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Another 25 minutes of pleasure with this one, apart from 1a where I had heard of the word as a make or brand of electric guitars but not in connection with horses; and 9a where (at the time of writing this) the answer I have is I believe correct but when I submitted I found the currently published solution is different. Perhaps our esteemed editor will spot it and change either the clue or the answer!




Across
1 Horse’s trappings a Trojan prince wrapped in fleece? (9)
CAPARISON - CON = fleece; insert A, PARIS being a Trojan prince, Helen's bloke.
6 Quiet fellow taking dip in river (5)
PIANO - The River PO as in Northern Italy, has the fellow IAN inserted, giving us the Italian / musical term for quiet.
9 Short advert: for a second (5)
PHOTO - or PROMO? Seems to me, it should be PROMO; PRO = for, MO = a second. Wrong answer? Or wrong clue?
10 Peevish cashier in combative exchange of views (9)
CROSSFIRE -  Peevish = cross, FIRE = cashier, dismiss.
11 Brief review of small vessel with digital protection? (9,6)
THUMBNAIL SKETCH - KETCH = small vessle, THUMBNAIL'S = digital's = digital protection I suppose.
13 Hide from royal runner in study (8)
DEERSKIN - ER = Royal, SKI = runner, insert those into DEN = study.
14 Books university set aside for records (6)
ANNALS - ANNUALS = books, has its U set aside.
16 Half-dozen in Rome with capacity to become realistic (6)
VIABLE - VI = six in Roman numerals, ABLE = with capacity to.
18 Guarantee with absolute certainty, ultimately (8)
WARRANTY - W= with, ARRANT = absolute, Y = end of certaintY.
21 Race little boy about to go to the French art establishment? (8,7)
NATIONAL GALLERY - I dissect this one as; NATION = race, ALGY = little boy, insert ALLER being the French for 'to go'.
23 Revolutionary way Gunners pursue ends of other players (9)
ORCHESTRA - OR = the ends of 'OtheR'; CHE = our usual revolutionary; ST = way; RA = Royal Artillery.
25 A range of hearing (5)
AURAL - A, URAL mountain range.
26 Cheers football teams? They’re going places! (5)
TAXIS - TA = cheers, thanks; XIs = teams, elevens.
27 Where some may hear a posh leader endlessly (9)
AUDITORIA - A, U = posh, (E)DITORIA(L) = leader as in paper column, with ends off.

Down
1 Firm piece of advice rejected: suffer the consequences? (3,2)
COP IT - CO = firm, TIP reversed.
2 Proud punter beginning to row boat for a change (11)
PROTUBERANT - anagram of PUNTER R(OW) BOAT. I think Protuberant will be one of my 8 Desert Island Word choices. I love it.
3 Greek character on passenger vehicle carrying minute figure (7)
RHOMBUS - RHO = Greek letter, BUS = passenger vehicle, insert M = minute. Today's educational bit:

The word "rhombus" comes from Greek ῥόμβος (rhombos), meaning something that spins, which derives from the verb ῥέμβω (rhembō), meaning "to turn round and round.The word was used both by Euclid and Archimedes, who used the term "solid rhombus" for two right circular cones sharing a common base.

The surface we refer to as rhombus today is a cross section of this solid rhombus through the apex of each of the two cones.

4 Sort of philosophy actor gets involved in thus (8)
SOCRATIC - SIC = thus in Latin; insert (ACTOR)*.
5 Simple person’s word of refusal upset the Spanish party (6)
NOODLE - NO = word of refusal, EL, DO = the Spanish, party; reverse that bit.
6 Russian writer — sort mostly supporting press (7)
PUSHKIN - PUSH = press, KIN(D) = sort of mostly. Pushkin wrote those plays and books which are more famous (to me at least) as the sources of operas; Eugene Onegin, Ruslan & Ludmila, Boris Godunov.
7 Boxer’s son ditched by girl? (3)
ALI - ALIS is a not very common girl's name, remove the S(on). EDIT Doh! More common as a name is ALISON, then ditch the SON. See below.
8 Too quick to have yarns regularly spun (9)
OVERHASTY - YARNS regularly = Y R S, add these to TO HAVE for the anagram fodder (TO HAVE YRS)*.
12 Attendant, one enduring inclement weather after end of shoot (11)
TRAINBEARER - T = end of shoot, RAIN BEARER would be one enduring inclement weather. Nothing to do with idle guards on Southern Rail, that would be a TRAINB***ER.
13 Fellow left to collect new item of furniture (9)
DAVENPORT - DAVE is our fellow, PORT is left, inset N for new. A Davenport is a sort of sofa, a generic word which like HOOVER was originally the name of the company making it, Massachusetts furniture manufacturer A. H. Davenport and Company, now defunct.
15 Person keeping eye on commercial vehicle, perhaps, in front (8)
VANGUARD - A VAN GUARD would be doing that, so a DD, one literal.
17 One who may have pride in her companions? (7)
LIONESS - cryptic definition.
19 Dependent on arrest being set up on time (7)
RELIANT - RE = on, NAIL = arrest, reverse that, add T for time.
20 Sacred word in a set of books collected by male artist (6)
MANTRA - A, NT inserted into M = male, RA = artist.
22 Yankee area accommodating key conference centre once (5)
YALTA - Y(ankee) A(rea, insert ALT = key. Conference held in said resort in February 1945 to discuss the post-war future of Germany. Subject of Churchill's Triumph by my college chum Michael Dobbs, a good read.
24 Charlie — neat participant in boat race, perhaps (3)
COX - C for Charlie, OX = neat. Unlike in my day, they seem to be all female now.

