March 30th, 2020

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Times 27625 - David Duckham Remembered

A gentle start to the week, which took me 15 minutes plus change. Nothing too difficult vocabulary, definition or parsing wise, and the easily misspelt word had the dodgy vowel handed to you on a plate.

For those of you who have been kind enough to check on the progress of my CS Lewis book, it has finally been published (along with a comic novel that I wrote a year or two back). Interested parties can check it out here.

ACROSS

1 Engagement risks him becoming distraught (8)
SKIRMISH - anagram* of RISKS HIM
5 Hang on! Programme’s approaching finale (6)
APPEND - APP END
10 Dukes pinching diamonds took a risk (5)
DICED - ICE (diamonds) in D D (dukes)
11 Half-starved spies held by English couple died (9)
EMACIATED - CIA in E MATE D
12 Individual flogging stolen gin (9)
SINGLETON - STOLEN GIN*
13 Sailor rejecting seafood, being sole (5)
ALONE - [ab]ALONE
14 Ugly sight I witnessed in the auditorium (7)
EYESORE - sounds like I SAW; reminds me of the old joke 'Who was that woman I seen you with last night?' 'You mean "I saw"' 'Okay, who was that eyesore I seen you with last night?'
16 Occasionally driver steals fuel (6)
DIESEL - alternate letters in D[r]I[v]E[r] S[t]E[a]L[s]
18 Lout finally collared by virtuous man (6)
MORTAL -[lou]T in MORAL
20 Conservative speaker losing head, grabbing university steward (7)
CURATOR - C [o]RATOR - U for o
22 Catch an Edith Piaf number? (5)
SEIZE - 16 for a French personage such as zee leetul sparrow
23 Control Spooner’s sweaty fool (9)
CLAMPDOWN - DAMP CLOWN with the initial bits swapped
25 Spiny creature aunt ogles in unseemly fashion (9)
LANGOUSTE - AUNT OGLES*; one of several decapod crustacean thingies
26 Servicemen without place to study causing fight (3-2)
RUN-IN - UNI in RN (Royal Navy)
27 Complaint of a scholarly woman? (6)
MALADY - MA LADY; yeeees, as Pitman might say
28 Perk for those departing, relieved of responsibility (4-4)
DUTY-FREE -DUTY FREE

DOWN

1 Avoid date in Rome blocking advance? (8)
SIDESTEP - IDES in STEP; it was said of David Duckham that he could sidestep three men in a telephone box. It has to be said some Welsh guy copied him quite successfully. Of course, in the modern game, "that try" wouldn't have counted: two guys would have been sent off for high tackles and the try disallowed for a forward pass. Who needs technology?
2 Where you might find prisoner from Peru, once? (5)
INCAN - IN CAN
3 Dull place that drivers should steer clear of? (6-2-3-4)
MIDDLE-OF-THE-ROAD - not quite a double definition because of the hyphen, methinks; me, I like middle-of-the-road music that many heavies sneer at. Here's thinking of you, Randy VanWarmer. WHAT. A. NAME.
4 He hates arranging cover (7)
SHEATHE - HE HATES*
6 Effects of soldier becoming extremely teary? (7,8)
PRIVATE PROPERTY - PRIVATE (soldier) PROPER (becoming) T[ear]Y; the clue where I earn my corn
7 Sociable old commie holding vicar up (9)
EXTROVERT - REV reversed in EX TROT
8 Are unsteady daughters being given more rum? (6)
DODDER - D (daughters) ODDER (more rum)
9 Lost men dad manipulated (6)
DAMNED - MEN DAD*
15 Moving almost everything after fiancée’s latest proposal (9)
EMOTIONAL - [fiance]E MOTION (proposal) AL[l]
17 Arms injunction I ignored (8)
ORDNANCE - ORD[i]NANCE
19 Copper’s in luck, finding stripper (6)
LOCUST - CUS in LOT; more fortune or destiny, perhaps, but luck is close enough
20 Some of public hate Audi estate (7)
CHATEAU - hidden in in last four words; I recently bought my wife a cover for her beloved Audi A5 Sportback, earning several house points
21 Refuge from years in a favela (6)
ASYLUM - Y in A SLUM; catch City of Joy, if you haven't already seen it
24 Mistress admitted having bottom scratched by king (5)
OWNER - OWNE[d] d replaced by R (rex - king)