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Toughie 1432

Toughie No 1432 by Osmosis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Greetings from the Calder Valley!

Osmosis is along today in the Friday slot and this is what I would call a typical Osmosis puzzle with lots of painstaking constructions using smaller words and pieces of words.

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1a    No judge goes along with country yokel, ultimately (7)
REFUSAL:    We start with a word sum. A word that refers to a negative is made up of an abbreviation for a judge (in sport) + a country known by its abbreviation + L (last word, ultimately, of YOKEL).

5a    Quiet character in Casualty who has his sentence interrupted (7)
PAROLEE:    The name for a prisoner who’s sentence is curtailed is found by taking the musical abbreviation for quiet, to which is added a word referring to a character’s part in a play inside the abbreviation for the hospital department. Have to say I would have thought this abbreviation should include ‘and’.


9a & 17d    Great Dane to illustrate contest with jumps (5,8)
GRAND NATIONAL:    The name of a famous event where the competitors do a fair bit of jumping is found by taking a word meaning great and adding something for which Dane is an example (indicated by to illustrate).

10a    Vacated table after having game and potato cake (9)
CROQUETTE:    The name for a type of potato cake is shown by taking the name of a sport and adding TE (table, vacated, i.e. minus its innards).

11a    What chef might do to skin of pheasant, with trouble (3,3,4)
TOP AND TAIL:    The name for a culinary term is revealed by taking TO + P AND T (the skin, i.e. outside letters of pheasant) +a word meaning trouble. Conversely to the missing ‘and’ from 5 across, here it’s expected you add it, and to me, it seems a little unfair.

12a & 13d    Plant two creatures in the hands of B. Diddley’s associate (4,10)
CAPE GOOSEBERRY:   The name of a fruit plant is found by taking the name for a mammal and a bird and placing them inside the name of an associate of Bo Diddley, written in the same style, i.e. if it was Elvis that would appear as E. Presley.

14a    I clean house vigorously including back of ageing furniture (6-6)
CHAISE LONGUE:    A piece of furniture can be found be rearranging the letters of I CLEAN HOUSE and inserting G (back, i.e. last letter of AGEING).

18a    London area supplying tea and OXO, mostly? (7,5)
CHARING CROSS:    A district of the Capital is found by taking a short word meaning tea and adding a description of O and one for X, which is most of OXO.

21a    Alcoholic mixture fellow added to sauce (4)
FLIP:    A type of alcoholic drink often made from eggs is found by taking the abbreviation for fellow and adding a three letter word for sauce or cheek.

22a    Steadfast churchman redirected scamp in casualwear (10)
VERTEBRATE:    A word meaning steadfast or having a backbone is revealed by taking an abbreviation for a clergyman, reversing it and adding the name for a casual shirt and inserting the name for a scamp or pest.

25a    Old tenor heading off composed somewhere in the Atlantic (9)
LANZAROTE:    A holiday place in the Atlantic is shown by taking the name of a famous tenor named Mario and adding a word meaning composed, minus its first letter.

26a    Firm‘s free to employ serviceman (5)
RIGID:    Something that means free or dispose of has an abbreviation for an American army person inside. This will lead you to a word meaning firm or stiff.

27a    The Parisian to get fine after game? Writing on the wall perhaps (5,2)
RULES O.K.:    Something that is found as part of a bit of graffiti is found by taking the abbreviation for a game played by men with odd-shaped balls, follow this for the definite article (plural) in French and add an abbreviation that means fine.

28a    Yvette’s outside captivated by poet she’s respected highly (7)
DOYENNE:    The word for a woman who is held in high esteem is found by taking the name of a famous poet named John (think No man is an island) and inserting YE, the first and last letters of YVETTE.


1d    Roger, Sussex town member speaking (6)
RIGHTO:    Something that means ‘Roger! or accepted) is found by taking a homophone of one of the Cinque Ports and adding another homophone for a part of the foot.

2d    Disturbed something on phone when placing in opening of trousers (6)
FLAPPY:    Something that means disturbed or in a fluster is found by taking the name for a part of your trousers and inserting something that is associated with trendy new mobile phones.

3d    Top sportsman, in a flash, locks vehicle (5,5)
SEDAN CHAIR:    The name for something that transported a person a great many years ago is found by taking the name given to a top martial artist, putting it inside A plus a word for a short time and adding something on your body that comes in locks.

4d    Just army officer patrols here in Calais (5)
LICIT:    A word meaning just or legal is found by taking the French word for here and putting it inside an abbreviation for an army officer.

5d    Shark? Look round for it swimming (9)
PROFITEER:    A word for a shark, as in a rogue trader, is found by taking something that means look and inserting an anagram of FOR IT.

