Toughie No 1398 by Sparks
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
It was great to meet so many blog regulars in Southwark yesterday, with special mention going to our visitors from New Zealand.
There were a number of gimmes today (e.g. 1a, 12a, 25a and 26d) to give us a good start but after that it was a case of knuckling down and teasing out each answer in what I thought was a very enjoyable exercise.
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1a Old Nazi full of resentment for one who’s succeeded (7)
HEIRESS – Hitler’s one-time deputy contains a word meaning resentment or anger.
9a 3-D object with internal 2-D fuse (8)
CONFLATE – put a solid figure which tapers around an adjective describing something having length and breadth but no height.
10a Room in church with half-hearted cat put outside (7)
KITCHEN – an abbreviation for church with a young cat, without one of its central letters, around it.
11a Leading lady in lingerie holding first show (8)
REGISTER – the surname of Janet, the English lingerie designer, contains a shorthand way of writing ‘first’. The definition here is a verb, meaning to express or reveal (an emotion, say).
12a Servant, at first meek, affable but no good (6)
MENIAL – the first letter of meek is followed by an adjective meaning affable or good-natured without the G(ood).
13a Ideal secretary backed over essay about nothing (10)
APOTHEOSIS – reverse (backed) the abbreviation for a top secretary and add the abbreviation for an over in cricket. Finally, append a long essay or dissertation containing the letter that looks like zero or nothing.
15a Extra roomy (4)
WIDE – double definition, the first a type of extra on a cricket scorecard.
16a Dog is free, say, to run round tail (9)
RIDGEBACK – string together a verb to free or clear, the reversal (to run round) of the abbreviation for ‘say’ or ‘for example’ and a tail or rear.
21a Divine note taken from sermon (4)
HOLY – remove one of the spellings of the third note in tonic sol-fa from a sermon.
22a Gush from modified e-vaporiser (10)
OVERPRAISE – an anagram (modified) of E-VAPORISER.
24a King, I see, managed to circulate port (6)
NARVIK – this is a small port north of the Arctic Circle, in Norway. String together the chess abbreviation for king, I (from the clue), a single-letter abbreviation meaning see and a verb meaning managed or controlled. Finally reverse it all (to circulate).
25a Choosing building that’s changed hands (8)
ELECTION – start with a building and change which hand you use.
27a Perhaps Tess now embraces love-in (7)
HEROINE – Hardy’s Tess is one example. An adverb meaning now or at this point goes round the letter that resembles love or zero and IN.
28a Never opened trite magazine, or something similar (8)
ANALOGUE – put together an adjective meaning trite or hackneyed and the name of a fashion magazine, then remove the first letter of both (never opened).
29a You’d walk if this ran a cover-up for corporation (7)
STUMPED – if you were this, as a batsmen, you’d be walking back to the pavilion. A verb meaning ran or moved quickly goes round (a cover-up for) a corporation or paunch.
2d Heroic adventure about the same eruption (8)
EPIDEMIC – a film or book portraying heroic deeds contains the word, from Latin, used in written works to mean the person or thing previously mentioned,
3d One getting peaches regularly in flower (8)
RECEIVER – the even letters of peaches go inside something that flows.
4d It could get you to plastered drywall’s top when rebuilding (10)
STEPLADDER – this is a semi-all-in-one. It’s an anagram (when rebuilding) of PLASTERED and the top letter of D(rywall).
5d Region in central Zanzibar, as some might see it (4)
ZONE – select the central two letters of zanZIbar, use the first and treat the second as a Roman numeral.
6d Business having turned sour since sacking Poles (6)
OFFICE – how you might describe milk, say, that’s turned sour followed by the word since without the abbreviations for the two earthly poles.
7d Fitting doctrine following initiation of blood rite (7)
BAPTISM – an adjective meaning fitting or suitable and a doctrine follow the initial letter of blood.
8d Noble, unrivalled Liberal must stand down (7)
PEERESS – an adjective meaning unrivalled or without equal with the L(iberal) losing his or her seat.
11d De Niro has played an old countryman (9)
RHODESIAN – an anagram (played) of DE NIRO HAS. The answer can precede the crossing word in the centre of the grid to make a breed of dog.
14d Timely new bouquet delivered as support for fling (6-4)
HEAVEN-SENT – N(ew) and what sounds like (delivered) a bouquet or fragrance follow a verb meaning to fling or chuck.
17d Mark turned up with new author that’s penned ‘Gordon woz ‘ere’ (8)
KHARTOUM – reverse the 2-letter abbreviation for the old German currency and put inside it (penned) an anagram (new) of AUTHOR. This is the African capital city where the Victorian hero General ‘Chinese’ Gordon was besieged and eventually killed in 1885 by the ‘Mad Mahdi’.
18d Union leader removed in time-wasting (8)
ALLIANCE – remove the leading letter from a word meaning time-wasting or dawdling.
19d Exhausted by delay over town and county (7)
DONEGAL – a past participle meaning finished or exhausted is followed by the reversal (over) of a noun meaning amount of delay. This is a county (containing a town of the same name) which is in Ulster but part of the Irish Republic.
20d Sweeping practice — store staff may each pursue it (7)
GENERAL – the three words in the clue may each follow the answer to make three well-known phrases (other possibilities could be 25a, assembly or strike).
23d Choice to lower head when getting draught (6)
POTION – a word meaning choice or alternative with its first letter (head) moved down a tad.
26d Duty paid by the Telegraph? (4)
ONUS – if the Telegraph management were to offer to buy a round of drinks they might say ‘This round’s ** **’.
Top clues for me were 11a, 4d and 17d. Which one(s) appealed to you?