Toughie No 1481 by Dada
Hints and tips by Toro
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BD Rating - Difficulty **/*** - Enjoyment ***
A fairly middle-of-the-road sort of Tuesday puzzle with one or two lighthearted touches.
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1a Indisciplined pair sacked, soldiers lined up for the treatment? (4,6)
SICK PARADE Anagram of PAIR SACKED.
6a Grass skirt ending in skip (4)
HEMP A skirt or edge + (ski)P.
9a Area of exotic life in which data on artist then lay (10)
RAINFOREST Artist in crosswordese + data or gen + to lay or place.
10a Pole that's extra short (4)
SPAR Extra or superfluous, minus the final letter.
12a Dog perhaps catching cold, popular setter (6)
PECTIN What a domestic dog is an example of, around C(old), then popular or fashionable.
13a Stolen, rubbish item of clothing (3,5)
HOT PANTS Stolen or off the back of a lorry + recent-ish slang for rubbish or poor quality.
15a In Britain, sixteen cannot see with fog drifting (3,2,7)
AGE OF CONSENT Anagram of CANNOT SEE and FOG.
18a Laugh about eating something sprayed from a can (7,5)
SHAVING CREAM A laugh or hoot around a multipurpose word that can mean eating.
21a River altered when high -- that's alarming (3,5)
RED ALERT R(iver) + anagram of ALTERED.
22a Following a decline, not getting close, it is accomplished (6)
ADROIT A + a decline or fall minus the last letter + IT.
24a Margaret's shed painters initially daubed in yellow and white? (4)
EGGY One of many shortened forms of the name Margaret minus P(ainters).
25a Something crystallised, fake gem wrapped in nettle, perhaps? (4,6)
STEM GINGER Anagram of GEM inside the type of nettle that inflicts a painful rash.
26a Bijou joint in Bangkok, did you say? (4)
TINY Soundalike of a joint of the leg originating from Thailand.
27a Crew packed in cloth between edges of fragile goods (10)
FREIGHTAGE A Russian doll clue: a rowing crew inside a cloth or piece of material, all inside F(ragil)E.
1d Mark earned, primarily stuff and nonsense (6)
STRIPE S(tuff) + nonsense or codswallop.
2d Nail left in piece of cake (6)
CLINCH L(eft) inside a piece of cake or doddle.
3d Old runner on the track struggling for breath, close to admitting suffering (7,5)
PUFFING BILLY Panting or wheezing + a preposition meaning close to around a word meaning ailing or suffering.
4d Red, like gold dust? (4)
RARE Double definition, the red referring to a lightly-cooked steak.
5d Throw wall bracket into mud (10)
DISCONCERT A wall bracket inside mud or filth (or simply soil, if you're American).
7d One developing as former Chinese native, we hear (8)
EXPANDER Prefix meaning former + soundalike of an animal indigenous to China.
8d Flea, perhaps -- where might you find one trained to jump? (8)
PARASITE Split (4,4), the solution might suggest a location of airborne infantry.
11d Golf tournament and course offering snack (4,8)
OPEN SANDWICH A prestigious type of golf tournament + a golf course in Kent.
14d Porter, perhaps, bending strong wire (10)
SONGWRITER Anagram of STRONG WIRE.
16d Litter I see with runt that's piggish! (8)
ESURIENT Anagram of I SEE and RUNT.
17d Top dog (8)
CARDIGAN A garment often worn by the late Val Doonican, and a type of Welsh corgi.
19d Earliest pieces of Latin origin generating glances in art gallery (6)
LOGGIA L(atin) O(rigin) G(enerating) G(lances) I(n) A(rt).
20d Go without post, collecting letter finally (6)
STARVE A wooden rod around (lette)R.
23d One who's taken a seat between two Zulus (4)
IMPI Holder of a parliamentary seat inside two in Roman numerals.
I quite enjoyed this, but looking back over the clues none stands out - apart perhaps from the groanworthy 26a. 16d was utterly new to me, and despite it obviously being an anagram I needed all the checkers before I could venture a guess. What did you think?
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