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Toughie No 1160 by Warbler

She was afraid to come out of the locker!

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

A lovely Toughie from the equally lovely Warbler. 6 down / 11 across had me puzzling and was my last one in, as well as my favourite.

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1a    Before objection fire old music maker (7)
{SACKBUT} – an objection preceded by a verb meaning to fire or dismiss

5a    In Marseilles fish soup is not cooked without using tarragon initially (7)
{POISSON} – the French (In Marseilles) for a fish is an anagram (cooked) of SO(U)P IS NO(T) without the initial letters of Using Tarragon

9a    Sun digging into things like this leads to wild insinuations Telegraph has to challenge (5,6,4)
{CROSS SWORDS WITH} – S(un) inside the puzzles of which you are currently looking at an example and followed by the initial letters of (leads to) four words in the clue

10a    I play classical  game (4)
{LUDO} – two definitions – the Latin for I play and a board game

11a    See 6 down

12a    Display of British power (4)
{POMP} – an Australian word for the British followed by P(ower)

15a    Crude swear-word sounded harshly loud (7)
{RAUCOUS} – sounds like an adjective meaning crude followed by a swear-word

16a    Superficial knowledge of second affair (7)
{SMATTER} – S9econd) followed by an affair

17a    Knight blocking a women’s campaign’s dead embarrassing (7)
{AWKWARD} – K(night) inside the A from the clue, W(omen), a military campaign and D(ead)

19a    Hides away in narrow empty tunnels (7)
{CLOSETS} – a verb meaning to narrow or lessen followed by TunnelS without its inner letters (empty)

21a    Pace of left-winger? (4)
{TROT} – two definitions – a pace between walking and running and a person with extreme left-wing views

22a    Take top off after paunch is reduced with exercising (5)
{UNCAP} – an anagram (with exercising) of most of (reduced) PAUNC(H)

23a    Name? Hilary for one (4)
{TERM} – two definitions – a name or title and period of time of which Hilary is an example, along with Michaelmas and trinity

26a    Farce as animated pics lack modesty (9,6)
{SLAPSTICK COMEDY} – an anagram (animated) of PICS LACK MODESTY

27a    They’re exposed as Greek character is beset by trembling fit (7)
{NUDISTS} – a Greek character followed by IS inside a trembling fit brought on by imbibing too much alcohol

28a    Told about former dynasty’s leader (7)
{RELATED} – a two-letter word meaning about followed by an adjective meaning former, usually used for someone who died recently, and the initial letter (leader) of Dynasty


1d    Lay in a fish to be served up and eaten by sister (7)
{SECULAR} – this adjective meaning lay or temporal is derived by inserting the A from the clue and another name for the pike inside (eaten by) the abbreviation for S(iste)R

2d    Impossible dream in which brash intruder’s captured by tribe and died (5-6-4)
{CLOUD-CUCKOO-LAND} – an adjective meaning brash and a bird that intrudes into the nest of another inside (captured by) a tribe and followed by D(ied)

3d    Low  standard (4)
{BASE} – two definitions

4d    Dwellers in Stowe perhaps? (7)
{TOWNIES} – a semi all-in-one clue which is an anagram (perhaps) of IN STOWE – dwellers could suffice as the definition, but it reads better as a semi all-in-one

5d    Stirrups needing adjustment with only one right for fastidious types (7)
{PURISTS} – an anagram (needing adjustment) of STIR(R)UPS with only one of the R(ight)s

6d & 11a    Little description in a Sixties musical costume drama? (4-5)
{ITSY-BITSY} – the description of a swimming costume in a hit song from the sixties about the drama of wearing said costume

ARVE Error: need id and provider

7d    Vital transport that took Lawrence aboard? (4,2,3,6)
{SHIP OF THE DESERT} – a cryptic definition of the informal phrase for the form of transport used by Lawrence of Arabia

8d    Poor, poor Henry loses track. He doesn’t stand a chance (2-5)
{NO-HOPER} – an anagram (poor) of POOR HEN(RY) without (loses) the RY (railway / track)

13d    Interpretation of 14 is fishy (5)
{MORAY} – an anagram (interpretation) of the answer to 14 down gives a type of fish

