Jumbo 757 (May 17) – Mine’s a double, sport

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Inspired by Peter’s full blog of Jumbo 749, I thought I’d put myself through the same torture and explain every answer on this one. Well, “Britain’s Got Talent” has finished, the kids are in bed and my wife is watching a programme about a 73 stone American man, so I may as well. As a one off, and since the crossword is now almost two weeks old and we’ve all forgotten about it, I’ve also included the full clues as a reminder (in italics). Also, hopefully as an aid for beginners, I’ve emboldened the definition parts of most clues (Double defs have one in bold, cryptic defs have none).  The crossword took just over an hour to complete, the write up considerably longer. It has to be said that I felt there were one or two hurried clues in the bottom half, but this was more than made up for in the rest.

Sorry to take up so much space, the stuff you’re looking for is way down there somewhere

1 GINGER TOM.  Doesn’t quite work for me
  No Spice Girl!
6 CLAPPER – double def
  One heartily greeting another? That rings a bell
10 (o)NE PAL – china (plate) = mate in cockney rhyming slang
  Only loveless China neighbour of Tibet
13 FLATTER – another double def, one referencing the phrase “flatter to deceive”
  Do so to deceive when all smoothed out?
14 TOA(DIE)S(t)
  Slimy amphibious types croak, in not entirely good health?
15 PER(K)IL+(enem)Y
  Sovereign in danger close to enemy, though with cheerful manner
16 WHAT NEWS ON THE RIALTO? – (IN TWO HEARTS WHEN A LOT)*Some Shakespearean guff from The Merchant of Venice
  In two hearts, when a lot wrong in play, bridge subject to this enquiry?
17 E,GO – took much longer to get than it should to get this one
  I travel by plane, ultimately
18 AVA, TAR – before it was an image to help identify us on this blog,  it was the ‘descent’ or incarnation of a divine being (deva) or the Supreme Being (God) onto planet Earth in Hindu philosophy. Read all about it here
  Sailor after Ms Gardner (heavenly body!)
20 CORNET – yet another double def, one being an alternative word for an ice cream cone.
  It’s blown, though its contents cold
21 E,VERG(R)E,EN(d)
  Not all shrubs are right in English border, and shortly die
  One getting on with difficult character
  Here, bet people swearing, having pocketed nothing
29 RAISE – anyone for double defs?
  Lift from rear
30 PHARMACY , being HARM in PACY
  Medical establishment quick to bandage injury
31 INTER POL(and) – if it isn’t a double def, it must be sport, this time football and Inter Milan. I don’t want to upset the Americans but it isn’t soccer, it’s football. The silly game that people in suits of armour play in the US has nothing to do with feet.
  Team of Milanese country, and dropping as a world force
34 BALL C(r)OCK – more sport, this time cricket. A bouncer is a ball which is pitched short so it bounces high. As far as I can see it’s an attempt to get the batsman out by killing him with a blow to the head. Who said cricket was boring? Other types of cricketing delivery include Googly and Yorker
  One controls the flow of runs from man injured after bouncer, for example
36 TEE, N(I)EST – I don’t know what the word “from” is doing here
  From most insignificant place from which I drive, I entered home
37 P(HOT)O – where would we be without the River Po?
  Picture that’s steamy put in river
39 APHRODISIAC – cryptic def.  “a bit of the other” is a euphemism for “hanky panky” which is a euphemism for “a bit of how’s your father”. Superb clue
  The other spur
41 LEG SPINNER – two cricketing refs for the price of one, the whole answer and the use of ON for LEG. A leg spinner bowls right-arm with a wrist spin action, causing the ball to spin anti-clockwise at the point of delivery. When the ball bounces, the spin causes the ball to deviate sharply from right to left (as seen by the bowler) — that is, away from the leg side of a right-handed batsman. See, this cricket malarkey is easy!
  Bowler  on top
43 GR(ASS, L)AND – August in this sense shouldn’t really have a capital A, but it doesn’t bother me at all
  In August, equine beginning to like grazing here
45 (f)UN WELL
  Topping fun, very funny
47 F(L)OR,A,(funera)L
  Such tributes left to cut for a funeral, ultimately?
49 (pen)NIL(ess)
  Love when penniless only needing heart
  Book given hype sold out – historic novel
52 HIGH TEA – chestnut clue of the day award
  Meal eaten up?
  Pretty snowy sensation in dream
54 ARIZONA – being AN OZ I R A all reversed
  An Australian island beginning to resemble a backward state
55 MATCH – we haven’t had a double def for a long time
  Suit and tie
56 ENRAGED – being (ANGERED)* I think the setter must have been in a hurry
  Angered, furiously!
57 THIN K(TAN)K – where KK=2000. I’m not sure that TAN=LEATHER
  Body of experts producing fine leather in two-thousand
1 GIFT WRAP – took a long time to realise that this was just a cryptic definition. “With a good rip torn off” really looks like there’s some wordplay going on, but it just refers to how it’s removed from the prezzie.
  Covering paper with a good rip torn off?
2 tiNY A LArge. Again the clue was well disguised as wordplay when, in fact, it was a simple hidden word
  Not completely tiny, a large antelope
  Can hole through a peel put off its consumer?
4 THROWN – double def
  Parties are so confused
5 METROPOLITAN – double def, one being a line on the London Underground and the other being the bishop of a metropolis
  Line taken by senior bishop?
6 CHASTEN – “king in the distant future” being CHAS TEN or Charles X. Marvellous!
  Humble king of the distant future?
  In which mainly a la carte nosh primarily processed?
  Coppers guarding steps, evil force
9 REPULSE – S(L)UPER reversed + E(nemy). HMS Repulse was apparently a battlecruiser. A “cracking” bit of wordplay ruined by a needlessly obscure definition
  Battlecruiser cracking up, maintaining length ahead of enemy, initially
10 NARROW GAUGE – I’m not sure if this works properly but I like it. It refers to both a thin line and  narrow gauge railway
  As such, it’s a fine line
11 PR,ICELESS – I really like “manipulation of image”=PR
  Wonderful manipulation of image, far from slippery?
  Amateur experiencing the blues record
19 AS (l)OC(I)AL – “local” being the pub nearest your house.
  When pub’s roof blown off I wrapped up, getting cold
22 (I)VES PUCCI(ni) – not convinced that Charles Ives is well known enough to be given this treatment , but Puccini is.
  Explorer beheading one noted chap and another, leaving Northern Ireland
24 NUMBER CRUNCHING – very weak cryptic def
  Process of chewing over data?
26 CENOTAPH – (CAN’T HOPE)*. I like this clue a lot.
  Can’t hope to replace those who fell on it
27 S(ALL)OW – nice use of “meat pasty” to try to throw us off the scent
  One-hundred per cent filling in source of meat pasty
28 ARABIA – BAR reversed in A(s)IA
  Peninsula where restriction’s lifted within continent, not having succeeded
  Launch – one ramming coastal feature
  American apparel that captivates English, every one worn
35 CROSS STITCH – that’s the answer, what more can I say?
  Short pain proving a bind
37 PENALTY KICK – haven’t had a sporting clue for a long time. A cryptic def , “Good chance spotted?” . the ball is placed on the penalty spot and there’s a good chance there’ll be a goal
  Good chance spotted?
38 WINDFLOWER – snake being a verb in this case, although the windflower is poisonous.
  Plant snake over river
40 HEADLIGHT – giddy=light headed.
  Given shiner, giddy?
42 FLAP JACK – “to wave the flag” is clever
  It’s sweet to wave the flag
43 G(ill)INGHAM
  Town in Kent binning bad material, checked
44 AVER AGE – definitely in a hurry
  Declare time is nothing special
  Promise to contain river that is far from calm
48 KI(n)G (m)ALI – the largest city in Rwanda
  Unnamed ruler over leaderless nation’s capital
51 HOO(c)H,A
  Bootleg liquor, ton missing, leading to a commotion

