Friday, 15 December 2017

No 12189, Friday 15 Dec 2017, Sunnet


Today onwards on Fridays, only the blank clues will be posted. All those who are silent followers of the blog are requested to post answers with annotations in the comments section. There is no limit on how many answers you want to give. In your own interest please avoid looking up the answers from the interactive version.

The regular blog will replace the clues at 4 PM after which anyone is free to comment. 

Thanks everyone for the great response. Here is the regular blog 

Plenty of Indian references in the musical today. A tribute to Spinner? Shouldn't some have been  indicated as Indian?

ACROSS
1   Jerusalem — a drastically suppressed city (6) MADRAS [T]
4   Obduracy of oldest man with broken cane (8) ADAMANCE {ADAM}{CANE*}
10 Resident's claim — It isn't STD (5,4) LOCAL CALL {LOCAL} {CALL}
11 Load the top five nuptial pants (5) INPUT NUPTIal*
12 Sends shoes (5) PUMPS [DD]
13 Monster ragThis can be used as rocket fuel (9) HYDRAZINE {HYDRA}{ZINE}
14 Marijuana cigarettes for midshipmen perhaps (7) REEFERS [DD]
16 Paper on a musical pattern (4) RAGA {RAG}{A}
19 To not become fashionable (4) ?O?E Still Pending (Addendum - TONE {TO}{NE} - See comments)
21 Force attendant to act violently (7) RAMPAGE {RAM}{PAGE}
24 Scream to untangle a jute lace (9) EJACULATE*
25 Free book about California (5) VOCAL {VO{CA}L}
26 Perched on fashionable material (5) SATIN {SAT}{IN}
27 Fair share of model (9) SHOWPIECE {SHOW}{PIECE}
28 Trash direction by Non-Bengali (8) NONSENSE {NON}{SEN}{SE}
29 A right time zone creator (6) ARTIST {A}{RT}{IST}

DOWN
1   My city's opening of 1 locality (8) MYLAPORE {MY}{LA}{PORE}
2   Time to almost completely festoon a block of glowing wood (8) DECEMBER {DECk}{EMBER}
3   Perhaps X and Y gather fifty rods (5) AXLES {AX{L}ES}
5   Conman's escape into northbound road (7) DELUDER {ELUDE} in {RD<=}
6   GrandmaI'm playing an instrument (9) MRIDANGAM*
7   Sleep on relative's towel (6) NAPKIN {NAP}{KIN}
8   Spanish side announced prize (6) ESTEEM {ES}{TEEM}(~team)
9   It has bishop inside assemblies (6) SABHAS {SA}{B}{HAS}
15 New Queen's half in love with this French fluency (9) ELOQUENCE {LOve} in {QUEEN}*{CE}
17 Rich take mobile to concert (8) KATCHERI*
18 Determined to find an extremely hot place that's corrupt (4-4) HELL-BENT {HELL}-{BENT}
20 Goes by England's slips (7) ELAPSES {E}{LAPSES}
21 Antelope's smell had body odour (6) REEBOK {REE{BO}K}
22 Salt spring perhaps (6) SEASON [DD]
23 Rush owns a dozen. You must take away two (6) HASTEN {HAS}{TEN}(12-2)
25 Six to a poisonous creature (5) VIPER {VI}{PER}

GRID

155 comments:

  1. 4A oldest man = Adam anc y
    10A resident - local claim - call local call is not STD
    13A monster - hydra (greek mythology) zine - informal magazine rag
    6D grandma im anagram mridangam
    18 d hot place - hell corrupt bent

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  2. 15 D Eloquence
    (Queen)* around lo+ ce

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  3. Hi I'm Dr Jyotsna Deo from Navi Mumbai

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  4. 16A paper (rag) on A MUSICAL PATTERN raga

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  5. Newbie, irregular Commenters are advised to post whatever answers they have without bothering about any repetitions from previous Comments. The idea is we want people to come out of oblivion.
    We will be happy if they also add a line as to the location from where they are posting.
    Thanks, Dr Jyotsana.

