Friday, 16 April 2021

No 13223, Friday 16 Apr 2021, Tribute to Gridman by Incognito

Tribute to Gridman in 'The Hindu' today

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Since this is a tribute to Gridman.  I would like everyone to participate.

Each commenter is requested to post only 1 ANSWER thereby giving others also a chance to participate. You may also post your thoughts on Gridman along with your comment.

Do not take any compensatory answer if your answer is a repeat. Let everyone participate in memory of Gridman.

PLEASE NOTE, SOLUTIONS WITHOUT ATTEMPTING THE ANNOTATIONS WILL BE DELETED

The regular blog will replace the clues at 4 PM.

ACROSS
8   Fantastic teacher for beginners gives uplifting reassurance unerringly (4)
9   Apricots not available in sailing troop carriers? That’s a mistake (5)
10 Rum sale? Drinks! (4)
11 Extraordinary puzzle! Arsenic extracted from powdered magnesia? (6)
12 Went away from earthly life, reportedly ailing (8)
13 Emmer product aliens manufactured around Missouri (8)
15 Latin discussion meetings to bring some uniformity in application documents (6)
17 Look to beat rival company? Favourite with head of enterprise (7)
19 Tell’s fast train (7)
22 Opt out from employment and go to bed (6)
24 Down with longing for one’s familiar environs Eskimo travels around Canada at first after end of lunch (8)
26 European from Down Under losing a student (8)
28 Animal that may be ailing (6)
30 Reddish-orange glowing gas Napoleon made after removal of opal (4)
31 Greco-Roman creature initially coiled in winding road (5)
32 Ripped pieces of cloth regularly adorn gate sides in the beginning (4)

DOWN
1   Ignite British vessel (4)
2   Deep sea vessel (8)
3   Mountain-dwelling person begins to improvise after plane crash (6)
4   A setter grand, I’m crazy about (7)
5   Nailed image posture often made by a gymnast on rings (8)
6   Fete market a Zulu started to arrange in pub (6)
7   Right after His Excellency, start to eat at this place (4)
14 Old deer walked around TN city (5)
16 Microphone carries American melodies, for example (5)
18 A daily, perhaps, organises hide and hunt (3,5)
20 Lariat-bearing cowboys taking stock? (8)
21 Littoral city canine runs around hospital (7)
23 Ordered diet containing a couple of nuts at first? Mean! (6)
25 Friend and guide, perhaps, soldiers to end of career (6)
27 Utilises... Means the same, but with less letters (4)
29 Sailing ship held by supercargoes (4)


108 comments:

  1. 4d - GRIDMAN* - anagram of 'Grand I am'
    Though he is not with us, but his grids and thoughts are always with us.

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    1. 4d most aptly summarises, how we feel about CV sir.
      Thanks to kishore on all our behalf.

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  2. 8A GURU
    In every sense of the word, he was one.

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    1. It is an Acrostic and a semi & Lit.

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    2. Absolutely. I learnt a lot from his comments on this blog. His crosswords were not too hard, not too easy but challenging enough for him. May his soul rest in peace.

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    4. Yes. CV sir set grids that were mildly challenging encouraging solver to think laterally while providing some easy clues that helped with crossing letters. The word play was awesome. Om shanti.

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  3. 25dn MENTOR. {MEN} {TO} {carreeR}

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  4. 23d: Intend (rearrange 'diet' around two n's)

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    1. Thanks, Ajeesh. This was set in a hurry yesterday morning, so there might be a few rough edges. In the last clue for example, I see that "sailing" was unnecessary, just "ship" would have worked. Maybe it adds a bit of misdirection as a solver might think it is an anagrind...

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    2. 24a Home sick from anagram of eskimo c and H from end of lunch

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  7. 23D Intend (anagema of diet with 2 n).
    Am so so sorry to hear that Gridman is no more. Absolutely my favourite setter, and I'm sure his way of setting was only a reflection of the kind of wonderful human being he was. Raised the bar for other setters here.

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  8. 28a. Animal is nilgai from ailing.

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  9. 14d ERODE: TN city
    (O(old) DEER)*

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    1. Erode is probably intended as a theme word as a word often seen from Gridman

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    2. Indeed, an inside joke (for want of a better word)

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  10. 29D: ARGO ; telescopic supercARGOes
    Very sad to know about his demise. He was a great setter and a good human being. Met him many times in Bengaluru during IXL. May his soul rest in peace.

