Pip Kirby (pipkirby) wrote in times_xwd_times,
Pip Kirby

Times 27939 - forty shades of green.

An ecological flavour to today's crossword, I thought, which I found of moderate difficulty with nothing especially obscure or controversial to it. A green gemstone, an eco-charity, things festering and biodegrading nicely, and a country's Chancellor where the next incumbent may well be a Green, it seems. Not quite forty shades, I agree, but just thought I'd give you an earworm as well.

1 Resolution from British, united after reverse (8)
BACKBONE - BACK (reverse) B (British) ONE (united).
5 Fine organic compound's gradually become bitter (6)
FESTER - F (fine) ESTER (organic compound, of an acid radical joined to an alcohol, e.g. ethyl acetate).
9 Having turned back, swimmer out of wind (3)
LEE - EEL reversed.
10 Left standing on public view, naked (11)
OUTSTRIPPED - OUT (on public view), STRIPPED (naked).
12 Just right profile of monarch seen here? (2,3,5)
ON THE MONEY - cryptic definition, on the bank notes.
13 Second hazard close to Scylla (4)
BETA - BET (hazard, risk) end of ScyllA.
15 Asian mountaineer eats her partner's sandwiches (6)
SHERPA - hidden as above.
16 Held good girl in school (7)
COHERED - HER in COED school.
18 Stone Age love dismissed by books (7)a green precious stone, birthstone for August.
PERIDOT - Age = PERIOD, lose the O (love); OT (books).
20 Immoderate display of leg on demand (6)
WANTON - WANT (demand) ON (leg, as in cricket).
23 Harrow wine stored here, maybe (4)
RACK - double definition.
24 Historic rent then due in six hours? (7,3)
QUARTER DAY - cryptic definition.
26 Wake on high, having passed over? (6,5)
VAPOUR TRAIL - cryptic definition, with misdirection towards funereal thoughts.
27 Two promising words in contrived language (3)
IDO - "I DO" = promising words; IDO being an artificial language derived from Esperanto for everyone to speak; apparently about 100 people worldwide do, when they meet up annually.
28 Paper's previous boss went on and on (6)
LASTED - the LAST EDitor would be the paper's previous boss.
29 Most peculiar doctor that is retreating in one direction (8)
WEIRDEST - Inside WEST place DR I.E. reversed.
1 Vote upsetting to Liberal and another party (6)
BALLOT - All reversed, TO, L (Liberal), LAB(our).
2 Teacher briefly trained house's first champion runner (7)
CHEETAH - (TEACHE)* plus H for house, TEACHE being teacher briefly.
3 Odd bod and I agreed to break up, naturally (10)
4 Guardian for one needing to rely on charity (8,5)
NATIONAL TRUST - a NATIONAL newspaper, TRUST = to rely on.
6 Cross character in formal attire getting up to go (4)
EXIT - X (cross character) inside TIE reversed.
7 Jacket, etc, that motorist's in most often? (3,4)
TOP GEAR - double definition, one cryptic.
8 Dismisses detective from NE town? (3-5)
RED-CARDS - REDCAR being a town in NE England, DS = detective sergeant. Sends off!
11 Fighting resistance where RAF can't, sadly (6,7)
14 Opportunity to wind up German leader, perhaps (10)
CHANCELLOR - CHANCE (opportunity), ROLL (wind up) reversed.
17 Favour reduction of violence initially during outrage (8)
APPROVAL - R O V (initial letters of reduction of violence) inside APPAL = outrage.
19 Instructions to follow prophet, holding image skyward (7)
RECIPES - SEER (prophet) reversed with PIC reversed inside.
21 Vintage shed erected, with familiar roofing (3-4)
OLD-TIME - EMIT (shed) reversed, with OLD (familiar) on top.
22 Infantry under 50% of army? Never! (2,4)
MY FOOT - (AR)MY = MY, FOOT = infantry.
25 Protrude over centre of green fibrous plant (4)
JUTE - JUT (protrude) E (gentre of grEen).

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