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Times Cryptic 27968

Solving time: 34 minutes. Many thanks to mohn2 for updating the template script to suit my new blogging style so that I don't have to remember to press Enter after every answer.

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Technical DNF as it was impossible to complete 22a on my (old) Ipad. When selecting to solve, only 9 of the 10 letters were presented for completion. Pressing the tick box resulted in the app crashing. Very odd. I took about 30 mins for this and found it quite straightforward.
Or in other words, could not see Data. FOI Snap which made me think this would be a struggle but instead it was a steady and enjoyable solve.
Thanks to topicaltim for the wonderful story of Tommy Cooper on holiday and to astro_nowt, as always, for the limerick. And to setter and blogger.

Easy one

guy_du_sable

May 4 2021, 14:00:19 UTC 1 week ago Edited:  May 4 2021, 14:00:53 UTC

I’m not used to seeing a hyphen in “cooperate” (I see it’s a variant, not the standard, British spelling, according to at least couple dictionaries), so it never entered my mind for COOPERANTS, a word I may have never encountered before. (Must have a hyphen in “co-opt” though—quite different.)

Easy one. SNAP(!) and IRAN were my last in. The capital of IRAN has a teasing similarity to the one used in the clue.
One of my quickest times — although I was slow getting started as this was a SE to NW progression for me.
I would love to be able to say that I finished with "flying colours" — but it was actually "chestnut".
Thanks Jack for the blog.

Anonymous

May 4 2021, 14:24:48 UTC 1 week ago

Never heard of Melanesia so chose unwisely- I’m genuinely surprised that everyone else bar one has heard of the area...I had ...esian but with 3 consonants left had to guess
Shame really
....despite the dog's breakfast with clue lengths/numbers, and having to biff two answers. I sorted COOPERANT out quite quickly afterwards, but am indebted to Jack for IRAN.

FOI FLYING COLOURS (great Jethro Tull track)
LOI CO-OPERANTS (join my "Save the Hyphen" group !)
COD SADIST (Mother Teresa was a great guy)
TIME 8:58

Anonymous

May 4 2021, 18:00:18 UTC 1 week ago

FOI snap. LOI Melanesian. Was very pleased to complete this, though I had help from my husband with three - leaseback, data and Melanesian. So a team effort in the end. Enjoyable if a bit difficult for me. I found the right hand side going in at first. I had no comment in mind but no idea why. Chestnut cleared that up. Several biffs, e.g. Iran, tambourine. COD saving grace, and even here I did not use all of the clue. Time to solve - ages. Thanks, Jack, and setter. GW.
A steady solve, spoilt at the death by the confusion over 24ac, Melanesian. Note to self: Don't assume the letter count is correct. Invariant
After a total flail (and fail) on yesterday’s main fare and a DNF on today’s QC after 13 minutes this was a bit better. Started at the bottom and worked round anticlockwise ending with DATA which rang a bell so didnt hold me up for too long

Liked ATTEST

Thanks Jackkt and setter

Ps Newcastle are a United as well, so called because they were the result of two smaller teams merging: Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End. Unlike Liverpool Manchester Nottingham Birmingham and many other cities (even Bristol for goodness sake) Newcastle has since then always been a one team town
DNF. Just under 16 mins to solve, the rest of the afternoon to kick myself for a typo in leasebakk. I thought the two Georges was rather novel.
Six minutes 20 seconds? I quit. It takes me longer than that even to read the darn clues, let alone solve them. I’m very obviously only worthy of a much, much lower league.
I wouldn't worry about it, sbeginner, if I did I'd have given up long ago. Do your own thing at your own speed and enjoy it.
Thank you, jackkt, that’s just what I needed to hear. And inspired, I have just completed Wednesday’s 27969 in 45 minutes. Yeehaw!

Re: Quitting

jackkt

May 6 2021, 09:01:11 UTC 1 week ago Edited:  May 6 2021, 09:04:45 UTC

I'm so glad to have been of help. When I first discovered TfTT most of the bloggers and contributors were speed-merchants who took part in the Times Crossword Championships, and as just an occasional contributor (I think I was still 'anon') I felt I was in elite company and way out of my league.

But there was one blogger (long since departed) who I came to realise was a far less experienced solver than most, and his comments inspired me to persevere. Eventually when a vacancy arose for a blogger I thought to myself 'I think I could do that' so applied and much to my surprise I was accepted. That was some 12 years ago.

I hope my skills as a blogger (such as they are) have improved over the years but I'm not sure my solving speeds are much different. I target 30 minutes and probably achieve it a couple of times a week but other days I might take anything up to an hour. That's usually my cut-off point and if I don't feel a breakthrough is imminent I may well resort to aids. I never race against the clock for the 15x15 as I want to enjoy it to the maximum. I try speed on the Quick Cryptic but have never managed less than 5 minutes, and that only once I think.

Re: Quitting

sbeginner

1 week ago

I’ve never seen this before, though I suppose it must have happened. It was glaringly obvious if you were doing the physical, paper version, maybe not online, but near the end of listing the questions, someone ‘created’ a non-existent ‘25ac’ (hence 9 letters), so all the following questions are misnumbered. Expected to see a (very small-print!) apology today, but maybe it wasn’t noticed. Enjoyed the puzzle anyway. Julian B-C
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