Sunday, 7 July 2019

Special, Sunday 07 Jul 2019, Gussalufz


Welcome to our new setter. Bouquets and brickbats welcome.

Three answers per commenter as usual till 6 PM(Annotations compulsory)
Please provide all your answers in one comment.


ACROSS
1   Just running leisurely on vacation (4)
3   Quietly a friend of the Catholic church (5)
6   Reverse course and make changes (4)
9   Best alternative to open-air (7)
11 Specialist doctors heal minor (7)
13 Basic, small kale-lettuce salad!? Not cute! (8)
14 About this matter of the star-eating alien (6)
16 Awkwardly issue bids for financial rewards (9)
18 Cancel yearly leave, Ana (5)
20 Chromosome in sperm determined whether male or female (5)
21 Ally’s break-up carries pain forever (9)
23 Finally obtain Saudi seismic license; drill exploratory well (6)
25 Perhaps Santa is married to devil-worship? (8)
28 Replace bottles containing questionable medicine (7)
29 Immodest one flaunting CBSE preparation? (7)
30 More dress sizes announced (4)
31 Sudden drench (5)
32 Questions assignments to take the head off (4)

DOWN
1   Musicians keeping time amidst rowdy boos (7)
2   Mail carrier read pugilist girl’s supporter’s request for permission for her to perform (9)
4   Courts top actresses to raise inadequate amour-propre (5)
5   Trace the first 13 letters! (4)
7   Dickens a fraud, per Spooner (5)
8   Decorative structure for tile arrangement (7)
10 Doctor urged, "In love, allow all kinds of liberties." (11)
12 Son, husband catch silly, boomeranging tricks (11)
15 Goddess happens to be one top sitarist (4)
17 Misfortunes of one with fifty-fifty chances, ultimately (4)
19 Sheer cover-ups! (9)
20 Clairvoyance somewhat on the rise after small connection in the brain (7)
22 Whines or goes off: “Sorry, am me!” (7)
24 Also, ah—, cannabis limits rising lawlessness! (5)
26 Can be on view regularly from a height (5)
27 Start to write about first love (4)

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Enjoy.

84 comments:

  1. 17d I L L S (ONE - A FIFTY FIFTY LL CHANCES FINALLY S)

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  2. 10D OVERINDULGE (URGED IN LOVE)*

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  4. 13A: SKELETAL from {(S) KALE LETTUCE-CUTE}* S for small

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  6. 1A ON LY ( LY from L(eisurel)Y on vacation)
    4d ATRIA Acrostic
    5d A TO M ( first 13 letters are A to M)

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  7. Replacement for 5d
    8d TREFOIL*

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  8. 3 ac papal p(quietly) a+pal (friend)
    18 ac annul annual-a(na)

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    1. Not the right answer Jayalakshmi - please check again

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    2. without crossings it would have been an answer. i had the same in mind while hitting the download button (link).

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  10. 1 down: OBOISTS-- anagram of BOOS + T= IST ( Indian Standard Time)

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  11. 1 Across: ONLY= Just= Running =ON + LY from Leisurely

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  12. 18 across; ANNUAL =Yearly _ A = cancel

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  13. 21A LASTINGLY - ALLY* around STING (pain), def = forever
    12D SHENANIGANS - S + H + (SNAG INANE)<<, def = tricks
    20D: SYNAPSE - (ESP + ANY)<< after S, def = connection in the brain

    Very enjoyable grid Gussalufz!

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  14. 25 Across: SATANISM = Santa (anagram) + is + M (marriage)

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  15. thanks for the sunday entertainment.

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  16. Thanks for all the feedback, great to be here!

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  17. Lovely Grid! Thanks for the Sunday entertainment, Gussalufz. Hope to have more puzzles from you here.

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  18. + No Gussa at all Luvfz ! Thanks for an exhilarating exercise on a Sunday morning !

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  19. 20a Chromosome in sperm determined whether male or female (5) SEXED :: SE(X)ED
    2d Mail carrier read pugilist girl’s supporter’s request for permission for her to perform (9) LETTER BOX :: ~ LET 'ER BOX
    20d Clairvoyance somewhat on the rise after small connection in the brain (7) SYNAPSE :: S + YNAPSE rev of ESP ANY
    (Annos for the last two did not occur to me instantly but I worked them out in a few seconds.

