Cityish Alt-ish Fortyish (verlaine) wrote in times_xwd_times,
Cityish Alt-ish Fortyish
verlaine
times_xwd_times

Monthly Club Special 20,246: Waqford Squeers

Some great words around the edge of this one: not quite a perimetric pangram but not too far away either. I liked it all but particularly enjoyed 13dn (a brain area dear to all of our hearts), the cryptic jiggery-pokery at 22dn and some of the ambitious charades. My thanks to the setter: now for me to get a headstart on 20,247 so I can feel like a proper April Fool on the appropriate day for it...

ACROSS
1 Forced to hide a month abroad she wouldn’t be “missed” (6)
MADAME - MADE, to "hide" A M. Abroad, it's a mademoiselle who gets "missed"

4 University visits drop off, according to champion of old poetry (8)
DOUZEPER - U "visits" DOZE, + PER [according to]. One of the twelve peers of Charlemagne

10 Cut dead old ends off, having turned up something that smells (4-5)
SNUB-NOSED - SNUB [cut dead] + (O ENDS*)

11 What finishes off army for good — plus old militias (5)
FYRDS - {of}F {arm}Y {fo}R {goo}D {plu}S

12 A handle shielded from the wind material exposed to the elements (1,2,5,6)
A LA BELLE ETOILE - A LABEL LEE TOILE

14 Old runner’s major slip: not the first (5)
OWLER - {h}OWLER. Runner as in smuggler

16 Dealer out of dope, briefly left in charge, turned corrupt (9)
INFLICTOR - INF{o} L I/C + reversed ROT

18 Ache one aims to shift restricted blood flow (9)
ISCHAEMIA - (ACHE I AIMS*). FOI

20 A home for gnomes concealing case of gold (5)
AURIC - A {z}URIC{h}

21 With toes like birds’, can’t I do as bats, and mean to push last forward? (14)
ANISODACTYLOUS - (CAN'T I DO AS*) + LOUSY [mean] pushing its last letter to the front

25 Once ashore, trailer loaded with large article (5)
ALAND - AD "loaded" with L AN

26 Set on backing fancier NZ fieldworker (3-6)
GUM-DIGGER - reversed MUG + DIGGER, as in "one who digs" = "one who likes"

27 Rarely paid much for filling up cattle enclosures (8)
FEEDLOTS - FEE'D LOTS. Cattle enclosures for filling up the cattle, i.e. where concentrated feeding takes place

28 Assembly’s voice on reflection with some weight earlier (6)
KGOTLA - reversed ALTO, with KG earlier.

DOWN
1 Gracious man’s act of self-harm, one roughly involving initiation in rites? (10)
MYSTAGOGIC MY STAG O.G. I C [gracious! | man's | act of self-harm (own goal) | one | roughly]

2 Party, one often accompanying ER at opening of annual parliament (5)
DOUMA - DO [party] + UM [one often accompanying "er", as in "um, er..."] + A{nnual}

3 Dutch title of hymn rendered poetically always (7)
MYNHEER - (HYMN*) + E'ER

5 See rising mould, and film that’s well established? (5)
OLDIE - reversed LO! + DIE [mould]

6 Turning up never-endingly in attic, coppers and flutes (7)
ZUFFOLI - reversed I{n} LOF{t} FUZ{z}

7 Fire devotee for ultimately petty breaches in due course (9)
PYROLATER - PRO [for] "breached" by {pett}Y, + LATER

8 Revive, dismissing one who may send off letter from the ME (4)
RESH - {ref}RESH, the referee being "one who may send off"

9 Writing poorly, perceiving abnormally upsetting stammer (8)
PSELLISM - MS ILL ESP, all reversed

13 Sibling emperor putting down European with a piece of his mind? (6,4)
BROCA'S AREA - BRO CAESAR, putting E(uropean) to the end, + A. Brain region linked to speech and language

15 Landlords at first start losing it when housing bill slashed (9)
LACINIATE - L{andlords} + IN{it}IATE, "housing" AC

17 Fathom being, primarily, both slack and firm on the inside? It’s a teaser (4-4)
FLAX-COMB - F(atho)M B{eing}, with LAX and CO within

19 Some personal ad is passed over, being in a niche area? (7)
APSIDAL - hidden reversed in {persona}L AD IS PA{ssed}

20 No longer making up any gibe when rattled (7)
ABYEING - (ANY GIBE*)

22 Forgotten deck, the lower one of two maybe now hotel (5)
DIGHT - DIGIT [two, maybe] with the "lower" I becoming H(otel)

23 Anything that’s revolting found in books (5)
OUGHT - UGH! [that's revolting!] found in OT

24 Homeless child has question for one endowing property (4)
WAQF - WAIF has Q for I
Subscribe

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 5 comments