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May 19th, 2018

Jumbo 1321

This took me 55 minutes all told so that would put it on the slightly tricky side of average and I thought there was some extremely good stuff here, including plenty of very neat wordplay and a decent smattering of hard-to-spot definitions.

Clues are in blue with definitions underlined and, hopefully, the explanations all making sense.  I'm going to be in France for the day when this blog will, with any luck, magically appear on your screens so any queries are unlikely to be dealt with for a while.

First in was MACRO, last was ARMPITS

Across

1

Flagon of beer as conveyed by Spooner to dance (9)


JITTERBUG - Spoonerism of bitter jug

6

Novelist’s oddly set view lacks moral, ultimately (9-4)


SACKVILLE-WEST - anagram of set view lacks and the last letter of moral. Vita Sackville-West was a successful novelist, poet and journalist, as well as a prolific letter writer, diarist and garden designer.  The lazy get.

13

Lens for camera cases returned (5)


MACRO - Reverse hidden in fOR CAMera.  Nice clue with "cases returned" being the very neat combination of reversal and containment indicators, camera cases needing to be separated and the wordplay elements fitting seamlessly with the definition in the surface reading.  A macro lens enables you to take extreme close-up photos of things like insects, flowers and navel fluff.

14

Early Christians sneakily ensnare a leader of Zionism (9)


NAZARENES - (ensnare a zionsim)*.  I'm not sure if "sneakily" works perfectly as an anagram indicator but it didn't hold me up.

15

Boy fronting pupils’ moving proposition (7)


THEOREM - THEO R.E.M.

16

Endure a bitter little general harbouring fancy project, obviously (5,3,4,1,4,5)


STICK OUT LIKE A SORE THUMB - STICK OUT for endure with a cryptic nod to "little" General Tom Thumb with a cob on.

18

Boy soon getting around large resistance (8)


ALGERNON - ANON around LGE (short for large) R[esistance]

20

Did like eating vegetables, becoming satisfied (8)


APPEASED - APED (did like as in acted like) around PEAS.  Neat.

21

Pole appearing earlier in Gdansk (5)


NORTH - This took me a while to fathom.  Of the two poles appearing in the word GDANSK the N comes before the S.

23

Note first of series of books portraying Italian town (6)


TIVOLI - TI VOL[ume] I

24

Host clutching very large and fine decoration (6)


MOSAIC - M.C. around OS AI

25

Plant arrived at by pilot carpeted with gold (3,6)


FLY ORCHID - FLY (to pilot) then CHID with OR

28

Some biscuits and bread carried out by one on plane (6,4)


BARREL ROLL - I'm not a fan of clues like this where a verbal definition is deemed sufficient for a nounal answer.  IMHO this one is lacking "this could be" or "something" or summat along those lines.

29

Party to open pub with ball... (2,2)


IN ON - O (ball-shaped letter) inside (opening) INN.  Nicely concealed definition.

30

...Ring to cancel our party (7)


ANNULUS - ANNUL US

32

Depressions drastically increase militancy of mining unions? (7)


ARMPITS - ARM PITS

34

Change from upright character into criminal (4)


COIN - I in CON

35

Periodical not available to convey a historic document (5,5)


MAGNA CARTA - MAG N/A CART A

38

During vacation, lass meeting Irish Americans in neighbourhood? (9)


HOMEGIRLS - MEG IR[ish] in HOLS. An informal US (and South African term) for a young female acquaintance from one's own town or neighbourhood, or from the same social background.

39

What widow would give not to end a recluse (6)


HERMIT - HER MITe

40

Bring up something one’s pinned to one’s ear (6)


BROACH - Sounds like BROOCH (any dissenters?)

43

Had perished at sea, in doctor’s absence (5)


OWNED - drOWNED

45

Boy needs mum: is that unusual? (8)


MATTHIAS - MA + (istaht)*

47

Impracticable cunning failed to get a hearing (4-4)


WILD-EYED - Sounds like WILE DIED

49

And so send them to sleep in just a pyjama jacket? (4,3,5,3,7)


BORE THE PANTS OFF SOMEONE - CD

52

Popular novelist doesn’t stop interfering with books? (7)


COOKSON - COOKS ON

53

I run in, this time (6,3)


COMMON ERA - ONE R[un] in COMMA.  Sneaky.

54

Extract from a little white lie (5)


WREST - W[hite] REST

55

Mir apparently going around the earth, for example (7,6)


PRIMARY PLANET - (mir apparently)*

56

One traducing Solicitor at Law: and before king! (9)


SLANDERER - SL AND ERE R.  Of the myriad things that SL can apparently stand for (e.g. Steam Locomotive, Secret Lover and Space Laser) Solicitor at Law is one.




