Toughie No 1250 by Excalibur
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BD Rating - Difficulty *** - Enjoyment ***
Even for those of us who are not too fussed about anagram quotas, thirteen is surely on the high side. Still, they make for some nice surface readings in this Excalibur puzzle. Slightly trickier than recent Tuesday offerings, I thought. I got dreadfully stuck on 4d, having pencilled in DOS as the last three letters. Did anyone do the same?
In case you haven't seen it, the video at 13a is not to be missed.
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5a Sailor on the loose and a foreign port (6)
ABADAN An acronym for a sailor plus an anagram of (on the loose) AND A.
8a Mad, ensured children could no longer swing on gate? (8)
UNHINGED A word for mad is also the past tense of a verb meaning to remove the mechanism that allows a door or gate to swing open and closed.
9a Andersen orders carriages (7)
HANSOMS The first name of the fairy tale writer plus the abbreviation for an award for distinguished service, pluralised.
10a Has in the past split with English prime minister (5)
HEATH The archaic form of 'has' goes round (split with) English.
11a Fitting one up to sail round harbour (9)
OPPORTUNE An anagram of (to sail) ONE UP goes round a word for a harbour.
13a Convinced, rips out inside with unforeseen result (8)
SURPRISE An anagram of (out) RIPS goes inside a word for certain or convinced.
14a Understand mine is translated into French (6)
DIGEST To mine or extract (something out of the ground) plus the French for is.
17a Is multiplied by two or more (3)
ARE A cryptic definition of the plural form of is.
19a Mother will get wet if going to '12' (3)
DAM If the answer is followed by the solution to 12d, the result is a verb meaning to wet.
20a Stick while swallowing in tooth (6)
CANINE A walking stick goes round (while swallowing) IN from the clue.
23a Gasp as he gets beaten in game (8)
PHEASANT A word meaning to gasp for breath into which is inserted an anagram of (gets beaten in) AS HE.
26a Think you'll find anagrammatic clue in 'flood' (9)
SPECULATE An anagram of (anagrammatic) CLUE goes inside a word for a flood.
28a It tells when figure has been lodged in bank (5)
TIMER A symbol for a large number or figure goes inside (has been lodged in) a word for a bank or row.
29a She'd vanished: dished posse to run free or get shot (7)
DISPOSE An anagram of (to run free) DISHED POSSE after removing (vanished) SHE'D.
30a Sadly, retired before new rise in earnings (8)
SALARIES A reversal of (retired) a word for sadly plus an anagram of (new) RISE.
31a Saw that man left in the sack (6)
BEHELD The masculine pronoun (that man) plus Left go inside the place where one sleeps etc. (the sack).
1d Female boarding vehicle with plants (6)
BUSHES The feminine pronoun (female) goes inside (boarding) a vehicle used as public transport
2d Article, tear-jerking, depicts war area (7)
THEATRE The definite article plus an anagram of (jerking) TEAR.
3d Does he have to be up to get programme under way? (6,3)
ANCHOR MAN A cryptic definition of a term for a male TV presenter that derives from something that has to be pulled up before a journey can begin.
4d Be a child brought up to parties and celebrations (6)
BEANOS BE A from the clue plus a reversal of (brought up) a child.
5d Tossed salad, no canapes stuffed with exotic wildlife (8)
ANACONDA A reversal of (tossed) SALADNOCANAPES contains (stuffed with) the solution.
6d 'Item of value' is how collection may be described in catalogue (5)
ASSET Split (2,3), the solution is how one might describe items which belong together.
7d Doctor and his maltreated cases leading to reprimand (8)
ADMONISH An anagram of (maltreated) AND HIS goes round (cases) the abbreviation for an army medic.
12d Start rubbing out 'ball' in 'ballpoint' (3)
PEN A word for to start or begin after deleting (rubbing out) the letter that resembles a ball.
15d Being even-handed with naughty child -- a terrible trial (9)
IMPARTIAL A naughty child or little devil plus A from the clue and an anagram of (terrible) TRIAL.
16d Wrapping paper is concealing hot gem (8)
SAPPHIRE An anagram of (wrapping) PAPER IS goes round Hot.
18d Crooked dealer that's fencing is apprehended (8)
REALISED An anagram of (crooked) DEALER goes round (that's fencing) IS from the clue.
21d Suitable for small flat (3)
APT A word for suitable is also the abbreviation for an apartment, commonly used in the US.
22d Loving letters don't manage to capture new man (3,4)
FAN MAIL A verb meaning the opposite of manage or succeed goes round (to capture) an anagram of (new) MAN.
24d What possessive frau called him? (6)
HERMAN Split (3,3), how a woman might refer to the person she is married to, which come together to make a male name of German origin. (The Germans actually spell it differently, I believe.)
25d Reckoned ought to exit with speed -- getting the bird! (6)
THRUSH A word for reckoned or considered after deleting (to exit) OUGHT from the clue, plus a word for speed.
27d Said: 'Police! Brake!' (5)
COPSE A brake or thicket sounds like (said) a word for police.
7d and 22d were my favourite clues. I did have a few quibbles that I won't bore you with!
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