Astarte1

QC 1985 by Tracy

A highly enjoyable puzzle from Tracy. I think I got as far down as 9A before my FOI went in.

As to my LOI and COD, in one of his restaurant review columns a couple of years back Giles Coren praised a particular restaurant (which has since become a firm favourite of my wife and me) for its chips. As I remember it, and don't quote me, he said something like "Oh. My. Days. The chips. The chips, my friend, were the dish of the year. Dish of the decade. Dish of the effing century." Well yes. Poetic hyperbole perhaps, but he was right. The chips were and are very good indeed.

And that is sort of how I feel about 3D. Not so much of the hyperbole perhaps. It's not the clue of the century. Nor even the decade. Nor even the week when you take into account 15x15 clues. But I will go so far as to say that it was my LOI and my COD and also say my COMHIB (Clue Of My History In Blogging). That is to say I don't think I have blogged a better clue since I started this gig. Topical, witty and misdirecting and yet the device is a very simple cryptic definition. I loved it.

So many thanks to Tracy for that. But I think I did comment the other week that today's brilliant clue is often tomorrow's chestnut, as there is no way anybody will be able to spring that device on me a second time. And of course it may already be a chestnut. It may well have been done before and I have just never met it before. Maybe it was a write-in for many of you because you have seen it before. I don't know but no doubt I will find out from the comments.


Anyway, be that as it may. Definitions are underlined and everything else is explained just as I see it as simply as I can.

Across
1 Singer's money runs out (4)
BASS - BrASS (money) with R (runs) 'out'.
4 Manage ably for so long (8)
FAREWELL - FARE (manage) + WELL (ably).
8 Reorganisation of NATO unlikely, so don't mention it (3,2,3)
NOT AT ALL - NOT A (anagram of NATO ('reorganisation')) + T ALL (TALL = unlikely, as in a TALL story)
9 Measure some chinchillas (4)
INCH - hidden word: 'some' chINCHillas.
10 Incredibly remote shooting star (6)
METEOR - straight anagram ('incredibly') of REMOTE.
11 Within easy reach of a labourer saving time (2,4)
AT HAND - A HAND (a labourer) 'saving' T (time).
12 Game dart players may play constantly? (5,3,5)
ROUND THE CLOCK - double definition. Round The Clock is a game where players aim to get darts into the numbered sections of the dartboard sequentially, as in 1, 2, 3... 20. Getting a double or a treble on a particular number enables you to jump that many spaces to the next number. So a treble on 10 for example would allow you to shoot for 13 on the next throw.
16 Call for English translation of Latin (6)
ENTAIL - E (English) + NTAIL (anagram ('translation') of LATIN).
17 Really popular female performance (2,4)
IN FACT - IN (popular) + F (female) + ACT (performance).
19 Bond actor picked up extra (4)
MORE - Sounds like MOORE. Well it does if you don't pronounce it MORE. Roger Moore was the third actor to play Bond after Sean Connery and George Lazenby (who only lasted the one film, OHMSS.).
20 Pithy joke about European passenger ship (3-5)
ONE-LINER - ON (about) + E (European) + LINER (passenger ship). The following example completely cracked my niece up recently. She just couldn't stop laughing when I told her that I once told my wife that she painted her eyebrows too high, and she just looked surprised.
21 Completely happy English composer? Almost completely (8)
BLISSFUL - BLISS (English composer) + FULl ('almost' FULL (completely)).
22 Hollywood star disposing of old clothes (4)
GARB - GARBo (Hollywood star, Greta Garbo, 'disposing of' O (old)).
Down
2 A sub, reportedly unescorted (5)
ALONE - sounds like ('reportedly') A LOAN (a sub).
3 People not social distancing in game? (5,8)
SPACE INVADERS - cryptic definition.
4 Natural ability shown by learner in market (5)
FLAIR - L (learner) 'in' FAIR (market).
5 Issue on subject of tenancy (7)
RELEASE - RE (on) + LEASE (subject of tenancy).
6 Women's rowing crew taking up sport (13)
WEIGHTLIFTING - W (women's) + EIGHT (rowing crew) + LIFTING (taking up).
7 Saying few words, the French Commander-in-Chief holding on (7)
LACONIC - LA (feminine French definite article) + CIC (Commander-in-Chief) 'holding' ON.
10 Spoil mother rotten, initially (3)
MAR - MA (mother) + Rotten 'initially'.
13 Personal objective in move that backfired? (3,4)
OWN GOAL - double cryptic definition.
14 Some attending banquet old official scolded (4,3)
TOLD OFF - Hidden words: 'some attending' banqueT OLD OFFicial'.
15 Tackle satirical sketch taking off Society (3)
KIT - sKIT (satirical sketch 'taking off' S for society0.
17 Model and I hand out cards (5)
IDEAL - I + DEAL (hand out cards).
18 Fine the Parisian parked in vehicle (5)
CLEAR - LE (Parisian, i.e. French, masculine definite article) 'parked in' CAR (vehicle).
Astarte1

QC 1975 by Orpheus

From where I am sitting this was slightly more difficult than my last puzzle two weeks ago and quite a bit less difficult than my puzzle four weeks ago. But looking through it after the event maybe it only seemed slightly more difficult than the last one because I was distracted quite a lot by importunate pings and rings from my phone as I was trying to nail the second half. This is two from Orpheus in a row I think so thank you for this one which as I say felt like a slightly tougher test than the last one.