14d    Johnson, say, manipulated 13 (5)
{MAYOR} – the position held by, say, Boris Johnson is an anagram (manipulated) of 13 across – an interesting pair of related clues which border on being indirect anagrams

17d    Technician‘s right one needed in upcoming space agency (7)
{ARTISAN} – R(igh)T and I (one) inside the reversal of the US space agency

18d    These couples dine and ski with abandon (7)
{DINKIES} – the childless couples can afford to dine and ski – they are an anagram (abandon) of DINE SKI

19d    Joke by the Queen? That’s exceptional (7)
{CRACKER} – a joke followed by the Queen’s regnal cipher

20d    Arranged some day to get a dog (7)
{SAMOYED} – an anagram (arranged) of SOME DAY

24d    Man’s aims regularly the same (2,2)
{AS IS} – the even letters (regularly) of the first two words in the clue

25d    Trifle for dessert (4)
{FOOL} – two definitions – a verb and a noun

Along with Micawber and Kcit last Wednesday / Thursday, all three of this week’s Toughie setters were at last Saturday’s Listener Dinner.

14 comments on “Toughie 1160

  1. I really enjoyed this one as well. Thanks for the hints to 6/11 and 12. and for the explanation for 5a which I got but could not see why.

    Quite chuffed to have almost finished a Toughie.

  2. 13d & 14d?

    Which one do you have to solve first?

    Apart from that a very enjoyable puzzle from Warbler. Many Thanks!

  3. Loved it, even the two I needed the hints for (12A and 21A…darn those 4-letter words). I’ve never heard of 18D, but got it from the checking letters. 6/11 came to me very quickly and is my favorite, with 9A and 27A close contenders. Thanks to Warbler for the fun, and to DT for the review.

  4. Superb toughie from a superb setter and a brilliant review, many thanks to both. More of the same please!

  5. A bit shy of 3* level, for me, but very enjoyable. Call it 2.5*/4*. My favourite clue was 1d. Many thanks to Warbler for the entertaining diversion, and to Big Dave for the review.

  6. I loved it too – yet again defeated by one answer though.
    My favourite was 18d with 6/11 as the runner(s) up even if they were my last two.
    With thanks to Warbler and BD.

  7. Pleasant solve but 13&14d are a bit naughty, especially as only 2/5 of the letters are checked.

    Thanks to Warbler and BD

  8. Great fun. As is often the case for us, the small four letter words put up more of a fight than the long ones. 23a was the last one in for us. Being Kiwis, as soon as we see Hilary we think “ED” which was a very unhelpful thought to have here. Lots to enjoy and chuckle over.
    Thanks Warbler and BD.

  9. Fantastic. After the torture of today’s Times, this was a real pleasure. Thanks to Warbler and to BD.

  10. Delightful puzzle ,last one in 23a ,preceded by 6d and 11a which also became favourite .
    Enjoyed the back pager too .Good day .
    Cheers Warbler and BD

  11. Now I am REALLY angry. During all the hoo ha and incompetence at getting the DT puzzles site back up, my subscription came due. I updated my credit card details, as requested. I had confirmation that the payment was accepted. NOW, after my renewal, I am told that my access to the site is blocked because my subscription is expired! I am in the USA. I don’t have the luxury of just picking up a phone and making a local call. I am so mad I could spit. I have e-mailed them, of course but their response track record is abysmal. Can anyone help me out with a pdf of the cryptic, toughie and quick puzzles please?

    1. I am happy to report that the issue with my subscription has been very quickly resolved, together with an apology! It seems that the old automatic expiration date was not removed when my subscription was renewed. A very helpful gentleman at the DT manually corrected the error straight away and I am now back in business. Faith is restored. Many thanks also to Big Dave for responding quickly to my request for the puzzles.

  12. This was super! My fave, 6d/11a, was also my last in — suddenly the penny dropped and the song came back to me. Lovely clue! I enjoyed them all, especially 1a, 9a, 23a, 7d and 19d.

    Many thanks to Warbler for a delightful puzzle.

    Many thanks to Big Dave for the excellent review and also for the photos of the Listener Dinner. Much appreciated.

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