Down

1

Politician and celebrity involved in project get going (4,5)


JUMP START - M.P. STAR in JUT

2

Reprimand, not very loud, and very short, for idling (7,4)


TICKING OVER - TICKING OFF with VERy replacing FF

3

Tips for office job: do no donkey-work and no paperwork! (5)


EBOOK - An ebook would be a no paper work.  Geddit?

4

Bedroom at first holding advantage over study (4,2,2)


BONE UP ON - B(edroom) ONE UP ON

5

Scoff when crossword’s abandoned quietly for good (6)


GUZZLE - G replacing P in PUZZLE

6

Format for golf talk arranged with pro? Yes (10)


STROKEPLAY - (talk pro yes)*

7

Getting fit again, do trail across glen (12)


CONVALESCENT - CON SCENT around VALE

8

Thick aristocrat trading books for seconds (7)


VISCOUS -S[econds] replacing N[ew] T[estament] in VISCOUNT

9

Coffee time’s about right? Isn’t for a Mormon (6-3,5)


LATTER-DAY SAINT - LATTE DAY'S around R then AIN'T.

10

Oriental drama used to be turned to Victorian satire (7)


EREWHON - reversal of NOH WERE.  A novel by Samuel Butler.

11

State official left inside hears alarm going off (4,7)


EARL MARSHAL - L in (hears alarm)*

12

Nurse could take this work through agency? (4)


TEMP - If you're a temporary worker you're said to be temping and a nurse can take your TEMP(erature), ideally under the tongue or in the armpit...

17

Country no longer could come to hero’s aid (8)


RHODESIA - A sort of reverse anagram, involving the letters of HERO's AID

19

Discharging energy again going through stocks (9)


RELIEVING - E[nergy] inside (stocked by) RE-LIVING (again going through)

22

Yanks holding Republican line in mess (8)


HORLICKS - R[epublican] L[ine] in HOICKS.  This might baffle overseas solvers.  Horlicks is a brand of malt-based bed-time hot drink powder and is used in expressions like "he made a right horlicks of that".  I suspect it's a euphemism for a certian B- word.

25

Lover one day turned up with a Disney film (8)


FANTASIA - FAN then I SAT[urday] reversed and A

26

Bothered following leads that brave folk wouldn’t? (3,6)


RUN SCARED - CARED after LEADS

27

Translated first, sign small, compact novel (8,6)


TRISTRAM SHANDY - TR[anslated] 1ST RAM S[mall] HANDY.  Laurence Sterne novel about the inventor of lager and lime.

28

Ace hobby, training to become lifeguard (8)


BEACHBOY - (ace hobby)*

31

Appropriate to give maiden an indispensable partner (5-4,3)


RIGHT-HAND MAN - RIGHT HAND M[aiden] AN

33

Reminder of passing minutes — no more time, sadly (7,4)


MEMENTO MORI - M[inutes] + (no more time)*

36

Draw in study period that’s not specially tailored (5-2-4)


READY-TO-WEAR - TOW in READ YEAR

37

My Greek food company not touching alcohol (5,5)


GREAT SCOTT - GR[eek] EATS CO[mpany] TT.  One of the well-disguised defs I referred to in my preamble.

41

Swindled punter ought to (3,6)


HAD BETTER - er, HAD + BETTER

42

Family’s experiences near a city in Africa (8)


KINSHASA - KIN'S HAS A

44

In the main, SAE speeds up packages (4-3)


DEEP-SEA - reverse hidden, beautifully woven into a neat surface reading.

46

Variable illustration featuring in short story classic (7)


TYPICAL - Y PIC[ture] in TALe

48

Pudding is where you’ll get tea, in a manner of speaking (6)


AFTERS - in a manner of speaking tea = T which comes AFTER S in th'alphabet

50

Laconic admission from groom sounded pitiful (5)


MEWED - You Tarzan, ME WED. "Mr Burtenshaw?". "Me doctor?". "No, me doctor, you Mr. Burtenshaw".

51

Drink bottles beginning to contaminate fish (4)


SCUP - C(ontaminate) in SUP.  I don't think I've ever seen scup on the menu at the Wetherby Whaler.


Times Cryptic Jumbo No 1322 - 7th May

A fairly gentle Jumbo for the Bank Holiday Monday after the rather trickier Saturday pachyderm. Nothing too difficult or obscure today - I even knew the ice skating twizzle at 1d, but one or two clues are nicely devious. It helps to know your Shakespeare plots to parse 32a and the phrase at 21d may be unknown to some, but the wordplay is helpful. A good half dozen clues have a tick of approval on my paper copy. I liked the transformation of CONSOLATION at 35d and the SCOOTER, but my COD goes to BOW LEGS for the cheeky defintion that reminds me that I haven't been 10-pin bowling with the family for a while. A post-exam treat in a few weeks time, perhaps.... Yes it's GCSE and 'A' levels in the Interred household this month and next! Thanks to our setter for an entertaining and satisfying puzzle. How did you all find it?
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This was fairly straightforward. I struggled a bit with the salad ingredient at 17ac – not rugola, of course – but otherwise progress was steady. The long anagrams down the left and across the bottom helped. I did it on paper and didn’t time it, but I think it rates as easy to medium. (Medium rare - goes nicely with salad!)

