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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

topicaltim
Mar. 15th, 2012 10:43 am (UTC)
6 minutes and a bit, so the first time for ages that I've hit the ground running (and not subsequently fallen over a hurdle). Cricket is rarely far from my thoughts, so that was a plus as far as I was concerned. Nothing wrong with a puzzle like this, which is very much on the easy side of things but retains a certain elegance.

(And I know it's always dangerous to try to discern a pattern in these things, but does this run of three easier puzzles after a ticklish one on Monday portend a real stinker tomorrow?)