Toughie No 1350 by Kcit
Beyond the Pale
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
We have another fairly straightforward Toughie today – we must surely be due for something a bit meatier for the rest of the week.
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1a Hollywood star may have this hairstyle before a function (8)
PERMATAN – a hairstyle involving the use of chemicals to make it last precedes A and a mathematical function.
5a Lines in poem (except opening) make you feel sleepy (6)
DROWSE – insert lines or tiers in a lyrical poem without its leading letter.
10a Question from advertising agency possibly prompting expression of incredulity (5,3,3,4)
WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? – the last two words of the answer are used in advertising and marketing to identify the strong message designed to promote a brand or product.
11a Cry of woe mostly involving fellow’s register (7)
ALMANAC – an old-fashioned cry of woe without its final K (mostly) contains a male person.
12a Deity overlooking time involved in depravity? (7)
IMMORAL – an enduring deity for the Greeks and Romans loses its T(ime).
13a Usual wine’s not right for stew (8)
STOCKPOT – charade of an adjective meaning usual or predictable and a fortified wine without the R(ight). I was about to write of my doubts that the answer means stew when I thought that I’d better check stew in the BRB and, blow me, one of several interesting meanings is ‘a boiling pot’.
15a Way of locating cycling crime? (5)
SONAR – cycle round the letters of a serious crime involving the attempted destruction of property. Note that this is a cycling of the letters of the crime and not an anagram of the crime because that would be an indirect anagram which is forbidden, though you (and I) may see very little difference in the thought processes needed to reach the answer. So why is an indirect anagram a no-no whilst indirect cycling is not? Answers on a postcard, please!
18a I note the French workers’ leader indicating what union may provide (2-3)
IN-LAW – this is what you may be landed with when you say ‘I do’. String together I, N(ote), a French definite article and the leading letter of W(orkers’).
20a French ready to capture military leader’s area (8)
PRECINCT – French ready is not the euro but the French adjective meaning ready (ignoring the circumflex). Insert (capturing) the abbreviation (1-2-1) for a supreme military commander.
23a Wary about church identifying lustfulness (7)
LECHERY – an adjective meaning wary or distrustful contains one of the abbreviations for church.
25a A blood group I intend to get back — treating this? (7)
ANAEMIA – start with A (from the clue). Now string together a blood group, I and a verb to intend and reverse it (to get back).
26a Historic period — BC, apparently — gets more weight (6-3,6)
MIDDLE-AGE SPREAD – an historic period of history (6,4) is followed by the relationship in time of BC to what followed it (3,2).
27a Prison guard letting number escape is a failure (6)
TURKEY – an old word for a jailer loses the single-letter abbreviation for number.
28a Employee presenting reduced aspect to corporation (8)
FACTOTUM – start with an aspect or facade and drop the last letter, then add TO and the sort of corporation that may be subject to 26a.
1d Fruit: cut two pieces one’s prepared to give away? (6)
PAWPAW – drop the last letter (cut) from a chess piece or something deemed to be of little value. Now do the same again (because the clue says there are two).
2d Staff encountered a line about a lot of broken stone (4,5)
ROAD METAL – this was not a phrase that I knew but the wordplay is clear. String together a staff or bar, a verb meaning encountered, A and L(ine). Finally insert (about) another A.
3d As in races, racing … (7)
ARSENIC – an anagram (racing?) of IN RACES produces the element for which As is the chemical symbol.
4d … without preparation leads to accidents: dozens, hundreds of crashes (2,3)
AD HOC – pick out the leading letters of five words in the clue.
6d Upset for half of German governments? (7)
REGIMES – join together a prefix meaning half and an abbreviation for German, then reverse the lot.
7d Struggle to grasp wings of delicate bird (5)
WADER – an armed struggle contains the outer letters (wings) of delicate.
8d Up-to-date salespeople earliest to be converted? (1-7)
E-TAILERS – an anagram (to be converted) of EARLIEST.
9d A book on crime being supported by the alcohol (8)
ABSINTHE – A, B(ook) and a crime or moral lapse are all followed (supported) by THE.
14d Dog’s destiny to have tail docked? It’ll make the young blubber (5,3)
PUPPY FAT – a young dog and a word for destiny or kismet without its last letter.
16d Turned on married men in bed? I couldn’t say (2,7)
NO COMMENT – reverse ON then insert M(arried) and MEN in a child’s bed.
17d Negotiator I’d upset over scheme to kidnap the old woman (8)
DIPLOMAT – reverse I’D and follow that with a scheme or intrigue containing (to kidnap) an affectionate term for the old woman.
19d Rider’s trick: exuberant expression when on slope (7)
WHEELIE – an expression of exhilaration is followed by a noun meaning (thanks again to the BRB) slope and disposition. Now where have I seen this answer before?
21d Facing difficulties in moving to Spain (2,1,4)
IN A SPOT – an anagram (moving) of TO SPAIN.
22d Female and male embracing love and devotion (6)
FANDOM – this awkward word means the condition of being a devoted aficionado. It comes from F(emale), AND, M(ale) containing the letter that resembles love or zero.
24d Leading pair ousted in final match? That merits a drink (5)
CIDER – take away the first two letters from the final match which resolves who wins and who loses.
25d An extended period setting up sports venue (5)
ARENA – AN (from the clue) and an extended historical period all reversed.
I liked 27a and 21d (for the smooth surfaces) and 16d (for the innuendo) but my favourite clue today was 14d. Let us know what turned you on.