1ACGridfest – Grid 11 – “7, 21, 27, 29, 1” – Solutions, Annotations & Stats

Stats -24 people managed to submit the completed grid for this puzzle. Of those who submitted, 10 managed to get  the full score of 35. The following is the list of people who had full scores, in alphabetical order..

1. Akshay Bhandarkar
2. Col. Deepak Gopinath
3. Ganesh Nayak
4. Mona Sogal
5. Narayan Mandyam
6. Raju Umamaheswar
7. SSv Avtaar
8. Supriya Mithal
9. Venkatraghavan S.
10. Vinayak Ekbote

Congrats to all of you.

Here’s the Solution grid

Questions asked at the end of the puzzle included Annotations for Clues 10A, 1D and the message in the Title.

The message in the title derived by stringing together the answers to clues 7, 21, 27, 29, 1 , was “One Across Third Anniversary Celebraion”

Here are the Annotations..

Across:

1. Party amends cabinet role (11) CABINET ROLE*
7. 8 minus 10 (3) 8d=eleven=11-10=1
9. Produce electron volt at absolute zero energy (5) EV(electron volt)+OK(0 Kelvin=absolute zero)+E(energy)
10. Linesman gives pass to player’s point (9) (COL){E}(RIDGE)
11. Scantiest dresses makes one being tight-lipped (9) scantiest*
12. Saw girl with company (5) ADA+GE
13. Energetic six take healthy food on time (7) VI+BRAN+T
15. Fielder’s lapse (4) DD
18. PM’s invited Aashwina Mouli (4) T (aashwiNA MOuli)
20. No harm taking popular assembly of work unit (3-4) (NO HARM U)*
23. Noise made by family at middle of night (5) CLAN+G
24. This grid feature may be tied (3,6) D&CD
26. Wear something above mini, say (9) OVER+SKIRT
27. Second after dirt flies around capital of Himachal (5) H in DIRT*
28. It’s papa’s resort (3) T (it’S PApa)
29. Nany arrives drunk for birthday,say (11) (NANY+ARRIVES)*

Down:

1. Full of ideas for regular career to bring up musical (8) CaReEr+EVITA<
2. Potential pride of their parents (8) CD
3. Swell change of heart makes one cry (5) BL(-o+E)AT
4. Very old like 10’s mariner (7) DD
5. Sullies badly-treats badly (7) SULLIES*
6. Hurried up to get allowance account (9) NAR<+RATION
7. Strange fellow who is out by flipping coins ? (3-3) ODD+MAN(reference to Odd man out)
8. Two setters’s team (6) II=two setters=eleven
14. Painstaking medication? (9) CD
16. Perhaps 18 to sail away to see La Gioconda (8) Namo*+sail*
17. Warm fish lined up inside (8) FR(IENDL)*Y
19. Cheer new design without bar (7) (-inn)OVATION
20. Demo lot over some explosive cocktail (8) T
21. Ax? Over (6) A+X=Cross
22. Shooting device’s chamber (6) DD
25. Line in Delhi for Al jazeera headquarters (5) DD

1ACGridfest – Grid 10 – “And thereby lies a tale” – Solutions, Annotations & Stats

Stats -23 people managed to submit the completed grid for this puzzle. Of those who submitted, a whopping 13 managed to get  the full score of 33, Shakespeare references and all!. The following is the list of people who had full scores, in alphabetical order..

1. Aashwina Mouli
2. Akshay Bhandarkar
3. Ashley Smith
4. Col. Deepak Gopinath
5. Ganesh Nayak
6. Lakshmi Vaidyanathan
7. Neelima Rai
8. Raju Umamaheswar
9. Vasant Srinivasan
10. Venkatraghavan S.
11. Vignesh Kiran
12. Vinayak Ekbote
13. Viresh Ratnakar

Congrats to all of you.

Here’s the Solution grid

Questions asked at the end of the puzzle included Annotations for Clues 19A, 28A and a list of three theme words, as well as the theme.

The theme related to characters from Shakespeare as well as works of Shakespeare. In addition to the theme words highlighted in the grid above, the following clues also had references to the theme in the clue surface – 9a, 17a, 19a, 22a, 26a, 27a, 28a, 2d and 19d.

Here are the Annotations..

