Times Jumbo Cryptic Crossword 1574

Phew, caught up at last! Thankfully this was a relatively straightforward one, apart from the odd fruity solution like VALPARAISO or BDELLIUM (good grief, setter). For the most part, though, this was another good un.

You can find my completed grid below along with explanations of my solutions where I have them. I hope you find them useful. If a recent Jumbo has done for you then you might find solace in my Just For Fun page, where you’ll find links to solutions to hundreds of the things.

Thanks again for the kind words and input. It’s always interesting to hear the thoughts of other solvers once they’ve put down their pens. Thanks also to the mysterious She for her expert Jumbo-hunting skills while I was away. Till next time… well, after all that typing I’m going to put my aching fingertips into something cold. Stay safe out there, kids.


FBV (French-By-Volume): 5%

Across clues

  1. Woman with capital touring area round Chilean port (10)

Answer: VALPARAISO (i.e. “Chilean port”). Solution is VAL (i.e. “woman’s” name) followed by PARIS (i.e. “capital” city of France) once wrapped around A (a recognised abbreviation of “area”), then O (i.e. “round”), like so: VAL-PAR(A)IS-O. …aaaand straight to Bradford’s the moment I saw “port”. I’m sure it’s lovely there but life’s too short for clues like this. Also, I spy a French reference, so…

  1. Bishop, say, taking whisky and flavoured toffee (12)

Answer: BUTTERSCOTCH (i.e. “flavoured toffee”). Solution is B (a recognised abbreviation of “bishop” used in chess) followed by UTTER (i.e. “say”), then SCOTCH (i.e. “whisky”).

  1. Piece of fruit from damaged crate in square (9)

Answer: NECTARINE (i.e. “piece of fruit”). Solution is an anagram (indicated by “damaged”) of CRATE placed “in” NINE (i.e. “square” of three), like so: N(ECTAR)INE.

  1. Man absorbing girl’s turn of phrase (5)

Answer: IDIOM (i.e. “turn of phrase”). Solution is DI (i.e. “girl’s” name – another one) placed in or “absorbed” by IOM (a recognised abbreviation of the Isle of “Man”), like so: I(DI)OM.

  1. An accommodating type leaving house for studio (7)

Answer: ATELIER (i.e. “studio”). Solution is A HOTELIER (i.e. “an accommodating type”) with the HO removed (indicated by “leaving house” – HO being a recognised abbreviation of “house”), like so: A-TELIER.

  1. Disturbed by Shaw play, throw plans into confusion (5,3,9)

Answer: UPSET THE APPLECART (i.e. “throw plans into confusion”). Solution is UPSET (i.e. “disturbed”) followed by THE APPLECART (i.e. “Shaw play”).

  1. Daughter introducing well-ventilated source of milk products (5)

Answer: DAIRY (i.e. “of milk products”). Solution is D (a recognised abbreviation of “daughter”) followed by AIRY (i.e. “well-ventilated”).

  1. Like bristly growth displayed by learner in squat (7)

Answer: STUBBLY (i.e. “like bristly growth”). Solution is L (a recognised abbreviation of “learner”) placed “in” STUBBY (i.e. “squat”), like so: STUBB(L)Y.

  1. Struggle ultimately set American ship against the French (6)

Answer: TUSSLE (i.e. “struggle”). Solution is T (i.e. “ultimately set”, i.e. the last letter of “set”) followed by USS (i.e. “American ship”, short for United States Ship or Steamer), then LE (i.e. “the French”, i.e. the masculine form of “the” in French). Another French reference, so…

  1. Like erupting mountain with very old clan oddly in charge (8)

Answer: VOLCANIC (i.e. “like erupting mountain”). Solution is V (a recognised abbreviation of “very”) followed by O (ditto “old”), then an anagram (indicated by “oddly”) of CLAN, then IC (a recognised abbreviation of “in charge”), like so: V-O-LCAN-IC.

  1. Examine first of patients overcome by bug (7)

Answer: INSPECT (i.e. “examine”). Solution is P (i.e. “first [letter] of patients”) placed in or “overcome by” INSECT (i.e. “bug”), like so: INS(P)ECT.

