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Jumbo 1363

Very straightforward this one, with nothing to complain about from my point of view.

I would probably pick 17A as my favourite clue.


Across
1 AWFUL - (l)AWFUL = sanctioned
4 EXCITEMENT - EXIT = withdrawal, around C = caught, then E = English, MEN = soldiers, T = time
9 FENNEL - FEEL = think, around N(ew) and N(ame)
14 GYRFALCON - (ONLY CRAG)* around F = fine
15 OUTSTANDINGLY - (UNGODLY TITANS)*
16 SQUEEZE - double definition
17 IMBROGLIO - (l)IMB(s) (f)ROG(s) (s)LI(p) (n)O(w) with the first and last letters (skins) removed
18 ENTER - (carp)ENTER = woodworker with carp = criticise removed
19 PERSUASIVENESS - PERSUASI(on) = Austen novel, V = see, SENSE*
22 MOTTLED - M(illions), OTT = too much, LED = under control
25 RE-EVALUATE - RE = concerning, EVA = girl, LATE = dead, around U = uranium
27 COMMUNICABLE - COMMUNI(st) = red, CABLE = guy
30 VALUE - VALE(t) = manservant, around U = upper-class
31 SORCERER - SORER = more angry, around CE = church and R = resistance
32 TUG-OF-WAR - double definition, the first mildly cryptic where TUG = appeal
35 LARGESSE - LARGS = Ayrshire town, around E = English, then SE = home counties
36 HACIENDA - HAND around CIE = French company (abbreviation), A
37 SCORN - S(ociety), CORN = banal sentimentality
39 GREAT-HEARTED - AT HEART = in one's real nature, in GREED = selfish desire
41 SEVERENESS - SEVERN = river, around E = energy, then (l)ESS
43 EXHAUST - EX = former, HAUST = FAUST = role in Goethe with the first letter changed to H = hard
45 PREFABRICATION - PR = public relations, E = ecstasy, FABRICATION = lie
48 NICHE - NICE = French resort, around H = husband
49 NIGHTLONG - NIGHT sounds like KNIGHT = horseman, LONG = pine
51 RE-ELECT - hidden in wiRE ELECTrician
53 BELLES-LETTRES - (BEST SELLER)* around LET = allowed
54 TWENTIETH - (IT WENT, THE)*
55 BOYISH - B(achelor), (c)OYISH = rather bashful
56 DRAWBRIDGE - DRAW = sketch, BRIDGE = English composer
57 RISER - RIVER = Amazon, say, with V = velocity changed to S = small
 
Down
1 AUGUST - SU = gold, GUST = rush in the air
2 FORTUNE-TELLER - FORTUNE = mint, TELLER = bank employee
3 LEAVE - LEAVE(s) = pages
4 EXCRETA - EXC = excellent, RATE*
5 CONCILIATORY - CRY = shout, around COALITION*
6 TROUBLED - TROU(t) = fish, BLED = escaped into surrounding area
7 MATZO - MATLO = sailor, around Z = unknown. I was unaware of that spelling of the sailor but knew the biscuit
8 NETTLESOME - (TEN OMELETS)*
10 EXIGENT - EXIT = flight, around GEN = information
11 NIGHTCLUB - NIGH = almost, TUB = boat, around CL = one hundred and fifty
12 LAYER - (s)LAYER = killer
13 INCOMMENSURATE - (INSANE COMMUTER)*
20 STATEMENT - SENT = broadcast, around TATE = gallery and M(illions)
21 ESOTERIC - E = note, SOT = habitual drunkard, ERIC = chap
23 DREARINESS - DINES = eats, around REAR = back, (meal)S
24 TRAVELOGUE - TUE = Tuesday, around RAVEL = composer and OG = GO = work, reversed (mounted)
26 UNSUSPECTINGLY - UNSU(re), S = small, PEC = muscle, TINGLY = smarting
28 CROWS-FEET - double definition
29 LEGALESE - LEGS = pins, around ALE = beer, E(veryone)
33 WHOLESOMENESS - WHOLENESS = unity, around SOME = a number
34 UNSEGREGATED - (TEENAGE DRUGS)*
38 PROPAGATOR - PROP = hold up, A, GATOR = reptile
40 ETHICALLY - E(uropean), TALLY = count, around HIC = this in Rome (Latin)
42 CAROUSER - CAR USER = driver, around O = old
44 USELESS - (ho)USELESS = having no home
46 CORTEGE - CORE = main, around TEG = GET = obtain, reversed
47 ETCHER - ET CHER = and expensive, in Paris (French)
48 NABOB - NAB = nick, OB = he died
50 THROW - T(enc)H, ROW = line
52 ESTER - (ch)ESTER = county town

Comments

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john_dun
Feb. 2nd, 2019 11:58 am (UTC)
A less challenging offering from my point of view, taking 1:15:29, which is 15 minutes less than my usual time for a Jumbo. I liked 17a too. The GYRFALCON somehow appeared from the depths of my memory. BELLES LETTRES took a while for the centime to drop. Enjoyable puzzle. Thanks setter and sgh.
kevingregg
Feb. 2nd, 2019 01:03 pm (UTC)
Fairly run of the mill, I suppose. DNK BRIDGE the composer, or the other meaning of SQUEEZE, or the Ayrshire town. LOI 41ac. 29d was a pretty ugly surface. COD to 43ac.
johninterred
Feb. 2nd, 2019 04:34 pm (UTC)
43:46, so on the easy side. DNK the french abbreviation for company at 36A or the Austen novel at 19A (my LOI). I liked TWENTIETH, bur COD to CROWS FEET.

Edited at 2019-02-02 04:36 pm (UTC)
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