Toughie No 1389 by Giovanni
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An enjoyable breeze of a puzzle by Giovanni on a rare Tuesday appearance, but can someone explain to me how 12d works! [EDIT: False alarm -- the minute I posted the blog I saw the answer.]
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5a Player knowing only seven of his team-mates? (3,4)
FLY HALF ...one of fifteen positions in a rugby team. Knowing or savvy, plus seven of the other players as a fraction of the whole team.
7a Drain must be cleaner, not black (5)
LEACH A cleaning agent minus B(lack).
9a Many ships girl's seen by inlet (6)
ARMADA A girl's name preceded by small branch of a river.
10a Leaders in Church Times grounded in good sense and holiness (8)
SANCTITY C(hurch) T(imes) inside good sense or reason.
11a Frightful ado and I cry, wanting mother around to show a bit of heart? (10)
MYOCARDIUM A word for mother around an anagram of ADO and I CRY.
13a Mafia boss caught by a river in Italy (4)
CAPO C(aught) + A + an Italian river.
14a Audibly criticising publication? It may be for present content (8,5)
WRAPPING PAPER A sounds-like of criticising or rebuking, plus a journalistic (or academic) publication.
16a Cruel chap ditching old wife (4)
FELL A word for chap minus O(ld) W(ife).
17a China's top sporting event (5,5)
CROWN DERBY Top or crest plus a sporting event, e.g. in horseracing.
19a Number being entertained by employer -- not what you'd get with a fat cat! (8)
BONINESS A particular number inside a word for employer or manager.
20a Not one of our characters to slate the dental establishment (6)
LAMBDA To slate or criticise plus the acronym of the body representing UK dentistry.
22a Volunteers coming with lettuce and Mexican food (5)
TACOS Volunteer reservists plus a type of lettuce.
23a Sigh as American grabbed by one of Oxford's prominent features? (7)
SUSPIRE American inside the type of architectural structure for which Oxford is famous.
1d Some ordinary-looking rising stars (4)
LYRA Hidden backwards inside ORDINARYLOOKING.
2d Plan in which the French publicist is seen as incompetent user of language (8)
MALAPROP A French definite article plus the abbreviation for a purveyor of corporate lies, all inside an area plan.
|Not quite a malapropism, but a few years ago my mother was explaining to my Auntie Shirley that my brother and his wife were looking at how expensive it might be to send their daughter to a Montessori school. Auntie Shirley screwed her face up and said: "Why do they want to send her to a multistorey?"|
3d Guys with leader absent in cushy group meeting (6)
PLENUM Males, minus the first letter, inside cushy (as in a cushy job).
4d An adjective maybe, one with power in little piece (10)
PARTICIPLE Roman numeral one plus P(ower), all inside a little piece or small item.
5d Assault or battle in which nothing is gained (5)
FORAY O for nothing inside a battle or fight.
6d Design centres do this to give us hose maybe (7,6)
FASHION HOUSES The solution reads like a cryptic instruction to give an anagram of US HOSE, for example.
8d Foremost of people to rush violently? (7)
HOTSPUR Anagram of P(eople) and TO RUSH.
12d Clerical office involving risks, internal note becoming obvious (10)
CHAPLAINCY A word for risky in which the N(ote) is replaced by a word meaning obvious.
14d Identify and get rid of what sounds like small suspicion (4,3)
WEED OUT Split (3,4), a sounds-like of a small suspicion.
15d Pain and defeat for optimistic person (8)
PANGLOSS A sharp pain plus a defeat.
17d An example of one could be 'made up' in crosswords! (6)
CHEESE Metaphorically, something corny or well-worn -- like that dreadful old chestnut and kids' joke that defines one of these in the literal sense.
18d Mark shows animal has lost its tail (5)
BADGE A secretive mammal more often seen as roadkill, minus its final letter.
21d Important location for 9 (4)
MAIN Double definition.
5a and 10a tickled me a lot.
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