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Times 26563 - My EST biff-fest

Solving time: About 20 minutes, but one error

Music: None, back in Connecticut






Well, we are back on schedule over here. This puzzle started off very easy indeed, but because more difficult as I got closer to finishing. My LOI was a wrong 'un, although it could be technically defended as fitting the clue. I now see what the answer should have been, and I probably would have gotten it had I gone through the alphabet from Z to A.

I had one other error, an early biffed 'Nepali' instead of 'Manchu'. That was erased rather quickly after 'unwonted' went in. Since there was quite a bit of biffing, I'll have to work out some of the cryptics as I write the blog, which is easy most of the time - until you get stuck!



Across
1FAST, double definition, an allusion to the 'fast buck'. The slang word 'buck' actually originated from the use of buckskins in barter.
3SABBATICAL, BAT in anagram of CAB, SAIL. I thought this was a straight anagram while solving, but didn't bother to work it out.
9RELAPSE, RE + sounds like LAPS.
11DANGLED, D(ANGLE)D.
12CONGOLESE, CON + GO (LES) E. I took 'east' for a reversal indicator at first, but it is just an 'E'.
13UNCLE, UN + C[a]L[l]E[d], an obvious biff.
14SELLING PLATE, SELL + IN G.P. + LATE. I never heard of it: "Low-class race in which the winner is offered at auction afterwards; other horses in the race may be claimed for a fixed sum."
18PENNY WHISTLE, PENNY + WHI(ST)LE.
21ANITA, sounds like A NEATER. My submitted answer of AGILA does fit the cryptic, and is the 815th most popular girl's name, but doesn't seem to be what the setter had in mind.
22ARBITRESS, A(R)BIT + RE S.S.
24CANTINA, CAN(TIN)A, referring to the location of a specific wedding.
25BARGAIN, BA[h]R(G)AIN. A weak clue, because although 'good' is part of the cryptic, it will cause many solvers to think of words for a 'good deal', and 'bargain' will spring to mind.
26UNWONTEDLY, anagram of DONUT NEWLY.
27TELL, double definition.
 
Down
1FORECAST, FOR + E[nglish] CAST, a quickie clue.
2SILENTLY, SIL(ENT)LY.
4ABELE, ABEL + [corps]E, a staple in US puzzles because of all the vowels.
5BEDFELLOW, B(ED + F)ELLOW.
6TONGUE-TWISTER, anagram of GUEST WROTE around N[oon], another likely biff for many solvers.
7CALICO, CAL(I)CO.
8LADDER, L + ADDER. I don't quite follow the literal, but the cryptic is clear enough.
10PROLIFERATION, PRO-LIFE RATION. If this is not a chestnut, it should be!
15GIN PALACE, [si}G[ns] + IN P(A)LACE. They peaked in 19th century London, and I believe both the expression and the thing are pretty much obsolete.
16STEERAGE, S + TEE + RAGE, where 'driver' refers to the golfer.
17PERSONAL, P('ER SON)AL.
19MANCHU, MAN(CH)U, i.e. Manchester United and Companion of Honour.
20MINNOW, M + IN NOW.
22BABEL, BABE + [ezekie]L. This clue has proper misdirection, since 'Ezekiel' makes you want to think as of 'Ruth' as as book in the Bible rather than the Sultan of Swat.
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