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February 23rd, 2019

Times Cryptic Jumbo 1366

Hello again.  A puzzle of average difficluty I'd say with enough in the way of unknowns to provide some education.

I'll be en route to Tenerife for the best part of today (Saturday) so it will be a while before I can field any comments.

First in was MAN OF THE MATCH and last was HOME whose definition took a bit of spotting.

Clues are in blue with the definition underlined.  Different brackets mean different things:

Square to expand a standard crossword abbreviation: L[eft]

Wiggly to denote letters not used:{afterthough}T

Rounded followed by a * to indicate anagram fodder: (forded)*

Rounded to add clarification: cool (as in trendy)

Anagram indicators in bold italics: supply

Deletions are denoted by strikeout

CD = cryptic definition, DD = double definition, I guess other stuff is spelled out for you.


Across

1

Members bound to keep to themselves, even? (7)


HOGTIED - HOG, TIED, not an expression I knew

5

Gradually, Post Office couple refusing to serve grasping pensioner (4,1,4)


POCO A POCO - lots of initials here: P[ost] O[ffice] then two lots of C[onscientious] O[bjector] surrounding O[ld] A[ge] P[ensioner]. Another unfamiliar phrase.

10

Undergarment picked up for revel (4)


BASK - sounds like BASQUE to some people (not me though)

14

Groom footballer for award? (3,2,3,5)


MAN OF THE MATCH - DD, the first cryptic-ish

15

Smart men dressed down — one found in bed? (3,6)


FLY ORCHID - FLY, O.R., CHID

16

Depleted after too many catches dropped by some cricket girl (10)


OVERFISHED - FI, SHED by OVER

17

After skirmishing ok — the rest on stretchers (11)


TENTERHOOKS - (ok the rest on)*.  I'd never really considered what a tenterhook might be in the real world. It's a hook used to fasten cloth on a drying frame or tenter.  So there you go.

18

With this tweet, mean to be heard? (5)


CHEEP - sounds like CHEAP

19

See tailless sloth’s burying its head in squalor (10)


SLEAZINESS - A bit complex this - LAZINESS is burying its head (L) in SEe

21

A month from Quebec to the Alaskan port (6)


JUNEAU - JUNE, AU ("to the" in French)

23

A way to colour match — with pronounced finish (3-3-3)


TIE-AND-DYE - TIE (e.g cup tie), AND (with) then a homophone for die.

25

Villain’s Irish accent putting off British (5)


ROGUE - bROGUE

26

Peter out of luck at first, if at races (4,3)


TAIL OFF - (OF L{uck} IF AT)*

28

Old single guys dig tarts bursting with pizazz in the East End (5,8)


ZIGGY STARDUST - (GUYS DIG TARTS {pizaz}Z)*.  It's nice to see "in the East End" being used as something other than a Cockneyficator

31

After present, left watch for sculptor (9)


DONATELLO - DONATE, L[eft] LO.  Don't you just love it when an arty answer is one of the Ninja Turtles?

33

In theory, little time to intercept an enemy, presumably (9)


NOMINALLY - MIN[ute] in NO ALLY

35

Baker in a suit (5,2,6)


QUEEN OF HEARTS - CD (think tarts)

37

She’s example of one backing demise of world body? (7)


PRONOUN - PRO NO U[nited] N[ations]

38

Roughly, American grabs one ancient jurist (5)


CAIUS - C[irc]A U[nited] S[tates] around I.  I can't be bothered to research this but it's something to do with some geezer from an ancient civilisation.

40

Pressing obsession to contain evil spoken of (9)


THRONGING - Soundalike for WRONG in THING (as in crosswords are my thing).

42

Son in light blue tee, crouching (6)


ASQUAT - S[on] in AQUA, T[ee]

44

Declare capital of Venezuela just the thing for royal assignment? (5,5)


STATE VISIT - STATE V{enezuela} IS IT

46

European champion missing out on gold is put out (5)


EVICT - E[uropean] VICTor

48

Confusion resulting from action of forge: what’s new? (3,3,2,3)


THE FOG OF WAR - (of forge what)*

50

That familiar person embraced by Tokyo, UK, now wholly (3-4-3)


YOU-KNOW-WHO - hidden

52

City once through hesitation allowing unknown enemy to enter (9)


BYZANTIUM - BY, UM around Z, ANTI

53

One providing a flavour of scripture lessons with Irish in school (9,4)


CORIANDER SEED - R{eligious] I[nstruction] AND ERSE in CO-ED

54

Had lilies regularly dropped round for girl (4)


ELLA - reversed alternate letters of  hAd LiLiEs

55

Crustacean’s shortened tongue put out, briefly (9)


LANGOUSTE - LANGU{e}, OUSTE{d}

56

Criticise “daft” clothes? They might (7)


NUDISTS - DIS in NUTS, semi &Lit

Down

1

In Ancient Greek, no end of grammar (4)


HOME - HOMER withour the last letter of GRAMMAR.  On of those hard-to-spot definitions that the Times setters pull off so well.

