Tuesday, 14 November 2017

No 12162, Tuesday 14 Nov 2017, Skulldugger


I'm off early. Driving up to Ooty (now Udhagamandalam) for the Golden Jubilee of one of my earlier school batches. Will be meeting up with Suresh there. Leaving a couple of Annos for commenters. Will update post later in the day.

ACROSS
1   With sightless eyes, it could end up in mash (6) POTATO [CD]
4   Brand nowadays in short supply (6) SCARCE {SCAR}{CE}
9   It's chaos with kid around (4) MESS [DD]
10 Began petting a tinier dog (10) ORIGINATED*
11 Most trustworthy party headed by secret sena extremists (6) SAFEST {Se...t}{senA}{FEST}
12 Players here very French, full of excitement (8) THEATRES {T{HEAT}RES}
13 A sponger, one with party affiliations! (9) DEPENDANT Anno left for any commenter (Addendum - [DD] - See comments) 
15 Will not cut short habit (4) WONT [DD]
16 Chronicle about something wonderful, first class (4) SAGA Anno left for any commenter (Addendum - {GAS<=}{A} - See comments)
17 What if drinking involved turning up like this? (9) SUPPOSING {SUP}{POSING}
21 Rebels defeated, retreating outside (8) BEATNIKS {BEAT}{SKIN<=}
22 Pig's breakfast! (6) RASHER [DD]
24 Surrounding environment for metro phase planned (10) ATMOSPHERE*
25 Novice pilot in chopper shaft (4) AXLE {AX{L}E}
26 Noodles the German sent back in exchange (6) REDEEM Anno left for any commenter (Addendum - {MEE}{RED}<= - See comments)
27 This, and that lady's, but first, those (6) OTHERS  Anno left for any commenter (Addendum - {bOTH}{hERS} - See comments)

DOWN
1   Fashion coach (7) PREPARE [DD]
2   Relish that a steward manifests (5) TASTE [T]
3   Troy deteriorated as horse advanced (7) TROTTED {T}{ROTTED}
5   Cheat overwhelmed by debauch is eloping (6) CHISEL [T]
6   Narcotise manic reflexes (9) REACTIONS*
7   Feature Pa, for instance (7) ELEMENT [DD]
8   Noble doctor did use insight (13) DISTINGUISHED*
14 Thrice doubled gold thief pinched (9) EIGHTFOLD*
16 Respect derived from it (7) SCEPTER* &lit
18 Blameless official took king down a notch (7) PERFECT P(-r)E(+r)REFECT
19 Born, died, left Earth, succeeded by pricks (7) NEEDLES  Anno left for any commenter (Addendum {NEE}{D}{L}{E}{S} - See comments)
20 Understandable depression when son ousted daughter (6) SIMPLE (-d+s)SIMPLE
23 Twist on Sabbath, almost in the altogether (5) SNAKE {S}{NAKEd}

GRID

31 comments:

  1. mee (thai crsp noodles) Der<-

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  2. wonderful ->gas <-about
    First class ->a

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  3. 13a DD. Partisan->dependant

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  4. This and that -> both
    Lady's->hers
    But first-oth ers

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    1. I took it as This and that=Lot
      (-l)OT+HERS

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  5. First glance at the blog, I thought it was CV Sir blogging!

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    1. But I read the leader first- driving down! I was wondering why Col. is not driving down to Chennai. He can pick up others as well (including K?)

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  6. 15a isn't "will not cut short" fodder for habit.

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    1. Will not=wont ; will not is cut short; short form
      Habit=wont(as is his wont to do)

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    2. I wanted to understand if it is still DD. I should have asked direct question.

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    3. Yes, both definitions lead to wont.

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  7. I agree with Col. it's a DD.- Both 'Will not cut short' & habit mean wont.

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  8. 19D- I parsed it like CGB, but what is the indication to take first letters?

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    1. All are standard abbreviation
      D=Died
      L=left
      E=earth
      S=succeeded

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  9. 25A- Is pilot needed? Novice itself will give L or is it an indication to position L?

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    1. I think it iscrequired for surface meaning

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    2. Novice in would have been sufficient. "Pilot in" as in "steer in".

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    3. Thank you both for the clarification. That was my justification as well.

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    1. See Prasad's comment@8:37

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    2. Wonderful for Gas? First time I am coming across- to my memory.

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  11. 27 This, and that lady's, but first, those.

    It might have been : This and that, lady's, but first, those.

    (-b)oth (-h)ers = others

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    1. Sir, dictionary goves the meaning of this and that as lot of varied things

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  12. MEE- noodles got me in a twist but I figured since it is my favourite in CHinese restaurants.

    Are there Beatniks around still ? DISTINGUISHED formed out of an anagram is very respectable and noble indeed.

    MESS around - is to kid around? Under what classification does thi clue fall ? How DD?

    14 Thrice doubled gold thief pinched (9) EIGHTFOLD = thrice doubled = six ?

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  13. 1 x 2 = 2
    2 x 2 = 4
    4 x 2 = 8

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    1. Very clever cluing ! Dumbfounded eightfold !

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  14. Just checked mail and saw CGB's cartoon which I have added now

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    1. Nice one!Reminded me of the cartoon times we had(The Me! Cartoons, CV Sir's and Kishore's)

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