July 24th, 2020

Quick Cryptic 1664 by Orpheus

8 minutes. Immediately abandoned my attempt to do it as a clean sweep, having been unable to spot 1ac without a bit of help. Generally straightforward, unusual (and helpful) grid pattern. COD 1 dn for sure.

Across
1 Scare about ram running amok in plant (8)
SHAMROCK - anagram ('running amok') of RAM, inside SHOCK
5 Boundary marker set in ditch? Very funny! (2-2)
HA-HA - double definition
7 Island the Spanish sailor recalled (4)
ELBA - EL + AB (able seaman) backwards
8 Concur with former nurse about main colour? (3-5)
SEA-GREEN - AGREE inside SEN (state enrolled nurse)
9 A key choice, fostering (8)
ADOPTION - A + D + OPTION
11 Tyneside fellow finally up to date (3)
NEW - NE (tyneside) + W
13 Riddle of English graduate imbibing drink from east? (6)
ENIGMA - E + MA with GIN backwards inside
16 Extremely responsible chap, one standing in for monarch (6)
REGENT - RE (extremes of 'responsible') + GENT (chap)
18 Attention given by nobleman, briefly (3)
EAR - EAR(l). 'Attention' in crosswords is always 'ear'
19 Occurrence I’d expected at first? It’s late in the day (8)
EVENTIDE - EVENT + ID + E
20 Advice from US soldier about university function (8)
GUIDANCE - GI around U, plus DANCE
22 Considered suitable material for a fedora (4)
FELT - double definition
23 Give up bird food, so to speak (4)
CEDE - sounds like SEED
24 Inspector, say, torn apart by son’s aversion (8)
DISTASTE - DI + STATE with S inside

Down
1 Incomplete cross-reference for “leak”? (7)
SEEPAGE - cross reference as in 'see page x'. Nice
2 Heavenly food provided by male sibling in vast continent (8)
AMBROSIA - M + BRO inside ASIA
3 Stubborn old boys at home in gallery (9)
OBSTINATE - OBS (old boys) + TATE with IN inside
4 King originally exhibiting Antipodean parrot (3)
KEA - K + E +A
5 Husband going astray? Something fishy here (7)
HERRING - H + ERRING
6 He’d admit adopting old dance (7)
HOEDOWN - HED with O inside, plus OWN
10 Revel wildly in loch, lacking anxiety, perhaps (9)
NERVELESS - anagram ('wildly') of REVEL inside NESS
12 Spooky condition is serene, somehow (8)
EERINESS - anagram ('somehow') of  IS SERENE
14 Sea god’s heavenly body (7)
NEPTUNE - double definition
15 Important person taking old lady on river (7)
GRANDEE - GRAN + DEE
17 Dine regularly at first in the playhouse (7)
THEATRE - EAT + R inside THE
21 Become drowsy, lecturer having turned up (3)
NOD - DON backwards
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Times Cryptic Jumbo 1449: A Day At The Races

An easy one to blaze straight through, with many of the answers being just what you'd first expect them to be, requiring just a cursory check of the cryptic part to confirm. I mean you can enter 24dn just from the enumeration, can't you?

LOI was the very sneaky (by this puzzle's standards) 36ac; COD goes to 6dn, which we've seen before but which is always a good one in my opinion. Thank you to the setter for a fun and painless Saturday (or Friday night in my case) diversion!

ACROSS
1 Short couple returning pawnbroker's gem (9)
CARBUNCLE - reversed BRAC{e} + UNCLE

6 Including a feature with note passed across counter (6,7)
ADDING MACHINE - ADDING + A CHIN, with ME passed across

13 Rowed and yelled, losing head (5)
OARED - {r}OARED

14 Imagined names to cover old area one's set in (11)
NONEXISTENT - N N to cover O, + EXTENT that I'S set in

15 Assign many, about 50 (5)
ALLOT - A LOT, about L

16 Love being in a strip club, dancing, hot and humid? (11)
SUBTROPICAL - O being in (A STRIP CLUB*)

17 One female detected hole in jug, a Paris icon (6,5)
EIFFEL TOWER - I F FELT O, in EWER

18 Alluring type in charge of cutting record (7)
ENTICER - I.C. cutting ENTER

20 Mole spotted everyone grabbing European (7)
SEAWALL - SAW ALL, grabbing E

21 A river by old US city yields gold ring (7)
AUREOLA - A URE by O L.A.

23 Implying convoluted legal nicety, maybe controversially engineered? (11,8)
GENETICALLY MODIFIED - reverse cryptic - (GENETICALLY*) ["modified"] could clue LEGAL NICETY

27 One who admires fine article (3)
FAN - F + AN

28 What some casual readers do? Take drugs (3-3)
DOG-EAR - or DO GEAR

29 Yell “Clear off!”, seizing tablet (6)
SCREAM - SCRAM seizing E

31 Actor's exit stumped old men packing circle (5,4)
STAGE DOOR - ST. AGED O.R., packing O

34 Crossing lake, supports pale Oz bird (5,4)
BLACK SWAN - crossing L, BACKS + WAN

35 Muscle oil company's used to guard diamonds (6)
BICEPS - BP'S used to guard ICE

36 With bottle of mineral knocked back, resultant sound going about? (6)
HEROIC - reversed ORE, HIC [resultant sound from knocking back a bottle!] going about

