Toughie No 1472 by Notabilis
Hints and tips by Dutch
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ****
I very much enjoyed this Notabilis – as always his clueing is precise with some fun surprises. I had to start from the bottom, with NW putting up a fight until the very end. I found it quite hard, but I’m sure others will be more familiar with cockney expressions and dietary abbreviations than I am, so I would call this a 4* for difficulty and 4* for enjoyment.
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1a Go insane and run wild without logic (11)
UNREASONING: Anagram (wild) of GO INSANE and RU
9a Egyptian site said to combine best parts of Lucknow and Mysore? (5)
LUXOR: Homophone (said) of Luck(now) and (My)sore (the best or larger parts of each name)
10a Ignore editing that is inserting English name twice for place near Lyon (2-7)
ST-ÉTIENNE: The editing command meaning to restore to unedited version, followed by the abbreviation for “that is”, and inserting the abbreviation for E(nglish) and two copies (twice) of the abbreviation for n(ame)
11a Whatever in clairvoyance’s recalled mental connection? (7)
SYNAPSE: Place a 3-letter word meaning whatever or some (as in *** love is good love) inside (in) the abbreviation for Extra Sensory Perception (clairvoyance), add the ‘s, and reverse the lot (recalled)
12a Appointed old nutritional guide involved with education (8)
ORDAINED: Take the abbreviations for Old and Recommended Daily Allowance (of calories – nutritional guide), add a 2-letter preposition meaning involved and the abbreviation for education.
14a Renounce retired General in decline (8)
ABNEGATE: A 5-letter verb for decline or subside contains the reversal (retired) of an abbreviation for general.
15a Evicting first of Simpsons, perhaps Springfield’s obligation (4)
DUTY: Remove (evicting) the first letter of Simpsons from the singer with surname Springfield
17a Henry initially entertained by Percy’s foolish nonentities (7)
CYPHERS: The first letter of Henry (initially) is surrounded (entertained) by an anagram (foolish) of PERCY’S
19a Hummed endless hit for six (4)
STUN: Remove the final letter (endless) from a 5-letter word meaning hummed or reeked
20a Firm I’m thinking about washed out glider (4,4)
MUTE SWAN: A 3-letter word for firm or hardened plus a 2-letter interjection meaning I’m thinking or hesitating, all reversed (about), plus an adjective meaning washed-out or pale.
21a Heartless, jealous thirst for wine (8)
GRENACHE: The colour associated with jealousy or envy with the central letter removed, plus a verb meaning to thirst or long for.
23a Attractive opposites connected by brown book (7)
NUMBERS: The abbreviations for the magnetic poles contain (connected by) a 5-letter shade of brown
25a Like this hint for next answer? (2,7)
AS FOLLOWS: The answer is also a definition for the next clue
26a Oscillating function holding constant from the specified time (5)
SINCE: A trigonometric function containing (holding) a 1-letter mathematical constant
27a Son thus stops toning down debauchery (11)
DISSOLUTION: The abbreviation for Son and a two letter word for thus are inserted into (stops) a word meaning toning down or making less strong (e.g. drinks).
2d Observer wants anyone but the monarch (5)
NOTER: Split (3,2) this could mean save the queen.
3d Wide mouth contorted, say? True (7)
ESTUARY: Anagram (contorted) of SAY TRUE
4d Joanna, blessed female forming obstacle? (8)
STEINWAY: This Joanna is Cockney. Take the 3-letter abbreviation for Sainte, the feminine of saint, and the remaining 5 letters when split (2,3) can mean forming obstruction.
5d One’s South American staff writer (4)
IVES: Another way (1’2) of writing a contracted form of one has (one’s), but using the letter that looks like the number one, followed by the abbreviation for South gives this American composer.
6d Taking small space off Sassenachs is a problem for horses (8)
GLANDERS: Remove a two-letter printing measure (a small space) from a word for the people also known as Sassenachs
7d Cardinal, maybe bitter about disease, brought up another star’s body (9)
EXOPLANET: The other star is not our Sun, and the body is orbiting it. A 3-letter cardinal number between 9 and 11 plus a 3-letter word for bitter or beer surrounding a three-letter word for a disease which normally involves spots – all reversed (brought up)
8d Bishop always blocking tested knowledge, ignoring top pair’s blasphemy (11)
IRREVERENCE: Two-letter abbreviation for bishop plus a 4-letter word for always, both inside (blocking) a school subject based on tested knowledge, without the first two letters (ignoring top pair)
12d Idol who’s devastated to receive chap’s sexist, ageist description? (3-8)
OLD-WOMANISH: Anagram (devastated) of IDOL WHO’S into which is inserted (to receive) a 3-letter word for chap or male.
13d Showy veranda’s hinged covers (7)
DASHING: hidden (covers) in veranda’s hinged
16d OMG! Nitwit’s done what cheats do (3-6)
TWO-TIMING: Anagram (done) of OMG NITWIT
17d Something to plant for lettuce, putting in time with excessive protection (8)
COSSETED: What you might plant to get a specific variety of lettuce (3,4), with the abbreviation for T(ime) inserted
18d Quarrel with Liberal accepting honours over base for thorny arrangement? (8)
ROSEBOWL: A 3-letter word for quarrel or argument, plus the abbreviation for L(iberal), into which is inserted (accepting) the reversal (over) of a 3-letter abbreviation for a British honour plus an S, (because honours is plural).
19d In stronger form of wilt, see plant with bulbs (7)
SHALLOT: As in thou wilt – an old form of will. Take a stronger form of this verb that goes with thou, and insert a 2-letter word for see (In … see) to give this edible plant
22d Instructive pair climbing into house (3-2)
HOW-TO: The 2-letter abbreviation for house used in addresses contains (into) the reversal (climbing, in a down clue) of a cardinal number associated with a pair
24d Without an expanse of desert, less arid ultimately (4)
SANS: Take a 5-letter word for an expanse of desert and remove the last letter of arid to give this word of French origin.
I particularly liked 15a for the aha moment and I liked the definition in 7d, which took me a while to see. Please let us know how much you enjoyed the puzzle and which were your favourite clues.