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Saturday Times 25687 (18th Jan)

Solving time 16:03, although that was without full parsing of some of the clues. Some very convoluted wordplay in this one, e.g. 1ac, 9ac, 25ac, 4dn, 14dn. Despite that the surface readings all made perfect sense as normal English sentences, so top marks to the setter for that.

1 TRISTRAM SHANDY - SMART (trendy) + S(h)IRT (garment not hard) reversed, + HANDY (convenient). The full title of Sterne's 18th century comic novel was The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.
9 AUDITORIA - A + [A1 (top) + ROD (staff) + U(niversity) reversed], around IT (new technology).
10 CAMEO - CAME + O, i.e. "came to nothing", failed to materialise.
11 SUCRE - (cruise)* minus the I. Capital of Bolivia.
12 PICKING AT - PIC (film) + KING (sovereign) + AT (attending).
13 ORDNANCE - OR (men) + DANCE (ball) around N(et).
15 WARDEN - Churchill's bunker might be described as a "WAR DEN".
17 TRAMPS - TRAPS (carriages) around M(iles).
19 WIND DOWN - WIND (breeze) + DOWN (coming from the north).
22 TARDINESS - TAR (crewman) + DINES (eats) + S(upper).
23 BOTHA - BOOTH (i.e. John Wilkes, president's killer), minus the middle letter, + A. P. W. Botha, former South African PM and later State President.
24 ORION - ON around RIO (location in Brazil).
25 SWEAR WORD - DROWS(y) (wanting to sleep, reversed, mostly), around WEAR (clothes). Only worked this one out this morning - when I put it in I thought it was WEAR(y) inside SWORD (but how do you get "without clothes" from SWORD???).
26 INTERMITTENTLY - TERMIT(e) (colonist, minus an E) inside INTENTLY (with determination).

1 TRANSPORTATION - ART (paintings) reversed + [SPORT (display) inside NATION (community)].
2 INDUCED - IN (elected) + DUCE (leader) + D(emocrat).
3 TUTEE - TU (French for you) + TEE (support).
4 AIRSPACE - PAIRS (twos, with first letter at the end) + ACE (skilful pilot).
5 STANCE - hidden in "sacristan ceremoniously".
6 ARCHIBALD - A + CH (companion) inside RIBALD (blue).
7 DAMAGED - DAD (old man) around (game)*.
8 CONTINENTAL DAY - CON (study) + (Latin and yet)*. I'd never heard of this phrase before, although I did experience it in Germany on an exchange term, where we started at 8am, had no breaks, but went home at 1pm. Unfortunately, that just meant more time for homework (and I was also expected to do my schoolwork from my own school as well).
14 APPLIANCE - A + P (quiet) + PL(ace) + IN + CE (church), all around A.
16 MISSPELT - MISS (teacher) + PELT (career).
18 ARRAIGN - sounds like "a reign".
20 OUTPOST - OUT (unpopular) + POST (job).
21 JETSAM - J(ack) + (mates)*.
23 BARGE - double definition.


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Andy Borrows
Jan. 25th, 2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
23 mins so I found this a little harder than some of the recent prize puzzles. The only answer that went in from the wordplay alone was CONTINENTAL DAY, and MISSPELT was my LOI.
Jan. 25th, 2014 01:30 pm (UTC)
39 minutes, with many going in from the literals. For me, La Paz will always be the capital of Bolivia, as that's where they take Brazil and Argentina to give them a whipping at 12,000 feet. CAMEO was rather good.
Jan. 25th, 2014 02:13 pm (UTC)
About 30mins
I had to ask Mrs BT, a teacher, about 8D but otherwise pretty straightfoward. I liked CAMEO too
Jan. 25th, 2014 11:30 pm (UTC)
I don't get much enjoyment from lengthy clues with such convoluted wordplay as 1ac and 9ac. I solved much of this without understanding the wordplay and gave up on several attempts to reverse engineer. Life's too short if it's not one's turn to blog.

8dn was unknown or forgotten.

Andy, you've written 'trendy' for 'chic' at 1ac.

Edited at 2014-01-25 11:31 pm (UTC)
Jan. 26th, 2014 03:04 am (UTC)
24:33 but
I put in 'misspent' for MISSPELT, although I didn't know why. (PELT wouldn't have occurred to me since for me the past tense of 'spell' is 'spelled'.) I tend to share Jack's opinion of the convoluted 1ac, 9ac, 26ac, etc.; and I don't much care for the definition of 1ac, either, especially given that convolution. DNK 8d, and was sure that it was my error.Liked CAMEO and ARCHIBALD.
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