Cityish Alt-ish Fortyish (verlaine) wrote in times_xwd_times,
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Times 27,461: Jumping Through Your Limited Quota of Friday Hoops

I ended up not enjoying this one very much, the clues too often feeling like the fairly bland fare that is the staple of weekend Jumbos, but I can't say it didn't beat me: I got woefully bogged down in the NE, not being able to see 8dn, 12ac, 16ac, 6dn or my LOI 5ac for the life of me for ages. Apparently your solving brain just shuts down on you sometimes! The horrid words DENTATE finally hove into view, which made ODESSA gettable (very annoying that we had essentially the same clue within recent memory), and put BRANDISH within reach. I grudgingly accepted that LANCASHIRE was a really fun clue and biffed in TABLOID without parsing, to post a very unsatisfactory time indeed.

What I did like: COD 25ac which was an excellent marriage of surface and cryptic, the brio of the presentation for the fairly simple 5dn, and "in clandestine manner" as an anagrind. Thank you to the setter and here's hoping I get my cryptic mojo back sooner rather than later... could be worse of course, I could be off the boil with a Times Cryptic Crossword Championship only a few short weeks away!

1 Part of journey left, including northern region (7)
LAPLAND - LAP L AND [part of journey | left | including]

5 Paper ticket covering first of our breaks (7)
TABLOID - TAB [ticket], + LID [covering] (which) O{ur} "breaks"

9 Right party for fool? (3)
CON - double def

10 Party given limited quota of famous people? (11)
CELEBRATION - or alternatively CELEB RATION, a "limited quota of famous people"

11 Girl's instant control on aircraft (8)
JOYSTICK - JOY'S TICK [girl's | instant]. FOI.

12 Port sent further back, without tips (6)
ODESSA - {p}ASSED O{n} [sent further], reversed, first and last letters removed. We've had a very similar clue not that long ago, it was hard to "see" then, and it's still hard now.

15 End bitten off pasty, smallest amount (4)
WHIT - WHIT{e} [pasty, as in complexion, with the last letter removed]

16 Way to bank money, people formerly taxing cheese! (10)
LANCASHIRE - LANE [way] to "bank" CASH IR [money | people formerly taxing]

18 Nonsense jokes associated with Punch (10)
CODSWALLOP - CODS [jokes], associated with WALLOP [punch]

19 Storage space got rid of (4)
SHED - double def

22 Old Greek bronze captures Greek goddess, almost entirely (6)
THEBAN - TAN [bronze] "captures" HEB{e} [Greek goddess, missing last letter]

23 Country in recent test (8)
PASTORAL - PAST ORAL [recent | test]

25 Where one's going on date, is it rude to pinch person's behind? (11)
DESTINATION - (ON DATE IS IT*) ["rude"], to "pinch" {perso}N

27 Nice tea chest finally put away (3)
EAT - {nic}E {te}A {ches}T

28 The French all there to scoff good Italian food (7)
LASAGNE - LA SANE [the French | all there] to "scoff" G [good]

29 Old poet, a little salacious, pens erotica (7)
SPENSER - hidden in {salaciou}S PENS ER{otica}

DOWN
1 Muscle tightening in rugby player, long conversation ensuing? (7)
LOCKJAW - LOCK JAW [rugby player | long conversation]

2 Supporter for women plying trade in clandestine manner (5,6)
PANTY GIRDLE - (PLYING TRADE*) ["in clandestine manner"]

3 A bed bagged by officer for US writer (6)
ALCOTT - A + COT [bed] "bagged" by LT [officer]

4 Lovely dresser originally fit for office (10)
DELECTABLE - D{resser} + ELECTABLE [fit for office]

5 VAT on article? Blow me! (4)
TUBA - TUB [vat] on A [article]

6 Awful din in loud display (8)
BRANDISH - (DIN*) ["awful"] in BRASH [loud]

7 Sash for brim, odd bits trimmed off (3)
OBI - {f}O{r} B{r}I{m}

8 Equipped with serrated edge in hollow, dug in (7)
DENTATE - DENT ATE [hollow | dug in]

13 Fragments scattered in mess, at that point buried (11)
SMITHEREENS - (IN MESS*) ["scattered"], (with) THERE [at that point] "buried"

14 Jumping through hoops perhaps, bachelor fills in puzzle, second to last (10)
ACROBATICS - BA [bachelor] "fills in" ACRO{S->}TIC, having moved its S (for second) to the end

17 Promising appreciation of music, being into jazz (8)
SWEARING - EAR [appreciation of music], "into" SWING [jazz]

18 Kremlin directed a jerk in the wrong direction (7)
CITADEL - reversed LED A TIC [directed | a | jerk]

20 Muscle you need to lift register and large papers (7)
DILATOR - reversed ROTA L ID [register | large | papers]

21 This second hundred comes in one (2,4)
AT ONCE - TON [hundred] "comes in" ACE [one]

24 Shave couple by the ears? (4)
PARE - homophone of PAIR [couple]

26 Lives with son’s relative (3)
SIS - IS [lives] with S [son]
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