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Times 26755 - Hare's Heaven!

Solving time: 22 minutes

Music: Mozart, Piano sonatas, Mitsuko Uchida

Well, with my fourth consecutive week on duty, we're back to easy Monday. I was a little late getting started, as the US Open was on and I had to watch every shot. Congratulations to Brooks Koepka, who played a marvelous final nine holes.

Since I seem to be quite tired, I was pleased to have a nothing puzzle to solve, and I don't think this will give any of the regulars much difficulty. My main problem was having 'linonet', which fits the cryptic well enough, instead of 'linocut', which is much more likely for the literal. 'Morocco' put paid to that, and I carried on until the end, when I had to think for a few minutes until coming up with 'Alderney'. Other than that, I didn't see much challenge, for while some of the clues were quite original, they were not at all hard.

1CLUELESS, double definition, with the second one containing a very broad hint indeed.
5ARCHER, double definition, one of them using the old capital-letter-at-the-beginning trick, which shouldn't fool anyone any more.
9REPENTANT RE-PENT ANT, a clue we just had last week, with the same answer as well.
11WARES, sounds like WEARS.
12MOROCCO, MORO + C[ontrolling] + CO. Those who were around in the 70s will remember Aldo Moro.
13RIOTOUS, RIO TO US, a good clue, but easy.
14ANTICLOCKWISE, ANTI(C)-LOCK + WISE, which is always 'counterclockwise' here in the U.S.
16SQUARE BASHING, double definition, one jocular.
21SEA WALL, SEA(LAW backwards)L.
23GRAND, GRAN + D[uke].
24THESAURUS, T(HE)SAR + U.S., where the enclosing letters are an anagram of A RUT.
25T(H.E. IS)T, as apparently a governor as well as an ambassador can be styled His Excellency.
26ALDERNEY, ALDER + NEY. A Channel Island.
1CHROME, C(H,R[ange])OME.
2UPPER, double definition, parts of a shoe and a pill.
3LINOCUT, L + I NO CUT, where 'cut' is not exactly synonymous with profit, but close enough.
4SHADOW CABINET, S(HAD)OW + CABINET, just biffed by most solvers.
6ROWLOCK, ROW + LOCK, which is usually an 'oarlock' here in the U.S.
7HARROWING, double definition.
15ESCARGOT, ES(CARGO)T, a chestnut, sans doute.
17REREDOS, RE(RED)OS, where the enclosing letters are an anagram of SORE. Just a biff for most solvers.
18IMAMATE, I'M A MATE, another chestnut.
19FLASHY, F[o]L[k] + A SHY.
22APRON, double definition.


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Jun. 19th, 2017 02:51 am (UTC)
Mondayish, all right, but with a couple of nice clues, 4d and 14d being my favorites. I biffed 14ac and 14d, although parsing almost immediately after. LOI was WARES, where I failed to separate 'sports' from 'merchandise'. Memory problems plagued me at 4d and 26ac, even though I had CABINET and NEY in; I needed the checkers to get the tree. 'broadcast' also slowed me down at 4d, since I was thinking either homophone or anagram.
Jun. 19th, 2017 04:09 am (UTC)
That is, I thought there were a few knotty patches in this one and needed to start in the NE to get a toe-hold. I agree with Kevin (above) that the AQUAPLANE clue was pretty good.

Not in quite so much agreement with our blogger re REPENTANT. Indeed, we had something similar on 14th June:
12 Behind bars again, worker's full of regret (9)
Still, I think there's enough difference for this to pass. I certainly didn't remember it at the time.

Just to mention: the BATMAN device (along with his four grandmothers) we saw recently gets a mention in the Groan's always-interesting roundup:
Jun. 19th, 2017 05:14 am (UTC)
Only 20 minutes for me, so this had to be easy. "Press" for CABINET needed a little thought when it came to parsing but then I remembered the former as a rather old-fashioned word for "cupboard".

CUT for "profit" is fine with me bearing in mind partners sharing out the proceeds of a business deal or criminals dividing up the loot.

With only M?R???? in place at 12ac I toyed with the idea of MARCONI as "old Italian". Its CO might have accounted for "company" too, but I couldn't make any more of the wordplay so I gave up on it and awaited more checkers. I have never heard of MORO.

Edited at 2017-06-19 05:16 am (UTC)
Alan J Cannon
Jun. 19th, 2017 06:22 am (UTC)
Not so famous that he made it on to wikis disambiguation page ( a full one at that) but considering his demise (in 1978, year of the 3 popes)and career generally I'm surprised his name doesn't seem to have been absorbed into my subconscious. That's going to bug me for a while . . probly my best time on record but just means it's easy peasy
Jun. 19th, 2017 07:53 am (UTC)
Re: moro
I would add it, but "Persons who have the ambiguous term as surname or given name should be listed in the body of the disambiguation page if they are frequently referred to simply by the single name (e.g., Elvis, Shakespeare)" according to the Manual of Style, so that's probably why he's not there already.
Jun. 19th, 2017 06:24 am (UTC)
8:26. Straightforward but fun, I thought. It helps if you've done enough of these things for words like REREDOS to seem commonplace. Like jackkt I had never heard of MORO and considered MARCONI.
CUT for 'profit' struck me as a little bit loose too: if anything it's a share of profit, but that's close enough for me.
Nice choice of music, vinyl. One of my favourite pianists.
Jun. 19th, 2017 06:33 am (UTC)
Happy Mondays
Under my 30 par at 27 minutes so a decent test for tyros and a happy Monday, which usually bodes dodgy for Friday!

