Wednesday 18 February 2009

No. 9459, Wednesday, 18 Feb 09, Neyartha

New constructor today for me, need to get used to the style of a new constructor as such I have missed out on some answers. Posting without any links or explanations as I am already delayed for the reasons mentioned yesterday
 1 - Harbours a revolutionary doctor (cheat) besieged by misfortune (11) – CAT{ASTROP?}HE* Revolutionary should have been Castro ?
 9 - Who leads an anarchy resulting from one Pole getting rid of another with a trap (2,3) – NE WIN ?
10 - Integral compound of lawrencium doesn’t contain tungsten (9) – NUMERICAL (lawrencium – w)
11 - Case result (5) -
12 - Animal found on newly laid thin rail around Gujarat forest (7,4) – NIL{GIR}I TAHR*
13 - Father went back inside the garden building and did some potter’s work (6) – SH{AP<-}ED
14 - Chinese bears circle the unknown rulers (7) – PAND{Y}AS
18 - Number of old Asian tribal doctor in the outskirts of Edlabad (7) – {HUN}{DR}ED
20 - Part of face revealed by damaged chinstrap (not at suggested retail price) (6) -
24 - Ocean liner model not found at coastal attraction in 2 Dn (5,6) – SHORE TEMPLE Annotation not clear
26 - Flag a vehicle for concealing the tequila plant (5) – AGAVE [T]
27 - After breaking up the //stir, inn// in-charge finds the native (9) – INTRINS*{IC}
28 - Squares up with the First Lady’s bridge partners (5) – EVE{NS}
29 - Bird removed deal management (7,4) – EMERALD DOVE*
 1 - Confession topic brought up in craft by saint (8) – CANONI{ST} ?
 2 - Mail unusually wrapped by worker returning from the French state (5,4) – T{AMIL} NA{DU}
 3 - Lowly work putting 50 in place of 100 (7) – SERVILE (service – c + l)
 4 - Practice exercises (without headgear) for the muscles (5) - RECTI
 5 - Everyone in Pennsylvania and Virginia (South) has rulers (8) – P{ALL}A{VA}S
 6 - Recorded that the drunk teen and the German went up (7) – ENTERED*
 7 - Tug at the loom (5) -
 8 - A spacious necessity in the avoiding process (5) -
15 - Toss pasta into the Italian appetiser (9) - ANTIPASTO*
16 - Extermination gone wrong: Team report (8) – GENO*CIDE (~side)
17 - Smart Alec gives telegram containing points for the bill (8) -
19 - It is rot to turn off censored Polish website (7) – DIS{EASE} ?
21 - Letters from Kramer in Detroit are in this language (7) – AMERIND [T]
22 - Understood the speaker’s musical direction (5) -
23 - Commotion results when a follower takes off the learner tag (5) – LABEL ?
25 - Do more than what is expected by travelling this mile (5) – EXTRA [CD]


  1. This compiler is tough! Here are explanations for some of the gaps:

    1A: Harbours = PORTS, a = A, revolutionary => reversal indicator for {PORTS A}
    doctor (cheat) => anagram of CHEAT
    besieged by => containment indicator. So the answer is CAT{A STROP}<- HE.

    11A: EVENT [2]

    20A: CANTHI (anag of CHINSTRAP - SRP)

    24A: I read this as ocean liner = SHORE, model = T, but then EMPLE is unexplained.

    1D: CANONISE. confession topic brought up => SIN reversed, craft = CANOE, in => containment indicator. "saint" is a verb in the cryptic reading.

    17D: WISEACRE. telegram = WIRE, containing => containment indicator, points = S, E, bill = AC.

    19D: turn off = DISPLEASE, censored Polish website => remove PL (the URL suffix for Polish websites), which gives DISEASE.

    22D: I think the answer is TAKEN, and it has a homophone with a word that means "musical direction" which eludes me at the moment.

    23D: BABEL. tag = LABEL, "A" follower = B, learner = L.
    takes off => B substitutes L.

  2. The last ones. Grid over. Phew :)

    9A: NO ONE. "Who leads an anarchy" is the definition. The rest of it still hazy.

    8D: BERTH. From the phrase "give a wide berth"

  3. 22D: I think the answer is TAKEN, and it has a homophone with a word that means "musical direction" which eludes me at the moment.

    I guess the answer is TACET {~tacit} ( Anno is easily fiigured out if the answer is known :) )

    NO ONE 's annotation is : NO O{-s+N}E (Substitution clue)

  4. Sir,

    Please look at the annotations I have tried to provide on Mayyam forums. Hope they are of help in clarifying your doubts (in addition to what Shuchi has provided above)


  5. Got NO ONE from Kotirao. Trap = NOOSE (-N + N).
    Ocean Liner = Shore is not convincing
    1A is very misleading with Harbours and Besieged together moreover if cheat id besieged then Ports a should be around it. The clue should have been, 'Misfortune harbours a revolutionary besieged by doctor (cheat)'

  6. Ganesh,
    Thank you for enlightening me. Hope I can crack this constructors CW next time around, if nothing else she has generated some discussion other than the answers just being posted across various fora.

  7. Neyartha is the "Starred Clues" specialist, which strangely were absent. Will not be surprised if these are found in tomorrow's THC.

  8. Hello Colonel, I agree with your thoughts on the containment indicator in 1A. I actually liked the cryptic definition for SHORE in 24A, it is like using "layer" to define HEN or "flower" to define RIVER.

    Ganesh, Thanks for clearing up 22D! From the indicator placement, it looks like the solution will be a word for "understand" with the sound-alike word meaning "musical direction", and not the other way round as it turned out to be.

    What are Mayyam forums?

  9. Raghunath, you said it. With PALLAVAS and PANDYAS here, I wondered if we're onto a theme minus the stars.

  10. Here is the link to that forum

  11. @ C.V.Sir,
    philandering without love following me is wandering.[b]ME{-phil{ANDERING][/b]
    average german article calls endlessly in roaming