April 9th, 2021

Times Quick Cryptic No 1849 by Tracy

At the time of writing the setter of this puzzle wasn't declared in the online version, but jackkt tells us in the comments it is Tracy. I thought it on the whole a very pleasant, middle-of-the-road Quick Cryptic with which to finish the week with no less than 6 whole or partial anagrams. COD to the nice semi-&lit 6D. There was one unfamiliar word that I had to drag from the depths of my memory and I couldn't remember what it meant, but the wordplay and crossers made it clear enough. There was another where I was puzzled at first by the wordplay and a third where the indicator in the wordplay looked wrong.  I wonder, did any of these give others trouble too? My FOI was 1A, which helped with the Downs, and LOI 1D, finishing about 30 seconds below my target time. So, nearly all good stuff, then and npt too hard. Thank-you Tracy. How did everyone else get on?

Fortnightly Weekend Quick Cryptic. This time it is my turn to provide the extra weekend entertainment. You can find the latest crossword, entitled "Number 22", here. Enjoy! And if anyone is interested in our previous offerings you can find an index to them here.

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Times Cryptic Jumbo 1489: Show Me Round Your Fruitcage

This was cryptically largely straightforward, but I really enjoyed it, due to some clever definition parts and a sense of fun throughout. I loved "Man's man" at 32ac, the lovely surface of 50ac, the association of Downton with downtrodden at 8dn (noblesse oblige? Yeah right) and my COD 42dn, as I *have* read Peppa in my time: Daddy Pig is truly a modern man for all seasons. Many thanks to the setter for an excellent showcase of the jumbonious art!

1 Sizable hat, roomy but not special (9)
CAPACIOUS - CAP [hat] + {sp}ACIOUS

6 Bird’s bill knocked empty, grabbed by rabbit (7)
JACKDAW - AC [bill] + K{nocked}, "grabbed by" JAW [rabbit]

10 Car crash driver’s ending in sudden pain (5)
PRANG - {drive}R in PANG

13 Top partnership’s victory in cricket match over (7)
TWINSET - WIN in reversed TEST

14 Deadly killer of toxin in jam (5)
NINJA - hidden in {toxi}N IN JA{m}

15 How baleen may be put another way (9)
WHALEBONE - (HOW BALEEN*), &lit

16 Steal from faculty division after head of profession’s function (11,12)
PROBABILITY DISTRIBUTION - ROB ABILITY DISTRIBUTION [steal from | faculty | division] after P{rofession}

17 Bird settled on quiet lake (6)
PLOVER - OVER [settled] on P L

18 Belt trio out in vital part of opera (8)
LIBRETTO - (BELT TRIO*)

19 Managed a wicket after at least twelve balls (7)
OVERSAW - A W after OVERS [at least twelve balls, as a single over is six balls]

22 Symbolic when he turns to his dissenting (10)
SCHISMATIC - SC{he->HIS}MATIC

23 Tool with sharpness Henry concealed in prison (12)
SLEDGEHAMMER - EDGE H "concealed in" SLAMMER

27 Set fire to church on hill (5)
TORCH - CH on TOR

29 Air play about high-flying singer (7)
SKYLARK - SKY [air] + LARK [play about]

30 Capital is destroyed when idle (3,5)
NEW DELHI - (WHEN IDLE*)

32 Man’s man, perhaps, is left to drift without wife (8)
ISLANDER - IS L {w}ANDER. Man's man as in someone who lives on the Isle of Man

34 Woman wrapped up with a cause of death? (7)
BANSHEE - SHE "wrapped up with" BANE, &lit

36 Belief Spanish wine is cut with ecstasy (5)
TENET - TENT "is cut with" E

39 Weapon photographing by press (8,4)
SHOOTING IRON - SHOOTING [photographing] by IRON [press]

41 Offer line round at home in dodgy district in America (10)
TENDERLOIN - TENDER L O IN [offer | line | round | at home]. 33 minutes away from my current location, according to Google Maps

44 Canter wildly round course finally to go through again (2-5)
RE-ENACT - (CANTER*) "round" {cours}E

46 Working bakery introduces rounds for regular output (8)
YEARBOOK - (BAKERY*) "introduces" O O. Regular output, as in, presumably once a year

48 Orders half of paramedics to embrace training at the start (6)
EDICTS - {param}EDICTS "to embrace" T{raining}

50 Daily puff in secret? (10,13)
CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENT - cryptic def I think, classified ads appear in a newspaper (daily), "puff" suggests "advertisement" and "secret" is a synonym for "classified"...

