Saturday, 19 January 2013

No 10674, Saturday 19 Jan 13, Neyartha

On a 'theerth yatra' with Neyartha.

1   Mineral found by scholar initially in a sacred place (8) BASILICA {BA}{SILICA}
5   Model left out patterns in the riot (6) FRACAS FRACtAlS
9   An indispensable requirement for successful chip fabrication? (5,4) CLEAN ROOM [CD]
11 Stray by mistake and find the Greek forest god (5) SATYR*
12 Failure to start off after the apprentice moved forward was a disappointment (7) LETDOWN m(+l)LE(-l)TDOWN
14 Metal gate placed in front of the firedog (7) ANDIRON {AND}{IRON}
15 Fresh clue Sen framed for amiability (12) CHEERFULNESS*
17 Fear ointment may create agitation (12) FERMENTATION*
20 Standing height (7) STATURE [DD]
22 Bill egalitarians helped to make was unconstitutional (7) ILLEGAL [T]
23 He returned to get hold of the westbound policeman’s age (5) EPOCH {E{POC}H}<=
24 Jeans that may incur the displeasure of the conservatives? (4-5) SKIN-TIGHT [CD]
26 Father interrupted by a god in the sacred place (6) PAGODA {P{A}{GOD}A}
27 Soundly rest after getting a view of the lens (8) EYEPIECE {EYE}{PIECE}(~peace)

1   Live clam cooking results in a stall in the doldrums (6) BECALM {BE}{CLAM*}
2   Mark heard the cat raised by the French in the exhibition (9) SPECTACLE (~speck){SPEC}{TAC<=}{LE}
3   Arrest revolutionary with iodine deficiency on the Chilean airline (3) LAN NAiL<=
4   Top fairy-tale heroine becomes the throne’s female heir (5,8) CROWN PRINCESS {CROWN} {PRINCESS}
6   Suburban team housed in a rental unit was entertained (11) RESIDENTIAL {RE{SIDE}NT{1}AL}
7   Furnish letters from advocate Ram (5) CATER [T]
8   Withdraw with the king exiled by an Oriental to a sacred place (6) SHRINE SHRIN(-k+e)E
10 Strangely, military abuse has the quality of being quantifiable (13) MEASURABILITY*
13 Began to talk inside and got shocked (4-7) OPEN-MOUTHED {OPEN-{MOUTH}ED}
16 Nosegay in disarray after Gujarati enters a sacred place (9) SYNAGOGUE {SYNAGO{GU}E*}
18 Inattentive army chief takes off, being upset (6) ASLEEP {A}{SLEEP<=}
19 Careless master discarded imperfect thimble (6) BLITHE THImBLE*
21 Together with Mike’s trainee on board (5) ALONG {A(-m+l}lONG}
25 Cover for the head (3) TOP [DD]

Slide show of all the snaps taken on 17th at Chennai


  1. Received from a friend. Enjoy them.

    The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternative meanings for common words.

    The winners are:-

    1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.
    2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.
    3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
    4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.
    5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.
    6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown..
    7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.
    8. Gargoyle (n), olive-flavored mouthwash.
    9. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.
    10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.
    11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.
    12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
    13. Pokemon (n), a Rastafarian proctologist.
    14. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with
    15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), (back by popular demand): The belief that, when you die, your soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
    16. Circumvent (n.), an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.

    The Washington Post's Style Invitational also asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
    Here are this year's winners:-

    1.. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
    2. Foreploy (v): Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
    3. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.
    4. Giraffiti (n): Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
    5. Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
    6. Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
    7. Hipatitis (n): Terminal coolness.
    8. Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
    9. Karmageddon (n): its like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.
    10. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
    11. Glibido (v): All talk and no action.
    12. Dopeler effect (n): The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
    13. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after
    you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
    14. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
    15. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you're eating.

    And the pick of the literature:-

    16. Ignoranus (n): A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

    1. Hilarious collection! No. 16 goes to the extreme!

    2. Col: What a wonderful jugglery of the English words. I marvel at its eclecticism. !!

  2. Finally a comment. I thought there is a problem in commenting

  3. Nice one from Neyartha. I found it a little simpler than the usual Neyratha fare( Not many substitution clues ?).

    1. Had the same feeling, that it was simpler because of fewer substitution clues.Nice puzzle.

  4. Refer my post at 8:56. I just did a check and found that this is not new, I had posted the same thing in the blog on 05 Apr 2009. Sorry for the repeat.

  5. Presently my net is full of holes. 19 d reminded me of an old ghost comedy The Blithe Spirit. Reminded that there's a god in pagoda.

  6. Kishore:

    This comedy is by Noel Coward and my wife is currently rehearsing for a play to be staged in Coimbatore on the 26th and 27th, Jan , 2013 by the Coimbatore Book and Theatre Club. It is hilarious and high spirited with Seance and medium etc !!

  7. Raju

    Great to know that Sapna is a playactor. Best wishes.


    Full text of the play is available here:

    See right side of the page.

  8. Not exactly!
    After a few pages trial/registration/sign-up - that sort of things come on!

  9. With yesterday's "nanogan" and today's slideshow on CV Sir's B-day, our blog has become "livelier"

  10. I can only liken CV to Shelley's ' hail to thee, blithe spirit' from 'To a skylark'

  11. 12 A - Is it not two letter word?