Toughie 1719 by proXimal
Hints and tips by Dutch
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Since Osmosis appeared Wednesday, I was expecting my nemesis to appear today and was prepared for a long battle – but I managed to get a foothold rapidly, working steadily down the right hand side first and finished in what was 3* time for me. There was some of the usual distant synonym hunting but mainly in the answers, allowing you to get there via the wordplay.
As always, the definition is underlined in the clues below. If the hint is not enough, you can reveal the answer by clicking on the FULFIL button. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Insect that’s old metaphor for transformation (7,4)
LEOPARD MOTH: An anagram (for transformation) of OLD METAPHOR
7a Estuary/Lake — what’s more common? (7)
HUMBLER: An estuary near Hull covers ( / ) the abbreviation for L(ake)
8a ‘Advance!‘ heard from revolutionary youngster (5,2)
SHAPE UP: A homophone of a revolutionary who worked with Castro(3) and a youngster(3)
10a Vessels from internal organs avoiding right side of heart (5)
VIALS: A 6-letter word for essential internal organs loses (avoiding) the last letter in (right side of) (hear)T
11a Blighters binding one boy in tight ropes (9)
POISONERS: An anagram (tight, as in drunk) of ROPES contains the Roman numeral one plus a 3-letter boy. The answer would appear to be a literal meaning of the definition which is generally used informally
12a King goblin lacking leader for fortress (7)
KREMLIN: The abbreviation for K(ing) in cards, etc., plus the kind of goblin who stops things working without the initial letter
14a Deny what lad does to get woman (7)
GAINSAY: Spit (5,1,1) the answer describes what happens to ‘lad’ to give a 4-letter woman
15a Porous containers let out liquid soap in moving passage-boat (7)
TEABAGS: Remove (let out) an anagram (liquid) of SOAP from an anagram (moving) of PASSAGE-BOAT
18a Company deficit? Start to implicate powerful people (7)
COLOSSI: The abbreviation for company, a 4-letter deficit and the first letter of (start to) Implicate
20a Cuban mixing with these villains might become undiscoverable (4-5)
EVIL-DOERS: An anagram (mixing) of CUBAN plus the answer (these villains) gives UNDISCOVERABLE
21a Excellent swimmer (5)
BRILL: Two meanings – the first is an informal word for excellent
22a Check Asian food for dirt (7)
SCANDAL: To check or examine plus an Asian lentil dish
23a Craft workers from Scottish and English towns on radio (7)
AIRCREW: Homophones (on the radio) of a coastal town north of Glasgow (3) plus a railway town in Cheshire (5)
24a Heroic cowboy in leather astride old steed’s back (4-7)
LION-HEARTED: An anagram (cowboy!) of IN LEATHER goes around (astride) the abbreviation for O(ld), followed by the last letter (back) of steed.
1d Drink beverage in lounge (7)
LIMEADE: An alcoholic drink made from honey goes inside a 3-letter verb meaning to lounge horizontally
2d Characteristic of weasel, golden round eyes (5)
OGLES: A reverse hidden (characteristic of …. round)
3d Rat poison, not very complex drug (7)
ATROPIN: An anagram (complex) of RAT POI(so)N without a word meaning very
4d Getting head down, almost completely fix fault on Golf (7)
DOSSING: The first 3 letters of a 4-letter word meaning a fix or a quantity of drug, a fault or wrongdoing, and the letter for which the international radio code is Golf.
5d Well-spoken men a tailor served (9)
ORATORIAL: Some men in the army plus an anagram (served) of A TAILOR
6d Unobtrusive fish around eel at sea (7)
HUELESS: A dogfish surrounds an anagram (at sea) of EEL. Not the first synonym of the answer that comes to mind!
7d Blow up equipment the enemy originally stored in safe places (4,7)
HAVE KITTENS: Some 3-letter equipment plus the first letters (originally) of T(he) E(nemy) goes inside (stored in) a word meaning safe places
9d Spooner’s ineffectual support in bed for plant (5,6)
PUSSY WILLOW: The support in bed is where you lay your head…
13d Upset about drab housing accompanying seaside town (9)
LLANDUDNO: Reversal (upset) of a 2-letter word for about and a 4-letter word for drab goes around a conjunction meaning accompanying or with.
16d Missing party girl is a huge pain (7)
ABIGAIL: A from the clue plus a 3-letter word for huge or large plus a word for pain or trouble. After some googling, I think the definition refers to a Mike Leigh play in which the eponymous party girl never actually appears
17d Cats display this way to grip bird hard (7)
STEALTH: The abbreviation for a kind of way or road goes around a kind of duck, followed by the abbreviation for H(ard). Remembering Kath’s picture yesterday helped me to get this..
18d Non-European containers north of area carrying a very foreign crop (7)
CASSAVA: A 5-letter word for containers without the E (non-European) goes above (north of) the abbreviation for A(rea), and all that goes around (carrying) A from the clue and the abbreviation for V(ery)
19d Jug with wine makes you excited (7)
STIRRED: A word for jug or prison plus a broad category of wine
21d With or without internal resistance, it’s broken (5)
BURST: The answer still means broken if you remove an internal R(esistance)
My favourite clue has to be 14a – which were your favourites?