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DT 29631

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29631

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Autumn has definitely arrived now. Quite a lot colder at night and chilly in the mornings with mist hanging over the river until the rising sun chases it away. Just a small group of godwits still here and we can’t decide whether they are late departers or a group of juveniles choosing to over-winter here. Still wearing shorts on our regular walks but shoes and socks now instead of sandals.

Jay has given us an excruciatingly delightful Quickie pun to go with his usual top quality cryptic puzzle.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.

Across

1a     Villain caught associate surrounded by proceeds of robbery (9)
SCALLYWAG : The proceeds of robbery or booty contains the cricket abbreviation for caught and an associate or friend.

6a     Family found in street with no money (5)
SKINT : A collective word for family is inside the two letter abbreviation for street.

9a     Parish priests uncovered crime (5)
ARSON : Remove the first and last letters (uncovered) from parish priests or vicars.

10a     International clients in trouble must accept answer lacking flexibility (9)
INELASTIC : I(nternational) then an anagram (in trouble) of CLIENTS contains A(nswer).

11a     Bad feeling, seeing the enemy number in here (12)
PRESENTIMENT : The ‘enemy’ that is measured on a clock and N(umber) are inside a word meaning here or in attendance.

14a     Badmouthed missing leader and co-ordinated (7)
ALIGNED : Remove the first letter from a word meaning badmouthed or slandered.

16a     Show of hesitation by English dog trader (1-6)
E-TAILER : E(nglish), then dog or follow and then two letters showing hesitation.

17a     This slippery type left one alone finally going west (3)
EEL : L(eft) and then the final letters of the next two words all get reversed (going west).

18a     Natural love must come before caring about … (7)
ORGANIC : The tennis score love and an anagram (about) of CARING.

20a     … characteristic of city pal needing reform (7)
TYPICAL : An anagram (needing reform) of CITY PAL.

22a     The case for a two-day visit? (9,3)
OVERNIGHT BAG : A cryptic definition of the luggage needed for a short stay.

26a     Casual worker of Bond villain and valet (3-6)
ODD-JOBMAN : The Bond villain from Goldfinger and then a valet or personal servant.

27a     Knowing of conflict within hospital department (5)
AWARE : The hospital department where people often arrive by ambulance surrounds widespread conflict.

28a     Emergency call about right types (5)
SORTS : The two letter abbreviation for right is inside the emergency call adopted for use with Morse Code.

29a     Dissertation on case of security and origin of nuclear fusion (9)
SYNTHESIS : Start with the first and last letters (case) of security, then first letter (origin) of nuclear, followed by an academic dissertation.

Down

1d     Manage to convince, perhaps cuddling wife (4)
SWAY : A synonym for perhaps or for example contains W(ife).

2d     Rap session partially used for recess (4)
APSE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.

3d     The Mousetrap benefitted from this extended ladder (4,3)
LONG RUN :  The Mousetrap is the London play and the ladder is in hosiery.

4d     Defeats political enforcers (5)
WHIPS : A double definition.

5d     Martial arts exponent‘s area that’s protected (5,4)
GREEN BELT : One of the ranks of a martial arts practitioner or a semi rural area.

6d     Staying power in a man — it’s unusual! (7)
STAMINA : An anagram (unusual) of A MAN ITS.

7d     Lab working with kitchen solvent (2,3,5)
IN THE BLACK : An anagram (working) of LAB and KITCHEN.

8d     Quietly showing discretion about one empty lorry holding up vessel (10)
TACITURNLY : Discretion or diplomacy contains the Roman numeral one, then a three letter vessel and finally, the first and last letters (empty) of lorry.

12d     Amorous old criminal’s rank (10)
MALODOROUS : An anagram (criminal) of AMOROUS OLD.

13d     Queen’s supporting band (heavy metal) and will be instigator (10)
RINGLEADER : A band or group of people, a heavy metal with the symbol Pb, then Her Majesty’s regnal cypher.

15d     Entertainment on board could be playing cards with matches (4,5)
DECK GAMES : An alternative to pack for a set of playing cards, and possibly sporting matches.

19d     Officers with negative response from French company upset sergeant-major (3-4)
NON-COMS : The French word for ‘no’ and then Co(mpany) and the reversal of the abbreviation for sergeant-major.

