Tuesday, 3 April 2018

No 12281, Tuesday 03 Apr 2018, Incognito

Hungry Kya?

Answer and anno for 17D left for a first-time commenter till 10 AM. Any rookie to identify the theme and all the theme words.

7   That chap led sappers to this place (4) HERE {HE}{RE}
8   Once again sends out manipulated sex report (2-7) RE-EXPORTS*
10 Crooked abattoirs dump damaged bits along with some skin and main arteries (6) AORTAS  {AbATtOiRs}*{Skin}
11 British Rail carries one pound English fruit (8) BILBERRY {B}{1}{LB}{E}{RY}
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By Abrget47j - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
12 Friend fogs fortune-tellers of some sort (8) PALMISTS {PAL}{MISTS}
14 Father consumes an unknown fruit (6) PAPAYA {PAP{A}{Y}A}
16 Fruits and vegetables found around China and the East (7) PEACHES {PEA{CH}{E}S}

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18 Spoilt newt (4,3) WENT BAD {NEWT}* [RA]
21 Endlessly, Indian ascetic at old place — using a bit of tantra — produces probiotic food (6) YOGURT {YOGi}{UR}{Ta...a}
23 Designed gantries for Krypton, for example (5,3) INERT GAS*
25 A student Pharaoh emits ejaculation with unknown radioactive discharge (5,3) ALPHA RAY {A}{L}{PHARAoh}{Y}
27 The Arabic legionary initially improvised explosive device for coalition (6) ALLIED {AL}{Le...y}{IED}
29 Say, perhaps: "Spin doctor's new measure" (9) PRONOUNCE {PRO}{N}{OUNCE}
30 Australian tour operator initially gets little American car (4) AUTO {AU}{Tour}{Op...r}

1   Squash melon promotion material with energy and drink (8) LEMONADE {MELON*}{AD}{E}
2   Minced mate's flesh (4) MEAT*
3   Sir, PCs design chips (6) CRISPS*
4   South European sailor on a ship gets fish (3,4) SEA BASS {S}{E}{AB}{A}{SS}
5   Program the French wrote finally includes good and typical American pastry dish (5,3) APPLE PIE {APP}{LE}{PI}{w..tE}
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6   Live around Rhode Island making cheese (4) BRIE {B{RI}E}
9   Veer, remain right inside (5) STRAY {ST{R}AY}
13 Scotsman gets gold in Àomén (5) MACAU {MAC}{AU}
15 Little exercise by Bird (5) PETIT {PE}{TIT}
17 In absence of setter, extreme confusion about river outside (8) E?T?R?O? (Addendum - EXTERIOR {EXTREme}* about {RIO} - See comments)
19 Itinerant pundits leave dirty studio apartment to get almond flavoured liqueur (8) AMARETTO {studiO+ApARTMEnT}*
20 Rice dish made by Rani by 1 (7) BIRYANI {BY+RANI}*{1}
22 41 Romans captured in "Operation Primrose" (5) OXLIP {O{XLI}P}
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24 Maiden Amelia carries coating material (6) ENAMEL [T]
26 Milne's bear returns ring (4) HOOP<=
28 Hang around for some bread (4) LOAF [DD]



  1. Exterior
    Extreme - me + Rio

  2. Gourmet's delight. Pangs of hunger much before breakfast!

  3. 5D- Def. is only 'Pastry Dish'. 'Pie' from typically american. This is what I found on googling-
    Although apple pies have been eaten since long before the European colonisation of the Americas, "as American as apple pie" is a saying in the United States, meaning "typically American". In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, apple pie became a symbol of American prosperity and national pride.

    1. Paddy you yourself are contradicting your statement that the definition is only Pastry Dish!

    2. No Col. I am only saying 'Typical American' to be excluded from the def. That gives Pie. (APP)(LE)(PIE)
      Def.- Pastry dish
      But I am unable to explain 'wrote finally' which is expected to give E.
      Also, I do not understand how do you get 'Pi' in your anno.

    3. Padmanabhan,
      Too much of googling and researching is bad.
      Program - APP
      the French - LE
      wrote finally E - so LE E
      includes - c/c ind
      good - pious - PI - don't ask how 'ous' disappeared
      and typical American pastry dish - def - actally two defs. if you like

    4. Thank you Col. First time I am coming across this meaning. On checking, I find it may be a short form of 'pious'.

    5. American Pie is a popular Hollywood movie.

    6. CV@ 9.10- advice taken. Just wanted a clarification since I found it a little confusing,esp. the 'pi' part. Now it is all clear. Thank you for the trouble taken.

  4. Replies
    1. PRO Public Relations Officer

    2. Thank you Col. I know that part. My problem was about connecting spin doctor to it. I have since checked it out.

  5. 16a seeds instead of vegetables! technically the pea is a fruit? peas-plant is not edible!


    1. Some vegetables which are botanically fruits (such as tomatoes) are considered to be vegetables in the culinary (eating) sense. A botanist may nod in your favour if you say a tomato is a fruit, but we buy it from a vegetable vendor and not a fruit seller ;)


    2. Chambers says "a vegetable is edible part of a plant other than fruit and seed". Peas as seeds.

    3. An aside on fruits/ vegetables-
      Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad. Brian O'Driscoll

    4. Rem acu tetigesti, Paddy!

      Sree_sree, my copy of Chambers 12th Edition says vegetable n. A plant or part of one used for food, other than those considered to be fruits

    5. Had to google this.
      What Kishore meant is "Hit the nail on'.

  6. Question as a novice
    1A) how do we get RE for sappers

    1. RE is the abbreviation for Regiment of Engineers, more fondly known as Sappers

    2. Actually RE stands for 'Royal Engineers' who are known as 'Sappers and Miners' or Sappers in short

  7. Pete O' BRIEn was the owner of ALLIED AUTO.
    He was an epicurean and loved his LEMONADE, APPLE PIE, SEA BASS MEAT, BIRYANI and to top it all, YOGURT.
    But his business WENT BAD as he took an order to export PEACHES , BILBERRY AND PAPAYA.
    The fruits came back as RE- EXPORTS.
    Forlorn he was found to LOAF and STRAY in the market place. He soon saw some PALMISTS and approached one of them.
    " Your problem line is HERE. Something to do with INERT GAS, carbide and the like".

  8. RE is short for Royal Engineers, a section of the UK armed forces. THey are sappers - or soldiers responsible for tasks such as building and repairing roads and bridges, laying and clearing mines, etc.

  9. Anyone spotted anything else?

  10. Replies
    1. Paddy, please don't delete the comment prior to this !

      That misdirection was intended

    2. I won't! I was fooled alright.

  11. Sap is a synonym of trench. Sappers used to dig trenches, though some sappers take up blogging on crosswords after retirement

  12. And there are sappers who work in SAP software!

  13. If I have to get my AMARETTO, after so many deletions, I'd rather remain a pun dit !

  14. There we go! Raju Vs. Deletion.

  15. Those who are still thinking about the theme, have a close look at the solution grid in the main post.

  16. Thanks Incognito for a foodful(foolful) treat and Col for a spectacular blog & CGB for a lovely story.