Wednesday, 22 August 2012

No 10548, Wednesday 22 Aug 12, Gridman

ACROSS
1   - To become pregnant? Imagine! (8) - CONCEIVE [DD]
5   - Measure in one of a series of books (6) - VOLUME [DD]
9   - Material arrived without eastern block having lost edge (7) - CAMBRIC {CAMe}{BRICk}
10 - Keep away for a short while: duel getting to be dirty (7) - SECLUDE {SEC}{DUEL*}
11 - Such a character can’t be a protagonist in an epic (3-6) - NON-HEROIC [E]
12 - Middle East worker not inadvertent (5) - MEANT {ME}{ANT}
13 - One of several in the bathroom that have a glazed look (4) - TILE [CD]
14 - It is laid on the table for a meal by a group of people making noise (6,3) - DINNER SET {DINNER} {SET}
17 - Become old enough to be considered mature legally (4,2,3) - COME OF AGE [E]
19 - Calves’ meal about to be taken off show (4) - VEAL reVEAL
23 - Soft one with creditors gets strength (5) - POWER {P}{OWER}
24 - Puts off retirement? (4,5) - LIES AWAKE [CD]
25 - Bald — with no cover! It’s stuffy! (7) - AIRLESS hAIRLESS
26 - Dismiss tritest fugue portions (7) - STRETTI*
27 - More than a piece of cake? (6) - EASIER [CD]
28 - Made headway — notice victory dance in a round (8) - ADVANCED {AD}{V}{DANCE*}
DOWN
1   - Firm after firm to knock up Kerala’s main produce (8) - COCONUTS {CO}{CO}{NUTS<-}
2   - Treatment of olnorth Indian man in name only (7) - NOMINAL {OL+N+I+MAN}
3   - Novice losing head as he brings home the bacon (6) - EARNER lEARNER
4   - An old queen declines in a southern African tourist spot (8,5) - VICTORIA FALLS {VICTORIA} {FALLS}
6   - Repeated request heard in an auditorium, maybe (4,4) - ONCE MORE [DD]
7   - Weep as South African native, after losing capital, is dead (7) - ULULATE {zULU}{LATE}
8   - They happened just way-back (6) - EVENTS {EVEN}{TS<-}
10 - Anticipated supporter coming with invitee who is announced (6-7) - SECOND GUESSED {SECOND} {GUESSED}(~guest)
15 - Grace obtained by woman after prier slackened (8) - REPRIEVE {PRIER*}{EVE}
16 - I burbled incoherently for a member of the thrush family (8) - BLUEBIRD*
18 - Ahead on hospital sections (7) - ONWARDS {ON}{WARDS}
20 - Most recent one in Election Commission is flexible (7) - ELASTIC {E{LAST}{1}C}
21 - Nothing to robber unrightfully bringing narcotic drug (6) - OPIATE {O}{PIrATE}
22 - Learner takes time through song for veneration to god (6) - LATRIA {L}{A{T}RIA}



Enjoyed a pleasant evening with Raju and his wife Sapna pictures on the THCC Families blog.

76 comments:

  1. 19 - Calves’ meal about to be taken off show (4) - VEAL reVEAL

    Was not sure whether meat was intended instead of meal in the clue, though meal too fits in...

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    1. You're right! 'Meat', it should have been.

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    2. Well, anyway, one man's meat is another man's meal, especially amongst humanitarians..

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  2. I wonder if blue birds eat blue worms.

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    1. what a thought?? :D

      i thought all birds eat worms? are there vegetarian birds too?

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    2. Deepak, you are tantalizingly close to 8 lakhs mark. Happy to broach the topic: Will you breach it today?

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    3. Most likely yes. I wonder what will happen after another 2 lakhs as the counter has space only for 6 digits. Must look if they have counters with more digits

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    4. Congrats,Col. ! Keep up the good work.
      Remember the dawn of a new millenium (2000) when they had a major digital worry!

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  3. Gridman heard my prayers... easier ( more than a piece of cake)than Tuesday's.
    was zapped to know the rest of THC-ians found yesterday's crossword to be simple. some clues were difficult to even comprehend. latria is new to me. i was thinking in terms of verses, hymns, mantras.... and got stuck.

