Toughie No 1329 by Warbler
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BD Rating - Difficulty *** - Enjoyment ***
I made steady progress through this puzzle, which contained some trickier clues along with the more gentle ones I think of as typical of Warbler. A pleasant solve - thanks Warbler.
In case you haven't yet, do listen to last week's David Baddiel Tries To Understand Cryptic Crosswords on Radio 4, which is still available via the link below. It's highly entertaining, and the accompanying downloadable crossword, written specially for Baddiel by Arachne and discussed in the programme, is just delightful.
Here's the link (you'll need to copy and paste since WordPress won't let me create a hyperlink): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04xrl8t
1a Woolly old drawing instrument (11)
CARDIOGRAPH ...a piece of medical equipment. A men' s knitted jumper with buttons down the front, the abbreviation for old, and a drawing or diagram.
10a Line in letter read aloud (5)
QUEUE A homophone (read aloud) of a certain letter of the alphabet.
11a Finally develop pride in a newly built water-carrier (9)
DRAINPIPE The last letter (finally) of develop followed by an anagram (newly built) of PRIDE IN A.
12a Schools installing clubs for English scholars (9)
ACADEMICS A word for schools, but replacing the abbreviation for English by that for clubs in cards.
13a Pie's not good with low-calorie cream (5)
ELITE PIE from the clue but dropping a two-letter slang abbreviation of a word meaning good or devout, followed by a term used in marketing meaning low-calorie.
14a Old swear-word -- there's no right justification (6)
EXCUSE A prefix meaning old or former, then a word for an obscenity after dropping the abbreviation for right.
16a Is there time to change top? (3,5)
TEE SHIRT An anagram (to change) of IS THERE along with the abbreviation in physics for time.
18a Remedy for one opposing love (8)
ANTIDOTE A person who is against something, and a verb meaning love or adore.
20a Language school's grasping fellow runs away (6)
SPEECH The abbreviation for school goes round word meaning fellow or equal, after dropping (away) the abbreviation in cricket for runs.
23a Press cuttings (5)
HACKS A double definition, being both a collective (and pejorative) term for journalists and strikes of an axe or other cutting tool.
24a The French expanded in state (9)
LOUISIANA The full (expanded) name of a US state whose abbreviation is a French definite article.
26a Sign fellow's turned east to go by river (9)
NAMEPLATE A word for fellow or chap in reverse (turned), the abbreviation for east and the English name of a river lying between Argentina and Uruguay.
27a Putting bread in that is silly (5)
INANE A kind of bread inside the Latin abbreviation for that is.
28a One thrown off by ancient steed, surprisingly they came first (11)
ANTECEDENTS An anagram (surprisingly) of ANCIENT STEED after deleting the Roman numeral one (one thrown off).
2d Going to Hollywood, earn millions taking off 'Leader of the Pack' (5)
AKELA ...in Kipling's Jungle Book and the scouting movement. Precede the city in which Hollywood lies by a verb meaning to earn minus the abbreviation for millions.
3d Liquid slides, conserving energy in such machines (7)
DIESELS An anagram (liquid) of SLIDES around the abbreviation in physics for energy.
4d Invest one in gold belt (6)
ORDAIN The Roman numeral one goes between the heraldic colour gold and a belt or rank in martial arts.
5d Roll around outskirts of Ashford in sporty vehicle (8)
ROADSTER A roll or list of assigned duties goes round the outer letters (outskirts) of Ashford.
6d Better and better, perhaps they go boating (7)
PUNTERS The plural of a word for patrons of a betting shop.
7d Boring party in government provides military exercise (6-7)
SQUARE-BASHING A word for boring or not hip, a do or party, IN from the clue and the abbreviation for government.
8d Scale down part of outfit employed on converted semi (8)
MINIMISE An item of female wear plus an anagram (converted) of SEMI.
9d Cardinal translated heathen verse being held in total bliss (7,6)
SEVENTH HEAVEN A cardinal number (one, two, three... etc.) followed by an anagram (translated) of HEATHEN around the abbreviation for verse in Bible references.
15d Place to bury queen with a rake! (8)
CATACOMB An animal whose female can be a queen, A from the clue and a verb meaning to rake.
17d Virginia maybe penning English lines making five points, typically (8)
STELLATE What Virginia is an example of, around (penning) English lines.
19d Clean slate? Rubbish, one gathers (7)
DUSTPAN To perform light household cleaning, followed by a verb meaning to slate or criticise severely.
21d The old man's session doing the crossword, say (7)
PASTIME A term for father (plus possessive s) and a word for a session or period of activity.
22d French CID's certain to trap alien (6)
SURETE A synonym of certain goes round (to trap) an acronym meaning from space.
25d Sailor's a foot behind at sea (5)
ABAFT A rank of sailor, A from the clue and the abbreviation for foot.
5d was my clue of the day. Yours?
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