Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Clue Challenge: Annotate These Answers IV

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Update (16th March 2012): Annotations added.

1. Times 25026: Men organised to run in short jacket  (5) TUNIC
Annotation: TU (men organised i.e. trade union) NIC[k] (run in i.e. arrest, short); definition: jacket.

2. Sunday Times 4467 (Dean Mayer): Committee representing everything in London? (7,5) WORKING PARTY
Annotation:  everything in lONDOn = ON (working) DO (party); definition: committee.

3. Guardian 25466 (Araucaria): Study in group for preference with absolutely endless entry (Collins) (5,3,6,6) BREAD AND BUTTER LETTER
Annotation:  READ (study) in BAND (group), BETTER (for preference) around UTTERL[y] (absolutely, endless); definition: Collins. See this link for the origin of the synonym. A bit obscure perhaps but an interesting bit of trivia to pick up, especially for Austen fans.

4. Times 25048:  In second wrongful act, stole powered vessel  (9) MOTORBOAT
Annotation:  BOA (stole) in MO (second) TORT (wrongful act); definition: powered vessel.

5. Guardian 25559 (Paul): "Numbers" originally called "number" in error, raised (9) NINETEENS
Annotation:  NEE (originally called) TEN (number), in SIN (error), all reversed; definition: numbers.

6. FT 13918 (Redshank): With eg Imran, he could be the leading runmaker (9) TENDULKAR
Annotation: (TENDULKAR + eg Imran he)* = the leading runmaker [composite anagram]; definition: the entire clue. Great to explain a clue about 'the leading runmaker' on the day he scored his 100th century.

7. FT 13942 (Alberich): End of semester? (8) TERMINUS
Annotation: End = terminus, and semester = "term" in US; cryptic double-definition.

8. Independent 7892 (Anax): Is article carried by mum on tea cloth? (7,7) CHAMOIS LEATHER
Annotation: ISLE (is) A (article) in MOTHER (mum), on i.e. after CHA (tea); definition: cloth.

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18 comments

Bhavan said...

First pass:

1. Times 25026: Men organised to run in short jacket (5) TUNIC
Men organised = TU, but can't see beyond that.
Looks like NIC(-?) is tail deletion (as indicated by "in short") but can't figure what that word would be meaning "to run"

2. Sunday Times 4467 (Dean Mayer): Committee representing everything in London? (7,5) WORKING PARTY

3. Guardian 25466 (Araucaria): Study in group for preference with absolutely endless entry (Collins) (5,3,6,6) BREAD AND BUTTER LETTER

4. Times 25048: In second wrongful act, stole powered vessel (9) MOTORBOAT MO + TOR(BOA)T
Second = MO
wrongful act = TORT
stole = BOA

5. Guardian 25559 (Paul): "Numbers" originally called "number" in error, raised (9) NINETEENS NI(NET EEN)S <-
originally called = NEE
number = TEN
error = SIN

6. FT 13918 (Redshank): With eg Imran, he could be the leading runmaker (9) TENDULKAR
Reverse anagram
eg Imran he + tendulkar = the leading runmaker

7. FT 13942 (Alberich): End of semester? (8) Double def with the second one TERM in US as in academics

8. Independent 7892 (Anax): Is article carried by mum on tea cloth? (7,7) CHAMOIS LEATHER CHA + MO (ISLE A)THER
Is = Isle
Article = A
mum = Mother
tea = Cha

Anonymous said...

I think there's a typo in the first line of your post.

Shuchi said...

Typo fixed. Thanks!

sirpy said...

Could do only three so far

5) Number = Ten; Originally called = Nee; in error = Sin

S (NEE)(TEN) IN <--

NINETEENS

7. TERM IN US = Semester (not sure, sounds weak)

8. CHA = tea, MOTHER = Mum, A LE = article

(CHA) MO (IS LE A) THER

Will try the others tomorrow.

sreelakshmi said...

I am virtually the beginner of the beginners, so I don't exactly how to type the annotation. Still had a go at it!Your blog has helped me a lot.

6. With ig Imran, he could be the leading runmaker(9)- Tendulkar
(IG IMRAN HE+TENDULKAR=THE LEADING RUNMAKER)
The leading runmaker can also be the definition.

Shuchi said...

Well done so far. Especially sreelakshmi - for a beginner to get one of these is impressive.

Holding on to your answers a day more...

No attempts yet for clues 2 and 3. Try again with these hints?

2. The two words in the answer, if you saw them in a clue, might be defined as ? and ?.

3. The definition is not a well-known term but I loved getting to know about its etymology. More here: Bread and butter letter.

sreelakshmi said...

Thank you so much Shuchi! I've been racking my brains from morning, still haven't got the others! :-(

Bhavan said...

