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Times 26379 - Gaping gaps here, to whit.

After yesterday's amazing NINA I finished this, parsed, in 17 minutes and spent a couple searching for another, to no avail; the day you get one is of course the day you don't think to look. Anyway this was a fairly straightforward job with a few unusual words (10a, 14a, 27a) all of which could be guessed from wordplay I imagine. Not much chemistry for us, unless you include 17d, but my avatar gets a mention.

1 COFFIN - Insert F F (francs, although ought to be Fr really) into COIN: D box.
4 GAP YEAR - (PAY)* inside GEAR = harness, D time out of education.
9 MEANS - Double def.
10 RAPTORIAL - RAPT = enthralled, ORIAL sounds like Oriel (Oxford college); D like an owl, raptor-like.
11 LIFESAVER - (IF SEVERAL)*, D I may sit by the pool.
12 HOTLY - T (central letter of culTure) inside HOLY; D angrily.
13 ALLY - PALLY = like a chum, remove P, D associate.
14 TREMATODES - MAT = dull, O(L)D = old, left to wither; insert all into TREES = oaks; convoluted parsing, D parasites, genus of flukes or flatworms.
18 TARANTELLA - ANT = worker, between TAR and ELLA: D dance, an Italian folk dance.
20 CHAD - CH = church, A(I)D; D country.
23 BITCH - BIT = nipped, CH = small child; D female beast.
24 TIP-AND-RUN - Double def., one whimsical.
25 DUNGAREES - DUNG= muck, ARE, (B)ES(T); D overalls.
26 HOO-HA - HO for house, the A HO reversed; D commotion.
27 THEURGY - THE URG(E), Y = unknown; D magic. Theurgy is ritual behaviour invoking Gods, often considered a form of magic.
28 ARTERY - ER inside ARTY; D vessel.

1 COMPLIANT - COMPLAINT = protest, has the I 'rising slightly'; D easily handled.
2 FEARFUL - F, EARFUL = diatribe; D scared.
3 INSIST - IN = home, SIST(ER) = girl, without ER; D hold firm!
4 GAPER - APE = mammal, inside GR = gross; a bivalve mollusc.
5 PROPHETS - D more than one holy man, sounds like PROFITS = gains.
6 EXISTED - EX (old lover), IS, TED (yesteryear's rocker); D survived.
7 RELAY - REPLAY = second game, loses P; D broadcast.
8 TRAVERSE - RAVERS = people going wild, inside TE = note; D cross.
15 MILEPOST - (POLE)* inside MIST; D that may mark a traveller's progress.
16 SEDENTARY - (YES DAREN'T)*; D inactive.
17 IN THE AIR - Double def. A bit of a weak clue.
19 RETINUE - E TIN (English money) inside RUE; D company.
21 HORMONE - Today's hidden word, in TOUC(H OR MONE)YLESS; D body regulator.
22 ANCHOR - AN, CHOR(E); D holder-down.
23 BIDET - Insert I'D into BET = bank (on); D facility for washing.
24 TEENY - TEEN = young girl perhaps, Y = yen, D mini.


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Apr. 6th, 2016 08:12 am (UTC)
Would probably have come in under the ten minute mark, if it hadn't been for children shrieking in the same room as me and my wireless keyboard dying half way through and requiring the location of a plug. This seemed fairly straightforward for the most part but with some quite technical vocabulary - TREMATODES and GAPERs? I do like a little bit of that in my puzzles I must say...
Apr. 6th, 2016 08:27 am (UTC)
Watch out!
The GAPER is also a COMBER. I can see that cropping up before too long.
Apr. 6th, 2016 08:13 am (UTC)
Again, but this time out of relief that this dog could see the rabbit for a change. Had no idea about the mollusc (4dn) but the cryptic worked well enough. Also unsure about the "magic" sense of THEURGY. Only knew it in the theological sense. Obviously need to brush up on the rituals of the Neoplatonists. Don't we all though?

Not sure how the second 's in 6dn works. Good for the surface but unaccountable in terms of parsing. Might perhaps have been better with a simple plural, so that the lover (quite plausibly) could be the rocker himself (herself?). But I'm now starting to whine about a perfectly good puzzle.

