Times Cryptic Jumbo 1439: All Moustache And No Top Hat

Sorry this is a little late – the recent spate of Bank Holidays have discombobulated me quite.

Found this quite enjoyable to write up the parsings for, thank you setter! While I quite enjoyed the image and classical credentials of A CHILL EEL, my COD (another point against 41ac – an EEL cannot really be a COD) was 11dn, both for being a very good word and also the creativity of “visitor with another singular”. Good stuff.

How’d the rest of you fare?

1 Shock viewpoint presented by Judge (6)
JANGLE – ANGLE presented by J

5 Pinch place, returning to see some bowling (7)

9 Shocked I get offer, nothing less — this? (4,4)
FREE GIFT – (I GET {o}FFER*), semi-&lit

13 Failing to match boasts, mount horse around stall awkwardly (3,5,3,2,8)

14 Bird with territory ultimately capable of expansion? (8)
STRETCHY – STRETCH [bird, as in prison time] + {territor}Y

15 Boat journey, not quiet with engineers! (7)
TRIREME – TRI{p} + REME (the ever-popular Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers)

16 Recalled work to celebrate taking a stance? (6)
POSING – reversed OP + SING

17 Easy to get to account, else head of bank is distressed (10)

20 Start eating — to ingest excitedly will involve food (3,5,4)
GET STUCK INTO – (TO INGEST*) will “involve” TUCK

23 Very satisfied with return of trees (4)
SMUG – reversed GUMS

24 Get on top of those not wanted by market (8)
OUTSMART – OUTS [those not wanted] by MART

26 French fiend holding in Parisian? That can be disproved (8)

29 Mere outline’s developed for dramatic show (3,2,7)

30 Fully appreciating approach involved in bringing up? (10)

32 Praise I applied to place in remark (10)
COMPLIMENT – I applied to PL, in COMMENT

34 Come across appropriate attachment to jacket (6,6)
BREAST POCKET – BREAST [come across] + POCKET [appropriate, as in “trouser”]

36 Marine creature I brought in on a regular basis, without love (3,5)
SEA SNAIL – I “brought in” SEAS{o}NAL

38 I’d headed back into Biblical land, coming from part of America (8)
CANADIAN – reversed I’D in CANAAN

39 Dam displacing English river insect (4)
MOTH – MOTH{e}{r} [dam, minus E and R]

41 Quiet energy suppressed by a cold fish is a weakness (8,4)
ACHILLES HEEL – SH E “suppressed” by A CHILL EEL

43 Frenchman, say, embracing person seen in flat (4-1-5)
PIED-A-TERRE – PIERRE “embracing” DATE [person seen]

44 Composer, irrational to abandon carnival city (6)
DELIUS – DELI{rio}US [irrational, minus RIO]

46 Worker on strike for payment (7)
HANDOUT – HAND OUT [worker | on strike]

48 Drink after broadcast involving hard confrontation (8)
SHOWDOWN – DOWN [drink, as in swallow] after SOW [broadcast] “involving” H

50 Approximate location of return address? (2,3,4,2,2,8)

51 Famous lover caught entering path leading to area of land (8)
LANCELOT – C “entering” LANE, leading to LOT

52 Happen to be behind comic, mostly — reading about me? (3,4)
DAN DARE – ARE [happen to be] behind DAND{y}, semi-&lit. I must stress that Dan Dare, renowned Pilot of the Future, graced the pages of The Eagle, and not a mere funny paper like the Dandy, which was more Desperate Dan territory.

53 Stone slipping into line making a quiet sound (6)
RUSTLE – ST “slipping into” RULE

2 Craftiness keeping old man estranged (5)
APART – ART “keeping” PA

3 Bird of prey alleged gone, having flown (6,5)

4 Action against evil spirit — head of church has six more dancing around (8)
EXORCISM – C{hurch} has (SIX MORE*) around

5 Crumpled Times wrapping a last piece of crockery (5)
TATTY – T T T [(three) times] “wrapping” A, plus {crocker}Y

6 Gas power leading to shock? (7)
PRATTLE – P leading to RATTLE

7 Student following course getting an E is source of flaming disaster (7,4)
PUDDING LANE – L following PUDDING, getting AN E. Famous location where Terileptils started the Great Fire of London, in 1982 Doctor Who adventure “The Visitation”.