39 Community gathering endless drink (3)
BEE - BEE{r}

40 Everything under discussion I've used with our forensics nuts (8,2,9)
UNIVERSE OF DISCOURSE - (I'VE USED + OUR FORENSICS*)

42 Popular teams showing guts (7)
INSIDES - IN SIDES

43 Playwright’s very large book, one gripping queen (7)
OSBORNE - OS B + ONE gripping R

45 Weeds grow wild, eaten by rodent (7)
RAGWORT - (GROW*) eaten by RAT

47 Second service stops religious breaking with tradition (11)
MODERNISTIC - MO + R.N. stopping DEISTIC

49 Title associated with range in US, I'd say? (11)
APPELLATION - homophone of APPALACHIAN

51 Hotel in Med resort designed for specific market (5)
NICHE - H in NICE

52 Encouraging cool strong drink in gallons (11)
INSPIRITING - IN SPIRIT IN G

53 Irish oddly acquit Arab (5)
IRAQI - IR + A{c}Q{u}I{t}

54 A girl into maths briefly disputed term in it (13)
ANTILOGARITHM - (A GIRL INTO MATH{s}*)

55 County dismisses charter (9)
YORKSHIRE - YORKS [as in, bowls out with a yorker] + HIRE

DOWN
1 Like relaxed Buddhist, thwarted touring large cell (5-6)
CROSS-LEGGED - CROSSED touring L EGG

2 Two groups of soldiers chewed toastie (7)
RAREBIT - R.A. + R.E. + BIT

3 Jack doesn't start to shake milk container (5)
UDDER - {j}UDDER not started with J

4 Plot against second main crime (10)
CONSPIRACY - CON S PIRACY [crime committed on the main, i.e. at sea]

5 Sultan’s guards regularly return such bananas (7)
EUNUCHS - {r}E{t}U{r}N + (SUCH*)

6 Will should have three examples of this (9,4)
AUXILIARY VERB - cryptic def; will, should, and have are three examples of auxiliary verbs.

7 Outlaw some French and English in gallery (9)
DESPERADO - DES + E in PRADO

8 End fuel supply that's essential (7)
NEEDFUL - (END FUEL*) ["supply" - as in, in a supple manner]

9 Rigorous man abridged inspiring article about subject (12)
MATHEMATICAL - MAL{e} inspiring A THEMATIC

10 Like some accountants about to be drafted outside (9)
CHARTERED - RE [about], with CHARTED [drafted] outside

11 Relative's trendy wife bagging French article (2-3)
IN-LAW - IN W bagging LA

12 Register English church composer without top performer (11)
ENTERTAINER - ENTER {s}TAINER [John Stainer, 1840-1901]

19 Trim copper heading to seize book (3,4)
CUT BACK - CU + TACK seizing B

22 Sick of quartet entertaining officer (3,6)
OFF COLOUR - OF FOUR entertaining COL.

24 Restricted zones in Genoa or Siena, extremely mysterious (2-2,5)
NO-GO AREAS - (GENOA OR S{ien}A*)

25 Permit fifty-one churches to keep name (7)
LICENCE - LI CE CE, to keep N

26 On reflection, sauce is not ideal at first, being tasteless (7)
INSIPID - reverse all of DIP IS N{ot} I{deal}

30 Grim CIA morons spread spore maybe (5-8)
MICRO-ORGANISM - (GRIM CIA MORONS*)

32 Spanish article about golf catches on soon (7)
ERELONG - EL ON G catches RE [on]

33 Hoping to drink German wine that's sublime (3-9)
AWE-INSPIRING - ASPIRING, to drink WEIN

34 I'm in Bilbao crazily nursing a passion for shelfstacking? (11)
BIBLIOMANIA - (I'M IN BILBAO*) nursing A

37 Helm saves energy, anxious about four covering same length (11)
COEXTENSIVE - COX saves E, + TENSE about IV

38 Star analyst runs over diary penned by Daisy (10)
ASTROLOGER - R O LOG penned by ASTER

40 Waterproof submarine, second in Clyde (9)
UNDERSEAL - UNDERSEA + {c}L{yde}

41 Small number possibly needing to edit screenplay perhaps (9)
SUBSCRIPT - SUB [to edit] + SCRIPT [screenplay perhaps]

43 Less intelligent old boy beginning to transform addict (7)
OBTUSER - O.B. + T{ransform} + USER

44 Bronte sister admits exercising with no effect (7)
EMPTILY - EMILY admits P.T.

46 Ring friend abroad about kit for art in Tokyo (7)
ORIGAMI - O AMI about RIG

48 Old coin originally accepted in tube (5)
DUCAT - A{ccepted} in DUCT

50 Section of program is simply wrong (5)
AMISS - hidden in {progr}AM IS S{imply}