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November 2nd, 2019

What ho you lot (if lot is the right word in the tumbleweed-strewn ghost town that passes for the Jumbi bloggage environs)

I managed to knock this off in a slightly-slower-than-average 40 minutes, despite quite a high count of unknowns which we'll get to in the blog.

Rather pleasingly I started at 1a with AUTOBAHN and finished up in the opposite corner with SCARCELY, but that's not to say it was a steady top-to-bottom, left-to-right solve.

Clues are in blue with the definition undelined.  Anagram indicators are in bold italics.

Notation:

DD: Double definition

CD: Cryptic definition

DDCDH: DD/CD hybrid where a straight definition is combined with a cryptic hint.

&Lit:  "all in one" where the entire clue is both definition and wordplay.

(fodder)* denotes an anagram of the letters in the brackets.

Rounded brackets are also used to add further clarity

Squiggly brackets {} indicate parts of a word not used

Deletions are struck out

Square brackets [] expand an abbreviation or shortening like N[orth]


Across

1

About an hour changing motorway (8)


AUTOBAHN - (about an H[our])*

5

Author on the right put off about vote (6)


DEXTER - DETER around X and unusually there are two definitions, Colin what wrote Morse, and a heraldic thingummyjig.

9

Order to purchase gemstone reportedly for cyborg technology (7)


BIONICS - Sounds like BUY ONYX.  With the B and the I in place I was trying to think of a word where BIO sounded like it does in BIODIVERSITY etc. but we were in Steve Austen territory.  We have the technology.

14

Fiery and extreme English politician in present day (3-8)


HOT-TEMPERED - O[ver] T[he] T[op] E[nglish] M[ember of] P[arliament] in HERE, D[ay]

15

Alas, your pic is spoiled as gannets take food (11)


RAPACIOUSLY - (alas your pic)*

16

Europe’s capital resides in wealthy German state (5)


REICH - E{urope} in RICH

17

Poisonous mushroom mother’s fed to girl (7)


AMANITA - MA in ANITA.  I didn't know this and had too look it up to confirm what I took the answer to be based on wordplay.  Looking at the Wikipedia entry I feel I should have been familiar with it.  Here's the first bit: The genus Amanita contains about 600 species of agarics, including some of the most toxic known mushrooms found worldwide, as well as some well-regarded edible species. This genus is responsible for approximately 95% of the fatalities resulting from mushroom poisoning, with the death cap accounting for about 50% on its own. The most potent toxin present in these mushrooms is α-amanitin.

18

Ireland in round are initially one up on points? (9)


BALLERINA - ERIN in BALL A{re}

19

Rupees southern India discovered in drug island (7)


CORSICA - R[upees], S[outhern], I[ndia] in COCA.  I was on the verge of saying I was unaware that SI was a recognised abbreviation for Southern India but of course it doesn't have to be.

20

Perhaps Oscar is number two (6-2-7)


SECOND-IN-COMMAND - O for Oscar is the second letter in the word COMMAND

22

Not let Anne Dutten out (10)


UNTENANTED - (Anne Dutten)*.  There was a poet called Anne Dutton but if you Google Anne Dutten the first few entries reference this clue.  I know some people get annoyed about random first names in puzzles.  They must be going spare at this.

23

Give Spanish noblewoman note (6)


DONATE - DONA, TE (a drink with jam and bread).

25

Once more throwing away a win (4)


GAIN - aGAIN

28

Putting longer, I developed a brassy technique (6-8)


TRIPLE-TONGUING - (putting longer I)*

30

Ale month shifted alcohol (8)


METHANOL - (ale month)*

32

Soldiers protecting heads of Asian trade mission (8)


LEGATION - LEGION around A{sian} T{rade}

34

Headless rat in eggs and cheese pastries? Take any remedy (6,2,6)


CLUTCH AT STRAWS - rAT squeezed between CLUTCH and STRAWS.  Are cheese straws peculiarly British or are children in other countrioes forced to make them in home economics (now food tech)at school?

37

Pint puller needs no help to get froth on liquor (4)


BARM - BARMaid.  Another unknown I had to check.

38

Note hint about card game (6)


ECARTE - E TRACE reversed

39

3-D art of changing hands in clock-making (10)


HOLOGRAPHY - HOROGRAPHY with the R[ight] swapped for L[eft].  I used to love holograms when they first became an art form.  Don't see them these days except as security features on cards, tickets etc.

43

US determination to change inadequate rating (15)


UNDERESTIMATION - (US determination)*

45

Vet meeting requirements given time (7)


INSPECT - IN SPEC[ification], T[ime].  Would you really say "in spec" rather than "to spec" or "on spec"?

47

Vandyke perhaps knowing about English illustrator (9)


BEARDSLEY - BEARD, SLY around E[nglish].  Aubrey, 1872-1898.

