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Times Cryptic 27452

I needed only  36 minutes for this mostly very straightforward puzzle. I imagine the speed-merchants will have a field day. All good solid stuff with one really outstanding definition in my view.

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 Officer coming across a fine hole in one exposed seam (8)
COALFACE : COL (officer) containing [coming across] A, then F (fine), ACE ( hole in one - golf)
5 Find vessel inside, set back (4,2)
TURN UP : URN (vessel) contained by [inside] PUT (set) reversed [back]
10 Irish sea area, run down, gallons escaping (5)
MALIN : MALI{g}N (run down) [gallons escaping]. I didn't know it was Irish but worked it out from wordplay and recognised the name from the Shipping Forecast.
11 Be reasonable as men seek to be redeployed (4,5)
MAKE SENSE : Anagram [redeployed] of AS MEN SEEK
12 Large sea bream tormented ray (5,4)
LASER BEAM : L (large), anagram [tormented] of SEA BREAM
13 Grills fruits at Halloween, excluding family (5)
PUMPS : PUMP{kin}S (fruits at Halloween) [excluding family]
14 One million beans perhaps creating sudden urge (7)
IMPULSE : I (one), M (million), PULSE (beans perhaps). 'Pulse' in this sense is a noun that can denote singular or plural, apparently.
16 Old friend of Hamlet ignoring King's hunting call (6)
YOICKS : YO{r}ICK (old friend of Hamlet) [ignoring King - r], S. View halloo! Yoicks tally-ho! and all that.
18 One saying "No" does perhaps encapsulate part of UK (6)
DENIER : DEER (does perhaps) contain [encapsulate] NI (part of UK - Northern Ireland). 'Does perhaps' because they can also be rabbits, ferrets, rats or kangaroos.
20 Disease in granny's heart and chest, lacking oxygen (7)
ANTHRAX : {gr}AN{ny} [heart], TH{o}RAX (chest) [lacking oxygen]
22 Moneylender, ambiguous, dumping first of accounts receivable (5)
UNCLE : UNCLE{ar} (ambiguous) [dumping first of accounts receivable]. 'Uncle' is slang for 'pawnbroker', origin unknown but dating from at least 1756.
23 Legal advisor, hence authorised to meet troops (9)
SOLICITOR : SO (hence), LICIT (authorised), OR (troops - Other Ranks)
25 Bribe Society with tiny note, half-heartedly (9)
SWEETENER : S (society), WEE (tiny), TEN{n}ER (note) [half-heartedly]
26 Did exhaust part for American's car by day (5)
TIRED : TIRE (part for American's car), D (day). We spell it 'tyre'.
27 Still dealing with infringement (6)
RETORT : RE (dealing with), TORT (infringement). Remembered from school chemistry lessons, it's used for distilling liquids.
28 Hard to believe doing without credit, hard to swallow (8)
INEDIBLE : IN{cr}EDIBLE (hard to believe) [doing without credit]
1 Firm initially monitors scheme to import island's beef (8)
COMPLAIN : CO (firm), M{onitors} [initially], PLAN (scheme) containing [to import] I (island)
2 World book finally abridged (5)
ATLAS : AT LAS{t} (finally) [abridged]
3 Boxing manager's leisure time left creditor furious (7,8)
FUNERAL DIRECTOR : FUN (leisure), ERA (time), L (left), anagram [furious] of CREDITOR. Great definition! The one in the village where I was  born and raised marketed himself as 'Funeral Furnisher'.
4 Fifty fail to appear in entire contest (7)
COMPETE : COMP{l}ETE (entire) [fifty - L -  fail to appear]
6 Simple duties can, when mixed with this absorbing work (15)
UNSOPHISTICATED : Anagram [mixed] of DUTIES CAN THIS containing [absorbing] OP (work)
7 One hates dragging on small donkey in middle of fun run (9)
NONSMOKER : ON + S (small) + MOKE (donkey) contained by [in] {fu}N R{un} [middle]
8 Like green areas in gym (6)
PLEASE : LEAS (green areas) contained by [in] PE (gym). I had some difficulty reconciling 'like' and 'please' as synonyms but then I thought of the  example 'Do as you like / Do as you please'.
9 Philby stops one like him revealing a lot (6)
SKIMPY : KIM (Philby) is contained by [stops] SPY (one like him). Philby was a double-agent for the USSR revealed in 1963 as one of the Cambridge Five ring of spies.
15 Psychic here taking in Channel Islands (9)
PRESCIENT : PRESENT (here) containing [taking in] CI (Channel Islands)
17 Steer game where Blues won (8)
OXBRIDGE : OX (steer), BRIDGE (game). Players who represent Oxford or Cambridge universities at sport are called Blues.
19 Begrudge gift, heading off (6)
RESENT : {p}ESENT (gift) [heading off}. After 15dn perhaps  it's rather too soon for 'present' to appear again in wordplay.
20 Retailer only stocks flight controller (7)
AILERON : Is hidden in [stocks] {ret}AILER ON{ly}. It's a wing flap on an aircraft that controls its balance.
21 Horseman spots revolutionary engaging our lot (6)
HUSSAR : RASH (spots) reversed [revolutionary] containing [engaging] US (our lot)
24 Beat disease suffocating lion losing energy (5)
THROB : TB (disease) containing [suffocating] H{e}RO (lion) [losing energy]


