The Times – Cryptic – Times Quick Cryptic No 1052 March 21 2018

The Times – Cryptic – Times Quick Cryptic No 1052

Clues Answers
… A justification to share out beer? RATIONALE
A loud cry after wife’s total failure WASHOUT
Ate some shortbread in Edinburgh DINED
Bad smell linked to papa? It’s a hunch HUMP
Bard’s beginning revision of woeful epic poem BEOWULF
Book a woman’s back treatment REHAB
Bridge news: a much-loved part of The Times CROSSWORD
Cambridge boat’s gamble PUNT
Cleric leaving one place of worship MINSTER
Comedian keeping end of jokes clean is matter of space cosmic dust
Contemplate friend consuming awful diet MEDITATE
Definitely not embracing king and country NORWAY
Discussion groups university introduced to classes FORUMS
Clues Answers
Drifting wreckage seen as half of family lost at sea FLOTSAM
Expression of dissent forbidden? No thanks! BOO
Fight Club follows The Big Sleep (final cut) COMBAT
Fix blokes drinks at the outset… MEND
Former heads of our legal department OLD
Fruity buns turn scorched on the outside? SUNBURNT
Game in which St Helens initially defend after turnover DRAUGHTS
Mop of hair caught up in extractor fan AFRO
New throne for queen, perhaps HORNET
Poet’s residence by river HOMER
Rhyming couplet that has four sprightly feet? house mouse
The same detective returned over the top DITTO
Wear thin, possibly becoming bare in the raw

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