February 17th, 2020

Ulaca de Milo
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Times 27589 - Wot's that thingummy?

Definitely a cut above your average Monday in terms of difficulty, with one or two cunning definitions and a soupcon of tricky clueing. I staggered home in 34 minutes, just above my NITCH (for all things SNITCH, see the link on the right). How did you lot do?



ACROSS

1 Simpler career? Nonsense (10)
BALDERDASH - BALDER DASH (career = run = race)
7 Association of women on message (4)
WIRE - WI (Women's Institute) RE (on)
9 Give it everything reversing one vessel towards another (4,1,3)
BUST A GUT - reversal of TUG AT SUB
10 Captain's position in game (6)
BRIDGE - double definition (DD)
11 Number divided by a hundred, one makes an impression (6)
ETCHER - C in ETHER (where anaesthetic is represented as numb-er, that which numbs)
13 Lovely out? (8)
STRIKING - DD
14 Goddess on rug absorbed by a dodgy, sensual treatment (12)
AROMATHERAPY - MAT HERA in A ROPY
17 Cake show award (7,5)
BROWNIE POINT - BROWNIE POINT; a Brownie Point is awarded to a husband who, say, remembers his wedding anniversary
20 Erotic performer, Australian beauty by the way (8)
STRIPPER - ST RIPPER; as in Strine, 'That photo's a real ripper, mate!'
21 Lemon country (6)
TURKEY - DD
22 Gismo functions in both directions, I say (6)
DOODAH - DO and DO reversed followed by AH ('I say')
23 Tragic woman, person in opposition no more (8)
ANTIGONE - ANTI (person in opposition) GONE (no more)
25 Grub finally reaching organ, stomach (4)
BEAR - [gru]B EAR
26 Before devout lady losing heart, minister installed (10)
PREVIOUSLY - REV in PIOUS L[ad]Y

DOWN

2 Qualities oddly forgotten entering a boring affair (8)
ADULTERY - even letters of [q]U[a]L[i]T[i]E[s] in A DRY (boring)
3 Mark held to account, ultimately (3)
DOT -final letters of [hel]D [t]O [accoun]T
4 I will run: about to proceed uphill (5)
ROGER -R (run) followed by reversal of RE (about) GO (proceed)
5 Entertainer set off after lorry, cape having fallen off the back (7)
ARTISTE - STE (anagram* of SET) after ARTI[c]
6 Prepare the brain to conserve energy? (9)
HIBERNATE - THE BRAIN*
7 Cocktail: mix mine at the bottom, then do the same to yours? (7,4)
WHISKEY SOUR - WHISK (mix) [min]E then an anagram ('mix' doing duty again) of YOURS
8 Sovereign taking a nation in the wrong direction (6)
REGINA - A NIGER reversed
12 Hire mercenaries primarily: double shifts for construction company (11)
HOMEBUILDER - HIRE M[ercenaries] DOUBLE*
15 Military vessel, after overhaul of port, so stylish (9)
TROOPSHIP - PORT SO* HIP (stylish)
16 Confounded plant closing borders, not the first (8)
INFERNAL - FERN in [f]INAL
18 Describe number a bishop polished off (7)
NARRATE - N (number) A (a) RR (Right Reverend, AKA bishop) ATE (polished off)
19 In order, two articles written about that (2,4)
AT HOME - A and THE around OM (Order of Merit)
21 Expressing disapproval, no good disappearing all together (5)
TUTTI - TUTTI[ng] (where NG stands for No Good)
24 Animal jumping numerous hedges (3)
GNU - hidden in jumpiNG Numerous