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Times Cryptic 27266

Solving time: 30 minutes. A curious mix of clues that would not be out of place in a Quick Cryptic and moderately tricky ones, but nothing that should disturb the most sensitive of equines.

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 Sweet given Her Majesty’s approval, perhaps a moneymaker (5,4)
ROYAL MINT - Two definitions, the first being cryptic
6 Revolutionary man of the cloth, one swapping with European (5)
LENIN - LiNeN (cloth) becomes LENIN when the I (one) and the E (European) are swapped
9 Prophet rejected peculiar feature of the body (7)
SOMATIC - AMOS (prophet) reversed [rejected], TIC (peculiar feature). Known to me only from 'psychosomatic', concerning mind and body.
10 They mind the sultanas not being whole (7)
EUNUCHS - Cryptic definition
11 Painter drawn to East End longing for some theatrics (5)
OPERA - {h}OPE (longing) [East End], RA (painter)
13 Restrict supply of booze? There’s a reason (9)
RATIONALE - RATION (restrict supply), ALE (booze)
14 Get rid of priest, worried about mind finally failing (9)
ELIMINATE - ELI (priest) + ATE  (worried) contain [about] MIN{d} [finally failing]
16 Make changes to what one eats, promoting energy (4)
EDIT - DIeT (what one eats) becomes DIET when the E (energy) is promoted - moved forward
18 British soldier back in prison (4)
BRIG - BR (British), GI (soldier) reversed [back]
19 Unique reason for not lighting up? (9)
MATCHLESS - Two meanings, the second being cryptic
22 Cold-blooded customers can make a canon sad (9)
ANACONDAS - Anagram [can make] of A CANON SAD.
24 Permissible in each game (5)
POKER - OK (permissible) contained by [in] PER (each)
25 Riots flaring in the middle of Dublin’s port (7)
BRISTOL - Anagram [flaring] of RIOTS contained by [in] {du}BL{in} [middle]
26 Strike ban announcement covering particular craft (7)
IKEBANA - Hidden in [covering] {str}IKE BAN A{nnouncement}. Japanese flower arrangement.
28 One who dishes out fast food to audience (5)
DONOR - Sounds like [to audience] "doner" [fast food]. The sources I have checked all confirm that the kebab is pronounced "donna" and I've never heard anyone pronounce DONOR that way so although I'm usually not too fussy about homophones, I think this one is way off the mark. On edit, following comments below I checked more sources than my original two and found both 'doner' and 'donna' pronunciations so I've withdrawn my objection. In the process I also discovered that 'kebab', which I say as 'kiBAB' can be pronounced 'kiBARB'.
29 I see Bacon wrongly getting great respect (9)
OBEISANCE - Anagram [wrongly] of I SEE BACON
1 Teacher’s upset, being given single meatball (7)
RISSOLE - SIR (teacher) reversed [upset], SOLE (single). References to doner kebab, bacon, meatball and rissole in consecutive clues suggest that the setter must have been hungry at this point.
2 Variable? I hesitate to say, I like it! (3)
YUM - Y (variable), UM (I hesitate to say). Maybe he took a  break for refreshment, but after thoughts of doner kebabs and rissoles I'd be more inclined to say "yuk"!
3 Top-class Olympic venue reluctant at first to identify seducer (8)
LOTHARIO - LOTH (reluctant), A (top-class), RIO (Olympic venue)
4 Expose oneself to copper wearing hip designer’s latest (5)
INCUR - CU (copper) contained by [wearing] IN + {designe}R [’s latest]
5 Process intended to avoid a course of drugs (9)
TREATMENT - TREAT (process), ME{a}NT (intended) [to avoid 'a']
6 Famous Liverpudlian flag, 50 for a penny (6)
LENNON - pENNON (flag) becomes LENNON when L (50) is substituted for the P (penny)
7 Keep on smooching, being very close (4,3,4)
NECK AND NECK - Two meanings
8 Case of Navajo and the sleep that never ends? Most curious! (7)
NOSIEST - N{avaj}O [case of], SIEST{a} sleep [that never ends]
12 Idiot fiancé prepared for instruction (11)
EDIFICATION - Anagram [prepared] of IDIOT FIANCE
15 I am a droll, outlandish creature (9)
ARMADILLO - Anagram [outlandish] of I AM A DROLL
17 Henry breaking policeman’s teeth (8)
CHOPPERS - H (Henry) contained by [breaking] COPPERS (policeman’s)
18 Apparently retired city bishops spilt the beans (7)
BLABBED - LA (city) + BB (bishops) in BED [apparently retired]
20 Top chap riding white horses well? (7)
SURFACE - Two definitons, the second being cryptic and requiring the alternative spacing SURF ACE
21 It makes a loud noise and it smells (6)
HOOTER - Two meanings, the second being slang for 'nose'
23 Doctor has to sleep over in empty synagogue (5)
SPIKE - KIP (sleep) reversed [over] contained by [in] S{ynagogu}E [empty]
27 Woman’s wedding announcement removed from case (3)
ANN - {b}ANN{s} (wedding announcement) [removed from case]. I was going to express misgivings about 'announcement' being in the singular but the definition in Chambers has persuaded me that it's okay: banns (plural noun) - a public announcement in church of two people's intention to marry


