March 10th, 2021

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"


And click on this label to get the solution.
[Solution...]