Toughie No 1653 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
We have only two anagrams today but the puzzle has a lot of container/insertion type clues and many where we have to delete one or two letters. I thought it was not very tough and a bit bland and I’m afraid I couldn’t really work up much enthusiasm for it.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
1a Most of equipment for pub game celebrated by poet? (6)
BARDIC – remove the last letter from the equipment used in a pub game (3,4) where the loser pays for the next round of drinks. As far as I can make out this game is played mainly in North America.
5a I incline to follow dog — boxer? (8)
PUGILIST – I and a verb to incline or lean follow a breed of dog.
9a Walking tour, with pain and blame bandied about (13)
PERAMBULATION – an anagram (bandied about) of TOUR, PAIN and BLAME.
10a Unexceptional European river entering China (8)
MODERATE – insert the name of a central European river into what a china is in Cockney rhyming slang.
11a The Parisian occupies lead through adopting common approaches (6)
PLEBBY – put a French definite article inside the chemical symbol for lead then append a preposition meaning through.
12a National leader indicating succession in letters? (6)
GANDHI – three successive letters of the alphabet.
14a Quiet bird, keeping bill covered, sat beside vase (8)
TACITURN – a songbird contains the abbreviation for a bill and that’s followed by a vase.
16a Criticise about justification having removed working organ (8)
PANCREAS – join together an informal verb to criticise, a single-letter abbreviation meaning about or approximately and a justification without the adverb meaning working or ‘in operation’.
19a Definitely knowing about one room (6)
FIRMLY – an adjective meaning knowing or canny contains the Roman numeral for one and the abbreviation for room.
21a Cave is like the pits, mostly round (6)
GROTTO – ‘the pits’ is an informal expression meaning very unpleasant; we want another informal adjective meaning the same thing, but we have to truncate it and add a round letter.
ARVE Error: id and provider shortcodes attributes are mandatory for old shortcodes. It is recommended to switch to new shortcodes that need only url
23a Often worry about chesspiece, having no duplicate (8)
FREQUENT – put a verb to worry around a chess piece without one of its repeated letters. I was going to complain that ‘often’ is an adverb and the answer is an adjective but the BRB reveals that ‘often’ is used in the Bible as an adjective (though I can’t furnish an example of this usage).
25a A dab hand playing his part, following pointless vocation (13)
CALLIGRAPHIST – an anagram (playing) of HIS PART follows a vocation without its cardinal point.
26a Film-worker providing shock, having millions stashed in belt (8)
STUNTMAN – a verb to shock followed by the abbreviation for millions inside a verb to belt or thrash.
27a One’s dug fish being in river? On the contrary (6)
TRENCH – the abbreviation for river goes inside a freshwater fish.
2d Drivers should restrict speed or — it’s the jug! (7)
AMPHORA – the abbreviation for a motoring organisation (‘drivers’ in crossword terminology) goes round the abbreviation for a measure of speed and OR.
3d There are no jolly words in this revolutionary English crossword diagram (5)
DIRGE – E(nglish) followed by the diagram that you’ve written your answers into, all reversed.
4d Feature of Venice affected, with a large flow of water underneath (9)
CAMPANILE – an adjective meaning affected or theatrical is followed by A and the name of a substantial African river.
5d Careful study, engaged in quiet routine (7)
PRUDENT – a study goes inside the musical abbreviation for quiet and a boring routine.
6d Understanding old King’s encountered poisonous snake (5)
GRASP – charade of the regnal cipher of one of our old kings (you can choose from six) and a poisonous snake.
7d Parasites back, mostly besetting European city (9)
LEICESTER – parasitic insects and most of the word for the back (of a ship, say) contain the abbreviation for European.
8d Sailor’s first and second award in marine setting (4,3)
SAND BAR – the first letter of sailor is followed by AND and a metal strip on a medal indicating that it has been won twice.
13d Sports event last month, going over most of Irish region (9)
DECATHLON – the abbreviation for our last month followed by a town in the centre of Ireland without its final letter. I’m not sure how this is a region – perhaps Una can explain.
15d Fool concealing payment in fortepiano and jug (6,3)
COFFEE POT – a Russian doll of a clue – put a payment inside the abbreviation for fortepiano which is, in turn, inside an informal word for a (generally old) foolish person.
17d Fruit tree in bed after tricky day? (7)
APRICOT – a child’s bed follows the shorthand way of writing the date (3,1) on which it’s ok to play tricks. The surface doesn’t mean a lot to me.
18d Second slight cut in dyestuff (7)
SAFFRON – the abbreviation for second followed by a slight or insult without its last letter.
20d Country not about to probe the stars, endlessly obsessed by the moon? (7)
LUNATIC – a country or state without the preposition meaning about goes inside a word meaning ‘the stars’ or one’s fortune without its last letter.
22d Leader dismissed from stage in bad odour? (5)
ODIUM – drop the leading letter from a stage much in evidence at the Olympics.
24d Join (the reverse of it here would suggest ‘loosen’) (5)
UNITE – a hint for this one seems redundant since the setter has given his own hint in brackets, i.e. if you reverse the IT in the answer you get a verb to loosen.
None of the clues stood out for me today but I’d like to hear what made your hit list .