Tuesday, 10 April 2018

No 12287, Tuesday 10 Apr 2018, Scintillator


Drowned in the 21D by Scintillator today.

Answer and anno for 20A left for a first time commenter till 10 AM.

ACROSS
1   Small organism has unending vim and vigour (6) VIBRIO {VIm}{BRIO}
4   Arrival put on hold in system? (8) COMPUTER {COM{PUT}ER}
9   Swimming creates fantastic tans (6) NATANT {TAN+TAN}* Thanks to Google
10 Dramatic articles detailed fraud (8) THEATRIC {THE}{A}{TRICk}
12 Makes sure electronic test is over correctly (4,2,2) SEES TO IT {E+TEST+IS+O}*
13 Republican to encourage walls? That's a blow! (6) STROKE {ST{R}OKE}
15 Sermon regularly delivered denigrating saffron? That's cheap (4) NAFF sAFFroN*
16 Slim woman in gym gets hitched without a hitch (10) SWIMMINGLY {SLIM+W+IN+GYM}*
19 Become a landlord and give up one's life in the States (3,3,4) BUY THE FARM [DD]
20 Mere thought is half-finished (4) ?O?D (Addendum - POND PONDered - See comments)
23 There can be no tennis match without this noise (6) RACKET [DD]
25 Choke because of scarf? Dialled 0 to exchange (8) STRANGLE ST(-o+rang)RANGLE
27 Fashionable taste? Possibly, so to say (2,1,5) IN A SENSE {IN} {A SENSE}
28 Terrible fault disregarding chief's counsel (6) ADVICE {bAD}{VICE}
29 Our silly jigs can be unreal (8) ILLUSORY*
30 Engineer, given food, having gobbled first of eggs, talked of bellyache (6) BEEFED {BE}{Eggs}{FED}

DOWN
1   Possible ingredient in sambar/chutney? (7) VENISON ? Venison/Sambar understood but the rest is not clear. Shiva Shiva!!!
2   Anxiety for corporation facing a lot of this (9) BUTTERFLY ? (Addendum [CD] - See comments)
3   Set fire to nightie, fighting with estranged husband (6) IGNITE NIGhTIE*
5   Ozzie captain has exceeded leaders' line in sport (4) OCHE Acrostic
6   Estate has to cut banana tree (8) PLANTAIN PLANTAtIoN Why 'tree'?
7   Core body temperature, approximately (5) TORSO {T}{OR SO}
8   Stack of hay, yet loose and unstable (7) RICKETY {RICK}{YET*}
11 A nurse is 25% better? (7) MIDWIFE Anno pending See comments
14 Desert in East India hosting some retired academics (7) EMERITI {E{MERIT}I} Anno not clear  See comments
17 Crumbs in a soup for doggie (4,5) GOOD GRIEF*
18 They encourage children, and place education primarily before money (8) CHEERERS {CH}{Ed...n}{ERE}{RS}
19 Clean up blood on one's suit (7) BURKINI {RUB<=}{KIN}{1}
Burkini modesty swimsuit PROP 178 MG 2016 01.jpg
By Science History Institute, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
21 Difficult place to start, not just for rookies taking a dip (4,3) DEEP END [CD]
22 Shot down leg side, walk for a duck (6) PADDLE [DD]
24 Disheartened coworker — one can be boring creep (5) CRAWL {Co...eR}{AWL}
26 Patriots are mobbing an emperor (4) TSAR [T]

GRID

50 comments:

  1. 2D I think corporation refers to paunch. Butterflies in stomach equated to anxiety?

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    1. Terribly bad sign (gridman)

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    2. RIGHT ON THE BELLY BUTTON, DOC ! In Kenya , we used to refer to the councillors and MPs as corporation bodies , as all of them used to fill up their bellies with you know what !!

