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.
3a Watch a pet’s fancy ribbon (6,4)
8a Lots go under it (6)
9a Remove the grain for harvest (8)
10a Nag or badger noisily desperate character (8)
11a Over the Channel, no time for minority (6)
12a Related short comedy story (10)
14a Kitty’s registered in hotels and loiters around (13)
20a Job and Psalms perhaps contracted extra comment (10)
22a Desire bride’s address after party (6)
23a Cooler overhead (8)
24a Old film star lush wants to eat less food for a start (8)
25a Get exhausted as boring career comes first (3,3)
26a Quartz coming from Ceylon and Chad (10)
1d Loafer‘s plan to get round Jack (8)
2d I am becoming unfit (8)
3d Brightly-coloured pictures turning up on ship (6)
4d Murderer, one put in gaol (4)
5d Irritability on the outside? (8)
6d Carrying nothing from part of south London (6)
ARVE Error: need id and provider
7d Promise to put small amount of money on unfinished book (6)
13d Groundwork done by graduates one’s completed (5)
15d Be hostile to it being included on the other side (8)
16d Drum or trumpet perhaps making connection (8)
17d A rapidly deteriorating cutter (8)
18d Polish or another language on the radio (6)
19d Allowed nothing to be put over beam (6)
21d Watch Second Coming (6)
23d Drive off — no time to race (4)
I hope you like the new spoiler facility – let me know how you get on with it.
23 comments on “Toughie 859”
Pleasantly untaxing indeed. Thanks to Cephas and BD too.
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.
I agree re both spoiler and underlining, but I’m not at all spoiled
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.
Gentle yet pleasant enough start to Toughie week the new spoiler is fine by me thanks to Cephas and Big Dave for the comments.
A bit like the back page, untaxing but pleasant. Thanks to Cephas and BD.
I thought earphone for 16d – but what do I know ?
You and me both!
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!
not done the indy, but Shed was superb, if only for 2 new words. 21a is priceless
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.
Ditto Jezza @ comment 3, Thanks to Cephas and BD.
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
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.
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 !!!
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!
Gawd help me if i Hit the red with Gnomey…..
Prolixiic, catch me at the bar and whatever your poison….long time no see
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
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.
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