Thursday, 1 March 2018

No 12253, Thursday 01 Mar 2018, Incognito


Answer and anno for 17D left for a first time commenter till 10 AM.
Any rookie commenter to detect and comment on the theme if any.

ACROSS
1   Spooner says kinsmen indulging in wordplay make an ingenious scheme (7,4) CUNNING PLAN (-p+c)CUNNING (-c+p)PLAN
9   A piece of wood one used for crowd control (5) LATHI {LATH}{1}
10 Frederic and I ordered Chinese food (5,4) FRIED RICE {FREDERIC+I}*
11 Warmly push this way and that? It's bound to create problems (7,3) MURPHYS LAW*
12 Help maiden to some extent (4) AIDE [T]
13 Lout places dried grass over eggs (5) YAHOO {HAY<=}{OO}
15 Limb fracture is something that a bowler may inflict (3,5) LEG BREAK {LEG} {BREAK}
17 Drunk Kris is bad and very dangerous (4-4) HIGH-RISK {HIGH}-{KRIS}*
19 A rector's heir's fiery crime (5) ARSON {A}{R}{SON}
22 Endless confectionery after departure of European aristocrat, perhaps (4) TOFF TOFFee
23 Our hot sake is brewed in country (5,5) SOUTH KOREA*
26 Aloo tikki, for example, starts to taste excellent after a game (9) CROQUETTE {CROQUET}{Ta..e}{Ex...t}
Aloo tikki.jpg
By Number55 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
27 Just before United Nations note leaked in the beginning (5) UNTIL {UN}{TI}{Le...d}
28 One's confused with yard/garden having British king and Paul Pry (5-6) NOSEY-PARKER {ONES*}{Y}-{PARK}{ER}

DOWN
1   Pour tea into empty container and provide food (5) CATER {TEA}* in {Co...eR}
2  Wildly hug O'Brien he lives next door (9) NEIGHBOUR*
3   US fine can be steep (6) INFUSE*
4   Stern champion's facial expression (7) GRIMACE {GRIM}{ACE}
5   Endlessly yodels about mineral deposit (4) LODE {yODELs}*
6   Sen is so upset about Indian state of cacophony (9) NOISINESS {SEN+IS+SO}* over {IN}
7   Exclamation of surprise at finding fruit in the outskirts of Bombay (6) BLIMEY {Bom{LIME}baY}
8   Adorn Engineer's pack of playing cards (6) BEDECK {BE}{DECK}
14 Grandiose like Blackbird? (4-5) HIGH-FLOWN [DD]
16 Indian antelope — it was targeted by demonetisation, perhaps? (9) BLACKBUCK {BLACK}{BUCK}
Antilope cervicapra from velavadar.JPG
By Chinmayisk - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
17 Popular Eastern church is sophisticated (2-4) H?-T?C? (Addendum - HI-TECH {HIT}{E}{CH} - See comments)
18 Soon undersized Yankee caught student (7) SHORTLY {SHORT}{L}{Y}
20 Lower small pulley, at last, skillfully (6) NEATLY {NEAT}{s..lL}{p...eY}
21 Minerva, thereafter, was accepted by Automobile Association (6) ATHENA {A{THEN}A}
24 A helicopter's lifting device — upwards or downwards (5) ROTOR [CD]
25 Vigorously sued for outstandings (4) DUES*

GRID

51 comments:

  1. that Super solver feeling again. thanks to incognito.

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    1. lower-> neat becoming signature of Incognito!!!

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    2. That was my doubt- lower= neat?
      When you say signature, it means he has used it before?

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    3. lower-> cow->cattle->neat, combo used multiple times. ex clean cattle

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  2. Nice puzzle! Loved Murphy's Law,Nosey Parker and even the Spoonerism!
    After relishing the dish for close to 4 decades learnt today that aloo tiki is a type of croquette!
    Thanks Incognito.

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    1. spoonerism is evolving into B of the BODMAS rule. thank got no one has invented a cryptic for spooner yet. or have they?

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  3. 17D) Popular = HIT; eastern church = ECH; HITECH is the solution

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    1. Good one, Karthikeyan.
      You are now no longer a first time commenter.

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  4. Maybe it was a CUNNING PLAN to NEATLY make some BLACKBUCK saying it is for capital INFUSE or whatever. Who knows?
    Everything is fine UNTIL some NOSEY PARKER spins a story to his NEIGHBOUR. Then it is taken over by the media.
    The HIGH FLOWN Romeo gets down from his ?????? private jet with his AIDE.
    Is he in HIGH RISK? Is he SHORTLY going to be nabbed?
    Nothing of that kind!!
    The guy, with a GRIMACE is soon heard singing YAHOO Chahe koi mujhe...and is off to play a game of CROQUETTE!!!

