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Sunday Times 4952 by Dean Mayer

17:23. Dean is on top form this week, producing a really superb puzzle. There are lots of good clues in this but I particularly liked 14ac. 10dn also deserves a mention just because it’s such an apposite anagram, as does 20dn just for being extremely neat.

Following the theme of recent discussions, there are quite a few cryptic definitions in here. But Dean is particularly good at this type of clue, so if they were banned (as some people would like) I would miss them in his puzzles.

Brilliant stuff, thank you very much Dean.

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

Across
1 Faith in me shown by artistic lady
MADAME - M(ADAM)E. The Faith here is Adam of that ilk, a pop star of the 1960s only vaguely familiar to me. I was puzzled by the definition too, but Lexico says that MADAME is ‘used as a title for women in artistic or exotic occupations, such as musicians or fortune-tellers’. My last in.
4 One understanding one’s time as a dreamer
IDEALIST - I, DEAL (agreement, understanding), I’S, T.
9 End of census possibly not declared
UNCONFESSED - (END OF CENSUS)*.
11 “Gratis” not right if this applies
FEE - FrEE.
12 Travel partners occupying property
TRANSIT - TRA(NS)IT. North and South are partners in bridge.
13 One cowardly old man nicking lead?
DASTARD - DA(STAR)D. My personal definition of this word has always been ‘like Dick Dastardly from Dastardly and Muttley’, which turns out to have been inadequate.
14 For feigned affection, press 0
CUPBOARD LOVE - a press is a kind of cupboard (we have one that was sold as a ‘linen press’), and 0 is of course LOVE in tennis. A brilliant clue with a slightly surreal but amusing surface reading.
18 Liking and understanding growth
APPRECIATION - triple definition.
21 Intolerable as order to cut finger
TOO MUCH - TO(OM)UCH. OM is the Order of Merit.
23 Thought caller might be talking
GUESSED - sounds like ‘guest’.
24 Rubbish skin pic
TAT - DD. ‘Tat’ is short for ‘tattoo’.
25 One providing evidence in drive-by shooting
SPEED CAMERA - CD, and a fine one, although I wonder if this idea has been used before. I got caught by one of these on a ‘smart’ motorway recently, having set the cruise control to 60mph and failed to notice when the limit reduced to 50. Annoying, but fortunately they let me take a course instead of the points, so now I know that swans often land on motorways because they mistake them for rivers.
26 Deliberate tackle initially accepted by referee
MEDITATE - MEDI(Tackle)ATE.
27 Shutter protecting lens
EYELID - CD. Again, this is neat but I wonder if it’s been done before.
Down
1 Sheds demolished, most of slum too
MOULTS - (SLUM TOo)*.
2 Stop scratching, as a rule, around Christmas?
DECLAW - or DEC LAW, geddit?! A horribly cruel thing to do to a cat.
3 Little less difficult clue
MINUSCULE - MINUS (less), (CLUE)*.
5 Such people have little in common
DISADVANTAGED - and another CD. I think the idea is that if you are DISADVANTAGED you have little, so (the possession of) little is what DISADVANTAGED people have in common with each other.
6 Mountainous area of Libyan Desert
ANDES - contained in ‘Libyan Desert’. I was a bit puzzled by the capitalisation of ‘desert’ here but it’s a reference to an actual desert I hadn’t heard of, rather than just a generic desert in Libya as I had assumed.
7 If puncture occurs, men will find air pump
INFLATOR - IN [case of] FLAT, OR (men).
8 More in band about to split
TRENDIER - T(REND)IER. You might select a band/tier of membership, for instance, or be in an income band/tier.
10 Governing body that puts out NHS timetables
ESTABLISHMENT - (NHS TIMETABLES)*. Amazing anagram!
15 Being sick, end our day by 12
DUODENARY - (END OUR DAY)*. Not a word I knew so I needed all the checkers.
16 Handyman in particular old corporation
FACTOTUM - FACT (particular), O, TUM (corporation).
17 Without energy, dropout somehow got out of bed
UPROOTED - (DROPOUT)* containing E. Not that kind of bed!
19 On top of a mushroom?
AS WELL - A, SWELL.
20 King Lear
EDWARD - King EDWARD, and EDWARD Lear.
22 Delivery company starts to examine this complaint
UPSET - UPS, Examine, This.
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