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Times Quick Cryptic No 1262 by Oink

Finished this one in 11'40" while looking over paint choices for a new apartment. Several hidden words and a lot of anagrams, so not a lot of trouble here. I was held up mainly by words I'd never heard of. I stand by my opinion that obscure vocabulary is not the way I prefer seeing Quick Cryptics get more difficult!

Across

1 £1000? [That’s] good money in Soweto (5)
GRAND - G ("good") + RAND
Rand is the currency of South Africa.
4 Rotten old kipper. Have it for lunch? (4,3)
PORK PIE - anagram of O ("old") + KIPPER
8 Painter has returned with article of desert origin (7)
SAHARAN - [ RA ("painter") + HAS ] reversed + AN
9 Be sure about Her Majesty wearing this? (5)
BERET - BET around ER ("Her Majesty")
A bit of a weak definition, no? Though I can't deny a beret is something to wear.
10 Scornful [of] detective inspector’s letter (10)
DISMISSIVE - D.I.'S + MISSIVE
14 Thug crossing river channel (6)
TROUGH - TOUGH around R ("river")
15 Part of joint actually undamaged (6)
INTACT - hidden letters in JOINT ACTUALLY
17 Girlie mag out of place on Papa[’s] religious trip (10)
PILGRIMAGE - GIRLIE MAG anagrammed next to P ("Papa")
A bit of radio-alphabet-ese I did not know, but an easy definition with nine of ten letters.
20 Thieves, [and] the places they end up in? (5)
NICKS - double definition
The first is a form of the verb 'thieve', not 'thief'; and the second is a slang term for prison.
22 Italian gent introducing knight to drunken orgies (7)
SIGNORE - N ("knight") in anagram of ORGIES
23 Without a cap on … [or] (without) a lot else? (7)
TOPLESS - double definition
The first, like a bottle; the second, like a person with nothing on their upper half.
24 Panic after head resigns? [It’s] a mistake (5)
ERROR - TERROR without the first letter

Down

1 Fight for breath when restrained by medic (4)
GASP - AS inside GP ("medic")
2 Pain for which Swansea chemist has the answer (4)
ACHE - letters inside SWANSEA CHEMIST
3 Small pistol socialist turned on lookalike (9)
DERRINGER - RED reversed + RINGER
4 Dad grabbing an old woman[’s] hat (6)
PANAMA - (PA outside AN) + MA
5 Polish food? Avoid the starter (3)
RUB - GRUB without the first letter
6 Freedom fighter wounded in Sparta (8)
PARTISAN - anagram of IN SPARTA
I didn't know this synonym of 'guerilla'.
7 French in agreement, [making] earnest request (8)
ENTREATY - EN + TREATY
11 They say wickedness excited Jewish congregation (9)
SYNAGOGUE - homophone of SIN + AGOG
12 Get a move on after bungling set point (4,2,2)
STEP ON IT - anagram of SET POINT
13 Paper headgear jester wears? (8)
FOOLSCAP - FOOL'S CAP
Threw this one in last, on a wing and a prayer.
16 Diverts less than half of hippopotamuses (6)
AMUSES - 6/14ths of HIPPOPOTAMUSES
18 North African [needing] accommodation on way up (4)
MOOR - ROOM reversed
19 Bluebeard occasionally [has] lascivious look (4)
LEER - every other letter of BLUEBEARD
21 Take action against / this woman (3)
SUE - double definition
A beret is worn, and Sue is a woman.

