Toughie 1648 by Warbler
Hints and tips by Kitty
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Hello and welcome to another Tuesday. They do come round very regularly. I shouldn’t have been surprised: after all it was Monday all day yesterday.
Warbler has given us a Toughie which is very much on the gentle side, with plenty of musical content. So tell your friends where the party is. The clues didn’t afford me many opportunities to cater to the aural tastes of many of you, but never mind – after the review, I’ll happily hand control of the playlist over to you. BYOB!
The definitions are underlined in the clues below, and you’ll find the answers nestled inside the The answers are all in Chambers. Except for the ones that aren’t. boxes. The exclamation mark is not an imperative – click only if you wish to reveal all.
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1a Drug isn’t affected when taking a temperature (6)
STATIN: An anagram (affected) of ISN’T containing (when taking) A (from the clue) and the abbreviation for temperature
4a Investment by independent fellow in charge is precise (8)
SPECIFIC: The shortened form of an investment which carries some risk followed by the abbreviations in turn for independent, fellow and in charge
9a One knocks musical performer (6)
RAPPER: Someone who give short sharp knocks or a performer who may be described as musical. Perhaps you would knock said performer by disagreeing with this assertion!
10a Mistake way driving on this? (4,4)
SLIP ROAD: A minor mistake by a thoroughfare gives the entrance or exit part of a motorway. The way in the clue is a little close to the whole for my complete satisfaction
11a Body cells lining epiglottis initially that may be red or white (9)
CORPUSCLE: Body, then the initial letters of the next three words of the clue. The definition refers to some cells
13a It’s invigorating to be part of pageant on ice (5)
TONIC: The answer is included in the clue, signposted by “to be part of”
14a Australian state representatives slang teenager behaving badly (6-7)
AGENTS-GENERAL: An anagram (behaving badly) of SLANG TEENAGER. These are representatives in the UK of the government of an Australian State
17a Having expanded submits at heart to measurement of obesity (4,4,5)
BODY MASS INDEX: Take the central three letters (at heart) of submits, and expand the abbreviation. The definition could equally well be measurement of thinness. Mine has increased a little: I have expanded due to too many treats consumed during my recent holiday
21a Keen to get some of Stone Age relics (5)
EAGER: Our second lurker: he’s inside (to get some of) the last three words of the clue
23a Attempted once again to save thousands, and cut anew (9)
RETRIMMED: A word which could mean attempted again has inside it (to save) a couple of copies of the letter that is a thousand in Roman numerals. The answer is to cut again, but only a little
24a Hussy’s beginning to entice author (8)
TROLLOPE: A derogatory term for a lady of loose morals and then the first letter of (beginning to) entice gives either of two well-known authors. The letters page in the DT has featured these recently, giving those who read the paper, rather than just use it to line the litter tray, a slight advantage
25a Driven model organised festival – not large? Not very (6)
FIESTA: This model of Ford car is also a festival, but that’s incidental: you need to take the letters of festival without (not) the abbreviations for large and very and organise them into a little anagram. We had one of these, and it survived worse than baboons
26a Spent former writer died before his boss? (8)
EXPENDED: String together two letters that mean former, a staple crosswordland writer, D(ied) and our regular newspaper boss
27a Additional comment by unknown revolutionary soul (6)
PSYCHE: The letters that signify an extra message appended to the end of the main body, a mathematical unknown and a revolutionary figure beloved of crossword setters. The soul, spirit or mind
1d Tidy tree (6)
SPRUCE: Two definitions, the second being a conifer
2d In the morning Southern Republican rises with character (9)
AMPERSAND: The abbreviation for before noon followed by the reversal of abbreviations for Southern together with that for Republican, then a word meaning with or also. The character originated as a ligature of the letters et, Latin for “and” and its name has an interesting etymology:
The word ampersand is a corruption of the phrase “and per se & (and)”, meaning “and intrinsically the word and (represented by the symbol &)”.
Traditionally, when reciting the alphabet in English-speaking schools, any letter that could also be used as a word in itself (“A”, “I”, and, at one point, “O”) was repeated with the Latin expression per se (“by itself”). This habit was useful in spelling where a word or syllable was repeated after spelling; e.g. “d, o, g—dog” would be clear but simply saying “a—a” would be confusing without the clarifying “per se” added. It was also common practice to add the “&” sign at the end of the alphabet as if it were the 27th letter, pronounced as the Latin et or later in English as and. As a result, the recitation of the alphabet would end in “X, Y, Z, and per se and”. This last phrase was routinely slurred to “ampersand” and the term had entered common English usage by 1837. However, in contrast to the 26 letters, the ampersand does not represent a speech sound – although other characters that were dropped from the English alphabet did, such as the Old English thorn, wynn, and eth.
Through popular etymology, it has been falsely claimed that André-Marie Ampère used the symbol in his widely read publications and that people began calling the new shape “Ampère’s and”.
3d 9 is cooler (3,4)
ICE CUBE: The name (not the one his mother gave him: that was O’Shea Jackson) of a particular musical performer of the type given in 9a. A piece of frozen water that can be used to cool a drink and is rarely quite the shape suggested by its name
5d Deciphering Poe’s title originally reveals ghostly spirit (11)
POLTERGEIST: An anagram (deciphering) of POES TITLE with R and G, the first letters (originally) of reveals and ghostly
6d Seals off most of tank’s mechanical device on ship (7)
CAPSTAN: Seals off and then most of the letters of the next word in the clue. The mechanical device is used for winding heavy ropes or cables
7d Loud noise before noon brings sign of disapproval (5)
FROWN: Loud, in musical notation, a noise (also loud, as it happens) and N(oon) all put together gives us a sign of disapproval expressed on the face
8d Will supplements treat colds around here in Brittany? (8)
CODICILS: Make an anagram of (treat) COLDS and place it around the French word for here. I had the “here” but was fooled initially by the surface into first considering “medicine.” Oops!
12d Act out a Greek choral song? That would be a disaster! (11)
CATASTROPHE: An anagram (out) of ACT followed by A from the clue, after which is a Greek choral song. That last part sounded right but I did have to look it up to pin it down precisely: it was the song sung by the chorus in a Greek play as it moved towards one side, answered by an exact counterpart, the antistrophe, as it returned. So now I know
15d Seventies band heard Stones finally play with harmony (4,5)
ROXY MUSIC: Some letters that sound like (heard) some stones, the final letter of play and some harmony or melody
16d Sailor posted to Eastern Spain becomes missing person (8)
ABSENTEE: A charade of: a sailor, posted or dispatched, E(astern) and the IVR for Spain
18d Army in line goes mad for her (7)
MARILYN: An anagram (goes mad) of ARMY IN L(ine)
19d Beings worshipped high tide, one with water endlessly rising (7)
DEITIES: An anagram (high) of TIDE, then the Roman numeral one, then a large mass of water without the final letter (endlessly) reversed (rising, in a down clue)
20d Imagine the setter had worried interminably (6)
IDEATE: How the setter would say she had, followed by worried without the final N (interminably)
22d Collective 15, perhaps (5)
GROUP: A double definition; a collective in general or a musical collective as exemplified by 15d
Thanks for the music, Warbler! My favourite clue today is 17a. Which clue(s) got you singing or tapping your toes?