The I-do-it Box

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TIB #14

with 7 comments

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Online version available here.

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

with 3 comments

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

Posted in 1

TIB#13 – Friday The Thirteenth

with 8 comments

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Online version available here.

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.
Online version available here

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

TIB #11 – Monotony

with 9 comments

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In an attempt to break the routine, this week we have Monotony. Er.. I’m not sure that’s what we intended to say. But anyway this week’s grid is clued entirely by Cryptonyte.

online version available here.

Across

1 A symptom of recession? (10)
6 Content of a small cup (4)
10 Friendly drink (7)
11 One who instigates revolutions? (7)
12 Back me to get litter for nesting (9)
13 Mineral found around Switzerland is of earthen colour (5)
14 Freedom obtained by a terrible struggle, without hesitation, on the 4th of July (7)
15 Planned well in advance but peters out (6)
19 Grieve about return (6)
21 A tower that leads ships (7)
25 Poem has a bit of rhyme right at the end – It’s a rule (5)
27 Sinatra rendered without edge? He would have appeared dull (9)
28 Sparked a dieting rage (7)
29 Peel off envelope to first letter (7)
30 The way I see it, it’s a long book. (4)
31 Where letters are unjumbled after work (4,6)

Down

1 A door to be used when one gets out? (6)
2 Mozart’s sixth, heart stealing a beat (9)
3 ‘eld back breath in fall (7)
4 Bigots Lincoln names in the report (8)
5 Give a small autograph (6)
7 May possibly be from common themes (5)
8 Member covered by men’s clothing (8)
9 Fix what belongs to us with strictness (6)
16 Top continental dish?(9)
17 Lighter senoritas struggle without energy (8)
18 Peacekeepers upset with incomplete attempts by Northern Territory for food (8)
20 To a great extent, it is in conformance with the truth (6)
22 An official bond provided on a condition of freedom at first (7)
23 Workplace of a macho-man, one that takes to the ring (6)
24 Stick bill in this place (6)
26 Dug up material (5)
Solutions to TIB #10

Written by Cryptonyte

July 17, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Posted in Crossword grid

TIB #10 – Ten is grand slam

with 11 comments

The online version available here.

Across – Diogenes

1  Moving picture of parents hugging a girl (8)
6  Strongly object to a dashing young man (4)
8  Class actors finish in style (5)
9  Watch makeup around hair job (9)
11 Swallow essentially descending on valley (7)
12 Make money with article made of clay (7)
13 Perhaps misses taking control of flights? (10)
15 Originally the sovereign across Russia? (4)
17 Criticize one abandoning a religion (4)
19 Steady De Silva bats up to get a victory going for one (10)
22 What may be a basis for reading the Bible? (7)
24 Loves to cover a former US president’s zest for food  (7)
25 Spooner’s party guarded the entrance panel (9)
26 Core group of proletariat perhaps? (5)
27 One won’t be here if one’s straight (4)
28 Concealed or showed a film (8)

Down – Cryptonyte

2 Pierce playing A. Agassi (7)
3 Give too much importance to bowling speed (8)
4 Soil leach obscure for old scientist (9)
5 Fuss about love (5)
6 Financiers losing name – they may have to deal with a lot of dough (6)
7 Hundred. He has got quite a few in front of covers (7)
8 What may be had for a meal when an emperor meets another, not at home (6,5)
10 One who shares the same feelings as you for Santa Claus? (7,4)
14 News fled out of Wimbledon – Federer’s extraordinary build up (9)
16 Antagonise and one may use flying saucers at high tea (8)
18 Charge! America has left behind a unit (7)
20 Have a hand in rotten surprise (7)
21 Stone great footballer taking up basket ball initially (6)
23 Goes up to Arsene upset with last in league relegated (5)

Solutions to TIB #9

Written by Cryptonyte

July 10, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Posted in Crossword grid

TIB #9 – A stitch in time

with 12 comments

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– Check the “Solutions to TIB #8” link for the answer to “Whodunit” (Most people got it   wrong 🙂 ) So here’s another chance for you to have a go at

– Online version is now available here.

– The I-do-it Box featured on Desi Pundit

Across

1 Swinging both ways, group is split (6)
4 Serial is copied shamelessly (8)
9 The pope may be one for broadcast by the church (5)
10 Stock broker for instance, to run back on mixing up names (9)
11 Mostly light at the end of the tunnel is empty talk (4)
12 Live artist’s in the hillside (4)
13 A common feature possessed by all great he-men (5)
15 Cloth, bread and half a shelter for a dog without energy (7)
16 Wicket keeper giving extra (4)
19 Make waves at the top? (4)
20 Raise for a select group when one’s sacrificed to wall street recession (7)
23 Corrupt model isn’t American (5)
24 Feature star batsman South Africa’s missing (4)
25 Rose, pan to the east (4)
27 Past is softly fading away (9)
28 Really big award to second place finisher (5)
29 Tragedy caused by asteroids falling, leaving hole behind (8)
30 Indeed, the pen is full of spirit (6)

