Pip Kirby (pipkirby) wrote in times_xwd_times,
Pip Kirby

Times 26913 - TTC Finals puzzle #1. Calm before the storm?

For some reason I whizzed through this (by my standards) in just under the par of 20 minutes. Some nice clues but not the spectacular I was expecting for a Finals puzzle. Can't find anything more to say about it. No doubt next week will see me head-scratching and grovelling. Seasons Greetings to all.

I am adopting the trendy new style keriothe has advocated; definitions underlined, anagram fodder thus ( )*, anagram indicator thus,

1 Quick! School bell’s ringing, but head’s absent (7)
SCHNELL - SCH = school, (K)NELL. I've tried a few times to master the German language, to add to the 1.5 foreign tongues I can do, but never succeeded. (Latin not counted).I think I learnt this word by watching episodes of Hello Hello.
5 Bear with what speaker holds as representative (7)
TOTEMIC - TOTE = bear, MIC(rophone).
9 Abstract artist keeping one in shop (9)
STATIONER - Insert ONE into (ARTIST)*.
10 Sitcom’s beginning with Nora Batty giving offence (5)
11 It may enable reception venue to accommodate a famous Swiss beauty (9,4)
SATELLITE DISH - SITE = venue, insert A TELL (as in William), DISH = beauty.
13 Painter working only in certain colours (8)
REYNOLDS - Insert (ONLY)* into REDS. Sir Josh.
15 Vintage year following fine footballer (6)
CRUYFF - CRU = vintage, Y(ear), F(ollowing), F(ine). Reasonably good Dutch footballer who won the ballon d'or 3 times in the 70s.
17 Odd bits of tissue and loo roll get cleaned out (2,4)
GO BUST - Took me a while to see how this worked. T S U = odd bits of tissue. BOG = loo (a bit downmarket for this organ?) Reverse all = 'roll'.
19 One suppressing inconvenient report on firing? (8)
SILENCER - Nice cryptic definition, as in gun firing.
22 Be impatient winner: rather gripping series of races against that fellow (5,2,3,3)
CHAMP AT THE BIT - CHAMP = winner, A BIT = rather, insert all of TT (races) HE = that fellow.
25 Pound making comeback cheers nation (5)
MALTA - LAM = pound, reverse and add TA = cheers.
26 Astonished group of rugby players led by a point (9)
27 Church put out over replacing Conservative member of flock? (7)
CHEVIOT - CH, EVICT = put out, exchange the C for an O = over. My CoD. Cheviot being a breed of sheep.
28 Buzz around there, regularly going back for honey (7)
SWEETEN - NEWS = buzz, T E E = there regularly, insert into NEWS and reverse all. Apparently 'honey' can be a verb.

1 Average doubled in this manner (2-2)
SO-SO - SO = in this manner, have two of them.
2 Tittle-tattle from ex-grass, perhaps, drawing in listeners (7)
HEARSAY - HAY = ex-grass (I like it!) insert EARS.
3 Order some sweet cider from the south (5)
EDICT - Hidden reversed in SWEE(T CIDE)R.
4 One letting Desperate Dan dally (8)
5 Can defending holder of the Ashes retire? (4,2)
TURN IN - TIN = can, insert URN as in The Ashes. Minute of silence please.
6 Fairly horrible smell mostly trailing behind stinker, say (2,1,6)
TO A DEGREE - TOAD = stinker, EG = say, REE(K) = horrible smell mostly.
7 Puzzle from the setter’s pen, provided within (7)
MYSTIFY - MY STY = the setter's pen, insert IF = provided.
8 Study chapter one on class resembling scallops? (10)
CONCHIFORM - CON = study, CH(apter), I FORM = one on class. Shell-shaped.
12 Wanting an actor, magic in plays, showing dramatic range (10)
TRAGICOMIC - Anagram of the letters of ACTOR MAGIC IN withouth the letters AN. (CTOR MAGIC I)*
14 I go around a hospital to set up feeding tubes (9)
OESOPHAGI - I GO around A H POSE, all reversed.
16 Greeting appropriate over the telephone in the main (4,4)
HIGH SEAS - HIGH = HI !, SEAS sounds like SEIZE = appropriate.
18 Script read with feeling (7)
BRAILLE - Nice cryptic definition.
20 Item worn with cape at clubs, say (7)
CATSUIT - C(ape), AT, SUIT = clubs say.
21 House opening around 4th of January (6)
STUART - START around U fourth letter of JanUary.
23 Black articles in wash (5)
BATHE - B(lack), A, THE.
24 A brief sort of a piece (4)
AKIN -A, KIN(D) = brief sort.
  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
← Ctrl ← Alt
Ctrl → Alt →
← Ctrl ← Alt
Ctrl → Alt →