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Toughie 1033

Toughie No 1033 by Myops

A lesson in Campanology

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment *****

I always look forward to a puzzle from Myops. This one has the usual scattering of Scottish references and some fiendish wordplay.

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1a    Mob dispersed following 17’s great sacrifice (8)
{HECATOMB} – an anagram (dispersed) of MOB after a way of describing 17 across (2,3)

5a    Grace is offered after tea (6)
{CHARIS} – any one of the three Graces is derived by putting IS after the four-letter alternative spelling of a three-letter word for tea

9a    Plant with top one on could be 7, or sixteen — worse … (5)
{GORSE} – add one (one on) to the initial letter (top) and it could describe 7 down add sixteen and it becomes WORSE

10a    … which, with grass cut, is prepared for hostile invader (9)
{AGGRESSOR} – an anagram (prepared) of the answer to 9 across (indicated by the … which) with GRAS(S) without its final letter (cut)

12a    Convenience store in Kentucky going on line? Jump to it! (4,6)
{LOOK LIVELY} – a convenience or toilet followed by the abbreviation for K(entuck)Y around (store in) a word meaning going or in action and L(ine)

13a    Still moves camera round the wrong way (4)
{SNAP} – a still photograph is derived by reversing (the wrong way) a verb meaning moves a camera round

15a    26 trained with a giant like Maradona (11)
{ARGENTINIAN} – an anagram (trained) of the answer to 26 across with A GIANT

16a    Antique land without a name east of Ozymandias’s capital (3)
{OLD} – drop (without) the A and N(ame) from L(AN)D and put what’s left after (east of in an across clue) the initial letter (capital) of Ozymandias

17a    Male in contact with maiden over 4, 23 (3)
(TOM} – a male feline comes from a two-letter word meaning in contact with or close against followed by M(aiden) – the answer is also a 4 down 23 down found in St Aldates, Christ Church, Oxford

18a    In seedy bar is Pat repressing state, being cantankerous? (11)
{DISPUTATIVE} – inside a seedy bar put IS and PAT, the latter around (repressing) the abbreviation for a US state

20a    Harrow head expressed surprise (4)
{AHED} – an anagram (harrow) of HEAD

21a    Unruly thug Alf in class of limited ability may be this (4-6)
{SELF-TAUGHT} – an anagram (unruly) of THUG ALF inside a class, maybe one with a limited range of abilities

24a    They don’t declare times for those other than the good Samaritan (7-2)
{PASSERS-BY} – people who don’t declare a bid in a card game followed by the two-letter word meaning times or multiply

26a    Secret novice doesn’t need to pray for (5)
{INNER} – start with an eight-letter word for a novice and drop the word meaning to pray for from the start of this word

27a    Store in pits; it may be one lies neglected if oxygen’s admitted (6)
{ENSILE} – this verb meaning to store a harvested crop in pits with O(xygen) admitted is an anagram (may be) of ONE LIES

28a    American versifier staying withdrawn in touring New York and overprotective (8)
{NANNYISH} – an American poet around (staying / holding) the reversal of IN which is around (touring) the abbreviation for New York


1d    Where peat’s cut the French negotiate (6)
{HAGGLE} – a Scottish word for a place from which peat has been dug followed by the French definite article

2d    Load more or less on ship (5)
{CARGO} – the single-letter Latin abbreviation for “more or less” or about followed by the ship used by Jason in his quest of the Golden Fleece

3d    Religious scholar‘s article on league of foreign troops in Old Testament (10)
{THEOLOGIST} – the definite article followed by L(eague) O(f) and some American troops, the last three elements being inside the abbreviation for the Old Testament

4d    Scots build on a grand scale (3)
{BIG} – two definitions – the former being a Scottish verb meaning to build or pile up

6d    One despised hooker should do it (4)
{HEEL} – two definitions – someone who is despised and what a hooker in a rugby team is supposed to do to the ball

7d    Spanish mount resistance: troubled nation’s Spain (9)
{ROSINANTE} – the name of Don Quixote’s horse is derived from R(esistance) followed by an anagram (troubled) of NATION’S and the IVR code for Spain

8d    Angels in a remarkable way selflessly praise Him (8)
{SERAPHIM} – an anagram (in a remarkable way) of PRA(I)SE without the I (selflessly) and HIM

10d    Breathtaking enterprises will take society in. How about Becky Sharp? (11)
{ADVENTURESS} – some breathtaking enterprises around (will take … in) S(ociety) gives a word that describes Becky Sharp, the heroine of Thackeray’s satirical novel Vanity Fair

11d    I am flipping upper-class QI host with chutzpah first and foremost presenting miscellany (11)
{GALLIMAUFRY} – the I from the clue followed by the reversal (flipping) of AM, the single-letter that represents Upper-class and the surname of the host of the TV programme QI, all preceded by (first and foremost) a word meaning chutzpah or impertinence

