Sunday Times 5062 by Robert Price

13:38. A moderately tricky one from Robert this week, up to the usual elegant and entertaining standard.

Definitions are underlined, anagrams indicated like (TIHS)*, anagram indicators are in italics.

1 Phrase puzzling to a poet’s TV audience?
10 Requests to limit certain indulgences
11 Fish shell dropped by otter, perhaps
TETRA – TETRApod. A bit of an odd one, this: TETRAPOD isn’t really a word you’d associate with otters in particular.
12 Periodically flies fly round a green
LEAFYf L i E s F l Y containing A.
13 A couple’s turn to entertain
DOUBLE ACT – CD. ‘Turn’ in the theatrical sense.
14 Wrong to acquire hotel rooms for parties
16 Ruler or dictator’s one who takes by force
CAESAR – sounds like ‘seizer’.
19 Rashes on the left and base of leg cause irritation
20 Working on edit, circling the French for removal
DELETION – (ON EDIT) containing LE.
22 Pistol going wrong is grabbed by the German
24 Resistance by revolutionary and others succeeding
LATER – reversal (revolutionary) of ET AL, R (resistance).
25 Flower ladies reportedly press
LUPIN – homophone of LOO, PIN.
26 Chairman’s new doctrine that’s against the law
27 Incident in quiet lift ending in unseen bliss
2 Speech training is included in theatre work
3 Comfortable cape reserved to cover uniform
CUSHY – C(U), SHY (reserved).
4 Model soldier like many at the front
PARADIGM – PARA, DIG (like), Many.
5 Paper in which nothing’s left to publish
6 Tease it a little improperly
7 More sketches by English turned up
EXTRA – reversal (turned up) of ART (sketches), X (by), E.
8 Supper stalled to get flaky pastries
9 Gate-crashers picked up when charging for entry?
15 Fling ending in hurried marriage
17 Society commonly isn’t equal or virtuous
SAINTLIKE – S, AIN’T (commonly isn’t), LIKE.
18 Blame for severing contact
21 Shocked, has a G&T to get over it
23 Indian bread pulp, 60 per cent risen
RUPEE – PUREE with three of the five letters (60%) going up (risen).
24 Material sent over in clear cylinders
LYCRA – contained reversed in ‘clear cylinders’.

13 comments on “Sunday Times 5062 by Robert Price”

  1. 23:48
    COUCH POTATOES parsed only post-submission (COUCH was tricky); I never figured out TETRA & RUPEE, and now I see why. I have a check (all right, tick) by several clues–LEAFY, PARADIGM, EXTRA–but COD to TISSUE.

  2. 49 minutes. Failed to parse TETRA but understood RUPEE as my LOI. I had AGHAST as an anagram and missed the enclosure; I hadn’t spent any time on it because it seemed so obvious, but I’d like to think that on blogging duty I’d have noticed the neater parsing.

  3. 59m 50s
    Thanks, keriothe particularly for TETRA, DERRINGER, TISSUE, BATTERING RAMS and RUPEE, none of which I could adequately parse.
    I did wonder if TISSUE might be a Yorkshire version of ‘to issue’ as in t’issue.

  4. 46 minutes. I couldn’t parse TETRA – never would have worked it out – and TISSUE, which I should have been able to get. I liked the BATTERING RAM cryptic def and the amusing surface for COUCH POTATOES.

    Slightly off-topic: I won’t give anything more away (even though it has been alluded to elsewhere), but if you do The Guardian crosswords regularly, can I point you in the direction of yesterday’s (Sat 10/06) Prize puzzle by Paul. As you’ll see, it’s worth doing for a very good reason.

    Thanks to keriothe and Robert

    1. I’ve never worked a Guardian puzzle, but I’ve started that one, Bletchley. Thanks. There’s a problem with my printer and I can work this online. (Apparently, you can’t work the Azed that way, although the “print” version is accessed by a different link… I don’t understand.)

  5. 27.41

    Some of these surfaces are so smooth- I’d pick out those for PARADIGM and APPLE STRUDELS in particular – that you wouldn’t know they were a clue unless you saw them in a puzzle. For me that’s the greatest skill and definitely marks Myrtilus out. When the clues are also witty (SEVENTH HEAVEN) you have, well. seventh heaven.

    BATTERING RAMS was also an excellent CD. I’ve read it over a few times and it really does work in both senses. Not easy to get that right

    Thanks clever setter and Keriothe

  6. I see that my LOI was DERRINGER.
    I had never heard of LUPINs before seeing the Monty Python sketch…
    (Sorry, I couldn’t find a version in higher res.)
    Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore
    Riding through the night
    Soon every lupin in the land
    Will be in his mighty hand
    He steals them from the rich
    And gives them to the poor
    Mr Moore, Mr Moore, Mr Moore

  7. I got through this, but never understood TETRA, and only belatedly TISSUE. I also made a fool of myself by failing to spell TITILLATE correctly, meaning I was held up for ages on 13A. Not a mistake one should ever make with anagram, given the number of Ts and Ls to fit. I thought RUPEE was clever, and AGHAST, but actually, apart from the above-mentioned TETRA, they were all great clues.

  8. Thanks for the explanation for 11ac. I spent ages worrying over that.
    Good puzzle, which I finished in 40 minutes so not especially fast this time but very enjoyable as I remember.
    Thanks setter and blogger.

  9. On first glance this looked impenetrable, but then I began to twig, and a few acrosses , like PLEASURE and TETRA ( even though I didn’t know why!) fell. Filled in 3/4 of the grid, with plenty of “aha” moments, before getting stumped on the lower half . Knew that ‘et al’ had to be involved in 24a, but couldn’t make the connection, and was convinced that the German for ‘the’ was DIE, so the pistol failed to make an appearance. Also failed to equate pin
    with ‘press’ , and SEVENTH HEAVEN was way out of my league.
    However, enjoyed the very clever smooth surfaces of the clues; COD to BATTERING RAMS.

  10. Thanks Robert and keriothe
    Took this to a cafe on Saturday morning and after half an hour and the coffee gone cold, had only 9 or 10 clues. Came home and finished it in another couple of sessions, taking just over the 70 mins to finish it.
    Couldn’t, and wouldn’t have ever, picked TETRA(POD) to parse the fish, didn’t spot the clever charade with AGHAST (just de-anagramised it)and didn’t understand why my last one, RUPEE, worked – was too busy high-fiving myself for seeing the clever definition and finally getting the puzzle finished !

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