Times 28213 – All You Need is Love

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A gentle introduction to the week, which I completed in 19 minutes. Today, in memory of the good old days when you had to rely on your memory and wouldn’t by challenged by someone Googling on their iPhone, I will do the blog without recourse to electronic aids. Radical, I know, but desperate times (the lunacy of ‘patriotism’ being made a criterion of fitness to stand for public election, for example) call for desperate measures…


1 Spot right idiot in wrinkly fabric (10)
6 Old people’s home had no room, finally (4)
EDOM – final letters of [hom]E [ha]D [n]O [roo]M; the Edomites pop up in the Bible along with their neighbours the Moabites (they of washpot fame)
9 One with a suit: a male with more awful clothing (7)
ADMIRER – A M (male) in DIRER (more awful)
10 Overly serious, following whizz in school (2-5)
PO-FACED – F (following) ACE (whizz = brilliant) in POD (school of whales etc)
12 Don still sleeping around (3,2)
PUT ON – NOT UP reversed
13 Clashes with crook getting 100 in darts (9)
CONFLICTS – CON (crook) C (hundred) in FLITS (darts)
14 Wind, say, from a green beer, newly brewed (9,6)
17 How one may get remit, perhaps, to regress (3,4,3,5)
PUT BACK THE CLOCK – if you reverse (‘put back’) ‘timer’ (‘the clock)’, you get ‘remit’
20 Lie heavily on stone, at first? This is breaking now (4,5)
STOP PRESS – OPPRESS (lie heavily) on ST (stone)
21 European footballer’s caught plague (5)
BESET – E (European) in [George] BEST
23 Stink about to permeate shoe (7)
SCANDAL – C (about) in SANDAL
24 New leader leaves artillery where order is put up (7)
25 I won’t keep mum’s provisions (4)
NOSH – if you will insist on talking, then you may be said to say NO to SH!
26 Defence playing worst during time off (10)
BREASTWORK – WORST* in BREAK; the sort of tiny barricade thingummy behind which cannon-fodder have been slaughtered down the ages, especially in the Great War


1 One who’s quick to obtain drink, holding head (7,2)
SNAPPER UP – NAPPER (must be a slang term for head) in SUP (drink)
2 First person set up police force, getting local six-footer (5)
EMMET – ME reversed MET (Metropolitan Police); I think an EMMET is a dialect word for an ant, as well as being a word used by Cornish people to describe tourists
3 Doctor loudly rebuked how supermarket food may be (6-7)
SHRINK-WRAPPED – SHRINK (doctor) sounds like RAPPED (rebuked)
4 Horse with hardened skin on part of ear (7)
CORNCOB – CORN (hardened skin) on COB (horse)
5 Bill could be one in river astride swans (7)
EXPENSE – PENS (female swans) in EXE (river in Devon)
7 Goods to transport? Pack vehicle and then drive (4,5)
DECK CARGO – DECK (pack – of cards) CAR (vehicle) GO (drive)
8 ’60s youths adopting upper-class manner (5)
MODUS – U (upper-class) in MODS (more 50s than 60s, I’d have thought) for MODUS as in modus operandi
11 Where records go in affair involving current ministers (6,7)
FILING CABINET – I (electrical current) in FLING (affair) CABINET (ministers)
15 Distressed annalist penning nothing in papers (9)
NATIONALS – O (nothing) in ANNALIST*
16 Rabbit gently, at intervals, parting pair of bovines (6-3)
YAKETY-YAK – [g]E[n]T[l]Y in YAK YAK
18 Maybe one proposing name aboard boat? I don’t know (7)
KNEELER – N (name) in KEEL (boat – an example of metonymy) ER (I don’t know)
19 Remark praising short stockings on Tolstoy heroine (7)
HOSANNA – HOS[e] ANNA [Karenina] – a book I found quite a comedown after War and Peace
20 Partners hugging country girl who’s sometimes lazy (5)
SUSAN – USA (country) in SN (bridge partners); a Lazy Suzan is a turntable for serving food
22 Deal with English, entering fight without heart (3,2)
SEE TO – E (English) in SE[t] TO (a set-to is an argument or fight)

57 comments on “Times 28213 – All You Need is Love”

  1. I had to work this one (and Sunday’s) online—assiduously ignoring the timer, though!
    Auspicious start to the upcoming inkless days (the XXL black being on back order).
    Nice one, no problems, no queries, no quibbles.