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  2. 11a wife ->better half. 25% is half wife or mid wife

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  3. The bouncer and the dancer - part 4

    Thus the ILLUSORY life IN A SENSE became miserable.
    Before it DEEPEN(E)D further the manager of the club, a retired army officer and a good SAMARITAN SEES TO IT that he is reformed.
    He calls him aside and gives sane ADVICE.
    "Escape from this RACKET. With the money in your hand BUY THE FARM near the forest POND".
    What a SROKE of luck it proves to be!
    The dancer also is relieved of her daily routine of THEATRIC tricks (her waistline had increased!!).
    The bouncer through farming soon becomes a millionaire. Enjoys the fruits of his labour (PLANTAIN etc.!!) and occasionally has VENISON too.
    Several EMERITI visit him to study his farming model.

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    1. CGB's Thodar katahi continues... Great.Like in the weekly magazines, we look forward to the next issue.

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  4. 11D. It has to be correct, but looks roundabout.

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  5. My 8.53 refers to Prasad's 8.41.

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  6. 1 down
    Maybe Sambar on double duty...

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    1. Venison in sambar/ chutney! What will our Saffron brigade do about it? Col.'s comment seems to be apt. Shiva shiva!

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    2. Checkout Devon venison chutney, Kerala, Mumbai??

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    3. There is a species of deer called sambar. Am sure many of us must be knowing about it. But where does chutney come into the picture?

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    4. And I read a lot abt bhojpuri mix with soca to realise chutney is a form of fusion music.

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    5. Sambar without chutney no good for idli ! Where does this clue fall in terms of classification ? Venison= deer meat= sambar( a specie of deer?) = sambar for idli ? far cry ! Scintillator on NJ route ? where's the simile indicator? as mixed u as ground chutney ! That;s what my brain became solving this !

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  7. From Chambers: Merit: deserts

    14 Desert in East India hosting some retired academics (7) E(MERIT)I

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    1. Def is some retired academics. As all rtd academics are not given emeritus status. My understanding.

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    2. From thefreedic, MERIT: 1. worth, value, quality, credit, talent, desert, virtue.
      Desert is singular.
      Def seems to be some retd. academics

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    3. Deserved merit is usually called 'Just desrts'.

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    4. Thank you Col. There is so much to know.

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    5. Interesting reading for the interested. http://www.iep.utm.edu/desert/

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  8. I have also done it once before. Seeing ?? by col. leads us to it.

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  9. 21 D- Took a long time to understand Blood= Kin. Nice surface.

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    1. Burkini seems to be a portmanteau word. Burkha+Bikini

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    2. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burkini. Also Says so vasant.

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    3. reminds me of Burkina Faso with a capital that sounds like gudugudu in the stomach-
      Ouagadougou !

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    4. Gudugudu😀😀😀

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    5. chadugudu (kabaddi) inside the stomach?
      Incidentally, I learned Ouagadougou from my grandson while reserching African capitals. But Raju has first hand knowledge.

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  10. 20A is now open to all. It's part of the theme as well

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    1. Mere lake. Thought(pondered) half pond.

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  11. Thought - past tense - PONDERED - half of it is POND

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  12. Mere prefixing thought does not lead you to pondered ! Just a thought !

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  13. Frankly, below par in offering rational clues.

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    1. Sir, this was a high class puzzle!You can't find fault with any clue. This setter is steeped in cryptic and has worked hard to master his craft.
      Please do give credit to his craft.

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    2. I have read somewhere Shyam(Scintillator)saying that the Colonel always manages to solve his puzzle howsoever hard the puzzles are.
      So, the Setter acknowledging with respect the solver's craft.
      And I have read somewhere how Col. has mastered his craft, "Practise.More Practise"

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    3. So, all I am saying that ehen we are not able to solve a puzzle, we should make a determined effort to solve the puzzle. If we still are not able to solve, we should acknowledge that the setter on that day was better than me.

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  14. CSK vs KKR at Chepauk..exciting match....

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