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August 4th, 2019

Mephisto 3074 - Tim Moorey

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. 1A is a perfect example.

A reasonably straightforward puzzle this week.

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

ACROSS

2 A failing model set apart — roughcast for Americans (11)

SPATTERDASH: (set apart – a)* - DASH; the “-“ in the clue = DASH;

10 Girl out of practice to try again (6)

REHEAR: rehear(sal);

11 Gastropods could be swimming near it (6)

NERITA: (near it)*;

13 Hastings, for example getting behind independent cinema (4)

IMAX: I-MAX; reference journalist Max Hastings;

14 Bird / song (5)

CAROL: two meanings;

15 Chap from Devon pares dodgy article (8)

SPREATHE: (pares)*-THE

17 One’s no longer inside a part in Peru (7)

PAROLEE: P(A-ROLE)E; PE=Peru;

19 Broods about leader in Express on worms (7)

NEREIDS: N(E-RE)IDS; E from E(xpress); on=RE; NIDS=broods;

21 Kiwi fool available to order in New Guinea, initially (4)

NONG: N(ON)G;

22 Man’s ringing second-class soccer club (4)

HIBS: HI(B)S; Hibernian Football Club commonly known as Hibs, is a Scottish Premiership side based in Leith

24Run before very much outmoded backhanded stroke (7)

REVERSO: R-EVER-SO;

26 A pair in Goa treated reproductive organs of seaweed (7)

OOGONIA: OO-(in Goa)*;

29 Scots born before 1603 against drinking neat rum (8)

ANTENATI: ANT(neat)*I; James VI, Stuart king of Scotland, also inherited the throne of England in 1603, and the Stuart kings and queens ruled both independent kingdoms until the Acts of Union in 1707 merged the two kingdoms into a new state, the Kingdom of Great Britain.

31 Diverse mixture in Germany sadly rejected (5)

SALAD: D-ALAS all reversed; D=Germany;

32 Lyric’s tuneful but one Spice Girl’s walked out (4)

ODIC: (mel)ODIC;

33 Seemingly endless once, try largest Canary Island if running (6)

ETERNE: (Tenerife – if)*;

34 A river recalled in Canadian capital (6)

REGINA: A-NIGER reversed; capital of Saskatchewan;

35 Work or spare time for office employees (11)

TEMPORARIES: (or spare time)*;

DOWN

1 Can awkward PROs in meeting stop employment? (11, two words)

PRISON,HOUSE: (pros in)*-HO-USE;

2 Second domain one’s ignored always (6)

SEMPRE: S-EMP(I)RE;

3 Cut around hydrant in lighthouse (5)

PHARE: P(H)ARE;

4 Vote for navy in censure? Could be a duty (8)

TAXATION: censure=tarnation then swap “x” for “rn”;

5 Conduct around child about right (4)

TROT: T(R)OT;

6 Line about Hungary’s let in (7)

ENCHASE: ENC(H)ASE;

7 Little monster disappeared inside, damn! (8)

DRAGONET: DRA(GONE)T;

8 Nationalist supporting display in Glasgow club (4)

AIRN: AIR-N; “iron” in Aberdeen;

9 Hot German bread, only one left (6)

STOLEN: STOL(l)EN;

12 A call-girl dancing with pole regularly is fabulous (perhaps) (11)

ALLEGORICAL: (a call girl + o + e)*;

16 Part of fruit some stewed with beef (8)

MESOCARP: (some)*-CARP;

18 Critic on the Spectator? (8)

REVIEWER: RE-VIEWER;

20 Rascal gets a dram for short time in boozer (7)

DRINKER: rascal=tinker then change “t” to “dr”;

23 Doctor to media, millions giving up salt (6)

IODATE: (to media – m)*;

25 Temper tantrum abroad is shown up in protests (6)

SIT-INS; SNIT-IS all reversed; SNIT=temper tantrum in Thomaston;

27 Old Glaswegian messenger about to stop working (5)

CADIE: CA-DIE;

28 Original matter imperfectly taken up after leaving LA (4)

YLEM: (LA)mely reversed; in the Big Bang theory, the primordial matter of the universe

30 Bracken down under pitch area (4)

TARA: TAR-A;