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Times 27241 - Et Tu, Duodecime!

A puzzle with enough quirk to keep things interesting, with one word ready to take its place in the competition for ugliest word in English alongside moron, bigot, numeronym (thanks to Paul in the comments) and cognitive dissonance.

27 minutes.

ACROSS

1 Very dry American senator in Rome once (6)
BRUTUS - BRUT US
5 Steal whiskey for large singer (8)
HAWFINCH - HALF-INCH (Cockney for 'pinch', knowaddimean?) wiv da L changed to a W. Awigh'?
9 Protestant with stringed instrument managed to capture hearts (8)
LUTHERAN - H in LUTE RAN
10 Judge’s wine imbibed by molecular biologist briefly (6)
CRITIC - IT ('It' is a rather dated way of referring to vermouth, which is a fortified white wine) in CRIC[k] - Francis of double-helix fame.
11 Arty type recalled main article, having time and energy (8)
AESTHETE - SEA reversed (main recalled) THE (article) T E
12 High wind trapping fighting men in great numbers (6)
GALORE - OR (Other Ranks) in GALE
13 Old word revealing a right rift around India! (8)
ARCHAISM - A R I in CHASM
15 Aquatic bird shot for speaker (4)
TERN - sounds like 'turn' (shot in golf or snooker, say)
17 Lamb primarily associated with priest (4)
ELIA - ELI A (first letter of associated); besides being a crossword staple, Charles Lamb (AKA Elia) is well worth reading for his gentle yet insightful reflections. His New Year's Eve is a particular favourite of mine.
19 Dealings shelved? It’s a compromise (5-3)
TRADE-OFF - a charade of TRADE (dealings) and OFF (shelved)
20 Posh headgear rejected by a North American statesman (6)
UTAHAN - A HAT reversed A N
21 Drove back the Spanish in place surrounded by grass (8)
REPELLED - EL in PL all in REED
22 Lyrical piece a Portuguese-speaking city thus presented (6)
ARIOSO - A RIO SO
23 Book couple’s got about little folk mostly male (8)
TWELVEMO - A horrible back-formation (presumably) from duodecimo: ELVE[s] (little folk mostly) M in TWO. If you're still mixing up your elves and your pixies, it's time you sat at the feet of David Brent and co.
24 Exciting item in sports programme for unfit layabouts originally (8)
EVENTFUL - EVENT (item in sports programme) F[or] U[nfit] L[ayabouts]
25 Game in farm vehicle caught by East European? (6)
ECARTE - CART in E E. It is rumoured that some people play it outside crosswords.

DOWN

2 Native of Baltic State stopping debauchee’s game (8)
ROULETTE - LETT (Latvian who made his fortune producing desk diaries) in ROUE (as in eager young lads and roues and cads).
3 Islander’s cry of pleasure welcomed by famous artist (8)
TAHITIAN - AH in TITIAN
4 Desire the name of this transport across the pond? (9)
STREETCAR - this side of the pond a tram; a reference to Tennessee Williams's play
5 Fairy-tale siblings represented in Helen’s grand tale? (6,3,6)
HANSEL AND GRETEL - anagram* of HELENS GRAND TALE
6 Sack member producing dangerous weapon (7)
FIREARM - simple charade of FIRE ARM. First thing I would do if I became POTUS would be to rescind the 2nd amendment.
7 Knight of sound mind beheaded citizen (8)
NATIONAL - N (knight in chess) [r]ATIONAL
8 Eccentric had a nice ranch — in Mexico, possibly (8)
HACIENDA - HAD A NICE*
14 Turn up with baked food at church? A fine example! (9)
SHOWPIECE - SHOW PIE CE
15 Bill you reportedly delayed, set out systematically (8)
TABULATE - TAB (bill) U (you reportedly) LATE
16 Single verse cutting about deceased kinsman (8)
RELATIVE - I V in ('cutting') RE (about) LATE
17 Finally diagnose brief illness through smells? (8)
EFFLUVIA - [diagnos]E [brie]F FLU (short for INFLUENZA) VIA (through)
18 During school time it’s temporarily suspended (8)
INTERMIT - IN TERM IT
19 Poles carried in characteristic conveyance (7)
TRANSIT - N&S (poles) in TRAIT

