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Toughie 751

Toughie No 751 by Warbler


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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

If you are in Scotland (or lots of other places!) and have been given Toughie 758 by mistake, drop me a line and I’ll send you a pdf of today’s puzzle!

The puzzle published as Toughie 758 is now available online as GK 7588 – available via latest puzzles.

Warbler has given us the usual fairly easy start to the Toughie week. There are two sets of answers which are linked to 14 across and 19 down respectively.

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1a    Criticise faulty camera in airline (3,8)
{PAN AMERICAN} – start with a verb meaning to criticise and then add an anagram (faulty) of CAMERA IN to get this defunct airline

9a    Biblical priest with power as a form of protection (5)
{APRON} – start with a biblical priest, the older brother of Moses, and insert a P(ower) instead of the second A to get a form of protection from dirt

10a    Reptile family’s finally flourishing with firm support (4,5)
{KING COBRA} – this reptile comes from a charade of family (3), the final letter of flourishinG, a firm or business (2) and a female support garment

11a    Canoe adrift encounters a lot of ice wide as the sea (7)
{OCEANIC} – an anagram (adrift) of CANOE followed by a lot of IC€ gives an adjective meaning wide as the sea

12a    Old carriage makes erratic circle around the outskirts of Uttoxeter (8)
{CURRICLE} – to get this old two-wheeled open chaise, drawn by two horses abreast, put an anagram (erratic) of CIRCLE around the outside letters (outskirts) of UttoxeteR

14a    See you! In autumn we’re moving (8)
{FAREWELL} – this word meaning “see you!” is derived by putting another word for Autumn (in America) around an anagram (moving) of WE’RE

15a    Deposit losing all rights of 14 (2-2)
{TA-TA} – start with a deposit of calcium phosphate and other matter on the teeth and drop (losing) the R(ight)s to get another way of saying 14 across

17a    Encourages transfers to another post (7)
{SECONDS} – a double definition – verbs meaning encourages or backs and a transfers to another post or position

19a    French article follows state in 14 (4)
{VALE} – the French definite article follows the abbreviation of a US state to get a way of saying 14 across in Ancient Rome

20a    Catastrophic pay cuts involve hardships essentially for weak fellow (5-3)
{PUSSY-CAT} – put an anagram (catastrophic) of PAY CUTS around (involve) the final letter (essentially) of hardshipS to get a weak fellow

21a    Special male adult’s taken in by helpful member of gang maybe (8)
{SKINHEAD} – start with S(pecial) and then put the male pronoun and A (adult as a film classification) inside (taken in by) an adjective meaning helpful to get someone who may be a member of a gang

23a    Insects covering enclosure leave (7)
{LICENCE} – put some insects around ENC(losure) to get leave or permission

25a    With cold, old stains spoiled panels (9)
{WAINSCOTS} – an anagram (spoiled) of W(ith) C(old) O(ld) STAINS gives these panels on an interior wall

26a    Muslim prince is consistently warm to English queen (5)
{AMEER} – to get this Muslim prince start with the even (consistently) letters of wArM and then add E(nglish) and the cypher for Queen Elizabeth

27a    In a rage American driver abandoned man in 14 (11)
{ARRIVEDERCI} – an anagram (in a rage) of A(M)ERIC(AN) DRIVER without (abandoned) the letters of MAN gives a way of saying 14 across in Italy


2d    Languish in a posh 14 (5)
{ADIEU} – put a word meaning to languish or xxx between the A from the clue and a single-letter for posh to get a way of saying 14 across in France

3d    Unusually large island area in country (7)
{ALGERIA} – an anagram (unusually) of LARGE is followed by I(sland) A(rea) to get a North African country

4d    Without settling score I drive away (8)
{EXORCISE} – a two-letter prefix for without is followed by an anagram (settling) of SCORE I to give a verb meaning to drive away an evil spirit

5d    NEC quits mounted 11 for 14 (4)
{CIAO} – an anagram (mounted) of the answer to 11 across without (quits) the letters NEC gives another way of saying 14 across in Italy

6d    Description of band as bad? (8)
{NAMELESS} – the answer describes the difference between baNd and bad

7d    Country initiating senior cinematic award for Ms Annis (9)
{FRANCESCA} – a European country is followed by the initial letters of three letters in the clue to get the first name of actress Ms Annis

8d    Being stoned, hunk lacked inner energy. What an idiot! (11)
{KNUCKLEHEAD} – start with an anagram (being stoned) of HUNK LACKED and then insert (inner) E(nergy) to get an idiot

12d    Provide support for type of 19D (11)
{CATERPILLAR} – a charade of a verb meaning to provide and an architectural support gives a type of 19 down that runs on endless articulated tracks

13d    Struggles with fellow in tangled forest (7)
{EFFORTS} – these struggles are derived by inserting F(ellow) inside an anagram (tangled) of FOREST

16d    Elevated RC service location is hush-hush (3,6)
{TOP-SECRET} – reverse a Roman Catholic service, traditionally said (or chanted) at the third hour of the day (i.e. 9 a.m.), and a location to get an adjective meaning hush-hush

