Quick cryptic No 843 by Orpheus

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Just seconds outside my target 15 minutes this morning, although I have to say, I wasn’t feeling too bright after a disturbed night.  A generous smattering of double definitions, a little General Knowledge required (10d), but otherwise there wasn’t much here to frighten the 2ds.

I think this is the second time I have blogged an Orpheus QC, and from memory, they have each been enjoyable puzzles – thanks Orpheus.  Must rush now for a hospital appointment – see you later.

Chief intimidator, likely to fall over if pushed? (3,5)
TOP HEAVY – Double definition, the first cryptic – a chief intimidator could be described as the TOP HEAVY
Mammals that fly, crazy (4)
BATS – a second double definition
Go hiking – support Wolves perhaps? (8)
BACKPACK – Another double definition – is there a trend here?  The question mark indicates that other PACKs are available to support, or BACK
Islamic governor Coleridge’s poem is about (4)
EMIR – Samuel Taylor Coleridge is famous for penning ‘The RIME of the ancient mariner’.  Turn RIME around (or about) as instructed to get EMIR, the Asian governor much loved by setters in Crosswordland
11  Some dealt a rotten card (5)
TAROT – Hidden answer indicated by ‘some’ in {deal}T A ROT{ten}
12  Most accessible listener in shelter (7)
NEAREST – The shelter is a NEST which has a listener, or EAR in it
13  Tipple that’s good in absence of spirit? (6)
NOGGIN – Absence of spirit could be NO GIN, and put G{ood} inside for the answer.  A NOGGIN is a small mug or wooden cup, or its contents (beer or spirits)
15  Rickety seat is used for afternoon nap (6)
SIESTA – Anagram, indicated by ‘rickety’ of [SEAT IS].  A siesta sounds increasingly good to me with every passing year!
18  Salesman’s pitch about large dish (7)
PLATTER – A salesman’s pitch can be described as his PATTER, with L{arge} inside it describes a large flat plate or dish
19  Organised trip to catch a S American mammal (5)
TAPIR – Another anagram, this time indicated by ‘organised’, of [TRIP] and [A]
21  Flag displayed in Fair Isle (4)
IRIS – Hidden, this time obviously indicated by ‘displayed in’, in {fa}IR IS{le}.  Flag in this case refers to any of the various FLAG Iris plant species that are common in our gardens
22  Left theatrical role in middle of act (8)
DEPARTED – Theatrical role is a PART which is surrounded by (is in the middle of) a DEED or act
23  Craze giving rise to intense anger (4)
RAGE – A craze is a fashion or RAGE, as in ‘it is all the rage’ as well as RAGE being an intense anger, so this is another double definition
24  In drama, represent  first officer’s child’s friend (8)
PLAYMATE – ‘In drama, represent’ gives us PLAY, and the first officer of a ship is the MATE (thanks to Galspray and other’s below for clarifying this for me – I had been seeing a much more complex parsing which isn’t needed).  A PLAYMATE is a child’s friend.

1 Asian giant eating beef regularly (7)
TIBETAN – the giant is a TITAN ‘eating’ (i.e. containing) alternate letters (regularly) of B{e}E{f}
2  Going north, run over horse (5)
PACER – ‘Going north’ in a down clue can mean to read or write upwards.  To ‘run over’ is to RECAP, which if written upwards (reversed) gives PACER, the walking harnessed horses that are popular as a gambling sport in some countries, but not in the UK as far as I am aware
3  Speak in detail about Republican, one living abroad (10)
EXPATRIATE – To speak in detail is to EXPATIATE.  Add an R{epublican} and you get the noun that means ‘one settled abroad’
Empty container covered by tax (6)
VACANT – The tax is, of course, VAT which has a container or CAN inside
Posing no threat to Cockneys, like the Venus de Milo (7)
ARMLESS – The Venus de Milo is the famous Greek statue of Aphrodite, which has unfortunately lost most of her upper appendages.  Cockneys, at least in Crosswordland, nearly always ‘drop their aitches’, so posing no threat to a Cockney could be described as being {h}ARMLESS
7  Minor disagreement about river fish (5)
SPRAT – A minor disagreement is a SPAT which has R{iver} in it to give the small herring-like fish
10  JPs collectively – wise men descending on southern girl (10)
MAGISTRACY – The Wise Men are the MAGI on top of S{outhern} and TRACY is the girl.  MAGISTRACY is not a word I often, if ever, use knowingly, so it becomes my word of the day (WoD)
14  Framework of bars setting our teeth on edge (7)
GRATING – A kind of double definition, the second reminding me of the moment in Jaws where everyone’s attention was grabbed by Robert Shaw dragging his fingernails down the blackboard
16  Cut end of sprig carried by newly-wed (7)
ABRIDGE – A BRIDE (newlywed) containing (end of) {spri}G
17  Traumatic experience of Parisian entering exam (6)
ORDEAL – French (and therefore Parisian) for ‘of’ is DE, and this is inserted into ORAL (exam)
18  Top monk extremely popular around S American port (5)
PRIOR – Extremely popular indicates the first and last letters of P{opula}R, which letters surround (or are around) RIO
20  Bread? It’s mine, thanks (5)
PITTA – Mine is a PIT, with TA for thanks.

