December 7th, 2020

  • jackkt

Times Quick Cryptic 1760 by Izetti

After a very tough puzzle from Pedro on Friday - it took me 16 minutes, way over my 10 minute target - we have another tricky one today from Izetti. This took me 13 minutes which at least didn't count as another trip into my my 'red' zone of 15+ minutes,  and it was very enjoyable so I don't begrudge the extra time spent on it. On reflection, many of the clues were straightforward and they provided checkers to assist with the more difficult ones.

Only one clue is perhaps a little out of the range of GK to be expected of the average QC solver. I dredged the answer from somewhere only because I studied that period of history about 55 years ago and remembered the name, though not the detail of the affair which the clue alludes to.

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Ulaca de Milo
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Times 27841 - And the play?

A straightforward Monday offering, which may see Mohn sub-4, Verlaine sub-5 and Starstruck sub-me. Perhaps a PB out there somewhere too? Plusjeremy? He appears to be on steroids at the moment.

Something of a symmetrical feel to this, with a long American balanced by a similarly lengthy Irish philanthropist; and a lightweight philosopher balanced by a Greek deity. What more can you ask? Oh, and a rather posh random girl. It just keeps getting better and better.

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ACROSS

1 Relaxed having lowered pulse (8)
DOWNBEAT - DOWN BEAT
5 Escort vessel taking line through ducks (6)
GIGOLO - GIG L in OO (ducks as in noughts at cricket)
8 Schedule this month one absolutely fixed (3,2,5)
SET IN STONE - SET (schedule) INST (this month - Dickensian administratese) ONE (one)
9 Cut force at work here (4)
NICK - double definition (DD); nick as in cut a piece of wood and as a police station
10 One great shot in the box by American player (7,7)
ABRAHAM LINCOLN - The fellah who shot Honest Abe was a luvvie
11 Recalled trap set in identical puzzles (7)
ENIGMAS - GIN reversed in SAME
13 Vehicle on the move delivers seed (7)
CARAWAY - CAR AWAY (on the move)
15 Exemption from having to cross ebbing river (7)
FREEDOM - DEE (river in Aberdeen, for example) reversed in FROM
18 Plump female kindly news boss engages (4-3)
WELL-FED - F in WELL (kindly - as in 'They treated us kindly', which sounds odd, but is okay grammatically) ED
21 Surgeon (RN) abroad worked for homely philanthropist (6,8)
DOCTOR BARNARDO - DOCTOR (surgeon) anagram* of RN ABROAD for John Thomas Barnardo, the Irish sort-of doctor and philanthropist who founded the eponymous children's homes
22 Panel gives old man nothing (4)
DADO - DAD O
23 Laughing uncontrollably following theatre visit? (2,8)
IN STITCHES - pretty feeble joke-wise and not today's standout clue perhaps
24 Feel genuinely sorry about gym’s charge (6)
REPENT - PE in RENT (charge is about gym)
25 One’s found stunning spot — at city’s limits? (3,5)
EYE CANDY - EYE (spot) C AND Y (C[it]Y)

DOWN

1 Escape into valley and remove unwanted coat (7)
DESCALE - ESC in DALE
2 Bank and Temple man held inside before (9)
WATERSIDE - WAT (as in Angkor Wat) SID (today's random bloke) in ERE
3 Stolen meat comes to philosopher (7)
BENTHAM - BENT (British slang for 'stolen') HAM (meat)
4 Goddess, second one, encountered sun god rising (7)
ARTEMIS - reversal of S I MET RA for Diana's Greek virginal hunting counterpart
5 Something fruity from novelist gone into by censor (9)
GREENGAGE - GAG in [Graham] GREENE
6 Indian state holds new star losing head in cabin (7)
GONDOLA - N [i]DOL in GOA
7 Girl having endless success getting in with US lawyer (7)
LUCINDA - LUC[k] IN DA; Lucinda Prior-Palmer was a horsey type back in the day
12 Champion making an essential point about game (9)
APOLOGIST - POLO in A GIST
14 Very slight force fluctuating in the raw outside (5-4)
WAFER-THIN - F in IN THE RAW*
16 Irish channel securing opera about to broadcast (7)
RADIATE - AIDA reversed in RTE (Irish state broadcaster, to be sure)
17 Bound to suffer defeat after short dash around (7)
ENCLOSE - LOSE after EN (- short dash) C (circa - around)
18 Well-heeled wife in the pink having lost first husband (7)
WEALTHY - W for H in HEALTHY
19 Moonstruck in a cult after processing (7)
LUNATIC - IN A CULT* not too tricky
20 Makes casual visit to bishop restricted by medical condition (5,2)
DROPS BY - B in DROPSY