May 9th, 2020

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Times Cryptic Jumbo 1436 - I shot a man in Reno

I thought this was a fairly gentle lockdown offering, taking about 40 minutes including parsing everything.  First in was BRIDGE at 1d (I sometimes have a cheeky look at 1d if I don't get 1a straight away) and last was DOOMSDAY.

If any of my explanations don't make sense then feel free to ask for further elucidation..

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

Hit American football player around chest (11)


BLOCKBUSTER - BLOCKER around BUST

7

Not sorting out dressing Penny in long suit (6,5)


STRONG POINT - (not sorting)* around P[enny]

13

Vow to maintain eastern sense of beliefs (9)


IDEOLOGIC - I DO, then E[astern] in LOGIC

14

One with a large bill, £1000, for making pants (7)


PUFFING - PUFFIN, (a) G[rand].

15

The end for Spaniard, delicate and attractive (5)


ELFIN - EL FIN.  Winona Ryder for example.

16

Statuette's weight that's surprising (6)


GRAMMY - GRAM, MY

17

Write some graffiti about military leadership (8)


PENTAGON - PEN, TAG, ON.  If you're down wiv da kids you'll know that a tag is a graffiti "artist's" signature or identifying symbol, innit.

18

Learner driver's equipment to hold bucket down (7)


TRAINEE - TEE around RAIN.  Whatever the opposite of lift & separate is, you have to do that with bucket and down.

20

Frances’s well-mannered youth schooled till older, fortunately (6,4,10)


LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY - (till older, fortunately)*

23

Stray female cat initially missing after days (7)


DIGRESS - tIGRESS after D[ays]

24

Dismissed error when defending support for logs (7)


FIREDOG - FIRED, O[wn] G[oal].  "Error when defending" is neat. This word appeared in the daily puzzle very recently.

26

Front of bus gets cold: regularly colder transport (7)


BICYCLE -B{us}, ICY, C{o}L{d}E{r}

28

It may make cameo, just not fifty times (4)


ONYX - ONLY without L for fifty, X (times as in multiplied by).  A cameo is a gem with a figure carved in relief.

29

Superior small hotel hosting aristocrat again (8)


SNOBBISH - S[mall] H[otel] around NOB, BIS

32

Being old, one's figure has cellulite at the edges (9)


EXISTENCE - EX, I, S, TEN, C{ellulit}E

35

Miserable son, changeable in nature (9)


SATURNINE - S[on], (in nature)*.  One of those words you know but if challenged to define it precisely you might struggle.

36

After turnover, flans providing unknown layer (8)


STRATIFY - TARTS reversed, IF, Y

37

Where you might find better or flipping remarkable person (4)


RENO - ONER reversed.  Bear trap alert!  Had I not been on blogging duty I might have biffed HERO on the basis of OR flipping and remarkable person as a probable definition and just shrugged at the rest of it.

39

Charity case writing in handbook losing account (7)


ALMSMAN - M{anu}S{cript} in ALMANac

41

Top Nazi entertaining East German entertainer (7)


HOSTESS - HESS around OST

44

Gold jumper? Extremely snazzy for the PM (7)


AUTOPSY - AU, TOP, S{nazz}Y, PM as in Post Mortem

45

Token resistance, slowly changing, is subversive (20)


COUNTERREVOLUTIONARY - COUNTER, R[esistance], EVOLUTIONARY

49

Colouring perhaps in French colour (1-6)


E-NUMBER - EN, UMBER.  The setter obviously decided that he'd thrown enough bones to our transatlantic cousins with blocker,  Grammy, Pentagon and Reno and has delivered a curve ball with the EU system for classifying food additives.

50

Pardoned sinner finally released (8)


REMITTED - {sinne}R, EMITTED

51

Through which we look more banal, we hear (6)


CORNEA - sounds like CORNIER (to me at least)

53

Some foul up industrial plant (5)


LUPIN - hidden.  Hand over all the lupins you've got.

54

Bit of rock clip released at first (7)


OUTCROP - CROP after OUT

55

Land's politician accepting slip with modern tech (9)


TERRITORY - TORY around ERR, I.T.

56

When clasped by ex-PM, embrace in eatery (6,5)


GREASY SPOON - AS in (Charles) GREY, SPOON.  I assume this is exclusively British.  The sort of café you'd avoid if out shopping with the missus but on a Sunday morning with a hangover you're banging on the door at opening time to be let in for a full English.

