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Times 27460 - hope you approached it 3

Time taken: 16:56. I found this quite difficult and ground to a halt for a while with two left (28 across and 6 down). I was surprised to see so many scores better than mine, so maybe I fell into a few well-laid traps.

I'm writing this fairly late at night here and if I have made a mistake or something needs to be cleared up, I probably will not be able to edit this until early afternoon UK time, so check the comments to see if questions have been answered.

Away we go...

1 I have joined in support, receiving something to chew over (8)
INDUCTEE - IN, TEE(support) containing CUD(something to chew) reversed
5 Doctor joins boat for capital (6)
MOSCOW - MO(doctor) and SCOW(boat)
9 Local people’s unusually big heads (3)
PUB - first letters of People's Unusually Big
10 Politicians resolve to dishearten ordinary people, — and nearly succeeded later (11)
REPUBLICANS - the outside letters of ResolvE, then PUBLIC(ordinary people), AN(AND, nearly), S(succeeded)
12 Failure to win game that’s raised to shut one out (10)
DRAWBRIDGE - DRAW(failure to win), BRIGHT(game)
13 Post spread by word of mouth (4)
JAMB - sounds like JAM(spread)
15 I had been concerned, short of energy, for a way to prove myself (2,4)
ID CARD - I'D *I had) then CARED(contented) missing E(energy)
16 Poor innings: one’s out for 9 (3,4)
INN SIGN - anagram of INNINGS (since 9 is PUB)
18 Pure English penned by member of church — only the first article appears (7)
ANGELIC - E(english) inside ANGLICAN(member of church) with the second AN removed
20 Take holiday somewhere near Indian state (2,4)
GO AWAY - near the Indian state may be the GOA WAY
23 Huntsman’s strip (4)
PEEL - double definition
24 An independent thinker, like Ariel finally? (4,6)
FREE SPIRIT - At the end of The Tempest, Ariel is freed
26 Entire rota is to be changed, you can bet on it (11)
TOTALISATOR - TOTAL(entire) then an anagram of ROTA,IS
27 Dance, nothing to swell blood pressure (3)
BOP - 0(nothing) inside BP(blood pressure)
28 A doctor in residence perhaps pulled back hospital screen (6)
PURDAH - A. DR(doctor), UP(in residence, perhaps) all reversed then H(hospital)
29 Came earlier and hunted food (8)
PREDATED - double definition

1 Some claim pedestrians get in the way (6)
IMPEDE - hidden in claIM PEDEstrians
2 Expert sort of radio operative (3,4)
DAB HAND - a DAB radio HAND(operative)
3 By using brain, convention latches on to cold beer that’s brewed (10)
CEREBRALLY -RALLY(convention)  after C(cold) and an anagram of BEER
4 Coppers stride out with pride in force (6,2,5)
6 Regretful woman is oppressed by sacred text (4)
OTIS - IS under OT(old Testament). My last one in - the reference is to "Miss Otis Regrets")
7 Man dealing with one piece of bread (7)
CHAPATI - CHAP(man), AT(dealing with) then I(one)
8 Small piece of fowl split between two? (8)
WISHBONE - cyptic definition
11 Encouraging line enclosed by speculator, one after money (7,6)
BEGGING LETTER - EGGING(encoraging) L(line), inside BETTER(speculator)
14 Not hindered, as forgetful picnickers may be? (10)
UNHAMPERED - double definition
17 Behave outrageously, seeing river bed higher (4,2,2)
CAMP IT UP - CAM(river), PIT(bed), UP(higher)
19 Bigger kitchen utensil announced (7)
GREATER - sounds like GRATER
21 In car boot, half empty, a broken tumbler (7)
ACROBAT - anagram of CAR, BO(o)T, A
22 An irrational boss comes across as foolish (6)
STUPID - PI(irrational number) inside STUD(boss)
25 Request enjoyment? Not certainly (4)
PLEA - PLEASURE missing SURE(certainly)


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Sep. 19th, 2019 04:47 am (UTC)
I had no idea about the regretful woman, so I went with ODIT assuming it must be an unknown literary reference. Well, it was an unknown literary reference, just not that one. Also took a long time to get PURDAH since PLEA took much longer than it should have.
Sep. 19th, 2019 05:46 am (UTC)
10a is the outside letters of resolve.

Tough puzzle.
Sep. 19th, 2019 05:53 am (UTC)
Right, "disheartened." I'm sure George got that but just typed the wrong word.
Sep. 19th, 2019 05:50 am (UTC)
Yeah, tough…
UP is "in residence, maybe"? If you say so…
I took it on faith that AT must mean "dealing with," but really now…
I had to check that there was some such word as TOTALISATOR ("totalizator" in American).

Edited at 2019-09-19 05:54 am (UTC)
Sep. 19th, 2019 06:07 am (UTC)
Wondered about 'in residence perhaps = UP' but think it's a reference to being 'up' at university where one may live in halls of residence.

I doubt I have ever equalled (let alone beaten) George's solving time in all the 11 or 12 years we have been around here but I take some pleasure today at least in finding this puzzle easier than he did, completing it in 24 minutes which is a very good time for me on any day.

As a big fan of Cole Porter songs, I enjoyed the reference to Miss OTIS at 6dn although I think we've had a very simlar clue previously using the same definition.

