Toughie No 1469 by Warbler
Hints and tips by Toro
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BD Rating - Difficulty ** - Enjoyment *
There's often a particular quality to Warbler's puzzles -- a kind of affability and desire to entertain that comes shining through. But this one had a strangely perfunctory feel about it. I found most of the clues dull, technically questionable, or both, and am genuinely sorry to give it my first ever one-star review.
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1a Note pottery's co-ordination (6)
TIMING A musical note in the sol-fa system + a period style of pottery.
4a Man in Italy gives wave to soldiers (6)
SIGNOR A wave or gesture + acronym for non-commissioned soldiers.
8a Just a short time to get dry (3)
SEC Abbreviation of a small unit of time, and dry (of wine).
10a Consideration shown during sombre spectacle (7)
RESPECT Hidden in SOMEBRESPECTACLE.
11a Same? Opposite! (7)
ANTONYM An opposite in meaning, exemplified by the word 'opposite' itself in relation to 'same'.
12a Mysterious fish found by end of jetty (5)
SHADY A fish + (jett)Y.
13a Driving force of sporting people adopting Rugby League, in parts meeting resistance (9)
PROPELLER The letters of the acronym of R(ugby) L(eague) inserted at different points into an anagram (sporting) of PEOPLE, then R(esistance).
14a Ten infiltrating phoney volunteers, without one to make radical changes (13)
REVOLUTIONISE Two letters that together look like the number ten inside an anagram (phoney) of VOLUNTEERS around the Roman numeral one.
17a Go back on holiday; willing to doze on the way back (5,4,4)
BREAK ONES WORD A holiday or rest + a short word meaning willing + a verb meaning to doze, written in reverse.
22a Smoke coming from stew eaten by King Cole! Quite the reverse (9)
PANATELLA First name of singer King Cole inside a stewed rice dish.
23a Dolly was the first of fifty in 99? (5)
CLONE Roman numeral for fifty inside a word for an edible treat of which a 99 is an example.
24a WA native left out from part of Europe (7)
IBERIAN A native of WA (West Africa, not Washington State) minus L(eft).
25a Ridicule for a politician ensnared by bird (7)
LAMPOON The A from the clue plus a UK parliamentarian inside the US name for a type of diving bird.
26a Units for printing items with no computerisation (3)
EMS ITEMS minus an acronym for computers.
27a Divisions of 26 joining in carrying grand flag (6)
ENSIGN Narrower printing units than 26a (but not actually divisions of them) + IN around G(rand).
28a Lashes out in argument (6)
HASSLE Anagram (out) of LASHES.
1d Flier women's group's avoided with haste (6)
THRUSH WITH from the clue minus the initials of a women's organisation + a word for haste.
2d The old woman's wise way of easing tension (7)
MASSAGE The old woman's or mum's + wise.
3d Craving attention, journalist is trapped by mounting desire (5)
NEEDY Journalist in crosswordese inside a desire or yearning, reversed.
5d Hearts in token win, ingeniously having private information (2,3,4)
IN THE KNOW H(earts) inside an anagram (ingeniously) of TOKEN WIN.
6d In Bordeaux, no advantage to puzzle (7)
NONPLUS French for no + an advantage or boon.
7d Notice concerning former currency (6)
REMARK Concerning or regarding + a pre-euro currency.
8d Deviate from the norm? Pals cryptically could illustrate such action (4,3,2,4)
STEP OUT OF LINE The solution looks like a cryptic instruction to place the word PAS around L to get PALS.
9d Whip reforms ten antisocial characters (3-1-4-5)
CAT-O-NINE-TAILS Anagram (reform characters) of TEN ANTISOCIAL.
14d Tease wife facetiously (3)
RIB A verb meaning to tease is also a facetious word for wife taken from the Genesis myth.
15d Kept in suspense like a Eurovision puppet (2,1,6)
ON A STRING As in the title of Sandie Shaw's Eurovision Song Contest-winning song of 1967.
16d Close section of 18 (3)
END Hidden in the solution to 18d.
18d Plasters top of roof with reeds arranged to have new content (7)
RENDERS R(oof) + anagram of REEDS around N(ew).
19d Wildly enjoyable hoots round Oxford University, whereas ... (7)
RIOTOUS Hoots (of wild enjoyment) around the initials of Oxford University.
20d ... Cambridge student's work must be seen over period (6)
OPTIME Crosswordese work + a period or duration.
21d Irishman attracted to church spiritual meeting (6)
SÉANCE Irish male name + Anglican church.
23d Campaigners exclude English from legislative chamber (5)
CAMRA A legislative chamber munis E(nglish).
I did like 23a (the event referred to was in 1996, but close enough!).
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