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Times Quick Cryptic No 1232 by Tracy

This was a pretty straightforward puzzle, which I would have finished in under 10 minutes, if not for the GLOSSARY/YANK crossing. I didn't know that a YAK was a domesticated ox, and somehow I couldn't bring the word GLOSSARY to mind (INDEX? APPENDIX?). I put the puzzle down and put away some groceries and immediately came back to finish it up.

Across

1 The French support party, Republican, [in] region of Canada (8)
LABRADOR - LA ("the French") + BRA ("support") + DO ("party") + R ("Republican")
5 Information about opening in Loire Valley (4)
GLEN - GEN ("information") outside ("about") first letter of ("opening in") LOIRE ("Loire")
8 Rabbit's head found in food wagon (5)
TRUCK - RABBIT's ("rabbit's") first letter ("head") in ("found in") TUCK ("food")
9 Suffer [in] South American train, right away (7)
SUSTAIN - S ("south") + US ("American") + TRAIN ("train"), R ("right") removed ("away")
Tricky "lift and separate" with 'South American'!
11 Gondola bore exotic citrus fruit (5,6)
BLOOD ORANGE - GONDOLA BORE ("gondola bore") anagrammed ("exotic")
13 Friendless individual living initially in outskirts of Londonderry (6)
LONELY - ONE ("individual") + LIVING ("living") reduced to its first letter ("initially") inside ("in") first and last letter of ("outskirts of") LONDONDERRY ("Londonderry")
14 Relatives legally joining son (2-4)
IN-LAWS - IN LAW ("legally") + ("joining") S ("son")
A bit of a weak clue.
17 Rugby halfback is hard, unfriendly (11)
STANDOFFISH - STAND-OFF ("rugby halfback") + IS ("is") + H ('hard")
Jersey number 6.
20 Basic US rate confused English (7)
AUSTERE - US RATE ("US rate") anagrammed ("confused") + E ("English")
21 Girl [showing] anger, one having lost face (5)
IRENE - IRE ("anger") + ONE ("one") without first letter ("having lost face")
22 Pull domesticated ox round rear of barn (4)
YANK - YAK ("domesticated ox", apparently!) outside ("round") last letter of ("rear of") BARN ("barn")
23 Extremely healthy? / I agree (4,4)
VERY WELL - double definition

Down

1 Departed, / not on time (4)
LATE - double definition
2 Biscuit [or] drink popular in the US (7)
BOURBON - double definition
Never heard of the cookie, but sign me up for the drink.
3 Recognise a Conservative has awareness (11)
ACKNOWLEDGE - A ("a") + C ("Conservative") + ("has") KNOWLEDGE ("awareness")
4 Working towards the same goal against team (6)
ONSIDE - ON ("against") + SIDE ("team")
I think I got this parsing right? If you lay a ladder on a wall, you lay the ladder against it...
6 Gain knowledge of Shakespearean king close to Regan (5)
LEARN - LEAR ("Shakespearean king") + last letter of ("close to") REGAN ("Regan")
7 Knight and son seen dancing? How absurd (8)
NONSENSE - N ("knight", chess abbreviation) + ("and") SON SEEN ("son seen") anagrammed ("dancing")
10 Calm about drop, an unexpected piece of good luck (11)
SERENDIPITY - SERENITY ("calm") outside ("about") DIP ("drop")
12 Alphabetical list [in] article editor finally put in magazine (8)
GLOSSARY - A ("article") + EDITOR ("editor") reduced to its last letter ("finally") in ("put in") GLOSSY ("magazine")
15 A permit secured by the gymnast, perhaps (7)
ATHLETE - A ("a") + LET ("permit") in ("secured by") THE ("the")
16 Spent energy on fine garden party (6)
EFFETE - E ("energy") + ("on") F ("fine") + FETE ("garden party")
I usually think of the word as meaning 'weak', not 'spent', but a good definition. I also didn't know FETE was an outdoor party specifically.
18 Beggars once covering this crime (5)
ARSON - BEGGARS ONCE ("beggars once") contains the letters of the answer ("covering this")
19 Actual field of interest limited (4)
REAL - REALM ("field of interest") without its last letter ("limited")

Comments

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john_dun
Nov. 28th, 2018 12:33 am (UTC)
I found this quite straightforward, stating with LATE and finishing with AUSTERE. 7:23. Thanks Tracy and Jeremy.
kevingregg
Nov. 28th, 2018 12:46 am (UTC)
Biffed a couple, like BLOOD ORANGE and IRENE. I assumed that a STAND-OFF was something in rugby. 7:01.
vinyl1
Nov. 28th, 2018 02:04 am (UTC)
Not particularly hard....
...but I was dubious about the parsing of 'onside', and fearful that I was entering another wrong answer - but what else fits? 'Austere' was not an easy anagram; even with only six letters, starting with au- is not the first thing you think of. Time 9:35, with almost 50 seconds for proofreading - found a 'glpssary'!
kevingregg
Nov. 28th, 2018 02:21 am (UTC)
Re: Not particularly hard....
I had a P for an O in today's 15x15, and I didn't find it, until too late.
jackkt
Nov. 28th, 2018 05:39 am (UTC)
After a run of four consecutive "targets achieved" this one took me 13 minutes, overshooting by 3. SERENDIPITY and STANDOFFISH needed most of their checkers before the answers came to mind; SUSTAIN and ONSIDE were both considered early but I delayed writing them in the first time round; GLOSSARY jumped out at me but didn't go in until I had cracked the wordplay which again required more than one visit to become clear.
templec
Nov. 28th, 2018 06:46 am (UTC)
easiest for a while ...
and probably a PB for me (c. 13 mins), do I still qualify for the SCC? probably ...

