Toughie 1672 by Giovanni
Hints and tips by Kitty
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ***
Hi everyone. If Crypticsue’s comments over on the other side haven’t put you off, then welcome to today’s Tuesday Toughie Club, which comes to you once again from Surrey. There’s still a tropical feel to things in this part of the world. Next week I’m back up in town, then after that normal service is resumed. (Or what passes for normal.)
Giovanni has supplied us with an educational crossword today. This was a bit of a struggle for me, and I made good use of my reference materials. I’m sure the setter would prefer you to battle through the wordplay, which admittedly isn’t too fiendish, but my recommendation is to cheat blithely and post-parse. Your approach is entirely up to you, of course.
The definitions are underlined in the clues below, and you’ll find the answers inside the boxes. The exclamation mark is not an imperative – click only if you wish to reveal all.
Do leave a comment telling us how you found it and what you thought.
8a Gee – wonderful army’s beaten, suffering after conflict (4,3,8)
GULF WAR SYNDROME: A nice straightforward one to get us started: an anagram (beaten) of G[ee] WONDERFUL ARMY’S. The answer’s even something you will have heard of. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security
9a Physics unit within campus (3)
AMP: This unit of electrical current is hidden within the clue
10a This writer long opposing high-ranking expert devoted to past era (11)
MEDIEVALIST: A charade in four parts: a personal pronoun the setter would use to refer to himself, long or be very eager (for), an abbreviation for the Latin meaning opposed to, and a term for high-ranking often applied to celebrities
11a Nervous and unpleasant couples (two of them) swapping round (5)
ANTSY: Take a word meaning very unpleasant and swap the first two pairs of letters around (within themselves, not with each other). If you have trouble thinking of the source word, maybe look at the next clue and then come back to this one …
12a Troubled home leads to nasty chatter (2,3,4)
IN THE CART: The usual synonym for home followed by an anagram (nasty) of CHATTER leads to a slang phrase (hitherto unfamiliar to me) which has its origin in the practice of taking prisoners for punishment or to their execution in carts
15a Bodily fold in stomach – an initial sign (7)
OMENTUM: An informal or childish word for stomach preceded by a sign or portent. The answer is a fold of peritoneum connecting the stomach with other abdominal organs. Not one to illustrate, you might think, but The Twisted ******* is an internet cartoonist/animator, so in fact, I’m spoilt for choice
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17a Fuss when there’s evidence of cats around fields (7)
MEADOWS: Fuss with audible evidence of cats around it. Purr! (But not purr!)
19a Trees in lanes enthralling a fellow no end (9)
TAMARACKS: Lanes or rough trails around A from the clue and chap or guy without the final letter (no end). I didn’t know these trees either
20a Housemate gives call to attract attention, having returned in taxi (5)
COHAB: The reversal (having returned) of an attention-seeking shout inside a taxi generates a shortened form of a word (which I didn’t know could be shortened in this way) meaning one who lives with another
21a Clouds in Britain most unusual (11)
NIMBOSTRATI: To find these rainclouds make an anagram of BRITAIN MOST
24a Cruel person wasting good money (3)
ORE: An ugly or cruel person (or a lovable green cartoon character) without (wasting) G(ood) is a monetary unit of Denmark and Norway (øre), or of Sweden (öre)
25a Member of religious sect coming out with ‘Pish!’ in cathedral (15)
CHRISTADELPHIAN: Form an anagram of PISH IN CATHEDRAL to find a member of a small millenarian Christian sect, founded in the USA in 1848, which bases its teaching and practice on literal interpretation of the Bible and holds that only the just will enter eternal life, that the wicked will be annihilated, and that the ignorant, the unconverted, and infants will not be raised from the dead. My education continues …
1d Escapes bicycle finally going into vehicle – what made cyclist go close? (10)
SLIPSTREAM: Escapes, then the final letter (finally) of bicycle inside a public electrically-powered vehicle
2d Very wet politician with external influence (6)
SWAMPY: An honourable member inside influence or power
3d Having arrived with idea half-formed, the German female revolutionised US corporation (7,3)
FREDDIE MAC: We need a word meaning arrived, half of ID(ea), a German definite article and F(emale). All of this is reversed (revolutionised) to give the answer, which is the name by which the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC) is also known
4d Rye you dumped in extra farm building (4)
BYRE: The first word of the clue without an old form of you (you dumped) inside a cricketing extra
5d Celebrity hugging party host, a name on the up in capital city (8)
NDJAMENA: The word for a celebrity also features unmasked in the clue; it contains someone who spins discs, or the digital equivalent, and is followed by the reversal of A N(ame) to give an African capital
6d Time off work, day off for spring festival (4)
HOLI: Some time off work, minus day (day off). This Hindu spring festival, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of sharing love, is characterised by boisterous revelry. Sounds great!