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  11. 26Ac AUSTRIAN - {AUSTR(-al)IAN}

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  12. 19AC EXPRESS Double Definition

    Probably hints about his previous employment?

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  13. What greater tribute could be given to a man who lived and breathed CW's than a CW in his honour. Thank you Kishore for doing it in an Express way on all our behalf.

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  14. Thank you Col. for reproducing TH article about our very own Gridman,

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  15. 13A- Semolina- (SE(MO)LINA)- MO (for Missouri) around (aliens)*

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  16. A themed Tribute to the Greatest Setter of The Hindu by Incognito. It is still difficult come to terms with the fact that Gridman has left this earthly abode. Needless to say I was least happy to complete this puzzle in shortest time.

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  17. 18A THE HINDU, daily, anagram of HIDE + HUNT

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  18. Will be missing GRIDMAN. Such nice clues and the joy of completing the grid.
    May his soul rest in peace πŸ™

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  19. 17A - compete - com (company) + pet (favourite) + e (head of enterprise)

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  20. He shone bright and for long like a NEON lamp.

    30A: napoleon- opal

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  21. 21A: Chennai {Canine}* around {H}
    Gridman's residence and part of theme word.

    Thank you Kishore for the tribute. And thank you Gridman for teaching me all I know about crosswords.

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  22. Thank you Colonel for a copy of the tribute to Gridman in TH.

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    1. Deleted as no annotations given, moreover it's one answer per commenter

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  24. Gridman not with us anymore makes me feel like looking at a grid without clues. His clues were simple and challenging with wordplay at best.

    Today's grid is an excellent tribute for the great yet simple man who has kept scores of people get their thinking hats at all times.

    Om shanti sir.

    4D - Gridman. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

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    1. Please give the annotation as well

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    2. A setter - clue
      (Grand I m) - fodder
      Crazy about - anagram indicator

      Gridman

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    1. Perhaps a theme word as Gridman was a keen aficionado of Carnatic music, attending katcheris during the season.

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    2. Last time when he spoke to me, he sang the song- Thumbham nergayil yaazheduthu nee inbam serka maataaya. Explained the meaning & Recommended a few songs by Legendary MS. So much involvement. Will miss him :(

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    3. He had told me that he was translating this song too

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    4. Yes,not exact translation but explanation in English to give the exact feeling you will get if you can understand Tamil.

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  26. 8A ERROR (TROOP CARRIERS - APRICOT)*

    Will miss Gridman and his intriguing clues. Thank you, Kishore for this tribute.

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  27. I loved Gridman's Anagrams. Will miss his grids a lot. The tribute in the Hindu was so apt.

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  28. 4D an inspired clue, describes the master comprehensively with a halo!

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  29. 1 down : Ignite=burn
    British= B
    Vessel= URN

    Gridman indeed had a BURNing desire to set fairly simple yet challenging clues.
    He wanted to bring in many solvers the AHA MOMENT of having solved sans online or off line aids!

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    1. Yes, he was always solver-friendly. He possessed the magic power of trick and treating us.

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    2. .... And also SAMOSA days as one of the Dr. blogger used to put it in Comments column long back

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  30. 15d forums meaning latin discussion meetings from (U)niformity and forms (application documents)
    Sri gridman's crossword was one of the few that I could attempt easily without feeling like a block head. Thank you. Usha Rammohan

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  31. 5D- Crucifix- Nailed image posture- what gymnasts perform on the rings.

    RIP Gridman

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  32. In addition to the themed words, the puzzle carries a message to the one who resides in the grids...

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    1. Wow! Clue Acrostic.
      Farewll To Dear Gridman From All Of Us.
      Very Apt Kishore; it is a fitting tribute.
      Thank you very much.

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    2. Wow! Managed so well! Thank you.

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    3. Wow! Thank you Kishore for including all of us into the fond farewell to Gridman. So thoughtful of you.

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  34. 11A Extraordinary puzzle! Arsenic extracted from powdered magnesia? (6)

    Magnesia - As (Arsenic) = Enigma (Extraordinary puzzle)

    A fitting tribute to Chaturvasi Sir, Kishore.
    I used to enjoy solving his grids.
    One of my favorite Gridman clues:
    Duck, dis or dat (5)

    Om Shanthi!

