Wednesday, 2 August 2017

No 12075, Wednesday 02 Aug 2017, Neyartha


Neyartha's touring the Horn!

ACROSS
1   Sail abroad to get entertained by a princess in a part of 15 Ac. (8) DJIBOUTI {JIB}{OUT} in {DI}
5   Letters from a thug and an officer in the country (6) UGANDA [T] What's the role of 'officer'?
9   Over-embellished disguise of plump deer (9) EMPURPLED*
11 Start an assault (5) ONSET [DD]
12 H.Sam's bad accident? (5-2) SMASH UP {H.SAM'S<=} (Correction HSAMS* - See comments)
14 Resolved anomalies before leaving the northeast part of 15 Ac. (7) SOMALIA AnOMALIeS
15 Anchor, off-air, is all at sea in the peninsula (4,2,6) HORN OF AFRICA*
17 Emphatic declaration by the aviators seen out of context (12) ASSEVERATION*
20 Anger over upsetting drawing featuring an Oriental in a part of 15 Ac. (7) ERITREA {IRE<=}{TR{E}A<=}
22 Mark's letter placed in front of the tomb (7) ENGRAVE {EN}{GRAVE}
23 Article on the reported merits of a farewell remark (5) ADIEU {A}{DIEU} (~due)
24 Fruit sugar and meat sent back with an insect got pulled in front for all to see (9) LAEVULOSE {VEAL<=}{(+u)ULO(-u)SE} Thanks to Google
26 Hydration arrangement's not to be avoided in this capital (6) RIYADH HYDRAtIon*
27 Greek character employs one sheltered by a Native American tribe in a part of 15 Ac. (8) ETHIOPIA {ET{H{1}OPI}A}

DOWN
1   Sharp and stylish Yankee under pressure to get rid of the uniform (6) DRESSY {DuRESS}{Y}
2   Casts a doubt on the overturned cargo truck carrying fruit (9) IMPEACHES {PEACH} in {SEMI<=}
3   Period of time in recital belonging to us (3) OUR (~hour)
4   No cell? Tap heel rhythmically for a way to communicate (9,4) TELEPHONE CALL*
6   Greeting at the breakfast table (4,7) GOOD MORNING [CD]
7   Facial bone of a model in a part of South Africa replaced by the chief surgeon (5) NASAL NA(-t+s)SAL
8   Bona fide openers in the Aussie cricket team under attacking Lindwall (6) ACTUAL Acrostic
10 Permits agenda correction and criticism (13) DISPARAGEMENT*
13 Boisterous equine play? (5,6) HORSE AROUND [CD]
16 Worker with the French revolutionary sneaks into a military takeover to supply fruit (9) CANTALOUP {C{ANT}{LA<=}OUP}
18 Withdraw the patch (6) REPAIR [DD]
19 Dutch spirit and resistance gets rid of five groups of closely related species (6) GENERA GENE(-v+r)RA
21 Mediterranean island's leader moving away in an aloof manner (5) ICILY sICILY
25 Inside the chateau, Zidane finds an Israeli firearm (3) UZI [T]

GRID

36 comments:

  1. Thank you Neyartha for an armchair tour of Africa.
    19D- Where do we get the A from? Not clear in the link given.
    12A- Up in an Ac. clue? Is it now accepted?

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    1. 19D Geneva is the dutch spirit. See the link

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  2. Generous help from Google & atlas was needed.

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    1. Why - the country names are not too obscure.

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    2. Where's the problem there? H Sam's is anag fodder; 'bad' is anag signal, smash-up is the answer. No rev involved. Morever, up/down prob in such clues arises nly in the clue - not the answer!

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    3. I took it like Col. has indiacted in the blog- 'bad accident' as def. and up for reversal. From what you say only 'accident' is the def.

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  3. Lucky to get Horn of Africa early to get the theme.

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  4. 5A The only purpose of officer as I could see is to compete the 'telescopic' part and not to leave it open-ended

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    1. Insert an 'l' above

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    2. Perhaps for the same reason that "finds an" is used in 25D: for a meaningful surface

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  5. "Neyartha's touring the Horn!"
    - Would he become horny?

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  6. Re 24a I didn't google. I blogged

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    1. Simple & easy. I do it many times. Today I had time since I started early.

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  7. Attempt a clue for
    PORIVILANGAI URUNDAI

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    1. All Indian sweet with puffed rice and new hindu cow over smashed vial round (12,7)
      {PORI}{VIAL*}{N}{GAI} {URUNDAI}

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    2. Au pair girl! Avoid nun prepared Indian dish

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    3. Sweet? Avoid grain pilau made in outside travel. Its braised essentially (12,7)

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    4. Obviously, word is hard to be clued- as hard as the urundai itself!

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    5. Interestingly the etymology is Porul Vilanga Urundai = It's not understood what ingredients are there in this urundai.

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    6. You're right, Shrri. Does it not mean '' a round item whose meaning is not known? It is my favourite cannonball for the teeth !! My granny used to make it for me. I reckon, it is available only in Madras these days as my friend used to bring it for me whenever he visits there.

      I believe, the basic ingredient is urad daal and the tang comes from a generous addition of dried ginger and jaggery. The jaggery syrup gives it the hardness ?

      CV: UDAL+PORUL+AAVI + a charade for the missing letters ! Intersting variet of words get thrown up by Anagram solver !!

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    7. Porivilangai Urundai! Giving it a fair try...Also definitely want to try this dish now:)

      One very pure A-one grain ladoo with primarily unknown nutritious ingredients! Fantastic, oddly not over-sweet (12, 7)

      (I + V + PURE + A + I + GRAIN LADOO + U + N + I)* - OE; Defn = sweet.

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  8. Typical Neyartha puzzle..theme linked to one clue(15A)..some never heard of words (Laevulose, Uzi)..wp that is his own trademark...enjoyable neverthless

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  9. Enjoyed Neyartha's whirlwind tour of Africa.

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  10. Could someone help me understand why Oriental was given as part of the clue in 20a? I have just started solving these :)

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  11. Oriental is Eastern represented by E normally in CW's.

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  12. Though Nairobi/Kenya is not part of the Horn of Africa, it bears the brunt of the gore created by the horns there ! Sudan also adds to the misery. Neyartha's tour missed this out.

    NO bumpy safari rides , though in this compilation.

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  13. Thanks for the PV clues. Will write my comments tomorrow. Was busy during the day. In the evening attended Spirit of Youth Carnatic music concert by Srivathsan (Spinner) at Music Academy.

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