Wednesday, 11 April 2018

No 12288, Wednesday 11 Apr 2018, Sunnet


Answer and anno for 24A left for a first-time commenter till 10 AM.

ACROSS
1   Allow stress after replacing nitrogen with phosphorus (6) ACCEPT ACCE(-n+p)PT
4   A man covered with strange silver (8) ARGENTUM {A}{R{GENT}UM}
10 Limiting fraud by punishing monetarily (9) CONFINING {CON}{FINING}
11 Open on time (5) OVERT {OVER}{T}
12 Acne cured by copper ball (5) DANCE {D}{ACNE*} D-Detective/Copper? See comments
13 Damage before diamond is immersed in fruit extract (9) PREJUDICE {PRE}{JU{D}ICE}
14 Neat lifter? (7) RUSTLER [CD]
16 Consume mould outside Norway (4) DINE {DI{N}E}
19 Natural and mostly thick liquid (4) PURE PUREe
21 Some like banal flower arrangement (7) IKEBANA [T]
24 Fortune on Evergreen's ship of pleasure (9) H?P?I?E?S (Addendum - HAPPINESS {HAP}{PINE}{SS} - See comments)
25 Country house practice say (5) MANOR (~manner)
26 Wild thorn's point (5) NORTH*
27 Reviewed noisy plea of group of islands (9) POLYNESIA*
28 Lamb from Spain for example is seen near our time zone (8) ESSAYIST {ES}{SAY}{IST}
29 Cruel Virginia pierced man of wisdom (6) SAVAGE {SA{VA}GE}

DOWN
1   Subscribers of sacred liquid found outside church (8) ACCEDERS {AC{CE}DERS*}
2   Saint pulled up evil in boat (8) CANONISE {CANO{SIN<=}E}
3   Cat family's darling (5) PRIDE [DD]
5   Shred small date plant (7) RAGWEED {RAG}{WEE}{D}
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6   Chess rating to nearly satisfy English facility (9) ELOQUENCE {ELO}{QUENCh}{E}
7   Paper article on little relative (6) THESIS {THE}{SIS}
8   Mother has a little tequila problem (6) MATTER {MAT{Te...a}ER}
9   Nada's a fastener (6) ZIPPER [DD] (Addendum - {ZIP}{PER} - See comments)
15 Silly topless youth disturbed rudely (9) LOUTISHLY {SILLY+yOUTH}*
17 Chemical from polished asian gem (8) MAGNESIA*
18 Union to damage one in anger (8) MARRIAGE {MAR}{R{1}AGE}
20 Excuses given by representative entering river near Telangana (7) EXEMPTS {EXE}{MP}{TS}
21 Slight trace of Bedouin Sultan (6) INSULT [T]
22 Try a Monopoly card (6) CHANCE [DD]
23 Provides alternatives (6) SPARES [DD]
25 Lunacy to steer and turn around national carrier (5) MANIA {MAN}{AI<=}

GRID

49 comments:

  1. 9d nada->zip, a->per. My understanding

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    1. Both a holder,tightener probably.

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    2. Nada stands for Zero. Same as Zip

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    3. Thanks. I knew/know nada = zero. But didn't know about zip = zero.

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    4. Zip is zero in US English

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    5. NADA is nothing in Spanish

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    6. Courtesy JOKER, BATMAN:zero,zilch,zip,nada. All meaning nothing.

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    7. I knew none of these meanings but the crossings helped me get the answer. For a moment I thought of the Tamil naadaa used to keep pajamas in place!

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    8. BTW NADA hit TN in Dec, 16.

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  2. Interesting and satisfying today; thanks SUNNET

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  3. 12 Acne cured by copper ball (5)
    Copper = penny (old coin) = d

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    1. Great, Ramki. Never thought about it. Just wondering.

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    2. So will old coin be cu and policeman D? I think it is stretching it

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    3. Copper is any low value coin as per chambers. Penny(denarius) is the lowest coin. But I took as 1982 lincoln memorial copper penny.

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  4. Smooth grid - 14A was my COD. Thanks Sunnet!

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  5. Sunnet is our PM- Pangram Master. Neat interesting enjoyable puzzle.

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  6. Thanks for the feedback folks. Theme?

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    1. Austen's Pride and Prejudice?
      Dance, Manor, Dine, etc.

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    2. Yes. Pride & prejudice is the theme. The theme words are from two famous quotes for the book. "Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance" & "Every savage can dance"

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    3. Great work Ramesh. The 2 quotes have been nicely weaved into the Pangram.

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  7. 24a happiness pine is evergreen SS for ship happy no idea as h and p were available

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  8. One of my most satisfactory solves as I could parse all except one - 6D. Thanks to Sunnet and Col.

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    1. ELO rating points is the method of Chess GM's. Here is an interesting tidbit about it-

      The Elo rating system is a method for calculating the relative skill levels of players in two-player games such as chess and Go.

      "Elo" is often written in capital letters (ELO), but it is not an acronym. It is the family name of the system's creator, Arpad Elo (1903–1992), a Hungarian-born American physics professor.

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    1. Prejudiced to leave out Pride?

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    2. Not left out. Sentence begins with that. Pride and Prejudice.

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  10. The bouncer and the dancer part 5

    As the emeriti and others waxed ELOQUENT students found enough and more MATTER to write many a THESIS.
    The couple's HAPPINESS grew by the day as their income was NORTH bound.
    Without CONFINING to farming they opened a small DINE and DANCE restaurant with PURE organic food on offer.

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  11. Boo boo in Guardian cryptic puzzle today. This despite having a crossword editor.

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    1. Everybody would know a scientist would end with -logist & not ligist.

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  12. Both clues lead to correct answers. The mistake arises from a typo in the grid.
    I hadn't visited Guardian or fifteen squared until I saw your post. Now I have added a Comment in 15sqd.

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