Friday, 6 June 2014

No.11104, Friday 6 June 2014, Arden

Awesome anagrams and deletions from Arden

70 years back it was D Day

1 Dollar diplomacy may be ignoring old lady’s cry (8) PROCLAIM (DOLLAR DIPLOMACY-OLD LADY)*
5 Cancel investor participation in foreign currency (6) REPEAL (PE in REAL, PE=private equity=investor participation)
10 Somehow tries to cross a river and retaliate (7) RIPOSTE (TRIES* around PO)
11 The latest news at university on girl friends (7) UPDATES (UP DATES)
12 Stop when everything gets underway (5) STALL (ALL under ST.)
13 Difficult to learn this French forbearance (9) TOLERANCE (TO LEARN CE(=this in French))*
14 Spirited confidence or national valour? (5,7) DUTCH COURAGE (2)
           Many a time this spirited confidence emanates out of a bottle, maybe that is why bottle is slang for nerve
18 A month of assertion showing intention for a European recovery program (8,4) MARSHALL PLAN (MAR SHALL PLAN)
21 Subdue with force after it’s finished (9) OVERPOWER (POWER after OVER)
           When a winner in an election may overpower a sitting member, for whom power is over
23 A religious man shows no hesitation to have simple fare (5) BROTH (BROTHer)
24 Doctor trained to offer a substitute (5-2) TRADE IN (TRAINED)*

25 Sign of nervousness about anti-revolutionary film (7) TITANIC (TIC about ANTI*)
26 Soldier’s fast to give in (6) RELENT (RE LENT)
27 One is practical introducing arithmetic… lovely! (8) ADORABLE (A DOABLE around R for arithmetic)

1 Flock to a city hospital (6) PARISH (PARIS H)
          With the brother in 23a, I almost thought there was a theme coming up
2 Some of what Hannah provides reaches up to Annie, perhaps (6) ORPHAN (T<)
3 In the end, the winner has it (4,5) LAST LAUGH (CD)
4 Ancient, wild — it’s making them look alike (9,5) IDENTICAL TWINS (ANCIENT WILD IT'S)*

6 Senior shipyard worker hasn’t started work (5) ELDER (wELDER)
7 This guy from Europe’s insane to travel (8) ESTONIAN (INSANE TO)*
8 Heard song held up practice (8) LISTENED (LIED about NETS<)
9 Is crippled, but works for people’s welfare (6-8) PUBLIC SPIRITED (IS CRIPPLED BUT)* See comments
15 It’s brutal on a working capital (4,5) ULAN BATOR (BRUTAL ON A)*
16 Fake old permits in circulation (8) IMPOSTER (O PERMITS*)
17 Crash in open season (4,4) FREE FALL (FREE FALL)
19 American tramp’s got new book, will socialise (6) HOBNOB (N in HOBO, B)
20 The French follow fashion and chewing gum (6) CHICLE (LE after CHIC)
          Remembered the first chewing gum we had in India - Chiclets
22 Lifted partly from a pioneer publication, to show off (5) PREEN (T<)


  1. Some really good ones from Arden - updates, broth, titanic, relent, listened.

    9 Is crippled, but works for people’s welfare (6-8) PUBLIC SPIRITED (IS CRIPPLED BUT)*

    Is the anagram fodder missing an I ?

    1. The original clue was: ' One is crippled, but works for people's welfare' . I missed typing 'one' while sending the puzzle. Mistake is entirely mine.

  2. For a change, not too taxing, but quite fun! Thank you Arden, for an entertaining puzzle. :)

  3. 8 Heard song held up practice (8) LISTENED (LIED about NETS<)

    What is the link btn 'practice' and 'nets' pl?

    1. Is it? Mind throwing some more light pl?

    2. When one is at the nets, he is at a practice session

    3. NETS: Net practice in cricket.

  4. 24A - Hyphen missed in the answer, but made up with high fun in the cartoon...


  5. 25 Sign of nervousness about anti-revolutionary film (7) TITANIC (TIC about ANTI*)

    Is 'Revolutionary" an Anagram Ind or Reversal Ind ? I am confused.

    1. I have come across both usages.

    2. Reversal is a subset of anagram too

    3. Sign of nervousness : tic
      about : cont. ind
      anti : Anag. fodder
      revolutionary : Angrind

  6. Further to Dutch courage, bottle etc., a couple of doubts -

    1. Does intake of alcohol release bottled-up emotions?

    2. Does someone who tipples in the open qualify to be called 'public-spirited'?

    Just kidding.

    1. You seem to quite upbeat. Did you have one? ;-)

    2. I indulge in it only on part-time basis, occasionally.

      But the questions have remained unanswered.

    3. I only know that it lifts the spirits and an OD makes the morning dispirited.

    4. Part-time basis, occasionally and full-time basis, regularly??

    5. Liked the word 'regularly', which is regularly found in crossies.

    6. The association of terms or phrases with place names (including countries) is interesting. I think we had discussed this in this forum earlier. Here are some more examples:
      Dutch courage Going Dutch Dutch auction
      Scarborough fair American football French cricket
      French kiss French fries Italian job
      Swiss army knife Maltese cross German measles
      Delhi belly Siamese Twins Arabian nights
      Russian roulette Chinese checkers Singapore sling
      Scotch pancake English Breakfast Yorkshire pudding
      Venice whirls Irish coffee Turkish delights
      Jamaica rum Cheshire cat Irish setter
      British bulldog Welsh rabbit Maltese falcon

    7. Jaipur foot
      Bombay blood (might need a revision now)
      Stockholm Syndrome

      Jodhpurs by itself.

