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Times 26575 - Drinks and canapes at four

Solving time: 38 minutes

Music: Shostakovich, Symphony #11, Stokowski/Houston Symphony




I thought this was going to be an easy one, as I raced through the top half, only to get rather stuck on the bottom. In the end, I had all but three after 25 minutes, but struggled to finish down in the southeast.

There was a fair bit of biffing in the course of my solve, and I still have to work out some of the cryptics for the blog. The only unknown was 'jabot', which was rather obvious from the cryptic. Some of the faster solvers may be able to post some pretty good times, but I would also not be surprised if others struggled. I felt on the wavelength for a while, before I lost the track.

Across
1INCUMBENT, IN + CUM + BENT.
6JACOB, JA(CO)B, the piebald polycerate one, of course.
9DEPOSIT, TI(SOP)ED backwards.
10CABOOSE, CA + BOO + S[pars]E. In this usage, a 'caboose' is a cookhouse on the deck of a small vessel.
11CHIDE, C + HIDE.
12A FAST BUCK, A (FAST) BUCK.
14RYE, R + YE.
15FAIR COMMENT, double definition.
17COMPLAINING, COM(PLAIN)ING.
19RIP, R.I.P, double definition.
20PERCHANCE, PERCH + A(N)CE, where the literal is cleverly disguised as part of the cryptic.
22SCARF, SCAR + F. My LOI, as I was not familiar with the literal, but it turns out to be a type of joint from woodworking. Most solvers will have to trust the cryptic.
24IWO JIMA, I + WO(J,I)MA[n]. An elaborate cryptic for a battle most solvers will biff once they get the first letter.
26ACONITE, A CON(IT)E.
27NASTY, NA(ST)Y.
28CLOSE-KNIT, CLOSE(INK backwards)T. I wasted a lot of time trying to fit in 'toner'.
 
Down
1INDIC, INDIC[ating].
2CAPRICE, CAP + RICE.
3MASTERFUL, anagram of AFTER SLUM.
4EXTRADITION, EX-TRADITION.
5TEC, TEC[h].
6JABOT, J + ABO[u]T..
7CLOSURE, C + LO + SURE.
8BREAK STEP, B(R)EAKS + PET backwards. 'Beaks' are more usually judges.
13ARCHIPELAGO, anagram of [g]EOGRAPHICAL, one that most solvers will just biff.
14RECEPTION, double definition, the first a bit UK-centric.
16MEGASTORE, anagram of MORE GATES.
18MORMONS, MOR(M(ove)]ONS.
19REALIGN, RE(AL)IGN, referring to the Reign of Terror..
21HAIRY, H + AIRY.
22FLEET, double definition referring to the famous Fleet Prison.
25ARC, [m]ARC[h]. I considered the hidden 'emo' for a while, but didn't put it

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