21d     ‘Just use the oars’, as said by some ruler once (7)
PHARAOH : Two homophones (as said by some) in use here. The first for just or equitable and the second to use the oars to propel a boat.

23d     Projection from nine players given promotion (5)
TENON : The reversal of a word for a group of nine musicians

24d     Crazy graduates needing to take time (4)
BATS : T(ime) is inside Bachelor graduates.

25d     Black Sabbath’s first shoots (4)
JETS : A word for black derived from lignite and then the first letter of Sabbath.

To go with the groan-worthy Quickie pun we will nominate 21d as our favourite.

Quickie pun    nigh    +    sunny    +    sea    =    nice and easy

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  1. Nothing to scare our equine friends here, passing the post in **/*** time.

    1d was my last in, a very clever use of the word ‘perhaps’. 8d took a bit of working out, but it was 26a that got my vote for COTD.

    Many thanks to Jay and the 2 Ks.

    PS Did anybody notice the bottom of the Quickie yesterday? “Novel, ‘Naked May’, say?”

  2. I thought this to be slightly below Jay’s normal standards with a couple of clues that were a tad weak for me (22a&3d). Can’t decide whether I love or hate the double homophone at 21d either. My only problem was parsing 11a, always forget that “enemy”.
    I did like 1,16& 29a though, along with the Quickie Pun.
    2/3*
    Many thanks to the 3 birds for the entertainment.

  3. This was a game of two halves (3*/3.5*). The bulk of the clues were straightforward but there were some really tricky ones in the SW and I now know more about Bond villains than I have ever wished to know. I liked the superb misdirection in 12d and the well constructed 8d and 1a but my clue of the day was the double homophone, 21d. I was a bit confused about 26a because I thought the two words should be hyphenated. Thanks to the Kiwis and to Jay.

  4. 2*/5*. Today is splendid day for puzzles, starting with this one from Jay which is up to his usual extremely high standard, together with a wonderful Quickie pun as the 2Ks have pointed out. It’s a real struggle to pick a favourite from such a good selection but I’ll settle for 1a as it’s a lovely word.

    For anyone seeking more high quality crosswords today, there are two from Rookie Corner graduates and both well worth a look: the DT Toughie from Silvanus, and Eccles’ Indy puzzle.

    Many thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  5. I’m looking forward to summer and hopefully a holiday
    Nice little crossword today, no need to reload the Chemex,. No major surprises but I thought that 26A would be three words, nevermind.
    Oddly enough my last clue in today was 24D can’t think why. Todays favorite was 21D
    Time for some gardening and a little J.J. Cale

  6. Nothing to frighten the horses here except I always thought 12a was 3-3, 3 or 3,3,3 not 3-6. I stand corrected! A pleasant **/** for me. Thanks to the 2Kiwis and Jay for some good coffee time amusement.

  7. Got there in the end but I needed a bit of help to understand how- thanks 2kiwis! DNK the enemy at 11a or what was going on with the players at 23d. Also thrown by the enumeration at 26a but I suppose if a postman isn’t a post man then it’s ok!

  8. It’s Wednesday, it’s Jay and the 2Ks – always great entertainment – thanks to both

    I’d second RD’s recommendations of the Toughie and the Indy today

  9. An entertaining puzzle as usual from Jay. On the easier end of his spectrum. **/**** 21d made me laugh. How does he come up with these clues? Favourite 1a. Thanks to all.

  10. Must be getting used to Jay as I found this pretty straightforward. If I hadn’t started with gangleader for 13d it would have been very straightforward.
    Some super clues 5d of course (though wrong colour in the answer stopped it taking top spot) and 12d but 1a COTD for me.
    As RD says it is a lovely word. Think many boys (didn’t hear the term applied to girls so much) had the term “he’ can be a bit of a scallywag at times” applied to them at some time.
    Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks for the usual bright start to Wednesday.

  11. A lot of fun while it lasted. I was also a bit suprised to see 3-6 on 26a. I thought 1a was a great clue.

    Thanks to all.

  12. Best puzzle entertainment for a while for me ,excellent diverse cluing throughout, although 21 down was pushing the boat out for a bit! as per our quickie pun .Not seen’ the enemy for a while which worked well in11a,Favourite was 26a for imagination-had jobber until the valet dawned-going for a **/*****.Thanks Setter and 2K’s for the pics, the legs in 3d reminded me of The Graduate poster showing Anne Bancroft’s-the were actually those of Linda Grey who played Sue Ellan in Dallas ,more useless facts!

