Toughie No 1445 by MynoT
That cat’s in the wrong envelope again!
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Apart from one clue requiring head-scratching to work out the parsing (which is reflected in the extra half a star Toughie difficulty rating), I found this a straightforward “Toughie” even for a Tuesday. Was it just me helped by all my years of DT cryptic solving experience? – I don’t suppose it’ll be long before the usual commenters will let me know!
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1a Coffee mostly for our kind of numbers (6)
ARABIC To get the numerals used in ordinary arithmetic, simply remove the last letter (coffee mostly) from a type of coffee.
5a Case of a live bat being tormented (8)
ABLATIVE A grammatical case expressing direction from or time when is an anagram (being tormented) of A LIVE BAT.
9a Instrument of the French Left’s terrible crime (8)
DULCIMER The French word for ‘of the’, the abbreviation for Left and an anagram (terrible) of CRIME.
10a Total column accountant replaces, conceivably (4,2)
CAST UP It is easy to spot the need for the abbreviation for chartered accountant but ‘why’ of the last four letters took a bit of head-scratching until I saw that you need take a verbal phrase meaning replaces and then do what it says (conceivably) and reverse the first word.
11a Look into beginning to tweak and monkey with work in continuous recording (4,4)
TAPE LOOP The ‘beginning’ of tweak, a monkey, an interjection meaning look and the informal abbreviation for work.
12a Cat following a bit of prey to swoop (6)
POUNCE The cat whose appearances in crosswords probably outnumbers the ones still living in the wild goes after the first letter (a bit) of prey.
13a Force child on railway (8)
INFANTRY A small child placed on the abbreviation for railway produces some foot soldiers (force).
15a Arsenic I start to accumulate in a large area (4)
ASIA The chemical symbol for arsenic, I (from the clue) and the ‘start’ to accumulate.
17a Desk used in a management buyout (4)
AMBO A raised desk or pulpit is obtained by following A (from the clue) with the abbreviated way of referring to a management buyout.
19a Artworks and so on replacing the beginning of things (8)
ETCHINGS The abbreviation used to mean ‘and so on’ replaces the ‘beginning’ of things.
20a Waste, not getting a prize (6)
TROPHY Remove (not getting) the A from a verb meaning to waste away.
21a The French in no.12 wasted wealth (8)
OPULENCE The French definite article inserted into an anagram (wasted) of your solution to 12a.
22a English tail behind to a great extent (4,2)
EVER SO The abbreviation for English followed by another way of saying back or reverse of something (tail)
23a Shut up! Object’s to finish inside (8)
ENCLOSED A verb meaning to finish inserted into an object or aim.
24a Inhabitant of no.15 receives Irish Radio and Television kind of well (8)
ARTESIAN The abbreviation for Irish Radio and Television (taken from the Gaelic name) inserted into an inhabitant of 15a.
25a Potter‘s date with stranger (6)
DODDER A verb meaning to potter or ramble – the abbreviation for date followed by another way of saying stranger
2d Swiss rolls and runs (8)
ROULADES As a cake maker, I did know these Swiss rolls but didn’t know that the word could also refer to runs in music.
3d Bugs I installed in exotic cabaret (8)
BACTERIA I (from the clue) installed into an (exotic) anagram of CABARET.
4d Don’t be ridiculous. Get down from there! (4,3,2)
COME OFF IT This informal instruction could be an order to get down from something.
5d Piano C note heard to be discordant, not enough to matter? (1,4,2,3,5)
A DROP IN THE OCEAN An anagram (to be discordant) of PIANO C NOTE HEARD.
6d In the morning a Conservative is loving (7)
AMATORY The two letters used to indicate morning, A from the clue, and an informal way of referring to a Conservative.
7d Together in time and space, perhaps (2,6)
IN TANDEM IN (from the clue) the abbreviation for Time, AND (from the clue) and a printer’s space.
8d Coffee that’s new could be mixed in responses (8)
ESPRESSO If you added an N (that’s new) to this type of coffee and then made an anagram (could be mixed) you’d get the word RESPONSES.
14d Tear round part of pound that’s abandoned (9)
RENOUNCED A verb meaning to tear put round part of a pound weight.
15d Half-hearted girl gets the mother’s curse (8)
ANATHEMA Remove one of the letters from the middle of a girl’s name (4) and then add THE (from the clue) and an informal way of referring to one’s mother.
16d Lacking respect at sea? (8)
INSOLENT Split 2, 6 you might be at sea off the north coast of the Isle of Wight.
17d A hormone producing a heavenly body (8)
ASTEROID A (from the clue) followed by a hormone.
18d Mark‘s left in rear, I heard (5,3)
BLACK EYE The abbreviation for Left inserted into rear and followed by a homophone (heard) of I.
19d Sheep let loose by American in ancient city (7)
EPHESUS An anagram (let loose) of SHEEP followed by an abbreviated way of referring to American.
Toro will resume his Tuesday Toughie blogging duties next week while, after a particularly splendid fortnight off, I’m back to the day job in the morning