Toughie No 1376 by Elkamere
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BD Rating - Difficulty ** - Enjoyment ****
A quality puzzle (needless to say) that I could happily have given five stars for enjoyment if it had come up on my usual (Tuesday) watch. But Friday Toughie thrill-seekers will have been let down by the lack of difficulty.
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1a Left cutting remark in a personal manner (11)
COMPORTMENT Left in nautical language inside (cutting) a remark or observation.
10a Engine temperature in low revs initially (5)
MOTOR T(emperature) inside a verb meaning to low (like a cow), plus R(evs).
11a Hair growth over parting is bound to itch (9)
MOUSTACHE O(ver) inside (parting) a synonym for is bound to, then a verb meaning to itch or yearn.
12a Get going with power supply from boot (4-5)
KICK START A cryptic, or perhaps double, definition. To get (something) going by giving it a blow of the foot.
13a Something kinky? Well, no (5)
CROOK A curved object is also Aussie slang for ill.
14a Old name for Christmas (source missing) (6)
NOWELL If split (2,4), the solution looks like it refers to a lack of a water source.
16a Feud keeps death in check -- I'm grateful (8)
VENDETTA Death or demise inside a verb meaning to check or screen, then a short word for thank you.
18a Rather daft about one housed in project (4,1,3)
JUST A BIT Reversal (about) of a word for daft or barmy, then the Roman numeral one, all contained in a verb meaning to project or protrude.
20a Quarrel is gutting for mediators (6)
FRACAS Remove the inner letter (gutting) from FOR and add the acronym for a mediation service.
23a 'Heading for Colditz', Nazi musical (5)
CHESS C(olditz) plus a prominent Nazi who committed suicide in Spandau prison in 1987.
24a Vessel negotiating river, a sailing boat (9)
CATAMARAN A vessel or container goes round (negotiating) an English river and A from the clue.
26a Passing staff repelled tormentor -- double or quits (9)
ENACTMENT ...the passage of a bill into law. Reverse (repelled) a staff or stick and add T(or)MENT(or), deleting both instances of OR (double or quits).
27a As it's wrong, there's nothing in crime (5)
SINCE A wrong or transgression, then C(rim)E minus the inner letters (nothing in).
28a Unlikely -- a diocese that has lodges in Florida city (11)
TALLAHASSEE Unlikely or cock-and-bull, then HAS from the clue goes in-between (lodges in) A from the clue and a word for diocese.
2d See out of copilot's false eye (5)
OPTIC Anagram (false) of COPILOT after dropping a word meaning see or behold (as an imperative).
3d In the shade a year, then solar winds (7)
PARASOL The abbreviation for 'a year' (meaning per year or yearly), then an anagram (winds) of SOLAR.
4d Butter's always good for chef (6)
RAMSAY An animal that butts, with apostrophe, then Scots for always.
5d Working method no longer restricts Canadian police (8)
MOUNTIES An abbreviation meaning working method plus a word meaning frees from bondage or no longer restricts.
6d Spotted, but spared assassination? (7)
NOTICED Split (3,4), the solution could be read as not killed (in American English slang).
7d Second pair of cards hidden in formal piece of attire (7,6)
SMOKING JACKET A second or jiffy, then two picture cards, all inside a word meaning formal or prescribed.
8d Crossing over street, upset about a word puzzle (8)
ACROSTIC Approximately or about, reversed (upset) and going round (crossing) O(ver) ST(reet).
9d Tourist in outer space? (4,9)
DECK PASSENGER Cryptic definition of someone travelling by sea without cabin accommodation.
15d Methodist with no other retreat (8)
WESLEYAN W(ith), then reverse (retreat) archaic no plus a word for other or different.
17d She wrote about torture after university in America (8)
MITCHELL Abbreviation meaning about or approximately, then torture or torment in a colloquial sense, all preceded by a top US university. (There are several female writers with this name, not to mention the brilliant singer-songwriter. Can anyone see which of them is meant here and why?)
19d After bottling Asti, new / old wine-growing region (7)
ALSATIA After or in the style of goes round (bottling) an anagram (new) of ASTI.
21d Sun god seems to freak out pharaoh (7)
RAMESES The Egyptian sun god plus an anagram (to freak out) of SEEMS.
22d A result of running repair (6)
STITCH A pain experienced by runners is also a verb meaning to darn or mend.
25d Blow a fuse installing new oven (5)
RANGE To blow a fuse or be furious around (installing) N(ew).
17d screams semi-&lit, but if so I can't identify the reference.
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