Apr. 6th, 2016 08:44 am (UTC)
Looks like a typo to me.
Apr. 6th, 2016 08:18 am (UTC)
A positive whiz for me, accelerating from a slow and bemused start, in 13'12". As often happens, the "hidden" was (almost) my last one in, the word "moneyless" not quite sufficiently odd to give the game away. I liked COMPLIANT.
Apr. 6th, 2016 08:22 am (UTC)
Same DNKs--GAPERS, TREMATODES,--but also a couple of BKs (barely knowns) maybe seen once each here--GAP YEAR, TIP-AND-RUN. But these didn't trouble me that much, once I had checkers anyway. On the other hand, I made needless heavy weather of eg 1ac (thought of 'coffer', for heaven's sake, and couldn't come up with COFFIN) and 28ac. All in all, despite the odd words, this had rather a meh feeling to it.
Apr. 6th, 2016 08:29 am (UTC)
42 minutes delayed by several unknowns or forgottens that needed to be deduced from wordplay: GAPER, TREMATODES and the magical connotations of THEURGY, none of which, I'm relieved to find, has ever come up here before.
Apr. 6th, 2016 08:33 am (UTC)
Held up by the unknown THEURGY at the end. Enjoyed constructing that and TREMATODES from the wordplay. Nice when you can enter an unknown word with complete confidence.

Also DNK GAPER, but what else could it be?

COD to TARANTELLA, as it pretty much describes my solving style..."chancing, glancing, dancing, backing and advancing".

Thanks setter and Pip.
Apr. 6th, 2016 08:52 am (UTC)
Re: 17:20
At least it involves advancing! Wouldn't mind a bit of that if you've any spare.
Apr. 6th, 2016 08:47 am (UTC)
8:16, but with SEDANTARY. I'm not even sure if this is a typo or fundamental spelling incompetence. Otherwise I liked this: I enjoy constructing unknowns from wordplay.
Apr. 6th, 2016 10:27 am (UTC)
It'd be very pedentic to complain about that spelling of sedantary.
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Apr. 6th, 2016 08:54 am (UTC)
Right up my street as Mephisto techniques led to the construction of the unknowns from the good wordplay. Enjoyable puzzle.
Apr. 6th, 2016 09:04 am (UTC)
14:24 ... not much to say about it, but in a good way. Nice puzzle.
Apr. 6th, 2016 09:17 am (UTC)
Tip and Run
That's how we played cricket with the bats of old when only blacksmiths hit sixes. 18 minutes with RAPTORIAL and THEURGY barely known and TREMATODES and GAPER not at all but clear from the clue.
Apr. 6th, 2016 09:22 am (UTC)
As a mover up from the quick cryptic was very pleased with myself for completing this in about an hour. Held up by putting coffer instead of coffin- the wrong box!

Apr. 6th, 2016 10:07 am (UTC)
Nice to see you here Rita!
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Apr. 6th, 2016 09:59 am (UTC)
Trouble in the Far East
After yesterday's amazing NINA I was on the lookout for more - but to no avail.I'm always the last one to spot a NINA!Is there such a thing as FREDERIK?

Top NE corner slowed me to a ponderous 45 mins.

I was convinced that 10ac would be NOCTURNAL but RAPTORIAL was - far more elegant.

9ac I originally put in STAID but MEANS it was.

6dn In my book a TED(DDY BOY)is not a ROCKER! The Teds were done and dusted by 1959 and Rockers emerged in 1960 but not entirely from that stock.


27ac THEURGY was new to me. COD 1dn COMPLIANT very smooth.

horryd Shanghai

Apr. 6th, 2016 11:18 am (UTC)
Re: Teds
I'm expecting a magisterial rebuttal from Dorset, but in the meantime, while I might agree that Teds are not Rockers any more than Mods are, a rocker (small r) might well also be a Ted, as my neighbour in the late fifties would happily allow. He introduced me to Lonnie Donegan and the joys of skiffle, and Jerry Lee Lewis and "Great Balls of Fire" which we thought was very funny.
And "done and dusted by 1959"? Over to you Jim...
Apr. 6th, 2016 11:01 am (UTC)
Doll's house
Knew TARANTELLA from Ibsen, delayed by TREMATODES. Spent ages thinking of 9 letter word ending in - ORIAL and meaning wise. 26' today.
Apr. 6th, 2016 11:07 am (UTC)
Struggled to a 50 minute finish, being held up by the NE corner where TREMATODES and GAPER were unknown but constructed from the wordplay. I also couldn't get past COFFER until 3d pointed the way to COFFIN. Didn't know THEURGY, but again the wordplay was obvious. Liked 12ac once I'd separated angrily from religious. Failed to spot the parsing for 1d, so thanks to Pip for that. Nice puzzle.
Apr. 6th, 2016 11:15 am (UTC)
A straightforward exercise, with the GAPER/RAPTORIAL cross last in after a pretty quick run. TARANTELLA always reminds me of Dean Martin's That's Amore, tippy-tippy-tay.
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