FOI was 8A and LOI 22A (I originally had GRAND-NIECE as a more likely entry but also had GREAT-NIECE in my mind for when I came to review final entries and when the crossers were there it was an obvious change to make).

COD goes to 1A not because of difficulty but because of the associative memories it brings. As many of you know I used to work in Advertising. I used to do quite a lot of work with a particular film director who had started working in the field back in the sixties. He told me that he had once worked at Grey Advertising (as I remember it) with a typographer (which is different from a typesetter but sets off the same associations in my mind) who had one day announced that he was leaving the agency to join a band. His name was Charlie Watts and looking back on it you could probably say it was a decent career move. RIP Charlie. I liked the Stones but was never what you would call a fan. I was always a Charlie Watts fan though.

Funnily enough in the context of the clue in one of my later agencies the Creative Director used to bring his dog into work (back then this was quite unusual) and she used to spend many long advertising lunches with us in the local pub.

Definitions are underlined and everything else is explained just as I see it as simply as I can.

Across
1 Press employee, sort with dog in tow (10)
TYPESETTER - TYPE (sort) + SETTER (dog) 'in tow'.
8 Irritate a small number in US city (5)
ANNOY - A + NO (small number) 'in' NY (US city).
9 Consume refreshments initially in the Criterion, perhaps (7)
THEATRE - EAT (consume) + R (Refreshments 'initially') 'in' THE. Criterion being the name of a theatre.
10 Vertically challenged worker’s system of writing? (9)
SHORTHAND - SHORT (vertically challenged) + HAND (worker).
12 A second husband’s remains (3)
ASH - A + S (second) + H (husband).
13 Horrify a namesake of Revere when speaking (5)
APPAL - sounds like A + PAUL. Referring to Paul Revere, the American patriot who made a famous midnight ride to warn of the advance of the British forces prior to the battles of Lexington and Concord, as immortalised in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem which I'm sure we all read at school.
15 Person singing some forgotten oratorio (5)
TENOR - hidden word: 'some' forgotTEN ORatorio.
17 Film about female amphibian (3)
EFT - ET (the Extra-Terrestrial, famous Spielberg film which is about the only one that seems to play at the cinemas in Crossworld) 'about' F (female). An EFT is a type of newt that sometimes inhabits the ponds of Crossworld.
18 Don’t accept note with sweet I consumed (9)
REPUDIATE - RE (note, as in Doh-Re-Mi) + PUD (sweet) + I ATE (I consumed).
20 Small talk primarily concerning manufacturer of headgear (7)
CHATTER - C ('primarily' Concerning) + HATTER (manufacturer of headgear).
21 Get rid of stunted vegetation (5)
SCRUB - double definition.
22 Large French resort visited by European relative (5-5)
GREAT-NIECE - GREAT (large) + NICE (French resort) 'visited by' E (European).
Down
1 Openness of projectable photo? (12)
TRANSPARENCY - double definition.
2 Horse having drink by entrance to orchard? (5)
PINTO - PINT (drink) + O ('entrance' to Orchard).
3 Utter anarchy at first in outskirts of Sydney (3)
SAY - A (Anarchy 'at first') 'in' SY (the outskirts of SydneY).
4 He painted innocents originally gobbled up by giant (6)
TITIAN - I (Innocents 'originally') 'gobbled up by' TITAN (giant).
5 Corrected English males, old-fashioned (9)
EMENDATED - E (English) + MEN (males) + DATED (old-fashioned).
6 Way wet weather produces stress (6)
STRAIN - ST (street, way) + RAIN (wet weather).
7 What criminal offences may not be, but some batteries are? (12)
RECHARGEABLE - double definition, first one slightly cryptic although I have underlined it as I guess you could just about use the term in that context in real legal life. The clue refers to the doctrine of double jeopardy whereby a defendant cannot be charged for the same offence twice.
11 One putting up with moving to art role (9)
TOLERATOR - straight anagram ('moving') of TO ART ROLE.
14 Cutting tool one of two PMs reportedly observed (6)
PITSAW - PIT (sounds like PITT, so 'one of two PMs reportedly', the two PMs in question being Pitt the Elder and Pitt the Younger) + SAW (observed).
16 Austere city state once, not all in South Africa (6)
SPARTA - PART (not all) 'in' SA (South Africa).
19 In maturity some soldiers see eye to eye (5)
AGREE - RE (Royal Engineers, 'some soldiers') 'in' AGE (maturity).
21 Young relative — one that shines, we hear (3)
SON - pretty obvious: sounds like SUN.
Astarte1

QC 1965 by Orpheus

Last time out I said that Tracy had served up probably the most challenging quickie of my blogging history. This offering from Orpheus I found to be much more in line with the normal Monday 'wake them up gently' approach. I did it pretty quickly by my standards and I really only had half an eye on it, so thank you to Orpheus for a puzzle that should be well-received by the newbies, casuals and learners among us.

FOI was 1A and I think my LOI was 13A which also gets my COD award. It was one of the only clues that I had to come back to for a second look and the surface is also pretty smooth

Definitions are underlined and everything else is explained just as I see it as simply as I can.

