glheard (glheard) wrote in times_xwd_times,
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Times 25482 - Are you a sight for tires eyes?

Solving time : 26:06 on the club timer with my typical typo (in this case a Y that strayed to the end of 27 across). I made pretty heavy weather of this one, and there's a few pretty obscure bits of knowledge, so I might not be the only one struggling. On the other hand, once I've finished, everything does seem to make sense, so maybe I was just not quite on the wavelength.

Congrats to mctext on 100 postings (see next post where he gives the solution to the championship qualifier), and far far fewer errors than mine.

Away we go...

Across
1TABBY CAT: anagram of BABY then C in TAT
9RETAILER: one giving the bathroom a makeover is a RETILER, put an A inside that
10VINDALOO: DAL(pulse) in VINOS(wine) with the S changed to a 0
11LAB(o)UR,NUM
12CUMBERSOME: take the first two letters from CUCUMBER, then SOME(a bit)
14MALI: Sounds like Jacob MARLEY
15C,HIDING
17MACBETH: MAC(since 23 is RAINCOAT),BETH(girl) - great definition
21SNUG: GUNS reversed
22HEISENBERG: (HERE,BEGINS)*
23RAINCOAT: A1(road) by NCO(officer) in RAT
25IMPLICIT: take the edges off of SIMPLICITY
26TWO-EDGED: TWO is some runs, and if they're not off the middle they are EDGED
27EULOGIST: EU is the union, then GIS in LOT
 
Down
2A BIT(slightly),MUCH(considerably)
3BEDAUBED: A U(turn) in BED,BED(a twin room would have two beds)
4COL(pass),T
5TROLLOP: ROLL(bread) in TOP(best)
6STABLEMATE: B(bachelor) in STALEMATE
7ELONGATE: something like this came up a few weeks ago - the scandal could be MELON-GATE (think Watergate, Monicagate...)
8FRUMPISH: RUMP in FISH
13RUN-THROUGH: or RUNT, H, ROUGH
15CASTRATO: anagram of ART, A, COST
16IN UNISON: or "IN UNI, SON"
18BOB(boy),BLING(conspicuous wealth)
19TIRES,1,AS: now there's a word I haven't seen a while - a blind prophet of Thebes
20RIP TIDE: (TIP)* in RIDE
24OPAL: that enemy would be 0 PAL
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