February 21st, 2020

Quick Cryptic 1554 by Breadman

So 8 minutes for me. Compound anagrams are the theme of the day, plus some well-disguised hidden words. LOI 11 ac, which I spent an age staring at for no good reason. Overthinking it again, I suppose.


Across
1 Travel pioneer, one who doubted worker in galley? (6,4)
THOMAS COOK - (doubting) THOMAS + COOK
8 Curious, like returning top-class Japanese fighter once (7)
SAMURAI - RUM AS backwards + AI
9 Reportedly, those people in that place (5)
THERE - sounds like THEIR.
**EDIT** I agree with the comments, the homophone should be THEY'RE
10 It’s a strange sort of wine (4)
ASTI - anagram ('strange') of IT'S A
11 I'm off food completely (8)
FAREWELL - FARE (food) + WELL (completely)
13 Wart uncovered in feline voicebox (6)
LARYNX - WART 'uncovered' is AR, inside LYNX
14 One of five children initially offered a substitute for rice? (6)
QUINOA - QUIN + O + A
17 At work, Sue, Ned and Edward like some grapes? (8)
UNSEEDED - anagram ('at work') of  NED SUE with ED on the end
19 Wicket in children's game is part of branch (4)
TWIG - W inside TIG
21 Musical composer left note inside organ (5)
ELGAR - L + G (note) inside EAR
22 Smart alec in work now allegedly (4-3)
KNOW-ALL - hidden word: worK NOW ALLegedly
23 Rosy person who photographs Atlantic foodfish (3,7)
RED SNAPPER - self explanatory
Down
2 Rodent the rams disturbed (7)
HAMSTER - anagram ('disturbed') of THE RAMS
3 Extra mushroom left out (4)
MORE - MOREL minus L for left
4 Mum, on air, drunk on unknown wine (6)
SHIRAZ - SH (mum, as in 'keep mum') + anagram ('drunk') of AIR + Z (unknown)
5 In Piedmont, her uncle's trying to avoid capture (2,3,3)
ON THE RUN - hidden word: PiedmONT HER UNcle
6 Vegetable pulled up, with energy, somewhere in Staffordshire (5)
KEELE - LEEK backwards plus E for energy
7 Underworld slang broadcast absorbing European ruffian on bike (5,5)
HELLS ANGEL - HELL + anagram ('broadcast') of SLANG with E added in
8 Former slapstick comic scattered ants on bay tree (4,6)
STAN LAUREL - anagram ('scattered') of ANTS plus LAUREL (the bay tree is also known as the bay laurel)
12 In French earth, duke is buried (8)
INTERRED - IN + TERRE + D
15 Experimental type of music regenerated wife on avenue (3,4)
NEW WAVE - NEW (regenerated) + W + AVE
16 Idiot wearing jacket with sleeves missing (6)
JERKIN - JERK + IN (wearing)
18 Half suck garish sweet substance (5)
SUGAR - SUCK + GARISH
20 Sound of dove above quiet animal enclosure (4)
COOP - COO + P
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Times Cryptic Jumbo 1424: If A Good Walk's Worth Spoiling, It's Worth Spoiling Twice

A mostly straightforward, economically clued jumbo but none the worse for it. Thanks setter!

I particularly liked 24ac, 32ac, 52ac and the very cute 2dn. Any favourites from the floor?

ACROSS
1 Supporters, British, stopping Polish players (5,4)
BRASS BAND - BRAS [supporters] + B "stopping" SAND [polish]

6 Minor injury certainly no handicap (7)
SCRATCH - a double def, where the second definition is something to do with a good walk being spoiled.

10 Elm in court outside a hotel (5)
WAHOO - WOO [court] outside A H. This strangely-named tree is found in the southern USA, apparently...

13 Poor parrots: they’ve no more fun! (3,6,4)0
THE PARTY'S OVER - (PARROTS THEY'VE*)

14 Mole dwells across river bank (5,4)
LIVER SPOT - LIVES [dwells] "across" R + POT [bank]

15 Recalled church matter being out of place (7)
ECTOPIC - reversed CE + TOPIC [matter]

16 Ring to cancel film (7)
ANNULET - ANNUL E.T. [to cancel | film]

17 Ball game, I sense, doing massive harm (7)
RUINOUS - R.U. I NOUS [ball game | I | sense]

18 New arrangement for writers bears fruit (12)
STRAWBERRIES - (WRITERS BEARS*)

20 Meeting-place in New Zealand at first overused, sadly (10)
RENDEZVOUS - (NZ OVERUSED*)

23 Secret miscreant kept from head (5)
INNER - {s}INNER

24 Hours in science laboratory being oddly ignored put out Soviet leader (9)
CHERNENKO - H in CERN [science laboratory] + {b}E{i}N{g} + K.O. [put out]

25 Share personal perspective on what’s expected (7)
PARTAKE - TAKE [personal perspective] on PAR [what's expected (in a good walk spoiled)]

26 We cancel short journey to find convenience store (3-4,4)
ONE-STOP SHOP - or ONE STOPS HOP [we cancel short journey]

28 In a way, uproar something we can learn from (11)
INSTRUCTION - IN ST RUCTION [in | a way | uproar]

30 Follower of popular opinion, note, Strasbourg politician with letter (11)
TIMEPLEASER - TI M.E.P. LEASER [note | Strasbourg politician | letter]

32 Salesman sulks, cross, turning to see waiting journalist? (11)
DOORSTEPPER - reverse all of REP PETS ROOD [salesman | sulks | cross]

34 Place for young and old train staff: Home Counties line? (7)
NURSERY - NUR SE RY [old train staff | Home Counties | line]. NUR as in National Union of Railwaymen (dissolved 1990).

