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Quite a straightforward puzzle this week, but not one of Jeff's best. Lots of cryptic definitions which I'm not generally a huge fan of.

Anyway, I'm blogging this from a holiday in Portugal at the moment, so on with the answers…

cd = cryptic def., dd = double def., rev = reversal, homophones are written in quotes, anagrams as (--)*, and removals like this

Across
1EAST BERLIN = (T BLAIR SEEN)*
6S + CAM
9S + HORN
10PRESS GANG - dd
12MUSICAL CHAIRS - cd
14HEN PARTY = (HENRY + PAT)* - semi-&lit
15EDITOR = (RIDE TO)* - 10 being a reference to PRESS GANG
17RAM + JET - I got this one wrong. I'd pencilled in RAMMER but never liked it. I'd intended to go back and revisit it but forgot.
19TURNSPIT - turn SPIT to get TIPS (gratuities)
21LANCE CORPORAL = (COLONEL CAR PARk)*
24APART + MEN + T
25UNCLEan
26brEWER
27CITY CENTRE - a way to describe 'IT', i.e. the centre of cITy
Down
1ELS + Eighteenth - Ernie Els is the golfer
2SNOWMAN - cd
3BANK STATEMENT - cd
4RAPACITY = (A + PAR) rev + CITY
5IDE + A + L
7CHAR(I + O)T
8MA + GIST + RATE
11SCHADENFREUDE = (SEND A RUDE CHEF)*
13SHORE LEAVE - cd
16PUPPETRY - cd
18MAN + DATE
20POLE + CAT
22O + B + ELI
23FE(T)E

Comments

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jerrywh
Apr. 6th, 2014 08:20 am (UTC)
Wasn't keen on this.. several clues were barely cryptic at all, eg 12ac. And Jeff had been doing really well lately, too..
jackkt
Apr. 6th, 2014 08:48 am (UTC)
51 minutes and not entirely without its difficulties for me.

I didn't know RAM JET or the golfer. I don't really understand what "domestic" is doing in 3dn as bank statements aren't limited to home finance, and I would dispute "unconvincing" in 16dn as that would depend on the skill and artistry of the performer and the receptiveness of the audience.

Edited at 2014-04-06 09:58 am (UTC)
kevingregg
Apr. 7th, 2014 02:41 am (UTC)
puppetry
I assumed that it meant something like 'charade', and indeed my (Japanese) dictionary gives 'unconvincing presentation; pretense' as one definition.
jackkt
Apr. 7th, 2014 06:19 am (UTC)
Re: puppetry
Thanks for this, Kevin. I forgot one of my cardinal rules which is to check 'the usual sources' before sounding off about an incorrect definition.

If I had done so I would have found the exact definition in Collins from which I gather it is more of a figurative meaning than a literal one which seeks to denigrate the entire performance skill and its practitioners.
ulaca
Apr. 6th, 2014 09:19 am (UTC)
29 minutes, held up a little by putting 'home economics' at 3d by dint of enumeration when I had very few crossers. I too though the 'puppetry' clue a little odd.

Nice to see the homage to the Big Easy. A 'different golfer', indeed, and by all accounts a smashing fellow.
kevingregg
Apr. 7th, 2014 02:42 am (UTC)
Els
And Jeff actually pronounced his name correctly, something no announcer I've ever heard has done.
paul_in_london
Apr. 6th, 2014 10:42 am (UTC)
Got nowhere with this last week, then polished most of it off quickly this morning. Held up in the SW by an incorrect but reasonably parse-able rapier for the thruster. I don't mind cds as much as some seem to, but they often hold me up.
bigtone53
Apr. 6th, 2014 03:14 pm (UTC)
I was another HOME ECONOMICS guy initially but got there in the end. Not the most satisfying of puzzles though
kevingregg
Apr. 7th, 2014 02:39 am (UTC)
19'
I had the same reaction as Jerry, but on the other hand, I can't remember ever getting a ST cryptic in under 20 minutes. I knew RAMJET (my LOI), but it took a while, and all the checkers, to get it.
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