8 Marriage, some say, almost immediately raised energy (5)
NOOSE – reversed SOON, plus E. Bit harsh!

9 Excited and honoured to welcome King and soldiers (9)
FERMENTED – FETED to “welcome” R + MEN

10 Picked up confusion about Queen’s outfit (5)
EQUIP – reversed PIE “about” QU

11 Reckoning visitor with another singular friend will embrace one (11)
GUESSTIMATE – GUESST – visitor, with two S-for-singulars + MATE, will “embrace” I

12 Fixed trawler accessory in area of ocean (7)
FASTNET – FAST NET [fixed | trawler accessory]

18 Military leader to turn up, bringing in modern troops (9)
COMMODORE – COME [to turn up], bringing in MOD O.R.

19 Stranger’s last to go after British city-dweller (7)
BRUMMIE – RUMMIE{r}, after B

21 Expression of ownership, like a lord claiming river (5,4)
TITLE DEED – TITLED [like a lord] “claiming” DEE

22 Elevated single drum in church is a memorial (8)
CENOTAPH – reversed ONE + TAP in CH

25 Speculation story about Conservative will be something worth seeing (9)

27 City allowed to import summer desserts with support of Queen (9)
LEICESTER – LET, to “import” ICES, supported by E.R.

28 Drained a couple of Lakes, considering everything (3,2,3)
ALL IN ALL – ALL IN [drained] + A L L

31 Cost of delivering naval officer on coach (7)
POSTAGE – P.O. [petty officer] on STAGE

33 I almost failed to climb street in photo, favouring the downward direction? (11)
PESSIMISTIC – reversed I MISSE{d} + ST, in PIC

34 Rabbit found elf dancing, a jolly figure (6,2,3)

35 Concise committee very good about conclusion (11)

37 Try to enter small room with opening barred and give up (4,5)
LOSE HEART – HEAR [try (a case)] to “enter” {c}LOSET

40 Hacker, perhaps, regrets getting upset about a program (8)
SABOTEUR – reversed RUES “about” A BOT

42 Historic Italian city mostly best around Monday (7)
CREMONA – CREA{m} “around” MON. Isn’t it funny that this best could be as in CREAM of the crop, or as in CREAMING/besting someone by giving them a good thrashing?

43 Potential energy I observed in fish and plant (7)

45 Hum a few lines, omitting start of oratorio (5)
SMELL – S{o}ME + L L

47 Twisted, dropping head, being without cover (5)

48 Reason bridge team is participating in match (5)
SENSE – N + S [North and South, bridge partners], “participating” in SEE [match, e.g. in poker]

49 Roll with slope (5)

9 comments on “Times Cryptic Jumbo 1439: All Moustache And No Top Hat”

  1. I put in FISHNET at 12d, faute de mieux, never having heard of FASTNET, which was mieux, alas. DNK Dandy, but did know DAN DARE, so my biff was more successful there. I still don’t get EQUIP; does PIE=confusion?
    1. This is from the OED: “PIE: 1. Printing. A mass of type in confusion or mingled indiscriminately, such as results from the accidental breaking up of a form of type.” Printer’s Pie was the title for some famous themed Azed crosswords
      Strangely I can’t see it in Collins or Lexico, though. Must be in Chambers ..

      Edited at 2020-05-25 06:32 am (UTC)

      1. Aha; thanks. My SOED is at the office, which I never go to on weekends, so all I’ve got here is ODE. No, I tell a lie: my 2 Japanese-English dictionaries have it, although under PI.
  2. Judging by the scribbles in the margin I seem to have found this one a little more difficult than average. It has some very neat clues ..
    13ac is interesting. That is the phrase my old granny used to use, but apparently “All mouth and trousers” is more common. I vaguely remember a discussion hereabouts on the subject, years ago.
    1. I remember that discussion, because ‘all mouth and trousers’ was new to me at the time; the ‘no’ seems more appropriate.
    2. I meant to look up its origin on the day, but forgot, so just done so. It doesn’t really make sense without the “no” to my mind. Must find the old thread in TfTT now!
  3. I found this a little easier than average, taking about 38 1/2 minutes. My only unknowns were that meaning of PIE and COMPENDIOUS. I finished at the top in the middle with LOI TATTY – not the first occurrence of multiple Ts for Times recently. COD to EMPATHETIC for the “involved in bringing up”.
  4. I worked this Jumbo and the previous one, for a change: I haven’t found time for them often. Couldn’t quite parse DAN DARE, even though I found out about the Dandy when we had reference to Dangerous Dan. D’oh!

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