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April 7th, 2019

Mephisto 3057 - Paul McKenna

Some very new words for me in this one, so I was scouring Chambers and wordplay - after the mess that was Thursday's daily puzzle, I hope I have it better together for here.

Since it is Paul McKenna's turn there is a pun on the top row for WASTE OF TIME. There isn't one on the bottom row for MERRY CHRISTMAS but if you squint just enough...

Definitions can be confirmed in Chambers and are underlined.

Away we go...

Across
1 Whaler’s new boy is in the ocean? (7)
WAISTER - IS in the WATER(ocean)
7 Your tip for marinade? Eastern herb (5)
THYME -  THY(your) then the first letter in Marinade, E(Eastern)
11 Sylvan spread is what gets teuchters up (9)
FORESTAIR - FOREST(Sylvan), AIR(spread, broadcast)
12 Marking crib score without quietly bombing? (6)
EGGING - when you score in cribbage that's PEGGING, remove P(quietly)
13 Jack, a baby (6)
PAMPER - PAM(Jack of clubs), PER(a)
14 Lesson in role reversal (4)
LERE - hidden in reLE REversal
16 Track down and feed off commie in Intelligence (7)
PREDATE - RED(commie) in PATE(head, intelligence)
17 Most valued prof, eg, is put on to entertain you, biblically (5)
DOYEN - DON(put on) containing YE(you)
18 Slight old maid checking lad playing — it’s liberating (12)
DISPRISONING - DIS(slight), PRIG(old maid) containing SON IN (lad playing or performing)
21 Sense TV name squirming about Liberal's acts of bondage (12)
ENSLAVEMENTS - anagram of SENSE,TV,NAME surrounding L(liberal)
22 Coloured chilli sauce back inside of American guts to a degree (5)
CELOM - C(colored) then MOLE(chili sauce) reversed. The Mephisto often has rather disgusting foodstuffs, but I like mole
24 Obscure engraving on oar’s shaft (7)
ENGLOOM -  ENG(engraving), LOOM(oar's shaft)
28 Science, unknown to wit in short form (4)
SCIZ - SCI(science), Z(unknown)
29 Abraham Lincoln’s foremost couple accepted garden ornament (6)
ABELIA - ABE(Abraham), then the first two letters of LIncoln, A(accepted)
30 Punishment that is about lines and you and I (6)
ILL-USE - IE(that is) surrounding two L's(lines) and US(you and I)
31 One of your Greens who’s fired with lively energy (9, two words)
SUGAR SNAP - This was my last in and it didn't make a lot of sense at the time, but I think I have this put together... there's a TV character Alan SUGAR who likes to fire people on his show, and SNAP is lively energy.
32 Body-swerving trustee end for release of old Scots (5)
EXEME - I'll admit, I had to ask another blogger how this one worked (thanks TS!).. remove the TR(trustee) from EXTREME(end)
33 The intellegentsia, say, matter after gallons (7)
EGGMASS - EG(say), then MASS(matter) after G(gallons)

Down
1 Welsh nurse finds bear (5)
WHELP - W(Welsh), HELP(nurse)
2 General is regrouping pirates as before (9)
ALGERINES - anagram of GENERAL,IS
3 In grand gown daughter walks making entrance (7)
INGRESS - IN, G(grand), then DRESS(gown) without D(daughter)
4 Kensington Gardens, wherein you’ll get natural pain relief (5)
TONGA - hidden in KensingTON GArdens
5 Basque has this — blooming great, I have chest (12, two words)
ERGATIVE CASE - anagram of GREAT, then I'VE(I have), CASE(chest)
6 Reprobate objecting to acting (12)
REPRESENTING - REP(reprobate), RESENTING(objecting to)
7 Celebrity succeeded going down with what Ivan had? (7)
TSARDOM - STARDOM(celebrity) with the S(succeeded) moving down a step
8 Chasséing odd bits from white male leaves standard language (4)
HTML - alterating letters in wHiTe MaLe - little bits of it are used in writing this blog
9 Vigorous mum who’s flush and likely to blow up? (5)
YAPPY - two definitions
10 Title ’eard in ’Amburg during General Staff’s early wanderings (7)
ERRINGS - the title is HERR, remove the aspirant, then IN(during), GS(General Staff)
15 Poets who could be political moderates making take over (9)
CENTOISTS - CENTRISTS with the R(recipe, take) becoming O(over)
18 End last month calm (7)
DECEASE - DEC(last month of the year), EASE(calm)
19 Bastion once right for very demanding highbinder (7)
RAMPIRE - R instead of V(very) in VAMPIRE(highbinder, bloodsucker)
20 By injection these aid infection protection in eye mostly (7)
INOCULA - IN, OCULA(r) (eye)
23 Subject in history such as fiction contains (5)
LIEGE - EG(such as) inside LIE(fiction)
25 Soul so lacking in quiet place of detention (5)
GULAG - remove SO fom SOUL, put in GAG(quiet)
26 Old Swahilis appear to rise invaded by Zulu (5)
MZEES - reversal of SEEM(appear) containing Z(Zulu, NATO alphabet)
27 Woopie left in school (4)
GLAM - L in GAM(school of whales)

