Saturday Times 24036 (4 Oct)

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Okay, just a quick blog a day early, as I’m off to Cheltenham this evening for a certain Crossword Championship and won’t be back until Sunday night. Solving time was 18:39, but annoyingly the last 5 or 6 minutes of that were spent puzzling over 7D.

1. MISEDUCATE – (caused)* in MITE.
6. DATA – “a tad” reversed.
10. DON JUAN – DON + U in JAN
11. OUT COLD – straightforward charade.
13. METAL – M + ET AL
14. CLOWN – OWN after CL(ass)
15. SET PIECES – which is what bishops are in chess.
17. ENERGISED – E(uropean) + (designer)*
20. GENOA – G + A-ONE reversed.
21. PIPIT – I wasn’t sure of this, but Chambers has it: “to hit with a bullet, etc.; to wound; to kill”.
23. RIVERBANK – 1 VERB inside RANK.
25. TEL AVIV – VALET reversed + IV
26. TOURIST – TO UR IS T(rain)
27. AJAR – A + J + A + R(egina). Dodgy definition perhaps? “Having been opened tentatively” would work but would ruin the surface.
28. ASCENDANCY – (case)* + D in NANCY.

1. MIDAS – M + IDA + S, ref. Princess Ida, G&S opera.
2. SINGAPORE – SING + (opera)*, the surface giving a hint to the clue above!
3. DOUBLE NEGATIVE – nice definition by example here.
5. TOOLKIT – L inside TOOK + IT
7. AFOOT – A + FOOT, which had me totally stumped for ages for no reason at all really.
8. ANDALUSIA – (land)* + U (“you”) inside ASIA. Another bad homophone, as it’s pronounced “andal-oo-sia” not “andal-you-sia”.
9. STAMPING GROUND – double def connected by “in”.
14. CLEOPATRA – (pectoral a)*, &lit. if you believe Shakespeare, although most historians say she was bitten on the arm.
16. CONTAGION – (I cannot go)*
19. DEVOTEE – hidden in “nationwiDE VOTE Elected”
22. PALMA – L in PA and MA, capital of Majorca.
24. KITTY – double definition.

5 comments on “Saturday Times 24036 (4 Oct)”

  1. Good blog. 14 mins for me. I thought the Saturday puzzles were generally tougher, but this seemed easier than usual.

    In 8D I just took “you heard” as signifying the letter “u” for wordplay purposes, even though that is not how it is pronounced in “Andalusia” (which I agree it isn’t).

  2. 39 minutes for me with a few unexplained until later. I think 7 must have been my last in too.
  3. I had to leave 7d overnight before I got there. But in truth, I think ‘in preparation’ is not a great def. for ‘afoot’, which is surely more ‘in progress’:

    It was on a bitterly cold night and frosty morning, towards the end of the winter of ’97, that I was awakened by a tugging at my shoulder. It was Holmes. The candle in his hand shone upon his eager, stooping face, and told me at a glance that something was amiss.

    “Come, Watson, come!” he cried. “The game is afoot. Not a word! Into your clothes and come!”

  4. I had STOMPING GROUND for 9d, I think that’s the more common phrase for it over here, and would fit both halves of the clue. I wrote ANDALUSIA in from the definition without seeing the wordplay.
  5. At 14d that is. Firstly because being bitten in the pectoral area is a bit more racy but mainly because you can’t get CLEOPATRA out of an anagram of (BRACHIAL A).

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