April 13th, 2020

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  • jackkt

Times Quick Cryptic 1590 by Juno

Solving time: 10 minutes. Today we have a very rare offering from Juno who although first setting for us in June 2014 has contributed only 10 puzzles to date. The most recent before this was the milestone Quickie #1500 in December last year which contained a memorable Nina -  details not revealed here in case anyone wants to look it up in the Times archive and have a go at it. On the strength of that I checked for a Nina today but was unable to find one, although I wondered if the juxtaposition of 2dn and 11dn in the second column was entirely coincidental.


STOP PRESS: Many thanks to anon (below) posting at 01:17pm for finding the Nina. I quote:
There is some sort of theme. In successive rows there is Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

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Ulaca de Milo
  • ulaca

Times 27637 - Nice and easy does it...

...one more time. Nothing to scare the equines here. If I could get home in 17 minutes, then I am expecting PBs and fast times from our speed merchants. Here's how it pans out...




ACROSS

1 Spies seize retreating councillor roughly (5)
CIRCA - CR reversed in CIA
4 Struggle with drink, adopting old attitude (9)
VIEWPOINT - VIE W O in PINT
9 Seal hunter directly opposite harbour (5,4)
POLAR BEAR - POLAR (directly opposite BEAR (harbour, as in harbour a grudge)
10 A food item chopped for birds (5)
AVIAN - A VIAN[d]
11 Court disputed jury's conclusion, causing hoo-ha (6)
OUTCRY - anagram+ of COURT [jur]Y
12 Monarchs (father and child) embody uniform pomp (8)
GRANDEUR - U (uniform) in GR AND ER, where GR is George VI and ER his daughter, our monarch
14 Average factory manager enjoys this (3-2-3-4)
RUN-OF-THE-MILL - the factory manager has the run of the mill
17 By chance, stress colleague grabbing passport? (12)
ACCIDENTALLY - ID in ACCENT ALLY
20 Create circles with river plant that's toxic (8)
MANDRAKE - AND (with) R (river) in MAKE (create)
21 Leaves container that holds a fortune? (6)
TEACUP - cryptic definition (CD)
23 European firm initially looks into bacteria in canal (1,4)
E COLI - E CO L[ooks] I[nto]
24 Flat hire charge includes copper gong (9)
RECUMBENT - CU MBE in RENT
25 Devious trap-door hides head of hairy spider, say (9)
ARTHROPOD - H[airy] in TRAPDOOR*
26 Born next to Derry's walls in poverty (5)
NEEDY - NEE D[err]Y

DOWN

1 Press award supported by directors (8)
CUPBOARD - CUP BOARD; a press is, for some people, a cupboard used for storing clothes, linen etc
2 Call inspires revolutionary story telling (8)
RELATING - TALE reversed in RING
3 Televise cunning US chef's big vessel (8,7)
AIRCRAFT CARRIER - AIR (televise) CRAFT (cunning) [Robert] CARRIER
4 Old magistrate briefly brought up wind (4)
VEER - REEV[e] reversed
5 With which to pick up sound of jumbo in Bow? (3,7)
EAR TRUMPET - a CD with an extended definition: if you heard an elephant in the East End, you might be using an ear trumpet
6 Inconspicuous US officer scuppers slot machine plan (12,3)
PLAINCLOTHES MAN - SLOT MACHINE PLAN*
7 This writer's going round to stay in the same place (6)
IBIDEM - BIDE in I'M
8 Unrestricted hard nuts head up Arctic region (6)
TUNDRA - reverse hidden, as in sTUN DRAh
13 So-called trick cyclist to stop shooting film (6-4)
SHRINK-WRAP - SHRINK (psychiatrist AKA trick cyclist) WRAP (to stop filming on set)
15 Have no energy during run — the result of blow? (5,3)
BLACK EYE - LACK (have no) E (energy) in BYE (run in cricket)
16 Northbound, my route cuts Sydney suburbs for comfort (8)
SYMPATHY - MY reversed PATH (route) in S[ydne]Y
18 A second English degree? That’s not much of a life (6)
AMOEBA - A MO E BA
19 Open a French type of sandwich with nothing in it (6)
UNBOLT - UN O in BLT (bacon lettuce and tomato - excellent fare)
22 Move quickly about in south of France (4)
SCUD - C in SUD