  1. Tramp crossing wooded hollow, initially identifying gumtree (8)

Answer: BDELLIUM (i.e. “gumtree”). Solution is BUM (i.e. “tramp”) wrapped around or “crossing” DELL (i.e. “wooded hollow”) and I (i.e. “initially identifying”, i.e. the first letter of “identifying”), like so: B(DELL-I)UM. Another win for my Bradford’s. I had a feeling this was going to be another of those made-to-fit solutions setters reach for when they can’t be arsed reworking an awkward area of the grid.

  1. Cook meal finally rejected by weight watcher (6)

Answer: SIMMER (i.e. “cook”). Solution is SLIMMER (i.e. “weight watcher”) with the L removed (indicated by “meal finally rejected”, i.e. the last letter of “meal”).

  1. Eerie quality of spoken words framed by good entertainers (11)

Answer: GHOSTLINESS (i.e. “eerie quality”). Solution is LINES (i.e. “spoken words”) placed in or “framed by” G (a recognised abbreviation of “good”) and HOSTS (i.e. “entertainers”), like so: G-HOST(LINES)S.

  1. Republican priest with capacity for trustworthiness (11)

Answer: RELIABILITY (i.e. “trustworthiness”). Solution is R (a recognised abbreviation of “Republican”) followed by ELI (i.e. biblical “priest”) and ABILITY (i.e. “capacity”).

  1. Mess one clears up if only slight (11)

Answer: SUPERFICIAL (i.e. “only slight”). Solution is an anagram (indicated by “mess”) of I (i.e. “[Roman numeral] one”) and CLEARS UP IF.

  1. In cold season attorney secures revolutionary outer garment (11)

Answer: WINDCHEATER (i.e. “outer garment”). Solution is WINTER (i.e. “cold season”) “in” which is placed DA (i.e. “attorney”, specifically a District Attorney) once it has been wrapped around or “securing” CHE Guevara (i.e. “revolutionary”), like so: WIN(D(CHE)A)TER.

  1. Invested in university, died outside it (6)

Answer: ENDUED (i.e. “invested in”). Solution is U (a recognised abbreviation of “university”) with ENDED (i.e. “died”) placed “outside it”, like so: END(U)ED.

  1. Books seized by leading press chief stupefied with drink (8)

Answer: BESOTTED (i.e. “stupefied with drink”). Solution is OT (i.e. “books”, specifically the Old Testament of The Bible) placed in or “seized by” BEST ED (i.e. “leading press chief”, ED being short for an editor), like so: BES(OT)T-ED.

  1. Head across border to find top cleric (7)

Answer: PRIMATE (i.e. “top cleric”). Solution is PATE (i.e. “head”) wrapped around or placed “across” RIM (i.e. “border”), like so: P(RIM)ATE.

  1. Records produced by shrewd American composer (8)

Answer: ARCHIVES (i.e. “records”). Solution is ARCH (i.e. “shrewd”) followed by Charles IVES (i.e. “American composer”).

  1. Part of fireplace king introduced to old PM (6)

Answer: HEARTH (i.e. “part of fireplace”). Solution is R (i.e. “king”, specifically a recognised abbreviation of the Latin Rex) placed in or “introduced to” Edward HEATH (i.e. “old PM”), like so: HEA(R)TH.

  1. Good fortune currently attending this old siege city (7)

Answer: LUCKNOW (i.e. “old siege city” during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Yes, of course I looked it up). Solution is LUCK (i.e. “good fortune”) followed by NOW (i.e. “currently”).

  1. Senseless importuners dismissed from Macbeth’s castle (5)

Answer: INANE (i.e. “senseless”). Solution is DUNSINANE (i.e. “Macbeth’s castle”) with the DUNS removed (indicated by “importuners dismissed” – a variant meaning of DUN is one who pesters another for payment).

