Animal Crackers – Solutions, Annotations & Stats

Stats -Only 10 people managed to submit the completed grid for this puzzle. Of those who submitted, 8 got the full score of 30. Most people managed to get all the answers to the bonus question correct as well.

Here’s the Solution grid

The description of the puzzle read “Animals had crept into ten of the answers in this grid. Can you find them all..”.

These animals (including some birds and insects) found hidden among the solution words were

1. Ass 2. Moose 3. Gnu 4. Seal 5. Orca 6. Cat 7. Bee 8. Owl 9. Ant 10. Ram

Here are the Annotations.

Across:
1 Gala skating segment from former Russian territory (6) T
5 Cut off follower of Garcia? (8) DD
9 Tranquillises outliers – extraordinary measures? (8) (TRANQUILLISES-LIERS)*
10 Keen old king tossed in turbulent sea (6) (TUT>> SEA*)
11 Norwegian, perhaps, cutting everything in field? It’s not to be worried about (5,5) F(AL(SEA)L)ARM
12 Boundless river belonging to US? (4) (c)OURS(e)
13 Cam and rotor constructed in one machine (8) (CAM+ROTOR)*
16 Tie a vessel following case of cancer (6) CR+A+VAT
17 Plant type of beans around Liechtenstein at first (6) LI + MUNG<<
19 Low in pot, daughter left (8) VA(MOO)SE+D
21 Branch of cheese without advocate? (4) LIMB(urger)
22 Drink red ale, perhaps (6,4) GINGER + BEER
25 Northern girl’s fiance is salaciously, secretly, going around (6) Rev T
26 Suffering and depressed amidst unopened wrapping (8) (b)ALING << LOW.
27 Bank notes invested in horses, randomly (8) E+A >> HORSES*
28 Country of citrus production (6) CITRUS*

Down:

2 She’s selling central air (5) L+AURA
3 Bobby, perhaps, is also on board (5) S(AND)S
4 Maria translated into account what Jesus spoke (7) MARIA* >> AC
5 Paradise Lost: a novel leading to anguish (7) (PARADISE-A)*
6 Feeble menial, collected by The Agency, returned (7) CI(MEAN)A<< 7 Maybe gun control is child’s play (3,6) DD 8 By the sound of it, everything Erdogan perhaps dined on is hash (9) ALL TURK ATE HP 14 Moving to Nigeria in spring? (9) TO NIGERIA* 15 Some bastard framed you and me following bound volumes (9) SOME* >> NIB+US
18 Hatemonger, without her treatment, became comic villian (7) (HATEMONGER-HER)*
19 Gave confused gathering a Windows OS and Outlook (7) GAVE* << A+NT
20 Robert, perhaps, is after a leader? (7) CD
23 Inferior, slow flying saucers (5) B + SLOW*
24 Reportedly, next game console causes boredom (5) ON WII*

Here is the scorecard (sorted by score and then in the order of submissions received)

Congrats to Bhalchandra Pasupathy, who was the first one to submit an all correct entry and to all others who maxed the score as well.

2 people rated the puzzle as “Excellent” and 8 rated it “Good”. 16 clues in the grid got picked atleast once in the top 3 favorites voted by the solvers. The clue for “Vamoosed” was picked by 7 out of 10 solvers, as one of the favorites

Thanks a lot to elmith (Darren) for an interesting grid. We hope to host more of your puzzles in future as well.

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TOIL – Solutions, Annotations & Stats

Stats -The puzzle was pretty tough and though we had nearly 300 page views, we received only 6 submissions, from the following people..

1. Bhalchandra Pasupathy

2. Kishore Rao

3. Ratnakar Sonthi

4. Venkatraghavan Sahasranaman

5. Samurai Pony (Mona Sogal + Supriya Mithal)

6. Viresh Ratnakar

In addition, to the above we also got a last minute submission from

Anirudh Sahni who managed to complete the grid in record time despite starting late. Although he wasn’t able to complete and send the full solutions before the deadline, the effort is appreciated by us.

