Friday, 7 February 2014

No.11002, Friday 07 Feb 2014, Neyartha

Neyartha enlivens us by taking us on a safari like tour on a dirtbike or auto to see a temple and provides us with accommodation in the YMCA feeding us fruit, making us ski and run. I do not know if Neyartha intended this theme ...

ACROSS
7 Tripe NCC cleared up in the city district (8) PRECINCT (TRIPE NCC)*
          Actually, in Bangalore the muck in the Ulsoor Lake is cleared up by the army
9 Contents of the system pledged to a place of worship 6) TEMPLE (T)
10 Refusal to acknowledge the French, say, when going around the sculpted snowmen (10) DISOWNMENT (DIT around SNOWMEN*)
          This reminded me of the great snowmen in the Calvin and Hobbes stories. Each one a grotesque one with its head in its hand, or a hole 
          through its stomach, etc. One had a hot-water bottle on its head with a caption: He's committing suicide
11 Check on the receding surge (4) EDIT (TIDE<)
12 You may call Anu initially to the community service organization (1,1,1,1) Y M C A (Acrostic)
          What's the lady doing in that men's dorm?
13 Merry-go-round with a reindeer, not in the same place as the announced party (8) CAROUSEL (CARibOU SEL ~cell)
16 The German sent back the food with ginger (7) REDDISH (DER< DISH)
18 Brighten up using the linen designed to cover up the valance edges (7) ENLIVEN (LINEN* covering ValencE)
20 Kit bride ordered for the off-road motorcycle (4,4) DIRT BIKE (KIT BRIDE)*
21 Model’s right to advertise a journey (4) TOUR (TOUT-T+R)
23 Indian three-wheeler on the gold trail, by the sound of it (4) AUTO (AU TO ~TOW)
24 Cowboy films featuring hesitation of the Americans, say (10) WESTERNERS (ER in WESTERNS)
          The 'hesitation' in westerns reminded me of Tuco's famous dialogue in The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: When you have to shoot, shoot, 
          don't talk
25 Note hidden in the draped garment leads to a wild trip (6) SAFARI (FA in SARI)
          One has to travel afar in South India for this. Actually in Kiswahili, Safari just means a trip (not necessarily a wildlife one) and is akin to the Safar in Hindi from the same Arabic roots
26 Ardent supporters beginning to leave with the craftsmen (8) ARTISANS (pARTISANS)

DOWN
1 Produce benefit (5) FRUIT 2
2 Nature of an eye strain, say (15) ACCOMMODATIONAL (E)
3 Economising may do this to one’s money (7) STRETCH (CD)
          Cross ref. to the Caribou in 13a

4 Time for the Frenchman to check the proofreader’s marking (4) STET (STEM-M+T)
          Used to see this often in the typing classes
5 Cooks cousin’s menu’s pie, being in a state of poverty (15) IMPECUNIOUSNESS (COUSINS MENUS PIE)*
6 Convert internally raised issue of the measuring instrument (9) ALTIMETER (EMIT< in ALTER)
8 Lenin jailed for smuggling in a Japanese martial arts expert (5) NINJA (T)
14 Proceed to find that vase with uranium has been misplaced (3) RUN (URN with U misplaced)
15 Crescent-shaped taps not fully removed from the crumbling planetariums (9) SEMILUNAR (PLANETARIUM-TAPs)*
          This type of valves cause the dub from the "lub-dub" duo that occur between Ten-essee and Kentuc-ky
17  Fleece cut with a piece of snow gliding gear (3) SKI (SKIn or SKIm)
          The Winter Olympics at Со́чи that starts today will use lots of these
19 Bishop’s view about the spread of a honeycomb ingredient (7) BEESWAX (B SEE< WAX)
21 Article on newspaper robbery (5) THEFT (THE FT)
          Just this Monday Gridman used "14 Plagiarism in article by a foreign paper (5) THEFT (THE FT)"
22 Majestic type of piano (5) GRAND (CD,DD)
24 Fancy accompaniment to emphasise an unreasonable wish (4) WHIM (CD,DD from Whim and Wish)

57 comments:

  1. @Kishore: Love the cartoon :)

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  2. 18 Brighten up using the linen designed to cover up the valance edges (7) ENLIVEN (LINEN covering ValencE)
    (LINEN* covering ValencE) designed - Anagram Indicator

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  3. Anish and Sandhya, my apologies for the delay in sending the prize. Will do so today.

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  4. If theme is travel, money has also travelled in your cartoon- from coins,to notes,to plastic to bit!

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    1. Wait a bit, RBI is probably bit-ter about bitcoins!

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  5. A genuine doubt-
    Is it an easier puzzle by Neyartha std. or have I improved? (not overnight,anyway) Except 3D I was able to complete and before time!

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  6. Loved the puzzle. Curiously enough, could solve the longest words first - ACCOMMODATIONAL, IMPECUNIOUSNESS and WESTERNERS.

    2D to be corrected as ACCOMMODATIONAL.

