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Times 26359 - A barrel with only one monkey

Solving time: 31 minutes

Music: Clannad, Crann Ull






Having spent the day working on my US income tax return, preparing my Unrecaptured Section 1250 Gain worksheet among other things, I was ready for a change. At first glance, this puzzle appeared more difficult than usual, as some of the clues seemed rather obscure at first reading. Usually, on a Monday, there are some easy starter clues you can just bung in, but it took me a while to get going on this one.

While there were no really obscure words, I had no idea how to spell 'taoiseach' and 'macaque', and had to wait for helpful crossing letters to clarify how the cryptics work. On the other hand, I had never heard of 'orthoptera', but as a classicist the spelling was quite obvious.

I suspect the consensus will be that this was a puzzle of but mild difficulty, with a few feeble attempts at humor...but I have been wrong before.

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Across
1NUDIST CAMP, anagram of STUPID MAN + C[old].
6A FEW, hidden in [c}AFE W[ith], my FOI.
10MOUSE, M(O)USE.
11ACCEPTING, AC(CEP)TING. I'm not surprised that 'cep' is the setter's favorite mushroom, as it occurs in hundreds of English words.
12FLYING SQUIRREL, some sort of jocular cryptic definition as far as I can tell - comments invited.
14RIDDLER, double definition, with 'see' in the sense of 'understand'.
15ELECTOR, E + LECTOR.
17HOPEFUL, anagram of OF HELP around U.
19PRO BONO, PROB[e] + O[r] N[earest] O[ffer]. Yoko Ono is still alive and can't be used.
20POWDER ONE'S NOSE, double definition, one jocular.
23EMPATHISE, [d]EM(PATH)ISE.
24ABASH, A + BASH.
25AIRE, AIR + E.
26GET THE CHOP, double definition. Here in the US, the expression is 'get a pink slip'.
 
Down
1NUMB, NU(M)B.
2DOUBLE DIP, DOUBLE + DIP.
3SPECIAL EFFECTS, anagram of PLACE IS + EFFECTS.
4CHARGER, double definition.
5MACAQUE, MAC + A QU[it]E.
7FLIER, the last letters of [tou]R [wher]E [Saud]I [jewe]L [thie]F backwards.
8WIGGLE ROOM, double definition, one jocular.
9UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE, cryptic definition.
13ORTHOPTERA, anagram of HOTPOT, RARE. No, it's not 'correct wings' in Greek; in this instance, 'orthos' means 'straight'.
16TAOISEACH, T(A[thlone] O[ff] + IS)EACH. Many solvers will vaguely know the word, but rely on the cryptic for help.
18LIONISE, LI(ONIS)E, where the contents are 'Sino-' upside-down.
19PRESENT, P + RESENT.
21WIPER, first letters of W[ith] I[ce-cream] P[leasing] E[veryone], R[eplacing]. I was thinking at first that 'replacing' might indicate an anagram of first letters, which is not often seen.
22SHIP, S(H)IP.
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