Toughie No 1552 by Warbler
Hints and tips by Antony and Cleopatra
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Toro was unable to do today’s review, so Ant and Cleo have stepped in.
“I found it very slightly trickier than I would have expected from Warbler. She is on my list of setters I want to blog/meet and I’ve achieved a quarter of that today, with my half a review!”
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Across Hints by Cleo
1a A fruit that sounds repulsive (4)
UGLI: An unattractive hybrid citrus fruit, the name of which name sounds like an adjective meaning repulsive.
3a Woman’s letter is inconsiderate (10)
DISMISSIVE: An abbreviated woman’s name (don’t forget the S – woman’s) followed by a formal or official letter.
8a Pleased grid’s well-nigh complete (8)
GRATEFUL: A grid followed by almost all (well-nigh) of a synonym for complete.
9a He might knock down mate (6)
FELLER: Another word for a lumberjack (he might knock down) or an informal way of referring to a boy, man or mate.
10a Former Eastern navy sail (6)
LATEEN: A triangular sail often used in the Mediterranean is obtained from another way of saying former and the abbreviations for Eastern and navy.
11a Outspoken ego, even around five feet in height (3,5)
EYE LEVEL: A homophone (outspoken) of the way one would refer to oneself (ego) followed by a synonym for even.
13a Appropriate footwear for instructors (8)
TRAINERS: These instructors might wear footwear of the same name.
14a Refills glass with best drink (4,2)
TOPS UP: Another word for best followed by the verb meaning to drink so useful to Crossword Setters.
16a He famously wrote short story about return of European king (6)
STOKER: Return indicates the need to reverse the abbreviations for European and King and insert them into almost all of (short) STORy
19a Dance enthusiast joins one comically desperate game (8)
FANDANGO: An enthusiast, the Desperate one usually found on the front page of the Dandy comic and an originally-Chinese board game.
21a Vote to rewrite gaffes, interrupted by Unionist and Republican (8)
SUFFRAGE: The right to vote, especially in public elections. An anagram (rewrite) of GAFFES interrupted [separately] by the abbreviations for Unionist and Republican.
22a House including soldier’s hut (4-2)
LEAN-TO: Insert one of the usual soldiers into the fifth House of the Zodiac.
23a Antrim inimitably offers famous place on coast (6)
RIMINI: A famous city on the Adriatic coast of Italy can be found in AntRIM INImatably.
24a Extinct tiger‘s doom is left strangely unknown in the end (8)
SMILODON: An anagram (strangely) of DOOM IS L (left) finished off by the end letter of unknown. He sounds more friendly than he looks!
25a Excited spaniel runs energetically at first round new plants (10)
PERENNIALS: An anagram (excited) of SPANIELS R (runs) E (energetically ‘at first’ and N (new) gives us plants that last for many years.
26a Finally they go over remembrance for long ago (4)
YORE: The final letters of theY gO oveR remembrancE
Down hints by Ant
1d In France a bull’s regularly confined by barriers. As are horses and cows (9)
UNGULATES: the French indefinite article followed by the odd (regularly) letters of [b]U[l]L[‘s] inside some barriers. Said bulls are also part of the definition
2d Imprisoned old fellow must get over sentence just at a critical moment (2,3,4,2,4)
IN THE NICK OF TIME: a phrase meaning imprisoned (2,3,4) followed by O(ld), F(ellow) and a (prison) sentence
3d Backs justification (7)
DEFENCE: two definitions – the function performed by backs in a game like football and a justification, usually one given in court
4d Your counterparts alone in possession of very right answers at last (7)
SOLVERS: a word meaning alone around (in possession of) V(ery) and followed by R(ight) and the final letter (at last) of S
5d Bend in fine line twisting over court (7)
INFLECT: an anagram (twisting) of FINE L(ine) followed by the abbreviation for C(our)T
6d Processing of English flax plants with 26 is obvious (4-11)
SELF-EXPLANATORY: an anagram (processing) of E(nglish) FLAX PLANTS and the answer to 26 Across
7d Make a mistake turning up, see Hollywood star as his friends knew him (5)
ERROL: a verb meaning to make a mistake followed by the reversal (turning up in a down clue) of a two-letter word meaning see gives the first name (as his friends knew him) of Hollywood star Flynn
12d Pecuniary source of old currency (3)
ECU: hidden (source of) inside the clue
15d He or she perhaps going to church to pass judgement (9)
PRONOUNCE: the part of speech of which “he” and “she” are examples (perhaps) followed by one of the usual two-letter abbreviations for church
17d Foreign character‘s only half educated (3)
TAU: the first half of a verb meaning educated
18d Once again straighten out tipsy gal in ER (7)
REALIGN: an anagram (tipsy) of GAL IN ER
19d Delivers excellent climbing plant (7)
FREESIA: a verb meaning delivers or releases followed by the reversal (climbing in a down clue) of a two-letter word for excellent
20d Twerps putting name on topless boxes (7)
NELLIES: N(ame) followed by the kind of boxes that show broadcast moving pictures without their initial letter (topless)
21d Run in to prevent temper tantrum (5)
STROP: R(un) inside a verb meaning to prevent
Ant enjoyed this puzzle while it lasted (which was not very long in his case).