Toughie No 1634 by Petitjean
Hints and tips by Tilsit
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Greetings from Warrington! As Bufo is sunning himself on a Club 18-30 Ibiza Rave Party holiday, BD asked me to fill his boots for the day.
A nice pleasant puzzle from Petitjean today, which fits well into the Thursday slot. As I am now gainfully employed and time is at a premium on working days, this made a fair challenge while I was having my breakfast. A few nice misleading definitions and clues to make you smile. Thanks to Petitjean for the challenge.
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1a Captain for Second XI makes forceful drive (4,2,5)
HEAD OF STEAM: Something that means impetus or what you have forcefully pushing forward is revealed by describing what a captain is and adding S (second) and a word for an eleven in sport.
9a First of many cutting bad quips wasted in feeble lampoon (4,5)
DAMP SQUIB: Inside an anagram (wasted) of BAD QUIPS goes M (first letter of many) to give you something that promises much, but fails to deliver.
10a Ball hit high or one skimming the surface (5)
SKIER: A double definition. In cricket, a ball that is hit aloft and someone who glides over the snow-covered ground.
11a Hard workers skipping 50 per cent of grad course (6)
AFTERS: A word that means people who work hard needs to lose its first two letters (50% of the word ‘grad’) to give a course at a meal.
12a Twin features of good health (4-4)
CHIN-CHIN: At first I had ‘well well’ here and then realised it’s a way of saying ‘cheers’ or ‘good health’ to someone using the name of a facial feature twice.
13a Flier’s contentious account with one chapter removed (6)
TOUCAN: An anagram of ACCOUNT minus C (Chapter) gives the name of a bird.
15a The plus surprisingly’s a hidden food additive (8)
SULPHATE: An oddly-worded clue with an odd definition. An anagram of THE PLUS with A inside gives a name for a chemical compound that could be interpreted as a food additive.
18a Building likely to go up? (8)
FIRETRAP: A cryptic definition of a building that is dangerous and can go up in smoke.
19a Offer to store data — it’ll be expensive if it goes (3,3)
BIG END: A word for an offer or tender has something that means data or information inside it. This gives a part of a car that’s expensive to repair!
21a Learn new skill set to bag small check (8)
RESTRAIN: If you learn a different skill, you do this. Inside this goes S (small) to give a word meaning to check someone or something.
23a Dumpling — roll in due course? (3,3)
WON TON: Reverse (roll) an expression that means later or in due course to give the name of some Chinese steamed dumplings. Probably my favourite clue.
26a Champion losing with bull’s-eye? Not quite (5)
INNER: The word for a victor or champion needs to lose W (with), its first letter to give the part of a dart board worth 25 points!
27a Compromise one quietly involved in changing climate (9)
IMPLICATE: A word meaning compromise is found by taking I (one) and rearranging the word CLIMATE with P inside.
28a Spill jam with more flimsy packaging (11)
LAMPLIGHTER: a six-letter jam or predicament with an adjective meaning more flimsy outside (with … packaging)
1d Main connection with notorious alter ego’s endless tirade (7)
HYDRANT: Something connected to a water main is found taking a famous fictional alter-ego (think Dr Jekyll), minus its last letter (endless) and adding a word for a tirade.
2d Welcome a timid return? Not I (5)
ADMIT: A word meaning to welcome is made up of A plus TIMID reversed, minus an I.
3d Sharp over bowled at Cook by way of an example (9)
OBSERVANT: O and B (over and bowled) plus what a cook (or butler or maid) used to be gives a word for someone who’s sharp ocularly!
4d All that’s left of singular unseaworthy craft (4)
STUB: S (singular) plus the name for a rickety boat gives you something that’s left (of a ticket, for example).
5d Huge beam spread in expression familiar among Yorkshire folk (2-3-3)
EE-BAH-GUM: An anagram of HUGE BEAM gives you an expression popular in God’s own county. Which gives me a chance to show….
6d Nice house one’s been evicted from? What a chiseller! (5)
MASON: The name for someone who chisels for a living is found by taking a word for a house in Nice in France and dropping (evicting) the I (one). I spent a little while trying to use a slightly longer word that’s very similar.
7d Forest ranger, somewhat odd (7)
STRANGE: Hidden inside FOREST RANGER is a word meaning ODD.
8d Following battered hake and chips oddly another seafood dish (8)
FISHCAKE: After F (following) goes an anagram of HAKE plus CIS (odd letters of CHIPS) to give something else you can get from your local chip shop.
14d Pressure on tax collectors mounted in exploiting insurrection (8)
UPRISING: Inside a word for exploiting goes P (pressure) and the old name for the taxman reversed. This leads you to something that means insurrection or rebellion.
16d Contamination or opining so anyhow (9)
POISONING: An anagram (anyhow) of OPINING SO gives a word meaning contamination.
17d Retired female of indeterminate status providing one better alternative to violence (8)
PACIFISM: Reverse (retired) the name for a woman who’s neither married nor unmarried. Add to it a short word for ‘provided’ and add I (one) and a word meaning to better. All of which gives you the opposite of aggression and violence.
18d Blacksmith just about right repeatedly saving energy (7)
FARRIER: Saw the answer to this and then had to work out how to arrive at it! A word for just has two R’s (right) inserted and then an E (energy) inside to give another word for a blacksmith.
20d While with Ballets Russes Nijinsky nursed a wound (7)
DANSEUR: How Nijinsky (the one with two legs, not four) was described when he performed in France is an anagram of NURSED A.
22d Upper class breaking rules mostly all to do with the countryside (5)
RURAL Inside two R’s (rules) goes the abbreviation for upper-class and add ALL minus the last letter to give a word meaning to do with the countryside.
24d Eternalists sporadically showing character (5)
TRAIT: The alternate letters (sporadically) of ETERNALISTS gives a word meaning character.
25d Old mate’s a gem (4)
OPAL: A type of gemstone is found by taking O (old) and a word for a mate or friend.
Thanks to Petitjean for an enjoyable solve.