Jeremy (plusjeremy) wrote in times_xwd_times,

Times Quick Cryptic No 1392 by Pedro


I'm usually pretty tolerant when it comes to cryptic clues, but I have to complain about 20 Across, which seems to me utterly ambiguous. It didn't at the time of solving, and I got it "wrong".

Otherwise, some very nice clues in this puzzle. Lots of anagrams, which I haven't had in awhile.



1 Loud volume nearby, though not initially (5)
VOCAL - V ("volume") + LOCAL ("nearby") without the first letter ("though not initially")
7 Misfired a shot — very rash (9)
OVERHASTY - anagram of ("misfired") A SHOT ("a shot") + VERY ("very")
My instinct to try a different definition from the surface reading backfired here, and I was looking for some form of skin irritation. Hiding in plain sight.
9 Style of swimming [that’s] chilly in cold lake (5)
CRAWL - RAW ("chilly") in ("in") C ("cold") + L ("lake")
This one stumped me for awhile as I couldn't see past C+ICY+L, which obviously isn't a thing.
10 Story I want rewritten after I prepare to attack? (3,2,4)
LIE IN WAIT - LIE ("story") + I WANT ("I want") anagrammed ("rewritten") after ("after") I ("I")
11 Key cricketer making comeback (3)
TAB - BAT ("cricketer") reversed ("making comeback")
12 Cute plane handled badly, [prompting] irritability (9)
PETULANCE - CUTE PLANE ("cute plane") anagrammed ("handled badly")
14 Get rid of reserve [in] collation of memories? (9)
SCRAPBOOK - SCRAP ("get rid of") + BOOK ("reserve")
16 Party time? [There’s] little point (3)
DOT - DO ("party") + T ("time")
18 Meat dish rises with cooking (5,4)
IRISH STEW - RISES WITH ("rises with") anagrammed ("cooking")
20 Conscious a King is surrounded by reverence (5)
AWARE - A ('a") + R ("King", rex, that is) in ("surrounded by") AWE ("reverence")
Nothing wrong with R for 'king'. But there's also nothing wrong with K for 'king', and AWAKE is just as good a synonym for 'conscious' as AWARE is. Grumble, grumble, grumble. Grumble, I say.
21 US soldier very into vocation — medical attendant? (9)
CAREGIVER - GI ("US soldier") + V ("very") in ("into") CAREER ("vocation")
22 Sentimental Greek character retiring (5)
MUSHY - MU ("Greek character") + SHY ("retiring")
Lovely definitions for MUSHY and SHY here.


1 Empty tin put in tank (6)
VACANT - CAN ("tin") in ("put in") VAT ("tank")
2 Charlie spots lawyer removing street[’s] protection for drivers (5,7)
CRASH BARRIER - C ("Charlie", radio alphabet, I imagine) + RASH ("spots") + BARRISTER ("lawyer") without ("removing") ST ("street")
3 Lie around with newspaper and popular item of confectionery (8)
LOLLIPOP - LOLL ("lie around") + ("with") I ("newspaper") + ("and") POP ("popular")
4 Leave / somewhere uncultivated (6)
DESERT - double definition
Took me forever to think of this word.
5 Avoid source of heat in fine weather (4)
SHUN - first letter of ("source of") HEAT ("heat") in ("in") SUN ("fine weather")
6 Fragrant shrub: attempt to block tree coming up (6)
MYRTLE - TRY ("attempt") in ("to block") ELM ("tree") reversed ("coming up")
8 Details snags after repairing church feature (7,5)
STAINED GLASS - DETAILS SNAGS ("details snags") anagrammed ("after repairing")
13 Tepid conflict linked to first of manuscripts overseen by gospel writer (8)
LUKEWARM - WAR ("conflict") + ("linked to") first letter of ("first of") MANUSCRIPTS ("manuscripts") under ("overseen by") LUKE ("gospel writer")
14 One informing idiot’s in school (6)
SNITCH - NIT's ("idiot's") in ("in") SCH ("school")
15 Sequence of notes hermit finally placed in old grotto (6)
OCTAVE - HERMIT ("hermit") reduced to last letter ("finally") in ("placed in") O ("old") + CAVE ("grotto")
17 Cathedral city supporting man, just when needed (6)
TIMELY - ELY ("cathedral city") under ("supporting") TIM ("man")
19 Substantial front to garden, with colour around (4)
HUGE - first letter of ("front to") GARDEN ("garden") with ("with") HUE ("colour") around ("around")

  • Post a new comment


    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.
← Ctrl ← Alt
Ctrl → Alt →
← Ctrl ← Alt
Ctrl → Alt →