I’m surprised nobody has complained about 27a. What is the “in Glubbdubdrib” about except some tenous , and superfluous, link to the theme. (Also is a magician necessarily a sorcerer.) Am I missing something?

Still an enjoyable solve though.

Thanks to UY and Crucible.

]]>I am familiar with both meanings; first, the copying device, one of which I owned as a boy, and I got fixated on this version for a while as regards the clue; and secondly, that on an electric train, where sparking problems give rise to cable deterioration. This I first met at a mathematical modelling group investigating the problem, and which, rather unusually, gives rise to fifth order differential equations, if my memory serves me well.

]]>* Fans of Waterland only

]]>Another who enjoyed the puzzle , but having not read GT despite being given it as a boy, I had to rely on electronic help for some of the details such as the Houyhnhnhms (the likes of which would probably have deterred the reading in youth!)

Anyway, all were gettable from clear clues – some (1, 15 and 7) a little more convoluted than others.

The interest has also been piqued with the other Swift …

]]>Thanks for the blog, UY – and many thanks to Crucible for another lovely puzzle.

]]>Thanks for a wonderful puzzle and UY esp for 7d…! ]]>