Friday, 6 April 2018

No 12284, Friday 06 Apr 2018, Dr. X


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

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ACROSS
1   Swinging dulyI veer to knock out middle stump? (8) DELIVERY {DuLY+I+VEER}* &lit
5   Sends unsolicited emails featuring a bit of scam by jerks (6) SPASMS {SPA{Scam}MS}
10 Story’s terribly violent! Avoid it (5) NOVEL ViOLENt*
11 Minor issues about embracing 21 Dn. in front of everyone (5-4) SMALL TIME {M}{ALL} in {EMITS<=}
12 Scotsman who doesn’t get high? (9) LOWLANDER [CD]
13 One that’s raising dough; so far collected a dollar (5) YEAST {YE{A}{S}T}
14 Extremely canny, possesses a large amount of cunning (6) CRAFTY {Cann{RAFT}Y}
15 Scrap in bar! Essentially needs this guy? (7) BOUNCER {Ba{OUNCE}R} &lit
18 Hurried back to cut under pressure! Lost wicket finally to catch (7) ENSNARE {tENS{RAN<=}E}
20 Ignore fool entering pub, disheartened and unknown (4,2) PASS BY {Pu{ASS}B}{Y}
22 Plot to take off disregarding loan (5) TRACT subTRACT
24 Group engaged in popping Viagra to eliminate ultimately embarrassing ailment (9) VARICELLA {CELL} in {VIAgRA}*
25 Temporarily having fight in flat (9) BORROWING {BOR{ROW}ING}
26 Strangely sedate! Not a spirited horse (5) STEED SEDaTE*
27 Quits alcohol essentially! Takes a bit of strength however (4,2) EVEN SO {EVEN}{alcOhol} over {St...h}
28 Intense depression basically, despite appearances (4,4) DEEP DOWN {DEEP} {DOWN}

DOWN
1   Hang damn crook (6) DANGLE {D}{ANGLE}
2   Energetic people — Getting in touch with them could be hair-raising? (4,5) LIVE WIRES [DD]
3   Indecent figures in mathematics? (6,9) VULGAR FRACTIONS [CD]
4   Steady run-making? It was once usual in test matches (4,3) REST DAY {STEADY+R}*
6   You must make a better effort to provide superior protection to members? (4,4,5,2) PULL YOUR SOCKS UP [C&DD]
7   Story about one antelope (5) SAIGA {SA{1}GA}
Mongolia Saiga tatarica.jpg

8   What astronomers do after receiving a blow to the head? (3,5) SEE STARS [DD]
9   Unknown barge around European city (6) ZAGREB {Z}{BARGE}*
16 Spanish gentleman's diabolical role at the bottom of secret plot (9) CABALLERO {CABAL}{ROLE}*
17 Make reservation at restaurant? Can be achieved (8) GETTABLE {GET}{TABLE}
19 Abandoning college, novices composed ends of ballades (6) ENVOIS NOVIcES*
20 Craft of religious rascal (7) PIROGUE {PI}{ROGUE}

Pirogues Madagascar.jpg

By Bernard Gagnon - Own workCC BY-SA 3.0Link
21 Lacking husband, I had men in a tizzy? (6) MAIDEN {I+hAD+MEN}* &lit
23 Accepted detailed eco-friendly accord (5) AGREE {A}{GREEn}

GRID

100 comments:

  1. 1 Across: Swinging duly, I veer to knock out middle stump? (8)
    Delivery.
    Anagram(Swinging) of Duly I veer delete(knock out) U(middle stUmp)
    The whole clue reads as the definition.
    21 Down: Lacking husband, I had men in a tizzy? (6)
    Maiden. Another "I" clue and another & Lit
    Anagram(in a tizzy) of "I had men" delete H (Lacking Husband)
    2 Down: Energetic people — Getting in touch with them could be hair-raising? (4,5)
    Live Wires Double definition with the second one puny and cryptic.
    Loved this one. Chuckle!
    8 Down: What astronomers do after receiving a blow to the head? (3,5)
    See Stars.
    Another DD with the second one puny & cryptic too.
    More chuckles!
    17 Down: Make reservation at restaurant? Can be achieved (8)
    Gettable which can be achieved and if you make reservation at a restaurant you would Get Table

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    1. Perfect Srinidhi! Like father, like daughterπŸ˜€

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    2. Thank you all. This is really encouraging.
      I get about 15-20 minutes for crosswords in the morning. I solve about 6-8 clues. I write the annos in an exercise book. In the evenings if I get time I read this blog.
      Summer Vacations for class XIIth begin on 29th April. Hope to devote more time then. Perhaps complete one unfinished crossword, do more puzzles.