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  35. 6 d is bazaar - B(A+Z from Zulu+A from arrange)ar - meaning Fete Market.

    Always loved solving his crosswords. He will be sorely missed.

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    1. Perfect observation and kudos to you dear Zubin...
      Indeed, all of us will be missing CV Sir @ Gridman. What to do, life's like that...
      Que Sera, Que Sera...

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  36. 24a.down with longing= homesick.
    Anagram of
    Eskimo+C (from Canada at first)+h( from end of lunch).


    A life well lived CV sir

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  37. 3D NEPALI def: Mountain-dwelling person
    PLANE* + I(mprovise)

    When I started solving The Hindu crosswords a few years back, Gridman grids always made our little beginner group feel so welcome. They weren't intimidating, but also had that joy of cracking a puzzle. Long before we had found this blog, we regarded Gridman as a familiar friend.

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  38. What a tribute to a great human being, a mentor, a father figure for all of us . Thanks Kishore.

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  39. 10A - Ales.. anagram of Sale indicated by Rum meaning strange.. ales are drinks.. Gridman sir.. will miss your crosswords.. as a recent beginner yourbfrida were very educational. Hope this passion of yours continues in your afterlife. RIP.. Om Shanthi

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  40. 18D THE HINDU, anagram of hide hunt

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  41. 7d-HERE-at this place(Right after HE start to eat)

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  42. we could see true dedication on Tribute. each puzzles are very significant and shows CV sir's events. Sincere Thanks and Respects to shri Col. & Incognito.

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  43. 30A. NEON (NAPOLEON - OPAL)
    Rest in Peace CV Sir.πŸ™

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  44. 27D,USES same meaning as UTILISES (-tili) but less letters
    We surely miss GRIDMAN very badly.His puzzles were straight forward,solver friendly &beautifully surfaced.my100% solved,1st grid was that of CV sir.May his soul RIP

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  45. 31A. Draco anagram of road and initial letter of coiled.
    RIP Gridman. Newcomers like me really like his crosswords as they give confidence.

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  46. 15A:Latin discussion meetings=forums
    Application documents is forms
    Uniformity is u which is in forms
    Hence,
    For(u)ms
    With regards,
    Sathia

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  47. Thank you for this wonderful tribute, Kishore

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  48. Was always a'Gridman'fan. RIP

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  49. Amazing tribute for an amazing person. RIP Gridman - Grand man of Indian crosswords and thanks for this timely farewell Kishore. We will miss him:(

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  50. RIP Gridman. Noticed Autocorrect changes Gridman to Goodman - maybe apt. Lives posthumously through Cw's..well lived, made a mark. Nice tribute. So Long And Thx For All The Fish

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  51. Fitting tribute, Kishoreji. We appreciate your strenuous efforts on this grid with a very long NINA!

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  52. Thank you for your tribute to our friend Rishi, Kishore. He would be happy. I remember his last email which he ended with the phrase "Hitch your wagon to the stars" . Even as he wished us well
    maybe he had the premonition. A great soul. Feel privileged and happy to have known him.

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    1. Thanks sir. Agree fully with your note on him

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  53. Saddened to hear about the sad demise of Gridman sir. Life in the mornings with THC won't be the same again

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  54. My hearty condolences to Gridman.His puzzles were highly amusing and thoughtful

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  55. The most famous protege Gridman has..

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  56. Wonderful and appropriate tribute, Kishore. A heartlfet expression of your love, regard and gratitude for him. Thanks to you and to Colonel also.

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  57. A fantastic and fitting tribute to an all time great! I'm sure he is smiling down in approval at this.

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  58. Thanks everyone, for joining in on wishing Gridman peace and solving this puzzle. I am sure he will be looking forward to join another stalwart Mr PC Jayaraman (Sankalak) whom he held in great regard.

    We cannot forget the sterling contribution of Gridman to Indian crosswords community.

    Hasta maΓ±ana, Gridman...

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  59. Sorry for responding late. What a wonderful tribute to an illustrious life!

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  60. Nice of Vasant to ensure Gridman's tribute hits a century! The Best ever!

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  61. Thanks Kishore for doing this! CVasi was a great person who shall be remembered for a long time by all crossword enthusiasts!

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    1. If it is a talk on Indian crosswords, Gridman comes to mind.

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