February 8th, 2019

Quick Cryptic 1284 by Mara

Morning all. I'm a bit up against it today, so have to be brief. Luckily Mara has given me an easy one. 6 Minutes,

7 Dog tooth (6)
CANINE - doouble definition
8 Fabulous design of Lauren (6)
UNREAL -  anagram ('design of') of LAUREN
9 Metal in Cadiz, incinerated (4)
ZINC - hidden word: CadiZ INCarcerated
10 Unfancied person grounded, unfortunately (8)
UNDERDOG - anagram ('unfortunately') of GROUNDED
11 Bag two legal terms (8)
13 I don't know what to do with the ball! (4)
PASS - double definition
15 Average — or bad? (4)
MEAN - double definition
16 Actors on holiday for film (8)
CASTAWAY - CAST (actors) AWAY (on holiday). I presume the film is the 1986 one with Oliver Reed, because the 2000 Tom Hanks one is two words.
18 Client wants costume tailored right (8)
CUSTOMER -  anagram ('tailored') of COSTUME, plus R for Right
20 Look to get popular cut of meat (4)
LOIN - LO (look) + IN (popular)
21 Fellow I left west of a capital city (6)
MANILA - MAN + I + L all 'west of' (i.e. to the left of) A
22 Sweet location of T? (6)
AFTERS - T comes after S in the alphabet

1 Fellow and I preserve treatment for the hands (8)
2 Hint Celestine somehow is in this country (13)
LIECHTENSTEIN -  anagram ('somehow') of HINT CELESTINE
3 Jellyfish found in Mediterranean and America (6)
4 Dessert taking half the weekend, we hear? (6)
SUNDAE - sounds like SUNDAY
5 Artist, one inspired by paper and leather, surprisingly (3-10)
PRE-RAPHAELITE -  anagram ('surprisingly') of PAPER + LEATHER + I
6 Sauce, month old (4)
12 Main sound effects agonising initially (3)
SEA - SE (sound effects, more usually abbreviated to S/E) + A for agonising
14 European bridge, one over a road (8)
SPANIARD - SPAN (bridge) + I + A + RD
16 Reported image that clashes! (6)
CYMBAL - sounds like SYMBOL
17 Gush when master dances (6)
STREAM -  anagram ('dances') of MASTER
19 Some uprising with a turbulent US state (4)
UTAH - "some" always suggests hidden word. "Uprising" means its backwards (with a down clue): witH A TUrbulent

Times Cryptic Jumbo 1364: Hiroshima A Rebours

A Jumbo that was straight as a die but at least the STAB in 13dn was nothing to do with pinks or punts this time. I seem to remember being held up at the end by the drug cocktail at 29dn/32ac for a bit at the end, no doubt due to my own innocent and clean-living nature. Clue of the Day to 34dn as I did like the misleading "hinder" for "back", in a puzzle that was mostly too Crosswords 101 for my personal tastes. Thanks to the setter, and hopefully this found an audience in those looking for a not too cryptically labour-intensive puzzle for their weekend!

1 Vessel has slate on lip (8)
SAUCEPAN - PAN [slate] on SAUCE [lip]

5 Settle down in Arsenal's opening match (6)
ALIGHT - A{rsenal} + LIGHT [match]

9 Calm down, please: official’s inside (4,3)
EASE OFF - hidden in {pl}EASE OFF{icial}

14 Modish poem contains a line on worker, perhaps without style (11)
INELEGANTLY - IN ELEGY [modish | poem] contains L [a line] on ANT [worker, perhaps]

15 Doctor knocked back drink, once again dispatched everywhere (11)
OMNIPRESENT - reversed M.O. [doctor] + NIP RE-SENT [drink | once again dispatched]

16 Confidence bound to be picked up (5)
TRUST - homophone of TRUSSED [bound]

17 Clouds having been formed containing radioactive element, note (7)
NEBULAE - (BEEN*) ["formed"] containing U LA [radioactive element | note]

18 Novel with fantastic genre to flog in bulletin (9)
NEWSFLASH - NEW [novel] with SF [fantastic genre] + LASH [to flog]

19 Abnormal sort of water in Derwent's banks (7)
DEVIANT - EVIAN [sort of water] in D{erwen}T

20 Send on deployment of troops, say, following Thirty Years War? (4-11)
POST-REFORMATION - POST RE FORMATION [send | on | deployment of troops, say]

22 Used to give support, at first (6-4)
SECOND-HAND - HAND [to give], SECOND [support] at first

23 Depict resistance fighters on edge, retreating (6)
MIRROR - R O.R. [resistance | fighters] on reversed RIM [edge]

25 Condescend to listen to EU citizen (4)
DANE - homophone of DEIGN [condescend]

28 Crazy whirl upstaging enchanting event? (9,5)

30 A lot of craft to satisfy a welcoming crowd (8)
FLOTILLA - FILL A [to satisfy | a] "welcoming" LOT [crowd]

32 Venomous man, a day tripper (8)
ACIDHEAD - ACID HE A D [venomous | man | a | day]

34 Hinder false advertiser, one offering advice (4-4,6)
BACK-SEAT DRIVER - BACK [hinder (as in, more hind)] + (ADVERTISER*) ["false"]

