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Times 26584 - nine down?

Solving time : 18:43 but with one mistake, which on a glance back at what I submitted turned out to be a rather silly typo. I was so far from the setters wavelength on this one that it's not even funny, though in the end I think I understand all of the wordplay.

It is the start of December and that means that I have been bringing you every other Thursday crossword (and Mephisto) for nine years now. It continues to be a blast.

Away we go...

1RED HAT: Spoonerism of HEAD RAT
4FLAGSHIP: FLAGS(flowers), HIP(with it) leading to Nelson's Flagship
9TANK TOP: TANK(vat), TOP(maximum). Not sure how often they are knitted
11NATURAL: A, RUT(pothole) in LAN(e) all reversed
12FRYER: FRY(little fish), (h)ER(e) - an all-in-one clue
13OUT OF LINE: double definition, with one cryptic (if you are out of the hereditary line)
14IN GOOD NICK: another double definition with the police one being slightly cryptic
16WOAD: first letters of W(orn) A(s) D(ecoration) containing O
19GLIB: L inside BIG(large) reversed - definition is smooth
22APPORTION: PORT inside an anagram of PIANO
25PRIMULA: UM reversed inside an anagram of APRIL
26EROSION: the statue of EROS with I, ON(leg side in cricket)
27COGWHEEL: the source of jelly is a COW HEEL - insert G
28AFFORD: (aren)A, F(following), FORD(car)
1RATIFYING: remove the first letter from GRATIYING
2DINKY: D(diamonds), INKY(showing dark stain)
3ANTERIOR: this was my typo as somehow I had ANTERIOT in the grid. ER inside ANTI(hostile), OR(troops at the front) Oops - "at the front" was the definition, as pointed out in comments
5LUNATIC FRINGE: anagram of IN CULT FEARING, and a term that may need to be re-evaluated following recent elections
6GET OFF: two definitions, neither of which I suspect are the usual use of this term
7HERBIVORE: HERO(lion) RE(about) containing the first letters in B(uck) I(n) V(eldt),
8PULSE: double definition
15GLIMPSING: G(enia)L, IMP(rogue), SING(pipe)
17DETHRONED: sounds like THROWN(brought down) inside DEED
18KNOCK OFF: double definition
21TROUGH: THROUGH missing an H
24PRIMO: RIM in OP reversed - the lead part of a duet


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Dec. 1st, 2016 01:31 am (UTC)
I needed 54 minutes for this one which I do not think is easy by any standards, but very enjoyable. The LH gave more trouble than the right.

Congrats on your anniversary, glh, you started blogging the day before me!
Dec. 1st, 2016 02:30 am (UTC)
yep, it was the two of us and jim who started the same week
(no subject) - jackkt - Dec. 1st, 2016 07:32 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - dorsetjimbo - Dec. 1st, 2016 09:28 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 1st, 2016 01:54 am (UTC)
I was held up by entering PROCRASTINATE at 10dn which made 14ac IN GOOD NICK impossible. So PROGNOSTICATE came off the subs bench and was sent on.
The LH was far harder than the RH (as per Jack) with cow-corner being the most awkward. LOI 1ac RED HAT (I'd have that Spooner free-docked!)

I bet 9ac TANK-TOP will give trouble to the millenials!


12ac as a clue FRYER was NQR IMO.


Dec. 1st, 2016 09:30 am (UTC)
My procrastination was a miserable 63 minutes.
Dec. 1st, 2016 02:18 am (UTC)
A fairly steady solve, slowed down mainly by 14ac--I didn't know the 'well' meaning, and thought 'nick' was 'jail' not 'station', but nothing else seemed to fit--and by the 1s, with 1d preceding LOI 1ac. DNK cow heel, but I figured if neat's foot, why not? COD to 1d.
Mazel tov, George, and thanks; I hope to see you here for another 9 years anyway.
Dec. 1st, 2016 03:02 am (UTC)
Re: 22:23
In TV's Dixon of Dock Green (1955-1976) all the criminal elements were duly 'nicked' and taken down to the 'nick' (Dock Green Police Station) where they were locked up 'downstairs'.
Re: 22:23 - z8b8d8k - Dec. 1st, 2016 09:15 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 1st, 2016 03:35 am (UTC)
One over par, DNK WOAD, liked LUNATIC FRINGE and IN GOOD NICK.

