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QC 1315 by Izetti

A great collection of anagrams here. I think that six clues were straight anagrams (including all four of the long 13-letter clues) and another two involved them. There were also I think three double definitions of which five definitions were straight and only one cryptic. Most of the other clues were straight insertions, which made for a pretty straightforward puzzle overall. Having said that I found it very entertaining as all the anagrams (and indeed all of the clues) were very pleasing with natural surfaces and didn't feel strained at all (apart from 2D perhaps). Many thanks to Izetti therefore for a very neat and entertaining start to the week.

I have no idea of time as I was just getting into my stride when the BT engineer came to call and I spent the next half hour with him diagnosing that the reason one of my telephone lines had gone down was that a fox had eaten it. But as I say it felt pretty straightforward and there may well be a few PBs out there.

My FOI was the hidden word at 1A and my LOI was 15D (reversing SIR was obvious to me but then revesing BED seemed more difficult for some strange reason). COD would be one of those neat anagrams but it's difficult to choose between them. I probably liked 6D best in the end.

My NATRAF (Nina And Them Radar And Filter) twitched slightly when it spotted the beginnings of a story being told in the final grid:

DAMASK AMUSES ROGUE'S GALLERY

And then if you ignore the hyphen of 'SIT-IN':

SIT IN UNTAKEN SARCOPHAGUS

Which reminds me of one of my father's favourite sayings. If you sat in his chair in front of the TV when he got up and left the room for a moment he would invariably say upon his return: "Would ye jump into my grave as quick?"

And then we have:

AVERAGE THOSE, THE PARTY'S OVER and SINGER SEVENS

Reading downwards we have:

DIREST CASTES MIGHT HAVE BEEN STERN CHARADE

And also:

GRUMPIEST MILITIA TASTE STEAK AU POIVRE SAYING DEBRIS

Or perhaps the long anagrams are giving some sort of BREXIT commentary:

ROGUES GALLERY - THE PARTY'S OVER, MIGHT HAVE BEEN STEAK AU POIVRE

As I say, it all sort of nearly makes sense. But not quite. Which makes me believe it's all just a bit of a coincidence after all. Or maybe Izetti is just playing around with me. Like Hamlet and Polonius:


Hamlet: Do you see yonder cloud that's almost in shape of a camel?
Polonius: By th' Mass, and 'tis like a camel, indeed.
Hamlet: Methinks it is like a weasel.
Polonius: It is backed like a weasel.
Hamlet: Or like a whale.
Polonius: Very like a whale.

Definitions are underlined as usual and everything else is explained just as I see it in the simplest language I can manage.

Across
1 Madam, a skirt will contain this material (6)
DAMASK - hidden word: maDAM A SKirt
4 A maiden exploits charms (6)
AMUSES - A + M (maiden) + USES (exploits).
8 A group of undesirables regularly goes wild (6,7)
ROGUES GALLERY - straight anagram ('wild') of REGULARLY GOES.
10 Something wicked about Italian making protest (3-2)
SIT-IN - SIN (something wicked) 'about' IT (Italian).
11 Eccentric aunt with range of knowledge left on the shelf? (7)
UNTAKEN - UNTA (anagram of aunt ('eccentric')) + KEN (range of knowledge).
12 A group's cash thrown into a stone box (11)
SARCOPHAGUS - straight anagram ('thrown') of A GROUPS CASH.
16 Girl in time seen to be ordinary? (7)
AVERAGE - VERA (girl) 'in' AGE (time).
17 That group of map-makers featured in article (5)
THOSE - OS (Ordnance Survey - map-makers) 'featured in' THE (article).
18 Hearts broken with poverty — expect no more fun (3,6,4)
THE PARTYS OVER - straight anagram ('broken') of HEARTS + POVERTY.
19 Entertainer, one who got things stitched up! (6)
SINGER - double definition, one cryptic. The name of SINGER was once to sewing machines what HOOVER is to vacuum cleaners.
20 Ball game in uniform aboard ship (6)
SEVENS - SS (Steam Ship) with EVEN (uniform) 'aboard'.
Down
1 I'd flipped over, repose being most terrible (6)
DIREST - DI (I'D 'flipped over') + REST (repose).
2 What would excite them? Big heaven? It never came to pass (5-4-4)
MIGHT-HAVE-BEEN - straight anagram ('what would excite') of THEM BIG HEAVEN.
3 Hard back (5)
STERN - double definition.
5 Fighting force initially might, it’s likely, if trained in advance (7)
MILITIA - take the initial letters of Might It's Likely If Trained In Advance.
6 Take a previous, re-cooked, meat dish (5,2,6)
STEAK AU POIVRE - straight anagram ('re-cooked') of TAKE A PREVIOUS.
7 Remaining, not time for speaking (6)
SAYING - STAYING (remaining) minus T (time).
9 Tum suffering with gripes making one most irritable (9)
GRUMPIEST - straight anagram ('suffering') of TUM + GRIPES.
13 Tea awfully dear — it's a travesty (7)
CHARADE - CHA (tea) + RADE (anagram ('awfully') of DEAR).
14 Classes of people left out of grand buildings (6)
CASTES - CASTLES (grand buildings) minus L (left).
15 Rubbish in plot upset gentleman turning up (6)
DEBRIS - DEB (BED (plot) 'upset') + RIS (SIR reversed, or 'turning up' in this down clue).
17 Liking decorum (5)
TASTE - double definition.
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