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Feb. 5th, 2019 02:53 am (UTC)
7:35 - very straightforward. I liked the anagram of IDIOT,FIANCE
Feb. 5th, 2019 03:03 am (UTC)
39m 18s
Thanks for Lennon, Jack. I knew pennant but not pennon.
The juxtaposition of 6ac and 6d amused me. I once was engaged in an exchange of letters in the Sydney Morning Herald over possible confusion between the two. In a letter complaining about the price of tickets for a forthcoming Elton John concert tour, I used a line from Bowie's "Life On Mars": "Lennon's on sale again". Another reader said that I had got it wrong and that it was Lenin. A local music critic adjudicated in my favour. Never did like Lennon.

PS...When I first read the clue for 6d which referred to "famous Liverpudlian flag..." my first thought that it might be something to do with the Royal Iris which was a "Ferry Across the Mersey", as made famous by Gerry & The Pacemakers.

Further thought: I've always pronounced doner as donor not as donna.

Edited at 2019-02-05 03:14 am (UTC)
Feb. 5th, 2019 03:10 am (UTC)
Just on the half hour for me too.

I've always pronounced 'doner' as DONOR and assumed it was an Antipodean pronunciation variant, but a look/listen to my Australian Oxford Dictionary tells me I'm wrong.

I liked the cryptic def. for EUNUCHS and the SURFACE for ARMADILLO.

Thanks to setter and blogger.
Feb. 5th, 2019 03:16 am (UTC)
ODO gives both donor and donna as acceptable pronunciations.
Feb. 5th, 2019 03:33 am (UTC)
17:39 but
I've never pronounced 'doner', but I knew the answer here was DONOR. I wasn't sure if the food was 'doner' or 'donar', so I made the mistake of looking it up. Then I typed in DONER, making me a goner. Biffed OPERA, solved post-submission. Slow (as usual) to spot the hidden IKEBANA. Loved 10ac; definite COD.
Feb. 5th, 2019 02:23 pm (UTC)
Re: 17:39 but
The trouble with donor kebabs is that one's never quite sure who, or rather what, the donor is. I'll take a kofte or shish for preference.
Feb. 5th, 2019 04:44 am (UTC)
Kung Hey Fat Boy!
29 minutes.. a lot of rather easy anagrams




WOD 26ac IKEBANA (prohibit in Swedish furniture store?)

No fireworks! A happy CNY to all.

PS Please visit Google Search and press play!

