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Times Quick Cryptic 1261 by Tracy

In rather a hurry today so expect typos etc. I took 14 mins which seems heavy weather having now looked back at it. Thanks Tracy - and don’t mind my GR at 23ac - bit rushed, bit grumpy! Cod 5dn.

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Jan. 8th, 2019 09:44 am (UTC)
Unlike the previous contributor, I am back firmly in the SCC with a 24.12. Thought I was going well (quite a few dropped out easily from the definitions) but slowed down by SPEECH, TOWER HAMLETS and HIGHLY STRUNG (because I stupidly had FLAT STRAIGHT for 1d and nearly biffed APPLE for 8a. Slowed down by recovery from a (very successful) cataract op which means I can't use my normal specs and reading is difficult (i have been having difficulty with the tiny grid numbers for a while.... Thanks to setter and blogger. John M.
Jan. 8th, 2019 09:49 am (UTC)
16 minutes for me - started well with some quick answers, then got stuck for a while before getting Tower Hamlets which set me off again and (for once) didn't get stuck on the last 2 clues resulting in (for me) a quicker than average finish. As this is my first one of the New Year after taking a break over Christmas I'm hoping it's a good sign.... COD 1ac, LOI 4d. Thanks Tracy
Jan. 8th, 2019 10:52 am (UTC)
I forgot to time this one but I guess about 7 minutes. No particular problems but 10a was my LOI. Thanks to Tracy & Chris.

Jan. 8th, 2019 11:05 am (UTC)
On a plane after champagne in the lounge and a few reds on board, but completed on the paper so happy with 15 mins.

Last few were maple (after finally getting past morse, holmes and poirot), lie down, shylock and loi piece.

Cod noodles
Jan. 8th, 2019 11:47 am (UTC)
A bit slow today after a quick start in the north. It was the south what done it! PARAPET, SPEECH, PIECE and HAYWIRE all taking longer than they should to take me two minutes over target at 17 mins. I didn’t connect PIECE with Bishop and chess until after completion, and wondered for a while if there was a famous Bishop Piece that I should have been aware of - stupid boy!
Jan. 8th, 2019 12:01 pm (UTC)
I’ve never come across APE as a synonym for ‘clumsy’ before. Does anyone know if it is referenced in any of the usual sources? Not that it held me up at all. The four long perimeter clues were write ins and the rest quickly followed. Liked HAYWIRE.
Thanks as always to setter and blogger.
Jan. 8th, 2019 12:33 pm (UTC)
Getting 1ac and 1d straight away is always a confidence booster, and with Tracy as the setter it was certainly helpful today. Not too many of his customary 14ac clues this time round, so it was pens down after 24mins. LOI was Tower Hamlets - as part of the 80% of the UK population that doesn't live inside the M25, I look forward to areas such as Fazakerly and Wythenshaw featuring in future QCs. . . Invariant
Jan. 8th, 2019 01:21 pm (UTC)
:-) Fazakerly - yes please! I also want to see Collyhurst or Weaste in there, there must be a neat way of cluing those....
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Jan. 8th, 2019 01:37 pm (UTC)
Great information.
Jan. 8th, 2019 02:08 pm (UTC)
Lazy freak drunk in part of Liverpool (9) !
Jan. 8th, 2019 02:32 pm (UTC)
Does 15d need a ?
There’s no doubt he had one. And it’s not a play on words.
Jan. 8th, 2019 03:06 pm (UTC)
RE: Earldom
He may have had many other things as opposed to earldom being the only thing he had. Hence the ?

Edited at 2019-01-08 05:34 pm (UTC)
Jan. 8th, 2019 02:35 pm (UTC)
No real problems today. I will never, I suspect, get below a 15 minutes' solve but today came close! Some super clues here. Unlike Chris, I really liked 23 across. As an English teacher, I'm always gratified to come across references to the Bard so two in one day is a real treat! I also think that 1 across is a bit of a cracker and 5 down is also very clever. Good mood all round. Thanks so much, Chris, for the excellent blog and thanks, too, to Tracy for a great puzzle.
Jan. 8th, 2019 03:08 pm (UTC)
RE: Enjoyable
A. Sub 15 will happen!
B. Not so rushed now - so wish I’d been able to do the crossword/blog and savour it more. As the saying goes GR in haste and repent at leisure!
Jan. 8th, 2019 06:18 pm (UTC)
Managed to complete in minus 2 mins today
Jan. 8th, 2019 06:24 pm (UTC)
Let us know how you really got on and if we can help.
Jan. 8th, 2019 06:57 pm (UTC)
Well this all went in quickly until I came to a grinding halt with my LOI 23a, which I stared blankly at for a couple of minutes before resorting to an alphabet trawl. When I eventually got to the Ts Tower became apparent and Hamlets followed shortly after. A frustrating finish to an otherwise enjoyable solve. Completed in 15.02
Thanks for the blog
Graham Griggs
Jan. 8th, 2019 09:21 pm (UTC)
All straight forward in about 15mins would have bee less but I had 22a as 7,5. No, there isn’t anything that fits
Jan. 9th, 2019 03:35 pm (UTC)
Had a finish, which is always good news. Held up by RADAR for 5D -- visions of lines sweeping circular dials from WW2 films. Or was that Asdic?
Anyway, finished! Thanks to blogger, setter.
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