Toughie No 1525 by Kcit
Hints and tips by crypticsue
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
As is traditional, Gazza kindly offered me the chance to do an on the day Toughie review while I am on my Christmas/New Year break from work. This time the email inviting me to do so came with the ‘rule’ that I had to decide before the setter’s name went up on the website. After checking the list to see who might be due to make an appearance in the middle of the paper, I said ‘yes please’ and so here I am with my thoughts on this Kcit Toughie.
The crossword didn’t take long to solve and my only hold up was deciding whether my explanation of 1d was what our setter intended. All my test solving of cryptic crosswords has definitely made me more conscious of the spread of clue types in each crossword I solve – did anyone else notice that there are ten clues requiring you to remove a letter (in most cases, an initial letter) in order to obtain their solutions??
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7a Detained party, I fancy, may appear here (8,6)
IDENTITY PARADE An anagram (fancy) of DETAINED PARTY I.
9a Something added about house — something added about house sport — identifies contributor to match (10)
PHOSPHORUS Insert the abbreviation for house (about house) into something added to a letter, for example, then repeat the process just as the clue does, but this time include the abbreviation for a particular sport, to produce a chemical used in the manufacture of match heads.
11a One from South America and one North, going to Central America (4)
INCA The letter that looks like a number one followed by the abbreviations for North and Central America.
12a Metal point not finished (3)
TIN Almost all of (not finished) a point on a fork.
13a Drug carried by town river with treatment to get through cold period (10)
OVERWINTER Insert the abbreviation for Ecstasy (drug carried) into an anagram (with treatment) of TOWN RIVER.
16a Contralto mostly abandoned indication on score (4)
CLEF Another ‘almost all’ clue – follow the abbreviation for Contralto with the first three letters (mostly) of a synonym for abandoned.
17a Look for comfort — recoil of weapon’s broken leg (7)
SNUGGLE A reversal (recoil) of a weapon’s and an anagram (broken) of LEG.
18a Best friend consuming a lot of time in pursuit of love (7)
OPTIMAL The letter used to indicate love (nothing) is followed by an informal friend into which is inserted (consuming) ‘a lot’ of TIM
e (from the clue).
20a Poor farmer — ready for business, but nothing’s shifting (4)
PEON A poor farmer from Spanish speaking America is obtained by moving the O (nothing’s shifting) in a way of saying ready for business.
21a Platter? Her diet’s wrecked after short space (6,4)
ENTREE DISH An anagram (wrecked) of HER DIETS goes after the shorter of the two spaces used by printers.
23a Briefly near abandoning literary style? I am surprised (3)
GEE An informal interjection expressing surprise is obtained by removing the abbreviation (briefly) for near from a literary style.
24a Pointedly ignore note included in membership renewal? (4)
SNUB The abbreviation for note included in a membership fee (renewal?)
25a Shed light on state in which one finds boy and girl in Dickens (6,4)
LITTLE NELL A shorter way of saying ‘shed light on’ and a verb meaning to state, the latter having a boy’s name inserted.
28a Pouring in addition will involve new rainwear (10,4)
WELLINGTON BOOT A verb meaning pouring and an expression meaning in addition into which is inserted (involving) the abbreviation for new. The ones in the illustration are the ‘originals’ which can be seen at Walmer Castle here in Kent.
1d Quits, as it were — really meaning it? (4,1,9)
WITH A VENGEANCE Before people adopted the American way of using quit to mean resign, quits always (as it were) meant (and still does to me) got even with someone, which is one meaning of the solution in addition to ‘really meaning it’.
2d Inclines to dismiss a visual aid (4)
LENS Remove the A (dismiss a) from another way of saying inclines.
3d Long arrangement of rope? Not hard (4)
ITCH Remove the H for hard from a type of knot where one rope is connected with another (arrangement of rope).
4d Repeat: ‘I support imprisoning renegade’ (7)
ITERATE I (from the clue) and a golfing “support” imprisoning a renegade.
5d One with job on line receiving hard address (10)
APOSTROPHE A (one), a job and a line or twist of stout fibre, the latter receiving H (hard). Thank you to the BRB for explaining that this address is a sudden turning away from the ordinary course of a speech to address some person present or absent.
6d Part of chain restraining one, angry? Not initially a good idea (10)
BRAINCHILD This part of a chain is a subsidiary shop, office etc, and you need to insert an I (restraining one), the result then followed with a word for angry with its initial letter removed.
8d See our debacle in dissolution — about time for this? (6,8)
DECREE ABSOLUTE The first part of the clue cryptically describes the final stages of a divorce – an anagram (in dissolution) of SEE OUR DEBACLE into which is inserted (about) T for time.
10d Relieved expression, avoiding hot seat (3)
PEW Remove the H (avoiding Hot) from an interjection of relief.
14d Scrap with fashionable fool about British film (6,4)
RAGING BULL A scrap of material, a shorter way of saying fashionable and an easily duped person (fool) into which is inserted B (about British).
15d Invoicing without first including pound charge leads to resentment (3,7)
ILL FEELING Yet another ‘take a letter off’ clue – remove the first letter from another way of saying invoicing, then insert an L (£) and a charge.
19d Cheers up, insulated by knowing to ignore a piece of legislation (7)
STATUTE A reversal (up in a Down clue) of an informal way of saying thank you (cheers) is inserted into an adjective meaning knowing, shrewd or perceptive, once you have (yet again) removed the A at the front (ignore a).
22d Detective seeing nothing different when turning up? (3)
EYE This informal term for a detective is, as indicated by the wordplay, a palindrome
26d No initiation of flash connection (4)
LINK Remove the first letter (no initiation of) from a flash.
27d Shelter not getting approval? (4)
NOOK And a chestnut to finish – split the solution 2,2 and the ‘not getting approval’ becomes clear.
Gnomethang assures me that he will be doing both his scheduled reviews this week which means that I can (fairly confidently) say that this should be my last review of 2015. I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year, with the hope thatwe all get what we wish for in 2016.