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Times Cryptic Jumbo 1427 - 29th February

Well adult elephants can't jump, but we have a leap Jumbo today. A middle-of-the-road (or maybe even easier) difficulty Jumbo, I thought. It took me less than 40 minutes of which about 10 were on the last handful. In retrospect, I'm not sure why it took me so long. Lots of pretty easy clues and some interesting pieces of general knowledge to not know and learn about. But also some entertaining pieces of wordplay, like the theatrical caller at 33A. Beethoven's Fifth at 41A, the groan-worthy homophone at 58A, the unhealthy sounding diet at 9D and the single word "lift and separate" at 43D. All very pleasant and entertaining. Thank-you setter. How did everyone else get on?

Definitions underlined in bold italics, (Abc)* indicating anagram of Abc, deletions and [] other indicators.

Across
1 Defenceless but not hurt when horse flees (7)
UNARMED - UNhARMED (not hurt) without the H (horse) [when horse flees].
5 Romp curtailed by French girlfriend in city (7)
LARAMIE - LARk (romp) [curtailed] AMIE (French for girlfriend). Laramie is a city with a popultation of about 30,000 in Wyoming, USA. At least I'd heard of it, even if I wasn't sure what state it is in. Nominated one of the best places to retire... hmm. Maybe I should go and visit. As I write this, flights from the UK to USA are not banned (yet).
9 Friend across pond welcomes celebrated flyer (7)
BUSTARD - BUD (friend in America, i.e. across the pond) [welcomes] STAR (celebrated).
13 Maiden is deity accepting writer not well directed (11)
MISGOVERNED - M (maiden) IS GOD (deity) [accepting] VERNE (Jules Verne, author). My Last One In.
14 Back in first of several additional residences (6,5)
SECOND HOMES - SECOND (back) HOME (in) [first of] Several.
15 Rocket incorporating new submarine detection system (5)
SONAR - SOAR (rocket) [incorporating] N (new),
16 Composer admits small offence to French king (7)
ROSSINI - S (small) SIN (offence) inside ROI (French for king) [incorporating]. Gioachino Rossini is best known for (the last part of) his William Tell overture, I rather like his choral music, like his last piece, the Petite Messe Sollenelle, which is neither small not solemn. But my top pick is the aria Cujus animam gementes from his Stabat Mater, sung here by Luciano Pavarotti. That top D flat towards the end is something else!

Uncredited - Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecila
17 Russian empress one departing Mediterranean port (9)
ALEXANDRA - I (one) [departing] ALEXANDRiA (Mediterranean port).
18 Anxious to enjoy a drama by Williams (4,1,3,2,1,3,3,4)
LIKE A CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF - LIKE (enjoy) A CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, the three act play by Tennessee Williams.
23 Evil claims a cleaner in church property (8)
VICARAGE - VICE (evil) outside [claims] A RAG (cleaner).
25 Boy and girl love workroom (6)
STUDIO - STU (boy) DI (girl) O (love).
27 Fuel can very hot inside (7)
GASOHOL - GAOL (prison; can) with SO (very) H (hot) [inside]. Gasohol is a term used in the US for a mixture of 90% petrol and 10% ethanol, used as vehicle fuel.
30 One wearing black recalled proud mother (5)
NIOBE - I (one) inside [wearing] EBON (black) [recalled] -> NOBE. It helps to know your Greek mythology here.. As described here, "According to Homer’s Iliad, she had six sons and six daughters and boasted of her progenitive superiority to the Titan Leto, who had only two children, the twin deities Apollo and Artemis. As punishment for her pride, Apollo killed all Niobe’s sons, and Artemis killed all her daughters.". Maybe you knew that altready, but I didn't.
32 Knitted footwear allowing stars to conserve energy (7)
BOOTEES - Well I'd heard of this constellation, but had you? Boötes gives us BOOTES outside [to conserve] E (energy).
33 One to examine tickets for theatrical caller? (9)
INSPECTOR - Double definition, with the second a reference to the play by J.B. Priestley, An Inspector Calls. Nice one.
