Cityish Alt-ish Fortyish (verlaine) wrote in times_xwd_times,
Cityish Alt-ish Fortyish
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Times 27,989: There's Only One Way To Solve, And That's Your Own, Your Own, Your Own

Tersely clued, but with a good sense of humour throughout. I liked 15ac a lot: a short and unusual word makes for a good "hidden", and groaned appropriately when I worked out the logic behind the initially biffed 3dn. 16dn also excellently concise. The laconism is proving a bit contagious so I will say: thank you setter! And leave it at that.

ACROSS
1 Get back on with putsch (6)
RECOUP - RE [on] with COUP [putsch]

5 Getting at bandleader wearing nothing ostentatious (8)
NOBBLING - B{and} "wearing" NO BLING

9 Old radical populist with two pounds in bank at end of year (8)
LEVELLER - L L in LEVEE at {yea}R

10 In bowl, article that may accompany coffee, (6)
DANISH - in DISH, AN

11 A sort of dance? Move slowly if necessary (2,1,5)
AT A PINCH - A TAP [sort of dance] + INCH [move slowly]. FOI

12 Thought anyone but myself available (6)
NOTION - NOT I [anyone but myself] + ON [available]

13 Similar-sounding old name given to animal and insect (8)
ASSONANT - O N given to ASS, and ANT

15 Stage a new abridged production of The Cherry Orchard (4)
GEAN - hidden in {sta}GE A N{ew}. The sweet/wild cherry

17 Fresh United back finally ready (4)
DEWY - reversed WED + {read}Y

19 Liked a river, but forced to divert round it (5,3)
CARED FOR - A R, with (FORCED*) around that

20 Close contract finally, with some help around (2,4)
AT HAND - {contrac}T, with A HAND around

21 Poison developed from a protein (8)
ATROPINE - (A PROTEIN*)

22 Better organised revolutionary holding one childish opponent back (6)
TIDIER - reverse all of: RED "hilding" I, + IT [the person trying to catch you in a children's game]

23 Members of union run into worries (8)
BROTHERS - R "into" BOTHERS

24 Two dots, for example, representing small island (8)
COLONSAY - COLON, SAY. Scottish island in the Inner Hebrides

25 Me and my best friend? (6)
SETTER - double def, one human and one canine

DOWN
2 Regular and predictable movement late in the day (8)
EVENTIDE - EVEN [regular] + TIDE [predictable movement]

3 Such an office aiming to eliminate handwriting? (4-4)
OPEN-PLAN - or O PEN PLAN = zero pen plan

4 Yearn extremely to visit the ends of the earth: one reaches a group of islands (9)
POLYNESIA - Y{ear}N "visiting" POLES, + I + A

5 One of Jane’s, her baby not unusually filled with rage (10,5)
NORTHANGER ABBEY - (HER BABY NOT*) "filled" with ANGER. Jane Austen, ofc

6 Confirm escape of wild animal? (4,3)
BEAR OUT - with a jokey second def

7 Start bland description of restaurant experience (8)
INITIATE - or "IN IT, I ATE"

8 Suspended, getting in bloody fast (2,6)
GO HUNGRY - HUNG in GORY

14 Wicked Olympic city unfortunately unsafe to tour (9)
NEFARIOUS - RIO, "toured" by (UNSAFE*)

15 Really great performance — furious father’s left (8)
GIGANTIC - GIG [performance] + {fr}ANTIC. LOI

16 Lily has a special house key (8)
ASPHODEL - A SP(ecial) HO(use) DEL(ete)

17 Some medicine stolen? One may win in court (4,4)
DROP SHOT - DROPS [some medicine] + HOT [stolen]

18 Supply wren with suet feeder (3,5)
WET NURSE - (WREN + SUET*). Anagrind is "supply" as an adverb, not noun

19 Is youngster allowed to eat here? (7)
CANTEEN - CAN TEEN [is youngster allowed], semi-&lit
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