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kevingregg
Jan. 7th, 2019 03:00 am (UTC)
19:03
I mistakenly took 'Lamb primarily' as L, and flung in LAMA, which slowed things down in that neck of the woods. I also started with 'game' at 25ac being either GO or RU; it isn't. DNK HAWFINCH, but fortunately vaguely remembered 'half-inch'. I didn't realize that EFFLUVIA included smells. And isn't one of the Fs unaccounted for? Also, am I missing something, or is there a problem with INTERMIT (present tense) and 'suspended' (participle)?
guy_du_sable
Jan. 7th, 2019 05:45 am (UTC)
INTERMIT
I wondered about that too. Collins has a second definition: to be suspended temporarily or at intervals; and Merriam-Webster too, as an intransitive verb: to be intermittent.

So to INTERMIT can apparently mean "to be suspended from time to time."
Neither source gives example sentences.

Edited at 2019-01-07 05:45 am (UTC)
Re: INTERMIT - kevingregg - Jan. 7th, 2019 06:31 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: INTERMIT - guy_du_sable - Jan. 7th, 2019 06:40 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: INTERMIT - kevingregg - Jan. 7th, 2019 06:52 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: INTERMIT - dating666 - Jan. 7th, 2019 02:33 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: INTERMIT - ulaca - Jan. 7th, 2019 07:26 am (UTC) - Expand
isla3
Jan. 7th, 2019 03:15 am (UTC)
Effluvia
Nice crossword, with a few unknowns. Also didn't know effluvia included smells, thought just waste flowing outwards. The first F is the last letter in brieF, Kevin. Failed on unknown HAWFINCH, putting HALFINCH for steal and wondering how to parse. Should have got it, HAW is common enough round these parts. Suffering a bit of cognitive dissonance myself - read "Baltic" and was thinking Serb, Croat, Montenegran; read "Siblings" and was thinking two girls, then; read "Baked" and was thinking orast. Mental dyslexia rools.
ulaca
Jan. 7th, 2019 03:23 am (UTC)
Re: Effluvia
Thanks - amended.
vinyl1
Jan. 7th, 2019 04:06 am (UTC)
On the wavelength, 15 minutes....
....in a very rapid-fire solve for me. I had all the knowledge, 'effluvia', Crick, 'half-inch', etc, so all the cryptics were easily parsable.

Probably just luck, tomorrow I won't know anything.
horryd
Jan. 7th, 2019 04:12 am (UTC)
Maddening Monday
I knew 5ac HALFINCH wasn't quite right - but persisted.
HAWFINCH! Damnation!

FOI 4dn STREETCAR

LOI 25ac ECARTE

COD 23ac TWELVEMO (of the 'Ikean Ilk')

WOD HALFINCH!! prefered

17dn EFFLUVIA sounds like a rather nice Victorian girl's name as does CHLAMYDIA. I feel a Limmerick coming on!



Edited at 2019-01-07 04:13 am (UTC)
paulmcl
Jan. 7th, 2019 04:37 am (UTC)
Under 15 minutes, which is about as fast as it gets for me. Surprising too, since there were about half a dozen words I didn't know: HAWFINCH, TWELVEMO, ECARTE, ARIOSO, EFFLUVIA (as a smell rather than a discharge). But the wordplay was Mephisto-precise.
guy_du_sable
Jan. 7th, 2019 04:41 am (UTC)
FOI was HANSEL AND GRETEL, a fine start! I didn't know quite what was going on with HAWFINCH, thanks for the explanation. Had never heard of TWELVEMO, but got it from the wordplay. Fine puzzle!
jackkt
Jan. 7th, 2019 05:46 am (UTC)
27 minutes and very lucky trusting to wordplay to arrive at two unknowns TWELVEMO and HAWFINCH. Also didn't know CRIC{k} (sorry, Jim!).
kevingregg
Jan. 7th, 2019 06:21 am (UTC)
But wait! There's mo!
If you're going to put twelvemo on your rather selective list of ugly English words, surely you should add eighteenmo?
ulaca
Jan. 7th, 2019 06:30 am (UTC)
Re: But wait! There's mo!
Sorry - wasn't allowing for inflation.

And what would human life be without selectivity?

