Toughie No 1513 by Warbler
Hints and tips by Toro
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **
Four mini-puzzles from Warbler today which I worked round clockwise, finding the first (NW) a write-in and the second (NE) decidedly the hardest.
1a Pop singer meets Queen for a cocktail (7)
STINGER A British musician and singer-songwriter + the Queen’s initials.
5a Acid taste in drink makes one rise suddenly (5,2)
START UP An adjective meaning bitter-tasting inside a verb meaning to drink.
9a Locals cooked prince some seafood (7)
SCALLOP Anagram of LOCALS + P(rince).
10a Very quietly, in a state briefly, starts to leave exhibition with a little wave (7)
ARIPPLE Musical abbreviation for very softly goes in between A + the abbreviation of a US state (on the one hand) and L(eave) E(xhibition).
11a Reflected timelessly, clutching this fragrant resin (5)
ELEMI Hidden backwards in TIMELESSLY.
12a In Spain the old Queen becomes agitated, involving constant expressive language (9)
ELOQUENCE Spanish definite article + O(ld) + anagram of QUEEN around a physical constant (the speed of light, as in Einstein’s famous equation).
13a TV company joins queue to show ‘Horizon‘ (7)
SKYLINE Satellite TV platform and broadcaster + a queue.
14a I love being at sea yet I ache endlessly to go rambling (7)
YACHTIE Anagram of YET I ACH(e).
16a Bring together for prayer (7)
COLLECT To gather, and a short prayer in Western Christianity.
19a Tail of plump Chinese cat is not real (7)
PHANTOM (Plum)P + a native Chinese + male cat.
22a Where to rest at the seaside? Check into floor with atmosphere (9)
DECKCHAIR CH(eck) in-between a word for the floor of a boat and a word for atmosphere.
24a Overturn Uffizi’s premier hang (5)
UPEND U(ffizi) + to hang.
25a Marina utility provides protection for sea creatures (7)
NAUTILI Hidden inside MARINAUTILITY.
26a Bony invading as an alternative to linking with southern French city (7)
ORLEANS Bony or skinny in-between ‘as an alternative to linking with’ and S(outhern).
27a Answer by sailor is clear (7)
ABSOLVE A naval rank + to answer.
28a Note, dip accompanies New England dish (7)
LASAGNE A musical do-re-mi note + to dip + N(ew) E(ngland).
1d Techniques to make use of extremities of spiny stalks (7)
SYSTEMS S(pin)Y + stalks (e.g. of a flower).
2d Mental pictures afflicted a grim year. Not half! (7)
IMAGERY Anagram of A GRIM YE(ar).
3d Get more French impertinence here in French home counties? (9)
GALLICISE Impertinence or cheek + French for here + region of England containing the home counties.
4d Electronic place in network is full (7)
REPLETE E(lectronic) PL(ace) inside an anatomical term (new to me) for a network (e.g. of blood vessels or nerves).
5d Putting poster in ostentatious surroundings is dim (7)
SHADOWY A poster or other form of commercial display inside ostentatious.
6d Farewell regularly used in Deal when going back (5)
ADIEU Alternate letters of USEDINDEAL reversed.
7d Shirt, perhaps with bird as crest (7)
TOPKNOT An upper garment (e.g. a shirt) + a wading bird.
8d Go before publicist meets Eastern descendants reportedly (7)
PRECEDE A publicist or their profession + E(astern) + soundalike of descendants or progeny/
15d Such sable woven into vestments (9)
CHASUBLES Anagram of SUCH SABLE.
16d Outstanding flourish from Russian emperor almost seizing Yemeni port (7)
CADENZA Russian emperor minus the last letter around Crosswordland’s most famous port.
17d Material successes in footwear (4-3)
LACE-UPS A delicate fabric + successes or high points.
18d Leaves before interval, about 4pm? (7)
TEATIME Leaves used as an infusion + an interval or period.
19d Cook with bipolar disorder (7)
PARBOIL Anagram of BIPOLAR.
20d Sea cucumber‘s smell captivating traveller (7)
TREPANG A smell or taste around a travelling salesperson.
21d Jellyfish swimming about amused everyone at first (7)
MEDUSAE Anagram of AMUSED + E(veryone).
23d Cold on rise? Exactly! (5)
CHILL C(old) + a rise or elevation.
I liked 23d and 25a, both for the clue and the pun which presumably inspired the illustrating photo!