Weekend Quick Cryptic 27 - by Phil Jordan

My fellow TimesforTheTimes contributor and expert solver, Phil Jordan, and I are continuing to produce crosswords to fill the gap left by the Saturday Times not having one. The plan is for us to alternate, publishing one a fortnight, and this week it's Phil's turn.

You can find  the crossword here and the answers below.  Feel free to leave any comments or questions here as you would do on TfTT, or via email to Phil at 1147philjordan@gmail.com.

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[Hints...]

  • We don't think you need any hints for this, but the image for the MyCrosswrd interactive version may help with one clue.


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Weekend Quick Cryptic 26 - Alphabet Soup by Johninterred

My fellow TimesforTheTimes contributor and expert solver, Phil Jordan, and I are continuing to produce crosswords to fill the gap left by the Saturday Times not having one. The plan is for us to alternate, publishing one a fortnight, and this week it's my turn. There is a bit of a theme hinted at by the title, and a puzzle within the puzzle... can you find the first 10 members of the sequence and spot a related property of the completed grid?

You can find links to the crossword here and the answers below. Feel free to leave any comments or questions here as you would do on TfTT. Before looking at the answers, if you would like some additional help, click the label below.
[Hints...]
Some hints and tips:

  • If you haven't guessed already, 1A and 8A explain the puzzle within the puzzle.

  • Each of the first 10 in the sequence are in the answers either as normally spelt or as homophones or (in one case) in the grid itself.

  • Four of the members of the sequence are within the answer rather than the whole answer.

  • With one answer you need to use the different pronunciations of each of the two definitions to get two of the members of the sequence.

  • The eighth of the sequence is in the grid not the answers and requires no clues to be solved.

  • There is a reference to an alternative version of the sequence and an example.

  • The solution is a pangram, so if you are missing one or more letters you've got one or more answers wrong.

  • One answer could have been clued as an insect, but isn't.

  • Sadly, neither 21A or 21D are literally true


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Weekend Quick Cryptic 25 - by Phil Jordan

My fellow TimesforTheTimes contributor and expert solver, Phil Jordan, and I are continuing to produce crosswords to fill the gap left by the Saturday Times not having one. The plan is for us to alternate, publishing one a fortnight, and this week it's Phil's turn.

You can find  the crossword here and the answers below. Feel free to leave any comments or questions here as you would do on TfTT, or via email to Phil at 1147philjordan@gmail.com.

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[Hints...]

  • We don't think you need any hints this time!


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[Solution...]

Weekend Quick Cryptic 24 - Tweet Tweet by Johninterred

My fellow TimesforTheTimes contributor and expert solver, Phil Jordan, and I are continuing to produce crosswords to fill the gap left by the Saturday Times not having one. The plan is for us to alternate, publishing one a fortnight, and this week it's my turn. There is a bit of a theme hinted at by the title.

You can find links to the crossword here and the answers below. Feel free to leave any comments or questions here as you would do on TfTT. Before looking at the answers, if you would like some additional help, click the label below.
[Hints...]
Some hints and tips:

  • There are 10 thematic answers, although not all go "tweet" - 8 in the downs and 2 in the acrosses.

  • It helps if you know your collect nouns to solve one clue.

  • The Scottish pest whines and bites.

  • The term of endearment is most commonly used in the Midlands, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

  • There are no politicians in 5D


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[Solution...]

Weekend Quick Cryptic 23 - by Phil Jordan

My fellow TimesforTheTimes contributor and expert solver, Phil Jordan, and I are continuing to produce crosswords to fill the gap left by the Saturday Times not having one. The plan is for us to alternate, publishing one a fortnight, and this week it's Phil's turn.

You can find  the crossword here and the answers below. Feel free to leave any comments or questions here as you would do on TfTT, or via email to Phil at 1147philjordan@gmail.com.

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[Hints...]

  • The theme is based on the date of publication and is found in 18A, 16A, 13A and 1D.

