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TIB #8 – Whodunit

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As per Shuchi’s request, this edition of TIB has no bylines. As usual, one set is clued by Diogenes and the other by Cryptonyte. Feel free to guess who clued which part in the comments section.

The online-solvable version is now available here.

Across

1  A native camera shot one’s taken in noon (8)
6  One’s somewhat overhead but one can’t fly (4)
8  Flogged a rascal around Nebraska (5)
9  One enjoys making oneself smart (9)
11 A drink outlet, popular one (7)
12 Sketch in poor light about a good artist (7)
13 What may provide cover for household property? (10)
15 In the morning, fine to be in a frenzy (4)
17 Go before communist’s sacrificed the crown (4)
19 Pose a threat to panther one’s left off in the outskirts of jungle (10)
22 Offensive feeling reciprocated when son leaves for model (7)
24 American company left in the bottom of Fortune list (7)
25 Ample space to drop anchor after a joint (9)
26 Legends of English movies (5)
27 Break up leaving a side on the street? (4)
28 Improves attempt to switch sides in a truthful manner (8)

Down

2  Parade held against the ruler (7)
Pierces again causing blood-coloured streams (8)
4  Dedicate t-shirt to a group (9)
5  Pried into agreement about state’s borders (5)
Are face beautifications essentially based on skin tone? (6)
Wisecrack about chucking pie gets a good hit (7)
8  Rise to criticize the church and you’ll get what you deserve (11)
10 They have a stop-start career (11)
14 For every retired pilot is a serviceman (9)
16
They may make much noise at night game, towards the end of the innings (8)
18
Protection for the finger or the limb when injured (7)
20 Maiden’s signature (7)
21
Confuse firm’s second tier network (6)
23
He covers the policeman’s back for some time (5)

Solutions to TIB #7- The Late Edition

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Written by Cryptonyte

June 26, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Posted in Crossword grid

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  1. I have cold-solved only a few clues. I guess the Down set is by Diogenes.

    chaturvasi

    June 26, 2009 at 3:22 pm

  2. Okay, late night solution as promised! More comments later…

    One to go (16D GRIEVERS?)

    Across – Cryptonyte

    1 AMERICAN AMER(I)CA* N
    6 RHEA [T]
    8 CA(NE)D
    9 MASOCHIST [CD]
    11 MART IN I
    12 DI(A G RA)M
    13 UPHOLSTERY [CD]
    15 AM OK
    17 PATE anno pending
    19 JEOPARDISE J (LEOPARD + IS – L)* E
    22 NOISOME (EMOTION)<- – T + S
    24 ITEMISE ?
    25 ELBOW ROOM<-
    26 E PICS
    27 KERB (break – a)<-
    28 HONES T(-r +l)Y

    Down – Diogenes

    1 M(ON)ARCH
    3 RED RILLS
    4 COMMIT TEE
    5 NO(SE)D
    6 R (-f)ACIAL(-s), with defn=based on skin tone?
    7 EPIGRAM PIE* G RAM
    8 COME UP PAN CE
    10 TIMEKEEPERS cd
    14 REP<- AIRMAN
    16 ?
    18 THIMBLE*
    20 INITIAL dd
    21 COBWEB CO B WEB
    23 E(POC<-)H

    Shuchi

    June 26, 2009 at 8:43 pm

  3. Across

    1 A native camera shot one’s taken in noon (8) AMERICAN
    6 One’s somewhat overhead but one can’t fly (4) RHEA
    8 Flogged a rascal around Nebraska (5) CANED
    9 One enjoys making oneself smart (9) MASOCHIST
    11 A drink outlet, popular one (7) MARTINI
    12 Sketch in poor light about a good artist (7) DIAGRAM
    13 What may provide cover for household property? (10) UPHOLSTERY
    15 In the morning, fine to be in a frenzy (4) AMOK
    17 Go before communist’s sacrificed the crown (4) PATE
    19 Pose a threat to panther one’s left off in the outskirts of jungle (10) JEOPARDISE
    22 Offensive feeling reciprocated when son leaves for model (7) NOISOME
    24 American company left in the bottom of Fortune list (7) INCLINE
    25 Ample space to drop anchor after a joint (9) ELBOWROOM
    26 Legends of English movies (5) EPICS
    27 Break up leaving a side on the street? (4) KERB
    28 Improves attempt to switch sides in a truthful manner (8) HONESTLY