6d    Wanton reducing wrong when making thickener (4)
ROUX:    A sauce that thickens is found by taking a word meaning wanton and omitting the last letter. Add to this a letter that shows something is wrong at school.

7d    Sloth, lust, envy, anger haunting all those heartlessly criminal? (8)
LETHARGY:    A synonym of sloth can be revealed by taking the outside letters of ‘lust, envy, anger haunting’ and rearranging them.

8d    Organ authorised newsman to see what worker has done at last? (8)
EYELETED:    An organ of the human body is added before a word meaning authorized or permitted and an abbreviation for someone who runs a newspaper. This gives a type of workby a cobbler (someone who works at a last).

13d    See 12 Across

15d    No clearance after Nigel blasted corner (9)
INGLENOOK:    An architectural word for a corner is found by taking an anagram of NIGEL (blasted) and adding NO and the abbreviation for something permitted used earlier.

16d    One challenging dealer maybe, as clubs trumps hearts (8)
SCUFFLER:    Away of describing someone who deals cards exchanges its H (hearts) for C (clubs).

17d    See 9 Across

19d    Quarrel almost over tweeting chat? (6)
Newspaper version – Tweeting quarrel almost over (6)
JARGON:   A way of describing chat is shown by taking a word that means quarrel with someone and adding a word meaning passed or over, minus its last letter.

20d    One propels bike, caught in traffic (6)
PEDDLE:    A word for part of a bike that makes it go is a homophone (caught) for something that means traffic or trade.

23d    Rock enthusiast describes banks of Wharfe river (5)
TWEED:    An abbreviation for someone who likes 50’s rock and roll has WE (first and last letter of WHARFE) inside to give the name of another river.

24d    Superhuman of war getting spoils (4)
MARS:    A double definition. The name of a god of war also means spoils or damages.

Thanks to Osmosis for today’s challenge and I’ll see you next week.

14 comments on “Toughie 1432

  1. A nice steady solve – not so tough as Osmosis’s usual fare.
    I liked the construction of 11a, the OXO in 18a, 1d [made a nice pair with 1a] and 3d [locks]. I haven’t encountered that usage for steadfast before [22a] but Chambers seems to suggest it’s legit.
    Re5a/11a – I think the justifiable difference is that the hospital dept has now become a crossword staple minus the “and”.

    Thanks to Osmosis and to Tilsit for the blog.

  2. We have abandoned our ‘toughies to do’ pile today and caught up at the back. Over a pleasantly extended lunch we got there. However, discovered we had made a slight mistake in 6d. 19d went in last – on checking the hints we noticed the clue is worded a bit differently from the paper – why is this?

  3. Top half went in all right but bottom was a bit more of a slog.
    The Great Dane made me laugh.
    Favourite is 5d.
    Thanks to Osmosis and to Tilsit for the review.

  4. i needed the hints for 22A, 25A, 19D, and 20D. I would never have unraveled them myself. I did enjoy the puzzle overall, so thanks to Osmosis and Tilsit.

  5. Out of my reach, as I expect most Toughies to be, but good to give it a try and then work through again using the hints and revealing the odd answer when truly ‘stuck’.
    Of the ones I managed solo, I really liked 18a & 1d.

    Thanks to Osmosis and to Tilsit for the invaluable review which enabled me to understand the wordplay in this one.

  6. Tilsit newspaper version of 19d reads

    Tweeting quarrel almost over

    Also in hint for 3d I’m not sure why “A plus” is needed

  7. Sorry it shouldn’t have the A+ – the clue says in a flash and I took it to be inside A + SEC without really thinking about it, This is a normal Osmosis trick.

    The ‘a’ is superfluous.

  8. Sorry but 19d – as written in the paper is very poor
    Tweeting = Jargon!!! never in my book

    1. Well, Tilsit has the definition as tweeting chat, not just tweeting. Perhaps jargon, cu2nite, for example (what I call text speak) is more prevalent in texting than tweeting.

      1. Hi Chris,
        To be honest, I had more problem with jar=row. Never heard it used in that context before.

  9. Apart from three in the SE corner, l completed in 3* time. I have to say, however, that l’m unconvinced by several clues (11a, 22a and 19d) so cannot go higher than 2* for enjoyment. Still, it exercised the grey matter so thanks to Osmosis for that. Thanks to Tilsit too.

  10. Very late in ‘completing’ this crossword but thought might be still worth posting as surprised no-one mentioned it’s a pangram – noticing that helped me get 19d! Had to give up with a few incomplete (7d, 8d, 22a) to find from blog that I’d spelt 14a wrong (lounge) and 15d (ingel) and had incorrectly entered ‘ed’ ending for 5a so would never have completed gaps with those wrong checkers. A few I didn’t parse correctly, not least 1d which I thought must be something to do with (B)RIGHTO(N)… Quite a challenge but some enjoyable clues, e.g. 18a.

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