October 28th, 2019

Cat_1
  • jackkt

Times Quick Cryptic 1470 by Tracy

My run of disastrous solves continues with this one that took me 18 minutes which is well into 'red' territory (15+ minutes) yet again. I haven't achieved my 10 minute target since Tracy's last appearance on 18th October, yet at the turn of the month I had a run of 10 consecutive 'green' solves.

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JLaw
  • ulaca

Times 27493 - Epic Fail

A bit short of time again this week - and I will be in meetings most of the day - so something of a skeletal blog. If you require extra elucidation please ask the extremely intelligent people on this site - or even Verlaine...

Quite tough I found this, requiring aids, most embarrassingly, on 1 down. I said it was embarrassing. Thankfully, Monday is over and I can get back to the real work of attending to crosswords after a day spent dealing with the consequences of the current unrest in Hong Kong on a major transport company and tidy the blog up. Thanks to all who pointed out my various solecismish boobs.

Across
1 Shortage principally striking Detroit, for example? (8)
SCARCITY - S[triking] CAR CITY
5 Male swan we initially bypassed in predator’s trap (6)
COBWEB - COB WE B[ypassed]
10 Play higher card in game held by public representative (9)
OVERTRUMP - RU in OVERT MP
11 Wife dips into cashbox to get woven fabric (5)
TWILL - W in TILL
12 Like certain poems only declaimed in Cambridge originally (4)
ODIC - initial letters of words 4-7
13 Porcelain airline used, accepting dieter’s goal? (4,5)
BONE CHINA - ONE CHIN in BA
15 Laid up in Caribbean island? It’s the passion fruit! (10)
GRENADILLA - ILL in GRENADA
17 Charge a fighting man at end of set-to (4)
AGIO - A GI [set-t]O
19 Appealing sartorial style displayed by English (4)
CUTE - CUT E
20 NI area’s yen to enter TV game show (6,4)
COUNTY DOWN - Y in COUNTDOWN
22 Hurry back from house, admitting a daughter’s nanny (9)
NURSEMAID - RUN reversed A in SEMI D
24 Disabled operatic hero losing head in wild party (4)
ORGY - [p]ORGY. I got plenty o' nuttin'...
26 Head of royal house gathering in money (5)
RHINO - R[oyal] IN in HO
27 Badly need a rest, being in Bow, perhaps? (4,5)
EAST ENDER - NEED A REST*
28 Wading bird initially watched by French priest crossing lake (6)
CURLEW - L IN CURE W[atched]
29 Superb hair bow king jettisoned before church (3-5)
TOP-NOTCH - TOP[k]NOT CH

Down

1 Drink of spirits getting us fired (4)
SHOT - double definition, with 'getting us' linking the two. I think.
2 Girl in a European capital having row about stray dog (8,7)
ABERDEEN TERRIER - BEE in A BERN + ERR in TIER
3 Sea creature in film, one kept in unsuitable container (8)
CETACEAN - ET ACE in CAN. I guess the setter is suggesting that a whale should not be kept in a can.
4 Digital amenity for a coy sucker? (5)
THUMB - a shy person might evince that shyness by sucking their thumb
6 Branch of science tutors primarily presented in old films (6)
OPTICS - T[utors] in O PIC
7 Foolishly grow fat doing it, inspiring one’s first play (7,3,5)
WAITING FOR GODOT - GROW FAT DOING IT O[ne]*
8 It could poison a couple of women (10)
BELLADONNA - BELLA DONNA
9 Old writer left in vessel with few dividing walls (4-4)
OPEN-PLAN - O PEN L in PAN
14 Self-obsessed fellow accepting money after game (10)
EGOCENTRIC - GO (game) CENT in ERIC
16 Abandoned aide, lost and cut off from society (8)
ISOLATED - AIDE LOST*
18 Innsbruck citizen’s variable part in function (8)
TYROLEAN - Y ROLE in TAN[gent]
21 Inherited material evident at first in Swiss banker (6)
GENOME - E[vident] in GNOME
23 Party in command is Conservative (5)
DISCO - IS C in DO (command - I think 'do' as in 'do hurry' is being referenced); as pointed out most gently by Olivia, this is actually a hidden answer, ‘though I still think my parsing is more ingenious if possibly a little more wrong.
25 Possible opening for chief in combinations? (4)
ARCH - an ARCH can be an opening and 'arch-' is used as a prefix to denote 'chiefdom', as in ARCHBISHOP and ARCHVILLAIN