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Times Cryptic Jumbo 1504: Weeping Crocodile Pears

This was fairly easy, as they go, with the mighty Jason and Magoo polishing it off in the order of 12 minutes. I did not, busy as I was waffling over a stream of it, the results of which you can see at https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1076623577, should such things take your fancy.

I could have been a little quicker had I not entered 28dn as AVOGRADO, by false analogy to AVOCADO, which made things a little more exciting than they needed to be. Favourite clues included 49ac (Oscar Wilde is a hero of mine, for obvious floppy-haired Magdalen classicist reasons) and 22dn for managing to use the seemingly unpromising second largest town in Zimbabwe as part of the wordplay. Thanks setter! A gentle but fine Jumbo.

ACROSS
1 Opener from western Irish team? (9)
CORKSCREW - or CORK'S CREW. Is Cork "western" Ireland? I would've called it southern, but I guess it's more west than east...

6 A Soviet trying to change the nature of an inquiry (13)
INVESTIGATORY - (A SOVIET TRYING*)

13 Staffs European minister’s residence (5)
MANSE - MANS E

14 Advanced tango composer was conducting (9)
TRAVELLED - T RAVEL LED [tango | composer | was conducting]

15 Your setter’s singular attempt to pen English puzzle (7)
MYSTERY - MY S TRY, "penning" E

16 Walk forward in organised protest unknown in the UK, say (14,8)
CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY - CONSTITUTIONAL [walk] + ON [forward] in MARCH Y [protest | unknown]

18 Can king and queen take against spectator? (6-2)
LOOKER-ON - LOO K + E.R. take ON [against]

20 Free veteran beer finally does for publican (8)
TAVERNER - (VETERAN*) + {bee}R

21 Mallard, perhaps, departs with a string of carriages (5)
DRAKE - D + RAKE [a connected set of railway carriages or wagons, apparently]

23 Crops rye fields use in the middle (6)
YIELDS - {r}Y{e} {f}IELD{s} {u}S{e}

24 Expression of surprise after TV system’s lack of colour (6)
PALLOR - LOR! after PAL [Phase Alternating Line, big kudos if you knew what that stood for]

25 Interesting, a bishop leads service in west end of Glasgow (9)
ABSORBING - A B leads SORB [another word for the "service" or rowan tree!] IN G{lasgow}

28 Gallium in star’s taken by American plant (10)
ASTRAGALUS - GA in ASTRAL [star's] by U.S.

29 Hit band (4)
BELT - double def

30 Books one gala wrongly — pain seated near the drum! (7)
OTALGIA - O.T. + (I GALA*). That's the eardrum of course

32 Threatening palomino usually keeps it captive (7)
OMINOUS - hidden in {pal}OMINO US{usually}

34 Working fifty years at most (4)
ONLY ON L Y [working | fifty | years]

35 What schedules allow broadcasting screen epic? (10)
PRESCIENCE - (SCREEN EPIC*)

38 Device trapping a rodent in a power discharge (9)
APPARATUS - "trap" A RAT in A P PUS

39 Abandon waterway with an area being given over to carbon energy (6)
CANCEL - CAN{a->C E}L. Take CANAL [waterway] and replace its A [area] with CE [carbon | energy]

40 Stone knight in very good carriage (6)
STANCE - ST + N in ACE

43 Give a response on law that’s passed (5)
REACT - RE ACT [on | law that's passed]

45 What batter could get used to cook eggs this way? (4,4)
EASY OVER - a cricket batsman will do well if his OVERs are EASY

47 Relating to an element of catholic church in Jerusalem, one with chapter (8)
ZIRCONIC - R.C. in ZION + I + C

49 Flat barge hailed gondola tangling lines on locking up on the Thames? (3,6,2,7,4)
THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL - (FLAT BARGE HAILED GONDOLA*)

