A Puzzle by Jaffa
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1 Extremes of ageing, mature appearance (6)
SILVER – Double definition where the outer letters of ageing give the chemical symbol of a metal whose colour is associated with the hair of a mature person.
5 Sporty type on iron in Biarritz perhaps (6)
SURFER – Split 3,3 the solution would be how someone in France (in Biarritz, perhaps) might say on iron.
10 Marine grid used by the French to produce alga (3,6)
SEA GIRDLE – A three-letter word meaning marine followed by an anagram (used) of GRID and the French masculine singular of the.
11 School body adopting technology for bread production (5)
PITTA – The abbreviation for Parent Teachers Association (school body) includes the abbreviation for information technology. The production here seems out of place. Perhaps to make bread would have been better.
12 Colleen cutting blue rinse (4)
ERIN – The answer is hidden (cutting) in the final two words of the clue. I think that there is a close enough connection between the name and a colleen. The name means from the Island to the West, and is associated with Ireland.
13 Boxer with degree of conviction (5)
DOGMA – The animal of which a boxer is a definition by example followed by the abbreviation for master or arts (degree). Perhaps a definition by example indicator could have been used here.
14 Old money, deposited in Australian banks, moved to and fro (4)
ANNA – The outer letters (banks) of Australian repeated with the second set of letters reversed (moved to and fro). The deposited in seem like padding and could have been omitted.
17 Guy regularly stalked in disguise (6)
MANTLE – A three-letter word for a fellow followed by the even letters (regular) of stalked.
19 Shocking school reunion? (7)
OBSCENE – Split 2, 5 this might describe an old boys reunion.
21 Bluebottle Gin makes fellow partly drunk (7)
FLYTRAP – The abbreviation for fellow followed by an anagram (drunk) of PARTLY.
22 Red Sea in French Département (6)
MERLOT – Split 3, 3, you have the French for sea division or department. I am not sure that having the “in French” between Sea and Département works to use the French for both words.
24 Angelic child is, without hesitation, something to angle for (4)
CHUB – Remove the two letter word for a verbal hesitation from a six-letter word for an angelic child.
25/9 Gareth Malone discombobulated by Basil Fawlty maybe (5,7)
HOTEL MANAGER – An anagram (discombobulated) of GARETH MALONE. The structure wordplay by definition does not work particularly well.
27 Cutting tool reportedly is a paradox (4)
ADZE – A homophone of this cutting tool paradoxically give adds (the reverse of cutting).
30 First class component back below the knee (5)
TIBIA – Reverse (back) the two letters indicating first class and a three-letter word meaning component.
31 Necessary medical action when a cute lion turns nasty? (9)
INOCULATE – An anagram (turns nasty) of A CUTE LION. The definition would require inoculation as the solution.
32/33 Greek presents deceptively corrupting programmes (6,6)
TROJAN HORSES – Double definition of the present (pluralised) of the gift given by the Greeks at Troy and malicious software (corrupting programs). In computing terms, the software should be programs.
2 Mrs Berry takes a drink – I reckon about….? A non-existent quantity which can be a bit complex (9,6)
IMAGINARY NUMBER – The first name of the TV chef Mrs Berry includes the A from the clue and a three-letter word for a drink all inside the I from the clue and a six letter word meaning reckon.
3 Conceal part of sister’s habit (4)
VEIL – Double definition, both very similar.
4/15 Pulsars perhaps, once endangered by video, but still broadcasting (5,5)
RADIO STARS – Elliptical clue by reference to a song by the Buggles – Video killed the …
5 Mates reconfigured space for Turkish bath (5,4)
STEAM ROOM – An anagram (reconfigured) of MATES followed by a four letter word for space.
6 Travellers counted when working out (4)
REPS – Double definition of commercial travellers and the abbreviation for repetitions – what you count in terms of a physical workout.
7 Understanding reached with friendly European under canvas in France (7,8)
ENTENTE CORDIALE – The French for under canvas below (under) a seven letter word meaning friendly and the abbreviation for European. The under here is doing double duty as being a positional indicator and part of the wordplay. There is perhaps too great a reliance in this crossword of using In France.
8 Neaps flowing – is Poplar quaking? (5)
APSEN – An anagram (flowing) of NEAPS.
9 See 25 Across
15 See 4
16 Shylock’s business usually viewed online (5)
USURY – The three letter abbreviation for usually over (on) the abbreviation for railway (line).
18 Explore with passion without spare parts – it could be a blast (9)
EXPLOSION – Remove the letters in spare from EXPLORE PASSION.
20 Shots perhaps, at Lord’s, which are surplus to requirements (7)
OFFCUTS – Double definition. The greengrocer has lost one of his or her apostrophes, which has found its way into the clue.
23 Send up…or down (5)
REFER – A palindrome (up or down) of a word meaning to send or remit.
26 Henry has vestment entirely cutback – it took ages (5)
EPOCH – The abbreviation for Henry and a four letter type of cloak all reversed (cutback). I am not sure that the “it took” should be here. It does not add to the definition and is not a link between the wordplay and the definition. I don’t think you need the entirely as the cutback can refer to all of the preceding wordplay.
28 For starters, have a diphtheria jab for Saudi trip (4)
HADJ – The initial letters (for starters) of the third to sixth words of the clue.
29 Geordie inflection has a rough edge (4)
BURR – Double definition.