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Times 26659 - The need for speed....

Solving time: 14 minutes

Music: Shostakovich, Symphony #11, Berglund/BournemouthSO






I could hardly believe my time for this puzzle, as one clue after another fell with minimal effort. The one answer that should have given me trouble, 'rollmop', came up less than a week ago in the Tuesday puzzle that Jackkt blogged. Everything else was very plain sailing.

I am not sure if I was just on the wavelength, or if this was a really easy Monday puzzle. The usual speed merchants will undoubtedly gobble it up, but I suspect for middling and beginner solvers it will not prove all that simple. They will get there eventually, of course, but they probably don't know all the cryptic conventions that would allow them to zip through the puzzle like old-timers.

Across
1CHARISMA, CHAR, I'S MA, my FOI.
6SUBORN, SUB O[cean] + R.N.
9ABEL, AB. + LE backwards. There is a hidden pun here somewhere about an Abel Seaman.
10TELEVISION, double definition. An actual box set, of course, consists of muliple LPs!
11PRIMORDIAL, PRIM + OR + DIAL, where 'ring' is a verb, and lift and separate is required.
13INTO, IN + TO[p], our cricket clue of the day.
14GAZPACHO, G(AZ(PA)CH)O, a Russian-doll construction.
16RETURN, double definition. The meaning of 'elect to office' is a bit UK-centric.
18JETSAM, JETS, AM. It is probably best not to lift and separate here.
20DOWN SIDE, the DOWN SIDE.
22DILL, D + ILL. One of my great-great-grandmothers had the surname 'Dill', it is apparently an old Massachusetts family.
24MARBLE ARCH, MARBLE + ARCH. Yes, an 'alley' is a marble; it originally referred to a marble made out of alabaster.
26BANDLEADER, B(AND)LEADER...yes, the other Ted Heath, not the PM who is implied in the surface reading.
28TRIP, TRIP[e]. I bunged this in, but research shows that both 'tripe' and 'cobblers' are synonyms for 'nonsense'. This meaning of 'cobblers' comes from some rather indecent Cockney rhyming slang.
29PLANET, PLANE + T[heories].
30WIDENING, WI(DEN, I)NG
 
Down
2HIBERNATE, H(I BERN)ATE, where the literal 'winter' needs to be read as a verb.
3ROLLMOP, ROLL + MOP, where the first element is a bit on the DBE side.
4SITAR, S(I)TAR, a chestnut.
5AIL, A + IL.
6SAVILE ROW, cryptic definition, but not very.
7BASSIST, B + ASSIST.
8ROOST, ROO(S)T.
12IN ORDER, double definition, the first one jocular.
15CAMEMBERT, CA(MEMBER)T, presumably a hep sort of guy.
17REDUCTION, R(ED)UCTION. 'Ruction' is a bit on the obscure side, the the answer is readily biffable.
19SALADIN, S + A LAD + IN.
21SPARTAN, SP(ART)AN.
23IN ALL, I(N.A.)LL.
25LURID, L(UR)ID. Is it just me, or is this a really poor-quality surface?
27DEW, hidden in [insi]DE W[indow].
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