Friday, 12 January 2018

No 12213, Friday 12 Jan 2018, Phantom


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ACROSS
8   Harry's sibling not one who follows Queen? (6) BOTHER BrOTHER R follows Q
9   Contacting individually through phone call (8) REACHING {R{EACH}ING}
10 Girlfriend's diamonds pinched (8) SQUEEZED {SQUEEZE}{D}
11 Practising lessons to extinguish fires (6) INGLES [T]
12 Points out a part of engine (6) PISTON*
13 Calculating runs is normal when chasing (8) COUNTING COU(-r+n)NTING
15 Elation about getting digital protection perhaps (7) TOENAIL*
17 Maiden over earlier at cricket ground leads to dismissal (7) REMOVAL {RE}{M}{OVAL}
20 Sign of European ace running out of luck (8) EVIDENCE {E}VIDENCE Anno pending
22 Son wearing a posh pullover that's impressive (6) AUGUST {A}{U}{GU{S}T<=}
23 Bird enthusiast follows quietly (6) PLOVER {P}{LOVER}
25 Excitement heightened beyond limits when allowed to vote (8) EIGHTEEN hEIGHTENEd*  &lit
26 Legal document requiring witness drafted (8) DESIGNED {DE{SIGN}ED}
27 Unpleasant persons shot fifty ousels on lake (6) LOUSES {L}{OUSElS}

DOWN
1   Doctor left in very old British war plane (8) MOSQUITO {MO}{S{QUIT}O}
2   Warned unruly teen to stay in line (10) THREATENED {THREA{TEEN*}D}
3   Defiant supporter joins religious school (6) BRAZEN {BRA}{ZEN}
4   Relationship manager rides on tube for work (7) PRODUCT {PRO}{DUCT}
5   Guy at hospital room about to get treatment for hands (8) MANICURE {MAN}{ICU}{RE}
6   Hoodlum's boat circling harbour (4) THUG {T{H}UG}
7   Reduced rates to enter bar for probationer … (6) INTERN {IN{TERms?}N} Anno pending See comments
14 … still fellow's often duland pensive (10) THOUGHTFUL {THOUGH}T{F}{dUlL} T from? See comments
16 Blind girl on train mistreated (8) IGNORANT {G+ON+TRAIN}*
18 A news broadcast read loudly gets acknowledged (8) ANSWERED {A}{NEWS*}{RED}(~read)
19 Goal achieved by cricket side's superstars (7) LEGENDS {LEG{END}S}
21 Avalanche's roar over top of valley reverberated (6) VOLLEY {YELL}{O}{Va...y}<=
22 Pattern that's left out from gallery inadvertently (6) ARGYLE GALlERY*
24 Individual in armed forces stood up endlessly proud (4) VAIN {N{I}AVy}<=

GRID
Bhargav's Tale

What did the THUG upon REACHING the age of EIGHTEEN dare to do?
He THREATENED the "IGNORANT" father of the girl he was COURTING.
But he did not seem to BOTHER and the thug's threats were in VAIN.
The THOUGHTFUL father had informed the police and saw to the REMOVAL of the thug to the prison as an INTERN!!


60 comments:

  1. 9A REACHING {R{EACH}ING}, contacting
    6D THUG {T{Harbour}UG} hoodlum
    5D MANICURE {MAN}{ICU}{RE} treatment for hands

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  2. 4D PRODUCT = work ={PRO}(relatiosship manager) {DUCT} (tube)

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  3. 13A COURTING =chasing R replacing N in COUNTING ( calculating)

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    1. It's COUNTING with N replacing R (Runs is Normal) in COURTING

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  4. 9a: REACHING [EACH(=individually) in RING (= phone call)].
    12a: PISTON [points*]
    23a: PLOVER [P (=quietly) LOVER (=enthusiast )
    26a: DESIGN [SIGN (=witness) in DEED (=legal document)]
    3d: BRA(=supporter)ZEN (=religious school).
    4d: PRO(=relationship manager)DUCT (=tube)
    6d: THUG [H(=h(-arbour)) inside
    TUG (=boat)]
    14d: THOUGHTFUL [THOUGHT (=still)F (=fellow)UL (=dUlL)]
    16d: IGNORANT [G(-IRL)ON TRAIN*]
    22D: ARGYLE [=gal(-l)ery*]
    24d: VAIN [I (=individual) in NAV (-Y)<=]

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    1. Thought is not Still. Though is STILL

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    2. My understanding:
      Still = photo / image
      Image = perception / thought.
      If we annotate with 'though', then how to get 't'?