49

Mixture of aluminium in molten rock on the turn (7)


AMALGAM - AL[uminium] in MAGMA reversed

51

Country concerned with peace after Conservative loss (5)


REALM - RE cALM

52

Diplomat needs suit as cover for briefs (7,4)


ATTACHE CASE - ATTACHE, (legal) CASE.  I had one when I fisrt went to secondary school.  They were all the rage at the time.  James Bond wannabe or briefcase w****r?

53

Evil American is into careless faker of images (11)


ILLUSIONIST - ILL, U.S., (is into)*.  I had a bit of word blindness here and invented ILLUSSITION. Yeah I know.

54

Sleeping — something not to do around Sandhurst (7)


DORMANT - DON'T (as in DOs and DON'Ts) around R[oyal] M[ilitary] A[cademy]

55

Dangerous element runs for street in sports venue (6)


RADIUM - R[uns] replacing ST[reet] in STADIUM

56

Hardly daunting storing film material (8)


SCARCELY - SCARY around CEL[ulloid].  I wasn't aware of that abbreviation.


Down

1

Steam haricots with some tongue inside (7)


AMHARIC - hidden, not a word I knew but easy enough to divine once you've got a checking letter.  An uncommon instance of the definition lurking somewhere other than at the beginning or end of the clue.

2

All playing on grass put up with half time ice cream (5-6)


TUTTI-FRUTTI - TUTTI (music notation), TURF reversed, TI{me}

3

Writer’s from German right, one limited by injunction? (9)


BRECHTIAN - RECHT I in BAN

4

US comedian’s internal struggle to be eternally optimistic? (4,7,4)


HOPE AGAINST HOPE - Bob-based DDCDH

6

Ghostly tingling follows tree emitting echo (8)


ELDRITCH - ITCH following ELDeR

7

Orientating car badly in unfamiliar area (5,9)


TERRA INCOGNITA - (orientating car)*.  If you a) don't have a classics background, b) aren't terribly familiar with this particular term and c) don't pay careful attention to the wordplay, it's very easy to put incognito as the second word.  *Waves sheepishly*.

8

Politician managed to take in English people (10)


REPUBLICAN - RAN around E[nglish] PUBLIC

9

Rural bus curtailed — a severe pain (7)


BUCOLIC - BUs, COLIC

10

Old unit containing unknown toxic gas (5)


OZONE -O[ld] ONE around Z

11

Where train stops around one with good reason to get going (11)


INSTIGATION - IN STATION around I G[ood]

12

Heavens! NHS bed places going up? (8)


SKYWARDS - SKY, WARDS

13

Killer beheaded Spanish poet (4)


ORCA - lORCA.  One of those clues where you don't know whether to knock the fist letter off A to get B or vice versa. The poet is Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca.  Why don't our poets have cool names like that? The closest we've got is Pam "I wish I'd looked after me teeth" Ayres.

20

Queen’s put up in Italian city (6)


SIENNA - I can only assume this is a reversal of ANNE I 'S, as in Anne the first.  Any other suggestions?

21

Picture reason for dropping coffee? (7)


MUGSHOT - MUG's HOT.  Boom boom.

22

Indescribable hunt hold topless meet (6)


UNTOLD - hUNT hOLD.  Nice.

24

The food of love, perhaps with chips? (10,5)


ELECTRONIC MUSIC - CD, and a nod to the Kraftwerk song at 1a

26

Treats cloth on side with a napper as quickly as possible (4,5,5)


FULL STEAM AHEAD - FULLS, TEAM, A HEAD.  A couple of tricky elements here.  To full is to scour and beat wollens to cleanse them.  Napper is slang for head.  If you're young and/or non-British you probably won't be familar with this line from the 1911 Harry Champion song Any Old Iron: "You look so dapper from your napper to your feet". You may have got lucky and recalled the word from a previous puzzle.

27

Flamboyant wood used in old carriage (6)


FLASHY - ASH in FLY

29

The French on watch, perhaps for English martyr (7)


LATIMER - LA on TIMER

31

Disconcerted wife in large crowd losing key (6)


THROWN - W{ife} in THRONg

33

Piano virtuoso, expert at moving pieces (11)


GRANDMASTER - GRAND, MASTER.  I like the way the clever definition is seamlessly woven into the suface reading.

35

Amentia treated with hemp drug (11)


AMPHETAMINE - (amentia hemp)*.  In looking up amentia (not that it's needed to solve the clue) I discovered the interesting phenomenon known as the euphemism treadmill, whereby euphemisms for taboo words eventually turn into taboo words themselves.

36

Novel sin — just (6,4)


VANITY FAIR - VANITY, FAIR

40

Stock film boxers perhaps avoided? (9)


RESERVOIR - RESERVOIR DOGS with the dogs (boxers perhaps).  I think it's that, unless there's a film called Reservoir Undies.

41

Store directors chasing award (8)


CUPBOARD - BORAD after CUP

42

Unfortunately, it is a rum dessert (8)


TIRAMISU - (it is a rum).  If it does have booze in it's usually Marsala, left over from the zabaglione one supposes.