  1. More distinguished chap at NW city – or larger NW area (7,10)

Answer: GREATER MANCHESTER (i.e. “NW area” of England). Solution is GREATER (i.e. “more distinguished”) followed by MAN (i.e. “chap”) and CHESTER (i.e. “NW city” of England).

  1. Additional article – by him, do we assume? (7)

Answer: ANOTHER (i.e. “additional”). Solution is A (i.e. “article”, being a word like a, an or the) followed by NOT HER (i.e. “him, do we assume?”).

  1. A retired man from a foreign land (5)

Answer: ALIEN (i.e. “from a foreign land”). Solution A followed by NEIL (i.e. “man’s” name) once reversed (indicated by “retired”), like so: A-LIEN.

  1. Plant hanging down at end of bay, perhaps? (9)

Answer: HORSETAIL. Solution satisfies “plant” and playfully “hanging down at end of bay, perhaps” – referencing a type of horse.

  1. Text originator’s certificate, cornier western included (12)

Answer: SCRIPTWRITER (i.e. “text originator”). Solution is SCRIP (i.e. share “certificate”) followed by TRITER (i.e. “cornier”) once wrapped around or “including” W (a recognised abbreviation of “western”), like so: SCRIP-T(W)RITER.

  1. One who pledges to deal with people who are late? (10)

Answer: UNDERTAKER. Clue plays on two meanings of the word, i.e. one who undertakes to deal with something, and someone who handles the dead, or “late”. You get the idea.

Down clues

  1. Defeating first two in quiz, disappearing outside (11)

Answer: VANQUISHING (i.e. “defeating”). Solution is QU (i.e. “first two [letters] in quiz”) with VANISHING (i.e. “disappearing”) placed “outside” of it, like so: VAN(QU)ISHING.

  1. Place in which stripper wastes time? (5)

Answer: LOCUS (i.e. a position or “place”). Solution is LOCUST (i.e. “stripper” of plant life) with the T removed (indicated by “wastes time” – T being a recognised abbreviation of “time”).

  1. Flexible notice father put up on board (9)

Answer: ADAPTABLE (i.e. “flexible”). Solution is AD (i.e. “notice”, short for advertisement) followed by PA (i.e. “father”) once reversed (indicated by “put up” – this being a down clue), then TABLE (i.e. “board”), like so: AD-AP-TABLE.

  1. Remains extremely lazy about letter? It’s how some 39s behave (7)

Answer: APISHLY (i.e. “how some 39s behave” – the solution to 39a being PRIMATE). Solution is ASH (i.e. “remains”) and LY (i.e. “extremely lazy”, i.e. the first and last letters of “lazy”) all wrapped “about” PI (i.e. “letter”, specifically the sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet), like so: A(PI)SH-LY.

  1. Agitation at confining king in royal house once (7)

Answer: STEWART (i.e. “royal house once”). Solution is STEW (i.e. “agitation”) followed by AT once wrapped around R (i.e. “king”, short for Rex, covered earlier), like so: STEW-A(R)T.

  1. Like protozoans, extremely unusual in college wine vault (11)

Answer: UNICELLULAR (i.e. “like protozoans”). Solution is UL (i.e. “extremely unusual”, i.e. the first and last letters of “unusual”) placed “in” UNI (i.e. “college”, short for university) and CELLAR (i.e. “wine vault”), like so: UNI-CELL(UL)AR.

  1. Male Abyssinian, perhaps, completely taking in host? (6)

Answer: TOMCAT (i.e. “male Abyssinian, perhaps” – other breeds are available). Solution is TO A T (i.e. “completely”) wrapped around or “taking in” MC (i.e. “host”, or Master of Ceremonies), like so: TO-(MC)-A-T.

  1. Feedback on beginning of play being broadcast (8)

Answer: REACTION (i.e. “feedback”). Solution is RE (i.e. “on” or regarding – think email replies) followed by ACT I (i.e. “beginning of play”) and ON (i.e. “being broadcast”).

