Toughie 859

Toughie No 859 by Cephas

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A pleasant but untaxing start to the Toughie week.

Today I am trying out a new spoiler method – all you need to do is to hover over the usual space between the curly brackets. I’ll try to add instructions for mobile platforms later.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.

Across

3a    Watch a pet’s fancy ribbon (6,4)
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TICKER TAPE

[collapse]
} – a slang word for a watch followed by an anagram (fancy) of A PET

8a    Lots go under it (6)
{

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HAMMER

[collapse]
} – a cryptic definition of an auctioneer’s gavel

9a    Remove the grain for harvest (8)
{

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INGATHER

[collapse]
} – an anagram (remove) of THE GRAIN – the definition is to harvest as a verb

10a    Nag or badger noisily desperate character (8)
{

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HARRIDAN

[collapse]
} – one of those derogatory words for a woman comes from a verb that sounds like to badger or pester followed by the first name of a Desperate cartoon character

11a    Over the Channel, no time for minority (6)
{

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NONAGE

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} – the French (over the Channel) for no followed by a period of time – in this context minority refers to infancy

12a    Related short comedy story (10)
{

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COMPARABLE

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} – a shortened form of COM(edy), as used, for example, in sitcom, followed by a story told to illustrate a moral point

14a    Kitty’s registered in hotels and loiters around (13)
{

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TORTOISESHELL

[collapse]
} – a type of cat comes from an anagram (around) of HOTELS and LOITERS

20a    Job and Psalms perhaps contracted extra comment (10)
{

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POSTSCRIPT

[collapse]
} – a job followed by a shortened form of sacred writings from the Bible

22a    Desire bride’s address after party (6)
{

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LIBIDO

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} – the word spoken by a bride during the wedding ceremony follow the shortened form of a political party

23a    Cooler overhead (8)
{

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SUNSHADE

[collapse]
} – a cryptic definition of a parasol or awning

24a    Old film star lush wants to eat less food for a start (8)
{

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DIETRICH

[collapse]
} – an adjective meaning lush or sumptuous preceded by (for a start) a verb meaning to eat less food

25a    Get exhausted as boring career comes first (3,3)
{

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RUN DRY

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} – an adjective meaning boring preceded by (comes first) a verb meaning to career or race

26a    Quartz coming from Ceylon and Chad (10)
{

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CHALCEDONY

[collapse]
} – an anagram (coming from) of CEYLON and CHAD

Down

1d    Loafer‘s plan to get round Jack (8)
{

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LAYABOUT

[collapse]
} – a plan around the usual two-letter abbreviation for a jack or sailor

2d    I am becoming unfit (8)
{

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IMPROPER

[collapse]
} – the abbreviated form of I am followed by an adjective meaning becoming or suitable

3d    Brightly-coloured pictures turning up on ship (6)
{

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TRADER

[collapse]
} – an adjective meaning brightly-coloured followed by pictures in general, all reversed (turning)

4d    Murderer, one put in gaol (4)
{

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CAIN

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} – the first ever murderer is derived by putting I (one) inside a slang word got gaol

5d    Irritability on the outside? (8)
{

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EDGINESS

[collapse]
} – could be the property of being on the outside

6d    Carrying nothing from part of south London (6)
{

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TOTING

[collapse]
} – drop the O (nothing) from a part of south London that is just south of Balham

7d    Promise to put small amount of money on unfinished book (6)
{

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PLEDGE

[collapse]
} – the abbreviation for a small British coin followed by (unfinished) an accounts book

13d    Groundwork done by graduates one’s completed (5)
{

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BASIS

[collapse]
} – some graduates followed (completed) by I’S (one’s)

15d    Be hostile to it being included on the other side (8)
{

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OPPOSITE

[collapse]
} – a verb meaning to be hostile around (being included) IT

16d    Drum or trumpet perhaps making connection (8)
{

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EARTHING

[collapse]
} – split as (3,5) I suppose this could describe a drum or a trumpet

17d    A rapidly deteriorating cutter (8)
{

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LAPIDARY

[collapse]
} – an anagram (deteriorating) of A RAPIDLY gives someone who cuts gemstones

18d    Polish or another language on the radio (6)
{

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FINISH

[collapse]
} – sounds like a Scandinavian language

19d    Allowed nothing to be put over beam (6)
{

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LINTEL

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} – two three-letter words meaning allowed and nothing, all reversed (to be put over)

21d    Watch Second Coming (6)
{

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SENTRY

[collapse]
} – S(econd) followed by a coming

23d    Drive off — no time to race (4)
{

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SHOO

[collapse]
} – drop the T(ime) from a verb meaning to race

I hope you like the new spoiler facility – let me know how you get on with it.


