Toughie No 1478 by Kcit
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
This was not too tricky and quite pleasant (though with lots of adding or subtracting single letters). What earned it the third enjoyment star for me was 16d.
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1a Respect for predecessors upset two chairpersons (8,7)
ANCESTOR WORSHIP – an anagram (upset) of TWO CHAIRPERSONS.
9a Managed call for help, receiving first of military rescues (7)
RANSOMS – a verb meaning managed is followed by an urgent call for help containing the first letter of military.
10a Is filling in — crikey! — this? (7)
INCISOR – IS goes inside (filling) IN and an exclamation of surprise (crikey!).
11a Want Judge to come in to support club (9)
BLACKJACK – a word meaning want or need and the abbreviation for judge are inserted in a verb to support or endorse. The answer is a North American word for a type of club.
12a Satirical item cut line (something designed for wind-up) (5)
SPOOL – cut the final letter from a satirical item or parody and add the abbreviation for line.
13a Witness impatient to see one fellow incarcerated (7)
TESTIFY – an adjective meaning impatient or easily irritated contains the Roman numeral for one and F(ellow).
15a Papers curtailed year after backing half of news investigation (7)
ENQUIRY – a word for sheets of paper (equivalent to one twentieth of a ream) without its final letter and the abbreviation for year follow the reversal of half of the word ‘news’.
17a What’s not entirely attractive about old flame’s excuse? (7)
PRETEXT – an adjective meaning attractive without its last letter contains the short word for an old flame.
19a Chapter listed as bowdlerised? (7)
CLEANED – the abbreviation for chapter and a verb meaning listed or tilted.
21a Maiden speaker’s bound to ramble (5)
TRAMP – the cricket abbreviation for a maiden is contained (bound) inside an informal word for the bodily opening through which most people (except politicians) speak.
23a Be livid when probing drink’s source of aroma (9)
PERFUMERY – a verb to be livid or seethe goes inside a drink made from fermented pear juice.
25a Horrible time for soldier’s first retreat (7)
HIDEOUT – start with an adjective meaning horrible or repulsive, then replace the first letter of soldier with T(ime).
26a Powder: male is filling five letters (7)
ATOMISE – the abbreviation for male and IS go inside (filling, for the second time) a sequence of five letters (1,2,1).
27a Rudely desires rest with goddesses (3,5,7)
THE WEIRD SISTERS – an anagram (rudely) of DESIRES REST WITH. These goddesses or Fates (usually three in number) occurred in various European mythologies and may have been the inspiration for the three witches in Macbeth.
1d Mug — article brought in to do as tumbler (7)
ACROBAT – a verb to mug and an indefinite article are inserted in a verb to do or proceed.
2d Line-dancing? Sceptical, with its not being kept up (5)
CONGA – start with an adjective meaning sceptical (especially in matters of religion) then reverse it and finally remove the word ITS.
3d Keep standard down (9)
STOCKPILE – an adjective meaning standard or conventional is followed by another word which (more or less) is the same as down (the soft fluffy covering). I remember that we had a debate some time ago with some people rejecting the idea that down could be equated with this fabric surface, but I’ve been unable to find the relevant puzzle (I should have realised before I started that searching for ‘down’ on a crossword blog is a rather futile exercise!).
4d Vault, say — ours is in disrepair (7)
OSSUARY – an anagram (is in disrepair) of SAY OURS.
5d Tip last of water into shellfish (7)
WRINKLE – insert the last letter of water into a shellfish once very popular in the East End of London.
6d Lots of people running competitons? (5)
RACES – double definition, the first being the major divisions of mankind based on their physical characteristics. I’ve left the typo in the clue.
7d That fellow’s knocked back moonshine with Scotsman, old story teller (9)
HISTORIAN – the shorthand form of “that fellow’s” is followed by the reversal of moonshine or rubbish and what a large proportion of Scotsmen in Crosswordland are called.
8d Confer about sulphur used in plant (7)
PARSLEY – a verb to confer or discuss terms contains the chemical symbol for sulphur.
14d Requested to abandon area, make confused escape (9)
SKEDADDLE – a verb meaning requested without the A(rea) is followed by another verb meaning to make (someone) confused.
16d Petulant Queen rules capriciously — involving you having head cut off (9)
QUERULOUS – a two-letter abbreviation for queen followed by an anagram (capriciously) of RULES with (y)OU inserted. Super clue!
17d Random criticism: shifting space will give warning to other chefs? (3,4)
POT SHOT – move the space to make the answer 3’1,3 for the warning.
18d Forecaster goes over time with the weather ultimately (7)
TIPSTER – a verb meaning goes over or overturns is followed by T(ime) and the ultimate letters of ‘the weather’.
19d Hillman, perhaps, caught with donkey’s body (7)
CARCASS – you have to go back a few years to remember what Hillman was an example of. Add the abbreviation for caught and another word for donkey.
20d Temperance outfit keeping US city upset (7)
DRYNESS – an outfit or item of clothing contains the reversal of the abbreviation for a US city.
22d Poetry initially became prominent — in place of this? (5)
PROSE – the initial letter of poetry and a verb meaning became prominent or climbed.
24d Fugitive coming from Corsica, in view of locals (5)
EXILE – a preposition meaning ‘coming from’ followed by how the natives of Corsica would describe (in their own language) the sort of place where they live.
The best clue for me, by a mile, was 16d. Which one(s) got you excited?