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Times 1260 Quick Cryptic by Mara

Solving time: 9 minutes. When blogging there seemed to be an excess of anagrams or partials but on counting them there were only 9, which out of 24 clues is surely not above average. I lost a moment along the way over the parsing of 16dn and hesitated to write in the correct answer in although it had occured to me as soon as I saw the word 'boxes' in the clue.

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]

1 Actor, hipster, made space for musicians (9,3)
ORCHESTRA PIT - Anagram [made] of ACTOR HIPSTER. Not relevant today, but newbies may care to note that 'orchestra' is an anagram of CARTHORSE and as such  it has turned up many a time in cryptic puzzles.
9 Cask of beer is for African capital (5)
TUNIS -  TUN (cask of beer), IS
10 Article rewritten for performance (7)
RECITAL -Anagram [rewritten] of ARTICLE
11 Language produced as I wash off cut lip (7)
SWAHILI - Anagram [off] of  I WASH, LI{p} [cut]
12 Order feathers on splitting quill, perhaps? (5)
PREEN - RE (on), contained by [splitting] PEN (quill, perhaps)
14 Someone from this planet: large and thin, weirdly! (9)
EARTHLING - Anagram [wierdly] of LARGE THIN
18 Parts loser messed up (5)
ROLES - Anagram [messed up] of LOSER
20 Lay it on thick, smoother (7)
FLATTER - Two meanings, the first being a coloquial expression for flattery, fawning or generally over-stating things.
21 Somewhat lamentable, austere scene (7)
TABLEAU - Hidden [somewhat] in {lamen}TABLE AU{stere}
23 Solid cooks, those revered (5)
IDOLS - Anagram [cooks] of SOLID
24 Record delivered solo (6-6)
SINGLE-HANDED - SINGLE (record - as opposed to LP, EP etc), HANDED (delivered)
2 Make a tinkling noise to serve as a reminder? (4,1,4)
RING A BELL - Two meanings
3 More reckless, eats layer of cake! (7)
HASTIER - HAS (eats), TIER (layer of cake - e.g. a wedding cake may have tiers)
4 Hand not bent, level (8,5)
STRAIGHT FLUSH - STRAIGHT (not bent), FLUSH (level). A very strong hand of cards in poker.
5 Summarise extraordinary race on page (5)
RECAP - Anagram [extraordinary] of RACE, P (page)
6 Pan lid turned over (3)
POT - TOP (lid) reversed [turned over]
7 Ability to write story on New Testament (6)
TALENT - TALE (story), NT (New Testament)
8 Admitting hot finally, scarf put away (5)
STASH - SASH (scarf), containing [admitting] {ho}T [finally]
13 Group gets home drunk around one (9)
EIGHTSOME - Anagram [drunk] of GETS HOME containing [around] I (one)
15 From Sicily, say, I ain’t worried about Mr Capone! (7)
ITALIAN - Anagram [worried] of I AIN'T containing [about] AL (Mr Capone)
16 Ready: line up boxes (6)
CRATES - SET (ready) + ARC (line] reversed [up]
17 Ruthlessly overcome infatuation (5)
CRUSH - Two meanings
19 Super increase (5)
SWELL - Two meanings
22 Cake in bed, unfinished (3)
BUN - BUN{k} (bed) [unfinished]


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Jan. 7th, 2019 02:50 am (UTC)
Slow to twig to a couple: PREEN, FLATTER, STRAIGHT FLUSH, CRATES. 7:24.
Jan. 7th, 2019 04:08 am (UTC)
Also a bit slow...
...being faced at the end by _ R _ T _ S and _ R _ U _, both of which will accommodate a wide variety of possible answers. The rest was rather straightforward, with nothing too obscure.

We'll see how the SCC does....

Sorry, time was 8:35.

Edited at 2019-01-07 04:08 am (UTC)
Jan. 7th, 2019 07:09 am (UTC)
first SCC member ...
17 mins!

fairly straightforward, however I wasn’t sure of the praying of PREEN and CRATES.

thanks to blogger, setter and all who contribute.

