Pip Kirby (pipkirby) wrote in times_xwd_times,
Pip Kirby
pipkirby
times_xwd_times

Times 27375 - Am I on the yellow brick road?

When I'd finished this, a really fun puzzle I thought, it felt like I'd been given one of those exercises where you have to write a short story using as many of the answer words as you can; there was a sort of theme, but I can't put my finger on exactly what it is. Something about a 11a in Australia sending me as the 28a to a 22a?

Anyway, maybe I'll win the 10a or become a 1a now I've had my 18d replaced and am ready to do the discos in 8d again. Which reminds me, my fav clue was 8d once I saw why! And I've learned the plural as in 15a has an E, or can have.

More like this please, Mr Setter!


1 In time, gastarbeiter’s a household name! (8)
MEGASTAR - Hidden word in TI(ME GASTAR)BEITER.
5 Didn’t manage everything, finishing early delivery (6)
RANSOM - RAN SOM(E), delivery as in rescue, paying the ransom, I assume.
10 Raving intolerantly to a sponsor of good causes (8,7)
NATIONAL LOTTERY - (INTOLERANTLY TO A)*.
11 Nothing sailor can do ultimately stops preparation for it (4,6)
LOVE POTION - LOVE = nothing, PO = Petty Officer, can = TIN has O (last letter of DO) inserted. 'it' as in sex.
13 Girl who’s got people gunning for me? (4)
MYRA - MY RA (Royal Artillery).
15 Tries, in the front row, for Australian pack (7)
DINGOES - GOES = tries after DIN = row. I'd have spelt dingos without an E, but either way is OK apparently.
17 Surgeon grabs tip of nice long pointed object (7)
LEISTER - LISTER has E the end of nicE inserted. Joseph Lister was a British surgeon and a pioneer of antiseptic surgery. A leister is a type of spear for fishing.
18 This used to set Raleigh off on travels (4,3)
HAIR GEL - (RALEIGH)*. A preparation of no use to me.
19 Buy bigger piano as addition to jazz and country club? (5,2)
TRADE UP - TRAD = jazz, EU = "country club" (!), P = piano.
21 Wife who survived a year with bishop (4)
PARR - P.A. = a year, per year; RR = Right Reverend. As in Catherine Parr, last of the six.
22 Pressure put on US mobile psychiatric unit facility (6,4)
PADDED CELL - P(ressure), ADDED = put on, CELL what Americans call a mobile phone, goodness knows why they don't call it a mobile, as it's mobile.
25 Perversely, went for another ending to latest film (2,3,10)
ON THE WATERFRONT - (WENT FOR ANOTHER)*, T end of latest.
27 Partner once having had a vacation cut short is free (6)
EXEMPT - EX = partner once, EMPT(Y) = a vacation cut short.
28 Most idiotic time to take short bow, on reflection (8)
CRAZIEST - All reversed: T, SEIZ(E) = take, short, ARC = bow.

Down
1 Monsieur did fish, and so did butcher (7)
MANGLED - M = Monsieur, ANGLED = did fish.
2 Acquired grand place for Ruth and Samuel (3)
GOT - G(rand), OT where these people appear.
3 After interference, fail in move to stop slide? (10)
SNOWPLOUGH - SNOW the white flecks on your TV screen when no signal; PLOUGH can mean to fail.
4 Expect answers when buttonholing head of intelligence (5)
AWAIT - Not quite sure exactly how this works. The head of intelligence = I, goes into A and AT = when. But the W? Or A, A has I inserted, but whence the W T? I'll think on. I'll probably need a 22a when someone tells us below. EDIT the ever early and reliable jackkt has an explanation in the first comment below. I don't much like WIT for intelligence, but I think we've seen that before and it works.
6 Maybe old Bill’s John’s successor (4)
ACTS - Book after John in the NT. When a Bill before Parliament is passed, it becomes an ACT, so an old Bill.
7 Be as one initially scared by series of echoes — then you kick yourself? (3,3,2,3)
SEE EYE TO EYE - S(cared), EE = echoes as in NATO alphabet, YE TOE YE = you kick yourself.
8 Go immediately after this long-range spring forecast (7)
MAYFAIR - Well a forecast for May 2020 would be long range for Spring, and if you've played Monopoly as many times as I have you'll know that GO comes after MAYFAIR. Both parts brilliant, IMO.
9 Line in cookery books, maybe, was intensely illuminating (8)
FLOODLIT - FOOD LIT(erature) could be cookery books: insert an L.
12 Vintage rite involved sharp dressing (11)
VINAIGRETTE - (VINTAGE RITE)*.
14 Musical, variable one, about Perth hospital area nurses (6,2,2)
WIZARD OF OZ - Z I = variable, one; reversed = IZ, insert into WARD OF OZ. A rather awkward surface, but amusing; I hate all musicals and thought the WOOZ was just a film, or two. But I see on WIKI nearly everything you can think of has been turned into a musical now, some not in the best possible taste.
16 Stash stuff in cellar, above a street (4,4)
SALT AWAY - SALT goes in a salt cellar, and A WAY = a street.
18 Welcome athletic achievement by one showing a bit of a leg (7)
HIPBONE - HI = welcome, PB = personal best, ONE. My new hip is just perfect, after 3 months, thanks for asking.
20 Coat with a small amount of white spirit? (7)
PALETOT - A PALE TOT is a small amount of a white spirit. I got this from checkers and wordplay, it's a bit of a Mephisto type word.
23 Departs stern and miserable (5)
DREAR - D = departs, REAR = stern.
24 Algae from half of lake unexplored up in the middle (4)
KELP - la KE, unex PL ored, reverse the PL (up).
26 I might be carried off when picked up (3)
ONE - sounds like WON. I = 1.
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 54 comments
Previous
← Ctrl ← Alt
Next
Ctrl → Alt →
Previous
← Ctrl ← Alt
Next
Ctrl → Alt →