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  6. 26A perched(sat) on fashionable(in) MATERIAL satin

    Hi I'm Lt Col A Balaji(Retd) from Dindigul, TN.

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    1. Welcome Col Balaji. So we had another Col in the woodwork :-)

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  7. 7D Sleep(nap) on relative's(kin) TOWEL napkin

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  8. 7D Sleep(nap) on relative's(kin) TOWEL napkin

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  9. 2d. December, 1d mylapore, 9d Sabhas,16a raga, 27a showpiece,21d Reebok

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    1. Firdaus,
      There is no point in just listing out the answers. Please provide the annotations also so that we know that you are clear on how the answer is derived

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    1. Can we have your real name. This seems to be your office ID :-)

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  11. 14A marijuana cigarettes (reefers) for midshipmen (work on ships reefer is short for refrigerated ship)DD

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    1. 1A :JerusaleM A DRAStically..city. MADRAS
      Hi .. I am Chandrasekhar from Hyderabad, a regular follower of this blog from 8 years.

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  12. To introduce myself I am Dr Murali (Earl)

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  13. 12A sends SHOES (pumps) type of shoes

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  14. 21A force(ram) attendent (page) TO ACT VIOLENTLY rampage

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  15. 9D habits
    (It has)* around b
    & Lit

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    1. Dr. the answer and anno need to be revised

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  16. 29A artist
    A +RT+ IST (ind STD time)

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  17. Sorry...on way to airport..
    1 AC is Madras(concealed word)..hope it's not already sent
    Dr. Mukund Jagannathan
    Plastic Surgeon Mumbai

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    1. Welcome Dr Mukund. Will be meeting you on 24th at the IXL finals. Hope you are attending to reinforce your 20th placing

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    2. Yes sir😀...despite an unshakeable sinking feeling that I am out of my league...I shall give it my best shot. Just landed in Lucknow..hence the delay in responding

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  18. 3d. Axles. X and Y perhaps gives Axes, around L (fifty in Roman Numerals).

    I am Harsha. I dabble in crosswords occasionally, presently an amateur.

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    1. Welcome Harsha!The way you have deciphered the answer you will soon become a pro

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  19. Sorry..doing this in transit..on the phone. In serious danger of missing flight

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    1. Hope you catch the flight. Bon Voyage!

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  20. I am happy to see many doctors in the operations!

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  21. 23D RUSH owns(has) a dozen. You must take away two. Dozen - two is ten. Hasten

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  22. Thank you Col Gopinath . Have been doing THC a long time and have until now been a silent follower of the blog.

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  23. 1A jerusaleM A DRAStically suppressed city

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  24. Hi this is Dr. Ashwini Nabar from Versova.

    24A- ejaculate
    (A jute lace)*

    7D-napkin
    Charade. Nap+kin.

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  25. 17D katcheri rich+ take , concert

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  26. Hi this is Dr. Ashwini Nabar from Versova.

    24A- ejaculate
    (A jute lace)*

    7D- napkin
    Nap+ kin
    Charade

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    1. Welocme Ashwini. You have an ace setter at home :-)

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    2. Still trying to decipher him!:) Jokes apart, he really enjoys setting clues and is very much inspired by you all.

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  27. 11A LOAD the top five NUPTIal pants
    Input

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  28. 11A LOAD the top five NUPTIal pants
    Input

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  29. Yet to come in:
    ACROSS: 11 and 19
    DOWN: 5, 8 and 17

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  30. Has 21 AC been done..
    Reebok...Ree(Bo)k

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  31. 11A INPUT NUPTI*(top 5 of Nuptial)

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  32. Replies
    1. Welcome Sridharan, Annotation also to be given

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  33. 8D esteem sounds like es + team

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  34. I am glad that my suggestion, kindly accepted and implemented by my friend Col Deepak Gopinath (through only this blog), encouraged by several approvals from fellow-members (most of whom also I came to know through this estimable blog), is successful.

