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Times Quick Cryptic No 1282 by Joker

A word to solvers looking to improve

Two weeks ago, I augmented the usual blog with a "deep dive" on several clues which had been suggested in the comments. I'd like to try that again, so please call out any clues that stumped you and I'll be happy to describe a possible solving process!



1 Staff [of] millions given good service (4)
MACE - M ("millions") + ACE
3 Branch not on fire (8)
9 Study sightseeing itinerary outline (7)
CONTOUR - CON ("study") + TOUR
10 Working after university partnership (5)
UNION - ON after UNI
11 Give out everything, Genesis to Malachi initially (5)
OT = Old Testament, Genesis being its first book and Malachi its last.
12 Out of bed, terribly tired [and] optimistic (6)
14 Imprisonment [of] one contrarian upset about Church of England (13)
INCARCERATION - I ("one") + CONTRARIAN anagrammed around C.E. ("Church of England")
17 Shower party — much they stripped off (6)
DOUCHE - DO + (MUCH and THEY without their first and last letters)
19 Sheets purchased initially before copier? (5)
PAPER - first letter of PURCHASED + APER
For newer solvers, "ape = copy" and "aper = copier" is a crossword chestnut. (In the US, as well.)
22 Public square [in] La Paz rebuilt (5)
PLAZA - LA PAZ anagrammed
23 Came to know Shakespeare’s king Edward (7)
Sneaky, since Edward Lear is sure to come to mind!
24 Time to allay the fears of losing second prize (8)
TREASURE - T + REASSURE without one S ("second")
25 Rules about banning European insinuation (4)
SLUR - RULES anagrammed or reversed, without E ("European")
I find this definition to be a bit of a stretch, personally.


1 Chance I’m terrible engineer (8)
MECHANIC - CHANCE I'M anagrammed
2 Waterway [in] N America, in western US state (5)
CANAL - N.A. ("N America") in CAL.
That is, California.
4 Visionary ruler often let broadcast (7-6)
For newer solvers, 'broadcast' as an anagram indicator is also a chestnut. Think, "cast, broadly" -- like seeds being sown.
5 Parents’ quibble, holding this firework (5)
SQUIB - PARENTS' QUIBBLE contains the letters of the answer
6 Japanese art [in] old Baltic capital makes impact at first (7)
ORIGAMI - O ("old") + RIGA + (first letters of MAKES and IMPACT)
7 Care for fashion that queen’s abandoned (4)
TEND - TREND without R ("queen")
Thanks to the commenters for catching this one.
8 Top of joint on aquatic mammal[’s] pad (6)
JOTTER - first letter of JOINT + OTTER
13 Uninvited visitor at home, tons more disrespectful (8)
INTRUDER - IN + T ("tons") + RUDER
15 Church voiced English hymn tune (7)
CHORALE - CH ("church") + ORAL + E ("English")
16 A quiet set of church bells [give] enjoyment (6)
Yet another definition I'm not wild about. For newer solvers, "p = piano = quiet" from musical notation is a chestnut. 'Quiet' can also indicate SH or ST.
18 Credit fool with no intelligence (5)
CRASS - CR ("credit") + ASS
20 Severely criticise the Spanish car bodywork (5)
'El' is Spanish for 'the'.
21 See son with cannabis (4)
SPOT - S ("son") + POT


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Feb. 6th, 2019 12:45 am (UTC)
Isn't OT the Old Testament (initially), which runs from Genesis to Malachi? Or was that what you meant?

Edited at 2019-02-06 12:48 am (UTC)
Feb. 6th, 2019 12:57 am (UTC)
'Swat I meant. I forgot to actually put what it stood for though!
Feb. 6th, 2019 12:58 am (UTC)
Another puzzle completed well within my target 10 minutes. MACE went in first and TEND was LOI after OFFSHOOT, which did delay me slightly. 7:17. Thanks Joker and Jeremy.
Feb. 6th, 2019 01:04 am (UTC)
10 minutes. All definitions seem fine to me.
Feb. 6th, 2019 04:39 am (UTC)
28 minutes.

My 5d has 2 this's. Parents' quibble holds this this firework. Dnk squib for firework itself, only as a e.g bad firework damp squib or disappointing event.

Also struggled with allot, canal, contour, offshoot, for teller, upbeat and loi treasure. Maybe it was the beer yesterday.

Cod offshoot
Feb. 6th, 2019 04:57 am (UTC)
In 7dn I think “fashion” is “trend”. Remove “R” for queen.
Feb. 6th, 2019 05:53 am (UTC)
Re: T[r]END
Ooh, yes, I didn't notice the TEND{er} explanation when I read the blog earlier. Should have done because that was my original interpretation but spotted T{r}END as a better option on reviewing at the end.
Re: T[r]END - alexandercutler - Feb. 6th, 2019 07:37 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: T[r]END - jackkt - Feb. 6th, 2019 09:09 am (UTC) - Expand
RE: T[r]END - louisajaney - Feb. 6th, 2019 06:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 6th, 2019 04:57 am (UTC)
Really quite easy.....
...my chief problem being typos. None today, but delayed 20 seconds by the typo check. Time: 8:04.

