Toughie No 1572 by Samuel
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good Morning everyone. I have the pleasure of doing today’s Toughie review as Toro is busy for the next couple of weeks. I do like Samuel’s puzzles and this one is no exception. As is the current trend with Tuesday Toughies, it is at the easier end of his range (or at least I think so). Mind you, on the first read through I got no inspiration at all and thought – ‘ooer missus’ I might need to ‘phone a friend. But, as I have no friends, I gave myself a good ‘talking to’ and that seemed to work.
There are good clue constructs, the surfaces read smoothly and there are a variety of clue types to keep you interested.
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1a Rebel‘s to confirm getting framed in Dundee, perhaps (8)
MAVERICK: A 4 letter term to ‘confirm’ inside (getting framed in) Dundee. Not the place or the cake, but Paul Hogan’s crocodile wrestler’s character.
5a Liveliness displayed by imp cycling backwards (6)
ESPRIT: One of the six names used in the Brownies (pictured) with the last letter moved to the front (cycling backwards). Thanks to BD for reminding me that this a construct that Elgar uses quite a lot. The ‘reverse’ – moving the first letter to the rear would be ‘cycling’.
9a Perform state offering (8)
DONATION: A charade of a 2 letter word for ‘perform’ and a state (as in a country).
10a Season drink containing drop of tequila and drop of rum (6)
WINTER: Take a drink produced from grapes, insert (containing) a drop of T(equila) and end with a drop of R(um).
12a Approach nervously about unknown books of uncertain origin (9)
APOCRYPHA: Anagram (nervously) of APPROACH, around (containing) an unknown variable.
13a Enemy finally took out former capital (5)
KYOTO: Anagram (out) of TOOK with enem(Y) finally.
14a Back in arrears (4)
REAR: Our first ‘lurker’ of the day.
16a Half come back from the east and rush platform (7)
TERRACE: Begin with a 6 letter word for ‘come back’, use 50% of it (half) then reverse it (from the east) and add a 4 letter term for ‘rush’.
19a Moan about cops retiring unsettled (7)
NOMADIC: Anagram (about) of MOAN followed the abbreviation of a group of British detectives reversed (retiring).
21a Green exhaust (4)
JADE: Double definition.
24a Row about good and formidable opponent (5)
TIGER: A 4 letter word for ‘row’ containing (about) g(ood).
25a Annoy crooked garage claiming tax (9)
AGGRAVATE: Anagram (crooked) of GARAGE around (claiming) a form of tax – The 10% tax at point of sale introduced on the 1st July 1973 to replace purchase tax which was added at production. It has been one of the biggest cash cows for all governments ever since.
27a Support one city? Clever! (6)
BRAINY: The usual body support for ladies and I (one) followed by an American city. …That never sleeps, apparently.
28a In international, overwhelmed by playing fresh striker (8)
FINISHER: Use ‘in’ from the clue with the abbreviation of I(nternational), contained in (overwhelmed by) an anagram (playing) of FRESH.
29a Thus the chancellor begins his address in the Spanish uniform (6)
ELEVEN: Take the word for ‘the’ in Spanish followed by a 4 letter term for ‘uniform’. I think the definition is a tad ‘wordy’ or am I missing something?
30a Sit around during dance backing non-believer (8)
AGNOSTIC: Anagram (around) of SIT, in (during) a type of dance normally performed by drunken revellers, reversed (backing).
1d Middle-of-the-road journalist with Independent punches bloke (6)
MEDIAN: Take our usual abbreviations for ‘journalist and Independent’ and insert (punches) 3 letter term for ‘bloke’.
2d Seller travelled around north, rising after five (6)
VENDOR: Take a 4 letter term for travelled (ie on a horse) containing (around) N(orth), reverse it (rising in a down clue) and put it all ‘after’ the Roman numeral for five.
3d Corrupt men that will make revolutions (5)
ROTOR: Take a 3 letter word meaning ‘corrupt’ followed by the abbreviation for ‘men’ in the Armed Forces to find a palindrome.
4d Axe Commonwealth’s top jumper (7)
CHOPPER: Commonwealth’s top = ‘C’ and a term for ‘jumper’. I think the synonym for ‘jumper’ is a bit of a stretch.
6d Queen in Dickens novel laughed (9)
SNICKERED: Take the usual abbreviation for ‘Her Maj’ and insert it in an anagram (novel) of DICKENS.
7d Limit supply going to empty arsenal — that’s intelligent (8)
RATIONAL: Limit supply (i.e. of food and other commodities during times of shortage) and (going to) empty A(rsena)L. Empty Arsenal could be a synonym for how the team is completing its season. Sorry to any ‘Gooners’ out there.
8d Steal from sales (8)
TURNOVER: Seen as term to con or steal from someone 4,4
11d Trade centre vehicle that’s on the up (4)
MART: A type of public transport system, reversed ‘that’s on the up’ (in a down clue).
15d Finish wretched run with ace stamina (9)
ENDURANCE: A 3 letter term for ‘finish’ with an anagram (wretched) of RUN & ACE. This is not a picture of ‘Floaty MacBoaty’.
17d Rocky islands in Shetlands and Tuscany, where one’s returned (8)
UNSTABLE: Take two islands – One, the northernmost of the inhabited British Isles and the other, in Tuscany, reversed (returned).
18d Hard to leave hermitage when unsettled — one needs to resettle? (8)
EMIGRATE: An anagram (unsettled) of HERMITAGE minus the H (hard to leave).
20d Talk about Derby? (4)
CHAT: The usual single letter abbreviation for ‘about’ and a type of headgear.
21d Stimulating exercise (7)
JOGGING: I see this as a double definition.
22d Prestige and pain in court (6)
CACHET: A term for ‘pain’ inside (in) the 2 letter abbreviation for ‘court’.
23d Presume trick involves system of weights and measures (6)
METRIC: Our second ‘lurker’.
26d Friend‘s run after another (5)
AMIGO: Take a 2 letter term for ‘run’ as in ‘leave’ followed by (after) another term for ‘friend’. Unfortunately there is no indication that the ‘friend’ is French.
I hope that the hints are of use and that you have an enjoyable solve. There are some very good clues and I will opt for 1a as my favourite. Which one(s) floated your Macboaty? Over to you.