Across
1 Cede most of county, no doubt at first with hesitation (9)
SURRENDER - SURREy (most of county) + ND (No Doubt 'at first') + ER (hesitation).
6 Long priestly vestment, a pound (3)
ALB - A + LB (pound).
8 Item of bedding left outside back of hotel (5)
QUILT - QUIT (left) 'about' L (back of hoteL).
9 Stroll involving yours truly and that Cockney woman (7)
MEANDER - ME (yours truly) + AND + 'ER (that Cockney woman). The luvvable crossword Cockneys of course dropping their aitches as usual - shades of Arthur Daley and 'er indoors.
10 Uneducated rating on manoeuvres (8)
IGNORANT - straight anagram ('manoeuvres') of RATING ON.
11 Unit of heredity a woman talked of (4)
GENE - sounds like ('talked of') JEAN.
13 Callous governor lacking cultural pretensions (9)
HEARTLESS - HE (governor, as in His or Her Excellency) + ARTLESS (lacking cultural pretensions).
16 Long to ignore head and make money (4)
EARN - yEARN (long 'ignoring' head).
17 Prospect of girl coming between Dad and Mum (8)
PANORAMA - NORA (girl) 'coming between' PA (Dad) and MA (Mum).
20 African capital’s crude oil used on excursion (7)
TRIPOLI - TRIP (excursion) + OLI (anagram ('crude') of OIL). Capital of Libya.
21 Steer clear of a chasm (5)
AVOID - A + VOID (chasm).
22 Toupee, one adopted by Grace initially (3)
WIG - I (one) 'adopted by' W + G (initials of W G Grace, famous cricketer of the Victorian era. By all accounts quite a personality, and a good-natured and indulged cheat into the bargain if the memorable portrait in Francis Thompson's poem At Lord's is anything to go by, where he is described as "The long-whiskered Doctor, that laugheth the rules to scorn...").
23 Obstacle rocking inn hard by church (9)
HINDRANCE - HINDRAN (anagram ('rocking') of INN HARD) + CE (Church of England).
Down
1 Clothing ornament from Kent area, one of five (6)
SEQUIN - SE (Kent area) + QUIN (one of five).
2 Period with first of Georges in control? (5)
REIGN - G (first of Georges) 'in' REIN (control).
3 Old bird on a lake outside (8)
EXTERNAL - EX (old) + TERN (bird) + A + L (lake).
4 Protest monster originally received in post (13)
DEMONSTRATION - DEMON (monster) + R ('originally' Received) 'in' STATION (post).
5 Hurried to catch old horse (4)
ROAN - RAN (hurried) 'catching' O (old).
6 Speak to daughter wearing a formal garment (7)
ADDRESS - D (daughter) 'wearing' A DRESS (a formal garment).
7 Unproductive peer, by the sound of it (6)
BARREN - sounds like ('by the sound of it') BARON (peer).
12 Elegant girl coming out and broadcasting? (8)
DEBONAIR - DEB (girl coming out) + ON AIR (broadcasting).
13 A woman’s token of matrimony? Something fishy here (7)
HERRING - HER (a woman's) + RING (token of matrimony).
14 Confer privilege finally on street in East London area (6)
BESTOW - E (privilegE 'finally') + ST (street) 'in' BOW (east London area where the luvvable crossword Cockneys (see 9A above) come from, being born within the sound of the bells of the church of St Mary-le-Bow in Cheapside).
15 About to pop off, collecting duke’s golfing attendant (6)
CADDIE - CA (circa, about) + DIE (pop off) 'collecting' D (duke).
18 A scam involving first of ripe fruit (5)
ACORN - A CON (a scam) 'involving' R (first of Ripe).
19 Leaders of Great Ormond Street Hospital? I say! (4)
GOSH - hardly a clue really, just exactly what it says: Leaders of Great Ormond Street Hospital. Res ipsa loquitur as the lawyers say - it speaks for itself!
Astarte1

QC 1965 by Orpheus

Last time out I said that Tracy had served up probably the most challenging quickie of my blogging history. This offering from Orpheus I found to be much more in line with the normal Monday 'wake them up gently' approach. I did it pretty quickly by my standards and I really only had half an eye on it, so thank you to Orpheus for a puzzle that should be well-received by the newbies, casuals and learners among us.

FOI was 1A and I think my LOI was 13A which also gets my COD award. It was one of the only clues that I had to come back to for a second look and the surface is also pretty smooth

Definitions are underlined and everything else is explained just as I see it as simply as I can.

