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Times 26467 - Quia viderunt oculi mei explicationem ultimi indicii!

Solving time: 26 minutes

Music: Mozart, Symphony #40, Fricsay/Vienna Symphony Orchestra




I found this a bit more difficult than usual for a Monday, and was stuck on 11 down for a while, finally seeing it just as the final chords of the fourth movement sounded. Fortunately, Fricsay takes the symphony at a rather stately tempo, typical of the older school of German-influenced conductors - HIP they were not.

I was a little worried after failing to finish all five weekday puzzles from last week in a catchup solve on Thursday and Friday. I had been away cleaning out and preparing for sale an estate condo in my capacity as executor and heir, and didn't get back until Thursday night. However, with a little effort I got over the hump on this one.

As many of you probably expect, I will conclude by congratulating Henrik Stenson on his extraordinary achievement. If you're leading The Open going into the fourth round, and you shoot a record score, you certainly deserve to win. Here in the US, the coverage has been taken over by Golf Channel/NBC, and they showed about 12 hours of live golf for all four days.

Across
1INAUGURATE, IN AUG + U + RATE, where 'class' is a verb.
6HERB, HER + B.
9THEATRICAL, THE ATRI(C)A + L.
10MAIL, double definition.
12CHEESEBURGER, CHE(anagram of SEE GRUB)ER.
15HOMEWARDS, HO(ME + W)ARDS, where the 'perhaps' goes with the literal, since some workers may chose to adjourn to the pub.
17COLON, double definition...where does that leave the semicolon?
18PYLON, hidden in [unhap]PY LON[doners].
19SIDE ISSUE, SIDE + IS SUE? Not at all...
20ENTHUSIASTIC, anagram of THIS NUTCASE, I.
24POMP, P + O + MP, not a chestnut but using every crossword cliche.
25PAPER TRAIL, P.A. PERT + LIAR backwards.
26RARE, the obvious answer, but I don't understand the cryptic. It appears to be a letter-removal clue, but there is no word meaning 'savory dish' with an 'I' or 'O' added to 'rare. Audience participation time!
27PERMISSION, PER MISSION, a chestnut.
 
Down
1INTO, I(NT)O, more cliches.
2ADEN, [l]ADEN.
3GET THE WIND UP, double definition. 'Colicky' would have been more the mot juste here.
4RAISE, [p]RAISE.
5TRAVERSED, TRA(VERSE)D. 'Trad' is definitely the most useful kind of jazz to setters.
7EVANGELIST, anagram of LINE, TV SAGE, a bit of an &LIT.
8BELL RINGER, BELL(RING)E + [love]R.
11NUNC DIMITTIS, NUN + CD + I + MITT + I'S. Nothing to it, right? Well, I did need the cryptic!
13SHOPKEEPER, [manageres]S HOP[es], so the phrase is a "'shop' keeper".
14SMALL TIMER, double definition, where the grandfather clock is presumably a 'large timer'.
16RUSTICATE, RUS(TACIT upside-down)E.
21STEAM, ST[r]EAM.
22BALI, I LAB upside-down.
23CLAN, CL[e]AN - this setter is rather fond of letter-removal clues!.
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