Jumbo 943

I found this mostly straightforward, just having to check the definition for 6D.

I am not sure how overseas solvers might have got on with 8D. Probably the checking letters would give the answer, but the full depth of the clue might elude them – please let me know.

I could not resist the link in the explanation for 32A.


1 AQUAPLANE – QUA(y) in A PLAN = a project, E(nglish)
6 Deliberately omitted – please ask if unsure
10 SEPAL – S.E. = South East = Home Counties, PAL = friend
13 FOOT PASSENGER – FOOT = pay, PASS = document, EN = in (French), GER(man)
14 INCLEMENT – IN = during, C(old), LENT = period before Easter, around ME
15 IN STYLE – IN STY = Napoleon’s home (Napoleon was a pig in Animal Farm), LE = the (French)
16 ARRANGE – ARRAN = Scottish island, GE = E.G = say, reversed
17 MOORAGE – MO = short time, OR AGE = or a long time
20 ESCALATION – SCA(m) = fraudulent scheme, in ELATION = transport
23 GRAZE – sounds like greys (or grays for our transatlantic readers)
24 WHITE MEAT – ITEM = something, in WHEAT = cereal crop
25 BARBARA – BAR = keep out, BARA = ARAB = Middle Eastern, reversed. Barbara Castle was the politician who introduced the law permitting the use of the breathalyser in the UK
26 INTERMINGLE – IN TERM = during school period, (s)INGLE = one
28 SECRET AGENT – SENT = dispatched, around CRETE = island, itself around AG = precious metal
30 GRAND OPERAS – GRAN = old woman, DOPE = information, AS = say, around (compose)R
32 PLAYING CARD – PLACARD = notice, around YING, being the first word of the Goons’ song “Ying tong iddle I po”. I’m not making this up, I promise. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nebe1zuEtbc
34 VARIANT – V(erse), ARIA = song, N.T. = book
36 AUNT SALLY – double definition, one cryptic
38 INCAS – IN CAS(e) = where wine is stored
39 ROCK STEADY – ROCK = diamond, STEADY = girlfriend
41 GAINSBOROUGH – one who is successful in municipal election GAINS BOROUGH
45 FADDIER – ADD = tot, I.E. = that is, in FR = father
46 HELLENE – alternate letters in lEaNdEr, after HELL = terrible situation
47 RIPSTOP – RIP (van Winkle?) = dissolute character, S(hort), TOP = tee-shirt
52 Deliberately omitted – please ask if unsure
53 ROSETTE – hidden reversed in suffragETTE’S ORganisation
1 AFFAIRE – A F(emale), FAIR = just, E(cstasy)
2 UNOBSERVANT – U(niversity), NOB = head, SERVANT = bedmaker
3 POPSY – POP = fizzy drink, S(alt)Y
4 AUSTERE – AUSTER = wind from south, E(ast)
5 EXE – EXE(s) , itself shorthand for expenses = overheads
6 FIGURANTE – cryptic definition, where minor refers to youth, rather than importance
7 Deliberately omitted – please ask if unsure
8 UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE – (IN THA(t) GENIUS CLEVERLY)*. The letter removed is the fist letter of “ten”. I’m not sure how familiar any overseas solvers would be with this long-running British TV programme, but the clue has a superb surface, with “starter for ten” being almost the catchphrase of the series.
9 ENCOMIA – AIM = end, ONE, all reversed around C(ommendation)
11 PREVARICATE – (CAP, TIE)* around REVAR = RAVER = partygoer, reversed
12 LATTE – p(LATTE)r = selection of food
16 ALL FINGERS AND THUMBS – cryptic definition
19 STEERED – STEED = horse, around RE= about
21 NEAP TIDES – N,E = directions, APT = tending, IDES = certain date
22 SETS UP – SETS = classes, UP = at university
23 GOING OVER – double definition
24 WHIPPET – WHIP = cat, PET = animal kept at home
25 BREVITY – BIT = little while, around REV. = clergyman, (ceremon)Y
27 EASING – EA(ch), SING = hymn
29 Deliberately omitted – please ask if unsure
31 ABRACADABRA – CAD = rogue, in A BRA = a woman’s garment, twice
33 ACCOUNTS FOR – ACCOUNTS = reposts, FOR = sounds like fore! = verbal warning
35 ASSAILANT – ASS, ANT = creatures, around AIL = trouble
37 SEA NETTLE – SEATTLE = US port, around o(NE)
40 EARLIER – double definition, where the first one is using the common suffix …IER to mean more like (an Earl in this case)
42 BIRYANI – I = one, NAY = no, RIB = bone, all reversed
43 HIPSTER – HIP = joint, STER(n) = strict.
44 Deliberately omitted – please ask if unsure
45 FACED – ACE = champion in F(eu)D
48 Deliberately omitted – please ask if unsure
51 EAR – first letters of Elgar Achieved Rousing

9 comments on “Jumbo 943”

  1. I’ve been waiting for this blog to find out about 32ac; for this relief much thanks. I put in ‘sea turtle’ at 37d, and only changed it when I got HELLENE; but do jellyfish swim?
  2. When I tried to log in to the Club this morning (midnight GMT), I got a message from Firefox saying that they couldn’t guarantee the security of the site (error code: sec_error_expired_certificate). Anyone else having trouble? I hesitate to log on, but I’m desperate for Saturday’s puzzles.
    1. the security certificate has expired, a typical sort of problem for that ramshackle website! Tell FF to treat it as an exception.
      1. Similar warning popped up just now in Chrome. I guess I can’t blame it on yesterday’s Firefox update.
      2. Thanks, Jerry; I didn’t have the guts to choose that option, but it worked this morning. But yesterday I had to go cold turkey [shudder].
  3. I agree that it was mostly straightforward.
    15 across rather misses the point that Napoleon didn’t live in a sty. As the pigs allowed themselves privileges denied the other animals they lived a life of luxury, though I suppose he lived in a sty before the revolution, so I’m not accusing the clue of being inaccurate or misleading, and it does blend with the rest of the clue’s surface.

    I also experienced the Firefox warning and took the same action as jerrywh.

  4. 49 minutes. I found this mostly very straightforward but then got seriously held up by a handful of clues. This seems to happen to me quite often with jumbos.
    Thanks for the blog, particularly explaining the Goons reference. They were before my time so I just assumed it was something I didn’t know, but I did actually know that song so I could have understood it if I’d tried!
    Last in SEA NETTLE, not quite believing it could be right.
  5. 31:21 for me. I can’t remember why I wasn’t faster – apart from being held up by FIGURANTE at the end. I’m old enough to remember the Ying Tong Song, so no problem there. Nice puzzle.

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