Friday, 20 April 2018

No 12296, Friday 20 Apr 2018, Gridman



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ACROSS
1   A contest of strength in a boat taking part in a conflict? (3,2,3) TUG OF WAR {TUG} {OF WAR}
5   Wager over a silly sort of hunting dog (6) BASSET {B{ASS}ET}
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10 Wicked trio's murder of cat deserves lengthy reproval (4,3) RIOT ACT {TRIO*} {ACT*}
11 commit a wrong in prompt for style of cooking (7) CUISINE {CU{I}{SIN}E}
12 Nun's habit is to trap politician in a bit of trick (6) WIMPLE {WI{MP}LE}
13 Private hospital in high-rise municipal building (4,4) TOWN HALL {T{OWN}{H}ALL}
15 Badly done network junction (4) NODE*
16 Fellow citizen sees maiden girl in company disturbance (10) COMPATRIOT {CO}{M}{PAT}{RIOT}
18 Haven teens set up is boonlike (10) HEAVENSENT*
20 Hauling device doesn't start! Creep along! (4) INCH wINCH
23 Counter recalled uncle has not one bump (8) TUBERCLE  {REBUT<=}{unCLE} Thanks to Google
24 Rushed, with strange itch to pass over election body (6) HECTIC {H{EC}TIC*}
26 Attest the quality of humour? (7) WITNESS {WIT}{NESS}
27 Cool to start a set again (7) RESERVE {RE-SERVE}
28 Not so much charge, with female having left renter (6) LESSEE {LESS}{fEE}
29 Nudge — I must tear up the first letter to America (8) STIMULUS {I+MUST}*{Le...r}{US}

DOWN
1   Whither went loot? Disturbed? Call it quits! (5,2,3,5) THROW IN THE TOWEL*
2   Prepared good space for the core of Swedes (7) GROOMED {G}{ROOM}{swEDes}
3   Apartment lately vacated showing no emotion (6) FLATLY {FLAT}{La..lY}
4   Voice of marginal toddlers (4) ALTO [T]
6   Put off by a whopper Neta reeled off (8) ALIENATE {A}{LIE}{NETA*}
7   Hunter’s guide greeting the first of kumaris in long garment (7) SHIKARI {S{HI}{Ku...i}ARI}
8   Kitchen help and tots fall out: things are becoming complicated (3,4,8) THE PLOT THICKENS*
9   Go with a leading cement concern (9) ACCOMPANY {A}{Ce...t}{COMPANY}
14 Leading tennis player's quiet (9) NOISELESS {No1}{SELES'S}
17 Recover and revere it in a different way (8) RETRIEVE*
19 A Shakespearean character right up a bush (7) ARBUTUS {A}{(+r)RB(-r)UTUS}
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By Didier Descouens - Own workCC BY-SA 3.0Link
21 Old city in South African province is unspoilt (7) NATURAL {NAT{UR}AL}
22 Uncle goes after a hard, black stone that is junk (6) JETSAM {JET}{SAM}
25 Dead sailor back? 'Curses!' (4) DRAT {D}{TAR<=}

GRID

53 comments:

  1. 1D) {whitherwentloot}* - THROW IN THE TOWEL; defn: call it quits
    8D) {kitchenhelptots}*- THE PLOT THICKENS; defn: complocated
    18A) {haventeens}* - HEAVENSENT; defn: boonlike

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  2. 29A) {(imust)*(l)(us) = STIMULUS; defn: nudge
    16A) (co)(m)(pat)(riot) =COMPATRIOT; defn: fellow citizen

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  3. 3dn flatly FLAT (apartment)+
    Latel
    13ac Cuisine I sin in cue
    4dn alto (T)
    9dn accompany A Cement company (concern)
    17dn retrieve (revere it)

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  4. 6d: alienate {a}{lie(=whopper)}{neta*} = put off

    12d: wimple {mp(=politician)} inside {wile(=a bit of trick)} = nun's habit (a loose garment)
    14d: noiseless {noi}{seless} = quiet
    Leading = No.1 = noi
    Tennis player's = (Monica) Seles's = seless
    21d: natural {Ur(=old city)} in {Natal(=South African Province)}
    15a: node {done}* = network junction

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  5. 2d - G(good)+ ROOM(space)+ ED(core of Swedes)= GROOMED(prepared)

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  6. 24a -HECTIC= Rushed
    Anagram of ITCH around EC( Election Commission)

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  7. 26a - WITNESS= Attest
    Test of humour? (wittiness?)

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    1. {WIT}{NESS}
      -ness suffix forming nouns, denoting a state, condition or degree of something • slowness • darkness.

