Thursday 23 December 2010

No 10032, Thursday 23 Dec 10, Gridman

1   - Trace out defunct notice left by writer (8) - {DEad}{SCRIBE}
5   - Same bidi flung by one at last in extreme gloom (6) - {IBID*}{E}{M}
9   - The ring finger in part of eclipse (7) - ANNULARis
10 - Blunt firm's snare dismantled (7) - {CO}{ARSEN*}
11 - If Dom struts about in it, he's likely to get a coat! (4,5) - DUST STORM* &lit
12 - Ghost resort? (5) - HAUNT [DD]
13 - Head to learn and know at first (4) - {CON}{K}
14 - Growing furious on a gory scene? (6,3) - SEEING RED [CD]

17 - Group short by one to make half a dozen (9) - QUINTETTE [E]
19 - Brute on unknown peak (4) - {APE}{X}
23 - Stock holder? (5) - LASSO [CD]
24 - Raid rated deep' in reconstruction (9) - DEPREDATE*
25 - Small margin on the kitchen table? (7) - WHISKER [DD]
26 - Unto pup that's stricken, ill-used (3-4) - PUT-UPON*
27 - Eye on a region in France (6) - REGARD couldn't get the french connection
28 - Record holder? (8) - CRIMINAL  [CD]
1   - Almost worthy daughter with nothing is doomed to failure (4,4) - {DEAr}{D}{DUCK}

2   - Is understood kitchen basins are delivered (5,2) - {SINKS} {IN}
3   - Savour withdrawn personnel swallowing terrible lies (6) - {R{ELIS*}H <-} HR for Human resources?
4   - Electronic device that processes lines at a point of sale (3-4,6) - BAR-CODE READER [E]
6   - Tight squeezes by a wrestler, perhaps (4,4) - BEAR HUGS [CD]
7   - Row put in side that's revamped (7) - {DIS{PUT}E*}
8   - Detailed execution of minuet (6) - MINUTE*
10 - Ink put down (6,2,5) - COMMIT TO PAPER [CD]
15 - Someone who is watching remains the same on moving under (8) - (-+on)ONLOOKER(+-on)
16 - Outside, Alex is running around bird (8) - {EX{TERN}AL*}
18 - State: to be promiscuous may cause this in one's mood (7) - {UP}{SWING}
20 - Where children are confined sportingly? (7) - PLAYPEN [CD]
21 - Blooming growth (6) - FLOWER [E]
22 - Usually maximum mark from decent umpire (6) - CENTUM [T]


  1. Hi
    When the mechanism of 15d SINKS IN, one cannot but conk oneself on the CONK, RE-GARDed as the APEX or Uttar Pradesh of the body, with or without WHISKERs, with RELISH. I cannot DE(-ad)- SCRIBE my pleasure when I COMMITted it TO the newsPAPER. Bhesh, Gridman, you deserve a HUG (sans the ursa, of course, we don’t want to crush you) ! . No chance of the ON-LOOKER-(on) SEEING RED since the puzzle was cent per CENTUM beyond DIS(PUT)E* unlike some other’s near CRIMINAL usage of English which usually raises a DUST STORM*of DISPUTEs every MINUTE IBIDEM leading many solvers to a grid which resembles a deceased aquatic bird(1d). The last across brought to mind our last week setter and the famous tagline: It's veri veri Lime & Lemoni.
    The girl with nothing was a stock holder !
    If I know my UP-SWING onions, QUINTE(-TTE)ssential Gridman. Any local cipher lecturer(4d) would RELISH it.

  2. 27 - Eye on a region in France (6) - REGARD couldn't get the french connection

    Should read The French Confection.
    on a= REG(arding)
    region in France= ARDennes

  3. Kishore, I think it's RE + GARD, like you noted in your first comment.

  4. 27 - Eye on a region in France (6) - REGARD couldn't get the french connection

    Region in France - Saint-Pierre-du-Regard?


  6. Yup VJ, but I had my doubts...

  7. And it gave me an opportunity to bring in The French Confection. :-)

  8. Gard is a department in a region, so I wonder if that is what Gridman really intended.

  9. Don't know how withdrawn personnel = RH.

    Is withdrawn a reversal indicator? I don't see how it could be one. And personnel = HR is a bit odd.

    Anything to do with Royal Highness?

  10. personnel= human resources
    withdraw=take back=reverse

    nothing to do with our majesty !

  11. Kishore, it could be the one Gridman intended but I'm not quite okay with it. Maybe it's just me. I don't see how it could be Royal Highness either.

  12. The bird tern always reminds me of this:

    The personnel of San Diego DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) were once burning down a few tons of marijuana that the department had confiscated. As smoke was billowing out, someone noticed a flock of terns passing over the smoke. To everyone’s surprise the birds made a u-turn and came back to the smoke-filled area! The terns kept circling the smoke and after a while it occurred to the people on the ground that the birds were in fact inhaling marijuana smoke and so someone promptly called the local Audubon society to examine the birds.

    Sure enough someone from the society dropped by, examined the birds, and passed the verdict - no tern has been left un-stoned!

  13. Satya, brilliant verdict!!

  14. DEAD DUCK reminded me of this joke

    A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgery.

    As she lay the duck on the examination table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest. After a moment or two, the vet shook his head sadly and said, "I'm so sorry, but Cuddles has passed away."

    The distressed owner wailed, "Are you sure?" "Yes, I am sure. The duck is dead." the vet replied.

    "How can you be so sure?" the woman protested. "I mean, you haven't done any tests on him. He might just be in a coma, or something like that."

    The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few moments later with a Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood up on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and slowly sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head. The vet patted the dog and took it out.

    The woman continued with her protests.

    He returned a little later with a beautiful Persian Cat. The cat jumped up on the examination table and also sniffed delicately at the bird. The cat then sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed quietly and then jumped off the table and strolled slowly out of the room.

    The vet turned to the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said before, this is most definitely, a dead duck."

    Then the vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill which he handed to the woman.

    The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill and looked at it. "$950!", she cried. "$950 just to tell me that my duck is dead?"

    The vet shrugged his shoulders. "I'm sorry, madam, but if you'd taken my word for it, the bill would have been just "$20."

    "It was the Lab Report and the Cat Scan which made it so much more expensive."

  15. That was awesome, Colonel!

    Thanks VJ.

  16. Withdrawn personnel - RH . Could it be Retired Human or Retired Husband? :)

  17. Ajeesh,
    HR is Human Resorces as mentioned in my main post.

  18. Thanks Col.
    Wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

  19. Great Satya.

    Deepak, this version is better than the one I had heard earlier, that one has only cat scan and no lab report. Nice one ;-)

  20. Returned just a few minutes ago after a trip to Sevalaya in village Kasuva near Thirunindravur.
    There a thanksgiving function was arranged to a friend who donated his lifetime collection of Bharatiana.
    We were a group of 12 in a van and I thoroughly enjoyed their company.
    Liked reading both the jokes above.

  21. Colonel,

    9A: Isn't the clue "The ring finger in part," with the definition "eclipse"?

    And what's with the + and - doing double duty in 15D's anno.? I don't understand that.

    Satya, nice one!

  22. @Navneeth regarding 15D, onlooker and looker-on both mean a spectator. That's what the clue and Colonel's annotation are denoting.