Toughie 1032

Toughie No 1032 by Dada

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Another gentle stroll with my only hold-up being at 5 across. Crypticsue tells me that solvers using the version in the paper would find 25 down impossible because the last three words of the clue are missing.

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1a    Bimbo not entirely in possession of bodybuilder (4-4)
{DUMB-BELL} This is a weight for developing a bodybuilder’s muscles. Put an E on the end (and a space instead of the hyphen) and it provides a definition of a bimbo

5a    We’re asking for financial support, being behind (6)
{FUNDUS} When split (4,2) it becomes a request to provide us with money. The answer is an anatomical term for the base of an organ. It’s not a word that I am familiar with

10a    Certainly falling over backwards about one-legged giant, one rolling in the aisles? (8,7)
{SHOPPING TROLLEY} Something rolling in the aisles of a supermarket is a reversal of ‘certainly’ round what could be a one-legged Scandinavian giant (7,5) who can’t walk and therefore has to move along in another way. He could also be a one-legged dwarf.

11a    Sultan leaves home (7)
{SALADIN} The first sultan of Egypt and Syria = leaves (for eating) + home

12a    Figure pressing simple bloke to become more complex (7)
{THICKEN} A figure (cardinal number) goes round a simple bloke (from the country)

13a    Personal restriction legit — I’m a crackpot! (3,5)
{AGE LIMIT} An anagram (crackpot) of LEGIT I’M A

15a    Land in King Lear, where every second counts (5)
{NIGER} Every second letter of IN KING LEAR

18a    Further context rarely entertains (5)
{EXTRA} Hidden in contEXT RArely

20a    Poor grade is a bloomer — a calamity! (8)
{DISASTER} A letter denoting a poor grade + IS + a flower

23a    Into endless Spanish food, I love cold pudding (7)
{TAPIOCA} Take light snacks or appetisers eaten in Spain and remove the last letter. Then put what’s left round I O (love) C (cold)

25a    Likes, for a start, to fill belly with huge amount — does he? (7)
{GLUTTON} L (first letter of likes) inside belly + huge amount (large weight) = someone who likes to fill their belly

26a    Something to play after card game, having led an unlikely suit (7,3,5)
{WHISTLE AND FLUTE} A musical instrument (something to play) follows a card game and an anagram (unlikely) of LED AN

27a    Amateurs, namely, maladjusted (6)
{LAYMEN} An anagram (maladjusted) of NAMELY

28a    Said to be completely exhausted in the days before Easter (4,4)
{HOLY WEEK} A homophone of ‘completely’ and ‘exhausted’


1d    Stop believer embracing leader in Satan (6)
{DESIST} A believer in the existence of God round S (first letter of Satan)

2d    Low luminescence primarily visible during hours of darkness? (9)
{MOONLIGHT} ‘To low’ + L (first letter of luminescence) inside the hours of darkness. The whole clue provides the definition

3d    Mostly great exercise to have boy brought up like a man, perhaps? (7)
{BIPEDAL} A 3-letter word meaning ‘great’ with the last letter removed + exercise + a reversal of a boy

4d    Red line on square running vertically (5)
{LENIN} L (line) + a reversal of a square number

6d    Best immoral activity starts in June, with dropping of skirts — perfect! (7)
{UTOPIAN} Best (3) + the first letters of Immoral Activity inside UN (June less its skirts or borders)

7d    Valley bleak at its nadir, soulless thing (5)
{DALEK} A valley + the last letter (nadir) of bleaK

8d    Girl pens that article that’s so long (8)
{SAYONARA} A girl’s name goes round ‘that’ and A (article) to give ‘goodbye’

9d    Those still safeguarding last of ancient laws (8)
{STATUTES} Those still (because they’re inanimate) round T (last letter of ancient)

14d    A tide moving through the sea, settled (8)
{MEDIATED} An anagram (moving) of A TIDE inside the abbreviated form of the name of a sea

16d    River bird welcoming swallow (5,4)
{GREAT OUSE} A game bird round ‘to swallow’

17d    Duck covering wet ground, keeping another duck drier (3,5)
{TEA TOWEL} A small freshwater duck goes round an anagram (ground) of WET that contains O (duck)

19d    After spiking drink, missionary appears (7)
{APOSTLE} Put a word meaning after inside (spiking) an alcoholic drink

21d    Needing first from Surrey, one brushed up on history finally, so happy (7)
{SQUIFFY} S (first letter of Surrey) + a tuft of hair brushed up and back from the forehead + Y (last letter of history) = happy (tipsy)

22d    Sampling the sea air, perhaps, conked out (2,4)
{ON DECK} An anagram (out) of CONKED

24d    John‘s secret (5)
{PRIVY} 2 meanings: john (lavatory)/secret

25d    Absurd sentimentality about antipodean nation (5)
{GONZO} An American slang term meaning ‘absurd’ (and a character in the Muppet Show) = sentimentality round an antipodean nation

Pleasant enough


  1. crypticsue
    Posted August 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t find this particularly easy but I think that was more me being tired than the crossword. Having to stare at the ‘two word’ clue for 25d held me up a bit before I went on line to find out what the clue should be.

    Thanks to Bufo and Dada – it has been said before and I have repeat that it would be great if some of your ‘Paulishness’ crept over when you have your Dada hat on. My next crossword after the Toughie was the Paul in the Graun today, and I did have a lot more fun with that one.

  2. jezza
    Posted August 15, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    A liked this one, and had a few chuckles along the way. Whenever I see the answer to 1a, I always remember a response from Roy Chubby Brown to a member of the audience who was heckling him;
    “Is your mother a weightlifter? She must be to have raised a dumbbell like you!”
    Thanks to Dada; now for your other puzzle in the Graun. Thanks also to Bufo for the review.

  3. Pegasus
    Posted August 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Enjoyed this one, favourites were 1a 2d and 21d thanks to Dada and Bufo.

  4. JB
    Posted August 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    I found this difficult but, in the end, only needed the hints to explain the word play such as in 10a. My favourite was 28a

  5. gazza
    Posted August 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Myops tomorrow.

    • Pegasus
      Posted August 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Permalink


  6. 2Kiwis
    Posted August 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    We were pleased to see our country mentioned in 25d, albeit not the most flattering of references. Pity it got messed up for those using the paper version. As ever with this setter, we found plenty to chuckle about and the difficulty level just where we like it. A really good fun workout that didn’t take up too much of our day, allowing time for golf and Bridge.
    Thanks Dada and Bufo.
    PS. We have just had notification from The Telegraph that our annual subscription to the puzzle site has been renewed. This means that it was a year ago that we first started getting access to the Toughies which we really look forward to each day. Coupled with access to this blog, it is the best value entertainment for NZ$1.50 per week that we could possibly imagine.

  7. Kath
    Posted August 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    For a Toughie, even if it wasn’t a difficult one, I didn’t do too badly but certainly didn’t come anywhere near to finishing it.
    I would NEVER have got 10a or 26a. A fundus, to me anyway, is the TOP of a pregnant uterus giving a rough idea of the number of weeks gestation of the pregnancy.
    I enjoyed what I did manage to do.
    I thought 28a was really clever.
    With thanks to Dada and bufo.