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September 7th, 2019

Times Cryptic Jumbo No 1397 - 24th August

Hello to all you pachydermophiles. Compared to last week's, this was a rather more straightforward Jumbo, with little to cause bemusement, taking me just over 36 minutes. There were, however, a few clues that induced a MER (minor eyebrow raise); 21A, 32A, 39A and 44A. I'm sure if I've got the wrong-end of the stick anywhere you commenters will set me straight. An interesting mix of general knowledge including an ancient oracle, a couple of archaic telecoms expressions, a 17th-century marionette, an ancient book of stories from the time of the Black Death, a method of film-making and a Dutch explorer.  There were some fun clues too.  Favourites for me include 27A, 40A, 43A, 3D, 12D and 13D Thank-you setter. How did you all like it?

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Jumbo 1398 (August Bank Holiday Monday)

I don't recall any problems with this apart from a quibble with 16A. The checking letters confirm what the answer is but I am still unsure about the clue.



Across
1 GO THROUGH - GOTH = barbarian, ROUGH = uncivilised
6 TIME SIGNATURE - TIMES = by, I = one, G = good, NATURE = character
13 STILL - double definition
14 BOX GIRDER - BOXER = dog, around GIR = RIG = kit, reversed, and (unite)D
15 OVERSEE - O(d)E, around VERSE = poem
16 MONEY DOESN'T GROW ON TREES - cryptic definition, although I am not sure why "green" should indicate money unless it is a reference to US dollars = greenbacks?
18 TRUFFLES - (poiro)T, RUFFLES = messes up
20 MEMSAHIB - (SHAME IM)*, B = bishop
21 DEKKO - final letters of tO thinK tanK somE stupiD, reversed
23 REARED - READ = study, around R.E. = theological teachings
24 BRUTAL - BAL(e) = pack, around RUT = track
25 AMENDABLE - AMENABLE = receptive, around D = daughter
28 SPELLBOUND - SPELL = period, BOUND = in chains
29 KNOT - double definition - the first referring to the wading bird
30 KIPPERS - double definition
32 ARSENAL - ARENA = stadium, around (arrive)S, L(ate)
34 LOUT - L = left, OUT = unconscious
35 OPEN SECRET - (PRETENCE SO)*
38 ENTREATED - END = consequence, around TREE = some wood, itself around A and T(ramp)
39 PHAROS - P(unc)H, AROS(e) = came up. Pharos was the lighthouse at Alexandria, one of the 7 Wonders, hence "wonderful shiner"
40 OODLES - (n)OODLES = chinese food
43 ERNST - hidden in modERN STyle
45 ROPE-WALK - WORKPLA(c)E*
47 ROUSSEAU - (t)ROUSSEAU = bride's package
49 MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA - (M MONROE CELEB SURE ACTING)*
52 TBILISI - initial letters in The Balkan Ideal Ljubljana In Slovenia Is
53 INTENTION - IN = arrived, TENTION sounds like TENSION = stress
54 ENNUI - I = current, (r)UNNE(r) = athlete, all reversed
55 PINKING SHEARS - PIN = something sharp, KINGS = college, HEARS = tries
56 GYPSY MOTH - (PYGMY SHOT)*


Down
1 GASOMETER - GAMETE = egg, around SO = very, R(oost)
2 TRIANGULATE - (GREAT AUNT LI(ly))*
3 RALLY - double definition
4 UNBROKEN - UN = a, foreign, BRO = relation, KEN = knowledge
5 HEXOSE - HOSE = stockings, around EX = old lover
6 THIRTEENTH - (HIT, THE RENT)*
7 MUD-WRESTLING - MUD = defamation, WREST = forcibly remove, LING = swimmer
8 STREWTH - STREW = spread, TH(is)
9 GROUND-BREAKING - double definition, the second mildly cryptic
10 AVERRED - AVE = prayer, R = king, RED = a shade
11 UNSPEAKALE - cryptic definition
12 EYES - (attractiv)E, YES = I agree
17 SOMERSET - SOME = outstanding, SET = place, around R = right
19 FREELANCE - EEL in FRANCE = fish in the Seine perhaps
22 GRUNTLED - GRUNT = sound from sty, LED = came first
25 ANTIPHON - NATION* around P(ublic) and H(angings)
26 DIPTEROUS - (SOUP TIRED)*
27 TOILET-TRAINING - TOILE = linen, T.T. = dry, RAINING = wet
28 SEA LEVEL - AL(l) = entirely, in SEEVEL = LEVEES = flood barriers, reversed
31 GUNPOWDER TEA - cryptic definition
33 SET IN MOTION - SET = group, IN = elected, MOTION = propsal
36 RALLENTANDO - (OLD NAN LATER)
37 BALLPOINTS - B = British, ALL POINTS = every quarter
41 SQUEAMISH - SQUAMISH = native American, around E = English
42 POWER NAP - POWER = might, NAP = PAN = god, reversed
44 TERMINI - TEN = number, around R.M = service and I(ndustry), I = one
46 PIGGISH - PISH = nonsense, around G(ula)G and I
48 BERING - BEING = essence, around R(ussia)
50 ENEMY - hidden reversed in gYM ENErgetically
51 ATOP - initial letters of Playing Out The Alamo reversed
This was relatively straightforward for a Saturday, particularly the wordplay. The fun came from the many cunning definitions, like 17ac, 22ac, 5dn, 8dn and 21dn. I hope you all enjoyed it. Thanks to the setter for a very enjoyable puzzle. My favourite clue was 5dn, because the definition was so well disguised.

