glheard (glheard) wrote in times_xwd_times,
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Times 26248 - a self-referential pangram

Solving time : 10:32, but a lazy typo is keeping me off the leaderboard. Interesting puzzle this one, it is not too difficult, and I expect a lot of the longer answers will be susceptible to biffing. It is a pangram, but that didn't help me in solving, as most of the outlier letters went in pretty quickly.

There are also no direct anagrams! I can't think of a daily where there haven't been any at all - there are a few partial anagrams. In all the wordplay is exceptionally sound, the sort of puzzle that is straightforward to blog. I was very impressed by 8 down with tricky wordplay and an excellent surface.

Away we go....

Across
1DISCIPLINE: P, LINE(score) after DISC,1
6LAZE: sounds like LAYS
9MALEVOLENT: MALE and then we'll take the middle away from VOL-au-vENT
10JUNE: two bits of French here, JE(I) holding UN(a)
12BRIGHT AND EARLY: RIGHT(proper) with BAN(outlaw), DEARLY(much) surrounding it
14ABOARD: ABROAD with the R moved
15FOOTPATH: FOOT(pay the cost of), P, AT, H
17FRONTIER: N, in FR(French),O,TIER(level). Glad I didn't have to know the name of the French version of O-Level - is it Baccalaureate?
19BEACON: or BE A CON
22THELONIOUS MONK: (IN,HOTEL)* then MONK(brother) after O,US
24HOAX: H, and OX holding A
25COTTONTAIL: TT(crosswordlands favorite races) inside (LOCATION)*
26DOES: DOPES missing a P
27MENDICANCY: D,ICY(showing no warmth) around CAN, with MEN(people) at the start
 
Down
1DUMB: Take the end off of DUMBO
2SALERNO: SR(sister) containing ALE then NO
3IN,V,I,GO,RATION
4L,O,LIT(books),A: The Russian-American being Nabokov. I used to work with a Nabokov scholar, who recently passed away, and was friends with his wife and translator, Vera, until her death
5NON-UNION: NUN,1 in NOON
7AQUARIA: A QUAR(t) then A1 reversed
8EVERYTHING: VERY THIN inside EG
11WEST GERMANIC: WE and then C(elebrate) after (MASTERING)*
13FAR-FETCHED: double definition
16SEMITONE: TIMES(a national newspaper) reversed then ONE
18O(ut),PE,RATE
20CONTAIN: CON(Tory), then alternating letters in TeAm, IN(elected)
21HUNTED: an old German in drainpipe trousers could be a HUN TED
23CLAY: hidden reversed in roYAL Castle
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