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    2. Wittiness with ? (Manikya malaria style?) Leading to witness, my understanding

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  8. 22d- JETSAM= Junk
    SAM(uncle) after JET(black lignite)

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  9. 21d
    Natural
    NAT(ur)AL
    22d
    Jetsam
    Jet= black
    Sam= uncle
    25d
    Dear
    Dead D
    TAR (back)

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  10. 10 A
    Riot Act
    Wicked TRIO
    Murdered CAT

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  11. 25d- DRAT(cursing word meaning Oh no!)D(dead) + reverse of TAR(old term for sailor)

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  12. 7d
    Shikari
    Hi greeting
    K first of kumar
    In
    Sari long garment

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  13. Replies
    1. IMO clue is right as solved by M S Suresh @ 7:59

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    2. Prasad,
      I too am with you. I solved the clue as below:
      Not so much = LESS
      Charge = [-F]ee (female having left]
      Renter [def] = LESS EE

      Unfortunately for us, the paper gives different solution!

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    3. E and R are next to each other on the keyboard, it's a typo in the solution. The clue is clear

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  14. Thanks Gridman. You are a master in giving clues for words of length 9 and more; thoroughly enjoyed; 14d, 19d, 22d and 23a are excellent crossword clues to solve;
    still struggling with anno for 29A though got the solution

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    1. struggling with 28A and not 29A

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    2. Struggle for all onliners.

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    3. 28A is quite simple. Why the struggle?

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    4. Online version answer is lesser.

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    5. Must be a typo as E and R are next to each other on the keyboard

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  15. 28 A
    Lessee
    Not much less
    Fee - F

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  16. 3dn FLATLY flat(apartment) and LatelY

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  17. 13 a
    Town hall municipal building
    Own private
    H hospital
    In
    Tall high

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  18. 27 A
    Reserve cool
    Re (serve)
    Serve start game
    23 a
    Tubercle
    Rebut reverse
    Uncle- un

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  19. you have done 7 exceeding your quota by 2

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    1. That's ok as he is compensating for NATURAL and JETSAM which had already been solved before he posted his first three answers

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    2. And made a mistake in typing DRAT!

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  20. Yet to be solved
    Across - 1, 5, 20
    Down - 19

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  21. 19 D a+brutus with right r up =ARBUTUS
    5 A A Silly Sort in BET for wager = BASSET

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  22. 1A: TUG OF WAR = (A contest of strength) in a boat(TUG) taking part in a conflict? (Of war) (3,2,3

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  23. 20A hauling device is Winch -w = INCH

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  24. 1A. TUG OF WAR. boat -tug, conflict -war.
    2A. BASSET. wager- bet, silly - ass. Bet over ass.

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  25. Excellent. Done and dusted so fast.
    Busier than a normal day.

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  26. 1a tug of war tug is boat conflict is war

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  27. The bouncer and the dancer - Part 14

    There was no apparent TUG OF WAR situation as the two were taken away and a RIOT ACT was not seen.

    The hamlet was conservative and the performance FLATLY refused and rightly so. Uncle Sam seemed to be HEAVEN SENT.

    The scene INCHED forward to completion and nothing was left in the CUISINE.
    One did WITNESS gay abandon - not a NOISELESS scene.

    Celebrations over and nearly all had left whence a COMPATRIOT accompanied by a few and the mystic and the snake dancer re-entered the hall.

    THE PLOT THICKENS!

    LE(T)'S SEE what happens next....

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  28. Yesterday Great Today Fantastic. Hoping to do well tomorrow too. Thanks Gridman

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  29. 10a: riot act - (trio)*+(cat)*
    12a: wimple - wi(mp)le
    1d: throw in the towel - (whither went loot)*
    2d: groomed - g+room(space)+ed(..ed..)
    3D: flatly - flat(a.....t)+ly(l....y)

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  30. I will be in Coimbatore from 21 Apr evening till 10 May morning. If others are interested we can have an S&B Meet in Coimbatore to meet the long standing demand of Raju. As of now other than me Raju and Ajeesh are in Coimbatore.
    Will take it further on seeing the response

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  31. Please ask Dr D Srinivasan in Salem if he can make it. If so I can meet him in Salem and come along with him to CBE.

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    1. Great idea. Hope many can join. If finalised, can make all arrangements . Convenient dzate to be fixed, except 5th of May when there is an English play: The Virtuous Burglar: directed by my wife. Lets zero in on a suitable date.

      3. Apartment lately vacated showing no emotion (6) In the blog the last LY is shown as deletion , whereas the deletion indocator is L_atelY, = lately vacated. Minor flaw, thats all !

      Gridman's clues always lead one gently to the answers, without any roughing up of the thinking process. A good teacher for primers.

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    2. Your query regarding annotation of FLATLY is not understood. It is correctly shown in the main post?

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    3. Will speak to Dr DS after I reach Coimbatore

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  32. Sorl, Col. I thought you had shown the deltion of the last ly instead of the first L and last Y !

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  33. An early morning solve but a busy day with a 400 km drive kept me away from here. Loved this puzzle..the 15 letter grid from Gridman.

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