Toughie No 1413 by Samuel
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BD Rating - Difficulty ***/**** - Enjoyment *****
Those without a British upbringing might struggle with one or two of the references, but Samuel's second Toughie is a delight, and shows what can be done when good setters really apply themselves to their craft. All Tuesdays should be like this!
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1a Baker, perhaps, set out in vehicle following all four directions haphazardly (10)
NEWSCASTER The four points of the compass in no particular order, followed by an anagram of SET inside a motor vehicle.
6a Mistaek (4)
TYPO A mistake of the kind exemplified by the misprint in the clue.
9a Butler's sometime residence books girl for dance (10)
TARANTELLA Scarlett (O'Hara) Butler's plantation residence in Gone With the Wind + books of the Bible + a girl's name.
10a Rescue king trapped by charge (4)
FREE R(ex) inside a charge or levy.
12a Ban with this drink could make drunk abstain (4)
ASTI If anagrammed with BAN, the solution yields ABSTAIN.
13a With which wronged can in the end be getting even? (9)
VENGEANCE Anagram of CAN (b)E (gettin)G EVEN.
15a Flier, kind of overwhelmed by promotion, died like co-pilot or vice-captain (8)
HYPHENED A bird (flier) inside promotion or a buzz of publicity, then D(ied). (Have I missed something, or does Samuel think chickens can fly?)
16a Hound bachelor with property (6)
BASSET B(achelor) + a piece of property or item of wealth.
18a Shed last of paranoia in fast love (4-2)
LEAN-TO (paranoi)A inside a period of fasting in the Christian calendar, then O for love.
20a Get close to vessel orbited by satellite (4,2,2)
MOVE IN ON A blood vessel inside the earth's satellite.
23a Where Porterfield finally bags cracking century? (9)
EDGBASTON ...a famous cricket ground in Birmingham. (Wher)E (Porterfiel)D + anagram of BAGS + a century (or score of one hundred) in cricket. (William Porterfield is captain of the Ireland cricket team.)
24a Blackmail when former partner leaves -- that's wrong (4)
TORT A verb meaning to blackmail or obtain by threats, after deleting a former partner or lover.
26a Celebration from reversal of prenuptial agreement (4)
GALA The answer is hidden backwards inside PRENUPTIALAGREEMENT.
27a Get rid of old boy with healthy celerity (10)
OBLITERATE O(ld) B(oy) + healthy or lo-cal + celerity (swiftness).
28a Melchester's ultimate star (4)
RACE ...surname of comic-book footballing hero Roy of the Rovers. (Melcheste)R + a star or maestro.
29a In zero gravity, start to whisper: '1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9...' (10)
WEIGHTLESS W(hisper) + an adjective suggested by the sequence of numbers. Look carefully!
1d Record vino teetotaller's imbibed (4)
NOTE Hidden in VINOTEETOTALLER.
2d Labour provided parking for Nottinghamshire town (7)
WORKSOP Labour or toil + provided (?) + P(arking). (I'm struggling to see how 'provided' clues the two-letter word concerned.)
3d Secret study let Mafia regularly find suspect (12)
CONFIDENTIAL To study or gen up + anagram of LET (m)A(f)I(a) FIND.
4d Cover space for smooth-talking Irishman (8)
SLEEVEEN A cover (e.g. for a vinyl record) + a typographic space.
5d Studio location damaged in gale (6)
EALING Anagram of IN GALE.
7d Clothing displayed by youths and yobs? (1-6)
Y-FRONTS A feature of the words youths and yobs. A nice semi-&lit reference to young people's fashion for "sagging" (pictured).
8d Reach too far without being restrained by public finale (10)
OVEREXTEND A Latin prefix meaning without inside a word for public, then a finale or close.
11d Steamers foundering in rising river where Elmo lives (6,6)
SESAME STREET A river in NE England reversed around an anagram of STEAMERS.
14d Conservative passage upset Green contender (10)
CHALLENGER C(onservative) + a passage or corridor + anagram of GREEN.
17d Leader sacked from foundation -- an action leading to fewer significant figures (8)
ROUNDING A foundation or basis of knowledge minus the initial letter.
19d Core of band come together, initially introducing Collins in the manner of Gabriel? (7)
ANGELIC (b)AN(d) + to come together or cohere + I(ntroducing) C(ollins).
21d European sailor dashed up to tell story (7)
NARRATE E(uropean) + a sailor + dashed or raced, all in reverse.
22d Time to wear black? Sure! (6)
STABLE A word for black around T(ime).
25d This person sees empty dish (4)
MESS First-person pronoun + S(ee)S.
23a, 28a, 7d and 19d were my favourites but I thought the quality of cluemanship was uniformly high. 4d was a new word for me. Let's hear your picks and reactions.
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