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Times Cryptic No 28002 - Saturday, 12 June 2021. Don’t miss it!

There was concern among comments on last week’s blog about a (to be fair, very mild) suggestion that this puzzle was harder than the week before.

Maybe it was, but I found it a delight, so I hope no-one gave up on it without trying! There were cleverly disguised definitions like 12ac, 18ac, 27ac and (my favourite) 8dn. There was cute wordplay at 15ac and 19ac. Thanks to the setter for a very enjoyable puzzle. How did you all get on?

As a suggestion, how would you all feel if we posted the blog for the previous Saturday as soon as the solutions are published, on Thursdays? That should reduce the chance of comments about the subsequent Saturday’s puzzle! Let me know in the comments section below.

Notes for newcomers: The Times offers prizes for Saturday Cryptic Crosswords. This blog is posted a week later, after the competition closes. So, please don’t comment here on the current Saturday Cryptic.

[Read more ...]Clues are blue, with definitions underlined. Deletions are (in brackets).
Across
1 Neighbourhood facility in doubt, briefly (7)
QUARTER – ART in QUER(y).
5 Live comedian by church entrance (7)
BEWITCH – BE + WIT + CH.
9 Twelve months in Scottish resort (3)
AYR – A Y(ea)R.
10 Foreigner’s complaint about a doctor in quiz broadcast (11)
MOZAMBIQUAN – MOAN about A + MB in an anagram of QUIZ, ‘broadcast’.
11 What one’s called on to arrange with a free minute (8)
FORENAME – anagram ‘to arrange’ ON + A FREE M.
12 Happy laughter leading to outrage (6)
UPROAR – UP + ROAR.
15 Pants one’s expecting to be up (4)
DUFF – up the duff = pregnant.
16 Duty seen as unfair, to take most of the strain (7,3)
STEALTH TAX – STEAL + TH(e) + TAX.
18 Had deer, when tailed, escaped across lake? (10)
BAMBOOZLED – BAMB(i) + OOZED ‘across’ L.
19 What of Roman Britain’s capital? (4)
QUID – double definition. Latin vocab, or UK currency.
22 Very little food left after I have ended fast (6)
LENTIL – LENT=fast + I + L. I assume the definition is implying that individual lentils are small.
23 Company taking off in parts of Stranraer, of Lothian (8)
AEROFLOT – cunningly hidden, and a clever definition.
25 One doing concert tours was deranged church employee? (11)
GRAVEDIGGER – GIGGER ‘tours’ RAVED.
27 Sort of request that has no weight (3)
ISH – (w)ISH.
28 Very deep article has girl reflecting on past (7)
ABYSSAL – A + BY + LASS ‘reflecting’=backwards.
29 Powerful figure of French fighter something too much to take? (7)
DEMIGOD – DE + MIG + O.D.

Down
1 Muscle needed to carry very loud English drunk (7)
QUAFFED – QUAD ‘needed to carry’ FF + E.
2 Member of service personnel waving a frantic arm (11)
AIRCRAFTMAN – anagram ‘waving’ A FRANTIC ARM.
3 Note Dynasty actor’s skill? (6)
TIMING – TI + MING.
4 Noisy show has dull finish — a visiting artist snoring? (10)
RAZZMATAZZ – MAT + A ‘visiting’ RA + ZZZZ. I dithered over how to spell the answer!
5 Dislodge from behind piano (4)
BUMP – BUM + P.
6 Cat on stage after somersaulting dogs (8)
WHIPPETS – WHIP + STEP ‘somersaulting’.
7 Tense, short letter (3)
TAU – TAU(t).
8 Cross bears hinder mad axeman (7)
HENDRIX – anagram of X + HINDER, ‘mad’.
13 Guilt one’s tortured with bound to be shed? (11)
OUTBUILDING – anagram of GUILT + I + BOUND, ‘tortured’.
14 Graduate at bank mostly goaded for wearing shorts? (10)
BARELEGGED – BA + REL(y) + EGGED.
17 Judge fair Spanish girl’s capacity for humour (8)
JOKINESS – J + OK + INES’S. We’ve had discussions before about whether to spell the name with an S or a Z.
18 Upset a group such as Amnesty, put up in Italian city (7)
BOLOGNA – A + N.G.O. + LOB, ‘upset’.
20 Came down to the sea as day was dying (7)
DITCHED – D + ITCHED.
21 Persecution, from memory, coming after purging of generals initially (6)
POGROM – ROM after P(urging) O(f) G(enerals).
24 What American might offer to settle it? (4)
BILL – a banknote is a BILL in America, and could be used to pay the bill before the pandemic. Now we all pay by card or phone.
26 Clown losing hat: which you like? (3)
ANY – (z)ANY. I hadn’t thought of ZANY as a noun, but it can be. I think the definition is as in: This one? That one? Which (do) you like? Any!
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