Saturday Times 24048 (18 Oct)

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Sorry this is posted so late, but I’ve been moving the “office” around over the weekend and all the PCs had to be turned off. Just finished now at 5:30pm on Sunday.

Solving time 19:53 (with a hangover). I actually can’t remember what slowed me down on this one – looking at it now they all seem pretty obvious, but hindsight is a wonderful thing. Last Saturday morning I had a stinking headache and had a job focussing my eyes 🙂

1 SHTUM – last letters of “otherS gusH buT yoU seeM”. A Yiddish word from the German stumm for silent.
4 MAIL ORDER – (I’m rare old)*
9 FLAGSTAFF – FLAGS + TAFF, “runner” here being a euphemism for river. Also use of a capitalised noun to mislead, something that’s been hotly debated on the Crossword Centre message board this week.
10 IDYLL – hidden reversed in “guLLY, DIscovers”
12 CAKEHOLE – CAKE + HOLE, just slang for a mouth, like chops.
14 PETERBOROUGH – O.R. (men) in BOUGH after PETER (safe). Peterborough is a cathedral city in the East of England.
17 SPICE ISLANDS – (PC sailed in)* inside SS. Now called the Maluku Islands, part of Indonesia.
20 RED GIANT – (treading)*
21 ASWIRL – S,W (opponents in bridge) inside AIR + L(eft)
23 FOIST – O in FIST. “Sock dealer” is a nice definition for fist.
24 WEARISOME – I inside WEAR (sport) + SOME (certain).
25 BARN DANCE – DAN (i.e. Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future) inside NC, all inside BARE.
26 HUSKY – double definition, “Northern drag performer” made me smile.

1 SOFT COPY – as opposed to HARD COPY, which would be a printout.
4 MEAD – A inside MED (salty drink is another good def.)
5 INFRASONIC – FRA, SON inside 1 NIC(e).
6 OLIVER GOLDSMITH – R inside OLIVE, GOLD + SMITH (fashion). I didn’t know before that he was Irish though.
7 DRY ROT – TORY, RD reversed.
8 RELIEF – double definition.
15 ENVIRONS – V, IRONS after (b)EN(d).
16 PSALTERY – T(ime) in (players)*. An ancient Greek musical instrument originally, similar to a zither.
18 PREFAB – PRE-FAB = before cracking
19 EDGIER – alternate letters of “fReEbIe GaDgEt” reversed.
22 MATE – T (cross) in MAE (Mae West). Definition is “Move terminal for King”. I think this was the last one I got, as I was a bit dubious about T for cross, but you can have a tau cross so I think it’s OK.

10 comments on “Saturday Times 24048 (18 Oct)”

  1. I found this pretty tough. I think it took around 25 minutes for all except MATE, which I had to leave and come back to.

    COD 23 FOIST – I love that ‘sock dealer’.

  2. About 45mins, at which time I still had MA?E at 22D. I simply didn’t see the definition (although even if I had I’d have struggled with the idea of T=cross).
  3. I thought this a good and entertaining puzzle. About 30 minutes to solve. MATE was my last struggle and I think it’s an excellent misleading definition. As to other capital letters such as Welsh at 9A I can only say that I learned within weeks of starting to do the Times cryptic (that was in 1957) to completely ignore capital letters in the clues.
  4. Excellent puzzle, not too difficult, but I did not get MATE which, with hindsight, was excellent. Still missed it even though I’d thought of MAE = WEST which left just one letter!

    Re Oliver Goldsmith, being born in Ireland is not that unusual a sense to be Irish…

    1. “Re Oliver Goldsmith, being born in Ireland is not that unusual a sense to be Irish…”

      No indeed! Unless you are a member of the Irish Rugby League team for the world cup!

  5. This was entertaining. I had trouble parsing 25a so thanks for that Linxit. I managed to get 22d eventually and so learned that Cross = T is a possibility here in crosswordland. Oliver Goldsmith has always been described as Irish as far as I knew but then I have never read any of his work. I have not heard CAKEHOLE or CHOPS used to describe the buccal cavity for a long time. That was my penultimate entry and finally allowed me to unravel the “problem with deal” at 7d for a LOI DOH! moment.
    Nice one setter & thanks Linxit for the blog.

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