Across
1 Cede most of county, no doubt at first with hesitation (9)
SURRENDER - SURREy (most of county) + ND (No Doubt 'at first') + ER (hesitation).
6 Long priestly vestment, a pound (3)
ALB - A + LB (pound).
8 Item of bedding left outside back of hotel (5)
QUILT - QUIT (left) 'about' L (back of hoteL).
9 Stroll involving yours truly and that Cockney woman (7)
MEANDER - ME (yours truly) + AND + 'ER (that Cockney woman). The luvvable crossword Cockneys of course dropping their aitches as usual - shades of Arthur Daley and 'er indoors.
10 Uneducated rating on manoeuvres (8)
IGNORANT - straight anagram ('manoeuvres') of RATING ON.
11 Unit of heredity a woman talked of (4)
GENE - sounds like ('talked of') JEAN.
13 Callous governor lacking cultural pretensions (9)
HEARTLESS - HE (governor, as in His or Her Excellency) + ARTLESS (lacking cultural pretensions).
16 Long to ignore head and make money (4)
EARN - yEARN (long 'ignoring' head).
17 Prospect of girl coming between Dad and Mum (8)
PANORAMA - NORA (girl) 'coming between' PA (Dad) and MA (Mum).
20 African capital’s crude oil used on excursion (7)
TRIPOLI - TRIP (excursion) + OLI (anagram ('crude') of OIL). Capital of Libya.
21 Steer clear of a chasm (5)
AVOID - A + VOID (chasm).
22 Toupee, one adopted by Grace initially (3)
WIG - I (one) 'adopted by' W + G (initials of W G Grace, famous cricketer of the Victorian era. By all accounts quite a personality, and a good-natured and indulged cheat into the bargain if the memorable portrait in Francis Thompson's poem At Lord's is anything to go by, where he is described as "The long-whiskered Doctor, that laugheth the rules to scorn...").
23 Obstacle rocking inn hard by church (9)
HINDRANCE - HINDRAN (anagram ('rocking') of INN HARD) + CE (Church of England).
Down
1 Clothing ornament from Kent area, one of five (6)
SEQUIN - SE (Kent area) + QUIN (one of five).
2 Period with first of Georges in control? (5)
REIGN - G (first of Georges) 'in' REIN (control).
3 Old bird on a lake outside (8)
EXTERNAL - EX (old) + TERN (bird) + A + L (lake).
4 Protest monster originally received in post (13)
DEMONSTRATION - DEMON (monster) + R ('originally' Received) 'in' STATION (post).
5 Hurried to catch old horse (4)
ROAN - RAN (hurried) 'catching' O (old).
6 Speak to daughter wearing a formal garment (7)
ADDRESS - D (daughter) 'wearing' A DRESS (a formal garment).
7 Unproductive peer, by the sound of it (6)
BARREN - sounds like ('by the sound of it') BARON (peer).
12 Elegant girl coming out and broadcasting? (8)
DEBONAIR - DEB (girl coming out) + ON AIR (broadcasting).
13 A woman’s token of matrimony? Something fishy here (7)
HERRING - HER (a woman's) + RING (token of matrimony).
14 Confer privilege finally on street in East London area (6)
BESTOW - E (privilegE 'finally') + ST (street) 'in' BOW (east London area where the luvvable crossword Cockneys (see 9A above) come from, being born within the sound of the bells of the church of St Mary-le-Bow in Cheapside).
15 About to pop off, collecting duke’s golfing attendant (6)
CADDIE - CA (circa, about) + DIE (pop off) 'collecting' D (duke).
18 A scam involving first of ripe fruit (5)
ACORN - A CON (a scam) 'involving' R (first of Ripe).
19 Leaders of Great Ormond Street Hospital? I say! (4)
GOSH - hardly a clue really, just exactly what it says: Leaders of Great Ormond Street Hospital. Res ipsa loquitur as the lawyers say - it speaks for itself!
Astarte1

QC 1955 by Tracy

I thought this was probably the most challenging quickie I have ever blogged.

I get the feeling that the Monday morning 'ease them into the week gently' effect is even more pronounced for the quickie than for the biggie, but I don't really know because I don't often get around to doing the quickie on the days that I am not blogging, so I don't have much experience of the other days of the week. But from the comments I hear and the general impression I have gained from the Monday puzzles I believe that that is probably the case.

With this offering today I felt that Tracy had turned the heat up just a notch or two, and I look forward to hearing how the rest of you who have more experience of the rest of the week found it. Many thanks anyway to Tracy for what I found to be a more than usually challenging Monday morning.

FOI was the write-in at 6A, and LOI was 10A which also gets my COD.

Definitions are underlined and everything else is explained just as I see it as simply as I can.

Across
1 Campaign politically in pub — uproar follows end of oration (9)
BARNSTORM - BAR (pub) + N (end of oratioN) + STORM (uproar).
6 Graduate packing old long feathery scarf (3)
BOA - BA (graduate) 'packing' O (old).
8 Instrument installed in radio car in advance (7)
OCARINA - hidden word: 'installed in' radiO CAR IN Advance.
9 Girl taking article on board plane (5)
JANET - AN (indefinite article) 'on board' JET (plane).
10 Given to bragging, several employing strange lingo (12)
VAINGLORIOUS - VARIOUS (several) 'employing' INGLO (anagram ('strange') of LINGO).
12 Reportedly standing in line, helping with lines? (6)
CUEING - sounds like (reportedly) QUEUING.
13 Force of lecture on the radio (6)
TORQUE - another homophone, sounds like (on the radio) TALK .
16 Dated American cocktail (3-9)
OLD-FASHIONED - double definition.
19 Highly valued trophy (5)
PRIZE - double definition.
20 Ran site shifting wine (7)
RETSINA - straight anagram ('shifting') of RAN SITE.
22 Deserter's charge reduced (3)
RAT - RATe (charge 'reduced').
23 Fast-growing trees, ideally spread across end of garden facing one (9)
LEYLANDII - anagram ('spread') of IDEALLY 'across' N (end of gardeN) then 'facing' I (one).
Down
1 Punch black and blue (4)
BLOW - B (black) + LOW (blue, as in 'feeling low').
2 All are excited drinking English beer (4,3)
REAL ALE - anagram ('excited') of ALL ARE 'drinking' E (English).
3 Short hop for runner? (3)
SKI - SKIp (hop) shortened.
4 Old people going round large shrine (6)
ORACLE - O (old) + RACE (people) 'going round' L (large).
5 Chief butler in rank bad mood (5-4)
MAJOR-DOMO - MAJOR (rank) + DOMO (anagram ('bad') of MOOD).
6 Bishop elected to move house (5)
BINGO - B (bishop) + IN (elected) + GO (to move). HOUSE here in the sense of the alternative exclamation to BINGO when you have filled your card.
7 One who may paint European performer (7)
ARTISTE - ARTIST (one who may paint) + E (European).
11 Wrought iron panel beyond compare (9)
NONPAREIL - straight anagram ('wrought') of IRON PANEL.
12 Police officer bagging husband's axe (7)
CHOPPER - COPPER (police officer) 'bagging' H.
14 Asked about queen, awfully erudite, taking time out (7)
QUERIED - Q (queen) + anagram ('awfully') of ERUDItE (taking T (time) out).
15 Slip up during attempt to produce a fortified wine (6)
SHERRY - ERR (slip up) 'during' SHY (attempt).
17 Current doctor, frightfully fit (5)
DRIFT - DR (doctor) + anagram ('frightfully') of FIT.
18 Prepare to take off in cab (4)
TAXI - double definition.
21 Drink in private afterwards (3)
TEA - hidden word: 'in' privaTE Afterwards.
Astarte1