Thanks setter and George.

Need to break 8 minutes tomorrow to finish par for the week. About as likely as England leveling the series in India.
Dec. 1st, 2016 09:28 am (UTC)
Re: 23:57
Faith moves mountains, apparently! Think of it as a QC.
Dec. 1st, 2016 04:27 am (UTC)
About 50 minutes, held up by the long answers. I had GET OFF as a triple def. Second appearance of the day for COGWHEEL so went in pretty easily, even if I'd forgotten about the 'source of jelly' bit. COD to PROGNOSTICATE which I thought was divine (Sorry).

Thanks to setter and blogger.
Dec. 1st, 2016 04:48 am (UTC)
Have not started today's puzzle. But thought it was worth weighing in to say I have benefited from all 9 years of all three blogs. Thank you.

Edited at 2016-12-03 01:58 am (UTC)
Dec. 1st, 2016 07:56 am (UTC)
Well I'm a complete newbie to these boards but please accept my congratulations on your 9 years of blogging.
Horses for courses, I was completely on the setter's wavelength and my time reflected that, it was close to yours, which I doubt will happen very often.
I liked the link in the SW corner between Aspic and Jelly and I wonder if there is a link between today's Gnostic and the Demiurge in yesterday's quickie. I really need to get out more!
Dec. 1st, 2016 08:43 am (UTC)
Pretty even paced solve today, with nothing holding me up for too long.

Well done on the 9 years George. Along with the other bloggers you've definitely aided my solving. I'm not quite sure how long I've been coming here but I reckon it's got to be 4-5 years now.
Dec. 1st, 2016 09:04 am (UTC)
24.37 in a slightly groggy solve, woken by one of those people who claimed to work for Microsoft but got his own name wrong. Time extended by falling for the trap in 7d with lion and meat eater in the same sentence inducing an unsupportable CARNIVORE. That transformed the easy Victory clue into a -CAP -CUP flower, which clearly didn't work and necessitated much fiddling around with the endless possible variations of -OFF at 6d.
A tiny correction, George, to the ANTERIOR: "at the front" is the definition in the clue and doesn't qualify the troops. But hey, 9 years qualifies for a long service medal rather than a carp so fulsome congratulations!
Dec. 1st, 2016 03:04 pm (UTC)
Ta - must have been losing it at that point, I had thought when writing it that the definition had already passed. Have to switch between one window and the other to see the clue and the blog
Dec. 1st, 2016 09:07 am (UTC)
PS: great title. I was just about to point out that there is no nine down. Many more to go!
Dec. 1st, 2016 09:12 am (UTC)
10:09, tipped over the 10-minute mark by a long pause over 16ac, which is actually one of the easier clues... once you see it. I felt very much on the wavelength with this one for some unidentifiable reason.
Congratulations and many thanks for the nine years, George.

Edited at 2016-12-01 09:13 am (UTC)
Dec. 1st, 2016 09:34 am (UTC)
The Lion of Vienna
A steady solve, as others have said.Just under the half hour, finishing in SE with PRIMO and AFFORD. In the days of Nat Lofthouse, I used to go to the UCP restaurant in Bradshawgate before walking down the Manny Road to see the Wanderers and I'd have either tripe or COW HEEL. Delicious. COD KNOCK OFF, because it's a while since I've heard it in the 'finishing work' sense. Enjoyable start to an exciting day. Next we're putting up the Christmas tree.
Dec. 1st, 2016 09:39 am (UTC)
Like others cracked the RHS reasonably easily but struggled on the western side of the meridian. Took ages to get the long 10D and didn't know TANK TOP was knitted. Chewy puzzle.
Dec. 1st, 2016 10:12 am (UTC)
About 45mins, ending with PROGNOSTICATE (which for some time was clearly going to be procrastinate…). Was surprised with 'ford'='car', as I thought brands weren't allowed?
Dec. 1st, 2016 10:12 am (UTC)
27', with PROGNOSTICATE taking all the checkers and then some. Liked DETHRONED and RED HAT. Congrats George, and thanks today to you and setter.
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