COD and my LOI 14dn AQUAPLANE with runner-up
10dn TORTOISESHELL so simple and elegant for an obvious anagram

WOD Iac CLUELESS - my FOI and everyone else's I imagine.

Jun. 19th, 2017 06:40 am (UTC)
7:56 … what keriothe said. And horryd re TORTOISESHELL
Jun. 19th, 2017 06:55 am (UTC)

Yes, very (too, maybe?) quick today, probs took me about 15 mins or so, ending with CHROME, as I didn't like the fact that there's nothing to indicate where the H actually comes. Only unknown today was MORO. Morocco is one of those words where I seem to have a block, and always want to spell it Marocco, but Moro seemed a more likely Italian than Maro.
Jun. 19th, 2017 07:00 am (UTC)
1dn H and R order
I think there's a convention that words like "with" (in this case) and "by" can legitimately stand for "before" or "after" as far as placement is concerned.

Edited at 2017-06-19 09:28 am (UTC)
Jun. 19th, 2017 07:27 am (UTC)
12.54, so a welcome quickish time for once, even if it was an easy offering. My inner dimmer switch kicked in with my LOI SHADOW CABINET, just the first bit, where I was looking (listening?) for a homophone and the obvious didn't occur.

Edited at 2017-06-19 07:28 am (UTC)
Jun. 19th, 2017 07:58 am (UTC)
35 minutes here, continuing a run of under-an-hour solves that I started last Monday and includes Saturday and Sunday, so feeling reasonably pleased with myself. If this carries on I'll have to cut my target time down...

Started with 1a, finished with IMAMATE, which might be a chestnut to some, but which I don't remember seeing before. SHADOW CABINET took a long time to fall, too. Can't quite believe I thought of CABINET early on but didn't think to add the SHADOW.

Count me as another who hadn't heard of Moro.

Thanks to setter and blogger.

Jun. 19th, 2017 08:23 am (UTC)
Should have been 11, but I had ROLLOCKS at 6dn, which caused me to stare at L_R_S for ages before retracing my steps.

Pretty Mondayish I thought, which is no bad thing for a Monday.

Thanks setter and Vinyl.
Jun. 19th, 2017 10:19 am (UTC)
Re: 15:31
My dear Lord Galspray! - Rollocks indeed! How very naughty! Whatever cuffing next!?

Jun. 19th, 2017 08:38 am (UTC)
13 minutes, quick for me, agree with what keriothe and sotira say. Liked WARES once I'd realised how it worked.
Jun. 19th, 2017 08:44 am (UTC)
4 minutes dead, which I am very pleased with as it means I've beaten Jason's time twice in a row, a rare occurrence indeed! Much biffing did occur but I was familiar with Moro to the extent of knowing his first name (Aldo), so perhaps that's what sorted the sheep from the goats in this one!
Jun. 19th, 2017 09:29 am (UTC)
In 11a, is the definition verbal, as in a warning?

In 14d, is as = qua used often in crosswordland?

Jun. 19th, 2017 09:52 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure "verbal announcement" is just a homophone indicator in 11ac, though it does seem a long-winded way of doing that now I consider it. "Merchandise" being the definition?

I think I've seen QUA on multiple occasions.

Edited at 2017-06-19 09:52 am (UTC)
(no subject) - robrolfe - Jun. 19th, 2017 09:55 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - flashman - Jun. 19th, 2017 09:57 am (UTC) - Expand
Andy Borrows
Jun. 19th, 2017 09:53 am (UTC)
6 mins. I took advantage of a flexi day and did the puzzle at a reasonable time. I didn't get held up anywhere and I finished the SW quadrant last with ASPIRIN going in after AQUAPLANE.

Now that the Wirral Line refurbishment has finally been completed I'm going to change my routine on working days. I've also decided that Rupert Murdoch is getting too much of my money so I'm going to limit myself to buying the paper on a Saturday and on a weekday when I'm taking a flexi day. Consequently I won't be dropping in to the site on a daily basis for the foreseeable future. It will be interesting, to me at least, to see what sort of effect not doing the puzzle on a daily basis has on my times.
Jun. 19th, 2017 10:09 am (UTC)
Flexi days
which I enjoy almost everyday - work being the curse of the drinking classes - are to be recommended.
But a day without the Times Crossword will be like a day without sunshine! You will wither on the vine and enter a new dystopia.

Your Trexit is a folly, Sir!

Render unto Murdoch that which is Murdoch's unfortunately!

Edited at 2017-06-19 10:11 am (UTC)
Trexit - Andy Borrows - Jun. 19th, 2017 03:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - john_dun - Jun. 19th, 2017 10:46 am (UTC) - Expand
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