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Sunday Times 4872 by Robert Price

7:09. A pretty easy one from Bob this week, but none the worse for that. There are lots of fun and creative clues in here, starting with a neat ‘answer as clue’ number at 1ac (which I didn’t get immediately), and then a witty device at 5ac. Nothing is particularly hard, but I found myself repeatedly thinking ‘oh well done’ as the pennies dropped in fairly quick succession. Saturday’s (12 October) was a complete beast of a puzzle so this was a welcome contrast.

My only unknown was 3dn BOOKLOUSE. I had bunged in WOODLOUSE as the only possible wee beastie that could fit, which made 1ac a bit tricky, but fortunately something in my speed-solving brain registered that WOOD didn’t really work for ‘reserve’ and I reconsidered quite quickly.

So thanks to Bob for a very enjoyable puzzle, and here’s how I think it all works.

Definitions are underlined, anagrams indicated like (TIHS)*, anagram indicators are in italics.

Across
1 Clue to patients’ accommodation problem
DRAWBACK - DRAW BACK is WARD, so the answer is a clue to ‘patient’s accommodation’. Nice.
5 Extravagant high-five!
SLAP-UP - because a high five is a (hand) slap in the air (up). Also nice.
9 Dry European drink in greenish-blue
TEETOTAL - TE(E, TOT)AL.
10 Office equipment that is right next to PC
COPIER - COP (PC), IE, R.
11 Watch heads of government in lectures on sex
VIGIL - VI, first letters of government in lectures. ‘Sex’ (six in Latin) for VI is becoming quite commonplace.
12 Disorganised leader to host a quiet venture
HAPHAZARD - Host, A, P, HAZARD.
14 Cut down on Geordie sides to suppress incompetence
USELESSNESS - USE LESS (cut down on), NE (Geordie), SuppresS.
18 Comic accepts change to Melchester’s first daydreamer
WALTER MITTY - W(ALTER, Melchester)ITTY. How old do you have to be to remember Roy of the Rovers, I wonder?
21 Fan of old farm equipment
EXTRACTOR - or EX TRACTOR.
23 Big beast in foreign river
HIPPO - HIP (in), PO (foreign river).
24 Line showing pressure of abrasion, endlessly repaired
ISOBAR - (aBRASIOn)*.
25 Twisting cap in hands, check clothes
SCREW TOP - S(CREW)TOP. The hands are the CREW, and STOP (check) is ‘clothing’ them. A lovely clue where the surface is completely at odds with the wordplay.
26 Part of plant in which stewed meat is tinned?
STAMEN - (MEAT)* contained in SN (the chemical symbol for tin). Excellent stuff.
27 Painter needing frames someone locked away
INTERNEE - contained in ‘painter needing’.

Down
1 A case of Garland’s last musical making a comeback
DATIVE - garlanD, reversal of EVITA (musical).
2 Exact payment for archdeacon’s time touring
AVENGE - A(VEN)GE. I know from doing these things that VEN (venerable) is a title given to an archdeacon, but I don’t really know what an archdeacon is.
3 Tiny animal reserve close to small river
BOOKLOUSE - BOOK, smalL, OUSE.
4 Doctor clears them around hotel in case a nut goes inside
CRASH HELMET - (CLEARS THEM)* containing H (hotel).
6 Creamy mixture tipped on a sponge
LOOFA - reversal of FOOL (creamy mixture), A. I went through a phase of making FOOLs a few years ago. You can make them with cream or custard. The former is a lot easier.
7 Minister mostly collects tax for servicemen
PRIVATES - PRI(VAT)ESt.
8 Spectacle that moves around is promised land
PARADISE - PARAD(IS)E.
13 Travelling to Peru in car from San Juan?
PUERTO RICAN - (TO PERU IN CAR)*.
15 Power over Lancashire? That makes me smile
SAY CHEESE - SAY (influence, power), CHEESE. Mmm, Kirkham’s Lancashire...
16 Singular couples taking in little darlings
SWEETIES - S(WEE), TIES
17 Request that God divides wealth
PLETHORA - PLE(THOR)A. Other Avengers are available.
19 Perfect time to interrupt kiss and cuddle
SPOT-ON - SPO(T)ON. SPOON for snog, or something similar, came up the other day and triggered some discussion.
20 Rug to go under end of bureau
TOUPEE - TO, bureaU, PEE.
22 Native American wanting horse with speed
APACE - APAChE.
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