Times Quick Cryptic No 1128 by Tracy

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A lovely puzzle today from Tracy, with lots of simple, natural disguises – the anagram indicator at 9ac and the “country retreat” at 12ac are two I see without having to scroll too far down. Little of obscurity, apart perhaps from a couple of place names for our non-local friends. “Bosun” in 22ac was new to me as a contraction of “boatswain” – it’s been around since at least 1592, with boatswain being Old English. Was there a time, around the mid-sixteenth century, when someone bemoaned how this typified how standards of English were going to hell in a handcart? Probably, but it could have been pointed out that such things, and indeed worse things, happen at sea: the OED refers us to “rollock” for “rowlock” and “gunnel” for “gunswail” as similar nautical contractions. Rather modest contractions you might think, but I suppose rock and gull were already taken. ‘Sblood and zounds, that’s quite enough nonsense. I missed my target by a few seconds courtesy of 2d, all very enjoyable, many thanks to Tracy!

8 Boo porn that’s given out free in US (3,4)
PRO BONO – anagram (that’s given out) of BOO PORN. The OED says “now chiefly US law”, but the term has regained its broader currency.
9 One is blown, producing sound (5)
NOISE – nicely disguised anagram (blown) of ONE IS.
10 Singing voice of cute northerner (5)
TENOR“Of” or from the letters cuTE NORtherner
11 Old hand English duke failed to mention (7)
OMITTED – O(ld) MITT (hand) D(uke)
12 Country retreat housing a member of the clergy (5,4)
RURAL DEANRURAL (country, adjectively) DEN (retreat) housing A.
14 Available? Not here (3)
OUT – A nice &lit/double definition fusion: if a new product is out, it’s available; if a shop is out (of stock), it would not be available (t)here. Of course, “out” can mean “away/not here”, so you can read this as a straight double definition.
16 Group starts to sketch Eiffel Tower (3)
SET – Starting letters of S(ketch) E(iffel) T(ower)
18 Long pub drink containing very soft fruit (9)
PINEAPPLEPINE (long, ache, yearn) ALE (pub drink) containing PP (pianissimo, very soft)
21 Range of colours spread across permit (7)
PALETTEPATE (spread) across/spanning LET (permit)
22 Having bosun at sea is a plus (5)
BONUS – just about an anagram (at sea) of BOSUN. Bonus marks is you knew bosun – the good surface reading was lost on me.
23 Lose one’s nerve parking? I can, unfortunately (5)
PANIC – P(arking) ; anagram (unfortunately) of I CAN
24 With great enthusiasm, similar to mother and daughter (4,3)
LIKE MAD – LIKE (similar to) MA (mother) D(aughter)
1 The nouveaux riches on horseback getting over jumps (8)
UPSTARTS – UP (on horseback) over/above STARTS (jumps).
2 Trap kick on football pitch (6)
CORNERdouble definition.
3 Nothing in watering hole for pig (4)
BOAR – O (nothing) in BAR (watering hole)
4 Gloomy, ordinary seaman on board again (6)
MOROSEO.S. (ordinary seaman) on board/in MORE (again)
5 Elected, one inside gains new badge of office (8)
INSIGNIA – IN (elected) ; I (one) inside an anagram (new) of GAINS.
6 Writer, crossing street, finds restaurant (6)
BISTRO – BIRO (writer) crossing ST. (street)
7 Soldiers, last in ward, get better (4)
MEND – MEN (soldiers) D (last in warD)
13 A cosmetic paste applied under cheek (8)
LIPSTICK – STICK (paste) applied under LIP (cheek)
15 Industrial region, seediest, for redevelopment (8)
TEESSIDEanagram (for redevelopment) of SEEDIEST
17 Special gift, article left in shelter (6)
TALENTA (article) L(eft) in TENT (shelter)
19 Pointer in joint without lead, led out (6)
NEEDLEkNEE (joint, missing its head) ; anagram (out) of LED.
20 Hat in canal (6)
PANAMAdouble definition
21 Father, key church leader (4)
POPEPOP (father) E (musical key)
22 Cook from Derbyshire town, not well (4)
BAKE – BAKEWELL (Derbyshire town, missing WELL)

27 comments on “Times Quick Cryptic No 1128 by Tracy”

  1. I briefly wondered if there were a Chefwell in Derbyshire, but BONUS put paid to that idea, fortunately. I’ve seldom seen ‘boatswain’ written out; most commonly, in my experience, it’s been bos’n. But then my experience has been pretty much limited to sea stories in childhood. PRO BONO in the US usually refers to work done by lawyers or doctors who work for free for poor people, while making a bundle on their regular clientele. 4:12.
  2. At 7 minutes I found this one really straightforward but I guess there are a few answers that may not be familiar to all, PRO BONO perhaps being the most likely candidate today.

