Toughie No 1729 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza
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My grid was filled surprisingly quickly for a Wednesday Toughie with few problems encountered on the way, so I don’t anticipate any complaints about its being too hard. A number of the surface readings (e.g. 14a, 19a and 25a) aren’t terribly meaningful.
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1a One note over crime involving a particular South-East Asian (10)
INDONESIAN – assemble the Roman numeral for one, the abbreviation for note, a word meaning over or completed and a crime or transgression containing A.
6a Celebrity opening cut short (4)
STAR – an opening with its last letter cut off.
9a Museum exhibit — going again, missing time at college (5)
RELIC – start with a past participle meaning ‘going again’ (like a fire in the grate), drop the T(ime) and add an abbreviation for college.
10a Revolutionary has value seizing power in times of change (9)
UPHEAVALS – an anagram (revolutionary) of HAS VALUE containing the abbreviation for power.
12a What makes geometry difficult to get into? (8,5)
LEARNING CURVE – this seems to be just a weakish cryptic definition.
14a Musical work (with change of vocal lead) about limit in short-term stuff (8)
EPHEMERA – a musical work with its leading letter changed from one vowel to another contains a verb to limit or confine.
15a Coming period of history has Nationalist kept in check (6)
ADVENT – an abbreviation for the period of history covering the last two millennia is followed by the abbreviation for Nationalist inside a verb to check.
17a Stone garment is light (unsettling, perhaps) (6)
STROBE – in the surface stone is an adjective meaning grey-coloured but for the wordplay we need the abbreviation for an imperial weight. Add a garment to make a type of light (which may be unsettling for those suffering from epilepsy). The bit in brackets seems unnecessary, especially in a Toughie puzzle.
19a Part of ship’s deck not backing marine life (8)
PLANKTON – part of the wooden deck of a ship followed by the reversal of NOT.
21a Military order, one following special degree of concentration (9,4)
ATTENTION SPAN – string together a military order (as may be bellowed on a parade ground), an abbreviation for special and an adjective meaning one.
24a High-quality end to game — it’s the fellow in form (9)
CLASSMATE – charade of an adjective meaning high-quality and the final act in a game of chess.
25a Part 1’s about following circular form of the eye (5)
OPTIC – the abbreviation for part, the Roman numeral for one and a single-character abbreviation meaning about all follow a circular shape. The surface doesn’t mean much.
26a About to replace core part of track (a long path) (4)
TREK – a preposition meaning about or concerning replaces the inner letters of track.
27a Company actor accepting line, dismissing a fixation on line? (7-3)
CLOTHES-PIN – join together the abbreviation for company and a posh word for actor then insert the abbreviation for line and remove the A.
1d Regarding restraint in getting promoted (2,2)
IN RE – a horsey restraint has IN moved to the top.
2d Nemesis of warrior called up to secure line (7)
DELILAH – this is the lady who ‘unlocked’ a Biblical warrior. Reverse a verb meaning called or summoned and insert the abbreviation for line (again).
3d Money lost in the crash? (2-6,5)
NO-CLAIMS BONUS – cryptic definition. The crash is on the road rather than in the stock market.
4d Beautiful women, foremost of them amongst beach worshippers? (8)
STUNNERS – put the first letter of them into those basking.
5d A radiance without repeated element, pale in colour (5)
ASHEN – A is followed by a word meaning radiance or lustre without one of its repeated letters.
7d Hard to leave location of show by energy drink supplier (3,4)
TEA TREE – the building where you’d go to see a show loses the abbreviation for hard and is followed by the abbreviation for energy.
8d Thinking a lot of relaxation, conserving muscle (10)
RESPECTING – a synonym for relaxation contains the abbreviation for a specific muscle.
11d Restless pair connected, likely to fall head over heels? (8-5)
ACCIDENT-PRONE – an anagram (restless) of PAIR CONNECTED.
13d Asp certain to be peculiar pet (7,3)
PERSIAN CAT – an anagram (to be peculiar) of ASP CERTAIN.
16d Clangorous factory used to hide dope (8)
PLANGENT – another word for factory or works contains an informal word for dope or information.
18d Vehicle rising in speed for competition (3,4)
RAT RACE – reverse a road vehicle inside a word for speed.
20d Knight in brown work garment (4,3)
TANK TOP – an abbreviation for knight goes between a verb to brown (like the beach worshippers in 4d) and the abbreviation for work.
22d Completely wrong about North America (2,3)
IN ALL – an adjective meaning wrong or incompetent contains the abbreviation for North America.
23d Examine small jug (4)
SCAN – S(mall) followed by an informal word for what jug is also an informal word for.
My favourite clue today is 2d. Which one(s) took pride of place atop your tree?
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