35 Divert sports team approaching course (9)
SIDETRACK - SIDE (sports team) TRACK (course).
36 Openings in colonnade showing dull interior (7)
STOMATA - STOA (collonade) with MAT (dull) inside [interior]. The little pores on the leaves of a plant.
37 Woman, fantastic, needing time to appear earlier (5)
GRETA - GREAT (fantastic), moving the T (time) earlier in the word -> GRETA. Garbo, perhaps? The no-longer-living rule precludes a reference to Miss Thunberg.
38 Train ferries coin between terminals in Stoke and Carlisle (7)
EDUCATE - DUCAT (coin) between the last letters [terminals] of StokE and CarlislE.
40 Over there participating in activity on Derwent (6)
YONDER - Hidden [participating in] in activitY ON DERwent.
41 Dump Beethoven's Fifth amid unknown music (8)
ANTIPHONTIP (dump) BeetHoven's fifth letter in ANON (unknown). "An antiphon is a short chant in Christian ritual, sung as a refrain. The texts of antiphons are the Psalms. Their form was favored by St Ambrose and they feature prominently in Ambrosian chant, but they are used widely in Gregorian chant as well."
44 Tackle problem resolutelyemulate matador's hands-on approach? (4,3,4,2,3,5)
TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS - Double definition, the second mildly cryptic.
48 Citadel with excellent fencing or one with stronger premises (1,8)
A FORTIORI - FORT (citadel) with AI (A1; excellent) OR I (one) ouside [fencing]. Another I only knew from previous crosswords - in this case this Jumbo from last April that I blogged.
50 Piece in good works about divine persons (7)
ODDMENT - O.T. (Old testament; good works) [about] DD MEN (divine persons; men with a Doctorate in Divinity).
53 Far side of the lake is spooky (5)
EERIE - Last letter [far side] of thE ERIE (the Great Lake).,
54 Nausea presumably coming in waves (11)
SEASICKNESS - Cryptic definition,
55 Legendary abductor greeting solitary king and churchgoer (11)
PARISHIONER - PARIS (Legendary abductor of Helen of Troy) HI (greeting) ONE (solitary) R (rex; king)
56 Most neat, one passes on dry clothes (7)
TIDIEST - TT (teetotaller; dry) [clothes] I (one) DIES (passes on).
57 Secret repositioning with parking reserved for staff (7)
SCEPTRE - (Secret)* [repositioning] with P (parking) inside [reserved].
58 Sound advice to boating companion, graceful creature (3,4)
ROE DEER - Homophone [Sound] of ROW DEER (advice to boating companion). Ho ho!
Down
1 Bare man thrown in Welsh river (6)
UNMASK - (man)* [thrown] [in] USK (Welsh river).
2 Club in weapons collection (7)
ARSENAL - Double definition. The London football club aka The Gunners.
3 Sail low — new angle right (9)
MOONRAKER - MOO (low like a cow) N (new) RAKE (angle) R (right).
4 Gloomy doctor given attention (5)
DREAR - DR (doctor) EAR (attention).
5 Official verses and unfinished scores (8)
LINESMAN - LINES (verses) and MANy (Scores) [unfinished]. Oo. That was a bit tricky.
6 Almost set one, maybe two bones? (5)
RADII - RADIo (set) [almost] I (one). The Radius is a bone in the forearm, plural radii. "Radio" for "set"? Blimey. That's a blast from the past!
7 Shambles in area in Sicilian city (7)
MESSINA - MESS (shambles) IN A(area).
8 Demented alcoholic stage concerned with final events (14)
ESCHATOLOGICAL - [Demented] (alcoholic stage)*
9 Sweet roll with chopped dates good for diet (9)
BUNDESTAG - BUN (sweet roll) [chopped] (dates)* G (good). The German federal parliament. A diet is also a legislative assembly in certain countries.
10 Unstressed syllable in school was cut (5)
SCHWA - SCH. (school) WAs [cut]. Only vaguely remembered from previous crosswords.
11 Prepared for war theatre, MOD ordered choppers (5,2,3,5)
ARMED TO THE TEETH - (theatre MOD)* [ordered] TEETH (choppers).
