Friday, 15 June 2018

No 12344, Friday 15 Jun 2018, Aspartame


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ACROSS
6   Wooden record? (7) LOGBOOK [CD]
7   Abruptly lure and kill a monster (7) DRACULA {DRAw}{CULl}{A}
9   Hospital averted deaths by training substitute (5) STEAD DEAThS*
10 Nobleman headed off to sell bird (9) NIGHTHAWK {kNIGHT}{HAWK}
11 Invigilator gave away good money for preparation of Italian food (7) RAVIOLI inVIgILAtOR*
13 Performed essential honours at resting place having the old... (6) OBEYED {honOurs}{BE{YE}D}
15 ... dashing Asian hitmen put out circulations (2-2-3-6) UP-TO-THE-MINUTE {E+HITMEN+PUT+OUT}*
19 Accessory animal wore at... (6) AMULET {A{MULE}T}
20 ...fancy fur sale gets thumbs down (7) REFUSAL*
23 Duke of Edinburgh needs to choose, recite hate speech (9) PHILIPPIC {PHILIP}{PIC(~pick)}
24 Big styling gel bottles are ultimately removed (5) LARGE {GEL+ARe}*
26 Solider entering bar? That makes sense (7) LOGICAL {LO{GI}CAL}
27 Anxiety to increase threefold during speech (7) TROUBLE (~treble)

DOWN
1   Go away to search for eyeball (4) OGLE goOGLE
2   Heads of Vatican open one doctoral office oreligion (6) VOODOO Acrostic
3   Tipsy knights need it put up to be rigid (4-5) SKIN-TIGHT {IT<=} in {KNIGHTS}*
4   Was deal raised by one national full of trash? (8) WASTEBIN {WAS}{BET<=}{1}{N}
5   Without learning, carefully sculpt a yule tree (10) EUCALYPTUS {SCUlPT+A+YULE}*
6   Light from Honolulu's trees... (6) LUSTRE [T]
7   ... reveals tunnels (4) DIGS [DD]
8   Ok, I will take aid to train for martial art (6) AIKIDO {OK+I+AID}*
12 Steamy crows? (10) VAPOURINGS [DD]
14 Cream to be used to bathe... (9)  EMBROCATE*
16 .... old relative using extremely elegant and soft clothing (3-5) ONE-PIECE {O}{N{El...t}{P}IECE}
17 Fish has a large bone (6) CARPAL {CARP}{A}{L}
18 Assert that legal action needs basic evidence (6) ALLEGE {LEGAL*}{Ev...e}
21 Movement of captured criminal is unchecked (6) FALLOW {F{AL}LOW}
22 Manila police about to unearth precious stone (4) OPAL [T<=]
25 Engineer to invite senior inside to give costume (4) ROBE {R{OB}E}

GRID
Bhargav's Talepiece

The bouncer and the dancer - Part 63

It is but LOGICAL for one to ask what was happening on the other side of Shangri-la.

The NIGHTHAWKS were enjoying their RAVIOLI and the VAPOURINGS were about the day's happenings.

And the LARGE crowd. Whom did they OGLE?

MARGARITA !  ( New name given to Rita).

Rita enters the floor and removes her ROBE. Claps and whistles are heard  ​after momentary silence.

She is dressed in a skimpy SKIN TIGHT ONE PIECE. There is that resinous LUSTRE from her OPAL AMULET. The fragrance from the French VOODOO perfume that she is wearing permeates around.

The band which UP TO THE MINUTE was getting prepared begin their first number. Marguerita (Elvis Presley).

The adventurous are taken care of by Clement in DRACULA costume who is adept in AIKIDO, Kung-fu et al. and put in their STEAD.

His orders are ​OBEYED and there is no TROUBLE. Only gentle (!) REFUSALS.

What happened next?

Trivia.
1. Marguerita has been plagiarized in the Hindi song Kaun Hai Jo Sapno Mein Aaya (Movie: Jhuk Gaya Aasmaan).

66 comments:

  1. 7A) Defn: monster
    abruptly lure and kill a = DRA(-W), CUL(-L), A = DRACULA
    Soln: DRACULA

    5A) Defn: tree
    anind = carefully
    without learning sculpt = SCUPT
    Soln: {(SCUPT)(A)(YULE)}* ; EUCALYPTUS

    11A) Defn: Italian food
    invigilator gave away good money = (invigilator)(-g)(-tin) = viilaor [ good-g; money-tin ]
    anind = preparation
    Soln: {VIILAOR}* ; RAVIOLI

    15A) Defn: dashing
    anind = circulations;
    Asian = E; {(E)(HITMENPUTOUT)}*
    Soln: UP TO THE MINUTE

    16D) Defn: clothing
    old=O; relative=NIECE; extremely elegant = E; soft = P
    {(O)(N(E)(P)IECE)}
    Soln: ONE PIECE

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    1. Nice solve with clear cut annotations.

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    2. Thanks MB and Sree;
      stand corrected; understand it could be removal of L from yule also;

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    3. Prasad,
      Karthikeyan has removed the L from SCULPT

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    4. I didn't say it was not correct col. Just put across the way I read the clue. Without learning was not so direct to sculpt as indicated.

