Friday, 4 August 2017

No 12077, Friday 04 Aug 2017, Incognito


Military might!

ACROSS
8   Spot spy (4) MOLE [DD]
9   Ella leaves brolly in dark shadow (5) UMBRA UMBRella If Ella leaves then what about the last A? See comments
10 Silence! I start to ply vessel (4) SHIP {SH}{I}{Ply}
11 School seats adjusted for periods of inactivity (6) STASES {S}{SEATS}*
12 Depot/inn building terminus (3,5) END POINT*
13 Hurricanes, for example, destroy tiger-fish with iodine deficiency (8) FIGHTERS {TiGER+FISH}*
15 A non-drinker's acknowledgement of assault (6) ATTACK {A}{TT}{ACK}
17 HE may be dropped from the air by them (7) BOMBERS [CD]
19 Book Alps resort and model with some excitement before end of October (7) PSALTER {ALPS}*{T}{Ex...t}{o...eR}
22 Don may design machine to make electricity (6) DYNAMO*
24 Eject saliva and shoot aircraft (8) SPITFIRE {SPIT}{FIRE}
26 Female (fair) in cathedral town with femininity (8) EFFETELY {F}{FETE} in {ELY}
28 Mummy's woman's sickness (6) MALADY {MA}{LADY}
30 Number of characters printed in this ---> (4) FOUR Defintion by example See comments
31 Ring near Magpie Hotel has emergency room (5) INNER {INN}{ER}
32 Vehicle returns with Yankee marine force (4) NAVY {VAN<=}{Y}

DOWN
1   Barge snake has tadpoles initially (4) BOAT {BOA}{Ta...s}
2   Chambermaids, after dropping cards, go around society lady in India (8) MEMSAHIB {cHaMBErMAIds}* around {S}
3   Chase's super composition about university (6) PURSUE {P{U}RSUE*}
4   Alongside one in a French port (7) ABREAST {A}{BRE{A}ST}
5   Innovative bands spray gas to provide protection from enemy firing! (8) SANDBAGS {BANDS}*{GAS}*
6   Go with damaged scooter lacking wheel (6) ESCORT SCOoTER*
7   A student falls into Knights’ oven (4) KILN {1}{L} in {K}{N}
14 Little John, for example, shows this usage of hard metal with a bit of yellowness (5) IRONY {IRON}{Ye...s}
16 Encourage revolutionary queen (5) CHEER {CHE}{ER}
18 He radios wildly for Zimbabwe, perhaps (8) RHODESIA*
20 Large cat’s consumed setter. Help! (8) LIFELINE {L}{I}{FELINE}
21 Noticing sixth sense of last of 32 in Germany (7) ESPYING {ESP}{navY}{IN}{G}
23 Floating steamer dispenses tea to chiefs (6) AMEERS StEAMER*
25 Revolutionary Croat's left crematorium destroyed and shut up (6) IMMURE crEMatoRIUM*
27 French go back to amphibian creature (4) FROG {FR}{GO<=}
29 Go underwater and pass away around 5 (4) DIVE {DI{V}E}

GRID

36 comments:

  1. I had noticed the missing A in Umbra and set it right, but seem to have forwarded older version

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  2. More than just Military might... many more themed words

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    1. On the contrary, not military might, perhaps 🤔

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  3. Is it a spy ring- with the addition of espying,frog,inner...

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    1. Frog is s theme word, though usually used by the British almost derogatorily, in the context of the theme

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  4. Happy to have done it without any help. Effetely was the last to fall- still I have my doubts about it. Dic. meaning says 'weakly', not necessarily with femininity. (weaker sex?)

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    1. Without calling the stronger sex as the weaker one, please ponder on usage of the word when a male acts effeminately ...

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    2. What do we call it when a female acts that way?!

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  5. Continuing yesterday's topic of 'Porivilangai urundai'-
    Another explanation for the name (thanks to my better half) is pori- vilaangai- urundai. Pori of course is the major content and vilangaai (kai of the vilampazham variety) indicating the colour and shape. This vilangai and fruit is mostly to be had around Krishna Jayanthi.

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    1. Pori (Puffed rice) is not an ingredient in this Urundai. You and your better half are thinking of some other sweet

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    2. Pori & jaggery are the main ingredients and a pulse variety.That is how it gets the name,pori.... (this pori is different from the white rice pori, which is sometimes called arisipori)

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    3. I believe the following "poruls" (ingredients) go into the sweet. (So why 'porul vilangaa" - perhaps to mean you can't quite place them as the taste is so ineffable)
      raw rice
      whole wheat grains
      moong dhal
      jaggery
      water
      coconut chips
      ginger powder

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    4. Yesterday a2z_iima (Please let me know your name addressing you like this is funny) sent a link to the recipe which had only the following ingredients

      Green gram dal - 4 cups
      Jaggery - 700 g
      Half coconut - cut to small pieces
      Cardamom - 7 or 8 pods crushed or
      1/2 tsp powder
      (Alternatively you can use three cups green
      gram and 1 cup Bengal gram but the method
      is the same.)

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    5. Pori urundai is different from the other made-of-harder-stuff in discussion. This is purely puffed rice and not aval with jaggery syrup. Maybe, the tough nut to crack is made of sterner stuff, due to the basic flour used. Being from a matriarchal lineage, the cannon ball must have been a weapon used by wives against errant and wayward husbands ? or am I throwing a red herring ?

      Kishore: Effetely or effeminately or milksoppish -- are they relevant in today's world of neutrality or non- genderality ?

      I still wonder why the term actress is being replaced as actor when referring to a female artiste ?

      Better change your identity of anonymity to simplicity- thanks to your clues !!

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    6. There seems to be different versions. The earliest one seems to be hard to crack, longer shelf life for hay days on longer journeys. It needed a tool to crack open and eat. The modern ones are softer. There was something like "no layer (texture)" like other laddo's as the meaning apart from the unknown recipe.

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    7. Reg name, it is sree Rama Chandra Vara Prasad as mentioned in the intro aka sree_sree after marriage. (Wife's name Rupa sree). I will change if blogspot allows to change. Thanks.

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    8. Okay, shall remember you as Prasad

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  6. Enjoyable puzzle. Liked especially the simple way in which difficult words are clued e.g. Psalter & Stases.

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  7. Very entertaining puzzle :)

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  8. Thoroughly enjoyed the grid. Thanks Incognito ! And loved the theme.

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  9. Thanks. Anyone who has got the theme may reveal the same along with theme words

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    1. Dunkirk: operation dynamo, mole, spitfire, navy, boat

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    2. That's correct, sree_sree. I just saw the movie a few days back and made this puzzle

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  10. One has to keep track of what is K watcing/ reading to get a clue to themes!

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    1. Alternatively, you can keep yourself 4down with the latest reports in the newspaper 😀

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  11. 30a is yet to be fully unraveled

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  12. Loved the Dunkirk Special Incognito 😊😊 Awesome 👏👏

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  13. Anybody with answers to Kishore's statement at 3:42 above?

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    1. Arrow mark ---> with three dashes and >....I think!

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    2. I read the answer to the clue to be within the enum(). Stopping at "this" gives the answer. Also the number of characters "--->" is also 4. So was wondering how to classify the clue.

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    3. All correct. Incidentally 4 is the only number that has the same number of letters when spelt out as its numerical value

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  14. Had to wait till now to get the super clarification. Thank you K.

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  15. I am not finding the word"Stase" in my dic.

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