9 comments on “Jumbo 757 (May 17) – Mine’s a double, sport”

  1. If only I could say “You’ve missed a bit”.
    Great write-up Ken, and fully deserved by a puzzle which was tremendous fun to solve. The APHRODISIAC is one of those clues that will go down in the pantheon of the unforgettable, but this puzzle had it all; loads of inventive wordplay and huge variety in level of challenge. OK, a Jumbo is perhaps a daunting prospect for an inexperienced solver, but the inclusion of some give-away chestnuts was always going to serve as an encouragement to those who might have found surrounding clues a struggle.
    A cracking puzzle all round, and this extensive blogging of it is essential reading for all who want to discover how cryptic clues are constructed.
    Well done Mr Setter and well done Mr Penguin.
  2. Congrats on your excellent blog, Mr P. The clue that beat me was 45a; just couldn’t get my brain round it. And I’m not sure if I would have solved 39 so easily if Anax hadn’t already said how brilliant it was; having solved his first “special” I (rightly, as it turned out) thought I knew the sort of thing I might be looking for.
  3. Great blog Ken and absolutely superb for new solvers. I was pleased the puzzle lived up to the Anax plug – it was great fun to solve. At 57A I think to tan = to leather? Jimbo.
  4. Nice work – I put in HIGHLIGHT for 40 and was unable to get 43 because of it.
  5. Well done “kenguin”. Readers: if you think this thoroughness was useful, speak up!

    Here’s a quickish sample of Ives: the Variations on America, with some spectacular pedal work in the last couple of minutes from this velvet-clad organist, presumably filmed in about 1973.

  6. 1d Covering paper with a good rip torn off? I had parsed as FT (Financial Times, paper) covered by an anagram (torn off) of W (with), A, G (good) and RIP. So, &lit or something like it?
    1. You know what Jon, I think you’re right. Well spotted – I was looking for word play for ages
      1. Oops, that was me. I’d been logged out without so much as a by your leave
  7. Well, I appreciated the thoroughness.

    Showing the clue underneath is a great idea, and goes some way to overcoming the time lag problem with the prize crosswords.

    Paul S.

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