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Times Cryptic 27458

I've no solving time to offer for this one as I was interrupted and lost track of it, but somewhere between 40 minutes and an hour.

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 Shimmering in image around retina's start - of one perhaps (8)
MIGRAINE : Anagram (shimmering) of IN IMAGE containing [around] R{etina} [start]. Disturbed vision is one of the symptoms of  migraine. Take as much or as little as you need of the clue as the definition.
5 Party with great chat (6)
CONFAB : CON (party), FAB (great). I've always preferred 'conflab' myself, but both are valid.
9 Knitted cashmere? I don't know (6,2)
SEARCH ME : Anagram [knitted] of CASHMERE
10 Screen employees coming back into agency (6)
CINEMA : MEN (employees) reversed [coming back] and contained by [into] CIA (agency)
12 Hate crime, alternatively (5)
ABHOR : ABH (crime - Actual Bodily Harm), OR (alternatively)
13 Disgusted after losing rugby, Pacific nation gets sedentary (9)
NAUSEATED : NAU{ru} (Pacific nation) [after losing rugby - Rugby Union], SEATED (sedentary). I didn't know this country in Oceania.
14 Pitch drink containers in bins (5,7)
FIELD GLASSES : FIELD (pitch - sport), GLASSES (drink containers). 'Bins' is short for 'binoculars'.
18 Chippendale, say, for PM? (7-5)
CABINET-MAKER : Two definitions of sorts, the second referring to the Prime Minister's role of appointing (and sacking) Cabinet ministers.
21 The opposite of bad poet being listened to (4,5)
VICE VERSA : VICE (bad), then VERSA sounds like [being listened to] "verser" (poet). I thought this was a made-up word, but it's genuine!
23 Doctor welcoming green colour scheme (5)
DECOR : DR (doctor) containing [welcoming] ECO (green)
24 Cross Noah initially put in his boat? (6)
NARKED : N{oah} [initially], ARKED (put in his boat?) -  the second part tongue-in-cheek as indicated by the question mark
25 Depressed players dropped (4,4)
CAST DOWN : CAST (players), DOWN (dropped)
26 Tip remains of cigarette in a line on page (2,4)
EN DASH : END (tip), ASH (remains of cigarette). This is the shorter of the two dashes often seen in printing, the other being the 'em dash'.
27 Tiresome letters featuring what one had for lunch? (8)
OMELETTE : Hidden in [featuring] {tires}OME LETTE{rs}
1 Model cut after motorway accident (6)
MISHAP : M1 (motorway), SHAP{e} (model) [cut]
2 They use axes: fruit chopped has to be hollowed out (6)
GRAPHS : GRAP{e} (fruit) [chopped], H{a}S [hollowed out]
3 Backing off, agreeing to accept nothing - that'll produce noise from squeezed middle (9)
ACCORDION : ACCORDIN{g} (agreeing) [backing off] containing [to accept] 0 (nothing)
4 Toilet in all-female preserve being given handle? (12)
NOMENCLATURE : LAT (toilet) contained by [in] NO MEN (all-female) + CURE (preserve). 'Handle' is slang for 'name'. 'Lat' is short for 'latrine', more usually appearing in the plural form as 'lats'.
6 Old climber like Jacob? (5)
OVINE : O (old), VINE (climber). 'Jacob' is a breed of sheep.
7 Escape exam as fast as possible (8)
FLEETEST : FLEE (escape), TEST (exam). I can't find confirmation that this is a word but it sounds vaguely familiar in the context of someone being 'fleetest of foot'. Having said that, I think it would mean the fastest of a particular group rather than as fast as possible.
8 Rather dull, getting flatter (8)
BLANDISH : Two meanings of sorts
11 What's disturbed rural blag with weapon? (7,5)
BURGLAR ALARM : Anagram [disturbed] of RURAL BLAG, then ARM [weapon]
15 Reported cane toad swimming on top of lake (9)
ANECDOTAL : Anagram [swimming] of CANE TOAD, L (lake) or L{ake} [top of] - either would work in a Down clue
16 Shilling and cents repay search through rubbish (8)
SCAVENGE : S (shilling), C (cents),  AVENGE (repay)
17 Outside broadcasts restored in secret? (8)
OBSCURED : OBS (Outside Broadcasts), CURED (restored)
19 Approach from company's restricted by legislation (6)
ACCOST : COS (company's) contained [restricted] by ACT (legislation)
20 British football team in Lyon getting medal (6)
BRONZE : BR (British), ONZE (football team in Lyon - French for 11)
22 Opinions on western society are competing (5)
VIEWS : VIE (are competing), W (western), S (society)


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Sep. 17th, 2019 02:29 am (UTC)
I couldn't make anything...
...of 'abhor' and 'cinema', but put them in as the obvious answers. However, I had the most trouble with 'field glasses', my LOI. Everything else was fairly straightforward to experienced 15 x 15 solvers; time: 33 minutes.
Sep. 17th, 2019 03:50 am (UTC)
This was a nice steady solve done in the background while also doing various other things. I would guess I would have taken 20-25 minutes if I'd not been replying to emails and stuff at the same time. I just felt on the right wavelength. For example, I read "They use axes.." and almost wrote in GRAPHS without bothering to read the wordplay. Some days are like that. Some...not so much.
Sep. 17th, 2019 03:54 am (UTC)
Like Vinyl, I could make nothing of ABHOR, and now I know why: NHO ABH. I biffed ACCORDION & NOMENCLATURE; returning to them later, I parsed the former, but couldn't get past NOMEN. And as it turned out, that and FIELD GLASSES occupied the last 6 minutes of my time. And now I know why: DNH LAT, BINS (although I finally guessed the latter). I assumed that there's a kind of sheep named Jacob, and it seems I was correct. No problem with FLEETEST: He ran his fleetest, but the bear ran faster. I don't have empirical data, but ANECDOTAL seems to have become quite popular among setters.
Sep. 17th, 2019 05:44 am (UTC)
Re: 17:56
My intial problem with FLEETEST was that it's not in any of the usual sources. I've since tracked it down in a couple of obscure on-line dictionaries and the mainstream American-based dictionary.com.
Re: 17:56 - kevingregg - Sep. 17th, 2019 06:03 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: 17:56 - marazhao - Sep. 17th, 2019 07:32 am (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 17th, 2019 04:03 am (UTC)
This was fun. I had a vague memory of ABH, gotta be from here, but OBSCURED, though rather obvious at that point, was my LOI, because I didn’t know (or recall) Outside Broadcasts.
Sep. 17th, 2019 04:08 am (UTC)
MIRAGING at 1ac went in early, but later did not accord with 3dn. It was of course not much of a headache as MIGRAINE followed soon after.

