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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 08:24 am (UTC)
The Banyan tree...
... is the symbol of immortality. I nearly needed that long to solve this. I really struggled. taking 50 minutes. I got a bee in my bonnet that LIGHTSHIP was going to have the lights at the stern and couldn't shake it off. I wasn't confident enough about GROT to stop seeking an anagram for 'amid reeds' on 16d. LOI was LAND AGENT. COD to JELLY BEANS. I've had SCOTCH EGG for every meal, I think.They were a particularly good breakfast while driving to work in the bedsit years. Thank you George and setter. On the iPad, how can I find the glossary? I've always gone into Snitch separately.
Jun. 13th, 2019 08:53 am (UTC)
RE: The Banyan tree...
Breakfast is my favourite time to eat SCOTCH EGGS, particularly if they are home-made. Yum.
Not sure about iPad but on my phone the link to the glossary is right at the bottom.
Scotch Egg Chinese style for lunch - horryd - Jun. 13th, 2019 10:08 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 13th, 2019 09:36 am (UTC)
I think 50 minutes was quite a lucky escape for me on this one. Helpfully there's a local club aboard a LIGHTSHIP, and I've even been aboard, so 1d was my FOI.

I then made my way widdershins around the grid in fits and starts, which was a helpful way to do it, as it meant I'd already put in EMBOLDEN to help me realise that 16d wasn't an anagram. Finished with 10a, needing all the crossers to see the wordplay for the unknown TO THE BAD. 19d PASTERN also put in from wordplay alone.

Lots of fun along the way. I liked the LOOPHOLE, the Spoonerism and the SCOTCH EGG among others.
Jun. 13th, 2019 09:48 am (UTC)
Jun. 13th, 2019 10:15 am (UTC)
29 mins
Would have been a lot quicker if, like vinyl1 above, I hadn't spent ages trying to use stirred as an anagrind (see Glossary!). It was only when the anagram for EMBOLDEN became apparent that I realised it wasn't an anagrind.

Can I add the possibly useful LITBOMM which also comes up every day - lurking in the back of my mind. As was PASTERN today. Useful alternative to the good old plain DNK.
Jun. 13th, 2019 10:16 am (UTC)
On reflection, since BIFF is a corruption of BIFD, maybe it should be LITBOMB.
Jun. 13th, 2019 10:45 am (UTC)
Looking for answers in all the wrong places, so relieved to clock in at no worse than 21.7. Another one here who fell for the "amid reeds" anagram, and I spent much too long wondering if there was such a thing as a "lawgua" or "awguar" tree hidden in 27a. TRIANGLE was a nice one. SET ON EDGE and TO THE BAD took a while to materialize because they're not really familiar to me.

Nice glossary, thank you Jerry and Vinyl! I think MER can be attributed to Myrtilus. And I don't know if you want to mention, in connection with themed puzzles, that they are frequent in the Guardian for people who like that sort of thing.

Jun. 13th, 2019 11:30 am (UTC)
About 27 minutes. Another one lost for a time amid the reeds. Liked that and 10 especially. As vinyl says, good to remember Dr Johnson's 'Ignorance, pure ignorance' (re pastern).
(no subject) - jerrywh - Jun. 13th, 2019 12:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - oliviarhinebeck - Jun. 13th, 2019 12:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
Don't trust my memory ... - isla3 - Jun. 13th, 2019 01:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Don't trust my memory ... - jerrywh - Jun. 13th, 2019 02:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - john_dun - Jun. 13th, 2019 04:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 13th, 2019 11:55 am (UTC)
I didn't find this one particularly easy, finishing in 13m 18s. For some time I tried to get proselytise, or some incorrect spelling of it, into 25a.
Jun. 13th, 2019 12:37 pm (UTC)
My head isn't in the right place at the moment....
....due to receiving some desperately bad news that I won't bore you all with.

Did this on the train from Glasgow to Dundee, and didn't time it - not quick though. Failed to parse LORD MAYOR, and NHO TO THE BAD. The meaning of STEREOTYPE was a further DNK.

