Toughie No 1493 by Warbler
Hints and tips by Toro
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Those pesky warblers! After blogging from east Norfolk last Tuesday I tried and failed to catch up with a Pallas’s Warbler that had been spotted in coastal woodland. Today it was 8d that eluded me. I thought I was going to tear through this puzzle but slowed down a lot in the lower half. All very enjoyable though.
1a Smoochy Romeo almost lost his parental inheritance (1-10)
Y-CHROMOSOME Anagram of SMOOCHY ROME(o).
10a It’s upright to vote right instead of left? (5)
ERECT To vote, with L(eft) replaced by R(ight).
11a Curiously lovable wife very absorbed in that part of locomotive (4-5)
BLOW-VALVE Anagram of LOVABLE W(ife) around V(ery).
12a Irregular soldier sounds like big thug (9)
GUERRILLA Sounds like a word for a thug or heavy.
13a Silly argument about recipe for fish (5)
SPRAT A silly argument or tiff around R(ecipe).
14a Genre of theatre there’s no reason to see? (6)
ABSURD Cryptic definition of a genre of theatre associated with Pinter, Beckett, Ionesco and others.
16a Features needed for good health? (4-4)
CHIN-CHIN A facial feature, repeated.
18a A politician visiting Herts town is going on a walking tour (8)
TRAMPING A + an elected politician, both inside a Hertfordshire town that is, among other things, the location of the headquarters of the British Trust for Ornithology.
20a Will’s fairy trap (6)
COBWEB One of the fairies in “Will” Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a kind of fly trap.
23a In Spain friend regularly warms in glow (5)
AMIGO Look at the alternate letters in WARMSINGLOW.
24a Shrub in hotel garden designed around yard area (9)
HYDRANGEA H(otel) + anagram of GARDEN around Y(ard) A(rea).
26a Decree artillery is to surround island (9)
ORDINANCE Artillery or mounted guns around I(sland).
27a Central parts of rain-cloud on top of Everest inspire (5)
IMBUE Meteorological term for a large grey rain cloud, minus the first and last letters, + E(verest).
28a Angry judge, taken in by divorced spouse, reptilian journalist (11)
EXASPERATED To judge or assess inserted somewhere inside divorced spouse + a reptilian (a snake, in fact) + the usual journalist.
2d Dear French present, with cents put by (5)
CHERE C(ents) + present or in attendance. (A purely foreign-language word, but familiar enough.)
3d Frisky terrier injured batsman, perhaps (7)
RETIRER Anagram of TERRIER.
4d Ever-changing Alabama city (6)
MOBILE Fluid or shifting, and a city in Alabama.
5d Small cat in pain, having a paunch (8)
STOMACHY S(mall) + male cat + suffering pains.
6d Takes up residence in Nov, semi having been given makeover (5,2)
MOVES IN Anagram of NOV SEMI.
7d NCO announced conductor’s musical interval (8-5)
SERGEANT-MAJOR Soundalike of Malcolm, English conductor and composer (d.1967), then a musical interval or difference in pitch between two notes.
8d Short priest cut humorous poem (8)
CLERIHEW Clergyman or woman minus the last letter + to cut or chop.
9d Playing Scrabble with date — that’s given new double chance of success (4,3,6)
BELT AND BRACES Anagram of SCRABBLE DATE around N(ew).
15d Blows in the main spot we hear turn south (3,5)
SEA WINDS Soundalike of to spot or notice + to turn or twist + S(outh).
17d Wearing flimsy garments with middle cut out? They’re all the rage! (2-6)
IN-THINGS Wearing (of clothes) + flimsy or insubstantial + G(arment)S.
19d Paragon‘s forlorn hope coming to nothing (7)
PHOENIX Anagram of HOPE + nothing, zip or nada.
21d Instrument found in old vehicle in America (7)
OCARINA O(ld) + a vehicle + IN + A(merica).
22d A duke needs that woman’s love ultimately to remain faithful (6)
ADHERE A + D(uke) + feminine possessive pronoun + (lov)E.
25d Actor loses money in bet (5)
GABLE To bet or wager, after deleting M(oney).
I was tickled by several of the anagram clues – 1a, 24a and 9d especially.
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