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August 20th, 2019

Times Quick Cryptic 1421 by Jalna

You wait ages for a new setter to arrive then two come along at once. Welcome Jalna. A quick search reveals that Jalna is a 16 book series of novels by the Canadian writer Mazo de la Roche. Jalna is the name of the fictional manor house in which the Whiteoak family lives. The name comes from Jalna, a city in west-central India. I’m not familiar with these works - if I’m missing something do let me know.
As for the puzzle, I found it harder fare than yesterday’s (12 minutes) with a slightly different feel and a good sprinkling of anagrams. 15dn gets my COD. Several answers were very biffable - here’s how I worked out the word plays - see if you agree.

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I needed 55 minutes for a technical DNF. I found this a mixture of the very easy and the quite tricky plus two unknowns (at 5dn and 6dn) which I eventually gave up on and resorted to aids.

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