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paulmcl
Nov. 22nd, 2017 06:12 am (UTC)
I had PROMO too and came here to find out what could possibly be wrong with it and whether there was something else that fitted that I hadn't thought of.

I'm glad I didn't have to do this under competition conditions. I'd never heard of CAPARISON, either as a guitar or a horsey thing. I didn't know DAVENPORT as a sofa, although it was certainly plausible.

I think 7d is weird. SALI and ALIS are weird spellings of Sally and Alice, but both don't seem quite "Times" enough. The "?" makes me think we are all missing something.
paulmcl
Nov. 22nd, 2017 06:14 am (UTC)
And we are. I just realized it is ALISON with SON ditched.
(no subject) - guy_du_sable - Nov. 22nd, 2017 06:38 am (UTC) - Expand
jackkt
Nov. 22nd, 2017 06:27 am (UTC)
Rather worrying that there is an error in one of the Championship puzzles. Was there an error on the day that's only just come to light? Do we need a recount?

I got through this in 38 minutes which wasn't too bad and was pleased to know CAPARISON. It came up in a puzzle I blogged in February defined only as "rich clothing" and I didn't know it, but in the course of writing the blog I looked it up and reminded myself that I vaguely knew it as the finery worn by horses ridden by knights of old.

Many thanks to all for their kind remarks yesterday. Very much appreciated
guy_du_sable
Nov. 22nd, 2017 06:37 am (UTC)
PHOTO finish?
This is crazy, it's gotta be PROMO.
On another note, back in West Virginia my late, lamented parents used to call our sofa the DAVENPORT, but I hadn't heard the word in years.
isla3
Nov. 22nd, 2017 07:10 am (UTC)
Easiest of the 3?
Easiest for me - a tad over 20 minutes. Couldn't see EDITORIAL, or ALLER in ALGY - they were guesses - and tried to write PROTRUBERANT in 2 down, thinking of PROTRUDE. Other holdups were justifying ALI (could only see boxer Ali's losing S to give girl Ali e.g. MacGraw), CROSSFIRE and un-fixating on DIVAN as the first 5 letters of 13 down, but smooth sailing otherwise.
Oh, and definitely a PROMO.

Edited at 2017-11-22 07:20 am (UTC)
gothick_matt
Nov. 22nd, 2017 07:32 am (UTC)
Happy enough with 53 minutes on this one. FOI 1d COP IT, LOI the unknown 22d YALTA, closely preceded by 6a PIANO, which I thought was a lovely piece of misdirection.

It's the writing desk that springs to my mind when I think of a 13d DAVENPORT. I like the idea of having one, but then that's possibly just another way for me to procrastinate around writing, rather than actually doing it.

Glad we seem to agree on PROMO, and I also had that moment of "Alis? Who... Oh! Alison!" Thanks to setter for being fun, fair and on my wavelength and to Pip for putting me out of my misery on AUDITORIA, among others...

Edited at 2017-11-22 07:43 am (UTC)
mohn2
Nov. 22nd, 2017 07:37 am (UTC)
The easiest for me on the day - maybe about 7m. The printed answers distributed afterwards have PROMO as the answer to 9A. Wasn't 100% sure I'd heard of a DAVENPORT but the wordplay was unambiguous - the sofa version cropped up again just last night in a Dorothy Parker story I was reading (not my cup of tea but the book was a present so I kind of feel obliged to wade through it).
kevingregg
Nov. 22nd, 2017 08:06 am (UTC)
"Big Blonde" is generally considered her best short story.
(no subject) - mohn2 - Nov. 22nd, 2017 01:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
35 minutes - sawbill - Nov. 22nd, 2017 08:16 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: 35 minutes - mohn2 - Nov. 22nd, 2017 02:03 pm (UTC) - Expand
ulaca
Nov. 22nd, 2017 08:09 am (UTC)
25 minutes, or 3.5 mohns, which means, I believe, that I would have come 7th in the Championships.
myrtilus000
Nov. 22nd, 2017 08:13 am (UTC)
Y'alta it to Promo?
35 mins with yoghurt, granola, banana (sorry - no marmalade excitement).
Almost put off my breakfast by Protuberant Cox. Really!
Nothing especially caught my eye as witty or unusual - except maybe 'arrant'.
Took a long time to parse (e)ditoria(l) - and never could parse Algy (random boy alert!). We'd already had Dave and Ian and Alison.
Thanks setter and Pip.

