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April 30th, 2019

Times Quick Cryptic 1341 by Grumpy

Well, what a pleasure. This took some time (15 mins) but I was never grumpy as I enjoyed every moment relishing the surfaces. To anyone coming recently to cryptics from concise crosswords - look for the concise definition which is there together with either the parsing which builds up the answer (e.g. 5ac) or a second concise definition (e.g. 1ac). The art of the setter is to confuse the solver by making the surface reading (surface) of the clue read as a sentence. Thanks to Grumpy for such a great start to the day.

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Times Cryptic 27338

I completed all but 6 answers within 27 minutes, but needed as long again to finish off the remainder, all of them originating in the NE corner.

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