27 comments on “Quick cryptic No 843 by Orpheus”

  1. Not too many dramas today. Nice range of vocabulary and clue types. Enjoyed PITTA. Thanks Orpheus and Rotter.

    Rotter, for 24ac I think it’s just “In drama, represent” = PLAY, and “first officer” = MATE.

    1. Thanks. Sort of fixed on edit. I was in a rush to make my appointment and now trying to edit on smart phone in the waiting room – at least they now have WiFi!
      1. The joys of blogging (in sickness and in health – hopefully the latter).
  2. I can’t remember what my LOI was, but when I typed it in I was told I was unlucky; which led to a time-consuming search (well, numerous seconds) for what was wrong, a typo at 4. What galspray said about PLAYMATE and EMIR; also, EXPATRIATE is a verb, all right, although mainly used transitively I’d think; but here the definition is, as you indicate, a noun. Having picked that nit, my work here is done. 5:37.
  3. In the past few weeks I’ve learnt that I am an oenophile but not bibulous (nor TT or AA, come to that).

    Last week we had ‘chaser’ and today ‘noggin’ which I only got from checkers. Didn’t see ‘no gin’ which raised a smile, thank you Rotter.

    Any other boozy words in crossword-land I should know?

    COD 6d because it also made me laugh.

    1. My children often said a certain type of male wearing trousers of a green/red/pink hue were wearing Boozy Chinos – but I can find no references on Bing (I never use G@@gle -grabbing b@@@@@@s). I thought this was a great puzzle and definitely on the trick side. Took me a while to get Magistracy and then the SE fell. Add another couple of minutes while I looked at “TOP xExVx” before seeing the obvious. 18 minutes in all. Thanks blogger and glad to hear no health probs.
      1. Ah, thank you, Norfolk (if that’s where you’re from – one of my favourite places).
        Your children are obviously very perceptive, I wonder if they include ties and socks, too – another sort of giveaway!

        I was probably thinking of words more or less connected with booze/alcohol. I,later, thought of DRAM which we have had recently and, possibly, TOT.

        As a novice, I’m just trying to expand my repertoire!

        I forgot to thank Orpheus esp. for making me LOL at 6d.

  4. 13 minutes with the last three needing the brain to be on full power to push them in. Ordeal then playmate then LOI and DNK magistracy.
  5. This came as a relief after yesterdays struggles. I was unfamiliar with Coleridge’s poem but the answer couldn’t have been anything else. Particularly enjoyed 8 and 13a. Completed in 12 minutes, LOI 21a.
  6. Thanks to Orpheus and The Rotter did his customarily well-written blog.

    CoD for me was BACKPACK, nicely constructed clue. NOGGIN (LOI) also very good.

    Made it harder for myself by starting with BATS and then working clockwise round the grid so I hardly ever seemed to have the first letter of anything! But still finished by Elmstead Woods.


      1. Hi, Templar. Thanks for your contribution. Might I suggest you create a (free) Live Journal user-id as apart from the delights of being able to add a picture to your name you can correct any errors noticed after posting.
  7. No time for me as I had too many interruptions, but nothing too complicated I felt. I was, however, held up by trying to use test instead of oral for exam and tour as organised trip – I was convinced for a while that there must be a S American mammal called a Touar or Toaur.
  8. So once again average. LOI 1ac TOP HEAVY.

    WOD as per Mr. Rotter, 10ac MAGISTRACY.

    COD (nothing too ingenious) 20dn PITTA as per Galspray.

      1. Sorry m’Lud, the Time Lords are looking into it!

        Lord Galspray does have a certain ‘timbre’ (Irish pile somewhere?) – you could change your name by deed poll.

  9. Phew, finished in an hour. I blame the Fullers 1845.

    North West was the problem corner. I biffed wanderer for 8a and it took a while to sort out.
    Top heavy was the catalyst for finishing.
    Also struggled with backpack, vacant, and 2 unknowns noggin and LOI pacer.

    COD Tibetan.
    Thanks Orpheus and glad you are ok Rotter!

    Edited at 2017-06-01 09:32 am (UTC)

  10. Managed to scrape in under 10 minutes at 9:25. FOI TIBETAN, LOI EMIR. MAGISTRACY took a while as I had the first bit but had a block on the girl’s name when magistrates didn’t fit. NOGGIN also took a while for the penny to drop but then raised a smile. Thanks Orpheus and Rotter.
  11. 9 minutes. Coming late to this it has all been said but I will agree with the comment re MAGISTRACY as I’m not sure I have ever come across it before.
  12. 7:01, so a bit slower than average. Nothing particularly tricky, it just took a while to get my brain into gear, I think. MAGISTRACY a new word on me too, but the wordplay is clear enough. 13a my favourite. Shame a NOGGIN is not a mocktail as that would have made it even funnier.
  13. I looked at the 15×15 first and got half the clues in no time. The rest proved a bit tougher and it remains unfinished.
    Coming to this I started with Pitta and got everything on first read until the NW slowed me down. I could not parse Noggin and was unsure about Pacer. Anyway it all came together in 17 minutes . Last two were 11a (another hidden I missed) and 2d. COD to 8a.
    Excellent blog -thanks. David
  14. I think the times cryptic website has been hacked
    Every time I log on it has an I phone 8 pop up
    Can you check

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