Friday, 4 May 2018

No 12308, Friday 04 May 2018, Dr. X


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ACROSS
1   Passage conveying flow of emotion? (4, 4) TEAR DUCT [CD]
5   Haze covers half of hill! It could get one caught out (6) MISHIT {MIS{HIll}T}
10 A little meticulously, incise defective pieces of cartilage (7) MENISCI {Me...y}{INCISE*}
11 Truce resolved high tension at European city (7) UTRECHT {TRUCE*}{HT}
12 Mark needs model, high class dish from India (5) RAITA RAI{T}{A} Anno pending (Addendum - tRAIT}{A} - See comments)
13 A five day affair? Try out marriage (4, 5) TEST MATCH {TEST} {MATCH}
14 I can assure you it’s what thief wants to do? (4, 2, 4, 2) TAKE IT FROM ME [DD]
18 Those breaking new ground with stiff admission rules? (12) GRAVEDIGGERS [CD]
21 One helping driver navigate when feeling giddy? (9) HEADLIGHT {HEAD LIGHT}
23 Glimpse of lake in desert! Wave wildly (5) FLAIL {F{Lake}AIL}
24 Make good progress in a single attempt (2, 3, 2) AT ONE GO {ATONE} {GO}
25 Given a raise, entertained guests around lunchtime (7) HOISTED {HO{1}STED}
26 Mad street dog (6) SETTER*
27 One providing a closer view of Bond say, with couple of girls (8) SPYGLASS {SPY}{G}{LASS}

DOWN
1   Distinctive quality of doctor overwhelmed by fatigue (6) TIMBRE {TI{MB}RE}
2   The BBC’s happier not taking sides (6) AUNTIE jAUNTIEr
3   Unlike leader of industry to argue in meeting (9) DISPARATE {D}{In...y}{SPAR}ATE}
4   Prevent from taking flight to restrict one’s freedom (4, 3, 5, 2) CLIP THE WINGS OF [C&DD]
6   Exasperation about new member’s lawsuit against a property (2, 3) IN REM {I{N}RE}{M}
7   Macbeth tragically traps Banquo at the end resulting in a great slaughter (8) HECATOMB {HECAT{b...uO}MB*}
8   Mark gets involved in row being more hot-tempered (8) TETCHIER {T{ETCH}IER}
9   What captain does when sailors are intoxicated - Maintains strict discipline (4, 1, 5, 4) RUNS A TIGHT SHIP [C&DD]
15 Angry fire maybe thinning out (9) RAREFYING*
16 Urges to bring in leading intellectuals (8) EGGHEADS {EGG{HEAD}S}
17 Loafer to risk a fight (8)  LAYABOUT {LAY}{A}{BOUT}
19 Troubled atman achieves clarity essentially by chanting this? (6) MANTRA {MANT{claRity}A*} Semi&lit
20 Shakes off fools wanting date (6) ELUDES dELUDES
22 Lord’s glee about capturing island (5) LIEGE {L{I}EGE*}

GRID

95 comments:

  1. 9d, Runs a tight ship
    19d mantra (atman + r)
    27a spyglass (Spy+g+lass)

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    1. What's the anno for 9D?
      (atman+r) = ATMANR. What's that?

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    2. Anno for 19D will be (Atman)* around (-cla)R(-ity); semi-&lit.

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  2. 1 Across: Passage conveying flow of emotion? (4,4)
    Tear Duct
    A cryptic definition

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  3. 4 Down: Prevent from taking flight to restrict one’s freedom (4,3,5,2)
    Clip The Wings of
    A Double definition; the first would refer to birds

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  4. 13 Across: A five day affair? Try out marriage (4,5)
    Test Match
    Double definition with the second one cryptic.

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    1. Hi Srinidhi. Try out= Test, Marriage= Match. Defn= A five day affair.

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    2. Ah ah! So it is. Thanks Doctor Satyen.

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  5. 7d hecatomb (Macbeth + banqO ,at end) anagram
    15d rarefying (angry + fire) anagram

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    1. Hi Suresh...anno is better expressed as (MACBETH)* around (-banqu)O

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  6. 1a - TEAR DUCT (DD & CD)
    2a- MISHIT MIST(haze) around HI( half of hill) could result in catch out in cricket
    14a- TAKE IT FROM ME (DD & CD)
    26a- SETTER(Dog breed)..anagram of street
    15d- RAREFYING= Thinning down
    Anagram of angry fire

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  7. 24a- AT ONE GO. Double definition

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    1. No. Recheck anno Poornima

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    2. And only 5 clues/solver.

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    3. I think she has taken compensation for repeats of 1A and 15D

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    4. Atone is make good
      Progress is go

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    5. 1a and 15d got published before I submitted, so wrote two others.

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    6. My apologies Poornima. I did not realise. Perfect anno Srinidhi.

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  8. 9 Down: What captain does when sailors are intoxicated - Maintains strict discipline (4,1,5,4)
    Runs A Tight Ship
    Again a double definition with the first literal with a pun on intoxicated equaling tight

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  9. 27 Across:One providing a closer view of Bond say, with couple of girls (8)
    Spyglass
    Bond for one is Spy
    G and Lass are couple of girls
    Very nice clue- You would be sure to spot Bond with a couple of girls!

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  10. 11A. UTRECHT. truce, (h)igh,(T)ension
    truceht*
    25A. HOISTED. hosted around 1,
    8D. TETCHIER. mark- etch, row-tier.

