Toughie No 1537 by Giovanni
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
This was on the easier side for a Giovanni Toughie with only one word (1a) that I didn’t know. In fact, with the possible exception of that clue, I thought that the puzzle could well have appeared in his usual Friday back-page slot.
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1a Indigenous language of southern cathedral city, hard for northern town (6)
SALISH – this can be a group of Native American languages but here it’s just a single language spoken by a diminishing group in areas of Montana and Washington state. Start with a cathedral city in Wiltshire and replace the last bit (a town in Greater Manchester) with H(ard).
4a Look to accommodate petition for one of graffiti artist’s needs (5,3)
SPRAY CAN – a verb to look or glance through contains a verb to petition or beseech.
9a Bird liable to accompany duck between rivers (6)
RAPTOR – insert an adjective meaning liable or disposed and the zero-like letter between two abbreviations for river.
10a Sudden attack in the afternoon, so X-ray somehow must be fitted in (8)
PAROXYSM – the abbreviation for afternoon has an anagram (somehow) of SO X-RAY inserted.
11a Rose’s disease in an area noted for trouble (5,4)
BLACK SPOT – double definition, the first a bacterial disease of plants, especially roses.
13a A team thus may be missing one a good deal (5)
OFTEN – … because a football or cricket team normally has eleven.
14a Fellow believer shows heart and is toiling with difficulty (13)
CORELIGIONIST – start with a word meaning heart or nucleus and add an anagram (with difficulty) of IS TOILING.
17a Like firework display going off in a holy precinct (13)
PYROTECHNICAL – an anagram (going off) of A HOLY PRECINCT.
21a Hopeless, immediately having got elected (2-3)
NO-WIN – split the answer 3,2 to get separate adverbs meaning immediately and elected.
23a Very wet day with you finally coming to ground that’s no good (9)
SATURATED – string together an abbreviated form of a day of the week, the final letter of you and a past participle meaning ground or crumbled without its leading G(ood).
24a Local anger with oil being spilt (8)
REGIONAL – an anagram (being spilt) of ANGER and OIL.
25a Fellow getting mellow in conduct (6)
MANAGE – a fellow or chap followed by a verb to mellow or mature.
26a Son with long hair needing to chill out? (8)
STRESSED – the abbreviation for son is followed by an adjective meaning having long locks.
27a The man’s being inducted into lay order (6)
BEHEST – a male pronoun and the ‘S go inside a verb to lay or 22d.
1d Washes in prison (6)
SCRUBS – double definition, the second a familiar name for an adult prison in West London.
2d Entertaining woman in naughty pad grabbed by old soldier (3,6)
LAP DANCER – an anagram (naughty) of PAD is contained inside an old cavalry soldier.
3d It’s a nasty thing — that’s half of what we hear from the preacher about wine (7)
SHOCKER – the first half of what a preacher delivers from his pulpit contains a dry white wine.
5d Put down a fur in royal house (11)
PLANTAGENET – split the royal house 5,1,5 to get ‘put down a fur from a cat-like nocturnal carnivore’.
6d Tenderly conveying a love — but almost completely gloomy within (7)
AMOROSO – if you refer to the musical terms section of BD’s mine you’ll see that this word means ‘in a loving or tender manner’ . Start with A and finish with the letter that resembles zero or love. In between put an adjective meaning gloomy or sullen without its last letter.
7d Weep quietly having little time in place of burial (5)
CRYPT – string together a verb to weep and the abbreviations for quietly and time.
8d Name getting a mention unexpectedly (8)
NOMINATE – an anagram (unexpectedly) of A MENTION.
12d A sect terribly restricted by civil regime denying basic rights (6,5)
POLICE STATE – an anagram (terribly) of A SECT is contained inside an adjective meaning civil or courteous.
15d Everyone I upset and make fun of is feeling uncomfortable (3,2,4)
ILL AT EASE – put together a word meaning everyone and I, then reverse it and add a verb to make fun of someone.
16d Angry, but in a better position to fight than the enemy? (2,2,4)
UP IN ARMS – cryptically this could mean having more weapons than the enemy.
18d A number of academic types? They may get injured on playing fields (7)
TENDONS – a cardinal number followed by university teachers.
19d Anxiety about horse — possible result of terrible accident? (7)
CARNAGE – a word meaning anxiety or trouble goes round an old horse.
20d Like the most reluctant pupil that is having to get a grasp of Latin (6)
IDLEST – the full Latin phrase meaning ‘that is’ contains the abbreviation for Latin.
22d Someone joking with the Queen? It’s a risky business (5)
WAGER – a jokester is followed by the Queen’s cipher.
Top clue for me today was 16d. Which one(s) grabbed your attention?