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Mephisto 3043 - Don Manley

This puzzle had an extended closing date because of the festive season, and since Jim was quicker on the draw than me, it is going to end up slightly out of order on the site. I was planning on getting this written up yesterday and got caught in my travel back from Australia.

The first defnition in clues is underlined. Definitions can be confirmed in Chambers, so I will focus on the wordplay in clues.

Away we go...

1 Leggings in fashion, shortened and special (5)
SHAPS - SHAPE(fashion) missing the last letter, then S(special)
5 Vigorous university lecturer rebuffed criticism (7)
LUSTICK - U(university) and L(lecturer) reversed, then STICK(criticism)
11 Old year tuck that’s unhooked a freak (10, two words)
COLD TURKEY - anagram of OLD,YEAR,TUCK minus A. An all-in-one clue where the entire clue is the definition.
13 Tower in second home by water in France (7)
MOINEAU - MO(second), IN(home), then EAU(water in French)
14 Italian provides accommodation for horse in travellers’ inn (6)
IMARET - IT(Italian) containing MARE
15 Street dog heading off for a while (6)
STOUND - ST(street) then HOUND missing the first letter
16 What makes emperor well finally, one sort of oil (6)
NEROLI - the emperor NERO, then (wel)L, I(one)
18 Music from the Monkees (3)
EMO - hidden in thE MOnkees
19 Put out of home, get vessel on river (8)
DISHOUSE - DISH(vessel) then the river OUSE
20 Dangerous material’s found in demolished cab sites (8)
24 Tribe wandering about (3)
GAD - double definition, one of the twelve Tribes of Israel
27 Hospital procedure taking long time after short journey (6)
TRIAGE - AGE(long time) after TRIP cut short
29 Very drunk graduate got rid of (6)
MASHED - MA(Master of Arts), SHED(got rid of)
30 Fantastic Spice Girls finally becoming stars (6)
PISCES - anagram of SPICE then (girl)S
31 Description of acid that’s used to kill man (fine!) (7)
PIPERIC - PIP(kill), ERIC.  ERIC is both a man's name and a blood-fine.
32 Old ruler and baronet getting drunk in skin tent (10)
GUBERNATOR - anagram of BARONET in GUT(skin tent). Surprised to see this listed in Chambers as "rare". It is a pretty common term in the US.
33 Password as reset works (7)
TESSERA - anagram of AS,RESET
34 The enemy heard something fragrant? (5)
THYME - sounds like TIME (the enemy)

1 Old box in teachers’ room with unopened brandy (6)
SCRINE - SCR (Senior Common Room), then WINE missing the start - brandy being distilled wine. As pointed out in the comments, it was most likely FINE for French brandy missing the beginning.
2 Male in very old age shows goal-directed behaviour (5)
HORME - M(male) in HORE (Spenserian version of HOAR, old age)
3 A boy tucked into seaweed and fruit (8)
ALGAROBA - A, ROB(boy) inside ALGA(seaweed)
4 Horse gets left inside, fixed north of the border (6)
STEELD - STEED(horse) containing L
6 Problem with the waterworks troubled our little girl (6)
UROSIS - anagram of OUR, then SIS(little girl)
7 Boaster renders funny performance with energy (5)
SKITE - a comedy SKIT then E
8 Operator in temporary accommodation — no man is allowed in (10)
TENOTOMIST - TENT(tempoary accommodation) containing O(no), TOM(man), IS
9 Drugs making people irascible in America (6)
CRANKS - double definition
10 Bad patch in last bit of work glued carelessly (6)
KLUDGE - (wor)K, then an anagram of GLUED
12 One out to be the supremo? (10)
PROMETHEUS - anagram of THE,SURPEMO and another all-in-one.
17 Inclination to escape pollution hanging over a big town (8)
FUGACITY - FUG(pollution), A, CITY
20 A politician in ceremony taken short — a hairy situation? (6)
ARMPIT - A then MP(politician) in RITE shortened
21 Deep problem? I cease to be troubled (6)
SEA-ICE - anagram of I,CEASE. This is two words in Chambers, but it would make sense for it to be hyphenated
22 More presentable girl involved in row (6)
TIDIER - DI(girl) in TIER(row)
23 Not entirely nice, art ridiculously garish (6)
CRIANT - anagram of NIC(e),ART
25 Queen once said to be upset by this request (6)
DESIRE - the Queen is ER I, then SED(Miltonic form of SAID), all reversed
26 Diving bird a bit confused inside fountain once (5)
GERBE - mess up the middle letters of GREBE(diving bird)
28 Set in biology, number probing something precious (5)
GENOM - NO(number) inside GEM(something precious), former term for GENOME


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 6th, 2019 03:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks, George. I guess, like me, you couldn't parse 31A PIPERIC beyond PIP (kill) ERIC (man). as you left it blank. The "(fine!)" at the end mystified me. Any ideas?
I was pleased to solve this without any aids apart from my copy of Chambers. The thing I enjoy about Don's Mephistos is that there is only ever one obscurity in each clue - either the answer or in the wordplay, but never both. Only 25d unparsed... thanks for explaining the SED.
Jan. 6th, 2019 09:23 pm (UTC)
ooops not sure how I missed that - ERIC is a blood-fine, we've been that before. I did miss FINE = brandy, I'll fix it up.
Jan. 6th, 2019 04:02 pm (UTC)
I think you missed something here.. The "INE" part of the answer is not {w}INE but {f}INE. See here.
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