Times Cryptic Jumbo 1527 – 20th November

I found this Jumbo very straightforward, taking only 24 1/2 minutes, which is possibly my fastest, maybe because, for once, there was nothing unknown. But it was no less fun for that. Clues that got ticks on my paper copy included 8D, 21D 39D and 44D. I also enjoyed the reference to one of my favourite French composers and, with a first degree in Metallurgy, the two metals. Thank-you setter. How did everyone else get on?

Definitions underlined in bold italics, (Abc)* indicating anagram of Abc, deletions and “” other indicators.

1 A new coin eclipsing one from long ago (7)
ANCIENTA N (new) CENT “eclipsing” I (one).
5 This writer’s finished old painting (7)
IMPASTOI’M (this writer’s) PAST (finshed) O (old).
9 Yearbook article stored in a large computer (7)
ALMANACAN (article) in A L (large) MAC (computer).
13 Head office used Rover for training course (4,7)
HORS DOEUVREH.O. (Head Office) (used rover)* “for training”.
14 Fish circles one very loud tug, an engineering marvel (6,5)
EIFFEL TOWEREEL (fish) “circles” I (one) FF (fortissimo; very loud) TOWER (tug).
15 Victor leaves club towel perhaps (5)
DRIERDRIvER (club) without the V (Victor in the NATO phonetic alphabet).
16 Well-known extract in English books (7)
EMINENTMINE (extract) “in” E (English) NT (New Testament; books).
17 Pick up article about current distress (9)
HEARTACHEHEAR (pick up), THE (article) “about” AC (alternating current).
18 Unexpectedly, Nepal is reconstructing IT hub (7,10,4)
CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT – “Unexpectedly” (Nepal is reconstructing)*.
23 Sheep enclosure by church that’s not worth much (8)
TUPPENCETUP (sheep) PEN (enclosure) CE (Church of England).
25 Old firm collecting tax returns book (6)
OCTAVOO (old) CO (company; firm) “collecting” VAT (tax), “returns” -> TAV.
27 Daisy reorganised beer garden having removed study (7)
GERBERA – “reorganised” (beer garden)* without the DEN (study)
30 Fertilise a lot to protect first of lettuce (5)
MULCHMUCH (a lot) outside “first of” Lettuce.
32 Old PM hugs a secretary, fluttering (7)
PITAPATPITT (old Prime Minister) “hugs” A PA (Personal Assistant; secretary). As one’s heart goes when excited.
33 One’s utmost — or even better! (5,4)
LEVEL BESTLEVEL (even) BEST (better, the verb).
35 Reportedly only Mike defends American tunes (4,5)
SOUL MUSICSOUL sounds like, “reportedly”, SOLE (only), MIC (mike) “defends” US (American).
36 Couple arranged to house new Gallic barman (7)
POULENC – (Couple)* “arranged” outside N (new). Francis Poulenc, one of Les Six. His G minor mass became a favourite of mine after singing it, although sight-reading the tenor line at an audition before I knew it was a bit scary.
37 A drunkard devours cold course (5)
ASCOTA SOT (drunkard) “devours” C (cold). My eldest was born at the hospital there.
38 Obliterate some Parisian system of weights (7)
DESTROYDES (some, in French) TROY (system of weights). The Troy system originated in 15th-Century England and was mostly used for precious metals.
40 Try to catch each cook swigging whiskey (6)
EARWIGEA (each) RIG (cook), “swigging” W (Whiskey in the NATO phonetic alphabet).
41 Put emphasis on sweets going west (8)
STRESSED – DESSERTS (sweets) reversed, “going west”. A bit of a chestnut this one.
44 Instinctive broadcast that assists motorists (9,12)
48 Bans speaker backing target limits (9)
MORATORIAORATOR (speaker)  with AIM (target) “backing” -> MIA outside, “limits”.
50 Rewrite medical lecture (7)
DECLAIM – “Rewrite” (medical)*.
53 Heroin features in cocaine gag (5)
CHOKEH (heroin) in COKE (cocaine).
54 Associate to bury china with foreign article (11)
INTERMINGLEINTER (bury, as in my username) MING (china) LE (foreign article). China, for once, not clueing MATE or PAL.
55 Like top man and his unnamed son giving cost before haggling (6,5)
ASKING PRICEAS (like) KING (top man), PRInCE (his son) without the N, “unnamed”.
56 Colt maybe raised wretchedly by side of mountain (7)
SIDEARM – (raised)* “wretchedly”,  “side of” Mountain.
57 Delay writer following our group in South Dakota (7)
SUSPENDPEN after US (our group), all in S.D. (South Dakota).
58 Slander constant smoker in a city (7)
CALUMNYC (constant), LUM (scottish word for chimney; smoker) in A N.Y. (New York; city).
1 A research graduate’s catching current pests (6)
APHIDSA PH.D.’S (Doctor of Philosphy, as my daughter has just become; research graduate’s) “catching” I (current).
2 Club maybe regularly finance person with pump problem? (7)
CARDIACCARD (club, maybe), “regularly” fInAnCe.