    Edited at 2022-02-14 01:26 am (UTC)

  2. I think I may be one of the odd ones out finding this more difficult than what is meant to be the typical Monday puzzle.
    Thanks for the blog, ulaca. With KNEELER I remembered that piece of metonymy from a previous puzzle.
    14ac amused me. I guess drinking green beer would give you plenty of RENEWABLE ENERGY in the form of wind!
    When I think of a derisory term for tourists in the West Country I think of ‘grockle’ but I think that is more general while EMMET is more Cornish.
    Favourites today were ADMIRER and SUSAN but COD to PUT BACK THE CLOCK. Very clever.
  3. I found this one a little tricky, coming in at the palindromic time of 12:21 with NOSH last in. DECK CARGO was a new term.
  4. I biffed PO-FACED from POD; overlooking the ‘following’, I wondered if ‘whizz’ was a slang term for FACE. DNK the footballer, and biffed BESET (LOI). I assumed, like ulaca, that NAPPER was slang for head. EMMET’s been here before, although probably as tourist not ant; it used to be a regular as ant in the NYT. COD to PUT BACK THE CLOCK.
    1. Phiz is face, innit!?

      Napper — that which one naps wiv’, yer bonce!

      Edited at 2022-02-14 10:34 am (UTC)

  5. Also not finding it as easy as our blogger. Bottom half mostly straight in but many pauses for thought in the top half. Napper and emmet remembered from puzzles past. Liked the two long ones across the middle.
    Thanks setter and blogger.
      1. EMMET is Cornish for an ant. It ia also used as a derogatory word by locals for tourists, who swarm all over the county in summer. Proof: my parents lived in Cornwall for thirty years. My 93-year old Dad still does.

        Edited at 2022-02-14 07:07 am (UTC)

  6. I didn’t note my starting time but I’d estimate I completed the grid within 30-40 minutes. My problem was getting properly started as my early answers were dotted around the grid so it was difficult to get any flow into the process. Once I had solved a couple of the long answers things started to move on apace.

    I assumed that wordplay gave us EDOM at 6ac although it didn’t seem familiar. Later I found it has come up a few times before, including a puzzle I blogged last September as EDOMITE.

  7. …or about 38 seconds according to the Superbowl game clock. That’s what I’ll be using to time my solves from now on.

    For 25ac, I separated “I won’t” = NO from “keep Mum” = SH, not that it matters much.

    Nice start to the week. Thanks setter and U.

    1. You need three timeouts and a two-minute warning to get your time down really impressively.
    2. Of the one hour of a football game (which takes about 3 hours to elapse), the ball is actually in play for around 11 minutes.
      1. Further, the foot was in contact with the ball for less than 11 second, if that!

        Edited at 2022-02-14 10:35 am (UTC)

  8. EMMET is the Cornish for “ant” and hence the Cornish name for tourists in summer. I don’t really know how hard I found this since I was mostly watching the Superbowl and solving clues only when nothing interesting was happening. I don’t remember any major holdups (other than not trying).

    My LOI was SNAPPER UP since I hadn’t quite twigged exactly where the split was with the wordplay and I’d never heard of NAPPER as a head.

    Edited at 2022-02-14 06:27 am (UTC)

  9. A 32 DNF. An “idom” for the unknown EDOM and I can’t even claim the typo excuse – just didn’t read the wordplay recipe carefully enough. Not ‘overly serious’, but I’m PO-FACED all the same
  10. And two eyes made out of coal

    After 20 mins pre-brekker only the Edom/Deck crossers to complete, but they took a while.
    I’ve vaguely heard of Edom. NHO Emmet.
    Thanks setter and U.