23 Comments

  1. crypticsue
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Pleasantly untaxing indeed. Thanks to Cephas and BD too.

  2. spindrift
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Just dropped in to get a starter for 10 then saw the new spoiler – I wholeheartedly approve although it does make it very tempting to cheat slightly.

    What with this new facility and the relatively new underlining of the solution required your quite spoiling us BD.

    Many thanks to you & to the setter.

    • steve_the_beard
      Posted October 16, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

      I agree re both spoiler and underlining, but I’m not at all spoiled :-)

  3. Jezza
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    3*/3* for me. I wasted unnecessary time on 20a, where PS(alms) ‘contracted’ just happened to give the same abbreviation as that of the answer, both of which are in Chambers.
    Thanks to Cephas, and to BD.

  4. Pegasus
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Gentle yet pleasant enough start to Toughie week the new spoiler is fine by me thanks to Cephas and Big Dave for the comments.

  5. Big Boab
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    A bit like the back page, untaxing but pleasant. Thanks to Cephas and BD.

  6. davelawes
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    I thought earphone for 16d – but what do I know ?

    • andy
      Posted October 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

      You and me both!

      • steve_the_beard
        Posted October 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

        And me…

        • Heno
          Posted October 16, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

          and me

  7. Tilsit
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Giid description, pleasantly untaxing.

    I do recommend today’s Indy by Jambazi (Tramp of the Graun). Hilarious stuff!

    And today’s Guardian Shed puzzle, someone who would be terrific in the Friday Toughie slot!

    • andy
      Posted October 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

      not done the indy, but Shed was superb, if only for 2 new words. 21a is priceless

  8. 2Kiwis
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    An enjoyable and somewhat untaxing puzzle. A very pleasant solving experience. Just to be different it was “earpiece” that we first tried to fit into 16d until we saw the light. Thanks Cephas and BD.

  9. andy
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    Ditto Jezza @ comment 3, Thanks to Cephas and BD.

  10. andy
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    BD re spoiler, I am so not a Techy. IE8 works today on my home laptop, but at work today the IE8 displayed the hidden words in the Toughie on accessing the site without “hovering” between the brackets. Libellules yesterday worked on both. Not making sense I suspect so maybe on Saturday over a beer I’ll try and elucidate , Cheers

    • crypticsue
      Posted October 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

      At home, I just see the solutions. At work I see the solution and ‘spoiler’ in red. When I hover over the word, the answer remains and the word ‘spoiler’ disappears.

      Looking forward to seeing you again on Saturday, both for beers, elucidations and catching up.

      • andy
        Posted October 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

        Looking forward to Saturday for same reasons, logistically it’s been a challenge to sort out re Cynthia and Cuthbert however all sorted, as long as you head me to Kings Cross for 20:00 latest !!!

        • crypticsue
          Posted October 16, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

          I’ll do my best but last S&B I had to ring Mr CS and say you know I was getting the train at xx, well I am still in the pub so I’ll be getting the one an hour later!

          • andy
            Posted October 16, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

            Gawd help me if i Hit the red with Gnomey…..

            • Prolixic
              Posted October 16, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

              Or me!

              • andy
                Posted October 16, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

                Prolixiic, catch me at the bar and whatever your poison….long time no see

  11. andy
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    Back to the crossword …on train this morning nearly made a mess of 3a, swatch tape, I know I know……..time for last dog walk with head hung in shame

  12. Heno
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Cephas & Big Dave. I can’t seem to make the step up do the Toughies. Despite this being a gentle one, I had to look up 9 and use 3 hints, while only solving 15. I’ll have to try doing the crosswords earlier, then hopefully wont be too tired to think about the Toughie.