Edited at 2019-02-05 05:11 am (UTC)
Feb. 5th, 2019 05:36 am (UTC)
Nice one! I set it down a while and came back to fill in my last three, SURFACE (lovely "white horses"), IKEBANA and SPIKE—really needed that K to think of "kip"! Cheerio!
Feb. 5th, 2019 05:51 am (UTC)
8:51. Straightforward, steady solve. Nothing absolutely unknown but I might have struggled to give you a precise definition of SOMATIC and IKEBANA.
I'm surprised to hear that the kebab is sometimes pronounced DONOR but if it is, it is.
Feb. 5th, 2019 12:24 pm (UTC)
The pronunciation eyebrow was even further raised for me as my wife is DONNA.

The in laws assure me that she wasn’t named after a kebab but I’m not convinced....
Feb. 5th, 2019 06:11 am (UTC)
I was celebrating a record time of 8:18 when I realised I'd done the Quick Cryptic by mistake. The real thing took me 29 mins which is more like it. I thought this was a good puzzle - not too hard with some nice surfaces and only one 'obscurity', the flag.
Feb. 5th, 2019 07:13 am (UTC)
DNF in 36
Fiddle! I can go on the list of befuddled early-morning spellers along with Kevin, as I had DONER at 28a, too.

Everything else seemed fairly straightforward, though I biffed a few and hoped for the best, not knowing pennon, or exactly what a rissole is, say, and missing a few parsings, so thanks for the explication, Jack.

The only place I thought I had trouble was where I couldn't get SNAPE out of my mind for 23d (I'm not even a Harry Potter fan), meaning I missed the hidden in 26a for a while, making it my last in.

Oh, and I also needed two looks at 25a BRISTOL, despite having lived here for about thirty years now!

Edited at 2019-02-05 07:14 am (UTC)
Feb. 5th, 2019 08:09 pm (UTC)
RE: DNF in 36
I thought of you Matt when I pencilled in Bristol whilst sitting in an office in Victoria Street ... in fact I've been meaning to ask whether you fancy starting an occasional get together for SW afficianados?
Feb. 5th, 2019 07:22 am (UTC)
14:15. I got a lot of down clues on reading through and was held up only by the SE corner, being slow to see the hidden IKEBANA, the excellent SURFACE and SPIKE, my LOI needing an alphabet trawl of 3-letter words for "sleep". I liked your spot of a foodie theme, jack, to which you could add the MINT at 1A. I also liked the SOMATIC NECK and NECK, CHOPPERS, (BRISTOL) and HOOTER mini-theme, but COD to BLABBED.
Feb. 5th, 2019 07:57 am (UTC)
17 minutes
On the easy side. Looking over it, I should have been quicker. Smiled at the harem guards.
Feb. 5th, 2019 08:06 am (UTC)
Easy stroll in the park. Never even considered pronunciation of "donna" having biffed DONOR from checkers and literal. I rather share Jack's views of the food on offer here.
Feb. 5th, 2019 08:28 am (UTC)
I hear Eunuching, but you can't come in...
25 mins with yoghurt, granola, etc.
Anyone who says "Donor Kibarb" probably also says "Fesh and Cheps".
Mostly I liked Neck n Neck.
Thanks setter and Jack.
Feb. 5th, 2019 08:52 am (UTC)
I expect to see some very fast times today if I'm pushing 10 minutes. I hesitated over my LOI DONOR with the same reservations as others. Maybe the homonym requires one to be inebriated to work given it is a prerequisite of ordering the kebab.
Feb. 5th, 2019 08:53 am (UTC)
Lennon's Lenin cap...
...as seen on 6 down and across. 14 minutes, so on wavelength today. LOI the hidden IKEBANA. One of my favourite expressions is , "I felt like a eunuch in a harem," after a function when I knew nobody, so COD to EUNUCHS. I liked MATCHLESS too. "I had a snack, Doner was its name." Nice start to the day even so. Thank you Jack and setter.
Feb. 7th, 2019 07:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Lennon's Lenin cap...
"Since I ate it
I've never been the same"
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