57

Trouble is doubled with current examiner (11)


SCRUTINISER - (is is current)*


Down

1

Partner in match accepting golf game (6)


BRIDGE - BRIDE around G[olf]

2

Android perhaps doing medical work with void safety check (9,6)


OPERATING SYSTEM - OPERATING, S{afet}Y, CHECK

3

Silk worms covering awfully remote distance (10)


KILOMETRES - (silk)* around (remote)*.  You don't often come across a double anagram and "solk worms" is rather neat.  As all fans of early Human League know, the word for silk worm breeding is sericulture.

4

When topless, sudden increase in desire (4)


URGE - sURGE

5

Marked as finished and rated (6,3)


TICKED OFF - DD

6

Place overgrown by grass is known (7)


REPUTED - PUT in REED

7

Protection for one quaking as fraud is around (9)


SAFEGUARD - E.G. (for one) surrounded by (as fraud)*

8

What people do when in power shower, audibly (5)


REIGN - sounds like RAIN

9

Distinguished chap's outspoken staff in fun venue (5-4)


NIGHT-CLUB - homophone for KINGHT, CLUB

10

Design a carpet fibre to manufacture in advance (12)


PREFABRICATE - (a carpet fibre)*

11

Early period imagined? (7)


INFANCY - IN FANCY

12

Someone with a burning desire may use this app (6)


TINDER - CD

19

Go down in the pit briefly by India's capital (8)


HELSINKI - SINK in HEL{l}, I[ndia]

21

Forget information about the Parisian court (7)


NEGLECT - GEN reversed, LE, C[our]T

22

Say what's raised cash to oust English power (8)


HEGEMONY - E.G. EH? reversed, then MONeY.  Leadership or dominance, especially by one state or social group over others.

23

Spirits lifted by Democrat in utter catastrophe (8)


DOOMSDAY - MOOD reversed, D[emocrat] in SAY

25

Borders crossing close to notable French city (5)


REIMS - RIMS around {notabl}E.  Where they make champers.

27

At the same time as computer, no one works (15)


CONTEMPORANEOUS - (as computer no one)*.  Hmmm.  Is this quite right? I don't think it's the right part of speech. Contemporaneously means at the same time, contemporaneous means done at the same time or at the same time as, so as would have to be doing double duty. Yea or nay?

30

Rabbit on table — the rabbit cages (7)


BLETHER - hidden

31

Mob's stash picked up (5)


HORDE - sounds like hoard

33

Beneath one home, like hiding brother (5,3)


INFRA DIG - IN, DIG around FR[iar]

34

Fee for good French detective, an investment drawn on? (7,5)


PREMIUM BONDS - PREMIUM, BON, D[etective] S[ergeant]

38

Such a voice is resonant? It's rolling (10)


STENTORIAN - (is resonant)*

40

Infamous rejection of Olympic city by American? (9)


NOTORIOUS - "NO TO RIO", U.S.

42

Smoother South Side club (5,4)


STEAM IRON - S[outh], TEAM, IRON

43

Angry about card player with another hat (9)


SOUWESTER - SOUR around WEST, E[ast] for one of those waterproof yellow jobbies seamen wear.

45

Behind calves, oddly, trousers crease (7)


CRUMPLE - RUMP in (trousered by) C{a}L{v}E{s}

46

Month to get work for army type, in the main? (7)


OCTOPUS - OCT[ober], OPUS.  Nice definition.

47

Issue when travelling in Spooner's rented car (3,3)


JET LAG - Spoonerism of LET JAG

48

A cutting sort, one speaking about wife (6)


SAWYER - SAYER around W[ife]

50

Share not quite in proportion (5)


RATIO - RATIO{n}

52

Time to go off for a jog (4)


TROT - T[ime], ROT
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Times Cryptic No 27654 - Saturday, 2 May 2020. Follow the Yellow Brick Road.

It’s a beautiful, sparkling autumn day as I write this blog in the Emerald City, so I found it a little ironic that my last answer in was the one with the Oz reference.

Never mind, I found it a delightfully challenging puzzle. Clues like 15a, 18a, 5d and 17d needed chewing before they cracked. 28a was an answer I didn’t know, but gettable from wordplay. Everything else was familiar, or at least seen before. Thanks to the setter for a very enjoyable puzzle.

Notes for newcomers: The Times offers prizes for Saturday Cryptic Crosswords. This blog is posted a week later, after the competition closes. So, please don’t comment here on the current Saturday Cryptic.

