Toughie No 1721 by Elkamere
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
It’s good to get an Elkamere puzzle on a Wednesday. This is not one of his toughest but I enjoyed it a lot in spite of spending what seemed like ages looking for the names of rappers, only to find that I was on the wrong track.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
1a Pressure inside sets a broken bone (6)
STAPES – insert the abbreviation for pressure into an anagram (broken) of SETS A.
5a Comic actor faces circling press (3,5)
SID JAMES – a word meaning faces (those of a die perhaps) goes round a verb to press or force.
9a Firm has one year to accept spymaster as post (8)
COLUMNAR – the abbreviation for a firm is followed by a type of year (one lasting approximately 354 days) with the letter used to identify Bond’s boss inserted.
10a Concert will go ahead after run initially cancelled? (6)
UNISON – a phrase meaning ‘will go ahead’ (2,2) follows the word ‘run’ without its initial letter.
11a Weed holding mediocre record in hand? (4,4)
HOME HELP – a verb to weed contains a slang interjection (popularised by The Simpsons) meaning mediocre or indifferent. That’s all followed by the abbreviation for a record format.
12a Copy of newspaper (6)
MIRROR – double definition, the second a UK tabloid newspaper.
13a Falsify info about the writer’s subjects (8)
LIEGEMEN – a verb to falsify and an informal word for information contain the objective pronoun which the writer would use of himself.
15a Stop suffering, you might say (4)
WHOA – this command to stop sounds like a word meaning suffering or misery.
17a Some enormous plateau around mountains (4)
ALPS – hidden in reverse.
19a Good man to furnish town (8)
STAFFORD – the usual abbreviation for a ‘good man’ followed by a verb to furnish or provide. This verb always reminds me of Gerard Hoffnung’s French widow:
20a Occupier, one in temporary accommodation (6)
TENANT – insert an adjective meaning one into temporary accommodation.
21a Fence, wide one perhaps (8)
RECEIVER – this fence is an individual who trades in hot property. If you precede the answer with ‘wide’ you get an offensive (sic) player in American football.
22a Rapper’s partner that is after good dance (6)
BOOGIE – string together a rapper’s partner, G(ood) and the abbreviation for ‘that is’. Although the answer was obvious I had no idea who the rapper’s partner was – after some investigoogling into names of rappers I eventually concluded that what we’re after is a slang term used in rapping (and elsewhere, especially in the southern USA) to mean one’s boyfriend or girlfriend, probably derived from the French word ‘beau’.
23a An American without life support? (8)
AUSPICES – an indefinite article and an abbreviation for American contain a word meaning life or zest.
24a Pretty good UN school, free (2,6)
NO SLOUCH – an anagram (free) of UN SCHOOL.
25a Fork out on engagement rings (6)
DONATE – the word ON contained inside a romantic engagement.
2d Sweeping by, carrying nothing (8)
THOROUGH – insert the letter resembling zero into a preposition meaning ‘by’ or ‘by way of’.
3d Scales maybe overturned, all fruit on top (8)
PRUNELLA – reverse ALL and put a type of fruit on top of it.
4d Least affected after sleep (9)
SINCEREST – join together synonyms for after and sleep. ‘Affected’ here means phoney.
5d Bust confined, short crack in girdle (8,3,4)
STRAPPED FOR CASH – a past participle meaning confined or shut in and a verb to crack or break open without its last letter go inside a girdle or belt.
6d Analytical details rubbish and enormous (7)
JUNGIAN – stick together synonyms for rubbish and enormous after you’ve de-tailed both.
7d Wind that will cover one’s bad hearing (8)
MISTRIAL – a cold wind that blows down Jean-Luc’s neck of the woods contains the Roman numeral for one.
8d Rich kid soldiers almost boot out (8)
SONOROUS – string together a male kid, the abbreviation for non-commissioned soldiers and a verb to boot out without its last letter.
14d Driven away or drowned in cut (9)
EXORCISED – insert OR into a past participle meaning cut or removed.
15d With doctor absent, I refuse to go in it (5,3)
WASTE BIN – start with the abbreviation for with and add an anagram (doctor) of ABSENT I.
16d Small cog integral to very big ideas (8)
OPINIONS – insert a small cog into an abbreviation meaning very big.
17d ‘Thing’ minus 100 as an arithmetical process (8)
ADDITION – start with a ‘thing’ or obsession and remove the Roman numeral for 100.
18d Way old man’s passionate when he’s rejected (8)
PAVEMENT – an affectionate term for one’s old man is followed by an adjective meaning passionate or forceful without HE.
19d Without French club, no new stadium in Milan (3,4)
SAN SIRO – a preposition, from French, meaning without is followed by a golf club lacking the abbreviation for new.
I’ve ticked 10a, 25a and 3d today but my double-tick is awarded to 15d. Which one(s) ticked all your boxes?