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May 26th, 2019

Mephisto 3064 by Don Manley

Unless you’re very experienced you are unlikely to solve a Mephisto without using Chambers. The idea is that you use the precise wordplay to derive an answer that you then verify in the dictionary. 12A is a perfect example.

I found this a straightforward puzzle

In the clues, definitions are underlined. Wordplay explanation is followed by very helpful comments.

ACROSS

1 Animal is a sort without tail given extra protection (8)
PLATYPUS: PL(A-TYP(e))US;
6 A rodent rolling over in bracken (4)
TARA: A-RAT reversed; NZ fern;
10 Ranters upset about nothing turned up (8)
ANTRORSE: (ranters + o)*;
12 Ache in gym — jump into bath, as before? (6)
PLONGE: P(LONG)E;
14 Pet making beastly noise in school (6)
SMOOCH: S(MOO)CH; memories of the Streatham Locarno;
17 Small stone to irritate young animal (5)
STIRK: ST-IRK;
18 Unrighteousness gets rash Adam tormented, blessedness finally gone (7)
ADHARMA: (rash Adam – s)*; “s” from (blessedness)S;
19 Inclination / to make a lot pay? (4)
CANT: two meanings; 1=inclination 2=auction goods
20 Written in haste, a nasty line (5)
STEAN: hidden (ha)STE-A-N(asty);
21 Son here is unaccompanied? (5)
SECCO: S-ECCO; here is=ECCO;
23 A kit brought out for treatment of fabric (4)
IKAT: (a kit)*;
26 Prisoner catching disease in the bottom once (7)
CROUPON: C(ROUP)ON;
27 Piece of lead finally fixed to bar (5)
DRAIL: (lea)D-RAIL; neat clue;
30 Friends outside tiptop dance-hall (6)
PALAIS: PAL(AI)S; more memories of the Streatham Locarno;
31 Exclusive class does badly for fool (6)
CLOSED: replace “ass” in “cl-ass” by (does)*;
32 Season not quiet with drink in area of market (8)
SALERING: S(p)-(ALE)-RING;
33 Faculty curtailed, from that time long ago (4)
SENS: SENS(e);
34 Material I once got in Devon? Length of it at home brought back (8)
CHENILLE: CHE-(ELL-IN reversed); CHE = SW dialect for “I”;

DOWN

1 The old man, holy saint, is supporter of Rome (6)
PAPIST: PA-PI-ST;
2 A subject for discussion making one hypersensitive (6)
ATOPIC: A-TOPIC;
3 System of exercises mostly hard for an old character (4)
YOGH: YOG(a)-H;
4 Eminence of member of family with superior power (9)
PRELATION: P-RELATION;
5 House that’s turned over in crime story (4)
SEMI: hidden reversed (yrot)S-EMI(rc);
7 Positive declaration once liked except for beginning and end (6)
AVOURE: (f)AVOURE(d);
8 Like a terrible letter presented by a church fellow in ceremony (10)
RACHMANITE: R(A-CH-MAN)ITE; Perec "Peter" Rachman was a Polish-born landlord who operated in London’s Notting Hill in the 1950s and early 1960s. He became notorious for his exploitation of his tenants, with the word "Rachmanism" entering the dictionary as a synonym for the intimidation of tenants by a landlord. He achieved general notoriety after his death, when the Profumo Affair revealed that both Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies had been his mistresses
9 Naked chaps looking silly somehow sped off to get a coat (6)
ACHKAN: (naked + chaps – sped)*;
11 Fellow with an attempt to restrict a Scot getting hold of land once (8)
DONATARY: DON-A-T(A)RY;
13 Fired-up troublemaker having period inside, one of a young group? (10)
LITTERMATE: LIT(TERM)ATE; mischievous God=ATE;
15 Concerning vision, artist is held to be prophetic (8)
ORACULAR: O(RA)CULAR;
16 Something that aids medicinal supply (9)
ADMINICLE: (medicinal)*; supple=bendy;
21 More than one snipe gets away, heading off (6)
SCAPES: (e)SCAPES;
22 What sounds like cookin’ apple (6)
CODLIN: sounds like “coddlin(g)”;
24 Lathi’s wielded in part of India (6)
TAHSIL: (lathi’s)*;
25 Look briefly, finally climbing on to flat piece of rock (6)
GLEDGE: (climbin)G-LEDGE;
28 Old purse fashioned in calf is cracking (4)
FISC: hidden (cal)F-IS-C(racking);
29 Dope getting left in valley (4)
GLEN: G(L)EN;