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Times 25832 – Expect Records to Tumble

This was perhaps the easiest daily crossword I have ever done, and certainly the easiest since I started blogging nearly two years ago. I expect a lot of fast times, several PBs and not a few less than gruntled regulars. 12.5 minutes for me. On edit: How embarrassing! I managed to make an asp of myself at 17ac. Should have paid more attention in Chemistry.


6 BASTE – hidden (my last in, if also one of my last looked at)
9 FATIGUE – ‘wear’ in its verbal sense of make weary (perhaps the nominal one can stretch to this too); FATIGUE[s]
10 GIRAFFE – GAFFE around IR[ish]
11 SYNOD – S[ill]Y + NOD
12 NUTRIMENT – NUT (fanatic) + an anagram* of TERM + I around N[oon]
13 SCHOONER – CH[eck; as in chess move] in (on board) SOONER
14 DIVA – reversal of ‘avid’; the across word du jour
17 ASPS – AS + first letters of A[rsenic] P[ut] P[araquat] S[trychnine]; my Internet is playing up, so the meaning of ‘poisonous things’ will need to come from the floor. Thanks to anon for reminding me that As is the chemical symbol for arsenic.
22 RELIC – RE + L + IC
24 AS USUAL – AL[l] after A + S[outh] + US + U[niversity]
26 EVENT – EVEN + [even]T
27 TREATMENT – TREAT (pay for) + M + ENT


1 SIFTS – F in SITS; riddle, besides it CRS meaning, means to sift
2 PUT IN THE PICTURE – double definition
3 RIGADOON – a musical from bygone days derived from [b]RIGADOON – a dance of bygone days
4 OLEANDER – O + [LEADER around N]
5 LEGATO – how I rely on the internet these days! I imagine a legator is a cleric, whose responsibilities include reading Wrong again! It's LEGAT[e] + O, where the legate is a Papal representative
6 BERLIN – a triple, I reckon, consisting of Irving Berlin, a carriage and the capital of Germany, who I hope will win the World Cup, as I have a few bob on them
7 SUFFER IN SILENCE – a nice image, is it not? Trappists are the best known of the orders that take a vow of silence
8 EYESTRAIN – one needs to get into Wodehouse mode for this one; it’s E[nglish] = TRAIN [tutor –verb] around YES (rather – as in ‘top hole, what, old chap!’ AKA Yes)
13 STALEMATE – STALE (old) + MATE (fellow) for the down word du jour
15 SEPARATE – APES reversed + RATE
16 START OUT – STOUT (porter as in beer-like drink) around ART
19 PIQUET – PIQUE + T[ell] for the game played to a stalemate by divas nibbling chestnuts?
23 CADET – [m]ADE in CT


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Jul. 7th, 2014 01:11 am (UTC)
Jul. 7th, 2014 01:48 am (UTC)
So not a doddle at this end. All of the trouble in the top left with RIGADOON and FATIGUE last in. What I know of musicals can be written on the back of a bus ticket in large script.

Germany to win? They have to get through Brazil first and then either Argentina or Netherlands. So I wouldn't be counting your winnings yet!
Jul. 7th, 2014 02:00 am (UTC)
Re: 21:51
If a ref from Asia or Africa is assigned to the Bra/Ger game, I will probably tear up the ticket.
Jul. 7th, 2014 02:04 am (UTC)
Not a PB, but getting close. 35 min. Not much else to say. Thx for the blog.
Jul. 7th, 2014 02:11 am (UTC)
Not a pb, but close enough; fast enough that some of the answers went in on checkers alone, e.g. 23d. The one that slowed me down was my LOI, OLEANDER. Ulaca, you've got a minor typo at 6d: IrvinG
Jul. 7th, 2014 03:04 am (UTC)
Re: 12:35
Thanks, Kevin.
Typo - mctext - Jul. 7th, 2014 03:45 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Typo - ulaca - Jul. 7th, 2014 04:43 am (UTC) - Expand
Oops! - mctext - Jul. 7th, 2014 04:45 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 7th, 2014 04:52 am (UTC)
Not quite a PB but close, even though done quite leisurely while eating lunch.

7dn made me chuckle by reminding me of Percy's attempt to make conversation with the silent Lord Whiteadder: "Erm, er, yes, er, well, Lord Whiteadder, er, a vow of silence... Now, that's quite an interesting thing... Tell me about it."

Jul. 7th, 2014 05:40 am (UTC)
That very episode was on TV last night while I was waiting to see the tennis.
Jul. 7th, 2014 05:41 am (UTC)
17 minutes must be very near my PB if I knew what it was, though I think may have achieved sub-15 once. Time lost considering "Bartok" at 6dn (before I had the third checker in place) prevented that today. But anyway there were only 4 minutes for me between this and today's Quickie.

