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Times 27376 - your bolter for 10

Solving time: 11:58, and a sigh of relief that the one I put in from wordplay turned out to be correct. I could have done better, I rather confidently put in BOLTER for 5 across thinking that it meant someone who ate fast an a horse that refused to jump, or ran away, or something, and that held up the whole top half of the grid for a while.

I enjoyed this one a lot, there's some fun wordplay in these clues, my particular favorite being the Spoonerism at 14 which made me smile.

Away we go...

1 Game European astride horse making unplanned escape (8)
LOOPHOLE -  the game is LOO, then POLE(European) surrounding H(horse)
5 One refuses to eat more quickly (6)
FASTER - double definition
8 Rabbit trap put back (3)
GAB - BAG(trap) reversed
9 Like yew, of course, in wild (10)
10 Owing to Shakespeare, Romeo makes an exit (2,3,3)
TO THE BAD - TO, then Shakespeare is THE BARD, remove R(Romeo)
11 Women's leading pair leaving game playing area (6)
WICKET - W(Women) then take the first two letters away from CRICKET(game)
12 Stop bowler straddling line (4)
HALT - bowler HAT surrounding L(line)
14 Sweets from Spooner's corporation, an inheritance from parents (5,5)
JELLY BEANS - spoonerism of BELLY(corporation), GENES(inheritance from parents)
17 Assertive father to French politician, right-winger (10)
PEREMPTORY - PERE(father in French), MP(politician), TORY(right-winger)
20 G-garbage (4)
GROT - G and ROT. Don't see this style of clue in the Times often, but it was a staple for Araucaria in the Guardian
23 Attempts to solve succeeded (6)
CRACKS -  CRACK(solve), S(succeeded)
24 Fire old men and be damned! (8)
EMBOLDEN -  anagram of OLD,MEN and BE
25 Harry Potter's eye cast (10)
STEREOTYPE - anagram of POTTER'S,EYE (apologies - I had underlined the wrong part of the clue originally)
26 Those completing all one grid had the edge (3)
LED - last letters in alL, onE, griD
27 Tree some outlaw guards (6)
BANYAN - ANY(some) inside BAN(outlaw)
28 Instrument that has diamond cut in half? (8)
TRIANGLE -  bisect a diamond and you can get a TRIANGLE

1 Pilot's guide sets fire to joint (9)
LIGHTSHIP - LIGHTS(sets fire to), HIP(joint)
2 Speaking about section of M25, say (7)
ORBITAL - ORAL(speaking) surrounding BIT - the M25 is a ring road surrounding London
3 One imposing cuts potentially a threat to security (6)
HACKER - double definition
4 Scots factor at England's ground? (4,5)
5 Scrap fences in small rising road in US (7)
FREEWAY - FRAY(scrap, fight) surrounding WEE(small) reversed
6 Butterless sweet, say, grand teatime fare? (6,3)
SCOTCH EGG -  remove BUTTER from BUTTERSCOTCH(sweet), then EG(say), G(grand)
7 Note appended to records by popular artist (7)
EPSTEIN - TE(note) after EPS(records) then IN(popular) for the sculptor Jacob EPSTEIN
13 Two-timing Republican aboard coach meeting Yankee (9)
TREACHERY -  R(republican) inside TEACHER(coach), then Y(Yankee, NATO alphabet)
15 City dignitary's doctor runs over to stop sovereign mounting (4,5)
LORD MAYOR - MD(doctor), R(runs) and O(over) inside ROYAL(sovereign), all reversed
16 Air amid reeds stirred (3,2,4)
SET ON EDGE - TONE(air) inside SEDGE(reeds)
18 Court barred to actuaries working in large part of world (7)
EURASIA - remove CT(court) from ACTUARIES, then make an anagram
19 Pressure behind part of Arab's leg (7)
PASTERN - P(pressure), ASTERN(behind) - this was my entry from wordplay alone
21 Instruction to halt touching case of deaf prisoner (3,4)
RED FLAG - RE(touching), then the outside letters in DeaF, LAG(prisoner)
22 Chap has taken up period winestore (6)
BODEGA - BOD(chap) then AGE(period) reversed


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Jun. 13th, 2019 01:39 am (UTC)
I didn't find this very easy....
....and took 43 minutes. I was also left wondering how 'Eton' can be an air, but the answer was obvious enough so I put it in, having wasted ten minutes of various anagrams of 'amid reeds'. I had no idea about the M25, either, but 'orbital' was the evident answer once you have the checkers.

I always think of the Dr Johnson quotation when I see 'pastern' - "Ignorance, madam, pure ignorance". You could look it up.

Jun. 13th, 2019 05:05 am (UTC)
The London Orbital
The M25 is better known as Britain's biggest traffic jam or car park if it doesn't move at all. My FOI.


I'm usually flummoxed by Spoonerisms, but 14ac JELLY BEANS was bearable. My COD.

20ac GROT reminded me of dear old Reggie Perrin, who made selling his ghastly GROT his business. My WOD.

Time 47 minutes after a slow start

Edited at 2019-06-13 05:07 am (UTC)
Jun. 13th, 2019 09:30 am (UTC)
Re: The London Orbital
Indeed. I spent several hours on the M25 this week. Monday's weather made it especially pleasant, if one happens to like the challenge of driving in a circle while halfway blind...
Jun. 13th, 2019 05:14 am (UTC)
Another slow start here too, and in fact after making little progress with only about 9 words in after half-an-hour and struggling to keep awake, I abandoned the puzzle for the night and returned to it this morning.

