Sunday 7 July 2024

Special, Sunday 07 Jul 2024, Ghaza

Three answers per commenter till 6 PM (Annotations compulsory) 
Please submit all your answers in one comment.  

(COMMENTS ENTERED WITH LESS THAN THREE ANSWERS/ANNOTATIONS WILL BE DELETED WITHOUT NOTICE, UNLESS THE COMMENTER SPECIFIES THAT IT IS A COMPENSATION FOR A REPEAT)




Enjoy.

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    1. 13A: DRAG RACE..synonyms for Resistance and Group

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    4. Colonel Sir, he is asking for 1 extra since 28a was solved by Remy at 10:34

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  2. This puzzle is unfair and invalid for a general solver, but I think it is fair for more than 50% of the audience here.

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  3. 11 a dravid DR avid< diva singer

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    1. 28 ac jadeja-acrostic

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    2. 25 dn adjoin AD -these days
      jo-lover in br(in)gs

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  4. Many thanks to Kishore Sir (Incognito) for the grid. The reason will be obvious later.

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  5. 17A. Cherubs= angels
    Che= rebel ( cheguvera)
    Rubs= massages
    My FIRST

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  6. 30a SPCA: society for prevention of cruelty to animals
    mAy sCan PetS <=

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    1. 21d HEALTHY: well
      HEAL( mend) THY( your, old)

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    2. 3d PANDYA: spinner, catcher as in 16 d
      Pondicherry suburbs(P AND Y) originally accommodated(A)

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    3. Yes, Pandya is the answer. But the intended anno is different.

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    4. In fact Nagendra Prasad had given the intended anno beautifully, but it was deleted because he had already given 3 answers :)

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  7. 22a STABLE [T <=]
    def: steady

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    1. 14d ROHIT
      all end letters
      def: magnificent skipper

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    2. 32a PANT
      gasp = pant
      rishabh pant catching white spheres (cricket balls)

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  8. 2D SALVAGER = Rescuer { If L and R, both hands lost/deleted becomes SAVAGE, ferocious}

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    1. 7D OBOL = old coin( Spectacle O O having B, black and L lady}

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    2. KOHLI = cricketer, today's theme{ KOHL black eyeliner on eye I}

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    3. The anno for Kohli can be improved upon later

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  9. 2D: rescuer= salvager
    Sa(l)vage(r)
    9A: flower= aster
    Aster(-isk)
    Sathia

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  10. Finding the going rather tough for me

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    1. forget about the clues. Just recollect all cricketers (main theme) and try to solve. You can get the anno later. Thats how I solved :-)

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  11. 7d - {O}{B}{O}{L}
    Black - B
    spectacles - OO
    lady - L
    DEF; ancient coin - OBOL

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  12. 22a STABLE = Steady
    PatELBATSmsn
    Returning = Reversal ind.

    23d BUMRAH = Magnificent
    BUM = Vagrant
    RAH =endlessly har(-d) , reversed as suggested by Up

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  13. 4d STEAMER = Ship
    Decoration = Streamer, (- R), for Rafa's maiden. Left behind = deletion ind.

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  14. 12A ASH(VILL(-a)}E
    26A {CH{EM}IC}{A}{L}
    18D BEEFCAKE ( kief bake)

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  15. Here's my list of what's left:
    Across: 10, 15, 19, 24
    Down: 1, 6, 16, 20, 27, 29

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  17. 5d, magnificently tight all along = Arshdeep
    Difficult = Harsh
    To start late = Arsh
    Intense = deep

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  18. 1d, saviour = Axar
    Willow = Ax
    A little rough = A R

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    1. Hmmm, Ax wasn't supposed to come from willow

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    2. Across = A X(cross)
      Willow is cricket bat made of willow wood.

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    3. Does it come from tearing across, that is, a+ cross = ax

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    4. Yes, tearing is the indicator to split that word

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    5. Correction:
      1d, saviour with the willow = Axar
      Tearing across = A + X
      A little rough = AR

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  19. 10a pinch hit done magnificently = Dube
    Shobha = DE
    Ridicule = boo
    Spooner = From boo de ~ Dube

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  20. 16d YADAV (part time spinner and that catch)
    29D JUNE (last day of June was monumental)
    10A = DUBE (D(UB)<E) Shobha DE + (BU)<

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  21. 16D: spinner or magnificent relay catcher = Yadav
    Kuldeep Yadav as spinner
    Suryakumar Yadav as catcher
    Sathia

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  22. 29d. The answer is June. It would be nice if someone can give the intended anno.

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  23. A few left now:
    Across: 15, 19, 24
    Down: 6, 20

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    1. 27D also not answered

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    2. Suresh, did you solve 27d and then delete it?
      I am quite sure I saw the solution.

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    3. Yes, i though let some others try it

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  24. And if people want to elaborate on some annos, that would be good. Especially for the "themed" answers

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  25. So, do I give the remaining solutions now, or wait till 6 pm

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  26. Or do you open it up to commenters to give more than 3 answers each now?

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  27. Hold it fora few minutes. I am trying from my new time zone.

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  28. Replacement for 10a
    20D CAT A DUPE, catadupe is a waterfall

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  29. Catadupe - Old English word for a waterfall

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  30. 19A- Epitaph- Funeral song
    The wrong way- (Path)*
    I am still trying to get 'Epi'.

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    1. Hi Paddy, epitaph won't fit the crossings

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    2. Yes,just found out.
      27D- Shai- From Shai hope- WI cricketer
      Wis= Hope
      Shai~ shy

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  31. 29D JUNE - retrying the anno

    29 (down) is the last clue number in the grid = Finally
    29 JUNE was the day of the magnificent monumental final

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  32. I think let commenters give as many answers and annos as they want for the next 30 mins or so

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  33. 19a EPICEDE
    training = PE, wrong way = EP
    killed = iced
    oriental = E
    def: funeral song

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  34. 24a EXAPTIVE
    usage = ex (like example)
    female prisoner = captive
    guillotine means chopping the head = aptive
    def: unnatural

    (not too sure about the anno)

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    1. Exaptive is the answer. The anno is a bit different.

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    2. ok. I give another shot
      female = sex, prisoner = captive
      usage of guillotine on sex captive = (ex)(aptive)

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  35. Should I give one of them? Since they are crossing.

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    1. my wild guess is 6d is ADVICE (def. suggestion) but no clue about anno.

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    2. Advi is good. Remaining letters are different.

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  36. 15a EPONYM
    ME<= around PONY: horse

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  37. Whats the anno for 6D Adviso?

    Very exciting grid ! Thanks Ghaza

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  38. Anno for 6d:
    Italian character count gives "vi", Roman number corresponding to 6 letters in the answer.
    "ad" and "so" are from the middle of treading handsomely

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  39. Thanks everyone who spent time on this puzzle

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  40. Do ask your pending questions

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  41. This one was meant to celebrate the T20 World Cup Final.
    All clues with "magnificent" are part of the theme. All players, the coach and the date appear in the grid.
    Each themed clue has a "description" part that indicates what the person did in the match. For example, Bumrah maintained a very frugal economy rate, Kohli played the sheet anchor, Pandya defended 16 runs in the last over.

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  42. I think that many of you figured all this out.

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  43. It's probably unfair to clue based on what happened in one match. But I am sure many of us watched that match closely, or missed it due to stress and nervousness but read all the reports later.

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  44. Thanks a lot Colonel for publishing this one today.

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  45. Enjoyed it as much as the World Cup final- sort if re living it!!

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