Toughie No 1529 by proXimal
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ***
I made heavy weather of this one with most of the answers needing to be teased out, but I enjoyed the tussle so thanks to proXimal for a proper Toughie.
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1a Make divine covers pong, ironed without the lining being dry (10)
DEHUMIDIFY – a verb meaning to make divine contains a pong and the outer letters of ironed.
6a Favour beginner after swapping tips (4)
BOON – swap the outer letters of a slang term for a beginner or new arrival.
9a Sailor overboard presumably rejected navigation aids (7)
ATLASES – an informal word for a sailor is immersed in the briny (overboard presumably) then it all gets reversed.
10a Competitor chased in races by opponents (7)
ENTRANT – a verb meaning chased or hurried goes inside the Isle of Man races and that all follows opponents at bridge.
12a Oldest red silk wound in fine threads (7,2,4)
DRESSED TO KILL – an anagram (wound) of OLDEST RED SILK.
14a Son on river involved in another display (6)
EXPOSE – the abbreviation for son follows an Italian river and that goes inside another river (one in Devonshire).
15a Rebel regrets keeping to degree course in revolution (8)
SABOTEUR – a verb meaning regrets contains TO and a degree course with the whole lot needing to be reversed.
17a Dislike a mobile with no light (8)
LOATHING – an anagram (mobile) of A and NO LIGHT.
19a Spiky plants caused splits inside of case (6)
AGAVES – a verb meaning caused (as in ’caused concern’) goes inside the middle letters of case.
22a Song‘s opening covered by support group disheartened boss (4,2,1,6)
AWAY IN A MANGER – an opening or entrance (3,2) is contained in the abbreviation for a support group for alcoholics. After that we need a boss without the middle letter (disheartened).
24a Far from rubbish journalist’s written down (7)
NOTATED – when split 2,3,2 the answer could describe a senior journalist who’s far from rubbish.
25a One who feels sympathy burying old actor (7)
POITIER – a person who feels sympathy contains O(ld).
26a Eastern side of European resort where many crash (4)
DORM – we need the right-hand (Eastern) half of a Spanish resort.
27a Leaving adobe with no fuss, desires property (10)
BELONGINGS – take the word for fuss away from adobe then add desires or yearnings.
1d What you could see on TV move across the screen (4)
DRAG – double definition. This was my last answer and there was a loud clunk as the penny dropped – TV is a transvestite. The second meaning is what you might use a mouse to do.
2d Told ‘Stay hidden‘ (5,2)
HOLED UP – this is a homophone (told) of a phrasal verb (4,2) meaning to stay or support.
3d After disorder, English strict about protecting monarch’s aircraft (13)
MESSERSCHMITT – start with a word for disorder or confusion and E(nglish) then make an anagram (about) of STRICT containing the abbreviation for a monarch’s title.
4d Wanting spades not no trumps, one who might propose bridge is to stop (6)
DESIST – start with someone who might suggest a bridge (if you have problems with your gnashers) and change the abbreviation for ‘no trumps’ to that of spades.
5d Become confused if upcoming year is productive time (5,3)
FIELD DAY – put together a verb meaning to become confused and IF. Now reverse that (upcoming) and add Y(ear).
7d Like gemstone ring left in possession of political activist (7)
OPALINE – start with the letter that’s ring-shaped then insert L(eft) into the surname of Thomas, the eighteenth century political activist who operated on both sides of the Atlantic.
8d Bug confidently assured to ignore bee’s hives (6,4)
NETTLE RASH – a verb to bug or annoy is followed by an adjective meaning confidently assured or cocky without the letter bee.
11d Hot buggy, bumpy in motion to the end (13)
THOROUGHGOING – start with an anagram (buggy, i.e. with bugs or faulty) of HOT and add an adjective meaning bumpy or uneven and a present participle meaning ‘in motion’.
13d Justified the Spanish academic having week up north (4-6)
WELL-EARNED – a Spanish definite article and an adjective meaning academic or well-read are preceded (having … up north) by the abbreviation for week.
16d Unstable land used to shift from mount (8)
UNSADDLE – an anagram (unstable) of LAND USED.
18d It enables fit player to get rid of cold — eating stuff up (7)
ADAPTOR – a player or performer without the C(old) contains the reversal of a verb to stuff.
20d Kind king in row, very upset (7)
VERSION – insert an abbreviation for king in a row or din, add V(ery) and then reverse it all.
21d Poet‘s to make weak noodle soup (6)
SAPPHO – charade of a verb to weaken or exhaust and a Vietnamese noodle soup. I hadn’t come across the soup before (or, if I had, I’d forgotten it) but given the checking letters it couldn’t be much else.
23d Plant found in fair isle (4)
IRIS – on my preliminary scan through the clues I hadn’t solved any by the time I got to this point so I was pleased to find an easy lurker.
In a photo-finish for my favourite clue were 9a, 1d and 4d. Which one(s) did you judge to be best?