Wednesday, 23 May 2018

No 12324, Wednesday 23 May 2018, Arden

1   Overtake the animal in lead — end of Derby (4,2) PASS BY {P{ASS}B}{derbY}
4   Caught the wind, sick and bent over (8) BILLOWED {B{ILL}OWED}
9   Herb for head splitting pain (6) ORACHE {fOR}{ACHE}
10 Front exposed, minister's bang-on (8) ACCURATE {fACe}{CURATE}
12 Discharge the final assignment (8) EMISSION {thE}{MISSION}
13 I am a character, with bloated head (6) SETTER (-l+s)SETTER Not sure how L becomes S See comments
15 Animosity creates alarm — turning green in frigid conditions (12) BELLIGERENCY {BELL}{I{GREEN*}CY}
18 Dog sauntered around the fern (6,6) ADDERS TONGUE*
21 It's painful to see a girl embracing American soldier (6) ANGINA {AN{GI}NA}
22 I would get back eyesight in part (8) DIVISION {I'D<=}{VISION}
24 Deals with love, I'm good looking (8) HANDSOME {HANDS}{O}{ME}
25 Be angry with master in the boat (6) BIREME {B{IRE}{M}E}
26 Starts implementing government regulations in state — it's a headache (8) MIGRAINE {M{Im...g}{Go...t}{Re...s}AINE}
27 Abuses model riding fancy car (6) TROLLS {T}{ROLLS}

1   Show starts repeating basically same axioms (8) PROVERBS {PROVE}{Re...g}{Ba...y}{Same}
2   Painless way to treat dogs (8) SPANIELS*
3   After Britain, one has a country supporting its language (6,9) BAHASA INDONESIA {B}{A}{HAS}{A} {INDONESIA} Thanks to Google
5   Winced and ran out a short distance (4) INCH flINCHed
6   Made up or real cover, in lieu of parts he played (8,7) LAURENCE OLIVIER {REAL+COVER+IN+LIEU}*
7   Artist enters with a ghost (6) WRAITH {W{RA}ITH}
8   Dull, back breaking duty, it’s heartless (6) DREARY {Du{REAR}tY}
11 Treasured by two men (7) COVETED {COVE}{TED}
14 Collector's drunk wine, he is terrible (7) BEASTIE {BE{ASTI}E}
16 Example of investment — in the beginning trade is what one strives for (3,5) EGO IDEAL {EG}{Of} {In...t}{DEAL}
17 Spite lands girl in trouble (8) MEANNESS {ME{ANNE}SS}
19 Disturbance keeps PM on edge (6) MAYHEM {MAY}{HEM}
20 Prod and the pain essentially shoots up — it's the drink (6) EGGNOG {EGG}{paiN}{GO<=} (Addendum - {EGG}{aGONy<=} - See comments)
23 Land covered from another direction (4) OMAN [T]

Bhargav's Talepiece

The bouncer and the dancer - Part 44

There is no place like home.

No man is an island.

Such PROVERBS would describe the peaceful life in and around Shangri-la.

EMISSION from fire places BILLOWED out of the chimneys in the cottages.

A rich resident who spoke BAHASA INDONESIA and had returned from distant OMAN had leased a portion of Shangri-la and set up a mini theater. Residents enjoyed movies like Rebecca, Pride and Prejudice featuring the then famous LAURENCE OLIVIER and pushed DREARY afternoons.

Persons like the Romanian and SS who showed their BELLIGERENCY were forgotten.

The bouncer's child was well taken care of by the nurse and had grown into a HANDSOME young baby.

And the person who COVETED this dream place was yet to arrive...

What happened next?


  1. 20DN PAIN=AGONY, essentially shoots up is [-A]GON<[-Y]

  2. 13a- I can't resist mentioning a joke-
    This is supposed to have happened in a classroom:
    Teacher: Jack, please make a sentence using I
    Jack: I is..
    Teacher: No Jack, I should always be followed by am.
    Jack: Okay, I am the 9th letter of the alphabet.

  3. CGB,
    Nice drawing. Probably this should have accompanied your puzzle on setters!

  4. I have a doubt about 25A:
    Is 'Ire' anger or angry?

  5. 13AC Bloated is cured. So, bloated head could mean L becoming S (even any other alphabet!).
    My feeling.

    1. Bloated means Swollen, Puffed up, Conceited etc and not cured

    2. Can it be bloated ->swollen and head gives 's'.

  6. Bloat also has the following meaning:
    Cure (herring etc.) by salting and smoking slightly.
    Oxford Dict.

    To dry (fish) partially by smoke (As per Chambers)

    1. Seen. However bloat/cure for converting L to S is a bit of a stretch

    2. Agree.
      Hope Arden speaks up his mind.

    3. Bloated= S(mall) becoming L(arge)

    4. But,Ramesh, here Large is becoming Small.

    5. Treat like a reverse. 'I' becomes a character after bloating

    6. Thank you Ramesh. I was just thinking that it is the only way it could be interpreted.

  7. S - small and L -large. Bloated - small becomes large

  8. Liked this puzzle!3D could get due to a post in CU, Shuchi solved a puzzle in the language.Bloated was nicely done, I thought.

    1. Bahasa is Language.
      Maybe a distant cousin of our BHASHA

    2. Many Indonesian words are derived from India- maybe Bali language? So , Bahasha must have also been derived from our Bhasha - Many of their proper names are also of Indian etymology- Buddhist import from India ?

    3. Indonesia was Sri Vijaya kingdom in ~1000 AD. If folks are interested they can read an engaging book called 'Ocean of Churn' which looks at India's history from a coastal viewpoint (rather than the Delhi centric view that we learn in schools)

  9. 13d i took it as SET TER(M), Bloated as unbound.

  10. What do P and B stand for in 1A please?

  11. Pb is the symbol for lead, ass in pb, pass b(y)

    1. Nowadays, many leading compilers use LEAD as derived from PB- the symbol of lead , like AG for silver, AU for gold etc. Where do we classify such usages in? I mean in cryptic Grammar .

    2. These are standard abvns and they are listed in all dictionaries

    3. I didn't realise it is an abbreviation and I took 'lead' as a noun rather than the intended element.