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Toughie No 1067 by Kcit

One for the anoraks

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

Thanks to Gazza for covering for me yesterday while I had an outpatient’s appointment. I’m pleased to be able to say that the minor swelling of the eyelid that I picked up a few months ago is now fully resolved. Two stars for solving time, bumped up to three when resolution of the wordplay is included.

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3a    Police activity curtailed release for prisoner having brief time inside (6)
{PATROL} – most (curtailed) of a word meaning release for a prisoner around T(ime)

6a    Carry fifth child? (4)
{TOTE} – split as (3,1) this could indicate a fifth child

8a    Town official that is right behind councillor (5)
{CRIER} – the Latin abbreviation for “that is” and R(ight) follow the abbreviation for C(ouncillo)R

9a    I’m plugging work by writer here that’s reassessed US scientist (11)
{OPPENHEIMER} – a musical work followed by a writing implement and an anagram (that’s reassessed) of HERE with I’M inside (plugging)

10a    Call one involved in commotion after end of affair (5)
{RADIO} – I (one) inside (involved in) a commotion and following the final letter (end) of affaiR

11a & 16a    A difficult experience following initial qualification — but it could get you the chair! (5-6)
{FIRST-DEGREE MURDER} – a difficult experience or torment after an initial university qualification gives an action that could get you the electric chair

17a    Student still in the running? Nowhere near a medal position (8)
{ELEVENTH} – a student or L(earner) and a word meaning still inside an anagram (running) of THE

19a    Runs operation after attack securing new bit of water (8)
{RAINDROP} – R(uns) and OP(eration) after an attack around (securing) N(ew)

20a    Play reduced part in story, stopping short before midpoint (6)
{FROLIC} – most (reduced) of a part in a play inside just under half (stopping short before midpoint) of a story

22a    Skilful manipulation: cricket side remained discomfited (11)
{LEGERDEMAIN} – another word for the on side in cricket followed by an anagram (discomfited) of REMAINED

25a    Victim of Apollo surrounded by ass’s extremities? (5)
{MIDAS} – a word meaning surrounded by followed by the outer letters (extremities) of AsS

27a    Poultry item: boys leading numbers tucking into cut (7,4)
{PARSON’S NOSE} – some male boys followed by the three-letter abbreviation for numbers inside (tucking into) a verb meaning to cut

28a    Courage uniform, having captured King in retreat (5)
{NERVE} – a word meaning uniform around (having captured) the Latin abbreviation for King, all reversed (in retreat)

29a    Female set to strip (4)
{FLAY} – F(emale) followed by a verb meaning to set

30a    Recurrence of extra time brought about captain’s initial form (6)
{SCULPT} – the reversal (recurrence) of a word meaning extra and T(ime) around (brought about) the initial letter of Captain


1d    Mark left by piano falling off slope? (4)
{SCAR} – start with a steep slope and drop (falling off) the P(iano)

2d    Consequence of board director receiving a blow in the main? (11)
{WINDSURFING} – a cryptic definition of someone who rides the waves on a board

3d    One checks document adjusted for page order after third of figures is erased (5-6)
{PROOF-READER} – an anagram (adjusted) of FOR PA(G)E ORDER after the third letter of fiGures is dropped (erased)

4d    Spills source of water? Nothing missing from fountain (6)
{TAPERS} – the kind of spills my father used to use to light his pipe are derived from a source of water in a kitchen or bathroom followed by the fountain in Piccadilly without (missing) the O (nothing)

5d    Not really elaborate, lacking one line in elaborate style (8)
{ORNATELY} – an anagram (elaborate) of NOT REAL(L)Y without one of the L(ine)s

6d    Weak Government generates vague dislike (5)
{THING} – an adjective meaning weak followed by G(overnment) gives a vague dislike, as in to have a (dislike) about

7d    Subject of article by the compiler? (5)
{THEME} – the definite article followed by the first person objective pronoun (the compiler)

