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Times Cryptic 27398

There were one or two tricky or unknown bits and pieces here but I was not delayed by much and missed my half-hour target only by 2 minutes.

As usual definitions are underlined in bold italics, {deletions and substitutions are in curly brackets} and [anagrinds, containment, reversal and other indicators in square ones]

1 Mean girl given ring by boy (7)
BETOKEN - BET (girl), O (ring), KEN (boy)
5 Smothering resistance, recklessly pays up for ancient document (7)
PAPYRUS - Anagram [recklessly] of PAYS UP containing [smothering] R (resistance). I checked that this can mean the ancient document itself and not just the material that it's made of.
9 Devise principle inspiring a key royal dynasty (11)
PLANTAGENET - PLAN (devise), then TENET (principle) containing [inspiring] A + G (key)
10 Old coin identified by woman on radio (3)
SOU - Sounds like [on radio] "Sue" (woman)
11 Minor initially lacking in vision (6)
SLIGHT - L{acking} [initially] in SIGHT (vision)
12 Produce notes about indifferent lecture (8)
SCOLDING - SING (produce notes) containing [about] COLD (indifferent)
14 Supreme commander lives with short man by common (13)
GENERALISSIMO - GENERAL (common), IS (lives), SIMO{n} (man) [short]. Took me a while to spot all the wordplay here.
17 Adapt without guile, given time inside otherwise (13)
ALTERNATIVELY - ALTER (adapt), NAIVELY (without guile), containing T (time) [given...inside]
21 Servant’s argument at home? (8)
DOMESTIC - Two meanings. Followers of UK police dramas will be aware of a 'domestic' in this sense, and Quickie solvers will have seen this only last Wednesday clued (in the plural) as: The arguments for maids? (9). It gave rise to some discussion which can be viewed here.
23 Fruit and wine consumed by two-thirds of withered old women (6)
CITRON - IT (wine - Italian vermouth) contained [consumed] by CRON{es} (withered old women) [two-thirds]. I didn;t know this as a fruit, but SOED has it as 'a fruit resembling the lemon but larger, less acid, and with thicker rind'.
25 Be sick, spitting out fermented beer? (3)
AIL - Sounds like [spitting out] ALE (fermented beer)
26 Aficionado jumping over arched structure (3,8)
FAN VAULTING - FAN (aficionado), VAULTING (jumping over)
27 Raptor’s way to get into vessel crossing river (7)
KESTREL - ST (way - street) contained by [to get into] KEEL (vessel), which in turn contains [crossing] R (river). It seems to have come up quite a lot recently so I think by now most regulars will know KEEL as a ship, and not just as part of one.
28 Unscrupulous lawyer invested in trashy stereo (7)
SHYSTER - Hidden [invested] in {tra}SHY STER{eo}
1 Go round and reportedly fork out for permit (6)
BYPASS - Sounds like [reportedly] "buy" [fork out for], PASS (permit)
2 Journalist finally in a rush to produce copy? (7)
TRACING - {journalis}T [finally], RACING (in a rush)
3 More eager, longing to replace first European cooker (9)
KITCHENER - ITCH (longing) replaces the first E (European) in K{e}ENER (more eager) to provide us with our answer. I've never heard of this before but SOED has KITCHENER as 'a cooking range fitted with various appliances such as ovens, plate-warmers, water heaters, etc'.
4 Drink thrown up by hotel close at hand (4)
NIGH - GIN (drink) reversed [thrown up], H (hotel)
5 Writing mostly about one’s antibiotic (10)
PENICILLIN - PENCILLIN{g} (writing) [mostly] containing [about] I (one). I made very heavy weather of this by not remembering how to spell the drug and thinking that 'writing mostly' was PENNIN{g}
6 Part of stock maybe supplied by papa and others? (5)
PETAL - P (papa), ET AL (others). 'Stock' as in the flower of that name.
7 Composer and Arctic explorer in one (7)
ROSSINI - ROSS (Arctic explorer), IN, I (one). The explorer is Sir James Clark Ross 1800-1862.
8 Nurse got ruffled? Something fishy here (8)
STURGEON - Anagram [ruffled] of NURSE GOT. This fish keeps coming up on my watch.
13 Crazy, Gershwin accepting allotment by lake (10)
IRRATIONAL - IRA (Gershwin) containing [accepting] RATION (allotment), L (lake). Here's the overture to the brothers Gershwin show Girl Crazy with stunning orchestration, I think possibly by Robert Rusell Bennet as used in the original 1930 Broadway production.
15 Vandalised city’s plea for discipline (9)
SPECIALTY - Anagram [vandalised] of CITYS PLEA
16 Ant-bear’s way to board a Bible rescue boat (8)
AARDVARK - A, RD (way - road this time!) contained by [to board] AV (Bible -Authorised Version), ARK (rescue boat). Many seasoned solvers will have known 'ant-bear' and biffed the answer without bothering with the rest of the clue.
18 Barrow corporation bully regularly going to America (7)
TUMULUS - TUM (corporation), {b}U{l}L{y} [regularly], US (America)
19 Former partisan’s uniform stolen from the solver’s chest (7)
YORKIST - YO{u}R (solver's) [uniform - U - stolen], KIST (chest). I didn't know the chest but the answer was more or less a write-in. The House of York was a subdivision of the Plantagenets at 9ac.
20 Old queen keeping horse and wild ass (6)
ONAGER - O (old) + ER (queen) containing [keeping] NAG (horse)
22 Peter Rabbit’s head is more secure (5)
SAFER - SAFE (peter), R{abbit} [’s head]
24 Mr Fawlty familiarly adopting a South African title (4)
BAAS - BAS (Mr Fawlty - Basil - familiarly) containing [adopting] A. Another word unknown to me.


