November 11th, 2019

JLaw
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Times 27505 - Schindler's Missed?

For those who were worried that Monday has become the new Friday, this was very much a throwback to the old days (like a fortnight or so ago). With all its recent bells and whistles in place, I don't think this one has much to scare the digital horses of Starstruck's creation - even if the dangling participle may have a few pedants up in arms. I got home in a little over 20 minutes, but then I am an official, Snitchified flat-track bully. I wonder how the rest of you got on. Not that it bothers me much, unless the neo-Gallerific one got in in a lower time than me. That would make me very upset...

ACROSS

1 Humorous issue that shakes corporation? (5,5)
BELLY LAUGH - a nice &lit to get us started
6 Chump expected to seize power (4)
DUPE - P in DUE
8 Attempt by government to leak information (2,6)
GO PUBLIC - GO PUBLIC
9 Nation embraces popular French playwright (6)
RACINE - IN in RACE; if Moliere doesn't fit, it's probably Racine, and vice-versa
10 Dad abandons Spanish dish for this woman (4)
ELLA - [pa]ELLA
11 Newspaper article by Belgian writer (3,7)
IAN FLEMING - I (newspaper) AN (article) FLEMING (non-Walloon Belgian); if you started to rack your mind to come up with a famous Belgian writer, you'd still be going now. Their only famous literary figure is of course Hercule Poirot.
12 Doing as ordered one's reaching conclusion (9)
DIAGNOSIS - DOING AS* IS
14 Spiked wheel — gardening tool saving time? (5)
ROWEL - [t]ROWEL
17 Republican in disreputable club shows ambition (5)
DRIVE - R in DIVE
19 Unwind the flexes with plug in (7,2)
LIGHTEN UP - THE PLUG IN*
22 Untouchable carcass not to be moved (10)
SACROSANCT - CARCASS NOT*
23 Tongue forming content of metal container (4)
INCA - [t]IN CA[n]
24 Arab sycophants shunning second one (6)
YEMENI - YE[s]MEN I
25 Mourned day after soldiers brought in dead (8)
LAMENTED - MEN in LATE D
26 Love missing husband, not that she regrets (4)
OTIS - O T[h]IS (this = 'not that', minus H for husband); 'Miss Otis regrets' is a song made famous by Ella Fitzgerald
27 Junk entering island by river — Hong Kong feature? (10)
SKYSCRAPER - SCRAP in SKYE R

DOWN

1 Conceited editor to support significant source (9)
BIGHEADED - ED after BIG HEAD
2 Monk touring China comes to island (2,5)
LA PALMA - PAL in LAMA
3 Something for sucker picking up ball in game (8)
LOLLIPOP - PILL (ball, as in cricket slang) in POLO all reversed As vefatica points out, the game to be reversed is actually POOL. I blame my posh upbringing and all those years watching Major R.I. Ferguson at Smith’s Lawn, while his wife was watching someone else .
4 International body and state combine without strings (15)
UNCONDITIONALLY - UN CONDITION (state) ALLY (combine)
5 A king in control — in 1066? (6)
HAROLD - A R in HOLD and a nice, if ironic, @lit
6 Green politician in party starts to spout environmental rot (9)
DECOMPOSE - ECO MP in DO initial letters of S[pout] E[nvironmental]
7 Coppers must accept an imposed punishment (7)
PENANCE - AN in PENCE
13 Teacher beginning to grumble about head (9)
GOVERNESS - G[rumble] OVER NESS
15 What falls easily to one as Northerner? (9)
LAPLANDER - I think what we have here is a riff on the phrase 'it fell into my lap', such that 'what falls easily to one' equates to a 'lap lander'. Other explanations may be forthcoming.
16 Regular myth, exploded, set in rich ground (8)
RHYTHMIC - a double anagram of MYTH in RICH, with 'exploded' and 'rich' respectively earning their stripes
18 Chemical substance spy used against sappers? (7)
REAGENT - AGENT on RE; a concatenation of chestnuts
20 New on street, work without break (3-4)
NON-STOP - N ON ST OP
21 Spots food in dining room — no starter provided (6)
ESPIES - PIE in [m]ESS