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September 2nd, 2019

Times Quick Cryptic 1430 by Wurm

I completed this in 8 minutes but there are a few tricky bits and pieces along the way so I imagine that less experienced solvers may not find it quite so easy.  As always I shall be very interested to read how others got on.

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Tricky for a Monday this. I staggered along until I was done by 25a, where I made the schoolboy mistake of forgetting that a certain Kipling poem is the cruciverbal equivalent of a Haggard novel. I live and learn. Well, that's the theory, but mainly, I think, I just live. I'm better at that.

ACROSS

1 Short and detached musical rejected by old Censor? (8)
STACCATO - CATS reversed CATO (a Censor in Rome before he became Clouseau's sidekick)
9 He may get into a row transferring charges between banks (8)
FERRYMAN - a nice cryptic definition (CD)
10 Painter decoratING RESidences in the centre (6)
INGRES - hidden; Ingres is up there with Dali in the race for title of most cited cryptic artist
11 Bishops collectively cite Pope as misguided (10)
EPISCOPATE - anagram* of CITE POPE AS; I decided to ignore the anagrist and blithely entered 'episcopacy'
12 Reversal of gross imperfection in timber (4)
KNAR - RANK reversed; also KNUR and KNURR, so a good clue for Scrabblers
13 Get mug to wrap last of inferior fabric (10)
SEERSUCKER - R (last letter of inferior) in SEE (get) SUCKER (mug)
16 Sack race unexpectedly disrupted by his blundering (7)
CASHIER - HIS* in RACE*
17 Tasteless cool drink a princess once sent back (7)
INSIPID - IN (cool) SIP (drink) DI reversed
20 Fantasise about private thoroughfare where the current flows (10)
DOWNSTREAM - OWN (private) ST (thoroughfare) in DREAM (what I do with Jennifer Lawrence)
22 Directions given to robber at first in jug (4)
EWER - EWE (random directions) first letter of robber
23 Director caught single mother finally shielding internet pest (10)
CONTROLLER - TROLL in C (caught) ONE (single) last letter of mother
25 Three-part poem Tennyson originally delivered outside (6)
TRIFID - IF (poem) in first letter of Tennyson RID (delivered; 'will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?'); ‘divided or split into three parts or lobes’
26 Urge king to visit a current sporting get-together (5-3)
APRES-SKI - PRESS (urge) K (king) in A I (current)
27 One girl mostly left backing another’s singular marital state (8)
MONOGAMY - MO GON[e] (one girl / mostly left backing [i.e. reversed]) AMY (another [girl])

DOWN

2 Short wacky girl going round that African country (8)
TANZANIA - ZAN[y] in TANIA
3 Female supporting auto sales place in Welsh town (10)
CARMARTHEN - CAR MART on HEN
4 Rating fools soldiers in outskirts of seaport (10)
ASSESSMENT - ASSES MEN in S[eapor]T
5 Possible policeman’s bid to keep in charge (7)
OFFICER - IC in OFFER
6 Dangerous reptile about to top fabulous bird (4)
CROC - C on ROC
7 Board eastern rescue vessel, holding medical degree (6)
EMBARK - MB in E ARK
8 Gathered in entrance to field, then went astray (8)
INFERRED - IN F[ield] ERRED
14 Bird originally seen with a patron saint of France (4,6)
SAND MARTIN - S AND (with) MARTIN; 4th century St Martin of Tours had the good fortune to be known as a bit of a miracle worker, so becoming one of the first non-martyrs to become a saint.
15 Shady activity of Greek character involved in retail trade (10)
CHISELLING - CHI SELLING
16 Like old staff Mussolini initially addressed in prison (8)
CADUCEAN - DUCE A[ddressed] in CAN; relating to the caduceus, or staff carried by Hermes when he was on duty; not to be confused with the rod of Ascelepius - though everybody does.
18 Contract is put together, restricted by this writer’s impracticality (8)
IDEALISM - DEAL IS in I'M (this writer's)
19 Hold forth, disturbing medical (7)
DECLAIM - MEDICAL*
21 Gain a few points giving description of cold weather? (6)
WINTRY - WIN TRY (score in rugby, currently worth five points)
24 Brags endlessly, finding kiln for drying hops (4)
OAST - [b]OAST[s]

Sunday Times Puzzle

Just a quick note to mention  the correct Sunday Times puzzle for 1st September is now available on the Club Site as:
Sunday Times Cryptic No 4866 (new)