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Quick Cryptic 1284 by Mara

Morning all. I'm a bit up against it today, so have to be brief. Luckily Mara has given me an easy one. 6 Minutes,

7 Dog tooth (6)
CANINE - doouble definition
8 Fabulous design of Lauren (6)
UNREAL -  anagram ('design of') of LAUREN
9 Metal in Cadiz, incinerated (4)
ZINC - hidden word: CadiZ INCarcerated
10 Unfancied person grounded, unfortunately (8)
UNDERDOG - anagram ('unfortunately') of GROUNDED
11 Bag two legal terms (8)
13 I don't know what to do with the ball! (4)
PASS - double definition
15 Average — or bad? (4)
MEAN - double definition
16 Actors on holiday for film (8)
CASTAWAY - CAST (actors) AWAY (on holiday). I presume the film is the 1986 one with Oliver Reed, because the 2000 Tom Hanks one is two words.
18 Client wants costume tailored right (8)
CUSTOMER -  anagram ('tailored') of COSTUME, plus R for Right
20 Look to get popular cut of meat (4)
LOIN - LO (look) + IN (popular)
21 Fellow I left west of a capital city (6)
MANILA - MAN + I + L all 'west of' (i.e. to the left of) A
22 Sweet location of T? (6)
AFTERS - T comes after S in the alphabet

1 Fellow and I preserve treatment for the hands (8)
2 Hint Celestine somehow is in this country (13)
LIECHTENSTEIN -  anagram ('somehow') of HINT CELESTINE
3 Jellyfish found in Mediterranean and America (6)
4 Dessert taking half the weekend, we hear? (6)
SUNDAE - sounds like SUNDAY
5 Artist, one inspired by paper and leather, surprisingly (3-10)
PRE-RAPHAELITE -  anagram ('surprisingly') of PAPER + LEATHER + I
6 Sauce, month old (4)
12 Main sound effects agonising initially (3)
SEA - SE (sound effects, more usually abbreviated to S/E) + A for agonising
14 European bridge, one over a road (8)
SPANIARD - SPAN (bridge) + I + A + RD
16 Reported image that clashes! (6)
CYMBAL - sounds like SYMBOL
17 Gush when master dances (6)
STREAM -  anagram ('dances') of MASTER
19 Some uprising with a turbulent US state (4)
UTAH - "some" always suggests hidden word. "Uprising" means its backwards (with a down clue): witH A TUrbulent


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Feb. 8th, 2019 07:17 am (UTC)
Heading for 7 minutes but ended up with 10 because I had a blank spot over CYMBAL and MANILA which extended my solve by 3 minutes. I had thought of MANILA earlier but was convinced it was spelt with double-L. Note to self, trust the wordplay!

CASTAWAY is hardly a classic film, had some pretty shocking reviews,and if Ollie Reed hadn't been in it would have been long forgotten. I have a feeling the setter may have been thinking of the Tom Hanks film but didn't check for the exact title.
John Scoble
Feb. 8th, 2019 11:08 am (UTC)
" Castaway" might have been remembered for Amanda Donohoe. The Tom Hanks film is two words.

Edited at 2019-02-08 11:11 am (UTC)
(no subject) - jackkt - Feb. 8th, 2019 11:22 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 8th, 2019 07:22 am (UTC)
24mins and a nice puzzle.

Foi zinc.
Dkn Medusa for jellyfish.

Had to be careful for the spelling of LIECHTENSTEIN and pre raphaelite.
Inspired looks surplus in 5d.
Loi Cymbal

Cod Pass.

Edited at 2019-02-08 07:22 am (UTC)
Feb. 8th, 2019 11:36 am (UTC)
The inspired means to include one (I) I to the answer. There’s no 'I' in paper leather.

Edited at 2019-02-08 11:41 am (UTC)
Feb. 8th, 2019 07:44 am (UTC)
Yesterday's struggle with the QC long forgotten. A first finish of the 15x15 followed (thanks to Flashman for the tip off) and then a first under 10 today at 9.02 - soured a bit by having negotiated Liectenstein and Pre-Raphealite I then let a careless typo through elsewhere - never has a red square been so horrifying.
Feb. 8th, 2019 07:57 am (UTC)
Today's 15x15 is ok as well except for one clue!

Edited at 2019-02-08 07:57 am (UTC)
(no subject) - uncle_bulgaria - Feb. 8th, 2019 10:29 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 8th, 2019 08:06 am (UTC)
Initial letters of Sound Effects Agonising is how I read it. Never seen SE or S/E for 'sound effects', and they're not in ODE. And--assuming that it's in Chambers, say-- I wouldn't expect a QC setter to purposely opt for a recondite abbreviation.

