glheard (glheard) wrote in times_xwd_times,
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Times 26356 - for the 25 of Mr. Kite, vale George Martin

Solving time : 11:19, which places me fourth on the club timer, just over three hours after this puzzle appeared (I solved it right away but had to run some errands, so this report is coming up a little later than usual).

I'm just over a minute behind verlaine, so this might be on the medium to tricky level. While solving I thought we might be headed to a pangram, but there doesn't appear to be a J or a Z in the grid.

Whisky and soda in hand, let's knock this out!

Away we go...

Across
1IMMATURE: I'M MA then an anagram of TRUE
5SWATCH: S (South, player in bridge), then WATCH
10FOREIGN MINISTER: anagram of TRIES,INFORMING,E
11MASTERY: grasp - MY containing ASTER
12EDIFICE: anagram of DEFICIENT without NT
13HEADSHIP: HEADS + HIP
15GUSTO: S in GUT, then O
18HET UP: H(ostil)E, TUP
20RING MAIN: power source - RING(syndicate), MAN(staff) holding I(current)
23CURTEST: TEST(check) with CUR(bad egg)
25BENEFIT: good - BEEF containing N, then IT
26LEADING QUESTION: G(old) inside LEAD IN QUESTION
27DITHER: D, then (e)ITHER
28WHITE TIE: WHIT(shred) then alternating letters in nExT fIlE
 
Down
1INFAMY: INF(o) then A, MY(good lord)
2MARE'S NEST: anagram of STEERSMAN
3TAIL END: back - AIL in TEND
4RANGY: Y(outh) with RANG(contacted) in the front
6WAIVING: sounds like WAVING
7TUTSI: 1'S TUT all reversed
8HORSE BOX: HORSE(drug) BOX(belt) - I was trying to figure out how TOW meant "belt"
9FINESPUN: PUN after FINES
14HERITAGE: you shouldn't ask a woman HER AGE (if you do, cover it up by asking her weight) containing IT
16SKINFLINT: Scrooge - SKIN(film) then FLING(cast) missing G, then T
17SHACKLED: S, then HACK(journalist), L, ED
19PREMISE: PREMISES missing an S
21MINDSET: MINDS(guards) then TE(musical note) reversed
22AT ONCE: ACE containing TON
24ROAST: ROAD shortened then ST
25BLUSH: BRUSH(skirmish) with a change of R for L
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