    Down

    1 Parade held against the ruler (7) MONARCH
    3 Pierces again causing blood-coloured streams (8) REDRILLS
    4 Dedicate t-shirt to a group (9) COMMITTEE
    5 Pried into agreement about state’s borders (5) NOSED
    6 Are face beautifications essentially based on skin tone? (7) RACIAL (Should be 6 letters)
    7 Wisecrack about chucking pie gets a good hit (7) EPIGRAM
    8 Rise to criticize the church and you’ll get what you deserve (11) COMEUPPANCE
    10 They have a stop-start career (11) TIMEKEEPERS
    14 For every retired pilot is a serviceman (9) REPAIRMAN
    16 They may make much noise at night game, towards the end of the innings (8) CRACKERS
    18 Protection for the finger or the limb when injured (7) THIMBLE
    20 Maiden’s signature (7) INITIAL
    21 Confuse firm’s second tier network (6) COBWEB
    23 He covers the policeman’s back for some time (5) EPOCH

    Nimish

    June 26, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    • 16d correction after @notytony’s tweet:
      CRICKETS

      Nimish

      June 27, 2009 at 4:47 pm

  4. Entertaining puzzle as always. You are good with the cryptic definitions, that’s a rare art! 9A is great.

    The surface of 22A makes sense 🙂 The wordplay is inverted, isn’t it? The solver needs to (-S + T) on NOISOME to get EMOTION<-. That's an unusual one but I think it works.

    RHEA may not be commonly known and it's thoughtful to give it easy wordplay.

    "and you'll get" (8D) is a good example of connecting words in the clue that do not interfere with the cryptic reading.

    Other clues I liked especially: 5D, 14D.

    Shuchi

    June 27, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    • You’re right about NOISOME. The wordplay is messed up. Should have been “model” leaving for “son”.

      diogeneb

      July 4, 2009 at 3:49 pm

  5. Across = Cryptonyte
    Down = Diogenes

    Nimish

    June 27, 2009 at 5:06 pm

  6. Ok – this was great- thanks T&V ! My answers ( excuse the eccentric notations -I’m still learning)

    ACROSS –>My guess is cryptonyte
    1. AMER(I)CA* N
    6. ? 😦
    8. CA(NE)D
    9. MASOCHIST –> hee hee hee !
    11. MART-IN-I
    12. DI(A G RA)M
    13. UPHOLSTERY–>Good one
    15. AM OK
    17. PATH?
    19. J (-L)EOPARD IS E –> favorite clue ! 🙂
    22. NOIS (-T)OME Did not get “anchor”?
    26. EPICS
    27. K(-A)ERB My guess is diogenes
    2. M(ON)ARCH
    3. RED-RILLS
    4. COMMIT-TEE –>:-)
    5. NO(SE)D
    6. FACIAL?
    7. EPI* G RAM
    8. COME UP PAN(CE)
    10. TIMEKEEPERS
    14. RE P AIRMAN
    16.(B)RACKETS —> did not get this clue
    18. THIMBLE*
    20. INITIAL
    21. CO B WEB
    23. E (POC<)H

    Aruna

    June 27, 2009 at 7:04 pm

  7. Link to the interactive version, please?

    Sri

    June 28, 2009 at 6:06 am

    • Coming soon 🙂 It takes two days for the people at Dowedo to approve a submitted grid. Will put it up at the earliest. Thank you for your patience. 🙂

      cryptonyte

      June 28, 2009 at 1:19 pm

      • It’s available now 🙂

        cryptonyte

        June 30, 2009 at 6:00 am

  8. Thanks to the online version discovered a couple of mistakes:
    Across
    6. R(-F) ACIAL
    17. PATE

    Down
    16. CRICKETS – duh!

    Still stumped by 6 across – shame on me !

    Aruna

    June 30, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    • Messed this up in my initial comment:
      My guess for author of Down is diogenes
      Across
      22 – ELBOWROOM –>did not get “anchor”?
      24 – INC-L-IN- E

      Aruna

      June 30, 2009 at 8:47 pm

      • MOOR = anchor, Drop anchor = ROOM

        cryptonyte

        July 6, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    • Aruna, thanks for solving, and good to know you had fun.

      6 One’s somewhat overhead but one can’t fly (4) RHEA
      Defn. – one can’t fly
      Sub – oveRHEAd

      diogeneb

      July 4, 2009 at 3:51 pm

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  10. Solved about 10.

    @Vinod & Tony:
    I must say am amazed by the world play and even in complex one, the surface is perfect! In The Hindu, I see few erratic clues even by good setters, though am unseasoned for such comments.

    Do drop in clues once in a while in THC community, as you used to do earlier.

    Aim Undefined

    July 4, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    • Thanks Aim. Will post clues on THC. Keep solving 🙂

      diogeneb

      July 4, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    • Thank you so much 🙂

      cryptonyte

      July 6, 2009 at 12:31 pm

  11. D&C…
    Why don’t you own up your sets?

    chaturvasi

    July 4, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    • Hi Sir
      Have done this in TIB#9 along with the solution to the grid.
      Thanks

      cryptonyte

      July 4, 2009 at 3:06 pm


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