      CV - how about Mysore Pak and Maddur Vada?

    8. India rubber, Tasmanian devil, German shepherd. Dogs have names associated with places

    9. @Richard Maddur vada reminds me of Kishore's clue in Kannada xword :) ( I gave wrong answer for this :P )

    10. LV, have you tasted Maddur vada anytime?

    11. In Tamil Nadu hotels we have
      Mysore bonda
      Mangalore bonda

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    13. In our part of the country, bOnDa, with a longer 'o' syllable is the delicacy, while bonDa with a shorter syllable is tender coconut!

    14. Isn't Maddur on way to Mysore from Bangalore? I tasted the vada there, while we were going to Kabini wildlife park.

    15. Your are absolutely right, Raghu. It is in Mandya district.

    16. I am missing Mangalore's goli baje.

    17. Drop in sometime. We can go to Car Street (I guess you are familiar with it.)

    18. @Richard Yes ,recently when I visited my cousin's place :) ( My cousin's wife is from Bangalore .So whenever we visit her place , she will prepare these items. )
      Thanks for the link . :)

    19. Thanks. Will drop in there sometime. Yes. I am very familiar with old Mangalore, (1966-71,1973-77). Stayed in Surathkal, Hampankatta, car street and Kunjathbail (MCF Colony). Missing Komal's, Woodside hotel etc.

  7. Missed a few, but still 'Thank you' Arden for an adorable CW. Missed the deletion in 1A- so well hidden. So I did not have the last laugh!

  8. I found LISTENED and ADORABLE were too tough to parse. Thanks to the Blog, I could get them now.

    1. I missed one more. REPEAL too was tough.

    2. R for aRithmetic is fairly common and is often referred to as 3 R's- Reading, wRiting & aRithmetic.

    3. Thanks Paddy, knew the 3 R's alright but couldn't get 'doable' = ''is practical'' in 27 Across clue!

  9. Arden is stranger not being saint!

  10. Another ARDEN special craft, that left me hpovering over a few clues.

    Richard: Is Medddur vada a variation of Tamil nadu's Medu vada? Why is one variety called Aama Vada? Yes, when asked? Here in Coimbatore, they are huge in size !

    Venkatesh: How about Irish stew, Sunday Roast, Dancing Derwish and Dancing Matilda( from Australia)? Turkish towels and delights? Hamburger and Frankfurter? Not to forget Arabian nights?

    Bonda in Coorgi means beda? Don't want?

    Again, why in Mangalore, Karnataka places are named as Manjal bail and

  11. to continue : Kunjatbail -- What does Bail mean?

    1. Many places in coastal Karnataka have suffixes like 'bail' or 'adka' which means a meadow or a grazing ground. (It has an equivalent in Kannada - 'bayalu'.)

      With a plethora of such names around us here, we can very well imagine how green this region may have been in the days of yore.

      As for 'bOnda' in Coorg language, I don't know how you missed an anecdote I mentioned here last month or so. It was specially meant for you and Sapna. I will add the link soon.

      Regarding Maddur Vada, it has nothing to do with 'medu vada'. As discussed above, it is named after Maddur, a town between Mysore and Bangalore, from where it originated.

    2. Raju, further to my 1:13 post:

      You can read the bonda story here: Sunday crossword No 2792, May 25, 2014

      Read my post @ 9:08 am.

    3. Of course, I did see that story on 25th May. Thanks. For your information, I know a spattering of Kodagu language because of my late father-in-law and a coorgi colleague called Cariappa. Sapna and I do not speak this language as she had no opportunity to learn, since her Mother was from MP and father from Coorg and she was bred in Bombay and Singapore and later on, we both had moved to Nairobi.At home here, we speak in Hindi and English whereas, both our kids unfortunately do not speak any of the Indian languages, though they follow Hindi well thanks to films and their childhood in Nairobi. Language can be such a bonding factor and hence I have a deep respect for all the iNdian languages. Alas for the Now generation kids , limited to English and maybe French or Spanish ! And to add to the gene-pool confusion, my son has married a Japanese and daughter is married to a boy- a hybrid of Lucknowi father, and a mother who has an American mother and Bellarusian father !! a mini UN in my family !!

  12. Talking about food (Bonda, Vada etc), reminds me of a joke that goes like this :

    Two ladies are in a restaurant. One complains, "You know, the food here is horrible." The other shakes her head and adds, "And such small portions."

  13. Nice cw.11 a- enjoyed the pun&punch therein.3,17d good teasers.18a-able to crack thanks to cw solver.But what is amonth of assertion in the context where no month is not clear. But anyway, a thorough entertainer.Thank you Arden.

    1. Month is MAR, short for March
      Assertion is SHALL