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  20. Replacement for 20d repeat
    15d Goddess happens to be one top sitarist (4)
    Answer suggested above by someone is not correct. It is ISIS :: IS (happens) I (one) S(top Sitarist)

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    1. Yes, thanks! Minor mod: IS = "happens to be"

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  21. 32A ASKS (TASKS-A)
    26D ABOVE (cAn Be On ViEw)
    22D YAMMERS (SORRY AM ME - OR)*

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    1. Yes, thanks! Minor mod: 22d was intended to be a composite anagram. (YAMMERS OR)* = SORRY AM ME, with "goes off" being the anagrind. But your anno worjs too, with "goes" for deletion and "off" as the anagrind :-) (both would be awkward prefix operators though, in that anno, imo).

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  22. Yet to go
    Ac 6 11 14 18 28 29 30 31
    Dn: 7 19
    In good faith, E&OE

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  23. Lovely grid. Thanks for the entertainment Viresh!

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  24. 11 AC : OBS (obstetricians) + CURE (heal) = OBSCURE (minor)

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    1. This clue is a good example of how a clue, if written with some dictionary/thesaurus work, becomes less easy.
      For OBSCURE I might offer, straight off the bat,
      Old boy's remedy is unknown (7) OB's + CURE.
      The clue does make sense - The formula of a remedy of an old man in a family possessing home remedies may be only in his possession and may remain unknown to others.
      OTOH, the clue in this crossword eschews the trite 'old boy', uses a medical abbr. - which in itself is not, well, obscure. But the def for OBSCURE is not a synonym that comes to mind readily. And in the surface it is a noun but as def for the word required it is an adj. See how the bar is raised.

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    2. Thanks for the interesting analysis, sir!

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  25. 14A About this matter of the star-eating alien (6)
    Hereto meaning about this matter
    Hero is star who is eating ET, the crossword alien
    19D Sheer cover-ups! (9)
    Negligees a cryptic definition of the nightwear
    31A Sudden drench (5)
    Steep a double definition.

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  26. In hostel and explaining to my room mates about cryptic crosswords.

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  27. 12D = S(on) + H(husband) + {INANE}* + {SNAG}* = SHENANIGANS

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    1. Maybe this is better
      S+H+{INANE}< + {SNAG}< -> SHENANIGANS

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  29. 6AC EDIT<=
    7DN DEUCE ~doos and as per spooner is PSEUD

    These two I guess are not answered yet.

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    1. Please explain the spoonerism. As far as I know it occurs in phrases where the initial sounds of two words are transposed. (I have now checked it in Collins.)Does it occur in a single word? What is the sound change in deuce/pseudo?

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    2. https://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/crossword-blog/2012/mar/01/cryptic-crosswords-beginners-spoonerisms
      Examples of Spoonerisms in the above story confirm my position.
      However, the following from Shuchi's article differs:
      Spoonerism clues use play on words in which the initial sounds or syllables of words are switched (emphasis mine).
      What is the authority for the latter part about syllables?

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    3. Vasi Sir,
      It is not pseudo. Just pseud [single word] which means fraud.
      This is what I tried to explain.
      If it is not correct, let someone correct it.

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    4. Interesting! I wasn't aware that Spoonerisms exclude syllable swapping within a single word. Will keep in mind for the future, thanks.

      The intent was: deuce (pronounced as /djuːs/) is a syllable-sound-swapped version of pseud (pronounced as /sjuːd/). I think my pronunciation keys may get mangled in the blog here, but they can be seen and heard in Google by searching for define:deuce and define:pseud.

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  30. It's fun solving your grid, Viresh!

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  31. I raise questions for discussion and not in any carping or cavilling manner.
    Re 27 Start to write about first love (4)
    Is "first love" ok to indicate O goes ahead of pen? Should it be "love first" (which of course mars the surface".
    Or could it be "first love" or "love first" depending upon how the surface goes?

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    1. The solution to this clue is not OPEN. See Kolluru's solution and anno above, thanks.

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    2. Also, I agree that "first love" does not really work in this alternative solution/anno ("about" is also extraneous).

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  32. Thanks for the special Viresh

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    1. You are welcome, and thank you for this forum!

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  33. I understand that in UK advanced cryptics setters go beyond the dictionary meaning of Spoonerism and do use the device in single word with two syllables
    Here, in 7a the word does not even have two syllables.
    Some other clue needs to be written, I think.

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  34. OK, point taken! Will send a replacement clue.

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  35. 7 Dickens suppressed by rabid EU censors (5)

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