2

Lady jockey in the news, almost always (9)


GENEVIEVE - VIE in GEN EVE{r}

3

No half measures from lowdown artist, female, and lowdown artist-poet (2,3,1,5,2,3,1,5)


IN FOR A PENNY IN FOR A POUND - INFO, R[oyal] A[cademician], PENNY, INFO, R[oyal] A[cademician], (Ezra) POUND

4

Spanker, maybe, was made to pull up bloomers (7)


DAHLIAS - reversal of SAIL HAD.  To save you the embarrassment of Googling "spanker" I can tell you that on a square rigged ship the spanker is a gaff-rigged fore-and-aft sail set from and aft of the aftmost mast.

5

One doing handouts allowed in chap to feed baby (11)


PAMPHLETEER - A russian doll construction with "baby" used as a verb...  LET in HE in PAMPER

6

Nice area where young retire in western Europe: endless astonishment (4,5)


COTE D'AZUR - COT, EUR{ope} around DAZe. Complex stuff.  I just biffed it and worried about the parsing afterwards.

7

Dish when warm emits aromas at the outset (5)


ASHET -AS HEaT.  An ASHET is a Scottish word for a large plate or dish, possibly a corruption of assiette

8

Switch positions with English girl: promotion wasted (3,4,4)


OFF ONES HEAD - OFF, ON (switch positions), E[nglish], SHE, AD.  Loved the switch positions device.

9

It’s a gas using axes to slice melon! (6)


OXYGEN - XY (graph axises) in OGEN

11

Pay to have hotel for vacation in Irish town (7)


ATHLONE - H{ote}L in ATONE

12

Issue pack that’s easily handled (4,5)


KIDS STUFF - KIDS, STUFF

13

Out-of-tune shepherd-tenor would ruin opera (7,2,3,10)


ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD - (shepherd-tenor would ruin)*

18

Native of Channel Islands, note, descending on Japanese school (7)


CITIZEN - C.I., TI, ZEN

20

Skimpy attire Keith gingerly covers up (7)


NIGHTIE - Reverse hidden

22

Remain behind brook (5,3)


STAND FOR - DD

24

Journalist’s heading to court on business (8)


DATELINE - DATE, LINE

27

One staring too long: will he disappear, finally? (5)


OGLER - last letters clue

29

Patois of old boy one had easily picked up (5)


GUMBO - reversal of O[ld] B[oy] MUG

30

Restless energy in reverse kicking action? (7)


UNQUIET - E[nergy] in UNQUIT, a sort of cryptic opposite of quit (as in smoking)

32

Hosting plays at time of presentation (2,5)


ON SIGHT - (hosting)*

34

Sailor on watch may start to sleep, outrageously (11)


YACHTSWOMAN - (ON WATCH MAY S{leep})*

36

Alternative to banger, maybe displaying zip (3,1,7)


NOT A SAUSAGE - straight def with cryptic indication, maybe tricky for overseas solvers with scant knowledge of Brit foodie slang.

37

Proposal by board that can be put to bed? (9)


PLANTABLE - PLAN, TABLE

39

After short taste of Broadway, courts certain opera lovers (9)


SAVOYARDS - SAVO{r} (American spelling), YARDS

41

Flag Nazi’s stolen originally now national property (9)


IRISHNESS - IRIS, HESS around N{ow}

43

Bright bird one missed from different late quiz shows (7)


QUETZAL - (latequiz)* less I.  A colourful bird from the Americas.

45

Departs from New Zealand port after time, having found the station? (5,2)


TUNED IN - T+ {d}UNEDIN

47

Cheerful girl, by and large (6)


JOVIAL - JO, VIA, L[arge]

49

No leaves left? Park closed (5)


RECTO - REC, TO

51

The likelihood of only smaller bras being available? (4)


ODDS - Straight def and cryptic hint based on cup sizes

Saturday, 16 February 2019 - Times Cryptic No 27276. Up in the air.

I solved this puzzle on an iPad on an intercity air flight. It was all done by the time I landed, bar checking for the blog that Orcus was who I assumed he must be, and another dodgy answer I had to revisit later. So, proof it can be done … but don’t close your browser window while you’re in flight mode! I’m also in the process of confirming I can do the blog in normal layout on the iPad, but it’s a tedious process!

Oh, and what about the puzzle you ask? Nice one, I thought. Challenging but doable. My clue of the day is 10ac for the clever misdirection in the wordplay. 12dn had a nice historical reference. 26ac added to my general knowledge something I hope I never need to know. Thanks to the setter for a very enjoyable puzzle.