Clues are blue, with definitions underlined. (ABC*) means ‘anagram of ABC’. Deletions are in [square brackets].
Across
1 Film fan Harry came in with vamp (10)
CINEMAGOER – anagram (‘harry’: CAME IN*), then GOER (‘vamp’; not the first synonym that came to mind!)
6 Party's withdrawn Murphy (4)
SPUD – DUP’S the party you need. Turn it round (‘withdraw’).
9 Spurs stumped by short cross between pair (7)
STIMULI – ST (stumped), then MUL[e] between II (pair).
10 Charge forces American to block petition (7)
SUFFUSE – FF (forces) and U.S. ‘blocking’ SUE (petition).
12 Where to study hip after trips round hospital (4,6)
HIGH SCHOOL – COOL round H for hospital, all after HIGHS (trips).
13 Removing odd bits, repair organ (3)
EAR – even letters of r-E-p-A-i-R.
15 Part of remote island home? (6)
KEYPAD – KEY (island), PAD (home).
16 Catholic European clubs shown round Celtic ground (8)
ECLECTIC – E (european) and C (clubs), around an anagram (‘ground’: CELTIC*). On first reading, I thought ‘I have no idea what ground Celtic play at’! Score: setter, one; blogger, nil.
18 Slick English touring Oz are repellent (8)
NAUSEATE – NEAT (slick), and E (English), ‘touring’ AUS.
20 Try to seize old superior westbound vessels (1-5)
U-BOATS – STAB (try) ‘seizing’ O (old), then U (superior); all backwards (‘westbound’).
23 Anger republic ceding territory (3)
IRE – the Republic of IRE[land].
24 I argue with aunt manoeuvring launch (10)
INAUGURATE – anagram (‘manoeuvring’: I ARGUE AUNT*).
26 Being visible, I succeeded during evening (2,5)
IN SIGHT – I, S in NIGHT.
27 Bookish learner’s going to do repeats (7)
ITERATE – [L]ITERATE.
28 In future, litter producer's self-reproach picked up (4)
GILT – sounds like ‘guilt’. I didn’t know ‘gilt’. Apparently in some dialects, it’s a word for a young sow.
29 Kind dog, one no longer seen in Fleet Street (10)
TYPESETTER – TYPE | SETTER.

Down
1 Change when chief comes round (4)
CASH – CH around AS.
2 Champion, reckless, lacking length with racket (7)
NOISILY – No. 1 (champion), SI[l]LY.
3 Very appetising argument and how it turned out (13)
MOUTHWATERING – anagram (‘turned out’: ARGUMENT HOW IT*).
4 Guardian's leader shone light on church failing (6)
GLITCH – G[uardian], LIT, CH.
5 Plant nuts with pine fruit, about 100 (8)
ENSCONCE – ENS are spaces in printing, that 29ac’s call ‘nuts’. A CONE is a pine fruit, insert C for 100.
7 Sage's quiet place to hide boring routine (7)
PRUDENT – P (quiet), DEN (place to hide) ‘boring’ RUT (routine).
8 Fair treatment expected for tax (3,7)
DUE PROCESS – DUE (expected), PRO (for), CESS (an old tax, vaguely remembered from past crosswords).
11 Ogle briefs dancing ’ere? (6,7)
FOLIES BERGERE – anagram (‘dancing’: OGLE BRIEFS ERE*).

Usually dropping an initial H suggests something cockney; fortunately for the anagram, the stereotypical Parisian ’as been ’eard to drop them too, n’est pas? A literal definition.
14 Main explorer's occupation in delta avoiding work clothes (4-6)
SKIN-DIVING – SKIVING (avoiding work) ‘clothes’ IN D[elta].
17 Note key concealed in throw under the counter (8)
STEALTHY – TE (note) and ALT (key) in SHY.
19 Device that's universal able to be drawn out briefly (7)
UTENSIL – U (universal), TENSIL[e] (able to be drawn out).
21 Draw a short line separating tees (7)
ATTRACT – A, then TRAC[k] separating T |T (tees).
22 Light lead-free fuel (6)
IGNITE – [L]IGNITE is the fuel.
25 The Times abandoning superior booze (4)
BEER – BE[TT]ER, minus ‘Times’ twice.

Sunday Times Cryptic 4901, by Dean Mayer — Paint It, Red

In this puzzle I was delighted to find, like a shiny prize at the bottom of the Cracker Jack box, a word heretofore utterly unknown to me, and which I can’t even imagine running across in real life anytime soon, clued as an anagram, and gettable only after the checkers were in, but got, which is to me one of the supreme gratifications in working these things. This word is the kind of thing one expects to find in profusion in the weekly Mephisto—whose namesake, the devil we know, lurks below—which, had I but Dictionaries enough and Time, I would tackle more often. I speak, of course, of MINIATE, which was my POI and is now filed under the rubric of “Surely never to be forgotten” (we’ll see…).

