Aye, I went with LITRE first off, but it felt a bit fast and loose, and I was definitely aware of the potential for a curveball answer via a different interpretation.
1m10s on Saturday 2022-11-26.
Not getting INCUR straight off nixxed an acrosses clean sweep that might’ve taken it sub 1 min.
7m05s on Sunday 2022-11-27.
I found today’s pretty quick but I didn’t feel like my 1A and 1D answers matched their clues that well. They were right, though.
2:40, solid - never heard of 2D though
How does 9A work?
STILE is an anagram of “is let”
5m19s on Monday 2022-11-28.
Not speedy, but satisfied that I refrained from searching anything.
1m14s - fastest in ages
easy 1A, most of the downs, confirmed by a couple more acrosses
I actually struggled with that one yesterday because of sans serif fonts making a capital i look like a lowercase L so my brain stared at
and tried to use two Ls.
1m15s on Tuesday 2022-11-29.
Same method as jaggyp but 1s slower. If you’re not fast, you’re last.
Cripes, after a few straightforward ones this was huge battle.
In the end I had to google for 5-letter crossword clue answers for 7A and 8A. Once I had those my brain came back into focus a bit and I realised
Beat wasn’t tempo/music/etc
Pips wasn’t as in pipped to the post, i.e. winning
1D really got me for a while because of course you don’t bloody well think about some random Tsar when you talk about Alexander the Great, FFS! But at least I had that before I started needing to google.
5m44s on Wednesday 2022-11-30.
Had SEEDS and REUSE, but faltered there, cos I had KINGS, which I did a search on to correct. And from there it pieced together. Then got the PW in 3s.
1:30ish today for the CW, gave up on PW after 3:30
checked the answer, doubt i’d have got it tbf
Same. Blimey, that PW was NOT where my mind could figure it.
1m26s on Thursday 2022-12-01.
Ooof. CW in a minute or so, but 6 mins and counting with the PW…
Are you looking for a hint?
If so, my process was to start by assuming you have at least another vowel in there, and working out what it is and where it could go.
16m25s on Friday 2022-12-02.
The amount of variations I must’ve tried without it clicking.