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Solving time: 34 minutes

Music: Schubert, Impromptus, Kempff

This is an average puzzle for a Monday. At first, I thought it was going to be a gallop, as I filled in rather simple clues at a rapid pace, only to be brought to a sudden halt in the middle of my solve. I never doubted I would finish it, but the puzzle turned out to be more of challenge than I expected.

I am glad it wasn't too hard, for once again I am stuck with the GMT/EDT puzzle, where I have to wait until 8 PM to get started. Fortunately, we will setting our clocks back here in the US next weekend, so I will soon be back to my normal solving schedule.

1NEWCOMER, anagram of OMEN + CREW.
5FUNNEL, FUN + LEN backwards. I was thinking of 'tunnel' for a while, then I saw what it must be.
10GO OUT LIKE A LIGHT, GO OUT + LIKE + ALIGHT, where 'crash' alone is the definition.
11ENCHANTING, E(N + CHANT + I)NG. The first use I can recall of 'Eng' rather than 'E' for 'English'.
13STAR, 'S TAR. As in a star turn, matching the adjectival sense of 'brilliant'.
15TEA LEAF, a rather unusual clue using the Cockney Rhyming Slang for 'thief'. We are usually given the CRS and expected to use the literal meaning, rather than the other way around as here.
17ETERNAL, E(sounds like TURN)AL. Like most solvers, I saw 'endless' and tried shortening various words, but no, it's the literal. A nice enclosing anagram.
18IN HOUSE, anagram of HEINOUS.
19RAMPAGE, R(AMP)AGE. A bit of a change from the usual style of clue involving an animal and a boy.
21LEER, REEL backwards. This should be almost instantaneous for Boggle players.
22RESPONDENT, R + [d]ESPONDENT, but I didn't bother with the cryptic until just now.
25COMMUNITY CHARGE, COMMUNITY + CHARGE in very different senses. I was not up on UK tax terminology, and was thinking this was something you had to pay in the 16th century, only to find that it was only 20 years ago; old enough, I suppose.
27TITFER, TIT(-t + F)ER. A bit of CRS I didn't know, 'tit for tat', so I had to put it in from the cryptic.
28SET PIECE, SET + PIECE in different senses.
1NEGLECT, hidden in [lati]N, EG, LECT[ures].
2WOO, WOO[d], the clue that made me think this was going to be rather easy.
4EDICT, EDI(C)T, one of my last in, I'm afraid, but not a hard clue.
6UGLY, [j]U(G)LY.
8LATERAL, LATER + A + L. The definition is apparently 'side branch', and not just 'side'.
9REINDEER, REED(N)IER upside down. A variant on another pair like 'leer' and 'reel'.
14PENMANSHIP, PEN + MAN'S + HIP. Penfold61's nic caused me to see this immediately, so the blog is of some use
16FRENETIC, FRE(NE)T + IC. I had a lot of trouble with this, because I wasn't sure what part of the cryptic to apply the reversal to.
18ILLICIT, ILL + I + CIT[e]. I didn't get the cryptic at all, thinking 'mention' was a 'sounds like' indicator, and just putting it in from the literal.
20EXTREME, anagram of M[aiden] + EXETER.
24CURE, C + URE.
26RUE, double definition.


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Oct. 28th, 2013 01:52 am (UTC)
25 minutes, but with 'runnel' for FUNNEL, which fits the literal better, even if 'Lenn' is a bit of a stretch for a man's name.
Oct. 28th, 2013 01:59 am (UTC)
Make me another RUNNEL. Lenn is definitely an established man's name and, as you say, runnel seems like a more accurate fit with 'channel'. Oh well, nice to get the SNAFU out of the way on a Monday so I can stop fretting over Tony's 'clean round' leader board.

COD .. ENCHANTING, which is.
Me three - fathippy2 - Oct. 28th, 2013 12:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 28th, 2013 01:55 am (UTC)
Like our esteemed blogger, I thought this was going to be a classic Monday doddle after looking at the first few clues. But not to be. The bottom half was a lot harder with instructions like "the last of three should be fine" meaning "find another word for 'giggle' with three identical letters and change one to F". Phew! And 16dn was a bit of a gobful too.

Also struggled to work out the IER in 9dn until the penny dropped that "with more grass" = REEDIER.

Liked the straight charades best: NIGHT-IN-GALE and PEN-MANS-HIP. More of those please setters!

Good job it's Jerry's blog this Wednesday. My familiar and trusty MacBook is in the shop and I'm trying to get my head around a new machine running 10.9. Most of my old software in now officially "legacy" — an interesting use of the word.

Edited at 2013-10-28 02:01 am (UTC)
Oct. 28th, 2013 02:05 am (UTC)
I didn't put in 'runnel'....
....because I didn't know the word. Otherwise, I would have been very tempted, but I don't think 'Lenn' is really on.

