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Times Cryptic Jumbo 1396 - What about Toto?

What a lovely puzzle this was with plenty in the way of cleverness, wit and neat definitions, the mark of a pucker Times crossword puzzle.  Thank you setter.

It took me about 50 minutes so the cleverness made it slightly harder than average, I'd say.  First in was EGAD, last was PESSIMIST.

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

Asian deity placed river by a river in Asia (11)


BRAHMAPUTRA - BRAHMA, PUT, R[iver], A

7

Battle line's cut in retreat (6)


FLIGHT - FIGHT cut by L[ine]

10

With Bill following, say "I'm shocked!" (4)


EGAD - AD[vertisement] following E.G.

14

Worry for each kind of wine knocked back (7)


PERTURB - PER then BRUT reversed

15

Set off, with a way to cross river (7)


AROUSED - A, R[oa]D around OUSE.  Take your pick from the one in Yorkshire or the one in Sussex.  Yeah, I chose Yorkshire too.

16

Steward to go off, returning on time for resolution (7)


JANITOR - ROT reversed after JAN 1 ("time for resolution", ooh, that's clever).  The setter probably thought he/she could fool us with a word that's mostly used by Americans.  And he/she probably would have gotten away with it, if it hadn't been for that pesky Scooby-Doo.  And Hong Kong Fuey.

17

Secretly touring some countries in wild fashion (13)


INCONTINENTLY - INLY (a new word on me) around CONTINENT

18

Service dispatched, carrying ace stuff (9)


SACRAMENT - SENT around A[ce] CRAM

19

House staff do twirls (5)


TUDOR - reversal of ROD, UT (the same note as DO but it isn't also a deer so couldn't go in the song).

21

In the main, it's outstanding publicity with name on the right (10)


PROMONTORY - PROMO, N[ame], TORY, neat definition.

23

Jet circles area, quiet or loud? (6)


FLASHY - FLY around A[rea], SH

25

Without hesitation, making free drink (8)


LIBATION - LIBerATION

26

Power to hurt a biologist, not European chemist (14)


PHARMACOLOGIST - P[ower], HARM, A, eCOLOGIST

29

One's very sharp at English exam, amazingly (7)


MEATAXE - (at E[nglish] exam)*

30

Hopeless sort of computer game is included in trial (9)


PESSIMIST - SIM IS in PEST.  I assume that "hopeless sort" is the def and "of" a slightly awkward link word, rather than pessimist just being indicated by "hopeless" with "sort of computer game" giving us SIM.

31

Possessing urge, laugh? This creature might (5)


HYENA - YEN in HA

32

Filling of jam, plenty or enough? (5)


AMPLE - hidden in jAM PLEnty

34

Like certain characters in drug affair (5,4)


UPPER CASE - UPPER, CASE

37

Recover or recovered like books? (7)


REBOUND - DDCDH

39

Caring too much to evict and reprove criminal (14)


OVERPROTECTIVE - (to evict reprove)*

41

Fashionably petite and fit one, that Parisian (8)


BOUTIQUE - BOUT, I, QUE

43

Feel anger for one half of match, we hear? (6)


BRIDLE - sounds like BRIDAL

44

Rock star isn't in school (2,8)


ST TRINIANS - (star isn't in)*

45

Follow is about right for this (5)


TRAIL - TAIL around R[ight].  &Lit I reckon.

48

Government supporter in charge, in fact (9)


STATISTIC - STATIST, I[n], C[harge]

49

Stepping on court game's dividing lines (6,7)


DOUBLE SPACING - DOUBLES, PACING

51

Bow's straight with recording for a dance (3-4)


ONE-STEP - Honest if you're a cockernee ('ONEST), E.P.

52

Youngster redeveloping the London borough (7)


LAMBETH - LAMB, (the)*

53

Desire this person has to be caustic (7)


EROSIVE - EROS, I'VE

54

It's formed by a group of signatories? (4)


NATO - hidden in sigNATOries.  Clever.

