Peter Biddlecombe (petebiddlecombe) wrote in times_xwd_times,
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Times 24194 - 1A, 3

Solving time: 13:36

Quite tricky this one, though for no very obvious reason - must just be well-hidden wordplay. Last in were 27 and then 13. Just noticed that the top row makes a good description of a typical cryptic crossword's content.



Across
1ARC=bend,H
3M(IS,CELL=small room)ANY - a potpourri is a miscellany as well as a bowl of dusty blue perfumed vegetation, often found in the particular "small room" which I daresay a few others thought of too.
9CARD=amusing character,IF="despite being",F = loud
11ASCRIBE - I in braces*
14COR,G,I - "Cor!" and "Love a duck" are Brit. colloq. exclamations, the latter often as "luvaduck". Corgis are from Wales and hence Cardiff=9. (Now there's a statement requiring context.)
15I,M=marks,P(OT=to rev.)ENCE. Slightly surprised by marks=>M - it no longer appears in both COED and Collins, which I thought was the usual Times standard for one-letter abbreviations.
17SUN,SCREEN - the Sun is a tabloid paper from the same group as the Times. (Mind you, the Times is tabloid now, so when the Sun xwd gets a blog they can use the same explanation for newspaper=TIMES)
19S.E.,TUP=ram
21PRIVATI(SAT,I)ON
24EXI(GEN.)T
25ELEV(AT)E(n) - team = eleven from sports like soccer, cricket and hockey.
26RALLY=improve,CROSS=bad-tempered
27WRI(s)T - simple enough but I failed to find the right joint and also pondered the possibility of "order - S = joint" for the wordplay
 
Down
1(f)ASC(ECIT=cite=name rev.)ISM - some time wasted by going for "leaderless ... system" = ANARCHY
2CORSAIR=rover=pirate - sounds like "coarse 'air" = Cockney version of coarse hair = whiskers.
4INFER,TILE=ancient slang for hat
5CHAPS - 2 defs, one as worn by cowboys
6LICK INTO SHAPE - CD, not any of the various anagrams I tried to manufacture
7AV((s)IGN)ON - a nifty overlap of meaning to hide river=AVON. You have to treat "City on Rhône" as the def. (And well done to the website folk for getting the 0-circumflex right - an encouraging sign.)
10INSTINCTIVELY - N from man in (City isn't evil)* - easy anagram which helped get things moving
13DESPONDENT = low. POND="body of water" replaces the central C in DESCENT = downward path
16PEN,NILE,S.S.
18NUPTIAL - up = "high point" in Latin*
20THIN AIR - two cryptic defs
22AFTER - T in anag. of ...
23F=following,EAR=sense of music as in "tin ear"
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