Toughie No 1681 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
A setter and two of our bloggers get namechecks today and this brightened up a puzzle which I didn’t otherwise find terribly inspiring. There’s an awful lot of chopping off last letters.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
1a Dreadful booze changes tourist’s colour? (5-8)
PAINT-STRIPPER – split the answer 6,7 and it could mean ‘applies colour to tourist’.
9a Guarantee a variety of users will receive a new computer at the outset (9)
ASSURANCE – start with A and add an anagram (variety) of USERS containing the initial letters of three words in the clue.
10a Red-haired person‘s hair coming back to us (5)
RUFUS – reverse a word for hair and append US.
11a Avoiding new developments, expending energy to make mark on wood? (5)
NOTCH – start with a phrase (2,4) which could signal a rejection of the latest scientific developments and remove (expending) the abbreviation for energy.
12a Scientist passing oxygen and hydrogen through bromine (4)
BOHR – arrange the chemical symbols for the three elements as required by the clue.
13a Fruit-tree — perfect example for trimming (4)
PEAR – start with a word for a paragon or prized example and cut off its last letter.
15a Image seen in Tube shows medical centre (7)
HOSPICE – insert the short word for a photograph into a tube or pipe.
17a Praise craft shown by a lot of composition (7)
WORSHIP – a craft (of the sea-going kind) follows a term for a composition or opus without its last letter.
18a Crafty work, note, the first time being overlooked (7)
CROCHET – a musical note without its first T(ime).
20a Take care of half the damage in game with wife (2,5)
GO DUTCH – combine an oriental board game and a Cockney term for one’s wife (and the alias of one of our bloggers).
21a Succeeded in blocking item at auction? Failed (4)
LOST – insert the abbreviation for succeeded into an item at auction.
22a A good time you’d expect to roll? (4)
BALL – if you’re having one of these you’re having a good time. It’s also something that you’d expect to roll (because of its shape).
23a Player walking with difficulty by end of tour (5)
GAMER – an adjective meaning having a disabled leg is followed by the end letter of tour.
26a Something of horn: hard, bonelike item (5)
TOOTH – I think that this is meant to be a semi-all-in-one with the whole clue being the definition. Something you might hear from a horn is followed by the abbreviation for hard.
27a Ideal sort for exercising, enhancing performance (9)
STEROIDAL – an anagram (for exercising) of IDEAL SORT.
28a Museum founder sad at a museum folding, beginning to despair (6,7)
MADAME TUSSAUD – an anagram (folding) of SAD AT A MUSEUM followed by the first letter of despair.
1d A sweet location — chapel should be moved here (5,9)
PLAIN CHOCOLATE – an anagram (should be moved) of LOCATION CHAPEL. I suppose that ‘here’ just improves the surface and could mean ‘in this clue’.
2d Small map — it covers most of the cardinal points (5)
INSET – IT contains three cardinal points.
3d Flickering illumination shows something wrong about church land mostly (10)
TORCHLIGHT – a wrongful act in law contains an abbreviation for church and a verb to land or descend without its last letter.
4d Credible catch, stored in box (7)
TENABLE – a verb to catch or arrest goes inside an informal word for what we used to refer to as ‘the box’.
5d Winter spectacular — costs twice reduced at the beginning (and how!) (3,4)
ICE SHOW – a word for costs or charges without its first two letters (twice reduced at the beginning) followed by HOW.
6d Place’s opening or closing? Opening (4)
PORE – the opening and closing letters of ‘place’ separated by OR.
7d Discharge that damages body during uproar (5,4)
RIFLE SHOT – put a word for body (in contrast to spirit) inside an uproar or furore.
8d Pastoral literary production has phrase involved with ‘hard soil’ (1,10,3)
A SHROPSHIRE LAD – an anagram (has … involved) of PHRASE and HARD SOIL gives the name of a poetry collection by Housman (and the alias of our second blogger of the day – I’m sure that we all send him our good wishes and hope for his speedy return to blogging duties).
14d Substantial reminder regarding legal action not clearly indicated (10)
PRODIGIOUS – start with a reminder or nudge and add an adjective meaning ‘concerned with lawsuits’ without its first three letters (a past participle meaning ‘clearly indicated’ or illuminated).
16d Bad weather conditions currently occurring on board to naval fighter (9)
SNOWSTORM – put an adverb meaning ‘currently’ into the usual abbreviation for ship and add TO and the abbreviation for a ship-borne soldier.
19d Bar very much upset about endless tirade (7)
TRANSOM – reverse a word meaning very much or the greatest quantity around a tirade without its last letter.
20d Lyricist, good one, boy singer mostly picked up (7)
GILBERT – string together the abbreviation for good, the Roman numeral for one and the reversal of a boy singer without his last letter to get the lyricist who rejoiced in the middle name of Schwenk.
24d Information outlets raised point about newspaperman (5)
MEDIA – reverse a verb to point or train around the abbreviation for a senior newspaperman.
25d Tax cut reversed after husband invested – it sounds like a blow (4)
THUD – reverse a form of tax without its last letter and insert the abbreviation for husband.
I thought that the 28a anagram was pretty good but my top clue is 1a. Which one(s) earned your applause?
For a masterly (or should that be mistressly?) example of the setter’s art and loads of laughs I thoroughly recommend Arachne in the Guardian today.