Edited at 2017-11-22 08:19 am (UTC)
ulaca
Nov. 22nd, 2017 08:32 am (UTC)
RE: Y'alta it to Promo?
You’re a lucky man if a protuberant cox is run of the mill...
sotira
Nov. 22nd, 2017 08:38 am (UTC)
Can’t remember how long this took the day after the champs but I think it was the easiest of the three for me. CROSSFIRE was the last in and my favourite clue.

Nothing very tricky in this … or was there? A certain blogger of this parish should be along in a while to explain how he tripped over a sofa and missed out on the grand final.

Edited at 2017-11-22 08:38 am (UTC)
sawbill
Nov. 22nd, 2017 09:21 am (UTC)
Bonjour matelot
V got drunk in Devonport last night so may be some time.
malcj
Nov. 22nd, 2017 08:43 am (UTC)
9.39
But with a PROMO naturally. I found this by far the easiest of the three, having struggled over the last few clues last week, so to my surprise came in 3 minutes under the hour in total. All much easier in my dressing gown with a cup of coffee of course.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 22nd, 2017 08:56 am (UTC)
What's the confusion with PHOTO/PROMO, please? I can only see PROMO and don't understand how you might get PHOTO instead? I usually give myself twenty minutes on the Times daily cryptic and occasionally manage to finish inside that time. I consider it good if I'm four or fewer shy of a complete solve. I completed this in 17.09, which for me is unheard of when it comes to championship puzzles.
bigtone53
Nov. 22nd, 2017 09:38 am (UTC)
The problem is that The Times app says that PROMO is incorrect so there is a pigs-ear somewhere. It is obviously PROMO.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 22nd, 2017 09:01 am (UTC)
6 across
This is a wonderful clue. But nobody has seen that the correct
answer has to be PIANO, and not photo or promo, neither of which fits the word play of the clue. It's clearly Ian (fellow) inside Po (river), so the definition is QUIET. (a musical term) Now isn't that perfect?
Barbara (just an amateur)
jerrywh
Nov. 22nd, 2017 09:09 am (UTC)
Re: 6 across
Welcome! Photo & promo relate to 9ac, piano to 6ac ..
6 across - sawbill - Nov. 22nd, 2017 09:10 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: 6 across - skate6 - Nov. 22nd, 2017 09:11 am (UTC) - Expand
z8b8d8k
Nov. 22nd, 2017 09:03 am (UTC)
I rather wish I'd had this as the third crossword of round 2, because this was easy, and took me 14.51. On the other hand, solving in non-competitive mode, there wasn't much to excite the senses, with VANGUARD and LIONESS clues the only ones to raise even a flicker of a smile.
I do remember PUSHKIN being clued by "Uncle Nepot?" once, which may not be entirely Ximenean but had something going for it.
I wonder haw tough it is these days to clue ORCHESTRA, knowing that you can't just say it's an anagram of carthorse?
(Anonymous)
Nov. 22nd, 2017 09:08 am (UTC)
6 across.
My apologies. I must have been looking at the answers cross-eyed,
and confused 6ac. with 9ac. Mea culpa.
Barbara, very embarrassed.
skate6
Nov. 22nd, 2017 09:15 am (UTC)
Re: 6 across.
Happens to most of us at some time or other. Don't run away! It is an excellent place to learn ....
RE: 6 across. - keriothe - Nov. 22nd, 2017 09:20 am (UTC) - Expand
keriothe
Nov. 22nd, 2017 09:18 am (UTC)
I think I found this the easiest of the three, but then I think I said that about the second one. The first one was definitely hardest, and this was definitely the one I finished first. It all seems a long time ago now.
I didn’t know DAVENPORT, which turned out to be an advantage because it prevented me from bunging in something similar-sounding on the basis of a vague memory. Not all escaped this fate, as we will no doubt hear in due course...
mikeosborne
Nov. 22nd, 2017 11:43 am (UTC)
Finished? What is this word of which you speak? All 3 with many fine blank spaces left for me on the day. With no obvious reason when revisiting under more normal solving conditions.
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