52 Vigilantly team up to contain European right (7)
ALERTLY - ALLY "containing" E RT

53 Where one may melt things on the rocks (9)
INSOLVENT - or one may, of course, melt things IN SOLVENT

54 Girl introducing a dish from India (5)
RAITA - RITA "introducing" A

55 Additional paper and gold currency, unknown and very unusual (13)
EXTRAORDINARY - EXTRA [additional paper, as in "extra! extra! read all about it!"] + OR DINAR Y

56 Raced around clubs in Paris yesterday delivering uplighter (9)
TORCHIERE - TORE "around" C HIER

DOWN
1 Absurdly, company I ring is in the outskirts of Mandalay (9)
COMICALLY - CO + I CALL "skirted" by M{andala}Y

2 Meet society girl with time to overspend wildly? (3,4,4)
RUN INTO DEBT - RUN INTO [meet] + DEB + T

3 Perfume reportedly coming by mail order (5)
SCENT - homophone of SENT

4 Regular changing of crops to set up in allotment (8)
ROTATION - TO reversed in RATION

5 Artist entering accompanied by shadowy presence (6)
WRAITH - R.A. "entering" WITH

6 The Spanish port in Italy filled with cattle being raised is irresistible (10)
INEXORABLE - EL BARI [the Spanish | port in Italy] "filled" with reversed OXEN

7 Where cricketer may be revealing leg shockingly (7,5)
VILLAGE GREEN - (REVEALING LEG*)

8 Supporting band member I’d found among rising celebrities (7)
SIDEMAN - I'D "among" reversed NAMES

9 What limits disease running wild in some supermen (6,8)
IMMUNE RESPONSE - (IN SOME SUPERMEN*)

10 Confident fool heading university rose? (7)
ASSURED - ASS + U + RED

11 Dining to excess, swallowing horse and heading for inflation (11)
OVERHEATING - OVEREATING "swallowing" H

12 Toy boy’s taken up, abandoning tops? (2,2)
YOYO - {t}OY {b}OY reversed, &lit

17 Be left standing in foreign city (8)
BELGRADE - BE L GRADE

19 Try in speaking to finish at any time (9)
ENDEAVOUR - homophone of END EVER

22 Wonderful classic play mostly about Bulawayo, not elsewhere (8)
FABULOUS - FAUS{t} "about" BUL{away}O

25 Female gossip penning rubbish over lawyer (8)
ATTORNEY - YENTA "penning" ROT, the whole reversed

26 Is it clear — scrambled or hard-boiled? (9)
REALISTIC - (IS IT CLEAR*)

27 Source of sound fixed in pitch on record and film perhaps (8,6)
CASSETTE PLAYER - SET in CAST on E.P. and LAYER

28 Italian scientist is a very old doctor in prison endlessly (8)
AVOGADRO - A V O + DR in GAO{l}

31 Left west London area in Conservative seat shortly for Essex town (7-2-3)
CLACTON-ON-SEA - L ACTON in CON + SEA{t}

33 Unusually emphatic about workers charging (11)
IMPEACHMENT - (EMPHATIC*) "about" MEN

36 One in van going round with venison requiring no cutting (3-8)
NON-INVASIVE - I in (VAN + VENISON*)

37 Entirely popular gathering of sheep? (10)
INTEGRALLY - IN [popular] + TEG RALLY

41 Free from guilt, former partner left in vessel at the end of June (9)
EXCULPATE - EX [former partner] + L in CUP + AT {jun}E

42 Who goes to service cars on time, mostly (8)
MINISTER - MINIS on TER{m}

44 Girl wanting a change of habitat (7)
TABITHA - (HABITAT*)

46 In central Asia, keen about hard language (7)
SWAHILI - in {a}SI{a}, WAIL "about" H

48 Beware of waste regularly found at bottom of grotto (6)
CAVEAT - {w}A{s}T{e} under CAVE. Is "caveat" ever really "beware" or "beware of"? It's more of a noun, or a "let him beware" kind of deal. Not sure...

50 Saddle band? Get it round the horse at first (5)
GIRTH - G{et} I{t} R{ound} T{he} H{orse}

51 British beer was something bad for one (4)
BALE - B ALE
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