My clue of the day was 11ac. A lovely idea, even if I didn’t know what or where Goole is. Thanks to the setter for a very enjoyable puzzle.

Clues are in blue, with definitions underlined. Answers are in BOLD CAPS, followed by the wordplay. (ABC*) means 'anagram of ABC', with the anagram indicator in bold italics. Deletions are in {curly brackets}.

Across
1 Like Ascot classic that provides a flutter for the Queen? (5,8)
ROYAL STANDARD: “ROYAL” Ascot is a particular part of the calendar at Ascot racecourse. STANDARD is classic.

9 Cheers on withdrawal of police statements (5)
DICTA: CID backwards, then TA.

10 Display a forbidding array of locks (9)
POMPADOUR: POMP, A, DOUR. The answer is certainly an “array of locks”, but you might well argue that the clue is a semi-&lit, with the whole thing being the definition, and the left hand side the wordplay. I looked at the helpers and thought “demeanour”, but the lovely definition (“forbidding array of locks”) steered me away from that.

11 Free way to travel from York to Goole astride horse? (2,3,5)
ON THE HOUSE: I had to go to the internet to learn York and Goole are both on the river Ouse, so you could go from one to the other by boat. Insert an “H” and there you have it – for free! My first thought was of another meaning of “free” – as in “on the loose”. No joy there.

12 From East, call on unknown god (4)
ZEUS: SUE as in “call for mercy”, then Z as today’s algebraic unknown. All reversed.

14 Commentator's kit supplied by leading firm (7)
HEADSET: HEAD (leading), SET (firm).

16 Dishonour surrounding bishop left in lurch (7)
SHAMBLE: SHAME with the insertion of B and L.

17 Cook comparing skinned salad ingredient (7)
RAMPION: (-OMPARIN-*). Forget the first and last letters, since the word is “skinned”. DNK the plant, which made me wonder if it was something Italian like RAMPINO. Saved by the helpers!

19 Cutting from spectacular but useful shrub (7)
ARBUTUS: hidden in “spectacular but useful”.

20 They keep last of seed in position (4)
PODS: D (last of “seed”) in POS. It seems “pos” is more commonly an abbreviation for “positive”, but I found the option of  “position” in Collins.

21 Like cardigan successfully completed for mum? (8,2)
BUTTONED UP: double definition, the first quite whimsical. On edit (thanks to johninterred): it's actually a triple definition.

24 Response to tasty food one's set aside for rescue (9)
SALVATION: SALIVATION, with “I” set aside.

25 Criminal to leave country (5)
CONGO: CON / GO.

26 Immoderate wanton love enduring with time (13)
OVERINDULGENT: (LOVE ENDURING T*).


Down
1 Health worker condemned apartheid riots (14)
RADIOTHERAPIST: (APARTHEID RIOTS*). Nice surface!

2 Turning turtle roughly in your old boat (5)
YACHT: CA (roughly) in THY (old “your”), upside down (turned turtle!).Very nice!

3 Top brass almost all perished in conflict (10)
LEADERSHIP: (AL- PERISHED*). Ignore the last letter of “all”.

4 Cartoon gang leader retains old clothing (7)
TOPCOAT: TOP CAT, retaining O. ETA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Cat

5 Some disheartened troops brought about one's downfall (7)
NEMESIS: S{om}E MEN all backwards (“brought around”), then I’S. Another nice surface.

6 A drink from pub that's just opened? (4)
AJAR: A JAR being what you might have at a pub, AJAR being opened slightly as opposed to opened recently.

7 Personally contribute coin for Lorna? (2,4,3)
DO ONE’S BIT: DOONE’S BIT (from the novel Lorna Doone, published 1869).

8 What could enhance Turkey's capital growth? (8,6)
BRUSSELS SPROUT: a traditional British offering, I gather: roast turkey, Brussels sprouts, and cranberry sauce. BRUSSELS is the capital, a SPROUT is new growth.

13 Short talk tying up no end of priests (10)
RABBINICAL: RABBI{t}, then LACIN{g} backwards.

15 Endangered species, cuckoo, drowned in a stream close to Rio (9)
ARMADILLO: MAD (cuckoo) in A RILL, then {ri}O. On edit: are armadillos endangered? Comments.

18 Sea creatures, broadcaster's titillating invention (7)
NAUTILI: sounds like a “naughty lie”.

19 Bill absorbing temperature and air to get acclimatised (7)
ATTUNED: AD (bill) “absorbing” T and TUNE.

22 Goose departs before cat drops round (5)
DUNCE: D (departs), then {o}UNCE (a snow leopard – known to me only though crosswords).

23 Come to main track (4)
WAKE: double definition, the second seafaring.