Tuesday, 21 September 2021

No 13357, Tuesday 21 Sep 2021, Vidwan

Welcome to Vidwan our new THC Setter. Bouquets and Brickbats welcome.

Solution to 7A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation. Those who have answered earlier in the week, please give others a chance.

Too many anagrams 16 in all, including partial and full.

ACROSS
7   Outline of French character (6) ?E?I?N (Addendum - DESIGN {DE}{SIGN} - See comments)
8   Got into a bed, exhausted (8) OBTAINED* Exhausted as Anind Ok?
9   Exercising or playing quietly perhaps (8) APPLYING {PLAYING+P}*
10 Bum’s hot in bed surprisingly (6) BEHIND {H+IN+BED}*
11 Affleck has true glow (8) BRIGHTEN {B{RIGHT}EN}
12 Zero knowledge about algebra variables is needed for living (6) OXYGEN {0}{X}{Y}{GEN}
13 Did not like to hug before being substituted (11) REPRESENTED {RE{PRE}SENTED}
18 Sort of a good poll run (6) GALLOP {A+G+POLL}*
20 Most love and eat pulpy vegetables (8) TOMATOES {MOST+0+EAT}*
22 USA is right about this de-facto dictatorial state (6) RUSSIA {USA+IS+R}*
23 Kind of verbose, right-wing reporter (8) OBSERVER {VERBOSE}*{R}
24 Trek isnt about trifles (8) TRINKETS*
25 Surprisingly, older student passed (6) ROLLED {OLDER+L}*

DOWN
1   They assist her sleep somehow after loss of energy (7) HELPERS {HER+SLeEP}*
2   Agile duo’s excited communication (8) DIALOGUE*
3   Claim it is about accepting partners (6) INSIST {IT+IS}* over {N} and {S}
4   Receipt delivered fast (8) STUBBORN {STUB}{BORN}
5   Sleepy at last? Thing to be worn (6) NIGHTY {s...pY+THING}* &lit
6   Writer mixes up sin and virtue in the end for change (7) PENNIES {PEN}{SIN+v...uE}*
8   Concerns bodies (13) ORGANISATIONS [DD?]  Same meaning
14 Embraced by nations, EPL succeeds (8) REPLACES {R{EPL}ACES}
15 Elementarily, no meal is prepared in wholesome manner (8) ENTIRELY {ELEmeNTaRIlY}* 
16 Fool around, run a riot for a month (7) JANUARY {JA{A+RUN}*Y}
17 Erased document about lease (7) DELETED {DE{LET}ED}
19 Failing to keep record about wrongdoing (6) LOSING {LO{SIN}G}
21 Promise ryots, marginally reduce distress (6) MISERY [T]

Reference List
Quietly = P, Hot = H, Good = G, Right = R, Student = L, Energy = E, Partners = N,S



35 comments:

  1. 7A. Of French = de. Character = sign. So design = outline

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  2. Welcome Vidwan! As Col has remarked, many anagrams. Right mix of clue types makes the puzzle more fun to solve.

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  3. 20a) pulpy is the anagram indicator and meaning should be vegetables? But isn't tomato technically a fruit?

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    1. Tomato is also known as a 'culinary vegetable '

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    2. Thaks. Pulpy removed from definition

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    4. I've not seen Tomatoes sold in fruit markets.

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  4. 11a Affleck isn't automatically Ben? Missing "perhaps"!
    22a can we declare Russia as dictatorship?

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    1. 22a- It is mentioned as de facto (which means it is not de jure) So I think it is fine.

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  5. 8A Got into a bed, exhausted (8)

    Perhaps EXCITED would have been a better Anagrind πŸ˜€

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  6. Hearty welcome to Vidwan. Solutions flowed freely- perhaps many anagrams is one reason,making the job much simpler. Anyway,loved the end result.
    Liked January.

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  7. STUBBORN Robert soon changed his attitude after his recent DIALOGUE with PK.

    Having OBTAINED the necessary instructions he INSISTED that his friends and HELPERS walk BEHIND him always.

    The task of removing the fear of LOSING and to BRIGHTEN up Robert's spirits fell almost ENTIRELY upon PK.

    Mid-JANUARY and elections were just a few weeks away...

    What happened next?

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  8. Sixth Baton effectively wielded by todayssetter ...

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  9. A good beginning to the new setter Vidwan.Keeping it simple, as well as a little tricky like 3D,4D,6D etc.. Keep it up!
    With regards,
    Sathia

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  10. Haardik swaagath to Vidwan! Liked the stubborn clue.

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  11. A 'Vidwan' by definition is revered wherever (s)he goes.
    Delightful debut.
    My pick is 3Dn.

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  12. Today's grid was a breeze-it ROLLED
    Nearly all answers OBTAINED
    But yesterday was a MISERY
    Though not ENTIRELY.
    Anon happy not to be left BEHIND!

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  13. Aside... VIDWAN was the prefix my Telugu teacher had. A true vidwan with a baritone voice full of wit and wisdom...πŸ™

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  14. Welcome VIDWAN. A good beginning. An encouragement to other budding setters.

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  15. Nice and simple start. Clues are sound with no redundancy and good mix. Welcome Vidwan . Looking forward to many more grids

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  16. Suswagatam dear Vidwan and your maiden grid compilation had quite a few (s)exotic clues...
    Nonetheless, managed to solve a good number of them and please do come up with tricky clues...
    Take Care-n-Stay Safe...
    Cheers!!!

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  17. Marvelous debut puzzle! Keep them coming Vidwan.

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  18. Nice and clean puzzle. Enjoyed solving. Thanks and wish many happy returns to Vidwan

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  21. Nice debut crossword.
    My fav - STUBBORN, OXYGEN, JANUARY.😊

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  22. Good debut Vidwan! Enjoyed solving as anagrams come easily! Hope to see more from you!

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