July 6th, 2020

  • jackkt

Times Quick Cryptic 1650 by Hurley

This is my 200th blog of a Quick Cryptic and my solving time was 9 minutes. I don't hold the record btw, as that belongs by a country mile to Chrisw93 who will post his 324th tomorrow and will certainly remain unchallenged as top QC blogger for the foreseeable future and well beyond. Well done to him!

Most of this was quite straightforward I thought, but maybe not so for less experienced solvers. As always I shall be very interested to read what everybody has to say.

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Ulaca de Milo
  • ulaca

Times 27709 - Neque non solo nec sed etiam

A lot of anagrams and subtraction clues balanced out by a left-field clue (11a) - if I have parsecked it right, which is no given. All in all, an entertaining start to the week, which I think the SNITCH will prove to be slightly tougher than one's (your? my?) average Monday.

My favourite was 1d (can't beat a bit of Yiddish, my [ones's?] son) and my time 25'30".

ACROSS

1 Cut round page in part (5)
SPLIT - P in SLIT
4 Restaurant with fish — about right by lake above Niagara (9)
BRASSERIE - R in BASS ERIE
9 Manage with fur in very warm mobile home (9)
HOUSEBOAT - USE BOA in HOT
10 Gold-plated cube is so long (5)
ADIEU - DIE in AU
11 Fix a sort of gate outside church (6)
ANCHOR - CH in A NOR; as for NOR, I will let Lexico (Oxford Dictionaries Online in old money) sort this out: 'A circuit which produces an output signal only when there are no signals on any of the input connections; [example] "It is quite common to recognize two others as well: the NAND and the NOR gate".'
12 Incline to admit having to go inside (8)
GRADIENT - DIE in GRANT
14 Game with prize — hard nut to crack? (8,4)
TREASURE HUNT - TREASURE (prize) H anagram* of NUT
17 Lively girl accepting offer dispensing with old perfume (12)
EFFERVESCENT - [o]FFER in EVE SCENT
20 Damaging fall in account I empty (4,4)
ACID RAIN - AC I DRAIN
21 Team making comeback in Nagasaki or Tokyo (6)
TROIKA - pretty simple reverse hidden in the Japanese stuff; TROIKA in the sense of 'three horses harnessed abreast', rather than what they pull
23 Daughter dismissed from post by small English faculty (5)
SENSE - SEN[d] S E
24 Return motel menu that’s dreadful (9)
EMOLUMENT - MOTEL MENU*
25 Saddle decorator over chasing source of plaster in tin (9)
CAPARISON - PARIS (as in plaster of Paris, geddit?) O (over) in CAN; a lovely word evoking all those wonderful jousty books, such as Faerie Queene, which Clive James eventually grew to love. Not a NOR in sight...
26 Party craving most respected leader (5)
DOYEN - DO YEN

DOWN

1 Whisky smuggled into school with unknown sloppiness (8)
SCHMALTZ -MALT in SCH Z; sloppiness as in something really sentimental, bordering on fake, like much of the modern mediatised world...
2 Diner wolfing last of rucola? Never bolt down rocket here (8)
LAUNCHER - [rucol]A in LUNCHER; rucola is the name for various types of vegetable rocket
3 Energy goes in running water for shower in poor repair (3,5,3,4)
THE WORSE FOR WEAR - E in WATER FOR SHOWER* (I guess/hope)
4 Volume runs from stream (4)
BOOK - B[r]OOK
5 Pudding to contain aromatic alcohol (10)
AFTERSHAVE - AFTERS HAVE
6 Maintain a position in base where my team play? (5,4,6)
STAND ONES GROUND - STAND (base) ONES GROUND (where my team play); a bit contrived, methinks. A question mark often signals as much...
7 Attacker’s comparatively quick removing pawn (6)
RAIDER - RA[p]IDER
8 What actors make up in what’s only fair play (6)
EQUITY - EQUITY is the actor's union ('Oh, yes it is, luvvie!') and 'fair play' or EQUITY is what one can expect in a court...in heaven, perhaps
13 Shaking, seeing red over son’s insatiability (10)
GREEDINESS - SEEING RED* S
15 What may restock food shop excessively (8)
DELIVERY - DELI VERY
16 Restrict movement of nitrates (8)
STRAITEN - NITRATES*
18 To work out sentence, convict’s beginning a long stretch? (6)
PARSEC - PARSE C[onvict]; 'a unit of astronomical distance equal to the distance from earth at which stellar parallax would be 1 second of arc; equivalent to 3.0857 × 1016 m or 3.262 light years'; longer than the Epsom Derby, in other words
19 Fuzz getting to the bottom of hoax abduction (6)
KIDNAP - KID (hoax) NAP (fuzz - as on a billiard table)
22 Fallen wicket breaks Bradman, perhaps (4)
DOWN - W in DON; the world's third most famous Don after POTUS and Manley