March 2nd, 2020

Ulaca de Milo
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Times 27601 - No ludicrous clues

With an old (and therefore not known to all), but brilliant, book fairly clued (i.e. not as an anagram), this setter shows how to handle such things in an equitable way. Well done, sir! Or madam! Or Ms!

Otherwise, this is a very pleasant offering of the type that we have grown accustomed to on the second day of the week in these parts.

While I have the floor, as it were, a tip of the hat to the much maligned Ed Woodward for the signing of the Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes. As a United fan, one has to go back to the likes of Eric Cantona for the last inspirational signing of a player just a fraction below the radar. And always fun to see a penalty taker who leaves the keeper flat on his back clawing at air in an area devoid of the ball.

While we are on a Mancunian theme, best of luck to Pep and the City boys in their quest for European Cup glory. Somehow, I cannot believe that this is the only club in Europe that is creative with its various budgets. We managed to get out of the dreadful EU. The goons at UEFA next? One can but hope.

ACROSS

1 Figure of speech used around university group (6)
TROUPE - U in TROPE
4 Airport said to allow Poles entry (8)
STANSTED - NS in STATED
10 A little ship going round, one holding mail items? (11)
PHILATELIST - anagram* of A LITTLE SHIP
11 Soldier gaining new spirit (3)
GIN - GI N
12 Company marks appointment that will stimulate growth (7)
COMPOST - CO M POST
14 It isn’t a newspaperman that’s corrupt (7)
TAINTED - if you were a Yorkshireman (and the likelihood would be that everyone knew if you were), you might say ''t aint ed, you know, 'tis Piers Morgan!'
15 Arbiter asking a criminal to agree on terms (6,1,7)
STRIKE A BARGAIN - ARBITER ASKING A*
17 Fish given to one with cat, perhaps an impish young one? (14)
WHIPPERSNAPPER - WHIPPER (a person with the cat o' nine tails, AKA whip) SNAPPER (tasty fish)
21 Model set to portray one of Zeus’s lovers in play? (7)
DIORAMA - IO (one of Zeus's playmates) in DRAMA
22 Rue land being redeveloped in Sussex town (7)
ARUNDEL - RUE LAND*; I once played cricket there for the Free Foresters, Great place to bowl - low bounce, lots of LBWs.
23 Before the Revolution devours it (3)
ERE - hidden in thE REvolution
24 Another like Eva and Juan possessing son like theirs (5,6)
THIRD PERSON - if, heaven help us, we had to be landed with another Argentinian leader without an especially democratic bent, we might be said to get a THIRD PERON; stick an S (son) in that to get the answer, as my friend Zed might say.
26 European window destroys Conservative peace (8)
EASEMENT - E [c]ASEMENT
27 Lack of foresight in my work leads to inadequate assessment (6)
MYOPIA - MY OP I[nadequate] A[ssessment]

DOWN

1 Like some players, strain on pitch (8)
TYPECAST - CAST (pitch; 'let he who is without sin, cast the first stone') on TYPE (strain, as in type of virus that induces panic)
2 Sash round one that can go either way (3)
OBI - O BI (straight and gay; sort of having your cake and eating it too)
3 Eat sparingly with a company in part of a muster? (7)
PEACOCK - A CO in PECK (eat sparingly); pride of lions, muster of peacocks
5 Book — avoiding parking — trips on electric cars — useful! (8,6)
TRISTRAM SHANDY - TRI[p]S TRAMS HANDY (useful)
6 What’s hard in writing down cipher (7)
NOTHING - H in NOTING
7 Not giving much out, like Spooner’s torch? (5-6)
TIGHT-LIPPED - light-tipped with the initial letters swapping
8 Strip, getting half nudged into river (6)
DENUDE - NUD[ged] in DEE (various rivers in the UK)
9 Cooking up eats with a grannie in her eighth decade? (14)
SEPTUAGENARIAN - UP EATS A GRANNIE*
13 Noble big cat has walk displacing start of lunch (11)
MARCHIONESS - MARCH in place of L[unch] in [l]IONESS
16 Drunken larks in a far country (3,5)
SRI LANKA - LARKS IN A
18 Vision of men abandoning parentless cat (7)
PHANTOM - [or]PHAN TOM
19 Get carving in a cathedral in grave style (7)
ACUTELY - CUT (carving) in A ELY (magnificent cathedral not far from Fenland Poly)
20 Stick plug at this point (6)
ADHERE - AD (plug as in advertisement) HERE
25 Turned irrational after small drink (3)
SIP - PI reversed after S[mall]