Edited at 2019-02-08 08:10 am (UTC)
Feb. 8th, 2019 08:09 am (UTC)
Had to wait for some checkers to get the principality. I never bothered to check the anagrist for PRE-RAPHAELITE; it seemed to be there, and the enumeration was enough anyway. Took a moment to remember AFTERS. 6:13.
Feb. 8th, 2019 08:32 am (UTC)
I thought this was difficult in places.
I was delayed by the two long anagrams,especially the artist. After 18 minutes I was looking at my LOI 16d trying to improve on COMBAT which I knew was wrong. Eventually CYMBAL emerged,so I'll make that my devilish COD. 21:34 in the end.
Feb. 8th, 2019 08:36 am (UTC)
Another challenging puzzle, I thought, but a bit easier than yesterday. Took me over 23 minutes but several minutes of that was taken up with cymbal. Looks easy when you’ve finally got it.
Feb. 8th, 2019 08:49 am (UTC)
Like Jack it would have been a fast time had it not been for CYMBAL ... especially since a half-vowel takes a very long time to enter my mind as a possibility in an alphabet trawl, whereas “combat” entered my head quickly and took some time to dislodge! So ended up with 2 Kevins, which had to go down as a Disappointing Day given that it could have been so much closer to 1.

COD SUITCASE from me, very neat! Thank you Mara, and thanks curarist.

Feb. 8th, 2019 09:02 am (UTC)
A PB for me, with only CYMBAL, my LOI, giving me any significant pause for thought. Like Kevin, I parsed 12D as the initial letters of Sound Effects Agonising. COD to MAYO. Thanks Mara and Curarist. 3:02.

Edited at 2019-02-08 09:02 am (UTC)
Feb. 8th, 2019 11:40 am (UTC)
Great time, John!
I had similar problems finding CYMBAL at the end to finish in a more modest 5’20”.
Thanks to Curarist and Mara.
(no subject) - john_dun - Feb. 8th, 2019 01:03 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 8th, 2019 09:31 am (UTC)
A PB for me, too, with 7.13 but...put in an unknown MAGO sauce! Mrs soj also helped with LIECHTENSTEIN.
Feb. 8th, 2019 09:37 am (UTC)
Steady going for me today, coming in at 14.09 with the two long anagrams proving hard to crack. Like others I was held up at the end by CoD CYMBAL.
Thanks for the blog
Feb. 8th, 2019 09:51 am (UTC)
A rare sub-10 minutes for me, at 9.25. I plumped straight for the Tom Hanks film, not being aware of the Olly Reed one, and also not knowing that the later one had a two word title, so a technical mis-parse. I would have been quicker, but saw NEURAL as the first anagram for 8a (which kinda fits), but one glance at 4d disabused me of that notion and I had to look again. Thanks all, and for all the comments on yesterday’s blog.
Feb. 8th, 2019 09:57 am (UTC)
Like a few others it seems, I could only think of COMBAT rather than CYMBAL...

A general query which i'd be interested in people's thoughts on; I usually do the puzzle on my iPad, on a crowded bus on the way to work, so can't really write out/cross out letters/do any kind of pen-based gymnastics with anagrams. Do any solvers have any tips as to how to improve my anagram-ing (?!) as I tend to struggle for ages with them!
Feb. 8th, 2019 10:17 am (UTC)
In that situation, I have been known to open 'notes' on my ipad and put down the filled letters with spaces and then add the unused letters below for a little mental gymnastics. Just like pen and paper but slower, of course. John M.
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Feb. 8th, 2019 10:13 am (UTC)
What happened there? My post vanished into the ether as I was about to send it.
Anyway, many thanks to Mara for a sweet end to the week after a couple of tough ones (and to Curarist, of course). Some nice clues and a helpful grid pattern. I finished in under 12 mins for a change. Most clues went in smoothly, my first long anagram (5d) was no problem but I kicked myself when I finally wrote down the unused letters for my LOI 2d and it became so obvious. I liked CYMBAL, PASS, and AFTERS. John M.

Edited at 2019-02-08 10:26 am (UTC)
Feb. 8th, 2019 10:35 am (UTC)
12 minutes for me today. Absolutely blasted through (remember - it's all relative!) the first 3\4 or so before being slowed up by the whole SE corner. Though when I did get through it I felt it contained the most pleasing elements of this puzzle (cymbal, pass, afters) so was a satisfying end to the day & week.

Edited at 2019-02-08 10:36 am (UTC)
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