3 Finish university event around north showing stamina? (9)
ENDURANCEEND (finish) U (university) RACE (event) “around” N (north).
4 Second person once arresting male subject (5)
THEME –  THEE (second person once) “arresting” M (male).
5 Dupe wearing mask takes in good European (8)
INVEIGLEIN VEIL (wearing mask) “takes in” G (good) E (European).
6 Part of receipt sent up with margins trimmed (5)
PIECErECEIPt “with margins trimmed”, reversed, “sent up”.
7 One who has doubts about filling sort of tank (7)
SCEPTICC (circa; about) “filling” SEPTIC (sort of tank).
8 Bid to secure article ought to be somewhat revealing (3-3-8)
OFF-THE-SHOULDEROFFER (bid) outside THE (article) SHOULD (ought to)
9 State becoming older, losing energy and getting mean (9)
AVERAGINGAVER (state) AGeING (getting older), without the E (energy).
10 Books in opera house for choral piece (5)
MOTETOT (Old Testament; books) in MET (opera house in New York).
11 Where reporters gather fresh small pears (4,11)
12 County right concerning court rebuke (7)
CORRECTCO (county) R (right) RE (concerning) CT (court).
19 Distributed precise formulae (7)
RECIPES – “Distributed” (precise)*
20 Initially roll then twice decorate bakery item (4,5)
RICE PAPER – “Initially” Roll, ICE and PAPER (twice types of decorating).
21 In Indian state burn primate (7)
GORILLARILL (burn; stream) in GOA (Indian state).
22 Like fine spray, so made it elsewhere (8)
ATOMISED – (so made it)* “elsewhere”. I don’t think I’ve seen elsewhere as an anagrind before.
24 Sort of fat old college with room for more students? (15)
POLYUNSATURATEDPOLY (old college) UNSATURATED (with room for more, like a partially full sponge).
26 Old king’s from day one into knitwear! (9)
ARTHURIANTHUR (Thursday, day) I (one), in ARAN (type of knitwear)… like this.
28 A quiet bird you’d heard displaying flair (8)
APTITUDEA P (piano; quiet) TIT (bird) UDE, sounds like YOU’D.
29 Routine chats where bulls and bears gather (5,9)
31 Dull sound made by certain workers on cylinder (7)
HUMDRUMHUM (sound made by certain workers, i.e. bees) DRUM (cylinder for storing oil, for example).
34 Relinquishes duty importing a hundred tablets (7)
VACATESVAT (duty) “importing” A C (hundred), ES (tablets of Ecstasy).
39 Addition to table Betty Muir designed (9)
YTTERBIUM – (Betty Muir)* “designed”. Sneaky definition, the table being the periodic one. Ytterbium is a soft metallic element, atomic number 70.
42 Bishop’s huge stone embodying saint (9)
EPISCOPALEPIC (huge) OPAL (stone) “embodying” S (saint).
43 Got on British vessel in eastern sea (8)
EMBARKEDB (british) ARK (vessel), in E (eastern) MED (sea).
44 Hairy locations where weapons are hidden? (7)
ARMPITS – Double definition, the second a cryptic hint.
45 Engineers line up compensation (7)
REDRESSRE (Royal Engineers) DRESS (line up).
46 Metal miners employ old boy in islands (7)
NIOBIUM – A double nesting… NUM (National Union of Miners) outside OB (old boy) in I, I (islands). Another metallic element, this time atomic number 41.
47 Plant that would need IT installed to generate speed (6)
CELERY – A reverse  cryptic. Add IT inside this plant to generate CELERITY (speed).
49 Land legally grabbed by Walter Raleigh (5)
TERRA – Hidden in WalTER RAleigh, a latin word used in various legal terms describing land.
51 First of couturiers to flatten fashion (5)
CRAZE – “First of” Couturiers, RAZE (flatten).
52 Demented bloke in charge (5)
MANICMAN (bloke) I.C. (in charge).

5 comments on “Times Cryptic Jumbo 1527 – 20th November”

  1. I think this was an easy one; can’t really rememember. Not much stands out, although 18ac was an impressive anagram. I had a MER (query: is MER an acronym (a MER) or an initialism (an M E R)?) with INVEIGLE; to inveigle is not to dupe but to persuade, perhaps by deception but not necessarily. Liked POI EARWIG.
  2. Yes not too hard but none the worse for that.
    Ytterby is a little village on a Swedish island that must be entirely inhabited by research chemists. No less than four elements are named after it and a further four first discovered there.
  3. ….but that’s immaterial, since my advent calendar once again opened to reveal a pink square 🤬
  4. This was a PB for me at 35:15. Didn’t even manage a typo:-) I don’t make notes, so I don’t remember too much about it. Liked CPU and AUTOMATIC TRANMISSION(wouldn’t go back to a manual now!). The metal was lurking in the back of my mind. Thanks setter and John.
    1. Our second car is a manual Yaris. I don’t drive it much but every time I do, it reminds me how much better life in my Prius is!

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