Thursday, 23 November 2017

Sloggers & Bloggers (S&B) Meet No 9, Sunday 03 Dec 2017, Chennai

Our next S&B meet is scheduled to be held at Chennai on Sunday 3rd Dec.

Date    : Sunday 3rd Dec
Time   : 12 Noon to 3:30 PM
Venue : Platinum Point, Presidency Club, Ethiraj Salai, Chennai.
Dress code for Gents - Shirt/T-Shirt with collar, Leather footwear (No sandals).


Ser No
Strength Attending

K Bhavan
Tickets booked
PB Padmanabhan

Bhalachandra Pasupathy

CG Rishikesh

CG Bhargav


Col Deepak Gopinath

Tickets booked
R Devanathan

Ramki Krishnan

Dr Satyen Nabar
Dr. X
Tickets booked

Shrikanth T

Vignesh Kiran


Abhay Phadnis

Suresh Babu

Prasad (sree-sree)











On the fence
1 Vasant
2 Srivathsan (Spinner)
3 Bhuvaneswari Sundaram

Not Attending
1 Kishore (Incognito)
2 Lakshmi
3 Ajeesh
4 Arvind Ramaswamy
5 Raghunath (The Phantom)

PS - It would be nice if our spouses could attend wherever possible.

No 12170, Thursday 23 Nov 2017, Buzzer

9   Issue made evident by wise man, a teacher (7) EMANATE [T]
10 Child going about test without taking a breather (7) NOSTRIL {SON<=}{TRIaL}
11 A gasket seal — dull, beginning to fade (1,4) O RING bORING
12 Properly done cluing all but joy (5,4) CLOUD NINE {DONE+CLUINg}*
13 Furious with finals fate where beaten all ends up (2,1,6) IN A LATHER {fINALs}{fATe}{wHERe}
14 Spy put into the ground (5) PLANT [DD]
15 Old actress and mother you caught on street (3,4) MAE WEST {MA}(~you){EWE}{ST}
17 Shape of DIY pram made-to-order (7) PYRAMID*
19 Poured into a lot, liquid compost (5) MULCH {MU{L}CH}
20 Civil rights activist or revolutionary, an inspiration around American society (4,5) ROSA PARKS {OR<=}{S{A}PARK}{S}
22 C-commotion or stew (9) CARBONADO {CARBON}{ADO}
24 SMS generation have heads buried in accessory (5) EXTRA {tEXT}{eRA}
25 A server let us in after hacking (7) UTENSIL*
26 Being able to adapt in epic final takes pressure off (7) ELASTIC {Ep{LAST}IC}

DOWN1   Manuscript author to write about relative bias (8) NEPOTISM {MS}{I}{TO}{PEN}<=
2   Polite form of address from UP when greeting bachelor (6) SAHIBA {AS<=}{HI}{BA}
3   Country boy he's wild following! (10) BANGLADESH {BANG}{LAD}{HES*} BANG from? See comments
4   Every hotel surrounded by bar in a seaside shack (5,3) BEACH HUT {B{EACH}{H}UT}
5   Starting off with outline for travelling (2,4) ON TOUR cONTOUR
6   ABC non-functional so ... old (4) USED {USE}{D}
7   Those seen entering Charminar market together (3,2,3) ARM IN ARM [T]
8   Natural for hospital wing to be under viral attack (6) FLUENT {FLU}{ENT}
14 Help repair malfunctioning printer say (10) PERIPHERAL*
16 What makes big shots in general filthy rich's capital? (8) ENLARGER {Rich} in {GENERAL}*
17 Revolting to swallow fly in a piece of cake (8) PUSHOVER {SUP<=}{HOVER}
18 First ball to cover in the gap (8) DISTANCE {D{1ST}ANCE}
19 Model heading to jail 20 times more (4-2) MOCK-UP (-l+m)MOCKUP (50x20=1000 or Lx20=M)
20 Team up again in a true sense (6) REALLY {RE ALLY}
21 Rust wore away wheel... (6) ROTATE {ROT}{ATE}
23 ... some corrosion not oddly (2,2) OR SO cOrRoSiOn


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

No 12168, Wednesday 22 Nov 2017, Gridman

1   Get close to squelch fire in corner (8) BEFRIEND {BE{FIRE*}ND}
5   Reportedly sees limit to Polar covering (3,3) ICE CAP (~eyes){ICE} {CAP}
10 Debase revolutionary with a writer (7) CHEAPEN {CHE}{A}{PEN}
11 A church official’s one deductive (1,6) A PRIORI {A}{PRIOR}{1}
12 Bring out from Felicity’s heart? (6) ELICIT [T]
13 Writer, with one temporary accommodation, is in a sorry state (8) PENITENT {PEN}{1}{TENT}
15 Wild revelry takes gory turn (4) ORGY*
16 Smuggled goods from carton disposed of by group (10) CONTRABAND {CARTON*}{BAND}
18 Ignoring complexity, one politician with rota, enters thus (10) SIMPLISTIC {S{1}{MP}{LIST}IC}
20 Girl going around the Spanish restaurant (4) DELI {D{EL}I}
23 Expose to risk Vendan gerrymandering in interior parts (8) ENDANGER [T]
24 Lawful pattern? (6) MOSAIC [DD]
26 Rest with half a record on business (7) RECLINE {RECord}{LINE}
27 National might be a female I hang about (7) AFGHANI {A}{F}{HANG+I}*
28 Praise European Union's record with extreme sincerity (6) EULOGY {EU}{LOG}{s...tY}
29 In which state one doesn't do anything (8) IDLENESS [CD]

