Wednesday, 25 April 2018

No 12300, Wednesday 25 Apr 2018, Arden


Answer and anno for 8D left for a rookie commenter till 10AM.

ACROSS
1   Fear gripped the novice, started turning red (7) SCARLET {SCAR{L}E}{Tu...g}
5   Countryman keeps Ireland at heart, is bonhomous (7) PEASANT PlEASANT
9   More time — takes time after 10 (5) EXTRA {E{X}{T}RA}
10 River snake by mistake gets in, you hear a hiss (9) RASPBERRY {R}{ASP}{B{ERR}Y}
11 Forced open to get dramatic scene rehearsed (9) PRACTISED {PR{ACT}ISED}
12 Associate, say comes into some money (3-2) TIE-IN {T{IE}IN}
13 Bachelor provided female with clout (4) BIFF {B}{IF}{F}
15 Foolish action he is immature (8) INCHOATE*
18 A pose — we are not American, so to speak (2,2,4) AS IT WERE {A}{SIT}{WE aRE}
19 Showing insolence, swallowing fish (4) SOLE [T]
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22 Writing song, only cowboys like it (5) RODEO {R}{ODE}{O}
24 Back date, overlooking a medieval battle scene (9) AGINCOURT {COURT} behind {AGIN}
26 Happy to be outside home in Asia, perhaps (9) CONTINENT {CONT{IN}ENT}
27 Engineer not born, trained to rule (5) REIGN ENGIneeR*
28 Idea — ideated some time back (7) THOUGHT [CD]
29 Wanted to hear story on media boss (7) YEARNED (~yarn){YEARN}{ED} Iffy homophone

DOWN
1   One in the mountains has got her well covered (6) SHERPA {S{HER}PA}
2   They give you the odds, do you finally sign? (9) ACTUARIES {ACT}{yoU}{ARIES}
3   Pounced to block a penny being pinched (5) LEAPT {LE{A}{P}T}
4   Islet gate? (9) TURNSTILE {ISLET}* [RA]
5   Sat up inside, so pleasant (5) POSED [T<=]
6   A disadvantage without say, opener’s right to get top score (9) ALBATROSS {A}{L{BAT}{R}OSS}
7   OK on divided time (5) AGREE {AG{RE}E}
8   Flirting is considered feminine in China, while wearing clothes (6) T?Y?N? (Addendum - TOYING - {TO{YIN}G} - See comments)
14 Sounding nothing, thing covers home basically (9) FATHOMING {FA}{TH{hOMe}ING}
16 Subject of how relationships work (9) CHEMISTRY [C&DD]
17 Earthling, all in true form (9) TELLURIAN*
20 Knitted material made from coir, featured in Times (6) TRICOT {T}{COIR*}{T}
21 Way one departed on a trip (6) STONED {ST}{ONE}{D}
23 Wrongdoing by wild creature (5) DINGO*
24 Parry over exposed in painting (5) AVERT {A{oVEr}RT}
25 Curtained off, tend to go with church administration (5) CURIA CURtAIned*

GRID

35 comments:

  1. 28a DD, my understanding. Idea//ideated sometime back.

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  2. 24AC My understanding is:
    back= AGAIN [overlooking A, gives AGIN]
    date= COURT

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  3. 8D) clothes=TOG; feminine in China=YIN; {TO{YIN}G}
    defn: Flirting
    Soln: TOYING

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    1. Clothes would be Togs not Tog

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    2. Col's right:
      https://chambers.co.uk/search/?query=tog&title=21st

      tog1 noun (togs) clothes and Synonyms for clothes: colloq. gear, clobber, togs, get-up

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    3. Chambers Thesaurus also says clothes=dress, the equivalent of tog

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  4. I liked RASPBERRY;ALBATROSS;ACTUARIES very much

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  5. The bouncer and the dancer - Part 18

    While high (both L and F) SS THOUGHT that AS IT WERE his action the night before was INCHOATE.

    He had been TOYING with the idea of taking over Shangri-la and right now he YEARNED for it even more.

    Probably the CHEMISTRY of the snake dancer was not right....

    His heart LEAPT up as he remembered his SHERPA friend Gombu working in a burlesque theatre in the CONTINENT.

    Now all he had to do was to arrange a TIE IN with a few from there, making them to AGREE. The performance will not be seen as lewd and no question of being STONED.

    And then? And then he can surreptitiously introduce Rita in the show. Thereafter his plan to be the SOLE owner of Shangri-la would be a cake walk.

    Make the bouncer wanting to become a soulmate!!

    What happened next?

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    1. A new character Gombu, the Sherpa is introduced. Suspense with bated breath continues.

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    2. Inching towards a grand finale like Avengers. Main plot closure but lot of characters introduced.

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    3. Joining those waiting for more action.

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  6. Exciting CW from ARDEN;
    Learnt new words BIFF, INCHOATE, AGINCOURT, TELLURIAN, TRICOT and DINGO;
    Liked 10a, 24a, 2d & 6d

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  7. Nice puzzle!Liked Agincourt, Raspberry, Toying. LOI was Fathoming. Remembered Noting=FA=Fanny Adams from a clue which was annotated by Sandhya a few years ago here.

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    1. Typo. Read Nothing for Noting

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    2. Seamen slang for worthless meat.

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    3. Sandhya!! What happened to the ace solver?

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    4. She rarely comes on any forum nowadays except for birthday wishes in 1A & CCS.

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  8. Agincourt: Unfortunately Shakespeare is not being prescribed in Universities these days other than in Literature studies...

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  9. Sorry it's to ying ( ying and yang)

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  10. We had a rather hot discussion a few days back on derogatory terms in crosswords.
    Please see CV Sir's post and the comments thereafter in Fifteen Squared:
    www.fiftensquared.net/2018/04/23/guardian-27490-orlando/

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    1. Vasant: something wrong in the link? doesn't open. Please recheck. Thanks.

      Arden always ensures a good chemistry between him and the solvers. I like tha clue.

      Tellurian is very down to earth clue.

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  11. Yes, it does not open for me also. I thought, may be, will try later.

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    1. The link opened for me. Select in full and right click and search in google. The very first page will be this.

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    2. Spelling of fifteensquared is wrongly typed. You can go directly to www.fifteensquared.net and see Monday's Guardian puzzle by Orlando.

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  12. Thanks Vasant. Got it now. I have seen worse and more of such usages. As they say, the sin is in your mind. I had come across typically sexist crossies by Cyclops and had even sent one incomplete one to CV, Kishore and the Col, who were my first friends in this blog.

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