Toughie No 1514 by Kcit
Truncation, truncation, truncation
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **
I didn’t notice it as much when solving the puzzle but when writing the review it became apparent that the wordplay was a bit ‘samey’ – no less than eight clues require us to chop off the last letter from a word. This detracted from the enjoyment for me.
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8a Very good thing rejected? Greek character returned wail (7)
ULULATE – this is a verb to wail or keen as an expression of grief. Reverse a slang term for an outstanding example of something and then reverse a Greek letter.
10a Note getting out of linen clothing will lead to legal action (7)
LAWSUIT – drop the abbreviation of note from a sort of fine linen and add a set of clothes.
11a The chap is collared by old Greek against religion (9)
ATHEISTIC – the chap (2) and IS are contained in one of the dialects of ancient Greece.
12a Money advanced to hold shareholders’ gathering is factor in outburst (5)
MAGMA – the abbreviations for money and advanced contain the abbreviation for a shareholders’ gathering held once a year.
13a Expatriates filling halls? On the contrary (5)
ATRIA – these halls appear inside expatriates.
14a Thug cut in, suppressing loud struggling (7)
HOODLUM – a word meaning ‘in’ (as opposed to out or away) without its last letter (cut) contains an anagram (struggling) of LOUD.
17a Formerly popular, a low, low note you’ll find rarely (4,2,1,4,4)
ONCE IN A BLUE MOON – string together an adverb meaning formerly, an informal word meaning popular or trendy, A, an adjective meaning low, a verb meaning low and the abbreviation for note (the same abbreviation that we had in 10a). “You’ll find” is just a linking phrase.
19a Broadband offering Irish rock? (7)
FASTNET – split the answer 4,3 and it could be what broadband providers offer.
21a Notice put on computer peripheral? (3-2)
ADD-ON – an abbreviated notice and a verb to put on or slip into.
24a Plan to lose all but end of the argument (5)
THROW – drop the last letter from ‘the’ and add an argument.
26a Left in total black, wake up incompletely, continuing to doze (9)
SLUMBROUS – insert the abbreviation for left into a total, then add the abbreviation for black and a verb to wake someone up without its last letter.
27a Operating problem recalled — ditches gadget (7)
GUBBINS – reverse an informal word for an operating problem (especially a software defect) and add an informal verb meaning ditches or throws away.
28a Closed, having kept theatre’s sponsor cross (7)
TANGELO – an adverb meaning closed (relating to a door, for example) contains an informal term for a sponsor or backer in the theatre.
1d Fellow attracting gossip in part of South America (6)
GUYANA – a fellow or bloke is followed by a word for a collection of gossip or anecdotes.
2d More than Happy Hour — epic, possibly (8)
EUPHORIC – an anagram (possibly) of HOUR EPIC.
3d Sewers, say, an island put in place (10)
SANITATION – insert AN and an abbreviation for island into a place or position.
4d Chess player with predicament that admits of no escape (5,4)
BLACK HOLE – charade of one chess player and a predicament or difficult situation.
5d Heads for some water in Margate – for this? (4)
SWIM – the first letters of four words in the clue.
6d One’s used to batter, well-chewed food and jelly (6)
CUDGEL – charade of doubly-chewed food and a jelly-like substance.
7d Picked up blemishes — a lot, but not all — in hypothetical concept (5,3)
STRAW MAN – to attack a ***** *** is to set up a much weaker proposition than your opponent has put forward and then proceed to refute it without actually addressing what your opponent has argued. Reverse blemishes on the skin and add a word meaning a lot without its final letter.
9d Achievement’s to put out fine food (4)
EATS – start with an achievement plus the ‘S and take away the abbreviation for fine.
15d Working daughter about to secure reputation, setting up solo enterprise (3-3,4)
ONE-MAN BAND – an adverb meaning working or in operation and the abbreviation for daughter contain the reversal of a phrase (3,4) which could mean to secure reputation.
16d Soldier, when engaged in writing, is a dreamer (9)
FANTASIST – a soldier insect and a synonym for when go inside an informal metaphor for handwriting.
17d Male participating in bid, not entirely out of public view (3-5)
OFF-STAGE – an adjective meaning male or all-male goes inside a bid without its last letter. This reminds me of an instruction shouted into the wings in a cash-strapped pantomime production of Ali Baba: “Wait there, you 39 thieves!”.
18d Perhaps last year’s weather upset you before, as one averse to change (3,5)
OLD FOGEY – an example of last year’s weather (3,3) is followed by the reversal of a word that meant you in the past (before).
20d Singular exclamations, mostly about book writer (6)
SCRIBE – the abbreviation for singular is followed by exclamations or shouts without the last letter, with the abbreviation for book inserted.
22d Food that is a source of discomfort! One keeps away (2-4)
NO-SHOW – a word, from Yiddish, meaning food is followed by an exclamation indicating that something is uncomfortable or painful.
23d Leave office, completely losing base (4)
QUIT – an adverb meaning completely without its last letter.
25d Women informed parliamentary official (4)
WHIP – the abbreviation for women and an informal adjective meaning informed about the latest trends.
My favourite clue today was 19a. Which one(s) appealed to you?