Toughie No 1476 by Elgar
Hints and tips by Dutch
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment *****
I found today’s Elgar a very satisfying solve. Some wonderful anagrams, plenty of fun and as always some exciting word play. Most clues took a little while, still overall it didn’t take a whole lot longer than other toughies, so I would recommend having a go. First ones in were 6a and 12a, then a few anagrams (3d, 14a, 15d), and before long I realised I had all the components needed for 10/11.
I thought 1a might have special significance and wasn’t far off, you just need to include 6a as well.
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1a Under orders to come in on what day? It may be Frimley Green’s call (3,7)
ONE HUNDRED: Anagram (orders) of UNDER inside (to come in) “on” from the clue, a 2-letter interjection meaning “what?” and the abbreviation for D(ay). The answer might be heard in Frimley Green, where the darts championships are held
6a Boundary of backward old city (4)
FOUR: reversal (backward) of “of” followed by an ancient city gives this cricket score
10a & 11a Total class 14 17 = 1ac and 22 6? (5,9)
GROSS STUPIDITY: Well, you just need to do the substitutions and all will be clear. This is a cryptic definition suggesting extreme foolishness.
11a See 10
12a Lean and bony antelope turns head in near-terror (7)
ANGULAR: A three-letter antelope in which the first 2 letters are switched (turns head – hence not an anagram, which would have been indirect) is inside a 5 letter word for terror or panic with the last letter removed (near-)
13a Piggy dashing around at home (7)
SWINISH: Piggy is an adjective here. A 5-letter word for dashing or stylishly smart around the usual preposition meaning “at home”
14a Clientele in shambles, divided by ‘good’ news (12)
INTELLIGENCE: Anagram (shambles) of CLIENTELE IN into which is inserted the abbreviation for G(ood)
18a Domestic manager employs weakling to take a turn in store (5-7)
HOUSE-STEWARD: a 4-letter verb meaning employs, followed by the reversal (to take a turn) of an informal term for weakling or ineffectual person, all inside a 5-letter verb meaning store
21a Very much like a bigger drink? (3,4)
NOT HALF: A double definition
23a This writer exhausts himself running over old professors (7)
EMERITI: How the writer (or “Elgar” in the newspaper version of the puzzle) might claim, using the first person, that he exhausts himself (1,4,2), all reversed (running over)
24a Avenger catches Liberal with odd instrument (5,4)
STEEL DRUM: Surname of one of the Avengers (60’s cult tv programme) around (catches) the abbreviation for L(iberal), plus a 3-letter word meaning odd or strange
25a ‘Charters’ very well-defined (5)
HIRES: The answer when split (2-3) refers to a greater number of pixels in videos etc.
26a Sporadic hothead rejected this early payment (4)
ANTE: Reversal (rejected) of a volcano (sporadic hothead)
27a Pine, maybe, for return from reps on my grievance cases (10)
GYMNOSPERM: Hidden (cases) backwards (for return) in from reps on my grievance. Yes, I had to look it up as well.
1d Noisy celebratory free-for-all — time to grab a drink! (6)
ORGEAT: A homophone (noisy) of a four-letter celebratory free-for-all or (very) wild party, followed by the abbreviation for Time, around (to grab) “a” from the clue – this drink is made from sugar and almonds according to brb
2d This’ll do for one — and three noughts! (6)
ENOUGH: This is hidden in the clue – to be read as this will do (suffice) for one, and it will also do (provide) for three noughts
3d Not a chip off ‘this’ old block roaming peninsular belt! (14)
UNSPLINTERABLE: Anagram (roaming) of PENINSULAR BELT
4d Puzzle Editor’s in muddle! (9)
DISORIENT: Anagram (puzzle) of EDITORS IN.
5d Play + Film = Uranium – Aluminium (5)
EQUUS: Take the arithmetic sign (the one after Film) and add the chemical symbol for Uranium at the expense of that for Aluminium.
7d They’re known by expert to include just over 3 views (8)
OPINIONS: Take the edible bulbs that are said to be well-known by experts and insert (to include) the Greek letter name of a constant of value 3.14159 (just over 3)
8d Road orbiting Cinque Port clips motorway with a recurrent pattern (8)
RHYTHMED: The standard 2-letter abbreviation for road goes around (orbiting) one (since we have a singular Cinque Port) of the 5 harbour towns in Kent/Sussex known as Cinque Ports, all around (clips) the abbreviation for M(otorway).
9d Up gear here, describing junky? (6,8)
RIDING BREECHES: Anagram (junky) of HERE DESCRIBING
15d Elgar now struggling to comprehend Monsieur’s language (3,6)
LOW GERMAN: Anagram (struggling) of ELGAR NOW, all around (to comprehend) the abbreviation for M(onsieur)
16d This much in, as Eastern harbours? (5,3)
CHINA SEA: A semi-all-in-one with the answer hidden (harbours) in much in as eastern
17d Result of division not quite resolved (8)
QUOTIENT: Anagram (resolved) of NOT QUITE
19d Having to bandage radius: bit pink (6)
PIERCE: Pink here is a verb. A five-letter word for bit goes around (having to bandage) the abbreviation for r(adius)
20d Clue 10 and 11, for starters? (3,3)
DIM SUM: These Chinese starters may also describe 10 & 11 across
22d When life begins to assume an (alphabetical?) order (5)
FORTY: A cryptic definition referring to the age where life really begins (normally claimed by those already of that age) as well as to the fact that this number has its letters in alphabetical order (the only number for which that is true, apparently)
There were lots of fun clues today but the one that rounded of the puzzle beautifully for me was 20d. Please let us know what you thought and which clues you liked.