glheard (glheard) wrote in times_xwd_times,
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Times 26572 - did you finish in a 25?

Solving time : 9:27, so among the easier offerings. I suspect those that get the top and bottom answers at a first glance will have some lightning quick times, neither came to me immediately but once they were in place most of the rest of the answers were quick write-ins.

I'm glad 8 down wasn't clued as an anagram!

Away we go...

Across
1A STUDY IN SCARLET: the first Sherlock Holmes mystery - anagram of CLEARIN',STY after A STUD farm
9STEAM COAL: anagram of A,M(iner),LOCATES
10SUSHI: H,I after the first letters in S(ome) U(ncooked) S(eafood)
11GRAM,MY
12WATER HEN: W,A,N(est) containing an anagram of THERE
13IMP,END
15QUATRAIN: QUA(as),TRAIN(exercise) - this might trip a few up
18TURNED ON: or TURN(fit), E, DON
19GRATIS: GIS containing RAT
21BROADISH: ROAD inside BISH
23LEAPER: E,APE in L and R
26RUMMY: remove S and C from SCRUMMY
27TRIATHLON: half of TH(em) inside TRIAL(competition), ON(fixed for later)
28STRAPPED FOR CASH: anagram of CRAFT,SHOP,SPARED
 
Down
1ASSEGAI: EG in ASSAI(l). This weapon always reminds me of The Bank Dick with W.C. Fields - "He came at me with an assegai"
2THETA: HE inside TT(Tourist Trophy, making its first appearance in awhile), A
3DEMIMONDE: MIMED(acted) reversed, then alternating letters in cOnNeD mEn - needed wordplay for this one
4ICON: I(single), CO, N
5SYLLABUS: B, ALLY'S reversed, then US
6AISLE: A then L removed from LISLE
7LOST HEART: ART(painting) after an anagram of HOTELS
8TRIANON: hidden reversed in newsmeN ON AIR Tonight
14PERFORMER: REP reversed, then FORMER(one-time)
16TORMENTOR: MEN (chess pieces) between two TORs
17NOISETTE: NO 1 (top) SETTE(r)
18TABARDS: TAB(label) then WARD'S(child's) missing the W
20SCRUNCH: SCH containing RUN(cross-country event) after C
22DRY UP: YR inside PUD all reversed
24PALMA: A MAP reversed containing L
25JIFF: J, I, and two Fs(females)
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