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February 4th, 2019

Times Quick Cryptic 1280 by Tracy

Solving time: 10 minutes. Having now written my blog I'm not sure why I needed all of my target time to solve this as in retrospect it seems pretty straightforward for  experienced solvers. Possibly some of the longer answers may present problems for others. Anyway I look forward to reading how you all got on.

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I really enjoyed this, a slightly above averagely difficult Monday offering, if my performance was anything like par for the course. There was quite a lot of man and woman stuff kicking around, as well as a nice bit of kink slicing right through the middle, hardly a chestnut and a couple of neat traps for the biffer - most notably 2d ('outhouse', anyone?) and 19a (the very plausible sounding - if not looking - 'tea cosey', which engaged my interest for a while). Nice one, setter!

I came in pretty much bang on my NITCH (35 minutes), but how did you all fare?

ACROSS

1 Girl in lead circling till race's conclusion (6)
PHOEBE - tricky one to start with - hence one of my last; HOE (till) in PB (lead) last letter of [rac]E
5 Visionary stifling a detainee's threat, in the main (3,5)
SEA POWER - A POW in SEER; liked this
9 Charged about drug experience, having no gear (8)
STRIPPED - TRIP in SPED; liked this too
10 One going on record wants pen, mostly drunk (6)
STYLUS - STY LUS[h]; I always called them needles
11 Male with some guts shows force (8)
MOMENTUM - this kept me busy thinking post-solve for some time; M (male) OMENTUM (never heard of it - 'a fold of peritoneum connecting the stomach with other abdominal organs'). One for our resident sawbones...
12 Snippet is small, evidently (6)
SNATCH - S NATCH; NATCH threatens to become the cruciverbal chestnut of so-called street talk, get on down, man, like, you know, wicked, or wevs...
13 Swish clothing provided in catalogue? (8)
CLASSIFY - IF in CLASSY; nice
15 English penned by historian, one leaving draft (4)
LEVY - E in L[i]VY; Titus Livius Patavinus is famous for his monumental history of Rome, parts of which I translated in my raw youth
17 Perform sport, or cheat thereat? (4)
DOPE - DO PE, with the extended sense that if you dope, you are a drugs cheat. Allegedly. Do svidaniya!
19 Area roughly inside toy container (3,5)
TEA CADDY - A CA (Livy's about, AKA circa) in TEDDY
20 Clodhopper Garbo bungled lead in Ninotchka (6)
BROGAN - anagram* of GARBO N[inotchka]; a brogan is a heavy, ankle-high shoe or boot
21 Vex one briefly slowing in speed (8)
IRRITATE - I + RIT (briefly slowing) in RATE
22 Calm man's after some smut (6)
SOOTHE - SOOT HE
23 Place on phone record for mix of action and dialogue (8)
TELEPLAY - TEL EP LAY (place)
24 Delighted where financiers are still (8)
ECSTATIC - EC (part of post-code for the City of London) STATIC (still)
25 End of tyranny in good time in each revolution? (6)
YEARLY - Y EARLY

DOWN

2 Pipe outside grand garden building? (8)
HOTHOUSE - THOU (slang for a thousand quid) in HOSE; nice, innit?
3 English team needing authority, but not a crisis (8)
EXIGENCY - E XI [a]GENCY
4 Give details of displaced person one took in (9)
EXPATIATE - EXPAT I ATE
5 Enjoying suffering from stomach acid is so silly (15)
SADOMASOCHISTIC - STOMACH ACID IS SO*; naughty, but nice
6 Might copy off entertaining figure (7)
POTENCY - TEN in COPY*
7 Our group are going to bother with a lot of funds (4-2-2)
WELL-TO-DO - WE'LL (our group are going to) TO-DO (bother); v good
8 Place for the old theorems to get renewed (4,4)
REST HOME - THEOREMS*; how long till I can stay out of one, I wonder?
14 Scoffed before pal admits "I’m not sure how country may be run" (9)
FEDERALLY - ER in FED ALLY; 10 out of 10 for effort, and a B+ for attainment
15 A lot of meat to moisten with juices in pan (8)
LAMBASTE - LAM[b] BASTE; a culinary delight
16 Very obese queen's dropped acid (8)
VENOMOUS - V ENO[r]MOUS; a lovely image of our wonderful sovereign having a chill sesh in Buck House
17 Deplorable state of poor sod — a pity! (8)
DYSTOPIA - SOD A PITY*
18 Slip and cloak worn by rogue female (8)
PRATFALL - my last; RAT (rogue) F (female) in PALL (cloak); cunning as Blackadder's Oxonian
19 Drawing back, holding long tube (7)
TRACHEA - ACHE in ART reversed