Quick cryptic No 813 by Joker

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Well Joker does it again and provides an entertaining puzzle that kept me occupied for a full 17 minutes, well outside my target.  My first look at the early across and down clues didn’t reveal anything at all, and COLIC was my first one in.  An extra minute at the end before the penny dropped with SOUPCON also cost me time.

I hope that you enjoyed this as much as I did.

Rush mats coming back deep woven (8)
STAMPEDE – MATS reversed (coming back) with an anagram of (woven) [DEEP]
5  Cry out when there’s no oxygen close (4)
SHUT – SH{o}UT – cry out without the ‘o’ for oxygen
8  One leaving uniform edition not fully developed (8)
UNFORMED – Hidden in UN{i}FORM ED{ition} after taking out the I (one leaving)
Cautious of danger of route across river (4)
WARY – Route gives WAY across (with) R{iver} inside
11  Stomach upset from endless cold ice (5)
COLIC – COL{d} IC{e} – take the ends off (endless) cold ice
12  One with no illusions about a catalogue (7)
REALIST – About gives RE, a gives A and the catalogue is a LIST
13  Common weed bug (6)
NETTLE – Double definition, the first a stinger, the second to get up someone’s nose
15  Inhibition how to end a phone call (4,2)
HANG UP – Another double definition, a HANG UP being both an inhibition and a way to end a call
18  A diner’s ordered fish (7)
SARDINE – Anagram of [A DINERS] with ‘ordered’ as the anagrind
19  English might, needing to lose mass for racing boat (5)
EIGHT – E{nglish} and {m}IGHT, after the M{ass} has been removed.  An EIGHT is a common name for a rowing boat with eight oars, as used recently in the Oxford v Cambridge boat race, although with a cox installed, it could more properly be referred to as a NINE
21  Certainly, old girl (4)
OKAY – O{kay} and KAY is the girl being looked for
22  Be partial to sage just the same (8)
LIKEWISE – To LIKE is to be partial to, and WISE is sage
23  In favour of Mahler’s First for concert (4)
PROM – ‘In favour of’ gives PRO and Mahler’s first (letter) is M
24  SHAPE military headquarters (8)
PENTAGON – another double definition, a PENTAGON being both a shape and the name given to the headquarters building for the US armed forces.  The capitalisation of SHAPE is designed to misdirect you to think of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe which goes by that acronym

1 Very little food served in a tureen – swindle (7)
SOUPCON – My last one in (LOI).  The food served in a tureen is of course SOUP, and swindle gives CON.  Soupcon (usually with a little tail hanging under the C, which I can’t manage here) is French for suspicion, and usually means a hardly perceptible quantity, a dash.
2  Legitimate banning learner driver that’s very bad (5)
AWFUL – LAWFUL is legitimate, which gives the answer when L for learner driver is removed
3  Left is holding thinning out operation which blocks entrants (10)
PORTCULLIS – Left is PORT, is is IS, and squeezed between them is CULL, the transitive verb that means to thin out (usually a population of over-abundant animals)
Depressing hearing organ in Derby in odd places (6)
DREARY – Hearing organ is EAR and this sits in the middle of D{e}R{b}Y (odd letters of the midlands town)
6  Disliking importing energy – something needed in winter (7)
HEATING – Disliking leads to HATING, importing E{nergy}
Meeting of lovers in country station (5)
TRYST – Hidden answer clue in {coun}TRY ST{ation}
10  Handling crew a long time before people start to travel (10)
MANAGEMENT – Crew is to MAN, a long time is an AGE, people is MEN and start to T{ravel} means the first letter of the word
14  Severe weather is too darn bad (7)
TORNADO – Nice simple anagram with ‘bad’ being the anagrind and [TOO DARN] providing the anagrist
16  Talk quickly with new example to be followed (7)
PATTERN – To talk quickly is to PATTER on, and N{ew} provides the N
17  Very much want European father to support daughter (6)
DESIRE – D{aughter} supported by (on top of) E{uropean} SIRE (father)
18  Sailing boat needs only small areas of water to turn (5)
SLOOP – small areas of water are POOLS which are turned (reversed) to give the name of the light boat or single-masted vessel
20  Travelling right away from Goring (5)
GOING – Do as instructed and take R{ight} away from the name of the place in West Sussex (note other places called Goring are available)