7d Two similar groups interlocking to form musical ensemble (6)
SESTET: Take a three letter group and repeat it, but with the central letters swapped so they overlap or interlock
8d Wild animal dung for manure Bill’s imported (7)
GUANACO: Some dung used for manure containing an abbreviation for bill. This is a camelid native to South America, who I am pleased to meet
13d Assesses the speed of fast movers offering holiday accommodation? (10)
TIMESHARES: Assesses the speed by using a stopwatch perhaps. The fast movers are not tortoises. The holiday accommodation is yours for a certain period
14d Model taking a drug, explosive old girl (10)
APOTHEOSIS: A charade, a perfect example of its type. A from the clue, one of the many names for cannabis, a couple of abbreviations: for high explosive and for old, then a female relation
16d Hat sailor laid on bunk, having eaten nothing (8)
TARBOOSH: A sailor and a word for bunk or nonsense containing (having eaten) the letter which denotes zero. This hat is similar to a fez. I wasn’t familiar with the nonsense word, nor did I know the hat. Furthermore, I made things even harder on myself by misreading the first word of the clue as hot!
18d Cleric and theology graduate, each featured in tabloid (7)
SUBDEAN: A cleric below the head of the chapter of a cathedral or collegiate church. Insert a theologian (not a doctor, but one with a first degree) and EC(ch) into a certain tabloid
19d Keys to get contents of medicine cupboards (6)
TONICS: Think musically for the first definition. The keys are of the first note of the scale. The second may feature in medicine or drinks cabinets
20d One of two eating oysters in a fish restaurant? (6)
CHIPPY: This is an eatery which serves fish and the form of potato which gives it its name. For the first part you need to know your Lewis Carroll, and the slang term for the friend of the walrus
The Walrus and the Carpenter
By Lewis Carroll
The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright —
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.
The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done —
“It’s very rude of him,” she said,
“To come and spoil the fun.”
The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
No cloud was in the sky:
No birds were flying overhead —
There were no birds to fly.
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Were walking close at hand;
They wept like anything to see
Such quantities of sand:
“If this were only cleared away,”
They said, “it would be grand!”
“If seven maids with seven mops
Swept it for half a year,
“Do you suppose,” the Walrus said,
“That they could get it clear?”
“I doubt it,” said the Carpenter,
And shed a bitter tear.
“O Oysters, come and walk with us!”
The Walrus did beseech.
“A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each.”
The eldest Oyster looked at him,
But never a word he said:
The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
And shook his heavy head —
Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave the oyster-bed.
But four young Oysters hurried up,
All eager for the treat:
Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
Their shoes were clean and neat —
And this was odd, because, you know,
They hadn’t any feet.
Four other Oysters followed them,
And yet another four;
And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, and more —
All hopping through the frothy waves,
And scrambling to the shore.
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.
“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —
Of cabbages — and kings —
And why the sea is boiling hot —
And whether pigs have wings.”
“But wait a bit,” the Oysters cried,
“Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!”
“No hurry!” said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.
“A loaf of bread,” the Walrus said,
“Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed —
Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed.”
“But not on us!” the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
“After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!”
“The night is fine,” the Walrus said.
“Do you admire the view?
“It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“Cut us another slice:
I wish you were not quite so deaf —
I’ve had to ask you twice!”
“It seems a shame,” the Walrus said,
“To play them such a trick,
After we’ve brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“The butter’s spread too thick!”
“I weep for you,” the Walrus said:
“I deeply sympathize.”
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.
“O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
“You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?”
But answer came there none —
And this was scarcely odd, because
They’d eaten every one.
22d Star in the first half of amazing events (4)
MIRA: The first half of some unbelievable events is also a red giant star (actually a red giant with a white dwarf companion) in the constellation of Cetus
23d Bird in tree noted for its leaves overlooking lake (4)
TEAL: A tree whose dried leaves many of us like to infuse in hot water to make a drink followed by (overlooking, in a down clue) the abbreviation for lake
Thanks to Giovanni. Predictably, I liked the evidence of cats in 17a, and I also ticked 11a, 2d and 23d. Which clues did you mark?
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