Many were biffed without full understanding, but if you have enough checkers, this can work. I usually understand at least part of the cryptic, although in the case of 'squib' I didn't have a clue how the clue worked. That's the blogger's job, which is why I try to get good ones!

Feb. 6th, 2019 05:14 am (UTC)
Re: Really quite easy.....
The typo was in the clue for 5A today, not in your answer...

Edited at 2019-02-06 05:15 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Really quite easy..... - silverwaver - Feb. 6th, 2019 07:25 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Really quite easy..... - jackkt - Feb. 6th, 2019 10:08 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Really quite easy..... - silverwaver - Feb. 6th, 2019 10:14 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Really quite easy..... - jackkt - Feb. 6th, 2019 12:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
RE: Re: Really quite easy..... - silverwaver - Feb. 6th, 2019 12:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 6th, 2019 05:13 am (UTC)
I forget the exact time, but about 10 minutes. Since I work in the semiconductor industry on the edge of automotive, I can tell you that a SQUIB is also the thing in your airbag that explodes to fill it in the unlucky event that it requires inflation. I assume the extra "this" in the clue was just a typo? I did wonder for a moment whether squib also means a typo, sounds plausible, but then I realized that even if it did, it woudn't be in the QC.
Feb. 6th, 2019 06:40 am (UTC)
Three in a row under 20 but this time a red square from ORIGAAI - looking at the keyboard I'm not sure how I managed that. Had MAID in at 1a, as well as not fitting all the clue it wrecked 2d. Once I spotted that could be CANAL 1a was corrected and LOI. Still couldn't parse CANAL though, so thanks Jeremy. Clue seems OK in retrospect but I was nowhere near looking for a three letter abbreviation of a state.
Feb. 6th, 2019 07:22 am (UTC)
25 ac
Isn’t 25 ac RULES reversed (about) = SELUR minus E = SLUR?
Feb. 6th, 2019 12:23 pm (UTC)
RE: 25 ac
That's how I parsed it.
RE: 25 ac - louisajaney - Feb. 6th, 2019 06:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 6th, 2019 07:48 am (UTC)
13:40 today with LOI DOUCHE requiring a fair bit of time to unravel.I did not manage to parse everything en route. Wondered how Tender = Fashion, another delay; thanks to all for comments on that. Also I left ALLOT till the end in case something better occurred to me.
As usual I appreciated Joker's smooth surfaces. David
Feb. 6th, 2019 08:56 am (UTC)
No time today as, annoyingly, every attempt to enter an answer to 25a crashed the Times app on my iPad. It felt a little slow, although everything went in parsed and understood ( except SLUR for the above mentioned reason!). I agree that TEND is from T{r}END and not TEND{er}, that the double THIS looks like a typo, and regarding Anon’s comment above, the ‘about’ could indicate a reversal or an anagram for RULES. A reversal is just a rather special anagram.
Feb. 6th, 2019 09:13 am (UTC)
Yes,same problem on my iPad with 25a.
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Feb. 6th, 2019 09:02 am (UTC)
10 minutes for me - well under the norm and just a shade outside PB, but I did rather bash through a couple where the answer seemed obvious without bothering to fully check, Incarceration for instance. Enjoyed the puzzle and thanks for the blog.
Feb. 6th, 2019 09:28 am (UTC)
You can't....
....DOUCHE this. Held up slightly by that one, and my crossing LOI, but just scraped into my target zone.

I didn't even notice the typo at 5D as I speed through, whilst remembering my dad's pet name for my mum was SQUIB. She was only 4'10" so he obviously thought she was a little cracker.

COD LEARNED - nice misdirection to those who don't know their Bard
TIME 4:57
Feb. 6th, 2019 10:22 am (UTC)
Since Kevin has graced us with his presence but not with his time today, I'm guessing that my 9:34 was under 2 Kevins and thus that this was a Good Day.

Agree with T(r)END not TEND(er), with the reversal of RUL(e)S and that the second "this" is a typo. That was how I saw all those issues, anyway!

COD and LOI CHORALE. I echo what David says about Joker's smooth surfaces - a delightful puzzle, thanks to him and to Jeremy.

Feb. 6th, 2019 10:30 am (UTC)
Slow start with few across clues going in but picked up going down for 12.57. LOI OFFSHOOT then TEND (also thought TENDER less ER). Didn’t spot the complete parsing of DOUCHE. Clever.
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