Edited at 2014-07-07 05:42 am (UTC)
Jul. 7th, 2014 06:19 am (UTC)
Not as speedy as our esteemed blogger, but my second-best time ever, I think. Mostly fun clues, but you'd probably prefer more of a challenge on a daily basis.
Jul. 7th, 2014 08:07 am (UTC)
I agree with Ulaca and Jack that this must be one of the easiest main daily cryptics in a long while, its difficulty only marginally greater than that of one of the more demanding Quickies. About 25 mins for me, which must be close to a PB. There will surely be some nano-second times from the resident speedsters.

A pleasant and entertaining puzzle for all that, with some nice surfaces (e.g. SUFFER IN SILENCE). My LOI was LEGATO, with its combination of musical terminology with a far from obvious definition for "member of the clergy".
Jul. 7th, 2014 08:29 am (UTC)
9:31 .. while somewhat 9 acrossed after a weekend up in town. This was just the puzzle I needed. Thank you, setter.

Some nice moments, like GIRAFFE and said 9a (FATIGUE). And I agree, ulaca, lovely image with the brothers suffering in silence. Not quite on point but it did make me think of Dave Allen … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx6hAQmR1fg . Didn’t he do some sketches with a silent order, too?
Jul. 7th, 2014 10:39 am (UTC)
Sotira, Many thanks for the Dave Allen clip. Never seen that one before. Made my day.
Jul. 7th, 2014 09:30 am (UTC)
6:11. My second fastest ever. It would have been a PB and under 5 minutes without PIQUET. Of course we don't want them this easy very often but it's good for the ego from time to time.
Interesting how a puzzle can be this simple in spite of a fairly generous helping of less-than-everyday words: SCHOONER, 'riddles', RIGADOON, Brigadoon, OLEANDER, PIQUET. Just follow the wordplay.

Edited at 2014-07-07 09:31 am (UTC)
Jul. 7th, 2014 09:42 am (UTC)
About 8 mins here, including a short interruption to show my ticket and a phone call from the missus. So yes, pretty easy. I see Jason James did it in 2:59 on the Club leader board, with Magoo yet to appear.
Jul. 7th, 2014 09:54 am (UTC)
It must have been easy because I finished it. However I did have to look up 3, 4 and 19 to make sure my guesses were correct. I'd never heard of those words before.

No doubt in my mind that the QC is helping. I'm completing the main puzzle more frequently now. Most of the time with aids but it wasn't so long ago that I wasn't able to finish with them either.
Jul. 7th, 2014 09:59 am (UTC)
17m, with the last 3 spent on PIQUET, which I knew only as a racing driver and not as a card game. I almost had APPS at 17A until a rare triumph for haste over speed.

For 16D I've always thought of stout and porter being similar but not synonymous as the clue would have it.
Jul. 7th, 2014 11:22 am (UTC)
I think originally, at least here in Ireland, stout and porter were different products (stout being stronger). But around the the time of WW11 (quaintly referred to as 'the emergency' in Ireland) brewers began to mess about with the strengths and the terms became synonymous. One can now ask for 'a pint of porter' or a 'pint of stout' and you'll get the same thing (Guinness country-wide and Beamish or Murphy's in Cork).
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Jul. 7th, 2014 11:15 am (UTC)
Happy Monday
On the basis that the received wisdom seems to be Monday is easy street for the main cryptic, I decided to have a go tonight after a long day at the factory here in Sydney. And managed to get it out!

OK, ridiculously easy for the senior pros, but very happy to have a workyday win - usually I only do the main one on Saturday and Sunday when I am free from the day to day madness we call work.

PIQUET last one in - did not know this game, but guessed it from chequers and wordplay. Also had to validate RIGADOON.

Interestingly (or maybe not), SUPER BOWL (with pretty much - from memory - the exact same clueing) cropped up in a Sydney Morning Herald cryptic around Easter 2013. Remember it well, as it was the first time I had ever got a DA (David Astle) SMH cryptic completed, and at that stage in my development as a crossworder I thought it was a great clue. (DA is the hard man of SMH cryptics). Probably just coincidence, or is there a central repository of great clues shared by the setters from different papers around the world?

Edited at 2014-07-07 11:21 am (UTC)
Jul. 7th, 2014 11:31 am (UTC)
Re: Happy Monday
A quick check shows that the proud hunter makes an annual migration to the Times - 25224 and 25615 being the most recent sightings.
Re: Happy Monday - nick_the_novice - Jul. 7th, 2014 12:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 7th, 2014 11:32 am (UTC)
12 minutes with only RIGADOON causing any problems (never heard of either the dance or the musical, but my guess turned out to be correct). Now I've got nothing to do during lunch.
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