AZED CROSSWORD 486
1. J. Horwood: Inflated with Jack-in-office’s head for power (pumped up with J for P, & lit.).
2. G. H. Willett: Mushroom sauté à l’anglaise on horseback (jumped + up; sauté (Fr.); mushroom adj.).
3. F. D. H. Atkinson: Amiss (after having tossed) is eager to advance No. 1 quickly (jumped + up; ref. Dennis A., cricketer).
R. H. Adey: Like some whizz-kids – bound to finish nameless (jump + e(n)d up).
Mrs A. R. Bradford: Sautéed mushroom (2 mngs.; mushroom adj., sauté ballet term).
R. S. Caffyn: Parvenu, lacking finish: bounder and cheat (jumpe(r) + dup(e)).
A. G. Corrigan: As a parvenue, Lady Macbeth’s exactly the reverse of squeamish man when king’s disposed of (jump + p(R)ude (rev.)).
R. Dean: Appropriate to be used about one who steps ahead of the well-bred? (ped U in jump, & lit.; appropriate vb.).
D. A. W. Diaper: Newly-sprung rose with increased vigour (jumped + up).
Dr I. S. Fletcher: Completely hidden, not right, in coat needing to be cut down in size (pe(r)du in jump2).
B. Franco: Bound to have the latest before the others, like Mr Newlyrich (jump + e to front in dupe; have = deceive).
N. C. Goddard: Coming from nowhere – sweater half off – walker’s near to overtaking (jum(per) + ped up).
J. F. Grimshaw: What desrcibes inflated leader of Jacquerie usurping power? (pumped up with J for P, & lit.).
D. V. Harry: Mushroom sauté, prepared for breakfast? (jumped + up; sauté ballet term).
P. F. Henderson: Pretentious Jude, out of place at university, riven by traces of many passions (m p in anag. + up; ref. ‘J. the Obscure’).
A. H. Jones: Was a bounder at school – like Flashman? (jumped + up).
D. F. Manley: Dish English Prince married – upper-class, going back to first of Jameses (she isn’t this) (J + pud E P m U (rev.), & lit.; ref. Diana Spencer).
C. G. Millin: Judge ’urried into court, having only just made it (J + ’umped + up).
C. J. Morse: Shuffle at halfway stage: Walker promoted – that means over-promoted (jum(ble) + ped up; ref. Peter W.).
C. P. Rea: Describing Malvolio, for instance, Shakespeare’s exactly penning basket with a letter suggesting association with the upper class! (ped U in jump; ref. Twelfth Night).
D. R. Robinson: Behaved like a bounder in a superior class – à la M. Jourdain (jumped + up; ref. Molière, ‘Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme’).
N. Roles: Climbing rose (2 mngs.).
T. A. J. Spencer: Go-ahead cleared leading competitors (jumped + up).
F. B. Stubbs: Risen smartly, like some men with piles (2 mngs.).
A. J. Wardrop: Editor excited after appropriate epithet applied to Beaverbrook (jump + ed. + up; appropriate vb; ref. newspaper magnate).
Dr E. Young: What’s started then finished is quickly made (jumped + up).
C. Allen Baker, Mrs K. Bissett, A. G. Bogie, Mrs A. Boyes, E. J. Burge, M. Coates, A. E. Crow, R. P. Dowling, F. D. Gardiner, D. A. Ginger, S. Goldie, J. J. Goulstone, B. Greer, D. Harrison, J. Henderson, Mrs S. Hewitt, J. G. Hull, Miss F. S. Kemp, R. E. Kimmons, F. P. N. Lake, J. H. C. Leach, M. A. Macdonald-Cooper, Mrs S. M. Macpherson, Dr R. A. Main, L. K. Maltby, Rev W. P. Manahan, J. D. Moore, T. J. Moorey, A. C. Morrison, D. S. Nagle, F. R. Palmer, R. J. Palmer, W. H. Pegram, M. Postlethwaite, R. F. Ray, A. J. Redstone, K. Reed, H. R. Sanders, W. J. M. Scotland, A. D. Scott, W. K. M. Slimmings, J. C. P. Taylor, R. C. Teuton, G. R. Webb, Mrs M. P. Webber, Mrs J. Welford, Miss B. J. Widger, Dr R. L. Wynne.
About 320 entries, no mistakes. Everyone who expressed an opinion found it a difficult word to clue, and for once I sympathise. Adjectives usually give trouble, and I could see that this particular collection of letters might prove awkward to manipulate effectively. Semantically too the word is the sum of its parts (one who is jumped-up is one who has jumped up, so to speak), so dividing the word at its natural break, cluing each part separately and adding a definition, leaves you with a pretty prosaic end-product – not a profitable line to follow. Better, probably, to look around for an example of one who is/was or isn’t/wasn’t jumped-up and design the cryptic reading of the clue accordingly. (That is not to say, incidentally, that you must avoid using the definition word or phrase I give you for the clue word in the wording of your own cryptic clue, as one competitor surmised. There aren’t too many synonyms of upstart’ around after all. Mr Spencer’s above is not really as synonymous as I should have liked, for example.)
A few brief notes to complete a rather hurried slip: (i) I’ve noticed that the BIBLIOPEGIST slip came out under the heading AZED CROSSWORD No. 454 instead of No. 478. I’ve no idea how this happened and apologise. A source of puzzlement for future crossword historians? (ii) Referring back to the BODY-SNATCHER comp. a number of newer solvers ask for more guidance on the solving of Playfair codes. I would refer them, as I have in the past, to Dorothy L. Sayers’s “Have His Carcase” (how appropriate!) where the code is central to the plot, and also to the February 1980 issue of CROSSWORD magazine (from The Crossword Club, Hilberry Farm, Awbridge Hill, Romsey, Hants) which contains an article on the subject by D. C. Williamson. (iii) In the more recent ‘Red Herrings’ puzzle (No. 488) anyone who had difficulty tracing ROGERO (1 across) is referred to “The Winter’s Tale” V.2.21. His is certainly not one of the most exacting roles from among the Bard’s dramatis personae, and I put him in rather wickedly to make people actually use the red herrings for checking. Mini-comp. for masochistic insomniacs: What other character in Shakespeare enters only once and then neither speaks nor is spoken to? I know of only one but there may be more. Answer next time.