Friday, 11 January 2019

No 12521, Friday 11 Jan 2019, Arden


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ACROSS
1   Divine refusal leads to hell (7) INFERNO {INFER}{NO}
5   Surprise! Cat's finally landed in a well (7) ASTOUND {A}{S{caT}OUND}
9   Soldier carrying a bag of bones (5) SACRA {SAC}{RA}
10 It reveals qualifications and reservations (4,5) FINE PRINT [CD]
11 Cryptic clue — visit holy text (9) LEVITICUS*
12 Partners in crime like to accept a wager (5) ABETS {A{BET}S}
13 Stop 80% of the coalition (4) BLOC BLOCk
15 Gates opposing the odd nickel — they're big guns (8) ORDNANCE {OR}{AND<=}{NiCkEl}
18 Two boys given food, sent back for payment (8) DEFRAYAL {FED<=}{RAY}{AL} The wordplay leads to {RAY}{AL}{FED<=}
19 One carries Mike to the top (4) ACME {AC{M}E}
22 Nothing rejected, taking growing plant (5) LUPIN {NIL}<= over {UP}
24 Noel repaired Smith's car (9) CHRISTMAS*
26 Crook takes time off for work, and the noise gets louder (9) CRESCENDO CRESCEN(-t+do)DO
27 A grub gets even bitter (5) ACERB {ACE}{gRuB]
28 Horse has gone crazy, lock up (7) DUNGEON {DUN}{GONE*}
29 Crook will throw rest away (7) SHYSTER {SHY}{REST*}

DOWN
1   Slight gap makes it pulsating (6) INSULT pULSaTINg* [CA]
2   Force one, overrate the apparent worth (4,5) FACE VALUE {F}{ACE} {VALUE}
3   Ridicule like stemming the rot (5) ROAST {RO{AS}T}
4   Almost rundown, the plant is smelling (9) OLFACTORY {OLd}{FACTORY}
5   Girl's long time incognito (5) AGNES {AG{N}ES} Incognito=Without name
6   It's time Bopanna played a big shot (3,6) TOP BANANA {T}{BOPANNA*}{A}
7   Thing inside has flipped, free to marry (5) UNITE UN(TI<=)E
8   Don't like the basic idea of trial (6) DETEST {iDEa}{TEST}
14 Incurable case of lassitude, it's a long story (9) CHRONICLE {CHRONIC}{La...dE}
16 Annoyed, rising debts spaced out (9) DELIRIOUS {RILED<=}{IOUS}
17 Hand in cat food (9) CAMEMBERT {CA{MEMBER}T}
20 Peaceful location mostly, but side exposed (6) PLACID {PLACe}{sIDe}
21 Basically wish jobs carfeatures on the weather map (6) ISOBAR {wISh}{jOBs}{cARd}
23 Swagger after keeping soldiers in custody... (5) PREEN {P{RE}EN}
24 ...on trampled by John Bull (5) CANON {CAN}{ON}
25 Unreliable for providing shelter (5) SHADY [DD]

GRID

31 comments:

  1. 5ac astound (ca)t in a+sound (well)
    12ac a bets a(bet)s
    19ac acme M(ike) in ace
    6 dn top banana T(ime)(bopanna)* a
    8dn detest i(de)a +test (trial)

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  2. 15 Ac. ORDNANCE ; OR, NAND are Gates as in electronic circuitry. n,c,e odd letters of nickel; (nannd is reverses, opposed)
    24 Ac. CHRISTMAS anagram of SMiths Car
    20 Dn PLACID: Place(e) + (s)ide(e)
    10Ac, NAME BOARD (double meaning) (Putting somebone's educational qualification in Name board is an Indian thing?. Or my answer is wrong. Many clues read real nice far from solving them. Going back.

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    1. 10A is incorrect

      15A the gates are OR and AND {OR}{AND<=}{N(-i)C(-k)E(-l)}

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    2. AND gate. Yes, I was right for the wrong reasons. If not NME BOARD I've work to do. Thanks for your quick response

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  3. 24 AC Christmas -Noel=Christmas.
    29 AC shyster=crooked lawyer- throw- shy+rest anagram.
    25 d shady-unreliable shelter.

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  4. 1A. Divine refusal leads to hell. INFERNO. {INFER}{NO}
    28A. Horse has gone crazy,LOCK UP. DUNGEON.{DUN}{GONE*}
    4D. Almost rundown, the plant is SMELLING. OLFACTORY. {OLd}{FACTORY}
    14D. Incurable case of lassitude,it's a LONG STORY. CHRONICLE. {CHRONIC}{LassitudE}
    23D. SWAGGER after keeping soldiers in custody. PREEN. {P{RE}EN}

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  5. 24D....Noel......christmas ...anagram of smith's car

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  6. 11 AC LEVITICUS holy text anagram of clue visit
    24 Dn CANON= bull as in papal bull from CAN=john+on
    16 Dn DELIRIOUS spaced out Annoyed=riled+debts=ious
    21 Dn ISOBAR from wISh jOBs cARd
    2 Dn F(orce)+ACE(one) VALUE (rate) = apparent worth.

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  7. 13A BLOC = coalition; 80% of BLOCk (Stop)
    2D FACE VALUE =apparent worth {F} {ACE} {VALUE} i.e. force (F); one ACE over rate (VALUE)
    10A Fine Print [CD]

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  8. 10a- Fine Print
    7d- Unite— (T)hing (I)nside flipped in Untie(free)
    16d - Delirious— rising debts- IOU’s

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  9. 18A) Defn: payment; Soln: DEFRAYAL Anno: {FED<-}{RAY}{AL}; FED from given food; Reversal indicator: sent back

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    1. does sent back mean reversal and placing in the front.

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    2. "sent back" is on double duty IMHO; 1) it is a reversal indicator and 2) the two boys RAY and AL are behind "DEF"

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  10. Pending
    Across: 9,22,26
    Down: 1,3,5,17

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  11. 26a: CRESCENDO {CRESCEN(-T)(+DO)} = NOISE GETS LOUDER

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  12. 9a: sacra(bones) - sac(bag)+(ra=soldier)
    17d: Camembert(cheese) - {ca(member=hand)t}

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  13. 5a: agnes(girl’s name) - ag(n)es, (n in ages=long time)

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    1. N from ‘name’

      Incognito = hiding name, gives both the containment indicator and the letter.

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    2. it was used earlier by arden.

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  15. Na̷m̷e̷
    22a: lupin(plant) - lupino̷, (?), nothing (o) rejected

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  16. 1Ac. I have some objection. The word divine (as a verb) is used to guess something intuitively through some unexplained/unexplainable method. Whereas INFER is used always for arriving at a conclusion logically.

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    1. One meaning of infer is to guess, speculate, surmise
      One meaning of divine to guess or know by inspiration or intuition.
      Source:The Free Dictionary. Haven't referred Chambers.

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    2. I think Vanchinathan, an academic that he is, has a point.
      'Inferring' is something more than mere guessing. It is 'deducing' -There is something before some other thing is inferred.
      "Divining' is discovering something by intuition or guessing.
      Having said that, I would say that such nice distinctions may not be kept in crossword clue definitions.
      After all good thesauruses do list 'infer' under synonyms for 'divine'.
      In theses and dissertations, why even in formal writing of lesser nature , we must certainly use the precise word by picking the synonym with exact shade of meaning.
      Over definitions in crossword clues let us do what the Varrier woman did.

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    3. Means are different but both essentially mean come to a conclusion.

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    4. What the Varrier woman did. CV Sir :-) or to put appositely the emoji says it sll😉

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