Toughie No 1322 by proXimal
And the pig got up and slowly walked away
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ***
I plodded rather than raced through this puzzle with each answer needing to be prised out but there was a sense of satisfaction in completing it. There did seem to be a lot of container/insertion type clues.
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1a Dad (about 50) shows signs of age, circumventing loud mates (11)
PLAYFELLOWS – an affectionate word for dad contains the Roman numeral for fifty. After that we need a verb meaning shows signs of age (an old document, say) containing the musical abbreviation for loud.
10a Tree about to be planted in enclosure (5)
PECAN – a 2-letter abbreviation for about or approximately goes inside an enclosure.
11a Old sportsman inside at no time turned good to be telltale (9)
REVEALING – the self-styled greatest old sportsman goes inside the reversal (turned) of an adverb meaning at no time. Finish with G(ood).
12a Cheers let out about revolutionary headwear for further games (9)
REMATCHES – an anagram (let out) of CHEERS contains an item of Scottish headwear reversed.
13a Ring to pull back covering opening of sandwich relish (5)
GUSTO – string together the letter that looks like a ring and a verb to pull, then reverse it (back) and insert the opening letter of sandwich.
14a What could be shocking about temperature sample (6)
TASTER – a device used to incapacitate someone by electric shock contains T(emperature).
16a Extremely excited swimmer, hugging constantly (8)
FEVERISH – a creature that swims contains an adverb meaning constantly.
18a Went above water pipe with end of rake to push out second duck (8)
OVERFLEW – start with a water pipe (very useful if you forget to turn off the tap) and replace the second instance of the letter resembling a duck at cricket with the end letter of rake.
20a Fastidious about the Spanish exam (6)
PRELIM – an adjective meaning fastidious or straight-laced contains one of the Spanish definite articles.
23a Chop off head of beam to make post (5)
AFTER – post here is not a noun but a prefix. Chop off the first letter of a supporting beam.
24a Glance as criminal hides one drug (9)
ANALGESIC – an anagram (criminal) of GLANCE AS contains the Roman numeral for one.
26a City in France that’s east of island, beset by westerly wind (9)
LEICESTER – the French phrase for ‘that is’ (1’3) goes to the right (east) of I(sland) and that’s all contained inside a verb to wind reversed (westerly).
27a Allowed a labrador initially to get on part of sofa (5)
LEGAL – A and the initial letter of labrador follow (to get on) part of a sofa.
28a Preserved complimentary final letter by king that’s died (6-5)
FREEZE-DRIED – take a deep breath and string together an adjective meaning complimentary or ‘on the house’, the spelled-out version of our last letter, a single-letter abbreviation for king, the usual abbreviation for that is and D(ied).
2d One standing in body of water to smell bad with two hours gone (5)
LOCUM – a charade of a body of Scottish water and a verb to pong with both occurrences of the single-letter abbreviation for hour taken away.
3d Two unknowns penning article on great European river (7)
YANGTZE – two mathematical unknowns bracket an indefinite article and a two-letter abbreviation for great. That’s all followed by E(uropean).
4d Crude yard at the back of where we live (6)
EARTHY – Y(ard) follows where we all live. ‘At the back of’ works better in an across clue.
5d Dean’s shown up without pill I drop to get wasted (8)
LAVISHED – dean here is neither an academic nor a cleric but a small valley. Reverse (shown up) another word for this without the letter that stands for an illegal pill. After that we need I (from the clue) and a verb to drop or discard.
6d Land with craft, repressing resistance to row (7)
WRANGLE – a verb to land or obtain artfully (with craft) contains R(esistance).
7d Having no leader, manage sensibly with respect to employment (13)
OPERATIONALLY – a verb to manage or get by without its leading letter is followed by an adverb meaning sensibly.
8d Feed the desire of Empress of Blandings, maybe (8)
PIGSWILL – it helps a lot if you know that the Empress of Blandings is the prize sow belonging to Lord Emsworth in the wonderful tales of P G Wodehouse. Split the answer (3’1, 4) to get her desire or preference.
9d Large comic has cracks for those that defend veggies (13)
AGROCHEMICALS – an anagram (cracks) of LARGE COMIC HAS. Veggies here is an informal word (chiefly used in North America) for vegetables rather than those who restrict their diet to them.
15d Basic roofing material‘s brilliance keeping one beneath dry (5,3)
SHEET TIN – a word meaning brilliance or lustre contains the abbreviation for dry or ‘on the wagon’ with the Roman numeral for one following it.
17d Retort back about parking on junction, with repeated directions (8)
REPARTEE – a word for back or hind part contains P(arking) and that precedes a type of junction and a direction repeated.
19d Hold back ball in panic (7)
FORBEAR – insert a ball or sphere in panic or terror.
21d One present often overturned to carry, held by parent (7)
REGULAR – a verb to carry is reversed inside a verb to parent or bring up.
22d Writer‘s block finally disappearing (6)
BARRIE – drop the final letter of a block or obstruction.
25d Go on without interruption, crucial to amuse guest (5)
SEGUE – hidden (crucial to) in the clue.
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