Monday, 12 March 2018

No 12262, Monday 12 Mar 2018, Scintillator


Answer and Anno for 30A left for a first-time commenter till 10AM.

ACROSS
1   Lakhs converted by a Sikh group (6) KHALSA {LAKHS*}{A}
4   Beat accompanying peppy music that can be hot (8) CAPSICUM {CAP}{MUSIC*}
9   Depths of drains needing to be cleared (6) NADIRS*
10 Queen meeting loafer carrying diamonds is one difficult to please (8) QUIDDLER {QU}{ID{D}LER}
12 Michael Jackson's style, possibly an astronaut's dream (8) MOONWALK [DD]
13 Mysterious symbol preserved in British India's Sultanate (6) BRUNEI {B}{RUNE}{I}
15 In fever, ma periodically provides a natural medicine (4) NEEM {In+fEvEr+Ma}

Neem (Azadirachta indica) in Hyderabad W IMG 6976.jpg

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16 Doctor treats a small skinless bone in the foot (10) METATARSAL {TREATS+A+sMALl}*
19 Naively optimistic of turnaround in dryest year (6-4) STARRY-EYED*
20 Making a comeback recently with others (2,2) ET AL<=
23 Aromatic spice in fruitcake turning a treasure (6) NUTMEG {NUT}{GEM<=}

Muscade.jpg

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25 Rapid deal with men in charge (8) METEORIC {METE}{OR}{IC}
27 Cool arks can be moved with these? (8) OARLOCKS* Semi&lit
28 Happy one from another planet — short/large? (6) JOVIAL {JOVIAn}{L}
29 Rear of van next to lug and incline close to the kerb (8) NEARSIDE {vaN}{EAR}{SIDE}
30 Unexpected visitors can make Bill go ____ (6) ?N?E?Y (Addendum - SNEEZY [CD] - See comments)

DOWN
1   Relatives' inappropriate nicknames about to be revealed (7) KINSMEN NIcKNaMES*
2   Group of stars accompanying lawyer to defend old capital (9) ANDROMEDA {AND}{ROME}{DA}
3   Bad handwriting of son to be all over (6) SCRAWL {S}{CRAWL}
5   April's starting only after March (4) ABUT {Ap..l}{BUT} &lit
6   Facet that's genuine about some heavenly objects (8) SIDEREAL {SIDE}{REAL}
7   Many ants briefly leaving a mark (5) COLON COLONy
8   Sex goes topsy-turvy in respect of husband being in the army (7) MARTIAL MAR(IT<=)AL
11 Joint line for chief of neurosurgery cutting adjacent tissue (7) KLEENEX {K(-n+l)LEE}{NEXt}
14 Having many aspects to rectifying a defect (7) FACETED*
17 It's a change in circumstance, at last becoming sombre (9) SATURNINE {SA}{TURN}{IN}{c...nE}
18 Heavy make-up overusing toner, essentially off-putting (8) GRIEVOUS OVERUSInG*
19 Partners open wide partitions at the end of the day (7) SUNDOWN {S}{UNDO}{W}{N}
21 Border greets friend in a desi manner (7) LOCALLY {LOC}{ALLY}
22 Bayern won erratic segments, taking over stardom (6) RENOWN [T<=]
24 Balcony missing in current times in the ground floor? (5) TERRA TERRAce
26 Lose control, having gone on a snow adventure (4) SKID [DD]

GRID

50 comments:

  1. Need help from Software wizards.
    I'm using Windows 10 and the colour yellow has disappeared from my colour palette in all applications, it shows up as a shade of green even though when I move my cursor over it in the palette it says Yellow.

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  2. For some strange reason, MS choose Ctrl+c+(some key like windows key), key combination for color filter. Apparently to aid colour impaired ones. But its creating havoc with colour for regular users who accidentally hit any other key while using ctrlC for copy paste. Best seems to change colour scheme from personalize->colour and then revert to original.

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    1. Change the current colour scheme, let the new one stay for few minutes and then change again to the desired one.

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    2. I am not talking of the blog I am talking of the computer as a whole. Even in paint I cannot get the yellow colour

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    3. Ok, I don't know what I did but It's come back now. Thanks anyway

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    4. There was some ref. to problems in windows 8 & 10 a few days ago in our blog. CV said he has changed back to W 7 pro and is happy. I was also advised to stick to & 7 pro.

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    5. Col, Then its def a toggle switch. It would help if you could remember hitting any combo keys. Any brightness reduction/increase key?

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    6. Thanks Prasad. It is the Windows key+Ctrl+C switch. I did try it as suggested by you but nothing came up on the screen so I thought nothintg happened after that I tried changing the contrast etc and then I checked and found that Yellow was back.
      Now when you asked I tried the key combination again and the yellow went off then I tried it again and the yellow was back.
      So thanks once again your solution worked

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  3. 10A) thought the clue should have DIAMOND instead of diamonds

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    1. +2. I was trying to fit in DD for diamonds and got nowhere.

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    2. D is for Diamonds as per Chambers

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    3. oh, as in the diamond(s) suite of cards.

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    4. We always say Clubs, Spades, etc.

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  4. 8D) how do we get MARAL from the clue; not clear

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    1. In respect of husband = MARITAL in which Sex=IT goes topsy-turvy

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    2. I always thought Marital was in respect to marriage. Just checked and it says w.r.to husband is the archaic form. Should there be a ref. in such cases?

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    3. Marry/marriage/marital, root word maritus->husband.

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  5. 11D- Kleenex is a brand name- is it okay?

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    1. Like bisleri. Kleenex has entered dictionary def as a type of tissue paper.

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    2. See the link over Kleenex Paddy

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    3. No link over 'Kleenex' Col.

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    4. Added now. I thought I had done so earlier

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  6. 20A- 'with others' is the def and not just others. There was a discussion about this here a few days ago.

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  7. 17D. What does SA represent in the parsing pl.?
    25A. Similarly what is OR? An army term?

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    1. Sa refers to Sex Apppeal or'It'- quite common in CW's.
      OR- Other Ranks (as in Army parlance) meaning men (not officers)

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  8. Theme seems to be heavenly bodies..Sun, Moon, stars, Sidereal,Jovial
    Plus there seems to be a pangram?

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    1. + Starry eyed.
      More than enough for the theme.

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    2. Martian is also visible, but he seems to have got married!

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  9. Yes, It is a Pangram. Surprising no one mentioned it so far.

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    1. Meaning the solution words use all the letters from the alphabet

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  10. It seems 30A has remained unanswered
    SNEEZY looks like a FITB with a CD

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    1. Cannot understand. How does this work as a CD? Can you elaborate Vasant?

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    2. Bill is nose. If unexpected visitors enter in it, one can be sneezy. Can this not be fit for CD?

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    3. No idea Doc...got the solution from the crossings..couldn't anno..just thought it might be a CD since there doesnt seem to be any other wp..waiting for enlightment

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    4. Oh Thanks KKR. Makes sense.

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    5. Good one KKR. I could not get bill/ beak as nose.

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    6. Ok got it now. Thanks KKR :)

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  11. Extra -terrestrial and spatial ! Pangram to be built up into a grid is out of this world ! Have heard QUIBBLER and not Quiddler, but I'm not quibbling. Lotus eaters get diamonds !

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  12. I found the NW corner easy while the remaining clues were verrry difficult!

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