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  35. 18D hell+bent determined hot and corrupt

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  36. A very novel initiative by you Col! Nice to see so many new names participating in the blog. May the cruciverbalists' tribe increase!

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  37. Thanks to all the firstimers who have commented till now. I will be replacing the blank clues with the regular blog post at 4 PM so you'll can have alook then in case some of the annotations are not clear.

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  38. 5D CONMAN's escape(elude) into northbound road(rd=dr) deluder

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  39. I am waiting for someone to solve 19A with it's annotation as I have not got it myself

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  40. DECEMBER is KATCHERI SEASON in MADRAS.
    People HASTEN and there could be a RAMPAGE in SABHAS in and around MYLAPORE to listen to the VOCAL concerts. (more for the canteens!!)

    Elsewhere someone over a LOCAL CALL is
    HELL BENT to showoff her ELOQUENCE and knowledge.
    "I am in a hurry now to see RaGa you know"
    (What NONSENSE. One can only listen and enjoy a RAGA).

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  41. 23 d
    Has TEN ( twelve minus two)
    Hasten for rush
    SRIDHARAN

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  42. 5d
    D elude r
    Deluder for conman
    V.L.SRIDHARAN

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  43. A tremendous response! Superlative performance by all participants...Thanks for the great suggestion CV Sir and successful implementation Col. The blog is alive with the sound of cryptics :)

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  44. Is ORKUT in the making again?

    I recall our Orkut days when we all used to contribute our limited quota daily. Most enjoyable time then.

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  45. 19A to not become fashionable. Bore. Think it's a DD

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  46. Replies
    1. Welcome Kalsri, you need to provide the annotation also

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  47. Mega Hit!!!
    Welcome aboard to all new entrants who have been waiting on the sidelines. THCC family is getting bigger & better. 2 cheers to CV & Col.!

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  48. 94 comments already. A lively session.

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  49. Replies
    1. Kalsri, please provide annotation, doesn't matter even if the annotation being attempted is incorrect

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    2. A little modification required in the anno.

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  50. Super Col & CV Sir ! Very good idea & it is a great success:)

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  51. Great to see so many people comment. Kudos to CV and Col for the suggestion and action!

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  52. 10A: Resident= Local, Claim= Call. Not an STD= Local Call
    26A: Perched= Sat, Fashionable= In. Material= Satin
    28A: Trash= Non-Sense.(Non+Sen+Se), Non+Sen (Bengali)+ SE from direction - Here we take S& E from the 4 directions
    29A: Creator= Artist (A+ RT from Right+ IST from Time zone)
    3D: Rods= Axles: X&Y indicates Axes+ L for Fifty in Roman numerals
    6D: Mridangam- Anagram from Grandma +Im
    7D: Towel= Napkin. Sleep= Nap+ Relative= Kin
    17D: Katcheri- Anagram of Rich+ Take
    18D: Determined= Hell Bent. Extremely Hot Place= Hell+ Corrupt= Bent
    25D: Poisonous Creature= Viper. Six= VI (Roman Numeral) + A~ Per

    I have been a follower of this blog for many years now. Whatever little I have learnt about solving crosswords is all from here. Here is my chance to say thanks finally!. I am a Chartered Accountant from Chennai.

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    1. 10 solves at a go with very accurate parsing. Good show.

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    2. 1A Madras Hidden.
      21A Ram + Page.
      24A Ejaculate = a jute lace anagram.
      2D. December = Deck -k + ember
      16D Katcheri = rich take anagram
      25D Viper. To a is per?
      25A could be vocal. But not sure.
      Nice to see Madras December Katherine as answers on the first day of Margazhi.

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    3. This is Vanchinathan A professor of mathematics from Chennai.

