astartedon (astartedon) wrote,
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QC 1265 by Teazel

Thank you for all the good wishes for my mother who is still recovering in hospital after her New Year fall. Once again I am writing this in a hurry before going to keep up my end of the family visiting effort, so it will necessarily be brief.

I was breezing along nicely until I hit CARLISLE, which stumped me for a couple of minutes. Strange, because I normally do hit Carlisle in reality annnually while travelling up to Scotland (although I have not been to the Gathering mentioned in the commentary at 18D for many a year). You might think therefore that it would spring naturally to my mind as one of the most obvious clues, but unfortunatley not today. I can only put it down to distraction from knowing that I have to finish this as quickly as possible before racing down to St George's Tooting to perform my filial duties. Unfortunately the helipad facilities are not available to me although the comings and goings of the air ambulance provide an interesting occasional distraction through the window by my mother's bed.

My FOI was the straightforward anagram at 1A and my LOI was 8A as alluded to above. I thought that although the clues were for the most part straightforward (nearly all definitions or anagrams of one sort or another) there were several neat and natural surfaces. I liked the CAMOUFLAGE/GUACAMOLE link, and I liked 'Sporty Spice' who made an anonymous appearance at 3D, but in the end I have chosen 22A as my COD. Many thanks to Teazel for an entertaining Monday morning cup of tea.

Briefly switching on my NATRAF (Nina And Theme Radar And Filter) yielded no results.

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

Across
1 Great crime, yet minor, in some way (8)
ENORMITY - a straight anagram to kick off with: YET MINOR 'in some way' = ENORMITY.
5 Time to secure such a hotel room? (4)
TWIN - T (time) + WIN (secure).
8 Stocking material on vehicle for city (8)
CARLISLE - CAR (vehicle) + LISLE (stocking material).
9 They look east, certainly (4)
EYES - E (east) + YES (certainly)
11 Relative is a pawnbroker (5)
UNCLE - indeed he is. In the heyday of pawnbroking (whenever that was), if your straitened circumstances unfortunately led you into the arms of the guy with three golden balls (shades of George Lazenby in O.H.M.S.S.), then your euphemistic explanation might be that you were going to visit your 'uncle' to touch him for a loan.
12 Eloquent person with year in chapel (7)
ORATORY - ORATOR (eloquent person) + Y (year). Chapel as for example the Brompton Oratory just down the road from me near the museums.
13 Station us in school (6)
EUSTON - US 'in' ETON, Crossword Land's favourite school.
15 Look, try force twice to end session (3,3)
LOG OFF - LO (look, in the biblical sense) + GO (try, as in "'ave a go 'Arry") + F + F (force twice).
18 Is adolescent able to eat here? (7)
CANTEEN - &lit: CAN TEEN ('is adolescent able') to eat here (in the CANTEEN).
19 Ruffle little stream after opening of fishing (5)
FRILL - RILL (little stream) after F (opening of Fishing). Reminds me of my father who, although not a religious man, requested on his death bed: 1. that his body should be buried and 2. that we should sing 'By Cool Siloam's Shady Rill' at his funeral, both of which wishes we duly respected.
21 Exuberance in Brazil’s first city (4)
BRIO - B (Brazil's first) + RIO (city).
22 Profanity of son becoming tedious (8)
SWEARING - S (son) + WEARING (becoming tedious).
23 To be very angry is the fashion (4)
RAGE - double definition. Fashion as in 'all the rage'.
24 Congenial diner fly worried (8)
FRIENDLY - straight anagram: DINER FLY 'worried' = FRIENDLY.
Down
1 Sweat, drinking small quantity in bar (7)
EXCLUDE - EXUDE (sweat) 'drinking' CL (centilitre, a small quantity).
2 Who’s rich, hiding someone at Elsinore? (5)
OSRIC - hidden word: whO'S RICh. Osric is a minor character in Shakespear'e Hamlet which takes place at Elsinore Castle in Denmark.
3 Girl finished tidy bit of bowling (6,4)
MAIDEN OVER - MAIDEN (girl) + OVER (finished). In cricket, a 'maiden over' is a spell of six balls from a single bowler in which the batsman fails to score any runs. In the score book this will appear as six dots like the 'six' face of a die. Often in cricket parlance a bowler is said to be 'tidy' if the batsmen find it difficult to score runs off his bowling. Hence a maiden over is indeed a 'tidy bit of bowling'. Pronounal and nounal apologies to any female cricketers out there. Please take no offence. None was intended.
4 High (ouch!) in fat (6)
TALLOW - TALL (high) + OW (ouch!).
6 Route one should follow? Excellent (3,2,2)
WAY TO GO - double definition to my mind, although the question mark may suggest that the first definition is meant to be cryptic. In my eyes the question mark is just a device to make the surface a bit smoother, although alternative opinions will no doubt be available.
7 A street in New York is unpleasant (5)
NASTY - A + ST (a street) 'in' NY (New York).
10 One way to hide fluorine, in mashed guacamole (10)
CAMOUFLAGE - anagram of GUACAMOLE ('mashed') with F (chemical symbol for fluorine, the ninth element in the Periodic Table) mixed in there as well.
14 After moral offence, monarch is collapsing (7)
SINKING - SIN (moral offence) + KING (monarch).
16 Everyone intervenes between female and male — who takes the blame? (4,3)
FALL GUY - F (female) + GUY (male) with ALL (everyone) in the middle ('intervening').
17 Write this in! (6)
ANSWER - Hmm. OK, that's what I've done...
18 Brace specially, to toss this? (5)
CABER - anagram of BRACE gives CABER, a big, heavy tree trunk that is 'tossed' in a celebrated competition in Highland Games meetings in Scotland, the most famous example of which is probably the annual Braemar Gathering.
20 Old walls may be so, I contended (5)
IVIED - I + VIED (I contended).
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