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    1. High Tension as a phrase is abbreviated as HT.

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  11. 16D. EGGHEADS. urges-eggs,leading-head

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  12. 3D. DISPARATE. I(industry),argue - spar, meeting- date.

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  13. These Fridays keep reminding me "Chalk ek baar phir se ajnabi ban jaye ..."

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    1. Regulars become Ajnabi...but non regulars become acquainted😀😀

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    2. After getting acquainted, they must soon become regulars.

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    3. and so become ajnabi. the cycle of life.

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  14. Planning a trip to maryoor from 14th probably via CBE.any Guidance tips/how to reach and where to stay would help (pls mail at a2z_iima@rediffmail.com)

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    1. Map says it is short of Munnar. Have no idea about the place. I havestayed at Sterling Munnar though

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  15. 25a. Hoisted. Entertained guests is hosted. Lunchtime is 1. Hence ho(I)sted.

    26A. Setter. Def dog. Street anagram.

    21A. Headlight. DD. Navigation + one feeling giddy is head being light.

    10A. Menisci: pieces of cartilage meaning. M(a little meticulously) + incise anagram.

    23A. Flail. To Desert is fail. Glimpse of lake is l. Flail means to swing wildly.



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    1. Well solved Zubin...Hoisted is done. Can take another.

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  16. Doc, never disappoints. Most enjoyable. Learnt a few things, of course, with good help from wp.
    Had a good laugh at the 'setter'.
    19D- What a clue! so apt and fitting.

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    1. Prasad that is a nice clue.
      If you are giving this as a statement of fact, then I am just amazed at your versatility😀😀

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  17. 6a: mis(hil̷l̷)t
    10a: menisci – m(e̷t̷i̷c̷u̷l̷o̷u̷s̷l̷y̷)+(incise*)
    14a: take it from me (cd)
    4d: clip the wings of (cd)
    7d: hecatomb: {(macbeth)+(b̷a̷n̷q̷u̷)o}*

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    2. Not taken. That is correct Srinivas

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  19. 16d- Eggheads
    21a- Headlight
    25a- Hoisted

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    1. Unknown, please provide the annotations also. No point in just writing the answers

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  20. 6d I(n)re m - in rem
    20d eludes me

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    1. Hi! date= D, wanting is a deletion ind. Try now.

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  21. Enjoyable grid Doc - liked 1A, 27A, 19D a lot.

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  22. 1d. Doctor(mb)fatigue is tired distinctive quality is timber

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    1. Hi Raji..Tire around Mb; Fatigue = Tire; Timbre= distinctive quality

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  23. Waiting to see 2D and 12A answers!

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  24. Good as usual with nicely done CDs. SETTER took some time to get :(

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  25. Yet to be solved 12A, 2D and 20D

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  26. 2D: (-j)AUNTIE(-r)
    20D:(-d)ELUDES

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    1. Auntie is slang for BBC. I learned it recently.

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  27. 12A seems RAITA with T=Model & first class=A;;couldnt get Mark=Rai.

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    1. Or if Mark needs both model & high class then would it be R(AI)(T)A with RA= Mark?

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    2. Ithers enlighten please?

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    3. Needs is a deletion ind Vasant.

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    4. Thanks Doc..
      (-t)RAIT+A

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    5. That's it Vasant.
      Mark= Trait,
      Needs model(t) = Delete T
      High class = A
      Defn= Dish from India

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    6. Nice one Doc! Simple answer clues imaginatively

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    7. Thanks Vasant. All done. Now I can relax and have some Raita :)

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  28. 12a: raita: r{ai(high class)+t(model)+}a, ra?
    1d: timbre: ti(mb)re
    2d: auntie: j(auntie)r-jr

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    1. Hello Doctor, anno for 12a is given above.

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  29. The mystery about Doc's puzzle is it baffles and befuddles at a first look and then the enigma gets unwrapped with a lot of crinkle and chuckles ! Thoroughly enjoyed , Doc. Keep your creative juices flowing !

    There's a power shutdown here and hence a delayed appearance here !

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    1. Thanks Raju... no puzzle is complete without your comments! :)

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  30. I am trying to learn only.
    12A could well have started as "Mark loses model , gains high class ......" is it not?

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    1. Hi thanks for the input. Your sentence looks like a substitution clue with A for T. At any rate, I would look at Gains specifically as a container indicator.
      As long as you are aware, Needs/Wants is a deletion ind, (which you are now) there is nothing technically wrong in the clue as it stands.
      When you need something, you don't have it. (Hence deletion)

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  31. Thank you, Dr. Naber-have learnt that needs is deletion ind.

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    1. Needs=wants...I also learnt today..

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    2. As deletion indicator

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    3. But it was staring at us at 20D.
      The clue for 12A had such a smooth surface that need as del indicator never crosses one's mind!

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  32. The bouncer and the dancer - Part 26

    No tantra. No MANTRA!
    SS just waved his old Luftwaffe ID
    card.
    The cop immediately recognized it without need of a HEADLIGHT or a SPYGLASS. Because the cop himself was
    with the Luftwaffe. His TEAR DUCTS swelled.
    SS ELUDES a sticky situation AT ONE GO
    and the cop who till then RAN A TIGHT SHIP had failed in his mission...

    What happened next?

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  33. Another signature crossword from Dr. X.
    Thank you Doctor.

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