Toughie No 1421 by Dada
Hints and tips by Toro
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BD Rating - Difficulty *** - Enjoyment ***/****
I wasn't too taken with this puzzle at first but perked up at some of the clues in the bottom half.
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1a We hear parental guidance for a wild boxer to be very scary! (4-7)
HAIR-RAISING A soundalike of bringing up an animal that boxes with its rivals in spring
9a A let-down in schoolboy humour? (7,7)
WHOOPEE CUSHION Cryptic definition of a joke shop item that is a kind of balloon.
11a All must conclude, menu found to contain noodles (4)
UDON Final letters (all must conclude) of each word in MENU FOUND TO CONTAIN.
12a Land in water has a tenant (5)
ISLET A synonym for has a rental tenant.
13a Plate to identify, half missing (4)
DISC First half of a verb meaning to identify or reveal.
16a Start to finish in race proving difficult for one with a will (8)
TESTATOR Anagram of START TO (rac)E.
17a Calling nurse, ringing phone at last (6)
CAREER A nurse or helper around (phon)E.
19a Flowers -- one comes up (6)
IRISES Roman numeral one + comes up.
20a Extraordinary brain seen in it, pickled (8)
EINSTEIN Anagram of SEEN IN IT.
22a Dance spins bringing lascivious look (4)
LEER A kind of dance in reverse.
23a Police corruption (5)
FILTH Corruption or pollution is also a slang word for the police.
24a Beer ticket returned (4)
PILS A ticket or small piece of paper, reversed.
27a Puzzle setter built this arch across island in stone (6,8)
AGATHA CHRISTIE Anagram of THIS ARCH around I(sland), all inserted into an ornamental stone.
28a Orbiting Mars initially, I came in the new Tardis, perhaps? (4,7)
TIME MACHINE Anagram of I CAME IN THE around M(ars).
2d Collection of poetry remains sharp -- or idle rubbish? (1,10,3)
A SHROPSHIRE LAD Remains of a fire + anagram of SHARP OR IDLE.
3d Unit of land area opening up (4)
ROOD An opening or aperture in a building, reversed.
4d Dislike making a reading (8)
AVERSION A + a reading or interpretation.
5d Gull in vacuum cleaner? (6)
SUCKER A gull (or gullible person) could be a vacuum cleaner.
6d Feature -- part of face so neatly turned up (4)
NOSE Reversed and hidden in FACESONEATLY.
7d Rare copy -- issu? (7,7)
LIMITED EDITION The solution looks like a cryptic instruction to remove the final letter from ISSU(e).
8d Chairman and son in conflict, one seemingly from another era? (11)
ANACHRONISM Anagram of CHAIRMAN and SON.
10d Press gathering American material on one children's book (4,7)
JUST WILLIAM To press, stuff or wedge goes round American + a material + Roman numeral one.
14d Lift splendid drink (5)
LAGER Splendid or majestic, in reverse.
15d Bloom has life during hours of sunlight (5)
DAISY Lives or has life inside the opposite of night.
18d Bug in flower coming up under table (8)
LISTERIA A table or register of information followed by a river in reverse.
21d Yellow line in capital, first of limos getting clamped by old witch (6)
CIRCLE ...a reference to part of the London Underground system. L(imos) inside a goddess of magic in Greek myth.
25d Talk about no-win situation for Asian national! (4)
THAI Soundalike of a drawn outcome in sport.
26d Polish-American writer entering drama school (4)
ASCH Hidden in DRAMASCHOOL.
20a made me laugh. I also liked 28a, 21d and 25d.
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