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Today we have a new puzzle from JollySwagman. As usual, the setter will be delighted to receive feedback from you, the solvers. I do ask that you remember that for most setters this is a new experience, so please only offer constructive criticism.
One Jolly good crossword. One of Jolly Swagman’s best.
1 He 1d 22a, going over Home, Home on the Range quietly (8)
PAGANINI – Reverse (going over) a word mean home twice, a three letter cooking range and the musical abbreviation for quietly.
5 A tip from The Master – he was 7 22a (6)
MADOFF – The abbreviation for a Master of Arts followed by a four letter word meaning to tip your hat.
9 It’s the year of the art gallery – write that down (8)
ANNOTATE – The Latin for “in the year of” followed by the name of a London art gallery.
10 Say cheese – out loud – that’s better (6)
GRATER – A homophone (out loud) of greater (better) gives a kitchen implement of which cheese is an example (say).
12 A try for South Africa – by the sound of it (5)
ESSAY – How you would write out SA phonetically.
14 Go immediately – extremely injured sapper needs first aid badly (9)
DISAPPEAR – An anagram (badly) of ID (the outer – extremely – letters of injured) SAPPER A (the first letter in aid). Solvers, setters and editors will differ in their views of whether first on its own can indicate the first letter of a word. The wordplay of A needs B to be rearranged does not quite sit correctly. As the letters in sapper appear in the same order in the answer, perhaps “after relapse extremely injured squaddie needs to receive a bit of attention.”
15 Henry’s not on the wagon – he 1d 22a badly (3,3)
TED RAY – Remove the H from THE and follow it by a four letter word for a wagon. The H is not in the “the”, the “on” seems wrong here. The answer is probably known to anyone over 60.
17 Helps part of the media (7)
DAILIES – Double definition for cleaners and newspapers.
20 One month’s work for a swimmer (7)
OCTOPUS – The abbreviation for the tenth month followed by another word for work of music or literature.
22 See 7 Down
24 Went for a couple of drinks with a journalist (9)
SUPPORTED – A three letter word meaning to drink followed by the name of a fortified wine and the abbreviation for editor (a journalist).
26 Rodent is shy – offspring’s a bit short (5)
COYPU – A three letter word meaning shy followed by a three letter word for a young animal with the final letter removed (a bit short).
27 Charlie from China went to America – he 1d bull 22a (6)
MINGUS – A four letter word for a type of china followed by (went to) a two letter abbreviation for America. Another person where you probably need to be in your 60s to remember.
28 Leader of the Quintette du Hot Club de France and what he did after the priest left – really struggled (8)
GRAPPLED – The leader of the Quinette du Hot Club de France was Stephan Grappelli and led the group. Remove the name of an Old Testament priest from the surname and add the led to get the answer. Unfortunately with the double L in the surname, this clue does not work.
30 Many writers thought you gentle once. You! So maybe mind the lip? (6)
READER – Triple definition, the first of how writers would address their audience as gentle ******, what you are probably doing and someone who needs to do this to lips to understand what is being said.
31 He 1d 7 22a – likes Elgar’s fifth variation’s string writing (8)
KREISLER – An anagram (variation) of LIKES R (Elgar’s fifth) followed by the name of a string on a violin and the letter that represents writing.
1 What Orpington females do when Prince Edward is around is the same as what Eric Cantona did at Leeds (6)
PLAYED – The abbreviation for prince and the diminutive form of Edward around what a hen (Orpington female) does.
2 Drink London dry (3)
GIN – A drink of which London Dry is an example.
3 Get spruce from leading North American tree traders? Yes! (5)
NATTY – The initial letters (leading) of the fifth to ninth words in the clue. Solvers, setters and editors will have differing opinions on whether leading can (on its own) mean take the initial letters of.
4 What de Gaulle said to Heath in 1966 is, 50 years later, of special interest (7)
NOTEDLY – How de Gaulle might have refused the UK’s entry to the EEC in 1966 (he would more likely have said Non, Ted) followed by the Latin for 50 and the abbreviation for year.
6 A glittering prize almost attained by one former Labour leader withered on the vine (9)
ATROPHIED – The A from the clue followed by another word for a glittering prize with the final letter removed and the first name of Mr Miliband, the former Labour leader.
7 ,22a: What Nero was doing while Rome burned – getting into a bit of depravity before he fled from the assembly (2,3,6)
ON THE FIDDLE – An anagram (from the assembly) of INTO D (a bit of depravity) HE FLED. I the “before” sits uncomfortably in the clue as it is not a positional indicator and simply adds padding to the clue. I think the definition works as the answer to the question is he was …..”.
8 At his workplace essentially Boris’s hair is a strong point (8)
FORTRESS – The abbreviation for Foreign Office (Boris’s workplace) followed by the central letter (essentially) of Boris and another word for hair.
11 “Hand-me-down” is acceptable but in Rome it’s “pre-loved” (4)
USED – The one letter word for acceptable followed by the Latin (in Rome) for but. There are two definition here. Used in moderation, this is an acceptable cluing device.
13 What 5 did in his penthouse (5)
SPENT – The answer is hidden in HIS PENTHOUSE.
16 Make a film about the Queen first, mate (9)
REPRODUCE – Reverse (about) the two letter abbreviation for the current monarch before (first) a word meaning to make a film.
18 Set popular song (5)
INLAY – A two letter word for popular followed by a three letter word for a song.
19 It adds up to this: the Queen is married to a Tory who makes use of his power (8)
CONSUMER – A word for the result of adding up a series of numbers followed by the queen (again – twice in the space of three clues is a little lazy) after (married to) a three letter abbreviation for a conservative (Tory).
21 Sometimes it’s what a model does for an artist (4)
SITS – Answer is hidden in (some) TIMES ITS.
22 He supplied Queens racketeer? (7)
FEDERER – A three letter word meaning supplied or catered followed by (yawn) the abbreviation for Queen yet again and again (for the plural).
23 Listening to a beginner 7 22a may be a regular occurrence in Midsomer (6)
MURDER – A double definition of the experience of listening to a person learning the violin and what happened at least three or four times in the Midsomer area keeping Inspector Barnaby in full time employment.
25 PA system doesn’t 16 well! (5)
PANDA – Split and spell out both letters in PA (system). I am far from convinced that system gives a fair indication of the wordplay required.
26 I say – it’s about time we had a practical joke (5)
CAPRI – I is the abbreviation for what the answer is an example of. The single letter abbreviation for about followed by the date 3,1 on which practical jokes take place.
29 Dave’s valediction was very amusing! (3)
LOL – A lot of general knowledge required here. David Cameron’s e-mail and text to a journalist were signed off (valedication) LOL with him thinking that the initials meant lots of love instead of their meaning of laugh out loud.