(no subject)

An almost completely sequential solve for me, the good walk spoiled by just a couple of shots slicing off into the rough. Many thanks to Hurley for a gentle start to my holiday week (although I'm only going as far as Yorkshire - I'm not ready to tackle the administrative obstacle course of going abroad just yet).

Because of said holiday trip I don't have time to say much except:

FOI 1A
LOI 19D
COD 11D

COD as usual was difficult to choose in a QC where the clues don't vary a lot in difficulty. 11D for me had the most interesting moving parts of the devices on display.

I am a little surprised to see 21A in a QC as I don't think it is a word that falls into most people's everyday usage. It certainly turns up every now and again in the biggie though and as soon as I saw the definition it went straight into the grid. The cryptic is pretty straightforward and once the checkers were in place I suppose for those who didn't know it it was just a question of deploying the Ps and Rs in the right combination to produce what sounded like a real word. But maybe I underestimate your vocabularies and you bandy the word about with gay abandon on a daily basis. Apologies if so.

Definitions are underlined and everything else is explaind just as I see it as simply as I can.

Across
1 Excellent outlay including pound I’d added (8)
SPLENDID - SPEND (outlay) 'including' L (pound) + ID (I'd added).
6 Get rid of outhouse (4)
SHED - double definition.
8 Organized trip in historic French town left unfinished (4)
TOUR - TOURs (historic French town 'unfinished').
9 A club riot in retrospect — shambles! (8)
ABATTOIR - A BAT (a club) + TOIR (RIOT 'in retrospect').
10 A fence I’d altered leading to opposition (8)
DEFIANCE - straight anagram ('altered') of A FENCE I'D.
12 In Chile, a perfect spring (4)
LEAP - hidden word: 'in' ChiLE A Perfect.
13 Like dog’s home, stick around! (6)
CANINE - IN (home) with CANE (stick) 'around'.
16 Nonsense, being forced to replace name with learner (6)
DRIVEL - DRIVEN (forced) replacing N (name) with L (learner).
17 Falterer on regular basis? Run away (4)
FLEE - FaLtErEr 'on regular basis'.
18 After review Serb pays possible witness (6-2)
PASSER-BY - straight anagram ('after review') of SERB PAYS.
21 Referring to river bank rain pair recollected (8)
RIPARIAN - another straight anagram: RAIN PAIR 'recollected'.
22 Dreary poet returns (4)
DRAB - BARD (poet) backwards.
23 What must be paid, lavish, expensive, vexes you at outset (4)
LEVY - Lavish Expenses Vexes You 'at the outset' (i.e. initial letters).
24 Fail to develop stage, involving nationalist just briefly (8)
STAGNATE - STAGE 'involving' NAT (nationalist, but 'just briefly').
Down
2 Writing supporting southeast (5)
PROSE - PRO (supporting) + SE (southeast).
3 Make mistake in The Star Chamber finally (3)
ERR - thE staR chambeR 'finally' (i.e. last letters).
4 Tired and tied (5)
DRAWN - double definition. (If a match is drawn it is tied).
5 Demanded changes after Mike leaves cul-de-sac (4,3)
DEAD END - anagram of DEmANDED ('changes after Mike leaves').
6 Coming from Lufthansa, tell it exactly, “Sputnik was one” (9)
SATELLITE - hidden word: 'coming from' LufthanSA TELL IT Exactly.
7 Move abroad, good to go, coming to this country? (7)
EMIRATE - EMIgRATE (move abroad with G (good) 'to go').
11 Unfortunate inertia over railway travel plan (9)
ITINERARY - anagram ('unfortunate') of INERTIA 'over' (i.e. 'above' in this down clue) RY (railway).
14 The whole prison sentence, unsurpassed up to now (3-4)
ALL-TIME - ALL (the whole) + TIME (prison sentence). If you are the all-time greatest crossword-solver then you are unsurpassed - up to now anyway.
15 English politician secures bottles maybe (7)
EMPTIES - E (English) + MP (politician) + TIES (secures).
19 This girl’s relative edges round Iowa (5)
SONIA - SON (relative) + I and A (edges round IowA).
20 Snake on street? Exaggerated statement maybe (5)
BOAST - BOA (snake) 'on' (i.e. 'above' in this down clue) ST (street).
22 Lecturer’s indication of agreement written about (3)
DON - NOD (indication of agreement) 'written about', i.e. reversed.
Astarte1

QC 1945 by Hurley

An almost completely sequential solve for me, the good walk spoiled by just a couple of shots slicing off into the rough. Many thanks to Hurley for a gentle start to my holiday week (although I'm only going as far as Yorkshire - I'm not ready to tackle the administrative obstacle course of going abroad just yet).

