Toughie No 1625 by Osmosis
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ***
When you see Osmosis’s name on a Toughie you can be sure that you’re going to get a lot of detailed wordplay including plenty of insertions and reversals and this one certainly follows that pattern. We also have quite a few laughs and I did enjoy it, although it is towards the top end of the Wednesday difficulty scale. It’s also a pangram.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
1a Stop relative delving inside Edwardian dresser when over (6)
DESIST – put an abbreviated relative inside the reversal of a young Edwardian dresser of the 1950s.
4a Barney takes shelter drinking second wine (8)
SPÄTLESE – a barney or quarrel followed by a word for shelter containing the abbreviation for second.
10a Energy low inside gloomy carriage (9)
DEMEANOUR – the abbreviation for energy and an adjective meaning low or humble go inside an adjective meaning gloomy or sullen.
11a Convenient reason that plug is dangerous? (2,3)
OF USE – an electric plug is dangerous if it has no safety feature (1,4).
12a Admit Northern character into church’s society (7)
CONFESS – insert N(orthern) into an abbreviation for England’s established church (1,2,1) plus the ‘S, then append the abbreviation for society. It seems to me that ‘admit’ is doing double duty here because I can’t see how ‘into’ can be used to signal an insertion without a verb.
13a Perhaps rue entering class with sticky confectionery (7)
SHERBET – insert what rue is an example of into a class or group. Who remembers going to the sweetshop for a ‘penny dip’?
14a Christian society describing the ultimate object of inner light (5)
TORCH – the name of a Christian society founded by Reverend ‘Tubby’ Clayton contains the last letter of inner.
15a Gunners using craft to penetrate extremely malicious players (8)
MARKSMEN – a Biblical craft goes between the outer letters of malicious and we finish with some male players.
18a Charlie‘s plonk to go with fish (8)
DUMPLING – charade of a verb to plonk or set down heavily and an edible fish.
20a Clobber husband who’s two-timing? (5)
HABIT – the abbreviation for husband having * *** on the side.
23a Artist might need such fabric to enrich frame for canvas (7)
CRAYONS – a type of fabric goes inside the outer letters of canvas.
25a Bath for one individual, after switching plumbing fixtures (3,4)
SPA TOWN – an adjective meaning individual or personal follows the reversal of plumbing fixtures.
26a Be back at six — early screening (5)
EXIST – a reverse lurker.
27a German known to think child should wear size ten pants (9)
NIETZSCHE – the abbreviation for child is contained in an anagram (pants) of SIZE TEN.
28a Subordinate briefly dissecting cooks game (8)
DOMINOES – an adjective meaning subordinate or lesser without its last letter cuts into a verb meaning cooks.
29a French town found turning right round, then right (6)
TROYES – string together the reversal of a 2-letter abbreviation for right, the letter that’s round and a response meaning ‘right’ or ok.
1d Eddie awkwardly carries kitty, set aside religiously (8)
DEDICATE – an anagram (awkwardly) of EDDIE contains an adult Kitty.
2d Sort of house went quickly when up for discussion (7)
SEMINAR – a type of house is followed by the reversal of a verb meaning went quickly by foot.
3d Son rates stylish vehicle driven by the stars? (9)
SPACESHIP – string together the abbreviation for son, a noun meaning rates or speeds and an informal adjective meaning stylish or trendy.
5d Local records of the King — they’re regularly below standard, somewhat? (6,8)
PARISH REGISTER – an adjective meaning ‘of the king’ (the genitive form of the Latin word rex) and regular letters from “they’re” follow what may, cryptically, mean more or less standard.
6d Having lost crown, contended for valuable prize (5)
TROVE – a verb meaning contended or struggled without its top letter (crown).
7d Match referee finally keeps black uniform (7)
EQUABLE – a verb to match or be as good as and the final letter of referee contain the abbreviation for black.
8d Stuff thrown out in jamboree’s outside getting picked up by city volunteers (6)
EJECTA – the outer letters of jamboree are reversed and followed by the postal area of the City of London and the old abbreviation for our volunteer soldiers.
9d Help knights to probe court’s inflammatory disorder (10,4)
HOUSEMAID’S KNEE – start with a female domestic help then insert two different single-letter abbreviations for knight into a verb to court or date.
16d Each runs frantically to catch unknown dog (9)
SCHNAUZER – an anagram (frantically) of EACH RUNS containing one of the algebraic unknowns.
17d Course in college where catering’s done (4,4)
ETON MESS – charade of a Berks college and where service personnel eat.
19d One’s written on table at school? A case for the head, given united front (7)
URANIUM – I presume that the definition relates to a periodic table which may be displayed on the wall of a chemistry lab, say. This is another name for the skull with the first letter changed to U(nited).
21d Collection at church in past full of marks (7)
BLOTCHY – put a collection or considerable quantity and an abbreviation for church into a preposition meaning past.
22d Strip on bedroom floor? Spouse initially needed persuasion (6)
SCREED – this is a layer of mortar forming the top layer of a floor (I think that ‘bedroom’ is there just to make the surface more titillating). The initial letter of spouse is followed by a word for persuasion or religious belief.
24d New stands containing daily paper. Times aplenty? (5)
OFTEN – a prefix meaning new is reversed (stands, i.e. gets up) and contains the abbreviation for a daily newspaper.
For me the two clues involved in a photo finish for favouritism today are 20a and 5d. Which ones did you have on your betting slip?