Across:

1. Chips, not right at fantastic Spanish gala (6) FRIES-R +AT*
5. Avoid cool revolutionary- not a character from Othello(8) AVOIDCOOL-A*
9. Spectacular and swift, like Caesar’s rise to power(8) Multiple Definition
10. A pinion around new shade provider(6) A WING<<N
11. Stan Hope turns into a tipsy butler wanting to become the king of the island(8) STANHOPE*
12. Settles wife inside and slogs(6) S(W)EATS
13. The French man, (Peeping Tom) turns and mocks(8) LA M SNOOP<<
16. …not any lover of the Egyptian Queen(6) NOTANY*
17. Useless deposit from Beatrice, so it obviously is rejected(6) Rev. T
19. The first letter from poor Bard, (losing head over Queen) to Chaucer’s nameless character(8) P(-oor)+ (-B)ARD +ON +ER
21. A secluded spot for a bit of cuddling, in tenderness(6) A L(C)OVE
22. Some classy bar items for a man like Falstaff?(8) T
25. Bags for men from kinky actors(6) ACTORS*
26. Veiled hint: Rep identifies woman like Cordelia?(8) T
27. Keats’ pining lady from Messina or Shakespeare’s sexually repressed nun?(8) both characters are called Isabella
28. Couples from Mexico, Columbia & Dylym, at say, “All’s well that ends well”(6) CO ME DY

Down:

2. Still heads of Iago, Nestor, Emilia, Roderigo & Trojan(5) Acrostic
3. Dear! Good man to piddle on way back(5) good man =ST, PEE<<
4. William’s ‘Fantastical Spaniard’ to fuss about torrential rain(7) ADO<RAIN*
5. Voters do not initiate college readers(7) (-e)LECTORS
6. Gone…say,behold -hyper saline lake in Asia(4,3) DEAD SEE hp
7. Free incentive -endless love for the Duke of Vienna(9) INCENTIV*+O
8. She, who said, “I am not mad…”, with bit of sharp practice and attitude(9) C ON STANCE
14. Motor vehicle with Greek wolf and con artist from The Winter’s Tale(9) AUTO + greek wolf=LYCUS
15. Spoil, in a flash?(9) CD
18. Check out, pick up everything says Spooner(7) Spoonerism – buy all/ eye ball
19. Initially, Prospero is seen clad in nothing at a pool from the Roman era(7) Acrostic
20. Miserable boor has a twitch, perhaps mechanical(7) BOOR*TIC
23. Odd! Embracing that man with watery discharge(5) R(HE)UM
24. After second, hit another road(5) HIT* RD

 

1ACGridfest – Grid 9 – 22⅘ Across – Solutions, Annotations & Stats

Stats -Only 19 people managed to submit the completed grid for this puzzle. Of those who submitted, just 3 managed to get  a full score of 33. The following is the list of people who had full scores, in alphabetical order..

1. Akshay Bhandarkar
2. Ganesh Nayak
3. Venkatraghavan S.

Congrats to all three of you.

Here’s the Solution grid

Questions asked at the end of the puzzle included Annotations for Clues 17A, 4D and the NINA as well as its connection to the title.

As highlighted above, the NINA was GRIDFEST. The title “22⅘ Across” indicates the location of the Nina (it starts on the 8th white cell out of the 10 that are between 22 and 23). We gave points to everyone mentioned location of the NINA, even if it was not that precise:)

Here are the Annotations..

Across:

1.  Do leading politicians ardently revile Trump? Yes. (5) Acrostic
4.  “Learn + tune” arrangement (6,3) Anagram, &Lit. LEARNTUNE*
9.  Race to run a video broadcast of “Get Out,” for example. (10,5) RACETORUNAVIDEO*
10.  Heartlessly, the singer played pointless numbers (8) T(-h)ESINGER*
11.  Return to give out seconds (4) EMIT<<
14.  Wheels need to be this worn out? (5) Double Definition
15.  Distant horseman heard when the sun has sunk and the mercury has fallen (4,5) COLD KNIGHT (hp)
17.  The most unenthusiastic and unwell setter, hiding in the trunk (9) ILL I in CHEST
19.  Platform that is more prone to failure without knockout investments at first (5) RIS(-ki)ER
21.  A ship with its load, heading away (4) (-c)ARGO
22.  Several articles about male aversion (8) AN A THE (M) A
25.  One comic’s financial improvements (9,6) ONECOMIC* REFORMS
26.  Sketchy, bare-bones accommodation at one village, vacated (9) TENT AT I V(-illag)E
27.  Playful Reverend’s urge to taste a lollipop, perhaps? (5) Spoonerism of “DO LICK”

