Toughie No 1593 by Osmosis
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **
This is a fairly typical Osmosis puzzle with lots of abbreviations, insertions and reversals. I solved it at a trot rather than a gallop but I quite enjoyed the ride.
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1a London building‘s landing-place used by bird (6,5)
CANARY WHARF – a landing-place or quay follows a cage bird. This is not really a single building, more a major business and financial district.
10a Australian tries in abundance (1,4)
A GOGO – this rings a bell – it must be the phrase of the month! The abbreviation for Australian is followed by a couple of tries or attempts.
11a Bagman in the USA always with tennis gear (9)
RACKETEER – in the USA bagman is an informal word for someone who collects and distributes the proceeds of illegal activities. A poetic word for always follows an item of tennis gear.
12a Asian that is outside declines to join army (9)
TAIWANESE – the abbreviation for ‘that is’ contains a verb meaning declines or shrinks and that all follows the old abbreviation for our part-time army.
13a Boxer swinging in defence (5)
ALIBI – charade of ‘The Greatest’ boxer and an adjective meaning ‘swinging both ways’.
14a Dish prioress ate regularly before one (6)
ROESTI – regular letters from ‘prioress ate’ precede the Roman numeral for one.
16a Newswoman up front in elegant clothes covering The X-Factor? (8)
EDITRESS – start with the leading letter of elegant and add another term for clothes containing a short word for that indefinable personal quality (the X-factor).
18a A trainee during the convulsive twitching indicates ‘fit‘ (8)
ATHLETIC – A is followed by THE containing the abbreviation for a trainee. Finally, add a convulsive twitching.
20a Yeats’s Ireland features in second yarn (6)
MERINO – the literary word for Ireland goes inside a second or instant. I think that Yeats here is just being used as an example of a famous Irish literary figure rather than someone who made great use of the term, but I am prepared to be proved wrong.
23a Slip back in course, getting zero in school basics (5)
ERROR – start with the rearmost letter of ‘course’ then insert the letter resembling zero into the three school basics.
24a New leisure pursuits in East End disrupting road, with most affected (9)
SNOBBIEST – put N(ew) and leisure pursuits or pastimes as a Cockney would pronounce them inside (disrupting) the abbreviation for a road or way.
26a Sort of calendar relative keeps — for example, gold one (9)
GREGORIAN – this is the calendar which wasn’t adopted in this country until 1752. The changeover led to some people believing that their lives had been shortened and protesting “Give us back our 11 days” (for the reason why see below). A female relative contains the abbreviation of ‘for example’, the heraldic term for a tincture of gold and the Roman numeral for one.
27a Little space on epitaph for age (5)
RIPEN – a small space used in printing follows the abbreviation for the Latin phrase ‘requiescat in pace’.
28a Female writer Beryl not bothered by old record company (5,6)
EMILY BRONTË – an anagram (bothered) of BERYL NOT comes after an old British music company.
2d Lilo Ian carries back that’s used for a dip? (5)
AIOLI – hidden in reverse.
3d A soldier, after memory’s recalled, becomes sentimenal (7)
AMORANT – start with A then add a soldier insect after the reversal of some computer memory.
4d Delivery from Orkney without name — gallivanting Romeo? (6)
YORKER – this cricketing term is an anagram (gallivanting) of ORK[n]EY without the N(ame) followed by the letter that Romeo’s used for in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet.
5d Hot American spies circling terminal in estate (8)
HACIENDA – abbreviations for hot, American and the US spying organisation contain another word for a terminal.
6d Appear as Cavalier, perhaps from big house, reversed into tree comically (2-5)
RE-ENACT – big house is a US slang term for prison. Reverse another slang term for the same thing inside an anagram (comically) of TREE.
7d Explorer to adapt particular bike supporting weight (6,7)
WALTER RALEIGH – a verb to adapt or amend and a make of bicycle follow the abbreviation for weight.
8d Ale one smuggles to guy with sickness (4-4)
BERI-BERI – what ale is a type of and the Roman one contain a verb to guy or tease.
9d Film school’s activity at The Crucible (13)
TRAINSPOTTING – a verb to school or coach plus the ‘S is followed by the sporting activity currently on view at The Crucible theatre in Sheffield.
15d Old caretaker, finding pressure hard, needs counsellor (8)
EXHORTER – start with the prefix meaning old and a caretaker (at a college, say) then replace the abbreviation for pressure with that for hard.
17d Feed extremely glamorous group of ladies during ball (8)
PIGSWILL – the outer letters of glamorous and the abbreviation for a social organisation for ladies go inside an informal word for a ball.
19d European member admits line cocked up in memorable song (7)
EARWORM – this is a song that you can’t get out of your head. It’s E(uropean) and a bodily member containing the reversal of a line or tier.
21d Business expert, trapped by scary person, lifted barrier (7)
EMBARGO – someone with a degree in business is contained inside the reversal (lifted) of a terrifying individual.
22d Chef’s often seen at this VIP talk informally (6)
HOBNOB – charade of an appliance at which a chef may be seen working and an informal verb for a VIP.
25d Windows system covered in rot, as person living abroad (5)
EXPAT – a largely superseded flavour of the Windows Operating System is contained inside a verb to rot or corrode.
I have no real favourite today but 17d made me smile for the contrast between the surface reading and the answer. Which one(s) grabbed you?