Tuesday, 17 January 2023

No 13764, Tuesday 17 Jan 2023, Vidwan

Solution to 20A 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
8   May yet save Taj with a revolutionary national motto (8,6) SATYAMEV JAYATE {MAY+YET+SAVE+TAJ+A}*
9   'Eve' is top part and fits Angelina Jolie and Madonna, say (8,7) ADOPTIVE PARENTS {EVE+IS+TOP+PART+AND}*
10 Diffusion of some of skins regularly (7) OSMOSIS {Of+SoMe+Of+SkInS}
12 No men complain outright (7) UTTER mUTTER
15 Sleuths of big cases? (3) FBI [T]
16 Require or need about a couple of royals (7) WARRANT {W{A}{RR}ANT}
17 Coming from behind we quietly find a seat (3) PEW {WE}{P}<=
20 Misrepresent faith mainly (5) ?E?I? (Addendum - BELIE BELIEf - See comments)
21 Charities built around 'love' saint, somethings that quite didn't make it! (7) ALMOSTS {ALM{0}{ST}S}
24 Long and complicated calculations burn me! (6,9) NUMBER CRUNCHING {BURN+ME}* [RA]
26 Angry Serbs burn icons of those who are not in support (14) NONSUBSCRIBERS*

DOWN
1   Returns two-fold praise (4) LAUD<=
2   50% harmonious cat sign (7) SYMPTOM {SYMPathy}{TOM}
3   English legislator starts to insult Rishi incisively, citing abject lack of real ground experience! (9) EMPIRICAL {E}{MP}{In...t}{Ri..i}{In...y}{Ci...g}{Ab...t}{Lack}
4   One struggled, being surrounded by creepers (5) IVIED {1}{VIED}
5   Revolutionary married to a traitor (5) MARAT {M}{A}{RAT}
6   Men had a good time before starting of arguments between Red & Blue (7) MAGENTA {M{A}{G}EN}{T}{Ar...s}
7   Gold, for example, despatched by Spooner for colonisation (10) SETTLEMENT (~metal sent to settlement)
11 Queen's bust carved later (10) SUBSEQUENT*
13 So, almost a place where sand dunes shift? (3) ERG ERGo
14 Most of cryptic clues are kind of jokes (3-5) ONE-LINERS [DD]
18 Amitabh Bachchan - a new generation symbol of impactful begining (3,4) BIG BANG {BIG B}{A}{N}{G}
19 Lots of work for this famous founder of a business house (7) SOTHEBY [C&DD] Sotheby was not the founder.
22 Set and develop without work (5) GROUP {GROw UP}
23 Shocking lies about Schutzstaffel or Gestapo leader (5) GROSS {SS}{OR}{Ge...o}<=
25 If this geek could become friend... (4) NERD {NERD+IF}*={FRIEND}

Reference List
Men = M, Royal = R, Quietly = P, Saint = ST, English = E, Legislator = MP, Married = M, Good = G, Time = T, New = N, Generation = G, Work = W

29 comments:

  1. 20A. Belie= Misrepresent
    Faith= Belief. Faith mainly is F. Misrepresent Faith means F goes from Belief, leaving belie

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  2. 2d hormonious is either sympathetic Or symphonious!

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  3. 8a- I was struggling for a while to fit in Satyameva....until wisdom dawned on me.
    Pronunciation in Hindi always cuts down the last syllable- like Rama becomes Ram.

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    1. sir in Tamil we pronounce 'satyameva'. setter sets in hindi satyamev. I too bit confused. then filled it. as satya pointed out RAM / Rama

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    2. In original Sanskrit also it is Satyameva. What is written on the monument also is the same as in wiki link I had given earlier.

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    3. The national emblem act of India 2005 states

      The motto "Satyameva Jayate" – Truth alone triumphs – written in Devanagari script below the profile of the Lion Capital is part of the State Emblem of India

      Don't think anyone can change the spelling.

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  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyameva_Jayate

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  5. 7 Am Gold for example ( metal) is a HP? Metal is mettle ( sounding )?

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    1. I think Spooner itself involves homophones.

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  6. 2D: Sympathy is not "harmonious" isn't it? POS mismatch?
    I tried to fit 2D as 50% harmonious = 50% IN symphony = SYMP :)
    Nice grid - liked UTTER, NERD, SATYAMEV JAYATE, MARAT and many others. Thanks Vidwan and Col!

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    2. It seems to be symphony [A harmonious state of things]

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    3. I also put SYMPHONY as harmonious (noun vs adj) - hence got symptom

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  7. My COD are 9a and 14d. Very engrossing fare. Thanks Vidwan.

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  8. How does SOTHEBY really work? Even though I filled it. It was founded by Samuel Baker.
    How does lots of work fit in?
    Can someone explain?

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    1. It is a punny def. Sotheby's is an auction house and "lots" refers to the products that are auctioned there.

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  9. It is also sotheby's.
    Otherwise nice of grid.
    Adoptive Parents, Big Bang & One Liners were aha moments.
    Thanx Vidhwan

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  10. 25dn Rare case where the Definition is not at the beginning or end of the clue

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    1. Yes since it is a Composite Anagram. "This" refers to the def.

      https://www.crosswordunclued.com/2011/01/composite-anagrams.html

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    2. Composite anagrams often have def in the middle (but then "this" Gives away)

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    3. Thanks to both for the enlightenment!

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  11. 24A Why should it not be NUMBER CRUNCHERS?

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