    Edited at 2018-07-05 04:54 am (UTC)

  3. Did an early solve online and managed to finish in 17:02.
    I was held up at the end by Corner and finally Rural Dean which I’d had for a while but been unable to parse. Thanks Roly for that.
    A nice puzzle. It helped me that I knew Bakewell. David
  4. The reference to the US held me up a moment here, because as a keen supporter of the Bar’s Pro Bono Unit I can assure Tracy that the “pro bono” concept is very much alive and kicking on this side of the pond! Definitely not US-exclusive so an iffy definition, I think.

    A very enjoyable solve, clocking in at my target 3 Kevins despite the tough grid, and nothing to frighten the horses. I did get delayed a fraction by “long pub drink”, though, because the P made me sure that a PINT was going to be involved …

    COD to 9ac from me, very neat and made me snort with appreciation.

    Thanks for the blog, Roly


      1. Don’t tell me the Kevometer applies to incredibly fast drinking times too!
  5. 4:35. My hopes that Kevin might get lost twixt Bakewell and Teesside came to nothing.
  6. 15d was a write in for me as I live in the, now not quite so industrial, area. No hold ups elsewhere. Started with PRO BONO and finished somewhere at the bottom of the grid. 6:47. Thanks Tracy and Roly.
  7. Another tricky solve for me being held up at the end by 1 & 4d and 11 & LOI 12a which I’d not heard of before. Eventually completed in 24.19, particularly enjoying 9 and 18a
    Thanks for the blog
  8. Could 21d also be PAPA? A double definition for “father” and “key church leader” (il papa = pope).

    That said, as a beginner, ‘key’ to mean a musical key always catches me out!

  9. Pretty straightforward. I too have known PRO BONO used by UK lawyers, but I agree it is more associated with America. Enjoyed PINEAPPLE (my COD). That took some decyphering. LOI RURAL DEAN. That also took some decyphering. On the nautical theme a purser is a pusser and I have seen cockswain as cox’n.
  10. Thanks Roly for parsing NEEDLE and UPSTARTS. I found this tough, today! Just not on Tracy’s wavelength, I guess. Some great clues: OMITTED, PINEAPPLE, the hidden in “cute northerner” that took me ages to spot (wanted twee in there somewhere!). Must remember that if all else fails, look for a hidden…
  11. I thought this was moderately hard with Corner / Rural Dean taking time. Finished in just over 20 x Nadal services. Check out Thornbridge brewery next time you’re in Bakewell in the gorgeous Wye valley. Thanks all
  12. I think I found this a bit harder than others – 40 mins with loi Morose. 14ac benefitted from last week’s discussion about shopping, but there were still plenty of penny-dropping moments. 19d, Needle, gets my CoD vote. Invariant
  13. I’m struggling to find an example of ‘more’ meaning ‘again’ (4d). Surely one is quantitative and the other repetitive, which are different concepts. Otherwise a very enjoyable puzzle with some lovely surfaces.

    Roly, you haven’t accounted in the blog for the E in 11a, although you surely have in your mind.


      1. Of course! You can usually trust the Bard to get the setter out of trouble ; )
        Thank you.
        1. My thought (which I should have included) was the more prosaic “encore”, which is roughly synonymous with both, but I much prefer the “once more/again” approach.

          Well spotted re the errant E, but it’s a bit late to edit the blog – the flummoxed late solver who can’t be bothered to read the comments shall simply have to languish in confusion!

  14. My lips arn’t under my cheek. Only got this because nothing else fitted.Relative beginner so dnf.


    1. Hi kg, welcome

      In that clue, “cheek” was being used for “lip” not in the sense of a physical feature, but as a synonym for backchat/sauce/cheekiness. So “none of your lip” equates to “none of your cheek”.

      And when it says “under” it means (because this is a “down” clue”) that it is literally underneath.

      So looking at the whole thing – “paste applied under cheek” breaks down as STICK (which = “paste”) being written (= “applied”) below/underneath (= “under”) LIP (which = “cheek”).

      Hope that makes sense!


  15. I didn’t find this straight forward and struggled with 2dn CORNER in particular. 12ac RURAL DEAN was my penultimate solve. An average solve but still a good way to pass the time on my journey home. Thank you for explaining OUT as biffed this in unparsed.
  16. 7.35 early evening solve, no complaints except the allegedly Stateside PRO BONO, which I have benefited from without transatlantic phone calls.

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