COD JELLY BEANS - I love a good Spoonerism !
Jun. 13th, 2019 12:59 pm (UTC)
Very enjoyable, nothing obscure (pace those who fell down on equine anatomy) but lots of excellent misdirection, most notably the non-anagram at 16dn. It seems to be a sign that your regular pub has been unnecessarily gentrified when you get offered an artisan Scotch egg with your pint, but I can get on board with that part of the process.
Jun. 13th, 2019 02:15 pm (UTC)
Re: 9:52
Oh, artisan scotch eggs are definitely the best ones. But since I gave up work, I no longer qualify ..
Jun. 13th, 2019 01:59 pm (UTC)
The glossary is a great idea. Many thanks, I have wondered for ages what &lit (and several other things) was, all quite obvious of course when one knows. Thank goodness for the SCC. I see it refers to the quickie but will definitely sign up if it ever extends to the main crossword.
Jun. 13th, 2019 02:02 pm (UTC)
Quite enjoyed, and quite quick, a tad under 20 minutes. Another one where there seems to be a 50-50 split between those finding it easy and har. - I was on the wavelength.
Even though AMID REEDS was the *obvious* anagrist I didn't even consider it, I was so certain that GROT was correct. And didn't like that clue at all. Otherwise the only unknown was the Scottish factor;for some reason I'm au fait with pasterns, hocks, fetlocks and other such arcanery.As words - I'm with the good doctor in not actually knowing where they are. My greyhound pet arrived with an injured hock, suffered during racing.
Jun. 13th, 2019 02:26 pm (UTC)
Unspammed. LJ doesn't like full stops unless followed by a space, Isla.
(no subject) - isla3 - Jun. 13th, 2019 03:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 13th, 2019 02:35 pm (UTC)
But with one error. Postern for Pastern.

I was heading for an all correct, all under 30 mins, week. Not something I've managed up until now, to the best of my knowledge.


Jun. 13th, 2019 04:51 pm (UTC)
Re: 17:57
I think my avid reading of the James Herriott books assisted me with that one :-)
Re: 17:57 - (Anonymous) - Jun. 13th, 2019 11:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: 17:57 - astonvilla1 - Jun. 13th, 2019 11:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 13th, 2019 06:20 pm (UTC)
A leisurely 26 minutes in an early evening solve while the (ladies' or is it women's these days?) cricket is burbling in the background.
No real complaints, though that rubbish clue nearly ended up as GASH (G instead of the D of dash (-), despite the lack of substitution indicator). I thought it was nearly clever.
Love the glossary: definitely no WOMBAT (waste of money, brains and time), not really a TftT acronym, but one of my favourites.
Jun. 13th, 2019 07:42 pm (UTC)
20:50 I'm pleased with that time because there are elements of this puzzle that on another day might well have held me up for a lot longer. As it is I seem to have been on the wavelength. Fortunately I discarded my attempts to anagram "amid reeds" and then just "reeds" around tone or tune quite early on. Triangle also popped into my mind sooner than it otherwise might have done. The glossary is excellent.
Jun. 13th, 2019 09:11 pm (UTC)
Once I gain, I find myself having brought a ganglion to a brainfight. My time of 21 minutes was not bad for me, but slower than it ought to have been. Bursts of progress were interrupted with inexplicable bouts of word-blindness.

Still, an enjoyable third of an hour. My only MER (thanks, glossary!) was at the Spoonerism in 14ac. Do Times Spoonerisms not usually conserve the spellings of their interchanged parts? Then again, I loathe Spoonerisms in general, and can only imagine that Professor Spooner was a remarkably tedious one-trick sort of a person. My only noirer bête is Cockneyisms, which frankly ought to have died out with Punch magazine.

Jun. 14th, 2019 01:33 am (UTC)
I wondered about the conservation of spelling, too. Then I wondered if we all, eventually, inherit Dad Jeans or at least the need for them.
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