FOI 18ac CABINET MAKER - the wood used must be mainly chestnut.

LOI 14ac FIELD (GLASSES) bins a semi-&Lit?

COD 12ac ABHOR - very neat - made me think of the deliciously dangerous Zsa-Zsa (but that would include GBH). Talking of which I also liked 10ac CINEMA


Not too demanding and 35 minutes was my time.

Edited at 2019-09-17 04:11 am (UTC)
Sep. 17th, 2019 05:34 am (UTC)
I spent 10-15 minutes on FIELD GLASSES, my LOI, to finish in 40 minutes. The only abbreviation I've heard is 'binos', but I see that 'bins' is in Chambers. I couldn't work out how LAT stood for 'Toilet' ('lavatory', please!) in 4d, so now one more option to add to the 'lav, can' etc list.

Taking the whole clue as the def., MIGRAINE was my favourite.

Thanks to setter and blogger
Sep. 17th, 2019 05:37 am (UTC)
Stirring the pot
31 minutes, so similar to yesterday.

I’ve never heard of ‘bins’ used for anything but eyeglasses, and, though one can hardly doubt the derivation from ‘binoculars’, a part of me hopes that it is co-derived from CRS ‘bins and receptacles’. Hopefully, this post will help enhance that particular urban legend (or ‘myth’, with a tip of the hat to our blogger) - if indeed it is one.
Sep. 17th, 2019 05:38 am (UTC)
11:49 … some neat clues that weren’t necessarily appreciated by a solver attempting to achieve. 'flow state'.

I really like the idea of Noah being 'arked'.

Ninja Turtling is all very well until it makes a solver waste a lot of time trying to turn a prime minister into a male stripper at 18a
Sep. 17th, 2019 05:51 am (UTC)
PM stripping
A news story still to come perhaps? After previous revelations about things that went on amongst the 1980s Bullingdon set involving a previous PM and a dead pig nothing would surprise me!
Sep. 17th, 2019 06:06 am (UTC)
A nice quick 30 minutes for me, pretty much top-to-bottom, though I had to come back to 21a VICE VERSA and LOI 16d SCAVENGE once I got to the end. Enjoyed 24a NARKED. Bought a pair of bins this year, which probably helped them spring to mind, though I'd probably have to go back to the Famous Five books to find them called FIELD GLASSES...

The only thing I really take objection to is the image being cast in my mind of our current PM as a male stripper. Almost as bad as having Piers Morgan brought to mind yesterday.

Edited at 2019-09-17 06:07 am (UTC)
Sep. 17th, 2019 06:56 am (UTC)
The image of him as PM is bad enough.
(no subject) - special_bitter - Sep. 17th, 2019 07:36 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 17th, 2019 07:09 am (UTC)
Same problem as others with FIELD GLASSES pushed my time to a still-sprightly 16.51. I was looking for the more likely spectacles (in my version of bins) and put off by the toilet in NOMENCLATURE not being lav or loo, and consequently not trusting the L in the pitch word - tar, throw, dark? So are we entertained.
FLEETEST went in without a qualm, as I couldn't think why fleet wouldn't have comparative forms.
I wonder how much longer we'll be able to use the non-inclusive "men" as "employees"?
Liked Jack's chatty commentary.
Sep. 17th, 2019 07:15 am (UTC)
14:18. Odd to see the same word as an answer in both the QC and 15x15. In enjoyed this. LOI EN DASH. I liked FIELD GLASSES, BRONZE and NARKED.
Sep. 17th, 2019 07:31 am (UTC)
Marathon Man 2
16 minutes, with the NE and CINEMA last to fall, and hesitating for a while over MIGRAINE. COD to NARKED. I liked NOMENCLATURE too. You can make an OMELETTE without breaking letters. It's the start of major dental work for me this affo with a three hour appointment. I feel NAUSEATED and CAST DOWN already. Thank you Jack and setter.
Sep. 17th, 2019 07:34 am (UTC)
Not actually hard from a cryptic bit perspective, but some extra toughness ladled into the definitions, for me.

I've heard 'bins' used to mean spectacles too, in your common parlance.
Sep. 17th, 2019 10:48 am (UTC)
I think Terry Wogan used to refer to his 'bins' on the radio, something which baffled me when I first heard it.
Sep. 17th, 2019 08:26 am (UTC)
No problems with a very straightforward puzzle
Sep. 17th, 2019 08:36 am (UTC)
14 minutes
A gentle write-in. Knew all of the vocab including 'bins'. COD to ABHOR or. possibly, to Walpole dancing?
Sep. 17th, 2019 09:21 am (UTC)
Re: 14 minutes
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