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  53. Must be closer to all time high and maybe the highest for a weekday.

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  54. great to see so many newcomers to the blog (not to cryptics).19A mystifies me too

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    1. Vasant has the anno. Will have to wait till 4 for it

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  55. 19A:TONE
    TO=TO
    NOT=NE(From wikitionary:ne: used in many ways to mean not, anyway,etc)

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    1. Vasant I think NE stands for Not equal to or not to be more precise

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    2. Ne Prefix prepended to adjectives to create an adjective denoting a negative meaning (ne (“not”))

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    3. (obsolete) Not.
      1481, William Caxton, Lyf of the Noble and Crysten Prynce, Charles the Grete:
      I ne entende but onely to reduce thauncyent ryme in to ...

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    4. Tone was the last in. Parsing too was difficult. Ne for not equal didnt strike me..but ne=nay first struck...googling took me to wikitionary definition

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  56. I am off to Pune now for a get-together of my army coursemates, we were together in IMA for a year and were commissioned into the army 41 years ago to the day

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  57. Mr.Vanchinathan, one of the commenters here is having a Whatsapp group, where he posts 1 Tamil Cryptic clue daily at 6 am & answer with anno for it at around 9 pm.Arvind introduced me to this group.

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  58. Thanks Col. for the new blog format that has encouraged so many first time commentators.
    Thanks every one for solving. For folks who have commented for the first time (and every body else), please share your feedback about the CW, what you liked, what you did not like etc. This is one of the few forums for setters to get feedback and it helps us improve.

    Ramesh (Sunnet)

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    1. Thanks for a nice puzzle, Sunnet. I enjoyed the clues for Hell bent, rampage and Satin. I managed to solve 11 clues and the ones I missed as usual I felt why I missed.
      My personal difficulties are using RESIDENT to mean LOCAL (the latter I think of as an adjective, so find it difficult to match it with the noun resident. Of course I've used local as a noun in that sense, but not sure it was acceptable!)
      Another difficulty I faced in 27Ac. Share for piece (Show piece) I find it was not something that comes to me naturally.Purely personal observations. ---Vanchinathan

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    2. Resident is also used as an adjective at times- like a resident student/ Prof.

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    3. Sunnet puzzles offers a lot!A theme, pangram and the clues themselves are extremely good!Keep them coming!

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  59. The theme for today's CW was the Chennai Katcheri season that usually starts on Dec 15th

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    1. Fantastic theme!
      Could only get katcheri(despite it being an anagram) because of the theme

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  60. About the need for indicator for Indian-
    Margazhi- Tamil month (Dec.15th- Jan 14th)- is the Music season with lots of Katchris in various Sabhas in Madras. This is so very well known with lots of Indians coming over from all parts of the world that no special mention is needed. The puzzle absolutely well timed- on the dot,so to say. One can almost say (like Neyartha) some clues need no definition.

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  61. Marathon entries ever ?! I knew there are many solvers out there , than those who appear here, from the ICL entries, but wondered why they are not to be seen here. CV has always pioneered new ideas here and Col Deepak is ever democratic and ready to play ball. Welcome to all the new commenters , not newbies ( as they are already unknown solvers and addicts, I'd say !) . Why and where were they hiding ? One request. Please don't develop cold feet and disappear, as we are all learners in this blog to the extent that each compiler comes out with new ideas and tricks that are challenging. Keep the ball rolling Col. None is happier than me to see our tribe ( not just THCC family !) expanding. One aspect of cryptic crossword is to consume your egoism and efface you to be humble as there is always one more compiler out there, to challenge your talent and improve the craft of cruciverbalism. Welcome aboard, ye-all !

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  62. Thank you, Sunnet. Are Katcheri and Mridangam in the English dictionary? If not, can OED and Chambers count them in , if not done already? Wikipedia features all these amnd many more Indian words. English language is eclectic and secular ( unlike our dear Nation ??)

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