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Very quickly this morning as I've got to catch a lift up to Derbyshire where I'm partaking in a weekend of murder mystery play readthroughs including the title role in Oedipus Rex, you know, because I wasn't busy enough already. Fortunately for my schedule this was atypically, nay phenomenally easy for a puzzle this late in the week: I did it on paper in noisy surroundings but still had it done in 6 minutes.

8d FOI, 7d LOI, glad to have been able to biff 22ac from S_M at the end, and to have come across 3dn in another puzzle within the last year or two. Lots of very genial clues, not sure if any will prove very controversial, but let's find out in the comments below. Thanks setter, and now, over to you lot!

1 GUMPTION - common sense: P [quietly], GUM TI ON [stick | it "back" | on] "outside"
5 MOSAIC - decorative artwork: MO SA I C [instant | appeal | I | caught]
10 MANIFESTO - policy statement: AN IF [a condition] + (SET*) ["out"] in MO [second]
11 TATTY - unkempt: homophone ["we hear"] of TATTIE ["Murphy for one", i.e. a spud]
12 DYER - one changing colour: D{rear}Y ["extremely"] + ER [I hesitate to say]
13 SACRILEGE - profanation: SAC [accountant's, i.e. CA'S, "recalled"] + E.G. [say] in RILE [anger]
15 CLAVICHORD - instrument: (OLD VICAR*) ["transported"] round CH [church]
17 CARD - double def: possibly a club / eccentric
19 ETNA - mountain: reverse of {d}ANTE [poet "from the east" "loses daughter"]
20 ANTISOCIAL - disruptive: (CAT IS A LION*) ["on the rampage"]
22 CHEONGSAM - Chinese dress: CHE SAM [revolutionary | woman] "carrying" ON G [about | grand]
24 EDGY - irritable: D.G. [BBC boss] "cutting" EY{e} [viewer "short"]
26 OLIVE - woman: reverse of ["setback for"] EVIL O [wicked | old]
27 WINDBLOWN - dishevelled: WIND [orchestra members] + BLOWN [how their (wind) instruments are played]
28 LEGEND - double def: celebrity / traditional story
29 GRANDSON - young relative: ON [performing] with R [king] in G AND S [light opera]

1 GAME - single def (?): ducks and drakes is a game, and ducks and drakes are game birds
2 MONEY-LAUNDERING - illegal activity: for which "cleaning brass" is a punny definition
3 TAFFRAIL - (something) at stern of vessel: TAFF RAIL [Welsh river | bird]
4 OASIS - area of calm: AS in OIS{e} [French department "mostly"]
6 OXTAIL - (something) in the soup: for which "a neat end" is a punny definition
7 AS THE SAYING GOES - according to proverb: (EASY*) ["awfully"] "to stop" AS THING GOES [when | obsession | departs]
8 CLYDESDALE - horse: (LADY'S LED*) ["confused"] into CE [church]
9 CONCERTI - works: ONCE RT [formerly | right] "for introduction into" CI [Channel Islands]
14 SCREECH OWL - bird: H ["beginning to" H{ide}] in COWL [cover] under SCREE [loose stones]
16 HANDSAWS - cutters: HAND SAW S [worker | observed | "first of" S{everal}]
18 HONEYBUN - sweetheart: H ["initially" H{aving}] + ONE BUN [little bread] "fed by" Y [Y{outh} "leader"]
21 INTERN - medic: TE [note] "penned by" IN RN [popular | navy]
23 MINOR - youngster: "from" {Sale}M IN OR{egon}
25 ANON - unidentified writer: AN [article] about NO [traditional drama]


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Nov. 6th, 2015 10:05 am (UTC)
Yes, nice and easy this morning and all completed on the rattler, so nicely inside 35 minutes. The only bit of parsing that I don't understand is in 25 down where NO for traditional drama is opaque to me. Thanks Verlaine and good luck with your murder mysteries over the weekend.
Nov. 6th, 2015 10:12 am (UTC)
NO is traditional Japanese drama, also spelled NOH. It is slow, formal and largely inscrutable, unlike the more lively and popular kabuki.

An enjoyable puzzle I thought, although quite a few were buffed. Chinese dress (9) is a write-in!

Being a Beatles fan I had HONEYPIE for a while at 18dn, one the basis that ONE PIE is "little bread" (well at least in India it is).

