Cityish Alt-ish Fortyish (verlaine) wrote in times_xwd_times,
Cityish Alt-ish Fortyish
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Times 27,971: Primate, Marmite

This felt strangely easy considering the trickiness of the vocabulary - 10ac and LOI 15dn are both spelled completely differently to how they are in my head (with the result that 15dn was my LOI, despite my teenage years having been almost entirely wasted playing Dungeons & Dragons; ALWAYS archmage in my books). And then 18ac and 17dn largely unfamiliar: I worked out the former from the wordplay, as my Penultimate One In, and was like "really? THAT'S a word?", but all was well that ended well, in a zippy 6 minutes. Could certainly be less Fridayish that that: I managed last Saturday's puzzle in 2m25, which seemed pretty silly for any day not Monday.

COD definitely goes to 1dn, for the sweet "relative of a shrew" laugh-out-loud penny-drop moment. Thank you very much to the setter for that one!

ACROSS
1 Shot current news report (8)
BULLETIN - BULLET [shot] + IN [current, as in fashion]

5 Wine left to breathe in protective cover (6)
MALBEC - L(eft) + BE [to breathe, as in exist] in MAC [protective cover]

9 Unorthodox head’s key refusal to accept point (8)
ANTIPOPE - A NOPE [key | refusal] "accepting" TIP [point]

10 Northern labourer caught creature eating fish (6)
COTTER - C(aught) + OTTER [fish-eating creature]. I would've spelled this "cottar", but fortunately there is only one way to spell "otter".

12 Belief in some sacred order (5)
CREDO - hidden in {sa}CRED O{rder}. FOI

13 Manage US city with medical service, ultimately in place of political agreement (9)
RUNNYMEDE - RUN N.Y. with MED {servic}E. Magna Carta location

14 Appropriate discussion groups outing cheat (4,3,1,4)
TAKE FOR A RIDE - TAKE FORA RIDE [appropriate | discussion groups | outing]

18 Key at one point right with far from moving piece (12)
CONCERTSTUCK - C ONCE RT + STUCK [key | at one point | right | far from moving]

21 Dance having to ban girl (9)
BARCAROLE - or to BAR CAROLE. I think of a barcarole as a song rather than a dance?

23 Item often illegally exported from country without coast (5)
IVORY - or Ivory Coast minus the coast part

24 Attractiveness of dapper male stripped (6)
APPEAL - {d}APPE{r} {m}AL{e}

25 Pasta to supply a boost, mainly (8)
RIGATONI - RIG A TONI{c}

26 Be indecisive, beginning to discuss the matter with her (6)
DITHER - D{iscuss} IT with HER

27 Girl’s run off after writer (8)
PENELOPE - ELOPE after PEN

DOWN
1 Shrew’s close relative destroyed a cabin (6)
BIANCA - (A CABIN*). Kate's sister in The Taming of the Shrew

2 What might be Beth’s landlord? (6)
LETTER - double def. Beth is the second letter in the Syriac alphabet

3 Age ponies developed intelligence (9)
ESPIONAGE - (AGE PONIES*)

4 Flaw in paragon’s claim? (12)
IMPERFECTION - A paragon might claim "I'M PERFECTION!"

6 Suffering some to be blocked by progress (5)
AGONY - ANY "blocked by" GO

7 British like sportsmen losing large and being a real letdown (8)
BATHETIC - B(ritish) ATH{l}ETIC

8 Enclosed crop before the beginning of December (8)
CORNERED - CORN ERE D{ecember}

11 El, perhaps — and where it terminates? (3,2,3,4)
END OF THE LINE - semi-&lit reverse cryptic, end of {th}E + L(ine)

15 Wizard has primate nearly in a fury (9)
ARCHIMAGE - CHIM{p} in A RAGE

16 Cover small taxi off across river (8)
SCABBARD - S(mall) CAB BAD "across" R(iver)

17 Port drinker gets up after ten drunk (8)
ENTREPÔT - TOPER reversed after (TEN*)

19 Voice disapproval about wealthy man, a relative of ours (6)
BONOBO - BOO about NOB

20 Mineral unknown, right in mine — end of mine (6)
PYRITE - Y R in PIT + {min}E

22 Middle of plant yielded sisal, say (5)
AGAVE - {pl}A{nt} + GAVE [yielded]
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