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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

jackkt
Mar. 15th, 2012 08:47 am (UTC)
Re: Over
Thanks for the congrats!

You may be right about 'over' but I would expect a commentator to say, for example: 'he had a good over' or something else that identifies the POV from which it's expressed. Not being a cricket follower I'm not sure that a maiden over can be judged as intrinsically good per se as it might be the result of the incompetence of the batsmen. However, an ace in tennis is different because it's unreturnable.

Edited at 2012-03-15 08:48 am (UTC)
ulaca
Mar. 15th, 2012 09:55 am (UTC)
Ace
I don't think it's that different, as an ace just has to miss the receiver's racket having landed legally to be adjudged so. The receiver might take an air-shot. You're right about the 'intrinsicness' not being intrinsic, of course, but prototypically - and we tend to think in prototypes - both a maiden and an ace are 'good' deliveries, I believe.
jackkt
Mar. 15th, 2012 10:47 am (UTC)
Re: Ace
I think we'll have to agree to differ although I don't think either of us is ruling out the other's POV completely. I do disagree on your definition of an ace though!