March 7th, 2020

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Times Cryptic Jumbo 1426 - Rebel without a clue

This particular puzzle detained me for over an hour but I'm not sure if that's because it was a toughie, or I was having a slow day, or was more distracted by Six Nations rugby and stuff than I thought.  It probably wasn't intended to be too hard as a number of the definitions have helpful qualifiers to narrow down the field of possible answers, e.g. Hispanic dish, Asian country, Italian artist, US City.

If anyone knows what's going on with 17a please can they come to the front and tell the class, thanks.  Sorry if you landed here expecting to be put out of your misery.  You can share mine.  First in was ADAPT and last, perhaps not surprisingly, was TINY.

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

Regarding meals, grand and rather more than substantial! (13)

GASTRONOMICAL - G[rand], ASTRONOMICAL

8

Circulating air is linked to expert forecast (9)

PROGNOSIS - SONG reversed + IS after PRO

13

Tailor inclined to get behind promotional material (5)

ADAPT - APT after AD[vert]

14

Awkward behaviour necessarily limiting fellow (11)

PERFORMANCE - PERFORCE around MAN

15

Computer component absorbing programmer's latest tweet (5)

CHIRP - CHIP around {programme}R

16

Equivocal with celebrity heading off to accept major opening in university (9)

AMBIGUOUS - fAMOUS around BIG U[niversity]

17

Rebellion? Show hesitation, deposing leading pair (4)

TINY - Er.  A MUTINY is a rebellion, and UM is a form of hesitation as well as being the first pair of letters of MUTINY revsersed, and, er... the definition is... Nope, no idea.  Anyone?

18

Criminal bid to secure target (8)

OFFENDER - OFFER around END

20

Over a year to adopt updated description of some streets? (3-3)

ONE-WAY - O[ver] A Y[ear] around NEW

21

Novel proposal — this thing is dodgy, involving energy (6,2,3,5)

TENDER IS THE NIGHT - TENDER + (this thing is)* around E[nergy]

24

Payment seeing English name in memorial replaced by Latin (9)

EMOLUMENT - E[nglish] + MONUMENT with N[ame] replaced by L[atin]

26

Tinkers reduced thoughtless cries, making no repetition (7)

RASCALS - RAS{h} CALlS

27

Teaching graduate recalled it in a change to account (5)

DEBIT -  B.Ed (Bachelor of Education) reversed, IT.  Shouldn't that read CHARGE rather than CHANGE?

29

A wonderful time with colourful characters? (3-6,3)

RED-LETTER DAY - DDCDH

31

Money went quickly leading to return of extravagant artist (10)

TINTORETTO - TIN, TORE, OTT reversed

33

Illuminated slab, though not one to carry representation of constellation (6,4)

LITTLE BEAR - LIT, TiLE, BEAR aka Ursa Minor

35

Examination body in good successful result means to get on (8,4)

BOARDING PASS - BOARD, IN, G[ood], PASS

38

English education requirements including nothing wrong (5)

ERROR - E[nglish], 3Rs around O

39

Take clothing off, having kinky fun with popular music (7)

UNFROCK - (fun)*, ROCK

40

Strategic manoeuvring after losing lead to European is a fag (9)

CIGARETTE - (strategic)* + E[uropean]

42

Participant in trial answers architect after demolition (9,7)

CHARACTER WITNESS - (answers architect)*

44

What cuts up first bit of coal brought in by coal supplier? (6)

MINCER - C{oal} in MINER

47

What viola uses, upset at cello getting loud (4,4)

ALTO CLEF - (at cello)*, F[orte].  If you'd asked me to name all the clefs I'd probably have got stuck after treble and bass.

49

Pellet or its victim? (4)

SLUG - DD

50

Giving energy to an island marriage (9)

ANIMATING - AN, I[sland], MATING

52

Walk miles, getting snared (5)

TRAMP - M[iles] in TRAP.  Neat.