  • The word at 20D is maybe uncommon, but is fairly clued and is one of only 2 word that fits the checkers, both chemicals.


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Weekend Quick Cryptic 22 - Number 22 by Johninterred

My fellow TimesforTheTimes contributor and expert solver, Phil Jordan, and I are continuing to produce crosswords to fill the gap left by the Saturday Times not having one. The plan is for us to alternate, publishing one a fortnight, and this week it's my turn. This time there is hidden message hinted at by the title.

You can find links to the crossword here and the answers below. Feel free to leave any comments or questions here as you would do on TfTT. Before looking at the answers, if you would like some additional help, click the label below.
[Hints...]
Some hints and tips:

  • The message is 3 pairs of words in across rows (although the third pair need to be reversed when you join them up).

  • 11A is a bit cheeky and not a clue you would expect in a Quick Crossword as it has a "reverse cryptic" element, i.e. a clue where the answer can be treated as wordplay to generate the clue. It should be easy from the definition and checkers, but the wordplay requires you to split the answer into 2 and apply one part to the other.

  • Some may be tempted to spell 8A wrong - check you are using only the letters in the "anagrind"


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[Solution...]

Weekend Quick Cryptic 21 - by Phil Jordan

My fellow TimesforTheTimes contributor and expert solver, Phil Jordan, and I are continuing to produce crosswords to fill the gap left by the Saturday Times not having one. The plan is for us to alternate, publishing one a fortnight, and this week it's Phil's turn.

You can find  the crossword here and the answers below. Feel free to leave any comments or questions here as you would do on TfTT, or via email to Phil at 1147philjordan@gmail.com.
[Solution]

Weekend Quick Cryptic 20 - Blooming Lovely by Johninterred

My fellow TimesforTheTimes contributor and expert solver, Phil Jordan, and I are continuing to produce crosswords to fill the gap left by the Saturday Times not having one. The plan is for us to alternate, publishing one a fortnight, and this week it's my turn. This time there is a topical theme hinted at by the title.

You can find links to the crossword here and the answers below. Feel free to leave any comments or questions here as you would do on TfTT. Before looking at the answers, if you would like some additional help, click the label below.
[Hint...]
Some hints and tips:

  • There is something related to theme in each of the across rows.

  • The first two of these answers explain the theme. In some of the clues (12A, 14A and 18A) it helps to know alternative names for the answers.

  • 8A is a definition by example

  • The "cardinal" at 23A is a reference to "cardinal numbers"

  • 19A is a semi-&lit

  • In 2D "operating" is an "anagrind"


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[Solution...]

Weekend Quick Cryptic 19 - by Phil Jordan

My fellow TimesforTheTimes contributor and expert solver, Phil Jordan, and I are continuing to produce crosswords to fill the gap left by the Saturday Times not having one. The plan is for us to alternate, publishing one a fortnight, and this week it's Phil's turn.

You can find  the crossword here and the answers below. Feel free to leave any comments or questions here as you would do on TfTT, or via email to Phil at 1147philjordan@gmail.com.
[Solution]

Weekend Quick Cryptic 18 - A Fine Romance by Johninterred

My fellow TimesforTheTimes contributor and expert solver, Phil Jordan, and I are continuing to produce crosswords to fill the gap left by the Saturday Times not having one. The plan is for us to alternate, publishing one a fortnight, and this week it's my turn. As the title suggests there is something related to Sunday's date in the crossword and to construct the "romance", such as it is, you need to start with a down clue (not answer), which is followed by a Nina in the unchecked letters, and then 2 across answers

You can find links to the crossword here and the answers below. Feel free to leave any comments or questions here as you would do on TfTT.
Before looking at the answers, if you would like some additional help in finding the Nina, click the label below.
[Hint...]
The Nina is hidden in the complete outer ring of unches, one square in from the outside ring of answers, running clockwise. You can start reading it from either the SW corner or the SE.
The clues to combine this with ar 16D, 1A and 25A... and may they live happily ever after.

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[Solution...]