Toughie No 1468 by Osmosis
Hints and tips by Dutch
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***/**** – Enjoyment *****
Hearty congratulations to Osmosis for his 100th Telegraph Toughie!! On this centenary Osmosis gives us a delightful pangram with plenty of nice surprises. As always, Osmosis has tight clues and accurate definitions making his puzzles a joy to solve. I thought this was 3 or 4* for difficulty, just right, and, having relished all the clues again on writing the review, a 5* for enjoyment.
Thanks CS for pointing out that the on-line version of the puzzle mistakenly had for 14d “see 11 across” instead of “see 11 down” (I had read straight past it). This had now been corrected. I hope this didn’t affect your enjoyment of the puzzle.
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1a Smoother on a horse, contrary timid creatures (6)
PUMICE: Reversal (contrary) of a 2-letter preposition suggesting on a horse, or riding, followed by timid creatures with whiskers
4a Holy man avoids London area collecting electronic organ (8)
PANCREAS: Remove (avoids) a two-letter abbreviation for a holy man from a London area with a station close to Euston, and insert (collecting) the abbreviation for e(lectronic).
9a On cruiser perhaps overseas, Roger relocated (6)
ABOARD: Move the position of R (=Roger, used in radio-communication to indicate R for received or understood) within a word meaning overseas.
10a Bubbly, full of sex appeal. No? Yes, he is (8)
CASANOVA: One of our female commenters thought “No, he isn’t!” when his picture appeared in a previous review. Take the word for Spanish bubbly, and insert (full of) the abbreviation for S(ex) A(ppeal) and NO from the clue. A semi-all-in-one.
12a Section of upper storey park over east Birmingham (8)
CEREBRUM: Reverse (over) a 3-letter word for park or recreation area, add E and an informal word fro Birmingham.
13a Clobber clown with it (6)
JERKIN: Clobber here means clothing. A four letter word for clown or an annoyingly stupid person is followed by a preposition meaning “with it” or fashionable.
15a Arm joint more grubby when one’s fallen (13)
KNUCKLEDUSTER: A joint in the hand plus a word meaning more grubby or filthy without the “I” (one’s fallen)
18a Footwear favoured by one stumbling on vehicle (6-7)
CARPET-SLIPPER: a 3-letter word meaning favourite together with (by) a word describing someone who stumbles or loses their footing, all following (on) a three-letter vehicle.
22a Socialist that is 29 (6)
LEFTIE: The political inclination of a socialist followed by the abbreviation for that is.
24a Rather dim husband stops to check off his bananas (8)
THICKISH: The abbreviation for H(usband) is placed inside (stops) a 4-letter word meaning to check off (as you might items in a list) followed by an anagram (bananas) of HIS.
26a Welshman joins Parisian who knocked back Irish cocktail (8)
DAIQUIRI: A 3-letter We lsh name, French (Parisian) for who, and a reversal (knocked back) of an abbreviation for IR(ish).
27a They may be trained to fetch underwear (6)
BOXERS: A double definition, dogs of a particular breed and a type of men’s underwear
28a Regularly reunite with drinker around storehouse (8)
ENTREPÔT: The even letters (regularly) in rEuNiTe followed by the reversal (around) of a person who drinks regularly
29a Unco-operative dance company, sacking old one, end in disunity (6)
BOLSHY: Take the name of a famous Russian ballet company and remove OI (sacking old one), then add the last letter (end) of disunitY
1d Quietly start off country walk with swagger (6)
PRANCE: The musical abbreviation for quietly plus a European country with it’s first letter removed (start off)
2d Bond seen in this part of canvas (9)
MOONRAKER: Another double definition: The name of a Bond movie and a sail.
ARVE Error: need id and provider
3d Heard bear taunt another animal (7)
CARIBOU: A homophone (heard) of bear or shoulder and taunt or heckle
5d Continuously saw jay nibbling tops (4)
AWAY: Remove the first letters (nibbling tops) of words 2 and 3 in the clue
6d Headwear page needed for time in villa (7)
CHAPEAU: Replace T(ime) with P(age) in a word meaning villa or large country house, esp. in France.
7d Honour revolutionary agreement that’s read on PC (1-4)
E-BOOK: Reversal (revolutionary) of a British honour and a 2-letter word for agreement (as in “we have the ** to go ahead”)
8d New pair with hesitation occupying rock where some birds breed (8)
SWANNERY: Take a pair of the abbreviation for N(ew), add a 2-letter expression of hesitation, and insert all into a 4-letter verb meaning to rock or swing
11d & 14d People replace the lid to seal good confectionery (7,7)
TURKISH DELIGHT: A nationality (people) plus an anagram (replace) of THE LID in which the abbreviation for G(ood) is contained (to seal).
14d See 11 Down
16d Doctor’s vehicle is touring cut-off headland – it means being late (9)
TARDINESS: This doctor is a time lord. Take his vehicle (an acronym for Time and Relative Dimensions in Space) and put it around (is touring) a 4-letter word for headland or cape from which the last letter is missing (cut-off)
17d The writer traverses frozen expanse, for report here in Arctic? (3-5)
ICE-LEDGE: This is a homophone (for report) of two words (1,6): the first personal pronoun (the writer) and how this person may travel across snow or ice
19d Connoisseur gets enjoyment ultimately out of online drawing? (7)
EPICURE: Remove the T (enjoyment ultimately) from what might be described as an electronic (online) drawing or image
20d Cricket chiefs probing game one’s played (7)
PICCOLO: Abbreviation for International Cricket Council goes inside (probing) a game usually played on horseback
21d Moustache styled only partly, having a wheeze? (6)
CHESTY: Lurking (only partly) in Moustache style
23d Mild and stout available around empty pub (5)
FAINT: An adjective for stout or obese goes around (available around) another word for pub with the central letter removed (empty)
25d Russian wolfhound unwrapped pasta (4)
ORZO: Remove the outer letters (unwrapped) from a 6-letter dog breed also known as a Russian wolfhound.
My favourite was 20d because of the clever disguise of the definition. How did you enjoy the puzzle and which were your favourites?