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January 21st, 2019

Times Quick Cryptic 1270 by Tracy

Solving time: 8 minutes. I thought this one was easy but I stand ready to be corrected.

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Times 27253 - Won hondred n yeaty!

Slightly more tricky than the average Monday, this took me just shy of 30 minutes. Among some neat clues, my vote for best of the day goes to 6d for the relieved parents. Very nice.



ACROSS

1 Lack resources, primarily, in attempt to appear older (8)
SHORTAGE - R[esources] in SHOT AGE
5 Sailor leading ladies and maiden out (6)
ABLOOM - AB LOO (opposite of Gents) M
9 Ass possessed by unpopular journalist beaten (9)
OUTWITTED - TWIT in OUT (unpopular) ED
11 Remain prepared for plague (5)
BESET - BE (remain) SET (prepared for)
12 Joanna beyond reproach (7)
UPRIGHT - double definition, with the first referencing 'Cockney' speech, where 'Joanna' rhymes with 'piana', at least for Dick Van Dyke
13 Partners demanding movie (7)
WESTERN - WE (bridge partners) STERN
14 Unsound biopic altered elementary layout (8,5)
PERIODIC TABLE - anagram* of BIOPIC ALTERED
16 Suburbia's leading men cavorting around oddly unclothed (6,7)
MIDDLE ENGLAND - DDL (oddly without its outer letters) in LEADING MEN*; Collins has 'a characterization of a predominantly middle-class, middle-income section of British society living mainly in suburban and rural England', so you pays your money and takes your choice
20 Ungainly member, one with rich clothing (7)
LUMPISH - MP I in LUSH
21 European at back of sportsmen's line after twisting right foot (7)
TROCHEE - RT reversed OCHE (sportsmen in the loosest sense, referencing those who in the public imagination throw little arrows at a board while consuming immense amounts of alcohol: look out for 'Geordie' Rowan Atkinson doing a very passable impression of Sid Waddell - he of the immortal phrase. 'There's only one word for that: "magic darts!"') E
23 Utter, in French, “the infant's contrary”' (5)
TOTAL - reversal (contrary) of LA (French 'the') TOT (infant)
24 Energy-filled landlord's due to hold forth — he's tried before (2-7)
RE-ENTRANT - E in RENT (landlord's due) RANT
25 Penetrating end of arrow splits atom (6)
SHREWD - W in SHRED
26 Sublime climatE THERE ALbeit not entirely (8)
ETHEREAL - hidden

DOWN

1 Dominant Japanese boar basking? (6)
SHOGUN - HOG in the SUN. Boom! Boom!
2 Good swimmer, going too far, about to flip (5)
OTTER - OTT RE reversed
3 Those originally on sailing ship set off (7)
TRIGGER - T RIGGER
4 Find just what's needed to attract the lady, and succeed (3,2,8)
GET IT TOGETHER - if you GET IT TO GET HER, then you have a good chance of snaring a lady in Crosswordland, at any rate, even if she's not the most demanding person sense of humour-wise you've ever met
6 Relieved parents settled after graduate belatedly cleared out (7)
BABYSAT - BA BY (first and last letters of BELATEDLY) SAT
7 Offshore site for rearing exotic toy breeds? (6,3)
OYSTER BED - TOY BREEDS*
8 Christian, say, less inclined to speak when touring in East (8)
MUTINEER - IN E in MUTER
10 Doctor to ring West End London location (7,6)
DOWNING STREET - TO RING WEST END*
14 Aristo hosting event joined counter for walkers (9)
PEDOMETER - DO MET in PEER
15 Large bird flapping least tries to follow (8)
EMULATES - EMU + LEAST*
17 Stricken, face turning blue (4,3)
LAID LOW - DIAL reversed LOW
18 A note pocketed by wally one's taken into the family (7)
ADOPTEE - A TE in DOPE
19 Jovial foursome barred from Glastonbury, perhaps (6)
FESTAL - FESTIVAL minus its IV
22 Ambassador on way, briefly, to lift (5)
HEAVE - HE AVE[nue]