Here’s the Solution grid

The message obtained by rearranging the letters in the purple square was “TOIL AND BE STRONG”

Here are the Annotations.

1 Fringe novel edges around East Las Vegas (8)

S(ELV)EDGE, EDGES*, novel = *, fringe = def..

2 Giant Jobs Company’s east-coast location (8, two words)

Giant = BIG, Jobs Company = APPLE, east-coast location = def..

3 I, accompanied by Tritons, played music for the masses to begin with (8)

I + TRITONS*, played = *

4 Remarkable guide all but gave us Burns’ address finally (8, two words))

Remarkable = UNCO, (GUID –e (all but)), = moral, ref. Burns’ ‘Address to the Unco Guid’.

5 A frog, perhaps René, returned first, in a hurry (8)

Frog (fastener type), René returned = ENER, first in a hurry = FAST

6 Seize stoned sailor (8)

Seize = def., stoned = high, jack = sailor

7 In Rome I strip away bouts of self-indulgent activity (8, two words)

In Rome I = EGO, I STRIP*, away = *

8 Couple on board she described earlier, for a fellow traveller (8)

On board she = SHIP, Couple = MATE

a Cry at model’s apearance (5)

Sigh + T; appearance = def..

b Donald loses heart for love crush (5)

TRUMP – U + O

(c) Pirate’s revolutionary tales (5)

(TALES)*

d Some chieftain that Cain’s entertaining could be a fence supplier (5)

c(HIEFT)*ain

(e) Dreadful Lagos porridge is served here (5)

(LAGOS)*

(f) It’s vanilla. honest! (5)

DD

(g) Academic lot had concealed this material (5)

Telescopic, def. material

(h) ‘Dance around, old Etonian!’ soldier suggested (5, two words)

(JIG< + OE)*, soldier = def.. (N.B. OE for Old Etonian is supported by the OED)

(i) Boorish Ozzie topped back knee joint with little hesitation (5)

Boorish Ozzie = def., top (-H)OCK = back knee joint + ER
(j) Congress meeting in the pipeline (5)

DD: congress, meeting in the pipeline

(k) A scholar’s preposterous unlimited slip-ups (5)

(-S (LIP-UP<) –S) (preposterous / unlimited); scholar= def.

(l) Do sit! Sadly her address could take a while to deliver (5)

(DO SIT)*, sadly = *

(m) Short reptile (argot, maybe) (5)

(ARGOT)*, maybe = *

(n) Mates – that’s an unusual break in Oz! (5)

Mates = BOS, that’s = IE. Unusual break = def. ref. to an cricketing term for googly

(o) Panegyric a chap in Spain referred to with revolutionary self-confidence (5)

EL + EGO<; panegyric =def..

(p) Nick lived up to his name!(5)

LIVED< = devil (TD)

Given the very high standard of the puzzle, everyone who submitted is indeed a winner.  However, we decided to score the entries and  each correct answer (including the Anno.) was given a score of 1 point. Incorrect answers were not given a score for annotation.

Here is the final scorecard.

1. Bhalchandra Pasupathy – 24.5/25

2. Ratnakar Sonthi – 24/25

3. Venkatraghavan Sahasranaman – 24/25

4. Kishore Rao – 23.5/25

5. Samurai Pony (Mona Sogal + Supriya Mithal) – 23/25

6. Viresh Ratnakar – 21.5/25

Bhalachandra Pasupathy is therefore the clear Winner. He was also the first to send the solution and his submission was a veritable work of art, going above and beyond what we requested. Attached is a screenshot.

Thanks a lot to Brian and Uma for a challenging grid. Thanks are also due to Martin who helped to test solve and suggested some valuable tweaks.

All those who sent in solutions had generous words of praise for the setters and the unique puzzle and 1ACross is delighted to have hosted this.  I am sure that, along with us, our readers also look forward to more puzzles from you.

