Toughie No 1509 by MynoT
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MynoT appears in the Tuesday Toughie slot this week – I would imagine comments today will depend on whether you prefer more toughness than chestnuts in your crossword in the middle of the paper, or whether you are fairly new to Toughies and are delighted to complete one without resorting to the hints. [Yes, I do know 1a is a word no-one’s heard of but the wordplay is very clear]
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1a Abandon your principles with a job at one’s expense initially (10)
APOSTATISE A (from the clue), a job, AT (from the clue) IS (ones) and the initial letter of Expense.
6a Convert to AC/DC in the desert (4)
GOBI Split this desert 2,2 and the conversion to an informal term for a person who likes both sexes (AC/DC) will become clear.
9a Bar with Frenchwomen consuming Italy’s port (10)
MARSEILLES A couple of things to possibly confuse the solver in this clue – The French port is obtained by following a famous chocolate ‘bar’ with some Frenchwomen who have ‘consumed’ the IVR code for Italy.
10a Essential oil for a German (4)
OTTO This essential oil can also be a German Christian name.
13a Unpredictable return of sailor wearing glossy fabric (7)
ERRATIC A reversal (return) of a sailor wearing a glossy fabric I’d vaguely heard of which is (thank you Google for the confirmation) apparently produced by waxing and heating.
15a Flexibility of place holding woolly ewe (6)
LEEWAY Insert an anagram (woolly) of EWE into a verb meaning to place [down]
16a Short trip to help part of SA following the Queen (6)
ERRAND The regnal cipher of our current Queen followed by part of South Africa.
17a Quarter, ten-cent piece – indefinite number needed to reach Jerusalem in time (6,9)
FOURTH DIMENSION Another way of saying a quarter, a ten-cent piece, the letter used to indicate an indefinite number and an alternative name for Jerusalem.
18a Small hole in the box you once knocked over (6)
EYELET A reversal (knocked over) of an informal way of referring to a television (box) and the old-fashioned way of saying you.
20a Composer in TV series is paid worker (6)
EARNER The composer of Rule Britannia inserted into an American medical-themed TV series.
21a Unwilling to take sides in Tyneside, extremist left at the end (7)
NEUTRAL The abbreviation for the area of the UK where Tyneside can be found and an adjective meaning extreme with the L moved to the end of the word (Left at the end).
22a Couple from India encountered on the way back (4)
ITEM The letter represented by India in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet and a reversal (on the way back) of another way of saying encountered.
25a Instruct Bryan perhaps, to get hybrid form of transport (5,5)
TRAIN FERRY I went through a number of Bryans before I realised the lead singer of Roxy Music was the very person to go after a verb meaning to instruct.
26a Golf ace needs quiet to make cut (4)
GASH The letter represented by Golf in the aforementioned Phonetic Alphabet, the abbreviation for ace and a way of getting people to be quiet.
27a Archer, bitten by wild insect, minds (10)
INTELLECTS The legendary Swiss archer inserted into (bitten by) an anagram (wild) of INSECT.
1d Girl’s run in to find host (4)
ARMY The abbreviation for Run inserted into a girl’s name.
2d Lady’s fingers permitted to touch gunners (4)
OKRA An informal way of agreeing that something is alright (permitted to) and the abbreviation for the Royal Artillery (gunners).
3d Conjecture men should be surrounded by people in authority (6)
THEORY The abbreviation for Other Ranks of soldiers (men) inserted into (surrounded by) a pronoun used to refer to people in authority.
4d Filibuster‘s story about knight, once more with hands being raised (4,7,4)
TALK AGAINST TIME Put a story ‘about’ or round the abbreviation for Knight, an adverb meaning once more, and a reversal of an informal term for hands gives us a expression for delaying a parliamentary vote (filibuster).
5d These coins could be ‘pieces’ (6)
SPECIE Coins as opposed to paper money – an anagram (could be) of PIECES.
7d Visitor treated to eat nut pie cooked without base (3-7)
OUT-PATIENT Someone treated at hospital without having to stay in is an anagram (cooked) of TO EAT NUT PI[e] – without base tells you not to include the final E.
8d Being a regular attender, this person has no right on a railway to limit noise (2,8)
IN ORDINARY A cleric or doctor in regular attendance, usually in a royal household . The personal pronoun (this person) NO (from the clue) the abbreviation for Right, a noise and the abbreviation for railway.
11d ‘I will touch the first person’ — ‘That’s no good, it will cause resentment‘ (3,7)
ILL FEELING An abbreviated way of saying I will, a verb meaning to touch, the first person singular and the abbreviation for No Good.
12d Modesty to take exception over European head (10)
DEMURENESS A verb meaning to take exception, the abbreviation for European and a headland.
13d Clay at that time being after attention (7)
EARTHEN An adverb meaning at that time goes after attention or consideration.
14d Brainy princess in California (7)
CRANIAL An Indian princess inserted into the abbreviation for California.
19d Fled south of the ruined city (6)
TEHRAN A verb meaning fled follows (or goes south of) an anagram (ruined) of THE.
20d Carpeting showing tears where one end has been trimmed (6)
EARFUL Remove the first letter (one end… trimmed) from an adjective meaning crying or about to cry. A bit of a shame that the word you are looking for is so clearly indicated by one of the words in the clue.
23d Almost disable short reptile (4)
CROC An abbreviation (short) for a particular reptile is obtained by removing the last letter (almost) from a verb meaning to break something or injure someone (disable).
24d Side issues in relation to French art (4)
BYES A prefix meaning in relation to and the French word for is (art).
Toro should be back next week.