Toughie No 1449 by Warbler
Hints and tips by Toro
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BD Rating - Difficulty ** - Enjoyment ***
A pleasant first Toughie of the week from Warbler.
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1a English in lament isn't stirring, it's mawkish (11)
SENTIMENTAL Anagram of E(nglish) IN LAMENT ISN’T.
7a With gold award, mark author's true identity (7)
AUTONYM Chemical symbol for gold + an award for Broadway theatre + M(ark).
8a Some suggest altering organised unit (7)
GESTALT Hidden in SUGGESTALTERING.
10a Bird's not bare-headed (5)
CAPON A variety of poultry which, split (3,2), could mean sporting a kind of headgear.
11a Long-winded account of Mr Al Gore travelling around Italy (9)
RIGMAROLE Anagram of MR AL GORE around I(taly).
12a Pays no attention to topless ladies in Naples sun (7)
IGNORES Italian for ladies minus the first letter, plus S(un).
14a Express dispatched journalist, in essence, perhaps (7)
SCENTED A soundalike of a word meaning dispatched, plus crosswordese for journalist.
15a Crawling pest eating tips of yellow eglantine carries over plant disease (3-4)
EYE-SPOT Anagram of PEST containing Y(ellow) E(galntine) and O(ver).
18a Going to great lengths, former tenor joins regiment (7)
EXTREME A prefix meaning former + T(enor) + the acronym of a British army regiment.
20a Take advantage with beer in barrel? The reverse: it's on tap (9)
AVAILABLE A verb meaning to use or take advantage of + B(arrel) inside a word for beer.
21a Vineyard's given good man livelihood (5)
CRUST A French word for a superior vineyard, plus the abbreviation for saint.
22a Stone-like, old, old man is with band (7)
OPALINE O(ld) + a colloquial word for father + a band or strip.
23a Driven wildly round area, the last to arrive here was Norman (7)
INVADER Anagram of DRIVEN around A(rea).
24a One's paid to polish off performance by Queen (11)
EXECUTIONER Performance or accomplishment of a task, plus the Queen’s regnal initials.
1d Determined to promote new work trucks (3,4)
SET UPON N(ew) + crosswordese ‘work’ + Australian/NZ slang for a pickup truck (in the plural), all reversed.
2d Fabric of part of the UK supported by almost nobody (5)
NINON The abbreviation of a part of the UK plus a word for nobody minus the last letter.
3d Shuts in ascending spirit in house (7)
IMMURES A distilled alcoholic drink inside a typically suburban type of house, all reversed.
4d Becomes involved in rerouting of eastern Ganges (7)
ENGAGES Anagram of E(astern) Ganges.
5d Will volunteers set upon workers in experiment? (9)
TESTAMENT Acronym of what is now called the Army Reserve + workers or workforce, all inside a trial or experiment.
6d Escape from Welsh icon on radio -- not fashionable (4,3)
LEAK OUT Soundalike of a symbol of Wales + no longer in fashion.
7d Graphical representation about Spain suppressing old island group (11)
Newspaper version: Graphical representation about divided old English island group (11)
ARCHIPELAGO Anagram of GRAPHICAL around the IVR abbreviation for Spain [or E(nglish in the newspaper version], then O(ld).
9d Pay attention to dog that's taken second in Crufts, fashionable creature (11)
TRENDSETTER To pay attention to or take care of + a breed of dog, then insert(C)R(ufts).
13d A touch of lemon in mixed puree is coming across very disgusting (9)
Newspaper version: A touch of lemon in mixed puree comes across very disgusting (9)
REPULSIVE L(emon) in an anagram of PUREE IS, then insert V(ery).
16d Issue of rising character in Athens with reputation (7)
EMANATE A Greek letter plus a word for reputation, all reversed.
17d Part of Constable autumn scene (7)
TABLEAU Hidden in CONSTABLEAUTUMN.
18d In retirement, professors deserve to be surrounded by erudition and intellect principally (7)
EMERITI To deserve, inside E(rudition) and I(ntellect).
19d English copper in East End owned gold in SA republic (7)
ECUADOR E(nglish) + chemical symbol for copper + a synonym for owned minus the H + heraldic gold.
21d Midlands city loses attempt to have witches gathering (5)
COVEN A city in Warwickshire minus a word for attempt.
1a and 23a were my picks today.
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