Times Saturday 23767 (Nov 24)

Looking at the puzzle again this morning I see I forgot to note down my time. Quite annoying really, as I remember it was quite a quick solve, around the 10-minute mark. I got the two 14-letter answers straight away, and then tackled it one quadrant at a time without any serious holdups.

Across

10 FETTUCINI – ribbon pasta, so a very apposite anagram and &lit definition. Definitely one of my candidates for COD.
12 BAN(SHE)E – a banshee is a wailing spirit who is heard just before a death in the household, so it’s an accurate definition.
13 L(ine),IN,O(C)UT – tricky wordplay – I left this till I had all the crossing letters and put it in without really working it all out.
15 (o)PUS,HOVER
18 C(HATS)HOW – this is clever. Remember the phrase “I’ll eat my hat!
23 HANG,DOG – a hangdog look is one of guilt.
25 N(EAR)EST
26 AISLE – sounds like “I’ll”, short for “I will”, but surely a wedding vow is “I do”, isn’t it?
28 EX,P,EDIT,E
29 FREEZE – “frieze”

Down

1 SOFT,BALL – I think low = soft here in the sense of volume of sound.
2 AN(TEN)NA
3 SOU,T(H,W)EST – a sou was an old French 5-centime piece, very little money.
5 CHINLESS WONDER (lord eschews inn)* – first one I got, but a great phrase and a good anagram.
6 DEMO,N(=last letter of prestidigitation) – there’s no direct definition in Chambers of demon=wizard or vice versa, but both can mean a person of great skill.
7 MO(NOC)LE – i.e. CON=against rev. inside MOLE=spy
8 CHE,STY – I like the definition, “with a prominent top”.
16 O(UR,FA)THER
17 ALL THERE – very clever clue, another COD candidate for me. “In” is defined as ALL THE RAGE, from which you remove silver (Ag).
22 PHRASE – “frays”
24 D(efeat),READ=”major in”, as in university study.

4 comments on “Times Saturday 23767 (Nov 24)”

  1. There is not just ‘Do you take this woman / man to be your lawful wedded wife / husband?’ but from memory ‘Will you love, honour and protect her / him and forsaking all other dum de dum until death do you part?’ So ‘I will’ is ok as a vow imho.

    I append a pic of the fuddler in action for your delectation. I confess to the quaint habit of reading the actual newspaper before attempting the crossword.

  2. Returning to this site after two weeks of real-life-itis I note this sad occurrence. For me of course it was more a case of jogging along by the clock than of racing it but it gave me something to aim for. Is it possible that the competition just went through a bad patch in that Wednesdays didn’t count for a while and that this could have led to a bit of confusion?

    I have now managed to catch up with crosswords and with reading this blog but it all got a bit scrappy so I don’t have my times. I intend to try and keep track of them for next week though despite the end of RTC. (BTW: After seeing the oohs and ahs over 23,764 I was very pleased I’d managed eventually to finish it no aids no nuffink.)

  3. Main holdup for me on this one was getting “chinless wonder”. Nice puzzle, I enjoyed this one.
  4. My LOI I’m afraid – CHE and his STY eluded me for ages. Odd – I usually notice this sort of thing a lot sooner.

    Nine “easies” not in the blog:

    1a Poles close to France, scattered (6)
    SPARS E

    4a Unimportant fellow (8)
    ACADEMIC

    11a Store filled with cold meat (5)
    MIN C E

    14a Permission to quit (5)
    LEAVE

    20a Unwanted individual sent back in disgust (5)
    REPEL. Leper backwards.

    27a Public assembly’s welcoming situation (4,5)
    OPEN HOUSE

    9d Lose spirit and die (4,2,3,5)
    GIVE UP THE GHOST

    19d Worker in need of a drink, given armed robber’s demand (5,2)
    HAND SUP

    21d Take it quietly, and take it up again (7)
    P RESUME

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