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Jul. 9th, 2019 02:21 am (UTC)
Not too bad, solved in 33 minutes
I did have difficulty remembering Basil Fawlty, and didn't even bother with the cryptic for 'generalissimo'.

I did think 'kitchener' was a very clever substitution clue, and I worked it out by putting in 'itch' and seeing what might go around it.
Jul. 9th, 2019 06:38 am (UTC)
RE: Not too bad, solved in 33 minutes
I made the mistake of putting in ‘ache’ and seeing what might go around it.
Jul. 9th, 2019 03:10 am (UTC)
ISSIMO of the same…
Yesterday, we had PRESTISSIMO, and today GENERALISSIMO. I don't know if KIST has come up before, but the answer was obvious, with most of the checkers. My LOI was BETOKEN, when I finally saw the definition.
Jul. 9th, 2019 03:19 am (UTC)
A DNF in 34 minutes with an unconfident 'bass' for BAAS at 24d. I was thrown by the 'Arctic explorer', who I thought 'only' sailed around Antarctica, in 7d, but a quick look at Wikipedia post (attempted) solve put me right. Up the creek in a barbed wire canoe without a paddle or in the ice in a wooden ship without an engine - I'll take the first choice thanks.

Didn't know the KITCHENER meaning of cooker - makes a change from 'Aga' anyway.

I liked ONAGER, one of the few words I was introduced to by cryptics the definition of which I can still remember word for word ('the wild ass of central Asia'). I've often thought it strange that the siege weapon and beastie share the same name, and was interested to read (yes, again in Wikipedia) that the name of the weapon is derived from the kick of the latter.

Thank you to setter and blogger.
Jul. 9th, 2019 03:52 am (UTC)
is simply known as BOSS but with a South African accent?




WOD AARDVARK (why the long face?)

