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Times 25111 - for leather!

Solving time : 10:51, so on the easier side, though I groaned at the cryptic definitions and shook my head at a few others. Bit of a mixed bag this one, which may mean there's something for everyone, right? I was surprised to see the device L used for a Roman numeral in two places (leading to three L's indicated as numbers) in the grid.

There's even a triple-dose of cricket hiding in here.

Away we go!

Across
1I'm going to get the across omission out of the way early
5BOSOMY: SO(thus),M(maiden, cricket reference #1) in BOY. Reuben always reminds me of the sketch from "Not Only, But Also"
8ROC: first letters of Republic Of China
9REV,ELATION
10TREASURY: TRY around (A,RUSE)*
11BONBON: NB(nota bene - be attentive) in BOON
12GUYS: I think this is a reference to Guy Fawkes and Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital?
14PORT ENDING
17MARVELLOUS: O between Andrew MARVELL and US
20PILL: P(ounding) then ILL
23B,ARROW
24SHEIKDOM: (HOME,KIDS)
25MAIDEN,HOOD: the MAIDEN is a good over and our cricket reference #2
26ADD: The thousand could be 500+500, so D,D Edit: I messed this up in writing the first version and had LL instead of DD
27ADONIS: take the first letters away from sAD,sON,hIS
28SNOWFALL: NOW in S,FALL(baseball playoffs are also known as the "fall classic")
 
Down
1STRATAGEM: (START,GAME)*
2ARCHERY: Cricket #3 - the new ball in cricket is called A CHERRY, so move one of the R's to the top
3HERE'S,Y: Y being the end of conformitY
4LIVERPOOL: R in a game of LIVE POOL
5B,RAMBLE
6SKINNY-DIP: cryptic definition
7M,ON(playing),SOON
13SOVEREIGN: take IT from SOVIET REIGN
15TOUCH(just a little),DOWN(depressed)
16let's leave this out of the downs
18A,L,ARMED: another Roman numeral making an appearance in L
19(f)LAWLESS
21INDIANA: DIANA is the female hunter succeeding IN
22WINDOW: N in WIDOW(partner, after loss)

Comments

mctext
Mar. 15th, 2012 05:27 am (UTC)
20:12
Groaned at 1ac which, as usual and fortunately, wasn't an indication of all to come. (Barring SKINNY-DIP, of course.) Still the top half went in quite quickly; the SE a little slower and the SW in far too much time.

How could I have missed "good over" (=MAIDEN) at 25ac? And why, more perplexingly, did I want VIRGINHOOD?

SNOWFALL: I had no idea that "fall" was a baseball season and just assumed that our baseballer was a metonymic American.

ROC: don't think there's a need for "originally". I have far too many labels in the house reading "Made in ROC".

COD to the &lit (HERESY).