keriothe (keriothe) wrote in times_xwd_times,
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Sunday Times 4958 by Dean Mayer

12:52. A fairly gentle one from Dean this week, and nothing to frighten the horses. There are a few very well-disguised definitions in here (11ac, 2dn, 6dn) that might cause problems but there’s nothing particularly obscure in the vocabulary or any requirement for arcane general knowledge. Good stuff.

Definitions are underlined, anagrams indicated like (TIHS)*, anagram indicators are in italics.



Across
1 The French dine from feeding trough
MANGER - two definitions, one not really an English definition as such so I’ll consider it wordplay.
5 Moving slowly or like a shot?
SLUGGISH - again, two definitions, one whimsical (slug = bullet = shot).
9 See and repair device
LOGO - LO, GO (repair, as in to the drawing room).
10 Rock walls enable repression
SWALLOWING - SW(ALLOW)ING. If you swallow emotions, for instance, you repress them.
11 Abandoned airports left one by one?
SELF-PORTRAIT - (AIRPORTS LEFT)*. Great definition!
13 Miss a festival’s main attraction
MAY QUEEN - CD. I had no idea what was going on here but the crossing Q came to my rescue.
15 Husband loves healthy walk
HOOF IT - H, OO (zeroes, loves), FIT.
16 Dean carelessly includes Virginia as a US state
NEVADA - (DEAN)* containing VA. Nice self-reference!
18 Stay young on very good wine
PINOTAGE - PI (very good), NOT AGE.
20 Bad American art turned into rough sketch?
ILLUSTRATION - ILL, US, reversal of ART, (INTO)*.
23 Ready for more artillery, surround country
RARING TO GO - RA (Royal Artillery), RING, TOGO.
24 Timmy Thompson’s secret fantasy
MYTH - contained in ‘Timmy Thompson’. I guess it’s ‘secret’ in the sense that it’s hidden inside.
25 Boss promises to reimburse academic
STUDIOUS - STUD, IOUS.
26 Collided with small vehicle
STRUCK - S, TRUCK.
Down
2 Said sailor and baker made crackers
ABOVE-NAMED - AB, OVEN, (MADE). Very well-disguised definition. Hands up if you wasted time looking for a homophone.
3 Fire exit
GO OFF -DD
4 Food from river is fish
RISSOLE - R, IS, SOLE.
5 Sports reporters jump in with “race is opening up”
STARTING PISTOLS - START (jump), IN, GP (Grand Prix, race), IS, reversal (up) of SLOT. Tricky one this: oblique, misleading, hard-to-spot definition, fiddly wordplay, convincing surface.
6 Heartless relative remains free
UNLEASH - UNcLE, ASH.
7 Don’t have to leave
GO WITHOUT - I’m not sure about the second part of this clue. Is it synonymous with ‘go outside’, i.e. ‘depart’ or is it referring to ‘leaving’ something on your plate, for instance? The latter makes a bit more sense to me but it’s exactly the same meaning as the first half of the clue. I suppose that’s allowed!
8 In which to wash pot
SINK - DD. The second definition is a billiards reference.
12 Detective questioning a PC’s routine
DIAGNOSTIC - DI, AGNOSTIC (questioning).
14 Provisional licence obtained?
QUALIFIED - two definitions, one slightly oblique.
17 Player’s fast, completely runs into self
ALLEGRO - ALL (completely), EG(R)O.
19 New darts channel
NARROWS - N, ARROWS.
21 Island road heading north through rocky outcrop
TIMOR - reversal of MI (road) in TOR. The M1 is a road 'heading north' (or south) but here it's a reversal indicator.
22 Piece covering a needle
BAIT - B(A)IT.
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