Tuesday, 22 May 2018

No 12323, Tuesday 22 May 2018, Spinner

Someone to spell out the theme and theme words

1   Call captain instead of vice-captain at the start to provoke (6) INCITE IN(-v+c)CITE
4   Spinner, upset, is describing unending period of stress (8) EMPHASIS {ME<=}{PHASe}{IS}
10 Candy for devoted worker (7) FONDANT {FOND}{ANT}
11 River turning west a second time on Russia’s borders (7) NIAGARA {AGAIN<=}{Ru..iA}
12 Pain is masked by nicety (8) NUISANCE {NU{IS}ANCE}
13 Watch and tend endlessly to get tip (6) CAREEN {CARE}{tENd}
15 Age of multimedia content (4) TIME [T]
16 Leader of the pack quickly drove around part of town with some henchmen onboard (9) SPEARHEAD {SPE{AR{He...n}EA}D}
20 With no empty chair, standing maybe an indicator of having fitness? (9) EDIBILITY crEDIBILITY
21 Spirit very low? Takes a bit of understanding! (4) SOUL {SO}{Un...g}{L}
24 Self-important guy loses head getting over quiet depression (6) UPPITY {gU{P}{PIT}Y}
26 Finish off rookie in battle (8) COMPLETE {COMP{L}ETE}
28 They speak about wife as they cut wood (7) SAWYERS {SA{W}YERS}
29 Truth is perhaps a lie wearing extremely radiant finery, at the end! (7) REALITY {Radi{A+LIE}*anT}{f...rY}
30 Every one that woman loves ultimately dies (8) PERISHES {PER}{1}{SHE}{l..eS}
31 Guide helped to eat greens every now and then (6) LEGEND {LE{GrEeNs}D}

1   Extensiveness of one tiny, transforming glove for arm (8) INFINITY {1}{N{FIN}ITY*} Fin/Arm? See comments
2   Fraud dismissed with involvement of money established (9) CONFIRMED {CON}{FIR{M}ED}
3   Crowns brilliant artisan in knight’s absence (6) TIARAS ARTISAn*
5   Heart of witness stands in the way of rolling back ill-defined judgement (4) MIND {DIM}<= over {witNess}
6   After hollering initially, every engineer comes to grips with commercial issue (8) HEADACHE {Ho...g}{E{AD}ACH}{E}
7   Play for second position with league basically lost (5) SPACE {S}{PlACE}
8   Lengths of time with woman produces kids (6) SPAWNS {SPA{W}NS}
9   Pick fancy scarf wraps from store (9) STOCKPILE {STO{PICK*}LE}
14 A thousand of them form a unit designed to shut war (9) WATTHOURS* (From KiloWatt Hour)
17 Pay raise issue back in the day (2,3,4) AT ONE TIME {ATONE}{EMIT<=}
18 They help one improve oneself, essentially (8) ABETTERS {A}{BETTER}{oneSelf}
19 Having the backing of those running the show, unfairly duel by taking drugs (4-4) BLUE-EYED {DUEL+BY}* over {EE}
22 Aggravates, manages with raise (4,2) RUNS UP {RUNS} {UP}
23 Record deceased’s identity, for starters (1-5) L-PLATE {LP}{LATE}
25 Pressure on holder, after dropping point, to show competency (5) POWER {P}{OWnER}
27 Sri Lanka, say, sent on a wild goose chase that's endless (4) ISLE  mISLEd

Bhargav's Talepiece

The bouncer and the dancer - Part 43

With Rita having CONFIRMED her joining the team, SS was on cloud nine. The three together could SPEARHEAD his plan to take over Shangri-la, after his leasing a portion and commencing his Club INFINITY operations.

First his EMPHASIS should be to build up crEDIBILITY with the people of the hamlet. Then put his heart and SOUL into his plan to INCITE the residents with some seductive dances.

What he had in MIND was that  AT ONE TIME the bouncer should leave the place by himself. Then entire Shangri-la will be his without any payment!

The four came to Shangri-la in a car which CAREENED inside just missing a huge tree.

SS had in his excitement  COMPLETELY forgotten Uncle Sam and his POWER to foil his plan by proving to be a constant HEADACHE.

What happened next?


  1. FIN is a hand or arm [slang] per Chambers

    1. There is a whole evolutionary theory on how fins evolved into arms and legs. They both are appendages.

  2. 14D- from kilowatt hours, which is one electrical unit.

  3. 21a isn't l from low?->yell?

  4. 17D- 'back' is not part of the def. It is reversal indicator for emit.

  5. 17d- Does 'in the day' mean 1 pm?

  6. Spinner is an off spin bowler and an Electrical Engineer?

    1. 2/3rds correct. Graduated in another branch of E-ing.

    2. Mech. captain of cricket team, lead singer!!!

    3. Do we know each other sree_sree?

    4. Not necessary in these days of Facebook etc. On line contact can give this much and probably more.

    5. From the blog only. 2014 trichy theme and subsequent comments and discussion about your concerts had made me lookup linked in sometime back.

  7. Carnatic vocalist. Missed hearing his concert.

  8. Theme- something to do with head, mind..

  9. A hint - The theme is something you'd Marvel at. I'm throwing down the Gauntlet.

  10. Spinner was actively involved in relief work during 2016 Vardah floods. A multi-faceted personality, young and an eligible bachelor.

  11. My daughter Gia points out to me that the theme is from Marvel comics movie 'Avengers:Infinity War'. There are 6 Infinity stones named


    And of course the word 'Infinity'

    1. Should we go back in time and start reading comics all over again?! Of course, there is no age limit for comics, but we don't tend to keep pace with the modern ones.

    2. Congrats to Gia. I would never have got that. I just guessed there was some theme when I saw Time and Space, though I never knew what the theme was

    3. Gia has it spot on! The movie has smashed all records and is heading towards becoming the highest global grosser of all time. Keen Marvel fans would also be able to spot some references to the plot in some of the surfaces.

    4. Gia has it spot on! The movie has smashed all records and is heading towards becoming the highest global grosser of all time. Keen Marvel fans would also be able to spot some references to the plot in some of the surfaces.

    5. I guessed three theme words without knowing the theme😀😀😀

    6. Dr: How old is Gia(by the way, nice name!)

    7. Yeah she was mighty kicked about spotting it :) She is 11 Vasant, getting her introduced to cryptics. She now solves a school-level clue set by me per day with great interest.

    8. Thats great to hear. Like father like daughter. Catch em young.

  12. Comics used to be comic strips , like Eb & Flo, Andy Capp and of course Disney characters. PEANUTS, TIGER, CHARLIE BROWN ETC are also good. We are lost along the way in a time-warp when they graduated to adventures, like Captain Marvel, Superman etc. In those days, these strips in color were an attraction in the supplements or magazine sections .

    I still do not miss to read these strips in the papers, my favourite being Andy Capp, the inveterate Sot and Derby fan !

    1. My own doses included Indrajal Comics(Phantom, Mandrake, Flash Gordon, Bahadur), Amar Xhitra Katha, Superman, Batman, Dennis The Menace, Asterix & Tintin.Still read them with pleasure