    1. The pic at 3D just reminds me of being a fourth former. I mean, it wasn’t that that we didn’t mind being scruffy (although in fact we weren’t that bothered). It was that nylons were so expensive and if you biked to school or sat on a ropey bus seat, the ladders were inevitable. When did ladder-resist tights come in?

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  14. Not perhaps the best Jay ever, but still the Master. I was thrown a bit by the enumeration of 26a, as Tincantel above says, I’d have thought 3-3, 3, and over here it’s ‘scalawag’. Still, the podium is quite full: 3d, 12d, 21d, & 26a. Thanks to the Kiwis and Jay. ** / ****

    Nice Toughie by Silvanus too.

  15. A good straightforward puzzle from Jay.
    One or two curios – I bet no one has ever actually said that adverb at 8d…
    Same as other people, I was inclined to put jobber at 26a, but then valet would have been redundant. I just don’t think jobman is a word. Perhaps just a typo on the numbers… But as a clue it was funny.
    Do we say 19d here? I thought it was always NCOs. Is it American or is it the new term?
    My favourite was 12d, lovely surface for that anagram!
    Thanks to Jay and the Kiwis.

    1. The only ‘qualification’ on 19d in the BRB is ‘inf‘ for informal.
      Jobman does appear in the BRB but only as a component of the hyphenated 26a.

  16. Quite a straightforward Jay, I thought. So did others by the looks of it. Plenty of good clues so difficult to choose one for the top spot on the podium. However, I will go with the flow and choose 1a because I’ve been called that myself a few times.

    Many thanks to Jay for the puzzle and wonderfully groan worthy pun in the Quickie. Thanks also to the 2 Kiwis for the hints.

  17. For some reason I had problems spotting the anagrams today (7d, 12d and 18a), which held me up.
    I was defeated by 16a, it makes sense but don’t think I have heard that phrase, we tend to use ECommerce at work.
    Favourite was 21d – brilliant.
    Thanks to Jay and the Kiwis

    1. I’ve never heard that 16a. I just assume it’s a rather daft pun on (r)etailer.
      .
      .
      I tell you what – Apple autocorrect has never heard of it.

        1. Yes, well, I know what it is, but I do think of it as a term much less commonly used compared with e-seller or e-trader. I expect it’s just me.

          1. I’m with you Bluebird. Never, ever heard anyone use this term. And I say that as a frequent on line buyer.

          2. I’m also with you. I’ve been involved in IT for over 30 years, particularly with websites and ecommerce and don’t recall this term ever being used.

  18. I found this a bit of a head scratcher which actually took longer to solve than the Silvanus Toughie. Nevertheless it was as enjoyable as ever for a Jay on Wednesday – 3.5*/4.5*.
    Candidates for favourite – 22a, 5d, and 8d – and the winner is 8d.
    Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  19. Really enjoyed this today. It would have helped if I could spell 21d properly.! Some lovely words, especially 1a.
    Thanks to the three birds.

    1. Hi Joe

      Assuming the a and o are an issue, just remember that the Egyptian Ra is in the middle of the word.

        1. We were taught the spelling as the last vowel and the h are the sound of the last syllable. It came about because the poster for the school film Land of the Pharaohs was spelt wrong. 1963 I think!

      1. You’re very good at helpful spelling hints for ‘problem’ words. I think you gave us one recently (but can’t remember what it was for) and the best one ever was a word that I have always struggled with – SEPARATE – you, or whoever it was, said, ‘there’s always A RAT in separate’ – brilliant.

        1. Hi Kath.

          I get a lot of these tips from a spelling app called Sir Linkalot which is incredible. Have you heard of it?

          He thinks of a clever catchy way (Ra in Pharaoh) and then brings it to life with short, witty animations that are beautifully crafted. It’s breaking ground for people with dyslexia – my friend who has dyslexia told me about it.

          And the cherry on top is Susie Dent is on the app as Lady Lexicographer where she tells you the etymology of certain words.

          Brilliant!

          There are many for separate but his one is:

          Never sePARAte a PARA from their parachute and the animation is wonderful. But whatever works works and that’s the message.

          Even though my spelling is strong, I am completely hooked.

