Toughie No 1813 by Petitjean
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
The store of entertaining puzzles from the late Petitjean shows no sign, so far, of running out so we have another treat from him today. There are several short anagrams and hidden words here to get us started but it does get a little bit trickier after that (it did for me anyway).
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1a See 11a
9a Thorny issue being less than quick swapping bridge partners (4)
SLOE – swap a bridge player for his/her partner in an adjective meaning ‘less than quick’.
10a ‘Casualty’ episode missing opening page, but whoever the writer, it’ll take off (10)
AEROGRAMME – start with what could be an episode of ‘Casualty’ (2,9) then drop the P(age) from the start of the second word.
11a/1a ‘Trade in’ a Chambers anagram for ‘perform a repulsive act‘ (3,3,10)
MAN THE BARRICADES – an anagram (anagram) of TRADE IN A CHAMBERS provides a phrase meaning try to repulse attacking forces.
12a Barrier in slip road (4-3)
TURN-OFF – double definition, the first a barrier to acceptance or understanding.
15a Excited following Queen release (7)
FERVENT – abbreviations for following and our Queen are followed by a verb to release or discharge.
16a Vouchsafe tide’s somewhat polluted (5)
FETID – hidden in the clue.
17a Pandemonium shaking off any that might have fallen in front (4)
ARCH – remove the letters of ‘any’ from a word meaning pandemonium or chaos to leave a word that can mean both something that may have fallen in your body and a type of front or gateway.
18a One is wrapping good boomerangs for Christmas visitors (4)
MAGI – ‘one is’ put into the first person contains the abbreviation for good – then reverse it all.
19a Wise man had worked in backward parts of America (5)
SADHU – insert an anagram (worked) of HAD into the reversal of the first two parts of the standard abbreviation for America.
21a Resort place is distinctive (7)
SPECIAL – an anagram (re-sort) of PLACE IS.
22a Similar to Stubbs (or not so) (7)
UNALIKE – this Stubbs is not George the horsey painter but the actress who used to be a dab hand at charades. If you split the answer 3-4 it could mean similar to her.
24a Drinks containing vermouth — these always leave some of you on the floor (3-3)
SIT-UPS – a verb meaning drinks contains an abbreviation for vermouth. Some bits of your body remain anchored to the floor when you’re doing these.
27a Extremists almost put off out of range (10)
ULTRASONIC – an informal word for extremists is followed by a phrase (2,3) meaning put off or postponed without its last letter.
28a Old Afrikaner farmer’s no Romeo? Cor! (4)
OBOE – the abbreviation for old and an Afrikaner farmer without the letter that Romeo’s used for in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet. The ‘cor’ is normally followed by ‘anglais’ for this instrument.
29a Person working to learn software runs draw (10)
APPRENTICE – string together an abbreviation for a computer program, the abbreviation for runs in cricket and a verb to draw.
2d Jumble sale refreshments (4)
ALES – an anagram (jumble) of SALE.
3d Start again with cod roe and dash off? (6)
REOPEN – an anagram (cod, i.e. not authentic) of ROE followed by a verb to dash off.
4d Trump perhaps providing funding initially for urban environment (7)
CARDIFF – Trump here is not the great tweeter but an example of what may be played in bridge or whist. Add a conjunction meaning ‘providing’ and the initial letter of funding.
5d ‘Aida’ Melba’s key title role? (4)
DAME – the answer is a constituent (key) of the first two words and is both a title (relevant to Melba) and an example of a pantomime role.
6d Stalked and arrested (7)
STEMMED – double definition, the first meaning ‘having a stalk’.
7d Elite grand family almost engaged in criminal activity (10)
GLITTERATI – assemble an abbreviation for grand, a family of young animals and a phrase (2,2) meaning ‘engaged in criminal activity’ without its last letter.
8d Every trick in the book and right weaponry to crush resistance before upcoming riot (10)
REPERTOIRE – the abbreviation for right and a type of weapon contain the abbreviation for electrical resistance and the reversal of RIOT.
12d Classic pocket radio that derailed tubes? (10)
TRANSISTOR – double definition, the second what superseded vacuum tubes in devices including early electronic computers. Pocket is being used here in the sense of miniature.
13d To do with mixed reaction for play (10)
RECREATION – a preposition meaning ‘to do with’ is followed by an anagram (mixed) of REACTION.
14d With end of cigarette dangling between fingertips Pacino is untameable (5)
FERAL – put the end letter of cigarette between the outer tips of ‘finger’ than append the first name of Mr Pacino.
15d Terrific hubbub about scarf concealing decolletage (5)
FICHU – hidden in the clue.
19d Roll a must as source of Vitamin C (7)
SATSUMA – reverse (roll) three words in the clue.
20d Articles in French and English and articles of a specific type may be badly informed (7)
UNAWARE – indefinite articles from French and English followed by a word (often used as a suffix) for articles of a specific type.
23d Lumberjack’s exit? (3-3)
LOG-OUT – cryptic definition. I don’t think this works terribly well.
25d Set out with soft footfall (4)
STEP – an anagram (out) of SET followed by the musical abbreviation for soft.
26d Emerson missing from ELP recording (4)
DISC – take away E(merson) from the abbreviated name of the group. ‘Lake missing’ would have worked just as well.
6d and 14d made my shortlist but top of the pops was 22a. Which ones gave you that tingly feeling?