@Shuchi, hints like that do help :)

1. 1. Times 25026: Men organised to run in short jacket (5) TUNIC TU + NIC(-k)

2. Sunday Times 4467 (Dean Mayer): Committee representing everything in London? (7,5) WORKING PARTY

(l-)ON DO (-n)

on = working
do = party

raghunath said...

1. (TUNI*)C. Men = UNIT anagrammed. C short for contest (to run)

2. Sunday Times 4467 (Dean Mayer): Committee representing everything in London? (7,5) WORKING PARTY

3. Guardian 25466 [B(READ),AND],[B{UTTER,L (-Y)}ETTER]. Study: READ, group: BAND,Preference: BETTER, Absolutely endless: UTTERL(-y)

4. Times 25048: (MO)[TOR(BOA)T]

5. Guardian 25559 NI{(NET<-)(EEN<-)}S<-. NEE: Originally called. TEN: Number. SIN: Wrongful act. All raised

6. FT 13918 (Redshank): With eg Imran, he could be the leading runmaker (9) TENDULKAR

7. FT 13942 : TER MINUS Remove TER from SEMES TER

8. Independent 7892 (Anax): Is article carried by mum on tea cloth? (7,7) (CHA){MO(IS, LE)(A)THER}. ISLE: IS: Island. Rest is self explanatory.

Trying to work out 2 & 6

raghunath said...

2. Sunday Times 4467 :WORKING PARTY. Everything in London: LON DON. ON: WORKING, DO: PARTY.

sreelakshmi said...

Shuchi,I don't know if it right, but just a try. :-D
2. Study in group for preference with absolutely endless entry(5,3,6,6)- BREAD AND BUTTER LETTER
Annotation
Entry= definition
Study in group= B(READ)AND
Preference= BETTER
with absolutely endless= UTTERL-y
B(READ)AND+BETTER+UTTERL= BREAD AND BUTTER LETTER!

Nadathur Rajan said...

1. Men organised TU (for Trade Union)
to run in short NIC[-k]
Defn: jacket (TU)(NIC[-k]

2. everything in London? [-L]ONDO[-n]
ON/DO can be represented as ON=Working; Do=Party
Defn: Committe (WORKING) (PARTY)

3. Study READ
in group BAND
for preference BETTER
with absolutely endless UTTERL[-y]
Defn: entry (Collins) {B(READ),AND},{B(UTTER,L[-Y])ETTER}
[ref: Pride & Prejudice Rev Collin's letter to Mr Bennet]

4. stole BOA
in
second MO
wrongful act TORT
Defn: powered vessel MO/TOR(BOA)T

5. originally called NEE
"number" TEN
in
error SIN
raised Reversal Indicator (<-)
Defn: "Numbers" {NI(NET)(EEN)S} <-

6. With eg Imran, he could be the leading runmaker (9) TENDULKAR
This is a Reverse Anagram
(TENDULKAR + EG IMRAN HE)* = THE LEADING RUNMAKER

7. End of semester? (8) (TERM)(IN)(US)
This is a Double Definition (double & cryptic)
1) End = Terminus; 2) semester = end of term in US

8. Is - ISLE
article - A
carried by
mum - MOTHER
on
tea - CHA
Defn: cloth? {CHA}{MO(IS,LE)(A)THER}

Nadathur Rajan said...

Double Definition (d&c):
1) End = Terminus; 2) semester = term in US (is called Semester)

Shuchi said...

Nice work Bhavan, sirpy, sreelakshmi, raghunath, Nadathur.

Annotations are now updated in the main post, check the ones you missed :)

Re: clue 6, the usual name for this clue type is composite anagram, which is different from a reverse anagram.

raghunath said...

Totally forgot about the other two kinds of anagrams, though you had covered these sometime back.

L said...

Hi Suchi,
First of all thanks for a very interesting and informative blog for xwords.
i am not able to figure out how the 6th clue is arrived at. can you please explain me that.
Thank you.
Lakshmi

Shuchi said...

Thanks Lakshmi.

Read #6 this way:

The answer, when jumbled together with the letters 'EG IMRAN HE', gives 'THE LEADING RUNMAKER'.
So you work out the answer as (THELEADINGRUNMAKER - EGIMRANHE)* = TENDULKAR.

"could be" is the anagram indicator.

This kind of anagram is called a 'composite anagram' and it's rare since it's hard to solve.
See the link to composite anagrams for more details and examples.

Lakshmi Vaidyanathan said...

I posted a comment previously. I think you have not received it.
Anyhow Thanks a lot for explaining me in detail.
Before i used to give up easily if I don't understand the clue. Now after reading your blog I spend some time and try to solve it.