Down:

1.  Religious primer — this set piece, oddly (9) P(-r)I(-m)E(-r) T(-h)I(-s) S(-e)T (-p)I(-e)C(-e)
2.  Blooming late or finally “forever 21”? (7) LATEOR* (-foreve)R; Def: “21” here is 21 Down, which is AGENT
3.  A type of book you initially never get — after daily use, learning transpires (5,5) YOU N(-ever) G(-et) A(-fter) D(-aily) U(-se) L(-earning) T(-ranspires)
4.  Sold a compound lever, fixed closed car trunk (10) Composite Anagram SOLD + NUTCRACKER = CLOSEDCARTRUNK*
5.  Woman who admired menu finishes up noodles (4) Tails, Reversal – (-woma)N (-wh)O (-adore)D (-men)U <<
6.  Impatient girl succeeds earlier (4) G after AGO
7.  Sleepy woman, odd ingenue at heart (7) Hidden Word
8.  Second prime time hour? Seven, regularly. (5) T HR (-s)E(-v)E(-n)
12. Feel urgent reflux of a certain kind of food (6-4) FEELURGENT*
13. One who might not thank you after lung surgery (10) U AFTERLUNG*
16. Orcas that evolved something possessed by pelicans and frogs (6,3) ORCASTHAT*
18. Full of oneself in top regalia, wearing formal dress (7) IN G(R)OWN
20. Poet steps into tight dress and gets very upset (4,3) EE in DRESS*
21. Single man, broker (5) A GENT
23. When skinned up, what oinks a bit? (4) Reverse Hidden Word
24. Play waiter? (4) DIDI Cryptic Definition The cryptic definition alludes to the character Didi in Samuel Beckett’s famous play “Waiting for Godot”

1ACGridfest – Grid 8 – Food for Thought – Solutions, Annotations & Stats

Stats – 22 unique entries were received in all for this puzzle. A whopping 16 of those who attempted the puzzle got a full score of 31. The following is the list of people who had full scores, in alphabetical order..

1. Aashwina Mouli
2. Akshay Bhandarkar
3. Amrita Majumdar
4. Ashit Hegde
5. Ashley Smith
6. Col. Deepak Gopinath
7. Ganesh Nayak
8. Guruswamy Nataraj
9. Mona Sogal
10. Narayan Mandyam
11. Raju Umamaheswar
12. Sridhar Vedantham
13. Supriya Mithal
14. Vasant Srinivasan
15. Venkatraghavan S.
16. Viresh Ratnakar

Congrats to all of you.

Here’s the Solution grid

Questions asked at the end of the puzzle included Annotations for Clues 11A, 15A and 22D.

Here are the Annotations

Across:
1 Belt, blue jeans and intricately embroidered tops designed for an anniversary (7,7) LEATHER+(BLUE+J+I+E)*
8 Two of six mother birds moulted (5) (-mo)TH(-er) -b(IRD)-s
9 Calling love to go out for a holiday (8) VOCATION-O+A
11 Sound, reflecting inside the walls of loudspeakers, scratches (7) L(-oudspeaker)S<<NOISE<<
12 Set clear boundaries of the complex (7) CLEAR+T(-h)E*
13 Union Membership fee? (5) CD
15 Glittering bits of emerald and diamond fixed to metal hawk (9) TIN SELL E(-merald) D(-aimond)
17 Clumsy people in plane drop one large, crushed fruit (9) (PEOPLEINPLANE)*-(ONEL)*
20 Nervous? Fasten seat belts! (5) T
21 Black eagle flying across Indian cemetery’s entrance (7) EAGLE*< IC
23 For starters, macho Cajun’s about to eat a slice of Tibetan deer (7) M(-acho)+CAJUN*<<T
25 A ram slid, hurt butterflies (8) ARAMSLID*
26 Follower of old Iranian prophet is back in European city (5) PAR(IS<<)
27 Best instruction that may be given to a casino bouncer, say (3,3,6,2) CD/HP (Get the better of (~Hp OFF))

