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Times 27489 - a European journey

Well, I thought Monday's was tough, at least the left side of it, but this one was closer to one I'd expect for a Monday. If it has a theme, it's a Tour de l'Europe, and odyssey indeed, referring to places in Greece (twice), Romania, Armenia, Germany (twice), and Italy (twice), But this is a mere observation, made to help avoid a blank space before the analysis of clues below, and doesn't help you solve the clues. It took me 20 minutes and my only MER was in relation to 12d, see below. I thought my clue of the day, 10a, was mildly amusing.

1 Matched level in light drama, backer having withdrawn (8)
COMPARED - PAR (level) inside COMED which is COMEDY without its backer.
5 Seated outside clubs, Hesse emptied small bag (6)
SACHET - SAT has C (clubs) and HE (Hesse emptied) inserted.
8 Wicked deeds at or around large towns (10)
9 Poet relieved of diamonds getting payment in advance (4)
ANTE - the poet DANTE loses his D.
10 Why logician won't accept chair is obvious (6,2,6)
STANDS TO REASON - Cryptic definition ha ha.
11 Daily forced to cancel leader in ridiculous pretence (7)
CHARADE - CHAR (daily) (M)ADE.
13 Headless corpse is sent back for certain journey (7)
ODYSSEY - (B)ODY'S = headless corpse is, YES reversed = sent back for certain.
15 Divine law associated with electoral system (7)
PREDICT - PR (electoral system) EDICT (law).
18 Country folk involved in operatic number (7)
ARMENIA - MEN (folk) inside ARIA.
21 Nobleman to free bananas at this point stuck in tree (4,2,3,5)
PEER OF THE REALM - PALM is the tree, into which insert (TO FREE)* and HERE.
22 Fortify, across the pond, a private thoroughfare (4)
GIRD - GI (across the pond a private), RD (thoroughfare). My loins are frequently girded.
23 One to quit troubled Dáil Eireann — that causes rush! (10)
24 Irishman joins Anglicans for spirited meeting (6)
SEANCE - SEAN the Irish chap joins CE the Church of England. Perhaps not.
25 Outrageous sort of animus (8)
1 Brilliant rescue dog detailed to enter cricket club (7)
CLASSIC - CC cricket club has LASSI(E) a 'detailed dog' inserted.
2 Horse carrying disease endlessly spread (9)
MARMALADE - MARE the horse has MALAD(Y) inserted.
3 Song about stinker seen in rural idyll (7)
ARCADIA - ARIA (song, as in 18a), has CAD (stinker) inserted.
4 Style shown in being short with the French (7)
ENTITLE - ENTITY = being, shortened = ENTIT, LE the in French.
5 One to support stocking revolutionary American poet (9)
SUSPENDER - SU = revolutionary American, SPENDER as in Stephen Spender a poet.
6 Husband tucking into liqueur that’s got body (7)
CHASSIS - CASSIS a blackcurrant liqueur, has H for husband inserted.
7 Agreement achieved with three tens, minus tips (7)
12 Researcher wanting this instruction to make tea? (9)
DOCTORATE - to get TEA you need to 'doctor' ATE. First instincts were that a doctorate is a qualification being sought, or obtained, but here it refers to a person in course of obtaining one, perhaps with an added word 'student' being understood. EDIT there again, as pointed out below, if the definition is "researcher wanting this" it works.
14 Romanians on the rampage in small republic (3,6)
16 Alligator is one regarding soft floor covering (7)
REPTILE - RE (regarding), P (soft), TILE (floor covering).
17 Prepare without finishing and study in China (7)
DRESDEN - DRES(S), DEN = study.
18 Long article about a provincial Greek (7)
ACHAEAN - ACHE (long), AN (article), insert A. An Achaean comes from an area of Greece in the NW Peloponnese.
19 Wine stain unfortunately showing up (7)
MARSALA - MAR = stain, ALAS reversed.
20 After correction, smile, as lacking purpose (7)


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Oct. 23rd, 2019 05:32 am (UTC)
My European Tour
starts next April when I shall be in Berlin, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Leighton Buzzard and London Town. Unless Boris buggers it up! I did 17dn three years ago - much enjoyed.

Tme let's say 45 mins.




WOD CASSIS without the husband

At 2dn - as fond of MARMALADE as I am, I think only of MARGARINE as spread.

Edited at 2019-10-23 05:33 am (UTC)
Oct. 23rd, 2019 05:43 am (UTC)
Slowed down some in the SW, with LOI 15ac--took a long time to think of that meaning of 'divine'--POI 22ac. 21ac biffed, didn't think to parse it until after submitting. I counted 8 clues involving letter deletion--1ac, 5ac, 9ac, 11ac, 1d, 2d 4d, 17d--which struck me as rather a lot, although then again, why not? Also ARIA twice. I took 'this' to be the def in 12d. I'd agree with Pip that 10ac was the best of a not that brilliant bunch.
Oct. 23rd, 2019 05:54 am (UTC)
37 minutes seemed quite a respectable time after the botch I made of today's QC.

Most was straightforward enough although the need to insert an apostrophe in order to parse ODYSSEY delayed me a little and I had to trust to wordplay to come up with the unknown ACHAEAN at 18dn.

My knowledge of Lassie is more or less confined to the American 1950s TV series and I vaguely remember she was occasionally involved in various rescues of children trapped in deserted mines etc, but I wasn't sure this qualified her to be defined as a 'rescue dog' as in today's clue. However a little research revealed that the original Lassie as created by Elizabeth Gaskell in a classic short story (later filmed) rescued two half-brothers who were lost and dying in the snow, so the reference is more specific than it had seemed at first.