          Apologies for plugging it so much but I’ve never seen anything like it.

          1. Thanks for your reply. My spelling is generally not too bad but I do have a few mental blocks – most of the time I know what they are so always check them but then again . . .

  20. As Malcolm said, the horses are very calm. I found this enjoyable with some intricate but solvable clues as in 16a and 20a.
    Don’t know if anyone has done the Quickie but there is the bizarrest clue I have come across in a while. Brain Surgery is the clue and the answer is as far as you could get from it as is possible to be!! Weird.
    Back to this one, thx to all.
    **/****

    1. I think that the fact the complete clue is Brain surgery?! (6,7) is a good indicator of its wackiness. And, I have heard both phrases being used to indicate that a task, for example, is not as difficult as it appears to be as in ‘it’s not . . . ‘.

      1. Well, I know of “It’s a no brainer” or “It’s not rocket science” but I, personally, have not come across “it’s not b… s…”. Still, you live and learn.

    2. As my grandfather said ‘It’s not rocket science, it is rocket engineering. Anyways, it will never get off the ground’

        1. Some years ago on an overnight train in India, one of our group was trying to put up a sort of table and making a complete hash of it. One of the chaps said ‘its not rocket science!’, the other guy replied that he was indeed a rocket scientist but had trouble with Ikea like assemblies as they were too complicated!

          1. Rocket scientists’ venture into financial forecasting producing equations so complicated the bankers couldn’t understand them played a significant role in the 2008 crash ’tis said
            Then there was the Mars probe of 1998,.
            Perhaps Rocket Science ain’t all it’s cracked up to be
            😷

    3. Peter does the quickie puzzle, and asked for my help on that clue. I am happy to say the answer popped right out of my mouth. Clearly, I have a weird brain.

    4. I twigged that Quickie answer immediately, yes definitely of a cryptic bent …. but I had never heard of the volcanic rock.

  21. Perhaps not up there with his best but still very enjoyable & largely straightforward though I failed to parse 11a fully, as like StephenL, I missed the ‘enemy’. Pick of the clues for me was a toss up between 1a & 21d. Remember going to see a dud of a performance of The Mousetrap & lasting only to the interval.
    Thanks to Jay & to the 2Ks

  22. After Petroc Trelawney state on Monday at 6.30 last week that it was Wednesday the 17th March, I spent the rest of the week not knowing what day of the week it was. Glad to be back to a Jay Day although like some others I did not find this to be one of his best. I loved the simplicity of 6a and 22a when I twigged. Had to get help for 16a as never heard of the expression. Thanks Jay and 2Ks

    1. Like you, Terence, I have never been into Bond movies and ended up trawling through a list of 103 Bond Baddies before finding the right one. Then I became puzzled about the layout of the answer. Should it be 3 separate words, 3 words hyphenated and was ‘ jobman’ a word. I must have spent a quarter of the time onthat clue alone. Glad Lola looks better. DG is probably right; she’ll come outside whenvthe weather warms up.

  23. I was held up in the Hampshire/Dorset region as I have never watched a Bond movie, nor read the books; but then I’ve never seen one episode of East Enders or Mrs Brown’s Boys either. I am an elitist snob of the highest order (or simply selective in my choice of entertainment…).

    I am always wary of jinxing her recovery but Lola really does seem to be doing very well. The only oddity is that, for a cat that used to enjoy meandering about here, there, and everywhere, she still shows no interest in venturing further than the couple of rooms she has taken over – and then she only leaves my study when I play music.

    Today’s crossword soundtrack: Free – Free Live

    Thanks to Jay and the 2ks (love reading their NZ updates)

    1. God knows why but I decided to play some Slade today – I’d quite forgotten just what great songs How Does It Feel & Far Far Away are.

      1. Nothing wrong with a bit of Slade in small doses, and IMHO they were responsible for the best-ever Christmas song.

    2. So glad to hear Lola is doing well, don’t worry too much about her change of habits – if there is one thing cats are good at it is confounding us. And I bet it is warmer indoors than out!

    3. Terence
      How can you be an elitist snob of the highest order when you support Chelsea?
      Glad Lola continues on the up. Hopefully warm sun and tweeting birds will prove too tempting

  24. I find Jay a bit unpredictable but today he certainly was in benevolent mood and I enjoyed the stroll in the park he provided for us. My Fav was 21d when I had parsed it. Thank you to the 3 birds.

