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Times Cryptic Jumbo 1495 - 1st May 2021. Ding: dang! Walla walla rhubarb

Hi everyone.  Thanks to the setter for this chewy but tasty offering to kick off the bank holiday weekend.  I had been forewarned about the difficulty and so allowed myself a couple of sessions.  There were several words new to me which I successfully divined from the clues, but if I had three lives (well, I suppose I have nine) I would have used them all.  I had one wrong first guess, one wildcard search and one unforced error.  Those were BRAKE VAN (26a), WELSHMAN (45d) and DINK (3d), respectively.


The clever &lit in 8d, NOBLE METAL, is my pick of the grid; other candidates are available.  Some nice – and nicely disguised – definitions are on display and plenty of other devious cryptic playfulness too.  How did you find it?



Definitions are underlined in the clues below.  In the explanations, quoted indicators are in italics, explicit [deletions] are in square brackets, and I’ve capitalised and emboldened letters which appear in the ANSWER.  Link words are generally omitted for clarity.


Across
1 One's angling positively the way to make you go off fish? (4,6)
SPIN DOCTOR — If you SPIN DOCTOR you make ROT (go off) + COD (fish)
6 Poor duck nobody's fed meal (2,4,6)
ON ONES UPPERS O (duck) + NONES (nobody’s) containing (fed) SUPPER (meal)
14 Orangeman's outside in de Havilland, possibly, heading off for province (7)
LIVONIA OrangemaN’s outside goes in oLIVIA (de Havilland, possibly) without the first letter (heading off).  A historical region
15 Regret insult overheard that's repeated by players? (7)
RHUBARB — Sounds like (… overheard) RUE (regret) + BARB (insult).  I knew rhubarb but was interested to learn of other variants
16 Producing certain young crooner, after hit (7)
LAMBING BING (crooner, Crosby) after LAM (hit)
17 Old red stain linked with kiss (4)
MARX MAR (stain) + X (kiss)
18 A year to get hold of cooker, I fear (6)
PHOBIA PA (per annum, a year) around (to get hold of) HOB (cooker) and I
20 Angel's roused chap's ire (8)
SERAPHIC — An anagram of (roused) CHAPS IRE
24 Asian native with corporation, I am led to believe, stepping out of line (10,3-7,3)
VIETNAMESE POT-BELLIED PIG I AM LED TO BELIEVE STEPPING anagrammed (out of line)
25 Film, slow burner at first tedious, finally entrances (7)
WICKETS ET (film), with WICK (slow burner) at first, all followed by the last letter of (… finally) tediouS
26 Slowcoach? (5,3)
BRAKE VAN — I would call this a cryptic definition – a coach that slows – but if you take the parts of the word individually it also fits with the answer as BRAKE (slow) + VAN (coach).  This was my second go, having decided I needed to check my first guess, BRAKE CAR, in the dictionary
27 Sweet primrose, maybe, maiden picked for Yankee (6)
MELLOW — [y]ELLOW (primrose maybe), with M (maiden) selected in place of (picked for) Y (Yankee)
29 Very hard to beat, with means to pick up (6,3,5)
HAMMER AND TONGS HAMMER (to beat) + AND (with) + TONGS (means to pick up)
31 Monarch not exactly welcome around French city (7,1)
CHARLES I C (circa, not exactly) + HI (welcome) around ARLES (French city)
34 Notices singular ducks abandoning river (5,3)
SMALL ADS S (singular) + MALLA[r]DS (ducks) leaving out (abandoning) R (river)
36 Boy gets given cards from everyone: it's a team effort (3,5,2,4)
ALL HANDS ON DECK ALL HAND SON DECK covers the wordplay part – with just a single spacing change too!
39 Nut dip is something for salad (6)
ENDIVE EN (nut) + DIVE (dip)
41 Feel bias after moving on (8)
FEASIBLE FEEL BIAS anagrammed (after moving)
43 Provokes some backtracking, closeting invitees (7)
IGNITES — The answer is embedded in reverse in (some backtracking) cloSETING Invitees
46 Roger colours poor Henry's leg, in a manner of speaking (8,8,7)
RECEIVED STANDARD ENGLISH RECEIVED (Roger) + STANDARD (colours) + an anagram of (poor) HS LEG IN, with H = Henry
47 Daughter is driving, bound for American bar (8)
DRAMSHOP D (daughter) + RAMS (is driving) + HOP (bound)
48 Holly, maybe, had always to be cut for religious statue (6)
BUDDHA BUDDy (Holly, maybe) and HAd, in all cases without the last letter (always to be cut)
49 Bush on top of a ridge initially replanted (4)
AFRO OF A and Ridge initially anagrammed (replanted)
53 Element of character required by Greeks in a game recalled (7)
URANIUM MU (character required by Greeks) + IN A + RU (game) all reversed (recalled)
54 Two ways to publicise remote region (7)
OUTPOST — To OUT and to POST are two ways to publicise
56 Maybe miss knowledge on Brussels, requiring one article (7)
EUGENIA GEN (knowledge) next to (on) EU (Brussels), followed by I (one) and A (article)
57 Sound of bell outside oven, and separate cooking utensil (8,4)
TOASTING FORK TING (sound of bell) around (outside) OAST (oven) + FORK (separate)
58 With time, loosens, we understand, this fixed screw? (4,6)
WAGE FREEZE W (with) + AGE (time) + FREES (loosens), homophone (we understand).  Screw is a slang term for wages, but it’s rather dated now

