Tuesday, 13 March 2018

No 12263, Tuesday 13 Mar 2018, Afterdark


Answer and anno for 20D left for a first-time commenter till 10AM.

ACROSS
1   A primarily mutant Ebola strain, not large, small organism (6) AMOEBA {A}{Mu...t}{EBOlA*}
4   Training pharmacists to issue scrip for lung disease (6) ASTHMA pHArMAcisTS*
9   A single male, perhaps on dais is footloose (4) STAG STAGe
10 Only males have an obstruction to wash with water (5,5) ADAMS APPLE  {A}{DAM}{SAPPLE}
11 Information in commercial and article has the schedule (6) AGENDA {A{GEN}D}{A}
12 Tamatar? No thanks. 60% of India uses some other ingredient in sambar (8) TAMARIND {TAMAtaR}{INDia}
13 Worry about a girl in a city... (9) BANGALORE {B{AN}{GAL}ORE}
15 ...and men in Kansas getting holy book (5) KORAN {K{OR}AN}
16 Around a billion abroad (5) ABOUT {A}{B}{OUT}
18 Produced in Cuba, steel often gets deteriorated at the source (9) INCUBATED {IN}{CUBA}{sTeEl}{De...d}
22 Essentially viruses are contracted at hotel, hospital by men wearing uniform between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., perhaps (4,4) RUSH HOUR {viRUSes}{H} {H}{O{U}R}
23 Punishment withdrawn, mafia chief gets amnesty (6) PARDON {RAP<=}{DON}
25 Rarest moon unravelled by Aryabhatta, say (10) ASTRONOMER*
26 Parody is a shock, no substance and appeal (4) SKIT {ShocK}{IT}
27 Hurry up and bring the dogs, perhaps back with one that's tailless (4,2) STEP ON {PETS<=} {ONe}
28 Leaders of a small society invariably get no grant (6) ASSIGN Acrostic

DOWN
1   Cormorant, iguana smuggled in island state (7) ANTIGUA [T]
2   Nothing for one in element, any which way (5) ORGAN (-a+o)ORG(-o+a)AN Not sure of anno. What is the definition here? See comments
3   A small equipment to first blow, then cool a rim of wheel (7) BRADAWL {Blow}{RAD}{A}{WheeL} Never heard this slang word for 'cool' before
5   Twin follows direction to the plant (6) SESAME {SE}{SAME}
6   Curve in racket; shape of trimmed earlobe (9) HYPERBOLA {HYPE}{eARLOBe}*
7   Adult network featuring model seeking volunteers in city (7) ATLANTA {A}{T}{LAN}{TA}
8   Arms are war equipment (9,4) BATTERING RAMS {ARMS}* [RA]
14 Awkwardness of being a cow in India and dear in Paris (9) GAUCHERIE {GAU}{CHERIE}
17 Caught out on trips following boy — hurts (7) BRUISES {B}{cRUISES}
19 Super, Mumbai Indians managed two additional men in the field (7) UMPIRES {SUPER+MI}*
20 Wear semi-erotic dress, finally at India covering nothing (7) E?O?I?N (Addendum - EROSION {EROtic}{dresS}{I{O}N} - See comments)
21 Island is natural, on the middle of the sea/ocean (6) BORNEO {BORN}{sEa}{O}
24 Indian kitchen uses sunflower as oil somewhat (5) RASOI [T]

GRID

42 comments:

  1. 25A. The astronomer's name should be spelt with a single 't', not as it appears in the clue.

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  2. 2d element is the the def: organ or argon both are element(s)

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  3. 3a Cool->Radical->rad has been used before

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  4. Got that 'super solver' feelings. Thanks AD

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  5. 20D : EROSION ( ERO from erotic half, S from dress finally, I(O)N nothing in india )

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  6. 5D) Thought the clue should have DIRECTIONS instead of direction

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  7. 20DN Col, well chosen clue for first timers!
    I liked it too

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  8. Col,
    Technically, do we still have first-timers?

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    1. Audience seem to have missed the shift from rookie to first-timer.

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    2. I am sure we have many who are still not commenting. Chandrashekar is not a first-timer as he has commented here before.

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    3. 20D was left for first-time commenters

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  9. Nice puzzle!Liked Battering Rams, Incubated, Rush Hour among other clues. Thanks AD.

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    1. Also liked tge Indian references..Tamarind(nice surface), Rasoi,Umpire, Astronomer with Aryabhatta in the surface & def.

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  10. 20d: erosion - {erot̶i̶c̶}{d̶r̶e̶s̶s}{i(o)nd̶i̶a̶}

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  11. Yesterday someone (not exactly a friend but an acquaintance whom I know only as co-attendee at music concerts and who, on my telling him I am a setter, told me he solves crosswords and used to show me the folded newspaper with his fills of Gridman at the evening concert)told me that in a certain locality of Chennai someone has started a 'course' for youngsters on cryptic clue solving. Fees: Rs 1000 for each session, total some 10 or 12 sessions. Merely giving fee details - not sure if it is all correct. Do the course conductors visit here?

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    1. I wonder why the youngsters don't look here for quick learning!

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    2. That is called making a quick buck!

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    3. Wow Rs 1000/- per session!!

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  12. Those who join the course may not be aware of this blog perhaps. This blog is a open university and a treasure for the learners.

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  13. Thanks for the enjoyable grid AD! ASTHMA, TAMARIND and PARDON were favourites.

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  14. 22A and 19D were enjoyable! I wonder if solvers can vote for the best clues in their opinion and experts could then comment on them?

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    1. Good idea!I think this has been tried here before but could be tried again.

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  15. 7d can anyone elaborate please

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    1. Adult- A
      Network- LAN
      Model- T
      Volunteers- TA
      Def.- city- Atlanta

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  16. 7dn Atlanta (T(model) in A (dult)and LAN (network)+ TA (volunteer)

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  17. TA volunteer? I didn't know that.

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  18. My friend from ATLANTA said:
    One can ASSIGN GAUCHERIE as the description.
    Yes I am talking ABOUT the RUSH HOUR traffic in BANGALORE. What a total EROSION of discipline in public life!
    The air pollution might lead to ASTHMA to many. No PARDON to law-breakers anymore. Instilling discipline must be among the top AGENDA of the Government. Else bumpers might soon turn
    BATTERING RAMS!!

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    1. Nice timely reminder about the chaos that is still being called traffic!
      Chenni is not far behind (or ahead?)

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