Toughie No 1605 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
I don’t always find Kcit to be all that enjoyable but I was pleasantly surprised by this one which has a couple of good semi-all-in-one clues. However, I did need to move on rapidly from the images which Google offered for 14d.
Incidentally, if you’re not totally puzzled out by the Telegraph offerings, there’s an Arachne to savour in the Guardian.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
7a Tragic king’s accommodating of French monarchs (7)
LEADERS – the Bard’s tragic king plus the ‘S contain ‘of’ in French.
8a What’s woman faked in Worcester town? (7)
EVESHAM – charade of a female name and an adjective meaning faked or bogus. Shouldn’t it be Worcestershire?
10a Poorly-translated instructions? Recalled substantial error without hesitation (9)
GIBBERISH – reverse an adjective meaning substantial and add an old word for an error or blunder containing (without) one of the usual expressions of hesitation.
11a Put off day with relative (5)
DAUNT – the abbreviation for day and a female relative.
12a Extremes of hunger involved in stomach rumbling? (5)
THRUM – put the outer letters of hunger into a child’s word for stomach.
13a Not liking nearly half the alphabet, for a starter (9)
ANTIPASTO – start with a preposition meaning ‘not liking’ or ‘opposed to’ and add how you might describe the letters P-Z when reciting the alphabet (4,1).
15a What’s this behind Biblical text’s tragic hero? (7)
OTHELLO – an exclamation of surprise (what’s this?) follows the abbreviation for the older part of the Bible to make our second Shakespearian tragic hero of the day.
17a Fail in tournament, subject to intense scrutiny (5-2)
CLOSE-UP – insert a verb to fail into a tournament or competition which has a trophy as its prize.
18a Prove a sun exploding? It will do (9)
SUPERNOVA – an anagram (exploding) of PROVE A SUN.
20a Oscar winner, say, shrugging off repetition in theme (5)
TOPIC – start with a phrase (3,3) meaning the best movie and drop one of the repeated letters.
21a Foundation’s reviewed book’s expurgated words to live by (5)
MOTTO – remove the abbreviation for book from a word meaning foundation or base and reverse what’s left.
23a Alcohol — not a cure I tried (9)
COINTREAU – an anagram (tried, presumably in the sense of ‘irritated’) of NOT A CURE I produces a sickly liqueur.
24a Agree to suppress last of emotion — tear unlikely to flow (3-4)
NON-DRIP – make a gesture of agreement containing the last letter of emotion. That’s followed by a verb to tear.
25a Playwright increasingly concealing story (7)
MOLIÈRE – an adverb meaning increasingly or ‘to a greater degree’ contains a tall story.
1d Bob and sharper trimming available here? (10)
BARBERSHOP – an anagram (trimming, in the sense of adjusting as a yachtsman might his sails) of BOB and SHARPER.
2d Eyes flickering around river, leading to rescue (6)
REDEEM – the abbreviation for the flickering of the eyes during sleep contains the name of several rivers in the UK.
3d Regular notes partly lost in a tornado (8)
OSTINATO – I consulted BD’s Mine to establish that the hidden word here means a repeated musical phrase.
4d Husband caught in spot again, exhibiting much anger? (3-3)
RED-HOT – insert the abbreviation for husband into a verb meaning to mark with a small spot once more.
5d Prepare for working on supporting star? (4,2,2)
LEAD UP TO – a phrase meaning ‘working on’ or ‘engaged in’ (as in ‘What are you ** ** at the moment?’) follows the star performer in a film or play.
6d Time period would be more than enough for you (4)
THOU – the abbreviation for time followed by a period of time without its last letter (would be more than enough).
7d He mounts endlessly higher with a bit of luminescence, possibly (13)
LIGHTHOUSEMAN – an anagram (possibly) of MOUNTS HIGHE[r] A and L(uminescence).
9d Proposal presented by one before court in wholesome film (6,7)
MOTION PICTURE – start with a proposal or proposition then insert the Roman numeral for one and the abbreviation for court into an adjective meaning wholesome or chaste.
14d Delicacy of Arabs in affectionate look (6,4)
SHEEP’S EYES – double definition. Arabs here are the people rather than horses and these are a tasty delicacy for some of them. I decided against providing a picture in case you’re eating.
16d Left pork swathed in fat (8)
LARBOARD – this is an old word for left or port on board ship. Insert the flesh of a male pig into cooking fat.
17d Is gripped by allure, a form of magnetism (8)
CHARISMA – IS gets inserted into a word for allure or attraction and then we have to append A.
19d Fill old beaker placed within edges of cavity (6)
OCCUPY – start with O(ld) then insert a beaker or drink container into the outer letters of cavity.
20d Rumour about Times in gossip (6)
TATTLE – a rumour or story contains two instances of the abbreviation for time.
22d Collection of fish smelt, though not at first (4)
TANK – a verb meaning smelt or ponged without its first letter.
Top clues for me 15a, 18a and 1d. Which ones would feature in your personal Top of the Pops?