems to say that there is no del ind (or pointer to abbr.) of March.

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    3. Thought you dont require abbr. indicators for months..Jan, Feb etc

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    4. Being an egghead, I can't even reach the back of my neck for the remaining hair !! CV hads correctly made my point. My question was ''briefly'' doing double duty ? and you go after my cranium and jugular !!

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    5. I go with Vasant on this. One comes across 'Dec.' for the last month quite frequently.

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  8. 12A reminded me of my school days reading of Jane Eyre & the leading protagonist Rochester

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  9. Did not know the Jane Eyre connection- exposes my shallow knowledge about old classics.

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    1. I reread many of these classics & with my daughter also reading them, we discuss many of them.

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    2. Lucky you!
      I find that this has gives one an edge on vocabulary. You remember words more from usage than from the pages of a dict.

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  10. Some clarifications
    1A - is 'get' a usual indicator for an anagram?
    9D - where does the EAR come from?

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    1. 1A: Not an usual but valid anagram indicator

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  11. lug means (Anatomy) dialect Scot and Northern English another word for ear- Ref
    Freedictionary.com

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  12. Is using a homophone for definition fair? Reg 11A

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  13. Like poet's license, setters too have..., in my opinion.

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  14. very interesting. Ncely clued.Seemingly difficult at first. As the time went by things started falling in. My preference goes with10a,4d- simply bowled over by the texture. To be precise an engaging& interesting type of puzzle.Thoroughly enjoyed.Thanks Arden,sir.

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