Here we go. Clues are blue, with definitions underlined. Answers are in BOLD CAPS, then wordplay. (ABC*) means ‘anagram of ABC’. Deletions are in [square brackets]. The blog is in Times New Roman font, as part of a gentle campaign to urge the club site to use a font in which it is easier to tell one’s stem from one’s stern.

Across
1 Plant cricket bat before woman's bowled (10)
WILLOWHERB – WILLOW (bat), HER, (woman’s), B (bowled). As usual, I didn't know the plant.

7 Court poet losing heart (4)
DATE – DA[n]TE.

9 Still without female company, granny's taken to tango (8)
STAGNANT – STAG (without female company), NAN, T (tango).

10 Current half-century in square under control (2,4)
IN LINE – I (electrical current), L (50, in Roman numerals), in NINE (square).

11 Forbidding cook to recruit east German (6)
FROSTY – FRY (cook), OST (east, in German).

13 Ace dashed back with it, out of control (8)
ANARCHIC – A (ace), NAR (RAN, ‘back’), CHIC (with it).

14 In chat room, I'd set out contents of some cells (12)
MITOCHONDRIA – (IN CHAT ROOM ID*) (“set out”).

17 Are cuts appearing in unique Sky show? (5,7)
SOLAR ECLIPSE – ARE CLIPS in SOLE.

20 Pleasant subject covers most of botanic gardens (8)
LIKEABLE – KE[w] in LIABLE.

21 Fish smell masks old egg (6)
BONITO – B.O. “masks” O[ld] NIT.

22 Eatery in South Africa offering beds (6)
STRATA – TRAT[toria] in S.A. Geological beds, not the B&B type.

23 Start, having passed river on time (8)
OVERTURE – OVER (passed), T (time), URE.

25 Page in dictionary that shows views (2-2)
OP-ED – P[age] in O.E.D.

26 Duke providing barrier to limit queen’s dispute? (10)
DIFFERENCE – D (duke), IF (providing), FENCE limiting’ (that is, outside) E.R.


Down
2 Mingle during session nine (8)
INTERMIX – IN TERM, IX (nine).

3 On stage (3)
LEG – double definition: cricket, and racing.

4 Suspicious about vehicle's second exhaust (5)
WEARY – WARY ‘about’ E from [v]E[hicle].

5 Board in, say, Victoria aren’t randomly elected (7)
ENTRAIN – (ARENT*) (‘randomly’), IN (elected).

6 British Council’s first to acquire exotic Arabic junk (4-1-4)
BRIC-A-BRAC – BC to ‘acquire’ (ARABIC*) (‘junk’).

7 Relish atmosphere during Democratic poll (11)
DELECTATION – AT (atmosphere) ‘during’ D[emocratic] ELECTION. I wasn’t familiar with AT as an abbreviation for ‘atmosphere’, but it’s in Collins.

8 Often unwanted tissue is not about length (6)
TONSIL – TON SI (IS NOT, ‘about’), L (length).

12 At work, he stops conflict beginning to develop? (4,7)
SHOP STEWARD – (HE STOPS*) (‘at work’), then WAR (conflict), D[evelop].

15 Occasionally left squeezer in grim conditions in B&B (4,5)
HALF BOARD – LF (‘occasional’, or odd, letters of LeFt) plus BOA (squeezer), in HARD (grim).

16 Cryptic couple of notes hidden in Morecambe (8)
ESOTERIC – SO and TE are the notes, ‘hidden in’ ERIC.

18 Quickly go through angler’s problem? (4,3)
REEL OFF – as in ‘reel off the statistics’. A double definition, although I doubt that losing reels is a problem that anglers encounter in real life!

19 Erecting one needs lots of guys good in piece work (3,3)
BIG TOP – G (good) in BIT, OP. It’s close to being a cryptic definition too.

21 Bishop always upset item in bar (5)
BREVE – B (bishop), REVE (EVER, ‘upset’). The definition relates to a musical bar, of course.

24 At regular intervals strike match (3)
TIE – even letters of s-T-r-I-k-E.