Down

1 Support bishop on key resolution (8)
2 Bird keeping an eagle eye around lake (8)
3 Get no professional treatment (4)
5 Devotee joining a church service (6,7)
6 Plant scattering wet berries (10)
7 Wet blanket having more moisture (6)
8 Fakes that I pay for in China (6)
10 Device, probably a numeric thing (6,7)
14 Adamant about having no time to fast? (10)
17 Wild boar head for a lady (8)
18 Where to get laid when late? (8)
21 One puts up with many a moron (6)
22 Brit oddly having mushrooms for muscles (6)
26 Suffer defeat when caught out in the end (4)

Solutions to TIB #8 – Whodunit

Written by Cryptonyte

July 4, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Posted in Crossword grid

TIB #8 – Whodunit

with 21 comments

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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

Written by Cryptonyte

June 26, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Posted in Crossword grid

TIB #7 – The Late Edition

with 19 comments

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– Chaturvasi Sir has  reviewed TIB 6 in detail. Solutions, Overall commentsAcross, Down. Thanks a lot sir.

– Sorry for the delay in posting this grid, Cryptonyte took longer than usual to defeat superman. Hope you enjoy the puzzle. Cheers

Easy-to-solve-online version available here.

Across – Diogenes

1 Still having something to say in the mail? (7,8)
9 Excited a lover (6)
10 For reorganizations’ sake, push all over the place (5-3)
11 Out-and-out rival crossing the line (8)
14 Having the will to give up tea holdings (6)
17 How one may travel to a lecture at Wharton? (8,5)
20 With more than a couple of edges there, out in an embarrassing position (5-8)
23 Reportedly a film editor’s device (6)
25 It repeatedly comes up in an orderly appeal (8)
28 This is how to improve our stock (8)
29 A hair raising experience might end with this (6)
30 Somehow sensed the drink had a human quality (15)

Down – Cryptonyte

2 Rush seeing werewolf nibble up entrails (6)
3 Model on the catwalk or a streetwalker? (5)
4 An administrator to veer off course (5)
5 A ticket to the orient is not so great anymore (5)
6 Ability to maintain balance on a ship comes from ageless sailing (3,4)
7 Sharper note with a lot of feeling (5)
8 One gives out sender’s IP in encrypted form (9)
12 Fabricated lies about a shred of linen in clothing material (5)
13 Fly down to ball dance (5)
15 Cumbersome, weekends are taken away for a grant (5)
16 Hernando the explorer’s summit as it were (2,2,5)
17 Some lamb getting round in the shed (5)
18 In the past a crime was taken to the church (5)
19 Dog, 101 of rare geographic origins roped in (5)
21 Gun’s hollow case with brain-blowing insides (7)
22 Attraction surrounding the Spanish resorts (6)
24 Mail across some money to disburse (5)
25 One pretends to be a toughie (5)
26 Savour the flavour (5)
27 Not one of a kind author? (5)

TIB#6 Solutions

Written by Cryptonyte

June 21, 2009 at 5:04 am

Posted in Crossword grid

TIB #6

with 14 comments

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Easy-to-solve-online version available here

Across – Diogenes

1 Unlike some Europeans, they attract (8,5)
9 John not accommodating one for rent (2,3)
10 Thinning not seen often, resistance not offered to cooking in oil (9)
11 A bird acts up, wild owl (7)
12 Carry out murder (7)
13 What you might call a bearer for…a tot? (8)
15 Confusion for all to see when followers are upset (5)
17 Produce small prunes (5)
19 Innkeeper’s head office starting out of studio (8)
22 What you may beat when you are beaten (7)
23 Give approval for a copyright petition (7)
25 Rascal caught with partner taking booty around (9)
26 A token of peace and love – wickedness overthrown! (5)
27 Thrills come greeting in strange relaxations (13)

Down – Cryptonyte

1 An order to arrest labourers at the beginning of strike? That’s stupid (6)
2 A bit of kink shows up after much of pole dance (5)
3 Calms down group as left back gets two points (7)
4 Quit as from a dead ball situation he let two shockingly (5,2,3,5)
5 An ideal street commando is one who is unknown (7,8)
6 They bring up weighty matters (7)
7 Model hugging a model to arouse (9)
8 Fiery policeman, one far removed from the wicked (7)
14 Change opinion regarding appearance (5,4)
16 A player reacts bitterly to sledging at first (7)
18 Quiet! Take note, gangster is at junction. Move with care (7)
20 Part of gun not allowed in counter strike (7)
21 Parliamentarians’ head is hauled over the coals (6)
24 In a dialog, imagination is turned on its head my friend (5)
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Written by Cryptonyte

June 12, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Posted in Crossword grid