(no subject) - therotter - Nov. 6th, 2015 10:25 am (UTC) - Expand
Brainfill - galspray - Nov. 6th, 2015 12:26 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 6th, 2015 10:13 am (UTC)
Struggled with GUMPTION and CHEONGSAM and spelt SACRILEGE incorrectly which caused a long delay. Guessed MOSAIC but still can't quite parse it.
Nov. 6th, 2015 10:22 am (UTC)
S.A. is sex appeal and turns up quite often in crosswords (if not in real life), the rest is pretty straightforward I'd have thought?
(no subject) - ulaca - Nov. 6th, 2015 10:49 am (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 6th, 2015 10:22 am (UTC)
38:15, at least half of which was spent on the NW corner. I thought this was going to be quick when MONEY LAUNDERING went straight in and several crossers followed but then a handful of clues stubbornly refused to yield. Still, happy to get all correct for the first time this week.
Nov. 6th, 2015 10:23 am (UTC)
14m. I didn't find this particularly easy, perhaps because it was another early morning solve without caffeine assistance. I have spent considerably more time in airports and aeroplanes than at home this week.
Nothing unknown today though: I've come across both CHEONGSAM and TAFFRAIL in past puzzles, and they are singularly memorable words.
Enjoy the 'murder mystery play readthrough', Verlaine, whatever the Dickens that is!
Nov. 6th, 2015 10:30 am (UTC)
I'll leave Verlaine to explain what a 'murder mystery play readthrough' is, but I wonder if including the words 'murder' and 'Derbyshire' in the same sentence on his blog might have raised Verlaine as a suspect in some dark and dingy corner of GCHQ! Oh b*gger! I've added myself to the list.

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Nov. 6th, 2015 10:30 am (UTC)
Solved within my 30 minute target for once. Time lost working out the answer at 22 where CHEONGSAM was unknown, but the wordplay was very helpful apart from SAM as 'woman'. Fortunately 'A' was the only option once the checkers were in place. Was pleased to remember TAFFRAIL from its previous outings.

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Nov. 6th, 2015 10:33 am (UTC)
A pleasingly zippy Friday solve. I spent some time wondering why the homophone "DIRE" involved hesitation in the hearing of it, before realising that was a blind alley of my own invention. CHEONGSAM is one of those words filed away in my brain as "for use only in crosswords", so it needed full parsing to be sure I was remembering it properly.
Nov. 6th, 2015 10:41 am (UTC)
Pretty straightforward for a Friday, with some of the defs almost too obvious (e.g. CHEONGSAM -- at least if you'd come across this item of clothing before). I got bogged down at the end with the HONEYBUN/GRANDSON cross-over in the SE corner, where I did not help myself by at first trying to make LOVERBOY work at 18D. I liked the G AND S for "light opera" device. I wasted much time wracking my brains for the title of a Savoy opera that would fit the bill. Doh!
Nov. 6th, 2015 10:56 am (UTC)
To hell in a handsaw
Perhaps the easiest Friday for a while (especially if you don't initially put in HANDSSAW).

Verlaine I understand that killing your father and marrying your mother is run of the mill in the Derbyshire Dales.
Nov. 6th, 2015 10:56 am (UTC)
25 minutes, but would have been almost in my oppo Keriothe's country if I hadn't biffed 'windswept'. Thanks to V for the parsing of GRANDSON, which I never bothered to come back to.

TAFFRAIL's evocativeness (a couple of Welshmen cornering you at the back of the boat and (re)regaling you with their stories) must be responsible for the fact that everyone remembers this after one go, while other words go in and out as quickly as English batsmen facing part-time spinners.

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Nov. 6th, 2015 11:07 am (UTC)
Would never have got CHEONGSAM, but I've had to lower my dudgeon level now that I see it was a write-in for most people. I'll get it next time.

Finished the rest of it in about 22 minutes. Thanks setter and Verlaine.
Nov. 6th, 2015 11:51 am (UTC)
At 13:06, a PB for poking at an iPad, despite being a LOVERBOY for a while. Assisted by much (correct) biffing.
Nov. 6th, 2015 11:54 am (UTC)

...ending with HONEYBUN, and then GRANDSON where I failed to spot the G&S bit (my brain wanted some ref to 'GR (King) and I'..). CHEONGSAM was kind of half-remembered (like yesterday's T Monk, 'didn't know I knew it'), so worked out from wp. 7d from enumeration and checkers.

Sounds like an interesting w/e, Verlaine… update next Friday?
Nov. 6th, 2015 12:01 pm (UTC)
25 minutes for what felt like a Monday puzzle. Cheongsam was familiar, but not Taffrail, my LOI. I thought I was going to have to resort to aids looking for some obscure Welsh river as the answer, but then the light dawned that the definition must be at the stern of the clue.
Nov. 6th, 2015 12:26 pm (UTC)
A stroll in the Park

For a Friday this was very easy accompaniment to my Singapoore

Chicken Curry as I was busy first thing

Three Verlaines. FOI 14dn LOI 13ac

Cheungsam added a bit of local colour

Taffrail has been present for many years in the TC

Horryd Shanghai

Nov. 6th, 2015 12:49 pm (UTC)
10:39. The stupid Chinese dress stopped me dipping under 10'. I knew it from a past puzzle at which time I resolved to remember how to spell it but of course forgot. The use of a unisex name for the girl didn't help matters, nor did working for a company whose owners have a "Cheung" in their name.
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