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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)
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)
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)
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.

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)
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.


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Jun. 12th, 2019 05:30 am (UTC)
I think it's WIT (intelligence) with A A (answers) containing [buttonholing] its (wit's) first letter [head].

Edited at 2019-06-12 05:32 am (UTC)
Jun. 12th, 2019 05:37 am (UTC)
Phew! What an ordeal, though mostly a worthwhile one, but after completing the grid in a biff-fest I still had at least 6 clues where I didn't understand the wordplay, so I put my head down for the night and returned to the scene of battle this morning when everything eventually seemed to become clear. My only misgiving is that I'm not sure that's how cryptic puzzles are supposed to work!

I had an error however as one of the clues in which I didn't understand the wordplay was 20dn where I biffed a half-remembered word, PELATOT, only to find out later that it doesnt exist and I must have been thinking of PALETOT which appeared here only last July when I claimed not to know it.

A point of pedantry re 14dn, there is no musical called WIZARD OF OZ but there have been a number of musical versions dating back to 1902 called 'The Wizard of Oz'. The most famous made for screen was released in 1939 and was most definitely a musical. OVER THE RAINBOW was its most famous song written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg, and performed by Judy Garland.

Edited at 2019-06-12 07:27 am (UTC)
Jun. 12th, 2019 08:11 am (UTC)
Hold on there was a film called TWOO which was a musical but there is no musical called TWOO? I don’t follow.
Edit: oh right sorry I get it now.

Edited at 2019-06-12 08:31 am (UTC)
(no subject) - jackkt - Jun. 12th, 2019 09:16 am (UTC) - Expand
Over the Rainbow - kororareka - Jun. 12th, 2019 08:19 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 12th, 2019 05:52 am (UTC)
I had as many biffed and unparsed clues as Jack, and still took almost a half-hour; but I figured most of them out, if post-hoc. But not LOVE POTION (forgot about PO), or MAYFAIR--there is no MAYFAIR, of course, in an American Monopoly game, all the streets being in Atlantic City, I believe, so I had the checkers and the forecast--and I didn't get the Perth thing.
Jun. 12th, 2019 05:52 am (UTC)
24:49 … I was just in the mood for a chewy puzzle and certainly got one. But a brilliant crossword, with things to admire all over the place and a few chuckles ("preparation for it", indeed!).

For me, AWAIT is a Clue of the Year contender. Ingenious combination of a clever device and fantastic surface.

Compliments to the setter
Jun. 12th, 2019 06:02 am (UTC)
A hard but enjoyable slog. Missed on PALETOT which I'm surprised I've probably seen if it was here before. I thought the white spirit must be IT and coat with A was PELAT (PELT with A in). But it was not to be. So DNF.

But some very clever clues and some real penny drop moments.

Edited at 2019-06-12 06:03 am (UTC)
Jun. 12th, 2019 06:35 am (UTC)
Knocked 'em in the Old Kent Road
Excellent puzzle, loved the wordplay: WIZARD OF OZ, LOVE POTION, MAYFAIR, ACTS.

31', thanks pip and setter.

Edited at 2019-06-12 06:36 am (UTC)
Jun. 12th, 2019 07:02 am (UTC)
Too hard. 60 mins to fail at the last: Snow Plough.

Edited at 2019-06-12 07:02 am (UTC)
Jun. 12th, 2019 07:26 am (UTC)
Thanks for reminding me, I forgot to say I never heard of PLOUGH meaning 'fail' despite failing many an exam in my time!
Jun. 12th, 2019 07:05 am (UTC)
Really liked it - all the hard to spot cryptic definitions. 23 minutes, a tad over average. 5 unparsed: await, Wizard of Oz (and I live in Perth, OZ, so was immediately looking for a Scottish reference), the IT in love potion, ACT which I'd assumed was an old abbreviation for account=bill, and snowplough, with plough unknown and snow forgotten, not seen in about 10 or 15 years. Now when there's no signal the screen spells it out: "No signal". Didn't know the (ie forgotten since last time) PALETOT and LEISTER, but wordplay was sufficient.
Thank-you, Blogger and Setter.

Edited at 2019-06-12 07:11 am (UTC)
Jun. 12th, 2019 07:14 am (UTC)
32 minutes
Excellent crossword and I continued a couple of minutes over my usual half hour to finish it. PALETOT and LEISTER on trust and OT and ACTS 'got' from the secular half of the clues. There were a dozen witty and clever clues.
Jun. 12th, 2019 07:44 am (UTC)
Love Potion No. 9
32 minutes.LOI MAYFAIR, after I decided that 5 across couldn't be MISSAL, which did kind of work, and reverted to the traditional RAN fot managed, adding SOM(e). Good stuff here. I particularly liked PARR. I'd biffed AWAIT, thinking it might have something to do with 'wit' but wasn't sure about putting the answers in separately. I didn't know LEISTER, but knew the antiseptic Joseph well enough to bring him to mind. I have to express my usual bitch that WON and ONE are not homophones north of the funny/fanny line but this was great puzzle. Thank you Pip and setter.
Jun. 12th, 2019 07:51 am (UTC)
Not so keen on this as others. A lot of biffing and reverse engineering - not my style

Didn't understand MAYFAIR - don't play Monopoly. Like Jack knew there is no such musical as WIZARD OF OZ and the HIP BONE (coxa bone) isn't part of the leg
Jun. 12th, 2019 09:19 am (UTC)
Not part of leg...
I wondered about that too.
Jun. 12th, 2019 07:53 am (UTC)
9 Down: Shouldn't it have been 'illuminated' not 'ing'? Perhaps pedantic along with he missing The for the musical.
Jun. 12th, 2019 08:33 am (UTC)
RE: Floodlit
Both FLOODLIT and ‘was intensely illuminating’ are verbs here.
Jun. 12th, 2019 08:05 am (UTC)
Absolute cracker of a puzzle - thank you setter! 32m but couldn't parse 'await' so thanks jackkt for the interpretation. Some of the clues were just great.
Jun. 12th, 2019 08:16 am (UTC)
DNF. I was never going to get ACTS, now, was I?
Lots of very inventive and witty stuff here but as DJ says you have to start from the answer and then reverse-engineer the wordplay which is not my favourite way to do it.
Jun. 12th, 2019 09:55 am (UTC)
reverse engineering
I quite like it, to think of a possible answer then work out why it's right, or wrong, rather than just biff and have fingers crossed. Putting answers from wordplay only (as in PALETOT) is tedious.
Re: reverse engineering - keriothe - Jun. 12th, 2019 10:33 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 12th, 2019 08:31 am (UTC)
56 minutes, and not very on-the-wavelength. Happily I knew Joseph Lister and the PALETOT from previous outings (the latter in July last year.) I even have some Listerine in the medicine cabinet.

FOI 1a MEGASTAR, and I thought I was off to a fine start, but I was slowed down by the biblical references, my lack of memory of Monopoly boards, the fact that 23's "stern" looks more like "stem" on my printout, and my failure completely to get my head around my LOI, 3d SNOWPLOUGH.

I have seen "snow" on a TV screen, but I'd be willing to bet that there are people old enough to vote who haven't, it being generally an analogue phenomenon. I recall a discussion on the internet about this cultural change, sparked off by William Gibson's opening line to his cyberspace-defining Neuromancer: "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."

Edited at 2019-06-12 08:36 am (UTC)
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