Jerusalem by JollySwagman
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8 British water-colour painter and poet (5)
BLAKE – The single letter abbreviation for British followed by the name of a bluish colour.
9/12 Composer of Repton is British (no denial). Hurray! (3,6,5)
SIR HUBERT PARRY – An anagram (of) of REPT[ON] IS BR (British) HURRAY. The composer wrote the hymn tune Repton. Some editors would require a secondary anagram indicator as the letters removed are not in the order given in the clue but this seems excessive for a two letter removal! Separating the letters to be removed from one word by another word and then continuing the letters to be rearranged is unusual but not objectionable. I wondered whether composer was doing double duty as an anagram indicator but the clue would not work as an all in w
10/29 When assembled we tut to shiniest men and sing 13a? (3,6,9)
THE WOMEN’S INSITUTE – An anagram (when assembled) of WE TUT TO SHINIEST MEN. This is a semi all in one clue as the WI famously booed Tony Blair when he spoke at their conference.
12 See 9
13 8a’s ending to a 23a. Clasping of hands – feted ode – then it’s over? (3,3,5,4)
AND DID THOSE FEET – An anagram (over) of HANDS FETED ODE IT. I don’t think that the words clasping of add anything to the clue as they do not form part of the definition unless “hands” does double duty as part of the definition and part of the anagram letters. Perhaps three long anagrams in a row gives the crossword a slightly unbalanced feel.
18 Inadequate first part of 23a – leader’s unhappy (5)
SADDO – Another word for the first part of the answer to 23a preceded by (leader is) a word meaning unhappy.
19 Used to fish for perch (3)
ROD – A double definition.
21 The boss nearly made a mistake (5)
GAFFE – Remove the final letter (nearly) from another word for a boss. Makes a mistake would be better.
23 Fete crony and prance about here! (5,10)
PARTY CONFERENCE – An anagram (about) of FETE CRONY PRANCE.
27 Is it inevitable to restrain protest here? (3-2)
SIT-IN – The answer is hidden in (to restrain) IS IT INEVITABLE.
29 See 10
33/34 He arranged 13a real good. I saw the first rehearsal twice (3,6,5)
SIR EDWARD ELGAR – The answer to 13a interpreted as a clue gives us the last letters (feet) of the words in the answer for [AN]D [DI]D [THOS]E. Add the letters for REAL G I SAW RR (first letter of rehearsal twice) and make an anagram of them (arranged). A clue that it too complex and to use one answer as an inverse clue for part of the anagram is verging on just the wrong side of being an indirect anagram for me.
1 President found with model needs help (4)
ABET – The diminutive form of Abraham (Lincoln) followed by a type of car (model) sold by Henry Ford. Wordplay needs definition seems back to front to me. Definition needs wordplay would be more usual.
2 See lawyer before the enquiry starts (4)
DATE – The abbreviation for District Attorney followed by the first letter (starts) of the enquiry. Some editors would nor allow starts on its own as an initial letter indicator.
3 Responsible governments provide building blocks for the younger generation (4)
LEGO – The answer is hidden (provides) in RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENTS.
4 The Polish provide support to the Scottish Symphony Orchestra (6)
BRASSO – Provide (an imperative instruction to the solver) another word for a support followed by the abbreviation for Scottish Symphony Orchestra. I don’t know whether SSO is a recognized definition in main dictionaries. It is not in Chambers nor in Collins on-line. Other dictionaries may contain it. I think that the clue would have worked and been better without the initial The.
5 Stand for Labour against United-supporting MP (4)
LUMP – The abbreviation for labour (Chambers gives only Lab.) followed by the abbreviation for United and the MP from the clue. I am not sure that supporting here is correct as MP supports the remaining letters. Even with the hyphen –supported would better.
6 At 11 the boy king from Formby? (6)
GEORGE – A quadruple definition of the occupant of 11 Downing Street, a pop-singer Boy ?????, a monarch and the first name of Mr Formby. Given the constant references to the occupant of Number 11 in his crosswords, I wonder whether JollySwagman is a bit of a Mr Osborne fanboy!
7 Don’t go spades at bridge – it could be disastrous (4)
STAY – The abbreviation for spades followed by the name of a bridge with a disastrous history.
9 Perhaps Polo makes one hot (7)
SWEATER – A double definition for an item of clothing and someone who is hot.
11 A party for the women of Orpington? (3)
HEN – Double definition, the second being a breed of this animal. As the answer is not a noun but an adjective, maybe Type of party for the… would have been more accurate.
13 As leadership’s about posture be the one with morals (5)
AESOP – The first letter (leadership) of As followed by a reversal (about) of POSE (posture). I am not keen on the structure Wordplay BE definition.
14 Penny’s got a date. Let’s hope he doesn’t dance (3)
DAD – The abbreviation for an old penny followed by the A from the clue and the abbreviation for date.
15 That’s ridiculous – Mrs Thatcher’s son’s gone missing? (5)
IRONY – The nickname of Mrs Thatcher removing the LAD (son’s gone missing).
16 Ruler eventually raged about. It was Bedlam (5)
EDGAR – An anagram (about) of RAGED. The reference is to King Lear. The answer is the person who eventually becomes King after previously disguising himself as mad Tom Bedlam. As about has already been used as an anagram indicator, another one should ideally have been used.
17 The media’s no flipping help. One by 33a, 34a had one but he kept quiet about it (5)
THEME – Remove a reversal (flipping) of another word for help from THE MEDIA. The composer of Enigma Variations kept quiet about the theme of the variations.
20 Indeed the first three with the right to vote came back and calmed down (7)
DEFUSED – In DEED add a reversal (came back) of the first three letters of suffrage (the right to vote). Some editors would choke on their cornflakes at using indeed to signify inside deed.
22 Entertaining function for all involved (3)
FUN – The abbreviation for “for all” goes inside the abbreviation for function.
24 Note wrong answer (6)
RETORT – A musical note followed by a civil wrong.
25 Guinness – one part – mix (firstly) three parts of anisette with (lastly) three parts of Strongbow (3-3)
OBI-WAN – An anagram (mix) of ANI BOW (the first three letters of anisette and the last three letters of Strongbow).
26 Larry’s in News at Ten. About time too! (3)
CAT – A newsworthy Downing Street animal called Larry and also a two letter abbreviation for about and the abbreviation for time.
27 Very very fair (2-2)
SO-SO – A two letter word for very repeated.
28 End session with 13a perhaps – and a joint (4)
NODE – The final letter (end) of session followed by another word for a poem such as 13a.
30 Early edition of Come Dine with Me returns – no different from before! (4)
IDEM – The answer is hidden in (edition of) COME DINE reversed (returns). The “with me” is padding and not excused by the use of the word “Early”
31 To put the pressure on you run against George Osborne when he’s exhausted (4)
URGE – … fanboy time again! The way in which you is texted (which is becoming accepted as being indicated by you on its own) followed by the outer letters (when he’s exhausted) of George Osborne.
32 The French devise their own way to get back over (4)
EURO – A reversal (back) of the French for a way or road followed by the abbreviation for over. As you can go back South to North, I think back is OK.