Starting Off

1ACross and Hypatia are happy to present “Starting Off”, an exclusive grid for our members and readers.

The online interactive version can be completed and submitted by anyone who wishes to participate, on or before EOD 3rd March 2018.. All those who submit entries have a chance to enter our leaderboard for 2018. Here’s the current leaderboard

Annotations for the puzzle will be discussed at 1ACross on Sunday, March 4, 2018.

Happy solving.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SAVE, TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ASKED AT THE END OF THE PUZZLE

SOLVING INSTRUCTIONS

Each solution must be entered in the grid after omitting it’s first letter. The Enums referred in brackets is for the number of letters that are to be entered in the grid after taking the starting letter off, i.e. one less than the actual Enum for the solution.

These starting letters that are dropped need to be jumbled to give you the answer to questions asked at the end of the puzzle
 

Here’s the link to the interactive puzzle

Here’s a link to the PDF

A big thank you to Martin DeMello for test solving the grid and providing a number of useful suggestions to help improve the puzzle.

Flying Solo – Solutions, Annotations & Resuls

Stats -We had a record 34 submissions for this puzzle. Of those who submitted, 28 got the full score of 30. A majority of the people managed to answer at least one if not both of the bonus questions asked as well..

Here’s the Solution grid

We had asked solvers to provide answers to the following at the time of submission.

1. Annotate Clue 6D.
2. Annotate Clue 26D.

The answers to these two Questions can be seen from the detailed Annotations below.

Here are the Annotations.

Across:

8 Man left message unwritten (4)(-M) ORAL
9 Pa was slyly manipulated to become intimate (5-5) (PA WAS SLYLY)*
10 A person ,terribly annoyed,struck daughter (6) (ANNOYED – D)*
11 My need is, somehow making an impression (5,3) (MY NEED IS)*
12 Container with a brass instrument (4) TUB A
13 Duty comes after mobile , beer & TV for man , perhaps (10) ( BEER TV)* RATE
17 Gold becoming scarce,ultimately masked vigilante gets nothing (4)ZORRO – OR + E
18 Sound somewhat ridiculous in retrospect (5)REV T
19 Attend theatre regularly at King’s (4) tHeAtRe K
20 Pleasure? Not exactly dear sir, its an event for charity (4-6) FUN (DEAR SIR)*
22 Model working at Elle primarily has style (4) T ON E
23 Say ,Afghan’s drunken revel in bed (8) CO( REVEL)*T
27 Possibly the most pleasant folk (6) THE* NIC(-E)
28 Depressed drummer lost heart, made a horrible din (4,6) BLUE {DRU(-M)MER}*
29 Ate a luscious stuffed duck (4) T

Down:

1 Late 19th century style tar? (3,7) REVERSE ANAGRAM
2 Ordeal at sea followed by celebration-found fabulous land! (2,6) (ORDEAL)* DO
3 Start off meal with physicist from Italy or old Burkina Faso (5,5) (-S)UPPER VOLTA
4 Attractive girl’s with the French man (4) G LA M
5 Extremely holy man’s religious song (4) HolY MaN
6 The Reverend caught a glimpse of the girl’s cable (6) Spoonerism Saw Her
7 Blanched and salted ham yesterday for starters (4) Acrostic
14 Tosses stones (5) DD
15 Maybe Chuck Senior’s fruit ? (10) DD/CD Ref Chuck Berry
16 Harsh, Tyra and Nick- all scratching bottoms (10) TYRa ANd NICk ALl
19 Perhaps espressos for celebrities? (8) DD/CD HOT SHOTS
21 Around lunchtime,put off person who eats less to lose weight (6) D(I)ETER
24 Performing with extremely lovely individual (4) ON LY
25 Approve of boy hiding uniform (4) LA(U)D
26 Draw round diagram initially to show trend (4) TI(D)E

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

Congrats to Kishore Rao, who’s maintained his position at the top of the current leaderboard with another winning entry.

16 people rated the puzzle as “Excellent” and 18 rated it “Good”. 22 out of 30 clues in the grid got picked atleast once in the top 3 favorites voted by the solvers. The clue for “Fund Raiser” was picked by 19 out of 34 solvers, as one of the favorites. Coverlet. Vertebrate, Elderberry, Ethnic, Tyrannical, Hawser and Hot Shots were among other popular clues.

Thanks a lot to Mythical (Supriya) for Flying Solo with this fun puzzle. Supriya has blossomed into an expert at weaving together wonderful surfaces that make it a pleasure to solve her grids..

Did you enjoy the puzzle? Do you have any feedback for us or for the setter. Do comment in the blog and let us know.

Flying Solo

1ACross and Mythical are happy to present “Flying Solo”, an exclusive grid for our members and readers.

The online interactive version can be completed and submitted by anyone who wishes to participate, on or before EOD 17th February 2018.. All those who submit entries have a chance to enter our new leaderboard for 2018. Here’s the current leaderboard

Annotations for the puzzle will be discussed at 1ACross on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

Happy solving.

