Toughie No 1485 by Samuel
Hints and tips by Toro
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ***
Greetings all from sunny Rutland. I struggled with this puzzle without really knowing why.
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1a City‘s second to embargo cheese sandwiches (8)
BRISBANE S(econd) + to embargo or outlaw, all inside (or sandwiched by) a French cheese.
5a Like bottom to be pert? (6)
CHEEKY A word for pert or impertinent could be read as being descriptive of buttocks.
9a King, perhaps, shames lunatic wearing hollow crown (8)
CHESSMAN Anagram of SHAMES inside C(row)N.
10a In the end, Ramone sings punk rock (6)
GNEISS Anagram (punk) of (Ramon)E SINGS.
12a Chat about being hugged by timid person — it could be ticklish close up (9)
MOUSTACHE Anagram of CHAT inside a word for a timid person.
13a Discharge that man overcome by drink (5)
RHEUM The masculine personal pronoun inside an alcoholic spirit.
14a Took drugs? Took drugs without sailor (4)
USED Another (related) word that can mean took drugs, minus the usual acronym for a sailor.
16a Sure to take over old company making a loss (7)
DEFICIT Sure or skilful around a former British industrial giant.
19a Heartless tyke’s invested in tripe copyrights (7)
PATENTS T(yk)E inside tripe or rubbish.
21a Clothing that’s a hit (4)
SOCK A garment that is also a word meaning a blow or punch.
24a Rubbish place to eat in hospital? Quite the opposite (5)
CHAFF H(ospital) inside an eatery of the greasy spoon kind.
25a Man at No.11 leads this game, cut short by former partner (9)
EXCHEQUER Former lover or partner + a classic board game (the US name for it, though they don’t usually spell it this way) minus the last letter.
27a Household servants get older (6)
MENAGE Servants or attendants + to get older.
28a Avoid drink when harnessing unruly steed (8)
SIDESTEP To drink in small mouthfuls, around an anagram of STEED.
29a Dancing with this girl, Tom could get nominated (6)
NADINE If combined with the letters of TOM, the solution could produce an anagram of NOMINATED.
30a Woolly winter tops to keep active? (8)
KNITWEAR Anagram (woolly) of WINTER K(eep) A(active).
1d Flatter live comedian (but only his first half) (6)
BECOME To live + COME(dian).
2d Angry cult exposed independent umpire first (6)
IREFUL I(ndependent) + the main match official in football + (c)UL(t).
3d Harrass first to take Ecstasy (5)
BESET E(cstasy) inside first or supreme.
4d Greek character performing dance that’s slightly different (7)
NUANCED A Greek letter + anagram of DANCE.
6d Avengers actress has condition in contract initially granting respect (9)
HONORIFIC _____ Blackman of the 1960s TV series The Avengers + a condition or proviso + I(n) C(ontract).
7d Nurse holding most of film with church’s testimony (8)
EVIDENCE Acronym for a nurse around a film or movie clip minus the last letter + the usual church.
8d Tyrol trek regularly includes house in National Park (8)
YOSEMITE A suburban house inside (t)Y(r)O(l) T(r)E(k).
11d Journalist sent north and south for legal document (4)
DEED The usual journalist of crosswords, written backwards and then forwards.
15d Colt’s offspring? No way! (3,2,1,3)
SON OF A GUN The solution looks like it could mean the child of a Colt revolver.
17d Armstrong, perhaps, finally faces Anderson or Broad? (8)
SPACEMAN (Face)S + a (4,3) phrase for a fast bowler in cricket.
18d Unnatural air formed in rising depressions (8)
STRAINED Anagram of AIR inside a reversal of depressions left by being struck.
20d Fall off shack (4)
SHED Double definition: to fall off (?) and a shack or simple wooden building. (To my mind it means to cast off, not to fall off. Am I missing something?)
21d Cult leader leaves animal part (7)
SECTION A cult or close-knit group of believers + an animal minus the first letter.
22d BBC One release (6)
AUNTIE The indefinite article (one) + release or set free.
23d Run to be embraced by padre, out-of-uniform man of the cloth (6)
DRAPER R(un) inside an anagram of PADRE.
26d Episode five bores mixed-up teen (5)
EVENT Roman numeral for five inside an anagram of TEEN.
I loved 13a, 30a, 18d and the man of the cloth in 23d.
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