On resumption I biffed a couple of answers and then made steady progress completing in a second session of 25 minutes.

Count me as another who wasted time trying to unravel 'amid reeds' as an anagram, not helped by being unsure of GROT at 20ac, a type of clue I shall be quite happy if I don't see again in The Times. We had a 'stuttering' clue recently which worked rather well, but this one doesn't imho.

Edited at 2019-06-13 05:16 am (UTC)
Jun. 13th, 2019 05:21 am (UTC)
I took 'cast' as the definition (from the original meaning of the word) and 'Harry' as the anagrind; I don't see how 'Harry' could be the definition of STEREOTYPE.

Edited at 2019-06-13 06:16 am (UTC)
Jun. 13th, 2019 07:47 am (UTC)
I agree
Re: STEREOTYPE - oliviarhinebeck - Jun. 13th, 2019 10:47 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: STEREOTYPE - joekobi - Jun. 13th, 2019 11:21 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 13th, 2019 05:25 am (UTC)
Biffed a couple, including WICKET, which I never got--took 'Women's leading pair' to be WO and gave up. ORBITAL biffed from the B and I think the T; I'm not sure why, other than figuring that an M25 would be a minor road, or later. Forgot to parse it. Like Jack, I tried to make something of (amid reeds)*. COD to 10ac.
Jun. 13th, 2019 06:00 am (UTC)
Just remembered, I forgot to query 'teatime' in 6dn. I don't know why eating a SCOTCH EGG should be time-specific but I'd bet more are eaten at lunchtime than at teatime, which is a movable feast anyway, often depending whether one is 'dahn Saff' or 'oop North'.

P.S. Yes, I have noted the question mark so it's possibly only meant as an example but inclusion of 'teatime' still seems odd and unnecessary to me.

Edited at 2019-06-13 06:26 am (UTC)
Jun. 13th, 2019 06:22 am (UTC)
A par-ish 15 minutes but then I managed to think “Ah yes, the final letters of 'all one grid' … LID.” Are Amazon selling brains yet? I need an upgrade.

Anyway, some nice things, and mostly solved with confidence.
Jun. 13th, 2019 06:29 am (UTC)
Pretty happy with my time of 45 minutes, till I went to the Club scoreboard and found I was last of the correctly completed solvers, beaten by the new Galspray, no less. Will go halves with Sotira on that new brain....
Jun. 13th, 2019 07:16 am (UTC)
Nice when it happens ... which is not often.
Jun. 13th, 2019 06:57 am (UTC)
Another witty and fine puzzle today. I struggled a bit on the RHS, taking 32 minutes which might have been 22 had I not read "completed"as competed, and tried to anagram AMID REEDS for far too long. Well done George.
Jun. 13th, 2019 07:04 am (UTC)
23 minutes
Normal progress until I made the double error of failing to register that 16d was three words AND trying the anagram. If we bulk buy can we get the brains cheaper? COD to LAND AGENT but please no more like GROT. This type of clue does not work for me.
Jun. 13th, 2019 07:08 am (UTC)
I enjoyed this, not too hard. I bet nobody completes it without at least looking at *(amid reeds).
I did like 14ac .. the idea of a Spoonerised homophone is a clever one!

Edited at 2019-06-13 07:29 am (UTC)
Jun. 13th, 2019 10:03 pm (UTC)
*(amid reeds)
Yep, me too.
Jun. 13th, 2019 07:13 am (UTC)
Vinyl & I have compiled a glossary .. there is a link on this page, top right, underneath the Snitch link.
Feel free to suggest additions or amendments, I see it as an evolving thing.

The next objective is to correct and update the list of bloggers and rewrite the whole of the "about this blog" page, watch this space..
Jun. 13th, 2019 07:20 am (UTC)
An excellent device which will save a lot of time explaining to newcomers.

I think DKN should be DNK.
Re: WE HAVE A GLOSSARY! - jerrywh - Jun. 13th, 2019 07:24 am (UTC) - Expand
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Jun. 13th, 2019 07:19 am (UTC)
Another wasting time on *(amid reeds) here. Took a while to be certain about GROT, before changing tack. Didn't parse ORBITAL or LORD MAYOR, just biffed them. Liked JELLY BEANS. HAD BOILED EGG for a while. Does a boiled sweet contain butter? More breakfast fare than teatime though. FASTER and CONIFEROUS put me right. FOI, HALT, LOI EMBOLDEN. Nice puzzle. 40:03. Thanks setter and George.
Jun. 13th, 2019 07:50 am (UTC)
COD to JELLY BEANS, really good. TO THE BAD also commended. I agree with kevin about STEREOTYPE.

I don't seem to have any links on this page?

23', thanks gl and setter
John Scoble
Jun. 13th, 2019 10:05 am (UTC)
2 a relief printing plate cast in a mould made from composed type or an original plate.
Glossary position - alanw111 - Jun. 13th, 2019 01:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Glossary position - robrolfe - Jun. 15th, 2019 08:25 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 13th, 2019 08:18 am (UTC)
13:43, but with a careless POSTERN. Here’s some free advice: if there’s an obscure word that fits the checkers, and which you know exists without any real idea of what it means, be careful because there might be another one. Admittedly this is not advice with a very wide field of application.

Edited at 2019-06-13 08:18 am (UTC)
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