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Archive for August 2009

TIB #15

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TIB15

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Across – Cryptonyte
1 Beckham for one also hit goal, terribly unequal match (5,3,7)
9 Sings in improvised notes (7)
10 A moment in agony in between (7)
11 Gulf – one third of Malayalees in profit (5)
12 A key to the dickey? (9)
13 Directive for graphical user interface – noise’s good (7)
16 Humpty Dumpty’s act? Ruler failed to end the confusion (7)
17 Influences a mischief-maker’s deeds (7)
19 Passionate cricket match – most popular (7)
20 Do elegant gymnastics appear stretched? (9)
21 Black marketing book caught (5)
23 Skipper gains nothing leaving out a legend (7)
24 India has information for all to see on LeT’s core player (7)
25 Right now, Tottenham’s best player is unprepared? (4,2,3,6)

Down – Diogenes

1  Physician’s mobile clinics given e-permits to operate on the road (7,8)
2  Essential drop of tincture in the container (5)
3  Refrain from eating the last morsel of tofu cake (5)
4  Horse getting endlessly obese, possibly eating from this? (7)
5  Skims through flicks (7)
6  Eye small take away from model – could this be what stylish people do? (4,5)
7  Silver vault breached by a shirt needle (9)
8  What comes before I belittle? We both turn to make personal remarks (3,5,3,4)
14 I respect preparedness and you are unprepared! (9)
15 Secretly break up citing no love (9)
18 A cloth tent when erected, catches the eye (7)
19 Chemical treated dry skin appearing outside (7)
21 What marks a refrain in song, especially upon reflection (5)
22 Begin drunken revelry (5)

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August 28, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Posted in Crossword grid

TIB #14

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tib14

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Across – Diogenes

9)  In retrospect, the leader’s profit is a worry (7)
10) Some judges so ignore the excuse for not showing up in court  (7)
11) Show English side taking heart at small performance (7)
12) Do an impression of friend eating that thing after lunch time (7)
13) Not allowed entry to frightening dark cave, when many went missing (9)
15) Tender at heart, one rues getting injured (5)
16) Steps to protect article in French chateaus, say (7)
19) Step out after river becomes most difficult to fathom (7)
20) Rome oddly follows in the manner of Parisian panic (5)
21) A standard shelter with many quarters (9)
25) Told heartlessly about fish caught in a net (7)
26) Alumnus to give notice (7)
28) Expert on standing in for a beast (7)
29) Also not new to having the knot rejected by that woman (7)

Down – Cryptonyte

1) One’s cross with brownie point given for that thing alone (6)
2) The emcee’s a damper (6)
3) Maybe leg stump is all that is all that’s left when it is removed (4)
4) Joined club in Manchester? (6)
5) Made agreement in contract (8)
6) Assistant officer with new soldiers roped in for task (10)
7) Conflict in terrible economy initially in slump (8)
8 ) Concern for principal’s appreciation at the end of the term (8)
14) Unfinished business in America – Ohio temple construction (10)
16) The duration of the drama when it’s fun? (8)
17) School of fish caught, pull in (8)
18) Dad’s rant about what is acceptable (8)
22) Measure relative molecular mass oxygen’s got (6)
23) Planets are furnaces when the crust is removed (6)
24) He’s been abducted by a politician? It’s a possibility (6)
27) Pills downed neglecting what’s at the end of medical note (4)

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August 15, 2009 at 10:20 am

Posted in Crossword grid

Wordly Pleasures

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We’re taking a break this week on TIB. But here is an enjoyable word game for you. You can find this and other word games which belonged to its set here. (Caveat: This was used for the word games competition at Spring Spree – The annual cultural fest of NIT Warangal. Some of the content may be objectionable to some people. User discretion is adviced)

The Cunning Linguist

There are two sets of words – set (1) and set (2). The five letter word in set (1) is obtained by adding one letter to the four letter word from set (1) and anagramming it. (Similarly the five letter word in set (2) is obtained by adding one letter to the four letter word from set (2) and anagramming it.)

Proceed to finally get a ten letter word from set (1) and a nine letter word from set (2)

Find an(other) anagram of the ten letter word and the nine letter word to get a phrase which is analogous to Worldly Pleasure (hint : evil temptation).

Ten points per blank. Twenty points for filling fully. Thirty points for the phrase.

I hate doggies!

They say a dog is a man’s best friend. I beg to differ. If one _ _ _ _ _ _ _(2) the imbecilic things they do, they are nothing more than huge pains in places you don’t want to mention. For one, they make too much _ _ _ _ _ (1) at the mere sight of anything strange. Even more irritating is their tendency to meddle with your wardrobe for no apparent reason when they are irritated! Nothing is spared – not your shoes, nor your trousers, shirts, _ _ _ _ (2) – not even your underwear! Just last week I had to throw away my new Nike shoes because my stupid dog ripped out the _ _ _ _ _ _ (1)

My friend Arsene Wenger thinks dogs are worked up when they have too many fleas on them. He _ _ _ _ _ (2) the example of the noodle incident. (Of course I’m not allowed to talk about that, you can ask Mr.Watterson yourself if you like.) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (1) my dog became top priority upon hearing this. I soon discovered that it was no mean feat. It is not like there are just one or two fleas – the _ _ _ _ _ _ (2) multiplies and forms _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (1) of fleas and most of them are war-trained. Finally upon Arsene’s advice, I _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (2) my dog clean using a vacuum cleaner. It didn’t help one bit! Arsene is a jackass!

People claim that it is fun to walk a dog. Well it’s not! The stupid creatures move in a _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _(1) manner. It is almost as if they read De Bono’s Lateral Thinking books! And of course they chase anything and everything and they run like mad. Believe me when I tell you this – I once had to chase my dog across two _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _(2) ! The _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (1) indicated that we were in a different time zone altogether! That’s how much we had run. I haven’t given my dog a walk in _ _ _ _(1) . Hmmm may be I should! Doggy!!! Where are you??

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August 10, 2009 at 6:10 am

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