21 comments on “Quick cryptic No 813 by Joker”

  1. A straightforward solve going clockwise round the grid,starting with STAMPEDE, and finishing with OKAY in 8:09, although I had to return to PORTCULLIS after SARDINE as I’d pencilled in a T at the end, having overlooked the IS in the clue. A pleasant post breakfast solve. Now on to the 15×15. Thanks Joker and Rotter.
  2. I was heading for a good time (for me) and all bar 3d flew in in around 12 mins. But a DNF as I had to resort to aids for Portcullis.
    Thank you blogger and Joker.
  3. 24 ac PENTAGON was my COD with WOD 1dn SOUPCON

    All done and dusted in 8.25 mins.

    Fine Blog from Mr. Rotter (as usual) and now available in an easily readable sans-serif typeface at a decent size for us Oldies!

    Nearly put in STAN CULLIS instead of PORTCULLIS – remember him!? Any Wolves fans hereabouts?

    1. Stan Cullis, Billy Wright, oranges at half time, jumpers for goalposts…
      More of a Bill Nicholson and Danny Blanchflower man myself though.
  4. Over 7 minutes today, so a little slower than usual, for no obvious reason other than possible solver’s fatigue after a good tussle with the big ‘un. A couple of clues that would not be out of place in the main puzzle I thought.
  5. I needed to hunt around to find my FOI -15a.
    After that all went in smoothly and quickly. LOI was 18a because it was the last clue I read.
    I was on the wavelength and finished in 11 minutes.
    Another very enjoyable Joker puzzle. David
  6. 35 minutes, with only hold ups from 22a likewise, 1d soupcon, and 10d management.

    For management, I would have thought crew = men.

    Quite glad to get soupcon as I didn’t know tureen.

    COD 1d.

  7. I thought this was fairly straightforward with FOI 24ac. However, for some reason, I got hung up on the SW corner and struggled with 18dn, 21ac and 23ac for quite a while. Didn’t know 1dn, but got it from the word play.

    Seem to be quite a few clues lately with definitions with first letters knocked off eg. 2dn and “AWFUL”

    COD for me was 3dn and PORTCULLIS.


  8. Must have been on the right wavelength today as I completed this in 9 minutes. It felt like there were a lot of clues where it was take out this letter or add that letter – nothing against this type of clue they just usually appear in smaller numbers. LOI 10d
    1. Definitely agree with this. Three instances where word was already in clue and you just removed or replaced one letter. Gribb.
  9. Finished in 29. I thought this was straightforward, bar a few in the NW corner, with 1dn being my LOI. Not to criticise the setter, and I could never set one, but 8ac, 19ac and 20dn seemed like rather lazy clues today. Three instances where you just take out a letter in an already given word? Gribb.
  10. About 15 minutes (including interruptions watching Andy Murray in Monaco – no comment). Thanks blogger for parsing SHAPE which I couldn’t see. Nice hidden word “old gal” in rows 8 and 10 which links to 21a. I wouldn’t claim a Nina though!
  11. Just over 30 mins, but with the 10d/22ac combination responsible for 5 of those. Once I had the answer, 22ac became my favourite clue, just ahead of 12ac. Invariant
  12. A dead-heat with the estimable Horryd today, can’t be unhappy with that. And I really enjoyed the puzzle, thanks Joker and Rotter.

    On a pedantic note Rotter, I don’t think 8ac is a hidden, as there’s no indicator. (Funnily enough “not fully developed” could serve as a hidden indicator, but then it would be doing double duty). So I think the wordplay is just UNFORM (I leaving uniform) + ED (edition).

  13. A tougher challenge today – one or two of the clues were more standard cryptic than QC. Standard vocab in the grid though; well, I suppose not that many people use “soupcon” but I like it 🙂
  14. 11a was my FOI and I feared the worst but plodding on I was surprised I had so many on first pass. LOI 12a simply because I hadn’t got to it earlier. COD 10d. About 45 minutes and happy with that. Thx for the blog pointing out the hidden word at 7d and Joker for a fun puzzle
  15. 11a was my FOI and I feared the worst but plodding on I was surprised I had so many on first pass. LOI 12a simply because I hadn’t got to it earlier. COD 10d. About 45 minutes and happy with that. Thx for the blog pointing out the hidden word at 7d and Joker for a fun puzzle

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