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  4. Ac 3: The word 'bacon' confused me as i have take it literraly
    Dn 22: new word to me
    otherwise enjoyed

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  5. Apart from THC i try to solve The Economic Times daily crossword and Sunday TOI. Is there any blogs for later crosswords? Pl.provide me details if any such blogs exists.
    Thanks

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    1. Thank you very much, Deepak. I am travelling now and have been out of touch with the blog. By fluke, popped in today. Hope to be back home tomorrow.

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  7. Gridman heard my prayers... (Gayathri)

    Not really! As some of the members here might know, Gridman's puzzles are set on a continuing basis irrespective of when they are published - the set published now was composed some seven or eight months earlier. So there is no question of prayers being answered quickly.

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  8. Yet another neat puzzle from Gridman. Latria & Stretti were new words but cluing made them easy to solve.

    Over all I thought the crossword was :

    Fashioning a sapient essay eschewing Books is easy (2,4,2,3)

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    1. Just to guillotine builder. (5)

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    2. Fashioning a sapient essay eschewing Books is easy (2,4,2,3) should have read
      Fashioning a sapient essay eschewing Books is simple (2,4,2,3)

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  9. Gridman has set some thematic crosswords. Now, after Gayathri's post about solvers' prayers being answered by setters (if no higher authority than these poor guys), an idea struck me.

    Gridman will try to set a crossword with solvers' words/phrases entered in his grid.

    Enter here (from now until 12 midnight today, that is Wednesday) three words/phrases that you would like to see in a THC grid. Each must be not less than four letters and not more than 15 letters).

    As you know there are constraints in grid-filling but Gridman will try to include as many as possible and write clues for the given 'lights'.

    If the puzzle is indeed done and gets published in TH, the copyright will belong to Gridman and no credit whatever will be given in the paper to those who suggested the 'lights'.

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    1. ANDROID, BLUETOOTH, BROADBAND.

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    2. MASALA DOSA, SAMBAR and CHUTNEY !!!

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    3. Theme Name : Crossword++
      Words that need to be there : Abstraction,Encapsulation,Polymorphism,Inheritance

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    4. There you are Col. Our culinary specialist !

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    5. Theme : Paris

      Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame

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    6. Parvathy , mesencephalon , Kozhikode

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    7. AGILE, SELF-ORGANISED, SCRUM

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  10. Many more happy returns of the day Richard.

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  11. Many many happy returns of the day Richard. I thought this is better than saying +1, am I right?

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    1. Thank you very much. Plus one , a year closer to you know what...ha ha!

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    2. Richie, you only get more mellow with life...

      All the best. DBK

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    3. Thanks, Weirdo.

      Kishore, you know 'mellow' in Konkani can mean kicking the bucket!

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    4. I certainly remember old Melville D'Mello, who used to read the news on Akashvaani, and as a kid used wonder if his voice came from beyond the grave...

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    5. Yes, I do remember his voice.

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  12. copyright,catalyst, doctor.

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  13. Debtor,creditor & balance sheet

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    1. Welcome, CA Prasad. As your title and your choice of words betray the fact that you are a C A, I quote to you PG Wodehouse on the subject of CAs:

      “He was a chartered accountant, and all chartered accountants have hearts as big as hotels. You think they’re engrossed in auditing the half-yearly balance sheets of Miggs, Montagu and Murgatroyd, general importers, and all time they’re writing notes to blondes saying “Tomorrow, one-thirty, same place.”

      Ice in the Bedroom (1961)

      Not all Chartered Accountants are dour...

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  14. Banks are sporting sign ' STRIKE TODAY '. Invitation to robbers?

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    1. But much like in the recent ad for a well-known brand of safes (sorry, 'security systems'), the managers might well lull in the knowledge that they (I mean the safes) may not be broken. But I really feel sorry for the aged couple in that ad, suppose the robber frustrated that he is not able to break open the vault, comes to the bedroom and cudgels the half-sleepy inmates?

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  15. Gridman's intention is to set a crossword with words/phrases suggested by members. It is not a thematic where most words belong to a single category.

    So the three lights that one suggests need not necessarily be from the same category.

    Also remember that a grid will have words of varying length. So the suggested words may be of different letter counts.