Edited at 2019-01-07 06:31 am (UTC)
Re: But wait! There's mo! - jerrywh - Jan. 7th, 2019 09:02 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: But wait! There's mo! - ulaca - Jan. 7th, 2019 09:20 am (UTC) - Expand
gothick_matt
Jan. 7th, 2019 07:58 am (UTC)
41 minutes for me. Thought I was going to be faster, but the bottom half was much slower than the top.

Started with 1a BRUTUS, finished with the double-unched crossers of 16d RELATIVE and 24a EVENTFUL, though I had my fingers crossed on ELIA, EFFLUVIA, TWELVEMO and ECARTE as I built my tower of mostly-unknown cards in the southeast.
myrtilus000
Jan. 7th, 2019 08:02 am (UTC)
All around my hat for a twelvemo and a day...
35 mins with yoghurt, granola, blueberry compote.
DNK Twelvemo, but do-able. And a Major MER at Intermit for the reasons given by Kevingregg above.
Thanks setter and U.
john_dun
Jan. 7th, 2019 04:12 pm (UTC)
Re: All around my hat for a twelvemo and a day...
I'm going to see Rick Kemp play at the Twice Brewed Inn near Bardon Mill by Hadrian's Wall later this month:-)
pootle73
Jan. 7th, 2019 08:50 am (UTC)
19:20
I had most of this done in 10 minutes but then struggled in the SE corner, mainly with TWELVEMO. Often I come across an obscure word when solving and think to myself that it's never used in the real world only to come across it soon after. This time I'm confident I won't be coming across TWELVEMO (famous last words).
keriothe
Jan. 7th, 2019 08:50 am (UTC)
8:47. Strange for a puzzle with so many funny words to be so straightforward. The one that gave me most trouble was INTERMIT, where the wordplay seemed very clear but I couldn't see how INTERMIT could possibly mean 'suspended'. I still can't. Looks like an error to me.
pootle73
Jan. 7th, 2019 09:57 am (UTC)
I had similar reservations about INTERMIT but justified it on the grounds that it could be at the root of intermittent.
(no subject) - keriothe - Jan. 7th, 2019 03:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - pootle73 - Jan. 7th, 2019 04:00 pm (UTC) - Expand
johninterred
Jan. 7th, 2019 08:53 am (UTC)
11:43. DNK TWELVEMO, puzzled by INTERMIT and forgot to go back and parse 10A. TABULATE my LOI, but nothing held me up much. COD to GALORE, thinking of the Scottish version of the liquor referenced at 5A. Thanks U and setter.
boltonwanderer
Jan. 7th, 2019 09:13 am (UTC)
Hacienda the affair
26 minutes, held up in SE with EFFLUVIA, SHOWPIECE and INTERMIT having cracked ELIA earlier. Once these fell into place with no little headshaking, ECARTE could be seen and the unknown LOI TWELVEMO constructed. ARIOSO was also unknown but readily constructed. The molecular biologist had to be either CRICK or WATSON for me to get CRITIC, although I seem to remember that Rosalind Franklin was done out of her share of the glory. COD to TABULATE. STREETCAR was the nicest clue but was a bit obvious. Martin Luther couldn't get a seat when he was in San Francisco. He said to Mrs Luther: "Here I stand. I can do no other." Thank you U and setter.
robrolfe
Jan. 7th, 2019 09:23 am (UTC)
RE: Hacienda the affair
I think Rosalind Franklin died, hence no Nobel. Recognized now, thanks be.
Re: Hacienda the affair - astonvilla1 - Jan. 7th, 2019 10:55 am (UTC) - Expand
RE: Re: Hacienda the affair - boltonwanderer - Jan. 7th, 2019 11:59 am (UTC) - Expand
RE: Re: Hacienda the affair - (Anonymous) - Jan. 7th, 2019 10:33 pm (UTC) - Expand
robrolfe
Jan. 7th, 2019 09:26 am (UTC)


About sixteen minutes. Knew quarto, octavo, so twelvemo not such a stretch. Not convinced by ulaca's Cockney, and I am a real one. Intrigued by the clue though, change the enumeration to (4-4) and would you need to change the clue to get HALF-INCH? Had also bunged in LAMA, but this quickly became unsustainable.

Thanks ulaca and setter.
keriothe
Jan. 7th, 2019 09:45 am (UTC)
'Whiskey for large' (as opposed to 'large for whiskey') seems unambiguous to me.
Cockney Sparra - horryd - Jan. 7th, 2019 03:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
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