Toughie No 1569 by Firefly
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
I felt that I could have just written ‘ditto’ today to replicate BD’s comments from yesterday. Again we have a non-tough Toughie and again we have nine anagrams which are a few too many. Some of the clues were entertaining but overall I was left with a feeling of mild disappointment.
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1a Still lacking action in Westminster? (10)
MOTIONLESS – cryptically this could describe our Parliament having nothing to debate.
6a Some very ardent characters in court (4)
YARD – hidden.
9a March — and arctic winds, showing no favours (10)
DEMOCRATIC – a march or rally followed by an anagram (winds) of ARCTIC.
10a Hedge fund finally scrapped dodgy spread (4)
GHEE – an anagram (dodgy) of HE[d]GE after dropping the final letter of fund.
12a Note: exam’s up-to-date (6)
LATEST – a note from tonic sol-fa and an exam.
13a Assailants wearing boots, as Klaus might say (8)
INVADERS – the answer is how a German might pronounce an English phrase (2,6) meaning wearing high waterproof boots.
15a Tory’s bird out in dreadful make-up (12)
CONSTITUTION – string together an abbreviation for Tory, ‘S, a small songbird and an anagram (dreadful) of OUT IN.
18a Paella batch I stupidly ordered by letter (12)
ALPHABETICAL – an anagram (stupidly) of PAELLA BATCH I.
21a Setter receiving great kick in the guts — from copper? (8)
METALLIC – start with how the setter might refer to himself and add an adjective meaning great or lofty and the central letters (guts) of kick.
22a Workroom outside’s unfinished and deteriorating (6)
STUDIO – an anagram (deteriorating) of OUTSID[e] without its last letter.
24a Arcadians regularly getting wet (4)
RAIN – regular letters from Arcadians.
25a Holiday region has infestation mentioned on every side (10)
PLAYGROUND – what sounds like an infestation is followed by a preposition meaning on every side or encircling.
26a Ashes of French saint (4)
DUST – a French preposition meaning of followed by an abbreviation for saint. The French word means ‘of the’ and not just ‘of’.
27a Printer using extremes of technology with metal to impress Royal Institution (10)
TYPEWRITER – start with the outer letters of technology and add a metallic alloy containing the abbreviation of Royal Institution.
1d Mean mix-up one’s ushered in for United (6)
MIDDLE – take a word meaning a mix-up or mishmash and replace the U(nited) with the Roman numeral for one.
2d In ramshackle motorboat Rob carelessly spilt fruit (6)
TOMATO – remove (spilt) the letters of Rob from motorboat and make an anagram (ramshackle) of what’s left. Carelessly tells us that the letters to be removed are not in the specified order.
3d Cosy in a local? Can be, sometimes (12)
OCCASIONALLY – an anagram (can be) of COSY IN A LOCAL.
4d This year‘s long, especially affecting Pisceans for starters (4)
LEAP – the starting letters from four consecutive words.
5d Orderly dispatched round Channel Islands, provided freeze decreased (10)
SCIENTIFIC – a verb meaning dispatched contains the abbreviation for Channel Islands. After that we need a conjunction meaning provided and a verb to freeze without its last letter.
7d Summon up some breath lustily before energetic … (8)
ATHLETIC – reverse a verb to summon but precede it with some letters from ‘breath lustily’.
8d … smoothing of plaster? (8)
DRESSING – double definition, the first meaning trimming and smoothing (a stone, for example).
11d Creator of ‘Top Team’ actuality more confident after sacking lead (12)
MANUFACTURER – charade of the common way (3,1) of referring to a top English football team, an actuality or truth and a comparative meaning more confident without its leading letter. Top team? -the puzzle must have been compiled some time ago!
14d In particular, showing sixth sense, Cecil’s ‘stuffing’ supporter (10)
ESPECIALLY – knit together the abbreviation for ‘sixth sense’, the middle bit (stuffing) of Cecil and a supporter or comrade.
16d Dear me — HM’s badly clobbered … (8)
HAMMERED – an anagram (badly) of DEAR ME HM.
17d … in the head; USA trips unlikely (8)
UPSTAIRS – an anagram (unlikely) of USA TRIPS. One of Joan Collins’s many husbands was known as ‘Bungalow Bill’ because allegedly he had very little ********.
19d Settle bill with fair (6)
ADJUST – the abbreviation for a bill or poster and an adjective meaning fair or equitable.
20d Lowland over the hill held by emperor’s central detachment (6)
POLDER – an adjective meaning ‘over the hill’ or ‘past one’s peak’ goes inside the central three letters of emperor. Dutch will have no problem with this one.
23d Perjurer’s report’s one with strings attached (4)
LYRE – this sounds like someone who commits perjury.
My clue of the day is 13a which made me laugh. Which one(s) exercised your laughing muscles?