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Times 27352 - a number and a number

Time taken: 13:09.

The last two daily puzzled I blogged each had something I didn't like about them, but the setter has come through today with a rather fun offering that I enjoyed immensely. It took me a little while to pore through some of the anagrams (one for a word that I often mis-spell), and I didn't record the fastest time, but not too far out of my normal range.

The first definition is underlined - away we go...

1 Possible mafioso’s crime — receiving lashes? (8)
SICILIAN - SIN(crime) contatining CILIA(a lash on a cell). Reference to the mafia family in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather
5 Small harbour without locks (6)
SHAVEN - S(small), HAVEN(harbour). I am not without locks at the moment, having grown a beard for a role. I am counting down the days until the ratty face plague can be removed.
9 The spirit of Trafalgar, Magna Carta (8)
ARMAGNAC - hidden inside tragalgAR MAGNA Carta
10 Nation grew, say, every second? (6)
RWANDA - Cute clue - the alternating letters in GREW, SAY are R, W, AND A
12 Possible range, to some degree (2,3,2,2,4)
AS FAR AS IT GOES - double definition
15 Double to host a US writer (5)
TWAIN - TWIN(double) containing A
16 Food in some countries the same, or different (9)
17 Score also broadcast as mark made on pitch (6-3)
TWENTY-TWO - TWENTY(score), then sounds like TOO(also) - a mark on a rugby pitch
19 Asian's heading to the Far East, heart of big country (5)
HAITI - the Asian is THAI, move the T to the end, then add the middle letter of bIg
20 Trousers with hole repaired, tailor initially wears the trousers! (5,3,5)
RULES THE ROOST - anagram of TROUSERS and HOLE, then the first letter in Tailor
22 Harpy's head covered by artist with a plant (6)
DAHLIA -  first letter in Harpy surrounded by Salvador DALI, then A
23 Craft used near submarine (8)
UNDERSEA - anagram of USED,NEAR. Submarine is an adjective here
25 Motorway madness? See it to believe it? (6)
MIRAGE - M1(motorway) then RAGE(madness)
26 Footwear — a slipper? (3-5)
ICE-SKATE - double definition

1 Off masking pretence with it, a hanger-on? (10)
STALACTITE - STALE(off) containing ACT(pretence), IT. A hanger-on of cave roofs
2 River where coat hauled up (3)
CAM - MAC(coat) reversed
3 Shackle on press (3-4)
LEG-IRON - LEG(on, in cricket), IRON(press)
4 Number Ten at sea, this proving disastrous (12)
6 Residence fitted with old loo — why? (3,4)
HOW COME -  HOME(residence) containing O(old), WC(loo). This was my favorite clue of a good bunch
7 A disarmingly beautiful work of art? (5,2,4)
VENUS DE MILO - cryptic definition
8 Clean without water (4)
NEAT - double definition
11 As noise all around here, opt for a change in sound (12)
STEREOPHONIC - SONIC(as noise) containing an anagram of HERE,OPT
13 Recent parts more distant, one's out of touch (4-7)
FLAT-EARTHER - LATE(recent) inside FARTHER(more distant). Out of touch? I live in a land packed with them!
14 Drinks guzzled by band, performance taking off (10)
STRIPTEASE - TEAS(drinks) inside STRIPE(band)
18 Significant relation (7)
TELLING - double definition
19 Control speed rounding bow of naval ship (7)
HARNESS - HARE(speed) containing the first letter(bow) of Naval, then SS(ship)
21 God's first son on Jesus' first morning? (4)
ADAM - the first morning of Jesus would be an AD(anno domini) AM
24 Music genre, origins in sunny Kingston apparently (3)
SKA - first letters of In Sunny Kingston


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May. 16th, 2019 04:55 am (UTC)
Finished but used the check button a lot, as I biffed a few.

Foi how come.
Cod striptease.


Edited at 2019-05-16 04:57 am (UTC)
May. 16th, 2019 05:15 am (UTC)
Nodding off when I got stuck about half-way through led to another abandonment overnight. On resumption this morning I took ages to get going again but all of a sudden things started to come together.

1ac, 1dn and 4dn gave the most trouble. The breakthrough answer this morning was HORSEMEAT which suddenly came to mind as it had given me a problem in anagram form (more haste) only last Thursday.

Edited at 2019-05-16 06:04 am (UTC)
May. 16th, 2019 05:23 am (UTC)
Took a while to find my way in—starting with a bit of 24d SKA and petering out down there, then doing better once I'd been on the 9a ARMAGNAC—but once I was going, I ran through this one in 32 minutes, which is pretty quick for me.

Nothing to raise an eyebrow, no unknowns, finishing with 14d STRIPTEASE. The band/stripe equivalence seems to be one of my blind spots! COD 10a RWANDA.

Edited at 2019-05-16 05:23 am (UTC)
May. 16th, 2019 05:42 am (UTC)
21:39 .. I found some of the wordplay here very challenging.

It would have helped if, like flashman, HOW COME? had been my first in rather than one of my last, as this would have led me to RWANDA a whole lot sooner. As it was, I spent a long time trying to figure out why a house would need an old loo.

I don’t quite get the AD AM thing, but it’s close enough.

