Mephisto 3310 – You and me and the porter’s daughters

I didn’t find this one particularly difficult – there are a lot of common words in the answers, even thought some of the clues are a bit obscure.   As I recall, I knocked it off in one sitting, taking about 80 minutes.

Some of the parsing were not so easy, however, and there are some I am not sure of.   Audience participation is invited!    I also can’t make heads or tails of Paul’s pun this week, if there is one.

 

Across
1 Return of hooter ahead of work’s end causes criticism (5)
KNOCK -CONK backwards + [wor]K.   This is conk(1) in Chambers, the nose.
5 Win account with energy in place of great industry (7)
ACHIEVE – A/C + HI(E)VE.
10 Conspicuous chap pushed off on the other side once (11, three words)
OVER THE LEFT – OVERT + HE + LEFT.   I didn’t really get this, being unfamiliar with the expression, but it was an obvious biff.
12 A pot runs freely for Rab C’s cuppa (8)
STROUPAN – Anagram of A POT RUNS.
13 Scots serve relish (4)
SAIR – Double definition.
14 Bait full of English grain (5)
RAGEE – RAG(E)E.    Bait is evidently a slang word for rage, given in Chambers.
16 Professional who salts old mackerel (8)
PROCURER – PRO CURER.   Mackerel is an old slang word for a pimp.
18 Female is accepted by one to advise person up on animals (7)
FAUNIST –  F + AUN(IS)T, as in an agony aunt.
20 Particularly graceful horse leading a carriage (5)
ARABA –  ARAB + A.
22 Play around beside mattress (5)
FUTON – FU(TO)N.
23 Busy loos are getting a spray (7)
AEROSOL – Anagram of LOOS ARE.
24 Determined aged sins in a new way (8)
ASSIGNED – Anagram of AGED SINS.
27 Raunchy ode that’s been cut short in past (5)
BAWDY – B(AWD[l])Y.    An awdl is a Welsh ode, as you can probably tell by the L on the end!
29 Aware of directly avoiding present (4, two words)
ON TO –  I’m not  sure – maybe ON TO[p]?   The answer was obvious enough.   Peter W has come up with the correct parsing – it’s [pr]ONTO.   I was using P, not PR in my attempts.
30 Bureau finally sacked one who tests old charger (8)
DESTRIER – DES[k] + TRIER.
31 Conundrum about series that was out in the mid-afternoon? (11)
TEA STRAINER -TEAS(TRAIN)ER.
32 Shed’s front with loads of locks gets you uptight (7)
STRESSY – S[hed] + TRESSY.
33 French on, oh, returning deity (5)
SURYA – SUR + AY backwards.
Down
1 Is section in sailing boat to go west (7, two words)
KISS OFF – K(IS, S)OFF.   A koff is an old Dutch sailing boat.
2 Checked over a custom zip (11, three words)
NOT A SAUSAGE – SAT ON backwards + A USAGE.
3 Commoner once caught by Anglo-Saxon noble (5)
CEORL – C + EORL.   Ceolas und eorlas, of course, is a well-know half-line in Anglo-Saxon verse, so this was a write-in for me.
4 Dancing turned dark on whistle (8)
KRUMPING – MURK backwards + PING.
5 Ace snatched up being of face value (5, two words)
AT PAR – A + RAPT upside-down.
6 Fruit from old hedge stuffed into shelter (7)
CHAYOTE – C(HAY)OTE.
7 Bones trouble one getting up (4)
ILIA – AIL I upside down.
8 What grows in the main? Largesse surprisingly (8)
EELGRASS – Anagram of LARGESSE.
9 With it this gas could show the extent of your endurance say (5)
ETHER –  [‘t]ETHER, I suspect.   Other interpretations may be possible.     A rare ‘literal in the middle’ clue, which are not so rare in Mephisto clues.
11 Buccaneering bold Boer holding up to end in Kimberley (11)
FREEBOOTERY – FREE + BO(TO upside-down)ER + [kimberle]Y
15 Overcome by cursing ways to avoid clobber (8)
OUTSWEAR – OUTS + WEAR, as in menswear.
17 Heart trouble or perhaps an affliction of eccentricity? (8)
CARDITIS –  Double definition, one from the Uxbridge dictionary.
19 People who polish ornamental wood (7)
SANDERS – Double definition; sanders is a word for sandalwood.
21 New cola recipe with slices of zest added the icing for Spaniards (7)
ALCORZA –  Anagram of COLA + R + Z[est] A[dded].
24 Suffering conversion beast makes good (5)
ABETS –  Anagram of BEAST.
25 Study that’s held back by primary assembly (5)
ESSAY – Backwards hidden in [primar]Y ASSE[mbly].
26 Copper nabbing Oscar, hollow rotten process which stands out (5)
CORNU –  C(O,R[otte]N)U.
28 Heartlessly put out something unpleasant (4)
DOSE – DO[u]SE.

8 comments on “Mephisto 3310 – You and me and the porter’s daughters”

  1. I was wondering about “it” and ETHER. This seems a typical Mephisto ploy and I sure can’t think of anything else.
    Very near finished, with a doubtful KISS-OFF and SA_R. Found SAiR as variant for “serve” in a Scots dictionary online and also for “sore” but not “relish”—that is “saur.”

  2. I wondered if 29ac ON TO, was “PRONTO” – PR.
    Chambers has “pr.” as an abbreviation for “present”. And “pronto” is defined as a slang adverb “promptly, quickly”, which could also mean “directly”?

  3. Certainly a majority of known knowns in this one, indeed, OVER THE LEFT caused me most head scratching because although the WP was pretty clear I couldn’t see how the phrase would word and didn’t trust it. HORUS was so obviously the answer it was a surprise when it wasn’t

  4. I found this one a bit more difficult than some with 4 clues I couldn’t suss out the parsing (22, 29 ac; 11, 25 dn). On the up side I did complete it correctly. Ceorl was also an instant write-in having come up recently in a conversional Anglo-Saxon course I’ve been amusing myself with.

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