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Sunday Times 4586 and Dave Perry

Bad news I'm afraid. Dave emailed me yesterday to inform me he's had a stroke, so will obviously be unavailable for blogging duties until further notice. I had intended to do his Sunday Times blog myself, but work had to take precedence today (I've been online non-stop since 7am). It's a bit late now, but if anyone else can post something I'll be grateful.

I'm sure everyone here will join me in wishing Dave a speedy recovery.

paul_in_london provided a blog in the comments, just reposting it here for more visibility.

SUNDAY TIMES CRYPTIC 4586 – By Jeff Pearce
A smooth puzzle with some good clues and some equally nice fill in the grid. I don’t have a time – but think of this as on the easier side, as I both finished and was able to parse everything (except, perhaps, 1a). But let’s be realistic: I’d rather be reading David’s comments on this puzzle than this. Our thoughts are all with him.

1a SPATCHCOCK = a kind of snipe, which is a bird famous for the most part for not existing when a rookie is sent out to look for it. mohn2 points out its a dd.

6a ITCH = burn. (HA)ITCH = a phonetic for the letter H. This is not exactly a made-up-word, but who really knows how to spell the letter? Aitch? Haitch? Even possibly Hetch.

9a ATONE = remedy. A + TONE = temper

10a MIGRATION = movement of people. MIG = Jet (the old Russian fighter which Tom Cruise made short work of in Top Gun) + RATION = helping in the sense of a serving

12a TREASURE TROVE = a valuable find. Cherish = TREASURE; TROVE = voter*, the anagrind is new

14a UNSEEMLY = inappropriate. Not always an exact synonym, but we’re in crossword land and it’s close enough, I think. Cooking = anagrind, MENUS (r)ELY*

15a SHINTO = faith, in Japan, and a bit of an international problem this week due to politicians visiting a Shinto shrine which holds the remains of some WWII war criminals, thereby putting visiting Obama in a pickle and irritating the Chinese, Koreans, and others. HINT – clue, SO – provided (that) outside (without)

17a BASSET = hound. Prediction – BET (again, close enough for crosswords) outside ASS – donkey

19a PHOSGENE = poison. PHONE = ring, holding S for Sulphur, EG for say, reversed

21a SPITTING IMAGE = show on TV. S – second, MAGE – game* anagrind silly, around (in) PITTING – competing, as in pitted against + I - one (thanks mohn - I'd missed out the I)

24a BALLERINA = dancer. BALL – has a great time (has a ball), plus A – American, around ERIN (Ireland)

25a IRATE = mad. The bucaneer is a PIRATE this time (not the Glazer family’s other sports holding), losing the P. I think we’ve seen something similar several times recently

26a NUDE = Painting (of a kind). cd - barely exhibited, which works, well enough I think, in the overall scheme of cryptic definitions. I’ll save my whining for one that doesn’t get me to the answer quite as easily.

27a HARDHEADED = tough. HARD(y) – truncated novelist Thomas, HEADED – in charge (of)

1d SHAM = fake. SHAM(e) – pity, truncated

2d AGOUTIS = Rodents. OK, I’ll admit it. I needed to check this in the dictionary to make sure I had it right. But the wordplay is clear: GOUT – disease, inside the last half of calAIS

3d CRÈME DE MENTHE = almost &lit. – make drunk with offer of this. DE MENT – make crazy inside an anagram of CHEER ME, anagrind drunk.

4d CAMISOLE = undergarment. E MAILS* CO – small company. About is the somewhat weak anagrind

5d CIGAR = smoke. IG – US soldier GI (we’ve debated this one enough, I think) upended, inside CAR – vehicle

7d TRICORN – an old-fashioned hat. Hidden in eccenTRIC OR Novelty

8d HANDED OVER = passed (along or over to). HAND – member of a boat’s crew, E – our favourite (or at least most crosswordly useful) drug, DOVER – port

11d ANTIHISTAMINE = substance that chemists sell, and almost a giveaway definition. IN THE MAIN IT’S A*, anagrind is manufactured

13d RUBBISH BIN = cd, though a bit weak at the ‘bin’ end perhaps. As an American it took me ages to learn that PANTS is both underwear (not trousers) and is rubbish. I’m guessing that the rubbish useage is derivative.

16d THAILAND = country. A bit complicated: HAIL – greet, inside TAN – brown, with D – dam at the end. I’m not sure if the D = dam abbreviation is from horse breeding or map drawing.