12 Female following obese man sent north (7)
DISTAFF - F (following) FAT (obese) SID (man's name) reversed in a down clue [sent north] -> DISTAFF. That made me smile.
19 Subject of ace supporter nursing broken leg (7)
ALGEBRA - A (ace) BRA (supporter) outside [nursing] [broken] (leg)*
20 Some elite academic betrayal, maybe, better for logic? (9)
OUTREASON - I think this is  O.U. (Oxford University; elite academy) TREASON (betrayal). I associate the abbreviation O.U  with the Open University, but Chambers has both.
21 Obtains inside information given rise in savings (4,3)
NEST EGG - GETS (obtains) [inside] GEN (information) reversed [given rise] -> NEST EGG.
22 Welshman, embracing English church, to disappear slowly (8)
EVANESCE - EVANS (Welshman) [embracing] E (English) C.E. (Chirch of England; church). Although I recognised the word, I didn't know it meant "pass out of sight, memory, or existence".
24 Mad about noisy estate outside fantasy realm (5-6-4)
CLOUD-CUCKOO-LAND - CUCKOO (mad) with C. (about) LOUD (noisy) LAND (estate) [outside].
26 Find nightclub dead (9)
DISCOVERY - DISCO (nightclub) VERY (dead; as in "This is a dead good crossword blog"... as if).
28 Whence one cross, in traditional tales, drops from sky (8)
LORRAINE - RAIN (drops from the sky - nice!) [in] LORE (traditional tales). Another bit of General Ignorance from me. I had to look up what one of these is."The Cross of Lorraine (French: Croix de Lorraine), known as Cross of Anjou in the 16th century, is a heraldic two-barred cross, consisting of a vertical line crossed by two shorter horizontal bars. In most renditions, the horizontal bars are "graded" with the upper bar being the shorter, though variations with the bars of equal length are also seen." Read about it here and here, which has an interesting example.
29 Company after £500 in shady deal (6,8)
MONKEY BUSINESS - BUSINESS (company0 [after] MONKEY (£500, in Cockney Rhyming Slang, Derived from the 500 rupee banknote, which featured a monkey).
31 Perhaps wide court passage (7)
EXTRACT - Our obligatory cricket clue. A wide leads to an EXTRA run. Add CT (court).
34 Plug firm (7)
STAUNCH - Admirably concise double definition.
39 Energy indeed has missile right out in orbit (3,6)
EYE SOCKET - E (energy) YES (indeed) rOCKET (missile) without the R [right out].
42 Hebrew king brought up in island location (9)
ISRAELITE - LEAR (king) [brought up] -> RAEL [in] I (island) SITE (location).
43 Sandalwood used for this stretcher? (8)
SHOETREE - Very clever. You have to split the first word. SHOE (sandal) TREE (wood).
44 Bird coming round managed second journey (7)
TRANSIT - TIT (bird) [coming round] RAN (managed) S (second).
45 Gander appears with eagle’s wings (4-3)
LOOK-SEE - Not the goosey type, obvs. LOOKS (appears) [with] outside letters of EaglE ('s wings].
46 One in medical administration’s year with cartel in south-east (7)
SYRINGE - A bit of a clunky definition, perhaps, but no matter.- Y (year) [with] RING (cartel) [in] S.E. (south-east).
47 Monkey’s mistake, sheltering under tree top (6)
TERROR - A bit of a devious definition, methinks. ERROR (mistake) [under]  first letter of Tree [top]
49 Material either of two writers sent up (5)
TOILE - A write-in as we had a very similar clue in this December QC.. And I'll moan about it again... The two writers are George and T.S. ELIOT, [sent up] i.e. reversed -> TOILE. Are there really only 2 authors with surname Eliot?
51 Tyrant dropping sulphur in warehouse (5)
DEPOT - DEsPOT (tyrant) [dopping] the S (sulphur)
52 Stunner posed again looking northward (5)
TASER - Yet another uo-down reversal. RESAT (posed again) [looking northward] -> TASER.
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