Toughie No 1501 by Giovanni
Hints and tips by crypticsue
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Toro is busy with work today so I get to review the first Toughie of the week in which some of the clues brought back some nice memories of my Dad. It was fortunate that I didn’t need to hunt out my [imaginary] copy of Mr Manley’s Book of Obscure Words for Crossword Setters this time, as my morning turned out busier than I’d anticipated it would be too!
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1a One philosopher said to be a spin bowler … (4)
LOCK A homophone (said to be) of a philosopher’s name gives us the surname of a cricketer from the 1950s – my dad being a Surrey Cricket Club fan when I was a child meant that I did actually know the cricketer. I also knew this philosopher who turns up quite regularly in crosswords, but wasn’t so sure about the next one!
3a … and his contemporary said to be an opening batsman (5)
HOBBS And again, another homophone of a philosopher gives us the surname of an opening batsman. This one is before my dad’s time but again he is such a famous batsman, I had heard of him too.
6a Prepared envelope, inside being strong and secure (4)
SAFE Insert the letter used to indicate that music should be played loudly (strong) into the abbreviated way of referring to a pre-addressed envelope.
8a Man muttered, drunk with grog — a victory for evil (15)
GOTTERDAMMERUNG The German mythological battle of the gods and their destruction by the forces of evil – an anagram (drunk) of MAN MUTTERED GROG.
9a The fellow beset by insects in tree (6)
LICHEE A tropical fruit tree – insert the male pronoun (the fellow) into some bloodsucking insects.
10a Female game requiring inner application (8)
CHAPPESS Insert an abbreviated application into a board game – BD used this word the other day which, again, reminded me of my Dad as it was one he used regularly.
11a Box of salt (3,5)
SEA CHEST A cryptic definition of the sort of box in which a sailor (salt) might keep his belongings.
13a Bit TV cop has left behind (6)
MORSEL Someone pass Kath a tissue – her favourite TV cop followed by the abbreviation for Left.
15a Greedy female with endless animosity, I couldn’t care less (2,4)
SO WHAT The female of an animal said to be greedy followed by the first three letters only (endless) of some animosity.
17a Criticise essay in which journalist’s shown dogmatism (8)
PEDANTRY Take a verb meaning to criticise and another meaning to try and insert the usual abbreviation for the head journalist.
19a Party crush — put up with being at back of queue (8)
JAMBOREE A crush, a verb meaning put up with and the ‘back’ of queue.
21a It’s the French bread, not English, that’s sour (6)
LEMONY The French word for ‘the’ and another word for ‘bread’ in the sense of currency without the E (not English).
22a Son is smart with Latin possibly — so he’ll avoid these? (15)
MISTRANSLATIONS An anagram (possibly) of SON IS SMART LATIN
23a Girl with goal to ensnare one (4)
ENID Insert (ensnare) the letter that looks like a number one into a goal.
24a Longing to go back to house and sweetheart (5)
HONEY The abbreviation for house followed by a reversal (to go back) of a longing.
25a Floor performance that’s showy falls short (4)
STUN Remove the last letter (falls short) from a showy performance.
1d Sticklers among the top people surrounded by members (9)
LEGALISTS People who stick to the letter of the law rather than its spirit – put some limbs (members) round top people such as major movie stars, sports people etc.
2d Fixed continent, as some might say, for certain mammals (7)
CETACEA Some aquatic mammals are obtained by homophones (as some might say) of fixed and a continent.
3d A rest home dished out what most of us wouldn’t want to eat (9)
HORSEMEAT An anagram (dished out) of A REST HOME.
4d Animal making part of circular path in regular journey (7)
BEARCAT Part of a circle inserted into a regular journey (such as used to be undertaken by a policeman!)
5d Ultimately this bird disappeared crossing a group of islands (5)
SAMOA The ultimate letter of this and an extinct NZ bird put round (crossing) A (from the clue).
6d Prison car crashed — something for recycling merchant (5,4)
SCRAP IRON An anagram (crashed) of PRISON CAR.
7d Expression of disgust about Scottish tourist trap? Tact is needed (7)
FINESSE So when did anyone last use this obscure expression of disgust which should be put round one of the must-see destinations for Scottish tourists.
12d Shared accommodation as custom in one sort of school (9)
COHABITED A custom or usual practice inserted into the abbreviated way of referring to a school for both boys and girls.
13d Like part of body that’s source of energy, sluggish in girl (9)
MEDULLARY The innermost part of a bodily organ – insert the ‘source’ of Energy and another word for sluggish into a girl’s name.
14d Behold, two positive responses in northern half of capital! (3,4,2)
LAY EYES ON Two lots of a positive response inserted into the ‘northern half’ or first three letters of our capital city.
16d Speech from Horatio Nelson (7)
ORATION Hidden in hORATIO Nelson.
17d Persons in trouble keep going (5,2)
PRESS ON An anagram (in trouble) of PERSONS
18d Reveal with insouciance solicitor full of rubbish (4,3)
TROT OUT Some rubbish inserted into a particular type of solicitor.
20d Fish needs tap to get black off its head (5)
ROACH Remove B (get B [black] off) from a word meaning to tap or pierce a container to open it and draw off the liquid inside.
I ‘ll be interested to learn whether others agree with me that there was quite a bit of the ‘old-fashioned’ about some of the words used today.