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    5. Nor did I say so. I only said he has removed L from SCULPT in his anno. L can be removed from SCULPT or YULE, both will be correct

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  2. 27a I have anxiety till someone answers. Rest is smooth

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  3. 6a. Logbook
    Wooden - log
    Record - book

    9a. Stead - substitute
    Deaths - h (hospital averted)

    22d. Opal - precious stone
    (Mali LAPO lice) reverse

    2d. Voodoo
    First letters from Vatican open one doctoral office on)

    3d. Skin tight - rigid
    Knights and it anagram

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    1. Sundar,
      3D is not a total anagram. Recheck your anno

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    2. (it)<= in (knights)*; {SKIN{TI}GHTS}
      put up = reversal indicator

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  4. 2D. Heads of Vatican Open One Doctoral Office On RELIGION. VOODOO
    3D. Tipsy knights need it put up to be RIGID. {knights+it}*. SKIN TIGHT.
    6D. Light from Honolulu's trees. LUSTRE. (T)
    14D. Cream to be used to bathe... {Cream+to+be}* EMBROCATE.
    10 A. Nobleman headed off to sell bird. (-k)NIGHT+ HAWK. NIGHTHAWK

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  5. Replies
    1. Agreed, but what is the annotation?

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    2. To search - Google(-go).

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    3. google search is nice and apt for the present day.

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    4. i still have the doubt the etymology of the search engine is go-ogle even though more romantic version like misspelled are quasi-official

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    1. Anagram of LEGAL and E from evidence

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    2. Needs confused me. I took 'Basic needs' as E (middle letter) and was wondering about evidence. Now it is clear. Basic for middle letter was my mistake.

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  7. 13A played p and resting place is where people are layed for the final rest

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    1. It is incorrect. Please check again Brajesh

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    2. Moreover it's not layed but 'Laid to rest'

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  8. 24a large anagram of gel And are of are e removed

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  9. 19A - animal = mule+at =>amulet - anagram
    20A - fur sale => refusal - anagram
    24A - gel + ar(-e, ultimately removed) => large
    26A - soldier - gi, bar - local =>logical
    7D - digs -CD

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    1. Sujatha,
      Check for correct classification of 19AC

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  10. 19a: A(MULE)T; animal=MULE, "wore" AT

    20a: REFUSAL; thumbs down, anagram of "fancy fur"

    24a: L(AR)GE; big ("styling" GEL, "bottles" AR(e) "ultimately removed")

    26a: LOGICAL; makes sense (soldier = GI in bar = LOCAL)

    27a: TROUBLE; anxiety (to increase threefold = treble, "in speech")

    12d: VAPOURINGS; crows (or boasts, (steam = VAPOUR)

    21d: FALLOW; unchecked? (movement = FLOW, "captured" criminal = AL)

    25d: ROBE; costume (engineer = RE "to invite" senior = OB old boy "inside")

    17d: TARSAL; bone (A L = large) but fish? Haven't sourced this or 23a yet!

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    1. Sorry, autocorrect error: meant to say Haven't solved this.

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    2. Amita,
      Please note the limit is 5 answers per commenter. However some of your answers have already been solved you are within the quota of 5.
      Your answer to 17D is wrong

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    3. Oh sorry! Will be careful on future.

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    4. Prasad's anxiety is correct TROUBLE and TREBLE are not homophones

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  11. 23A PHILIPPIC
    Philip - Duke of Edinburgh
    Pic - pick
    PHILIPPIC Acerbic talk
    12d Vapourings DD(?)
    14d Embrocate - bathe
    Anagram cream to be

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    1. Antony please give the annotations also in future

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  13. So 17d: CARPAL; bone (fish = CARP, A L = large)

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  14. 4dn wastebin
    Was+bet(deal raised) i(one)n(national)
    13ac obeyed
    O(honOur)ey(the) in bed(resting place)

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    1. 13AC is incomplete. Full annotation please!

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    2. I think she has typed EY instead of YE for (the old)

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    3. I thought 'Ye' is old only for you. News to me that it is old for 'the' also.
      Nicely solved.

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  15. Padmanabhan

    See

    https://www.google.co.in/search?q=ye+olde+shoppe&rlz=1C1CHBD_enIN779IN779&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiZrIOU-dTbAhVUWX0KHer5AWUQ_AUICygC&biw=1920&bih=947

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    1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ye_olde

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    2. Thank you CV.
      Ye all over. Enough and more. Only problem is I have not come across so far- so problem with me only. More familiar with 'ye' for you thanks in particular to Raju. It is one of his favorites-"Ye all".

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  16. 10a: nighthawk - k̶night(no....n)+hawk(sell)
    11a: ravioli - (i̶n̶vig̶ilat̶or)*, {-(g)&-(tin-money)}
    15a: up to the minute - {e(a̶s̶t̶e̶r̶n̶,asian)+hit men put out}*
    5d: eucalyptus - (scul̶pt+a+yule)*
    16d: one piece - {(ol̶d̶+niece+el̶e̶g̶a̶n̶t̶+p(soft)}*

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  17. 13a: obeyed - (h̶o̶n̶ou̶r̶s̶)+{be(ye)d}
    4d: wastebin - (was)(bet<=)(i)(na̶t̶i̶o̶n̶a̶l̶)

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    1. Dr please remember the quota is 5 per commenter. However yoir answers are in after all have been solved so it's ok

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  18. 13a: obeyed - (h̶o̶n̶ou̶r̶s̶)+{be(ye)d, ye-the(old form of the)

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  19. Today's trivia by CGB:knew this thanks to many forwards on whats app

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  20. A quick solve today by our not so regular commenters.

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  21. I Am A Sundar:1st time commenter.
    Anthony George:seen after a long hiatus.

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  22. Spam Entry by Packers & Movers - to be deleted.


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  23. 24a bottles:containment indicator, my understanding. l(ar)ge

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  24. Too latey for my comments ? 7 down: DIGS = tunnels? Reveals ? How DD ?
    Have seen digs into= delves into. digs can also mean home for hippies = pads .

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    1. archeologist digs (to uncover/reveal)

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    But in his ribs got a dig!

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