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Mephisto 2783 - Paul McKenna

I got through most of this before having to dive in to the dictionaries and electronic aids, so I'd call it easy-medium (if BEQ is looking in, "easyum" works well here) on the Mephisto scale.  There's not that many obscure words and the wordplay is consistently clear.

I laughed at 29 across, remembering an old quote of the Sunday Times Crossword editor that a case is either an INRO or an ETUI, and both are staples of US Crosswords (high vowel ratio being prized in all-checked grids).  Australians familiar with the work of Chris Lilley may have also gotten a giggle out of 6 down ("slap my elbow you do it like this")

Away we go...

Across
1MEADOWS: ADO in MEWS
7C AND B: short for Caught and Bowled, a way to get out in cricket. I think "noted" because C and B are both notes - CAN then BD(bound) reversed
11SUMOTORI: MOTOR(nerve) in SUI(t) - a sumo wrestler
12PRATER: RAT(one like Judas) in PER(a)
13OLLA: ALL,O(round) reversed
14U,PRO,LL(pair of lecturers)
15USNEAS: US("one" to an editor), NEA(t),S
16PHANTASIASTS: (A,SAINT'S,PATHS)*
18FO,V,E,ATE
22AREOLES: OLE in ARES
24LEAD IN PRAYER: IN,P in (LAY,READER)*
26'S,CURVY
27FAR,IN,A
29INRO: hidden in vIN ROuge
301,BAD(good),AT
32SQUIRR,EL
33DOE EYED: sounds like DOUGH EYED
 
Down
1MOP UP: UP reversed (pick-up) in POM reversed. Ahhh, tonight at the SCG there'll be a lot of accusing people of pommyness
2EARP(lawman Wyatt),HONE(sharpen): I liked the definition - EARPHONES may be referred to as "a pair of cans"
3A,JAR(quarrel)
4DITONE: IT in DONE
5OSELTAMIVIRS: (I'VE,MORALISTS)* - I believe this could be a new word in the 12th edition of Chambers
6'S,MOUSER: surprised to see the 'S device used twice in the one puzzle
7CONSIDERABLE: (BOD,LARCENIES)*
8ATONAL: TON,A in AL
9NOLESS: take the B out of NO BLESS
10BI,ASSES: BI as a chinese response used to block was new to me
17TWEENAGE: (AGENT)* with WEE inside - mind you it's not just tweenagers that are annoying kids
18FALSISM: L,SIS in FAM(familiar)
19TANYARD: DRAT(cry of pique) reversed around ANY(some)
20TAURUS: AU in TRUS(t)
21ADROIT: RO(run out, more cricket) in ADIT
23O,A,RAGE: didn't realise "rage" for party was Australian
25RATED: T in DEAR reversed
28IDLY: hidden in saID LYricist

Comments

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keriothe
Jan. 4th, 2014 10:09 pm (UTC)
I agree this was easyum. Perhaps at the easy end of easyum.
I thought C and B was "noted" just because this abbreviation would be how a scorer would make a note of it. Mind you I know very little about cricket.
heaton_daniel
Jan. 5th, 2014 02:30 pm (UTC)
Only the second Mephisto I've had a good crack at.
20/36 with most of the missing ones in the right hand side. Thanks George for explaining everything.
Must remember that 'one' can be A unlike in the Times cryptic and that answers can be multi-word.
Loved earphone = one can.
petebiddlecombe
Jan. 6th, 2014 01:04 pm (UTC)
Glad to see someone new having a go. The "one" point also applies in our 15x15 cryptics - one of those Times rules that seem unnecessary to me and at least some of the ST setters.

Mephisto should tell you when the answer is multi-word with spaces (eg for 24A in this puzzle), but hyphens are ignored, so as a convenient example "multi-word" would just be (9).

5D was in the 11th edition too, but has been added in the last decade or so.
mohn2
Jan. 12th, 2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
32A MASTS seems to have gone AWOL (SQUIRREL is actually 31A).
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