Times Jumbo 947

As straightforward a Jumbo as I’ve blogged for ages i.e. a standard Times puzzle which didn’t require much knowledge that wouldn’t already be familiar to regular solvers; as I usually point out under such circumstances, that’s not a criticism (though it can make for a rather thin blog on occasion).

With Jumbos I generally confine myself to discussion of answers which I think might be a) less straightforward for inexperienced or non-UK based solvers, or b) especially elegant / questionable. However, as always, if a particular clue is not discussed, please feel free to raise it in comments for explanation or discussion.

13 NEWS-SHEET – NEWS (compass points) + SHEET (=covering); not keen on the sort of clue which vaguely indicates “some letters, which may be any or all of N, E, W and S”, (see also ones which use a random selection of musical notes A-G), but when it’s each cardinal point once and once only, no objection.
15 HABITAT – A BIT in HAT (the Derby as won by Laurel & Hardy).
18 POCKET HANDKERCHIEF – POCKET (=nick=steal) + “HANKER” + CHIEF. Nick has a capital here; not that it threw me especially, but isn’t it considered un-Times like to use a proper noun (Nick, as opposed to nick) where the synonym isn’t also a proper noun? I thought this is the convention which leads to setters hiding such words at the start of the clue. I may have dreamed this, and as I can’t see why it should be an immutable rule anyway, I’m thinking I may well have done.
21 DISC – DISCover, i.e removing an OVER of six balls.
23 NUTRIMENT – NUT + RIME + NewssheeT.
39 CORONA – [OR (gold) ON] in CircA.
47 IMPASSEnot quite sure of the parsing here, though the answer was obvious. I’m assuming that one has to split over-takes so that it’s Me in 1 PASSE (=over), but I can’t think of a case where I’ve seen this sort of lift-and-separate before, where you have to break up an existing word…. Or just I’M PASSEd, of course.
1 SANCHO PANZA – SANatorium + CHOP + ANZAc gives Don Quixote’s companion.
2 NAWAB – (WAN)rev. + A.B.; while familiar with the Nawab of Pataudi, and the Nawab of Pataudi, I don’t think I realised this was a specifically Muslim honorific.
5 ESTAMINET – rev. and hidden in ofTEN I’M AT SEa. This seemed somewhat familiar, and indeed Google tells me I blogged it in Jumbo 932, so only a few months ago.
6 CANTANKEROUS – CAN TANKER (i.e. Is lorry able to) + O + U.S.
8 FRIAR – Rhode Island in FAR provides Robin Hood’s companion.
19 COTERIEsEx in (EROTIC). Oh, I say.
20 HEIGH-HO =”HAY HOE”. Hay can be a verb as well as a noun, not that it really matters (unless you like your surfaces to make absolute, literal sense).
22 PARTING OF THE WAYS – (FEASTWORTHPAYING)*. Another nice long anagram.
29 SALFORD – SAL + FORD. There’s more than one canal in Salford, though I imagine it’s the Ship Canal which is being referenced. Also, Salford is a city these days, isn’t it?
31 CARDIAC – CARD + 1 ACross.
35 LIE DETECTOR – [I.E. (TED)rev.] in LECTOR. Ted (=spread out grass to dry) is one of those words that appears far more often in crosswords than in real life.
36 COVER POINT – COVER (=answer) POINT (=objection); the field is a cricket field, of course..
41 TANAISTE – (IAN)rev. in TASTE; while I guess the Taoiseach is reasonably familiar to UK solvers from news coverage of Irish politics, his deputy may not be.
44 UNBOWED – cryptic def./homograph: pizzicato indicates a string piece to be played by plucking: not using the bow=”unbowed”.
47 IZARDlIZARD; taking the head off one animal gives the other.

3 comments on “Times Jumbo 947”

  1. 30 minutes for this, which is about as quick as I get with Jumbos. There always seem to be a few clues that slow me right down at the end. With this one it was just TANAISTE, IZARD and FRANCIS XAVIER, but thankfully the last was an eminently gettable anagram.
    I think 47ac is I’M PASSED (one overtakes me) without the last bit.
    I don’t think I’ve come across “ted” before, so thanks for that.
    1. D’oh! Thanks for pointing out the wood amidst the trees (why is it there’s always one clue when you’re blogging that seems to become more obscure the harder you look at it)…
  2. Re 18a: The rule on this side of the pond, at least, is that you can falsely capitalize a common noun, but you can’t falsely lower-case a proper noun.

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