johninterred (johninterred) wrote in times_xwd_times,
johninterred
johninterred
times_xwd_times

Times Quick Cryptic No 1869 by Tracy

An enjoyable, neat crossword from Tracy to end the week. I generally find I catch his wavelength quite quickly and I did so again today. After my misjudgement of how diificult others would find it on my last outing, I'd better not say I found it straighforward, though! I did hesitate over the unknown 1A and the parsing of my LOI, 21A, but I still finished in a well-under-average time, a second quicker than yesterday. COD for me to the clever 16D, although I liked 8D too. How did everyone else get on?

Fortnightly Weekend Quick Cryptic. This time it is my turn to provide the extra weekend entertainment. You can find the latest crossword, entitled "Tweet Tweet", here. Enjoy! And if anyone is interested in our previous offerings you can find an index to them here.

Definitions underlined in bold italics, (Abc)* indicating anagram of Abc, deletions and "" other indicators.

Across
1 Celebrities with a brand new South American flag (5,3,4)
STARS AND BARS - STARS (celebrities), (a brand)* "new" S (south). No I didn't fall for "South American flag", but I'd never heard of this, the first flag of the Confederate States. I have now. I wrongly guessed it was an alternative name for the Stars and Stripes.
9 Game show (5)
CHESS - Double definition. Read about the musical show here.
10 Rice dish is too much in centre of St-Tropez (7)
RISOTTOIS, OTT (over the top; too much) "in centre of" st-tROpez.
11 She finally received rent, a personal morale-booster (3,4)
EGO TRIP - shE "finally" GOT (received) RIP (rent).
12 Swift attack seizing power (5)
RAPID - RAID (attack) outside "seizing" P (power).
13 No rise, oddly, for one of higher rank (6)
SENIOR - (No rise)* "oddly".
14 Show vet (6)
SCREEN - Double definition.
17 Colour of bream swimming (5)
AMBER - (bream)* "swimming".
19 Dupe kind companion (7)
CONSORT - CON (dupe) SORT (kind).
21 Managed to bring about endless resentment (7)
RANCOUR - RAN (managed) COURt (bring about) "endless". I wasn't entirely convinced by this until I thought of 'court' for 'bring about' in the sense of 'court disaster'. From Collins.. "If you court something unpleasant such as disaster or unpopularity, you act in a way that makes it likely to happen."
22 Cook slowly heading off in rear (5)
RAISE - bRAISE (cook slowly) without the first letter, "heading off".
23 Police officer in danger, skeets flying about (4,8)
DESK SERGEANT - (danger skeets)* "flying about". What's a policeman doing around clay-pigeon shooting, I wonder?
Down
2 Secure item of neckwear reduced in price (3,4)
TIE DOWN - TIE (item of neckwear) DOWN (reduced in price).
3 Film tank tracks (9,4)
RESERVOIR DOGS - RESERVOIR (tank) DOGS (tracks). The 1992 film by Quentin Tarantino.
4 Short bar put out (6)
ABRUPT - (bar put)* "out".
5 Health worker, poorly insured, firm admitted (8,5)
DISTRICT NURSE - "poorly" (insured)*, with STRICT (firm) inside, "admitted".
6 Behave badly at university after play (3,2)
ACT UP - UP (at university) "after" ACT (play; play a role in a drama or film).
7 First of skiers immediately departs on mountain (7)
SNOWDON - "First of" Skiers NOW (immediately) D (departs) ON. Do people ski on Snowdon, I wondered?
8 Hurt one squeezing hard (4)
ACHE - ACE (one) outside, "squeezing" H (hard). Very neat. My COD.
13 Worried about roof of Rolls getting marked (7)
SCARRED - SCARED (worried) "about", "roof of", i.e. first letter of as this is a down clue, Rolls.
15 Feeling movement following onset of earthquake (7)
EMOTION - MOTION (movement) "following" first letter of, "onset of", Earthquake.
16 Twenty runs — I'll record that (6)
SCORER - SCORE (twenty) R (runs). By whom the 20 runs are recorded in the cricket scorebook. Nice.
18 Bishop having responsibility for extra payment (5)
BONUS - B (bishop)  ONUS (responsibility).
20 In Carmarthenshire after that (4)
THEN - (Hidden) "in" CarmarTHENshire.
Subscribe

  • Times Quick Cryptic 1987 by Joker

    Lots of unusual vocabulary, but only one that left me competely reliant on wordplay and checkers (21ac). Perhaps not quite as pithy, original, or…

  • Times 28113 - no more PDMs for me.

    Well this puzzle is 13d with good things, I think; two types of wine, an antelope, a capital city I knew, and an egg cell which reminded me of my…

  • Times Cryptic 28112

    I completed all but one answer within 30 minutes but after 36 minutes I gave up and used aids for the last one in. As usual definitions are…

  • 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.
  • 51 comments
Previous
← Ctrl ← Alt
Next
Ctrl → Alt →
Previous
← Ctrl ← Alt
Next
Ctrl → Alt →

  • Times Quick Cryptic 1987 by Joker

    Lots of unusual vocabulary, but only one that left me competely reliant on wordplay and checkers (21ac). Perhaps not quite as pithy, original, or…

  • Times 28113 - no more PDMs for me.

    Well this puzzle is 13d with good things, I think; two types of wine, an antelope, a capital city I knew, and an egg cell which reminded me of my…

  • Times Cryptic 28112

    I completed all but one answer within 30 minutes but after 36 minutes I gave up and used aids for the last one in. As usual definitions are…