Edited at 2019-09-19 06:18 am (UTC)
Sep. 19th, 2019 12:23 pm (UTC)
I assumed the same for UP, but ‘residence’ (as opposed to halls thereof) for university accommodation isn’t a usage I recognise and it doesn’t seem to be in any of the dictionaries.
Sep. 19th, 2019 06:30 am (UTC)
The definition is 'expert'; 'sort of radio'=DAB, 'operative'=HAND. I'd never heard of DAB.
Sep. 19th, 2019 06:37 am (UTC)
They introduced DAB here alongside traditional radio broadcasts in the 1990s, and keep threatening to turn the old-style radio off and replace it entirely with digital broadcasts, like they have with the telly.

I hope this won't happen anytime soon, as the DAB version still isn't good enough for me to get Radio 4 in my flat in the middle of a big city, whereas the FM version comes through loud and clear...
Re: DAB HAND - guy_du_sable - Sep. 19th, 2019 06:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 19th, 2019 06:33 am (UTC)
An hour and a minute here, with much shrugging and biffing along the way. I didn't find this one very satisfying for some reason, and never really got into the flow.

FOI 1d IMPEDE, LOI 6d OTIS with crossed fingers, not having thought of the song. The only version I know is the Kirsty MacColl cover, and that's from 26 years ago...
Sep. 19th, 2019 06:34 am (UTC)
Again slowed down by two clues: POI 8d (d'oh!) and LOI 13ac, which became obvious once I got 8d. I wondered about UP, too. Slow to remember Miss O.
Sep. 19th, 2019 06:53 am (UTC)
This felt quite tricky to me so I was surprised when I finished in an average time. I was mostly held up by the NE corner until WISHBONE went in; I always find compound words the hardest to spot.

COD to INN SIGN for successfully misdirecting me for some time wondering how it worked when taking one out of ‘innings’ I’d be one short of the required letters for the anagram.
Sep. 19th, 2019 06:55 am (UTC)
11:25 … I whizzed through this, probably not noticing the things that caused others some puzzlement. I rather enjoyed the off-beat nature of a few clues, like heading down Goa way and the forgetful picknickers.

I must admit to some delay at 15a wondering if an “Id card” was something Sigmund Freud invited his patients to look at. I decided it probably was, hit Submit, and then the penny dropped. Still, as long as you solve 'em …
Sep. 19th, 2019 08:12 am (UTC)
I used to love Melanie's song about the Id. I'll get blackballed if I try to post the link but it's called Psychotherapy. Well worth a listen.
"There was a man who thought his friends to him were all superior
And this complex he imagined made life drearier and drearier
Till his analyst assured him that he really was inferior
As the id goes marching on."

Edited at 2019-09-19 08:15 am (UTC)
when your Id card's a joker ... - sotira - Sep. 19th, 2019 08:47 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - vinyl1 - Sep. 19th, 2019 03:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - boltonwanderer - Sep. 19th, 2019 04:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - Mike Cowking - Sep. 26th, 2019 06:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 19th, 2019 07:22 am (UTC)
usual time but a lazy INDUCTED
Liked ID CARD, GO AWAY and INN SIGN. Thanks all.
Sep. 19th, 2019 07:47 am (UTC)
Not angels but Anglicans
Sellar and Yeatman made ANGELIC a write-in. 23 minutes. LOI JAMB after I finally got the WISHBONE I'd been wanting to put in. FOI the nice DAB HAND. Miss OTIS was no problem , a song I've known since the year dot, probably from Ella's rendition, and I have the brilliant Kirsty MacColl version on my iPod. I'm not sure if I got FREE SPIRIT from The Tempest or Disney's Little Mermaid. Many good clues but COD by a short head to GO AWAY. Nice puzzle. Thank you George and setter.
Sep. 19th, 2019 10:10 am (UTC)
on Cole Porter wavelength eventually
I thought this was a super crossword, one of those where, at first, you think "this is hard, I'm never going to finish it" then things slot in and you're impressed with your progress, finally left with a couple of posers - 6d and 7d in my case - then the PDM and before you realise it, you've finished. In this case, in 25 minutes. I confess I did put in INDUCTED at 1a but when it refused to be parsed I remembered the old TEE for support thing. Liked OTIS and ANGELIC best. Good blog George, don't know how you "late at night" people do it, I'm brain dead after dinner.
Sep. 19th, 2019 10:20 am (UTC)
I came to a screeching halt with Miss OTIS so went and got a second cuppa. I thought GO AWAY was very nice and it reminded me of a golden oldie - South of The Border, Down Mexico Way. Which by some mysterious cerebral process reminded me of the regretful lady. 20.44 with a good 5 minutes of that spent on her. Otis is the name of the ubiquitous elevator company here and I couldn't get past that for a while, and then I got stuck thinking it was an abbreviation for sending regrets for an invitation, and so on, until I twigged at last.
Sep. 19th, 2019 11:11 am (UTC)
Otis is also the name of the man who invented the elevator.
(no subject) - oliviarhinebeck - Sep. 19th, 2019 11:24 am (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 19th, 2019 10:21 am (UTC)
Similar time to yesterday but managed a finish. Not that keen on OTIS, but pretty good fun overall.
Sep. 19th, 2019 10:39 am (UTC)
29 mins. Steady solve.
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