  25. Slowly, but surely, got through this one. One or two took a bit of teasing out. Favourites were 21d followed by 1a. Thank you to Jay and the 2ks.

  26. ThIs causedva few head scratching moments but all on all very enjoyable. I was a bit flummoxed by 26a I thought the clue should have been 3,3,3 but I got there in the end. Favourite for me 5d and 29a.
    Thanks to the 2Ks and Jay.

  27. The trouble about my timetable (which is pretty much set in stone) is that by the time I have finished lunch and the crossword everyone has said everything worth saying. So I agree with 3,3,3 for 26a, did not care for 16a and took a long time to get to love 21d.
    Agree also that 1a and 12d were spiffing. Yesterday I had an exciting day of optician in the morning in Royston (no changes) and dentist in Cambridge after lunch (1 crown to come in April) and Zoom meeting after dinner so I didn’t do the crossword until I was in the bath. That, like today’s offering, was very good (although I did miss the cat pictures) so thanks to both setters and both hinters.

  28. The usual pleasurable solve from Mr Wednesday with just the enumeration of 26a giving pause for thought.
    Favourite by a mile was 1a, one of the names my dear old gran regularly called me!

    Thanks to Jay and to our 2Ks for the review and the weather/bird report.
    Hope Clairol have handsomely rewarded our setter for the publicity he’s given them in the Quickie pun!
    Off to look at the Toughie review now – Jay, Silvanus & Gazza all on one day – excellent!

  29. Transposed the ‘o’ and the ‘r’ in 12d, which made the bond villain hard to figure out. Penny finally dropped and completed in 3* time. Very enjoyable and satisfying, thanks J&KK

  30. Yes enjoyed 1a and 21d. Needed some help though with tow others, but getting there. Unusual to finish before late evening

  31. Really surprised that you all found this one so straightforward….until I realised that my electronic version had a Toughie Crossword in it as well, and I did that one by mistake! Is this a recent addition or have I been missing it for a while? Anyway, it was great fun, if very challenging. I’m off to do the regular cryptic now!

  32. Steady, enjoyable workout.
    Funny how the shorter words are often the harder or more ingenious clues, eg 1d.
    **/****
    Many thanks Jay and the 2Kiwis

  33. Terrific entertainment from our resident Wednesday setter. I will not nominate a favourite but will add my name to the list of those who liked the Quickie pun the best. Overall a brilliant puzzle.

    Thanks Jay and the 2Ks.

  34. A relatively easy solve for a wet and cool day here. **/**** for me today. Solved this from bottom to top with NW the last area completed.
    COTD candidates include 11a, 16a, 22a, 29a, 7d & 13d with a tie for winner with 11a & 16a

    Thanks to Jay and the 2K’s

  35. Thoroughly enjoyable puzzle today with no particular hold-ups, so thanks to all. I agree, should be odd-job man. Very odd thing happened this morning. Waiting to go into the surgery for my dressing and turned on my iphone. There was an email from the National Trust (my accident was on their land and they want to speak to me) but it was in what appeared to be Japanese and I couldn’t turn it into English! Any ideas?

    1. How odd. Perhaps you should leave them a message in English explaining your predicament and ask them what the Japanese word for ‘damages’ is.

  36. **/****. Enjoyable solve on a wet and windy morning. My favourite was 1a as it reminded me of one of my grandsons pre school groups – aptly named in my view. Thanks to the setter and the 2Ks.

  37. Ground out this one reasonably well. Just tripped up on 16A where i put “e-mailer”. Couldn’t parse it of course! And I’ve never heard of the true answer. **/***

  38. Morning all.
    Bet we weren’t the only ones who needed to check on the spelling of 21d. However with the helpful comment from GordonG273 above we might never need to again.
    Lots of fun as usual and still chuckling over the Quickie pun.
    Cheers.

  39. I think 26a should be 3,3,3 as well, but never mind. An enjoyable puzzle to limber up for the toughie. I’ve never used 8d or 12d in speech or text, but they’re fair enough.
    Thanks to Jay and the 2ks

  40. I found this Jay very tricky in the SW, I needed hints to get me going again. I agree about 26a, not that it made much difference to me, I didn’t know Bond’s villain. I got 16a wrong, would like to say I’d never heard of it but believe we’ve had it before and got it wrong then.
    I don’t know whether 21d is awful or brilliant, so I’m opting for 1a as fave, love the word.
    Thanks Jay, so much to enjoy, and to the 2Kiwis for unravelling a few.