Because of said holiday trip I don't have time to say much except:

FOI 1A
LOI 19D
COD 11D

COD as usual was difficult to choose in a QC where the clues don't vary a lot in difficulty. 11D for me had the most interesting moving parts of the devices on display.


I am a little surprised to see 21A in a QC as I don't think it is a word that falls into most people's everyday usage. It certainly turns up every now and again in the biggie though and as soon as I saw the definition it went straight into the grid. For those who didn't know it the cryptic is pretty straightforward and once the checkers were in place I suppose it was just a question of deploying the Ps and Rs in the right combination to produce what sounded like a real word. But maybe I underestimate your vocabularies and you use the word on a daily basis with gay abandon. Apologies if so.

Definitions are underlined and everything else is explaind just as I see it as simply as I can.

Across
1 Excellent outlay including pound I’d added (8)
SPLENDID - SPEND (outlay) 'including' L (pound) + ID (I'd added).
6 Get rid of outhouse (4)
SHED - double definition.
8 Organized trip in historic French town left unfinished (4)
TOUR - TOURs (historic French town 'unfinished').
9 A club riot in retrospect — shambles! (8)
ABATTOIR - A BAT (a club) + TOIR (RIOT 'in retrospect').
10 A fence I’d altered leading to opposition (8)
DEFIANCE - straight anagram ('altered') of A FENCE I'D.
12 In Chile, a perfect spring (4)
LEAP - hidden word: 'in' ChiLE A Perfect.
13 Like dog’s home, stick around! (6)
CANINE - IN (home) with CANE (stick) 'around'.
16 Nonsense, being forced to replace name with learner (6)
DRIVEL - DRIVEN (forced) replacing N (name) with L (learner).
17 Falterer on regular basis? Run away (4)
FLEE - FaLtErEr 'on regular basis'.
18 After review Serb pays possible witness (6-2)
PASSER-BY - straight anagram ('after review') of SERB PAYS.
21 Referring to river bank rain pair recollected (8)
RIPARIAN - another straight anagram: RAIN PAIR 'recollected'.
22 Dreary poet returns (4)
DRAB - BARD (poet) backwards.
23 What must be paid, lavish, expensive, vexes you at outset (4)
LEVY - Lavish Expenses Vexes You 'at the outset' (i.e. initial letters).
24 Fail to develop stage, involving nationalist just briefly (8)
STAGNATE - STAGE 'involving' NAT (nationalist, but 'just briefly').
Down
2 Writing supporting southeast (5)
PROSE - PRO (supporting) + SE (southeast).
3 Make mistake in The Star Chamber finally (3)
ERR - thE staR chambeR 'finally' (i.e. last letters).
4 Tired and tied (5)
DRAWN - double definition. (If a match is drawn it is tied).
5 Demanded changes after Mike leaves cul-de-sac (4,3)
DEAD END - anagram of DEmANDED ('changes after Mike leaves').
6 Coming from Lufthansa, tell it exactly, “Sputnik was one” (9)
SATELLITE - hidden word: 'coming from' LufthanSA TELL IT Exactly.
7 Move abroad, good to go, coming to this country? (7)
EMIRATE - EMIgRATE (move abroad with G (good) 'to go').
11 Unfortunate inertia over railway travel plan (9)
ITINERARY - anagram ('unfortunate') of INERTIA 'over' (i.e. 'above' in this down clue) RY (railway).
14 The whole prison sentence, unsurpassed up to now (3-4)
ALL-TIME - ALL (the whole) + TIME (prison sentence). If you are the all-time greatest crossword-solver then you are unsurpassed - up to now anyway.
15 English politician secures bottles maybe (7)
EMPTIES - E (English) + MP (politician) + TIES (secures).
19 This girl’s relative edges round Iowa (5)
SONIA - SON (relative) + I and A (edges round IowA).
20 Snake on street? Exaggerated statement maybe (5)
BOAST - BOA (snake) 'on' (i.e. 'above' in this down clue) ST (street).
22 Lecturer’s indication of agreement written about (3)
DON - NOD (indication of agreement) 'written about', i.e. reversed.
Astarte1

QC 1935 by Orpheus

Everything here went in pretty smoothly for me. There were a couple of clues (17A and 5D) that pushed me to the edge of my GK, but they still went in straight away because in each case the rest of the clue left no room for ambiguity. 17A came out of my horticultural knowledge black hole, but I vaguely remembered the plant in question and the cryptic was very kind. And in 5D I didn't know the Scottish farm labourer (in spite of my Scottish ancestry) but the definition was so straightforward that  the cryptic was almost superfluous. Thanks very much to Orpheus for a gentle start to the week.

My FOI was 1A, and I think my LOI was 18A. No particular stand-out COD but I'll go with 4D.

