Toughie No 1429 by Warbler
Hints and tips by Dutch
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ***
A nice and gentle offering from Warbler today, no harder than the back-pager, to start our Toughie week, although I was misled by 7d which had me concerned about my lack of Latin education – however, turns out it was my musical education that was to blame.
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1a Apt place for carpenter to get a meal (6)
CHIPPY: This fast food outlet is also slang for carpenter (and for a flirtatious or promiscuous woman, apparently, in N America)
4a Degree at college finally includes a graduate’s computer files (8)
DATABASE: Abbreviation for D(egree), AT from the clue, then the last letter from collegE (finally) but first we insert (includes) A from the clue and the abbreviation for a Bachelor of Arts (graduate) – without forgetting the ‘S from the clue.
9a Swimming on a regular basis infant gains time (6)
NATANT: Even letters in (on a regular basis) iNfAnT gAiNs with the usual abbreviation for T(ime). I remember this word p
10a Aroma is fantastic around Britain’s heavenly food (8)
AMBROSIA: Anagram (fantastic) of AROMA IS around the abbreviation for B(ritain)
11a Headgear of smart urbanite (6)
TURBAN: lurking in smart urbanite
12a Things hospital department is keeping secure (8)
ENTITIES: Crossword-land’s favourite hospital ward followed by IS from the clue which contains (keeping) a 3-letter verb meaning secure or fasten
14a Instrument softly then loudly … (10)
PIANOFORTE: this instrument split (5,5) reveals two musical instructions, to play softly and to play loudly
18a … played Gounod, too presto at first on the fiddle (2,2,2,4)
UP TO NO GOOD: Anagram (played) of GOUNOD TOO as well as the first letter (at first) of P(resto)
22a Widespread alarm grips most of protesters (8)
PANDEMIC: A 5-letter noun for alarm contains (grips) 3 out of 4 letters (most of) describing a group of protestors, or a demonstration.
23a Removal of mass from firedamp produces gas (6)
ETHANE: firedamp is mostly methane, so when you remove the abbreviation for M(ass), you end up with this gas. Feels a little odd since methane is also a gas, fitting the definition – might have been nicer for the clue to read “produces another gas”?
24a Cures will be found after engineer’s sad demise (8)
REMEDIES: Two letter abbreviation for engineer, followed by an anagram (sad) of DEMISE.
25a Music journalist was shocking (6)
ROCKED: A type of modern music, or what you might do to a cradle, plus the usual abbreviation for journalist
26a Sailors love music-maker, that’s certain (8)
ABSOLUTE: 2-letter abbreviation for sailor plus the S (since we have sailorS), the tennis score called love, and a mediaeval stringed instrument
27a Record of US city monument’s first distinguishing title (6)
EPONYM: Abbreviation for an old 45rpm record usually containing 4 songs rather than just 2, the shortened form of “of”, Abbreviation for the US city that never sleeps, and the first letter from M(onument).
1d Winding path once leading to memorial (8)
CENOTAPH: Anagram (winding) of PATH ONCE
2d Domestic name for velocity in space (8)
INTERNAL: Take a word for a space (in time), but use an N instead of V (name for velocity).
3d Write label on plane figure (8)
PENTAGON: Three-letter verb meaning to write, a three-letter word for label, plus ON from the clue
5d Warning poster has proposal about Ulster (10)
ADMONITION: 2-letter word for a poster, plus a 6-letter word for a proposal brought to the table which surrounds (about) an abbreviation for the region where Ulster is located
6d Arterial where lorry carries oxygen (6)
AORTIC: A lorry with a detachable front cab around (carries) the chemical symbol for oxygen
7d Criticise Italian musical — very Latin (6)
ASSAIL: The Italian musical instruction for “very”, followed by the abbreviation for L(atin)
8d Pass electronic circuits with lower energy (6)
ELAPSE: The abbreviation for electronic seen in e-mail, e-cigarettes, etc, followed by a 4-letter word for circuits (of a racetrack, for example), and add at the very bottom (with lower, in a down clue) the abbreviation for E(nergy)
13d Remark about Poet Laureate initially invites praise (10)
COMPLIMENT: A remark, of the type you may wish to leave below on this web site, which contains (about) the abbreviation for Poet Laureate and the first letter (initially) of Invites.
15d After injury pa’s foot’s flatter (4-4)
SOFT-SOAP: Nothing to do with being flat-footed. Anagram (after injury) of PA’S FOOT’S
16d Fail to keep promise, say, and continue gathering support (2,4,2)
GO BACK ON: this expression meaning to betray, or fail to keep promise, can be derived from a phrasal verb meaning to continue (2,2) around (gathering) a 4-letter word meaning support, or bet on. Thanks BD for steering me in the right direction here
17d Demand revised covers of the French supplement (8)
ADDENDUM: Anagram (revised) of DEMAND surrounds (covers) the French for “of the”
19d Ancient city‘s sculpture found in spring (6)
SPARTA: Sculpture is one for of a 3-letter word (Painting might be another) which is inserted into (found in another word for a mineral spring or a health resort. I’m missing a definition by example indicator for sculpture, e.g., “sculpture perhaps”
20d Saws for fellers in the garden? (6)
GNOMES: This word for sayings or maxims is also used to describe tasteless garden statuettes which reputedly help with garden chores at night
21d Know boy brought up in Cumbrian town (6)
KENDAL: Scottish word meaning to know, plus the reversal (brought up) of a word mean boy or young man
15d made me chuckle and is probably my favourite. What is yours?