With His Satanic Majesty materializing alongside SATISFACTION and ROLLING STONE, we almost have a theme going.

I indicate (manargas)* like this, and italicize anagrinds in the clues.

ACROSS
 1 Swimmer covering bottom that’s not sexy? (8)
FRUMPISH — F(RUMP)ISH
 5 Base coat for a skirting edge (6)
PRIMER — P(RIM)ER, PER being “for a” and RIM, “edge”
 9 Trigger’s memo about opening time (8)
DETONATE — D(NOTE<=“about”)ATE
10 Orange or rust? (6)
CARROT — CAR ROT(!) My Last One Parsed, believe it or not.
12 The devil, he helps me out, keeping one close (14)
MEPHISTOPHELES — Sympathy from the devil? (he helps me)* with I, “one” + STOP, “close” inserted
14 Fantastic—two bones (5)
RADII — RAD, “Fantastic” + ii, “two”
15 Divide then bind an element in a different form (9)
ALLOTROPE — ALLOT, “Divide” + ROPE, “bind”
17 Zombie relative almost eating fruit (9)
AUTOMATON — A Trump voter in my family? AUN[-t] swallowing TOMATO (which doesn’t look at all like brains)
19 Early morning, first pair of big feet (5)
IAMBI — I (1) AM + BI[-g] To quote James Merrill, “The little feet that patter here are metrical.”
21 A contamination, perhaps (5,9)
BLOOD POISONING — It could also be B contamination, say, hence “perhaps.” Neat &lit, and it took me a minute to see the def.
24 Stories about good old monarch’s fluffy cat (6)
ANGORA — AN(G)(O)(R)A If I ever see ANA outside of a crossword puzzle, it will be a red-letter day.
25 Boxing, not boxing book author (5,3)
NOBLE ART — NO(B)(LEAR)T My LOI, and coming in last at least partly because a competition in which knocking one’s opponent unconscious is an accepted and even desired outcome strikes me as the farthest thing from NOBLE, notwithstanding the admiration rightly due to figures such as Muhammad Ali.
26 Criticism surrounding husband’s funny routine (6)
SHTICK — Please don’t embarrass me again, dear…  S(H)TICK
27 Go outside when he finds a beach relic (8)
SEASHELL — SE(AS)(HE)LL, “How much does it go for?” “How much does it SELL for?”

DOWN
 1 Fancy European flag (4)
FADE — FAD, a collective “Fancy” + E(uropean)
 2 Prudent new investor will welcome this (7)
UPTREND — (Prudent)*
 3 A pagan god is among ones identified for worship? (9)
PANTHEISM — PAN, “A pagan god” + THE(IS)M, “is” surrounded by THEM, “ones identified”
 4 Small, it’s a bustling camp settlement (12)
SATISFACTION — S(mall) + (it’s a)* + FACTION, “camp”
 6 Get to lecture? No parking (5)
REACH — [-p]REACH
 7 This cherry is extra large, see (7)
MORELLO — MORE, “extra” + L(arge) + LO, “see!”
 8 Rhubarb is dry but full of one’s spit (10)
ROTISSERIE — ROT, “Rhubarb” + IS + SER(I)E
11 Progressive rock from one of The Drifters? (7,5)
ROLLING STONE — ROLLING, “Progressive” + STONE, “rock,” with a CD
13 A modest bar’s fancy dishes (10)
DREAMBOATS — (A model bar’s)*
16 Sing, later playing percussion instruments (9)
TRIANGLES — (Sing, later)*
18 Half of them should care (7)
THOUGHT — TH[-em] + OUGHT, “should”
20 Unexpected item in bagging area is paint (red) (7)
MINIATE — (item in)* holding A(rea) 1 : to paint with red lead or vermilion | 2a : to decorate (as a manuscript) with letters or the like painted red : RUBRICATE… from Latin miniatus, past participle of miniare to color with cinnabar or red lead, from minium cinnabar, red lead. From the same root we get “miniature,” thanks to those medieval illuminated manuscripts.
22 A kind of column of wood or ice (5)
DORIC — Hidden
23 Very good deal rejected for this type of aircraft (4)
VTOL — V(ery) +LOT<=“rejected” Vertical Take Off and Landing (Actually, this is another word I didn't know, until informed by the commenter below.)