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Cryptic Jumbo 1494: Solved Only Using Techniques I Could Will Should Become Universal Cryptic Law

All done in under the quarter hour, but enjoyable throughout, especially the sciency clues which tickled my GK centres most pleasurably, my favourite being the God particle at 32ac.

Late to fall, and excellent penny-drop-moments, were 23ac and 43ac. Many thanks for a good 'un to the setter.

ACROSS
1 Moral support needed by one who reigns (6)
PROPER - PROP [support] needed by E.R. [the queen]

5 Difficult time getting to work in car (7)
HARDTOP - HARD T OP [difficult | time | work]

9 Vicar maybe showing power, one arriving at target? (8)
PREACHER - P(ower) + REACHER

13 Bless a grandparent, then, when messing up American poem? (3,4-8,6)
THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER - (BLESS A GRANDPARENT THEN*)

14 Wood contains unknown clear liquid with strong smell (8)
PYRIDINE - PINE contains Y RID [unknown | clear]

15 Old sailor making a speech (7)
ORATING - O(ld) RATING

16 Dream may get one flapping a bit (6)
EYELID - cryptic def, referencing REM sleep

17 Date — something a girlfriend hopes for? (10)
ENGAGEMENT - double def, marginally sexist

20 Well-informed, as one who has auditioned successfully for film will be (2,3,7)
IN THE PICTURE - double def

23 Head may have one (4)
TOPI - TOP may have I, &lit as you would find a topi atop a head

24 Be relatively unobservant as a totally innocent person (8)
SPOTLESS - or SPOT LESS

26 Rants disclosed half-formed aspirations (8)
DECLAIMS - DECL{ared} AIMS

29 One may go out to get such psychological treatment (12)
HYPNOTHERAPY - cryptic def, "go out" as in get put to sleep

30 Record left by journalist found unexpectedly? (10)
DISCOVERED - DISC OVER by ED

32 Sing bosh and go wild as one making contribution to Mass (5,5)
HIGGS BOSON - (SING BOSH + GO*)

34 Greek character with inclination mostly is male showing lowbrow outlook (12)
PHILISTINISM - PHI with LISTIN{g} IS M

36 Half of those people not well sending a message (8)
EMAILING - {th}EM AILING

38 Where road signs are often visible, incidentally (2,3,3)
BY THE WAY - double def

39 Note in second book in a series (4)
MARK - double def with the NT book(after Matthew, before Luke and John)

41 Bird gone I'm hoping will deviate appropriately? (6,6)
HOMING PIGEON - (GONE I'M HOPING*), semi-&lit

43 The beginning and end of pop that's scarcely audible? (10)
PIANISSIMO - p{o}p, in musical notation

44 Figure one boy needs inner vitality (6)
ISOGON - GO inside I SON

46 Garments for female toys (7)
TEDDIES - double def

48 Head's getting chap troubled with lice (8)
CEPHALIC - (CHAP + LICE*)

50 Ever impractical, I go and eat out as a matter of principle (11,10)
CATEGORICAL IMPERATIVE - (EVER IMPRACTICAL I GO + EAT*)

51 Sent out offspring half-heartedly around island (8)
SECRETED - SE{e}D around CRETE

52 Place enthusiastic about strike (3,4)
LAY INTO - LAY [place] + INTO [enthusiastic about]

53 Each nincompoop losing heart in an uncomplicated manner (6)
EASILY - EA SI{l}LY

DOWN
2 Bad-tempered fellow seizes sporting trophy (5)
RATTY - RAY seizes TT [IOM Tourist Trophy]

3 Logical assertion comes with forecast — umbrella finally needs to be carried (11)
PREDICATION - PREDICTION carrying {umbrell}A

4 Shopkeeper offering fashion again, we hear? (8)
RETAILER - homophone of RE-TAILOR

5 Army in hellish ordeal (5)
HORDE - hidden in {hellis}H ORDE{al}

6 Understanding rebuke given to the Left (7)
RAPPORT - RAP given to PORT

7 Four in temporary shelter at Cambridgeshire location when feeling unsettled? (11)
TENTATIVELY - IV in TENT AT ELY

8 Caps very good with flowery decoration (5)
PILEI - PI [very good] with LEI

9 Quiet English girl wanting too much is coming from a distinguished family (9)
PEDIGREED - P E DI GREED [quiet | English | girl | wanting too much]

10 Cancel The Times before start of excursion (5)
ERASE - ERAS [times] before E{xcursion}

11 Does one need to add water to this drink? Think hard (11)
CONCENTRATE - double def

12 Listener wants story — prime bit of romance from a previous era? (7)
EARLIER - EAR wants LIE + R{omance}

18 This element could disturb me, mind you (9)
NEODYMIUM - (ME MIND YOU*)

19 Name of newspaper no longer needing journalists? (7)
EXPRESS - EX needing PRESS

21 Spin in cricket match met with attacking stroke (4,5)
TEST DRIVE - TEST met with DRIVE

22 Fashionable church — nothing had to be other than perfectly finished (8)
INCHOATE - IN CH O ATE [fashionable | church | nothing | had]

25 Like good apprentice artist at home limited by workbench? (9)
TRAINABLE - R.A. IN, limited by TABLE

27 Disorder of realm, most unstable (9)
MAELSTROM - (REALM MOST*)

28 Go over heather to find accommodation for animals (8)
STABLING - STAB [go] over LING

31 A shrub or a rush growing up in deep water? (7)
SPIRAEA - A RIP, reversed in SEA

33 Component of Christmas story giving inspiration to famous actor? (7,4)
GUIDING STAR - double def

34 Having the makings of being powerful, India, with international friend? (11)
POTENTIALLY - POTENT I with ALLY

35 The study of bits and pieces? (11)
NUMISMATICS - cryptic def, "bits" and "pieces" both as synonyms for "coins"

37 Duke, say, rising to embrace brood of youngsters, sparkled (9)
GLITTERED - D E.G., reversed, "embracing" LITTER

40 Relocate fifty in area after getting personal information set up (8)
DISPLACE - L in SPACE after reversed ID

42 Bone very small or very big needing cutting implement reportedly (7)
OSSICLE - OS [very big] + homophone of SICKLE

43 Job obtained by graduate — not primarily one who goes the rounds? (7)
POSTMAN - POST [job] by M.A. N{ot}

45 Near the end of August — when you notice this is getting longer? (5)
NIGHT - NIGH {augus}T, semi-&lit

47 Like a lord the French could regularly upset (5)
DUCAL - LA C{o}U{l}D, reversed

48 Conservative to reformulate list of basic tenets? (5)
CREDO - C + REDO

49 Perfect bride always shows off (5)
IDEAL - hidden in {br}IDE AL{ways}
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