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TOIL

TOIL

Absque labore nihil
by Uma and Brian

1. Fringe novel edges around East Las Vegas (8)
2. Giant Jobs Company’s east-coast location (8, two words)
3. I, accompanied by Tritons, played music for the masses to begin with (8)
4. Remarkable guide all but gave us Burns’ address finally (8, two words)
5. A frog, perhaps René, returned first, in a hurry (8)
6. Seize stoned sailor (8)
7. In Rome I strip away bouts of self-indulgent activity (8, two words)
8. Couple on board she described earlier for a fellow traveller (8)

a. Cry at model’s appearance (5)
b.  Donald loses heart for love crush (5)
c.  Pirate’s revolutionary tales (5)
d.  Some chieftain that Cain’s entertaining could be a fence supplier (5)
e.  Dreadful Lagos porridge is served here (5)
f.  It’s vanilla, honest! (5)
g.  Academic lot had concealed this material (5)
h.  Dance around old Etonian soldier (5, two words)
I.  Boorish Ozzie topped back knee joint with little hesitation (5)
j. Congress meeting in the pipeline (5)
k.  A scholar’s unlimited preposterous slip-ups (5)
l.  Do sit! Sadly her address could take a while to deliver (5)
m.  Short reptile (argot, maybe) (5)
n.  Mates – that’s an unusual break in Oz (5)
o.  Panegyric a chap in Spain referred to with revolutionary self-confidence (5)
p.  Nick lived up to his name! (5)

Once you have solved all of the clues the magenta coloured lights in the earlier illustration could reveal your setters’ advice for life in general … as well as solving this crossword. (4,3,2,6). You should add this below your solution.

Please submit the answers with annotations to us by email at 1acrossgp@gmail.com on or before Midnight IST Saturday 2nd December 2017. – EXTENDED to Tuesday, 5th December 2017)

The puzzle will be put up for group solving and discussions at the 1ACross facebook group on Wednesday, 6th December 2017

INSTRUCTIONS:

This grid is an unusual one, based on an original idea by Quinapalus, who runs the superb cruciverbalist and mathematical website www.quinapalus.com. However, it is far more compact in scale and less complex than his outstanding 15 x 10 puzzle, which is out of print and sadly not available on the web.

Our puzzle consists of just 8 numbered across clues, the solutions to all of which have eight letters. When you start, you can ignore the magenta colour of some of the squares.

In addition there are 16 unnumbered clues, the solutions to all of which have five letters. These are in 4-letter groups of lights that make the very rough shape of a letter T, O, I or L. Each of these four-light shapes may be rotated to any position that enables it to ‘fall’ and fit into the grid with others, without making any light unfillable.

This merely shows the appearance of the four-letter shapes, using a wider grid than the puzzle itself.

The fifth letter required for the five-letter solution is given by the shape itself: every solution has an unentered I, O, L or T in addition to the four letters within the shape to be entered into the grid. Moreover, the four letters of the solution that are entered may be placed in any sequence within the four-light letter shape. Obviously, this means that you should attempt to solve the across clues first.

You should clearly mark the four-light group shape of each of these 16 lettered a-to-p clue solutions, using thickened bars. Unless it is a horizontal ‘I’ – it will span 2-4 horizontal lines.

The 16 clues for these five-letter / 4-light words are given in the following sequence:

For the bottom row: bottom left to bottom right. For all others: in a way the pieces could fall, left to right leaving no gaps in a line before moving to the next higher row, which by now will have some letters forming part of answers to clues in a lower row.

To identify them, the sixteen clues for the five-letter words are given below using the letters ‘a’ to ‘p’.

Once you have solved all of the clues the magenta coloured lights in the puzzle could reveal your setters’ advice for life in general … as well as solving this crossword. (4,3,2,6). You should add this below your solution.

