ulaca (ulaca) wrote in times_xwd_times,
ulaca
ulaca
times_xwd_times

Times 26221 – Don’t mention the rugby…

Thank you for your patience. I know some people will be champing at the bit to give their comments - and perhaps a word or two about the puzzle as well.

24 minutes for this gentle Monday offering. Since I’m rather late getting to this, we’ll get straight down to it without mention of any oval-shaped ball game whatsoever.

ACROSS

1. PARMESAN – PAR[t] (part here being a division of a book) - actually, PAR the abbreviation for paragraph: thanks, Jack - + S in MEAN.
9. OKLAHOMA – OK + L + OMAHA* (anagram).
10. EARNER – ‘profitable job’; a sort of chiasmus of a clue, I think, where a new driver or LEARNER would be formed by adding L[eft] to an EARNER.
11. ICEBREAKER – C (the speed of light in a vacuum as featured in Einstein’s best known formula) in IE (‘that is’) + BREAKER.
12. FETA – F + ETA; no struggles in the group stage for this one: straight into the final of Easiest Clue of the Year.
13. PROSPECTUS – PUT PROCESS*.
16. PANICKY – PICKY around AN.
17. PILLORY – PILL + [d]O[u]R[l]Y. I didn’t know a PILL was a tiresome person; I thought that was a pillock.
20. VICTORIOUS – VICIOUS around TOR[y]. Um, not England…
22. ALLY – a sort of extended cryptic definition where our friend is verbALLY and editoriALLY useful. ‘Finalize’ with a zed raised an eyebrow.
23. TRENCHCOAT – TECHNOCRAT*.
25. TU[R]PIN – Dick of that ilk.
26. NOTIONAL – NOT I (‘disclaimer’ from the writer – as opposed perhaps to the speaker who would say ‘not me’, unless he were of a precise and slightly annoying persuasion) + ON (‘about’) + A + L[ine].
27. EMAILING – ME returned + AILING. My COD because it gave me something to smile about.

DOWNS

2. ANATHEMA – ANTHEM with one ‘an’ in and one after.
3. MONETARIST – IS in MONET + ART. City types can discuss the definition; Milton Friedman and his ferric protégée are the only two persons of that persuasion known to me.
4. STRIP POKER – moving swiftly on….
5. NOSE JOB – ‘knows’ [the book of] Job. Gathering even more speed…
6. SLUR – final letters of four words in the middle.
7. LOCKE[T]
8. SACRISTY – RACISTS* + [jul]Y. A rather bizarre surface.
14. POINSETTIA – SET (‘put’) in IN A POT I*.
15. COLLATERAL – ‘security’; hidden.
16. PIVOTING – P + I + VOTING.
18. RELIGION – ‘faith’; LI (Lithium) in REGION.
19. MONOCLE – nice cryptic definition.
21. CHEATS – nice literal, straightforward cryptic: C + HEATS.
24. HAND – N in HAD (‘done’ or ‘cheated’).
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 44 comments
Previous
← Ctrl ← Alt
Next
Ctrl → Alt →
Previous
← Ctrl ← Alt
Next
Ctrl → Alt →