Sunday Times 4844 by David McLean

11:36. Fairly straightforward from Harry this week. Only one unfamiliar term, mostly straightforward wordplay and definitions. A tidy set of clues though, with some nice surface readings.

Definitions are underlined, anagrams indicated like (THIS)*, anagram indicators like this.




Across
1 Greek dancing mostly in this ball
ZORB - ZORBa. One of those transparent plastic balls people run around in. I had no idea about the definition when solving, and put it in from the wordplay, but when I looked it up it did ring a bell.
4 Create lace pantsmanipulate a foot pedal to do it
ACCELERATE - (CREATE LACE)*.
9 Daily scrapping first section to be less bulky
LEANER - cLEANER.
10 One foreign mug and one foreign genius
EINSTEIN - EIN (one foreign), STEIN (mug).
11 Request to get more reckless in puzzle
BEWILDER - or BE WILDER.
12 Think of Republican motion Britain ignored
RECKON - R, bECKON. To ‘motion’ can mean ‘to direct or indicate by a gesture’ (Chambers).
13 Childhood? A period of much delight!
TIME OF ONES LIFE - childhood being an example (indicated by the question mark) of a time of life. You could replace it with ‘adulthood’ and the clue would still work technically, albeit with a much less convincing surface.
16 Harry” Wilson drenches wet aristocrat
CHINLESS WONDER - (WILSON DRENCHES)*.
20 Endless strike beginning to hamper Unite?
ATTACH - ATTACk, Hamper.
22 German seen after 12 around lake, but not now
NO LONGER - NO(L)ON, GER.
24 Dashing sort of star?
SHOOTING - DD.
25 Flipping quote about me that’ll make you sick
EMETIC - reversal of CITE containing ME.
26 Swimmer with tired-looking Eighties haircut?
GREY MULLET - I wonder when the mullet will come back. Everything does eventually.
27 A Gentile may be head over heels in this
YOGA - reversal of A GOY. &Lit.

Down
2 Go stuff yourself!
OVEREAT - I think this is just a cryptic definition. I can’t see any specific function for the word ‘go’, but I may be missing something.
3 Spot near the centre of Jupiter’s red spot?
BINDI - BIND (awkward situation, spot), jupIter. The red spot worn on the forehead by Indian women. Can also be spelled BINDHI, not to be confused with BHINDI.
4 You might take flight from this awful Romeo, dear
AERODROME - (ROMEO DEAR)*.
5 Say this before drinking red English port
CHEERIO - CHE (Guevara, red), E, RIO (port).
6 I won’t mix a drink in large shaker ultimately
LONER - L(ONE), shakeR. Think ‘one for the road’.
7 Clerk and “date” unfortunately stopped again in Rugby?
RETACKLED - (CLERK, DATE)*.
8 Trouble eats into posh sort in decline
TAIL OFF - T(AIL)OFF.
14 A woman lacking a right that’s vital
MANDATORY - aMANDA, TORY.
15 Soothing molten rocks? There’s falsity in that!
EMOLLIENT - (MOLTEN)* containing LIE.
17 One likely to thumb their way through tracts?
HITCHER - CD.
18 Close envelope containing information written about state
SENEGAL - SEAL containing a reversal of GEN.
19 Staggering sensation removing top for queen
REELING - remove the first letter (top) of FEELING, replace it with R (queen).
21 Description of call from dove loft heard in poem
HAIKU - sounds like ‘high coo’.
23 Poor as a masseuse might be, I’m told
NEEDY - sounds like ‘kneady’, geddit?