Toughie No 1441 by Shamus
There’s just no escaping the day job…
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ***
Toro is having family fun and Dutch is doing his bit to “help the Greek economy”, and this gives me the chance to review this Tuesday-level Toughie, the majority of which didn’t take me long to solve, with the last two holding out long enough to add an extra half a star to my difficulty rating.
The subtitle relates to the fact that although I’m having a lovely stay[at home]cation, this crossword has no fewer than six reminders of my daily work.
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1a Tries to curry favour with old masters right away in competition (6,2)
COSIES UP Insert into a type of competition, the abbreviation for old and how we might refer to masters with the R removed (right away).
6a Lethargic after getting out of bed in function (6)
SUPINE An adverb meaning out of bed inserted into a trigonometrical function.
9a Effort in race produced by second coach (6)
STRAIN I debated for a while as to whether this is a single definition clue or whether it could be a double definition as both ‘effort’ and ‘race’ are meanings of the solution. Either way, it is the abbreviation for Second plus a verb meaning to coach.
10a Medical work, maybe, to position again short part of foot (8)
RESEARCH A verb meaning to position again, minus its last letter (short) followed by part of the foot.
11a Plausible character‘s drink (8)
SMOOTHIE An informal term for a plausible character or a thick drink made of fruit, milk, yoghurt or ice cream.
12a Association‘s main measure (6)
LEAGUE An association of clubs for games or a nautical (main) measure.
13a A Republican, possibly aged Republican, located in prison site of drills? (6,6)
PARADE GROUND A (from the clue), the abbreviation for Republican, an anagram (possibly)of AGED and another abbreviation for Republication, all inserted into a confined space (prison).
16a Decoration no good round much of shop with minister on election tour? (12)
BARNSTORMING An addition to a medal (decoration) and the abbreviation for No Good into which are inserted (go round) almost all (much) of a shop and the abbreviation for minister.
19a Strike with a vote that’s retrograde (6)
WALLOP The abbreviation for with, A (from the clue) and a reversal (that’s retrograde)of a vote.
21a Provide force to get major road illuminated at end of lane (8)
MILITATE One of the country’s major roads, a way of saying illuminated, AT (from the clue) and the ‘end’ of lane.
23a Clout on centre of jaw leads to real agony later (8)
SAYONARA Clout in the sense of influence, ON (from the clue) the ‘centre’ of jAw and the ‘leads’ to real and agony produce a Japanese word meaning goodbye (later being what the BRB calls a chiefly US interjection with the same meaning).
24a Province with banking system backing foundation (6)
ORIGIN A reversal (backing) of one of the provinces of the United Kingdom and a banking system.
25a River continually seen between poles (6)
SEVERN This British river is obtained by putting an adverb meaning continually between two poles.
26a Mould — problem for office manager? (8)
TEMPLATE Split 4, 4, this mould or pattern could be a problem for an office manager.
2d Working with magazine as scheduled (2,4)
ON TIME An adverb meaning working followed by a well-known American magazine.
3d Final stage of cricket, say (5)
IMAGO The cricket here being an example (say) of an insect.
4d It might produce a general polish on wood (9)
SANDHURST A verb meaning to polish and a wood or grove.
5d Warn of what’s on far left of ship? (7)
PORTEND Split your solution 4, 3 to get a way of referring to the far left of a ship.
6d What could be found in ropes is a leaf (5)
SISAL This component of ropes does indeed come from the leaf of the Mexican agave plant, so in addition to the hidden word element, the clue is also an &Lit.
7d Agree to promote good number, song connected with a record (4,5)
PLAY ALONG Once you realise that ‘promote’ is a reversal indicator, all becomes clear. G (good), the abbreviation for number, a song, A (from the clue) and a Long Playing record are all reversed to produce a, usually temporary, way of agreeing with someone.
8d In audience, criticise performance in romantic piece (8)
NOCTURNE This romantic piece of music is a homophone (in audience) of an informal way to criticize and a performance or act.
13d Place done up? It determines criminal justice (5,4)
PENAL CODE An anagram (up?) of PLACE DONE.
14d Tend to conceal with difficulty recipe in part of restaurant (5,4)
GRILL ROOM A verb meaning to tend to (especially horses) conceals or has inserted an adverb meaning with difficulty and the abbreviation for recipe.
15d A graduate’s in time to get source of information (8)
DATABASE A (from the clue) and an abbreviated way of saying belonging to a Bachelor of Arts (graduate’s) inserted into a particular time.
17d Horn of sheep, maybe, found in fortification (7)
RAMPART Split this fortification 3,4 and you’ll get a way of describing a horn of a sheep.
18d Austere holy man suppressing a lot of deceit (6)
STRICT A holy man ‘suppresses’ almost all (a lot) of a deception (deceit).
20d Shellfish, soft and uncooked put by salmon’s tail (5)
PRAWN The abbreviated musical instruction to play softly, another way of saying uncooked and the ‘tail’ of salmon.
22d Fabric shown by wife in work (5)
TWILL The abbreviation for wife inserted into work (the land).
My favourite clue was 6d – this solution so often appears as one of Crosswordland’s chestnuts but I thought this was a particularly good clue to get us there.
I’ve enjoyed my first blog of a Shamus Toughie – I wonder who I’ll get next Tuesday??