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Toughie 1335

Toughie No 1335 by Kcit

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A typical Kcit puzzle – not too difficult but nonetheless enjoyable.

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1a    Building with very loud cracking? It must be rot (6)
PIFFLE: a building or mansion around (with … cracking) the musical notation for very loud

4a    Heat recalling result after an international (6)
ANIMUS: the reversal (recalling) of the result of, for example, addition after AN and I(nternational)

8a    Admit frock’s no good (3)
OWN: A frock or dress without the G(ood)

10a    Issue for which snoop gathers zero information (7)
PROGENY: A verb meaning to snoop around (gathers) O (zero) and some information

11a    Material in newspaper possibly backing comprehensive guide (7)
ORGANZA: a formal word for a newspaper followed by the reversal (backing) of a comprehensive street guide

12a    Form and style (5)
CLASS: two definitions – a form in a school and style or elegance

13a    Fool called, wasting minutes — said nothing of value (9)
TWITTERED: a four-letter fool followed by a verb meaning called or named without (wasting) M(inutes)

14a    Where birds perch or we perch (9,4)
TELEGRAPH POLE: this newspaper (we) followed by another name for a unit of measurement equal to 5½ yards, also called a rod or a perch

17a    Policeman used to probe person engaged to work by Yard is making inconsistent points (13)
CONTRADICTORY: a plain-clothes policemen inside a person engaged to do a job of work followed by Y(ard)

22a    Conniving policeman actually within the law, receiving money (9)
COMPLICIT: a three-letter colloquial term for a police and an adjective meaning actually within the law around (receiving) M(oney)

23a    Was curtailed following substantial legal opinion (5)
FATWA: WA(S) without its final letter (curtailed) preceded by (following) an adjective meaning substantial gives a legal opinion issued by a Muslim judicial authority

24a    Proffer no Government support at first, appearing uneasy (7)
RESTIVE: a four-letter verb meaning to proffer without the G(overnment) preceded by (at first) a support like those used by snooker players

25a    Out to capture hearts, getting grand love (7)
NOTHING: a phrase meaning out (3,2) around (to capture) H(earts) and followed by G(rand)

26a    Regretting ditching fashionable wig (3)
RUG: a verb meaning regretting without (ditching) IN (fashionable)

27a    Provide blueprint for rear half of wide house? (6)
DESIGN: the rear half of [wi]DE followed by a house (of the zodiac)

28a    Chance servant will forget name (6)
FLUKEY: this adjective meaning chance or inadvertent is derived by dropping (will forget) the N(ame) from a colloquial word for a servant


1d    Father taking on lively form of Fatherhood? (6)
PAPACY: a two-letter word for father followed by an adjective meaning lively

2d    Pay for some time in film (7)
FOOTAGE: A verb meaning to pay for a bill followed by a period of time

3d    City is first item of news on the radio (5)
LEEDS: sounds like (on the radio) a verb meaning is the first item of news

5d    Near alcoholic drink when around special club (9)
NIGHTSPOT: a word meaning near followed by a small alcoholic drink around SP(ecial)

6d    Cross Frenchman working with Greek upset the French (7)
MONGREL: the letter that is used for a Frenchman followed by a two-letter word meaning working, GR(eek) and the reversal (upset in a down clue) of the French definite article

7d    Suspicious about new drink (6)
SHANDY: an adjective meaning suspicious or dubious around N(ew)

8d    Shore resident distressed re yacht sector (6-7)
OYSTER-CATCHER: an anagram (distressed) of RE YACHT SECTOR

9d    One that could stop a clock (though it’s not a hanging matter) (2,3,8)
NO OIL PAINTING: this euphemism for ugly, similar to “a face that could stop a clock” or “a face that would break a mirror” is cryptically defined as something that would not be hung on a wall

14d    Investigator regularly observed in the act (3)
TEC: the odd letters of the last two words in the clue

15d    Applauding like a cracked bell? (9)
EXTOLLING: this could describe a bell that is no longer rung because it is cracked

16d    US university upset, losing American in UK city (3)
ELY: start with a US university, reverse it (upset in a down clue) and then drop (losing) the A(merican)

18d    Sailor, one in boggy ground, shows process of absorption (7)
OSMOSIS: a low-ranking sailor followed by I (one) inside some boggy ground

19d    Take another approach to the manoeuvres in winter sports venue (7)
RETHINK: an anagram (manoeuvres) of THE inside a winter sports venue

20d    Ran off, leaving person frightened (6)
SCARED: start with a verb meaning ran off and then drop (leaving) PER(son)

21d    Awkward group of criminals likely to lose heart (6)
GANGLY: a group of criminals followed by L[ikel]Y without (to lose) its inner letters (heart)

23d    Unavoidable fine should get reduced in any circumstances (5)
FATAL: F(ine) followed by a phrase meaning in any circumstances (2,3) without its final letter (reduced)

Bufo is unavailable today as he is en route to London and will be at the Birthday Bash on Saturday.