53

Vehicle getting a run in University bus service is blue (11)

ULTRAMARINE - TRAM, A, R[un] in U[niversity] LINE

54

US lawyer in one US state almost backing another (5)

IDAHO - D[istrict] A[ttorney] in OHI{o} reversed

55

Amateur behind nonsense seen by that woman in town (9)

ROTHERHAM - HAM after ROT, HER

56

Sonatina tunes broadcast with no delay (13)

INSTANTANEOUS - (sonata tunes)*

Down

1

Hispanic dish about to be introduced to Pacific island with cheer from Spain (9)

GUACAMOLE -C[irc]A in GUAM, OLE

2

Feign anger, dismissing one in drag? (7)

SHAMBLE - SHAM, BiLE

3

Upset over our rag including first sight of this photo print (11)

ROTOGRAVURE - (over our rag T{his})*

4

No pressure in seizing power in uprising in Asian country (6)

NIPPON - NO P[ressure] IN all reversed around P[ower]

5

Steersman, confusedone’s not worth following up (5-4)

MARES-NEST - (steersman)*.  I initially misbiffed this as MEANS TEST on the basis of a careless glance at the anagram fodder and "worth".

6

The fool Edward, overlooking the best treat in Devon (7,5)

CLOTTED CREAM - CLOT, TED, CREAM

7

Girl holding overturned garden ornament beginning to revive plant (5,5)

LEMON GRASS - LASS around GNOME reversed with R{evive}

8

Mount is fraudulent, having no height (4)

PONY - PHONY with H{eight} removed

9

Unavoidable item yonder? (3,2,5,6)

ONE OF THOSE THINGS - DDCDH

10

Hot in Mediterranean resort? It’s not for everyone (5)

NICHE - H{ot} in NICE

11

Party to appreciate after quiet home (7)

SHINDIG - DIG after SH!, IN

12

Our site’s up — it’s running? Keeping fingers crossed, perhaps (13)

SUPERSTITIONS - (our site up it's)*

19

French are less sanguine about one garden feature (8)

ESPALIER - ES (tu es = you are), PALER around I

22

Managed to turn up without detective — a low point (5)

NADIR - RAN reversed around D[etective] I[nspector]

23

Avoid the issue, something commoner amongst rural constabulary? (4,5,3,4)

BEAT ABOUT THE BUSH - DDCDH

25

One more mature Democrat brought in support for weaponry? Not initially (7)

OLDSTER - D[emocrat] in hOLSTER

28

Only took in some small feature of film (3,4)

BIT PART - DDCDH

29

Unsettling transport provided by smart car and boat (6-7)

ROLLER-COASTER - ROLLER (Rolls Royce), COASTER

30

Again declare English will invest in service company (8)

REAFFIRM - E[nglish] in R.A.F. FIRM

32

It reflects visit on schooner around capital of Greece (7-5)

LOOKING-GLASS - LOOK IN, GLASS around G{reece}

34

The French artist captures very insectile form (5)

LARVA - LA, R[oyal] A[cademician] around V[ery]

36

Some will leave country, one country in process of growth (11)

GERMINATION - GERMany, I, NATION

37

Second criticism before I pin up Italian artist (10)

MODIGLIANI - MO, DIG then I, NAIL reversed

40

Fellow performer I caught going to a country in the Americas (5,4)

COSTA RICA - CO-STAR, I, C[aught], A.  A country that pops up in Times Crosswords more often than it does in... well anything really.

41

Outrageous for one holy man to spurn sources of lechery and immorality (9)

EGREGIOUS - E.G., REliGIOUS.  Religious can be a noun.  Who knew?

43

Evoke rising cheers over region (7)

ATTRACT - TA reversed, TRACT

45

Marx enthralling a head of Government in US city (7)

CHICAGO - CHICO around A, G{overnment}

46

Distract pickpocket before start of theft (6)

DIVERT - DIVER, T{heft}.  I got distracted by DIP for a while and was also trying to shoehorn Oliver Twist, Fagin and the Artful Dodger into the answer.

48

Taking up spades, manages small wood (5)

COPSE - COPES with the S{pades} moved up

51

Support couple leaving island, adopting son (4)

STEM - S[on] tacked on to iTEM.

  • brnchn

Times Cryptic No 27600 - Saturday, 29 February 2020. A run in the park.

This week’s puzzle felt like a speed test. 1ac went in at a glance, and then each helper letter seemed to lead to another answer. So, I was finished quite quickly, although I admit I still haven’t parsed 11ac as I write this. I expect it will come to me!