Clues are in blue, with definitions underlined. Answers are in BOLD CAPS, then wordplay. (ABC*) means 'anagram of ABC'. Deletions are in [square brackets].

Across
1 Aroused couple at the table cutting bread that's sweet (6,4)
BRANDY SNAP: RANDY (aroused) / S[outh] N[orth] (couple at the bridge table), all inside (“cutting”) BAP (bread). It’s a biscuit rather than a sweet in my experience, although I suppose it could be part of a sweet dish. And yes, we had this answer the previous week as 5dn, differently clued. Setters must hate that!

7 Start passing over new bundle (4)
DAWN: N[ew] WAD (bundle), all reversed (“passing over”). Rather an odd way to express “backwards”! Perhaps the definition is "start passing". I suppose "the day dawned" could at a stretch be "the day started passing"?

9 Parent despondent about the flag (8)
MASTHEAD: MA (parent) SAD (despondent), around THE. Collins gives “flag” as an alternative for “masthead” for the thing at the top of a newspaper page.

10 Conductor in Beethoven's Ninth ready for the French horn, finally (6)
NEURON: N (ninth letter of “Beethoven”) / EURO (ready, aka money, for the French, et al, across the Channel) / N (horn, finally). I read the clue and immediately started wondering whether “the French” was LA, LE or LES. Totally the wrong idea, that.

11 Hurdling Wincanton's first, horse felt uneasy (6)
STEWED: STEED (horse) “hurdling” W (Wincanton’s first).

13 Second spine-tingling tale for German writer (8)
SCHILLER: S (second), CHILLER (spine-tingler).

14 Inside job for this union man? (5,7)
HOUSE HUSBAND: cryptic definition.

17 Exotic male imbued with sex appeal, very attractive butler, say? (6,6)
MAÎTRE D’HÔTEL: anagram (“exotic”) of (MALE*), around (“imbued with”) IT (setter’s code for sex appeal) plus RED HOT (very attractive). I think of maître d’s in restaurants and butlers in residences, but I speak from ignorance.

20 As some dogs end up so feral, kennelling good (3-5)
PUG-NOSED: anagram (“feral”) of (END UP SO*), “kennelling” G for good.

21 Piece again introducing dance (6)
BISHOP: BIS (musical instruction for “again”), HOP (dance).

22 One with a burden, drink (6)
PORTER: double definition.

23 Nation borders on Djibouti, river vessel endlessly crossing them (8)
CAMBODIA: CAM (river) and BOA[t] (vessel, endlessly), all “crossing” DI (“borders” on Djibouti).

25 Lead, or huge body of gas? (4)
STAR: double definition.

26 Fearful and weary — sign of quarantine? (6,4)
YELLOW FLAG: YELLOW (fearful), FLAG (to weary). Didn’t know a yellow flag meant this.


Down
2 Answer right, at once wrong, I assumed (8)
REACTION: anagram (“wrong”) of (R AT ONCE*), with an “I” “assumed”.

3 Clear land (3)
NET: double definition.

4 Produce bow (5)
YIELD: and another!

5 Things abandoned by those crazy about Orcus (7)
NUDISTS: NUTS (crazy) “about” DIS (another name for Orcus). A very roundabout definition, I felt. To me it suggests the things being taken off, not the people doing so.

6 Data store, box accountant’s got on the way (5,4)
PUNCH CARD: PUNCH (box), CA (accountant), RD (way). Certainly seems like a dead technology – no, isn’t it only people who have to be dead before they appear here?

7 Dodo, you might say, or species heading for possible exit? (6,5)
DOUBLE DOORS: if allowed a little licence, dodo might be described as DOUBLE DO, then OR, S[pecies].

8 Court office acting poorly? (6)
WOODEN: WOO (court), DEN (office). Definition refers to poor stage actors.

12 With wit, Mrs T seen off in Parliament (11)
WESTMINSTER: anagram (“off”) of (WIT MRS T SEEN*). Might well bring back memories of the Iron Lady.

15 Every second lost by Superman probing dangerous, pressurised stuff? (9)
HAIRSPRAY: “Superman” minus every second letter gives S-P-R-A, which is to “probe” HAIRY.

16 Hard grains in meal so rough (8)
SEMOLINA: anagram (“rough”) of (IN MEAL SO*). Fine hard wheat, according to Chambers.

18 Subversive artist, rotter upped and left (7)
RADICAL: RA (artist), ACID (rotter) reversed (“upped”), L (left).

19 Turn up with solicitor, disconcerted (3,3)
PUT OUT: PU is UP “turned”, TOUT is solicitor.

21 Centre of club, I'm bonny airhead (5)
BIMBO: hidden answer. Quite well hidden, too.

24 Numpty’s brain starting late? (3)
OAF: LOAF (brain), “starting late”.