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    3. Apologies. The clue has been framed wrongly. There's no accounting for T. Escaped scrutiny despite checking.

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  5. 1ac bother - not one (both) queen er
    18dn answered - Anews + red (read)
    3dn brazen - support (bra) religious school (zen)
    15ac toenail - elation anagram

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    1. Annotation for 18D to be indicated as {A}{NEWS*}{RED}(~read)

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    2. I parsed 1A as Brother minus R. Else sibling is not in play. Any thoughts?

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    3. +1 Shrikanth.
      I also parsed it as BROTHER (sibling) - R (one following Queen, R follows Q)

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  6. 7D INTERN probationer {IN{RaTEs}*N}

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    1. How will 'reduced' lead to removal of A nd E?

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    2. TER beats me. On googling found TER is an abbreviation for TOTAL EXPENSE RATIO. The net rates will be reduced by this. Bit too far fetched to be correct.

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    3. Yes. Stretching it for. In any case TER is the rate. So role of reduced? Answer is simple in my understanding.

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    4. I took rates = TERM to get TER after reduction.
      TFD gives rates as the synonym for term

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    5. What is the role of 'Bar' in the clue?

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    6. That's what I had in mind. Thinking back, could have used something else to get TER, as it's difficult to derive Ter from reduction in rates.

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    7. Refer http://www.chambersharrap.co.uk/NMWdZ/PpdMZ/LmPbK/NeoaZ/MhMaZ/KfjpZ/OlfTK/search

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    8. Thank you Col. Then it's only for the surface- just wondering if it would be part of wordplay.

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    9. Paddy, the anno is TER inside INN so it is part of wp.

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    10. Oh! How did I miss that. Thank you Raghu.

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  7. 10a SQUEEZED {SQUEEZE}{D} =pinched; squeeze=slang for girlfriend

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  8. 2D THREATENED= warned = {THREA{TEEN)*D}; thread,synonym of line

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  9. 5d manicure guy-man icu hospital room re -about

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  10. 1d MOSQUITO = british war plane {MO}{S{QUIT}O} ; MO= doctor left=QUIT OS = OS, old style? not sure

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  11. 25aeighteen heightened minus h and d

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  12. 25D EIGHTEEN = allowed to vote - it is {hEIGHTENEd} with (E)xcitement promoted in order

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  13. 27A LOUSES unpleasant persons {L}{lOUSES}

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  14. 20A EVIDENCE = sign; {E--} {proVIDENCE} (luck)

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    1. 25A AUGUST = impressive {A}{U} {GU{S)T}. son=S posh=U TUG = pull over(indicator for reversal ?)

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    2. Over is the reversal indicator; Pull=tug

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  16. 19D LEGENDS =superstars {LEG{END}S} LEGS, plural of leg?

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    1. Offside, legside. side's -leg{s}

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  17. 15A TOENAIL. {Elation}*

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  18. 17A. REMOVAL = dismissal, Maiden M earlier re cricket ground oval

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  19. 27A LOUSES - Unpleasant persons [OUSELS-L]* on {L}ake

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  20. 21d: VOLLEY (Avalanche)
    Top of valley = V
    Over = o
    Roar reverberated = (YELL <=) =LLEY

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  21. Yell o v ≤- is final representation

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  22. Very engaging puzzle today, lots of good clues, with western half being a class act. SQUEEZED, PLOVER and TOENAIL in particular were favourites. Wish some other word was chosen instead of Valley for 21d, rather close to the solution. Unfortunately we don't have a crossword editor, else the small lapse in 14d would easily have been picked up and corrected, this does happen occasionally despite proof reading

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  23. Thanks, Bhala. On reading the annos for volley realised that it is a letter different from valley. However, one did not have to simply substitute O for A, to get volley, so from that view point I think it's alright. About the boob in THOUGHTFUL, cannot point the finger at anybody but myself.

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  24. Raghu : OOPS !! Boob in plural is boobs meaning you know what ! Booboo is a mistake ! Boohoo is what you will tell me !!
    Though , never mind being not thoughtful, as otherwise ,
    an excellent grid that thrilled me ! You can grin ear to ear !

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    1. Fortunately there was only one lapse and not more ;-)

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  25. Now I understand why I found it a little tougher than normal Phantom puzzles!

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  26. I meant for Bhala's appreciation, but equally applies to Raju's comments as well.

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  27. 24d navy stood up is yvan, endlessly is yvan?

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  28. Sorry for the delayed update of the blog

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  29. Nice tale once again by CGB. Anno of Evidence given by Jacob@9:08

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