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Times Cryptic No 27444 - Saturday, 31 August 2019.

This was relatively straightforward for a Saturday, particularly the wordplay. The fun came from the many cunning definitions, like 17ac, 22ac, 5dn, 8dn and 21dn. I hope you all enjoyed it. Thanks to the setter for a very enjoyable puzzle. My favourite clue was 5dn, because the definition was so well disguised.

Here we go. Clues are blue, with definitions underlined. Answers are in BOLD CAPS, then wordplay. (ABC*) means ‘anagram of ABC’. Deletions are in [square brackets]. The blog is in Times New Roman font, as part of a gentle campaign to urge the club site to use a font in which it is easier to tell one’s stem from one’s stern.

Across
1 Plant cricket bat before woman's bowled (10)
WILLOWHERB – WILLOW (bat), HER, (woman’s), B (bowled). As usual, I didn't know the plant.

7 Court poet losing heart (4)
DATE – DA[n]TE.

9 Still without female company, granny's taken to tango (8)
STAGNANT – STAG (without female company), NAN, T (tango).

10 Current half-century in square under control (2,4)
IN LINE – I (electrical current), L (50, in Roman numerals), in NINE (square).

11 Forbidding cook to recruit east German (6)
FROSTY – FRY (cook), OST (east, in German).

13 Ace dashed back with it, out of control (8)
ANARCHIC – A (ace), NAR (RAN, ‘back’), CHIC (with it).

14 In chat room, I'd set out contents of some cells (12)
MITOCHONDRIA – (IN CHAT ROOM ID*) (“set out”).

17 Are cuts appearing in unique Sky show? (5,7)
SOLAR ECLIPSE – ARE CLIPS in SOLE.

20 Pleasant subject covers most of botanic gardens (8)
LIKEABLE – KE[w] in LIABLE.

21 Fish smell masks old egg (6)
BONITO – B.O. “masks” O[ld] NIT.

22 Eatery in South Africa offering beds (6)
STRATA – TRAT[toria] in S.A. Geological beds, not the B&B type.

23 Start, having passed river on time (8)
OVERTURE – OVER (passed), T (time), URE.

25 Page in dictionary that shows views (2-2)
OP-ED – P[age] in O.E.D.

26 Duke providing barrier to limit queen’s dispute? (10)
DIFFERENCE – D (duke), IF (providing), FENCE limiting’ (that is, outside) E.R.


Down
2 Mingle during session nine (8)
INTERMIX – IN TERM, IX (nine).

3 On stage (3)
LEG – double definition: cricket, and racing.

4 Suspicious about vehicle's second exhaust (5)
WEARY – WARY ‘about’ E from [v]E[hicle].

5 Board in, say, Victoria aren’t randomly elected (7)
ENTRAIN – (ARENT*) (‘randomly’), IN (elected).

6 British Council’s first to acquire exotic Arabic junk (4-1-4)
BRIC-A-BRAC – BC to ‘acquire’ (ARABIC*) (‘junk’).

7 Relish atmosphere during Democratic poll (11)
DELECTATION – AT (atmosphere) ‘during’ D[emocratic] ELECTION. I wasn’t familiar with AT as an abbreviation for ‘atmosphere’, but it’s in Collins.

8 Often unwanted tissue is not about length (6)
TONSIL – TON SI (IS NOT, ‘about’), L (length).

12 At work, he stops conflict beginning to develop? (4,7)
SHOP STEWARD – (HE STOPS*) (‘at work’), then WAR (conflict), D[evelop].

15 Occasionally left squeezer in grim conditions in B&B (4,5)
HALF BOARD – LF (‘occasional’, or odd, letters of LeFt) plus BOA (squeezer), in HARD (grim).

16 Cryptic couple of notes hidden in Morecambe (8)
ESOTERIC – SO and TE are the notes, ‘hidden in’ ERIC.

18 Quickly go through angler’s problem? (4,3)
REEL OFF – as in ‘reel off the statistics’. A double definition, although I doubt that losing reels is a problem that anglers encounter in real life!

19 Erecting one needs lots of guys good in piece work (3,3)
BIG TOP – G (good) in BIT, OP. It’s close to being a cryptic definition too.

21 Bishop always upset item in bar (5)
BREVE – B (bishop), REVE (EVER, ‘upset’). The definition relates to a musical bar, of course.

24 At regular intervals strike match (3)
TIE – even letters of s-T-r-I-k-E.
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