January 20th, 2020

Cat_1
  • jackkt

Times Quick Cryptic 1530 by Izetti

Solving time: 7 minutes. Quite a gentle offering from Izetti today, I thought, although I was helped by the long answer at 1ac which was a write-in for me and got things off to a flying start. Others not familiar with the word may have struggled a bit. How did you fare, I wonder?

As usual definitions are underlined in bold italics, {deletions and substitutions are in curly brackets} and [anagrinds, containment, reversal and other indicators in square ones]. I usually omit all reference to positional indicators unless there is a specific point that requires clarification.

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Ulaca de Milo
  • ulaca

Times 27565 - Christopher Newport Meets Bo Peep

A bit of a skeletal blog, I'm afraid, as I have to attend a hastily arranged meeting with Louisa, the scary head of our newly established Projects and Administration Department. This was a workaday Monday puzzle, I felt, no aspersions intended, which I completed in a sub-Nitchian (but possibly not sub-Witchian) 21:33. My last in was 10a, which I would usually expect with a hyphen.


ACROSS

1 Healthy? Congratulations! (4,3,3)
GOOD FOR YOU - Double definition
6 Very last sale (4)
VEND - V END
9 Easy victim called out for help (7)
SUCCOUR - sounds like 'sucker'
10 Promise to train sportsman, maybe (7)
SEMIPRO - anagram* of PROMISE
12 Quickly produce ladder, going where? (3,2)
RUN UP - RUN UP; it's a long time since I wore nylons, but my understanding is that they can run (i.e. tear) up as well as down in defiance of gravity
13 Clothing I adjusted for restaurant (9)
BRASSERIE - BRASSIERE with the I moved
14 Hunter conspires to rouse game (4,2,3,6)
PUSS IN THE CORNER - HUNTER CONSPIRES*; strangely, I heard this for the first time in an old Bette Davis movie the other day
17 Two ways to make a grab using perhaps dubious means (2,4,2,2,5)
BY HOOK OR BY CROOK - if you were a pirate, you would grab with a hook, but if you were a shepherd you would perform the operation with a crook
20 Daughter leaves serious drinker, a sign of things to come (9)
HARBINGER - HAR[d] BINGER
21 Tree roughly embraced by writer (5)
PECAN - CA in PEN
23 Figure initially crawling past into lair (7)
DECAGON -C[rawling] AGO in DEN
24 A large drink, so to speak, for girl (7)
ABIGAIL - A BIG 'ale'
25 Proverbially smooth advocate? (4)
SILK - a sort of cryptic definition, I would suggest, milud
26 Sailor used weapon twisted round (4-6)
JACK-KNIFED - JACK KNIFED

DOWN

1 A grub stop, for cooking? (9)
GASTROPUB - A GRUB STOP*; an &lit
2 Nothing to read in old language (5)
OSCAN - O SCAN; Oscan is a dead sister language to Latin
3 Following good opinions, terrible getting this from 1 down? (4,9)
FOOD POISONING - F GOOD OPINIONS*
4 Snack as two Italian rivers rise (no falls) (7)
RAREBIT - reversal of TIBER and AR[no]
5 Performing with two legs (2,5)
ON STAGE - ON (leg side in cricket) STAGE (leg of a race)
7 Extraordinary sense finally awoken in one inspiring language (9)
ESPERANTO -ESP [awoke]N in ERATO (the best known muse)
8 Idle chap is leading medic? (5)
DRONE - DR ONE (the no. 1 doc)
11 Not manage to become pregnant, say? Bad idea (13)
MISCONCEPTION - I'd have thought 'misconceive' would be a bit more accurate, but what do I know about pregnancies?
15 All round sides of ship, unthinkable to chuck alien out (9)
SPHERICAL - S[hi]P HER[et]ICAL
16 Staying helpful, elder badly provoked again (9)
REKINDLED - KIND (helpful) in ELDER*
18 Part of body area includes unknown thin material (7)
ORGANZA - Z in ORGAN A(rea)
19 Loudly disapprove of incomplete accommodation (7)
BARRACK - BARRACK[s]
20 Such a destination includes Pluto (5)
HADES - hidden &lit
22 Bird an inch short? It’ll blow away (5)
CHAFF - CHAFF[inch]
Woodstock

Times Quick Cryptic 1531 by Mara

I made heavy weather of this, probably down to the anagrams, and took
13 minutes. I hope it’s just me as, on review, I can’t see
why I got held up.

I've had a bit of a tussle with the new
livejournal editor. I can't seem to do anything with the extra spaces
so let me know if it's a problem (for next time) - also, definitions
are in italics (as there wasn't an underline option I could
find).

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