If 'channel' is read as a verb, then 'funnel' as a verb fits the literal quite well.
Oct. 28th, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
Re: I didn't put in 'runnel'....
Interesting. The new Mac has the Brit Oxford. The Thesaurus gives "channel" under "funnel" (noun & verb), but not vice versa.

Edited at 2013-10-28 02:20 am (UTC)
Re: I didn't put in 'runnel'.... - sotira - Oct. 28th, 2013 11:48 am (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 28th, 2013 04:21 am (UTC)
40 minutes with the last 10 puzzling over 5ac where RUNNEL was the only word that came to mind. Never heard of Lenn though, so I was not convinced.

Edited at 2013-10-28 04:22 am (UTC)
Oct. 28th, 2013 06:14 am (UTC)
Waste pipes chuckle into runnels
Fairly straightforward (or so I thought) although the Dorset corner provided some resistance at the end.

Put me down for RUNNEL which looked good to me. I always remember the word from John Betjeman's "Business Girls", or at least from Alan Bennett's parody of it
Oct. 28th, 2013 08:14 am (UTC)
11:05 at the kitchen table while waiting for the wind to die down a bit so I can drive to work - my route either involving open dual carriageway or windy roads with lots of trees.

Split 5,2,4 7d makes you wonder whether the setter had seen a long range weather forecast.
Oct. 28th, 2013 08:15 am (UTC)
Runnel of Funnel
Having initially put runnel I have to agree with vinyl 1. Lenn is too much of a stretch. Fun (sport) with len backwards fits much more comfortably.
Oct. 28th, 2013 08:36 am (UTC)
Visit from St. Jude
Finished this in 20 mins in the early hours with no real hold ups. Went to bed and slept despite the gale, but woken up by Kent Constabulary a/c by fire & ambulance service at 7am to be shown most of my neighbour's roof sitting in my back garden. Fortunately no one hurt and hope the same can be said for anyone else in the storm's path.
Oct. 28th, 2013 09:50 am (UTC)
Re: Visit from St. Jude
We seem to have escaped with just some trees down and wheelie bins freely distributed around the area. They clocked 99mph off The Needles! However as the rain runs into the rivers and comes down to the sea we may see some local flooding as they burst their banks. Quite a wild night!
Oct. 28th, 2013 09:25 am (UTC)
Another RUNNEL picker, as RU seems more game like than FUN and the definition was closer. But now I see channel as a verb I admit it can work. 20 minutes otherwise. CoD the old bill 25 ac.
Oct. 28th, 2013 09:54 am (UTC)
The clue said "sport" though not "game".
Never having heard of "RUNNEL" or anyone called "Lenn" I wasn't tempted by that answer.
I did like the "Old Bill" also"!
Oct. 28th, 2013 09:51 am (UTC)
The only reason that I have heard of Runnel is that it is the name of a hospital in New Jersey that I used to drive past every day on the way to work. FUNNEL went straight in for me. Right, time to put on the old whistle and flute and get the Michael Caine to the Rose and Crown. if its running after our bad birds of a feather last night.
Oct. 28th, 2013 09:54 am (UTC)
Another RUNNEL, so my 23 minutes doesn't count for much. I was going to be rude about Lenn here but even that consolation is not available. O well.
The first half dozen went in well enough, but I hit a brick wall with the long 'un and worked the rest form the bottom left up. Stumped on SET PIECE became initially I carelessly had PAYER, and wondered whether DRY PIECE was somehow a formal speech. Should be.
TEA LEAF easily gets my CoD.
Oct. 28th, 2013 09:55 am (UTC)
A game of two halves as they say with one dodgy incident in the FUNNEL/RUNNEL department. I can see a case for both.

Andy Borrows
Oct. 28th, 2013 10:25 am (UTC)
15 mins with RUNNEL, which as far as I am concerned fits the clue. Lenn as a male name is not a stretch, and the most famous Lenn is probably Lenn Hammond, the reggae artist. Had I considered channel as a verb I may well have gone for FUNNEL, but either one works.

Of the other clues, ENCHANTING was my LOI after CRASH HELMET. I thought TITFER may cause our foreign solvers a problem if they hadn't come across it before, although the wordplay was clear enough.

Good luck with the storm Jimbo. Up here on Merseyside we had some overnight rain but we certainly escaped the worst of the wind.
Oct. 28th, 2013 10:45 am (UTC)
What we have here is an illustration of the truth, universally acknowledged, that a name referenced only as "chap" can be almost anything, even if Chambers list of "some first names" doesn't give it. Open house for setters to dump any set of letters they can't otherwise manage to clue on the basis that it's a name somewhere.
Oct. 28th, 2013 10:55 am (UTC)
22.18 with runnel, though had no doubt funnel was better once I turned to the answers. Interesting to get an American NE. First time I've thought about 'go out like a light', what an image.
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