Toughie No 1270 by Excalibur
One for the bird’s … or do I mean birds?!
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A typical Excalibur puzzle to fill the Tuesday ‘Toughie’ slot.
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1a Where there’s a lot of junk advice on how to go metric (10)
SCRAPYARDS Split 5,5 this place for storing junk could be advice on how to go metric.
6a Regretted making left turn to enter (4)
RUED Obvious what the solution had to be but the ‘why’ took me some time to ‘see’ – The colour used to refer informally to communists (left) with a type of turn which results in a reversal of direction.
9a A solicitor’s extra (5)
RIDER A cryptic definition of an extra clause on a legal agreement.
10a Entree these days to work (9)
ADMISSION The abbreviation used to mean in the current era followed by a specific task or duty (work).
12a Be brilliant and help backward in class (7)
RADIATE To emit light or shine – a reversal (backward) of some help put into a verb meaning to assign a rank to (class).
13a How surprising! Tailless sea birds! (5)
GEESE An informal expression of surprise followed by SEA with its last letter missing (tailless).
15a Acclaim and celebrate mine all round (7)
PLAUDIT Another word for a mine is put (all round) a verb meaning to praise or celebrate.
17a Back in the marathon, say? (7)
SPONSOR To support someone running in a marathon for example by donating to their good cause.
19a Can’t they stand looking after children? (7)
SITTERS People who look after children while their parents are out sound like they might be people who can’t stand up.
21a Will cry, but it’s insincere (7)
SHALLOW A statement of determination (will) followed by a cry of pain.
22a The said car parts (5)
ROLES Parts played by an actor sound like (said) an informal way of referring to a particular marque of grand car.
24a One doesn’t imagine cooks are at table (7)
REALIST An anagram (cooks) of ARE followed by a table or record of something.
27a Foreign correspondent‘s stablemate? (3,6)
PEN FRIEND An enclosure for animals (stable) and another word for mate.
28a Our neighbours; single and rightish (5)
IRISH People from a neighbouring country – I (single) the abbreviation for Right plus ISH.
29a Pull in at workplace (4)
EARN The definition of pull in the sense of gain money from work.
30a Siege that should earn dividends (10)
INVESTMENT There is a definition of siege that means a persistent attempt to gain something so I suppose that might describe putting money into something to earn dividends. However, a kind friend with a copy of the BRB to hand informs me that the solution can also mean a blockade (military) so now we know!
1d One of first two letters in ‘sensitive‘ (4)
SORE A way of saying choosing between the first two letters of sensitive produces a word meaning sensitive in the sense of causing pain.
2d Bird that, among others, gets breadcrumbs (9)
REDBREAST Insert an anagram (crumbs) of BREAD into a word meaning the others.
3d Cut and spliced, say (5)
PARED A verb meaning cut is a homophone of one meaning put together, for example as a married couple (spliced).
4d Insistent man is superior to insect (7)
ADAMANT A man’s name is followed by (superior to) a very small insect.
5d Mother writes and is discouraging (7)
DAMPENS The female parent of an animal (mother) followed by a verb meaning writes or composes.
7d Join one and take sides (5)
UNITE A combining form meaning consisting of only one followed by the outside letters (sides) of TakE.
8d Not a gathering of Mensa members? (5,5)
DENSE CROWD A thick gathering rather than a brainy one (not … Mensa members).
11d Duck inside, a ring’s produced and she’s married (7)
SIGNORA A Italian married lady is obtained from an anagram (produced) of A RINGS with an O (a duck in cricket scoring) inserted.
14d It denotes a lack of character (10)
APOSTROPHE A cryptic definition of a small punctuation mark often misplaced in signs outside shops.
16d Cupboard that’s never bare? (7)
DRESSER A type of cupboard could describe someone who puts clothes on (never bare).
18d So real I confused it, inset, for a diamond (9)
SOLITAIRE An anagram (confused) of SO REAL I IT.
20d Child fed egg by member of hospital staff (7)
SURGEON A verb meaning to encourage (egg) inserted into a male child.
21d Snow’s outside. Go off and wrap up well (7)
SWADDLE The outside letters of SnoW followed by a verb meaning to go off or become rotten.
23d Craft taken for row on river (5)
LINER A craft too big to row down a river – here row is a word for a series of things put ‘in a row’ which should be followed by the abbreviation for river.
25d Fool one — and do it craftily (5)
IDIOT The letter that looks like a one followed by an anagram (craftily) of DO IT.
26d Try saying ‘dipsomaniac’ when drunk (4)
SHOT A go or attempt at something (shot) sounds like the way a dipsomaniac might slur a noun meaning a habitual drunkard.
I had a discussion with Mr CS at the weekend about how some puzzles are easier to review than others. Today’s hints and tips have taken me somewhat longer than Sunday’s review to draft, not helped by the fact that I only have the office Collins dictionary to refer to for definitions, whilst trying to convey an impression of someone typing something work related!! Any errors to be corrected will have to wait until I get home as I must now get on with the day job.