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  2. 10 ac NOVEL violent _ it
    26 ac STEED anagram of sedate without a
    1 dn DANGLE Damn+angle (crook)
    4dn REST DAY steady+Run
    13ac YEAST a s (dollar) in yet(so far)
    13ac YEAST

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    1. A doubt Doc about d = Damn?

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    2. Yes Damn= D is listed in Chambers Crossword Dictionary Raghu. Am trying to check out the context.

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    3. Apart from Chambers Crossword Dictionary, it is listed on several websites for abbreviations. I think it was used primarily to avoid using a swear word :) D! cant think of anything else!

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    4. Ok. Never encountered it earlier.

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    5. the D-WORD in US Vulgar is F-WORD.

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    6. Expletives in comics would be represented by stars, daggers etcπŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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  3. 5A. SPASMS. sends unsolicited emails - spams,bit of scam -s
    12A. LOWLANDER. Scotsman - highlander, doesn't get high-low.
    26A. STEED. sedate -a *
    4D. REST DAY. STEADY Run*
    6D. PULL YOUR SOCKS UP. DD

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    1. Balaji, your anno of 5A needs a re-look

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  4. 18 a-ENSNARE= Catch
    Nar= ran(hurried) back
    In TENSE- T(end of wicket)
    25 a- BORROWING= temporarily having
    ROW= fight inside BORING= flat

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  5. 19D) {NOVI(-C)ES}* = ENVOIS
    24A) {VIA(-G)AR(CELL)A*} = VARICELLA
    16D) {(CABAL)(ROLE)*} = CABALLERO
    20A) P(ASS)(-U)B(Y) = PASSBY
    21D) {I(-H)ADMEN}* = MAIDEN

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    1. Since 21D was already given
      15A) B(-A)(OUNCE)R = BOUNCER; scrap = ounce

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    2. And semi-&lit. Whole clue leads to answer.

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    3. 24A) extra "a" has crept in; read as
      {VIA(-G)R(CELL)A*}

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    4. Yes and very well solved Karthikeyan!

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    5. Varicella - aka chicken pox-- a nasty summer affliction that puts one in spots ! I had it years ago and it kept me down home-bound for one month !

      Typical of the DOC X to use the medical term for this virus .

      ENVOIS - CGB should know !

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    6. Satyen Nabar@9:23:+1..KPS is a seasoned solver it seems

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  6. 3 d- VULGAR=Indecent FRACTIONS= Figures
    In Mathematics

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    1. Cryptic Definition. The whole clie reads as a definition; no wordplay is involved

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    2. See the list under 'Annotations' on the Left Hand Side of this page

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    3. vasant ji, but the word play does lead to answer in this case. doesnt it become semi&

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    4. Not really. If we read the whole clue there is only cryptic element involved "indecent"

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    5. Or Indecent figures in mathematics cryptically defines Vulgar Fractions

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  7. 14 a- CRAFTY= Cunning
    RAFT= heaps inside CY= ends of Canny

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  8. Thanks Doc for a few words of my favourite game. Nice one

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    1. My favourite game too! Thanks Raghu :)

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    2. More specifically test cricket

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    3. Favourite for almost all of us.
      Surprised at remembering the 'Rest day'!! Looks like ancient times.
      Thanks Doc. for an enjoyable CW with quite a few chuckles- Stars on the heads of astronomers,to name one.

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    4. Oh yes Raghu, Cricket is Test Cricket of course. The real deal! No shorter form of the game can ever match up to the delights of the 5-day game, with or without Rest Day! .
      Thanks Paddy :)

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    5. +1 for all the comments here. I remember following test cricket on radio..remember hearing the commentary of the'79 test between Ind & Eng at Ovals & Gavaskar's magnificient 221..from that time to now when you get almost all matches across the globe live it continues to fascinate(like the last test between NZ & Eng..what a thrilling contest!)

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  9. 7 d- SAIGA= A type of antelope
    SAGA= story around I= one

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  10. 14a CRAFTY C{RAFT}Y = cunning. Raft = large amount in C..Y (i.e. extremely cunning)
    28a DEEP DOWN = inner feeling despite appearances also intense depression (DD)
    7d SAIGA = Asian antelope; SAGA (story) about I(one)
    9d ZAGREB = Capital City of Croatia Z (unknown) + BARGE*
    20d PIROGUE = canoe in Central America (craft) PI = pious (religious) ROGUE (rascal)

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    1. 28A Intense= Deep, Depression= Down
      Def: Basically, despite appearances

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  11. 23dn AGREE A (ccepted)gree(n)
    Eco-firiendly de tailed

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    1. I found this clue would work well even without 'eco-friendly'!

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    2. Not really Mr Prasad.
      Accepted= A (abbrev)
      Detailed= Last letter Deletion ind
      Eco-friendly= Green. Gree(-n)
      Accord= Agree.

