Toughie No 1585 by Firefly
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
Even though this puzzle is numbered 11,585 on the online site we haven’t suddenly shot forward almost 50 years. I thought that it was perfectly reasonable but fairly straightforward and without a great deal of oomph.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a/3a One way to throw a scapula? (4-10)
BACK-PROJECTION – one way to throw or cast a moving image on to a screen could also, cryptically, describe a shoulder blade.
3a See 1a
9a/24a Dons setting difficult oral — 75 per cent coming unstuck (4,4)
GETS INTO – an anagram (difficult) of SETTING is followed by O[ral] after we’ve peeled off 75% of it.
10a Boisterous associate (10)
KNOCKABOUT – split the answer 5,5 to get a phrasal verb meaning to associate or keep company with someone in a casual way.
11a Cart‘s still reversing and circling to get going (7)
TROLLEY – the reversal of an adverb meaning still or ‘until now’ contains a verb to get going or set off.
13a A raft of parts to be returned — OK in recycled boxes? (3-4)
KON-TIKI – The answer is the name of Thor Heyerdahl’s raft in his 1947 voyage. Reverse a word for a set of parts which you have to assemble yourself and put it inside (boxes) an anagram (recycled) of OK IN.
14a Enclosing material with craven message (7,4)
CHICKEN WIRE – charade of an informal adjective meaning craven and a mainly US term for a telegram.
18a Put together dubious weather forecast with a few bits missing (11)
ORCHESTRATE – an anagram (dubious) of [wea]THER [f]ORECAST without the individual (bits) letters of ‘a few’.
21a Parking near a school impeded by nose of hackney carriage (7)
PHAETON – start with the abbreviation for parking, add A and our usual public school and finish by inserting the first letter of hackney.
22a Star using drugs (7)
HEROINE – join together a drug and the abbreviation for a different one.
23a Bury and Aston Villa initially in small tangle (10)
INTERWEAVE – a verb to bury is followed by the initial letters of Aston Villa inside an adjective meaning small.
24a See 9a
25a/26a Those apart from leads trip up with songs and act poorly (10,4)
SUPPORTING CAST – an anagram (poorly) of TRIP UP SONGS ACT.
26a See 25a
1d Threat from grown-up’s instant (3,5)
BIG STICK – string together an adjective meaning grown-up, the ‘S and an instant or short period of time.
2d Liberal left in chaotic upset (8)
CATHOLIC – insert the abbreviation for left into an anagram (upset) of CHAOTIC.
4d Amorous beginnings to relationship are now definitely ‘yesterday’ (5)
RANDY – the starting letters of five words in the clue.
5d Sailor joining cutter employed for dive (9)
JACKKNIFE – charade of an informal word for a sailor and something that cuts.
6d Train landlord in extended communication (5,6)
CHAIN LETTER – a train or series (often followed by ‘of events’) and a landlord (not a publican but someone who rents out property).
7d Press endlessly hostile and sarcastic (6)
IRONIC – a verb to press or smooth followed by an adjective meaning hostile or frosty without its last letter.
8d Idiot can upset wife with sex appeal (6)
NITWIT – reverse another word for a can and add the abbreviation for wife and an informal word for sex appeal.
12d Great sheet of water where oil tanker’s adrift, with nought but Australian on board (4,7)
LAKE ONTARIO – an anagram (adrift) of OIL TANKER is followed by the letter resembling nought or zero. Finally insert A(ustralian).
15d Not one against pilot? That’s unequal competition! (2,7)
NO CONTEST – string together an adjective meaning ‘not one’ or ‘not any’, the short form of a Latin word meaning against and a verb to pilot something in order to gauge its usefulness or popularity.
16d Regularly lodged in the Arctic, wind up American estate (8)
HACIENDA – start with regular letters from ‘the Arctic’ and add a verb to wind up or terminate and an abbreviation for American.
17d Safe elsewhere — so fade away (5,3)
PETER OUT – a slang term for a safe followed by an adverb meaning elsewhere or away from home. There’s no agreement on the derivation of the term for a safe but I feel confident in refuting the suggestion that it’s rhyming slang based on J M Barrie’s young hero – the term was in use long before the appearance of the play.
19d Measures eyes (6)
OPTICS – double definition, the second being (new to me) a dated term for eyes (now mainly facetious, according to Chambers).
20d PC version of appellation ‘alien’ not proper, and scrubbed (6)
LAPTOP – an anagram (version) of [a]PP[el]LAT[i]O[n] after we’ve removed (scrubbed) the letters of ‘alien’ (the fact that the letters are not in the correct order is indicated by ‘not proper’).
22d Retreat inside with a vengeance (5)
HAVEN – as so often with the final clue it’s a lurker.
The clue I liked best, for its misdirection, was 9/24a. Which one(s) earned your approval?