chrisw91 (chrisw91) wrote in times_xwd_times,

Times Quick Cryptic 1816 by Joker

You wait for a solve exactly 9 seconds over taget and two come along in a few weeks. Some of this was spent mulling over 12ac  - let me know if I'm missing something here. Hats off to the two long definitions at 9 and 16dn with 9dn winning COD - 16dn had a rather simpler cryptic.

The definitions are underlined.

1 Finish getting runs in place for batsman (6)
CREASE - finish (CEASE) containing runs (R).
4 Tart and custard isn’t desirable in courses — just starters (6)
ACIDIC - (A)nd (C)ustard (I)sn't (D)esirable (I)n (C)ourses.
8 Extensive notes showing how much policemen are indebted? (7)
COPIOUS - notes showing indebtedness (IOUS) of policemen (COPS).
10 Share out a fee for passage on the way back (5)
ALLOT - a (A), fee for passage _ toll - on the way back (LLOT).
11 Writing on the wall round gents (4)
OMEN - round (O). gents (MEN).
12 Left gold for respected poet (8)
LAUREATE - left (L), gold (AU), for (RE). I can't make ate=respected so have to conclude that the definition is respected poet and there isn't any parsing for 'ate'. Ususally in these situations someone points out to me the blindingly obvious which I've missed. Bernchn has come to the rescue - gold (AUREATE - meaning golden, gilded).
14 Theatre operative attaching end of arm to leg (9)
STAGEHAND - end of arm (HAND) attached to leg (STAGE).
18 Spot calcium used in cosmetic cream (8)
LOCATION - calcium (CA) in cosmetic cream (LOTION).
20 A taxi passenger’s last to be dropped some way away (4)
AFAR - a (A), taxi passenger (FARE).
22 What’s in creel? Very small fish (5)
ELVER - inside cre(EL VER)y.
23 Your setter has a completely confident step (7)
MEASURE - your setter (ME), a (A), completely confident (SURE).
24 Walk street and go from side to side (6)
STROLL - street (ST), go from side to side (ROLL).
25 Just book early for a change (6)
BARELY - book (B), anagram (for a change) of EARLY.
1 Safeguard two companies working (6)
COCOON - two companies (CO CO), working (ON).
2 Former print media, say (7)
EXPRESS - former (EX), media (PRESS).
3 Son has sexy photograph (4)
SHOT - sone (S), sexy (HOT).
5 Conservative shock with chap meeting leader (8)
CHAIRMAN - conservative (C), shock (HAIR), chap (MAN).
6 Letter of thanks after getting shown the way up (5)
DELTA - thanks (TA) after getting shown the way - led - upwards (DEL).
7 Crufts regularly allowed meat on the bone (6)
CUTLET - (C)r(U)f(T)s, allowed (LET). As far as I know, a cutlet doesnt have to be on the bone - but certainly can be.
9 Where Queen may entertain government or set up Order of Merit (9)
STATEROOM - government (STATE), or upwards (RO), Order of Merit (OM).
13 Ground patrols round a country (8)
PASTORAL - anagram (ground - as in coffee) of PATROLS around a (A).
15 Mostly disagree about us lacking concentration (7)
DIFFUSE - mostly disagree (DIFFE)r about us (US).
16 What help one get a grip resolving perils (6)
PLIERS - anagram (resolving) of PERILS.
17 Queen carried in pretentiously refined vessel (6)
ARTERY - Queen (ER) carried in pretentious (ARTY).
19 Caught beyond fielding position (5)
COVER - caught (C), beyond (OVER).
21 Give a long involved story (4)
SAGA - give (SAG), a (A).

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