Toughie No 1246 by Shamus
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ***
I didn’t find this puzzle as polished as Shamus’ last, but still quite enjoyed it.
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1a Lamentable executive? Not half (4)
DIRE The first half only (not half) of an 8-letter word for a senior company officer.
3a Victor, Irish American, getting contagion (5)
VIRUS The letter symbolised by Victor in the NATO phonetic alphabet, a two-letter abbreviation for IRish, and a two-letter abbreviation for American.
6a Oppose US car brand lacking central feature (4)
BUCK … as in to oppose or resist a trend. A General Motors automobile brand minus its middle letter (lacking central feature).
8a Like Eurocrat dismissed for not working? (3,2,10)
OUT OF COMMISSION A phrase that could be read as meaning having got the boot from the executive body of the EU.
9a Allow nothing to be reflected in window feature? (6)
LINTEL To permit or allow, plus a word for nothing or zero, all put in reverse (to be reflected).
10a Footballer once getting award without playing in peak period (4,4)
RUSH HOUR A former Liverpool striker (footballer once) followed by a word for an award or accolade minus a two-letter word meaning playing, as of a radio or record.
11a Food not quite present with pre-meal ritual? Shame! (8)
DISGRACE A serving of food minus its last letter (not quite present), then a prayer of thanks for what diners are about to receive.
13a Perhaps plane is kept in resort largely for actress (6)
STREEP The type of vegetation of which a plane is an example, inside (is kept in) a word for a health resort minus its last letter (largely).
15a Dislike obelisk (6)
NEEDLE A word for an obelisk that also means mutual antagonism.
17a Monastic life is embraced by group in church? Right (8)
CLOISTER A Russian doll sort of clue. IS from the clue goes inside (embraced by) a word for group or collection, which in turn goes inside (in) the standard acronym clued by church, followed by the abbreviation for Right.
19a Intelligent English barrister’s case in time college lecturer originally absorbs (8)
CEREBRAL Another Russian doll clue. The abbreviation for English plus the outer letters (case) of BarristeR go inside a word for a time or period, all of which is then absorbed by the abbreviation for College and the initial letter of (originally) Lecturer.
21a By the sound of it, hesitate to offer voluntary relinquishment (6)
WAIVER A homophone of (by the sound of it) a verb meaning to hesitate or 3d.
22a Pressure over Western treaty, one for overturning legal mechanism (5,2,8)
POWER OF ATTORNEY An anagram (overturning) of the abbreviations for Pressure, Over (in cricket), Western and TREATY ONE FOR.
23a Support maybe artistic hosts (4)
BEAR (A verb meaning) support (that the phrase) MAYBEARTISTIC hosts (i.e. contains).
24a Note distinctive character that’s not very large in force (5)
TEETH A musical note followed by a word for distinctive character or set of attitudes, after dropping (that’s not) an abbreviation meaning very large.
25a Take minute off lesson for exam (4)
ORAL The lesson to be drawn from a fable or parable, after dropping (take off) the abbreviation for Minute.
1d Revolutionary atmosphere close to industrial port, suggesting disaster? (4-5)
DOOM-LADEN A word for atmosphere or feeling, reversed (revolutionary), and followed by the final letter of (close to) industriaL and the name of a port that often appears in crosswords (not Rio, the other one).
2d Element in tabloid press, an obsession of TV executives? (7)
RATINGS A metallic element inside a term for inferior newspapers.
3d Be indecisive with trouble during leave (9)
VACILLATE A word for a trouble or woe inside (during) a verb meaning to leave or quit.
4d Attitude of some criminals seen in theorem or seminar (7)
REMORSE The solution is hidden (seen) in THEOREMORSEMINAR,
5d Mostly elegant society of a landlocked state? (5)
SWISS A word for elegant or swanky, minus its last letter (mostly), plus the abbreviation for Society.
6d Head round house kept by short woman in strait (9)
BOSPHORUS More Russian dolls! Starting from the inside: the two-letter abbreviation for HOuse goes inside (kept by) the short form of a female name, all of which is enclosed (round) by a head or superior.
7d Look, leader of sect will be detained by foreign priest in end (7)
CLOSURE An archaic imperative meaning look or behold and the first letter (leader) of Sect go inside (will be detained by) a French parish priest.
12d Who’s greeted a bit of gismology excitedly? (9)
GADGETEER A semi-&lit clue — or whole-clue definition, part of which is also the cryptic instruction. An anagram (excitedly) of GREETED A and the first letter (bit) of Gismology.
13d Two chaps arranged to keep time — using this? (4,5)
STOP WATCH An anagram (arranged) of TWO CHAPS goes round (to keep) the abbreviation for Time.
14d Description of man entering website (9)
PORTRAYAL A man’s name inside a type of website or page that acts as a gateway to other information.
16d Earl certainly getting valuable material? It’s repellent to see (7)
EYESORE A charade of the abbreviation for Earl, a word for certainly or by all means, and a substance mined for its metal or mineral content.
17d Pass one in stir linked to latest in divisive art form (7)
COLLAGE A word for a mountain pass plus a convict in prison, then add the last letter of (linked to latest in) divisivE.
18d British composer publican mentioned (7)
TAVENER A homophone (mentioned) of a publican or innkeeper.
20d Skipper sat discontentedly in resting place (5)
ROOST An animal that skips or hops plus the outer letters of (dis-content-edly) SaT.
13a tickled me – but what were your thoughts?
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