55

Caught fabric in drawer (6)


CRAYON - C[aught], RAYON.  Ah, that sort of drawer!

56

Person seeking return in cattle pen (11)


STOCKHOLDER - DDCDH

Down

1

Maybe John's fitting in again, given time (7)


BAPTIST - APT in BIS + T[ime]

2

Enchanting remark from a villain wearing a pair of undergarments (11)


ABRACADABRA - CAD in A BRA x2

3

Think of the late or early period in speech (5)


MOURN - Sounds like MORN

4

Clip up court robes if high official there (6,10)


PUBLIC PROSECUTOR - (clip up court robes)*

5

Landed up penning composer's moving account? (8)


TRAVELOG - GOT reveresd around RAVEL

6

Addresses a set of lines in mail briefly (11)


APOSTROPHES - A then STROPHE in POS{t}.  Not the most common meaning of apostrophe.  A strophe is summat to do with Greek poetry and that.

7

Suspect roughly apprehended in case of felony (5)


FISHY - ISH in F{elon}Y

8

Below River Test, one last character with lots of works? (14)


INDUSTRIALIZED - INDUS, TRIAL, I, ZED

9

"Hello, sailor" is appropriate (6)


HIJACK - HI JACK.  Love it

11

Nearly go out and attack poor child (11)


GUTTERSNIPE - GUTTER (as in candle), SNIPE

12

Mimic US writer, an unknown Kansan (7)


DOROTHY -DO, ROTH, Y.  Who else's immediate thought was "help, I don't know any Kansans!"?

13

Fashionable label brought back maybe crude design (8)


INTAGLIO - IN, TAG, reversal of OIL

20

Artist to draw depressing image of existence (3,4)


RAT RACE - R[oyal] A[cademician], TRACE

22

I'm grateful to get recurrent pain in bones (5)


TARSI - TA, R[epetitive] S[train], I[njury].  I hope we've all learned by now that the singular of Tarsi, Tarsus, is already a plural itself.

24

Hospital worker puts up with wood that's cut (11,5)


PORTERHOUSE STEAK - PORTER, HOUSES, TEAK

25

Smoker to get over source of discomfort (7)


LUMBAGO - LUM, BAG, O[ver].  If ye didnae ken, a lum is a Scots word for a chimbley.

27

Time to move inelegantly in pants (7)


TWADDLE - T[ime], WADDLE.  Pants as in rubbish.

28

I collect PayPal transfers in fury (14)


APOPLECTICALLY - (I collect paypal)*.  I love the way the anagrind is seamlessly woven into the surface reading.

31

Home cover's included fairly (7)


HABITAT - HAT around A BIT

33

The last word in divine pickle (11)


PREDICAMENT - AMEN in PREDICT.  I admire clues where the part of speech of a word differs between the surafce reading and wordplay element or def (DIVINE IN THIS INSTANCE)

35

Judge turned up on pitch (5)


RATER -reversal of RE TAR

36

Leader of air force about to release bold lady (11)


ADVENTURESS - A{ir}, DURESS around VENT

38

Quail if nude modelling without right attributes (11)


UNQUALIFIED - (quail if nude)*

40

Moderate starter of pâté the only thing I consumed (8)


PALLIATE - P{até}, ALL I ATE.  Another of those smart "different parts of speech" clues.

42

Blasted husband loves making a fuss (8)


BALLYHOO - BALLY, H[usband], O, O

43

One's blown bonus eating goose (7)


BASSOON - BOON around ASS

46

Clothing on show (7)


LEGWEAR - LEG (on side in cricket), WEAR

47

Proust novel's dull quality (6)


STUPOR - (proust)*

49

Legendary friend, one who wanders up (5)


DAMON - NOMAD reversed. Damon and Pythias is a legend illustrating the Pythagorean ideal of friendship.  I didn't know that.  You probably did.

50

A couple of leaves, or as many as you want (1,4)


A GOGO - A, GO, GO

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