glheard (glheard) wrote in times_xwd_times,
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Times 26284 - I dreamed I was eating a giant 1AC and then I woke up choking on my pillow

Solving time : 7:57, which at about an hour and a half after the puzzle appeared is good enough for the top of the leaderboard, though I suspect not for long. I don't know if it was just that I was totally on the setters wavelength, or the rather delicious Pimm's cup next to me, but I found this one a breeze. A fun breeze!

Purists may be a little miffed at the definition at 11, but the wordplay is clear.

I am traveling at the moment, so apologies if there's any typos here - I will not be able to edit for several hours, so if you get mad at me, check the comments first to make sure you are not alone. Aloha!

Away we go...

Across
1MARSHMALLOW: MARSH (slough, the noun rather than the place), M(millions), ALLOW
7ADD: D with AD(notice) first
9THUNDERER: UNDER(submerged) in THE,R
10S,WARM(caring)
11CASPIAN: ASP,1 in CAN - does it work without SEA?
12HEAT,HEN
13YEAR,N
15LODGEMENT: the Masons are LODGE MEN, then (craf)T
17TIN-OPENER: one very long definition, then some wordplay - although I didn't know it until now, a TIN can be a rectangular loaf of bread, then OPENER(starter)
19EXTRA: EX, then ART reversed
20GALLANT: GALL(vex) then ANT(six-footed insect)
22IMPASSE: I.E. containing M,PASS(progress)
24AGENT: NT(books) after AGE(get on)
25SIGNATURE: SI(yes in Italian) and NATURE(character) surrounding G
27HIT: double definition
28CHEERLEADER: cryptic definition - the HIPs are followed by everyone else yelling HURRAH
 
Down
1MAT: first letters of Manoeuvre Against Tide
2ROUT,S
3HADRIAN: rather liked this clue - HAD(got), R(oach), and the middle of (p)IAN(o)
4ADRENALIN: AN surrounding (IRELAND)*
5LARCH: hidden in poLAR CHristmas
6WASTAGE: WA is the state of Washington, then STAGE
7ABASHMENT: anagram of BATSMAN+HE
8DEMONSTRATE: DEMONS(innermost fears) then sounds like TRAIT
11CRYPTOGRAPH: CRYPT(cell) and GRAPH(diagram) containing O(circle)
14ANNULMENT: anagram of TUNNEL,MAN
16DERRINGER: RINGER (one on a phone from 20 years ago) under RED reversed
18PLASTIC: LAST in PIC
19EXPIATE: E, then (PIE,TAX)*
21TASTE: hidden in importanT AS TEam
23SOUND: double definition
26EAR: I think this is BEAR(transport, carry) missing the first letter
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