    12A - On a sadder note, and as a coincidence, a news piece in today's TH informs us that Prof Stephen Vadakkan, a brilliant mathematician and author who lived in Kuwait for many years, and who also happened to be the nephew of the late Fr Joseph Vadakkan, activist-priest of Kerala and erstwhile leader of Karshaka Tozhilali party, was found dead in a room of the YMCA hostel, Mangalore yesterday. For some years he taught in colleges in the district. It is suspected to be a case of suicide. RIP

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  7. Completed before 8:30 A.M. But had to steal 3D STRETCH from ORKUT ! Answer given by Col Sir 54 minutes ago meaning perhaps 7:36 A.M. I believe.

    Thanks, Neyartha for making my day with an entertaining puzzle ! :)))

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  8. Kishore,
    I thought I was a loner in viewing Calvin & Hobbes cartoons and I am now glad I have company. Yes, I distinctly remember teh 'suicide' cartoon and enjoyed it so much.

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    1. Who iz thiz Kahlveen? He says in ine of the toons

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    2. That ine should have been one

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  9. Quite an imaginative toon, Kishore ! Enjoyed it. :)

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  10. 13D- Anno not clear. deletion of ib and cell

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    1. 13 Merry-go-round =defn. = CAROUSEL
      a reindeer = caribou
      not in the same place = deletion of ib. (which is short for ibid = in the same place)
      announced party = ~cell, as in a group of people or party

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    2. This was one of the Annos that made me scratch my head for a prolonged period !!!

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  11. 25A - Kishore's comment reminded me of a leave note someone wrote in Hindi - Main bukhaar se safar kar raha hoon...

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    1. Or as Rajesh Khanna enquired in Aradhana of his sobbing mother: Why are you rowing?

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  12. Nice puzzle. Definitely on the easier side for Neyartha.

    In 10A, say = dire and said = dit in French?

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    1. Yes, going by my little knowledge of French words/inflections/phrases.

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    2. 10A : Refusal to acknowledge the French, say, when going around the sculpted snowmen (10) DISOWNMENT (DIT around SNOWMEN*)

      DIT in French means SAID. Cross check from Free Translation.Com.

      The clueing should have been "Refusal to acknowledge the French,said,........."

      Looks like, nothing misses from Bhavan's eagle eyes !

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  13. Or the late VVIP's words - hum jitengay yah losingay!!
    Yes, surely an easier and more enjoyable CW from Nayartha! Thank you.
    Very good cartoon, Kishore....

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    1. With apologies to the same VVIP, Kishore se meri khwahish hai, hamesha aise hi cartoons BANANA...

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  14. 123456789 is a 9 letter word,
    If you lose it you die,
    If you have 234 you can 1234,
    56 is a type of disease,
    2 and 7 are same,
    89 indicate the place and time,
    3 and 8 are the same,
    so are 5 and 9,
    What's the word?

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    1. HEARTBEAT? ( EAR -HEAR,TB- disease ,2&7 =E, 3&8 =A 5&9 = T , 89 = AT) (first i was thinking 1234 = live :P )

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    2. Comment under 15d refers to it

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    3. I put in the answer and then thought why give it away and hence left a reference

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  15. Try this one. It's easy. Those who crack please throw hints for some time so that others can also give it a try.

    It has five letters. It represents something that you can pick easily but find it hard to shed.

    You shed the first letter. You are still left with a little.

    You shed the second, you are still left with a little.

    You shed the third, you are still left with it.

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    1. What I meant to say - avoid giving answer direct, until 4 pm.

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  16. Except for a Q, almost a pangram

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    1. Really? I did not notice that. Not only me but a few hawk's eyes!

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  17. 1 hour to go-
    Let me add a few lines: It may be a dress
    Good one is hard to pick up but easy to shed, but a bad one is easy to pick up but hard to shed.

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  18. Thank you Kishore for the merry go round.

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  19. Thanks all, for liking the buck. I hope none felt "What the buck!"

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  20. Didn't realize that it was Neyartha one till I came to this blog. For some reason I didn't glance at the byline & just assumed that it was a Gridman one.

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  21. The answer to the quiz requiring a five-letter word pruned to something is ... Sorry, I am not in the custom of revealing answers prematurely or even later,

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    1. Is it hard to get a part of the answer?

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    2. Paddy came close with an inference of dress...:-)

      Why keep the suspense?

      It is HABIT - something hard to shed.

      Drop H - you are left with A BIT.
      Drop A - you are left with a BIT.
      and finally
      Drop B - you are still left with IT.

      So folks, take care while picking a habit.

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    3. Richard,

      My post was: Is it hard to get a part of the answer? Hard = H + A + Part = BIT. H A BIT

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    4. Raghunath sent me the answer by personal email at 3-56 pm. Thanks Raghu.

      And the prize is this honourable mention. :-)

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    5. CV also alluded to 'Custom'.

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    6. oh yes, sorry, CV. I didn't pay serious attention.

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  22. Richard,

    Did you notice this part of my answer-
    "Good one is hard to pick up but easy to shed, but a bad one is easy to pick up but hard to shed."
    I did not want to reveal an hour before the deadline!

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    1. Sorry, Your Honour, a mention for you as well..;-)

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  23. Riddles galore from Ban-galore and Man-galore !!!

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    1. My yesterday 1035am's PAE is still unresolved !

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    2. Solving your abbreviations needs lot of skill, imagination and patience, which we lack, hence your yesterday's 1035 AM remains.....! (I think) :)

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    3. The answer,of course, is in the same thread !

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