Jan. 7th, 2019 07:25 am (UTC)
Raced through the anagrams - except EIGHTSOME - and thought I must be on for a record time but then came to a shuddering halt. STASH, CRATES, SWELL, HASTIER (satisfying groan on parsing) and the FLUSH part of STRAIGHT FLUSH all taking this beyond 20m. Caused myself trouble by reading smoother as smother and then topped it all off by having PRENN at 12a, so not only slow but not all right either. Good puzzle.
Jan. 7th, 2019 08:08 am (UTC)
30 minutes on my phone, didnt write down the anagrams so found eightsome hard. Last two were preen and crates which I didnt parse so submitted with fingers crossed.

Cod hastier or crush.
Jan. 7th, 2019 08:10 am (UTC)
Good Puzzle
Enjoyable puzzle this morning. I liked all the anagrams. COD Eightsome

Edited at 2019-01-07 08:22 am (UTC)
Jan. 7th, 2019 08:53 am (UTC)
A fast start and a slow finish for me. Mara normally presents a stiff challenge for me and I was wondering when I would slow down.
Several clues held me up in the end.
I thought 8d might be STORE and 11a might be Spanish or Italian (could a crossword have two Italians, I thought).
4d was a big problem until I got 1a.
Anyway finished in 23:47; LOI was Stash. David
Jan. 7th, 2019 09:04 am (UTC)
I never noticed the preponderance of anagrams and partials at the time, but I think I, too, would have commented on it I had been blogging. Of them, only EIGHTSOME held me up, which then gave me PREEN. STASH and CRATES (my LOI)took a while to come. COD to EARTHLING. 6:00
Jan. 7th, 2019 09:14 am (UTC)
I enjoyed this and finished in 21 minutes, well under target, although I didn't parse 'Crates'. It would have been faster but I spent 4 minutes on my LOI 'Eightsome' ( on my phone). Very enjoyable, helped by seeing 1A straight away.

Jan. 7th, 2019 09:14 am (UTC)
I was pleased (as an SCC member) to finish in under 2 Kevins (just!) at 14.41. Mainly straightforward but I hesitated over EIGHTSOME and HASTIER. My LTI were SWAHILI and STASH. COD EARTHLING. Thanks to Mara for a fair start to the week. John M.

Edited at 2019-01-07 09:18 am (UTC)
Jan. 7th, 2019 09:19 am (UTC)
24.47 for this SCC member. At least 10 mins spent on last two - PREEN and EIGHTSOME. Not sure I’ve ever come across the latter, though it’s an obvious enough form, and I just couldn’t see that it was an anagram despite DRUNK shouting at me. I got the PEN bit of PREEN straightaway but brain refused to see RE for ON. Sometimes you hit a wall and need to reboot, I think.
Jan. 7th, 2019 12:25 pm (UTC)
My experience exactly. 10 minutes for all but the last 2, then another 10 without getting Preen.
Jan. 7th, 2019 09:39 am (UTC)
I got STASH and CRATES but only from the definitions. Certainly Stash was a fair cop but I thought Crates was really hard for a QC. It was the only tricky one though, in my view, and as is often remarked we need to be a little stretched :) Thanks all
Jan. 7th, 2019 10:23 am (UTC)
Found this quite tricky to get into, but it turned into a steady, if slow, solve. Ended up on 46:30, but as evidence of being perhaps a little tired, I think that includes several minutes where I dozed off - a hard weekend's running catching up with me. Nobody seems to have mentioned the theme of acting that permeates today's offering, perhaps to coincide with the Golden Globes?
Jan. 7th, 2019 10:34 am (UTC)
I too was thinking “gosh, lots of anagrams today” as I went through. I like anagrams and thought 1ac and 13dn were both very good ones, but I don’t really see the point of anagrams as short as 5 letters and we had two of those today (18 and 23), so that was a bit meh. Otherwise an enjoyable puzzle, ORCHESTRA PIT getting both FOI and COD from me. All done in about 1.6 Kevins, a Very Good Day.

Thanks Mara and Jack.

Jan. 7th, 2019 10:35 am (UTC)
Mixed singles
I had a little bit of a battle with this. Inexplicably failed to spot the fairly obvious ORCHESTRA PIT on the first pass, and then wrote "single" into the second half of 24A once I'd got ITALIAN.

Same parsing problems as others with PREEN and CRATES.

TIME 6:04
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