18d SKID LID = slang for a crash helmet. SLID – moved smoothly, around KID – child

20d EMERALD = green. LEADER* angrind is new, around M – maiden, our cricket reference for the day

22d NAIRA = African rhino, that is, slang for the currency in Nigeria. First letters (starts to) of Nudge Antelope In Rural Area

23d WEED A bit cheeky regardless of whether it’s drug speak or potty-mouth.

Comments

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(Anonymous)
Apr. 27th, 2014 09:45 pm (UTC)
Dave
That's very sad. I really enjoyed his blogs. I hope he has a speedy recovery
mohn2
Apr. 27th, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about Dave - hope he's soon on the mend. I can knock out a quick blog now.
mctext
Apr. 28th, 2014 12:17 am (UTC)
All our thoughts are with Dave. Come good mate.
paul_in_london
Apr. 28th, 2014 12:17 am (UTC)
SUNDAY TIMES CRYPTIC 4586 – By Jeff Pearce
A smooth puzzle with some good clues and some equally nice fill in the grid. I don’t have a time – but think of this as on the easier side, as I both finished and was able to parse everything (except, perhaps, 1a). But let’s be realistic: I’d rather be reading David’s comments on this puzzle than this. Our thoughts are all with him.

1a SPATCHCOCK = a kind of snipe, which is a bird famous for the most part for not existing when a rookie is sent out to look for it. mohn2 points out its a dd.

6a ITCH = burn. (HA)ITCH = a phonetic for the letter H. This is not exactly a made-up-word, but who really knows how to spell the letter? Aitch? Haitch? Even possibly Hetch.

9a ATONE = remedy. A + TONE = temper

10a MIGRATION = movement of people. MIG = Jet (the old Russian fighter which Tom Cruise made short work of in Top Gun) + RATION = helping in the sense of a serving

12a TREASURE TROVE = a valuable find. Cherish = TREASURE; TROVE = voter*, the anagrind is new

14a UNSEEMLY = inappropriate. Not always an exact synonym, but we’re in crossword land and it’s close enough, I think. Cooking = anagrind, MENUS (r)ELY*

15a SHINTO = faith, in Japan, and a bit of an international problem this week due to politicians visiting a Shinto shrine which holds the remains of some WWII war criminals, thereby putting visiting Obama in a pickle and irritating the Chinese, Koreans, and others. HINT – clue, SO – provided (that) outside (without)

17a BASSET = hound. Prediction – BET (again, close enough for crosswords) outside ASS – donkey

19a PHOSGENE = poison. PHONE = ring, holding S for Sulphur, EG for say, reversed

21a SPITTING IMAGE = show on TV. S – second, MAGE – game* anagrind silly, around (in) PITTING – competing, as in pitted against + I - one (thanks mohn - I'd missed out the I)

24a BALLERINA = dancer. BALL – has a great time (has a ball), plus A – American, around ERIN (Ireland)

25a IRATE = mad. The bucaneer is a PIRATE this time (not the Glazer family’s other sports holding), losing the P. I think we’ve seen something similar several times recently

26a NUDE = Painting (of a kind). cd - barely exhibited, which works, well enough I think, in the overall scheme of cryptic definitions. I’ll save my whining for one that doesn’t get me to the answer quite as easily.

27a HARDHEADED = tough. HARD(y) – truncated novelist Thomas, HEADED – in charge (of)

1d SHAM = fake. SHAM(e) – pity, truncated

2d AGOUTIS = Rodents. OK, I’ll admit it. I needed to check this in the dictionary to make sure I had it right. But the wordplay is clear: GOUT – disease, inside the last half of calAIS

3d CRÈME DE MENTHE = almost &lit. – make drunk with offer of this. DE MENT – make crazy inside an anagram of CHEER ME, anagrind drunk.

4d CAMISOLE = undergarment. E MAILS* CO – small company. About is the somewhat weak anagrind

5d CIGAR = smoke. IG – US soldier GI (we’ve debated this one enough, I think) upended, inside CAR – vehicle

7d TRICORN – an old-fashioned hat. Hidden in eccenTRIC OR Novelty

8d HANDED OVER = passed (along or over to). HAND – member of a boat’s crew, E – our favourite (or at least most crosswordly useful) drug, DOVER – port

11d ANTIHISTAMINE = substance that chemists sell, and almost a giveaway definition. IN THE MAIN IT’S A*, anagrind is manufactured

13d RUBBISH BIN = cd, though a bit weak at the ‘bin’ end perhaps. As an American it took me ages to learn that PANTS is both underwear (not trousers) and is rubbish. I’m guessing that the rubbish useage is derivative.