14d    Military Intelligence reduced it to gain relief (10)
{MITIGATION} – the abbreviation for Military Intelligence followed by an anagram (reduced) of IT TO GAIN

15d    Fools checking well-qualified cleric on Scripture’s directions (9)
{ADDRESSES} – some fools around (checking) the letters which indicate a well-qualified cleric and a two-letter word meaning on

16d    Gall of Robin aka Ruthven or in people being cut out (3,5)
{OAK APPLE} – as (8), this is the surname of Robin, the alter ego of Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Riddigore – it can also be derived by putting aka inside an anagram (out) of PEOPL(E) without the final letter (being cut)

19d    Formality trendiest archbishops will restrict (6)
{STARCH} – hidden (will restrict) inside the clue

22d    Spirits originally included in, say, flips (5)
{GENII} – the initial letter (originally) of Included followed by IN and the Latin abbreviation of say or for example, all reversed (flips)-

23d    Pen name adopted by a. Currer b. Ellis c. Acton (4)
{BELL} – the surname adopted as a pseudonym by a) Charlotte Brontë (Currer), b} Emily Brontë (Ellis) and c) Anne Brontë (Acton) is hidden (adopted) inside the clue.

25d    Bachelor with little space gets better room (3)
{BEN} – B(achelor) followed by a little space used in printing gives a Scottish word for the inner or better room of a house (the outer room or kitchen of a house is called a but)

As well as the campanological references in the clues, we have the two pairs of three-letter words.

17 comments on “Toughie 1033

  1. 23d also has ‘adopted’ or hidden the solution in the middle of the names! Otherwise it isn’t particularly cryptic just GK!

    Thanks to Myops for making me work hard to understand why I had what I had and to BD for the further elucidations.

  2. Heck, that was a work out, and I’m not ashamed to admit to needing much electronic help today especially with the Scottish terms. 11d and 16d joint stand outs for me. Thank you Myops and BD

  3. Hardest puzzle for me for a while. I finished it, although some of my interpretations were a little off the mark.
    Many thanks to Myops and to BD for the combined education.

  4. It certainly is a toughie, a good friday standard, however I did not enjoy the battle. The 3 letter-word clues were so convoluted, and the spelling of 20ac is new to me–Chambers probably says it’s okay I guess.
    A big thank you to BD for the many explanations I needed, and a grudging salute to Myops for the torture.

  5. Phew, what a struggle! Got there in the end but needed your explanations for 16d [must mug up on G&S] and 23d [which looked familiar but hadn’t realised all were Brontes].

    Just to clarify – 5a is a name given to any one of the Graces [not a particular one] and in 21a the 3-letter word for a class refers to one containing a limited or restricted range of abilities [I spent a long time trying to find a word for a class of dummies].

    Certainly agree about the fiendish wordplay!
    Many thanks BD and Myops.

    1. I’ve incorporated your suggestions. I had looked up 5a in Wikipedia, and should have clarified it further. Sometimes brevity can result in ambiguity.

  6. Typical Myops toughie, I spent ages getting into it then it all fell into place, many thanks to Myops and to BD for the superb review.

  7. This was a real Toughie but I enjoyed the challenge last in 20a not in my BRB 11th edition, favourites were 1a 16d and 21a thanks to Myops and to Big Dave for the dissection.

  8. We had a third member of our solving team, BRB, who did have to work much harder than usual. Got everything apart from the parsing of 16d. Maybe we should have Googled the name for that one. A real challenge for us but a satisfying and enjoyable one.
    Thanks Myops and BD.

    As I am writing this I am feeling a slight gentle rocking motion again. We had a big earthquake yesterday afternoon about 150 to 200 KM south of where we are and there have been many smaller after-shocks since. No damage here but quite scary. Wonder whether it made the news where you all are.

    1. Best wishes from Bonnie Scotland to our Antipodean twosome, keep your heads down and your peckers up.

    2. I hope a ‘gentle rocking’ is the worst you get! We had a 5.9 here in Maryland a couple of years ago. First ever for me. Epicentre was about 50 miles away in Virginia. It felt and sounded like a freight train was running right through the basement. Lots of shaking but no damage. Scared the bejayzus out of me.

  9. Thanks BD for the explanation which I needed for a few ,but a satisfying solve after quite a struggle .Last for me was also 20a but favourite was 12a .
    Thanks also to Myops for the challenge

  10. The don’s mount should be spelt with a “c” not an “s” which does rather louse up the wordplay!

    1. As with many foreign words there appears to be no “correct” spelling. As the Telegraph use Chambers as their guideline for spelling (and enumeration) here is the full entry:

      Rosinante or Rozinante
      * Don Quixote’s horse
      * A pitiful, worn-out nag
      ORIGIN: Sp Roucinante, explained as rocin antes, formerly a rouncy

      Which would suggest that Roucinante is the most accurate spelling.

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