Thursday 23 June 2011

No 10188, Thursday 23 Jun 11, Gridman

1   - Antiquated — like an old wristwatch? (4-4) - TIME-WORN [CD]
5   - Journal has nothing to retract on a holy symbol (6) - {LIN}{GAM}<-
10 - Elusive types in adverse changes (7) - EVADERS*
11 - One way to think…. (there's no secrecy about it) (3,4) - OUT LOUD [CD]
12 - Bend, clean out and break a tie (6) - {U}{NLACE*}
13 - Priestly sort of error? (8) - CLERICAL [CD]
15 - Moreover, a large number's quickly working out (4) - {A}{L}{SOon}
16 - Very noisy roosts, if I'm broadcasting correctly (10) - FORTISSIMO*
18 - Slum doctor running in heavy weather (5,5) - STORM CLOUD*
20 - Tax on second bed (4) - {S}{COT}
23 - Can be depended on lier turning to get fit (8) - {RELI*}{ABLE}
24 - Cease to tear back into river (6) - {EX{PIR<-}E}
26 - Sugar old wit put in tin (7) - {S{WEET}{E}N} Third 'E' from?
27 - Delaware conservative goes into centre of Khartoum for architectural style (3,4) - {khART-{DE}{C}Oum}
28 - Pedlar's lowest level heard (6) - SELLER(~cellar)
29 - Cutback of sauce on vegetable and fish (8) - {PIL<-}{CHARD}
1   - Book hostelries Susan renovated (3,3,4,5) - THE SUN ALSO RISES*
2   - It's spotted as childhood disease (7) - MEASLES [CD]
3   - From what place (6) - WHENCE [E]
4   - Peace of mind with what's left (4) - REST [DD]
6   - One shows this in savings obviously for this (8) - INTEREST [CD]
7   - Leading gastronomer returns negative vote with incomplete note on dumpling (7) - {G}{NOC<-}{CHIt} 
8   - Mediocre interpretation may yield Hero A (6-2-3-4) - MIDDLE-OF-T{HE-RO}{A}D
9   - Drive at full speed and suffer a puncture — on vacation (2,4,3) - {GO FLAT} {OUT}
14 - Golan — and how would you arrive there by chance? (4,5) - ROLL {ALONG*}
17 - Fight from which Gridman backs out. It's still fight! (8) - {EM<-}{BATTLE}
19 - Work doesn't begin proficiently. It's crude structure (3,4) - {tOIL} {WELL}
21 - Monster clanger on god — scholar dismissed (7) - {CHIME}{RAma}
22 - Old love's just about right! It's wonderfully different (6) - {EX}{O}{TICk}
25 - Necessarily hid a garment (4) - SARI [T]


  1. Once again in the good/hard category for me.

    [i]26 - Sugar old wit put in tin (7) - {S{WEET}{E}N} Third 'E' from? [/i]

    Weete = wit(v)

  2. oops wrong type of brackets for italicization. gets confusing between the blog and orkut

  3. Bhavan,
    My dictionary shows it as just weet that's why the question

  4. More importantly, Chambers has weete!

  5. I hadn't had a chance to look in Chambers yet so did a quick search online

  6. Well, at least the Chambers dictionary app on my iPad does have it - so I am surmising that at least one of the Chambers editions must be carrying it.

  7. Tin - the chemical name is Stannum which gives it the symbol Sn

  8. 8 - Mediocre interpretation may yield Hero A (6-2-3-4) - MIDDLE-OF-T{HE-RO}{A}D

    This is a d&cd

    1) Mediocre
    2) Interpretation may yield Hero A
    [Middle of THE ROAD = HERO A]

  9. The first time I came to know of 'wot' was from a poem my Dad read to me when I was in my pre-teen or early teen:

    My Garden (by T. E. Brown)

    A GARDEN is a lovesome thing, God wot!
    Rose plot,
    Fringed pool,
    Ferned grot--
    The veriest school
    Of peace; and yet the fool
    Contends that God is not--
    Not God! in gardens! when the eve is cool?
    Nay, but I have a sign;
    ’Tis very sure God walks in mine.

  10. Not that it is terribly important, But I would have 8D down as a novelty clue - pretty neat and smart construction. It is more like what we sometimes see occasionally in Everyman, like the four letter word clue or one that sometime ago had a reference to scritti politti..

  11. 9d reminded of DG's CBE trip, while 28a reminded me of the book shop THE BOOK CELLAR under the defunct Plaza theatre on MG Road in Bangalore.

  12. Deepak, annotation for 8 is not clear. I understand that 'middle-of-the-road' is the definition for mediocre and that hero a appears as part of the definition, but how does the word play give the answer?

  13. Vikram If you interpret 'Middle of the road' you will end up wit Hero A, because these are the letters in the middle of 'the road'

  14. Shuchi has elsewhere drawn attention to an article in TNIE which mentions our redoubtable Director General.

  15. I have also put a link to that article in the THCC families blog, link to which is there on the panel on the left of this page. Not a very good article though, it also has a major goof- up in the picture.

  16. Yes, I came to write exactly that. The pic is of Arthur? Come on, how can a caption writer be so dumb?
    Deepak, as you say the item is superficial, hastily written with a few clicks on the Internet.
    If the author had interviewed you and Shuchi, little justice has been done.
    Also there is no focus: if it's about Arthur, it must be about him. If it's about Indian solver-bloggers, it must be about them.

  17. I think Arthur was in the secret service and is wearing one of his famous disguises.

  18. Amrita Jain is very inventive. She has introduced us to a new expression: Based out of Bangalore (mind you - not BASED IN).

    Were one to take Amrita literally, it might puzzle him how Shuchi would be able to work, logically, in every place except Bangalore.

    Added to the caption for the photo, it is clear that the standards of subbing in IE are plumbing new depths.

  19. 'Based out' is not a new expression in my view, though in this case it is used out of context.

    'ABC Company is based out of Bangalore' would mean that ABC Company is Headquartered in Bangalore with further amplification that they work in places out of Bangalore as well.

    Whereas 'ABC Company is Based in Bangalore' would mean it is located in Bangalore, no amplification as to where they do their work.

  20. 'Working out of' would the correct usage in the context that you have given.

    ABC Company is working out of Bangalore.
    This means the company’s office is in Bangalore, but its work takes the staff to various places.