36 Recovering, if diminished: lampoon them endlessly (2,3,4)
ON THE MEND - hidden in {lampo}ON THEM END{lessly}

38 Shackles press with these (5)
IRONS - double def

39 One predicting a storm, perhaps, if indeed listened to (7,3)
WEATHER EYE - homophone of WHETHER AYE

41 Win big game following exclusive article (5,3,4)
SCOOP THE POOL - POOL [game] following SCOOP THE [exclusive | article]

45 Appropriate company to tour capitals presenting opera (7)
NABUCCO - NAB CO [appropriate | company] "touring" UC [capitals, as in Upper Case]. A Verdi opera based on the books of Jeremiah and Daniel and probably well worth remembering for trivia!

46 Cunning US president with backing of forty on the left (7)
FOXLIKE - IKE [US president (Eisenhower)], with reversed OF + XL [forty] to the left of it

47 Moslem doctrine to be poorly interpreted at first (7)
ISMAILI - ISM AIL [doctrine | to be poorly] + I{nterpreted}

49 Lasting mark left by short old Greek composer (9)
SCARLATTI - SCAR L ATTI{c} [lasting mark | left | "short" old Greek]

50 In this selection process keen that woman should block top illustrator? (13)
CHERRYPICKING - CRY [keen] "blocked" by HER [that woman] + PIC KING [top illustrator?]

52 Wed, perhaps, without dread, vacuous PA (5)
DADDY - DAY [Wed, perhaps], "without" D{rea}D. Nice piece of misleading capitalisation!

53 City, close to championship, continue to be relaxed? (7)
PRESTON - {championshi}P + REST ON [continue to be relaxed?]

54 Henry abused his power to punish severely (9)
HORSEWHIP - H + (HIS POWER*)

DOWN
1 Prepares for fried dish or buffets (7)
BATTERS - double def

2 Leaves stripper to run after a lowdown female (5,6)
AGENT ORANGE - TO R, after A GEN [lowdown], + ANGE [female, somewhat familiarly!]

3 Maidenhead maybe wanted in exchange for Slough (5)
SWAMP - M{aidenhead} in SWAP [exchange]. Some will hate this, but the "maybe" exonerates it.

4 A Conservative out to break with EU prompt! (7)
AUTOCUE - (A C OUT + EU*) ["break"]

5 Some French boy (3)
DES - double def

6 A number spotted, happening to be paying visit (9)
SEVENTEEN - SEEN [spotted], "paid a visit" by EVENT [happening]

7 Hardly ever is gran’s meat lean (6)
RARELY - {g}RA{n} + RELY [lean]

8 An age to cultivate some neat approach in (4,3,4,4,4)
TILL THE COWS COME HOME - TILL [to cultivate] + THE COWS [some neat] + COME IN [approach | home]

9 Hung around with over-edacious hosts (7)
HOVERED - "hosted" by {wit}H OVER-ED{acious}

10 With place for page, it’s a sound organ or piano! (9)
WURLITZER - W + URL [place for page] + homophone of IT'S A

11 3 lovers of trendy music and books in need of foreign friend (11)
HIPPOPOTAMI - HIP POP O.T. AMI [trendy | music | books | foreign friend]. 3 lovers cross references 3d, so "swamp lovers".

12 Grass is overheard identifying conspirator (5)
OATES - homophone of OATS. Titus Oates of Popish Plot infamy.

16 Book is bio my foster-father and I twice reworked (1,5,7,2,4)
A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME - (BIO MY FOSTER-FATHER I I*)

19 Monitor calls on regulator to support women’s group (7)
WIRETAP - RE TAP [on | regulator] supporting W.I.

21 It’s something in S Africa to catch wild bears with nets (9)
STEENBRAS - (BEARS + NETS*). South African fish.

22 Way of paying complete with pen and pad, finally (2,4)
IN KIND - INK IN [complete with pen] + {pa}D

23 Pass papers on, and empty textbook, immediately (1,4,4)
I DON'T KNOW - I.D. ON + T{extboo}K NOW

24 Like some metal to get hold of annually? (7)
COPPERY - COP [to get hold of] + PER Y{ear}

25 Put out of pub, ancient one associated with The Sun’s top journalist (7)
PHRASED - PH RA'S ED [pub | ancient one associated with the sun's | top journalist]

27 Potentially even state celebration should involve one (6)
PARITY - PARTY [celebrating] should "involve" I

29 Shift from English — earlier try to abandon science (7)
CHEMISE - E, after CHEMIS{try}

31 Middle-of-the-road leader on the right dismissed hawk (6,5)
MORTAR BOARD - M.O.R. + {s}TARBOARD. "A small square board with a handle underneath, used for carrying wet plaster or mortar", not to be confused with a handsaw.

33 Still to determine its outcome? (5,6)
PHOTO FINISH - cryptic def, the still in question being photographic.

35 European city hall condemned, rightly (9)
ETHICALLY - E + (CITY HALL*)

37 A mathematician’s large audience excited (9)
EUCLIDEAN - (L + AUDIENCE*)

40 Wretched uprising, frequently coming in place of protest? (7)
ROOFTOP - reversed POOR, OFT "coming in".

42 Excursionist, one setting off? (7)
TRIPPER - double def

43 Confined to bed — but no more stories? (5,2)
LYING UP - or if one's LYING is UP there are no more stories

44 Missile briefly guided northwards, and across France (6)
EXOCET - reversed COXE{d}, plus ET [and, across France]

45 Edged forward and picked up bouquet? (5)
NOSED - double def

48 Exam’s ending with long, hard paper (5)
MACHE - {exa}M + ACHE [long]

49 Cheer swift runner coming up — not quite to the echo (3)
RAH - reverssed HAR{e} [swift runner]