Thanks setter and hirsute blogger
May. 16th, 2019 05:53 am (UTC)
Biffed a bunch; too many, as one was 20ac, where for no reason I saw CALLS THE SHOTS, which of course didn't help me solve a bunch of downs. 7d and 24d seem to have wandered in from QC land. I still don't get 21d. A number of people seem to believe that Jesus was God's son, but I've never heard that claim made for Adam, who was no one's son. And Jesus' second, third, ... mornings up to the crucifixion would be ADAM. Like George, I liked 6d. George, 24d is Sunny Kingston Apparently. I don't know where isk originated.
May. 16th, 2019 06:49 am (UTC)
Re: 16:54
Isn't AD measured from Jesus's supposed birth?
Re: 16:54 - kevingregg - May. 16th, 2019 06:56 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: 16:54 - keriothe - May. 16th, 2019 07:18 am (UTC) - Expand
Adam's parentage - z8b8d8k - May. 16th, 2019 08:07 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Adam's parentage - keriothe - May. 16th, 2019 09:15 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Adam's parentage - z8b8d8k - May. 16th, 2019 12:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
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May. 16th, 2019 06:34 am (UTC)
Of course, twenty two was twenty five when I was a boy, still sounds odd to me. Like others, not sure about ADAM, cryptically and factually. COD SICILIAN, which took a while. RWANDA nice clue, only half parsed.

Twenty two minutes, really.

Thanks gl and setter.
May. 16th, 2019 07:51 am (UTC)
Re: 22
Me too .. but you can always assume it refers to a cricket pitch ;-)
May. 16th, 2019 06:49 am (UTC)
30 mins
Nice steady solve with several biffs which had to come here for, including HAITI and STALACTITE. Finished in the SE where ICE SKATE wouldn’t come for some reason. Once I’d worked out that 19d wasn’t a kind of boat after all, it all fell into place. Oh yes - Iona. Seems like the world and his wife decided to go there yesterday, I blame Brexit. Nice beaches, once you get away from the hordes. Think I’ll stick with my dolphins here on Mull.
May. 16th, 2019 06:52 am (UTC)
8.43, but if I had pored through wordplay for words I often misspell I wouldn't have written STALAGTITE. Which is presumably a long-term resident in a German POW camp.
May. 17th, 2019 05:50 am (UTC)
A STALAGMITE is on the ground, like the STALAG POW camp. A STALACTITE hangs from the roof and has to hang on TITE.
(no subject) - keriothe - May. 17th, 2019 07:58 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 16th, 2019 07:06 am (UTC)
The Snitch rates this harder than yesterday’s but it took me half the time. I’m not quite sure why but I found today’s eminently biffable.

There was somewhat of a musical theme to my mind - we had the STEREOPHONICs, 80s band MIRAGE (anyone remember them?) and my wife’s musical bete noire, SKA. I’m quite partial to a bit myself.

Edited at 2019-05-16 07:06 am (UTC)
May. 16th, 2019 07:44 am (UTC)
Isn't the definition "As noise all around" , with a changing here opt in "sonic" for sound?

Thanks Blogger and Setter.
May. 16th, 2019 07:53 am (UTC)
Re: 11D
I read it that way .. though it's a poor definition of stereophonic, which only spreads sound sideways a bit
Re: 11D - john_dun - May. 16th, 2019 10:52 am (UTC) - Expand
RE: Re: 11D - (Anonymous) - May. 16th, 2019 10:57 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 16th, 2019 07:54 am (UTC)
34m 22s
I tried SICILIAN HORSEMEAT once, when we lived just outside Catania. Bit too rich for my taste.
I guess FLAT EARTHERs would also believe in chemtrails in your country, wouldn't they George?
May. 16th, 2019 08:03 am (UTC)
Holding tight to the cave roof.
34 minutes. LOI TELLING. I didn't think ADAM quite worked for two reasons. Adam isn't usually described as God's first son, being formed 'of the dust of the ground', whence we shall too soon return, and doesn't AD require the number 1 in front of it? But I got it eventually. I didn't parse HAITI, nor know of CILIA in SICILIAN. Once the STALACTITE grew long enough to hit me on the head, it was obvious though. STEREOPHONIC was also biffed from crossers. COD to FLAT-EARTHER. Those unintelligent aliens out there may also see us as just that. I didn't quite get on with this one. I think I needed a belly laugh clue today. But thank you George and setter.

Edited at 2019-05-16 08:35 am (UTC)
May. 16th, 2019 02:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Holding tight to the cave roof.
I decided that all men and women are God's sons and daughters, and gave the first morning bit a pass - sort of an A for effort.
May. 16th, 2019 08:07 am (UTC)
Ignoring errors - 18:36!
Ignoring my doubts, I had Anaesthetise where I should have had an Anaesthetist. Plus one typo - Sttreophonic.

COD. SHAVEN - for its smooth surface. Geddit?
May. 16th, 2019 08:22 am (UTC)
Top to bottom solve with a lot of biffing. Definition of STEREOPHONIC is a bit loose as Jerry has mentioned. I also don't understand the ADAM clue. Quite liked STRIPTEASE.
May. 16th, 2019 08:23 am (UTC)
Numb (err)
I initially thought this was tough, as nothing sprang out in the top left to give me a start, but once I did get going it pretty well whizzed in, taking a gnat's crotchet over 15 minutes.
But... I got grumpy over ANAESTHETISE (sic, sadly) because it is number only by association. If only I counted the letters properly.
I imagine the implied slandering of SICILIANs and FLAT-EARTHERs might well be dangerous for our setter: stand by for a deluge of abuse (and possibly a sly stiletto) on fora less charitable than our own.
George, like Kevin I appreciated your interpretation of the wordplay for 24d, and look forward to hearing some ISK music soon, hopefully in stereo.
May. 16th, 2019 08:46 am (UTC)
ISK music
And, as they used to say in Mr Benn, as if by magic: ISK Music!
Re: Numb (err) - keriothe - May. 16th, 2019 09:19 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Numb (err) - oliviarhinebeck - May. 16th, 2019 10:39 am (UTC) - Expand
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