1   Yet one with this educational qualification may be married (9,6) BACHELORS DEGREE [CD]
2   Throw over the middle of greens causes sensation (7) FEELING {F{grEEns}LING}
3   Damage from mischievous child's broadcast (6) IMPAIR {IMP}{AIR}
4   Desirable cloud for one to be on? (4) NINE [CD]
6   Papal appointment of basic importance (8) CARDINAL [DD]
7   Chennai's top artist gets depression caused by deadly disease (7) CHOLERA {Ch...i}{HOLE}{RA}
8   Current layouts impress journalist groups (7,8) PRINTED CIRCUITS {PRINT}{ED} {CIRCUITS}
9   Narrow victory gets father in terrible excitement after point (5-4) WAFER-THIN {W}{FATHER+IN}*
14 Sew and hoover furiously — in any manner (9) HOWSOEVER {SEW+HOOVER}*
17 Designing puts a bit of novelty in carpenter's work (8) PLANNING {PLAN{No...y}ING}
19 Claimed to be in a way curative (7) MEDICAL*
21 Issue is raising alien with a title (7) EMANATE {ET}{A}{NAME}<=
22 Shake injured leg after run (6) JOGGLE {JOG}{LEG*}
25 Charge hospital section (4) WARD [DD]


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

No 12168, Tuesday 21 Nov 2017, Gridman

1   Wimp gets the most out of old political leader (7) MILKSOP {MILKS}{O}{Po...l}
5   Wives perhaps hold evening prayer (6) VESPER [T]
9   At first, kisans rake and accumulate leaves from South African pen (5) KRAAL Acrostic
10 Crazy to signal a desire for the good old times (9) NOSTALGIA*
11 Caesar's friend married? No, it's the opposite (7) ANTONYM {ANTONY}{M}
12 Almost state Raja's out of brisk movement (7) ALLEGRO {ALLEGe}{R}{O}
13 Child's dispute (5) ISSUE [DD]
14 One who doesn't sit hard on a mount (4,5) EASY RIDER [CD]
16 Huge third outing of a supari, perhaps (5,4) HIRED THUG*
19 A small, small photograph of cold mould (5) ASPIC {A}{S}{PIC}
21 Work big problem for marsupial (7) OPOSSUM {OP}{OS}{SUM}
23 Walker briefly besieged by Spanish bull is wreck (7) TORPEDO {TOR{PED}O}
24 A latrine i remodelled, among other things (5,4) INTER ALIA*
25 A party with primarily inadmissible legal defence (5) ALIBI {A}{LIB}{In...e}
26 Initially cut, largely obscure diamond-shaped pattern (6) ARGYLE lARGELY*
27 Wet blanket over his torn kitchen cloth (7) DISHRAG {D{HIS*}RAG}

1   Enjoy fully — without going to the bed at all (4,1,5,2,2) MAKE A NIGHT OF IT [CD]
2   No slate used in temporary sheds (4-3) LEAN-TOS*
3   Still quiet (7) SILENCE [DD]
4   No men check into two factors of Cambodian capital (5,4) PHNOM PENH {PH}{NOM}{P{EN}H} As per word play it is {NO MEN} in  {PH} {PH} but it doesn't seem to work that way
5   Activist alarmed by partial view (5) VISTA [T]
6   Office gadget that is more essential? (7) STAPLER [DD]
7   Kept busy by one who is altar-bound? (7) ENGAGED [DD]
8   When you have to render up accounts... (3,2,9) DAY OF RECKONING [CD]
15 What a storm-tossed ship captain wants to dolight up in type of castle (5,4) SIGHT LAND {LIGHT}* in {SAND}
17 Jumper's rest disturbed by bird (7) ROOSTER {ROO}{REST*}
18 Ruin of the French at ancient city (7) DESTROY {DES}{TROY}
19 Fanny nearly gets to show up overdue items (7) ARREARS {AR{REAR}Se}
20 Top raja in empire jostled (7) PREMIER {P{R}EMIER*}
22 All but gents take slippery partner up in scuffle (5) MELEE {MEn}{EEL<=}


