Toughie No 1450 by Micawber
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment *****
Micawber is on top form today with laughs and d’ohs aplenty.
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1a Moor seen by place where Arabs often rest? (7)
PADDOCK – a verb to moor or tie up follows a slang term for a place or home.
5a Sources for video stream where BMW ace’s broadcast … (7)
WEBCAMS – an anagram (broadcast) of BMW ACE’S.
9a … online message from number one in road racing event (5)
TWEET – what a child may refer to as a number one goes inside an event held on the roads of the Isle of Man. I always avoid the number two item on a Chinese restaurant menu.
10a One fixing hearing over dodgy loot found next to substance (9)
OTOLOGIST – string together the cricketing abbreviation for over, an anagram (dodgy) of LOOT and a word meaning substance or heart of the matter.
11a Deal with e.g. yeast growth on mug (4-6)
FACE-FUNGUS – a verb to deal with or confront followed by what yeast is an example of.
12a Army team transport (4)
TAXI – the old abbreviation for our volunteer army is followed by a shorthand way of referring to a cricket or football team.
14a International club that’s for the vulgar rich? (12)
COMMONWEALTH – split 6,6 this could be what vulgar rich people have. The late Alan Clarke MP (a somewhat snobbish character with inherited riches) once sneeringly referred to a nouveau riche family as having “bought their own furniture”.
18a In atonement, treacherous rat gets exile (12)
EXPATRIATION – inside a word meaning atonement or penance insert an anagram (treacherous) of RAT.
21a Drinks centre forward puts away (4)
EATS – start with some non-alcoholic drinks and move the central letters forward (to the front).
22a Rock chick on fringes of groupie circle (10)
STONEHENGE – join together a rock or boulder, a female chick and the outer letters of groupie. It’ll be nice when they’ve got the roof on.
25a They hold two thirds of magic’s rubbish (9)
OCCUPANTS – the first four (of six) letters of an adjective meaning magic or supernatural are followed by a slang term for rubbish.
26a Cocky Republican infiltrating party (5)
BRASH – the abbreviation for Republican worms its way into an informal word for a party or social event.
27a Exercised pester power, and perhaps got something from Santa? (7)
HASSLED – split 3,4 this could mean ‘now possesses an appropriate gift from Santa’.
28a Item for securing hair on head (7)
LOCKNUT – a piece of hair followed by a slang term for head.
1d Upper-class type turning up first is deterred (3,3)
PUT OFF – an upper-class type is preceded by the reversal of the word UP.
2d Wet nurse with child overseen by doctor (6)
DRENCH – letters denoting a qualified nurse (no longer used in the UK, I believe) are followed by the abbreviation for a child and that’s all preceded by one of the abbreviations for a doctor.
3d A bit sick of having exhausted classes? (3,2,5)
OUT OF SORTS – cryptically this could mean that all the classes or varieties have been used up.
4d Nerd going up north identified (5)
KNOWN – reverse a nerd or studious person and follow that with N(orth).
5d Mystery rogue I hunt down (9)
WHODUNNIT – an anagram (rogue) of I HUNT DOWN.
6d Perhaps novel smell’s acceptable (4)
BOOK – the abbreviation for a personal smell and an informal adjective meaning acceptable or satisfactory.
7d Friendly Vince’s expression of existential crisis? (8)
AMICABLE – how time flies. I’d almost forgotten this chap who turned up in crosswords practically every week doing the period of the Coalition Government. Split the answer 2,1,5 and he seems to be questioning his very existence.
8d Don’t go getting model drunk (3,5)
SIT TIGHT – charade of a verb to model or pose and one of the many informal adjectives meaning drunk.
13d Prejudiced, conservative mountain-dweller from the south maintaining ban on Vietnamese food? (10)
XENOPHOBIC – C(onservative) is followed by a mountain-dwelling animal. Now reverse that and insert (maintaining) a phrase (2,3) forbidding the provision of a Vietnamese noodle soup. I was unaware of the soup but the BRB wasn’t.
15d Done Times cryptic? Got it licked, perhaps (9)
MOISTENED – an anagram (cryptic) of DONE TIMES.
16d If that man’s an insect, it’s a monster (8)
BEHEMOTH – split the answer 2,2,4 and you have a rather old-fashioned way of saying ‘whether that man’s a specific insect …’.
17d Californian rises with sun in shift (2,6)
UP STICKS – a North American word for rises or improvements (in the stock market, for example) has the abbreviation for sun inserted in it.
19d Reportedly, where injection goes will be making no difference (2,4)
IN VAIN – this sounds like where an injection may be introduced.
20d Ginger’s sexy — but untouchable? (3,3)
RED HOT – the colour of hair often called ginger is followed by an informal adjective meaning sexy or erotic.
23d Prominent feature’s where astronauts are principally landing (5)
NASAL – the agency in the USA where astronauts are likely to be found is followed by the principal letter of landing.
24d Stone circle north of China (4)
OPAL – the circular letter precedes what a Cockney may refer to as his or her china.
I’ve got too many asterisks against the clues I liked to list them all so here are just a few: 9a, 10a, 21a, 22a and 8d. Which ones would have pride of place in your list?