  11. At the school sports day, our old dog would eat any picnic food dropped. He was a SNAPPER-UP of unconsidered trifles. 27 minutes with LOI ADMIRER. I took a while to get going on the across clues. COD to PUT BACK THE CLOCK. Pleasant puzzle. Thank you U and setter.

    Edited at 2022-02-14 03:19 pm (UTC)

  12. Somewhat sluggish start, but the easy 15 and 13-char answers came reasonably early, giving me plenty of crossers to work with. Enjoyed this for the most part – unknowns were:
    EMMET is the name of a cute kids-lit otter as far as I’m aware
    NAPPER for head?? But it had to be

    All good until the final 3 clues:
    Spent several minutes with B-S-E until realising I’d carelessly typed YAKkETY-YAK
    LOIs the DECK and EDOM crossing – I solved EDOM early in my considerations, but rejected it at first as a made-up word, eventually reconsidered.

    Happy to get a success outcome, even though these holds-ups made for a rather pedestrian ET. Thanks U and setter

  13. I came close to an unhappy ending today with a biffed ARMORER for “One with a suit”. Tempting though it was, sort of fitting the definition and containing “more” from the clue, I deliberated over it for long enough to come up with the correct ADMIRER. A more appropriate answer for Valentines Day.
  14. 50-odd mins. Made a quick start but then got bogged down with most of the RHS not entered. Finally the penny dropped with EXPENSE and then PO-FACED, FILING CABINET, EDOM (NHO) DECK, CONFLICTS, BESET, SEE TO all went in in a rush.

    I liked YAKETY-YAK and PUT BACK THE CLOCK most. NHO EMMET either.

    Thanks ulaca and setter.

  15. I’m in reverse MODE here today
    And have sTEMMEd my normal wordplay
    Let all haTES EBb away
    Be NOT UP for affray
    Lovers’ sigHS ON Valentine’s Day
  16. 12:50 which includes a couple of minutes at the end to find the unknown EDOM. I liked the word YAKETY-YAK and PUT ON for the surface best. Thanks U and setter.
  17. Started off not-Mondayish, with PUT ON FOI, but then RENEWABLE ENERGY really got me started.

    I have been to Cornwall, which is a) triangular b) a long way away from most places and c) full of tourists. (I have walked half of the coastal path).

    13′ 55″, thanks ulaca and setter.

  18. Not that easy, ending with a big think about biffed BESET as George Best didn’t spring to mind. 28 minutes. Liked HOSANNA. No complaints.
  19. 34:06. A good one; it’s particularly good when you feel you’re cruising through some quite tricky clues. FOI 1ac SEERSUCKER. Holdups included the BESET/SEE TO cross in the SE and LOI EDOM. The Mods were definitely the sixties. There was a famous mods and rockers clash in Brighton in 1964. I was 17 (and not there). COD SHRINK WRAPPED and WOD YACKETY YAK
  20. …a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles

    Monday Easies are much less demanding, and, dare I say, intelligent than this one, and I completed in 19.06.
    I liked PUT BACK THE CLOCK very much: even with checkers and enumeration it wasn’t something you could just biff, and you had to get your remit right.

    I missed the Superbowl: by then I’d had enough of that which is not football at that place which is no longer White Hart Lane in the afternoon.

  21. It seemed the setter was trying to produce something for Valentine’s Day (admirer, affair, one proposing) but failed to get enough in and gave up. Seemed quite easy (32 minutes) but I took ages on BREASTWORK because I had typed KNEELEM — this is something that often seems to happen, a random wrong letter at the end of a word, not sure how. Would have thought it was yakkety yak, but it seems I was wrong.
    1. ‘Yackety-yack’ is in some dictionaries, which makes sense as we have ‘yack’ and ‘yacking’ as associated words, but never ‘yak’ and ‘yakking’ as far as I’m aware. Single and double T seems to be another variable.
  22. Glad to see others had a bit of a struggle with this. I took a very long time to twig EDOM and NOSH. With SEERSUCKER and Mods along with YAKETY YAK (as in the old Coasters song) a period feel to this one. 19.53 – a bit early for the Mods but otherwise not too far off.
    1. I just checked to verify the spelling, but YAKETY just doesn’t look right to me; it needs a C or another K. But listening to the Coasters, I noticed that already in 1958 ‘hep’ had been replaced by ‘hip’ (Your father’s hip, he knows what cooks).
      1. … by Ace Cannon, used for years as a signature tune by Benny Hill. That plus the Coasters was enough for me not to question the spelling of an unlikely solution. I also spotted NAPPER pretty quickly from the musical source cited above. Maybe time to update the record collection. 35’18” today, and an enjoyable few minutes they were too.
  23. Short, but very sweet. Lots to like. YAKETY YAK, NUNNERY, KNEELER amongst them.
    There was an Emmett Till, of whose death Bob Dylan sang but he was double t’d.