44

Note way to remove fumes making acetone? (7)


SOLVENT - SOL (a needle pulling thread), VENT

46

Grass’s book (7)


TIMOTHY - DD, a grass and either of two books in the New Testament.

48

Russian’s home in Moscow, yes, before tea (5)


DACHA - DA, CHA

50

Day record set up for top prize (4)


GOLD - D[ay], LOG reversed

A typical Saturday I thought. I didn’t know the answer at 10ac, but I got it from the wordplay. The answer at 9dn was obvious from the crossing letters, but I still can’t altogether explain the wordplay. 1ac was my first in, but I think I like it enough to call it the clue of the day! Thanks to the setter for a very enjoyable puzzle.

Clues are blue, with definitions underlined. (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 One way to serve meat, keeping it within fine margins (6)
FLAMBE – LAMB (‘it’, referring to ‘meat’), in F[in]E.

4 After promotion, my French is hard to reproach (8)
ADMONISH – AD, MON (“my”, in French), IS, H[ard].

10 Run out to vault containing your print (11)
ROTOGRAVURE – RO (run out, today’s cricketing reference), TO, GRAVE containing UR (your, when texting).

11 Hug monarch offering little resistance (3)
OHM – O (hug, as in OXOX=hugs and kisses), HM (Her Majesty). I’d have suggested ‘some’ rather than ‘little’ resistance. If you said ‘little’, my accounting lecturer would have asked, ‘compared to what’?

12 Exactly right to tuck into tea and bread (7)
CHAPATI – PAT (exactly right), tucked into CHAI.

14 One who used to dispatch game (7)
HANGMAN – double definition. Do some newspapers still headline Births, Deaths and Marriages as Hatched, Matched & Dispatched.

15 Hunting dogs we’d trained coerced union (7,7)
SHOTGUN WEDDING – (HUNTING DOGS WED*) ‘trained’.

17 Exemplary way with fish knives and forks? (9,5)
STAINLESS STEEL – STAINLESS as in ‘saintly’, perhaps, ST, EEL.

21 Gull goes around to crush piece of toast (7)
CROUTON – CON around ROUT. Cunning definition, I thought.

22 Arch rival of Tyneside canteen, I gathered (7)
NEMESIS – NE (northeast/Tyneside), MESS (canteen) ‘gathering’ I.

23 Spots leader leaving wood (3)
ASH – [r]ASH.

24 A foreign heath crossed with lily in harmful way (11)
UNHEALTHILY – UN (foreign, specifically French, word for ‘a’), then HEATH overlapping LILY.

26 Most here not in good shape? (4,4)
REST HOME – (MOST HERE*), ‘not in good shape’ implying anagram, and a very apt &lit. definition. (Are you talkin’ to me??)

27 Sweet drink invading nearly all of France once (6)
GATEAU – TEA invading GAU[l].


Down
1 Divine round playground secured by firm (8)
FORECAST – O, REC secured by FAST.

2 A pink organ towards the rear (3)
AFT – the Financial Times, or FT, is presumably on pink paper.

3 Singer accepts this country artist's first original idea? (3,4)
BIG BANG – GB, A accepted by BING (Crosby).

5 A girl was hunted, possibly becoming one of these? (9-2-3)
DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW – (A GIRL WAS HUNTED*).

6 Old fox maybe grabs Echo, a nymph (7)
OCEANID – O, CANID grabs E[cho]. Dogs, foxes and wolves are canids. I didn’t know this nymph, although I see she appeared in 2013.

7 Distribute no more rings for their suppliers? (11)
IRONMONGERS – (NO MORE RINGS*).

8 Kind chap put in the shade (6)
HUMANE – MAN in HUE.

9 Race soldier to border? Not everyone stands for it (8,6)
NATIONAL ANTHEMI didn’t altogether get this, but with guidance from paul_in_london, I now think it's like so: NATIONAL (race, as in Grand National; and not, as I thought, NATION), ANT (soldier), and HEM (border). Presumably the word ‘Not’ is part of the definition, as a reference to the American protesters who kneel for their anthem. Does that happen during God Save the Queen? Surely not!

13 A job with strings attached gains Henry marks (11)
APOSTROPHES – A, POST, ROPES (strings) ‘gaining’ H (Henry). Another cunning definition.

16 Reply to outburst by Open University bringing in a smaller amount? (5,3)
BLESS YOU – BY, OU (Open University) ‘bringing in’ LESS. The outburst would be a sneeze.

18 Property guardians fill one book actually (2,5)
IN TRUTH – NT (National Trust) fills I, RUTH.

19 Island's old rules about rudiments of martial arts (7)
SUMATRA – SUTRA about M[artial] A[rts].

20 Cereal covers a large upside-down cake (6)
ECLAIR – RICE covers A L, all upside-down.

25 What’s crossed by Arctic explorers? (3)
ICE – hidden answer, and an &lit. definition (see glossary).