Toughie No 1809 by Shamus
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***/****
Shamus has given us a fairly gentle Toughie today which should allow us all ample time to enjoy the welcome sunshine (well, the sun’s shining in my neck of the woods at least).
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared with the puzzle and what you thought of it.
8a Thinker to excite a university holding first of seminars (8)
ROUSSEAU – string together a verb to excite or fire up, A and an abbreviation for university then insert the first letter of seminars.
9a Hardened with hurt lacking justice initially (6)
INURED – start with an adjective meaning hurt and remove the initial letter of justice.
10a Pride, say, in dressing (3)
SIN – hidden.
11a Shot in court near leading figure influencing lawmakers (8)
LOBBYIST – assemble a shot in tennis, a preposition meaning near and a way of writing ‘leading’.
12a Spike Milligan’s principal friend in image supp left out (6)
IMPALE – put the first letter of Milligan and a friend inside the word ‘image’ from which the supplement (often a glossy one) has been removed.
13a Standard celebrities turning out in apt dress (5,3,7)
STARS AND STRIPES – another word for celebrities followed by an anagram (turning out) of IN APT DRESS.
15a Global news about pound followed by line on yen (7)
WORLDLY – a word meaning news contains the abbreviation for pound sterling. Follow that with abbreviations for line and yen.
18a Hears what’s before do in European city (7)
TRIESTE – a verb meaning hears in court precedes the musical note that comes before do.
21a Very altruistic novelist facing endless crisis in representation (4-11)
SELF-SACRIFICING – start with the surname of an English novelist and journalist and add an anagram (in re-presentation) of FACING and CRISI[s].
24a Back talk to decline? Not for this person! (6)
GASBAG – put together an informal verb to talk and a verb to decline or subside then reverse it all.
25a Refrain from revealing how telephone receptionist could annoy one? (8)
WITHHOLD – split the answer 4,4 and it’s how a telephone receptionist could (and often does) annoy you.
26a Wise figure depressed, first to last (3)
OWL – move the first letter of an adjective meaning depressed to the end.
27a Familiar feeling of the French crossing East Asian island mostly (4,2)
DÉJÀ VU – I’m sure I’ve seen this clue before. A French word for ‘of the’ contains the abbreviation for East and an Asian island without its final letter.
28a Foreign love of old group infused by energy, Queen? (8)
EXTERIOR – start with a ‘love of old’ or ‘old mate’ and add a musical group containing E(nergy). Finish with a single-letter abbreviation for queen.
1d Evasion of responsibility in policeman on patrol? (3-3)
COP-OUT – with a space rather than a hyphen this could describe a policeman on patrol.
2d Tearful confession by a Republican, sign of pressure (6)
ISOBAR – a tearful confession (1,3) followed by A and the abbreviation for Republican.
3d Relax and allow country almost liberal resort (3,2,3,4,3)
LET IT ALL HANG OUT – string together a verb to allow, a European country without its last letter, the abbreviation for the old Liberal party and a resort or place frequently visited. Should liberal (in the clue) not have a capital letter?
4d Charge for lock-up? (7)
CUSTODY – double definition, the first meaning charge or guardianship.
5d One in government rewriting trite manifestos (8,2,5)
MINISTER OF STATE – an anagram (rewriting) of TRITE MANIFESTOS. Probably what a number of them are doing at this very moment!
6d Spin doctor’s work is admitted in definite shock (8)
SURPRISE – put the abbreviation for what a spin doctor does and IS inside an adjective meaning definite or unmistakable.
7d Shady place with criminal recklessly determined (4-4)
HELL-BENT – ‘shades’ can mean the abode of the dead. Add an informal adjective meaning criminal to such a place.
14d Spread publicity for melody (3)
AIR – triple definition, the second meaning publicity or exposure.
16d Due money covering very extended time — one’s subdued? (8)
OVERAWED – an adjective meaning ‘due money’ contains the abbreviation for very and a long period of time.
17d Month over in end after capsizing sea vessel (8)
LIFEBOAT – insert an abbreviated month and the abbreviation for over into the reversal of a word meaning end or hindmost part.
19d What one might do in Alps in brisk itinerary (3)
SKI – our second easy-to-spot lurker.
20d Figure that’s greasy in heavy slow-moving vehicle (7)
CRAWLER – double definition, the first an unctuous sycophant.
22d Stick with Olympic maestro that’s spoken in this place (6)
COHERE – start with a homophone of the name of the chairman of the Organising Committee of the 2012 Olympics and append an adverb meaning ‘in this place’.
23d National hero once old scorn’s regularly dismissed (6)
NELSON – remove regular letters from three words in the clue.
I did like 11a, 28a and the very timely 5d but my favourite clue today was 24a. Do share with us which ones had you clapping.