ST 4249 (Sun 4 Nov) – Bemusing

Solving time: 8:01

Struggled to finish this off, partly because of an error at 17dn, but the long word at 9dn took the most time.

Music (8dn): Angel of Harlem by U2.

* = anagram, “X” = sounds like ‘X’

Across
1 REIN + CARNATION
10 LITER + ALLY
12 BOMBE[d]
13 CADETSHIP; (TED IS CHAP)*
14 TEN + A + CITY
16 BONSAI (cryptic definition) – actually not that cryptic.
19 O + C(TAN)E
20 MER + EDITH – George Meredith was an English novelist.
22 THE MIKADO; (KID AT HOME)*
24 FILER (double definition)
25 RUD(G)E – Barnaby, from the Dickens novel.
26 BRITANNIA – according to Chambers, ‘a seated female figure with a trident and helmet, representing Britain’.
27 PROTESTANTISM; (SMITTEN + PASTOR)*

Down
2 ESTAMINET; (NEAT ITEMS)*
3 NO(R)SE – I would describe ‘what’s under bridge?’ for NOSE as hackneyed, but it fooled me (again) so not that hackneyed!
4 ALL + O + CATE[r]
5 NOYADE; (ONE DAY)* – execution by drowning. A bit of a guess, but I was fairly confident.
7 O(BE)A[t]H
8 G(LOB)ET + ROTTERS – refers to the Harlem Globetrotters.
9 TERPSICHOREAN; (TEACH PRISONER)* – I needed all the crossing letters, and a couple of minutes wrestling with the anagram, to get this. Terpsichore is the Muse of song and dance. Of the other eight, I could only have named Erato and Clio – wonder why…
17 SKIP LANES – not ‘tri-planes’, which held me up on 16ac.
18 SENORITA; rev. of ONE’S, + RITA
23 E(IDE)R
24 F(E)AST

2 comments on “ST 4249 (Sun 4 Nov) – Bemusing”

  1. 6:15 for me – a rare case of my being faster than you :-). I thought this was much better than the average ST puzzle – in fact quite up to daily Times standard.

    I see that the on-line (non-interactive) solution gives ESTAMBINET for 2D, SKIP LANES for 17D and MAMBA for 21D – which probably explains why the interactive version is now broken. (Sigh!)

  2. Sadly Terpsichore does not fit into crosswords as easily as her sisters Clio and Erato so it was nice to see her in this one.

    Just the 4 “easies” dropped by O Senhor Talbinho:

    11a Birds wE SEE Gliding – just some swirling around (5)
    GEESE

    6d Entertaining line could be produced by (poet, right)*? (9)
    TIGHTROPE

    15d Happy having got about in several countries (9)
    CONT IN ENT

    21d Mum needs doctor when these snakes bite dangerously (6)
    MA MB AS

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