I can’t pick a clue of the day. The clues were all good, but none stood out to me. Did anyone else have a favourite? Thanks to the setter.

Clues are blue, with definitions underlined. (ABC*) means ‘anagram of ABC’. Deletions are in [square brackets].
Across
1 Fibre optics is altering displays (5)
SISAL – hidden answer (‘displays’).
4 Reserve fit after run in field (4,5)
RICE PADDY – R (run) ICE (reserve) PADDY (fit, of rage).
9 Go with a richly varied social system (9)
OLIGARCHY – (GO A RICHLY*), ‘varied’.
10 A creature on River Nile location (5)
ASWAN – with spacing, A SWAN.
11 Break item irresponsible people pass abroad and pass on (4,3,6)
KICK THE BUCKET – KICK (break, as in ‘kick the habit’), THE BUCK (the item irresponsible people pass), ET (‘and’ when abroad, or specifically when in France). Tricky!
14 As I see it, one contains many leaves (4)
TOME – with spacing, TO ME.
15 Post line on English writer's material (10)
STATIONERY – STATION (post), E (English), RY (railway line).
18 She's spotted sign, ad press broadcast (10)
LEOPARDESS – LEO (sign), (AD PRESS*) ‘broadcast’.
19 Heather's dumped a boy, once fine (4)
ERIC – heather is also known as ling or ERIC[-a]. Eric could of course be a boy, and it appears that ancient Irish law once imposed an ‘Eric fine’ for accidental or unintentional homicide, to be paid to the relatives of the dead man. So, I think there are two definitions for the heathery wordplay.
21 Skill in office? Affirms staff succeeded with it (13)
STATESMANSHIP – STATES (affirms), MAN (staff), S (succeeded), HIP (with it).
24 Hot country short of a language (5)
HINDI – H (hot), INDI[-a].
25 Ban disheartened the Republican in charge (9)
INTERDICT – T[-h]E (‘the’, disheartened), R in INDICT (charge).
27 Finished second to last in archery, every aim too high (9)
OVERREACH – OVER (finished), R from [-arche]R[-y], EACH (every).
28 Man who has issue holding on to fear (5)
DREAD – DAD has issue (children), holding RE (on).

Down
1 Inert cashier does this when money runs low? (5-5)
STOCK-STILL – the cashier STOCKS TILL when necessary.
2 Runner's jump lacking power (3)
SKI – SKI[-p].
3 After slowly grasping it, article is shed (4-2)
LEAN-TO – LENTO (slowly) grasping A (article).
4 Rotten cedar tree brought back to life (9)
RECREATED – (CEDAR TREE*), ‘rotten’.
5 Not letting cat out of bag, having lead around rodent (5)
COYPU – COY (keeping a secret), UP backwards or ‘around’.
6 Idiot put on weight: it's the seafood (8)
PLANKTON – PLANK, TON.
7 Practical to have books about stopping shortfall (4-2-5)
DOWN-TO-EARTH – DEARTH (shortfall) ‘stopped by’ OWN (to have) and TO = OT (books), ‘about’.
8 Story with no queen and king in The New Yorker? (4)
YANK – YA[-r]N (story, with no R=queen), then K (king).
12 House of Representatives seen to change judgment (6,5)
COMMON SENSE – COMMONS, (SEEN*), ‘to change’.
13 Strained to spy dance with a certain rhythm (10)
SYNCOPATED – (TO SPY DANCE*). ‘Strain’ is a bit of a stretch as an anagram indicator, perhaps?
16 International screen pairing (4,5)
TEST MATCH – TEST (screen), PAIRING (match).
17 Clay held by underground explorer or one on mount (8)
CAVALIER – ALI (the former CASSIUS CLAY), ‘held by’ CAVER.
20 Said where yeast is lacking essential variety (6)
INBRED – why yeast is in bread, of course. ‘Said’ indicates a homophone.
22 Echo life of e.g. Verdi in musical (5)
EVITA – E (echo), VITA (Italian for ‘life’ in Verdi’s time as now, presumably).
23 Get lost in Oxford, by the sound of it? (4)
SHOO – sounds like SHOE.
26 Let out of hospital for spleen (3)
IRE – [-h]IRE, as in vent ones spleen/ire.