Monday, 20 November 2017

No 12167, Monday 20 Nov 2017, Gridman

1   Animal to control backrush (8) REINDEER {REIN}{REED<=}
5   A hollow factor she replaced once again (6) AFRESH {A}{Fa..oR}{SHE*}
9   Seen at the base of nail lice cut into bits (7) CUTICLE*
10 Question the boy extremely firmly to fulfil the requirement (7) QUALIFY {QU}{ALI}{Fi..lY}
11 Plant fairy host in an unconventional way (9) FORSYTHIA*
12 Small fruit in thin glutinous mud (5) SLIME {S}{LIME}
13 Fat person out to group together (4) LUMP pLUMP
14 Rise in setter accepting bit of reward (9) INCREMENT {IN}{C{Re...d}EMENT}
17 Film exposes old slog taking it easy in social group (5,4) FOOLS GOLD {FO{O}{SLOG*}LD}
19 Chase away model from photo-taking session (4) SHOO SHOOt
23 Heading for deed of conveyance (5) TITLE [DD]
24 OK, get up to go around Union Territory house (9) AUTHORISE {A{UT}{HO}RISE}
25 Head of Government permits hangman's structure (7) GALLOWS {Go...t}{ALLOWS}
26 Chatter about garage tool (7) RATCHET*
27 A sailing vessel turning south forever (6) ALWAYS {A}{YAWL<=}{S}
28 It's a shining example of an insect (8) GLOWWORM [CD]

1   Scottish island receiving fine bits from cliff (8) ROCKFALL {ROCK{F}ALL}
2   Meanwhile bury the man from East London (7) INTERIM {INTER}{'IM}
3   Daughter's work on youth's left foot (6) DACTYL {D}{ACT}{Y}{L}
4   Halt passenger destroying plant (8,5) ELEPHANT GRASS*
6   Frightening deployment of seamer (8) FEARSOME*
7   A kind of shortening by the priest at Mumbai suburb (7) ELISION {ELI}{SION}
8   Boisterous girl's hold over boy come back with yen (6) H?Y?E? (Addendum - HOYDEN - {H}{O}{NED+Y<=} - See comments)
10 Shape of campus area subsequently protected by rail installation (13) QUADRILATERAL {QUAD}{RI{LATER}AL*}
15 Really go to rip apart a fable (8) ALLEGORY*
16 Mother has men and workers in drive (8) MOMENTUM {MO{MEN}{TU}M}
18 Bout, if slow, would lead to heads rolling over and discharge (7) OUTFLOW {bOUT}{iF}{sLOW}
20 Joyous shout from man getting high somehow over nothing (5-2) HEIGH-HO {HE}{HIGH*}{O}
21 Disgrace from short agitation by good scholar (6) STIGMA {STIr}{G}{MA}
22 Bow and knock out with two blows (6) KOWTOW {KO}{W}{TWO*}


Sunday, 19 November 2017

The Sunday Crossword No 2970, Sunday 19 Nov 2017

1   See vine tangled with herb (8) ENVISAGE {VINE}*{SAGE}
5   Abandon thread (6) STRAND [DD]
9   Covered past life initially with relief (8) OVERLAID {OVER}{Life}{AID}
10 Is painful technique used in texting? (6) SMARTS {SM{ART}S}
12 Environmentalist's signal to proceed (5) GREEN [DD]
14 Custom immune to criticism from airman blushing aboard boat (6,3) SACRED COW {AC}{RED} in {SCOW}
15 Propose measure before social gathering for indoor game (5,8) TABLE FOOTBALL {TABLE} {FOOT}{BALL}
17 Certainly sense hot excitement of bout, duo receiving cheers (7,1,5) WITHOUT A DOUBT {WIT}{H}{OU{T A} DOUBT*}
21 Resistance in territory by soldier, cold and calculated (9) STRATEGIC {ST{R}ATE}{GI}{C}
22 Greek character absorbed by argument he tackled (5) THETA [T]
23 License book in revolutionary electronic way (6) ENABLE {E}{L{B}ANE} <=
24 Unlucky one, round in valley, in retreat (3-5) ILL-FATED {1}{LL-{FAT}ED<=}
26 Thirsty to grab attention? Not interesting (6) DREARY {DR{EAR}Y}
27 Linguistic unit in translation of sly label (8) SYLLABLE*

1   Stretch, with energy left, operating barrier (8) ELONGATE {E}{L}{ON}{GATE}
2   Struggle with unfinished scene (3) VIE VIEw
3   Quiet because occupied by French article (7) SILENCE {SI{LE}NCE}
4   Artist captures nobody's heart? Harsh (12) GAINSBOROUGH {GAINS}{noBOdy}{ROUGH}
6   Paint moderate area (7) TEMPERA {TEMPER}{A}
7   Curtail urge to reform land management (11) AGRICULTURE*
8   Deny any connection with inspector, planted (6) DISOWN {DI}{SOWN}
11 English clubs still followed by supporter very happily (12) ECSTATICALLY {E}{C}{STATIC}{ALLY}
13 Inclination, changing gear, to cut extra hard work (5,6) ELBOW GREASE {BOW}{GEAR*} in {ELSE}
16 Trio, not half oppressed by burden, cross (8) STRADDLE {S{TRio}ADDLE}
18 Gossip time after time going into story? Right (7) TATTLER {TA}{T}{T}LE}{R}
19 Responsible university scientist finally separating new fluid (7) DUTIFUL {U}{s...sT} in {FLUID}*
20 Move up when around goal (6) ASCEND {AS}{C}{END}
25 Clumsy boat yet to capsize (3) TUB <=