17d    14 for example’s willing to join Australian gunners (8)
{SAYONARA} – to get how to say 14 across in Japan start with a word meaning “for example” and follow it with a word meaning willing or xxx, A(ustralian) and the abbreviation of the regiment of gunners

18d    Trembling I faced new, ultimately supreme challenge (8)
{DEFIANCE} – an anagram (trembling) of I FACED N(ew) followed by the final letter (ultimately) of supremE challenge to combat

19d    See what I regularly called HGV perhaps (7)
{VEHICLE} – the abbreviation of Vide, the Latin for see, hasn’t come up for a while – follow it with an exclamation meaning “what?”, I and the odd letters (regularly) of CaLlEd to give, for example (perhaps) an HGV (or a 12 down or 22 down)

22d    Type of 19D could become very cold with the addition of carbon (5)
{ARTIC} – if this type of 19 down has C(arbon) inserted then it becomes very cold

24d    Middle of 14 overturned vessel (4)
{EWER} – start with the middle four letters of 14 across and then reverse them (overturned in a down clue) to get a large water jug with a wide spout

The high anagram count actually makes this puzzle easy to solve!

27 comments on “Toughie 751

  1. I found this puzzle quite straightforward to complete, although I spent a little while trying to explain the reasoning behind 6d and 16d.
    Thanks to Warbler for the entertainment, and to BD for the review.

  2. I’m a lang, lang way from Scotland (Essex innit) but today’s Toughie in the paper in this part of the world is by Osmosis (No 758).

    Is this why I am very confused about CS & Gazza saying how easy it is today? I struggled!

    Looking forward to the day when No 758 is published! Should be no problem by then!

    Ps. No need to send a pdf!

  3. I too was somewhat bemused – I was expecting Warbler but in SW London (as elsewhere), the paper version was a tricky but enjoyable Osmosis crossword.

  4. Phil McNeill has posted the following message on the Telegraph Puzzles website:

    “Dear subscribers

    You may have noticed that today’s Toughie on the website differs to the one in the newspaper.

    Today’s offering should of course be Toughie 751 (by Warbler). However Toughie 758 (by Osmosis) was erroneously published in the newspaper, due to a Bank Holiday production problem beyond the Puzzles Department’s control.

    We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused, and we will make sure that website subscribers get a chance to do the Osmosis Toughie as an added extra. I can’t arrange that today, as I am typing this at an airport while awaiting a flight, but I’ll sort it out as soon as possible later this week.”

    1. Thanks Prolixic, they also managed to publish the solution to Toughie 757, which I have cut out and shredded!

  5. Sorry to mislead everyone. I didn’t get a paper today as I was going for a nice walk with friend and her dog, followed by a pub lunch. If like me you downloaded Toughie 751 you would have enjoyed a 1* difficulty (I haven’t done a toughie in a quicker time than this) 4* fun crossword. The question is ‘should I go out and get a paper as presumbly this Warbler puzzle will appear in the paper in place of Osmosis next week.

      1. Having read Phil Ms message, I will wait for it to be on the website. For some reason – I blame 8.5 miles ish of fresh air, I find the need to find a sunny spot and have a little doze more appealing than driving a couple of miles to the local shop.

  6. A nice friendly puzzle which suited my mood and solving needs. Not the most taxing but something that made me smile and feel good about solving it.

    Thanks to Warbler and BD for the notes.

  7. If any one fancies reviwing Toughie 758 (or a part thereof) please let me know. I’m off to attempt to solve it while making tonight’s Chicken Tikka Masala!

    1. I have sent the acrosses to Big Dave – doing this remotely so cannot post directly on the site – and the downs will follow shortly.

  8. Having completed the cryptic on the first run through thought I would give this a go. Luckily (judging by all the comments) I downloaded 751, which was just the right level for me – very enjoyable. Needed to check a couple of clues with the hints, so many thanks for those.

  9. Forgot to say, have never seen that spelling of 26a. It’s usually a 4 letter word beginning with E when translated into English.

  10. Ditto Tilsit’s comment. Low on difficulty but long on enjoyment. I was hanging out for “MOI-MOI” which is Finnish for Hello/Goodbye – a bit like Ciao. Many thanks to Warbler and to Big Dave for the review. I will have a look at #758 later hoping that we get another one on the day.

  11. Printed the on-line version to do on the journey home. Many thanks to Warbler for the crossword. I hope that we don’t need to read too much into the theme and that our esteemed setter will be back on-line and in print soon. Thanks too to BD for the review.

  12. BD, am I missing something, isn’t one of the sets of clues linked to 14a? The intro says 11a. I’ve not looked at the hints yet so unless i’ve gone horribly awry…..

  13. Thanks to Warbler & to Big Dave for the review & hints. Quite enjoyed this one but found it a real struggle. Liked the theme though. Needed a few hints to complete. Never heard of 7d. Favourites were 10a & 25a. Thanks again to Big Dave for sending me the pdf.

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