16 comments on “Toughie 1335

  1. Contrary to two of my email correspondents this morning, I did find this trickier than the back page. 3*/3* for me.

  2. Quite straightforward for a Thursday toughie, but enjoyable nevertheless.
    Thanks to Kcit, and to BD.
    About time we had a Myops puzzle.

  3. Nice puzzle, found it reasonably challenging..

    Thanks very much Big Dave for explaining the parsing of 24a and 20d, should have seen them in retrospect.

    I liked the multinational cross in 6d, and regretting the wig (26a) made me laugh. Some nice surface stories, e.g. 4a, 10a, 22a, 25a.

    Many thanks Kcit

  4. This did take me less time than the back-pager, where I was hung up for a while on a couple of answers. I enjoyed it and particularly liked 9D and 14A. Thanks Kcit and BD.

    PS. Of all three crosswords, the one I had most trouble with today was the Quickie!

  5. Pleasant enough puzzle – I liked 23d. 14d can be read another way, taking regular letters of investigator gives the US Internal Security Act [ISA] -doesn’t help solve the puzzle though.

    Thanks to Kcit and BD.

  6. The four long crosses came up pretty early, so Kcit gave us a decent head start on the rest. Agree 2*/3, although l went into 3* time by virtue of having to break off for various domestic duties. No real favourite clue, but l’ll pick 8d because l love the noise they make coming across the anchorage on a quiet summer evening. Oh for the return of summer! Thanks to Kcit, and to BD for the review.

  7. We are feeling very smug and clever. As the Telegraph site had not, and still has not, put up the setter’s name we had solve it as a Mr Ron. However, when we were about a third of the way through and encountered the wading bird that is common near where we live, we agreed that it felt very like a Kcit. And so it proved to be. The clue that gave us most challenge to parse was 5d. We had the right answer but wanted to use ‘spot’ as the synonym for drink, which left a stranded T and no ‘special’. It took overnight cogitation to sort it out. Good fun to solve.
    Thanks Kcit and BD.

    1. respect for compiler guessing – i still don’t know how to do this – for my enlightenment, and perhaps for others too, would you please elaborate on why this felt like a Kcit?

      1. I really do not know how to answer this question. Sometimes, with a setter like RayT/Beam, there are certain characteristics that the setter deliberately puts into his puzzles, but this is quite rare. With others it is more of an instinctive feeling that grows the more familiar one becomes with the different setters. We always, when solving, feel a connection with the workings of the setter’s mind and trying to guess their identity is no more than a manifestation of this. Perhaps some of the solvers who are more experienced that I might have an opinion on this.

  8. Enjoyed this so much more than the back-pager. Toughies are invariably a struggle for me but so satisfying if I manage to complete them. Needed BD to explain the parsing of 22&24a but otherwise had, for once, sorted them out for myself.
    Favourite goes to 8d (for the same reason as Salty Dog) but 9d comes a close second.
    Thanks to Kcit and to BD for holding the fort for Bufo. No doubt he’ll repay you with a large drink on Saturday!

  9. Having got just 6 , at first , I decided to follow the guide above ,as a type of refresher course to solving .Thanks, Big Dave.I hope I remember these constructions.Favourite 14a !

    1. I think that when you hit one that you get stuck on you treat it as a training exercise or, to use your words, a refresher course.

      1. Why doesn’t Big Dave have a like button ? Like !
        Oh I suppose there would be a demand for a dislike botton, and then a comment button, probably far too complicated for”world press”or whatever.

  10. Like the 2Kiwis I’m feeling smug and clever – not because I spotted who the setter was (already knew that from the paper) but because I finished it.
    I loved it – I didn’t find it easy at all but got there in the end.
    Got a bit tangled up with a couple of the long answers but eventually managed to sort them out.
    Lots of lovely clues – my favourite was 1a – my first answer in and it made me laugh.
    With thanks to Kcit for the crossword and to BD – not just for standing in for Bufo but also for being there as a safety net! Just for once I didn’t fall off anything!

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