  1. I feed such nice crumbles, being head cook (4,2,7)

Answer: CHEF DE CUISINE (i.e. “head cook”). “Crumbles” indicates anagram. Solution is an anagram of I FEED SUCH NICE. Another French reference, so…

  1. Boy king, one talking tediously about one’s schooling (7)

Answer: TUITION (i.e. “schooling”). Not 100% on this one, but for what it’s worth my solution is TUT (i.e. “boy king”, short for Tutankhamun), followed by I (i.e. “[Roman numeral] one”) and ON (i.e. “talking tediously”, as in going on an on about something). This is all then wrapped “about” I (i.e. “[Roman numeral] one” – again), like so: TU(I)T-I-ON. A bit naff, assuming I’ve got it right.

  1. Fly spicy food around south in frantic haste (5-6)

Answer: HURRY-SCURRY (i.e. “frantic haste”). Solution is HURRY (i.e. “fly”) followed by CURRY (i.e. “spicy food”) once all wrapped “around” S (a recognised abbreviation of “south”), like so: HURRY-(S)-CURRY.

  1. Oust inspector’s force on ship (10)

Answer: DISPOSSESS (i.e. “oust”). Solution is DI’S (i.e. “inspector’s”, specifically a Detective Inspector) followed by POSSE (i.e. a “force” of constables) and SS (i.e. “ship”, specifically a recognised abbreviation of a steamship).

  1. Allowed to continue, having misguidedly posted pun (9)

Answer: UNSTOPPED (i.e. “allowed to continue”). “Misguidedly” indicates anagram. Solution is an anagram of POSTED PUN.

  1. Old-fashioned occupation duke summarised (8)

Answer: OUTLINED (i.e. “summarised”). Solution is OUT (i.e. “old-fashioned”) followed by LINE (i.e. “occupation”) and D (a recognised abbreviation of “duke”).

  1. Dimly illuminated legal document briefly digested by singer (6)

Answer: TWILIT (i.e. “dimly illuminated”). Solution is WILL (i.e. “legal document”) with the last letter removed (indicated by “briefly”) and the remainder placed in or “digested by” TIT (i.e. “singer” or songbird), like so: T(WIL)IT.

  1. Farm animals are seen around most of his worker’s homes (8)

Answer: BEEHIVES (i.e. “worker’s homes”). Solution is BEEVES (i.e. “farm animals” – a new one on me, apparently after a plural of beef) wrapped “around” HI (i.e. “most of his”, i.e. the word HIS with the last letter removed), like so: BEE(HI)VES.

  1. Letter-carrier (man, we hear) represented in art (4,5)

Answer: MAIL TRAIN (i.e. “letter-carrier”). Solution is a homophone (indicated by “we hear”) of MALE (i.e. “man”) followed by an anagram (indicated by “represented”) of IN ART.

  1. Reckless general’s assistant enthralled by chart (6)

Answer: MADCAP (i.e. “reckless”). Solution is ADC (i.e. “general’s assistant”, specifically an Aide-De-Camp) placed in or “enthralled by” MAP (i.e. “chart”), like so: M(ADC)AP.

  1. Summons to vote, fixing pint while here (5-4,4)

Answer: THREE-LINE WHIP (i.e. “summons to vote”). “Fixing” indicates anagram. Solution is an anagram of PINT WHILE HERE.

  1. Female childminder talked of problem reversing mischief (11)

Answer: SHENANIGANS (i.e. “mischief”). Solution is SHE (i.e. “female”) followed by a homophone (indicated by “talked of”) of NANNY, then SNAG (i.e. “problem”) once “reversed”, like so: SHE-NANI-GANS.

  1. Most unrestricted widespread plant (11)

Answer: LOOSESTRIFE (i.e. “plant”). Solution is LOOSEST (i.e. “most unrestricted”) followed by RIFE (i.e. “widespread”).

  1. Frown at ratter regularly loose in dockyard area (10)

Answer: WATERFRONT (i.e. “dockyard area”). Solution is an anagram (indicated by “loose”) of FROWN AT and RTE (i.e. “ratter regularly”, i.e. every other letter of RATTER).