    Thanks to ulaca and the setter.

  24. 32 minutes of wasted time as I screwed-up on 10ac, carelessly bunging in ARMORER! So non-U. Doh!

    FOI 1ac SEERSUCKER all the rage in the early seventies seventies, when flower power was running out of steam.

    LOI 25ac NOSH! Why was that so hard!?

    COD 16dn YAKETY- YAK

    WOD BREASTWORK — there is a village in Jamaica of that name

    Knew 7dn DECK CARGO, 2dn EMMET but not 6ac EDOM

    12ac could have been PUTIN had Donald John Clogger been the Don in question?

    Edited at 2022-02-14 11:21 am (UTC)

  25. There are two things that I never do :

    1. Try to solve the Times Crossword while there are other distractions.

    2. Watch Superbowl.

    1. I generally don’t try and solve with distractions around since it takes all my brain to be successful. But I do usually watch the Super Bowl.
  26. 22mins. Alternately whizzing through and plodding. V good clues hidden among the write-ins. Like Pootle73, got hung up on ARMORER — my LOI — but obviously couldn’t make it work.
  27. ….the children of EDOM” (Psalm 137). I forgot all about them until they became my SLOI. A little trickier than a normal Monday IMHO.

    LOI DECK CARGO (I had the cargo early)
    COD PUT BACK THE CLOCK (indirect anagram!)
    TIME 10:28

  28. A sudden inspiration saw SEERSUCKER entered just as I was about to move on to the next clue. EXPENSE and PO-FACED led to MODUS which encouraged me to consider the EDOMites. Not much later SNAPPER UP finished off the puzzle. 18:46. Thanks setter and U.
  29. I had to work at this, so it certainly wasn’t easy for me.
    EDOM wa so unfamiliar that I didn’t enter it until the D was confirmed, otherwise it would have been my FOI. Is this the religious setter? LOI NOSH.
    37 minutes.
  30. Found this surprisingly tough given the SNITCH. Having bunged in six answers right off the bat, it was a slow trudge thenceafter.

    Particularly gripy about finishing with four rubbish words: SNAPPER UP, EMMET, SEERSUCKER and EDOM (impossible if you’ve never heard of it).

    While I’m in this mood, PUT BACK THE CLOCK isn’t what most people would say, in my humble opinion — TURN BACK THE CLOCK would seem more likely.

  31. Disagree that EDOM was impossible. I’d certainly never heard of it, but following the fairly generous cryptic seemed like a reasonable course of action.

  32. Yes, I had one left and all I could see was ARMORER so I bunged it in without pausing, or indeed parsing, for thought.
  33. Must be because it’s late, but I found that much harder than the 85 snitch. After 7 or 8 minutes all I had was Susan, but then I got into the rhythm only to be stymied again at the end by the edom-deck cargo crosser. Reminded of the Coasters’ song of yakety-yak and the Rolling Stones’ assistant west coast promotion man, who wore a sssseersucker suit. And Napper Tandy, Irish patriot.
  34. Really struggled at the end in the NW. No idea that SEERSUCKER was crinkly; SNAPPER UP was a “Really, but what else?” Whilst I made the rookie error of failing to separate the a and the m in admirer. Was seriously putting in DAMIRER. Yes, really 😂😬🤔😫👏

    Thanks Ulaca and setter

  35. 18.29. I found it required a bit more effort than normal to put this Monday puzzle away.

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