July 5th, 2021

  • jackkt

Times Quick Cryptic 1910 by Hurley

One or two tricky clues here, I thought, but after last week's run of disasters (apart from Monday) I was pleased to finish within my target with time to spare. This was a very uncomplicated puzzle to blog so I find myself with little to add to the basic explanations.

As usual definitions are underlined in bold italics, {deletions and substitutions are in curly brackets} and [anagrinds, containment, reversal and other indicators in square ones]. I usually omit all reference to positional indicators unless there is a specific point that requires clarification.

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Ulaca de Milo
  • ulaca

Times 28021 - The cold in the cooler will get hotter as a rule-r

I enjoyed this puzzle immensely, referencing as it did two of my favourite songs, one of which did double duty by prompting me to get the sciency clue without having to bother about what it all meant.

We also have a largely unread English poet, who I knew through my CS Lewis studies, a 70s sitcom that has lasted the course of time pretty well and possibly the best known work by Gilbert and Sullivan. Pompedy-pompedy pom! No Princess Ida to trip me up here. A self-confessed flat-track bully, I wonder if I might sneak under the WITCH again this Monday with my 24:10…


1 Mine closes branch that’s a bad place to be (6)
ARMPIT - PIT (mine) on (closes) ARM (branch); as in 'Weston-super-Mare is the armpit of Somerset.' Apologies to my sister and anyone else who live there.
5 Home before time, wound up fiancé (8)
INTENDED - IN (home) T (time) ENDED (wound up)
9 Player against work with piano nonet being composed (8)
OPPONENT - OP (work) anagram* of P NONET
10 Maroon thread (6)
STRAND - double definition (DD); my daughter put me on to Maroon 5 (the band whose lead singer cannot look at a camera without ripping his shirt off and showing his tattoos); I must confess to liking their 2019 number 'Memories', a riff on Pachelbel's canon. 'Memories bring back, memories bring back - yo'
11 Just the same as Ernie, perhaps (8)
LIKEWISE - LIKE [Ernie] WISE (of Morecambe and Wise fame)
12 A home to weep over in Balkan country (6)
BOSNIA -reversal of A IN SOB
13 Note a carrier with more than one iron canister of gunpowder? (3,5)
TEA CADDY - TE A CADDY (carrier with more than one iron - ho! ho! Fanny Sunesson and Steve Williams might be the most famous members of the breed of golf-club carriers cum psychologists); gunpowder is a type of green tea
15 Attempt to introduce the second of horses here? (4)
TROY - [h]O[rses] in TRY; so far as I know, there was only one attempt at equine deception in Asia Minor, so I am not sure the clue is entirely felicitous
17 Depend — only without me (4)
19 Roll in once drunk for work (8)
NOCTURNE - TURN in ONCE*; Chopin's nocturne in C-sharp minor (posthumous) was brought to a larger audience by the film The Pianist
20 Prohibit going either way in crossing (6)
21 Swap over shillings or sixpences, say (8)
22 Mostly ill-tempered English poet (6)
CRABBE - CRABB[y] E; George Crabbe (1754-1832) was a poet, surgeon and clergyman. Byron described him as 'nature's sternest painter, yet the best', so he obviously preferred him to Robert Southey.
23 Exhaust patent anger (8)
24 Not all there is to see in fourth rate feature (8)
DISTRAIT - IS in D TRAIT (aka 'fourth feature'); absent-minded, as I am on occasion, especially with reference to almost anything told me by the wife
25 Origins of Pooh, Owl, Roo, Kanga, Eeyore, Rabbit and Piglet (6)
PORKER - the initial letters of all those AA Milne characters


2 One who makes good dryer introduced by salesman (8)
3 Things appropriate to youth at the outset (8)
PROPERTY - PROPER (appropriate) T[o] Y[outh]
4 Kid at home prepared for light work (3,6)
5 Finally visiting the town we holidayed in most recently? (2,3,4,6)
IN THE LAST RESORT - hearing Don Henley sing anything is a delight, but I know every word of his Last Resort and have been known to sing along to it with a passion almost approaching that of the Texarkanan. 'Call some place paradise, kiss it goodbye!' They can put that on my gravestone.
6 Physical amount of energy left over in New York (7)
ENTROPY - reversal of PORT (left) in E (energy) NY; in simple terms, entropy is a thermodynamic quantity; or, as Michael Flanders puts is, 'that's entropy man!'
7 Note downpour develop over time and where it ends up (8)
8 Classic TV series — key dramas broadcast over years (4,4)
DADS ARMY - D (key this time) DRAMAS* Y - as you should jolly well know, Wilson...
14 A lot discounted spiteful gossip over Charlie and Rick (4-5)
DIRT-CHEAP - DIRT (spiteful gossip) C (Charlie) RICK (heap - as of hay)
15 Devious few do act false (3-5)
16 What elevates the way religious festival gets swapped around (8)
17 Editor is embarrassed luvvy? (8)
18 Lake supporting fish which may be close to the bottom? (8)
LINGERIE - LING on ERIE; a slightly Paul-in-the Guradianesque definition; what are times coming to?
19 Establishment making good bed covers? (4,3)
NAIL BAR - cryptic definition; the bed of the nail is the vascular epidermis upon which most of it rests. A nail bar is another formulation for a nail salon.