jackkt (jackkt) wrote in times_xwd_times,

Times Cryptic 27584

My solving time was off the scale although I found the right-hand side reasonably straightforward. I came a cropper on the left and technically this was a DNF as I ran out of stamina at10ac and resorted to aids .

As usual definitions are underlined in bold italics, {deletions and substitutions are in curly brackets} and [anagrinds, containment, reversal and other indicators in square ones]. I usually omit all reference to positional indicators unless there is a specific point that requires clarification.

1 Understand way of presenting information is within reach (8)
GETTABLE : GET (understand), TABLE  (way of presenting information)
9 One with no heart playing Macbeth for example (8)
ANTIHERO : Anagram [playing] of I (one) NO HEART
10 Endlessly awkward old man responsible for stock (6)
GAUCHO : GAUCH{e} (awkward) [endlessly], O (old). This was my last one in after resorting to aids.   Before doing so I was considering the possibility of RANCHO, thinking that like 'ranchero' it might mean a rancher, so I looked it up but alas it's only a ranch building. At that point I decided I'd had enough of it.
11 Off to obtain one's hot rum (10)
OUTLANDISH : OUT (off - set out/off), LAND (obtain - e.g. a prize), I (one), S ('s), H (hot). 'Rum' in the sense of  'odd'.
12 Wail when displacing back joint (4)
KNEE : KEE{n} (wail) when displacing back (letter 'n') becomes KNEE
13 Hoot catching a youngster dressing (5,5)
SALAD CREAM : SCREAM (hoot) containing [catching] A LAD (a youngster)
16 Notice protective garment for expert (7)
ADVISOR : AD (notice), VISOR (protective garment)
17 A new house featured in the writer's story (7)
IVANHOE : A + N (new) + HO (house) contained by [featured in] I'VE (writer's). By Sir Walter Scott and as played  in 39 TV episodes (1958-59) by Roger Moore. Fans of trivia might care to note that Ivanhoe's first name was Wilfred.
20 Reserve number one of eleven for clerk? (10)
BOOKKEEPER : BOOK (reserve), KEEPER (number one of eleven - goalie)
22 No longer owns hotel east of Panama? (4)
HATH : H (hotel - NATO alphabet) placed to the right [east] of HAT (Panama?).  'Hath' being 'no longer' in general use.
23 Encouraging and cheerful, fond of play pens (10)
SUPPORTIVE : SPORTIVE (fond of play) contains [pens] UP (cheerful)
25 Gaunt eccentric eating nothing sweet (6)
NOUGAT : Anagram [eccentric] of GAUNT containing [eating] 0 (nothing)
26 Good name kept by parliament led by person with honour (8)
OBEDIENT : OBE (person with honour - Order of the long defunct British Empire), then N (name) contained [kept] by DIET (parliament)
27 Clergyman's soft with that lady in Slough (8)
SHEPHERD : P (soft) + HER (that lady) contained by [in] SHED (slough - a snake may slough its skin). SOED has: 'shepherd' fig. A person, esp. a member of the clergy, who watches over, guides, or cares for a group of people; a spiritual guardian, a pastor.
2 Tested chopper on the rise, likely to explode? (8)
EXAMINED : AXE (chopper) reversed [on the rise], MINED (likely to explode)
3 Designer label in hat on the left is to amuse (6,4)
TICKLE PINK : CK (designer label) contained by [in] TILE, PINK (on the left - politically). CK may stand for Calvin Klein, although I had understood that the daily Times does doesn't allow brand names in its puzzles. An alternative may be that it's a reference to C-K design theory. Personally I'd go with the first option whilst wagging a finger at the setter and/or editor for allowing the breech of rules. It's no big deal in itself but then we get into the realms of once started, where will it all end? On edit: I've just remembered we had Pepsi only yesterday and I'm beginning to wonder if product placement is now a consideration when setting clues? Only joking...I hope!
4 It might be spotty young fellow's character (10)
BLOODSTONE : BLOODS (young fellow's), TONE (character). NHO this. Collins has 'bloodstone' as a dark-green variety of chalcedony with red spots: used as a gemstone.
5 Hartley novel concerned with human life (7)
EARTHLY : Anagram [novel] of  HARTLEY. The writer LP Hartley wrote one of the most quoted opening lines of a novel: 'The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there' - The Go-Between 1953.
6 Something ventured climbing a peak (4)
ETNA : ANTE (something ventured - an advance payment or stake) reversed [climbing]
7 Profane sentence newspaperman holds up (6)
DEFILE : ED (newspaperman) contains [holds] LIFE (prison sentence), all reversed [up]
8 Head turned by US neighbour's cheerfulness (8)
BONHOMIE : NOB (head) reversed [turned], HOMIE (US neighbour). Collins has 'homie' as a person from the same area as you, especially one from the same social group as you.[US, informal]
14 Creed, given converts, shows difference (10)
DIVERGENCE : Anagram [converts] of CREED GIVEN
15 Weakling needs hard, difficult practice (3-7)
RUN-THROUGH : RUNT (weakling), H (hard - pencils), ROUGH (difficult)
16 A call for assistance carrying cream building material (8)
ASBESTOS : A, SOS (call for assistance) containing BEST (cream  - crème de la crème)
18 Playing a specific melody live (2,3,3)
ON THE AIR : ON (playing), THE (specific - definite article), AIR (melody). I'm not 100% convinced by the definition here as most live performances never go on the air, and most performances that are on the air (these days anyway) are not live but precorded.
19 Son runs off and goes fast (7)
SPRINTS : S (son), PRINTS (runs off)
21 Huge creature that's hunted bird (6)
OSPREY : OS (huge), PREY (creature that's hunted)
24 Rock and roll dance (4)
REEL : A triple definition, I think, although the first two are perhaps not entirely distinct
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