Cityish Alt-ish Fortyish (verlaine) wrote in times_xwd_times,
Cityish Alt-ish Fortyish

Monthly Club Special 20,248: Cute Rockney, All British

Another quality MCS with some finely-turned cluing, not a word wasted anywhere. I loved the guest appearances by L. Savage and C. Hodges, the fact that there were a few "normal-strength" clues in here to give every solver a way in (10ac my first), and nothing TOO ridiculous anywhere. Yes, you have to have either some affinity for the shapes of foreign words or else a strong ability to entertain the idea that something completely unpromising-looking could genuinely be the answer... but that's all part of the fun.

Our friend who complains every time an obscure bird turns up in the 15x15 wouldn't have had much fun with this puzzle, with a veritable flock of 'em at 1dn, 4dn and 6dn. COD to 24ac, who would have imagined that you could make a "hidden" of such a Latin phrase with a surface that broadly makes sense, to boot! (In the Latin dub of The (American) Office, does Michael say "ipsa dixit" a lot?) Many thanks to the setter for another bona fide monthly highlight.

1 Struck by church turning sophisticated (2-3)
HI-TEC - HIT by reversed CE

4 In times long ago, recalled Cockney singer gaping (9)
XEROCHASY - in X [times] + reversed YORE [long ago], CHAS [Cockney singer and accomplice of Dave]

9 Belligerent cries from attention seeker getting in the way of large meeting earlier (9)
ALALAGMOI - OI! [attention seeker], after À LA | L | A.G.M.

10 Quote theory that’s been oddly overlooked, say (5)
UTTER - {q}U{o}T{e} T{h}E{o}R{y}

11 Tango: dance seen in Tibetan balls? (6)
TSAMBA - T + SAMBA. This is a foodstuff that you can eat by rolling into balls... probably

12 Home-brew passes around group of drinkers in the family (8)
SKOKIAAN - reversed OK'S [passes] + A.A. in KIN

14 Drug, one drunk, dealing with onset of tetanus in one breaking leg (12)
ISOTRETINOIN - I SOT RE T{etanus} IN + ON "broken" by I

17 Content of alpha rays dispersing across power line (5,2,5)

20 Short break in a type of film showing an anteater (8)
TAMANOIR - TAM{e} [break in] + A NOIR

21 Dreams of Scottish women’s charity chasing pennies no longer (6)

23 Flooded out after cutting pipe down (5)
AWASH - AWA{y} + SH!

24 Saw centre from Kuwaiti XI despicably pulled back (4,5)
IPSE DIXIT - hidden reversed in {kuwai}TI XI DESPI{cably}

25 Folding altarpiece cloth, twice partially at the edges wrinkled (9)
POLYPTYCH - (CLOTH P{artiall}Y P{artiall}Y*)

26 Weaver attaching arrangement of hair on to which end? (5)
WHYDA - D.A. [arrangement of hair] attached onto WHY? [to which end?]

1 Tropical bird with hard, round bill that was unknown at home (8)
HOACTZIN - H O ACT ["bill that was"] Z IN

2 Death of military alliance, seconds after which base abandoned (8)

3 Dictionary happening to contain note in post for steward (15)

4 Test, cycling up to find seabirds (4)
XEMA - reverse and cycle EXAM

5 Walter’s charming fellow miner Karen’s crazy for (4-6)

6 Shy woman left behind absorbing legal documents and flyer (5-5-5)
CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW - CHUCK WIDOW [shy | woman left behind] "absorbing" WILLS

7 European magistrate’s time in ME capital (6)
AMTMAN - T in AMMAN [capital of Jordan]

8 After year book, torn and no longer used, incinerated (6)
YBRENT - after Y B, RENT

13 Tip on training one football team’s ability to tighten things up (10)

15 Savage, maybe cross at heart with expert using long words so? (8)
PROLIXLY - LILY [Savage], taking X to "heart", with PRO

16 Spartan meal, never filling, scarcely satisfies: inept idea! (8)
SYSSITIA - S{carcel}Y S{atisfie}S I{nep}T I{de}A

18 Cease taking public transport, not to walk around Glasgow (6)

19 Once used to talk over one’s friend at first, rudely interrupting (6)
IMPARL - I'M [one's] + PAL "interrupted" by R{udely}

22 Job following this native from Tartu via Lahti? (4)
ESTH - double def with the book of the Bible that precedes Job, Esth.

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