16d THAILAND = country. A bit complicated: HAIL – greet, inside TAN – brown, with D – dam at the end. I’m not sure if the D = dam abbreviation is from horse breeding or map drawing.

18d SKID LID = slang for a crash helmet. SLID – moved smoothly, around KID – child

20d EMERALD = green. LEADER* angrind is new, around M – maiden, our cricket reference for the day

22d NAIRA = African rhino, that is, slang for the currency in Nigeria. First letters (starts to) of Nudge Antelope In Rural Area

23d WEED A bit cheeky regardless of whether it’s drug speak or potty-mouth.





Edited at 2014-04-28 01:12 am (UTC)
(Anonymous)
Apr. 28th, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
Dave Perry
Yes speedy recovery to Dave, always appreciated his blogs.
mctext
Apr. 28th, 2014 01:06 am (UTC)
6a & 1ac
6a: It's most definitely AITCH, as in "to drop one's aitches" — the dictionaries all agree. The erroneous "haitch" is, ironically, an over-reaction to attempting not to do so!

1ac: ODO tells us the second meaning:

• informal, chiefly Brit. add (a phrase, sentence, clause, etc.) in a context where it is inappropriate: a new clause has been spatchcocked into the Bill.

So a double def.

Edited at 2014-04-28 01:10 am (UTC)
paul_in_london
Apr. 28th, 2014 01:14 am (UTC)
Re: 6a & 1ac
Thx, McT. Do me a favor and run your eye over the parsings with a little extra care. I did this pretty quickly and might have missed something else.
kevingregg
Apr. 28th, 2014 01:34 am (UTC)
I take some comfort from reading that it was Dave himself who notified you, Andy. I hope to see him here as soon as possible.
kevingregg
Apr. 28th, 2014 01:44 am (UTC)
17:44
This must have been my PB for STs, until yesterday's, when I knocked a further 9seconds off. I'd like to flatter myself that I'm getting better, but it looks like the setters are getting gentler. DNK 1ac in the sense defined, or 18d. 9ac was my LOI; didn't think 'remedy'=ATONE. I always think it's a bit much referring to SHINTO as a faith; more a set of behaviors, but still.
jackkt
Apr. 28th, 2014 05:28 am (UTC)
No time recorded but I think most of it went in smoothly except the NW corner where disaster befell me having written ATONE at 9ac with some degree of confidence. This made 2dn impossible to solve and I wasted hours (not literally, but it felt like it at the time) attempting to do so. I did sort it out eventually but by then I had lost all interest in the thing.

I'd like to send my very best wishes to my co-Friday blogger. Hope to see you back here soon, Dave.
jerrywh
Apr. 28th, 2014 07:30 am (UTC)
But, 9ac *is* atone, Jack!
jackkt
Apr. 28th, 2014 09:53 am (UTC)
Sorry, I had ABATE.
jerrywh
Apr. 28th, 2014 10:17 am (UTC)
Actually, that's rather good.. pity that it wouldn't fit!
jackkt
Apr. 28th, 2014 01:14 pm (UTC)
ABATE
Unfortunately it fitted perfectly into my empty grid!
jerrywh
Apr. 28th, 2014 07:29 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about Dave.. hope you are fully recovered soon, my friend.
dorsetjimbo
Apr. 28th, 2014 08:15 am (UTC)
Thinking of you Dave and wishing you a speedy recovery
keriothe
Apr. 28th, 2014 08:25 am (UTC)
Very sorry to hear about Dave. Here's wishing for a quick recovery.
petebiddlecombe
Apr. 28th, 2014 09:26 am (UTC)
Ditto ...
... from a predecessor who received very strong support from this community when the medics had to fiddle with his grey matter.
falooker
Apr. 28th, 2014 11:24 am (UTC)
So sorry to hear about Dave. I hope it's not too debilitating. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. The crossword was a relatively straightforward 30 minutes. It would have been quicker but I was reluctant to put SPATCHCOCK in until I had all the checkers. I only know the word as a kind of flattened chicken you can get in Marks & Spencer. Ann
(Anonymous)
Apr. 29th, 2014 06:58 am (UTC)
Dave Perry
I'm having a lot of difficulty in getting online with TftT so this is a bit 'day late and a dollar short' but I do want to offer my best wishes for a speedy recovery to Dave. God speed!
martinp1
Apr. 29th, 2014 10:09 am (UTC)
Re: Dave Perry
The Anonymous is me...
(Anonymous)
Apr. 29th, 2014 09:20 pm (UTC)
Rubbish Bin
I think it's RUBBISH (pants) + BIN (can).

Hope Dave gets well soon.
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