glheard (glheard) wrote in times_xwd_times,
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Times 26464 - in good company at least...

Solving time : 13:38 but the club timer said I had two incorrect (which is two better than yesterday). Usually this means I have a typo in a checking letter and fortunately it was an easy one to spot when I opened it back up, I had an S at the crossing of 18 and 20. I also note that another blogger has the same score - maybe we had the same typo.

Odd puzzle this one - probably amenable to biffing, but in a lot of places the wordplay is very very good, particularly in my last entry (11 across) where I definitely needed the wordplay.

Away we go...

Across
1PETROLHEAD: a term I don't think I have heard since Australia in the 80s - ROLE(function) containing H(horse) inside PET(animal), AD
7RAG,A
9CONJUROR: the companion in the box could be a CO-JUROR - put an N in it
10WICKED: double definition
11BOREAS: the North wind - RE(about) in BOAS
13ILL-FATED: or I'LL FA(musical note) TED
14MIND-BOGGLING: MIND(object to), then O,GG(since 8 is GEEGEE) inside BLING
17RHYMING SLANG: anagram of HANGS,GRIMLY containing (in)N
20TEA CHEST: TEST(trail) containing A,CHE
21FURORE: O(over - here's today's cricket), RE (soldiers) with FUR
22TIVOLI: anagram of TOIL containing IV
23NEGATIVE: GEN reversed then EVITA reversed
25R,ELY
26ELEMENTARY: ELEMENT(air is one of the ancient ones) then Y with AR(ne)
 
Down
2ECONOMIC: ON(more cricket) inside E,COMIC
3RAJ: JAR reversed
4LORIS: replace the D in LORDS with an I
5EARRING: EARNING with R for the first N
6DOWELLING: here it is spelled with only one L - DO WELL, then IN, (fixin)G
7RECTANGULAR: REGULAR surrounding C(opper),TAN(beat)
8GEE-GEE: G, then four Easts surrounding another G
12EX-DIRECTORY: EX(old), then RECTOR inside DIY
15OXYGENISE: anagram of SEXY,GI,ONE
16ENGRAVER: E and N are the bridge players, then GRAVER - not sure we've seen CHASE for etching in the daily before
18INTENSE: IN TENS, E(xam)
19DEFINE: FIN(swimming aid) in DEE
21FUGUE: I was rather taken by this clue - first letters of For Ukelele, then the last letter of usinG, and alternating letters in lUtE. Fun clue for a tricky word
24TAT: double definition
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