12d    Strong blokes entering volcanic vent’s surroundings (11)
{ENVIRONMENT} – put some strong blokes inside an anagram (volcanic) of VENT

13d    Material in bullets carried by those resembling gangland bosses? (11)
{RINGLEADERS} – a popular material for making bullets inside people who resemble others

14d    Itches to alter moral system (6)
{ETHICS} – an anagram (to alter) of ITCHES

15d    A man offering no opening for the unethical (6)
{AMORAL} – the A from the clue followed by a man or human being without the initial letter (opening) of The

18d    Leading position, note, faithfully recorded for the court (8)
{FORENSIC} – a four-letter word meaning a leading position followed by N(ote) and Latin word meaning faithfully recorded gives an adjective meaning belonging to the courts of law

21d    Jacket: covering that’s about to work? (6)
{CAGOUL} – the membrane covering the head of some infants at birth around a two-letter verb meaning to work

23d    Half-hearted novel I left for other reading matter (5)
{EMAIL} – drop one of the two letters in the middle (half-hearted) of a Jane Austen novel and follow what remains with I and L(eft) – Miss Woodhouse is my favourite fictional heroine!

24d    Text from core of thesis, for instance (5)
{ESSAY} – the middle letters (core) of thESis followed by a word meaning for instance

26d    Look for match, leading to end of dark (4)
{SEEK} – a verb used in the game of poker meaning to match another’s bet by staking a similar sum followed by the final letter (end) of darK

I found it harder to explain the wordplay than to solve.

16 comments on “Toughie 1067

  1. I was doing really well until the last two (30A and 21D) then I came to a screeching halt. I would never have got 21D in a million years. It seems to be one of those particulalryy British terms I’ve never heard before. I might have got 30A with all the checking letters, but doubtful. Many thanks for the review, BD. You’ve had a very busy day! Thanks also to the setter. I liked a number of clues today, but 18D is a standout.

    1. Apparantly 21d comes from French and should ideally have an E on the end, although the commonly used spellings seem to be many and varied. I’d always thought it was KAGOOL (like Beaver below) but one lives and learns :smile:

  2. Had time for a change to attempt the toughie today after the cryptic,started off reasonably well and eventually ended up in the SW corner which took ages. On checking the blog found I had got one wrong, I put kagool for cagoul which I see can be spelt several ways; both have the ‘go’ bit for work in them and the outer four letter word eluded me before I read the blog thanks BD.

  3. Like Chris I was stuck on 30a and 21d for long enough to take me to the top end of 3* time.

    Thanks to BD and Kcit.

  4. 21d and 30a were the two that held us up the most and we did resort to a little electronic assistance with the very last one. Really enjoyed the puzzle with lots of clever wordplay. 2d would be our pick for favourite. Good fun.
    Thanks Kcit and BD.

  5. I enjoyed this toughie very much, just tricky enough to tickle the taste buds. My thanks to Kcit and to BD for the review.

  6. I must be an anorak as I enjoyed it .Fortunate to put the right answer in for 21 d but not bright enough to parse it .Rather liked 2d amongst others .
    Thanks to Kcit and BD for the review and overcoming the technical problems and pleased to hear your eye problem is resolved .

  7. I wonder how many solvers looked up the word caul today because we all seemed to end up on the same last two, enjoyed todays offering, favourites were 4d 17a and 20a thanks to Kcit and to Big Dave for the review.

  8. Anorak (Only Fools’ comment above ) is another British term that I learned from this blog. I’ve been an expat far too long to keep up! Anyone know of a good Brit slang website that I can bookmark?

      1. I am a Brit, Pommers, Gloucestershire born and raised. Just been Stateside a very long time. I will try that site. Many thanks.

        I see my avatar is still funky on the Toughie so Moderation here I come…

  9. Chris ,cagoule is not slang as such ,in France it is in everyday usage particularly in the health and safety rules where for example you must wear a hood (cagoule) for almost everything .Keep happy .

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