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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.

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Sep. 17th, 2019 08:57 am (UTC)
All we like sheep
I also thought bins were eyes, but having got GLASSES it became clearer. Really liked NARKED. Dnk LAT. Jacob reasonably well-known. Had to work out EN DASH.

10'45” thanks jack and setter.
Sep. 17th, 2019 09:13 am (UTC)
21 mins. Nice puzzle; no dramas. Thanks jack.
Sep. 17th, 2019 09:20 am (UTC)
The last time I had....
....an OMELETTE for my lunch, it was nothing to write home about. Had it been Stilton and mushroom however....

NHO EN DASH but it was fairly obvious. No other problems.

TIME 10:11
Sep. 17th, 2019 09:21 am (UTC)
I was flying with this, the NW almost installing itself, until I was left with the NE corner, where 5a, 10a, 6d and 8d stymied me for a good 10 minutes until CINEMA finally hove into view, after which BLANDISH, CONFAB and OVINE fell quickly. I guessed LAT was short for latrine and knew ABH. I managed to spell ACCORDION correctly this time by following the wordplay meticulously. Liked BRONZE. I was saved from disaster by a thorough proof read, where I discovered that my biffed CABINET TABLE had messed up ANLCDOTAL. Phew! No problem with FIELD GLASSES once I'd got rid of the posited DING ending for BLANDISH. Nice puzzle. 37:00. Thanks setter and Jack.
Sep. 17th, 2019 09:59 am (UTC)
8:26. No problems. CONFAB is short for ‘confabulation’, so ‘conflab’ is a linguistic mutation, dating from the late 19th century according to Lexico. Nothing wrong with that, of course.
I didn’t know ‘bins’ as either spectacles or binoculars. To me they’re more likely to be speakers.
Sep. 17th, 2019 10:09 am (UTC)
Same as others petering out halfway through NOMENCLATURE. I did just about remember ABH and GBH from first year law but that's an awful long time ago. Ditto on FIELD GLASSES - we'd always called them binos. There's a rather good spooky M.R. James story called A View From A Hill that features some sinister ones. I thought MIGRAINE was very nicely done and paired with NAUSEATED was a spot-on description. I wonder if the setter is a sufferer. 15.41
Sep. 17th, 2019 10:50 am (UTC)
Pleasant, none too hard, but, like yesterday's, still interesting. The only NHO was the abbreviated 'lat', so nothing to prevent a smooth solve.
Sep. 17th, 2019 01:07 pm (UTC)
Eighteen minutes and all parsed apart from NOMENCLATURE, where I seem not to be the only one whoI got no further than NO MEN. I spent a while wondering why 1ac wasn't something to do with mirages; otherwise all downhill sailing.
Sep. 17th, 2019 01:14 pm (UTC)
No orchids
Would have been more straightforward had I not initially put DOWN CAST instead of CAST DOWN, and then tried to make the crossing clues fit. But both BRONZE and BLANDISH were amusing.
Sep. 17th, 2019 02:34 pm (UTC)
As usual baffled by the last 2. In this case, ABHOR (knew GBH....) and the unknown EN DASH, for which I should have seen the cryptic straight away but didn’t.
Otherwise very friendly. COD NARKED.
My ONZE are playing in Napoli tonight, let’s hope they stay as an ONZE.
Sep. 17th, 2019 03:23 pm (UTC)
I liked Narked. Otherwise, I was multiples of lambda away from the wavelength, and mega minutes past a reportable time.

Edited at 2019-09-17 03:34 pm (UTC)
Sep. 17th, 2019 04:05 pm (UTC)
4 dn
I can't find any references to lat or lats as an abbreviation for latrine(s). Perhaps the setter's personal usage? Nicky
Sep. 17th, 2019 04:15 pm (UTC)
Re: 4 dn
SOED has:

lat / noun³. slang. E20.
[ORIGIN Abbreviation.]

= latrine. Usu. in pl.
Re: 4 dn - gothick_matt - Sep. 17th, 2019 04:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 17th, 2019 07:00 pm (UTC)
At guide camp in the sixties the lavatory trenches were always referred to as the lats, so no problem for me.
They were very unpleasant!

Sep. 17th, 2019 07:10 pm (UTC)
Isn’t the definition ‘dropped’ in 25a? ie ‘cast [is] down’ Mr Grumpy
Sep. 17th, 2019 07:37 pm (UTC)
You may well be right, and that's actually how I annotated the clue on my printout, but I changed my mind when writing the blog on a whim that in retrospect is not quite clear to me now. I had rather expected some debate about this but you are the first to query it.
Sep. 17th, 2019 07:34 pm (UTC)
24:36. I had a bit of a struggle to remember the word ovine but nothing too difficult.
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