September 23rd, 2020

Times Quick Cryptic 1707 by Orpheus

Nice puzzle - average time. Following on from yesterday's Japanese poetry lesson, I was forced to guess a bit more general knowledge today (18ac, 20ac), and I was slow to think of the required woman at 11ac. I especially enjoyed the two clues with slightly more convoluted wordplay at 5dn and my COD 11dn.

Definitions underlined.

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Across
1 Uncouth old swimmer crossing centre of bay (6)
OAFISH - O (old) and FISH (swimmer) containing (crossing) the middle letter (centre) of bAy.
5 Expression wears thin for listeners (6)
PHRASE - sounds like (for listeners) "frays" (wears thin).
8 Italian citizens coming from same line somehow (8)
MILANESE - anagram of (somehow) SAME LINE.
9 In Tiepolo, a notable advance (4)
LOAN - hiddin in (in) tiepoLO A Notable.
10 Opposed to books being dumped in main road (4)
ANTI - NT (new testament, books) inside (dumped in) A1 (main road).
11 Bitter woman coming in to do a song (8)
SCATHING - CATH (woman) inside (coming in to) SING (do a song).
12 Bloke keen, some say, to establish wine shop (6)
BODEGA - BOD (bloke) then a homophone of (some say) "eager".
14 Cockney building boundary round field, moving slowly? (6)
EDGING - (h)EDGING (building boundary round field) as a Cockney might say it.
16 US politician caught deserter at end of rally (8)
DEMOCRAT - C (caught) and RAT (deserter) after (at end of) DEMO (rally).
18 She was Boaz’s wife? Pity (4)
RUTH - double definition; reference to the biblical story from the book of Ruth.
20 Hindu queen administered island (4)
RANI - RAN (administered) and I (island).
21 Scottish festival always associated with chap minding pigs? (8)
HOGMANAY - AY (always) next to (associated with) HOGMAN (chap minding pigs?).
23 Motto found in record kept by hospital (6)
SLOGAN - LOG (record) inside (kept by) SAN (sanatorium, hospital).
24 Insect originally good at digging for lost young? (6)
GADFLY - first letters from (originally) Good At Digging For Lost Young.

Down
2 Like birds initially imported in a commercial vehicle (5)
AVIAN - first letter of (initially) Imported inside (in) A VAN (commercial vehicle).
3 Envisage instruments originally employed in Enigma variation (7)
IMAGINE - first letter of (originally) Instruments inside (in) an anagram of (...variations) ENIGMA.
4 Shade used in houses regularly (3)
HUE - every other letter from (regularly) HoUsEs.
5 Common old man fed by priest before fast (9)
PREVALENT - PA (father, old man) containing (fed by) REV (reverend, priest) then LENT (fast).
6 Fellow engaged in moral philosophy (5)
RALPH - hiddin in (engaged in) moRAL PHilosophy,
7 Quiet girl on Irish river (7)
SHANNON - SH (quiet), ANN (girl) and ON.
11 Endlessly casting about, catching high-class marine creature (3,6)
SEA URCHIN - all-but-the-last letter from (endlessly) SEARCHINg (casting about) containing (catching) U (upper class, high-class).
13 General deliveries a couple of Liberals assembled (7)
OVERALL - OVER (six balls in cricket, deliveries) then A and two Ls (couple of liberals) all put together (assembled).
15 Fish on estate, perhaps, getting floral decoration (7)
GARLAND - GAR (fish) on LAND (estate, perhaps).
17 Outstanding old part of house (5)
OWING - O (old) and WING (part of house).
19 Track taking dog across river (5)
TRAIL - TAIL (dog) containing (across) R (river).
22 Suppress comedian’s joke (3)
GAG - double definition.

Times 27777 - two and the Angel Number will look after us.

This was a fast solve and a not very exciting crossword for me, I can't find much to say about it, except it was disappointing for a Wednesday. So I noticed it was #27777. I Googled 7777 and was transported to some weird websites which told me all about Angels, the Bible and Goodness and luck and that anything else I wished for could be coming my way. Who writes this stuff? Who believes it? Anyway here's the blog.