  41. On a roll this week. Enjoyed this one more than most recent offerings from Jay. Just one quibble, I agree that 26a is surely 3-3-3? Other than it was pretty much doable, with only three hints needed from the 2Kiwis, 8d, 14a and the weird 16a. Thanks to Jay and the 2Kiwis.

  42. Having got off to a great start at the top I ground to a complete halt in the bottom half for quite a long time.
    Like a couple of others I’ve never seen a Bond film – what I’ve seen (when husband and the Lambs are watching one) I absolutely hate. Haven’t seen or read any Harry Potter either.
    A very 20a brilliant Jay crossword.
    My favourite was 1a.
    Thanks to Jay and to the K’s.

  43. Nice typical Wednesday offering 😃 ***/*** Favourites 26 & 29a Thanks to the 2xKs and to Jay 👍 I have never come across 16a and although I could not parse it put in E-mailer 😬 which does not nowadays need the hyphen and can be a 7 letter word according to SD 🤔

  44. Mentioned above about 16a, but 19d grates as it is a US military term to me. They are called NCOs in the UK. Not as bad as Terriers for the TA though.

    For 26a I could not get odd jobber out of my head. Only when 15d was in did I solve it. Also wrongly thought it was 3 words, as others did.

    Nevertheless an enjoyable solve **/***

    Thanks to all.

  45. Dare I say it, but having spent many years in HM Forces, I have never heard of the phrase used in 19d. Stretching things more than a bit in my view. Thanks very much to the setter and for the excellent hints. There were some very taxing clues, most of which I managed to solve without help. I endorse Brian’s comment re the Quickie. Perhaps the setter thinks that brain surgery is that easy!

  46. Dare I say it, but having spent many years in HM Forces, I have never heard of the phrase used in 19d. Stretching things more than a bit in my view. Thanks very much to the setter and for the excellent hints. I endorse Brian’s comment re the Quickie. Perhaps the setter thinks that brain surgery is that easy!

  47. Well almost and I had not heard ofgot there in the end. Made a mistake on 8 down which delayed getting 11a. Hadn’t heard of 16a? Many thanks to the setter and the 2 Kiwis.

    Regretting having done so much gardening after dog walk. Zoom yoga class at 7pm aching all over!!

  48. Looking at my Goldfinger paperback, it seems to me 26a should be technically 6,3 as the Bond villains name is not two words, just one.

  49. The most straightforward Jay crossword I’ve ever done, not a complaint, but there’s usually a sting in the tail which holds me up for as long as the rest of the crossword. Unlike Senf I found this easier than the toughie. Favourite was 1a. Many thanks to Jay and 2K’s.

  50. Took a little longer than yesterday’s but a good challenge. I did not know the trader but worked him out. Made the spelling mistake with the ruler until I needed to solve 27a I think the punctuation in 26a is a mistake. Whether the Bond villain is hyphenated or not is irrelevant. Odd-job man (spell-checker just corrected it for me). Favourites 6 (for simplicity) 22 and 29a and 3 7 and 21d. Best of all was 22a especially as it had no misplaced hyphens. Thanks Jay and 2Ks

  51. After yesterday’s romp it’s back to earth for me with this one. I too had emailer for16a and failed on 29a and 25d. Still I enjoyed the workout ,so thanks to all.

  52. Finished later over here – busy at work so didn’t get time to fully enjoy Jay’s latest.
    23D was a totally new word to me, and I didn’t like the double-homophone at 21D…sorry!
    Slightly annoying that work’s getting in the way of my DT crossword solving…hopefully will ease again soon ! 😜
    Cheers to Jay and the 2Kiwis for the blog ‘n hints! 👍

  53. Having read all the hints and comments, I am still none the wiser as to the name of the James Bond villain. Can someone please enlighten my ignorance, if I’m not too late to ask.
    I don’t think the (clever) cryptic clue to 18a should really appear in a Quickie. The pun was brilliant.

      1. A belated thank you to Jules in Sussex. I am among the very few who have never seen a Bond film and am therefore totally ignorant on the subject.

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