Quick Cryptic No. 93 by Flamande

Good puzzle, I thought, so thanks to Flamande. Not too tricky, but some sticky moments along the way that had me scratching my head for a while.

The hardest bit was finding the damned thing! As at time of posting, the online link takes you to “page not found”. It can be accessed at http://feeds.thetimes.co.uk/timescrossword/20140716/213/ Mysteriously, the last three digits seem to have jumped one today – I only found it through trial and error. SNAFU Central rides again – words fail me – again.

Sorry blog is a bit late up – been a long day at the factory here in Sydney…

Across
8 OLIVIERactor of renown is our definition. Answer also derived from wordplay of IV (“four” in Roman numerals) “in” anagram (signalled by “adapted”) of “role I”
9 AWARDPresent is the definition. Answer also from the wordplay A with DRAW backwards (“revolutionary sketch”)
10 LIBRAsign is the definition (as in sign of the Zodiac). Answer also from the wordplay LIB (“politician” – Liberal) with R (abbreviation of “Republican”) and A (“gets a”)
11 FINANCEWhat’s needed to rebuild is our definition – with “rebuild” also serving double duty as an anagram indicator, as the answer also is an anagram of “cafe” and “inn”
12 EXTRACTOR – Double definition style of clue. An EXTRACTOR is both a type of fan, and also a (vaguely) cryptic definition of a dentist (which may be a concept lost on new generations coming through with perfect teeth who have never suffered that terrifying roll call as the dentist prods his way around the mouth declaiming “cavity! extraction needed!” to the assistant…)
14 RUMUnusual is the definition (as in “a pretty rum do” – an expression that is, I suggest, second nature to my generation of over 50’s but seems utterly unintelligible to my younger work colleagues in their 20’s). The answer is also derived from RU (“sport” – abbreviation of Rugby Union) with (“attracts”) M (abbreviation of “millions”)
16 YEN – Another double definition clue, with YEN meaning both a “Craving” and also being the Japanese currency (“money out east”)
18 SPAGHETTI – And another double definition: the pasta, and also the type of western presented by Sergio Leone and crew
21 REVISITCall again is the definition. Answer also derived from the wordplay RE (“about” – regarding) VI (“six” – those Roman numerals again) and SIT (“take a seat”)
22 TAPASa dish or two in Spain is the definition – that most civilised of culinary traditions… Answer also from the wordplay TAPS (“quarrel” – SPAT – “about” – backwards) “eating a” (i.e. including A in the backwards SPAT)
23 CELLObig fiddle is the definition. The answer is also included within Chancellor’s – with the possessive (i.e. the apostrophe) indicating the answer may be found within the Chancellor. Did not see the hidden for a while!
24 CHICAGOUS city is the definition. The wordplay also yielding the answer is A GO (“A journey” -with these being read separately rather than as one phrase) with these being to the “east of” (i.e. on an Across clue, to the right of) CHIC (“fashionable”)

Down
1 COLLIERYmine is our definition. Answer also derived from the wordplay of COLLIE (“sheepdog”) “on” RY (abbreviation of “railway”)
2 TITBITsmall amount of food is the definition. Answer also derived from TIT (“bird”) and BIT (“small amount”)
3 LIMA – Definition is S American city. Answer also derived from LI (“Fifty one” in Roman numerals) M (abbreviation of “miles”) “before A”
4 PROFITreward is the definition. Answer also derived from the wordplay PRO (“Paid player”) with (“getting”) FIT (“suitable”)
5 FAR NORTHArctic region is the definition. Answer also from wordplay FORTH (“river”) with ARN (“a lot of sailors” – RN being the Navy) inserted (i.e. “submerged” in the Forth)
6 BANNERflag is the definition. The wordplay is ANNE (“queen once”) inside BR (“draped in British” – BR being the standard abbreviation of British)
7 EDGEBorder is the definition. Answer also derived from HEDGES (“shrubs lopped”)
13 ASSESSORExaminer is our definition. Answer also from the wordplay ASSES (“dunces”) with (“to join”) SORT (“class briefly”)
15 MAILSHOTadvertising material is the definition. Answer also from the wordplay MAILS (“Man’s spoken of” – i.e. sounds like male’s) with HOT (“newly published”- as in hot off the press). Not too tricky once you see it – but it took me a fair while for the penny to drop…
17 NOVELSbooks is the definition. Answer also from NOELS (“Maybe Coward’s”) “written about” V (“five” – Roman numeral).) For newcomers, might be useful to point out that the “Maybe” signals that we are looking for a word (or in this case a name) of which Coward is one possible exemplar (i.e. NOEL maybe Coward, or Edmonds, or my wife’s uncle Noel). Hope that makes sense – maybe one of the senior pros here can explain that point a bit more clearly…!
19 ATTACKoffensive is the definition (as in launch an offensive). Answer is also derived from the homophone (signalled by “it’s said”) A TACK meaning “a course of action” – as in “taking a different tack”
20 TOP HATfilm is the definition – a Fred and Ginger spectacular. The wordplay also providing the answer is THAT which “contains” O (“nothing”) and P – the beginning letter (“for a start”) of “pornographic”. And it is indeed most likely that a Fred and Ginger movie would be an entirely smut-free zone. Found this one quite tricky, probably because Fred and Ginger are not front of mind for me, and also I was thinking we might be looking for a word meaning “for a start” which was constructed from something meaning “film” without the letters blue or X or R or something. So, for me at any rate, good deceptive surface.
21 RACYBlue is our definition. The wordplay also giving the answer is CAR backwards (“vehicle going north” – this being a down clue where heading north is back to front) with Y;(“heading” – i.e. first letter – “for York”). Fairly straightforward clue, but a nice elegant surface, I thought
22 TRIOSmall number of players is our definition. The answer is also an anagram (signalled by “could create”) of RIOT.

