Toughie No 1709 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **
I didn’t derive a great deal of enjoyment from this puzzle but that could be just my being curmudgeonly. Do show me the error of my ways by proving just how entertaining it is!
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
1a Outline redraft of the numberless outlines (10)
SILHOUETTE – an anagram (redraft) of THE and OUTLI[n]ES.
6a Like the writer is, mostly in a land far away (4)
ASIA – a phrase, in the first person, meaning ‘like the writer is’ (2,1,2) without its last letter.
9a Journal after this point covers time of family development (10)
HEREDITARY – start with an adverb meaning this point or position and add a journal containing T(ime).
10a Fail to stop thug (4)
GOON – split the answer 2,2 and it means ‘fail to stop’.
12a Incantation: piece taking skill in reflection (6)
MANTRA – a chess piece is followed by the reversal of a word meaning skill.
13a Ineligible? Thrown out during University year (8)
UNWORTHY – insert an anagram (out) of THROWN between the abbreviations for university and year.
15a Doctor returning during famine, once energised, for treatment of migrant workers? (2,4,3,3)
OF MICE AND MEN – treatment here means presentation in a literary work so what we want is a novel about migrant workers. Insert the reversal of an abbreviation for doctor into an anagram (energised) of FAMINE ONCE.
18a One’s used to show invalid value after reprogramming (12)
VAUDEVILLIAN – an anagram (after reprogramming) of INVALID VALUE.
21a Old upper-class mean to protect Queen for definite (8)
OUTRIGHT – abbreviations for old and upper-class are followed by an adjective meaning mean or miserly containing an abbreviation for queen.
22a Invite admission revealing switch in components in funding (6)
INCOME – start with how you’d invite someone to enter (4,2) and change the order of the words.
24a Legal establishments in both ends of the country? (4)
INNS – IN followed by the abbreviations for where you’d find John o’Groats and Lands End respectively in the UK.
25a Give greeting to thespian in play (3,4,3)
TIP ONE’S HAT – an anagram (in play) of TO THESPIAN.
26a Insolent behaviour implying no change in character? (4)
SASS – split the answer 1,2,1 and a letter of the alphabet appears to be unchanged. Hmm.
27a Not keeping up location of clock face? (10)
BEHINDHAND – split the answer 6,4 and it’s where you would find a clock face.
1d Record losing men securing border proposal? (6)
SCHEME – start with a verb to record (a victory, say), take out the abbreviation for ordinary soldiers and insert a border.
2d Negligent about navy guarding unknown internal channel (6)
LARYNX – an adjective meaning negligent or casual contains the abbreviation for our senior service which, in turn, contains an algebraic unknown.
3d Mitre would suggest this elevated position? (5,2,5)
ORDER OF MERIT – a reverse anagram which leads us to MITRE.
4d Some at supper will consume them (4)
EATS – hidden in the clue.
5d Inform American about a rave (or energetic dance) (10)
TARANTELLA – a verb to inform and A(merican) contain A and a verb to rave or shout.
7d Broadcast match including hour and minute when things kick off? (8)
SHOWTIME – a verb to broadcast (seed, for example) is followed by a match (generally one in a knockout competition). After that insert separately abbreviations for hour and minute.
8d Vexatious refusal adopted by some in Government at first (8)
ANNOYING – a word of refusal is contained inside an adjective meaning some. Finish with IN and the abbreviation for government.
11d Start working in the AA, entering Institute (12)
FOUNTAINHEAD – insert an anagram (working) of IN THE AA into a verb meaning to institute or create.
14d In the event, it’s the last thing you expect to come across (6,4)
FINISH LINE – mildly cryptic definition of what a competitor in a race hopes to cross at the end.
16d Flight science? I crashed in river — the reverse of scientific (8)
AVIONICS – I gets inserted (crashed??) into the name of an English river. After that reverse the abbreviation for scientific.
17d Endless clamour has sharp effect on political meeting (8)
HUSTINGS – a word meaning clamour or shouting (often followed by ‘and cry’) loses its last letter and is followed by a verb meaning ‘has a sharp effect on’.
19d Hoax leads to unfortunate arrest — I’m before Judges (6)
JOSHUA – the definition relates to the order of books in the Old Testament. A noun meaning hoax is followed by the leading letters of two words in the clue. This particular meaning of the word for hoax was new to me.
20d Angry leader retaining only half of team (6)
HEATED – a leader or principal contains half of the word ‘team’.
23d High-level apartment falling short (one with limited technology) (2-2)
LO-FI – a room or space at the top of a building loses its last letter and is followed by the Roman numeral for one. It seems quite a stretch to call the place an apartment.
None of the clues really stood out for me but I’ll choose 2d as favourite. Which one(s) had you giving a round of applause?