Toughie No 1741 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
We have a fairly standard puzzle today with nothing to stampede the steeds or get us too excited.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
1a Skin needs to be treated during second half of weak game (4-3-4)
HIDE-AND-SEEK – an animal skin is followed by an anagram (to be treated) of NEEDS inside the second half of the word ‘weak’.
7a Against one male withdrawing from protest film (5)
VIDEO – the abbreviation for against and the Roman numeral for one precede a protest without the abbreviation for male.
8a Paint and fuel company to look threatening (3,6)
OIL COLOUR – charade of a type of fuel, the abbreviation for company and a verb to look dark or threatening.
10a Lots of noise? One not commenting regarding team I support (7)
CLAMOUR – an informal term for someone very tight-lipped is followed by a possessive adjective relating to something belonging to us (which could, I suppose, be a team identified as ‘us’ rather than ‘them’). The second half of this seems very weak – am I missing something?
11a Material for writer found in indulgence not a piece of jewellery (7)
TRINKET – insert liquid used by a writer into an indulgence or luxury without the letter A.
12a Sport finally sliding into red (5)
RUGBY – the final letter of sliding goes inside a red colour.
13a Scottish Queen returns in dressy plaid, covering solid figure? (9)
PYRAMIDAL – reverse the name of a Scottish Queen (probably the only one most of us have heard of) into an anagram (dressy) of PLAID.
16a Note workers providing display facility (9)
FLAGSTAFF – charade of a note or marker and employed workers.
18a Secretary, mostly disinclined to work inside, finding outdoor area (5)
PLAZA – the abbreviation for a senior secretary includes an adjective meaning disinclined to work without its last letter.
19a They crash into the beach cars (7)
ROLLERS – double definition, the second being an informal word for very posh cars.
22a Informed of colour used in sign (3,4)
LET INTO – insert a colour or shade into one of the signs of the zodiac.
23a Hike — sorry, rambling — in moorland area? (9)
YORKSHIRE – an anagram (rambling) of HIKE SORRY.
24a TV programme from outdoors possibly reflected blue as a green shade? (5)
BOSKY – this is an adjective meaning shady or covered by trees (not a word I knew). Reverse the abbreviation for a TV programme made away from the studio and add a sort of blue.
25a Swindle, not exactly subtle, regarding certain credit cards (11)
CONTACTLESS – join together an informal word for a swindle and an adjective meaning blunt or not subtle.
1d Reduction in water supply ruined most of aged flowering plant (9)
HYDRANGEA – start with a connection (normally found on the street) to the water supply, drop its last letter (reduction) and add an anagram (ruined) of AGE[d].
2d Picked up work in noisy yard for couple of suppliers (7)
DUOPOLY – ‘picked up’ doesn’t signal a homophone but a reversal. Insert the usual abbreviation for work into an adjective meaning noisy, reverse it all and add the abbreviation for yard.
3d Dad interrupts one exclamation and suppresses another — they’re not necessarily believed (9)
APOCRYPHA – insert an informal word for dad into an exclamation (the one favoured by Alan Partridge). Now insert another exclamation or shout into what you have.
4d Line in neat ceramics? (5)
DELFT – insert the abbreviation for line into an adjective meaning neat or skilful.
5d Understood island in Middle East picked up self-confidence (7)
EGOTISM – a verb meaning understood or twigged and one of the abbreviations for island are contained in the reversal of the abbreviation for Middle East.
6d A couple of thousand to secure one outsized booth (5)
KIOSK – two abbreviations for a thousand bracket the Roman numeral for one and an abbreviation meaning outsized.
7d Dodgy clergyman — endless weakness for a bar, getting drunk daily, ultimately (5,2,4)
VICAR OF BRAY – this is a fictional clergyman satirised in song who swallowed his principles and see-sawed from Roman Catholicism to Protestantism and back according to whatever was the current state religion in England from the sixteenth century onwards. Start with a weakness or shortcoming without its last letter, add an anagram (getting drunk) of FOR A BAR and finish with the ultimate letter of daily.
9d Returning fake royal attire (11)
RETALIATORY – an anagram (fake) of ROYAL ATTIRE.
14d Give more food to man lacking a little energy, producing a beam (9)
REFULGENT – join together a verb meaning to give more food to or ‘top up’ and a man then remove the second E(nergy) from what you’ve assembled.
15d Verdict: is engaged in air support, getting elevated (9)
DIAGNOSIS – insert IS into an air or ditty and a synonym for support then reverse it all.
17d Keeps suggesting retaining headgear (7)
STETSON – split the answer 5,2 and it could (just about) mean keeps giving an instruction to retain the original text.
18d European bearing bill is welcomed by drinkers (7)
POTABLE – a European national contains a bill or tally.
20d Notably Rice pens this (5)
LYRIC – hidden word.
21d Location of activity curtailed, restricted by South American destroyer (5)
SHIVA – the Hindu god worshipped as a destroyer comes from inserting a place of great activity without its last letter between the abbreviations for South and American.
The clue I liked best was 25a. Which one(s), if any, got your hearts aflutter?