keriothe (keriothe) wrote in times_xwd_times,
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Sunday Times 4912 by David McLean - advance, police cars!

11:57. Nothing too difficult in this one. The unknown coins at 26ac looked very unlikely, even with such crystal-clear wordplay, but more or less everything else was familiar to me.

So without further ado…

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


Across
1 Supporting charges in attack
FORWARDS - FOR (pro, supporting), WARDS (charges, as in wards of court). Football players, presumably.
5 Endangered animals face ruin without end
PANDAS - PAN (face), DASh.
9 After explosion, note ears ring long and loud
RESONATE - (NOTE EARS)*.
10 You could go for a walk on this plain
COMMON - DD. I do go for a walk on one of these several times a week. In fact I often go for a walk on two of them because Barnes and Putney commons are next to one another and in fact I don’t really know where the boundary is.
12 Game's tasty without starter on bit of rocket
RUMMY - Rocket, yUMMY.
13 Ship that’s passed cape makes major turn
HEADLINER - HEAD (cape), LINER (ship). Cunning definition. There was a rogue question mark in the online version of this clue.
14 Somehow nice and confined behind closed doors
IN CONFIDENCE - (NICE CONFINED)*.
18 Criminal a hero rebukes?
HOUSEBREAKER - (A HERO REBUKES)*. I would classify this as an &Lit since the whole thing is wordplay, and you can also consider it all to be the definition, even if everything apart from the word ‘criminal’ is unnecessary.
21 Homesick cast and I long to have parts elsewhere!
NOSTALGIC - (CAST I LONG)*. I think of nostalgia as a longing for the past rather than home but this meaning is there in Collins.
23 Duck at the source of river’s finally quacked
DOUSE - quackeD, OUSE.
24 Get a picture of one escort cuddling English leader
IDEATE - I, D(English)ATE.
25 Flipping chaos involved in island build
ASSEMBLE - reversal of ELB(MESS)A.
26 Divide up grand to be given back in old coins
GERAHS - reversal of SHARE, G. I confess I looked this up before submitting but it’s definitely what I would have put in under competition conditions so I’m giving it to myself.
27 Explain hint of sedition in Tory faithful
CONSTRUE - CON(Sedition), TRUE.

Down
1 Coat men put over head to endure storm
FURORE - FUR, OR, Endure.
2 One thinking up final part of scene for Carry On
RESUME - reversal of MUSER, scenE.
3 Getting out of hand, can anyone bother?
ANNOYANCE - (CAN ANYONE)*.
4 Bottle of juice
DUTCH COURAGE - a cryptic definition: bottle is courage of course and juice is apparently a word for alcoholic drink.
6 Island everyone goes round first, not last
ATOLL - A(TOp)LL.
7 Party sweet stuffed with bits of aniseed and nuts on top
DOMINANT - DO, MIN(Aniseed, Nuts)T
8 Soldiers stationed at front by access points?
SENTRIES - Stationed, ENTRIES.
11 City abroad Corsican fans trashed
SAN FRANCISCO - (CORSICAN FANS)*.
15 Daughter cut down on study at uni without fear
DREADLESS - D, READ (study at uni), LESS (cut down).
16 Conservative that's suspended is turning red, perhaps
CHANGING - C, HANGING.
17 Upset doctor kidnaps posh pilot … fake news?
BUM STEER - reversal of MB (doctor) containing U (posh), STEER (pilot).
19 Boozer after a half of Dunkel and port
DUNBAR - DUNkel, BAR.
20 Hard to endure split, having touch of enmity
SEVERE - SEVER, Enmity.
22 A tickly sensation that starts hurting
AITCH - A, ITCH. Because H is the first letter of 'hurting'.
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