very straightforward and I suspect many will find relatively easy.

agree ref. on and against and I didn’t parse sustain correctly either.

COD: 1a (I liked the multiple construction)
LOI: 12d (glossy took a while ...)

thanks to setter, blogger and all who contribute.
Carl
mendesest
Nov. 28th, 2018 07:30 am (UTC)
Fast but careless for me. A shade under 16m but with two typos. Nonseese was down to carelessness with already entered checkers but serendipidy is just annoying - I know I can't spell it and in my eagerness to press submit didn't ponder long enough. If only I was on the train today, I'd have done it on paper and never known any different. Perhaps this time I'll finally learn the spelling.
davidivad1
Nov. 28th, 2018 07:35 am (UTC)
Wednesday
13:35 for me today. I progressed quite quickly but was held up a bit by clues I could not parse. My last two were IRENE and REAL, both unparsed. Thanks Jeremy for those and others.
Overall not too difficult but if you did not know Stand Off in rugby you might struggle. And it took me a while to find my bourbon. David
albrecht1959
Nov. 28th, 2018 08:40 am (UTC)
Like Jeremy I was slow to get glossary but once that was in yank was obvious. It would otherwise have taken ages for domesticated ox to summon a yak. Field of interest for realm was a bit obscure. 14.15.
steakcity
Nov. 28th, 2018 08:43 am (UTC)
Whizzed through quite easily but couldn't parse Glossary. COD Standoffish. Thanks Tracy and Jeremy. You should reward yourself with a couple of bourbon biscuits, best eaten in two halves saving the chocolate filling till last.
templarredux
Nov. 28th, 2018 09:14 am (UTC)
The stand off doesn’t always wear jersey no 6, Jeremy - he does in rugby league, but in rugby union he wears jersey number 10!

Another Very Good Day at 1.3 Kevins. I thought the clue for BOURBON was barely cryptic and could have come from the concise. I liked the surface for BLOOD ORANGE and that gets COD from me.

Thanks Jeremy and Tracy.

Templar
john_dun
Nov. 28th, 2018 10:07 am (UTC)
In our pub quiz last night, we had the question what number does the Fly Half wear in RU? and the answer was 10. We got it right and won the quiz as it happens:-)
(no subject) - templarredux - Nov. 28th, 2018 11:09 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - john_dun - Nov. 28th, 2018 11:18 am (UTC) - Expand
chrisw91
Nov. 28th, 2018 09:25 am (UTC)
Well well
I thought 'well well' was all very well for 23ac until SERNDIPI_L came along. By the time that was all sorted out the clock had clicked past 12 minutes. I agree with Templar that 'bourbon' is a really easy clue - but only if you look at it as a double definition. Once I started making the final two 'IN' for 'popular' I’d got tangled. When’s a crossword easy? When you see the clues straight off.
sonofjim
Nov. 28th, 2018 09:32 am (UTC)
Finally...
... achieved a sub 10 with a whopping PB of 7.46. What a great word serendipity is. Looking forward to rejoining SCC tomorrow.
templarredux
Nov. 28th, 2018 11:07 am (UTC)
Re: Finally...
Wow, well done!
Re: Finally... - john_dun - Nov. 28th, 2018 11:18 am (UTC) - Expand
RonPenalties
Nov. 28th, 2018 10:00 am (UTC)
Managed to put in BESIDE for 4d, which then meant I spent a good few minutes inventing fictional Canadian provinces such as LABRADBE :(

Not being too au fait with my North American geography, would have much preferred 1ac to be a clue about a dog, but I guess you can't have everything.
desdeeloeste
Nov. 28th, 2018 11:00 am (UTC)
Completed in 12 mins with my LOI 12d GLOSSARY. The SW corner in general took me over my 10 mins target. I struggled to rearrange the letters to solve 20a AUSTERE and failed to spot the hidden 18d ARSON until I had two checkers. 22a YANK was a write in for me but 17a STANDOFFISH was my penultimate solve and biffed.

WOD 10d SERENDIPITY - a fortuitous accident and write in as it has long been a favourite of mine.

Thank you Tracy and Jeremy
(Anonymous)
Nov. 28th, 2018 11:05 am (UTC)
Labracadabra....
....as a canine magician might say.

I was another who biffed "well well" and lost time in nailing SERENDIPITY as a consequence. Not too far over my 5 minute target though.

Liked the clue for NONSENSE.
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