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    3. Thank you, doctor. I looked at it this way. Accepted detailed (eco-friendly) accord. Accepted = agreed. De-tailed, agree.

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    4. Yes I see that. In retrospect, I could have made it less ambiguous with... 'A detailed eco-friendly accord'. Thanks for the input.

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    5. Perhaps but the clue as it is has a very meaningful surface story..this version is perhaps pithier

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  12. Yet to be solved
    Across - 11, 22, 27

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  13. 11a) Small time
    Emits<= around m+all

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    1. Dr.X
      Defn: Plot
      take off =subtract
      disregarding = deletion indicator
      how do we get loan=sub?

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    2. Hi Karthikeyan Sub= Loan. Check at Oxford Dictionary.

      Sub :

      BRITISH

      an advance or loan against expected income.

      "‘I've got no money.’ ‘Want a sub?’"

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    3. sub (noun, is a loan or advance given in leiu of expected salary usually paid or deducted in the next month wages). like the salary advance given to employees.

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    4. Thanks doc; it's there in Chambers as well under "sub"
      However sub is not listed in the word "loan";

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  15. 27a) Even so
    Quits- even + o(alcohol essentially)+ s

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  16. 11A SMALL TIME-( MINOR) ALL (every one) 21D-M (maiden) TIES (issues) not sure if issues can be ties

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  17. I thought the anno is mites* (issues; mite = small child or animal) around M (from Maiden 21d) + ALL (everyone) S{M}{ALL}TIME*

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    1. Hi Mike. Issues= Emits. About is Reversal ind = EMITS rev = STIME. Embracing M+ALL

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    2. mite is small person not necessarily child.

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    3. He has a point as MITE = any small person or animal, especially a child that is pitied

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    4. Yes I agree, but then it would become an indirect anagram Sir.

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    1. How can I be the definition?

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    2. Prasad it is an & Lit clue: the whole clue is the defintion & all words are part of wordplay.

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  19. Swinging must be the def.
    (duly I veer-U)*

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    1. It is &lit clue Paddy. Swinging is the anag ind. Whole clue leads to Delivery.

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    2. swing delivery (noun) is only an example of delivery. least of all knocking out middle stump. swinging and knocking out are incidental to delivery. can it be used in such a way.

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    3. A swinging delivery might uproot the middle stump!For which reason three Australians recently find themselves in the midst of an imbroglioπŸ˜€

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  20. 2d: live wires(dd)
    3d: vulgar fractions - vulgar(indecent)+fractions(numbers)
    6d: pull your socks up(cd)
    17d: gettable (dd)
    20d: pirogue - pi(religious)+rogue(rascal)

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    1. I used to love solving this clue in the past as GETTATABLE = obtainable . Doc's variation is superb !

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    1. Hi it's EVEN+O around S.

      Quits= Even
      AlcOhol essentially= O
      Takes= Container
      A bit of Strength= S (1st letter selection ind)
      However= Even so

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    1. Make reservation at restaurant? = GET TABLE
      Can be achieved = Defintion = GETTABLE

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  23. A stimulating puzzle , Doc ! I relate 1 down and 2 down as DANGLED WIRES that one often sees in our cities which are left uncovered dangerously for unwitting persons to get electrocuted.

    Recently in Aanaikatti here , a stray elephant died due to this carelessness by the TNEB !
    Can they be imprisoned for killing an animal ? If Salman Khan can, why not ? Of course, he will get free by using his megabucks for killing wild endangered bucks. I loved reading all those tweets punning merrily on his conviction. Srinidhi: PUNnING is the word that you should use and not PUNING !

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    1. Raju Sir: Actually I had used Puny. I had read somewhere or someone using this cryptically as pun-y. Of course dictionaries don't define puny as pun-y(as adjective of pun.

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  24. 80 comments(so far) on Friday! What a participation. Reserving Friday has been a revelation.

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  25. 25A. One of the best clues I have come across. Took a while to solve it.

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  26. While in school he was a fast bowler and almost every DELIVERY of his was a BOUNCER. He had difficulty in finding a job. EVEN SO he finally became a bouncer in a night club.
    Days PASS BY...
    A CRAFTY MAIDEN joins the club as a dancer. Many whistled notes and threw some to see if she was GETTABLE. No way.
    DEEP DOWN she was in love with the bouncer.
    Story has a nice ending.
    The bouncer and the dancer AGREE to elope on a REST DAY.

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  27. Since I always forget to update the post at 4 PM I am changing the time to 1 PM for updating with the regular blog

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    1. But why update the post?Since all clues presumably would have been solved if any unsolved clue remains the regulars can solve a la Sunday puzzle
      This would give you at least one day's rest(in addition to Saturdays blogged by Ramesh)

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    2. Those wanting to look at the silutions can go through the comments section for solution.

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