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Sep. 10th, 2019 02:01 am (UTC)
Does perhaps
Hi Jack, I thought “does perhaps” was because deer might also be bucks etc?
Sep. 10th, 2019 03:21 am (UTC)
Re: Does perhaps
Yep, gotta be. Another DBE. I can't imagine how "deer" could be rabbits, ferrets, rats or kangaroos.
RE: Does perhaps - keriothe - Sep. 10th, 2019 07:25 am (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 10th, 2019 02:34 am (UTC)
I never heard of 'Malin'....
....so had to get it from the cryptic, which took a little thought. Done and dusted in 29 minutes, as everything else was very straightforward.
Sep. 10th, 2019 03:09 am (UTC)
Biffed 6d and 24d, parsed post-submission. Like Vinyl, I'd never heard of MALIN (I learn from Wiki that it's the northernmost point of Ireland), and waited until I thought of MALIGN. All in all a vanilla sort of puzzle, with the exception of the wonderful 'boxing manager'.
Sep. 10th, 2019 03:15 am (UTC)
Another to have never heard of MALIN, but once the def was identified it wasn't difficult to get from the wordplay. I spent a while at the end on RETORT, my LOI and finished in 46 minutes. Favourite bits were the 'Boxing manager' and 'One hates dragging' defs.

Thanks to setter and blogger
Sep. 10th, 2019 03:16 am (UTC)
A lot of this went in very quickly, but the crumbs took time (COALFACE, MALIN, RETORT, YOICKS, etc) — meaning that I had the crossers and a good guess of the answer but had never heard of the word or a piece of the word.

I finished with 33 minutes which is close to my best. Thanks to jackkt for the blog, which helped me understand the crumbs!
Sep. 10th, 2019 03:22 am (UTC)
Never heard of MALIN, but figured it out. POI HUSSAR, LOI RETORT. "Boxing manager" was a hoot.
Sep. 10th, 2019 03:41 am (UTC)
was a write-in as Jack notes from the Shipping Forecast at 1.55pm and 6.55pm on the Home Service?? German Bight, Ross & Cromarty, Dogger Bank et al - wonderful stuff.

Time 28 minutes a rather Monday-Tuesday! (As Forecast by someone yesterday!)



COD 9dn SKIMPY very neat

WOD 10ac MALIN - IRISH SEA.... I could go on for a full five minutes!

Sep. 10th, 2019 06:48 am (UTC)
14 minutes Hurrah!
Am I prescient or what? After my bad week at last a reasonable time and, more importantly, a completed crossword. Mostly I enjoyed the surfaces - Boxing manager, nonsmoker, anthrax and, even, the large sea bream. I have been doing these so long that I have forgotten what my PB is. 11 minutes, I think.
Sep. 10th, 2019 06:52 am (UTC)
Held up for about 4 minutes by the NW corner with the unremembered MALIN last in. Otherwise all rather straightforward. Like Jack I had a MER at PLEASE for like at 8D - thanks for the example. I liked "One hates dragging" as a definition. 14:43
Sep. 10th, 2019 07:23 am (UTC)
Easy puzzle. Enjoyed some of the definitions.

It appears that knowing of MALIN is age related. Listening to those weather forecasts and tracking the locations around the British Isles in ones mind was great fun. I remember being really chuffed when I eventually managed to visit Ross and Cromarty!
Sep. 10th, 2019 07:39 am (UTC)
An exciting solve: two clues left with 9:40 on the clock. Do I solve them properly or half-read them in the hope of getting under 10 minutes? Obviously I went for the sub-10 solve, and equally predictably I both failed to achieve it and mistyped an answer. 10:18 with one error.

I rather liked the Kim Philby clue, which feels PRESCIENT given CNN’s latest exclusive about the exfiltrated agent and the loose-lipped president.

I didn’t realise NONSMOKER could manage without a hyphen (nor does my Chambers app). Thanks for the please/like example, jackkt, which does make sense of it.

Edited at 2019-09-10 07:48 am (UTC)
Sep. 10th, 2019 10:38 am (UTC)
If there's one thing I've learned from Scrabble (other than the existence of AI, ZA etc.), it's that you can put NON on the front of almost any word and make a legitimate new word, however wrong it looks.
Sep. 10th, 2019 07:43 am (UTC)
10:40 but with a silly typo I somehow failed to spot when I checked my answers. Grr.
‘Rockall, Malin, Hebrides...’ is thoroughly ingrained so no problems there. Not a listening habit my children will inherit as I did from my parents.
Sep. 10th, 2019 08:09 am (UTC)
To love that well, which thou must leave Aileron...
30 mins with no brekker.
Maybe that has made me crabby - but I wasn't keen on this one. I had a couple of MERs:
7dn middle of 'fun run'.
22ac first of accounts receivable.
If you had MERs, you will know what I mean. If not, fine, ignore me.
Thanks setter and J.
Sep. 10th, 2019 08:19 am (UTC)
Back to my recent form of getting one wrong. Whilst I'd thought of RETORT I didn't know the scientific meaning and I thought that if you RETARD something you still it so that's what I went with. I should have heeded my doubt over "tard" being a word (I knew "tort" but was unsure of its meaning).
Sep. 10th, 2019 08:21 am (UTC)
Like a laser beam
13 minutes and all parsed, with LOIs RETORT/ HUSSAR. I mentioned the film Kes and the school register scene (Fisher? German Bight) recently so MALIN was straight in. I liked YOICKS too. But COD to SKIMPY, a lovely surface. My only delay was in solving the 6d anagram. If I'd waited for all crossers, I might have bust the ten minutes, but I probably would still have missed it. Thank you setter for giving me delusions of adequacy and Jack for the blog.
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