September 17th, 2021

Quick Cryptic 1964 by Felix

Well, well. Looks like we have another Dickens Nina. Barnaby Rudge is not a book I'm particularly familiar with, but a quick consultation with Professor Wikipedia yields GORDON, CHESTER, MAYPOLE, DOLLY VARDEN, GRIP... any more? Some chewy bits, more because of the nina than in spite of it, e.g 1dn. A bit over target for me at 9 minutes. I did like 13dn.

Across
1 Gordon Riots, involving a mounted infantryman (7)
DRAGOON - Anagram ('riots') of GORDON + A
7 Remove lead from centre of rung? Exactly! (7)
UNPLUMB - UN (centre of 'rung') + PLUMB
9 Disappointment, what Rapunzel’s done to her hair! (7)
LETDOWN - double definition
10 Cathedral city where box given to queen (7)
CHESTER - CHEST + ER
11 Some hero yearned to return long ago (4)
YORE - backwards hidden word: hERO Yearned
12 Call into a post office and public house with a set of books (9)
APOCRYPHA - CRY inside A + PO + PH + A
14 Become exhausted in rush to visit daughter (3,2,4)
RUN TO SEED - RUN TO SEE D
16 Prison commotion (4)
STIR - double definition
17 Painter of geologer oddly missed out green (2,5)
EL GRECO - ELGR (alternate letters of 'geologer') + ECO
20 Hen laid, shifted, and drew breath (7)
INHALED - Anagram ('shifted') of HEN LAID
21 Throws, around lord, protective barriers (7)
SHIELDS - SHIES with LD inside
22 Might E European dance around this? (7)
MAYPOLE - MAY + POLE

Down
1 Vern’s old lady’s fancy women’s hats (5,7)
DOLLY VARDENS - Anagram ('fancy') of VERNS OLD LADY. A type of decorated straw hat named after the Dickens character. Never heard of it.
2 Pudding served with a French skin lotion (8)
AFTERSUN - AFTERS + UN
3 Tom boozes regularly, producing a bit of wind (4)
OBOE - alternate letters of tOm BoOzEs
4 Carmelite, maybe around ten, finding Pope’s representative (6)
NUNCIO - NUN + C (around) + IO. A word I only know from doing crosswords
5 Seemed to be copied eating fruit (8)
APPEARED - APED with PEAR inside
6 Give up, indeed, finishing early (4)
QUIT - Short for QUITE
8 Dickensian bad guy, barren, destitute (7,5)
BARNABY RUDGE - Anagram ('destitute') of BAD GUY BARREN. It might have been an &lit, though I'm not sure BR was a bad guy.
12 A lovable eccentric, primarily (5,3)
ABOVE ALL - Anagram ('eccentric') of A LOVABLE
13 Mobile can disturb poor alto (8)
PORTALOO - Anagram ('disturb') of POOR ALTO
15 Concern for oneself, say: nothing is mentioned at first (6)
EGOISM - EG (say) + O + IS + M (first of 'mentioned')
18 Bag is right one for GP to possess (4)
GRIP - R + I inside GP
19 Those people with eyes peeled? (4)
THEY - hidden word: wiTH EYes
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Times 28085 - I'm a substitute!

My boss at the first job I ever worked at told me this: if you are the boss, and no workers are available, it is your responsibility to do the work yourself.   So here I am!

This was a difficult puzzle, and it took me over an hour to finish.   I tried to solve it solo, then worked with Jeremy online.   Even after we finished, some of the parsing had to be worked out, so thanks to my fellow blogger for the help.

Across
1 Action to start set pieces is needed, they maintain (10)
SERVICEMEN - SERVICE + MEN, service as in tennis, pieces as in chess, for the kind of service men who repair your appliances.
6 Give licence to overtake (4)
PASS -  Double definition.
8 Ruler from past stopping in error, returning without wife (8)
GOVERNOR - G(OVER)NOR[w], where wrong is backwards and over isn't
9 Appalling smoke beginning to thicken all around (6)
TRAGIC - CIGAR + T[hicken] backwards.
10 Stake blanched by the sun, perhaps (4)
PALE - Double defintion.
11 I'm obliged to admit blunder, tailing old men (5,5)
OTHER RANKS - O + TH(ERR)ANKS.
12 China's in marginally overlapping dioceses, it appears (9)
SEEMINGLY - SEE(MING)LY, i.e. SEE + ELY overlapping.
14 Within seconds, fool gets out of control (5)
SKIDS - S(KID)S.
17 Fried stuff with uniform filling (5)
SAUTE - SA(U)TE.
19 Reference book's chapter on critical politician (9)
DIRECTORY - DIRE (C) TORY, where critical clues dire.
22 One group has difficulty concealing evidence of operation (5,5)
PILOT LIGHT - P(I LOT)LIGHT.
23 Take part of judge in The Archers (4)
HEAR - Hidden in [T]HE AR[chers]
24 Show that's unselected, might one say out loud? (6)
DEPICT - Sounds like DE-PICKED.
25 See you put biblical books on stand, removing key (1,7)
A BIENTOT - ABI[d]E + NT + OT, of course.
26 A question of gender and class (4)
FORM - F OR  M, thanks to Mcchoc.....I thought the parliamentary meaning of "for" was a bit weak in the proposed parsing.
27 1 across prepared complex work schedule for members (5,5)
ORDER PAPER - OR + anagram of PREPARED, where servicemen now mean something different than they did in 1 across.
Down
1 Assistance to motorists so GPS isn't misused? (9)
SIGNPOSTS - Anagram of SO GPS ISN'T.
2 Enthusiast's put up with empty vehicle for spin (7)
REVOLVE -  V[ehicl]E + LOVER, upside-down.
3 Associated musical with nightclub (8)
CONJOINT - CON + JOINT, where con = "musical with".
4 Good distance south of Slough, comprehensive training area? (11,4)
MARSHALLING YARD - MARSH + ALL IN + G YARD.
5 Lawman's refusal to wait put queen off once (6)
NOTARY - NO TAR[r]Y.
6 Oddly, prevalent clothing for sailor? (3,6)
PEA JACKET - P[r]E[v]A [l](JACK)E[n]T, a brilliant &lit.
7 Dodged nettle going into hut (7)
SHIRKED - SH(IRK)ED.
13 Belief of immodest Hapsburg leader in Reformation (9)
METHODISM - Anagram of IMMODEST + H[apsburg].
15 One whose promotion is up in the air (9)
SKYWRITER - Cryptic definition.
16 Battle-hardened horse and rider set off (8)
DESTRIER - Anagram of RIDER SET, tough vocabulary here.
18 Rule out supporting a learner one's interested in (5,2)
ALIVE TO -  A + L + I + VETO.
20 Dealing with everything when angry, one can blow it (3-4)
ONE-STOP - ONE'S TOP.
21 Senseless British game (6)
BLOTTO - B + LOTTO.