Definitions are underlined and everything else is explained just as I see it as simply as I can.


Across
1 Policeman left girl: that’s the problem (7)
DILEMMA - DI (Detective Inspector, policeman) + L (left) + EMMA (girl).
5 Embrace European of substantial proportions (4)
HUGE - HUG (embrace) + E (European).
7 Lament extinct bird in Scottish mountain (6)
BEMOAN - MOA (extinct bird) 'in' BEN (Scottish mountain, as in Ben Nevis).
8 Proceed on horseback in American territory (6)
CANTER - hidden word: 'in' AmeriCAN TERritory.
9 Eg hotel booking giving rise to doubt? (11)
RESERVATION - double definition.
10 Stick publicity notice in this place (6)
ADHERE - AD (publicity notice) + HERE (in this place).
12 Part of school dayfull stop! (6)
PERIOD - double definition.
14 Confined criminals given regular coaching (11)
CONSTRAINED - CONS (convicts, criminals) + TRAINED (given regular coaching).
17 Showy plant in lodging-place, one in borders of Zambia (6)
ZINNIA - INN (lodging place) + I (one) 'in' ZA (the 'borders' of ZambiA).
18 Authority to keep daughter’s cosmetic (6)
POWDER - POWER (authority) 'keeping' D (daughter).
20 Covered in writing fluid — and smelly? No way (4)
INKY - stINKY (smelly with no ST (street, way)).
21 Huntsman’s cry produced by friend in front of this house (5-2)
TALLY-HO - ALLY (friend) 'in' T (front of This) + HO (house).
Down
1 Female creature drover regularly observed (3)
DOE - DrOvEr 'regularly observed'.
2 Quick inspection from king in flowing robe, ultimately? (4-3)
LOOK-SEE - K (king) 'in' LOOSE (flowing) + E (robE 'ultimately').
3 Pit employee of little importance, do we hear? (5)
MINER - sounds like ('do we hear?') MINOR (of little importance).
4 A vice securing top of rotating light (3,4)
ARC LAMP - A CLAMP (a vice) 'securing' R ('top' of Rotating).
5 Old Scottish farmworker, initially identifying Asian language (5)
HINDI - HIND (old Scottish farmworker) + I ('initially' Identifying).
6 One gored badly crossing western forest (9)
GREENWOOD - anagram ('badly') of ONE GORED 'crossing' W (western).
9 Revolutionary undertaking, preparation for publishing (9)
REDACTION - RED (revolutionary) + ACTION (undertaking).
11 Passage from old religious pamphlet (7)
EXTRACT - EX (old) + TRACT (religious pamphlet).
13 Fugitive Garda finally found in part of airport (7)
RUNAWAY - A (GardA 'finally') 'found in' RUNWAY (part of airport).
15 Girl’s granny, extremely canny (5)
NANCY - NAN (granny) + CY (CannY 'extremely' (i.e. taking the 'extremes' of the word)).
16 Horrify a friend, parking in the centre (5)
APPAL - A PAL (a friend) with P (parking) in the centre.
19 For example, one’s initial self-importance (3)
EGO - EG (for example) + O (One's initial).
Astarte1

QC 1925 by Pedro

FOI was the well signposted anagram at 1A, and funnily enough I think my LOI was the next clue in order, 8A, which I just didn't see until the end. No particular standout COD but I think I'll go with 11D for neatness of surface.

No problems with solving any of the clues for me really, just my usual problem with reading them. Now that I am allowed to I really must make a catch-up appointment with my ophthalmologist as I think my prescription has changed significantly during the lockdown. Many thanks to Pedro (whom I have come across only infrequently in my time as blogger) for an enjoyable start to the week.

Definitions
are underlined and everything else is explained just as I see it as simply as I can.

Across
1 Rebuilt each, partly following a model (10)
ARCHETYPAL - straight anagram: 'rebuilt' EACH PARTLY.
8 Dances with wife following a puzzle (6)
JIGSAW - JIGS (dances) + A + W (wife (W) following A).
9 Very unfortunate time, with export from Cuba brought back (6)
TRAGIC - T (time) + RAGIC (CIGAR (export from Cuba) 'brought back').
10 This could supply waterwhat do you think? (4)
WELL - double definition. "Well? What do you think?".
11 Inclination to write song (8)
PENCHANT - PEN (to write) + CHANT (song).
12 Uncommon panic about Conservative (6)
SCARCE - SCARE (panic) 'about' C (Conservative).
14 Meaning to get stuff from abroad? (6)
IMPORT - double definition.
16 Note heartless opponent finding monument? (8)
MEMORIAL - MEMO (note) + RIvAL ('heartless' opponent).
18 Compete to restrain constant crime (4)
VICE - VIE (compete) 'restraining' C (constant).
20 Flan rapidly cut by that man (6)
QUICHE - QUICk (rapidly 'cut', i.e. with last letter removed) + HE (that man).
21 About to show signs of exertion, returning for a quick snooze (6)
CATNAP - CA (contraction of circa, Latin for about) plus PANT (show signs of exertion) 'returning' (i.e. reversed).
22 Gloomy note disrupted study of insects (10)
ENTOMOLOGY - straight anagram ('disrupted') of GLOOMY NOTE.
Down
2 About to capture hydrogen in river (5)
RHINE - RE (about) 'capturing' H (hydrogen) + IN.
3 Swindler almost entirely ruthless, sadly (7)
HUSTLER - anagram ('sadly') of most of the letters ('almost entirely') of RUTHLESs.
4 Draw tops of the old windows (3)
TOW - tops, i.e. first letters of, The Old Windows.
5 Chance of success? Work up talent, I fancy (9)
POTENTIAL - PO (work 'up', i.e reversed in this down clue) + anagram ('fancy') of TALENT I.
6 Restraint for dogs beginning to hunt beyond meadows (5)
LEASH - LEAS (meadows) + H (beginning to Hunt).
7 Champion, with something short of a bullseye (6)
WINNER - W (with) + INNER (something short of a bullseye).
11 Identification adopted by current leader (9)
PRESIDENT - ID (identification) 'adopted' by PRESENT (current).
13 New reporter cuddling that woman’s little angel (6)
CHERUB - CUB (new reporter) 'cuddling' HER (that woman). I am glad to see that Pedro is obviously an equal opportunities employer, balancing things up as he does against 'that man' in 20A!).
15 Crucial US city to important figure, on reflection (7)
PIVOTAL - LA (US city) + TO VIP (to important figure) 'on reflection', i.e. all reversed.
17 Individual bringing in copper when required (2,3)
ON CUE - ONE (individual) 'bringing in' CU (copper, chemical symbol Cu).
19 Family beginning to generate loud noise (5)
CLANG - CLAN (family) + G (beginning to Generate).
21 Odd bits of charm in English river (3)
CAM - just what it says on the tin: the 'odd bits' of ChArM.
Astarte1

