Toughie No 1621 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **
I got through most of this one reasonably quickly then was held up in the SW corner. Apart from the wordplay in 1a (which I don’t fully understand) there’s not much need for twisted knickers here, though some UK football fans may bridle at the repeated use of the word soccer.
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1a I doubt that bacon supplier’s hoping to export (4,5,3)
PIGS MIGHT FLY – what we get bacon from plus the ‘S then ‘could travel by air’. I’m not convinced by the wordplay here – how do the last two words of the answer mean ‘hoping to export’?
9a Overturned mug has spoiled things in bathroom (7)
LOOFAHS – reverse a mug or simpleton and add an anagram (spoiled) of HAS.
10a Soccer club employee has little hesitation moving ground (7)
TERRAIN – start with a football coach and move the small expression of hesitation a few places to the left.
11a About to think about passing current through metal (7)
CAESIUM – an abbreviation (2) meaning about is followed by the reversal (about) of a verb to think or ponder containing the symbol for electric current.
12a Item of furniture a fixture backstage? (7)
DRESSER – double definition, the second a person employed to help with the costumes backstage.
13a Quantity of wine, say, knocked back in this (5)
BINGE – a container of wine bottles followed by the reversal of ‘say’.
14a Has a meal, swallowing some cooking in US city (3,6)
DES MOINES – a verb meaning ‘has an evening meal’ contains an anagram (cooking) of SOME.
16a Pale sand piled up beyond far side of here? (9)
double definition, the first being a protected area around a castle or city an all-in-one definition of a seaside road. It’s an anagram (piled up) of PALE SAND following the last letter of ‘here’. Thanks to Brookc for putting me right.
19a Odd thing identified by copper meeting small group without leader (5)
CURIO – the chemical symbol for copper followed by a small musical group without its leading letter.
21a Wild diatribe applied to one in soccer team (7)
FRANTIC – a diatribe or verbal onslaught and the Roman numeral for one go inside the abbreviation for a football club.
23a Blokes invested in largely imitative souvenir (7)
MEMENTO – another word for blokes is contained in an adjective (2-3) describing a person imitating another (in an attempt to emulate the other’s success) without its final letter.
24a Persuade island to take exposed half of cable (7)
COAXIAL – string together a verb to persuade or cajole, an abbreviation for island and ‘half’ without its outer letters.
25a Covering investment of money in boxing (7)
ROOFING – an old slang word, from Yiddish, for money goes inside a metonym for boxing. I didn’t know the slang word.
26a Church re-envisaged life in debt with support for young (5,7)
CHILD BENEFIT – an abbreviation for church is followed by an anagram (re-envisaged) of LIFE IN DEBT.
1d Inconstant dull performance? Be critical of including that (7)
PROTEAN – a verb to criticise includes a mechanical and unexciting delivery.
2d Good form, embodying an example of hardness (7)
GRANITE – the abbreviation of good and a ceremonial form or observance containing ‘an’.
3d TV and newspapers intend to get upset about fool going to sea (4,5)
MASS MEDIA – a verb to intend or aspire is reversed and contains a fool and the abbreviation for a specific sea.
4d Banned from university degree, receiving cheers when that’s reversed (5)
GATED – the abbreviation of degree contains an informal word of thanks and it all gets reversed.
5d Ruin of journalist overcome by unending apathy (7)
TORPEDO – the definition here is a verb not a noun. The abbreviation of our usual senior journalist is contained inside a word for apathy or listlessness without its final letter.
6d Working together with Independent to probe absence of rigging that’s arisen (7)
LIAISON – an abbreviation for independent goes inside the reversal of an absence of ship’s rigging (2,4).
7d A demonstration that nothing can cure you? (7,6)
PLACEBO EFFECT – cryptic definition of the curative result of a substance of no therapeutic value as long as the recipient has belief in it. I always used to be amused by the slogan ‘Nothing works faster than Anadin’ thinking that in that case you’d be better off taking nothing.
8d Raving bonkers to go round a rugged part of Yorkshire (13)
KNARESBOROUGH – an anagram (raving) of BONKERS contains A. Finish with an adjective meaning rugged or irregular.
15d Main store failing to provide household item (5,4)
STEAM IRON – an anagram (failing) of MAIN STORE.
17d Old King, a King enthralled by power and sudden pronouncements (7)
PHARAOH – start with the abbreviation of power than insert A and an abbreviation for king into two exclamations of surprise.
18d Article with lines about this reduced agglomeration of workers? (3-4)
ANT-HILL – an indefinite article and two abbreviations for line contain the word ‘this’ without its last letter.
19d Be a success? Astonished comment won’t accept it (4,3)
COME OFF – a response expressing astonishment or disbelief (4,3,2) without the ‘it’.
20d Work for Brazilian mayor? Time to go wild (3,4)
RUN RIOT – what a Brazilian mayor may have to do (3,3) followed by the abbreviation for time.
22d Generator of buzz about to turn up, handling opening of library? (5)
CELEB – this is the informal term for a well-known personality who may be paid for a personal appearance such as opening a new building. String together a buzzing creature and the single-character abbreviation meaning about, then reverse that and insert the opening letter of library.
My choice of best clue today is 7d. Which one rang your bell?