Edited at 2019-10-23 05:58 am (UTC)
Oct. 23rd, 2019 06:56 am (UTC)
If you Google 'Lassie get help', you'll be shown a classic New Yorker cartoon that may be relevant.
Re: Lassie - jerrywh - Oct. 23rd, 2019 04:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 23rd, 2019 06:21 am (UTC)
Not a classic
16 minutes with LOI GIRD and no problems, apart possibly for a MER in the direction of the DOCTORATE student. COD to STANDS TO REASON. I liked SUSPENDER too. Definitely at the easier end of the scale. Thank you Pip and setter.
Oct. 23rd, 2019 07:34 am (UTC)
For nothing now can ever come to any Gird.
35 mins. An iota of yoghurt today with a scintilla of granola and a mere soupçon of blueberry compote. Nothing like the Classic Marmalade Arcadia of the past. Those days will return.
I agree with Pip and BW: MER at Doctorate and COD to Stands to Reason.
Thanks setter and Pip.
Oct. 23rd, 2019 07:37 am (UTC)
20 minutes
GIRD detained me as my LOI but no problems otherwise. Quite liked the ‘de-tailed rescue dog’.
Oct. 23rd, 2019 08:16 am (UTC)
Oh well, not a good week so far, failed to get DOCTORATE. Am not convinced at all by the reasoning, we do not call someone doing an MA a 'masters', the words where 'student' is understood are undergraduate and postgraduate. Or am I being unreasonable?

Liked GIRD.

Thanks pip and setter.

Oct. 23rd, 2019 08:21 am (UTC)
I don't see how DOCTORATE can refer to a researcher, either; which is why, as I said above, I took 'this' to be the definition, although not all researchers want a doctorate.
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Oct. 23rd, 2019 08:25 am (UTC)
I started off slowly today then picked up speed before slowing down again in the NE where nothing went in for some time. When I finally got there I wondered why SACHET used such a specific name as Hesse, but now I can't think of another name that would work.

Doesn't DOCTORATE work best with a definition of "Researcher wanting this", as Pip mentioned as being his initial thought? That's how I read it.
Oct. 23rd, 2019 08:34 am (UTC)
I wondered why Hesse, too. Wouldn’t Hattie or Hermione have improved the surface? Or have I missed something.

..... and club in the singular?

Edited at 2019-10-23 08:40 am (UTC)
Re: Hesse - jackkt - Oct. 23rd, 2019 08:57 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Hesse - (Anonymous) - Oct. 23rd, 2019 09:59 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Hesse - jackkt - Oct. 23rd, 2019 10:32 am (UTC) - Expand
RE: 26:45 - (Anonymous) - Oct. 23rd, 2019 01:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 23rd, 2019 08:27 am (UTC)
I thought “Researcher wanting this “ was the definition for12d.
Just spent 5 mins finding out what MER meant and 20 mins creating an account!

I’ve followed this blog for a few years now And never felt worthy of making a comment before.
Oct. 23rd, 2019 08:47 am (UTC)
RE: Researcher
Just quote some poetry and tell us what you had for brekker.
Re: Researcher - joekobi - Oct. 23rd, 2019 11:19 am (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 23rd, 2019 09:08 am (UTC)
22 mins. Nice crossword on the whole. Thanks pip.
Oct. 23rd, 2019 09:20 am (UTC)
12:29. I enjoyed this, partly just because 10ac made me smile.
I agree with others that ‘researcher wanting this’ is the definition for DOCTORATE.
Oct. 23rd, 2019 09:25 am (UTC)
Considering my terrible geography knowledge I did quite well to come in just under the half hour on this one.

Fairly steady top-to-bottom from FOI 1d CLASSIC, though I had to have a few passes at the bottom half when only AV sprang to mind initially at 15a PREDICT, I wasn't too sure about the existence or spelling of SAN MARINO, Achaea or MARSALA and like others took a while to see LOI 22a GIRD.
Oct. 23rd, 2019 09:58 am (UTC)
After a breakfast of granola....
....with raspberries and honey yogurt, I made heavier weather of this than I should have done. I unfortunately began to enter "margarine" at 2D, but then realised that CHARADE ruled it out. To my shame, I needed to alpha-trawl to correct my error - but then, one should never dismiss MARMALADE as a mere spread !

I needed to write out the anagrist before ADRENALINE revealed itself. NHO ACHAEAN.

TIME 14:26
Oct. 23rd, 2019 03:22 pm (UTC)
Re: After a breakfast of granola....
Curiously enough, keriothe's dig about the non-existence of Homer yesterday sent me off on an internet ramble about the Trojan War, and for reasons I can't explain, Achaea (and, as it happens, Arcadia) obtruded on my conscious and stuck firmly enough to be an instant connection today. Jung would be delighted.
Oct. 23rd, 2019 10:19 am (UTC)
I had all of this done in 24 minutes, apart from my LOI, GIRD, which took another 14 minutes of alpha trawling and frustration, before I looked it up. Failed to lift and separate and was fooled by the comma which I should've ignored. 38:26. Thanks setter and Pip.
Oct. 23rd, 2019 10:21 am (UTC)
My breakfasts are nothing more than functional appetite fillers - cornflakes and coffee usually - though I do love marmalade unlike Mrs 84801442 (formerly known as Mrs Harper) and the children.

No problems with this - though had to think about the spelling and parsing of ACHAEAN.

PREDICT took a while as I was thinking law = ACT.

The tooing and froing over DOCTORATE is above my head - it seemed a reasonable answer with three of the checkers in place.
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