QC 1925 by Pedro

FOI was the well signposted anagram at 1A, and funnily enough I think my LOI was the next clue in order, 8A, which I just didn't see until the end. No particular standout COD but I think I'll go with 11D for neatness of surface.

No problems with solving any of the clues for me really, just my usual problem with reading them. Now that I am allowed to I really must make a catch-up appointment with my ophthalmologist as I think my prescription has changed significantly during the lockdown. Many thanks to Pedro (whom I have come across only infrequently in my time as blogger) for an enjoyable start to the week.

Definitions
are underlined and everything else is explained just as I see it as simply as I can.

Across
1 Rebuilt each, partly following a model (10)
ARCHETYPAL - straight anagram: 'rebuilt' EACH PARTLY.
8 Dances with wife following a puzzle (6)
JIGSAW - JIGS (dances) + A + W (wife (W) following A).
9 Very unfortunate time, with export from Cuba brought back (6)
TRAGIC - T (time) + RAGIC (CIGAR (export from Cuba) 'brought back').
10 This could supply waterwhat do you think? (4)
WELL - double definition. "Well? What do you think?".
11 Inclination to write song (8)
PENCHANT - PEN (to write) + CHANT (song).
12 Uncommon panic about Conservative (6)
SCARCE - SCARE (panic) 'about' C (Conservative).
14 Meaning to get stuff from abroad? (6)
IMPORT - double definition.
16 Note heartless opponent finding monument? (8)
MEMORIAL - MEMO (note) + RIvAL ('heartless' opponent).
18 Compete to restrain constant crime (4)
VICE - VIE (compete) 'restraining' C (constant).
20 Flan rapidly cut by that man (6)
QUICHE - QUICk (rapidly 'cut', i.e. with last letter removed) + HE (that man).
21 About to show signs of exertion, returning for a quick snooze (6)
CATNAP - CA (contraction of circa, Latin for about) plus PANT (show signs of exertion) 'returning' (i.e. reversed).
22 Gloomy note disrupted study of insects (10)
ENTOMOLOGY - straight anagram ('disrupted') of GLOOMY NOTE.
Down
2 About to capture hydrogen in river (5)
RHINE - RE (about) 'capturing' H (hydrogen) + IN.
3 Swindler almost entirely ruthless, sadly (7)
HUSTLER - anagram ('sadly') of most of the letters ('almost entirely') of RUTHLESs.
4 Draw tops of the old windows (3)
TOW - tops, i.e. first letters of, The Old Windows.
5 Chance of success? Work up talent, I fancy (9)
POTENTIAL - PO (work 'up', i.e reversed in this down clue) + anagram ('fancy') of TALENT I.
6 Restraint for dogs beginning to hunt beyond meadows (5)
LEASH - LEAS (meadows) + H (beginning to Hunt).
7 Champion, with something short of a bullseye (6)
WINNER - W (with) + INNER (something short of a bullseye).
11 Identification adopted by current leader (9)
PRESIDENT - ID (identification) 'adopted' by PRESENT (current).
13 New reporter cuddling that woman’s little angel (6)
CHERUB - CUB (new reporter) 'cuddling' HER (that woman). I am glad to see that Pedro is obviously an equal opportunities employer, balancing things up as he does against 'that man' in 20A!).
15 Crucial US city to important figure, on reflection (7)
PIVOTAL - LA (US city) + TO VIP (to important figure) 'on reflection', i.e. all reversed.
17 Individual bringing in copper when required (2,3)
ON CUE - ONE (individual) 'bringing in' CU (copper, chemical symbol Cu).
19 Family beginning to generate loud noise (5)
CLANG - CLAN (family) + G (beginning to Generate).
21 Odd bits of charm in English river (3)
CAM - just what it says on the tin: the 'odd bits' of ChArM.