Toughie No 1576 by Warbler
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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Well, here we are at the start of another Toughie week and what a nice and gentle way to ease into it. I like a Warbler puzzle and this one is quite enjoyable, but I just felt I was typing ‘an anagram’ too often. Having said that, there is a good mix of clue constructions so it should help people new to the ‘Toughie’ to have a go. We even have a couple of homophones, one of which (I guarantee), you will groan at.
I do hope my hints will help in the solving of the puzzle although I don’t think the ‘old hands’ will find anything too challenging. The definitions are underlined and if all else fails, you can ‘see’ the answer by clicking on the grey ‘Click Here’ button.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Choral work about Knight’s farewell (7)
CANTATA: Take the 2 letter abbreviation for ‘about’ (not Re) and add the abbreviation for ‘Knight’ (on a chessboard and finally an informal term to say ‘farewell’.
5a Stabilising material delivery to a street (7)
BALLAST: Another term used for a ‘delivery’ in cricket followed by ‘a’ from the clue and the 2 letter abbreviation for ‘street’.
9a Strike horseman capturing a thief with vehicle? (3-6)
RAM-RAIDER: A 3 letter word for ‘strike’ (as in ‘hit’) and a general term used for someone on horseback (horseman) and insert (capturing) the ‘a’ from the clue.
10a See 5 Down
11a Princess embraced by secret society member becoming President (7)
MADISON: The usual crosswordland name of a Princess inserted in (embraced) a secret society member
12a A jolly grapple in wrestling (7)
ARMLOCK: A semi all-in-one. Take the ‘a’ from the clue and add the abbreviation for a Royal Marine (jolly) and add a 4 letter word for ‘grapple’. In all my 22 years of service in the RN – I never came across the term ‘jolly’ used for a Marine Commando. A ‘jolly’ to a sailor is more commonly used for a ‘run ashore’ preferably at someone else’s expense.
13a Bird that’s scary was wild about nothing (9)
CASSOWARY: An anagram (wild) of SCARY WAS and insert (about)
the letter for ‘nothing’.
16a Surrender yard for furlong in open country (5)
YIELD: Take a 5 letter word for ‘open country’ and substitute the first letter of f(urlong) for y(ard).
17a Tobacco tin no longer in fashion (5)
SNOUT: Chemical abbreviation for ‘tin’ and add a term for ‘no longer in fashion’.
18a Significant part in MOT is damaged (9)
IMPORTANT: An anagram (is damaged) of PART IN MOT.
21a Gran eager to get cloth (7)
NANKEEN: Affectionate 3 letter word for ‘gran’ and add a 4 letter word for ‘eager’.
22a Type of vehicle with clear roof (4-3)
OPEN-TOP: Is this a cryptic clue or an &lit? Anyway, the clue is the answer. Not my favourite clue.
25a Old US money in pilgrim’s pouch (5)
SCRIP: I would take this as a double definition, the latter being the name for a type of satchel.
26a Article is rewritten true to life (9)
REALISTIC: An anagram (rewritten) of ARTICLE IS.
27a Exercise routine consisting of one carrying sheets of metal? Quite the opposite! (7)
PILATES: This clue is meant to lead you to try and use a term for ‘one’ containing (carrying) ‘sheets of metal’. It is, in fact, the other way round (quite the opposite).
28a Penetrate a length of intestine (7)
ENTERAL: A 5 letter word for ‘penetrate’ (ie ‘go into’) with the ‘a’ from the clue and the abbreviation for ‘length’.
1d Friend in Roman Catholic church first to get hard material (7)
CERAMIC: To start with, take the 2 letter abbreviation for the Church of England (church first) and take a French ‘friend’ and put him in the abbreviation for Roman Catholic.
2d Rover‘s escalating curse about love (5)
NOMAD: A 4 letter mild expletive (curse) and reverse it (escalating – turn a word ‘up’ in a ‘down’ clue) and enter (about) ‘O’ (love).
3d Store that offers a service (5)
AMASS: Take the ‘A’ from the clue and add a religious service.
4d Study in summer, that’s said to provide supplementary material (7)
ADDENDA: One of the usual 3 letter words for ‘study’ (not ‘con’) and put it into (in) a homophone of what someone could be construed as if they were totalling a sum (summer). Groan.
5d & 10a Dickens work translated by graduate with no time to adopt ‘new British’ in parts (7,5)
BARNABY RUDGE: An anagram (translated) of BY GRADUATE, with the abbreviation of ‘time’ removed (no time) and add (adopt) the abbreviations for ‘new’ & ‘British’.
6d City’s municipal officer left day room refurbished by the end of October (4,5)
LORD MAYOR: Another anagram (refurbished) of L(eft) DAY ROOM and add the end letter of ‘October’.
7d Group of stars with capital deserted America (9)
ANDROMEDA: Take the 3 letter word for ‘with’, add a European city (capital) and the abbreviations of ‘deserted’ & ‘America’. A bit too bitty, if you know what I mean.
8d Journeyed long and hard with two kings usurping son in Gobi rising? (7)
TREKKED: Take what the ‘Gobi’ is and reverse it (rising – again an indication of reversal in a ‘down’ clue), remove the abbreviation for ‘son’ and replace (usurping) it with the chess abbreviation for King x 2.
14d Rascal unscrambled clues on empty road (9)
SCOUNDREL: Yes, another anagram (unscrambled) of CLUES ON and RD (empty ‘road’).
15d In difficulty there and then (2,3,4)
ON THE SPOT: A term for being in a difficult situation also means right there and now.
17d Makes fun of cat climbing to eat what’s left? (5,2)
SENDS UP: 4 letter word for a ‘cat’ reversed (climbing – indicator blah, of up blah, blah – you get the general idea) with ‘end’ (what’s left) inserted (eat).
18d Pays no attention to Italian ladies, first to last (7)
IGNORES: Take the Italian word for ‘ladies’ and move the first letter to the end (first to last).
19d Gas for audible suffering (7)
PROPANE: 3 letter term for ‘for’ and add a 4 letter homophone (audible) of a type of ‘suffering’.
20d Current destroyed coal pit (7)
TOPICAL: An anagram (destroyed) of COAL PIT.
23d Order English thesaurus (shortened version) (5)
EDICT: The abbreviation for ‘English’ followed by a shortened version of what a thesaurus might be called or, more appropriately, the BRB.
24d Common vegetable forming part of pasta terrine (5)
TATER: Last but not least – a lurker.
That’s my stint of cover for Toro now over, I hope you haven’t missed him too much. I’ll leave you all to decide which clue(s) tickled you today. Have fun.