Down
1 Only around Nevada you will find crop showing serious promise (6,3)
SOLEMN VOW SOLE (only), then around NV (Nevada) you will find MOW (crop)
2 Commandeer ITV broadcast, one of four from "Downton Abbey" (8,5)
INVERTED COMMA COMMANDEER ITV anagrammed (broadcast)
3 Minimal knock with racket? (4)
DINK — A cryptic definition, one of those which seems not cryptic at all if you read it the right way: a dink is a soft strike of the ball.  It got me though: I had DING – thinking of a minimal knock in a car, and a sound.  EDIT: FGBP and Adrian Cobb in the comments have suggested DIN (racket) + K (minimal knock) for an &lit.  I’m not convinced by “minimal” to indicate the first letter – what do you think?
4 Rabbit and horse end up in wrong part of NZ (7,7)
CHATHAM ISLANDS — We have CHAT (rabbit) and H (horse), then LAND (end up) goes in AMISS (wrong)
5 Hospital leaves time for us (3)
OUR — H (hospital) leaves [h]OUR (time)
7 Lack of response from patient boatbuilder (4)
NOAH NO AH – a lack of response from a patient asked to “say ‘ah’”
8 For one, count palladium, ultimately, along with others (5,5)
NOBLE METAL NOBLE (for one, count) + the last letter of (… ultimately) palladiuM + ET AL (along with others)
9 One turns up in Clonmel -- Ballyshannon, Cork and Naas each have one (8)
SYLLABLE — Another reverse hidden: it turns up in ClonmEL -- BALLYShannon
10 He carries permit in to indulge publisher (11)
PAMPHLETEER HE contains (carries) LET (permit), all of which is in PAMPER (to indulge)
11 Is visiting English constable, old friend of bishop (9)
EPISCOPAL IS inside (visiting) E (English), PC (constable), O (old) and PAL (friend)
12 What's heaved from sling, tho' oddly just staying put (4)
SIGH — The answer is found from SlInG, tHo', taking the odd letters only (oddly just staying put)
13 Sure a GP's mistaken a pulse (5,3)
SUGAR PEA SURE A GP's anagrammed (mistaken) + A
19 Group of police officers perhaps finding intruder (8)
BUSYBODY BUSY BODY (group of police officers perhaps)
21 Year in France gone into by Times supplement (6)
ANNEXE ANNEE (year in France) with the insertion of (gone into by) X (times)
22 Sparing no detail in conclusion (2,6)
AT LENGTH — Two definitions
23 As Golf Week's coming round chap's the one to beat! (8)
EGGWHISK EG (as) + G (golf) + WK (week) goes around (’s coming round) HIS (chap’s)
28 Food said to raise just a grin instead of a smile? (8,6)
CHESHIRE CHEESE — A photographer’s instruction to “say cheese” given to the Cheshire cat of Alice’s Adventures might result in it leaving only a grin
29 MC with Motown track and another that's local (8)
HOSTELRY HOST (MC) + EL (Motown track, Motown being a US indicator) + RY (another – track)
30 Drug for treating the overweight -- or lean -- with a temperature (8)
ORLISTAT OR + LIST (lean) + A + T (temperature).  I hadn’t heard of this drug, but the clue and checkers were kind to me
32 Security feature's curiously eccentric feel (8,5)
ELECTRIC FENCE — An anagram of (curiously) ECCENTRIC FEEL
33 Was wrong to pursue most of intelligence gathered (8)
INFERRED ERRED (was wrong) after (to pursue) all but the last letter of (most of) INFo (intelligence)
35 Erotic film? It's usually blue in nature (4-2-1-4)
LOVE-IN-A-MIST — Putting LOVE IN A MIST or film could make it erotic; I don’t think I’ll dwell on exactly how that might work!
37 Youth up a long time catching badger (6)
NONAGE — The reversal of (up) EON (a long time) containing (catching) NAG (badger)
38 Writers switch positions after I retire (7,3)
PENSION OFF PENS (writers) + ON and OFF (switch positions) after I
40 Provide material to chew on: stuff accompanying a film? (9)
DOCUDRAMA DO (provide) + CUD (material to chew on) + RAM (stuff) + A
42 After throwing wobbly, do reverse (4,4)
BODY BLOW — An anagram of (after throwing) WOBBLY, DO
44 Chose goal that's involved years of training? (6,3)
SCHOOL AGE CHOSE GOAL is anagrammed (that's involved)
45 Go back on first of March, as normal? One might (8)
WELSHMAN WELSH (go back on) + the first letters of March As Normal.  My last in, and I resorted to a word search.  That’ll teach me to learn the Saints’ Days (well, ok, one of them)
50 Kick indeed falling short (4)
QUIT QUITe (indeed) without the last letter (falling short)
51 Lead kills vermin heading for the roof? (4)
STAR RATS (kills vermin) reversed (heading for the roof).  It took until review time for me to work out what the “kills” was doing
52 Setter's answer -- something fishy (4)
AGAR A (answer) + GAR (something fishy, i.e. a fish!)
55 Drink brought up at the end of additional half-hour's play? (3)
TEA — Reversal of (brought up) AET (after extra time: at the end of additional half-hour's play)

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