Smashing Plates – Solutions, Annotations & Stats

Stats -The puzzle was well received and 22 people managed to submit the completed grid for this puzzle. Of those who submitted, 17 got the full score of 33. Further, 18 people could CORRECTLY & fully answer the Bonus question.

Here’s the Solution grid

The description of this puzzle had a cryptic message that read “14 may 10 and leave no 5 to 21. Must be 25, or else, 26!”. Solvers were also required to decipher this message, along with their solutions.

The message, substituting  the words for the (clue) numbers is “Earthquake may overpower, and leave no leeway to evacuate. Must be on guard or else adieu”

Here are the Annotations.

Across:
9  Finally abridged a book (5) AT LAS(-T)
10  Crush / romantic partner loses head — heartless psycho wife about to return! (9) (-L)OVER P(-sych)O W RE<<
11  Ask to compete in a season in which the leader has slipped to the last spot (9) (-W)INTER W<<VIE
12  Easy to return from Kaycee via Nebraska (5) Rev T
13  Cover gold table (7) PLATE AU
15  “Yesterday, I was this confused guy” — Nero (7) NEROGUY*
17  Instruction for derelict members? (5) T
18  Have the intelligentsia lost, at last? (3) Last letter acrostic
20  Find details oddly lacking in dream (5) (-f) I (-n) D (-d) E (-t) A (-i) L (-s)
22  Cook consuming excellent, sizzling hot luscious starters — with sauce! (7) FRY <<(E S H L)
25  Working girl (Uma) ends hollow red alert (2,5) ON G UA RD
26  Commercial that is unrestrained but so long! (5) AD IE (-B)U(-T)
27  Technique to get around impotence (9) PROCURE<<ED,
30  Couple of beds in the U.S. bearing the first lady and second (9) TWIN K(L)ING
31  Bury the first five of eleven (5) first five letters of 11A (INTERVIEW)

Down:
1  One under obligation to go slowly (4) TAX I
2  Fifty boring bulky shades of lacklustre action naively described in a novel lacking depth (8) L>>FAT L A N D – Alluding o 1884 novel by Edwin Abbott Abbott
3  One who might trip round emotional sentences usually starts over (4) Rev Acrostic
4  Crumpled, soiled clothes! You in Spain? Your “you time”!? (8) SOILED*<<TU
5  Room in Spooner’s tiny place? (6) Spooner – WEE LAY
6  First to embrace rising eccentric for a special strings arrangement? (4,6) OPENING <<NUT<
7  Right Wing: an extension with shady functionality (6) WINGAN*
8  Beg Russia to hold back press (4) Rev T
13  “Say, if there is a largest prime, then the product of all primes plus one leads us to a contradiction” — teacher, in short, receiving a zero! (5) PROF<<O
14  At 4 or 5, one of these may really shake things up (10) CD
16  Upset eviction of top two nationalists in Ireland shuffle (5) IRELAND-NA*
19  While mopping up or sweeping… (8) THOUGH<<OR
21  … leave even half a tea cup nearly brewed (8) EV + A TEA CU*
23  Obelix irresponsibly smuggled potion (6) T
24  Indeed, pizza for a millennial working in San Francisco, perhaps? (6) YUP PIE
26  Cats fragments? (4) &Lit Anag
28  Excellent dramatic short piece (4) PIEC(-E)*
29  Get an education, lose a bit of laziness, make money (4) (-L) EARN

Here is the scorecard (sorted by score and then in the order of submissions received)

Congrats to all of you.

10 people rated the puzzle as “Excellent”, 11 rated it “Good” and 1 rated it as “Average”. Overall, a very good rating. 28 clues in the grid got picked atleast once, in the top 3 favorites voted by the solvers. Twinkling, Plateau, Procedure and Taxi got 5 votes each or more.

Thanks a lot to Gussalufz (Viresh) for a challenging grid. Great going. I am sure that, along with us, our readers also look forward to more puzzles from you.

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