Pip Kirby (pipkirby) wrote in times_xwd_times,
Pip Kirby

Times 27969 - here's Archie Medes, the chap who brought screws to Greece.

Four anagrams for you, and plenty of "put this into that" wordplay, all making for a mostly straightforward puzzle which took me about twenty minutes, and no problems with the parsing. I tried to spell the candle thing wrongly at first, and took longest over my LOI 22a in seeing it was that sort of "walkover". If you've never had a tropical fish-tank, 23d could be guesswork from wordplay.

1 Two insects circling horse that's monstrous (8)
BEHEMOTH - BEE and MOTH are circling H for horse.
5 Package right put in place for sorting (6)
PARCEL - put R into (PLACE)*.
10 Limitation as art reworked in autocratic approach (15)
11 Mathematician once corresponded in a matter of law (10)
ARCHIMEDES - CHIMED (corresponded) inside A RES (a matter of law, Latin).
13 Hold meeting to involve king in satirical piece (4)
SKIT - put K into SIT.
15 Drunk goes around talking about this evening (7)
TONIGHT - ON (talking about) inside TIGHT (drunk).
17 Composer shown way outside having great knowledge (7)
LEARNED - insert ARNE the composer into LED = shown way.
18 Expert needing to make firm solvent (7)
ACETONE - ACE = expert, TONE = make firm, as in muscle tone.
19 Devil leaving Black Death region in London (4,3)
EAST END - BEAST (devil) loses B for black, END = death.
21 Bay tree lacking in width (4)
ROAN - the ROWAN tree loses W for width.
22 Pay for game that provides a walkover? (10)
FOOTBRIDGE - FOOT (pay for) BRIDGE (game). Nice misdirection of definition.
25 Maybe Iago's characteristic Richardson exemplifies? (15)
HARDHEARTEDNESS - we find HARD at the "heart" of Richardson.
27 Mystery writer covering bananas in fragrant ointment (6)
POMADE - MAD (bananas) inside POE as in Edgar Allan Poe.
28 One put to bed happened to have a bad back (8)
CAMELLIA - CAME = happened to, A ILL reversed.
1 Mouthpiece separate: might player want more than this? (3,4)
BIT PART - BIT = mouthpiece, PART = separate, as verb.
2 Track down missing note in cabin (3)
HUT - HUNT loses its N for note.
3 Crucible girl can put on good snooker shot (7,3)
MELTING POT - MEL (a girl) TIN (can) G (good) POT (snooker shot).
4 Money short then endlessly given in tax (5)
TITHE - TI(N) = money short, THE(N).
6 Analyst’s initial manner is remote (4)
AWAY - A (analyst's initial letter) WAY (manner). I was thinking AFAR as being more like remote, but couldn't make FAR out of the surface.
7 Elegantly smart acquaintance paid a pittance (11)
CHICKENFEED - CHIC (elegantly smart), KEN (acquaintance, as in beyond our ken), FEED (paid).
8 Small child stuck in helmet that's narrow (7)
LIMITED - MITE (small child) inside LID = helmet.
9 Staunch supporter certain at heart to regret waste (4,4)
TRUE BLUE - T ("heart" of certain) RUE (regret) BLUE (waste, as verb).
12 Diabolical cur: damnable one made to support the wicked? (11)
CANDELABRUM - (CUR DAMNABLE)*. Not candleabrum, which was wrong and prevented 11a being correct.
14 Cardcastle collapsed in game (4,6)
CATS CRADLE - (CARDCASTLE)*. I suppose it's a game, of sorts, more of a kid's amusement.
16 Being dry, wild duck swallows energy drink (8)
TEETOTAL - TEAL (wild duck) swallows E TOT.
18 Hindenberg for example spreads with it (7)
AIRSHIP - AIRS (spreads) HIP (with it).
20 Bass note heard in the remotest ocean? (4-3)
DEEP-SEA - sounds like "deep C".
23 Fish seen regularly in Trent area (5)
TETRA - small tropical fish, I had some once in an aquarium.
24 Ground outside hard, but provided with boots (4)
SHOD - insert H for hard into SOD = ground.
26 Measure height missed in the lower regions (3)
ELL - HELL loses H for height.


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