Across
1 Communicate with bishop over satisfactory primer (8)
TEXTBOOK - TEXT (communicate) B (bishop) O(ver) OK.
6 Doddery old bachelors originally living in outskirts of Whitby (6)
WOBBLY - W(hitb)Y has O, B, B and L inserted.
9 Greek mountain’s huge appeal (4)
OSSA - OS (outsize) SA (appeal, sex appeal). Impressive 2000m mountain halfway up the right side of the Greek mainland.
10 Makes start, sadly, as scourge of workforce? (10)
TASKMASTER - (MAKES START)*
11 Wavering of ambassador initially inept in post (10)
HESITATION - H.E. (ambassador) STATION (post); insert I being initially inept.
13 Report of sludge in one of three rivers (4)
OUSE - Sounds like OOZE; one of at least three rivers so-called in the UK. Counting the Great Ouse and Little Ouse its tributary as two, there are four.
14 Ignorant, but not tight, do we hear? (8)
UNTAUGHT - Sounds like UN-TAUT.
16 Most balanced article written in small refuge (6)
SANEST - S(mall), NEST (refuge), insert A (article).
18 Italian poet’s heartless noble (6)
ARISTO - Ludovico ARIOSTO was an Italian poet. Take away his centre O.
20 Storyteller from Scottish island returning to centre of Kinross (8)
NARRATOR - Reverse ARRAN, add TO and R being the central letter of Kinross.
22 Fish deft anglers catch easily to begin with (4)
DACE - initial letters of D eft A nglers C atch E asily.
24 Half of them sketch vaguely from beginning to end (10)
THROUGHOUT - TH(em) ROUGH OUT (sketch vaguely).
26 Resident in Hampshire briefly entertaining a little (10)
INHABITANT - IN, HANT (presumably short for Hampshire, although believe it is more usual as HANTS) insert A BIT for a little.
28 Fellow keeping oxen at first for beef (4)
MOAN - O in MAN, beef as in complain.
29 Discharge former partner in robust health (6)
EXHALE - EX (former partner) HALE (in robust health).
30 Quiet, more colourful piece of office equipment (8)
SHREDDER - SH ! REDDER = more colourful.
Down
2 Maybe Chinese festival involving English sailors (9)
EASTERNER - EASTER has E(nglish) and RN (sailors) inserted.
3 Empress’s army once carrying nerve gas (7)
TSARINA - TA (Territorial Army) has SARIN a nerve gas inserted.
4 It thus set up a Roman port (5)
OSTIA - IT SO (thus) is reversed = OSTI add A.
5 Aegean island some seek ostentatiously (3)
KOS - hidden (not very) in SEE(K OS)TENTATIOUSLY.
6 Lothario, perhaps? More like Solomon crossing eastern state (9)
WOMANISER - WISER like Solomon has OMAN inserted.
7 Instrument produced by graduates thus performing (7)
BASSOON - BAS (graduates) SO (thus) ON (performing).
8 City came first, securing last of five goals ultimately (5)
LEEDS - LED has E (last of fivE) inserted then S (goals ultimately) added.
12 Fashionable cosmetic preparation for one vocalising in church (7)
INTONER - IN (fashionable) TONER (cosmetic).
15 Spooky entertainer left president following golf (9)
GHOSTLIKE - G (golf) HOST (entertainer) L (left) IKE (Eisenhower).
17 Finally he hangs out somehow in Japanese governor’s office (9)
SHOGUNATE - (E HANGS OUT)* the E being from finally hE.
19 Scorer’s stock stories about start of match (7)
SMETANA - SET ANA being stock stories, insert M for match.
21 Remorseful American hiding in an outhouse (7)
ASHAMED - AM in A SHED.
23 Join a former partner collecting news (5)
ANNEX - AN EX, a former partner, has N for news inserted.
25 Speak indistinctly, losing marks at first, say (5)
UTTER - MUTTER loses its M.
27 A second son, one behaving foolishly (3)
ASS - A, S(econd) S(on).