Here’s the link to the interactive puzzle

Here’s a link to the PDF

Hidden Figure – Solutions, Annotations & Results

Stats -We had 23 submissions for this puzzle. Of those who submitted, 50% got the full score of 32. Most people also managed to answer at least one if not both of the bonus questions asked as well..

Here’s the Solution grid

We had asked two questions at the time of submission. These were

1. Who / What’s the Hidden Figure?
2. Annotate Clue 6D.

For Qn 1, the answer was based on the NINA (highlighted above) – “Dorothy Vaughan”. Dorothy was an amazing African-American mathematician who worked for NASA and was one of the three women featured in the movie “Hidden Figures” (adapted from a book).

The answer to Question two is that it’s a “Composite Anagram”, as can be seen from the detailed Annotations below.

Here are the Annotations.

Across:
7 Rolling hill intervenes — adjust stabilizing propellor! (4,5) TOR<< in TAILOR
8 Master returning student’s comic (5) LORD<< L
9 Creator is melting the Arctic (9) THEARCTIC*
10 Too endemic wastage; area custodian closes water supply (5) Tail Acrostic
12 Rather occupied vacated studio by embracing a couple of usurpers (2,4) S(-tudi)o+B (us) Y
13 Threat lacking teeth ultimately is 29’s constant narrative (8) T(-h)REAT IS E (Euler’s constant)
16 “‘Transformation’ synonym, eh?” — classmate holding back (7) Rev T
19 Immoral subjugation cut down, broken by Rev.’s backing (7) SLA(Rev<<)Y
22 Important to check age in Alabama! (8) CARD IN AL
25 A kind of dating / chat app radically benefiting older, naive beginners (6) Acrostic
27 Existence to start when egg, finally, is released and moves to the tip? (5) Begin – with g moving to end
28 I am back in play, rest (9) RENDER<< (I AM<) 29 He had a remarkable identity, oddly lacking sexual fears (5) -s)E(-x)U(-a)L (-f)E(-a)R(-s) (referring to Euler’s remarkable identity relating three fundamental constants: e^(i \pi) = 1) 30 Smell washcloth in Christian Dior’s home (9) Rag >> France.

Down:
1 Spooner’s challenge: “Which person is Bob or Marcel?” (6) Spoonerism of Dare Who – Bob and Marcel are tyoes of hair do
2 Even if loath, hug awkwardly (8) LOATHHUG*
3 “The Black Cat” author to take a shot at another craft of his (6) POE TRY
4 Stay away from young man with a bit of temazepam under bed (7) BOY COT T
5 He wrote Galileo about church, in benign terms at first (6) RE CH >> B T (Galileo – Bertolt Brecht’s play)
6 An essay will reshape lines forever (6) CA – AN ESSAY WILL = LINES ALWAYS*
11 Bottom payroll supporting rising rent, say (4) LET<<+ L
14 Wrath of a country when its land is taken away (3) IRELAND-LAND
15 December 2016, perhaps, cruelly broke everybody’s hearts (3) (-cru)E(-lly) (-br)O(-ke) (-ever)Y(-body)
16 Titular character’s subplot? (3) T
17 My electric Zinoro car, at last! (3) Tail Acrostic
18 List of males with understanding, to start with (4) MEN U
20 Gulliver and a Houyhnhnm house gallery? (8)T
21 No limits on male company and support? This might be all about symbolic equality (7) (-m)AL(-e) GE BRA
23 Income exempted from rate limits below a line (6) A (-re)VENUE (re = rate limits)
24 Prospect of one from a Nordic country, reportedly half German (6) DANE (hp) GER(-man)
25 Small-scale currency manipulation (6) DD
26 “Like The Better Half?” “Honey, facts do not need casing!” (3-3) (-h)ONE(-y) (-f)ACT(-s)

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

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

15 people rated the puzzle as “Excellent” and 8 rated it “Good”. 23 out of 32 clues in the grid got picked atleast once in the top 3 favorites voted by the solvers. The clue for “Euler” was picked by 7 out of 23 solvers, as one of the favorites. Carbon, Avenue and Alchemy each got 6 votes.

Thanks a lot to Gussalufz (Viresh) for this lovely puzzle. I particularly enjoyed the seamless connect with the movie and learning a bit about these amazing women in the process.

Did you enjoy the puzzle? Do you have any feedback for us or for the setter. Do comment in the blog and let us know.

Hidden Figure

1ACross and Gussalufz are happy to present “Hidden Figure”, an exclusive grid for our members and readers.

The online interactive version can be completed and submitted by anyone who wishes to participate, on or before EOD 3rd February 2018.. All those who submit entries have a chance to enter our new leaderboard for 2018. Here’s the current leaderboard

Annotations for the puzzle will be discussed at 1ACross on Sunday, February 4, 2018.

Happy solving.

Here’s the link to the interactive puzzle

Here’s a link to the PDF