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September 16th, 2019

Times Quick Cryptic 1440 by Izetti

Solving time: 7 minutes. I found this very easy for an Izetti puzzle but I shall not be surprised if less-experience solvers have a few more problems. It's a pangram, meaning that every letter of the alphabet appears at least once.

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Times 27457 - As Woke as Piers Morgan?

I don't know about you, but I am especially inclined to take umbrage against people who broadly belong to what I conceive of as my side. Being somewhat right of centre (except in an online American psychometric thingy, where I turned out to be something of a pinko), this means that I have a proclivity to be embarrassed and irritated by people like Piers Morgan. But, then, I suppose you don't have to be a supporter of Margaret Thatcher to arrive at that feeling. It's probably pretty much a universal in this world of avowed relativism. Which is all my way of saying that I was introduced to the adjectival use of the perfectly good past tense verb form woke some years ago by my daughter (now 23), who is a little lefter than me, and probably more intelligent too, even if that is something I will never concede. And just the other day, on my blasted smartphone, I saw that the former editor of, what, the Daily Express, I believe [Daily Mirror, actually - ed], had been using the word 'woke' on his confounded Twitter account (how I hate that thing! I am not a member, or whatever you have to do to receive random rants). And now today, by an extraordinary coincidence (or a conspiracy, as my brother would have us believe) the phrase 'right on' turns up in the Times crossword! How long, I wonder, until the Thunderer bows to the likes of Morgan and we find 'woke' itself besmirching its pages?

30 minutes.

ACROSS

1 Sanction account, the thing’s getting in red (8)
ACCREDIT - um, slightly awkward wordplay, methinks, with account ACC and the thing IT getting in (i.e including, not entering) RED
6 A sign of stress, getting right into wine (6)
MACRON - R in MACON; not the French president with a taste for older women but 'a diacritical mark (¯) placed over a letter, used in prosody, in the orthography of some languages, and in several types of phonetic respelling systems, to represent a long vowel'
9 Pleased with oneself getting sweets back (4)
SMUG - GUMS reversed
10 Trader’s warm jacket (10)
WINDJAMMER - double definition; I had no clue that a large merchant sailing ship could be thus named, as unlike my bearded cousin Anthony I did not enter the Merchant Navy.
11 Travel, going around with cine projector (10)
CANTILEVER - anagram* of TRAVEL CINE; a bit technical for me but one of the definitions is 'a part of a beam or a structure projecting outwards beyond its support'
13 Truck departs with fish (4)
DRAY - D RAY
14 The Spanish are able to pop back for summit (8)
PINNACLE - reversal of EL CAN NIP (pop, as in 'I just popped out for an Indian')
16 Potter’s second volume ultimately is magical (6)
OCCULT - O (second letter of POTTER) CC (volume - as in 10cc - and don't forget it) ULT (abbreviation for ultimately)
18 Vessel unlikely to survive being in contact with a flying saucer? (6)
TEACUP - well, I think the idea here is that if someone (a Greek waiter, say, who hasn't read the memo about doing his bit for the environment and saving the company some money in these straitened times) hurls a ceramic saucer and it collides with a cup, then the cup (and presumably the saucer) will be smashed
20 Rubber prone to distort? Renew after stripping (8)
NEOPRENE - PRONE* [r]ENE[w]; far too scientific for me - I just saw it was Greek and plausible and moved on
22 Bog giving a home to river plant (4)
FERN - R in FEN
24 Sheep fly round sierra? Likely to fall down (10)
RAMSHACKLE - S (sierra) in RAM (Sheep) HACKLE (fly); if you know that a hackle is the 'parts of an artificial fly made from hackle feathers, representing the legs and sometimes the wings of a real fly', then you derive a degree of satisfaction in solving the clue; if, on the other hand, you belong to the 99% of the male population, and the 99.99% of the female population, who believe that fishing is one of the most boring pastimes ever invented, then you just chuck it in
26 Seeming old and sober — about time (10)
OSTENSIBLE - O T in SENSIBLE
28 European navy — not the answer to go green? (4)
ENVY - E N[a]VY; moving along...
29 Something in wheat needs good clay with nitrogen (6)
GLUTEN - G LUTE N; now if I were to claim that I knew that LUTE meant a cementy clayey mixture, then I would be a lyre
30 Poem’s rhythmic recitation spoken thus with extremes in delivery (8)
RHAPSODY - RHAP sounds like RAP (sounds like - 'spoken' - rhythmic recitation) SO (thus) D[eliver]Y; not a massive fan of rap myself, like our Phil. At least, it’s not described as ‘music’ this time.

DOWN

2 Bell tower in quiet area between two rivers (9)
CAMPANILE - P (quiet) A (area) in CAM (puddle in the fenland somewhere) NILE; I had a lot of trouble dredging up the second stream, having obviously been discombobulated by mention of the first
3 Fashionably liberal resort repels British (5-2)
RIGHT-ON - [b]RIGHTON
4 Fixer needs to prosper, mainly (5)
DOWEL - DO WEL[l]
5 Turning obsessive over a barrel (3)
TUN - reversal of NUT
6 Mother and girl finding way round doctor and chief steward (5-4)
MAJOR-DOMO - charade of MA JO RD O (round) MO
7 Amusing fellow worker who may be out of practice? (7)
COMEDIC - yes, well, I think what we have here is the idea that if you were medically qualified in some shape or form then if your colleague came from the same surgery or clinic (or however it is they have rebranded them now) then he (or she) would be your co-medic
8 Oval game unfortunately is last of the series (5)
OMEGA - O GAME*
12 Millions supporting newly-formed native country (7)
VIETNAM - M following NATIVE*
15 Fine covering swindle involving key capital (9)
CAPARISON - A PARIS in CON
17 Very old pine, something difficult to climb (4-5)
LONG-LIVED - LONG DEVIL reversed (John Henderson has just produced another devil of a puzzle)
19 Fancy musical performance, one for queen (7)
CONCEIT - I replacing R in CONCERT
21 Supporters missing the first game (7)
RACKETS - [b]RACKETS
23 Support rent getting left at the lowest level (5)
EASEL - L dropped in LEASE
25 Carnivore long among the last ones in South Africa (5)
HYENA - YEN (long) in final letters of [sout]H [afric]A
27 Prohibit nude, cancelling end of performance (3)
BAR - BAR[e]; e is the final letter of PERFORMANCE