ST 4261 (Sun 27 Jan) – Scrawls of residents

Solving time: 12:50, about half of which spent baffled by 14ac and 2dn (which I think contains an error).

Much better than usual, some good clues in this; 2dn is a bit baffling though. If pressed, I’d guess that Tim Moorey might have written this puzzle, but I expect I’ll be put straight shortly.

* = anagram, “X” = sounds like ‘X’.

1 PERSIFLAGE; (PLEAS[e] FERGI[e])* – very good surface (if a little pro-Man United for my liking), and ‘two backs sent off’ just about works cryptically.
6 ABED; ABE (= Abraham Lincoln) + D[own]
10 FRESH[en]ER
12 DISCOUNTS + TORE (= ‘rent’)
14 INSERTED; (RESIDENT)* – I wish I’d looked at this before getting an incorrect crossing ‘D’ from 2dn (qv).
15 TIN + SEL[l]
21 MATRICULATION; I/C in (TUTORIAL)*, all in MAN – ‘tutorial’ was a good spot for the wordplay but I’m not quite sure what this surface means.
24 OFF-STREET (cryptic definition)
25 INTRO (initial letters) – jazzy clue.
26 PAYS (French for ‘country’)
27 DISREGARDS; (DRIED GRASS)* – good clue.

1 PANT[s]
2 RE + SIDES – ‘stay’ can mean ‘live (somewhere)’ in Scottish, but unless I am missing something the clue should say ‘stays in Scotland’, not ‘stayed…’.
3 INDUS + TRIAL + IS + T – ‘River Test’ is so clich├ęd for INDUSTRIAL that I should have got this instantly, but didn’t.
11 HOSPITALISING; HO[use] + (SALPINGITIS)* – salpingitis is the inflammation of a tube, especially the Fallopian tube(s), but obviously you don’t need to know that to solve the clue.
13 NINCOMPOOP; INCOM[e] + P[ressure], all in (NO + OP)
18 LET’S FLY – nice (‘…invitation to increase carbon emissions?’).
20 IGNITER; (INGREDIENT – NED)* – I don’t really like deletions from anagrams where the letters are not consecutive, unless this is indicated, but this one is totally transparent.
22 UTERI (hidden)
23 D[r]OSS

One comment on “ST 4261 (Sun 27 Jan) – Scrawls of residents”

  1. I thought 1 across was a bit obscure to be clued with an anagram. I guessed PARSIFLEGE – not to be confused with the singer of “When a man loves a woman” – and therefore scored another FAIL. I looked up PERSIFLAGE (allegedly the correct answer) and got the definition “light and slightly contemptuous mockery or banter”. I am left wondering how this can be clued with a literal of “Rallying”. Just sayin’.

    Otherwise I found this to be quite challenging and – apart from the mysterious Scottish RESIDES at 2dn – satisfying when the light bulbs finally illuminated.

    There are a mere 4 “easies”:

    9a Numbers given to journalised, moved slowly forward (5)
    NOS ED

    17a Mentioned trader in wine stocks (6)

    19a Making denial, say, in state (8)

    4d Surplus port finished (4,4)

Comments are closed.