Toughie No 1446 by Kcit
If in doubt say nowt
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
I can’t say that I enjoyed the process of blogging this one very much. There weren’t many laughs and there seemed to be an awful lot of ‘fiddly’ bits involving reversals, insertions, deletions and truncations. There was also a fair amount of repetition in the indicators used. The long multi-word answers more or less wrote themselves in and it was the short 4-letter answers that put up a bit more of a fight.
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1a Interrogate youngster about money (4)
PUMP – a young boxer, for example, contains the abbreviation for money.
3a Mystic‘s cursory description of Scientific American? (5)
MAGUS – split the answer 3,2 and you have a terse abbreviated description of what Scientific American is.
6a Wine barrel mostly rolled over (4)
SACK – a barrel with the first three letters reversed.
8a Rarely, as soon as I’m clutching nebula shot, nothing’s working (4,2,1,4,4)
ONCE IN A BLUE MOON – start with a conjunction meaning ‘as soon as’ then add I’M containing an anagram (shot) of NEBULA. Finish with the letter resembling zero or nothing and an adverb meaning working.
9a Those people vulgarly scoffing stewed lamb and preserve (6)
EMBALM – a common way of referring to ‘those people’ contains an anagram (stewed) of LAMB.
10a Design of office to start with computer network after power’s installed (4-4)
OPEN-PLAN – a verb to start and the abbreviation for a computer network that operates within a restricted area have P(ower) inserted.
11a Flowering plant that’s requiring a switch in types of weather (8)
CLEMATIS – start with the types of weather prevailing in a region then swap the positions of two of the vowels (the vowels being the abbreviation for “that’s” or that is – Thanks Halcyon)..
13a Knocked back some lemonade — not squiffy or under the influence (6)
STONED – hidden (some) and reversed (knocked back).
15a Booze in France he’s knocked back, meeting enough voters without hesitation (6)
LIQUOR – the French pronoun meaning ‘he’ is reversed (knocked back, for the second successive clue!) and followed by the minimum number of voting members required at a meeting to make it valid, but without the expression of hesitation. Apart from the sloppy repetition of ‘knocked back’ the surface here doesn’t make a great deal of sense.
17a Limits to plague, with vermin mostly spreading everywhere (8)
PANDEMIC – the outer letters of plague (1,3,1) followed by most of some vermin. This is the second use of ‘mostly’ to mean drop the final letter.
19a I must leave divers around river in misty conditions (8)
VAPOROUS – divers here is an old adjective meaning several or sundry. Take out the I and insert an Italian river.
21a Reason Government will lead sequence of discussions (6)
GROUND – the abbreviation for government followed by a sequence of discussions or negotiations.
22a What good listeners know, lesson that’s gone over with diligence (7,2,6)
SILENCE IS GOLDEN – this is an anagram (gone over) of LESSON and DILIGENCE.
23a Direct line seized by attention-seeker (4)
HELM – the abbreviation for line goes inside a short cough-like interjection designed to attract someone’s attention.
24a Nothing taken off house’s extent (5)
RANGE – the house is a European dynasty, which lent us a king in 1689 and the name of which is still used by the royal family of the Netherlands. Take away the letter that resembles zero or nothing.
25a Explain losing prisoners for real (4)
TRUE – start with a verb to explain or interpret and take away the first four letters which are an informal word for prisoners.
1d Confirmed US state language (9)
PROVENÇAL – charade of a past participle meaning confirmed or authenticated and the 3-letter abbreviation for a US state.
2d The old woman’s concern about book of horror stories? (7)
MACABRE – bring together an affectionate term for one’s old lady and a word meaning concern or solicitude containing the abbreviation for book.
3d Fellow rebuilt remote pressure gauge (9)
MANOMETER – a bloke followed by an anagram (rebuilt) of REMOTE.
4d Substantial upset over heartless fake description of some moonshine? (7)
GIBBOUS – an adjective meaning substantial or large gets reversed and that precedes an adjective meaning fake or sham without its middle letter.
5d Brass and copper amongst most of rest turning up (5)
SAUCE – insert the chemical symbol for copper into a word for rest or relaxation without its last letter. Now reverse it all.
6d Signal support about energy plan (9)
SEMAPHORE – a word for support or buttress contains E(nergy) and a plan or chart.
7d Contralto’s sound accommodating alternative musical form (7)
CHORALE – the abbreviation for contralto is followed by an adjective meaning sound or healthy containing a conjunction used to identify an alternative.
12d Gold only to be used in mother’s tomb (9)
MAUSOLEUM – the chemical symbol for gold and an adjective meaning only or solitary go inside an informal word for mother.
13d Religious centre keen to follow religious transgression in radio broadcast (9)
SYNAGOGUE – a homophone of keen or very eager follows a homophone of a transgression involving the coveting of one’s neighbour’s ass, for example.
14d Several years pleasant (though not one showing decline) (9)
DECADENCE – a word for several years (more than nine) is followed by an adjective meaning pleasant without the Roman numeral for one.
16d Island source of silver holds silver — fancy! (7)
IMAGINE – an abbreviation for island and where silver gets extracted containing the chemical symbol for silver.
17d To die will involve this person in martyrdom (7)
PASSION – a euphemistic phrasal verb meaning to die contains the subjective pronoun identifying the speaker or writer.
18d In the morning, heading north supporting ramble (7)
MAUNDER – reverse the abbreviation meaning in the morning and follow this with a preposition meaning supporting or subordinate to.
20d Be repeatedly cold in time, not hot (5)
OCCUR – the abbreviation for cold gets repeated inside a period of time without the abbreviation for hot.
The best clue for me today was 3a. Which one(s) got you going?