Friday, 6 May 2022

No 13549, Friday 06 May 2022, Dr. X

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ACROSS
1   Disha Roman one, mixed with a bit of cheese (8) MACARONI {A+ROMAN+1+Ch...e}*
5   Time to sit on roof of straw (6) THATCH {T}{HATCH}
10 Character turns to welcome English girl in ceremonial garb (7) REGALIA {R{E}{GAL}IA<=}
11 Old mate consuming joint, going topless outside (4-3) OPEN-AIR {O}{P{dEN}AIR}
12 Sci-fi writer’s article in i-pod (5) ISAAC {I}{SA{A}C} Using just the first name is it okay?
13 Will docile greenhorn finally crack quiz? (9) TESTAMENT {TES{TAME}{g...rN}T}
14 One arrested by angry chief must accept unpleasant consequences (4,3,5) FACE THE MUSIC {ACE}* in {CHIEF+MUST}*
18 Altogether quick to adopt one right policy by Liberal (5,3,4) FIRST AND LAST  {F{1}{R}{STAND}{L}AST}
21 Cleric assisting at High Mass badly abused by criminal (3-6) SUB-DEACON {ABUSED*}{CON}
23 Extent of disruption after British exit (5) REACH bREACH
24 Having no erotic desires since getting old, English queen ignored mate (7) ASEXUAL {AS}{EX}{eqUAL}
25 Man finishing off large crustacean is member of criminal gang (7) MOBSTER {M}{lOBSTER}
26 More natural piece of furniture is aesthetic on reflection (6) EASIER [T<=]
27 Irritability of snake near drain around yard (8) ASPERITY {ASP}{TIRE<=}{Y}

DOWN
1   Slam back drink and play (6) MARGIN {RAM<=}{GIN}
2   Cheat enthralling girl with a cold alcoholic drink (6) COGNAC {CO{G}N}{A}{C}
3   Indisposed in rave after consuming ecstasy with weird cult (9) RELUCTANT {R{E}{CULT*}ANT}
4   Where fingernail is rather dirty (4,3,7) NEAR THE KNUCKLE [DD]
6   Carnivore longing to tuck into meat endlessly (5) HYENA {H{YEN}Am}
7   Ply crisp sandwiches, most wonderful (8) TRAVERSE {T{RAVe}ERSE}
8   Dissidents in hotel meeting leader of insurgents in secret perhaps (8) HERETICS {H}{ERET{In...s}CS*}
9   Family doctor and Holmes — they are famous (9,5) HOUSEHOLD NAMES {HOUSE}{AND+HOLMES}*
15 Blue marble is rolling closer to edge (9) MISERABLE {MARBLE+IS}*{edgE}
16 Kills time, facing senility behind the scenes (8) OFFSTAGE {OFFS}{T}{AGE}
17 Questions in examination about Latin manuscript (8) PROBLEMS {PROB{L}E}{MS}
19 An itch around the corners of the eye (6) CANTHI*
20 Ticklish model getting sexually aroused (6) THORNY {T}{HORNY}
22 Deceive, dismissing opener for duck (5) ELUDE dELUDE

Reference List
Time = T, English = E, Old = O, Right = R, Liberal = L, British = B, Queen = Q, Man = M, Large = L, Yard = Y, Girl = G, Cold = C, Ecstasy = E, Hotel = H, Latin = L, Manuscript = MS, Model = T


38 comments:

  1. 12a. ISAAC=sci-fi writer I-pod=I SAC A=article IS(A)AC
    23a. REACH=extent bREACH= disruption (-B British exit)
    25a. MOBSTER=member of criminal gang M=Man finishing off = deletion ind lOBSTER=crustacean (-l large) M+OBSTER
    20d. THORNY=ticklish T=model HORNY=sexually aroused T+HORNY
    11a. OPEN AIR O=old PEN=joint (-p topless) PAIR=mate O+P(EN)AIR

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  2. 19D: CANTHI (an + itch)*
    23A: REACH (disruption = breach. British(b) left -> reach = extent)
    25A: MOBSTER (crustacean = lobster. 'M'an finish off 'L'arge = mobster)
    15D: MISERABLE [(marble + is)* + e]
    14A : FACE THE MUSIC (guessed from clues).