Time bang on 30 minutes
Jul. 9th, 2019 06:32 am (UTC)
Your crossword needs you
A pleasant 15.52 torpedoed by a shortsighted typo, though not in the spelling of PENICILLIN in which I had identical troubles to Jack - a typically helpful blog, cheers.
Not that it matters, but I would have thought that Basil conventionally shortens to Baz.
There's the apocryphal story that you should be cautious looking up wild (asian) ass, but all it does these days is give you dozens of entries on crossword solves. Or does that betoken that Google knows I'm a clean-minded soul?
Jul. 9th, 2019 06:37 am (UTC)
Y for Yorkie
27 minutes. LOI BETOKEN. BAAS unknown but John Cleese character only too well remembered. so there was little choice. I didn't know KIST for CHEST either, but it had to be one of the the pleasant PLANTAGENETs from over the hill. As I found out from genealogy, my Y chromosome is from Heptonstall, so I've had to stop being rude about them.The AV seems always to be called the King James Bible nowadays, unlike in my youth. COD to FAN VAULTING, also to be found in York Minster. A good challenge with the NW appropriately the last to fall. The old antagonisms die hard. Thank you Jack and setter.
Jul. 9th, 2019 08:49 am (UTC)
Re: Y for Yorkie
Was in Heptonstall ten days ago .. lovely place, not short of a gravestone. or a hill, come to that. Hebden Bridge/Heptonstall must be the fittest town in Britain
RE: Re: Y for Yorkie - boltonwanderer - Jul. 9th, 2019 09:34 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 9th, 2019 06:42 am (UTC)
Pretty straightforward again today, finishing with the unknown SOU which I was worried could be spelled SIU or SYU. I went with SOU though as it seemed most likely.

The clue for AARDVARK has to be one of the most biffable I have seen - what else is ant-bear going to be!
Jul. 9th, 2019 07:10 am (UTC)
What else?
Re: 13:43 - gothick_matt - Jul. 9th, 2019 09:29 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: 13:43 - pootle73 - Jul. 9th, 2019 11:36 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 9th, 2019 07:22 am (UTC)
Never been kist
30 mins with half a Yorkist Fat Rascal, hoorah.
DNK Kist, but no bother.
Mostly I liked Specialist; what a brilliant surface.
Thanks setter and J.
Jul. 9th, 2019 07:30 am (UTC)
Very easy puzzle with a number entered from definition alone, including the ant-bear
Jul. 9th, 2019 07:36 am (UTC)
14:10 … so not too hard. Enjoyed the wildlife selection, and there were some brilliant surfaces. Myrtillus mentioned the SPECIALTY one, but I also really liked the “mean girl” at 1a. Mean girls are often a bit Barbie-like, so it’s fitting she should get a ring from Ken.

I suppose you could call Mr Fawlty 'Bas' (or even Baz) but I wouldn’t advise it. Wasn’t there an entire episode given over to the outraging of his petit bourgeois standards by a rather too informal family (the ones with the brattish son)?
Jul. 9th, 2019 07:48 am (UTC)
11'35”, only 4' longer than the QC. Liked BETOKEN. Dnk KIST. Crossed fingers for BAAS. DOMESTIC came up recently, as well as being in the news - not my favourite word, as can mean anything from a disagreement to abuse to murder.

Thanks jack and setter.
Jul. 9th, 2019 07:53 am (UTC)
That was me, above, had to faff about with LJ again.
Jul. 9th, 2019 08:10 am (UTC)
25 minutes
A bit of dithering over BAAS , BASS or BAZS. COD to BETOKEN. AARDVARK was so biffable but I give the setter 10/10 for effort in managing to come up with a believable surface involving the ark. SHYSTER was well hidden too.
Jul. 9th, 2019 08:46 am (UTC)
I didn't know Italian Vermouth counted as a wine. I thought it was a spirit.

COD: SLIGHT. Good misdirection in the wordplay I thought.
Jul. 9th, 2019 08:51 am (UTC)
Re: 22:36
Vermouth is a fortified wine .. fortified with spirit, so you are not entirely wrong!

Edited at 2019-07-09 08:52 am (UTC)
Jul. 9th, 2019 08:47 am (UTC)
I was held up at the end by TRACING, BETOKEN and CITRON, which took up 10 minutes between them. Didn't know the cooker but it wasn't difficult to construct. My daughter's Father-in-law is Baz, short for Barry. I was however familiar with the African BAAS for Boss. A pleasant offering. 34:09. Thanks setter and Jack.
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