20 comments on “Quick Cryptic No. 93 by Flamande”

  1. I did this one on Monday, one of the few advantages of the primitive numbering system their IT department uses. Only one I had any trouble with was 20dn as the film is so ancient – 1935… to start with, I thought it must be Top Gun. Which won’t parse, of course.

    Neat blog

    1. Thanks Jerry. I would pay good money to watch a Fred and Ginger style version of Top Gun!
  2. A puzzle I could do and complete…..unlike yesterday the less said about that the better.
  3. Just under 6 mins, and I thought that this was another QC that wasn’t as straightforward as some of them. I also first thought of “Top Gun” for 20dn but for obvious reasons couldn’t parse it. MAILSHOT was my LOI.
  4. As Shakespeare certainly never wrote: “How do I stuff thee up? Let me count the ways”. Goodness, me! It’s getting to be an everyday occurrence now, that we can’t access the Quickie. As we’re all paying four times the original price of the C.C. I think we are entitled to a better service than this.
    Thanks to Nick for providing the link and for a very good blog. Again we had some examples of clueing from the big Cryptic such as RU and RUM, the use of Latin numerals and LIB (or LAB or CON) = politician. I particularly liked MAILSHOT and “lots of sailors”. Forgot to note my start time as I was annoyed at failing to find the puzzle through the online paper but it felt like a medium solve.
  5. Yes this was a very nice puzzle once again on the borderline of difficulty for a Quickie I’d have thought but who knows? I completed it in 15 minutes which seemed a doddle after the trials of Wednesday.

    Nick, in case of future problems finding the Quickie and if you have access to the Club forum it’s always worth taking a look in the General section as I try to put up correct links there when I realise the button isn’t working – assuming I can find the thing myself of course!

  6. Mailshot LOI for me too and I’m not entirely happy with it. For one thing the MAILS in mailshot doesn’t sound like MALES given the H that follows. Secondly I’m not convinced that hot on its own has the same meaning as hot off the press.
    1. Hi penfold_61, having seen your times on the big puzzle you are clearly a Premiere League player whereas I am an apprentice lucky to make the subs bench for Port Vale, so to speak! However, I will with the utmost respect put an alternative viewpoint to you re. MAILSHOT.

      I think a dividing line can legitimately be applied between MAILS and HOT. Taken on its own, MAILS sounds exactly like MALES (I would suggest).

      HOT (as in hot off the press) seems to me a reasonable cryptic solution for newly published – I’ve seen significantly more obscure stuff in the main cryptic. Interested to see what others think…

        1. Nick and Penfold, I parsed MAILSHOT the same way Nick did and didn’t have a problem with it.
  7. I think the ‘BIT’ in TITBIT comes from ‘nibbled’, rather than reusing ‘a small amount’
  8. I got Navy for 21 down, with ‘van’ going north in front of Y to get a kind of blue.
    This did me for 21 and 23 of course.
    1. Also nearly caught out with navy. But couldn’t see how 21ac would work out, so held back. Once the C came from cello, it became clear.

      Another fun crossword.

      Nigel from Surrey

  9. DNF today. Much harder than yesterday in my view and I struggled with it, on and off, for several hours. How did I not notice TRIO was an anagram of riot? How could I not see COLLIERY when I’d worked out that mine was the definition for 1d. Fear I must try harder or I’ll find myself in detention ;-/

    Edited at 2014-07-16 06:22 pm (UTC)

  10. On the way down, I’m afraid.
    More technical than creative.
    Not as good as the DT.
    1. Anon,

      I presume you have opined not only on this crossword. Although variable I find the quick cryptics most enjoyable, but each to their own.

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