37 Make unclear, short publicity text (4)
BLUR - BLUR{b} ["short" publicity text]

38 Heartless fool screening film in old age (6)
NINETY - NI{n}NY ["heartless" fool] "screening" E.T. [film]

39 Admitting depression, crooks joining church recover (10)
CONVALESCE - "admitting" VALE [depression], CONS [crookes] joining CE [church]

43 Subject promises to settle coastal area, being quarrelsome (15)
CONTENTIOUSNESS - CONTENT IOU'S NESS [subject | promises to settle | coastal area]

45 Vain Englishman and American crossing river (7)
POMPOUS - POM [Englishman] and U.S. [American] "crossing" PO [river]

47 Mobile phone with charm and a reluctance to innovate? (9)
NEOPHOBIA - (PHONE*) ["mobile"] with OBI [charm] and A

49 Agreement to embrace John? Nothing is impossible (2,3,2)
NO CAN DO - NOD [agreement] to "embrace" CAN [john] + O [nothing]

51 Crustacean luckily protecting back bones (5)
ULNAE - hidden reversed in {crustac}EAN LU{ckily}

52 It's almost the end in sentence (4,7)
HOME STRETCH - HOME [in] + STRETCH [sentence]

53 The writer's to offer books without forethought (11)
IMPROVIDENT - I'M PROVIDE NT [the writer's | to offer | books]

54 Singular art including most blue (7)
SADDEST - S [singular] + ADDEST [(thou) art including]

55 Person managing to seize one unoriginal type (6)
COPIER - COPER [person managing] to "seize" I [one]

56 Kid by cool water experiencing heat (2,6)
IN SEASON - SON [kid] by IN SEA [cool | water]

1 Awkward son went off the straight and narrow (7)
STILTED - S TILTED [son | went off the straight and narrow]

2 A French ass, say, mostly loud and clear (11)
UNEQUIVOCAL - UN [a French] + EQUI{d} [ass, say, "mostly"] + VOCAL [loud]

3 Reader's issue with English agreed by school (9)
EYESTRAIN - E YES [English | agreed] by TRAIN [school]

4 Unnatural profit, in a way, with vodka and beer? (7,3,5)
AGAINST THE GRAIN - GAIN [profit] in A ST [a | way] with THE GRAIN [vodka and beer (as opposed to THE GRAPE]

6 No republican initially changing sides? He won't (8)
LOYALIST - ROYALIST [no republican], changing his initial letter from R(ight) to L(eft), and becoming someone who won't change sides, in a semi-&lit kind of way.

7 Blooming head of theatre and choir take off (5,9)
GLOBE ARTICHOKE - GLOBE [theatre] + (CHOIR TAKE*) ["off"]

8 It helps musician to grin, with funk playing (6,4)
TUNING FORK - (TO GRIN + FUNK*) ["playing"]

9 Entitle army corps to pull back holding detainee (7)
EMPOWER - reversed REME [army corps] holding POW [detainee]

10 Note what's up in the papers? (5)
SHEAF - reverse all of FA EH'S [note | what's]

11 Frank, mostly sensible, is running (11)
OPERATIONAL - OPE{n} RATIONAL [frank, "mostly" | sensible]

12 Pretty female making an impression (8)
FETCHING - F ETCHING [female | making an impression]

13 Go crazy, in a spin (4)
STAB - reversed BATS [crazy]

20 Castigate attempt at humour, to a degree (6)
PUNISH - PUN ISH [attempt at humour | to a degree]

21 Go off northwards after car, I hear (7)
AUDITOR - reversed ROT [go off] after AUDI [car]

22 I'm not interested in female item of clothing (2,4)
SO WHAT - SOW HAT [female | item of clothing]

24 Maybe what could make inventor pour ale (8,7)

26 Inclusive approach gets old man aboard Britain's new vessel (14)
BIPARTISANSHIP - PA [old man] "aboard" (BRITAIN'S*) ["new"] + SHIP [vessel]

27 Children's writer's block has no end (6)
BARRIE - BARRIE{r} [block "has no end"]

29 Throw up, at first, on new drug (7)
UNHORSE - U{p} on N HORSE [new | drug]

31 Goddess, we're told, is like a carrier of blood (6)
VENOUS - homophone of VENUS [goddess]

33 One learner guided around in class is ignorant (3-8)
ILL-INFORMED - I L LED [one | learner | guided] around IN FORM [in | class]

35 Loveless letters penned by thick aristocrat (11)
VISCOUNTESS - N{o}TES ["loveless" letters] "penned" by VISCOUS [thick]

36 Pragmatic criminal in court takes fellow in (10)
UNROMANTIC - (IN COURT*) ["criminal"] takes MAN [fellow] in

40 Echo behind cattle car (9)
LIMOUSINE - E [Echo] behind LIMOUSIN [cattle]

41 Kind of leaves a prison in this way (8)
ACANTHUS - A CAN THUS [a | prison | in this way]

42 Responding with original, moving chapter (8)
REACTIVE - CREATIVE [original], moving its C [chapter] to a different place in the word

44 Not dressed in rubbish fabric (7)
TABARET - BARE [not dressed] in TAT [rubbish]

46 Two versions of small figure to placate (7)
SWEETEN - S WEE [two versions of small] + TEN [figure]

48 Eats meal briefly, in rush (5)
HASTE - HAS TE{a} [eats meal "briefly"]

50 Regularly in toupee? You must be joking (4)
NOPE - {i}N {t}O{u}P{e}E{e}