Thursday 29 December 2022

No 13749, Thursday 29 Dec 2022, Avtaar

 

Artwork by Prasanna

 

Rangoli by Gowri


Solution to 8D 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   Try out Uber's video app (7) YOUTUBE [T]
5   Dry, soft and bent (7) PARCHED {P}{ARCHED}
9   Writer John, reflecting over preface to story (1,1,5) T S ELIOT {TOILE{St..y}T<=}
10 International retreats visited by head of venture funds (7) INVESTS {I}{N{Ve...e}ESTS}
11 Institute books large property without specifying who will take over (9) INTESTATE {I}{NT}{ESTATE}
12 Fire I kindled, imbibing alternative therapy (5) REIKI [T]
13 Staff blend fruit (5) MANGO {MAN}{GO}
15 Passage in fort that is next to river, seized by Don Al (9) CAPONIERE {CAPON{IE}{R}E} 
17 Blue sheet, blankets, black tee - for frequent flyers? (3,3,3) THE JET SET {THE{JET}SE*}{T}
19 Small reclining bed to accommodate one patient (5) STOIC {S{C{1}OT<=}
22 Fills vessel with fresh tea (5) SATES {S{TEA*}S}
23 Like a Greek hero, a South American chains rebel's foot (9) ACHILLEAN {A}{CHIL{r..eL}EAN}
25 Have issue with relatives? (7) INBREED [CD]
26 Wine, say, fermented somehow or the other (7) ANYWISE*
27 Returned close to boundary and stopped the ball after suppressing force (7) YIELDED {b...rY}{fIELDED}
28 Thousands covering up swindle about working age (5,2) KNOCK ON {K}{CON<=}{K}{ON}

DOWN
1   Removing black earth from this element yields a silvery metal (7) YTTRIUM YTTeRbIUM
2   Left on the table after dinner? In the end, you clean up (7) UNEATEN {yoU}{NEATEN}
3   Portions from nuts I distributed (5) UNITS*
4   Gates is tense about restricting scuttled programming language (9) ENTRANCES {ENT{RAN}{C}ES*}
5   Cardinal, prince and king making an ascent (5) PRIME {P}{EMIR<=}
6   People like Spooner run ... always on top of targets (9) REVERENDS {R}{EVER}{ENDS}
7   Unfriendly news-anchor irritates leading experts at the start (7) HOSTILE {HOST}{Ir...s}{Le...g}{Ex...s}
8   Secret circle rescinded decree (7) D?S?I?E (Addendum - DESTINE clanDESTINE - See comments)
14 Vendors juggling with limits of price bust cost budget (9) OVERSPEND {OVERS{PricE}ND*}
16 Impossible to see? Drop position, says Spooner (5-4) PITCH-DARK {~ditch park to pitch dark)
17 Irritable about wife shedding clothes for show (7) TESTIFY {TEST{wIFe}Y}
18 Teen waves, holding flag in city near Lake Victoria (7) ENTEBBE {ENT{EBB}E*}
20 Doctor likes fancy stone pillar (7) OBELISK {OB}{LIKES*}
21 Worry almost immediately after entering well-known nuclear research centre (7) CONCERN {C{ONCe}ERN}
23 Confused student dropped supplementary (5) ADDED ADDlED
24 Inexperienced tyro discharged order to stop sailing (3,2) LAY TO {LAY}{TyrO}

Reference List
Soft = P, John = TOILET, International =I, Institute = I, Books = NT(New Testament), River = R, Black = JET,  Tee = T, Small = S, Vessel = SS, Force = F, Thousand = K, Black = B, Earth = E, Prince = P, Run = R, Docyor = OB, Student = L

61 comments:

  1. 4D. Entrances= gates
    Scuttled= ran hurriedly
    Restricting is container indicator?
    Where is the anagrind for tense ?
    Would be too glad to receive gyan

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    1. I said it before too.
      Beware of about. It's abracadabra of cryptics. It's anind too.
      Restricting/confining is container ind.
      Hurriedly is adj. Ran is primary meaning.

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    2. @Gemini. ABOUT is the anag. indicator. Restricting is the containment indicator. Scuttled = RAN , Programming Language is C

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  2. 8D Destine
    ((Rescinded - Decree) + Tee)*

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    1. Sorry, explanation is not correct

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    2. As a member of the crossword clan, you will get it soon

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  3. Brilliant Rangoli from Gowri and Artwork from Prasanna

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    1. @ Gowri ....Outstanding Rangoli.

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    2. Thank you Avtaar. Though I solved 8d. but my anno. got few tweaks. could not bring the word clan in place of group. any way its a good lesson learned for me .Excellent puzzle.

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    1. Nice one. We always tend to look for loo etc. but never the real toilet!

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  5. Art works by Mr. Prasanna and Ms.Gowri are embellishing the blog.

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  7. Favs: INVESTS, ENTEBBE (nice use of flag), STOIC, YOUTUBE, ENTRANCES, REVERENDS to name a few. Thanks Avtaar and Col!

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  8. Lovely artwork by Gowri and Prasanna!

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    1. Thank you Ramki. and Hearty congratulations for IXL event.

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    2. Thanks for the double hint. The anno just entered my thick head

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    3. He was just giving a hint to that clue, and a good one too! I don't think he is implying what you seem to think he is implying at all

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  10. Nice grid by Avtaar. aiming to finish the grid. Special Thanks to Shri. col. for posting my Artwork. today's blog shining with colors.

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  12. Dots,Dashes and dabs in Prasanna's artwork is wonderful. Kudos . Gowri's Rangoli is great. Both art require great patience and application . Matched pair today

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    1. Yes, the sheer amount of efforts really show!

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    2. Thank you so much Sreelakshmi, D.chandrasekhar & Sreeni. Have a gr8 day

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  13. 11A. Intestate. I thought NT is only for book. Later, got the gyan ,that it is for the plural too.Intesresting clue. Craftily clued.Of all the clues of today, this clue is a sort of an apotheosis..

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    1. Books is more appropriate. Some editors do not allow book though one could say that OT or NT are a collection of books

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  14. Lovely classic CW - nicely made and enjoyable. Thank you Avtaar.

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  15. I need an advice. There are two blogs under my profile. Gem55 is fine. However,Aa is another blog which i am not aware of, yet is shown. Hiw may it be deleted?

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    1. https://support.google.com/blogger/answer/10331841?hl=en

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    2. Thanks sree sree garu..I could not delte thou, but it won't appear as i de- ticked the check box

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    3. Give it sometime and look in the trashed blod

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  16. Lovely artwork @Prasanna & @Gowri πŸ‘Œ @Ssv For a change I finished the grid in the morning itself :D Liked INVESTS, STOIC, REVERENDS & enjoyable grid !

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    1. I glad you liked the Artwork. will bring more as and when the event appears. Thanks Mrs LV.

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  17. Very enjoyable puzzle today! Solved all except 8D. Circle=DISC is as far as I can guess. Waiting for the pros to explain!

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    1. Think of a longish word for secret (surreptitious will fit better). The answer - DESTINE - is a part of the word

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    2. Kishore might be working in that service!

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  18. Good solve Sathia- only bouquets and no brickbats!

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  19. well done Sathia. such a deep vocabulary. I have taken CR for circle. after eliminating almost I got DESINE......by Dic. I got the word. but could not convinced.

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  20. My favourites were 19a STOIC, 26a ANYWISE, 2d UNEATEN, 6d REVERENDS & 21d CONCERN.
    Surface meanings are deceptive!

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  21. Please check the puzzle number !!

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