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  16. impromptu, down to earth, hallucination

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  17. Happy Birthday Richard.... You are the one who endeared me to this blog with your First Post of Comment a couple of years back

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    1. Thanks DS. I could not imagine that I could act as a catalyst.

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  18. 7,99,999 to 8,00,000 at 10:58:33

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    1. Congrats Colonel. It is a wonderful blog & community that you have built & sustained.

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    2. Congratulations and Thanks a lot Colonel.
      This page for me is the most visited one after of course Google and Wiki.

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    3. Deepak, could the write-up in The Hindu have hastened the happening?
      Because at the time of S&B V, the count was 790,000-plus. It shot up so fast since then.

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    4. The blog gets around 2000 pageviews per day so 10000 should have taken around 5 days

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  19. Happy birthday, Richard.One step closer to ? Nay. As young as you are away from death!! Like I have claimed in my HCCfamily. Live every moment and cherish it as a gift and loan from God .

    Col Deepak: Congrats on notching up the noughts at the right place of the figure !

    Thanks also for the wonderful 'silent'company (have any of ye bloggers heard the Col speak out his mind? He is an epitome of a silent host to the garrulous guests that Sapna and I were!! you gave us at your sister's place and those wonderful folks around. I was pleasantly surprised to learn of your Mom's age. She looked the typical resplendent Kerala Matriarch. May God bless her. Great food too !!


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    1. Thanks, Raju. A Pearl Harbour of wishes today. I am humbled.

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  20. My three words are:

    HINDU, CROSSWORD, CORNER

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  21. Happy Birthday, Richard

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    1. Thanks, Ajeesh. Please let the Knights lie in peace. Just Richard will do.

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  22. Happy Birthday Richard. BTW, How many candles are you going to blow today?

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    1. Thanks, R. If I am going light up all of them, it could be a fire hazard.

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  23. Ajeesh@4:31

    Parvathy Omanakuttan?

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    1. Who it is ? :-) I meant goddess Parvati.

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  24. Prerogative, Pavilion, String Orchestra

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  25. Medula Oblongata
    zugzwang
    doolally














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    1. Authoritatively
      pretentiousness
      retrogressively

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    2. barbadkatte, you can add syzygy to your wish list. It will cross well with your word no.2

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    3. Needed to look that word up. As far as zugzwang is concerned it has appeared in crossword at least once. So it is possible though a difficult task to fit it in.

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  26. Happy BirthdaY Richard sir :)

    Congrats col on reaching 8L mark.. me too anxious to see what happens after 10L mark ??

    is this feat unprecedented !!??

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  27. Complete list of lights suggested above (in order of appearance)

    android
    bluetooth
    broadband
    masaladosa
    sambar
    chutney
    abstraction
    encapsulation
    polymorphism
    inheritance
    louvre
    eiffeltower
    notredame
    Parvathy
    mesencephalon
    Kozhikode
    agile
    self-organised
    scrum
    copyright
    catalyst
    doctor
    debtor
    creditor
    balancesheet
    yourwishismycommand
    impromptu
    downtoearth
    hallucination
    hindu
    crossword
    corner
    prerogative
    pavilion
    stringorchestra
    medulaoblongata
    zugswang
    doolally
    authoritatively
    pretentiousness
    retrogressively
    syzygy

    (in alphabetical order)

    abstraction
    agile
    android
    authoritatively
    balancesheet
    bluetooth
    broadband
    catalyst
    chutney
    copyright
    corner
    creditor
    crossword
    debtor
    doctor
    doolally
    downtoearth
    eiffeltower
    encapsulation
    hallucination
    hindu
    impromptu
    inheritance
    Kozhikode
    louvre
    masaladosa
    medulaoblongata
    mesencephalon
    notredame
    Parvathy
    pavilion
    polymorphism
    prerogative
    pretentiousness
    retrogressively
    sambar
    scrum
    self-organised
    stringorchestra
    syzygy
    yourwishismycommand
    zugswang

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    1. Late entries:

      All in a day's work
      In the pink of health
      The height of it

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    2. I like the phrases. But G won't accept any entered past the deadline mentioned yesterday.
      Besides, one of the phrases above is more than 15 letters in length and cannot go into a 15x15 grid unless it is split and put in more than one slot - which G rarely does.

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