Down:

1 Participant in a kids’ swimming competition gets seven stars (6,6) CD/DD
2 Cassius Clay, for example, – would The Greatest present him like this? (5) ALI AS
3 Dirty, shy, nomadic, crude man of science (15) (DIRTYSHYNOMADIC)*
4 Come again? Are you Spooner? (7) DD/CD
5 Grubby person who accepts a pledge article (7) UNCLE+AN
6 Hot subject’s revised plotting is yet to be finalised (2,3,7,3) IN+THEME+PLOTTING*
7 It’s designed to be a fast attack vehicle (1-4) Semi &lit TOBEA*
10 Fervently wish boss invites daughter for a rag (12) HANKER+CHIEF<<D
14 Got money from the East (3) DD
16 Straight river, mostly flowing north (3) NIL(-e)<<
18 Tool to hire and fire (7) PICK+AXE
19 Cornering a vessel, enemy virtually charged as one (2,5) ENEM(-Y)* A SS<<
22 Invest every nickel and dime, chiefly on Euro’s 50% recovery (5) Acrostic E N D+ EU (50% Euro)
24 Trickster kicks out fraud member of the legal system (5) (-con)JUROR

1ACGridfest – Grid 7 – F(I)est(A) – Solutions, Annotations & Stats

Stats – 23 unique entries were received in all for this puzzle. 10 of those who attempted the puzzle got a full score of 35. The following is the list of people who had full scores, in alphabetical order..

1. Akshay Bhandarkar
2. Ashley Smith
3. Col. Deepak Gopinath
4. Mona Sogal
5. Narayan Mandyam
6. Neelima Rai
7. Supriya Mithal
8. Venkatraghavan S.
9. Vinayak Ekbote
10. Viresh Ratnakar

Congrats to all of you.

Here’s the Solution grid

Questions asked at the end of the puzzle included Annotations for Clues 10A, 16A and 4D.

Here are the Annotations

Across:

1 Brainwork undergoing change of direction calls for festivity (11) L changed to R in CEREBRATION
9 Ruffle a girl with a model in resting place (9) A G GRAV(AT)E
10 Bash one not in correspondence (5) PARITY-I
11 A crowd, it’s said, beginning to hatch in part of garden (5) T(H)REE
12 Small core represented in an activity from which one is barred (3-6) SMALLCORE*
14 Hilda’s disturbed by a bloomer (6) HILDAA*
16 Half a Washington city beside Australian marsupial (7) WALLA + BY (Walla Walla is the city)
19 A word repeated quietly could be a snare (7) MANTRA P
20 A man, almost divinely favoured, goes easy (6) A M BLES (-SED)
24 What hunters get when they shoot down tuskers, perhaps (3,6) CD
26 Saint’s always in control (5) ST E’ER
27 Son kindly provided balloon (5) S WELL
28 Mollycoddling father and mother with favourite, timeless ornament (9) PA M PET-T RING
29 A doubly new river, say, calls for yearly commemoration (11) A N N RIVERSAY*

Down:

1 Firm dates fixed – didn’t work too hard! (7) CO DATES*
2 Record choice bird in a torrent of mumbo jumbo (9) LOG OR RHEA
3 Brilliant display by boy with extraordinary zeal (5) B+ZEAL*
4 Poles leave learned person a right image (6) [-s]AVA[-n]T A R
5 Sack female dropped in anger (3) [-f]IRE
6 Okay to house expert in aristocratic section of mansion (2,7) NO[PRO] BLE M[ansion]
7 Make sense of prisoners going out to be straight (4) [cons]TRUE
8 Wanderer’s swindle’s extremely sleazy (5) GYP S…Y
13 Beg no prince to be in the forefront (4) [-p]LEAD
15 Bury a liaison – not one so new – among other things (5,4) INTER A LIA [i son]
17 Dancer’s short song about Ireland (9) BALL(ERIN)A[d]
18 Live up to a kind of music (4) DD
21 Son’s rugged and unkempt (7) S CRAGGY
22 Bring shame on a blowout (5) A BASH
23 Like one short step of writer (6) AS I MOV[e]
25 Delight in old song (4) DD
26 Cut is reportedly absolute (5) Hp sheer
28 Put down: “One is out of distress” (3) PA[-i]N