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Times Cryptic No 27474 – Saturday, 5 October, 2019.

This was at the easier end of Saturday puzzles. The combination of the creative device at 1ac (my favourite clue) and my fanciful biff at 2dn held me up near the end. Thanks to the setter for a very enjoyable puzzle.

Clues are blue, with definitions underlined. Answers are in BOLD CAPS, then wordplay. (ABC*) means ‘anagram of ABC’. Deletions are in [square brackets]. The blog is in Times New Roman font, as part of a gentle campaign to urge the club site to use a font in which it is easier to tell one’s stem from one’s stern.

Across
1 Medic becoming enmeshed in sex scandal (4)
DIRT – DR and IT twine round each other. Unusual!

3 Use different words for average verbal altercations (10)
PARAPHRASE – PAR (average), A PHRASE (verbally) sounds like ‘affrays’ (altercations).

10 Rather vulgar dons work with affected modesty (9)
PRUDISHLY – RUDISH in PLY.

11 Someone short of time heading off from sports field (5)
TITCH – T (time), [p]ITCH.

12 Tired old couple filling pot (7)
OUTWORN – O (old), then TWO in URN.

13 Inclined to drink wine, not whiskey (6)
SUPINE – SUP, [w]INE.

15 At random, notice a new kind of film (8,7)
ANIMATED CARTOON – (AT RANDOM NOTICE A*). (‘New’=anagram).

18 Court refused to give orders to intelligence agency (15)
INSTRUMENTALITY – INSTRU[ct], MENTALITY.

21 Singer hiding at football match after retirement (6)
LINNET – TEN-NIL would certainly be a hiding. Retiring=write it backwards.

23 One wrongly claiming loan shark hides money (7)
USURPER – P (penny) in USURER.

26 Unlimited time in the past for last phase of cricket? (5)
IMAGO – IM from inside [t]im[e], AGO. Cricket here is an insect, not a ball game.

27 Protected her eldest, snarling (9)
SHELTERED – (HER ELDEST*), ‘snarling’.

28 Symbol of French monarchy surely fled after revolution (5-2-3)
FLEUR-DE-LYS – (SURELY FLED*), ‘after revolution’.

29 Regularly applauds sign of positivity (4)
PLUS – every second letter of a-P-p-L-a-U-d-S.


Down
1 Drops Arab leader of alarming intemperance (10)
DIPSOMANIA – DIPS, OMANI, A[larming].

2 Novelist initially failing to get out of bed (5)
ROUST – decapitating Proust. There was a novelist Parise, but ‘arise’ wouldn’t fit.

4 Chap nearer us oddly entering hole-in-the-wall club (9)
ATHENAEUM – HE (chap), N-A-E-U (nearer us, oddly) all entering ATM.

5 Gulf Times probing idiot (5)
ABYSS – BY ‘probing’ ASS.

6 According to Spooner, catch sight of the female firebrand (7)
HOTSPUR – from SPOT HER.

7 Caught out every time, can't con iconic film director (9)
ANTONIONI – drop all the c’s from -AN’T -ON I-ONI-.

8 Genuine cases of economic hindsight (4)
ECHT – outside letters of E[conomi]C H[indsigh]T. A German word with only four letters seems like an anomaly!

9 Plant first half of mint and second half of sage (6)
MIMOSA – MI[nt], MO (second), SA[ge].

14 Riyadh ends riots in waterless compounds (10)
ANHYDRIDES – (RIYADH ENDS*) ‘riots’.

16 Start hesitating hopelessly after husband leaves (9)
INSTIGATE – (-ESITATING*) ‘hopelessly’.

17 Swindle corporation and see insulting behaviour (9)
CONTUMELY – CON (swindle), TUM (corporation), ELY (see).

19 Dictator's private bitterness (7)
RANCOUR – sounds like (“dictator’s”) RANKER (private).

20 Inanity, initially taken for sharpness (6)
ACUITY – [v]ACUITY.

22 Liking some of Calcutta's temples (5)
TASTE – hidden answer.

24 Danger for every single learner (5)
PERIL – PER (for every), I (single), L (learner).

25 Following outburst, turned up and spat (4)
TIFF – F (following), FIT (outburst).
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