  1. Singer distributed ale brewed in outskirts of Rochester (4,7)

Answer: REED WARBLER (i.e. “singer”, another songbird). Solution is an anagram (indicated by “distributed”) of ALE BREWED placed “in” RR (i.e. “outskirts of Rochester”, i.e. the first and last letters of “Rochester”), like so: R(EEDWARBLE)R.

  1. Popular old pope’s description of stormy weather? (9)

Answer: INCLEMENT (i.e. “description of stormy weather”). Solution is IN (i.e. “trendy”) followed by CLEMENT (i.e. “old pope” – there’s been a few Clements to choose from).

  1. Evade argument, creating shrubby border round field (8)

Answer: HEDGEROW (i.e. “shrubby border round field”). Solution is HEDGE (i.e. “evade” or to be evasive in an argument) followed by ROW (i.e. “argument”).

  1. Outcry about affair involving Liberal leader (7)

Answer: CLAMOUR (i.e. “outcry”). Solution is C (i.e. “about”, specifically a recognised abbreviation of “circa”) and AMOUR (i.e. “affair”) all wrapped around or “involving” L (a recognised abbreviation of “Liberal”), like so: C-(L)-AMOUR.

  1. Governor at that time shielding a nonbeliever (7)

Answer: HEATHEN (i.e. “nonbeliever”). Solution is HE (i.e. “governor”, short for His Excellency if you go in for such bowing and scraping) and THEN (i.e. “at that time”) all wrapped around or “shielding” A, like so: HE-(A)-THEN.

  1. Picked up escaped bird of prey in Swiss canton (7)

Answer: LUCERNE (i.e. “Swiss canton”, and very nice it is too). Solution is a homophone (indicated by “picked up” of LOOSE (i.e. “escaped”) followed by ERNE (i.e. “bird of prey”).

  1. Asian writer turned boxer (6)

Answer: NEPALI (i.e. “Asian”). Solution is PEN (i.e. “writer”) reversed (indicated by “turned”) and followed by Muhammad ALI (i.e. “boxer”), like so: NEP-ALI.

  1. Equestrian equipment found outside entrance to rural path (5)

Answer: TRACK (i.e. “path”). Solution is TACK (i.e. “equestrian equipment”) wrapped around or “found outside” R (i.e. “entrance to rural”, i.e. the first letter of “rural”), like so: T(R)ACK.

7 thoughts on “Times Jumbo Cryptic Crossword 1574

  1. Thanks Lucian. Welcome back – we’ve missed you!

    I agree with your parsing of 11d. I also agree that it’s a bit naff.

    Re 17a, I’d always thought the play was called THE APPLE CART – in which case the clue should read (5,3,5,4) not (5,3,9). Yellow card, setter.

    As for 26a (no, me neither) – words fail me.

    Take care, and stay safe. SB

  2. Thanks, Lucian, this one was an enjoyable distraction while boating on The Thames. I disagree about 26a; I like clues that can be worked out giving a solution that I’ve never heard of & looked up to find that, yes, that really is the answer. Each to his own. However, I’m afraid I just can’t reconcile myself to 11d; I have stared at it for about 20 minutes and cannot see anything beyond your explanation but ‘on’ is simply not ‘talking tediously’, is it? Surely we deserve at least a wriggly question mark to account for the rubbishness of this clue. Cheers

  3. Thank you Lucian, it’s great to have you back online!
    Although we marched through this one quite easily, there were several places where the clue seemed so weak that we pencilled the answer (“really? is that it?”).
    Beeves got my goat – just too contrived. No other gripes, but then, no major whoops of joy either.

  4. Is bdellium the tree itself or the gum from the tree? In Chambers, it suggests the latter.

    My only other query was the ‘on’ in ‘tuition’ but let’s not keep on talking tediously about it. Michael A appears to have made it work.

  5. A fair (and enjoyable) test this week, although I did struggle with a couple of obscure answers. For example, the Chilean sea-port at 1 Across was difficult until I had all the interlocking letters. I worked in South America for a short while some years ago but never got that far south.

    Also the clue answering with the starting letters BD was also obscure. Such clues would be more suited to general knowledge crosswords.

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