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Times 26;971 - We like sheep.....

Time: 21 minutes
Music: Handel, Water Music, Hogwood/Academy of Ancient Music


An easy puzzle, but one on which I was not quite on the wavelength.   I did manage to biff 'advowson' and 'ostia', only to get stuck on ones I should have seen instantly.   Fair is fair, I suppose, and one seldom comes across a puzzle where everything is right up your alley.  I did think it was going to be very easy at first, and while I never quite got stuck I struggled in places.   I ended up putting in 'Herdwick' and 'grub screw' without being quite sure they were the right answer, but my scribblings turned out to be all correct.

I expect we will see some very fast times on this one, as the SNITCH shows that our more skilled solvers are whipping through their solves.   But if you don't have some of the knowledge, it would be all too easy to have a wrong letter or two.



Across
1 Diplomat’s responsibility, introducing flowers across river (6,9)
CHARGE DAFFAIRES - CHARGE + DAFF(AIRE)S
9 Revisit UN building uninvited? (9)
INTRUSIVE - Anagram of REVISIT UN
10 Rigorous training medic badly needed (5)
DRILL - DR + ILL
11 Cut affecting dimensions, so to speak (6)
INCISE - Sounds like IN SIZE.
12 Ecclesiastical right an academic pledges to get accepted (8)
ADVOWSON -  A D(VOWS)ON.  Amazingly, some advowsons still seem to be extant!
13 Key vote leftist returned to secure by intimidation (6)
EXTORT - E + X + TROT backwards.
15 Too young to back say a revolutionary new university (5,3)
UNDER AGE - E.G. A RED N U, all backwards.
18 A woman’s place in Caithness once accommodating 500 sheep (8)
HERDWICK - HER (D) WICK.   A breed of sheep I didn't know, which luckily wasn't Herdwich.
19 Exultant cry on entering English country area? (6)
EUREKA - E (U (RE) K) A, the first person singular perfect of εὑρίσκω, of course.
21 As actors may be, exposing unfairness (8)
INEQUITY - IN EQUITY, the actor's trade union in both the US and the UK.
23 Scribble second letter principally about crop (6)
SCRAWL - S (CRAW) L[etter].
26 Old way one originally approached a Roman port (5)
OSTIA - O + ST I A[pproached], another answer I just biffed when I saw Roman port and five letters.
27 Current of air rattling thin guard (9)
INDRAUGHT - Anagram of THIN GUARD, and not an obvious one.
28 Wartime medical auxiliary sometimes transporting litter? (9-6)
STRETCHER-BEARER - A not-very cryptic definition, apparently.

Down
1 Copper is at home with Oriental cooking (7)
CUISINE - CU + IS + IN + E.
2 Large vehicle, caught leaving polar region (5)
ARTIC - AR[c]TIC, what we would call a 'semi' in the US, which is a house in the UK!
3 Search by prison officer: an aid to security (4,5)
GRUB SCREW - GRUB + SCREW, in different senses.   You 'grub' for something by searching in the ground.
4 Char mostly served in lower house (4)
DAIL - DAIL[y], the Irish parliament.
5 English novelist employed at Lord’s, possibly? (8)
FIELDING - What they do on the cricket field, or for that matter at Yankee Stadium.
6 Sound uniform on girl wearing a ring (5)
AUDIO - A(U DI)O, where 'sound' is not a homonym indicator!
7 Bring back charge covering quarter of current month (9)
REINSTATE - R(E + INST)ATE, where 'inst' is an old business-letter abbreviation, now obsolescent.
8 Put a stop to evil gripping the French church (7)
SILENCE - SI(LE)N + C.E.
14 Rubbish about adviser being inflicter of suffering (9)
TORMENTOR - ROT upside-down + MENTOR.
16 Clearly pronounce a tune nice for broadcasting (9)
ENUNCIATE - anagram of A TUNE NICE.
17 Glaswegian, possibly, rather like Sir Walter? (8)
SCOTTISH - Like Sir Walter SCOTT, a clue that would be considered too easy even for the Quickie.
18 A man with common sense holds one to be shocking (7)
HEINOUS - HE (I) NOUS.
20 Distinguished sailor supporting a Society admitting Liberals (3-4)
ALL-STAR - A (LL) S + TAR.
22 Socially acceptable time to snatch forty winks? Quite inappropriate! (5)
UNAPT - U(NAP)T.
24 Foresee a month going over ancient city (5)
AUGUR - AUG + UR.
25 Poem written on river, one flowing into Baltic (4)
ODER - ODE + R.
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