Thursday, 23 June 2022

No 13590, Thursday 23 Jun 2022, Avtaar

Solution to 29A 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.

ACROSS
1   Stir freshly cut fruit (7) PRODUCT {PROD}{CUT*}
5   Shops due to get millions (7) INFORMS {IN FOR}{M'S}
10 Avtaar leaves His Majesty drinking a peg (4) KNAG {KiN{A}G}
11 Cheap American car featured in a fairy tale (10) AFFORDABLE {A}{F{FORD}ABLE}
12 Distant acquaintance? (3,3) PEN PAL [CD]
13 Old writer taking shot at limerick — basically, it is an easy target (4,4) OPEN GOAL {O}{PEN}{GO}{At}{Li...k}
14 Cry for help if the pot's burning (4,5) STOP THIEF*
16 They project women on the radio (5) EAVES (~eves)
17 Act withdrawn by a story-teller (5) AESOP {POSE}{A}<=
19 A place to rest and drop lifeless, according to Spooner (6,3) DOUBLE BED (~bubble dead to double bed)
23 Unpredictable Western movie recording starting off with cage (4-4) WIDE-OPEN {W}{vIDEO}{PEN}
24 Estate of Parisian cardinal (6) DEMAIN {DE}{MAIN}
26 With malice, aunt turned to libel (10) CALUMNIATE*
27 Controversial case of migrant eating exposed food (4) MOOT {Mi...nT} over {fOOd}
28 Modification of limits for trade and price leads to cash inflow (7) RECEIPT {TradE+PRICE}*
29 A dame, naked in shower — becomes red-faced (7) ?S?A?E?  (Addendum - ASHAMED {A}{SH{dAMe}ED} - See comments)

DOWN
2   Grade set wrongly? That is most offensive (7) RANKEST {RANK}{SET*}
3   Find dog with name written in Arabic (3,2) DIG UP {PUG}{ID}<= Arabic is Left to right and not bottom to top
4   Everybody's invited to “Tea and Hot Bread” (7) CHALLAH {CH{ALL}A}{H}
6   Navy quietly dumps contracts for cradles (6) NURSES {N}{pURSES}
7   Drink in poem about diversity followed by Auden's introduction (9) ORANGEADE {O{RANGE}{Au..n}DE}
8   Maybe Trojan horse's entertaining somersaulting drill? (7) MALWARE {MA{AWL<=}RE}
9   Without external help, no bet was on (3,4,3,3) OFF ONES OWN BAT {NO+BET+WAS+ON}* [RA]
15 Short time in troupe reformed Sue (9) PROSECUTE {PRO{SEC}UTE*}
18 Drug mafia's chief upset the office of the Head of Kuwait (7) EMIRATE {E}{Ma..a}{IRATE}
20 They make name-tags for hounds (7) BADGERS [DD]
21 Chapter missing in classic book's abstract (7) EPITOME {EPIc}{TOME}
22 West Indian city rising after “Operation Ease Lockdown” (4,2) OPEN UP {PUNE<=}<=>{OP}
25 Mother of millions — most affectionate, primarily (5) MOMMA Acrostic &lit

Reference List
Million = M, Old = O, Western = W, Of in French = DE, Tea = CHA< Hot = H, Navy = N, Quietly = P, Drill = AWL, Drug = E, Chapter = C, Book = TOME, Operation = OP

40 comments:

  1. 18D. E- ecstacy.Head of Kuwait= emir . Where is I in the anno ?

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    1. Upset = IRATE
      DRUG = E
      MAFIA = M
      ANSWER = EMIRATE
      I think my anno is correct

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    2. Oops! Sorry for the slip-up!

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    3. However, the anno is not complete in the answer.
      Drug mafia's chief upset the office of the Head of Kuwait (7) EMIRATE {E}{Ma..a}{RATE}

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    4. See Sarathi's comment @ 8.54

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    5. The I got left out while typing. Will add it in a while

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    6. Colonel,apologies. Not to prove a point. Because i want to know the entire anno.,,,;πŸ™

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  2. 29A. Ashamed. A=a. Shower= sh. dame.becomes anagram indicator

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    1. Annotation is incorrect. Dame is not an anagram indicator

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    2. Becomes is the anagram indicator

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  3. Good CW Avatar,though a little taxing. My delayed start did not help either. Several enjoyable clues.

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  4. Its a different think that i may not crack all the clues. However, there has been lots of improvement of the quote unsuote" out of box" thinking,which is aiding me a lot in my Management classes.Thanks all

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    1. Cryptic crosswords do influence the way you analyse.

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  5. That's it. Its all about thinking out of the box.

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  6. 23A. Clue edited in the online version. Cage is with upper case C, referring to Nicholas Cage in the surface

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  7. 29A: red-faced= ashamed
    Dame naked means am
    Shower means shed?
    Hence, a+sh(am)ed
    With regards,
    Sathia

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    1. Well done Sathia. Yes Shower = Shed (v) to sprinkle, pour forth etc.

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  8. Challenging grid! However could get solutions for both Spooner and RA clues. My favs were... 11a, 13a, 29a and 15d.
    Overall happy with 80% solve! Thanks SSv! πŸ™‚

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  9. I refer online free dictionary. Unfortunately even though I cracked,
    Knag, open goal, stop thief, the dictionary was not showing these. Hence, I couldn't proceed further and came to the blog to verify.
    With regards,
    Sathia

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    1. Google dictionary is much better. Just type the word in the chrome and search. Though sometimes you might have to type the word meaning alongside. Esp for the ones with commercial connotations.

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    2. Thanks for info.
      Sathia

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  10. Sathia. Knag is in the freedictioary. https://www.thefreedictionary.com/knag

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    1. Sorry! Yes the word is there. Thanks Avtaar.
      Sathia

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  11. Thank you Avtaar for teaching me a new word (an eatable, so to say) in the solution to 3-D CHALLAH.
    I must compliment you for the tricky clue of 8-D and I tried my best but just couldn't put on my thinking cap to realise that the 'drill' is the AWL, the handy tool of the poor soul by the roadside who mends many a soles...

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  12. Challenging but fair. NE corner was quite tough. Many favs - INFORMS, AFFORDABLE, STOP THIEF, EMIRATE, OPEN UP, EAVES, MALWARE to name a few.
    BADGERS was a nice pun which I got quite late! Probably deserves a ?
    Thanks Avtaar and Col.

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    1. Thank you Ramki . Yes, Badgers should have a ?

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  13. Unwritten law?
    River becomes a 'flow'er.
    Badge maker becomes a Badger.

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    1. Paddy, Ramki is talking about a '?' and not an 'a'

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  14. Very difficult for me. But enjoyed the solutions

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  15. I missed MALWARE. Got the rest.
    My fav - EAVES, WIDE OPEN, PROSECUTE.
    Thanx Avtaar for an enjoyable Grid.

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  16. Except spooner & CD rest have been done. MOMMA, EMIRATE & RECEIPT was my aha moments. Thanks avtar.

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