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    1. Guessed from clues is not an annotation. Please provide an annotation in future or else I will have to delete the entire comment

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    2. Sure. I don't want to "face the music" :-)

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  3. 14A. FACE THE MUSIC ((CHIEF+MUST)* around ACE (one))
    16D. OFFSTAGE (OFFS + T + AGE)
    18A. FIRST AND LAST (FAST around I, R, STAND and L)
    9D. HOUSEHOLD NAMES (HOUSE + (ANDHOLMES)*)
    13A. TESTAMENT (TAME + N (greenhorN) in TEST)

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    1. Sohil, Agreed you are a non-regular but you are definitely not a Novice. So please wait till 11 in future. You ranked 35 at IXL-21

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  4. 21ac:sub deacon=abused*+con

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  5. 1ac. MACARONI..A ROMAN * with C( heese )
    26 ac. EASIER.. REVERSE T
    4dn. NEAR THE KNUCKLE..DD
    15d. MISERABLE.. Marble is

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  6. 2d.COGNAC.. cog(irl)n a c( old)

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  7. 1d margin slam Ram reversed is mar and gin gives margin i.e play

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  8. Replacement for4d
    3d RELUCTANT.. E( Cstasy ) in cult* surrounded by RANT ( rave )

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  9. 24A as + ex + (equal - eq) -> asexual; English queen : eq
    10a t+ hatch -> thatch
    3d (r (E + {cult}* ) ant) -> reluctant
    6d (h (yen) am - m) -> hyena
    17d (prob (L) e + ms) -> problems; Latin : L, manuscript: ms

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  10. Yet to be solved
    Across - 10, 27
    Down - 7, 8, 22

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  11. Substitution for 3d
    7d: (t (rave - e) erse) -> traverse

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  12. 10A Character - ARIAL - Turns RALIA with E(nglish)G(irl) - R(EG)ALIA
    27 ASPERITY - Snake ASP - TIRE (Drain) around - ERIT, Yard - Y
    8D HERETICS - Hotel - H leader of insurgents - I in (SECRET)* - HERETICS
    22 D ELUDE - Duck DELUDE (deceive) without D - first letter

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    1. 10A anno incorrect. Which Character is ARIAL?

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  13. 8D: dissidents= heretics
    H(hotel)+I(leader of insurgents)+secret jumbled gives answer.
    22D: duck = elude
    Deceive is delude with opener d gone
    10A: ceremonial garb= regalia
    English is e
    Girl is gal
    Character is air returning
    Hence, r+e+gal+is
    27A: irritability= asperity
    Snake is asp
    yard is y
    Drain is tire around becomes erit
    Hence, asp+erit+y
    With regards,
    Sathia

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  14. For 10a my parsing is also the same as that of Sathia
    R(E:English)(GAL: girl) IA
    RIA is the the turn around of air: character

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  15. Determined to rise up and solve today's Crossword set by Dr X. Wish me luck !!

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    1. As a novice, what I observed is In Dr. X CW, try to crack longer one first, for ex: 8D find what could be the solution (dissidents) then try to concentrate on remaining wp, leader of Insurgents is I and secret perhaps gives jumbling together you know h(hotel) will fit in your answer. But it takes a lot of time and effort to crack and fit the annotation.
      Best of luck Sudharsan.
      Sathia

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    2. Wish you good luck Sudarshan. The whole exercise is getting used to the style of clueing of each setter. After being active in this blog for a few months, you will Know it all.

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    3. Good luck Sudarshan. Let it be a good start.

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    4. Sailing in the same boat as you Mr Sudarshan!

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    5. Many thanks for all your wishes. And thanks to Col for bringing us all together. After yesterday's anguish, I find today's CW very interesting. My mistake in the past was to find quick answers without putting in my maximum effort. Once again, thanks to all.

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  16. There is no need for the last sentence.
    We are here as a well knit group and the idea is to give learners a chance to solve on their own.

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  17. 13A,15D good clues. All over, enjoyable!

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  18. 12a may be excused because of the "unique"ness.

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  19. Agreed. There can only be ONE Isaac Asimov.
    I am also an ardent fan of Arthur Clarke for his informative books on space travel- most of it written much before the first space flight.

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    1. Robert Heinlein, Artur C and assimob are considered the pioneers and patriarchs of "Hard science fiction,", where science needed to be accurate on principles instead of just fantasy like Frankenstein, 1001 Arabian nights etc

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