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    1. 😀😀👌👌👌👌

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    2. Emojis posted prob. from Android/IoS devices don't appear as such on Windows desktop. So a short wordy/alphanumeric remark like Gud/Gr8 might be better.

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    3. i can see them on desktop CV sir

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    4. I too can't find them. Probably, we have to download

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    5. Probably posting in words is better! But emojis do convey the feelings appropriately and succinctly and from cell phones far easier to post!

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  5. Steep= infuse was new to me.
    As usual, easy outing by Incognito.

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    1. I guess you haven't drunk green tea. Or have you?

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    2. Steep also means to soak tea etc in liquid to extract the flavour Paddy. That's how green tea is made, hence the statement by CV.

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    3. Thank you Doc. for clearing my doubt. I did not know this connection for steep.

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  6. It might depend on browsers and their versions. I had Windows 10 but after a recent PC crash I have reverted to Win7 Pro said to be more stable than Win8.

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    1. Yes, I was also advised not to install W-8. I believe it slows down the system, probably downloading lot of needless stuff. I am getting a daily pop up asking me to install it.

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    2. Same here. After Windows 10 crashed, I have shifted to Windows 7 Pro. Most stable and best version imo.

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    3. its actually font problem. Segoe UI Emoji font. in windows 10 only En-US (English US with region set to US) is available. Crash is mostly linked to the default insider program option, where it allows you to be beta tester of new updates. why MS did it? they haven't answered. once it is disabled its lot peaceful.

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  7. Enyoyed Murphy's Law, Blackbuck (target of demonitisation!)
    and the Spoonerism.
    Could not get Aloo Tikki, Nosey Parker, and Minerva.
    The clue for 1D though easy to crack was a nice one.
    After a long time I came this close to completing a grid. Thanks Incognito.
    22A. I arrived at TOFF after guessing and locating it in a dictionary.
    Two deletions (of the same letter E) indicated independently. Is this a new technique?

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    1. Both E's don't come from European

      Endless confectionery = TOFFE(-e)
      after departure of = Deletion indicator
      European = E
      aristocrat, perhaps = TOFF(-e)(-e)

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    2. He has said 'indicated independently'. So he is sure about 2 different types of deletions- only that they are used in the same clue,right sir?

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    3. There is a slight difference between the two deletions. Endlessly, is a concatenation/shortening, i.e., a deletion of the last letter, while the deletion of the other E is a specific letter deletion. Incidentally, it happens to be the last letter in this case.

      I am sure the device has been used earlier.

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  8. Simple and elegant one from Incognito.

    Surprisingly had no problem with the spoonerism clue today!

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    1. There are various degrees of Spoonerism, probably. I too could get it easily.

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  9. Blackadder fans might recall Baldrick's cunning plans ...

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  10. 14D. Grandiose, being the definition, should be made made 'bold' in the blog.

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    1. Oh, I didn't realise that. Thank you.

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  11. Blackbuck was also the target of Salman Khan . Usually used as an alternative to the American dollar. Was the demonetization also targeting the American Bucks? It no doubt has bucked up the economic horse, though many in the opposition bucked it. We Indians have converted our currency to bucks ( as in lend me fifty bucks ) . Finally the buck stopped at the Finance Minister's desk. Doesn't the English language buck up our mood with its multifarious use of one word? Shhesh ! don't give me a bucksheesh !

    Incognito does get buck naked with his signature clues.

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  12. @Raju

    Oh buck buck buck
    Buckum buckum maadapura!!

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    1. I love this Tamil song. Its Telugu version is... Oho oho paavurama!

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    2. I think you got the 2 songs confused MB. If I remember right, 'Paavurama' was sung by Banumathi- a much older classic song. This madappura is from a a Tamil film called 'Annai' and came out much later.

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    3. I listened to the song (Tamil one) now only having not heard of it before. Nice song!

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    4. In you tube the credit is given to Banumathi from the film Annai

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    5. Paddy @ 2:00 pm

      Yes, some kind of confusion! In Telugu it was sung by Bhanumathi, but the tune is same!

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    6. ????? I am lost in translation ! some sort of gaali for me? Then I'll buck & duck.

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    7. No gaali..only extension of your buck theme

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  13. I saw the video of this song. Was impressed with the foot movements of the dancer -- reminded me of comedian Jerry Lewis ! The song was well picturized wit white doves (tame ones?)

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    1. Chandrababu was often likened to the style of Jerry Lewis...

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