53 Cut? Refrain from using bars (5,4)
SPARE RIBS - SPARE [refrain from using] + RIBS [bars]

54 Ring mother about a hotel in US city (5)
OMAHA - O MA "about" A H. Largest city in Nebraska

55 Wealth from a mine in California (7)
CAPITAL - A PIT in CAL

56 Poet’s love interest without name (5)
DANTE - DATE [love interest] "without" N

57 Polite Liberal is after general support (7)
GENTEEL - L is after GEN TEE

58 Think about record beat surrounding one (9)
ENTERTAIN - ENTER TAN "surrounding" I

DOWN
1 Upset dice (3,2)
CUT UP - double def

2 Mill's thing for grinding? It's what many have sought (12,5)
PHILOSOPHER'S STONE - John Stuart Mill being the philosopher with his (nose to the grind)stone

3 Go fishing with sons in Spanish sound? (9)
CASTANETS - CAST A NET with S

4 Type of soup unknown in Old Testament, innards in yak milk (6)
OXTAIL - X in OT, + {y}A{k} {m}IL{k}

5 Reforming Sybil ties in as a subject of English novel (11)
SENSIBILITY - (SYBIL TIES IN*). Along with Sense

6 Drug addict on a road where there’s little of value (8)
JUNKYARD - JUNKY on A RD

7 Carriage central heating behaving uncontrollably (7)
CHARIOT - CH ARIOT

8 Oppressed staff study for working in unreal stately home (11)
DOWNTRODDEN - DOWNT{on->ROD DEN}. Downton Abbey is a TV fictional stately home

9 Trying, we come to light embracing sacred mantra (9)
WEARISOME - WE ARISE "embracing" OM

10 Right to avoid following piano piece by Chopin, perhaps (7)
PRELUDE - R ELUDE "following" P

11 Some filo I asked to be rolled in seasoned sauce (5)
AIOLI - hidden reversed in {f}ILO I A{sked}. Mmm, garlicky

12 Verdant area with gardeners working (10)
GREENSWARD - (W GARDENERS*)

17 It is work put up in advance (5)
POSIT - reversed 'TIS OP

20 Performers of dreadful pathos and corny rhymes (8,9)
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - (PATHOS + CORNY RHYMES*)

21 Congratulated when having lack of parking brought up (6)
RAISED - {p}RAISED

24 Weakness left current head of state (6)
LIKING - L I KING

25 Advise caution right after beer (5)
ALERT - RT after ALE

26 Grass skirts from Burma, low around back initially (6)
BAMBOO - B{urm}A + MOO "around" B{ack}

28 Detect beat finally in this? (5)
HEART - HEAR + {bea}T, semi-&lit

31 Uses little energy in remote area (6)
WIELDS - E in WILDS

33 Monsoon ruined anyone’s sari (5,6)
RAINY SEASON - (ANYONE'S SARI*)

35 Steady loss putting one into the red? (11)
HAEMORRHAGING - cryptic def, metaphorical or literal, take your pick

37 City has close to eight educational establishments (5)
TUNIS - {eigh}T + UNIS

38 Banished old vehicles coming up on off side? (10)
OSTRACISED - O + reversed CARTS + (SIDE*)

40 Telling number forming a knot around one female (9)
NOTIFYING - NO. TYING "around" I F

42 Soundly studied book on pig in something like a scotch bonnet? (3,6)
RED PEPPER - homophone of READ PEPPA

43 Sailor almost in charge of everyone, primarily (5,3)
ABOVE ALL - A.B. OVE{r} ALL

45 All Ulster, note, contains not a single lough grave (7)
AUSTERE - A{ll} U{l}STER E

47 Seafood, dab and sole — though last of cod is gone (7)
ABALONE - {d}AB + ALONE [sole]

49 Piece about George Cross being taken by a top killer (3,3)
BIG CAT - BIT "about" G.C. being taken by A

51 Locally not in favour of protecting area once more (5)
AGAIN - AGIN [dialect for "against"] "protecting A

52 Volunteers half of the City’s stock (5)
TALON - T.A. + LON{don}