Comments

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john_dun
Jan. 9th, 2019 12:59 am (UTC)
I thought I was heading for a fast time as the top half flew in, but I was brought back to earth when I reached the SW corner. PILGRIMAGE was no problem, but I had to extract the rest like teeth. NICKS took an age until I switched to verb mode for thieves. I was then left with _O_LC_P, which also took an age, with a likely CAP at the end, I resorted to an alphabet trawl and then spotted the paper size. Just over my target at 10:15. Thanks Oink and Jeremy.
jackkt
Jan. 9th, 2019 01:33 am (UTC)
9 minutes. No problems.
kevingregg
Jan. 9th, 2019 03:57 am (UTC)
SUE
Your comment seems to have got a bit mixed up with 9ac.
plusjeremy
Jan. 9th, 2019 04:03 am (UTC)
RE: SUE
Rather I was remarking on the similarity of these weak definitions.
kevingregg
Jan. 9th, 2019 04:02 am (UTC)
An easy one for a change, although FOOLSCAP may be unfamiliar; it was replaced, I believe, by A4 (except in the metrically challenged US). I associate PARTISANS particularly with Russia after the Revolution; I remember seeing the Kirov (or was it the Bolshoi?) doing a number honoring them, the dancers all in floor-length capes so it appeared they were skating on ice. First time in a long long time to get under 4': 3:41 specifically.
mendesest
Jan. 9th, 2019 06:32 am (UTC)
Fast for me at 10.24 but yet again a dreaded red square. Not a typo or deficiency in spelling this time, just a wrong answer. Left with S_E for "this woman" I bunged in SHE thinking I'll look at that later and then didn't. I was still mystified after doing a post-submission alphabet trawl. So thanks to Jeremy for the answer, I now feel a little sheepish and am sure I'll be the sole victim of this clue!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 9th, 2019 07:59 am (UTC)
Straight forward this morning
Not having the disadvantage of not knowing the words, this one was good. My COD was Foolscap.
davidivad1
Jan. 9th, 2019 08:14 am (UTC)
Wednesday
Similar to others it seems: a fast start in the NW finishing with a longish look at 13d. Had FOOLSCAP started with a Z my time would have been much longer. The word is very familiar but not one I've heard recently. 13:17 today. David
albrecht1959
Jan. 9th, 2019 08:18 am (UTC)
Thought I was going to finish in under 10 minutes but it took me a while to get foolscap. Should have got that quicker - it was the paper size preferred for formal documents in my early days as a junior lawyer. Thank goodness all that nonsense disappeared years ago. 10:46.
flashman
Jan. 9th, 2019 09:03 am (UTC)
Back at work, a bit jetlagged.
Below 15 again but with a silly typo in pilgramige!

Last 2 moor and trough.

Cod pork pie

Thanks
chrisw91
Jan. 9th, 2019 09:08 am (UTC)
Had no trouble with foolscap - maybe an age thing. Took some time at loi 21dn - I had to argue with myself that 'she' couldn’t be justified until doh. 6:45 - very quick for me - although only just within two Kevins.
philjordan
Jan. 9th, 2019 09:29 am (UTC)
I found myself chuckling....
....at an image of Her Maj fully attired in her pomp, but topped off with a BERET.

Easy enough puzzle, but an enjoyable solve with some smiles along the way.

FOI GRAND
LOI NICKS
COD RUB
TIME 3:34
sonofjim
Jan. 9th, 2019 09:32 am (UTC)
Good form continues with third ever sub 10. 8.22! Enjoyed 4ac. LOI 14ac which I thought was going to stymie my speedy solve till I read it out to Mrs soj and then got it before she did.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 9th, 2019 09:47 am (UTC)
Just visiting ...
SCC again. But satisfying nonetheless as Mon & Tues were DNF (rinB a bell) and a blog peek for ‘highly strung’. 28 mins Frankyanne.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 9th, 2019 10:23 am (UTC)
Achilles and the tortoise
This flew in for what was for me a very fast time, but like Chris I then discovered that even at 6:42 I had only just broken the 2 Kevin barrier. Sigh. But still - a Very Good Day!

More to the point, I thought it was an excellent puzzle, full of witty sparkle. I do like Oink's puzzles, (s)he is a terrific new setter. (And I'm not just saying that because I was fast with this one, other ones have caused me a lot of head-scratching!) Thank you Oink, and thank you Jeremy. Do they have Farrow & Ball in the States?

BTW, why is "bet" "be sure"? I am never sure of any of my bets, usually with good reason! Is it from phrases like "you bet"?

Templar
templarredux
Jan. 9th, 2019 10:24 am (UTC)
Re: Achilles and the tortoise
That was me ... curse this IT stuff ...
Re: Achilles and the tortoise - jackkt - Jan. 9th, 2019 02:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
therotter
Jan. 9th, 2019 10:34 am (UTC)
12 minutes and very small change for me this morning, with no real difficulties. Dragged DERRINGER up from somewhere - it must be 60 years since I last used the word, but the clueing was generous. I wasn’t unhappy with BERET - if one bets on something, it is good to be sure about it, although one wouldn’t make that deduction watching my usual performance on those rare occasions that I go to the races. Thanks Oink and Jeremy.
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