The I-do-it Box

Alphabet soup for the cryptic soul

TIB #17

with 5 comments

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Across -Cryptonyte

1)  The banks were corrupt to take money, says the story (6,3,4)
9)  On air, retracted passages (5)
10) Incredible fluke, winning championship (ousting number one) and all that the pot holds (9)
11) Is old king backing a foreigner? (7)
12) Prescription that could give a guitarist withdrawal symptoms? (7)
13) Wolves toy with kids (8)
15) Sees model being taken away, expresses disappointment (5)
17) Lies on and on to get money, sparing nothing (5)
19) Bleeding is a general feature at the start of gunfights (8)
22) Composition to act out in California (7)
23) One gives credit to the author perhaps (7)
25) Captain Planet perhaps salvaged our sphere (9)
26) One admitting to swinging both ways goes to poetic lengths (5)
27) Dejected kid, he resorts to rope towards the end (4,2,3,4)

Down – Diogenes

1)  Country gecko losing tail, when turning up to chase the bee (6)
2)  King finding gold under the queen’s slip! (5)
3)  Jack’s line is monkey business (7)
4)  Last offer to carry one to relative abroad (4,2,2,5,2)
5)  Express grief at the aeronauts’ crashing around Ohio after entry to earth (3,4,5,3)
6)  Registers new records after topping in equestrian (7)
7)  See assistant’s right to vote cut off by a knight (9)
8)  Mark, from Flanders, heading out for Belgium’s capital (7)
14) Boy having a rum punch that might give him a kick-start (9)
16) An initiation befitting one’s held in the outskirts of Buckhingham (7)
18) Bird fight to follow boxing match (7)
20) Why I rambled about a local currency getting out of hand (7)
21) One gives credit to an article (6)
24) Say a flipper one edges (5)

Solutions to TIB #16

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Written by Cryptonyte

September 13, 2009 at 5:40 am

Posted in Crossword grid

TIB #16

with 6 comments

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Across – Diogenes

1) Performers of music or revolutionary arts maybe (9)
6) Kid’s magazine (5)
9) Toils to win power for those with special skills (7)
10) Runs away from sweets, reportedly (7)
11) Annoyed to lose the pound gained (6)
12) Extraordinary lyrist held court paying close attention to detail (8)
14) A strong draft beer taken after a drop of gin (4)
15) Naughtily ogle at her when model’s caught in the __________ ? (10)
18) Deserter returned to embrace a ruling coalition with three sides (10)
20) Road work sign (4)
23) Financially rewarding study award I got in London district (8)
24) Having even less money, put zero deposit in advertising (6)
26) Winning card (Hearts) getting one to victory (7)
27) Cases, for instance, involving glue suffocation indoors (7)
28) Severe cold hasn’t begun (5)
29) No good to get terribly aroused about involving a risk (9)

Down–  Cryptonyte

1) Suddenly finished? About time! (9)
2) Fine money (7)
3) Devout holy man is missing, daughter realised (6)
4) Cast away on ship (4)
5) I.Bishop comes back in – logical, no run conceded extra (10)
6) Pyridines (without Yttrium) violently fired (8)
7) Mark’s having no handicap (7)
8 ) Dress a young one has to try (5)
13) Grew vigorously, fire should be put out (10)
16) Press agent to remodel resort (9)
17) Expert playing well, Joyce perhaps (8)
19)  Evening. Yours truly’s right on the circuit. Unit of force India, Giancarlo’s first (7)
21)A storm to the navy’s a burst of frenzied activity (7)
22) Fever checked at the start, first tip of thermometer’s in contact with this body part (6)
23) Go into specialist doctor’s emergency room (5)
25) Drop of lemongrass in utensil to cook something up (4)

Solutions to TIB #15

Written by Cryptonyte

September 5, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Posted in Crossword grid

TIB #15

with 7 comments

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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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Written by Cryptonyte

August 28, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Posted in Crossword grid

TIB #14

with 7 comments

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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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Written by Cryptonyte

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??

Written by Cryptonyte

August 10, 2009 at 6:10 am

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TIB#13 – Friday The Thirteenth

with 8 comments

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Across – Diogenes

1  Bare ballet he danced in turns (5,3,5)
9  Saw 10:10 in the morning (5)
10 Great deal of air strike on a show of excessive action (9)
11 Name the organic gas (7)
12 Dressed oneself before quarter final outside (7)
13 Is a round in order for one that’s old and bulky? (8)
15 Grave of Pasternak (5)
17 Dictionary’s first mistake missing from corrigendum information (5)
19 Many a good shape one’s lost to stupidity (8)
22 Ends tenure, eyes name in the centre (7)
23 Music makers with pluck? (7)
25 Spooner’s chief collector – one gets lots of new business (9)
26 Dismissed point not entirely best (5)
27 Victory lap for a group of achievers? (7,6)

Down – Cryptonyte

1 Cramps both sides of muscles at health clubs (6)
2 One goes to a party with a tee shirt – a fool (5)
3 Lug endlessly, go to the doctor with back pain (7)
4 Lick and stimulate model going for sensationalism at first – a symbol in red street? (6,3,6)
5 Guesses players on the field? (8,7)
6 Nowadays clothes do the talking (7)
7 Bare essentials without a bit of extravagance for virgin (9)
8 A diner’s cooked this? (7)
14 Put away sentiment when questioning (9)
16 They may screen movies (7)
18 Would his study be a correspondence course? (7)
20 Scot backs Reserve Bank of India (though it has nothing) for capital (7)
21 Mineral residue found first on land (6)
24 Joke is an irritation (5)

Solutions to TIB#12

Written by Cryptonyte

July 31, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Posted in Crossword grid

TIB #12 – V R All Alone

with 8 comments

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Gauri says “The chaff is removed and we are left with the grain when the produce is winnowed.”
This week’s puzzle is clued by Diogenes alone.
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Across

1. Plain old man upset with guradian (8)
5. Emphasize the princess departed in agony (6)
10. Type that gives the pink slip back (5)
11. Downpour heading off in the sewer? (9)
12. Curse devil had after endless wreck (9)
13. Repeat telecast of series (5)
14. Difficulty inspiring a son having trouble with math (6)
15. Failure to pay trio following ABC Australia ends in lawsuit (7)
18. By nature perhaps, student is disinterested (7)
20. Expose English model during an asinine utterance (6)
22. Partial about gold spending (5)
24. A fluent auto driver? (6,3)
25. Dress worn dully without sophistication (9)
26. One’s toast ruined by Republican (5)
27. Stylish queen taking Lambert’s hand (6)
28. Flower appeared when Pietersen initially holed out (8)

Down

1. Sailors lie down to descend steep inclines (6)
2. Fairly average one to graduate university (4,5)
3. Resort holding newer classes for revitalizing one’s knowledge? (9,6)
4. It’s bliss starting to view the characters of Narnia jumping around (7)
6. You can bank on one being a powerful puller (5,2,8)
7. Tenant has no right to move in (5)
8. Cool accidental discovery that dispelled submersion in liquid (8)
9. Rod may be finished here. Tremendous final! (3,3)
16. Peacekeeper respected for keeping the north free of trimmings (9)
17. 50% of people with sleep problems turn to the church to such an extent (8)
19. Pretentious fellow avoidable to the core (6)
20. Final remarks on England taking extras (7)
21. Golden yellow seen in the swirling fall of flowers (6)
23. Drier before spring, to a great extent (5)

Solutions to TIB #11

Written by Cryptonyte

July 24, 2009 at 6:36 am

Posted in Crossword grid