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Times Cryptic No 28014 - Saturday, 26 June 2021. Plain sailing except for the sandbanks.

A straightforward Saturday puzzle. Everything made sense on reflection (or on examining the typesetting with a microscope for 10ac!). Thanks to the setter for a very enjoyable puzzle. How did you all get on?

[Read more ...]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.

Clues are blue, with definitions underlined. Deletions and commentary are (in brackets).


Across
1 Completely low voice good with number (10)
ALTOGETHER – ALTO=low voice, G=good, ETHER=anaesthetic=number. My rudimentary knowledge of Italian was a minor impediment. Alto obviously means high, but in musical terms it can apparently mean contralto - a low female voice.
6 Dubious where first item taken from second (4)
IFFY – (j)IFFY.
8 Contaminate spot surrounding golden plant (8)
MARJORAM – MAR=contaminate, JAM=spot, surrounding OR=golden.
9 Excursion that reveals orientation? (6)
OUTING – double definition. One a trip, the other a gender identity revalation.
10 Boat lower when stern disappears (4)
SCOW –  SCOW(L)=lower or glare, as a verb.

Drat ... the formatting fooled me again. I read STERN as STEM, and thought we were dealing with a clue that somehow turned SCOW into (s)COW=lower. Now, having copied the solution into the blog, I can now confirm the clue says s-t-e-r-n. Grump. Why can’t the club fix this??

11 Epics remade with top stars: one conveys authority (10)
SPECIALIST – (remade) anagram of EPICS, then A-LIST.
12 Scots girl and two scholars died in city (9)
ISLAMABAD – ISLA is apparently Scottish, in the mind of the setter. I take their word for it. Then MA + BA + D.
14 Romeo having tempted woman left to take pleasure (5)
REVEL – R=Romeo, in the phonetic alphabet. EVE was the tempted woman. L=left.
17 One draped in black, reflective, her tears legendary (5)
NIOBE – EBON=black, poetically. Insert I, and reverse. Read about her tears here.
19 Copper back on a diet wobbles around for guidance (9)
EDUCATION – CU backwards inside a (wobbly) anagram of ON A DIET.
22 Returning home unwell after rich cake and pasta (10)
TORTELLINI – TORTE, then reverse IN+ILL.
23 Asian location covering half of the land (4)
AGRA – AGRA(rian)=of the land.
24 Make mistake accepting sentimentality: it's worthless (2-4)
NO-GOOD – GOO in NOD. Even Homer nods, one of my high school teachers used to say.
25 Fantastic innings at an end (8)
KNOCKOUT – a batsman’s innings is a KNOCK. It ends if he gets OUT.
26 Where those in service eat dog's dinner (4)
MESS – double definition. I’ve always wondered why they call the eating place a mess!
27 Old comic — publication seen as abrasive (5,5)
EMERY PAPER – I don’t remember anything about Dick EMERY, but at least the PAPER is obvious.

Down
1 Confession being task of Christian era? (9)
ADMISSION – AD=Christian era, MISSION=task. CE may be more neutral or inclusive than AD, but wouldn’t help the setter here!
2 Speaker's expression, crude perhaps, bringing disorder (7)
TURMOIL – TURM sounds like TERM=expression (as the speaker says it). OIL might be crude.
3 Bizarrely true view of ancient civilisation (8)
ETRUSCAN – (bizarre) anagram of TRUE, then SCAN=view.
4 Excited children ask me round before noon to see Reds emblem (6,3,6)
HAMMER AND SICKLE – (excited) anagram of CHILDREN + ASK + ME + AM=before noon. So not Liverpool FC!
5 Eggs to include acceptable one — and one raw? (6)
ROOKIE – ROE to include OK + I=one.
6 Someone smart, allowed to rise, embraced by crooked client (9)
INTELLECT – LET ‘rising’ inside a (crooked) anagram of CLIENT.
7 Punish opponents at bridge having succeeded in this? (7)
FINESSE – FINE +S(outh) + E(ast), having S=succeeded inside. East and South are of course opponents at bridge, but how many of you knew what a finesse is?
13 Impressive bird one better than eagle (9)
ALBATROSS – double definition. Bird, or golf score. I’m sure the reference involving golf is much more familiar than the one in the previous clue: an albatross is a score on a hole one stroke lower than an eagle.
15 House and shed bordered by country road on river (9)
LANCASTER – CAST inside LANE + R. A royal house, not a country house.
16 A mate screening film occasionally shows resentment (8)
ACRIMONY – IM = ‘occasional’ letters of (f)I(l)M, in A CRONY.
18 Elementary form that is very best gathered inside (7)
ISOTOPE – IS TOP inside IE.
20 Exclusive set part of Greek publishing firm? (2-5)
IN-GROUP – IN=part of, GR=Greek, O.U.P. = the publishing firm.
21 Insult batsman Bob? (6)
SLEDGE – double definition. A verb, and a noun.
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